Review: Ethical Bean Coffee

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review by: Jon 

With eight distinct roasts to choose from Ethical Bean Coffee Located in Vancouver BC,roasts only the best Fairtrade Certified, Organic Coffee.) They lovingly roast them in them in their carbon-neutral roastery powered by green-energy, and then deliver them to you brimming with possibility.
Their roasts include: Mellow,Lush, Decaf,Rocket Fuel, Classic, Sweet,Bold and Exotic. 

Our staff reviewer, Jon, loves his teas and coffees and was quite happy to try two of the  Ethical Bean Coffee they sell.

Just like the name, "Mellow" is light and mellow. It's the perfect flavor if you're craving a cup of coffee on a relaxing afternoon. The aroma and taste are equally nice. 

On the other hand, "Lush" is a stronger coffee but just the right amount of strong. Again, the aroma and taste were great! Not to mention it's the perfect flavor to get you up and going on work days! 

In comparing the two, Jon liked the "Lush" coffee better as he prefers a stronger taste.

Phoenix's Hard Rock Cafe

While in Phoenix,( and in only about a week before we leave), we will be stopping by the **Hard Rock Café. These are always a lot of fun as you know a little what to expect from the franchise yet, each location throws in some unexpected regional flair. You will see some great Phoenix oriented Rock memorabilia in the restaurant and gift shop so it will be a great cultural experience as well. What makes things even more exciting is that they are introducing a new menu, featuring over 30 new offering including, desserts, salads, entrees and drinks! What WILL we try??
This menu was under over 14 months of strict culinary development and was extensively tested so it is sure to please the clientele. To see how extensive the development process was, you should know that over 27 different types of buns were sampled before brioche bun was selected. Research has also shown that many of the menu items were huge crowd pleasers and these stayed on the menu with maybe a little modification or two to better the dining experience.
We are very much looking forward to going to the Phoenix Hard Rock Café, and checking out the new menu and the local culture scene, with drinks on the patio, we can finally welcome spring.

**About Hard Rock International 
With a total of 180 venues in 56 countries, including 140 cafes, 19 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. 

Easter Baking

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter is a great time of the year, Spring is in full swing, and the flowers are blooming. You can take some of mother nature's inspiration with you into the kitchen and create some yummy recipes. Or, just buy pre-made treats and enjoy the sunshine. Such as with:

Among Friends-

Among Friends –  are the creators of nutritious baking mixes that prove that healthy treats can exist without sacrificing great taste. Among Friends mixes are made from the best ingredients, ranging from organic ground flax seed to certified gluten-free oat flour. Perfect for your Easter or Spring time baking!

Among Friends’ new hand-crafted baking mixes include Francie’s Brownie Mix, Gerry’s Jam Bar Mix and ‘Live It Up Devilishly Chocolate Cake. 


Check out their Carrot Patch Cupcakes below and make your own this Easter. These cute cupcakes are decorated like carrots growing in the ground. Plus we've added a few more bonus recipes!

·         Easter Basket Cupcakes
·         Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcakes
·         Easter Egg Cake Bites

** Watch this spot for more Easter baked goodies and baking ideas!

Packing For Arizona!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In another 3 weeks we will be off to Arizona for the first time. We know it's going to be warm there and I can't wait! Any opportunity to get away from this snow!
Wanted to share with you some new travel finds below:

Sanuk's Sidewalk Surfers for Men:


Sanuk's Sidwalk Surfers for Women:

The men's and women's pairs of cool Sidewalk Surfers !
When taking planes, trains and automobiles – do it in comfort with Sanuk! These easy-to-slip-on shoes are perfect for wearing on-the-go.  The comfortable EVA sandal footbed will have you feeling like you're already on the beach, not to mention, these shoes are light and foldable! 
Easy to wear, easy to pack, stylish to rock. 

Eagle Creek Luggage-

( see our post on the luggage we're taking) - ( comfy underwear for the heat of Arizona!)

Leo High Performance Cotton Boxer Brief is a high performing boxer brief supports and protects! Made of cotton through an exclusive process that prevents shrinking and gives you a comfortable fit. Wide logo featured waistband lies flush. Great for everyday wear!
·         Long on legs for no chafing design
·         "Cotton plus" to avoid shrinking
·         Wide elastic waistband lies flat
·         Contour pouch protects & enhances
·         Fabric Content: 79% Cotton, 9% Elastane, 8% Polyester, 4% Polyamide

No Ride-Up Seamless Thong Panty - if you would rather wear nothing to avoid panty lines, but want to wear something - this undetectable thong panty is perfect for you. Its laser-cut fabric seamlessly transitions to your skin without detection, and its DuraBlend™ fabric feels light and soft. It is like wearing nothing, but with the comfort of wearing something!
·         Extreme comfort thong panty
·         Seamless; invisible under your clothes
·         Soft, stretch DuraBlend™
·         Laser-cut edge lays flat against the body and prevents unwanted panty lines
·         No elastic waistband or leg bands
·         Low-rise fit
·         100% cotton gusset
·         Fabric Content: 58% Polyamide, 42% Elastane

Staying hydrated is very important if you want to enjoy the activities. The
Go Caddy makes this very simple. The Go Caddy is a compact tote and water
bottle holder just the right size to hold all your items by your side
leaving your hands free. It conveniently holds a water bottle,
identification, money, camera, cell phone, sun glasses, etc. It's great for
walking, hiking, sporting events, outdoor festivals, heading to the gym or
wherever your active life style takes you.  It sells for an affordable $19.99 plus shipping. I'm getting one of these so I can leave my heavy purse behind when I'm out and about and carry only what I need!

** watch this spot for more travel finds!

The Nestle Cocoa Plan- What Is It?

What is the Nestle Cocoa Plan?

You may have seen this logo on their chocolate bars and wondered.
Over the next few years Nestle will be investing $120 million into the Cocoa Plan.

The Cocoa Plan is helping to create a brighter future by supporting cocoa farmers and making the cocoa industry more sustainable.
Bottom line: 
Nestle will help improve the  lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products.
Also watch the informative, short U Tube video on:  10 Things You Didn't Know About Cocoa.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's Quack and Win Contest (Contest)

The Quack and Win contest is currently running in all Rocky Mountain Chocolate stores across Canada. Be sure to drop into the store in your area to take part!

A select number of their 10 oz chocolate ducks contain gift cards from $5.00 - $100.00. The contest runs until April 20th

Review: Hanger Jack

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.

Gerry recently got Hanger Jack to clean up all his cords in the garage. He likes getting them off the floor, and not worrying about tripping on them.

Such a simple invention and yet so smart. Easy to install, the Hanger Jack can be used as a hanging space when you need it, but it also folds away when you don't. It is great for those of us that are constantly using door knobs, doors and any crook and crannies they can as a hanging surface. 

Some great spaces for it are closets, laundry rooms and garages, or really any space that you need it in.

It  really is easy to install and a easy way to get things off the floor and surfaces and save some valuable space. Such an ingenious idea, that you wish that you thought of it!

Creating Yourself A Spa Retreat At Home

You do not have to venture far and spend a lot of money to enjoy the soothing benefits of a spa treatment. With a few of the right ingredients and a little 'can do' attitude, you can create the perfect retreat in the comfort of your own home-no cheap borrowed flip flops required!

We like:

The Deluxe Topricin Foot Therapy Spa Set

The Ultimate Foot Retreat - $59.95 retail 

A treat for your feet!  Specially formulated to target feet and ankles, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream moisturizes and sooths tired, achy feet while healing the damage that causes pain—naturally, without grease or odor. All Topricin products are safe for diabetics.

The Deluxe Topricin Foot Therapy Spa Set includes: 
  • (1)2oz Topricin Foot Therapy Cream
  • (1)4oz Jar of Topricin Foot Therapy Cream
  • Callus Remover
  • Pedicure Set
  • Zipper Case 4pc
  • 2pc Toenail Trim
  • Foot Reflexology Chart
  • Topricin Sample Envelope
  • Dark Teal Fabric Bag


Using detoxifying mineral-rich Dead Sea Salts – rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium, and which aid in increased circulation and combating fluid – and Shea Butter – SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Bath Soak provides a nourishing and healing soak in a matter of minutes.  Key ingredients include: Coconut Oil to nourish and firm skin with Vitamins E and K, iron and fatty acids; Hibiscus Flower to treat dry, rough skin and improve skin tone; and Vitamin E to protect skin from free radical damage.

derma e® Hydrating Facial Wipes (25 count)-

Quickly and conveniently lift away makeup, oil and impurities while thoroughly hydrating, softening and smoothing skin with Hydrating Facial Wipes. Each freshly scented pre-moistened wipe is infused with ultra-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that helps condition, soften and smooth skin, leaving it fresh and dewy. Fortified with super fruit extracts Grape Seed and Maqui Berry, these easy, one-step wipes offer antioxidant protection while keeping skin clean and refreshed. Plus, each wipe is 100% compostable and all outer packaging is 100% recyclable. Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and sensitivity tested.

Astrida Naturals-

Their clarifying white willow bark & chamomile botanical extract mask will help to tone and purify your skin. Made with a detoxifying combination of French green clay and Australian washed blue bentonite clay.

White willow bark extract is a natural source of beta hydroxy acids, which will help to clear acne and exfoliate your skin and chamomile extract is a great anti-inflammatory with soothing properties.

To use this mask at home add 1-2 teaspoons of mask to 1-2 teaspoons of water in a separate container and mix to form a paste. Smooth on your skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing clean with warm water. Try customizing this mask further by using fresh plain yogurt or fruit puree instead of water for an even more luxurious experience.

Le Savonnier Marseillais-

Le Savonnier Marseillais received top honors as one of the 23 winners of the Product of the Year USA 2014 competition, spotlighting the year’s most innovative consumer products. Featuring the motto “your life, only cleaner,” the company's 100% natural body soap, made in France with pure essential oils, is available in unscented, lavender, orange blossom, peppermint, and a new fragrance - verbena - perfect for your home spa experience. Products are available at and other major online retailers, and at such leading natural markets as Akins, Chamberlin’s, Earth Origins, and soon in Haggen Northwest Fresh, Ingles and Whole Foods. 

Inspired Soap Works

Their products have been created to use each day to create a spa like effect whether beginning or winding down from a stress filled day.  They use Pure Natural and Organic essential oils to help stimulate the senses.  Each product is easy and ready to use whether its using their Dead Sea Salts as a foot soak or combining one of their Natural Fizzies in a bath of water adding a few Dead Sea Salts; moisturizing the skin with one of their lathering Artisan Olive Oil Bars and massaging in one of their Salves to your feet and body.
A little soft music; fluffy towel and some Inspired Soap Works products is all you need.

Review: Eagle Creek Luggage

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We are off to Arizona so very soon, and with all the excitement comes the dreaded packing. Since our secondary piece was destroyed by the airlines last trip out, we were in need of a new secondary piece and thus came the perfect opportunity to review.

Eagle Creek Adventure 4 wheeled Upright 28 is built tough and great for a traveler. It is very light weight which is a must since airlines make you pay dearly for any extra pounds. And lighter luggage means you can put more things in it, and this bag is so deep and roomy!

I always tell Gerry he packs more than I do! 

The zippers on this luggage are two way and lockable which is a huge convenience. It has multiple pockets for storage and organization which is truly wonderful as well as interior compression wings. Anyone who is used to the old school bags that you have to drag around, or even luggage with two wheels, will most definitely appreciate the four wheel system.You can go back and forth, side to side with no effort at all. Definitely a life saver when you are trying to navigate the challenging hallways of airports or any public transportation terminals.

The company offers a full range of travel accessories and bags which can stand the test of travel, wherever your journeys may take you. We can't wait to use our Eagle Creek luggage! And remember when YOU shop with Eagle Creek, They Donate. 5% of Purchases $150+ Will Help Preserve Alaska

While your also looking at the bags on their site, be sure to check out the packing check lists. These come in handy for all kinds of trips and destinations.

March is National Peanut Month

What would the world be without peanuts? There would be no peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and no crunchy additions to chocolate bars.
Peanuts are also a great and healthy snack all on their own, so since March is National Peanut Month, try to sneak a few extras into your diet.

Please visit our friends as well during National Peanut Month:

·       Organic Dark Chocolate Peanuts – Just in time for Peanut Month, dark chocolate has become all the rage in the health industry. Noted for increasing blood flow to the brain and helping to control blood sugar, dark chocolate has been recommended by the The Journal of the American Medical Association to protect against iron deficiency and help prevent heart disease. Decadent and satisfying, SunRidge Farms' peanut clusters are made with dark cacao grown and harvested only on sustainable organic farms. Enjoying Organic Dark Chocolate Peanuts this March is a great way to celebrate both Peanut Month and your health with guilt free snacking. 

·       All Natural Milk Chocolate Peanuts – If you're one of the many people who enjoys milk chocolate then this crunchy and satisfying snack is right up your alley. These non-GMO, preservative-free treats bring you the beloved combination of crunchy peanuts and succulent chocolate, perfect for lunches, parties, and anytime in-between. Plus, peanuts feature an array of health benefits and are full of the healthy monounsaturated fats. They are the perfect companion for Peanut Month. 

·       All Natural Yogurt Peanut Clusters – Rich and sweet, these all natural peanuts are covered in luscious yogurt, which contains no artificial colors or flavors. If you need an energy boost this March, then this is a great snack for you. Peanuts are packed with protein, containing 38 grams per cup, making them the perfect pick-me-up for any afternoon lull. Yogurt is loaded with vitamins, including calcium and B12. Combining these two power foods can help motivate you to finish your day strong. 

The best way to enjoy National Peanut Month is to celebrate all the healthy benefits that peanuts offer! A new study by the Peanut Institute reports that eating peanuts daily can decrease both blood pressure and cholesterol. 

And Kind's dark chocolate peanut butter +protein bar is  so delicious, people mistake it for a candy bar.  Best part is that unlike candy bars, all of the ingredients in this guy are all natural and to boost, each bar has 7g of protein!

Everybody does food drives.  Although impactful, they can become monotonous. has the Peanut Butter and Jam Slam that's just as impactful, but shakes things up a bit. Enter the country’s largest peanut butter drive. Peanut butter has a long shelf life, is high in protein, and is often requested at food banks. Beginning March 11, young people ages 13-25 can sign up to run a peanut butter drive in their community. To sign up, visit

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake ( click for recipe)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Pie- ( click for recipe)

Peanut Butter Pit Bull from Rescue Chocolate-

These bars put together one of humankind's most popular flavor combinations: crispy peanut butter with dark chocolate. The bar is vegan, kosher, handcrafted, organic, and fairly traded. But if all that were not enough, the profits from all Rescue Chocolate products are donated to animal rescue organizations. A rescued pit bull, named Mocha, is the cover girl and inspiration for the company. The blurb on the chocolate bar urges consumers to look beyond negative breed stereotypes and to judge all dogs as individuals. With their tenacious work drive and high intelligence, most pit bulls are only interested in pleasing their owners and giving lots of love. 

***Watch this spot for more on National Peanut Month!

Guest Room-Floor Done!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gerry spent most of the day, (except when I dragged him out to get groceries), putting down the new floor in the guest room. ( He just went over top of the lino we had in there).

We liked the flooring we got so much from Home Depot a few months back, when we did most of the trailer that we decided to pick up more flooring this last visit to the city, and do the guest room as well, (which shares the addition with our porch). A job well done!


Update on the Bathroom

Gerry spent a better part of yesterday afternoon fixing up the washroom off our bedroom.

You may remember me telling you not long ago, about our frozen line. Which cause an over flow a few times with the duel flush toilet and wrecked our washroom floor.

Gerry replaced that flooring yesterday, and also the toilet, with a regular flush. Sold the old toilet for $30.

My mouth is getting better after going to the dentist last week- am on penicillin and ibuprofen for infection. have an appt. this week to have it re-looked at to see what things better.

Found out last week if I do win my case on my portion of pension from ex husband, I won't be able to claim any of it till I'm at least 55, and only then a percentage. In the meantime, still going through a long process.

Gerry and I have been talking more of motor homes. May look at some closer to home next time we are looking. We looked last time while in Calgary. Gerry seems to think it would be better to get something that is newer and buy now while he is still working, to make payments on it. I agree it would be nice to have now as well, but wanted to get out of debt with our mortgage and truck payment first, ( which have about another 4 years left). I also would like to spend less, to see if it's something we really want. It would be easier to sell then afterwards if it isn't something that costs too much for something else to buy. Renting them is very expensive.

Gerry was talking of selling his snowmobile the other day- says he doesn't use it much. I only go out with him when it's warmer, and not much really. Even he doesn't make alot of trips out during the winter. So there are a few things to think on right now.

Have a good day everyone....


April 21-27th is National Spa Week

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Between April 21 and 27th, after you are done all your spring cleaning and eagerly anticipating the start of the summer, take a breath or two and relax. This time marks National Spa Week, so whether you choose to go to a spa or recreate the experience at home, just say ohmmmmm. Please visit:

Dr. Aurora DeJuliis-

Pamper and protect your skin with the latest products from Aurora DeJuliis, MD, the skincare line founded by Dr. Aurora DeJuliis, internist and anti-aging authority.  Described as a potent combination of science meets nature with ingredients like soy, pumpkin seeds, chamomile, and avocado oil, Aurora DeJuliis, MD products are formulated to transform your skin. 

Dr. DeJuliis applies her medical knowledge, training, skill, and over two decades of experience in skin rejuvenation, nutrition, and anti-aging medicine to offer a progressive European approach to skincare.  Established in 1998 as one of the first medical spas in New Jersey, Dr. DeJuliis is also the founder and medical director of The Aurora DeJuliis M.D. European Medical Spa in Montclair, New Jersey.  The MedSpa offers a unique combination of state-of-the-art, non-invasive cosmetic laser treatments with an anti-aging skincare focus. 

If You Gamble, Do It Responsibly

Friday, March 21, 2014

While some people have a fairly negative attitude to gambling, nowadays the majority of people consider it to be mainly harmless fun. The vast majority of people are able to enjoy gambling at a casino online for what it is, and although a few people might go a little astray that is no reason to restrict it from people who are able to gambling in their stride. There are interesting parallels between responsible gambling and responsible drinking. Most people are able to enjoy drinking alcohol without being silly about it and drinking to excess and most people don’t spend any more money on it that they can afford or that they wish to.

Gambling sensibly is really all about using your common sense. It is obvious that you shouldn’t spend any more money on gambling than you can afford to lose, but an alternative way of viewing this is that the money you spend on gambling isn’t money that you have actually lost, it is money that you have spent having fun and entertainment. For instance, when you go to a gig you don’t consider the amount of money that you have spent on your tickets is lost money, you think of it as the money you paid in order to go to the concert. You might subsequently wonder if it was worth the money if the concert wasn’t a good one, but if it was really good then you are going to be pleased that you paid only what you did. 

Gambling is the same; the money that you have spent on it is simply the amount that you spend for enjoying the process and thrill of gambling. Effectively we are saying that you don’t gamble to lose and you don’t gamble to win. You gamble to have fun. When you win, then that is a bonus and when you lose you haven’t lost at all. The same applies to live gambling or gambling at an online casino; gambling responsibly is easy.

First Day of Spring?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If this was what your First Day of Spring looked liked today- your not alone. The picture pretty much sums up our northern community today, and calling for more snow plus very cold temps tonight and tomorrow, with wind chills at -33 by tomorrow morning.

Best Western Fans Are Invited to “Be a Travel Hero” & Share Travel Prizes with Family and Friends

Best Western International, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, is once again giving travelers the opportunity to turn the guilt often associated with business travel into an opportunity to take family and friends on the trip of a lifetime. Now through April 6, the brand is bringing back its popular Best Western “Be a Travel Hero” promotion, which invites travelers to build a vacation for friends and family on Best Western’s Facebook page and be entered to win great prizes.
This contest runs in tandem with Best Western’s spring promotion, which offers online savings of up to 20 percent on as well as 1,500 bonus points per stay. Both programs give travelers the opportunity to earn rewards for use on future trips.

To participate in the Best Western “Be a Travel Hero” promotion:
  • Best Western Facebook fans will need to sign in or enroll as Best Western Rewards members
  • They will then choose a dream destination of their choice on a dedicated Facebook tab and invite up to 15 of their Facebook friends to virtually join the trip
  • Entrants will be eligible to win a variety of prizes including free night giveaways and a grand prize of 150,000 points, five nights at any Best Western hotel in the U.S. or Canada and a $5,000 gift card

“A business trip might be essential for work, but all that time apart can be tough on the family,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. “Best Western understands road warriors are true heroes to their families and friends back home, and we want to make it easier for them to take a much deserved vacation with their loved ones.”

Guests can sign-up for Best Western Rewards, the hotel brand’s loyalty program at Best Western Rewards was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 hotel rewards program.

For 25 years, Best Western Rewards has been one of the industry’s most generous rewards programs. It has the lowest redemption thresholds for awards, and is one of few loyalty programs that is truly international. With more than 4,000* locations in more than 100* countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points that can be redeemed for global free room nights with no blackout dates, the Best Western Travel Card®, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline/partner rewards and more. Best Western’s Status Match...No Catch®  program will match members’ elite status in any other hotel loyalty program free of charge. 
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