Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Britannia Mine Museum, B.C

The Britannia Mine Museum is located in Britannia Beach, BC., and is an easy 45 min drive north of Vancouver. They are open year round, Monday-Friday 10 am to 3:30 pm and Sat-Sun and Holidays 10 am to 4 pm. Tours run 45 min for a guided tour offered throughout the day. Most visitors spend another hour after the tour to explore the museum on their own too.

 There are exhibits, gold panning, an award winning film and historical buildings on site. The museum has historical machinery and heritage buildings.  You can see a lot of interesting machines such as a lime tank and mucking machine. You can also take a mine train for the underground tour, go through an early tunnel and the tour guides will describe early mining efforts and you can see working drills and mucking machines. Another portion, is panning for gold and whatever you find you can keep! This looks like it will be an  interesting visit since we also live in a mining town.

A Few Great Things To See and Do in Victoria, B.C

Been busy planning our first trip to Victoria, B.C next month. We'll take a trip across to the island, on the ferry, from Vancouver, where we'll be flying into.
With trip planning comes the what can we see and do while we're there.
Some of the things I'd like us to see in Victoria is Chinatown, some great foodie spots, the B.C Legislative Building, as well as :

Victoria Bug Zoo-

An interesting place to visit while in Victoria, Is the Victoria Bug Zoo. It has been open since 1997 and has been showing visitors some awe inspiring bugs ever since. This is a must see mini-zoo if you are in the area, and offers an opportunity to view live tropical bugs from around the world. You can discover over 40 different species of bugs at the Victoria Bug Zoo. Some of the fascinating bugs you will see include walking sticks, praying mantis, glow in the dark scorpions, tarantulas and Canada’s largest ant colony. The experienced tour guides will help you enjoy your experience while there. They are very knowledgeable on all the animals and will introduce you to the world of bugs, some you can even hold yourself! 

The Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures.  The museum was founded in 1887 and the Archives in 1894. The two joined in 2003 and now they collect artifacts, documents and specimens of British Columbia's natural human history. The Royal BC Museum has three permanent galleries. They are modern history, natural history and local First Nations history.  Their collections are about 7 million objects including artifacts, natural history specimens, and archival records. There is also special exhibits such as Mammoths- Giants of the Ice Age that is on now. We look forward to visiting- as it also features an IMAX theatre- 6 stories high and 81 feet wide!

The museum is beside the Victoria's Inner Harbour, between the Empress Hotel and Legislature Buildings. It is in the Royal BC Museum Cultural Precinct, a surrounding area with historical sites and monuments. 

Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is located in Victoria, B.C. and hear it's an great experience. It was built during the industrial age, by a Scottish immigrant named Robert Dunsmuir. He made his fortune in Vancouver Island coal. The fortune of the family who built the castle is evident today in the beautiful stained glass windows, the intricate woodwork and the spectacular Victorian furnishings. Visiting the Craigdarroch Castle I'm sure will be  a memorable experience. There are 39 rooms and over 20,000 square feet of interior space we read on their site.

The Craigdarroch Castle is considered now a historical museum and is open daily with hours of 10-4:30. It is located a short distance from Victoria (inner) Harbour. 

Butchart Gardens- 

Over a century ago Jennie Butchart began working on what is now considered one of the world’s  principle floral show gardens. The Butchart gardens are open year round. They are located near Victoria and on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Mrs. Butchart used an abandoned quarry near the home and cement plant that the family owned, to build the first of her gardens. Her and her husband used the limestone that was available and she brought in topsoil from farmland nearby. Little by little the quarry blossomed, and it is what is now known as the Sunken garden.

Over the years the gardens have grown and stayed within the family. Today you can visit the Butchart Gardens and see other gardens such as a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and more. Each year over a million plants are bedded with over 900 varieties to give you beautiful blooms from March through October.
We look forward to our walk through the gardens.

Victoria Harbour Ferry, has been serving Victoria, B.C. for over 35 years. You can take a harbour tour, a water taxi and more! There is no better way to see Victoria than by boat. You can escape the busy city and explore it from the water. There is a 45 min harbour tour and also a historic Gorge cruise. You could also take a water taxi, and hop all around Victoria, ferry stop by ferry stop. There is no set schedule for the water taxi. Just head to any ferry stop and they will pick you up, and take you to your destination. The Harbour tour, features historic landmarks. such as the Parliament buildings or First Nation sacred territories. We're very much looking forward to this. It will something we havent done before or seen in any of our travels.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dump Find For the Old Truck

The back of Gerry's truck that he hauls with, had  rusted out wheel wells. 

On one of his trips to the dump though he found a broken box liner that someone had discarded, where they had cut out the floor.. so he thought that would work perfect for his truck and he snagged it and brought it home.

                                Here is the BEFORE and AFTER

Friday, May 27, 2016

How To Shop Trends On a Budget

Shopping for trends tend to be expensive and short lived. Why purchase into a designer label trend when it'll be out of style and out of season in a few months? We've collected 4 foolproof ways to shop for trendy shopping pieces with more bang for your buck.
1. Classic silhouettes: Pleats? Raw edge denim? Kitschy emoji dad hats? It's hard enough to keep up with the latest styles making their way onto the market, let alone believing in one long enough to buy into it. A surefire way to make your trendy new favorites last through the summer (and hopefully into the next) is shopping for pieces with timeless fits and silhouettes. A camisole style summer dress with a pleated skirt, like the Kiss Me Hello Skater Dress in navy, is just simple enough to wear day and night. The style isn't so bold that it can't be disguised as a skirt when layered under an easy t-shirt. 
2. Two in ones: Set dresses are little more than matching tops and skirts, sold together. Essentially, you're buying two separates for the price of one. In the summer, shop this trend in feminine lace or classic stripes with a crop top + skirt duo. You can mix and match the pieces with other summer-ready pieces in your closet. That's 3 different outfits for one!

3. Layerability: One pieces have been dominating our Instagram feeds for a while now, but just how practical are they? One word: very. While a wide-leg floral print jumpsuit doesn't seem like the most reasonable purchase, a jumpsuit with subtle details in a neutral shade provides endless possibilities. Jumpsuits can be worn alone for warmer days, layered over a basic tee for more cover up, or disguised as pants with a tunic top. Try a jumpsuit with a trouser leg in a relaxed fit and discrete lace up sides.

4. Versatile swimwear: It sounds strange, but hear me out. Bodysuits and crop tops have made a major comeback, and in reality they're not much different than the swimsuits we have stored away in our closets. Shopping for swimwear that can double as a top during cooler months makes them one of our favorite socially acceptable trends to wear all year around. A monokini with a lace-up plunge neck, like the Deep Cut Lace Up Monokini in olive, looks slimming and simple tucked into your favorite pair of denim.

2016 Grad Gift Guide

It’s Graduation time again! The next couple of months are when College and High School graduates will be getting their diplomas. This is quite an accomplishment and deserves some recognition.

If you know a special person in your life who is graduating in 2016, then I’m sure you would like to get them a something for this occasion. There is always the option to give money, but sometimes a gift would mean a lot more to them.

You may be having a hard time finding that perfect gift for the Grad, so here are some ideas for Graduation Gifting 2016: 

Vanilla Prepaid Cards-

The perfect graduation gift for high school and college graduates!

Vanilla Prepaid Cards give graduates the freedom and flexibily to buy exactly what they want – either in-store or online wherever MasterCard is accepted.  For high school graduates, that means paying for lunch on campus and school books. College graduates can utilize the cards to pay for gas and celebrate with friends and family before starting their career! Vanilla Prepaid Cards are both convenient and secure. Vanilla Prepaid Cards are not only safer than carrying cash, but they protect against fraud and identity theft in that they are not connected to a bank account. If the card is ever lost or stolen, simply call Customer Care. What's more, the funds never expire.

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2016 Father's Day Gift Guide

June 19th is Father's Day. There are many ways in which you can show your Dad, Grandfather, or even your Husband how much you care. If you want to show Dad that you are thinking about him then he deserves something special this Father’s Day. There is a huge variety of products that any Dad will like.

You are sure to find something he will want, depending on his interests or hobbies. Dads might be into anything from sports to barbecuing and Father’s Day is the perfect time to give him a gift that he will really enjoy.  Our friends below have suggested some great gifts this year:

Coleman 200L and 250L Conquer LED headlamp-

Awesome Innovative Head Lamp for Dad! This will make the other Dad’s jealous!
Coleman’s new 200L and 250L Conquer LED headlamps, the first of its kind to offer no-touch control lighting.
The 250L model  features the Kinesix™ gesture control system that lets you change modes with a swipe of your hand. Both feature five modes - high spot, high flood, low spot, low flood and red – provide the right light for the task at hand.
Both feature the exclusive Reax™ light sensor that auto-adjusts the beam pattern and brightness for lighting short and long distances and Coleman’s Batterylock™ system that stops battery drain to preserve battery life and reduce corrosion. The headbands have soft, fabric tension strap that are fully adjustable while wearing the headlamp and the light’s rugged exterior provides offers increased impact resistance. For more information visit to order yours in time for Fathers Day!

Vanilla Prepaid Cards-

A practical Father's Day gift for the special guy in your life!

For the dad who has everything, give him the gift of choice!

Vanilla Prepaid Cards give dads the freedom and flexibility to buy exactly what they want at their favorite shopping destinations – either in-store or online wherever MasterCard is accepted.  Vanilla Prepaid Cards are both convenient and secure. Vanilla Prepaid Cards are not only safer than carrying cash, but they protect against fraud and identity theft in that they are not connected to a bank account. If the card is ever lost or stolen, simply call Customer Care. What's more, the funds never expire.


Bondic is like having a mini 3-D Printer that fits in your pocket! Bondic rebuilds things, and should not be used like a glue. Users can create a permanent or temporary bond to any surface by applying the liquid plastic, exposing to UV light to harden, then file, mold and/or paint. 

Fixes, molds, fills, and repairs
Adheres to most surfaces including plastic, metal, fiberglass, and wood
Can be used underwater and on moist surfaces
Only hardens when exposed to UV light. Gives user opportunity to scrape off and reapply if necessary
Solvent-free, and does not dry out like glue 
Bondic Starter Kit includes Wand, Liquid Plastic, and Curing UV Light
Retail price starting at $19
Available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Ace Hardware, Hobby Town, Amazon and other local retailers
Social:, Twitter @JimBondic, Instagram: JimBondic

Everyday California-

Everyday California is a La Jolla-based lifestyle company that specializes in premium California-inspired apparel and ocean adventures (like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and surfing). Everyday California’s premium quality apparel is made in California from extra soft cotton that’s free of pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and toxic fertilizers. Any dad would love to receive a t-shirt from Everyday California – since all of their apparel is made in small batches, over time dad will have a unique lineup in his wardrobe. The soft, breathable fabric is great for a casual day at the office, working out or just hanging out at the house.

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky -

This Father’s Day, Chef’s Cut Real Jerky has created the ultimate gift for fun-loving dads. The Bacon Bouquet is fully stocked with all of Chef’s Cut bacon jerky varieties – including Sriracha, Maple and Applewood. For just $49.95, Dads will receive 2 bags of each Chef’s Cut Real Bacon Jerky flavors. This tender yet savory gift is available for purchase now, and will begin shipping on June 1st. Chef’s Cut Bacon Jerky is chef-inspired, handcrafted with real ingredients and slow-smoked to crispy perfection.

Jabra Sport Coach -

The Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds are optimized for cross training and other indoor workouts, and feature intelligent voice coaching to keep motivation levels high. The earbuds can be paired with Jabra’s Sport Life App to help users better plan, track and analyze their workouts. And, for those who combine cross training with running, the integrated TrackFit motion sensor will measure distance, pace, steps, cadence and calories burned. It’s also built toward U.S. military standards, so it’s sweat, shock and weather proof. The Sport Coach is the perfect gift for dads who want to get or stay fit and healthy this summer.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free Smoothies on National Flip Flop Day

Have you heard- Tropical Smoothie Cafe,  has teamed up with Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit organization. 

On June 17th, National Flip Flop Day, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be giving away free 24 oz Jetty Punch Smoothies at all 500 of its restaurants from 2 - 7 PM. All guests need to do to get a free smoothie is wear flip flops.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be accepting donations for Camp Sunshine, a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can go to help make memories. Their  goal is to raise $1 million so that more children and their families can enjoy the camp.
So everyone, let`s help put with that goal. Be sure to share this post!

About Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat located in Casco, Maine, 30 miles from Portland on Sebago Lake. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has offered comfort, hope, and support to over 43,500 individuals from 48 states and 23 countries. Camp Sunshine is currently the only full-time facility in the nation whose sole purpose is to provide respite for the whole family. The camp programs provide respite to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of the child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. 

About Tropical Smoothie Café

Founded in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthy lifestyles across the country, with over 484 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Café serves smoothies, salads, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur's 2015 Franchise 500, 2015 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers and Nation's Restaurant News' 2015 Top 200.Tropical Smoothie Café is seeking qualified franchisees to expand throughout the United States in markets such as Atlanta, Houston,  Dallas, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, among others. For more information, visit

Beautifying Your Back Yard This Summer

Summertime is almost here, so now is a good time to start to beautify your lawn and yard. You can find many different products out there that will help you to make your lawn and yard look great for all your outdoor activities this Summer. It's also the season to have friends and family over to enjoy the nice weather, and you may be having an outdoor party, or even just barbecuing with friends. You probably will want your yard to look beautiful!  If you would like to spruce up your yard for the Summer then there is a variety of things you can find to help with that. We've got some ideas below:

Fusion Products Ltd.-

6 Pack Solar Pathway Lights

Solar Lights – no wires to deal with- easy to install
Durable stainless steel and glass
Waterglass head beautifully reflects the warm white light
Stronger than your opening price point pathway solar lumen count (1.2)– 4 lumens
Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries - environmentally friendly
Will run for 8 hours on a full charge

Daisy, Butterfly and Hummingbird Solar Lights

Solar lights- no wires to deal with- easy to install, energy efficient  
Beautify any garden – decorative during the day and illuminates at night
Adjustable stem to enhance your garden or walkway
Colour changing feature for added value and added interest
26”30” in height for elevated interest in your garden
Rechargeable NI-MH Batteries- environmentally friendly

Will run for 8 hours on a full charge.  (Note Solar panel needs to be in direct sunlight to maintain the charge)

** Watch this spot for more great backyard products