November 2017 - End of Month RV Living Expenses

Thursday, November 30, 2017

We've got our partial expenses list done for the month of November, while away from home. All dollar amounts are in in USD.
These are the expenses we keep track of only for our own knowledge to see how we can do better next month.
I compared food costs to last year's and see we were up about $50 for the month.
Also, we'll see propane come up soon for running the furnace. Nights are finally nice for sleeping but cool in RV in morning. 

Propane- $40.12
RV water and dumps- $80
Laundry @ the laundromat- $12.75 ( the smaller stuff we now do in camper in washer and hang out)
SUV Gas- $86
RV Gas - $238 - also includes gas for the generator- which is required to run the microwave, coffee maker, iron, and top off batteries if we didnt have enough sun to charge the solars
Take out- $82.95- This was too high but we had the RV in shop for 2 days and had to get take out.. although I did use coupons for specials!
Groceries- $470 

Review- Mediflow's Waterbased Comfort Floating Pillow Plus a Giveaway- USA and Canada

Review by Gerry

This holiday season give the gift of a good night's sleep with Mediflow's water based floating comfort pillow.

For anyone that's  tried every different therapeutic and memory foam pillow on the market, and can't seem to find the right pillow for their needs, it's time to think outside of the foam to help them improve their quality of sleep.

What I like about my new pillow is it's adjustable for different levels of firmness, the water inside keeps your head cool at night, good for those who sweat in their sleep. I also felt that the pillow conformed to my head and wrapped me in a good night's sleep. I have a better night's sleep with this pillow than my old conventional foam pillow.

If you're searching for a  gift then for someone with neck pain or sleep apnea , or just someone who you think deserves that great night's sleep, these pillows are great and can be customized to fit their level of comfort and improve their quality of sleep. The Mediflow Waterbase® pillow is the solution that you have been looking for. A perfect gift this holiday season.

Love my new pillow- but one downside- they don't work well for pillow fights!! 

Mediflow would love to give one of these pillows away to one lucky Canadian or US resident. A random draw will be held by on December 10, 2017 from all entries received.

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Duck® Brand Rolls out Updates to the 18th Annual Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest to Embrace Prom Trends

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The fads of prom are ever-changing – from grand ball gowns and traditional black tuxes to two-piece dresses and elaborately patterned jackets. And that’s just the fashion. These days, teens are watching online DIY make-up tutorials, rather than heading to a beauty salon; renting jewelry and accessories rather than buying; and even attending prom solo instead of as a couple.

Now in its 18th year, the Duck® brand Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest is breaking from previous traditions and embracing the ebb and flow of these trends. For the first time ever, creative makers can enter their unique promwear designs to win one of two coveted $10,000 Grand Prizes as individuals (rather than as a couple). There will be one Grand Prize winner in the Dress Category and one in the Tux Category, totaling $20,000.

“For nearly two decades, our Grand Prize winners wowed us with their craftsmanship, attention to detail and wild imaginations. They truly define what it means to be a ‘maker,’ someone who breaks the mold to create something the world has never seen before,” said Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand. “Now that individual entrants have a chance at the top prize, this opens the door for even more students to enter Stuck at Prom, and we’re eager to witness the next generation of designers, artists and innovators.”

Since 2001, the contest has inspired the creativity and uniqueness of students all across the U.S and Canada. Throughout the years, Stuck at Prom® judges, and the public, have awarded creative high school students with more than half a million dollars in scholarships. Students have made countless never-seen-before designs and styles from the hundreds of Duck Tape® colors and prints available, giving these makers the opportunity to showcase their talents and highlight their individuality in new and exciting ways.

Important Dates:
·        Submission Period: April 2 through June 1, 2018
·        Judges Voting Period: June 2 through June 8, 2018
·        Finalists Announced: June 14, 2018
·        Public Voting Period: June 14 through June 25, 2018
·        Grand Prize Winners Announced: July 9

Contest judges responsible for selecting the five finalists in each Category will review all submissions based equally on creativity, workmanship, originality, use of color and design, and the accessories that were created using Duck Tape®. The Grand Prize Dress winner and the Grand Prize Tux winner, selected by public vote, will each receive a scholarship prize of $10,000, totaling $20,000. The remaining eight runners up will receive a $100 Duck Tape® prize pack.

For additional details on Stuck at Prom®, visit

Today's Quick Tip

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Make some extra money for holiday shopping by de-cluttering. Sell your things on free Facebook marketplaces, free classified paper ads, on your own Facebook page among your friends, posters on bulletin boards,etc.

Update on the RV.. and How It's Affected Us

Happy to say we got the mouse problem all looked after. We set a live trap inside the dash, and caught the little bugger. He did do some damage inside the dash though. He chewed wires and a vacuum line elbow from the heater control. It controlled the AC coming out of the vents- but good thing "Mr. Hubby Fix It" was able to solve that and get it all fixed.

Then we had to stay in a hotel for 2 nights ( $300 CDN) while the RV went in the shop for repairs on the front end. After all was said and done, we saved $900+ by Gerry doing a fix that the garage couldn't do, but still costed us $3,060. USD. Was a big inconvenience, and a set back that caused us to have to pull money out of our savings to cover the bill . 

The garage had also told us there would be some other things we "could" fix but we opted out and said we would check those other things out on our own. 

Although Gerry can do alot of work on his own, he didn't have access to these parts, nor did he have a place to do the work that needed to be done, or all his tools, like jacks, blocks, etc..Plus he also didn't have a machine that could do a wheel alignment after the fact of the work that was done. Leaving it till we went back home, with more miles on it to get home, would have been a major safety issue.

Our next project in the RV will be taking out the dated shower doors, putting up a copper rod that Gerry designed for our neo-angle shower stall and hanging a shower curtain instead . Will post when we get that done- which I am hoping will be within the next few days.

5th Annual Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys Program and a Giveaway (Canada)

It’s that wonderful time of year again when snowflakes fall, and festive lights brighten the sidewalks. It’s also time to celebrate the fifth annual Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys program!

To ensure no child goes without the magic of the holidays, the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys program has once again partnered with The Salvation Army to encourage Canadian families to create a toy-shaped Rice Krispies treat and submit a photo on or share it in social media using the hashtag #TreatsforToys. 

For every photo uploaded or shared on social, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army for the purchase of a real toy for a Canadian child in need during the holidays. Make. Share. Give. These three simple steps will help create lasting memories for children to cherish for a lifetime. 

We’re also offering all our Canadian readers a chance to enter a great giveaway to have fun with their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc .. The giveaway is a great holiday Rice Krispie Pack from Kellogg's, as seen in the photo below.

A random draw will be made by on December 8, 2017 from all Canadian entries received.

To Enter:
Leave your contact info telling us who you'd make holiday Rice Krispie treats with this holiday. One entry per household allowed.

Best of luck to all!  Happy Holidays!

Johnny Rockets' Tasty Seasonal Holiday Menu Hits Restaurants

Whether you've been nice or a little naughty this year, Johnny Rockets is definitely honoring your wish list, because it is bringing back an irresistible twist on its signature fries by layering premium shredded Wisconsin Cheddar, a Cheddar cheese sauce and crispy Applewood smoked bacon that will create a fry frenzy among guests.

Johnny Rockets is also decking their halls with loads of flavor-packed options to keep you warm this season. New menu items include an invigorating Chipotle Chicken Sandwich that is topped with thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, Pepper Jack cheese and caramelized onions that are sure to be the talk of the town. And no need to travel to the city of brotherly love, for a limited time, you can try our Philly Cheesesteak made with thinly-sliced sirloin steak, grilled to perfection, mixed with caramelized onions and green peppers, and topped with Provolone cheese served on a hearth-baked Amoroso roll.

Johnny Rockets Limited Time Menu
Chipotle Chicken Sandwich – Grilled chicken breast with our Smokin' Chipotle Ranch Sauce, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, Pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions, crisp leaf lettuce & fresh tomato on a whole wheat bun.
Philly Cheesesteak – Thinly sliced sirloin steak, grilled to perfection, mixed with caramelized onions & green peppers, topped with Provolone cheese. Served on an authentic hearth-baked Amoroso roll.
Route 66 – Certified Angus Beef® patty covered with Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun.
Bacon Cheese Fries – Crispy, skin-on french-fried potatoes, topped with Cheddar cheese sauce, shredded Wisconsin Cheddar and crispy bacon.

2017 Spa and Beauty Lover's Holiday Gift Guide

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Not sure what to get the spa and  beauty lover in your life this holiday season? Turn to our 2017 holiday gift guide for inspiration this year- with suggestions from :

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo-

Natural Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is the hair care solution they've been dreaming of! Boasting wonderful therapeutic benefits thanks to the incredible effects of natural tea tree oil, this shampoo can improve their and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. 
This shampoo has a wonderful energizing and uplifting scent with ingredients of Aqua, Jojoba Oil, Botanical Keratin, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil,  and Rosemary Oil.
Hair and scalp sure feels alive after a shampoo with Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo! We don't just promote it- we use it too!
Get your own free sample @

Pedicure Callus Remover-
The HoMedics Pedicure Callus Remover features a curvy and ergonomic shape that is great for easy one-handed use. Three rollers of fine, coarse and extra coarse will allow them to customize their pedicure experience. 

EnviraScape™ Silver Springs Relaxation Fountain-

Escape to the East in tranquil relaxation with the HoMedics® EnviraScape™ Silver Springs Relaxation Fountain. Combines sleek shades of silver and black with a bed of natural river rocks to accent this beautiful piece of Asian inspiration. Let the soothing sounds of water melt all their stress away.

Shiatsu Flex-

Have them give their feet what they want with the Shiatsu Flex from HoMedics. The Shiatsu Flex allows them to choose between three different massage types: flex, deep kneading shiatsu and air compression. Adjustable air intensity allows them to enjoy the perfect massage. Two unique massage modes of forward or reverse provide a truly customizable massage experience. Soothing heat makes for added comfort and relaxation and the unique Massage App allows them to use their smart phone to create their own massage programs.

**Watch this spot for more great gift giving ideas.. 

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Friends Here in the USA

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This year we are in the USA for Thanksgiving, and all is quiet in the campground here in Arizona. In Canada, Canadians have their Thanksgiving get togethers in October. So we're wishing all our American friends a peaceful day, whether spending it alone, or with family and friends. Enjoy your holiday time.

Glad Products Partner With No Kid Hungry

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On November 17th in Los Angeles, celebrity chef Ayesha Curry hosted an intimate Friendsgiving dinner for friend and design expert Sabrina Soto. The Friendsgiving dinner included leftovers made by Sabrina’s family on the east coast, which Ayesha transported across the country to surprise her friend. The truck she drove was packed with Sabrina’s family Thanksgiving table – complete with tablescapes, silverware, and a signature Thanksgiving meal preserved with Press’n Seal, in partnership with Glad.

This was inspired by the idea that like Sabrina, many aren’t able to spend Thanksgiving with their extended family. But, this cross-country venture will bring love not only to Sabrina, but also to kids in need. This campaign was in partnership with No Kid Hungry, where Glad donated a dollar for every mile the truck drove – amounting to $5,000. 

Additionally, anyone can donate to the Ayesha Curry No Kid Hungry page, where Glad will match donations up to an additional $5,000. If the $10,000 goal is reached, that will supply 100,000 meals for those in need.

Baking During the Holidays with The Invisible Chef Plus a Giveaway (USA/CANADA)

One thing I enjoy doing is baking. Baking from mixes is especially fun and EASY! The holidays are a time I think when we tend to bake more than usual. Well, most of us perhaps. I bake anytime and all year round as we love having bake stuff for deserts. Some mixes like those from The Invisible Chef can really make you look like a great baker!

With The Invisible Chef, they start by using the very best ingredients, and offer flavor combinations that include classic standbys that everyone loves as well as unique offerings for the sophisticated chef in all of us. Their mixes are so easy to make, each takes a few basic ingredients...from the box to the oven, to the table in just minutes.

                       Just a few great mixes from their collection!

So if your looking for easy and tasty bake mixes for your holiday baking, try The Invisible Chef!

                                        Completed Goodies!!

We have a giveaway for an Engraved Spatula, and two mixes- 
-The Jelly Belly Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Cake Baking Mix
- Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

The entrant can be from Canada or the USA. Random draw from on December 3, 2017.

To Enter:

Tell us what is your favorite baking category- based on the choices of mixes on their site- The Invisible Chef.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Teens

Monday, November 20, 2017

Do you have any idea what to buy the teenagers on your holiday shopping list this year? Teens are always in search of the latest and greatest products, so here's a short list of items they'll love this holiday season.

Justice League Limited Edition Gift Packs-

Gillette has just the perfect option for that Teen Super Hero in your life- for gals and guys.

In celebration of Gillette’s partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Justice League,” six limited edition Super Hero themed gift packs, are now available at retailers nationwide (and online). Fans and Justice League enthusiasts alike will be able to get their hands on these special limited edition gift packs this holiday season.

With the premiere of the Justice League film – set to be a block office hit this holiday season – just days away, this is a must-have for those who want to shave in Super Hero style. 


A stage where teenagers are looking for something to express their uniqueness and individuality, to be one of a kind and wudlife cases depict just that. Each design is different in its own way which will draw young adults to see themselves and their style in the case. This day and age everything is so mainstream that these cases catch the eyes of our Teen trend setters.

EXIT: The Game-

The hit Escape-Room concept for home use. Award-winning party game for up to 6 players. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles to escape from a room. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle. How fast can you escape the room? Titles: Pharaoh's Tomb, Secret Lab, Abandoned Cabin, Polar Station, Forgotten Island, Forbidden Castle. MSRP $14.95; ages 12+

Pretty You London-

Pretty You London is  a unique British slipper brand which provides ultra-feminine style combined with an affordable, luxury quality design. Following the brand’s mantra of ‘Glamour and Comfort’ the new Violet, Paris, Venice and Vanna designs are inspired by the classic fairytale i.e. enchanted woods, velvet cloaks and snow queens. The Valentina, Odette and Viola channel the red-carpet style of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor featuring diamantes and faux fur. Your teen is going to fall in love with their slippers!

**Watch this spot for more great gift ideas coming soon.

Completed the 12 Ultra Sounds

Sunday, November 19, 2017

So while here in Arizona, I saw an ad to get 12 ultra sounds for $70 US/ $10 extra for breast exam and $10 extra for men for testicle exam.. ( of course Gerry wasn't too interested in that one), but I wanted to have the breast one done after feeling some spots being tender at times.

The test for the 2 of us took about half hour and we got a report for each that we can give to our doctors to go over with us.

One good thing I did find out from the ultra sound was that pains in my chest were more than likely caused by my ribs...poor posture at the computer, over exerting with exercises, etc.. Nothing to worry about from he saw. 

We found out a few other little things as well, which we can discuss with our doctors once we return home in the Spring.

Fairytale Brownies- A Time To Give- Gooey Gourmet Brownies

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Mission Statement of Fairytale Brownies is to simplify gift giving and spread joy through gourmet chocolate brownies, and they Do Do that indeed. We have been personally been reviewing Fairytale Brownies since 2010 in our first Fairytale Brownie review. They seriously are the best- made with rich, quality ingredients like imported Belgian chocolate, fluffy cake flour, farm fresh eggs and real creamery butter- and that secret family recipe too!  And each treat is individually wrapped for freshness and certified kosher.

So if your looking for great gifts for the holidays or even some treats to treat you and/ or the family, and you haven't tried Fairytale Brownies, we're giving you a gift code to use that you can't refuse. Go to  and score 25% off a special selection of fan-selected favorites! Code:ABIGDEAL 

Oh yes- and bonus: FREE SHIPPING on all orders!

Be sure to learn more about the Top 25 Fairytale Brownie Facts that fans must know. Their goal is to be the #1 and best tasting brand of brownies in the world and we really do believe they are.. they have us coming back time after time. 

Boon Docking Outside of Lake Havasu City, Az.

We had to find another spot to camp- as we are only allowed 14 days on the last spot of land we were at. It was Craggy Wash- much nicer than where we are at now, but since we are staying in the city for the summer, and don't want to pay campground fees of $35+ a day, we have to stay on BLM land and move back and forth between areas every 2 weeks.

This is more of an open area, maybe an old gravel pit.. a fair number out here too.

We'll be happy to get back to Craggy Wash though.
Today was warm but overcast @ 76 degrees.

What's Been Happening With Us

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We're still waiting to hear on our RV parts- haven't arrived yet. But they seemed to have pre- charged our credit card for the parts already! I am also waiting on a new plastic sink for our kitchen to arrive from another place- been waiting 2 weeks. Previous RV owners didn't look after it and it really needs to be replaced.

We have plans to do a new review soon for our RV shower. We are going to be working with a brand - Extend a Shower. We'll take off the shower doors and will be putting in a rod instead with shower curtain. So stay tuned for that before and after.

On another note for today, looks like we'll have to head out of this area soon. It's BLM land and you are only allowed 14 days in and 14 out. We'll head back to an old area tomorrow, picking up mail, and doing some laundry in town- blankets and sheets- stuff we haven't been able to do in the washer we have in the RV. The washer/ dryer combo has sucked for drying clothes so we've hung out clothes we washed, on our outdoor clothesline. In this heat they dry in about an hour!

Also made an appt for Sunday for Gerry and I to get a 12 ultrasound study done- mine will include breast as well- so will cost $80. His will be $70.

Had a disappointing dentist visit today. We went for check ups and xrays- $49 each. Okay that is fine until they start telling you need this, that, and the other thing and your previous dentist should have done this and that. When I say I want to make dental cleaning appts., they tell me that mine needs more work than Gerry's. His costing $150 and mine.. $600! I said I only want a basic cleaning and they tell me you need more than a basic cleaning and our hygienists do what is needed to be done. Basically meaning a basic cleaning is out! Well, I won't be subject to their fees- we'd need a small lottery win for that! So we'll keep looking and keep phoning around. Someone had recommended a dental school. So we'll see what we can find.

Truth: You Don’t Have To Spend A Fortune When Moving Home

A less practiced but certainly achievable way of saving some money when moving house is putting your property up for sale privately.  This means that you don't use a real estate agent at all, so won't have to pay their fees.

Of course, it's is a little more work if you go it alone. You will have to get the place into a sellable condition so it will need cleaning, any repairs doing, and some staging as well. To help you do this you can use tricks like filling the home with fresh flowers, or baking cookies and bread as people attend your open house to give it that truly homely feel.

It' also important to ensure that you clear away as much clutter as possible. After all, people want to be able to imagine their own lives in the property and not be distracted by all of your knick-knack and collections.

Reduced agent's fees

Another option that entails a lot less work on your part but also can save you a great deal of money during the moving process is finding someone like Hungry Agents Real Estate Agents to help you with your sale. This is because they allow different agents to bid competitively for the right to sell your home, and creating competition in this way can help to significantly lower the prices that you get charged. All this and you still have an expert to advise you on the process and help coordinate your open house, making it a great way to lower your costs but not add to your stress.

Sell your home without having to pay out unreasonable fees. Image link

Moving costs

Unfortunately, the acute focus on selling your old property and buying a new one can mean that many folks are all but spent out by the time they actually come to move. Of course, this is problematic because the move itself also can cost a significant amount of money.

One of the largest costs is in hiring a removal firm to transport your items for you to the new property. However, you can reduce the amount you pay for this. One way to do this is to cut down on the services that you purchase from them. So instead of having them pack your boxes for you, do this part yourself.

The other way to reduce your moving costs is to skip using a professional firm, hire a truck, and do the heavy lifting yourself. This will definitely cost a lot less and can make moving a lot more reasonable. Although, do be aware that it's not an easy option, especially if you have lots of large pieces that need loading on and off the truck!
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