Friday, August 30, 2013

Today's Winner!

Our giveaway for today:
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2013/08/kellogg-canada-is-debuting-new-products.html
and the winner was:
jentam777@gmail.com

** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you for those who took time to enter.

Review for Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers for PS3 PLUS a Giveaway (USA only)

Review By: Jon


Air Conflicts Pacific Carriers

Maximum Games (MG) has announced the arrival of Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers, a new arcade-style flight simulation available exclusively on PlayStation® 3 today, and later this month on PlayStation® Network. The game is centered on events that took place during World War II, featuring the aircraft and ships of the period, and historically inspired missions. Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is available now, and is rated T for Teens by the ESRB. 





 I started off playing the tutorial and found it very helpful with the early stages of learning to fly in the game.  It's quite easy to learn the controls and fly each of the different types of planes.  After a few runs at the tutorial I started up the Campaign mode to get a feel for the combat.  I started with the US side (nobody wants to be the bad guys off the start, ha ha) and was instantly dropped into the Pearl Harbor conflict.  It's a lot of fun being able to switch between aircraft to get a better angle on an enemy while dog fighting and when your bombing, once you run out of bombs you send the plane back and switch to a new one that is full of bombs. No time lost flying back to base to reload! I finished that battle then switched to the Japanese side to try it out and it was just as good!  Being able to fly the different kinds of planes each side has to offer is a good challenge to get used to but very fun once you get the hang of each type!  The ability to change the flight rosters is a good feature I found when the pilots start gaining experience in battle and getting their talents.  The Instant Battle and Survive! modes are lots of fun as well. Once and a while you just want to bomb something, do some dog fighting or just blast away at enemy planes from a carrier based anti-aircraft gun to let off some steam!

Overall the game is lots of fun to play!  Game play is good and the story line sucks you in making you want to sit there and play for hours.  Controls are very easy to get the hang of although I never did try out the Play station Motion controllers so I can't say how that would be. Only complaint I have about the game is the environment graphics but with the plane graphics being good and the fact you are always in combat, you hardly notice the graphics outside the plane!




Maximum Games would love to give away one of these games featured above to one lucky US winner. A random draw will be held by Random.org on September 13, 2013 from all entries received.


To Enter:

Leave your email and a comment for Maximum Games on who you would like to win this game for and why.


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Best of Luck to All!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

12 Tips for Healthy Fall Foods



Summer may have been the season for outdoor grilling and popsicles, but now that school is back, it’s time to refocus your family meal strategy. Use these food tips and recipe ideas from Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, BetterForYou.com’s mom blogger, to keep your kids nourished while saving yourself time, money, and energy! BetterForYou.com published by Linkwell Health.
 
De-stress breakfast
 
1.       Go portable: When everyone is rushing out the door, you need a meal on the go. Try whole wheat English muffins with peanut butter and sliced bananas, and milk in a to-go cup. Cook hard-boiled eggs and peel them the night before, then serve with whole grain rolls and fruit. Or whip up a smoothie with Greek yogurt, milk, and fruit.
2.       Jazz up oatmeal: Oatmeal, which is low in fat and high in heart-healthy fiber, is a nutritious, affordable breakfast staple. Make it more appealing by adding a spoonful of natural peanut butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips, a bit of almond butter with a dollop of jam, or a tablespoon each of nuts and fruit. 
3.       Choose a better cereal: There’s nothing wrong with a bowl of cereal with milk—you just need a good cereal. When choosing cereal, look for 8 grams of sugar or less per serving. You can also buy unsweetened cereal, like plain O’s or shredded wheat, and add just a touch of sweeteners at home.

 
Pack smart for lunch
 
4.       Don’t over stuff: Pack small portions of main items, and include fruits and veggies as sides. You’ll cut down on wasted food and eat healthier.
5.       Make juice a treat: Juice is healthier than soda, but it often still has lots of sugar and can put a dent in your wallet. Instead of packing juice every day, make it a treat. Pack water to three times a week, and 100% juice or milk the other days.
6.       Roll it up: Use a tortilla as your base, add on whatever your child likes—lean deli meat and cheese, or apple slices and peanut butter—and roll it up. Cut in half if you need to.

 
Simplify dinnertime
 
7.       Take some shortcuts: It’s okay to buy packaged mac and cheese—just look for whole wheat pasta and no artificial flavors. Add broccoli, diced tomatoes, or sweet peas for extra fiber and nutrients. Only use half or three-quarters of the cheese powder to reduce the sodium content.
8.       Pick frozen: Shrimp and fish are low-calorie sources of lean protein and brain-healthy fats. Save money by choosing frozen shrimp and frozen fish that’s farm-raised, or water-packed salmon and tuna. Use on salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more!
9.       Scope fast food menus: Sometimes, it’s just not possible to cook a homemade meal. Skip the guilt about going through the drive-through by looking up fast food menus online so you can pre-select healthier options. In general, choose grilled foods instead of fried, small fries instead of large, and water instead of soda.

 
Serve healthier snacks

10.   Satisfy a sweet tooth: Kids and adults can agree that living in a world without cookies is no fun. For better options, scan the ingredient list: If you see “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils,” put it back. It means they may have hidden trans fats.
11.   Keep chips basic: There are so many chips that claim to be healthy by putting “multigrain” or “all natural” on the package. The truth is plain tortilla chips made with just corn, oil, and salt are your healthiest bets for when you need some crunch. Serve with a little salsa for extra flavor.
12.   Feed your body: A banana, some yogurt, or a handful of nuts and natural dried fruit will energize you for your workout. After the gym, a combo of protein and carbs will help repair muscles. Try an apple with peanut butter or some hummus with whole grain crackers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Visalia, California


We are in the final stages of preparation for our Californian adventure. While there we will be stopping in Visalia, which is a picturesque town located close to the Sequoia National Park. Not only is the scenery beautiful, so is the architecture, and we cannot wait to stop by.


While in Visalia, we will be staying at Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center. It is really centrally located to everything there is to see and do in the area including King's Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Crystal Cave, and Lake Kaweah.

The hotel is filled with free services that any traveler loves, such as complimentary parking as well as free WiFi. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a fitness center and is very closely located to all sort of great activities such as golf courses, or hiking trails.There is also a great Californian style restaurant located in the hotel so that guests do not have to travel very far in search of a good meal. However, most people get really, really excited about hotel beds. They just see, extra comfortable, and the Marriott is among the very best. The beds feature luxurious bedding including down comforters, custom duvets and cotton rich linen. With great TV services, free internet and a wet bar, hotel guests may be tempted just to stay in the hotel instead of exploring around it. 

Whatever, we choose to do in Visalia, you can bet that the Marriott will be a great place to rest!

Today's Winners

Today's 2 winners:

owen.darlene@gmail.com - USA
brendawitherspoon at hotmail.com-Canada

Each winner will receive a prize pack as per the giveaway here:
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2013/08/review-and-giveaway-blender-boyz-canada.html

** Thank you to all who entered.
Winners have been contacted, and have 7 days to reply before a new winner is chosen.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Today's Giveaway!

Our giveaway:
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2013/08/review-and-giveaway-purex-plus-oxi.html

Today's 2 Winners:
bandkgram (at) hotmail (dot) ca
jentam777 at gmail dot com

** Winners have been contacted and have 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who entered!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Welcome To Madera, California




While in California we will be visiting Madera, which  is located in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. It is in the ideal location to everything we want to see, close to Fresno, (where we fly out from), and numerous Californian attractions.
The area is world famous for their numerous vineyards, many of which are a must see.





While in Madera, we will be visiting Home Grown Cellars where they cultivate, grow and process pomegranate juice and pomegranates. I think it is fascinating to know that pomegranates are among the oldest cultivated foods in the world, dating back as far back as 3000 BC, to what is now modern Iran. In fact, they figure potently, in Greek mythology. The juice made in Home Grown Cellars is 100% natural, with no additives, no preservatives, and no added sugar. These fruits are jam packed in goodness, being an excellent source of antioxidants that help your body repair and prevent damage by free radicals. There is such a great variety of products produced, and frankly it will be a lot of fun to watch, what is certainly an unusual fruit in Canada grow. We are very excited to see how these pomegranate products are made, and to sample each one of them.





Madera is wine country, and Gerry especially does love his wine.
While in town we will be making a visit to Quady Winery, which is the number one rated attraction in Madera according to Trip Advisor. The atmosphere in Quady is said to be fantastic and very wonderful for wine tasting. The wine tasting is free, and it allows you to appreciate the different selections of wines that Quady has to offer. You do not have to be an expert by any means to learn to enjoy a good glass of wine. Luckily for us, we will be visiting during grape crushing season which will last from August to October. So not only do we get to taste some wonderful wines but we also get to see how they are made.  For the truly daring visitors, they can even experience the age old tradition of crushing the grapes with their feet. Too cool-this should be one for the bucket list!





And for a place to hang our hats and lay our heads in Madera we will be staying at Spring Hill Suites- which is part of the Marriott family. The hotel is centrally located close to Fresno as well as Yosemite National Park, both places that we hope to visit while in California. The hotel suites offer different places for eating, relaxing and sleeping so that they truly feel like they are your home away from home. The suits also offer butler’s pantries complete with refrigerator, sink & microwave.

Since we do a lot of travel blogging, I am especially looking forward to a large well lit desk, along with the very important free high speed internet. Additionally, the hotel offers complimentary parking, so that you do not waste your valuable dollars just to pay for a place to park your rental car. It is also nice that the hotel offers complimentary breakfast. We pay so much for everything in life, so it can be really nice, to have things included in the price of the hotel.

After a long day exploring the area you can relax in their outdoor pool, or a whirlpool. This will be a great place to lay down our head after we finish exploring another part of the state of California. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Body Shop’s Fall 2013 Product Launches



The Body Shop Canada recently unveiled their Fall 2013 line
Be sure to check out all the great new products!!


Honeymania Moisture Collection-Launch date- October 2013
Colour Crush CollectionAugust 2013
Camomile Make-up Removal Collection- August 2013
Dragon Fruit Lip Butter 


They believe true beauty comes from the heart.
And more than a pretty face.
It's about feeling good and doing good, too.
They make their products with love and care. They source
some of the finest raw ingredients from the four
corners of the globe. 
They trade fairly so communities benefit as well as you.
They never test on animals, and all their products are
100% vegetarian. They campaign with passion on issues
close to their heart, because activism is in their blood.
And....They always keep people, animals and the planet in mind.


Kellogg Canada is Debuting New Products! And We're Having a Giveaway! (Canada only)

Gerry and I recently had a chance to try the following new Kellogg Canada food products-
the run down on them and our personal opinions.


Special K* Popcorn Chips Butter Flavor


Special K* Popcorn Chips are a lightly seasoned, savory snack that satisfies your craving for something salty and crunchy, with 80 calories per 20 piece serving. Available in two delicious flavors: Butter and Sweet & Salty.

Gerry: Very good taste! A plus is no popcorn kernels stuck in your teeth!
Me: I loved these! They are like a rice cake I found with a popcorn flavor. Can be very addicting though once you start a munch!



Special K* Popcorn Chips Sweet & Salty Flavor


Special K* Popcorn Chips are a lightly seasoned, savory snack that satisfies your craving for something salty and crunchy, with 80 calories per 20 piece serving. Available in two delicious flavors: Butter and Sweet & Salty.

Me: I didn't care for these. I tasted sweet right away and after I tried the popcorn flavored ones, I just didn't really seem to care for these. Too sweet for me for a snack chip.
Gerry: Too sweet for me!



All-Bran* cereal bars Blueberry Brown Sugar



Kellogg's* All-Bran* Bars are now available in popular Blueberry Brown Sugar Flavor. Like our other All-Bran* Bars, they contain Wheat Bran. All-Bran* Blueberry Brown Sugar Flavor bars are high in fiber and provide 16% of the recommended daily fiber.


Me: For the simple fact that I don't care for blueberries or the taste, I didn't try these bars.
Gerry: Liked these. Very original blueberry flavor- great for an afternoon snack.


Vector* Protein* Chewy Bars Mixed Nut



With 11 g of protein per bar, Vector Protein* Chewy Bars can help you get nutrition you need for your active life. We've put in lots of crunchy nuts and dipped it in a smooth chocolatey coating for a sweet and salty taste and chewy, crunchy texture. Available in Peanut and Mixed Nut.

Gerry: Found these to be less inferior to the peanut ones in taste.
Me: I tried these but didn't prefer as much as I liked the peanut ones below. Nutty and good flavor but still preferring peanut.




Vector* Protein* Chewy Bars Peanut





With 11 g of protein per bar, Vector Protein* Chewy Bars can help you get nutrition you need for your active life. We've put in lots of crunchy nuts and dipped it in a smooth chocolatey coating for a sweet and salty taste and chewy, crunchy texture. Available in Peanut and Mixed Nut.


Me: Loved these! Very pea-nutty! I liked the fact too that each bar contained a whopping 11 grams of protein, without having to eat a yucky "protein" bar!
Gerry: Agrees with Me!



Kellogg Canada would love to giveaway a selection of FREE product coupons for it's new products to one lucky Canadian reader of The One Income Dollar.

A random draw will be made by Random.org on August 30, 2013 from all entries submitted.


To Enter:
Simply leave your email and a comment for Kellogg Canada about their new products!

Today's Winner!

Today's giveaway:
and our winner:
loriagalbraith@gmail.com


** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.

Thank you to all who entered!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Delta Hotels and Resorts- Fall Special




Delta Hotels Sale -Starting Today - Save as much as 30% at one of Delta's participating 35 hotels across the country.

Offer valid until August 25, 2013, for stays from August 21, 2013 to October 31, 2013.

One example of the savings: Save 20% at the Delta Bessborough , Saskatoon.

We love this hotel and it will be a stop for us once again on our way back from Yellowstone and area in two weeks.

Plus: 
Anniversary Special Rate. Couples celebrating their anniversary are eligible for a special rate equal to the year they were married. Married in 1989? Then your rate would be $89. For those married in 2000 or later the rate is $109. You  are eligible 3 weeks before or after their actual wedding date. Proof of wedding date required at check-in. ( Wedding Photo will do!)
** Offer Valid at Delta Bessborough only.


But hurry and book- these hotels are first rate and don't stay empty long!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Erika and Jon's Trip to Greece- Danone Yogurt Contest Win!

For anyone interested in our daughter Erika's contest win from Danone yogurt this year: 
Trip to Greece for 2 plus $2,000 spending money: you can read all about it on the clickable link. Trip valued at $7500!
Her and her boyfriend Jon had a great time- but a very long flight!


She has still been busy  entering contests and having decent, smaller wins and having fun with it!
Takes after her mom with a love for entering contests!



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Monday, August 19, 2013

Back To School Dorm Living


Soon it will be that time of the year again, when millions of students leave the comforts of their homes and head off to achieve post secondary education. A vast majority of these students will be living in a dorm during their first foray into this adult world. There are many benefits in living in a dorm such as the proximity to campus, safety and the possibility of making life- long friends in a new city.

When you first enter your dorm room you may feel it lacks the comforts of home. There is usually utilitarian, basic furniture that has been used by so many other students before you, that you may feel that it lacks personality. Do not be discouraged; with a few personal touches here and there, you can make your dorm room feel, cozy, comfortable and feeling like home....almost. Now, if you could only get rid of that annoying roommate!

Some great "dorm living" products we have come across:



Snackbox- (Canada only shipments)




Snackbox will help your college "kid" discover, learn about, and try healthy snack food products that you'll love.
Every month, their holistic nutritionist and her team of experts carefully choose and curate the best snacks. There will be a combination of sweet and savory snacks to satisfy any craving!
And your son/daughter will get 10 - 12 items in their Snackbox once a month!

Coupon code for Canadian  readers. "ONEINCOMEDOLLAR". 
This entails our readers to $15 off their first Snackbox. Only valid for new customers. Coupon code expires Sept 30, 2013.


The GoGo Pillow™ -




With over 23% of teens now having a tablet computer, it's necessary to have a gadget accessory to compliment the tablet features while providing security and comfort.

GoGo Pillow is a plush, multi-functional pillow that highlights mobility, safety and comfort for students. With its patented multi-slot design, your tablet is locked securely in place from the dorm room to the classroom. The GoGo Pillow™ works on most tablet sizes and on any surface and it even transforms into a storage pack, making it easy for you to carry along to classes. The GoGo Pillow™ also allows easy access to power cord and ear bud sockets for convenience and is available in a variety of fun colors. 






It's the new external phone battery,and is the perfect back to school item for students on the go. Whether they are at  practice or studying in the library, Jackery will keep students’ phones charged all day and night. Most importantly, a Jackery provides parents with the peace of mind that their kids will always be a phone call (or a text) away.  

The Jackery is lightweight, fast charging, small in size and has a sleek design. The battery has up to 220 hours extra operation time.The Jackery is available in three different sizes and is an essential item for any student’s back to school list.


Energizer EN180-




The compact yet very robust Energizer EN180 is the "World's Smallest Cup Inverter" and can charge up to 5 devices at once.This award winning Cup Inverter allows you to power and charge your mobile devices in your car or truck.
They are ultra compact and plug into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket or attach to a car battery and fit securely in a vehicle’s cup holders. Each Cup Inverter has four USB Ports with a shared 2.1 Amp capacity to facilitate charging up to four devices at once. In addition, each Cup Inverter has a standard North American AC outlet allowing you to plug directly into your GPS, laptop, MP3 player or cell phone. 


Energizer Smart Phone Charging Station-




It's never cool to have a smartphone, iPad, tablet or laptop with a low or no battery charge to connect with friends, family and the world.  Whether in the dorm, at home, office or on-the-go - just toss into your suitcase, the Energizer Smart Phone Charging Station - The Everything Charger can charge up to 5 devices at once.  It sports 3 AC outlets with surge protection, 2 USB ports, rotates 180 degrees to accommodate various wall outlets and includes a nightlight among other features.  This sleek, multi-function product can charge multiple devices in one compact yet robust unit in a small space. 






Kind


KIND bars, made with ingredients you can see and pronounce, are a good source of heart healthy fats, protein and fiber – making them the perfect snack for textbook-reading and college-living students. With hard studying often comes cravings. Looking for something sweet? Try Almond and Coconut. Salty? Pick up Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt? There’s a KIND bar flavor for every occasion!


 




No need to stand over a stove for a half hour to make great steel cut oatmeal; you can make Oat Revolution’s steel cut in just two and a half minutes! The steel cut varieties are packaged in the Better Oats’ signature built-in measuring cup pouch, making steel cut oatmeal convenient and less messy – perfect for college students on the go.

The new varieties of Oat Revolution steel cut oatmeal are available in three varieties to satisfy the tastes of everyone's taste buds: maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon, and classic.



TerraCycle-



TerraCycle products are not only fun but are environmentally friendly and very functional. Any college student will be happy to know know that these fun and functional school items at TerraCyle have been land waste re-purposed and not put into landfills. These products all help contribute to a cleaner world for everyone's future. And students are all about the future.



Cree LED Bulbs-




When college students transition into dorm-room and college apartment living, they are finally entering the real-world, with real bills! 

Transform any dull dorm room, into a tech-savvy energy-efficient space with Cree LED light bulbs. New Cree LED bulbs help ease the move by delivering the warm, omni-directional light that creates the comforting at-home feeling they’ll miss while using 84 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, Cree bulbs are designed to last 25,000 hours – a nice memory to keep throughout college, their first job, their first home and beyond.

Cree LED bulbs are available at The Home Depot Stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.


NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio-





Equipped with espresso technology, the Genio features 15 bars of pressure (comparable to coffee shops) while the sleek, compact design makes the Genio a perfect fit for those tight dorm spaces! 

Whether sipping on espresso during those late night study sessions, or impressing new friends with custom Cappuccinos and delicious hot chocolate, the trendy and powerful Genio is the must-have dorm  accessory for your new college student.  There is even a Peach Iced Tea option, which is perfect for cooling down during those hot summer days.

The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio is currently available at Kohl’s, http://www.amazon.com/ and www.Dolcegustostore.com.





Walmart-



*Another part of what will be in your dorm this year, will be the clothes you wear, and what better place to shop for stylish and reasonably priced, Back To School clothing, but Walmart. Look trendy on a budget and get budget-friendly fashion and accessories available at Walmart this season.
Plus while your checking out the season's hottest styles, be sure to check out Dorm Living. Walmart has all of the necessities and extras to improve college life in your dorm or off campus.




*I was financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own.

The Bid Adieu to Stains Contest Has Launched! (Canada)


From August 19 - September 19, Purex will be providing one lucky winner with $500!
For years, stains have caused you endless grief and frustration. No matter what product you use, nothing seems to give your family’s clothes the Bright, White & Clean look they deserve. But now that you’ve found Purex plus Oxi detergent, specially formulated to fight 101 of your toughest stains, you can finally bid adieu to stubborn stains for good.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Cheaper Way To Fix The Backyard Fence Plus An Update

Just beyond our backyard fence is where Gerry has  the wood pile,( wood used for the wood stove in his workshop when it gets cold), but the fence is kind of old and rotting in spots back there. Fence boards ARE expensive and so is paint. Being that this is only a small section behind the wood pile, I decided that instead of replacing the fence boards with new fence boards, let's tear that section down and just put up a few pallets instead.



Gerry took one section down and put up the pallet just to show what it will look like, and since its only for yard separation with the neighbor's yard and behind the wood pile, we won't be painting it. Kind of a rustic look .
Gerry has to get his hands on about 2-3 more free pallets but saves us big and gets rid of that bad part of the fence. Will update with another photo when it's done.


August 18th Update:
Decided it looked quite well without a fence in behind it- so for now we are leaving out the pallets.







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Today's Giveaway and Winner!

http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2013/08/review-and-giveaway-lush-beach-box.html
Our giveaway today- above.
Our Winner:


** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who took time to enter.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Blender Boyz (Canada and USA)

Summer time means sipping cool blended drinks by the pool, or sipping cool drinks and dreaming about a pool. Recently, my daughters have had a chance to review Blender Boyz fruit smoothies, frozen coffees and cocktail mixes, and they could not say enough good things about them.

The mixes are made with real fruit and coffee and come in pre-measured packages which makes assembly super easy and convenient with absolutely no measuring and practically no clean up. There is a huge variety of flavors to choose from such as strawberry banana, iced cappuccino, tropical paradise, berry blend daiquiri, margarita and Pina Colada mixes just to name the very few.
Once you are ready to make your drink you can customize it by trying some new ingredients or even just substitute yogurt for coffee and getting an entirely new taste experience. This is a great product for those looking for easy and convenience with a side of smoothie. Online ordering is available! 

Blender Boyz has offered to give away 2 mixed cases of Blender Boyz smoothie and cocktail mixes PLUS a Hamilton Beach personal blender to one lucky reader in the USA and one in Canada.
Random.org will be making the draw on August 27, 2013 from all entries received.


To Enter:
Please leave a comment for Blender Boyz about their product and your email address.
As well state the country you are from- Canada or USA.

** Please note Blender Boyz will be collecting your email address as well.


Good Luck to All!

Miller's Landing, Bass Lake, California



When in California we will be  spending some time at Miller’s Landing. We hear it's  a great place to hang out, put your feet up and enjoy the Californian summer sunshine. If you don't  feel like simply basking in the Californian scenery, there are plenty of things to keep yourself amused. Many people rent ski boats and Sea Doos in order to have some fun on the water. There are so many things to do on the water that you will never be bored, and it is the perfect place to introduce kids to water sports as well.

Furthermore the resort has a little Marina at which you can rent a boat or even dock a boat you already own. However many people are simply satisfied looking out at the sunset overlooking the Marina. The resort has several cabins for rent, which give you a lot more rustic and unique experience (with modern accommodations) than what you would get in a standard hotel room.
The resort features a general store and little restaurant/grill which grills up the perfect lakeside treats such as hamburger, hot dogs, patty melts and ice cream. Located on Bass Lake in the beautiful Sienna National Forest, we are really looking forward to our stay there.

It's also good to know they are a pet friendly resort, but our Jakey will be sadly staying behind once again.

Sunday- July 21st Plus an August 16th Update

Well, the end to another weekend- today being very wet and cool. I even cut the furnace in. I know not too frugal of me, but I have problems with my circulation and hands and feet were freezing. Had to.Just to take the chill out. I'm not very good when the weather turns cooler. 

We sold our garden tiller today. The garden was not coming up too well this year, and the peas Gerry already had to take out because they weren't growing well and what did come up, dried up. We've decided for the little bounty we've gotten out of it since we have been planting, and the amount of work required to fight the weeds, that after this planting is done for the year, we will cover it back in with grass. Even our raspberries have not taken yet . 

Gerry did finish the siding though, so I'm posting some before and after shots of the front, but think we may still add some white siding for the skirting and cover over the older white boards.May be able to get some on local trading post on Facebook- someone may have some leftover pieces to sell.







Took down our white ceiling fan in our bedroom and replaced with one I got on sale in a dark brown, at Canadian Tire, for $34.99-  40% off. Just trying to sell the white one now, and Gerry taped in our room to get ready to paint tonight. Going from light yellow to a beige. Walmart had paint on sale - $25 a gallon, and we bought 2 with money he had made from selling something else we had. 

Gerry's  also had to to do some fixing up in the main bathroom. Trailer shifted again and caused some cracking and peeling of the paint, so has to touch it up- again. Have this happen every few months.Frustrating.

Me, I've been entering alot of online contests lately, when I'm not out walking, spending time with the dog, blogging or doing the day to days.  I've won 2 x $25 gifts cards in two giveaways this month and a coupon for a  bag of candy. Have fun dreaming of the prizes to be won! Erika enters quite a bit as well and has won a few prizes under $200 this month. Going to Greece next month from one of the contests she won a few months ago! 1 week island hopping trip plus got $2,000 in Visa gift cards.

Have a great week everyone....



August 16th update:
Decided to add siding to the front part of the trailer and covered over the skirting. Just on the front part-$109 -gives it a nice clean and new look- to go with the new siding. 






Yosemite's Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad



On our upcoming Californian vacation we will be checking out the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. This  is right up Gerry’s alley, (being his job is a traffic supervisor at the mining company he works at), but I think I can have a lot of fun there as well. 
This is a great chance of experiencing travel of ye old past in a Logger Steam Train, although not as fast as modern transportation, it sure is a lot more interesting and much better than sitting in traffic. We are very much looking forward to this trip around the woods.
There is also a  moonlight special, which is a tour which occurs in the evening, and  is very popular, as there is something uniquely wonderful about the enjoying a old fashioned train ride underneath the nights sky.
There will be plenty to do on this Yosemite Mountain adventure. Gerry and I are really excited to pan for real gold at Gold Rush City. Here, the instructor will show you how to search for this yellow treasure, just like they had in the past. Who knows, maybe we will strike it rich and pay for our next trip with the gold that we find? Even if we won’t, it will still be a lot of fun just to look for it. We are very excited about this stop on our trip.