Monday, July 24, 2017

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Arrived home yesterday- 

Stopped through Moose Jaw, Sask@ the tourism center for a quick lunch in the RV and some photos.

We have been to the city before but hadn't been at their tourism center, which has a "Snowbirds" scale replica plane, there was also trolley parked there when we went, and a giant moose stands there as well. Lots of folks stopped, lots with their dogs too.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Today's Sightseeing in Central North Dakota

Man it was hot today- got to 86 today! Too hot for me. My legs always bother me when it gets too hot- feel so heavy and get achy. This morning was rainy and cloudy and we thought sightseeing would really be bad for photos today but by noon it was already clearing up.

We drove about 45 minutes south towards Garrison Dam. Had hoped to have seen the Dam in operation but they were actually fixing the spillway gates, so no water was running through. Was odd to see the one side of the Dam with no water and the concrete base.

From there we went to see the Knife River Indian Villages near Stanton.

After we headed 15 minutes further down the road to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan. 

Had something to eat after they closed at 5 pm and headed back to the campground to relax for the evening and stay indoors with the AC on! 

Tomorrow we leave Fort Stevenson Park near Garrison, and head back towards Minot.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials This Summer

Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, flaunt your bod and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. However, the hot season means natural elements that can hinder anyone’s well-being, making it imperative your medicine cabinet is stocked with the most essential, over-the-counter, at-home first aid products and medications.

1.    Moisturizing Sunscreen – This goes without saying. A moisturizing sunscreen is an absolute must! Sunscreen acts as a basic sun protector, assists with premature aging, helps with evening skin tones, all while making sure you stay moisturized.

2.    Aloe Vera Gel - With the sun rays in full force, it can be difficult to protect your skin from the heat. Aloe Vera Gel has great preventative properties also working as a skin rejuvenation, healing and soothing product. Aloe Vera Gel is a summer essential tool in skin-health and can used to relieve burned skin, remove sunspots, and moisturize dry skin

3.    Calamine Lotion - The summer brings mosquitos along with other pestering insects, leaving you vulnerable to bug bites and itchy rashes. Calamine Lotion is an oldie but goodie. This soothing cream is great to calm any itching that you may endure.

4.    Neosporin – Most people are more active during the summer season, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and beaching. Neosporin helps in treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns you may get from your summer lifestyle.

5.    Band-Aids – Besides the most common use of Band-Aids, such as treating minor cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids can also be a great summer hack and important to prevent blisters, friction and wounds from sandals and other exposed footwear.

6.    Benadryl – Summer allergies are no joke! Pollen and insects can do a lot harm. Benadryl treats sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other allergy symptoms that summer brings.

7.    Multivitamins – Some people may not know it, but summer is a great time to boost your body’s defense system.Multivitamins are important to provide the nutriment your body will crave in the summer.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine has shared with The One Income Dollar the above seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We're Here! Fort Stevenson State Park!

A perfect place to come to relax and get away from city life, just relax with the family, come to fish, hike,and more- Fort Stevenson State Park, North Dakota.

We arrived here from Minot, about 45 minutes south, earlier this afternoon and had the chance to drive around the park and check out some spots in the park such as the Guardhouse, cabins, marina, a cute prairie dog town, and Lake Sakakawea ( a giant reservoir created in the 50's).

Just relaxing this evening in a nice quiet spot in the middle loop in a pull out spot. We do love it. Full hook ups and Jakey even saw a red squirrel and bunny already so he was quite excited!

We'll still be here tomorrow but during the day will be heading about an hour further south and seeing some historic sites in the area, then back to our site, where we'll spend another relaxing evening I'm sure.

Planning on Buying Or Selling A New/Used #Vehicle?

If you are planning on purchasing or selling your car you have to check out first,  before going elsewhere. It is the largest digital automotive platform that connects buyers with local dealers and sellers from across the country, anytime and anywhere. allows you to research and compare both new and used vehicles as well as finding the value of your vehicle prior to selling it.  You can navigate through the site to find dealers, find cars for sale by owners, research car models and read reviews about cars you are interested in,  including the dealers that you may consider buying your next care from. 

Not only are there millions of cars both new and used listed in for sale, you can even calculate your payments all in one easy platform and you can even down load a mobile app to make it even easier to search for your next car purchase. also allows you to find service and repair advice, service estimates, find service centers close to you as well you can look up safety and recall notices and off advice what to do if your car has been recalled. Plus they even offer Maintenance 101 where there is informative information for simple car maintenance you can do in your own driveway or garage without having to spend a fortune on repairs. also offers the latest news on new vehicles, reviews, and as well as videos including helpful guidelines for the first time purchaser.

Truly is an excellent platform for any car owner, seller and buyer.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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3 Things #Homeowners Should Do with Their HAVC

When you move into a new home, there are going to be a lot of nuances and things to learn about the property. The functionality of your HVAC is one thing that you will want to figure out. If your new home has an old system with aging, inefficient appliances, it could be very expensive to run your heat and AC. Here are three things that you should do to make sure your HVAC is running efficiently.

Have an HVAC Tech Look at Your System

It is always smart to have an HVAC pro come to your home to help figure out your system. Often, the tech will look at your system, check the key components and give it a clean bill of health. If you are lucky enough to have an HVAC system that is perfectly efficient and functional as is, you can thank your lucky stars. But it is more likely that at least a couple of components will need some sort of maintenance or repair.

The furnace and condenser unit are the most important and expensive parts of a central HVAC system. You will want a certified tech to look at them closely to see if they need to be repaired or replaced.

Replace the System If Needed

If your HVAC tech suggests investing in a new furnace, air pump, or condenser, make the upgrade as soon as possible so you can start to see the benefits. It is not always a bad thing if your furnace or condenser units need to be replaced because it might give you a chance to update with an energy-efficient, money-saving unit. For instance, a new furnace with an Energy Star label can save you nearly $100 each year. This means that your investment will eventually pay for itself.

Keep up the Maintenance

Once you move into your new home, you will need to continue the proper maintenance of your system. First of all, changing your furnace filter is a simple job that doesn't require any tools or HVAC know-how. Basically, you pull out the old filter and put the new filter in its place.

You also should keep the condenser covered during the winter and clean it before you use it in the summer. If the new condenser doesn't have a cover, you can buy one. Covers cost less than $50 and will protect the thousands of dollars you have invested in the condenser unit.  

Cleaning the condenser is a simple job that you can do as long as you have a hose with decent water pressure. Simply spray down the outside walls of the condenser to rinse to dirt out of the coils. The coils work better when they aren't clogged with dirt and leaves. If the previous homeowners didn't properly maintain the condenser, you might need some cleaner to help break down years of dirt buildup on the coils.

With a fully functional and efficient HVAC system, your new home will be more comfortable and eco-friendly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Perfect Gift For Any Dog Owner- "If My Dog Could Talk" by I See Me! Books

Although the I See Me personalized book called "If My Dog Could Talk" is more geared towards children, my own daughters are already adults and I was quite excited to have the opportunity to review one of their pet books for one of them. My youngest daughter has a dog named Be- and this will be the perfect keepsake gift for her, when her and her boyfriend come to visit next month.
What pet owner doesn't love their pet? And this book is great to give for any age dog owner as far as I'm concerned. 

This is hilariously narrated from the dog’s perspective-a rhyming storybook celebrating the special, loving bond between dogs and their families. A dedicated, personalized book with our daughter's name, her boyfriend Jon's and her dog's name Be in many pages throughout, this is a wonderful, wonderful book- very impressed with it.

This book is truly a one of a kind keepsake.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

We're Still Chasing Away More Bugs ! Review and Giveaway (Canada only)

So the weather warms up and everyone of course loves that they can spend more time outdoors. What most of us don't like though is sharing the Summer with those nasty bugs. 

During the day we seem to have wasps come around when we're sitting on the deck, and the horseflies too are out during the day and have been most annoying! You also don't want to leave your house door open or the dreaded house flies come in in the day or the mosquitoes in the evenings! Bugs ruin summer! But now with Premier Tech Home and Garden products such as bug sprays and even an Animal Barrier spray for the garbage bin we're all set to enjoy summer without their added company!

Premier Tech Home & Garden is Canada’s leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer lawn & garden products with the broadest portfolio of brands and products in the industry- including bug sprays!

Premier Tech Home & Garden would like to help one lucky Canadian winner out with their own flying bug problem by giving away a set of these sprays:
Approx. value- $48

OneShot House & Garden
OneShot Wasp & Hornet 
OneShot Wasp Foam 
OneShot Bug Barrier 
OneShot Mosquito 
Wilson Animal Barrier 

A random draw will be held on July 29, 2017 by from all Canadian entries received.

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Tell us what flying bug is your worst enemy where you live? 
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fort Stevenson State Park, North Dakota

Camping, hiking, biking, water activities, Summer fun and so much more can be found in the ND state parks and recreation areas! Parks like Fort Stevenson State Park.

On the north shore of giant Lake Sakakawea, Ft. Stevenson State Park is known as the walleye capital of North Dakota. A favorite spot for sportsmen to experience the great fishing on the lake, it is home to the Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Derby, as well as a variety of other fishing tournaments.

We'll be heading to Minot once again this weekend, and want to see a bit more beyond Minot this trip out. We have always enjoyed the state parks. They offer great times in the great outdoors, and we love exploring new areas.

Nearby Attractions Include:  the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame • Golf Course • Tennis • Power Plant Tours • Broste Rock Museum • White Shield Powwow • and Indian Hills State Recreation Area

Stay tuned.. and we'll be sure to tell you more about our stay next week!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

24 Creative Ways to #Save #Money That You Haven't Thought Of

Saving money is never easy, and it can often feel like you have very few options. After all, you get a set amount of money every month from your job, you minus your bills and any other deductions, and then you try to save a portion of what is left. If money is tight as it is, it can make it feel like it is impossible to save. However, there are many different ways to save money; you simply need to get more creative with it. Luckily, we have plenty of great ideas to help you get started.
  1. Learn the 10-second rule – No, we aren’t referring to counting to ten when you get angry or when you have dropped food on the floor. What we are referring to is when you buy something when you are grocery shopping. Whenever you pick up an item, count to ten, and during this time you should ask yourself if you really need the item you have in your hands. Most of the time you will find that you don’t. Instead, but the money you would have spent into your savings account.

  1. Embrace meatless Mondays – Meat is incredibly expensive. If you can have one or two days per week that are meat-free, you will save yourself a considerable amount of money over the course of a month. You will also save money by ditching the red meat and opting for lean meats like turkey or chicken instead.
  2. Sell gift cards – Of course, there are plenty of companies that sell gift cards, but did you know that they buy cards too? There are a number of companies that are willing to provide you with cash in exchange for gift cards for a whole host of stores. This includes both physical and e-gift cards. So, next time you get a gift card for your birthday, don’t let it gather dust or simply spend it on something you don’t even want for the sake of using it. Trade it in for some cold hard cash instead.
  3. Apps, apps, and more apps – There are so many money-saving apps available today to help you manage your money better, as well as make money too.
  4. Grocery shop for gas savings – There is no denying that gas is incredibly costly. However, there are a lot of grocery stores that have fuel reward programs. You can fuel up for free by earning points on your groceries.
  5. Make your own gifts – Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and other online platforms it is easier to make your own gifts than ever before. Not only will this be a lot cheaper, but it is extremely thoughtful too, and bound to be something that the recipient appreciates.

  1. Bring your own cup to Starbucks – Of course, cutting out your daily coffee fix would be even better, but if you cannot manage that, at least take your own coffee cup. Certain coffee retailers such as Starbucks will offer you a small discount if you bring your own cup.
  2. Save your change Saving your change may be a suggestion you have heard about before, yet you may have been put off by it, as you assume it will take you ages to save anything substantial. Or, you may have good intentions, yet whenever you need to buy something small, you dip into your change pot? You can get piggy banks these days that you have to smash open in order to use the change. Invest in one of these, and that way you will only dip into your change pot when it is full to the brim.
  3. Cut down on trips to the hair salon or barber – You don’t need to spend a lot to get your hands on a complete hair cutting kit. You and your partner could learn to cut each other’s hair. Of course, this does come with risk involved; so don’t blame us if you end up with a massive chunk out of your hair. However, for men’s hair especially, this can be a great way to save money.
  4. Be the designated driver – Put your Friday and Saturday nights to good use instead of sitting at home and watching box set after box set. Instead, you can make sure everyone gets home safe while earning a bit of money in the process. Offer to drop your friends off at town and pick them up in the early hours.
  5. Get paid for losing weight – If you want to lose weight, what better motivation than getting paid for it? There are programs that will pay you for your weight loss. You simply need to sign up, set your goal and the amount of time you need to achieve it, and you can make money per month as a result.

  1. Unplug appliances – Do you leave your appliances plugged in all of the time? Even if they are not turned on, they can be utilizing phantom power. It is estimated that the typical home has anywhere from 20 to 40 devices that are burning phantom power.
  2. Take advantage of free events – If you check your local city website or newspaper, you will often find that there are free events that are taking place in your local community. This is an excellent way to get involved in great causes and have fun without spending.
  3. Use half – Chances are that you are using more laundry detergent, shampoo, and toothpaste than you need. If you half the amount you typically use, you will halve your costs as well, as you won’t need to replenish your supplies as regularly. You can also cut sponges and dishcloths in half so that they last twice as long.
  4. Make your own snacks – You should stop buying pre-packaged snacks. Although this can be convenient, you will pay a premium. Instead, make some snacks yourself, and bag them. Not only is this beneficial for monetary control, but portion control too.
  5. Use ATMs sparingly – A lot of ATMs will charge you for withdrawals, and so, if you make withdrawals little and often, you could end up with fees from your own bank and other banks. The best thing to do is budget how much you need for the week and go to the ATM on a Monday morning and draw out the week’s money then. This will also stop you from making unnecessary withdrawals and spending more than you need.
  6. Stay healthy – Needless to say, there are instances whereby staying healthy is literally impossible. You can’t help it if you have developed some sort of illness. However, you can make an effort to ensure that you do not fall ill and avoid sickness bugs and common colds. After all, being ill is expensive. You may not get paid if you miss work. Plus, you may need to pay someone to look after your kids, and you will have to stock up on medicine and other supplies for getting better.
  7. Sell console games you no longer use – You are probably aware that a lot of gaming stores offer an exchange service, but did you know that they will pay out cash as well as store credit? You will probably get a slightly lesser amount for choosing cash, but it will enable you to put the money away and save it.

  1. Get creative with your workouts Staying fit is important, but do you really need that expensive gym membership? Instead, why not watch exercise videos on YouTube or go for a run with one of your friends?
  2. Shop only one day per week – There are a number of benefits associated with only doing one shop per week. The first benefit is that it will seem like more of a chore. This may sound like a bad thing, but it is good for your finances, as it will mean you run your shopping trip as a business-like errand. Not only this, but you will use less gas, as you won’t make as many car trips.

  1. Fill up your tires – If your tires are not properly inflated, your car needs to work harder, which means you will burn more fuel. You need to ensure your tires are properly filled, so check the air regularly.
  2. Rent out a car – Another way to save money on your vehicle is to rent it out. If you live close to your office and you do not need to drive there every day or you have a flexible work schedule, you may find that your car is merely gathering dust a lot of the time. Instead, why not put it to good use by renting it out when you are not using it?
  3. Get a price adjustment – There is nothing more frustrating than buying something only to discover that it is in the sale a few days later. But, don’t fret; you can often get a price adjustment if the item has been reduced in price within a week or two of your purchase.
Pay annually – Most companies will offer you a lower payment if you make annual payments rather than monthly. This is typically the case for insurance. If you can afford it, pay in one lump sum to lock in a discount.

Ensure #Workplace #Safety by Carrying out an Effective Risk Assessment

As an employer, it is your responsibility to keep your workforce safe. Of course, accidents happen from time-to-time, but if they occur because of negligence or carelessness on your behalf, you could find yourself in big trouble. This is why you need to commit to providing a safe and healthy working environment. One of the ways to do this is by carrying out regular risk assessments.
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is a careful and thorough evaluation of potential risks in the workplace. It enables you to determine whether you have taken enough precautions to ensure your workforce is safe, or whether you need to put more controls in place to prevent harm.
Why do you need to carry out a risk assessment?
Risk assessments are important because they protect your employees and your business, as well as ensuring you comply with the law. If you neglect your responsibility to do a risk assessment, and an accident occurs on-site as a consequence, you could find yourself facing a legal battle. Companies such as Siler Ingber Injury Lawyers help workers to claim compensation when they have been hurt because of their employer’s negligence. If the accident happened because of something that would have been flagged up if the risk assessment was carried out properly, you will be at fault for the person’s suffering, which will lead to hefty expenses and reputational damage. After all, why should the worker need to pay for medical expenses when they accident could have been avoided?
How to carry out a workplace risk assessment
To carry out an effective workplace risk assessment, there is a five-step process to follow.
Step 1: Identify any potential hazards
The first thing you need to do is determine whether there are any potential hazards. Hazards can be classified in a number of different ways. One option is to split them into mental, physical, biological, and chemical hazards.
  • Mental: Common examples include working with high-need clients, long hours, excess workload, and bullying.
  • Physical: Physical hazards in the workplace include the likes of machinery, dust, noise, slips and trips, awkward postures, and lifting.
  • Biological: This could be hepatitis, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases faced by workers in certain environments like hospitals, healthcare businesses and clinics.
  • Chemical: Common chemical hazards include aerosols, cleaning fluids, and asbestos.
Step 2: Work out who could be harmed and how
Now that you have identified the risks, you need to determine who is at risk. For instance, is it your full-time workers, part-time workers, clients, visitors, contract staff, or members or the public? You need to review all work processes and routines, in all areas and locations of your business. After all, the risks in one area of your workplace could be entirely different to another section.

Step 3: Evaluate the risks and take the necessary action
Step three involves assessing the risks carefully to determine how likely it is that each hazard could cause harm. You can rank hazards as high, moderate, or low risk. This will help you to determine what precautions you need to take to lower the level of risk. Of course, even if you have done everything possible to reduce the danger of a certain part of your business, some risk could remain. You need to make a note of this, and you need to make all workers aware as well.
Step 4: Record all of your findings
You need to keep a record of all of your findings. This is something that is required by law. Make sure the record incorporates details of any hazards, as well as the action taken to lower or eradicate the risk. By keeping a record, you can prove that the risk assessment has been carried out. Not only this, but you can use it as the basis for a later review of working practices. Make sure your findings are legible and presented properly. You should be able to read it as a working document; it should not be locked away for no one to see.
Step 5: Review the risk assessment
You cannot afford to remain stagnant in the workplace. Things change all of the time, and so your risk assessment will become out-of-date if you leave it in place for years on end. Instead, you need to review your risk assessment to make sure that the agreed safe working practices are continually applied, i.e. that line managers and supervisors respect the safety instructions passed down by the management. The risk assessment also needs to be reviewed to account for any new working practices, more demanding work targets, or new machinery.
Risk assessment mistakes you need to avoid
Last but not least, having a risk assessment is one thing, but using it effectively is another. Make sure you avoid the common risk assessment mistakes mentioned below to guarantee a safe and healthy workplace:
  • Not acting on your own recommendations Simply suggesting changes is not good enough. You need to implement them.
  • Using irrelevant off-the-shelf assessments – You can off-the-shelf assessments available online. If you use them, it is vital to make sure that they are suitable for your needs. If they include hazards that are not relevant to you, you need to delete them; otherwise, you will harm your credibility. Of course, you need to add any hazards that aren’t included too.
  • Not telling your workforce – It is wise to involve your workers in the assessment process. However, even if you don’t, you need to inform them of the outcomes. This is a legal requirement.
  • Only considering ‘normal’ operation – Most assessments go wrong because they assume that everything is operating as it should be. But how often does life run smoothly? There are often bumps in the road, such as chemical spillages or machinery becoming jammed. You need to consider these eventualities.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding what a risk assessment is, what needs to be included, why risk assessments are important, and what you should not be doing! Use this information to carry out risk assessments at your business, and you will protect your workers, as well as your company.