Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our Reviewers/ Family- Erika and Jon- Holidaying in Newfoundland

Wanted to share some photos - this is our daughter, Erika and her boyfriend (Jon)  they are our staff reviewers too ! Holidaying in Sheaves Cove, Newfoundland and visiting with family there.














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Finding The Right Peer-to-Peer Financing Solution



BFS Capital is an expert in finding the right financing solutions for your business.

For many small businesses it is difficult to obtain traditional financing from your bank. Peer-to-peer financing might be a good option for your business.

For start-ups who have been in business for less than a year, your options are typically limited to venture capitalists or an angel investor, credit cards or crowdfunding. Most alternative lenders require a minimum of one year in business, while banks will want you to have been in business for much longer.

BFS Capital has alternative funding up to $2 million. For faster access to capital, you'll want to look at alternative funding providers like BFS, who can give you access to capital in as few as 48 hours in some cases.

Regardless of your situation, there's a financing solution out there for your business needs. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Getting Road Trip Ready- Snacks Included!


Are you "Road Trip Ready?" Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. There are many different products that can aide you to make the most out of your road trip. One  important part of a road trip is obviously your vehicle. And you can get all kinds of things ready - such as car care products, GPS unit, a cooler, car vac, air fresheners, etc..  There is alot of great things that will help you have the perfect road trip, including a good book, or magazines for those not driving or an ipod or ipad. How about baby wipes for clean ups, misting spray for freshening yourself up? And don't forget the snacks! Your taking the cooler too so you'll need healthy snacks for the road, and drinks all ready in your cooler so your not overspending at the convenience stores along the way.  You can enjoy traveling to your destination with ease this Summer with those things along with these great products:


SCRUBBLADE -





Why are SCRUBBLADEs must-haves for those summer road trips?

SCRUBBLADE is the only wiper blade in the marketplace designed and proven to cut through more than just water. Using their patented two-part cleaning system, the true innovation is found in the product’s small triangular scrubbers designed to cut through debris for a cleaner, particle-free windshield. The inside trailing blade then removes remaining water and debris for a significantly better wipe.



Quaker State motor oil -





Quaker State® motor oil has a 100+‐year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry’s most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need.

Quaker State helps give you more:
o   More protection1 with Quaker State Advanced Durability motor oil
o   More engine life1 with Quaker State Defy High Mileage motor oil
o   More fuel economy2 with Quaker State Ultimate Durability motor oil
o   More performance3 with Quaker State Enhanced Durability Synthetic Blend motor oil.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic Motor Oil, designed to deliver motorists more fuel economy2 while providing unsurpassed protection against friction-related wear1. Using a proprietary fuel saving additive, the full-synthetic additive package of Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic motor oil helps to keep oil fresh, benefitting fuel economy.

Quaker State Defy High Mileage motor oil is designed for high mileage vehicles to effectively minimize engine wear, providing more engine life1. As a vehicle ages, the engine becomes less efficient. Quaker State Defy High Mileage Motor oil is formulated to help recondition dried-up seals, help control external and internal leaks, and reduce oil burn-off and consumption.

To find the right Quaker State motor oil for your vehicle’s application and to see the most up-to-date list of promotions, visit www.QuakerState.com and follow the brand on Twitter (@QuakerState).

1 Compared to industry standard Sequence IVA
2  Compared to industry standard Sequence VID

3  Compared to Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ motor oil





SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA headlights-





Headlights are a driver’s first line of defense for any obstacle on the road, as seeing an object sooner and more clearly allows for more reaction time and a better decision. Upgrading to high-performance headlights like SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA can help add more downroad visibility, which can equate to additional reaction time. Every foot counts and every second matters.




A simple upgrade can make a better driving experience during your summer travels. SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA headlights have whiter and brighter light for more clarity. They provide additional side road and downroad visibility compared to standard halogen headlights. They also help drivers identify and react sooner to road hazards like debris, animals, disabled vehicles or pedestrians.


And don't forget the "snackings"-

Jack Links-



Light and delicious, Jack Link’s Original Chicken Jerky and already popular Turkey Jerky are a wholesome and delicious snack for road-trips and an excellent source of protein. Naturally low in fat and carbs, Chicken Jerky boasts 11 grams of protein and just 80 calories per serving. Turkey Jerky offers 13 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving. Jack Links Original Beef Jerky is another super portable salty snack option that is packed with 12 grams of protein to keep you full during a long car ride, so you can enjoy a tasty snack without the guilt of empty calories that come with bag of chips. Other flavors include Peppered Beef Jerky, Korean BBQ Pork Jerky, Teriyaki Beef Jerky and Small Batch Maple Bacon, among others. Feed your wild side with an extra kick of heat - try JalapeƱo Beef Jerky, Sweet & Hot Beef Jerky and Sriracha Beef Jerky.


KIND bars-



KIND bars are healthy AND tasty, wholesome AND convenient, and made with ingredient you can see and pronounce. The Nuts & Spices bars are flavored with delicious spices for a seemingly indulgent snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Each bar only has 5g of sugar or less – which is 50% less sugar per bar than the average nutrition bar – and no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohol. The bars are also, like all KIND products, gluten-free! From fruity & refreshing, to simple & salty offerings, there is something to satisfy every mood no matter what your family taste buds are looking for!



Sugar Bowl Bakery-






Looking for the perfect snack for upcoming summer travel? Satisfy your sweet tooth with Sugar Bowl Bakery’s organic mini-desserts on your next trip! Just grab and go to enjoy these flavorful snacks without the guilt. The bite-sized Organic Brownie Bites are indulgent, yet guilt-free, at only 90 calories per serving. These individually wrapped snacks are free of preservatives, trans-fat, cholesterol, and have no artificial flavors or colors.
**Watch this spot for more great Summer "road trip ready" products!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

LongHorn Steakhouse Labor Day /Tailgate "Grill Us" Set For Labor Day Weekend Sept 4


Hard to believe, but autumn is quickly approaching and football season will soon kick off. As tailgaters across the country fire up their grills this Labor Day Weekend – also the kickoff to tailgate season –  LongHorn Steakhouse is here to help with tips and recipes to ensure gameday is a success!

Many people get intimidated by the grill, but don’t be one of them. Should you be grilling and find yourself asking essential grilling questions, don’t panic, LongHorn is here to help. On Sunday, September 4, LongHorn Grill Masters will be available via the Grill Us Hotline to provide advice for every step of the grilling process—from cleaning your grill to getting great diamond marks. For those who prefer to text, LongHorn will also provide grilling tips, recipes and how-to demonstration videos via text anytime through Monday, September 5.

·         Phone:   Dial 1-855-LH-GRILL (1-855-544-7455) to be connected to a Grill Master on Sunday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
·         Text: Text GRILL to 55702 to get expert grilling tips and recipes as well as how-to demonstration videos through September 5. (Up to 2 msgs per month. Txt HELP for help or STOP to end. Msg&data rates may apply. Msgs may be sent from 55702 using autodial system. Consent not required to purchase property, goods, services).
·         Social: Visit LongHorn on Facebook and Twitter for more expert grilling tips and tricks.


Tailgate Tips:
·         Prep whatever you can the day before.  For example, skewer the meat, slice the vegetables and pack your car.
·         Before you get started, prep the grill surface. Ensure your grill is hot (500°F) and cleaned with a wire brush. Place your hand 3 inches above the grates, and if you need to pull away before you count to 3, it’s ready to start grilling!
·         Boldly season. Don’t be shy when seasoning your steak! Try “The Big 4” – salt, pepper, granulated onion powder and garlic powder – coat both sides of the steak well.
·         Make sure you let your steaks rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to settle back into the meat, resulting in optimal flavor.
·         Don’t forget to turn the grill off when you leave your tailgate to go into the game!  Turn the gas off or cool and dump the charcoals in an appropriate receptacle—a metal bucket will work.


                             Grilled Potato Salad
                        



                                 ( click recipe to enlarge )

Today's Quick Tip

         


Cutting your brownies is so much quicker and less messier using a pizza cutter than using a knife I've found!


The Beauty of Different Education – Drawing, Coloring and Sketching




Parents should never underestimate the value and importance of drawing, coloring, painting and scribbling at an early age. Proven to have immense beneficial impact on early emotional, cognitive and motor development, drawing represents a key simple method of finding one's personality, style and form a view on the surrounding environment. Often neglected and considered a transitional period, scribbling represents the incipient stage of drawing.

Using a pencil on a blank piece of paper is something every child tries. The reason for this practice might lie in the natural curiosity we all showcase regarding the world as we try to understand and grasp the reality. We try to form an opinion on how things work, to put static things into scale and perspective, to apprehend the reason and form shapes and shadows form and influence us. All of these happen at an unconscious level when we are young and our minds are malleable. It is thus a crucial phase, one that will dictate future development and formation.

Understanding shapes represents the next stage where the mind is constantly trying to make complex connections. Their representation varies and evolves in time, their composition forming the early form of the classical house. Later on the human shape comes into picture in family portrays, firstly formed from basic circles and lines than evolving into a more accurate resemblance as time goes by and perspective and proportions are assimilated by the young mind.

Conceptualization takes over as the child tries to mimic his surrounding environment and the actions seen around him. Landscapes are present in his drawings in the way he manages to perceive it and here it is essentially important to encourage his own take on the world. Never critique, positive feedback should be constant as early stages will influence future self-confidence and shown interest in the art field and more. Discipline, physical control are all important aspects drawing and coloring can and will teach a young soul. Following a limit when coloring will exercise control and patience, the chosen hues will reflect a character trade.


As the child evolves, the realistic phase kicks in where the young mind moves from conceptualization to more realistic depictions of the reality. Imagination and creativity linger on but in a more moderate form. From now on, a professional aid will be required if the mind desires to pursue this field. Different techniques can be learned, the art supplies will change according to the preferred art area, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylics and so on but the single constant will remain the parent's encouragement and positive response to the unique view on the world each child has and forms.

Every parent has to undertake this journey with his child as they both change the perspective on the world and on life. The key is the journey itself and the crucial steps we each have to take to become independent, self-sufficient personas with personal beliefs and formed personalities. Now let's dive into the wonderful colorful world of cartoons and try to be a kid once more.

Photo Credits to Homesthetics.net

Friday, August 26, 2016

Schlotzsky’s is Celebrating its 45th Birthday with Tons of Special Offers from Now Until October 4th (USA)

Schlotzsky’s®, home of The Original® oven-baked sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, will blow out its 45th birthday by offering customers an opportunity to win $1,000 a day for the 45 days leading up to its birthday celebration on October 4. Guests who purchase the 45th birthday 32oz. commemorative cup and enter the “Blowin’ Out Birthday” sweepstakes in the LOTZ4ME app will be entered to win. New members who download the app will receive a free small The Original sandwich during the 45-day promotion window, August 19 to October 4.

Blowin’ Out Birthday Sweepstakes
Each 45th birthday 32oz. commemorative cup features a 10-digit sweepstakes code. In order to enter, fans log in to or, for new users, download the LOTZME app and enter their unique cup code which lights the Schlotzsky’s birthday candle atop their famous The Original sandwich. By blowin’ out the digital candle through the speaker of their smartphone, fans are officially entered to win $1,000. Fans can also receive in-app prizes by sharing their entry on Facebook including $45 e-gift cards as well as an official Schlotzsky’s 45th Birthday t-shirt. 
Visit www.schlotzskys.com/45thbirthday for the official rules.




More Reasons to Celebrate
In addition to the $1,000-a-day giveaway and the LOTZ4ME promotion, Schlotzsky’s will launch the brand’s first Snapchat filter as part of their Blowin’ Out Birthday theme. The filter will be live at all locations on October 4 when they celebrate their 45thbirthday alongside guests by rolling back prices nationwide on a small The Original sandwich to just $1.99. The one-of-a-kind sandwich that started it all features 13 fresh, flavorful ingredients, including fresh-from-scratch sourdough buns baked in restaurants daily.
In addition to The Original, Schlotzsky’s offers guests the highest quality hot delicious sandwiches on its legendary Fresh-from-Scratch® oven-baked sourdough buns, gourmet pizzas, Artisan flatbreads, oven-baked pastas, a variety of savory soups and delectable desserts. This year, Schlotzsky’s announced the addition of seven new hand-crafted Specialty Sandwiches to its permanent menu, each offering bold flavors and fresh, high quality ingredients such as vine-ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced meats, caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers and rich, melted cheeses piled high on the brand’s signature freshly-baked bread. With seven unique recipes, including one vegetarian option, Schlotzsky’s is offering something new to satisfy every craving.
For more information on all the birthday celebrations or to find the nearest Schlotzsky’s location, visit www.schlotzskys.com.

Haircut Day!

Rates went up again for Jake's hair cut - $55 and tax= $62.50!
Not something I think I could or would want to do on my own though, despite us being DIYers. But costly. He goes every 2- 3 months. Try to hold off as long as I can.

After being at the doggy salon for 2 hours though, he's beat!



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review Of The Popular "Doran 360RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System"

Review by: Gerry






We own a 2005 Georgetown XL Class A RV. It didn't have a tire pressure monitoring system when we bought it. But I learnt of **Doran's 360 RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System in an issue of **MotorHome magazine. 

We travel many miles from our northern home in Canada to southern Arizona and California in the Fall and wanted to ensure that our travels are safer. With this system it monitors all 6 RV tires as well as all 4 of our SUV tow tires as well, and will alert me when pressure falls below a pre-determined value.Maintaining proper tire pressure is crucial in order to get the most life out of our tires, maximize fuel mileage, and most importantly avoid break downs.

The kit I received came with 10 sensors, monitor, sensor locks (which prevent the sensors from falling off the valve stem), wiring, antenna and easy to follow instructions .




Installation took me 15 minutes. Simple.



Programming took another 10 minutes. Simple.



Now we have a complete tire pressure monitoring system while we travel and will feel alot safer while on the highway!




Would definitely recommend this product.
Feel free to comment with any questions I may be able to help you with, or contact Doran direct @ inforequest@doranmfg.com



**Doran launched the next-generation Doran 360™ tire pressure monitoring systems for the RV and truck markets in early 2008. The new systems were designed for simple installation and programming and include a number of patent-pending features that addressed customer requests that have kept Doran at the top of the market since it's introduction.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Today's Quick Tip


Get organized! Front entry way/porch

Donate coats, shoes, or accessories your no longer using . If you are short on space, put items that are out of season into storage elsewhere. Sort anything else you have on shelves and in drawers. Keep, sell or donate!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Getting Graphic This Summer- With Graphic T's!

Summer is the perfect time for casual clothing. Floral dresses and top tanks are great and ideal to wear but graphic t-shirts are the wearable trends now that you should not miss. Aside from they are super comfortable, they have funny and quirky phrases printed on them that can help you celebrate summer and display your individuality. Don’t worry on how you can wear these tees as there are dozens of easy yet stylish ways to wear them!




Graphic t-shirts can be bought on different online stores at affordable prices. This way you can have different styles and messages you can wear in the rest of the summer. T-shirt brands to check out:


Tees.ca-





Tshirts for men, women and kids from well known t-shirts brands Altrue apparel, Junk Food, Out Of Print, eBoy, Threadless, bamboo, hemp shirts and other artists. T-shirts, hoodies, accesories, jackets, jewelry, hats, for women, men, and kids. Stylish looks- grab a few items for Back To School too.

 




Huge selection of funny t-shirts. Super soft, comfy, and unique. Get used to hearing "where did you get that shirt?"







             Have fun with your summer- and wear a graphic t!!







Today's Quick Tip



Let's organize and de-clutter some paper!

Do you have a pile of paperwork on your kitchen table or in your home office? Go through those bills, receipts, and any other paperwork, shredding what you don’t need and sorting whatever is left over- into its proper location.

Wendy’s Frosty Fans Can Beat the Heat with 50 Cent Frosty Treats (USA)


WHAT: Wendy’s® is encouraging fans to go from sweaty to sweet by cooling off with a Frosty® treat for only 50 cents. For a limited time only, Frosty fans can take advantage of the deal and visit their local Wendy’s for a cold, creamy small Wendy’s Frosty.

Made with quality ingredients like real cream and fresh milk, Wendy’s Frosty treat is an American favorite that can be enjoyed in chocolate or vanilla flavors. Or try both. Heck, they’re only 50 cents!



In addition, Wendy’s is teaming up with MLB.com to give fans the opportunity to watch their favorite teams for the rest of the 2016 season with a free subscription to MLB.TV Premium, the #1 live streaming sports service. To take advantage of this offer, fans simply need to post a selfie on their public Twitter or Instagram accounts with their Frosty treats using the hashtag #50centFrostyMLB**. Whether you’re enjoying one in the restaurant or walking outside – or if you’re dunking a spoon or a fry into it – Wendy’s wants to see how you like to eat your Frosty treat.  

WHEN: For a limited time beginning Aug. 15, 2016.

WHERE: Participating Wendy’s restaurants across the U.S.

**Terms and conditions for this offer can be found at mlb.com/sponsors/wendys/mlbtv



About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

An Upgrade on the BBQ for $0

Gerry had to make a trip to the landfill site today and any chance he gets to "shop" out there to "re-purpose" something he will.





Today he picked up a few grate replacements for our BBQ- top and bottom. These were cast iron ones. The old ones were metal, rusted and in bad shape. He said replacement ones were at Walmart and would have costed about $100 for cast ironHe also added wheels to the BBQ to move it around. Didn't have any wheels before but this made a nice touch to it. cha-ching savings!




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Friday, August 12, 2016

Shark Has Those College Dorm Must Have's


Heading off to college for the first time is both exciting and daunting. Exciting since you will take a more matured path and become independent as you live on your own. But it's daunting to figure out how you will organize your college dorm and the things you will be needing to somehow feel like you're close to home.

For those freshmen going off to college dorms for the first time, Shark has some "must have's" below to for you when doing your laundry or cleaning up the floor in your room.




The Shark® Press & Refresh® Garment Care System is a revolutionary new way to bring your fabrics back to life, reducing the number of trips to the dry cleaners and refreshing all the fabrics in your dorm. 

Shark
® Professional Steam deeply penetrates fibers to relax wrinkles, remove odors, and renew fibers. Kills 99.9% of common household germs and bacteria. 

The Exclusive Heated Wrinkle Eraser
® replicates the soleplate of an iron to dry fibers to prevent re-wrinkling while leaving a pressed finish. 

The vertical press pad creates a vertical ironing board on any door in your dorm making it easy for quick touch ups when you need them without the hassle of setting up a traditional ironing board. 

The Garment Care System also comes with an array of frame attachments, bonnets, and Velcro
®clips to provide the best results for all your fabric needs.




Shark Blast & Scrub 2-in-1-




Forget about the mop and bucket or getting on your hands and knees to scrub floors. Use the Shark two-in-one Blast and Scrub Steam Pocket Mop to deep clean and sanitize your sealed wood and hard floors in your dorm. It also converts to a handheld steamer to tackle all your above-floor messes. 

The Shark 2-in-1 Blast and Scrub Steam Pocket Mop is convenient, fast, and powerful. Its three-setting Electronic Intelligent Steam Control provides full control for the right amount of steam needed, providing sanitization on hard floors with no chemical residue. Push the Engage Scrubber/Head Release Button when you encounter a tough, stuck-on mess to release the mop head and feel the Blast and Scrub Technology delivering high-pressure concentrated steam combined with the on board scrubber to clean stubborn stains. You so need this!