Saturday, December 8, 2018

Photos From Today's Hike Up The "Hill"- Lake Havasu, Az

Took a hike up the hill behind our RV today.. was quite steep near the top and was a bit concerned on the a small part of the way down. The rocks in spots are quite crumbly, as shown in my one picture of the bigger rock, and a person has to be careful how they step. But got some nice pictures from the top. Quite a few trails around the top- may have been from people or from the bighorn sheep we see from time to time.








Monday, December 3, 2018

Dental in Mexico




So a 3 night stay overnight at the casino near Mexico, on the Arizona side- @ $10 a night, with gas to and from where we were staying @ $280.

Still have to go back tomorrow to get the final work done. Had the prep work today on the dental.

I had a check up, cleaning and prep for a crown for tomorrow.
Gerry will get a cleaning and check up tomorrow and was prepped for a bridge.
Total for dental work @ $1,070 CDN.

Waiting for our year end dividend refund from our visa card so we can look after these expenses now!


*** Update on year end dividend refund is : $508.92!

2018 Sweet and Salty Treat Guide to the Holidays


The best way to spread holiday cheer is by giving the people what they want: sweet or salty treats! Everyone has their favorites and we have some great brand ideas we want to share with you.

Fairytale Brownies -



The Fairytale Brownies story began on the kindergarten playground. That’s where Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz met, forged a friendship and dreamed of a magical brownie-filled future. In 1992, baking late at night with a secret family recipe, their dream came true.

Today, Fairytale Brownies is baking more than 6 million gourmet brownies, cookies and bars with the finest all-natural ingredients like rich Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate, creamery butter, fine cake flour and fresh eggs. All products are kosher for dairy and there are no artificial colors, trans fats or preservatives.

Fairytale Brownies offers bright, expertly crafted bands to wrap around your gift box, and select gifts allow customization with your full-color logo and photo. This year, Fairytale redesigned its Christmas, Holiday and Hanukkah bands, and created a new seasonal band – Celebrate the Season. Check them out!

Free standard shipping is always guaranteed on gifts.

Place your orders in time for the holidays via standard shipping by December 18. Order online at www.brownies.com or call 800.324.7982


John and Kira's-





John & Kira's chocolate creations are made with the finest ingredients sourced from urban gardens and small family farms around the world. We met in 1999 at one of Kira's famed rooftop barbecue parties, where she served risotto and egg cream sodas. John, having lived in both Italy and New York, was quite impressed. Kira was impressed that John was working at her favorite socially responsible restaurant in Philadelphia, The White Dog Cafe. Our love of food and community is what brought us together and has been the driving force behind the company we created, John and Kira's.

The idea for a chocolate company sprung from a road trip John took around the Northeast in search of innovative concepts in food. A boutique chocolate company seemed like the perfect idea as it was fun, creative and could be mixed with local ingredients such as mint from urban school gardens. We got right to work and launched John and Kira's in 2002. Before we knew it, the editors at Gourmet Magazine picked up on our confections and declared them their "favorite chocolates," prominently displaying our creations on the cover of the Valentine's Day issue of Gourmet in February, 2003. From those humble beginnings John and Kira's has grown and developed many clever and whimsical creations such as Chocolate Ladybugs, Bees and most recently a our "Up, Up & Away" Hot Air Balloon chocolates.  John & Kira's Chocolates specialize in chocolate gifts, making them perfect for the upcoming holidays.  Our Winter Forest Collection is a fan favorite featuring: Snow capped jagged peaks enfold a crunchy hazelnut-almond praline center, crystalline snowflakes sparkle with a refreshing white chocolate mint ganache, and a beautiful starry night envelopes a vanilla touched dark chocolate ganache.


Chocolate Pizza Company-



If there is a better pairing for the "Sweet and Salty Gift Guide" then we don't know what it is. Chocolate Pizza Company makes this incredible "Snowflake Chocolate Pizza & Peanut Butter Wings Combo" that is as unique as it is delicious. Gourmet chocolate blended with homemade English toffee and topped with festive chocolate candy and sugar snowflakes. Served in a custom pizza box (16 oz). But it gets even better. Peanut Butter Wings are crisp, rippled potato chips covered in creamy peanut butter and drenched in rich milk or dark chocolate. Talk about a salty-sweet home-run! This amazing confectionery combo is perfect for everyone on your list including that impossible to buy for person. See this and all the holiday chocolate gift ideas from Chocolate Pizza Company on their website, ChocolatePizza.com



Honolulu Cookie Company-


The most awesome like mom bakes, premium shortbread cookies! Limited edition gifts, customer favorites, great offers. Order by December 17th for Christmas Delivery. We`re truly hooked on these cookies! Shop your holiday cookies today- for the ones your gifting to AND get some for yourself! 



M&M`s Filled Chocolate Candy Cane and Mars Wrigley Confectionery`s Holiday Minis Tree Gift Box-




Nothing says "It's Christmas!" more than a candy cane filled to the brim with green and red M&M's! This cute  novelty is a must-have item for stocking stuffers or any gifting event during the holidays.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery also has a cute Holiday Minis Tree Gift Box filled with your mini favorites such as Snickers, Milky Way and Twix all inside a decorated tree box.



Pacific Cookie Company-



There is no need for fancy decorations; this gift is adorned with sweet sugar, creamery butter, and decadent chocolate chips. The Pacific Cookie Company has captured the sensation of simple holiday cheer with their Simple Wishes Holiday Cookie Gift. Arriving in a custom gift box with a darling Christmas tree cut out, 1 dozen of our 2-ounce fresh-baked cookies will fill the air with warm memories. Just like home baked!!



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

Serving Your Best Look Yet On Your Big Day

You probably want to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day - better than you’ve ever looked in your life. All eyes will be on you, and you won’t be able to go anywhere without somebody wanting to take a selfie with you or have you pose for a picture. Below we have some ideas that will help you to serve your best look yet on your big day. Take a look and see what you can do to feel and look your best on this important occasion:

Practice Your Hair And Makeup In Advance
Make sure you practice your wedding makeup and hair in advance so that you can be sure you’re happy with it. Watch tutorials and practice yourself if you want to save on hiring professionals, but be sure to go about your day with the hair and makeup so you can make sure they last. They might look great initially, but if your hair falls out after an hour and your makeup becomes shiny and creased, you’ll be in for a shock on your big day. Alternatively, you can hire a pro and book a trial run if you want to be on the safe side - just make sure you check out their portfolio to ensure it’s something that you’ll like.


Choose Your Jewelry Carefully
Make sure you choose your jewelry carefully. It should enhance your overall look, not distract from it. You should wear jewelry that will match perfectly with your 77 Diamonds engagement ring and wedding ring especially, as you’ll probably take many pictures of them on the big day.

Take Care Of Your Health In The Months Leading Up To Your Big Day
Taking care of your health in advance will ensure you look your happiest, healthiest self on the big day. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water every single day. Eat foods that are good for your hair, skin, and nails - natural foods such as avocado, nuts, fruits, and greens. Get into a great sleep routine and ensure you’re consistently getting 8 hours each night, especially in the week leading up to the big day. Don't forget to get some exercise either, as it’ll release all kinds of happy hormones and help you to feel amazing. Just make sure you won’t need your dress altered last minute!

Figure Out How To Keep Your Stress Under Control
Stress can wreak havoc with your immune system, so figure out how to keep it under control. Try deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditation to help you. These things will help you both in the short and long term.

Take Care Of Your Teeth
Consider a professional whitening treatment for your teeth, but make sure it’s safe and not likely to cause long term damage. Go to your dentist if in doubt!

Avoid Alcohol In The Week Leading Up To Your Wedding

Alcohol can make you miss out on sleep, make you make poor food choices, and give you a horrible headache to boot. Avoid it, especially in the week leading up to your wedding so you feel fresh and clear headed for your nuptials.

How To Get The Most Back From Your Savings

If you’re thinking of saving money, but don’t know what you can do to get the most out of your savings, then look no further! We’ve looked at a variety of different ways to save, and explained the pros and cons of each method, so that you can get a profit from the money that you’re putting away. The days of storing money under your mattress have gone, and the days of getting more cash than you put in are here. Phew.


Investment
Investing your money by purchasing shares in a company is a great way to get money back from your savings. Each year you’ll get dividends if the business you have shares in is doing well, and if you’re clever about it (and invest in shares from a few different companies) you’re unlikely to come out with a loss, however badly one of the businesses may have done. The key here is variety, and this only really poses a risk if you put all of your money into one company that isn’t guaranteed to succeed. Research into the best options out there before you take the plunge, and look at the history of their profits.

Pension schemes
If you’re looking to get a return on your money, but you’re willing to wait a while, a pension scheme can be a good idea. Your employer probably has one set up for you already, but putting a little more aside is a good idea if you’re looking to live a life with a bit of luxury when the time comes to retire. It may seem like this day is never going to come, but you’ll be thankful that you took a little time to focus on your future (especially when you’re going on that cruise). If you’re self-employed, there are also options for you, so have a look at solo 401k contribution limits if you think that you could be eligible.

Savings accounts
If you want to have a bit more control over your money, and see the immediate effects of living frugally, then opening a savings account is a great idea. There are a variety of different options out there, and it can be quite overwhelming when you see all of the choices, and the financial jargon that goes with them. But decide whether you want to have limited access to your account (and a higher interest rate and return) or whether you may need access to it at any time. If you keep it in the bank for 5 years or over, you’ll see a higher profit, but don’t cut yourself short if you think that you may actually need to access it before then.

So, there are many ways to get a profit back from your savings, and investment, pension schemes, and savings accounts are the most popular. Whilst you have to be careful with all of them (pension ages can change without warning, investment doesn’t always come with a profit, and you may not be able to access your savings for a few years) they’re all worth considering if you want to get the most back from your money. Happy saving!

Brilliant Beauty Hacks to Save Your Budget



Beauty preparations, makeup and hair products tend to be very expensive. There are things you can do to avoid these hefty price tags though. It could be that you are living on a tight budget or that you just object to how expensive these items can be. Whatever the reason, these beauty hacks could be useful.

Home Made Lip-Gloss

When you get to the end of a lipstick, put the last bit ion a dish in the microwave for just a few seconds. When it has melted, combine it with a small amount of Vaseline and you will have a homemade lip-gloss.

Alternately, if you have a few old lipsticks, you can soften them all in the microwave and then mix them together to make a totally new shade. Makeup can be a costly item, and these two ways of using your old lipsticks can stretch them quite a bit further.

Reducing Wrinkles And Lines

None of us like seeing the wrinkles and fine lines that appear on our faces as we age, but buying the night creams and moisturizers you need to keep them at bay is expensive. Instead, buy some coconut oil and massage it into your face every night before you go to sleep. Olive oil is good too, but you need to massage that into your skin twice a day.

Then there are very specific lines that perhaps need a bit more treatment. A typical example of these is called smokers lines, although you do not have to be a smoker to get them.

Then there is what is usually referred to as ‘crows feet’. These are the lines that people get splaying out from the corners of their eyes. You should think about making a moisturizer from cucumber puree and natural yogurt, and gently massage a bit of this into the skin around your eyes. You must do it with care though, as this skin is very delicate and easily damaged. You do not want to get a black eye because you were too rough with your massaging.

Say Goodbye to Eyebags

Instead of buying all of those expensive products to help you get rid of your eye bags, godown the budget route and simply head to the local produce store and pick up an avocado. As you can see at https://www.siobeauty.com/blogs/news/remove-eye-bags, this fantastic fruit is great for tightening the skin around the eyes and getting rid of those dark circles that can make you look so washed out. Cucumber works well too if you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly.

Keeping Your Teeth White

There are lots of people that do not have naturally white teeth, and as we age they start to turn yellow even more. There is no need to buy tooth-whitening kits or spend money at the dental surgery to get them white, as baking soda will do the job just as well. In fact, it is so good at this that many kinds of toothpaste and whitening products have baking soda in them.

It works because it is abrasive and cleans all the plaque and any others stain off your teeth.

Ration Your Hair Care

It is very easy to use far too much shampoo and conditioner. You only need a small amount of each, and too much conditioner can do your hair more harm than good. Overdoing it can make your hair full greasy and it will look dull. A small amount well massaged through your hair is all it takes, and probably not every time you wash it.

Some people go to the extent of transferring the amount they need into a small bottle or a cup. This way they cannot use too much by accident, and your hair care products will last you a lot longer.

Stretch Your Body Scrub

When you notice that your body scrub is starting to get low, ass some brown sugar granules or some sea salt, together with either olive oil or coconut oil. These products will mix well with most fragrances and with their natural skin smoothing properties, you will feel the benefit of using them to scrub your skin clean.

This hack will make your body scrub last for months. You could even make your own from any one of the granules and oil and just add a spot of an old perfume to give it a pleasant aroma.

Warm Water And Mascara

Mascara tends to thicken with age. It gets dry and clumpy and then usually gets thrown out. Try soaking it in a cup of warm water for 4 or five minutes and it will apply as smooth as it ever did. If you are in a hurry and do not have time for this, add 4 or 5 drops of the warm water into the applicator and give it a good stir.

Olive Oil For Longer Eye Lashes

Olive oil is not only very good for your skin, but you can also use it to lengthen your eyelashes as well. Save a brush from old mascara and give it a good clean then you can use this to apply the olive oil to your lashes. As well as helping to lengthen them, it will also condition them so that they will become stronger. You should start to see the effects after just a month, and will then not go to the expense of buying pricey lash treatments ever again.

Mend Broken Lipsticks

At some point or another, most of us have broken a lipstick and the usual course of action is to throw it away. It can be mended very easily though. Just warm both broken ends with a lighter and then hold them together for about 20 seconds. Your lipstick will be as good as new, as you can see at https://makeuptutorials.com/fix-broken-lipstick/ and it can be repaired in this way as many times as you need to. It sure beats throwing them away.

Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

If your eyes are puffy because you have not has enough sleep, or perhaps you have a hangover or are stressed out, you can get rid of the inflammation quite quickly and very easily. All you need to do is hold a tea bag on them for a while, and the puffiness will soon disappear. It does not matter if they contain green or black tea. They both contain tannins that will act as astringents and will shrink the swollen blood vessels below your eyes.

Of course, the teabag should be steeped in boiling water first, and then placed in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes. Put the chilled tea bag over your eyes for about 5 minutes and the puffiness will be all gone.

Easy and Cheap Makeup Removal

If you have been on a night out, the last thing you could feel like doing is washing your face to get your makeup off. It is important that you do not leave it on all night though, as it can clog the pores in your skin and cause infections and breakouts.

A much easier way is to get a cotton pad and drop a little coconut oil onto it. Then wipe the makeup with this and it will come off straight away. Not only will it clean your skin thoroughly, but also the coconut oil will work on moisturizing it at the same time.

Want to Make Your Lips Plumper?

If you want to make your lips plumper but to not what to have to lay out the costs of injections to make them so try rubbing a little dab of peppermint essential oil into them. You will feel a slight stinging sensation but this is just the peppermint oil doing its work. That soon disappears and then you will notice a difference in your lips.

Looking Your Best On A Budget

There are times we all want to look our best, and if we can do that on a budget it is even better. Hopefully, these hacks will help you to achieve that, but you may well have some others that you already use as well.

The Re-Launch of Pet Box- Just In Time for the Holidays!


We are helping to announce the Launch of PetBox! A monthly subscription box filled with all natural treats and irresistible toys for your dog and cat. Get 50% off your first box today, act fast - this deal won't last long! Use code 50PET at check out.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

What's New With Us

Well, we're off for the 3 hour drive towards Mexico tomorrow, to Los Algondones again for our annual dental trip. We'll need some work like cleanings, crowns, possible fillings- the works. We don't have insurance so the trip over the border, even with the drive there in the RV is cheaper than a regular trip to the dentist for what we need, done locally.

Having the RV is nice, but it does come with a cost - like a second home at times. But when we live in it 6 months of the year it really is.
Had to buy a new engine battery today- they only last about 2-3 years and ours was 3 years+
Cost of new battery: $244 CDN ( taxes included) with a core return refund of $25 CDN. Ouch.

Gerry said the summer plan will also include a new roof for our RV- with him doing the work- plus we need some new awnings and there may be a new shower that needs to go in and some renovating to make things work, in the bathroom. I hope our tax refund will be a good one!

November's Expenses were a bit wonky as we also went to Las Vegas and spent time seeing the girls- so extra money for gas for the RV, SUV, parking and camping fees- but this is it in US dollars:

Groceries: $562.48
Water and dumps: $43.70
Parking: ( Vegas) $27.00
Propane: $82.73
Camping Vegas-KOA- $106.20
Laundry: $28.00
Gas SUV: $144.00
Gas RV: $515.00

Thursday, November 29, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Him


This holiday season give him gifts from the wish list he forgot to make. Here you'll find great gift ideas that will delite the men in your life! Gifts such as:

The Fishing Caddy-





There are numerous reasons why The Fishing Caddy makes a perfect gift this holiday, including: 

  • It’s all made in America and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and a two-year warranty.
  • It offers complete organizations for anglers. Everything they need is at their fingertips. The Fishing Caddy features a built-in cup holder, two rod holders, LED lights, a live well for fish that are caught, and more. It puts all the tackle in one easy-to-carry device. Plus, it won’t tip over due to water weight. 
  • The device has been designed to help people detect bites faster. The rods are kept closer by, which makes it easier to detect even the slightest movements.
  • The Fishing Caddy gives someone a gift of enjoyable outdoor time. They will have more time being organized while they do what they love. It helps to take the stress out of fishing, making it easier to carry everything they need.
  • It’s an affordable gift that won’t sit in the back of a closet. Not only will people want to use it all year long, but prices for them start at only $69.95 and range to $129. 

Mission Belt:


He'll be sure to hold up his pants in style. All belts are a  perfect fit. Free Shipping On Orders Over $50. A Belt With No Holes Always Fits. It's The Belt That Changed The Belt. Over 10k Families Helped. Buy A Belt, Feed A Family. As Seen On Shark Tank. 


**Watch this spot for more gift ideas for him this holiday season.

Taking Control of Your Finances


Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that focus on money. We want to save. We want to clear debts, or we just want to have more money at the end of next year than we do now. Most of these resolutions fail or get left behind with winter.

We often fail these, and other resolutions because we don’t have a plan or any kind of idea of how we are going to manage them. In fact, a study has shown that 4 in 10 adults feel as though their finances are out of control. So, instead of making wild, baseless resolutions which set you up to fail, why not focus on taking control of your finances over the next 12 months?

Understand Your Situation

The first thing that any of us needs to do when it comes to taking control of our finances is learning more about our own situation. Your financial situation is unique to you. None of us are in exactly the same boat, and there’s no one guide that you can read that will help you to fix all of your problems. It all depends on where you are right now.

So, stop avoiding bank statements or bills. Check your balances, learn about the interest rates on what you owe and how much your debts are costing you. Look at what you spend and save every month, and work out how long it would take you to repay debts or save what you need to, at your current rates of saving or repayment. It’s also worth looking at your credit score, which can have an effect on your finances going forward.

Learn More About Your Options

Once you understand your finances, you are better equipped to learn more about your options. Which again are unique to your situation. We don’t all have the same options when it comes to borrowing and investing. If you want to make some changes to your financial situation, you need to learn more about these options. Read about investments and savings accounts, learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain fork. Make sure you have a firm understanding before making any financial commitments.

Set Up a Budget

Budgeting is the easiest way to take control of your finances, to understand them and to spot any places that you could be making changes and improvements. Set up a simple budgeting spreadsheet and start taking the time to fill it in. When you start making cuts, make sure you are realistic and that you don’t commit to anything that you can’t afford or won’t be able to stick to.

Set Yourself Goals

Most of us want to save more money, and this is often the aim of deciding to take a greater control of our finances. With this in mind, setting goals is a great idea. Set yourself a realistic monthly target, using your budget and new found knowledge of your finances for help.

A crucial element of taking control of your finances is understanding them. With an understanding of your situation and your options you are able to start making informed decisions, and you can find that things quickly begin to improve.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Some Great Recipes Using Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tomato Soup with Homemade Olive Oil Croutons



Prep time: 10 minutes
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 3 Grilled red bell peppers in oil
  • 1 Shallot
  • ½ Cup Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for brushing on bread 
  • 3 Tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 10 Basil leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices crusty bread

  1. Cut small cross in bottom of tomatoes and submerge in boiling water 30 seconds.
  2. Let tomatoes cool in ice water 30 seconds then remove skins.
  3. In blender, blend tomatoes, red bell peppers, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, to taste, until mixture is smooth.
  4. Add mixture to large pot and heat, stirring frequently.
  5. Cut bread slices, brush with olive oil and grill 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat until visible grill marks have formed.


Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake


Total time: 20 minutes
Makes 9 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 4½ ounces (about ⅔ cup) sugar
  • 4½ ounces (about ½ cup + 1 tablespoon) Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5¼ ounces (2/3 cup) pumpkin puree
  • 4½ ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ ounce (about 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) cocoa powder
  • ⅛ ounce (a generous ½ teaspoon) salt
  • 1/10 ounce (1/2 teaspoon) baking powder

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix eggs with sugar thoroughly and beat until bubbles form. Slowly add in olive oil while continuing to stir mixture.
  3. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, pumpkin and baking powder; using whisk, mix well.
  4. Pour into cake mold lined with baking paper and bake 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and remove cake from mold.