Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Review: Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal: What to Eat to Beat Disease and Live Longer ( Readers Digest )

I love reading books on healthy living, health, foods that are good for us and the why of it all.

That's why I super excited to have the opportunity to review the book Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal- by Readers Digest Editors.**
Well, let me just say it has not disappointed and I have not been able to put the book down.

 Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal: what to Eat to Beat Disease and Live Longer (Reader’s Digest, on sale now) has a variety of tips to help lose weight, overcome disease and ailments, and become your healthiest, strongest self. 

Great parts to the book include:

*More than 100 health condition entries from arthritis to insomnia to heart disease, with quick tips on what to eat to prevent or treat each ailment naturally

*More than 170 food entries from apples to zucchini, plus simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food to maximize its healing potential

*More than 50 delicious and easy-to-make recipes featuring the healing foods

*Special features on the potential dangers of pesticides, food additives, and genetically modified crops; the many benefits of vitamin D; the real deal on high-fructose corn syrup; the dangers of mixing food and medicine; and much more..

It's a must read!

**Fran Berkoff, RD and Joe Schwarcz, PhD were both consultants for the book.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sustainable Beauty Contest! Win $10,000 for Your Charity of Choice! (USA only)

In case you missed it, yesterday was Earth Day! And while the folks at Love Beauty and Planet believe Earth Day is every day, we’re encouraging everyone to celebrate all month long by participating in #SmallActsOfLove that will help make the planet more beautiful.

In fact, there is a great contest  where you could win $10,000 for your planet-loving charity of choice! All you need do is share your #SmallActsOfLove on Instagram between now and May 20th. Make sure you use the hashtags #SmallActsOfLove and #LBPContest and tag @LoveBeautyAndPlanet.*

Some #SmallActsOfLove you could try are:
  • Recycle your Love Beauty and Planet product after use
  • Turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth
  • Carry a reusable tote for groceries instead of using plastic bags
  • Purchase LED lightbulbs
  • Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used - goodbye coffee maker! 

In case you haven’t heard of them, Love Beauty and Planet is a new personal care brand featuring six ranges of shampoos, conditioners, body washes and hair and body treatments that believes in the power of small acts of love that make you and the planet a little more beautiful every day.

One of the many ways they are committed to this is through a partnership with The Recycling Partnership, which will help transform a US City’s recycling system – making it easier for more of its residents to recycle, and recycle well.

* Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. “Love Beauty and Planet’s Small Acts of Love” Contest is sponsored by Conopco, Inc., d/b/a Unilever. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. D.C., 18 & older, who possess a web enabled mobile device as of 4/21/18. Begins 12:00 a.m. ET on 4/22/18 & ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 5/20/18. For official rules, visitsmallactsoflove.dja.com.

Mothers Day Gift Guide 2018

Mother's Day will be here soon, and it's the time to show your mom or mother-figure just how much they mean to you. Although nothing can make up for all the worries, sleepless nights and the vast amounts of love and understanding that moms give us, we can at least try, right? This Mothers Day give your mom a "gift that is straight from the heart" and show her how much you appreciate everything she does for you! 

We have some great gift ideas too to share with you-


You know what's going to have mom looking stylish this Mothers Day? A  pair of Skechers Bobs Highlights ! I know - I have a few pairs and love them.. comfy and cute! Get mom's style looking ship shape! I personally love their new Ocean Spell. But there are so many more styles to choose so spend some time on the site and get mom a pair this Mother's Day- and don't forget to maybe get yourself a pair while your at it! 

What better way to show mom you love her and appreciate everything she does for you than by building a LEGO version of her! This “selfie” kit is the perfect way to show mom some appreciation. The set even comes with enough bricks for your little one to build themselves next to you!

Fuel your creativity by making a LEGO® BrickHeadz version of yourself, friends and family or colleagues with this fun set. Create two BrickHeadz construction characters using the specially selected LEGO bricks for different hairstyles and skin color, plus there are two kinds of glasses, a sticker sheet to personalize your builds, and a brick separator. Display your creations on the buildable baseplates in your home, office or anywhere you like.
• Create 2 unique LEGO® BrickHeadz construction characters with LEGO bricks.
• Also includes a sticker sheet to add different details.
• Comes with 2 buildable baseplates.
• Have fun building your own LEGO® BrickHeadz characters, then share a selfie with your friends, family or colleagues.

• Mash up your own LEGO® BrickHeadz persona with other famous BrickHeadz characters, to create a super-cool hybrid version of yourself.

Fairytale Brownies- Mother’s Day Bar & Sprite Combo-

Nine sweet and buttery Fairytale Bars are paired with 12 enchanting flavors of snack-size Fairytale Sprites, then tucked inside our classic gift box and wrapped in a beautiful Happy Mother's Day gift band. Mom will love these I guarantee- ask a girl who loves them herself- ME!

HomeMedics Deep Soak Duo Footbath with Poweroll Massage-

Treat mom to the HoMedics® Deep Soak Duo Footbath With Poweroll Massage utilizes dual motorized rollers to provide kneading massage to soothe tired arches and soles. The 2-in-1 massager can be used for wet or dry foot massage, while the Heat Boost Power heats cold water in minutes and maintains temperature throughout. Plus the  acu-node surface provides a kneading massage to relax and revitalize her feet. She's going to feel pampered this Mothers Day with her very own home footbath thanks to Y-O-U!

Luxe by Mr. Bubble- 

Continuing to delight Moms every day, but especially on Mother’s Day! Indulge your mom with a guilt-free treat — a  ultra-moisturizing soak with cocoa and shea butter Meltaways Bath Candies. Infused with the delectable scents of Original Bubble or Sweet & Clean and enriched with nourishing vitamins E and C, the affordable bath time luxuries will leave your skin silky smooth and hydrated. A little me time is delicious, so go ahead and melt away. Meltaways retail starting at $8.99 at Target and ULTA Beauty.

And if large bath bombs are your mom’s jam, check out the Glam Bomb in Original Bubble featuring shimmering glitter and a pink color burst inside. Glow gorgeous with a touch of shea butter and blue color burst with the Beauty Bomb in Sweet & Clean. Retailing for $4.99 at Walgreens and Walgreens.com, these bath bombs float, spin, swirl and put on a graceful, tub-time show.

Luxe by Mr. Bubble is offering two new gift sets – perfect for yourself or your mom who may be in dire need of a stress break. If one bath bomb won’t suffice, consider the You Are a Bombshell Gift Set. The set features four bombs in the decadent Sweet & Clean scent and retails for $15 at ULTA Beauty and onULTA.com.

The Milk & Cookies Tub Time Retreat is another great option for Mom this Mother’s Day. It includes Splish Splash Moisturizing Milk Bubble Bath, which promises tons of moisturizing bubbles, and two nourishing Dunk & Fizz Cocoa & Shea Butter Cookie Bath Bombs. This sweet, three-piece set is available in the fun, signature scent of Original Bubble and retails for $10 at ULTA Beauty and on ULTA.com.

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

Save More Money Without Any Drastic Changes

We all want to be financially responsible, but sometimes it can feel like in order to save more money and live a thriftier lifestyle, we have to completely change the way we live. I’m, happy to tell you that really does not have to be the case and that there are lots of little, totally not dramatic, things that the average person can to save more money without really impacting their lifestyle much at all.

Sound good? Check out these pretty painless ways to save more money and become a more financially responsible adult:

Track Your Expenditure

There are numerous apps which are free (or very cheap) and which enable you to track your spending to a high degree. If you’re serious about saving money and becoming more financially savvy, the first thing you should do is download one of these - I recommend Mint- and start using it. Obviously, you have to actually monitor the data an act on it to see where savings can be made, and actually make them, if you want it to be any use, but do that, and you’ll be on the right track.

Get Rid of Redundant Expenses

If you haven’t already been living the frugal life for some time, chances are that you have a number of regular expenses that aren’t really necessary. For example, if you have a gym membership that you never use or a subscription to HBO Go that you never watch, you’re spending good money for no good reason. By eliminating them, you can save sometimes significant amounts of cash without it having any impact on your life whatsoever.

Get a Better Paying Job

It stands to reason that the more money you make, the more money you are able to save, so getting a better job can be a great way to boost your savings. If you are thinking that’s all well and good, but switching jobs is actually quite drastic, well it doesn’t have to be. For example, if you were to do a bsn to msn online, you could conceivably work in the same place, doing a very similar job, but for a higher salary - this is just one example of how changing jobs can benefit you without causing much upheaval to your life at all. If you don’t want to retrain or even seek a new role, it’s always worth asking for a raise if you’re in a position to do so.What’s the worst that could happen?

Turnt the Thermostat Down

So many people don’t realize that you can make significant savings by simply turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees, and the vast majority of people will not notice a difference at all. So, give it a try, and you could save a fair sum with literally no pain on your part.

Make a Grocery List and Stick to It

Sure, writing a grocery list might take a few more moments out of your day, but it will stop you from buying duplicates of food you already have and ensure that you spend your money on stuff you’re actually going to use. If you actually stick to it and avoid throwing in those extras that catch your eye every time at you’re at the store, well you’ll save even more money. It might be pretty good for your waistline too.

Use the Library and Thrift Store

Instead of buying books, borrow them from the library where they are completely free or buy them much more cheaply at the thrift store. You’ll still get the same level of enjoyment out of them without the hefty price tag, and it’s not just books either, you can check out DVDs, toys board games and a whole host of other entertainments at many libraries, and thrift stores are a veritable treasure trove for pretty much anything you can imagine.

Use a Cashback Credit Card

Credit cards can be really bad news if you get the wrong one or use them the wrong way, but if you get a cashback credit card and you use it to make all of your regular purchases, paying it off at the end of the month to avoid interest charges, you will save money on those everyday expenditures leaving you better off than you were - it’s a real no-brainer.

As you can see, saving more money can be as easy as not trying to save money at all. More often than not, you will not notice many of the small changes that are necessary to boost your bank account and make your life more thrifty. You have nothing to lose, so what are you waiting for?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Back Home- and Oh So Much To Do!

We're back home from our 6 months away- coming home to a frozen water line- despite having the water shut off, so Gerry has been busy with that today. We've had the RV to unload, mail to sort through, taxes to get ready, ( have less than 2 weeks before the deadline), and so much more! We're doing our best but I HATE being unorganized and frazzled! Basically everything from RV had to come in, be cleaned, washed, put away- it's alot. Even Christmas and birthday gifts will have to be caught up on.

We gave the neighbor his gift bag of goodies for looking after the place while we were gone, and he was telling Gerry he heard things will still be bad with the hospital and the doctor shortage here. Still 2 doctors only- despite them building a new multi million dollar hospital wing. It's just so unreal. He wanted to make a doctor appt and they told him he has to call back in two months to make an appt! I guess we'll all be self medicating in the meantime! The dentists are no better here- 2 months wait! So Gerry and I are glad we did ours while we were away. Even Jakey had dental in Vegas done for $200- nice cleaning, that would cost over $700 here!

Wanted to share my expenses for the month of April while we were away and up until April 21. Since we traveled in Canada and the USA during this month, I have taken the US dollar amounts and converted to Canadian.

Laundry- $10.52
Propane- $81.93
SUV Gas- $38.00
Camping - $25.50
Take out- $45.17
Groceries- ( which includes food for Jakey, cleaners, etc)- $455.25
RV Gas for return trip home- $1750

That's about it for me today.. short and sweet so I can continue on....

Earth Day

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

How To Cut Costs on Entertainment

Everyone deserves to have fun with their friends or family every now and then. However, most entertainment ideas are quite expensive these days. Going to the cinema would not be that expensive if you did not have to purchase snacks and beverages before going in. Even though you could do that as an adult, if you have kids that is a real mission. At the same time, tickets to concerts, plays are just as expensive. Yet you could probably live without them. That does not mean that you need to live a boring, entertainment-free life – on the contrary.

You can find a lot of great entertainment ideas that provide just as much fun and allow you to save some money when doing so. Below there are a few tips that teach you how to curb your entertainment spending without compromising your favorite activities.

Attend Free Events
Take advantage of concerts in the park, street fairs or other free events that take place in your area. Often you can have a great time attending a concert in the local park and spend a limited amount of money. Families can visit museums, zoos or aquariums by learning when these venues offer free-entry days. Next time you plan a dinner out, look for restaurants that offer free concerts or comedy shows. Pub quizzes are just as fun if you plan on going on with a couple of friends.

Ask About Discounts
You can cut costs on entertainment by asking about discounts. Most entertainment facilities offer discounts to students, seniors, kids or members of the military. You can plan a nice family getaway and save some money if you make sure to bring documents that prove the fact that you are eligible for discounts to movie theaters, national parks, restaurants and even theme parks. You can make a copy of those documents and keep them in your wallet to reduce some stress. Make sure you ask about discounts even at retailers.   

Gather the Whole Family
There is nothing better than spending quality time with your family. Kids can have a great time running around and playing games of their own while parents get a chance to chat about different topics. The only downside of organizing family reunions in your own place is the fact that you need to spend quite a lot of money. If you are on a budget and you plan to have a nice time with the other members of the family then you could suggest going into town. Ask everyone to contribute with a small amount of money so that you can go to Boston Escape Room and have a nice meal afterwards.

Find Cheaper Options
When trying to cut entertainment expenses, you could try changing up services that you already use for cheaper options. For example, reading a book is a lot more relaxing and affordable than going to the movies. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on entertainment, you can still have a lot of fun if you look for alternatives to activities that you enjoy doing. Finally, if you plan on going away, find other members of the family who like to go to the same destinations and reduce costs by sharing vacation expenses with the rest of the group.

Entertainment can take a lot of shapes and forms. Nonetheless, no one says that you can’t have fun with less money.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Part-Time Careers That Have Turned Full-Time

There used to be when part-time jobs were some of the best ways to bring in little extra money for the family. In large respects they still are, but there’s a shift happening in our professional cultures. More and more employers want those who show themselves to be excellent workers but can only manage part-time to go full-time for them. It only makes sense as when you spot good talent; you want to around more often. A few decades ago, a part-time job was mainly for mothers who wanted to earn a little on the side while their husbands were the ones who worked full-time. These part-time jobs were things like babysitting, fixing up tears in clothing that had rips and tears in them, early schooling and the basics of cooking and cleaning. Then slowly but surely part-time jobs evolved whereby men could also see them as viable options. These were jobs that were mainly working alongside those who were full-time. Over the years certain part-time occupations have changed to the point they can be done full-time.

The handyman

If you had a dad that could fix anything, he was the coolest guy on the block not just as a father but as a professional worker. The knowledge he had to fix a faulty light bulb, door and wall panels, car engines, leaking water pipes, and kitchen appliances without having to go out and buy them brand new, could have helped lots of low-income families. They were affectionately referred to as handymen because well, they were men and they came in handy in a sticky situation. Now however these skills and knowledge of the home have been passed down and learned by newer generations and thanks to the capitalist concepts of business aspiration and becoming your own boss, they can work full-time as professional handymen. Running their own businesses and hiring others just like themselves, handymen have evolved to being classed as laborers and skilled self-employed tradesmen.

Image credit Alterfines

The carer

In tight-knit societies that lovingly relied on each other, the carer was a highly respected role for women. Usually, they would be senior women who were very knowledgeable in taking care of sick children and elderly people. With just a thermometer and a look at your symptoms, just by their eye, they could tell what the ailment was affecting a person. They weren’t trained doctors or nurses, but they displayed qualities of understanding viruses and diseases. Their treatments become known as home remedies which is a phrase we all use today as well as companies selling at-home medicines such as for the flu. This role in society has now progressed to being known as a master of science in family nursing. It can be taken as an msn online course that’s studied 100% online. You go through advanced pharmacology, advanced statistics, health assessments and theories of nursing. It's a whole-rounded course that is pretty much the advanced evolved version of what the carer role was.

It's amazing how society’s needs transform over the years. From early respected and important roles within a local community to being recognized as part-time jobs and then into full-time occupations, handymen and family nurses are great inspirational stories.

Gaming The System: How Anybody Can Save Money Shopping Online

With Christmas out of the way, it’s prime time for online shopping bargains. But making sure that you’re saving money online isn't always as straightforward as you might think. Here’s how to game the system and bag the very best deals.

Google The Product ID

Just because you’ve found the product you want at a reasonable price doesn’t mean that you’ve found the lowest price on the internet. Yes, you might be in a discount store, but you’d be surprised just how much the price of a particular item varies from retailer to retailer. Go on the shopping search engine and type in the product name or ID. Then select “price: low to high.” The first result should be the cheapest instance of the product, although sometimes you end up with something a little different to what you want. Just look for the first product that matches your specifications and grab it.

Get Discount Codes And Catalogs

Retailers know that they can get business from savvy shoppers if they have the option to enter a discount code. Most people will pass these codes by without even thinking about searching for the codes online, but savvy shoppers never miss a trick. If a retailer gives you the option to enter a discount code, the chances are that the code is available out there on the internet somewhere, waiting to be found in a forum or a blog. Search for the code and try your luck: you could bag yourself a bargain. Remember, retailers often cycle their codes, so try a few before you give up entirely.

Retailers also like to advertize the fact that they are offering discounts through online catalogs. Publications, including Carmel Catalog, give budget-conscious shoppers the opportunity to find discounts that aren’t always available in-store. Here you can find money off things like women’s underwear and clothing for going out.

Add Items To Your Shopping Cart, Then Abandon It

Adding items to your shopping cart and then abandoning it is one of the best ways to get the attention of an online retailer. Many retailers are desperate to improve what they call “conversions” which is the proportion of people who come to their site and actually buy something. Because of this, they’re often keen to offer deals to people who thought about making a purchase but didn’t in the end for whatever reason. The retailer knows that these people are interested in the product and that they are familiar with their brand, so they will often try to coax customers back to complete the sale with special offers.

This is how bargain hunters can game the system. Abandoning the cart will often prompt the retailer to get in touch with you by email. Often they’ll say something like “you’ve still got items in your basket” followed by “if you checkout in the next 24 hours, you’ll save 10 percent.”

This is a great tactic if you don’t need something immediately. Just plop the items in your basket and wait a couple of days for the follow up email to arrive.

Buy on the Resale Market-

There are a lot of things you can buy on the online resale market at significant discounts that don’t necessarily feel used. For example, you can buy resale video game cd keys legitimately online for a fraction of the price you’d pay for the retail version of the game in a store. You won’t get the fancy packaging, but your game will work exactly the same as the retail version.

You can also buy a Wyndham timeshare on the secondary resale market for as little as $1. These timeshares would cost about $10,000 if purchased through a resort directly. A “used” timeshare is just about the same thing as a retail timeshare, but costs about 50 – 90% less. Some resort developers put a few minor restrictions on resale timeshares due to the significant cost savings, but these restrictions never outweigh the benefits of buying resale over retail. When you no longer wish to own the timeshare simply perform a timeshare exit.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Supper With Family and Pizza 73

In the city of Calgary, Alberta and visiting with Jon and Erika last night, we decided to do pizza and wing night. Everyone loves pizza and wings right? So I called up a pizza place near Erika and Jon's called Pizza 73. I was able to call to one of their many locations they service, and place our orders for supper.

We each ordered a 12" meal deal that included a 2 topping pizza with 12 wings.
The food was tasty that evening, we had leftovers and had a great visit!

Pizza 73 cooks up 25 varieties of specialty pizzas, offer over 20 different toppings, four styles of crust (Traditional, Super Pan, Sesame Seed and Gluten Free), and seven types of sauce (Traditional, BBQ, Donair, Sriracha Honey Garlic, Pesto, Buffalo and Creamy Garlic) for you to create your own pizza, and prepare eight flavours of wings. They even whip up an assortment of fresh side dishes such as boneless wings, wedgies, dipping sauces and salads daily.

It's a great night for pizza!

The Directions Of Encouragement Lively Teenagers Need

It's only right that children get to be spontaneous and full of energy all the time. They’re young and have the world at their feet. Pretty soon they will be in your shoes or in a similar position where they have to fend for themselves and claw their own way through the world. When they are heading into their late teenage years, now is the perfect time to step in with good solid advice. They need direction and encouragement if they are to succeed in life. They’re at a critical moment in their life when they will choose what kind of path they want to take professionally. The overwhelming majority of children at this age, don’t have hide nor hare about what they want to do in life. You remember back when you were their age, and you wandered aimlessly around from job to job? This shouldn’t be the same for your children if you can help it. Teenagers are lively, and they want action, so here are some jobs you could recommend to them to suit their active personality.

Fire emergency

We sit inside homes that are made out of wood, and yet we forget that fact all the time. Society is always in great need of brave firefighters that attend to any emergency at any time. It's an exhilarating job that requires an attitude of pure dedication and courage. Teenagers have excess bravery at such a young age which they sometimes feel as if they need to prove. The training will be tough but comprehensive as all kinds of body types are allowed into the service. All that matters is that your mental capacity and the ability to think calmly under elevated levels of stress shine through during the selection phase. Anyone can workout and with a good clean diet, pack on lean muscle and be able to do all the physical drills with ease. What cannot be taught is the inner courage that is needed to fight out of control blazes that destroy properties and lives. If your child is lost and wants to direct their energy into something positive you can always introduce them to this line of work and see where it leads them.

Yearning for good policy

For those who are bookworms and love to scrutinize detail, a role in law enforcement could be their ideal suited occupation. Good police policy not only saves lives but money for the taxpayer too. Police work isn’t all just about busting some criminals in the middle of their activities, or saving a cat stuck up a tree; it's so much more complex. Although physical training is very important, the ability to investigate and judge the policies of police forces and indeed the judicial powers in which they operate is incredibly powerful. Policing courses that have modules like human intelligence exploration, which go deeper into criminal behavior and how society is culturally impacted by crime can be accessed online. The courses can be completed in 3-4 years and perhaps give students deeper teaching of theory than they might otherwise get somewhere else.

As parents, we must never see children with high levels of energy as nuisances. In fact, their energy and yearning to prove themselves is a powerful asset to your community as the wider public if you can only just give them the right direction.