Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloweenie!



No trick or treating for us today. We seem to "get out of " the whole day when we come to the USA and camp for the winter. But hopefully see some good candy sales afterwards ! Hope everyone else has a great day though- and we'd love to hear what everyone is doing today for Halloween. Are you staying home and passing out treats, taking kids out? Attending a Halloween party perhaps?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Serve Up “Milk & Cookies” as a Tub-Time Treat this Holiday & Invite Her to Indulge in Some “Me Time”


Santa loves his milk and cookies and so will women around the country this holiday thanks to Luxe by Mr. Bubble’s latest retro-tastic introductions. Choose from three Target vintage-inspired treats that will surprise and delight the women in your life this gifting season.
Take a dunk in a rich and creamy warm bath surrounded by bubbles with the exclusive Luxe by Mr. Bubble Milk & Cookies Tub Time Retreat Gift Set. 

Indulge yourself (or a loved one) in a nourishing milk bubble bath made with Shea and Vitamin E and add a double dose of hydration with two butter cookie bath melts. Enriched with nourishing Cocoa and Shea Butter, the decadent bath treats slowly melt around you, leaving your mind relaxed and your skin irresistibly soft. Oh, you're one smart cookie.  
This “tasty” trio is available in either the sweet scent of Original Bubble or the luscious, sugar cream scent of Sweet & Clean. It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for your mom, sister or best gal pals or a refreshing alternative for a hostess or teacher gift. Priced at only $9.99, you can pamper ALL the special ladies in your life! Milk & Cookies is available exclusively at Target retail stores and online starting November 1.
“The Mr. Bubble brand is all about fun. For this holiday we took our popular Luxe line and developed innovative, luxurious products that are kitschy, affordable and ready-to-gift,” said Michelle Hanson, Director of Marketing, The Village Company, parent company of the Luxe by Mr. Bubble brand. “The best thing is, you can indulge without the added calories!“ 
Me Time Gift Set Duo

If bubbles get you thinking about rest and relaxation, check out the exclusive Luxe by Mr. Bubble Me Time Gift Set Duo. This limited edition set includes indulgent Bubbletini Bath Bombs in a functioning martini shaker and luxurious powdered bubble bath in a reusable retro tin. It’s like four gifts in one! Timeouts aren't just for kids anymore, so sit back, relax and get pampered with Mr. Bubble, the original brand of bath luxury.
Both bubbles and bombs come packaged in a giftable box in your choice of Original Bubble or Sweet & Clean. No wrapping required! Priced right at $12.00 and available exclusively at Target retail stores and online starting December 1.
  
Bubbletini Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs are more popular than ever, but packaged in a reusable drink shaker? That’s a gift that keeps on giving! Fun, fragrant and moisturizing, these little bombs pack a heavenly punch for the most indulgent bath time retreat. And they pair perfectly with your favorite cocktail, shaken of course, not stirred. Each Bubbletini contains 14 bath bombs, enough for 4-6 luxurious baths, and are available in Original Bubble and Sweet & Clean. Priced at only $8.99, you can afford to get them both!
Bubbletini Bath Bombs are available at all Target locations and online starting December 1. 

Learn more about all the Luxe by Mr. Bubble products by visiting mrbubbleluxe.com.

Celebrate World Sandwich Day with Subway’s Buy One Get One Deal

On Friday, November 3rd, Subway is taking National Sandwich Day global with World Sandwich Day! More than 40,000 Subway® restaurants in more than 60 countries will invite customers to join its “Live Feed” by enjoying a special offer that will help fight hunger around the world.



In the U.S., when customers purchase any sandwich and a 30-oz. beverage, they will also get a sandwich of equal or lesser value for free. For every meal purchased, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America to help fight hunger in our communities.

“Last year, our customers helped us make history with the largest single-day donation to Feeding America – 11 million meals,” said Subway® President and CEO Suzanne Greco. “This year’s unprecedented initiative will include thousands of Subway® restaurants around the globe.  We’re excited to bring together our customers, franchisees and communities to inspire global action around hunger.”


Visit feedingamerica.org to learn more about Feeding America®.  Also join the conversation with Subway® on TwitterInstagramand Facebook.

Also visit The National Council For Aging Care, and learn the facts behind Senior Hunger.

Meteor Crater , Arizona

50,000 years ago a huge nickel meteorite hit the earth forming a crater that is 550 feet deep, 2.4 miles in circumference and is now a very popular tourist stop called Meteor Crater.

Cool place, a bit pricey admission: $18 pp
One for the bucket list though!






Sunday, October 29, 2017

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park is a United States national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. It is 28 miles across. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to go through it...but easy to follow road with alot to see!
It was quite warm today though and we were both "overdressed" to say the least!
Cost of admission: Used our National Parks Pass


















Mortgage Matters: Can You Really Afford To Buy A House?

architecture, building, buy

There are a lot of things about renting your home that are really great. You have total freedom to leave and go wherever you want at the end of your contract, you don't have to worry about things like utilities since that's your landlord's job, and you might even be able to find somewhere that's furnished in order to save money on buying furniture. Of course, there are also a lot of frustrating things about it. You can't do things that you want to the house, you're at risk of being kicked out without much notice, and perhaps most importantly, it can feel like you're just throwing your money away. Of course, the alternative can often feel impossible. A lot of young people assume that there's no way for them to be able to buy their own home. Well, in order to help you, here are a few things that you can do to bring that dream a little closer to reality.

Go through a broker

Trying to figure out which lender to go with and who to speak to can be a seriously overwhelming experience. After all, lenders all have different factors that influence both whether or not you'll be able to get a mortgage in the first place and also what kind of repayments you'll be making. However, going through a broker like https://altrua.ca/ can simplify the process greatly. You're able to find the best possible deals without having to talk to dozens of different lenders, allowing you to make the most informed decisions possible.   

Consider alternatives

Of course, if buying a house looks like it's going to end up being too expensive then why not think about other options. How about something like a houseboat? A lot of people find themselves being incredibly happy living in something like a boat or a van. Not only is it far less expensive to buy but it gives you the kind of freedom that a lot of properties simply can't. What could be better than deciding that you're bored of whatever town you're living in at that moment, and then just taking your home with you to some new place?

Think long-term

The reality is that buying any kind of property is going to involve a pretty sizable financial commitment. However, that's a commitment that you can make if you're willing to save for it. That being said, saving is something that often takes a lot longer than a lot of people are willing to put up with. As long as you're able to think long-term and start putting money aside for the future now, you're going to be able to put yourself in the kind of position where you can afford a home. Even if it's a process that takes a few years, or even longer, it will almost certainly be worth it in the end.

It can often be frustrating to think about how easy it was for previous generations to buy a house, but it's important to remember that it's not impossible. You just need to be willing to put in some effort and perhaps wait for a little bit longer than you would like.

On The Road Through the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, New Mexico





Saturday, October 28, 2017

Life on the Road - Not Always Without a Hiccup or Two.. or Three?

Well, a few good things for today- we made it to New Mexico, as our travels continue onward to Arizona. And it's our anniversary. Although we'll go out for supper I think once we get more settled.



Gerry always tries as much as he can to avoid hills and/ or higher elevations if we can with the RV as it's not a diesel, and those higher elevations can really suck the power out of the RV. Then there are the roads where if you are going up, your going to be coming down another side- and those roads are usually windy. Well, we went through alot of those today. Didn't see them on our map, but there they were. 6,000- 13,000 feet elevations today. Well, I guess it took it's toll on the RV and we started hearing "noises" when using the brakes. Gerry checked it out and said I think we're going to have to take it in. Oh no! I didn't want that. How do we manage without our RV- its our home, and take the dog somewhere with us too? I said" Can't you look at it and fix it?" Cause he can fix most anything. He said he'd look. Well, Mr Fix It did it again. He figured out the brake pads were wore  due to all the mountains/ hills we've been on and it had to be fixed. Luckily, he was able to buy some today (chose the lifetime warranty ones) for $115 US/ $150 CDN and in the near dark now getting the new ones on, so we can get on the road tomorrow. 


                                New one on left and the old on right

Now that problem is fixed but earlier before that today, the steel bracket that connects the slide to the hydrolic, that opens up the kitchen and living room area, snapped! Luckily it was in when it happened, but no slides out on those areas till he can find somewhere like an RV dealership that may carry on. He will be able to fix that himself as well, but we really didn't need for any of this to happen!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Great Sand Dunnes National Park, Colorado

Today I decided it would make the most sense to get a National Park Pass. For $80 it's good for a year for the two of us and to see as many National Parks as we want!

Today we drove to the Great Sand Dunnes National Park, near Mosca, Colorado.
The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of wetlands, grasslands, forests, alpine lakes and tundra. It can take an hour to walk the top of the dunnes, and yes, people were doing it. But not us!







Thursday, October 26, 2017

Meet Herbie- Enjoying His Pumpkin For National Pumpkin Day Today

Meet Herbie, a sulcata, enjoying a pumpkin lunch. He was rescued by American Tortoise Rescue and rehomed.





Twitter: @tortoiserescue and @worldturtleday
YouTube: americantortrescue
Facebook: American Tortoise Rescue
and World Turtle Day

Instagram: tortoise rescue and world turtle day

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quiznos Celebrates National Sandwich Day November 3rd

Celebrate National Sandwich Day with Quiznos’ most popular sub, the Classic Italian, for just $5! Quiznos is famous for its Toasted Sandwiches. True toasting releases the flavors in Quiznos’ meats and cheeses, and there is no better sandwich toasted than the Classic Italian. 



Quiznos has been toasting it up since they first opened their doors over 35 years ago in Denver, Colo., and the Classic Italian has been Quiznos’ most popular sub ever since. The 8-inch Classic Italian sub is available for just $5 on National Sandwich Day, Friday, November 3, at participating Quiznos U.S. locations.

We've Arrived- Kansas and Boy Is Today Hot!

I think most of the this area has one HOT day and it's hot today- 28 degrees! 
Made a road side stop off US 83 to see the Buffalo Bill Monument in Oakley, Kansas- worth the stop. This sculpture is amazing!




                                          Me-as Annie Oakley

Then further up the road- but down very rough, dusty farm roads, the Monument Rocks- Chalk Pyramids. This was another one of these times I can say - if I would have known, I would have said no we don't have to see it. They were interesting but the dust is still lingering in the RV in the air...and in my lungs I'm sure from those roads, and the RV took a bit of a kicking, but we all survived! The ones across the way from where we were walking about reminded me of Stonehenge!












Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Day 2 North Platte, NE

Had our flu shots today! They would have been free in Canada but we missed them, but did get a discount here at Walmart and paid $22.97 each- so we're all set with that.
Today also went to see the Bailey Yard and Golden Spike Tower. This rail yard is the biggest classification yard in the world. Thought Gerry may like it since he used to work with rail cars at his job before he retired.




Owned and operated by Union Pacific Railroad, it sorts and services locomotives and rail cars headed across North America. 


Covering 2850 acres- it's over 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. And an average of 14,000 rail cars pass through here everyday. 
Admission: $7 per adult

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

So here we are parked at Walmart, and across from us we see this girl with a sign obviously looking for a handout. Now we will help those in need but this person has a Smartphone in their back pocket and drove here in their blue car seen in this photo on the left.


So tell me, what is wrong with this picture??
Both Quiznos and Walmart nearby- both have signs in windows they are hiring!

Trick or Treat Halloween Treats!




Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has always been a popular Halloween tradition, and we have some brands we'd like to share with you that are great for those little Trick or Treaters this year.

Wrigley -



Wrigley has all your Halloween candy needs such as Skittles/ Starburst mixed boxes, Lifesaver tri packs, and their delicious Hubba Bubba Gum! All these, available at your local Walmart store.



Skittles and Starburst Candies (gluten-free!)-
Skittles and Starburst contains a variety of bite-sized chewy candies with a colourful candy shell, with skittles you get an unpredictable combination of colours and tastes.

• Flavours Include: Skittles original, skittles sour, starburst original, starburst fave reds
• Snack size
• Gluten-free, Gelatin-free
• Makes a perfect lunch size snack

LifeSavers Candies-
LifeSavers Candies featuring a variety of LifeSavers candy perfect for Halloween.
Includes:
• Jumbo Gummy Ring, LifeSavers Lollipops, LifeSavers Hard Candy
• Snack Size
• Makes a perfect lunch size snack

Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum-
Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum in Awesome Original
72 Individually wrapped pieces



Original Foods Marshmallow Brooms and Original Kisses 







This Halloween treat the little ones with Original Foods Marshmallow Brooms and Original Kisses
You can't go wrong with chocolate and marshmallow brooms- A chewy marshmallow covered by a generous coating of chocolate. A treat that makes everyone smile. Or the Original Kisses- rich, molasses kisses with earthy, spicy flavor.



M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix Share Size-



Scare up a sharing opportunity with new M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix Share Size. With festive seasonal colors and a batty design, this new mix is destined to be a delicious personal treat for ghouls and enough to share with a gobblin’ friend.



** Watch this spot for more Halloween treats...coming soon!




North Platte, Nebraska- 2 Day Stop

                                  Campground- half full

We've decided to take a 2 day stop in North Platte, Nebraska. We arrived yesterday afternoon, and Gerry wanted to check into a campground so we could do laundry, get showers, etc.. plus free Wi-Fi at the campground! We had made a few pit stops along the way here and twice Jakey stepped in burrs- something we knew little of. But now we do! Windy along the way as well, made for harder driving conditions for Gerry, keeping the RV on the road. We missed out on an 1880's town that was created for the movie Dances with Wolves that starred Kevin Costner, but was closed for the season.


                                        Place to walk Jakey

Will be checking out of this campground soon and heading to Walmart parking lot, with the truckers for the day/ night. Nice to have all the electrical, unlimited water, etc but came with a price of $37 US. Jakey gets excited though seeing the squirrels around here- and they are so big compared to the ones back home, and alot of people with their dogs. Seems like most that travel have pets.

Stopped today at the Fort Cody Trading Post here in North Platte. 


                                                          Gerry outside The Trading Post
                                         
                               2 Headed Calf- Lived only 48 hours

Family owned and run since 1963, it features a few road side attractions, as well as a huge gift shop. Admission is free to their outdoor stockade and western museum indoors which includes vintage cowboy gear, firearms, Buffalo Bill photos, and the permanent home to the Buffalo Bill Miniature Wild West Show.
Two nice ladies working in the gift shop today- gave them a loonie and toonie- as we got to talking about our money and they didn't know about the "loonies" and "toonies" of Canadian money, but now they do!


                                          The Indian Muffler Man

                                                                             Me

                                                 Old time Buffalo Bill photos

                                  Lots of animal heads on the walls: bulls, buffalo, deer

                                    Part of the replica of the Wild West Show- hand carved- over 20,000 figures- taking 12 years to complete