Thursday, May 25, 2017

3 Bucket List #Islands You Just Must Visit!



Whether it’s swimming in impossibly blue lagoons, seeing some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna or climbing active volcanoes, island holidays can provide the most tranquil, exciting and exhilarating experiences.

We’ve listed the 3 islands that we think you need to visit before you kick the bucket!

Madagascar –  Wildlife wonderland



If you fancy a search for the aye-aye or any of the other 49 species of tree-dwelling lemur, or have the urge to identify 300 or so types of reptile, Madagascar is your island

The island's habitats, from rain forest to limestone plateaus, are home to the rarest of birds and the smallest of primates. The terrain can make travel difficult, but if you are a natural history gourmet, Madagascar has no equals.

Seychelles –  A little slice of heaven


Swim in impossibly turquoise lagoons and stroll along white gold beaches in the archetypal island paradise.

Add to that green jungles and fiery sunsets and it’s easy to see why the Seychelles are a tropical dream come true.



The Seychelles are also not known at the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ for nothing, offering a huge variety of local fauna for the keen wildlife spotter.

Hawaii – Adventure at every turn



Say ‘aloha’ to the island adventure capital of the planet.

Traversing active volcanoes, kayaking to uninhabited islands and snorkeling with giant manta rays and sea turtles.  It’s all in a day’s vacation in Hawaii.

And, once you’re tired of all the adventure, you can relax on palm tree fringed beaches, listening to the sound of the ocean and the gentle, intoxicating melody of the ukulele.

Start dreaming today…

You could be setting off on the island adventure of a lifetime if you were to win one of the big lotteries at Multilotto.com.

There’s America’s Powerball, MegaMillions and many more available.

Who knows, if you hit a big enough jackpot you might even be able to buy your own private island and have plenty of change left over!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Father's Day Gift Guide



Father's Day this year falls on Sunday June 18th. It  will be the perfect time to show the first men in our lives just how much we care. This Father's Day make it an extra special day for them, with gifts from:



Moonrays-


Solar Wall Clock & Thermometer


Now dad will now what the temperature and time is, night or day, while he's busy spending time outdoors, with this lighted garden clock.



Sunshine wall art will provide and elegant point of interest on patio walls or fences. A smart way for dad to add a focal point to his favorite spot in the yard.



Fairytale Brownies-





He’s always enjoyed the simple pleasures in life – family, fun and food. Remember Dad this Father’s Day with a simple, but delicious gift of dark chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies. Fairytale bakes 12 flavors and three sizes of brownies, six flavors of blondie bars and six flavors of cookies. All of the products are individually wrapped, so Dad can take his treat fishing, golfing, biking, hiking, or lounging on the couch.

If Dad is particular about preservatives, Fairytale Brownies has it covered – there are none! Because of this, he’ll need to put any unused treats in the refrigerator or freezer so they’ll stay fresh until he can eat everything. If asked nicely, some Dads will share their treats and as a result, there isn’t anything left to refrigerate.

Order your brownie gifts now for Father’s Day delivery (Father’s Day is June 18): www.brownies.com

The Father’s Day Dozen, $42.95




The Coleman® Hyperflame™ Fyrecadet 2 Burner Propane Stove-






TREAT DAD TO THE GIFT OF OUTDOOR CUISINE!

Add flavor to your outdoor and campsite cooking with this portablpropane
powered Hyperflame™ stove! Coleman stoves and grills bring the heat wherever you go, bringing your kitchen outdoors. Try making hamburger, steaks and scrambled eggfor younext outdoor adventure.

HyperFlame™ Fyrecadet 2-Burner Propane Stove
                                                                                                                                         
·       Innovative burner design reduces the flames exposure to the wind
·       Windblock™ pan supports and helps block wind from all directions
·       Uses swap top interchangeable cooktops such as grill grates and griddles (sold separately)
·       Fully adjustable, independent burner controls to cook from simmer to boil
·       Removable pan support and aluminized cooktop for easy cleaning
·        High output 11,000 BTU per burner

·        Available at Walmart $149.97 Cdn




HoMedics- 





The HoMedics® Comfort Pro Elite Massaging Vibration Wrap with Heat delivers a vibration massage to loosen dad's tight muscles. The integrated control will put dad in control of his massage experience. The soothing heat provides comfort for tired muscles, while the soft, plush fabric adds that added comfort.





*** Watch this site for more upcoming gift ideas.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Ultimate Moving Checking List For a Safe and Successful #Move by Author Peter Walsh

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who’s moving house this year, then chances are you’re looking for all the help you can get. Moving can be a very stressful time but hopefully you’re excited about the new chapter you’re starting in your life.

That said, most people find the whole experience a difficult one – and reasonably so. Planning to relocate your family and everything you own, while maintaining some sense of calm and at the same time not forgetting any of the hundreds of details can be a tall order.  Moving requires planning and a little organization – that’s where I come in!
On average, we move 11 times during our adult lives. I’ve helped lots of people get ready for a big move and seen what works and what doesn’t. In fact, my latest book Let It Go is all about helping people downsize to a smaller place.
I’ve teamed up with Sparefoot.com to put together some of my favorite tips I’ve learned along the way which can help take some of the stress out of your move and keep everyone safe in the process:
Before You Begin
A lot of success depends on planning and timing.
Keep your notes and paperwork about the move – mover, schedules, lists of items to be moved, timetable and so on – all in one place.  A simple notebook or folder will ensure that you can quickly and easily find any piece of information you need at a moment’s notice.
I have discovered that it often costs more to move items than they’re actually worth. Take as much time as you can to cull items that you no longer need, use or want.
Commit to downsizing one box of items every night after work that you can donate to a worthy cause or charity.  Each box donated is one less box that you need to move.

Time to Pack
In terms of packing up your current place, here are some tips you should consider:
  • Pack for the new location. When packing boxes, pack them for the NEW room those items are going into – not the room they’re coming out of.  By packing for the new location you are ensuring that you’re not exceeding the amount of space you have in your new home for those items.  If you’ve packed items for a specific room, I also guarantee that the unpacking will be much easier.
  • Keep track of what you’re packing.  I promise that the moment you’ve packed a box and sealed it, you’ll forget what’s in it. Keep a running list of what you’ve put in each box and then just put a number on the box (don’t worry about labeling them “Kitchen” or “Master Bedroom”). When you get to your new place, put the corresponding number in the doorway of the room that box belongs in.  Anyone helping you move will thank you for the simple system.
  • Declutter for good. Get in touch with your favorite charity about picking up piles of stuff. Make their trip worthwhile by making sure you’re getting rid of a good bit of your stuff before the move. Also, as you unpack, if items don’t fit in your new space or you’ve decided on second thoughts that you don’t want something, place it in your donation pile immediately. Others will benefit from your generosity.
  • Photos help! Before you unplug any electronics in your current place, grab your phone and take a few pictures of the back of each of them.  You’ll be grateful later when it comes time to remembering which connection the blue cord goes into!


Prepare for Moving Day
And, here are some of my favorite tips to do the night before or day of the move:
  • Food and water. Have a cooler on hand with water and healthy snacks. Don’t think about meal—you probably won’t feel up to eating big lunch—healthy filling snacks will do it. They should be easy to eat and not really require a fork or a knife. Simple is better.
  • Take care of yourself. Don’t drink alcohol the night before; and do your best to get a good night’s sleep. Moving is exhausting work. Prepare for a long day and take care of yourself. Don’t overdo it.
  • Pack personal items for the move. Pack an “essentials” suitcase to have with you in your car. A couple of changes of clothes, some towels, soap and toothbrush and toothpaste, medication, and deodorant should all be in there.  Put any must-have items in the suitcase so you’re not scrambling at the end of the day for your contact lens case or other essential item that’s in a box somewhere.
  • Have essential items on hand. Pack an “essentials” box to have with you at both the old and new place. Fill that with cleaning supplies, paper towels, rags, light bulbs and other good-to-have items that will likely come in handy. Also throw some disposable forks, knives, and plates in there as well as napkins for that moment when you break out the pizza at the end of the day.
  • Put some dollars aside. Have a little extra cash on hand. You never know what may come up on that day – buying a last minute supply, sending someone on an errand or tipping a moving company worker.  Those few extra dollars are good to have in your pocket.
  • Prep your car. Clear out anything that’s in the trunk and backseat of your car. And, make sure you don’t need to fill it with gas. It will annoy you if you find some last minute things and don’t have space to move them.
  • Celebration is essential! But speaking of alcohol, do plan to have a celebratory drink the evening after your move! A bottle of champagne – or your favorite beverage – waiting for you in the new refrigerator is a great idea. Don’t forget the glasses (or paper cups) though!
Planning, forethought and a little organization can remove a lot of the stress from moving.  If you feel like you’re prepared and in control, you won’t feel overwhelmed on the day. Take some deep breaths and imagine the pleasure you’ll take in your new home.  
Remember – you’ll survive the move.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How To Cut Your #Internet Costs


You may have a great Internet provider, but are simply feeling the pinch every time the bill arrives. It cannot hurt to check in every once and a while to see if you are still getting the best value for your money with your existing Internet provider. Find out ways to cut Internet costs while receiving the service you need right here.

1. Is Your Internet Living Up To Your Expectations?

Most people are surprised to find out that their Internet is not as fast as the internet company promised. It's really more a problem with technology, but it is misleading. How can this help with saving you money on the Internet?

For starters, check the speed at SpeetTest.net. It will show what speed you are actually receiving. Remember, your Internet company probably only specified what speeds "up to" a certain speed to expect.

Depending on how many households in the area are using the same service provider, and problems with the Internet provider, in general, will determine whether your service is fast or not. That's fine if you are just going to use the Internet to check email. It hampers your lifestyle if you watch shows and movies online, or are hoping to play live action games. 

Streaming shows requires a good deal of speed. Though live action games require a fast computer, a solid network, lots of memory, and very fast upload and download speeds to keep up with the pace of game play. The upload speeds need to be at the minimum Mbps with at least 2 Mbps download. Though, the faster the better.  

If you need faster speeds, start out by contacting your Internet service provider. If they cannot resolve the problem, then see what other customers in the same situation did. Did they change out old modems, add a new router onto the modem/router combo, or simply find a new company to provide the Internet?

Sometimes your provider may give you a break on the cost if they cannot deliver the speeds they promised. If they are consistently delivering lower speeds, they might acknowledge that and charge you for a lower level plan.

If it turns out that the provider bought your television provider last year, and it requires the Internet to work, you have bigger problems. They may not have thought out their aim to buy the competition. That means that the DVR never works well, and what used to be great television provider now is sub-par. In other words, shop around for better service and more competitively priced plans.

2. Know The Usage Rate

Bandwidth is something to think about when considering whether you are able to get the speed you want out of your Internet. Check listings of how much bandwidth you require to do what you want. Remember, running television boxes, live gaming, and watching videos are all bandwidth intensive.
However, if you are paying a lot of money and barely use the Internet for anything other than checking email, you may not need all of the bandwidth you buy every month. So, look at the bandwidth you are using versus how much it costs. That will help with the next step.



3. Negotiate Rates

At this point, you have the information necessary to negotiate. It's no secret that most Internet Service Providers never deliver the speed they advertise. But if you were banking on their advertised speed to play games or upload videos, call them out on it politely. If the speed is too slow to use what you need, see about upgrading to greater speed and bandwidth with other providers first. How much will it cost?

If it costs less than your present provider, let them know that. Let them know you are ready to walk, along with your television service contract, and your voice over Internet phone too.



4. Bundle

You may not want the cable company's television service, but signing up for it can save you a bundle of money every month. Do whatever works to cut the bill in half.

5. Buy A Modem

Some providers have notoriously bad modems that they rent out for $10 a month. Just buy one and save $10/month. Modems, especially when called on to double as wireless routers only last 2 years, if that. Save the money for the inevitable breakdown to buy a new modem.

6. Low-Income Government Subsidies

Look into EveryoneOn if you are a low-income household. Information is available at the FCC site. They help you stay connected to the Internet even when your income is dragging.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How To Choose a Home Vacuum- Featuring the Shark DuoClean™ Powered Lift-Away Speed™


One thing I like to do around our home is vacuum. You can catch me vacuuming a few times a day actually- the carpets, the couches, throw rugs and the laminate flooring. I like a clean home! And I vacuum alot!

But how does one know when buying a new vacuum how to choose one that "does it all?"





The  Shark DuoClean™ Powered Lift-Away Speed™ is all about innovation. It solves problems others can't and makes the perfect choice for that new vacuum purchase.





Shark removed the front wall of the vacuum and replaced it with a rotating soft brush that allows it to deep clean carpets while also grabbing large particles, pulling in piles and directly engaging hard floors to remove stuck-on dust for a clean polished look.





Check out their new commercial that explains why this vacuum is so revolutionary- and you'll see why it's easy to choose this model and brand for your next vacuum.






Gerry and I loved the vacuum- it pulled in and picked up cereal spills on laminate flooring, straightened out flat for vacuuming under the bed, pulled in more dirt out of my carpets than the older stick vacuum left behind plus is quite handy with it's attachments for doing the couches, around baseboards, etc.

So if your in the market for a new floor vac, we'd suggest the Shark DuoClean™ Powered Lift-Away Speed™- and questions are welcome.





Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Leave The Costs Of #Moving Home Behind


Buying a new home and moving to another property is always going to be an expensive commitment. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are ways to cut the costs significantly. Here are a few of the things you can do if you want to make sure that your new purchase doesn’t drain your account.

Buy A Fixer Upper

We all know that new homes are expensive, but what’s the harm in buying an old house that has seen better days? Actually, if you buy an old house where the problems are mainly cosmetic, you can cut the costs of purchasing a home right down. But will you see any benefits from this decision? It depends on how much time you want to spend on renovations. If you love a little DIY around the house, it’s often possible to turn a once fixer upper into a buyer's dream. You’ll definitely need some elbow grease, but ultimately it could both save you money and make you some cash when it comes time to sell in the future.


Measuring Time

The easiest way to lose money when selling a home is to end up with two houses at the same time. Sky Five Properties guide to buying a house includes information on how long it takes to buy a house. You need to measure this period of time against how long you expect your home to be on the market for. If it’s going to take longer to sell than it will to buy than you could be in the position where you’ll own two homes. In doing so, you’ll have to pay two lots of tax and could still be paying for someone to sell your home while you’re in the process of moving into the new place. It can take around six months to sell a home on the market. As such, you shouldn’t start looking for a new one until you have had a few views and maybe even one or two offers.

Comparing Prices

You’ll need to use a few different services when you choose to move to a new house. For instance, you’ll need a solicitor, a removal team and possibly a surveyor. It is worth looking at a few different companies comparing the costs and figuring out the general rates of service here. That way, you can make sure you’re not gouged on price and instead save as much as you can.

Look At Alternatives

Do bear in mind that you don’t have to use the typical services for buying a property. For instance, rather than using a real estate agent to find your new home you can use a property advisor. Many people believe these professionals are far better at finding the right home for new buyers. Particularly, those with a future sale already in mind. And if you think the removal team rates are too high you can look at using a logistics service instead. You might find their prices are cheaper and as such could save you a fortune when you’re ready to move home.

These are just some of the ways you can cut the costs out of buying a new property. There’s absolutely no need to resign yourself to the heavy costs of the average home move.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: #GlassesUSA.com

We're all looking to save money. Buying eye glasses from the local optometrist can set you back though for hundreds of dollars. Money you just might not have! With GlassesUSA.com though, it doesn't have to be that way. You can shop prescription glasses at home, online, with up to 70% off retail, with free shipping & returns!

Gerry and my mom, both had the opportunity to see for themselves how easy it was to order prescription glasses from home. Of course you do need to get your prescription from your optometrist, but where you buy your glasses is completely up to you!







Gerry said his glasses were most comfortable and a great fit, as well amazed by how he could just pick the ones he wanted online and they were a perfect fit and look for him as well as the prescription was dead on! Gerry's were the Ottoto Forli

currently costing $68 with their special Spring offer (price includes basic prescription lenses). With the progressive lenses, $247.





Mom said she was pleased with how fast they arrived. Fit perfect. Love the color, style, and was so easy to pick online . Mom's were the Tyra

- currently costing $48 with the special Spring offer (price includes basic prescription lenses). With the progressive lenses, $227.

Photochromic lenses are an extra $149.


Thank you GlassesUSA! This was a wonderful shopping and receiving experience for both wearers!




around the ears. Â The color is what I wanted, they are exactly the
strength I requested. Â Very nice! Â They also came super fast.

Happy Mother's Day



Wishing every mom, a very special day today.

I can't be with my girls today, as they live away from us, but they are in my heart always.
Below are the flowers from Erika/Jon, gifts from Ria, flower from Gerry and roses from my mom.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parks Canada and Riding Mountain National Park

Canada will officially be 150 Years old this year! Birthday celebrations will be planned from beautiful coast to beautiful coast this year. 


We are a very proud that we live in a stunningly beautiful and breathtaking country with  appeal to beautiful spots to visit. Canada is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, the beautiful flat lands of the prairies,  coastlines and unique nature . This year, Parks Canada is opening up all their National Parks, Historic Sites and Marines Conservation Areas for FREE throughout all of 2017 for everyone to enjoy the magnificent visual splendor and history. 


By ordering your own Discovery pass online  or stopping by at any of the parks in this link (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel) you can be on your way to enjoying the beauty of Canada from coast to coast.

We got our own Discovery pass and are happily planning our trip to Riding Mountain National Park Just 3 1/2 hours west of Winnipeg ,Manitoba, it isnt far from our hometown at all. It will be our first time there and can't wait for the experience .





This beautiful park with some 2,000+ km of protected land sits on top of the Manitoba Escarpment almost as tall as the CN Tower and will provide us with some spectacular photo ops.  We're looking forward to enjoying the spring weather and perhaps walking with Jake on one or more of the 400 km of trails. Hopefully we'll be able to spot a Black Bear or cub or an Elk or two in their natural habitat. Weather permitting we're hoping that we can walk along the beautiful sandy beaches of Clear Lake.  We can't wait for our experience to start at Riding Mountain National Park and are thrilled we can visit for free with our Discovery Pass.