Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kellogg’s- A Great Part of Breakfast

Kellogg’s is known as the maker of popular breakfast cereals including Mini-Wheats, Special K, Rice Krispies, and Frosted Flakes among many, many others. It is also the maker of other breakfast staples such as Eggo waffles and delicious bars including All Bran, and Fibre Plus . There is much more to the company then their huge array of products. 


Kellogg's has been a name I still remember as a kid growing up. One of my favorite cereals of theirs was Frosted Flakes.I ate it as a morning cereal, as a snack, dry, and when I got older, I even made a few  Frosted Flakes recipes using it.Who doesn't know it's famous tiger- Tony, who became a household name is 1951.

The company was started in 1898 by the Kellogg brothers who accidently discovered the recipe for flaked corn. As the company grew so did its array of products.

In 1930’s the W.K Kellogg foundation was started with the mission to help children realize their potential. Each year the company donates tens of millions of dollars in cash as well as tens of millions of dollars in breakfast to children in need so that they can succeed. With its wonderful tradition of giving, as well as great products, Kellogg’s is a tasty and ethical part of the breakfast table.

I am now a blogger for the Kellogg's Network and look forward to sharing with you our views on  their newest cereals and snacks.More to come!


A Project in the Works






We've had been talking about adding a screened in porch to our back deck for the last couple of years, so tonight Gerry started pulling the deck apart.He's going to make the deck higher and bigger, but that might be all we'll do this year. After all, we just re-did the skirting on the trailer, had the roof re-done, and a few other smaller projects done. 


We find the bugs are so bad at times that it would be nice to be able to just come outside and not have to share the deck with them,but at the same time enjoy the outdoors. Also thought it would be nice to have a lounge chair in there and take a nap.


So, instead of just talking about it, Gerry begun work on it tonight- tearing away at the boards. 


Of course Jake had to get in there and once the bottom was pulled off, he was in there exploring like a little boy and getting all dirty and full of cob webs!



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Busch Gardens- Tampa Bay

On our upcoming Florida vacation, one of the places we will be visiting will be Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay. It's been over 20 years since I've been here and Gerry has never been to Tampa Bay.



This is a pretty exciting theme park, offering over 335 acres of exotics. Among many attractions Busch Gardens is famous for is their animal adventures. One of the more popular ones is Serengeti Plain where you can roam a habitat featuring hundreds of exotic African animals from the safety and comfort of various modes of transportation as well as walkways. 

There are number of other animal attractions that allow you to interact with a variety of animals up close and personal or from a distance. For those seeking quality entertainment there are a number of fun and fascinating live shows that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat, or laughing out loud.




As a true theme park, Busch Gardens offers some first class ride attractions that will please any thrill seeker. SheiKra is North America’s first dive coaster that will take adventures on a thrilling three minute journey with some spectacular views.Gerry and I personally are big chickens when it comes to rides. We just don't have the nerves or the stomachs we did when we were younger, but there are some great rides here for those that love that thrill!

After a day of fun, animals and excitement, guests can enjoy a delicious dinner meal at the many great restaurants located on premises

 This should be a ‘roaring’ good time.

New on DVD : Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure


Just in time with the Olympics, " Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure" bounces to DVD today- July 31st.

Dora receives a special ribbon indicating that she is going to start the Big Gymnastics Show. However, when her ribbon gets stolen by Swiper, Dora and Boots must go on an exciting adventure to get it back. They will cross Crocodile Lake on a balance beam, trampoline jump over vast gardens and swing into a fantastic gymnastic adventure just in time for the big show.

So with this Olympic season, be sure to check out Dora’s take on this great sport and enjoy this movie with your little ones.

Orlando's Buena Vista Palace

When thinking of Florida vacations many people automatically think about Walt Disney World. There is more to Disney than just kid rides. Disney contains four main theme parks; the infamous Magic Kingdom, the cultural Epcot, Disney Hollywood studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, among a great variety of other fantastic attractions. Any Florida vacation veteran will tell you that if you are heading to Disney, there are many benefits about staying on the Disney property.

While on our Florida vacation we will be staying one night at Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa. Located right next to the very popular Downtown Disney are, Buena Vista Palace soars 27 stories above Disney property giving you an unsurpassed view.



The hotel offers three outdoor pools as well as full service spa. If you want to get away from it all you can try of four championship golf courses or a fun recreational tropical island. When hunger strikes we can choose from seven different fantastic restaurants. There is a variety of hotel rooms to choose from including rooms with a view of the daily Disney fireworks, water view rooms and downtown Disney view rooms as well as many other affordable options.




Since many guests travel with kids, the resort offers a variety of activities for kids and kids at heart. These include poolside activities, kiddie pool, children’s playground, complementary shuttle service to all Disney theme parks as well as Kid friendly menus. Arguably the most famous feature which will make any child happy is Sunday brunch with all Disney characters.

Lastly, of the four theme parks inside Walt Disney World, they are closest to Epcot, which does perform "Illuminations", their nightly firework display. Located across the street from Downtown Disney (with free parking and free shuttles to all four Disney theme parks and both Disney Water Parks), we have an ideal location!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Feeling the Wind in Your Hair with Florida Biplanes

Most seasoned travelers would agree that air travel is not what it used to be. Gone are the days of sophistication and the feeling of freedom as you take to the open skies and experience the wind through your air....Wait a second...what wind in hair?




On our upcoming trip to Florida, Gerry and I will experience the true glory days of travel, way before the closed planes became all the range-we will be sailing through the skies in a 1940’s open cockpit BiPlane. When we are hundreds of feet in the air, and once we open our securely shut eyes, we should be able to see the edge of Florida’s space coast including the Kennedy space center, Port Canaveral, as well as the magnificence of Florida’s many sandy beaches. The company, Florida Biplanes, offers 15 minute, 30 minute, 45 minute and sunset rides. We chose to do the 15 minute flight experience, which should be plenty of time to gaze over the open ocean.

The planes which we are taking are called “Waco planes” and they were used in full service during world war two, with less than 100 flying up to this day. The planes sit two adults which will be very nice to experience with Gerry.While the experience certainly looks thrilling, it is definitely very safe, and it will be a great way to have a bit of fun and adventure on our Florida getaway.

Can't wait to tell you all about it!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sweet & Sour Meatballs-Hubby Says "The Best!"

I wanted to share a recipe that has been in my recipe box for some time and is truly a hit. It's Sweet and Sour Meatballs. You would want to make your own meatballs for this recipe and cook your own rice, and could  add some garden fresh peas to the rice like we do.



SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS
Meatballs -cooked
1/3 c.vinegar
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 of a small can tomato paste
1 tbsp.cornstarch
1 c. water
1 c. pineapple chunks
green pepper pieces- add what you wish
1/4 c.shredded carrots

1. Use a wok to cook the mixture of water,vinegar,sugar,tomato paste,and cornstarch.Keep stirring while cooking.

2. When the mixture is boiling,add cooked meatballs,pineapple,green pepper and carrots.Boil for another minute and service hot with your choice of brown or white rice.






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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How Using Coupon Codes Can Save You Real Money


Frequent online shoppers already know about many of the benefits of choosing Internet merchants over physical stores. Shopping online is like being alone in one's favorite store. There are no loud, pushy shoppers or crying babies to ruin the experience. There are no apathetic clerks who are more interested in up-selling than in helping customers find and purchase the things they actually want. A company's website is not limited by the size of a storefront. Every item that the company is capable of shipping will be listed on the site. 

Shopping Perks

Another perk of shopping online is the coupon codes that are emailed to frequent customers. These codes provide substantial savings. Many retailers send out codes offering 20% discounts on a near-weekly basis. It is not unusual for the codes to be worth up to 35% off retail price in the weeks approaching Christmas. The codes cannot be used in stores, so people have to visit the websites in order to take advantage of the savings.

Coupon codes are presented as rewards for making recent purchases, but savvy shoppers understand that they are incentives to shop more often. The codes are only active for a few days, encouraging impulse shopping. Even though most customers eventually figure out that they will receive new codes every few days, they feel compelled to buy items while they are in stock.

This is especially true when it comes to clothing retailers. If a customer recognizes that clothes in certain items or colors will sell out soon, she will rush to buy them with her new discount code. Online stores charge relatively steep shipping fees that mysteriously disappear once a certain total amount has been reached; this number is usually $50 for mass retailers. The discount provided by the coupon code will be absorbed by the shipping costs unless the shopper makes a $50 purchase. Items are carefully priced so that the total cost will either be just under $50 or, with the addition of another item, well over that amount.

The Downside

The codes sometimes have other strings attached as well. Discounts may not apply to items that are already on sale. Sometimes the codes can only be used on certain collections or categories of items. Even with all of these caveats considered, coupon codes still result in large savings. A customer who is smart about making occasional bulk purchases and who is able to resist the temptation to shop impulsively will be able to save a lot of money, especially if she waits until Christmas or buys last season's discounted fashions. 

5 Ways to Save Money for Your Dream Vacation


If you’re like many other people, you know exactly what you want to do when you finally get to take that “dream vacation,” and the plans have been on your mind for years. The problem is that you have been wondering how you will ever be able to afford it. Well, your dream can become a reality if you stick to a realistic budget and make your trip a major savings goal.

Note that a vacation isn’t usually considered to be a necessity, but vacationers do take the time to de-stress and enjoy something different than their usual routine, which is good for their mental health. In addition, your trip will mean even more when you realize that all the expenses are already covered and that you won’t have to cope with a huge credit card bill later on.

Here are 5 things you can do to save the money you need for your trip:

1. Determine how much your vacation is going to cost by planning your itinerary and calculating all of your travel-related expenses. Make this list as detailed and specific as possible because it is the key to establishing a savings goal that is realistic.

2. Find ways to substantially reduce your grocery bill. Serious meal planning will save you both time and money, and you can use those savings to finance your dream vacation. Make use of in-store specials and grocery coupons when you go shopping, bring your lunch to work every day, and eat in whenever possible because “the price is right.”

3. Make an effort to reduce your usual entertainment costs without feeling too deprived. For example, you can attend local free events and pick up some DVDs from your library. Remember that you have a definite goal, and when you finally take that dream vacation, you will realize that any sacrifice you made was worth it.

4. Get on the mailing list of a resort or hotel that interests you. Today, many of them provide special discounts and exclusive rates for their growing number of loyal Twitter followers, Facebook fans and email subscribers. The seasonal rates they have available may be surprisingly affordable, and you may also receive a discount if you can make your reservation well in advance of your actual arrival. Of course, that latter entails knowing exactly when you plan on taking your dream vacation.

5. If you want to make a whole-hearted effort to save money for your special trip, remember that the interest rates on CD accounts are usually higher than they are for standard savings accounts. Also, when you set up your CCD, you may have the option of letting the interest accrue or receiving it in monthly disbursements.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Disneyworld Florida - A Magical Place

Walt Disney World  Florida is a great place for any child or any child at heart. Many people automatically equate Walt Disney World with the Magic Kingdom Park.



While its true that Magic Kingdom filled with its famous characters from the wonderful cartoons is the heart of Disney, it is only one of four parks that Disney has to offer.




For example Epcot theme park will take you for a tour around the world without ever leaving Florida, Hollywood Studios will allow you to explore the world of the Disney films which are not cartoons, and the Animal Kingdom can rival the experience of any zoo. All the parks require a separate admission ticket, however with the park hopper pass you are not tied down to one park but can even visit all the parks within a single day. It is a great choice for those of us who are indecisive or those who do not simply have the time to devot to getting to know all the secrets of Disney theme parks. 

Disney World Florida is a must on any Florida vacation, there is much more to the experience than just the theme parks.

Gerry and I will visit as much as we can while we are here vacation blogging this September.We have both  visited  Disneyland in California and it's been years since I have been to Disney World.

First Time Home Buyer Advice

First time home buyers face many challenges. Not only do they have to become acquainted with the many in and outs of the real estate game, but they also have to find the house that they love. 


First time home buyers, often find out that the things which they may want in a house are not necessarily the things that they can afford. The initial step when in the market for you first home is to determine what you can afford. Most of the time, buyers do not have all of the money that they need for a home purchase saved up.


As such the majority have to seek a loan in the form of a mortgage to make their home ownership dreams a reality.


When seeking a mortgage it is essential to seek out one with the lowest interest rate as it will determine how much you will have to pay pack over your initial loan, which over a long amortization period can certainly add up. Depending on said interest rates, the potential home owner should determine what first time buyer mortgages would best suit their needs. The amount of the mortgage that you qualify for can vary based on your income and outstanding debts, such as a car loan, as well as the amount of downpayment that you have to place down on your house. A down payment of 20% is often considered sizable, but often with as little as 5% downpayment you can qualify for a mortgage.


As important as finances are, don't let the stress prevent you from having fun shopping for your first home.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Tropiclean : Fresh Breath for Your Pet

Dogs are a mans best friend but they can also be the mans most smelliest friend.

Dogs breath can go through many stages in its life, starting from the wonderful puppy breath for the first few months of life and ending on the so called foul dog breath that some dogs can be very prone to. Sometimes no matter the quality of diet that you feed you pet you cant change its breath, until now. 




Tropiclean Fresh Breath is a great variety of products that can give your dog great breath with no brushng required! You can simply use fresh breath chews as a delicious treat, add a bit of an awesome water additive to your pets water bowl, or even spray a bit of the floss solution on the pets favourite toy, and they can clean their teeth as they chew. 

These products are great, over 93% of users saw cleaner teeth within 2 weeks of use. Since oral care is an important part of overall health, Tropiclean can be a valbuable tool in helping your dog or cat lead healthy and happy lives.


Jake didn't mind the water additive that I added to his water dish,nor did he mind me spraying the rope ball with the spray, but he didn't want me putting anything in his mouth- foam or tooth gel. My daughter's boyfriend's parents however, had no problems with using these for their dog. I guess it would depend on the dog and possibly getting them used to it. I personally didn't want it to become a battle with Jake, so I let him be and used the other products that did work with him.

Overall, I think these are good products to help with dog or cat dental hygiene.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Value Holiday to Benidorm,Spain

One of the greatest things in life is to travel.It is even better when this traveling can be done on the cheap. With today's tough economy there are certain countries that make travel to them a great deal. Spain is one of them.


Great value holidays to Benidorm are just a click away.




Benidorm is a wonderful location to visit. Filled with local Spanish culture with a strong European influence it has long been a hidden gem among many European travelers, and now it is starting to be better known among the world. It can be quite inexpensive for a foreign traveler. Although many travelers like to visit during the peak summer season, it may be financially better to visit Spain off season, such as Spring or Fall.
The weather is still quite beautiful and warm while the prices are a lot cheaper for flight and hotel. 


In fact for those who truly want to save some money, Benidorm offers a great variety of cheaper hotels as well as hostels which still offer the authentic experience without the higher price tag associated with standard rates. As a tourist you can find some great off the track restaurants which will serve you the local specialties without the price tags associated with the so called tourist traps. As a coastal town be sure to check out local specialties which include lots of wonderful fresh and delicious sea food, which can be at a fraction of the price then you would pay at home.


However, the most famous attraction that Benidorm is famous for, can be its cheapest. Famous for its beautiful beaches, you can enjoy the fun, sun and sand and pay nothing at all. As you browse the local vendors, and enjoy the views, you can grab a short siesta at the mid day mark and truly enjoy your Spanish vacation.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday-July 20

Contractors were here most of the day today working on the roof. We are getting it fixed as well as replacing all the shingles.It's thrown all of us off our regular schedules, including the dog.
Will be nice when it's done, but looks like it will be another day tommorow of working on it.
Cost has been about $4,000 - which is for labor and materials. Gerry had been helping them all day today as well. So being out there from 8 am this morning to 9 pm tonight, it's been a long day for him.


On another note ,I was out walking down the back lane yesterday with Jake, when a large dog darted out from next door, and took hold of him with his teeth, encompassing his whole back. I thought he was  done for, but luckily the owner was also in the yard, heard the yelping and came out. Jake was not hurt but I think everyone was shaken up.Am leery now about walking by that yard.



My daughter Ria had someone drop her off a baby raccoon at the petting zoo where she works the other day, so she had that over here in its cage last night. I didn't want Jake to get too close and mingling with it as I worry about wildlife diseases, but she did have it out for a photo opp. Apparently, the mother was hit by a car and died.Conservation was called and Ria is  looking for a sanctuary home for it so it doesn't have to be destroyed.We are all hoping for the best with that.


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In A Sea of Diet Books- Rick Gallop's G.I Diet Books Will Stand Out

It seems that every time I enter a book store there is a new diet book on the shelves, promising to revolutionize your health. Often these books give unrealistic advice that is impossible to follow by the average person.




This is why The G.I. Express Diet and The G.I. Diet Menopause Clinic by Rick Gallop stand out to me in the sea of other diet books. These cooks do not encourage dieting in the food restrictive kind of way, but promote healthy eating which leads to great results. The books are based on a simple traffic light system showing foods which are great to ones you should avoid. Also included are many healthy recipes which encourage quick and easy healthy eating even for those who claim to never have the time. 



The G.I Diet Menopause Clinic is tailored to the unique diet needs of women entering or in menopause, who face their own challenges when trying to lose weight. The book contains weekly meal plans, tips and tricks as well as encouragement and support from real life women who went through the same battle. 

Think of these books as your personal coach that will encourage you on your diet and weight loss journey.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cheap Holidays in Turkey


Positioned where Europe meets Asia, the country of Turkey is a beautiful land of mixed cultural influences and a land of contrasts. Although considered by many to be exotic, cheap holidays in turkey are very possible. 

Istanbul is likely the most famous city, situated decidedly in between Europe and Asia. Situated in the Mediterranean climate, it has nice and pleasant weather in the spring and the fall, when the crowds are lesser and the prices cheaper. 

Eating in Turkey can be a delight. There is much emphasis on fresh seafood, delicious Baklava, and strong Turkish coffee. If you avoid tourist trap restaurants you can have an authentic meal for a fraction of the cost. For a truly cheap meal, try kebabs from a street vendor. 

Getting around using public transportation is easy and inexpensive. Metro, buses and even taxis are much cheaper than what tourists are used to in their home land. For a truly unique and inexpensive experience, try boarding seabuses to get around to different neighbourhoods and the neighbouring islands. 

While staying in a hotel can be expensive, there are many alternatives that are available. A two or three star hotel can be a great experience without breaking the bank and for those truly thrifty hostels can be an excellent option. Often, if you book well in advance, you can find a very good deal compared to when you book last minute.

 In a land that east meets west there is much to see and do, so don’t let money stand in your way.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Personalize This Fall's School Supplies




Although summer is still in full swing, many students are anticipating or dreading the upcoming start of the new school year.


Even when not happily awaiting school, many students are very excited about back to school shopping and brand new school supplies. 

There are very few things which can compete with the wonder that is a new sharpened pencil, unless of course that pencil was very unique. Themes pencils are a fun idea to get children excited about going to school and doing schoolwork. 

Who wouldn’t feel smart when doing their physics homework with Albert Einstein themed pencils? Pencils are also available in numerous other fun study aids including fractions, ruler, spelling bee, state capitals and even hieroglyphics , as well as many more. In fact, personalized school supplies are a great way to get kids into doing their homework; this will be the one fun piece of school equipment that will be with them thorough the school year.
These days of cultural diversity many kids don’t have very common names, and they are often left pretty disappointed when searching for personalized school items from a conventional store. By shopping online, not only can you save money to make the upcoming school year very affordable, but you can also have your personalized name inserted on school supplies such as pens and pencils. 

Now every child can feel special no matter how unique their name is.There are thousands of items available to make a fun and exciting start to the new school year.

"Ferrets for Dummies" Book Review

Q: How many ferrets does it take to change a light bulb?
A: The correct question is, how many light bulbs does it take. You must first try to retrieve your light bulbs from behind the couch faster than the ferret can hide them.




REVIEW BY:  Ria  - mom of ferrets "Polly" and "Zero". 

Got to do another great review this week; "Ferrets for Dummies" by Kim Schilling!  I love the "Dummies" books and think that everyone should be required to buy one when they are purchasing any new pet. So many animals are bought and brought home, without any type of knowledge on their housing, food requirements, behaviour, lifespan and other relevant information for a happy life. The "Ferrets for Dummies" book explains it all in simple language and terms that everyone can understand! The book also includes recipes for ferrets, information on first-aid and ailments and includes a few pages of pictures which are way too cute!

The information in the book is well organized with contents ranging from, Is a Ferret Right for You?, Basic Care and Feeding, Health Issues, Behaviour and Training and Breeding. Each chapter is broken down into smaller, more specific sections and from what I have read so far, the author leaves nothing out! The book is written with a wonderful sense of humor (which you MUST have if you own a ferret!) and is very entertaining and informative.

One of my favorite parts in this book was the chapter on introducing new ferrets. I am currently thinking about adding another fuzzball to my ferret family and have had problems with this is the past. The book not only includes great tips for ferret-ferret relationships, but ferret-cat and ferret-dog introductions as well. Another great chapter was on ferret-proofing. The book recommends many ways you can help to keep your ferret(s) safe while playing in your home. Anyone who has owned a ferret will know how quick they can get into trouble! Curiosity may have killed the cat but it can injure a ferret very quickly if you are not constantly assessing their environment. Despite my own vigilant ferret-proofing, I still find myself learning new things, usually after a ferret has gotten into something they shouldn't have and/or gotten hurt. There is also a large section on ferret illness/conditions and saying goodbye which I enjoyed reading. I am a constant poop-checker, always on the lookout for any signs of sickness or disease (or foreign materials!) and having put 2 ferrets to sleep in the past, I have spent countless hours Googling symptoms when each of them got sick. This book contains a wide range of signs, symptoms and treatments on everything fuzzy.

I also have to say that I REALLY love the "for Dummies" bright yellow covers and spines - see how it fits so nicely on my color-organized bookshelf (saw that on Pinterest!) It will join "Sex for Dummies" and "Spanish for Dummies" once I have read it through a few more times! With everything that goes on during the day, it can be easy to forget to have patience with the little fuzzbutts or to "not have enough time to play". Reading parts of this book reminded me just how special my fur-kids are to me and some great new ways that I can keep them (and me) entertained when playing. Also, Chapter 20 is on "Dealing with the Behaviourally Challenged Ferret" which I hope will help me to better understand Polly's ADHD behaviour which gets really annoying some days!




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Empty Wallet: Home Exercise Ideas


You are properly sick of hearing the doom and gloom on the economy, it doesn’t seem to be getting better does it? Well exercise can be inexpensive if you have a little bit of free space in your home, you can cancel your gym membership and save your save 50 big ones a month.

Fitting in exercise into your to your routine can be difficult, if you have a home gym you have no excuse to not be motivated. Working out in your home can be easier than you think, even with the usual family distractions. Find space for a mega gym in your home and or a space in your living room to undertake your exercise routines, exercising at home can save your family money each month, money that could be better spend on that family vacation.

Even if you don’t have the biggest budget to create your perfect home gym there are thousands of ways to be creative. You can consider exercise routines that don’t involve gym equipment or you can have a go at making your own.

If have decided to cut back on that gym memberships its important you don’t fall into old habits, if you are trying to manage your weight or just get buff you need to ensure you don’t get distracted. You can do this by creating a home workout plan, this is easily done and it can help you fit your lifestyle around your exercise. Many people that build home gyms or start exercising at home find they have more time to exercise and spare time as they do not have to travel to the gym every few days, you are potentially saving money on fuel!!
Don’t stop…..
The idea of saving money is always nice, you may already be on the hunt for new gym equipment online or used equipment on Ebay. Whilst you have saved money on your gym membership you should never skimp on any of the following:
·         Safety – you should never comprise on safety, try to find a safe place to undertake your exercise. Never leave equipment turned on or in reach of young children.
·         Equipment – if you haven’t got the budget you might be looking to buy used equipment. You should never buy faulty or damaged equipment, you don’t want to hurt yourself or a family member during exercise, damaged goods can make the machines weaker.
·         Motivation – you should never cut away your motivation, whether it be your MP3 players or magazine. If you meet your targets or you do a good job you need to reward yourself into doing the best you can.
·         Fitness monitors – never cut back on the tools that will aid your fitness, heart monitors, sports watch and scales are just a few things that you need to be able to successfully train and monitor your progress.
I am sure there are hundreds of other ways to stay fit around the house especially if you have children, if you want to drag your young children away from the Xbox consider using one of these child related workouts:
Train like a Power Ranger:
Workout like a Princess:
When you are trying to cut costs remember that being creative can you hundreds of notes year, if you have any great workout tips please share them with us.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Egypt on a Budget




Egypt, the cradle of civilization and the home of pharaohs is on many travelers must see list.From walking the pyramids, seeing the great sphinx or cruising the Nile River, there are many things to see and do. 

Egypt holidays don’t have to cost a bundle if you are on a budget. While many travelers choose summer for their journey, consider an alternative season. Egypt is very hot in the summer and it is also the most expensive. Winter travel will grant you lower prices and temperatures as well as fewer crowds.

Ethnic meals in Egypt can be delicious but water can be a problem, avoid the added expense of getting ill and drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes. If seeing individual attractions on their own is cost prohibitive, consider bundling them such as visiting the Valley of the Kings along with a cruise down the Nile River. 

One of the greatest ways to save money on your Egyptian holiday is to haggle. So let loose your inner frugal child and argue down the prices of gifts and souvenirs, it is not only okay, but it is also expected. 
 An Egyptian holiday can be a great and affordable experience.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex-Florida



On our upcoming trip to Florida we will be visiting the final frontier-space-or at least venturing as close as we can get to it, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.This is another thing that has been on my bucket list and I've always said if I got a chance to get down to Florida again, this would have to be a stop I would make.

The Visitor Complex is part of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It features a wide variety of exhibits and displays concerning space and space travel, two IMAX movie theatres, and bus tours of the spaceport.

This year, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be celebrating two milestones in space history with the 50th anniversaries of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center and Americans in Orbit.

Additionally, the complex offers Shuttle Launch Experience, which puts the guests through a simulated space launch. The center also features an astronaut hall of fame, a rocket garden featuring missiles, sounding rockets and space launchers on full display as you venture down the garden path. At the Apollo/Saturn V Center visitors can look and touch an authentic moon rock.






Guests may have a chance to meet famous astronauts and ask them a question, all in the price of admission.

This is a great experience that we are looking forward to and you can go as well. Be sure to check out flights to Orlando Florida, and make the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, a place for you to take your family.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Florida's Boggy Creek Airboat Rides


When thinking about Florida, several things come to mind; oranges, beaches, amusements parks and...gators. Florida is famous for its gator population which can easily be seen throughout the state and it's easy to get Florida flights  here.


However, the Florida Everglades in South Florida are known for their abundant wildlife and gator population. 


While in Florida we will  be doing something on my bucket list, and that is riding with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, which offer a variety of tours including a scenic nature tour, night time tour and a swamp excursion.Neither one of us has ever rode on an airboat and are very much looking forward to this.


The tours are very reasonably priced and offer the guests a chance to view Florida alligators, turtles and birds in their natural environment. 


Each ride is filled with excitement and fascination, as you whisk across the water at 45 miles per hour, between the walls of tall grass. The swamp safari tours take you where regular tours don’t go and provide ample opportunity to stop, view, and ask questions.


This is probably as close and personal that you may want to get with a gator.



Some Healthy Snack Tips For the Theme Parks from Orlando's Whole Foods

One of the great things about traveling is discovering new places.
 
Since Whole Foods is not available to us where we live, its great to visit it on our travels. In our upcoming trip to Orlando, we will be visiting their Whole Foods location there. Sometimes eating out all the time while travelling can get pretty boring which is why whole foods is such a great place to stock up on healthy and fresh foods which will keep us well fed and happy.

As we re-discover old favorites and encounter new brands of groceries it will break the monotony of dining out.




Whole Foods also offers some great tips on: Healthy Snacks for The Theme Parks

Wizards and whales and mice…oh my!  Summers in Orlando are full of memory making moments and an array of meal choices.  From burgers and fries to pizza and sodas finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge. 

Here are a few tips to keep your family fed without breaking the bank or the diet.

Pack your own snacks.  Although coolers are not permitted in most theme parks, a backpack with snacks is perfectly acceptable.  Try stopping by the local Whole Foods Market and stock up on snacks that are compact and easy to carry.  Rather than selecting the usual chips and candy, opt for more nutrient packed fruits and vegetables that are not only filling, but will keep you fueled for a long day of fun. 

Park Friendly Items:

·         Seedless Grapes (freeze them for a delicious cool treat in the Florida heat)
·         Apples
·         Oranges
·         Bananas
·         Baby Carrots
·         Celery Sticks
·         Edamame
·         Trail Mix of nuts and dried fruits (Whole Foods Market has a great bulk section where you can make your own!)
·         Raisins
·         Cereal Bars / Granola Bars
·         Freeze-dried Fruits

Stay hydrated.  The summer heat in Florida can be brutal, and staying hydrated is key to keeping the fun going without injury.  Be sure to pack several bottles of water in your bag to drink throughout the day.  For cold water all day long, try freezing a couple bottles over night.  This will guarantee ice cold water all throughout the day with the added bonus of keeping your other snacks cool.

A day at the parks doesn’t need to be a rollercoaster ride of sugars and salts.  With a little pre-park shopping, you can enjoy the fun and keep your family fueled, hydrated and healthy.

Friday, July 13, 2012

It's Official- We're Heading To Orlando, Florida and area



It's official- we'll be travel blogging again soon. This time, in Orlando, Florida. I think we'll be making a few stops to other towns in the area- as well as Cocoa Beach.


I have been there three times, back in the 80's, but Gerry has never been there, so I'd love to go see how it's changed as well as see some things I never saw back in the day.


We'll be heading there in September, so look out for posts from me on things to see and do if you too are planning a trip to Orlando.


We got a great deal once again through our timeshare RCI, and will be staying in a condo for a week while there, at $199 for the week!
After checking  flights to Orlando, we were able to get airfare for the two of us for : $1300.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?



As we enter the summer months many of us are nurturing or just discovering the joy of gardening. Whether you have started your garden from seed in the cold winter months or bought ready grown seedlings after the first frost, there is something special about caring for plants and making them thrive. Vegetable gardens are a great thrifty choice as you can not only relax by gardening but also get rewarded with some great, healthy veggies in the end. Best of yet, veggie gardens do not require a lot of space. Many herb gardens and tomatoes can be grown in pots on balconies like a mini oasis.


Please visit our gardening friends to see what great gardening ideas they have for you:


Miracle-Gro encourages parents and their kids to get out and garden this summer because everyone can grow with Miracle-Gro. Whether you have a large backyard or a small windowsill to work with, gardening can be done! Try planting with Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix, a lightweight formula that expands up to three times its size with the addition of water and grows up to three times the flowers and vegetables versus native soil alone. Don’t forget to feed your plants too! Try Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed Continuous Release Plant Food, ready-to-use granules that shake directly onto soil using the extended spout, no measuring needed. You could also try making your own garden soil with a compost tumbler!





V-Tech Phones-For busy gardeners who need an extra hand while in the yard, VTech’s LS6475-3 comes with a cordless headset built into the base, enabling users to be on a call while working outside. The convenient headset gives gardeners the same interference-free, superior-quality voice, sound and range expected from a traditional DECT 6.0 cordless handset. With great range and free hands, it’s an excellent tool to keep in touch with loved ones while watching your garden grow.







No matter where a person lives, a thriving, bountiful garden is possible even with issues such as very little earth to plant, buildings or structures that block the sun and plants that swallow up everything once mature. 

The secret is knowing where to plant and what to plant for the space.


In her new book The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Small Space Gardening, author and Master Gardener Chris McLaughlin takes readers through nearly every imaginable space so green oases are possible, no matter how small; even if it’s a forgotten fire escape or the narrowest garden path.