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December's On The Road Expenses

Monday, December 31, 2018


Well another month and year has come to the end. 
Have completed our on the road expenses for December, in USD $$.
The dollar fluctuated quite a bit this month too. 
We had a trip to Mexico in this month, as we crossed the border from Arizona and went to have some dental work done.
We spent $25 for 3 nights camping there, and $12 in parking fees.
Other expenses for the month:
Laundry: $25
Take out: $15.56
Propane: $38.54
SUV gas: $40
RV gas: $426 which included the gas to Mexico and back to Arizona for the dental
Water and dumps: $51.90
Groceries: $528.75- averaging $132 per week.
Groceries also included dog food, beer/ wine, household and cleaning

Those Aren't Snow Covered Mountains

They may look like snow covered mountains but they aren't. The light hit the mountains this morning with just the right light to make them look snow covered.


Welcome Kellogg's Banana Crème Frosted Flakes and Honey Nut Frosted Flakes!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Review by: Gerry

January is set to ring in not only the new year but two more great cereal flavors for those of you who love Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and for those who love to try new cereal flavors.


Gerry had the opportunity to try the new Kellogg's Banana Creme Frosted Flakes and the Honey Nut Frosted Flakes. He loves his cereals and eats them a few days of the week. 

He loved the fact that both cereals stayed crunchy while they were sitting in the milk, and loved the new flavors too!


Kellogg's Banana Creme Frosted Flakes had a true banana flavor and the Honey Nut Frosted Flakes had a perfect blend of  real honey and nuts. 

They are two great new ones to try !

Even Arizona Gets Cold!

Been cool the past week but even Arizona cools down a bit for the "winter". Been running the furnace in evening and in mornings. Today wasn't even one degree this morning when I got up.


Must be a bit rough for those living out of their cars like this guy near us:


Had some bad luck and my lap top died. Took it to Staples for a free look at and they said the CPU fan quit and it couldn't be replaced. But they said we could take it somewhere else for a second opinion.

That second opinion costed me $25 + tax USD. They said it could be replaced and it was the fan yes, but would cost me  $140 plus install and a week's wait. So I decided to just go to Walmart and get another one. Ended up paying $199 + tax USD= $300!


But I have a working lap top now, and Gerry has been looking at the other one. He's a very DIY type of guy, and already had it start up, so getting somewhere!

Its been rough on the pocket book with our Canadian dollar taking the hit. It's been going up and down and up and down while we've been here, especially in the last few weeks with the stock market taking hits. Not much one can do though.. but complain LOL


4 New Money Making Schemes to Try in the New Year

Friday, December 28, 2018

As the New Year creeps closer and closer you are trying to think of ways to make a little extra money on the side. You might have had a very expensive Christmas full of presents and holidays you couldn’t really afford. Like most people out there, making that extra bit of money in the New Year would help you to kick start 2019 in a positive way. If you’re a bit stumped for ideas at the moment, there are so many different things you can try out for the very first time. From trading to teaching, your extra income isn’t going to be as hard to obtain as you might think.

1. Trading
If you have never thought about the big wide world of trading before then now might just be the perfect time to start exploring. Forex trading is a huge market and billions are traded in foreign exchange on a daily basis. Spend some time researching the best forex brokers in the USA; even if you are an absolute beginner you will soon be able to find the best path for you.

2. Blogging
You will probably already know by now that blogging is big business. If you can find a popular niche topic that you can write about regularly you will soon be able to start making money from your blog. Make sure you are truly passionate about the subject matter you choose to talk about. If you don’t have the willpower to keep discussing new topics and creating new content your blog idea will quickly fall flat.
3. Selling
If you consider yourself to be a bit of a business minded person, then becoming a seller might just be the ticket for you. Whether you’re buying goods on a wholesale basis and selling them on for a profit or you’re creating your own innovative ideas and selling them to the public, there are so many different options available. Start by setting up a website with your own individual domain name and then you will be able to get started with your new venture.
4. Teaching
If you’ve got a special skill or talent that might be of interest to someone else, why not teach them? You can use your knowledge to impart your wisdom onto others in exchange for a competitive fee. Whether you’re a tech wizard, a clever handyman or a talented musician there are so many ways to share your skills for money or as a part time business on the side.

Instead of surviving off minimum cash as the New Year comes in, you can enjoy a whole load of extra money coming your way. If you’re willing to give something new a try then what are you waiting for? 2019 should be all about stepping out of your comfort zone and throwing yourself into the deep end. As soon as you have landed on a successful idea or strategy you will be glad you went that extra mile sooner rather than later.

Do I Have To Renew My EIN for a Nonprofit Yearly?

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Once a charitable organization is awarded an employer identification number, or EIN, there is no need to renew this application. The only reason a nonprofit would be required to submit a new application for a different EIN is if its organizational structure, mission or nonprofit status changed.

Employer Identification Number Vs. Tax-Exempt Status

It’s easy to confuse an organization’s EIN with the approval of 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) tax-exempt status from the IRS. What is the difference?

·        IRS-EIN-Tax-ID: Your organization’s EIN, or tax ID number, is similar to the social security number of an individual. Its purpose is simply to identify the organization with the IRS. This is number used on annual report filings.
·        501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status: When a charitable organization’s request for tax-exempt status is approved, the IRS simply sends a type of confirmation called a determination letter. Your nonprofit will continue operating normally, using the same EIN, but now it is considered tax-exempt by the IRS.

Like the EIN, once a nonprofit receives a 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) designation, they do not need to apply for it again in the future, unless the type or structure of the organization changes.

When To Apply For an EIN Number Wisconsin


How should a charitable organization in Wisconsin go about getting an EIN number nonprofit and tax-exempt status? The first step is to choose the organization’s directors. Once you have selected at least three directors, you can take the next steps:

·        Register a name for the organization
·        File articles of organization for nonprofits
·        Fill out an application for EIN with the IRS
·        Apply for tax-exempt status using IRS form 1023

Do You Need Additional Help Securing a Tax ID Number?


The only thing most nonprofits are required to file annually is the 990 or 990-EZ annual information return. You will need an EIN to submit this documentation. To streamline the application process and have access to valuable help, contact the professionals at IRS EIN Tax ID Filing Service right away.

Sunrise, Sunset

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

            Bucket list:
Got up today a bit early to watch the Arizona sunrise and then to see it set, in the evening. Rose at 7:40 am and set at 5:30 pm.





Blessed Christmas Wishes To Everyone!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

                    Wishing Everyone a peaceful, safe and blessed Christmas!


The Gift You Give Yourself- "Bucket List Adventures" by Annette White

Friday, December 21, 2018

I was so excited when Annette's book- Bucket List Adventures arrived in the mail.



On our own site we love to travel, see and do new things, and are always on the look out for ways to get more out of life. Follow your dreams now- and like the saying goes, "Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today!"

I have followed Annette's site for over a year already, and love following her on Facebook as well, keeping up to date on what her or her and her husband Peter are up to!

In her wonderfully written book she talks about living out your dreams. 
The 352 page book is easy reading, colorful and a hard to put down one. One I'll truly be keeping forever- and not only because it's autographed -LOL- but because it's one you want to use as a reference book, to read through over and over.




Annette loves life and she encourages others to use theirs to their fullest!
Her book is a great gift to give to yourself this holiday season. I guarantee your going to love it! You can Look Inside the Book on Amazon and see what I'm talking about! Then you can order right from the same page. Merry Christmas to YOU!

Welcome Winter!

Remembering the Shelter Animals This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Remembering the shelter dogs and cats this holiday season, with a visit to the local Humane Society here in Lake Havasu, Az.. 






Must Try Holiday Mocktails For Your New Year's Toast

The holidays mark a time of family fun and festive entertaining, but for kids or those looking to lay off the alcohol, why miss out of the New Year’s toast? While friends and family sip their champagne, treat yourself to some bubbly of your own with Welch’s Sparkling Juice

 New this holiday season are Target-exclusive Sparkling Red and White 100% Grape Juices along with the favorite Welch’s Sparkling Rose Cocktail – all in new, festive packaging for the holidays:






 

Cranberry Cheer in a Cup


Ingredients:

1 bottle Welch's Sparkling White Grape 100% Juice
2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups ginger ale
1 cup apple juice or apple cider
Ice
Cranberries for garnish
 

Mix ingredients in pitcher with ice, top drinks with fresh cranberry garnish. Serves 6.

 

Mock Mulled Wine


Ingredients:

2 cups orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 bottle Welch's Sparkling Red Grape 100% Juice
2 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, sliced
Pinch of nutmeg
Orange peel for garnish
 

In a stovetop pot, heat sugar and orange juice until a boil forms, reduce until consistency thickens. Add Welch’s Sparkling Red Grape 100% Juice, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, sliced oranges and nutmeg. Bring to boil then reduce to low for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours. Serve in mugs with orange peel garnish. Serves 6.

 

Rose-Merry


Ingredients:

1 bottle Welch's Sparkling Rose Cocktail Juice
2 cups grapefruit juice
2 Tbs vanilla simple syrup
Ice
Rosemary sprigs - for garnish and mixing
 

Mix ingredients, including a rosemary sprig, in pitcher with ice. Pour into individual glasses with rosemary sprig as garnish. Serves 6.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For The Family

Wednesday, December 19, 2018



We've found some great ideas this year for gifting for the family!

CornBag Warmers-



Does someone in the home suffer from aches & pain? Maybe always cold? CornBag Warmers is there to help!
CornBag Warmers are Microwave Heating Pads that help relieve aches & pains and are perfect for warming up during the cold winter months.
They are Made in USA Since 2001!!
They offer over 100 patterns for your heating pad - Something to compliment every personality.
Sizes include hand warmers, neck, back, and lap warmers. Ordering is safe and secure through our Online Store - Your Satisfaction is our #1 Goal! Simply the Best Reusable, Eco-Friendly Microwave Corn Heating Pads for sale! Be confident in your purchase by checking out our customer reviews— click the link below.
$6 Flat Rate PRIORITY Shipping (USA) - 100% Money Back Guarantee so you will LOVE your CornBag Warmer!
Lots of Uses - Great for helping back pain, shoulder or neck pain, cramps, arthritis/fibromyalgia and of course...Staying Warm!
Customers report they use their Heating Pad for the Microwave for many years (some over 10 years)
Our inner/outer bag design makes our microwavable heating pads the most comfortable available - Outer bag is Easily Cleaned!
Sizes include Hand Warmers, Lap Warmers (Back Heating Pad), Pillow Warming Pads & Heated Neck Wraps
We accept all major Credit Cards, PayPal, Apple Pay, and Amazon Pay for a Simple Checkout Experience!!


The Blast! line of products, from AtGames, includes a compact, portable HDMI stick that plugs right into the back of your TV and contains an assortment of classic hit games. What makes this even better than the original platforms is how the Blast! allows its player to save, load, and rewind games at their leisure to achieve high scores, progress further in games, and resume game play with ease!  Games featured on the various models include Centipede, Millipede, Yar’s Revenge, Asteroids, Missile Command, Pitfall, River Raid, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug.


Brownie Points-


Brownie Points specializes in extraordinary brownie varieties. Their handcrafted bite-size baby brownies come in a variety of flavors. They don't follow the trends they create them! Quite simply they believe they have reinvented how people enjoy brownies.

Their unique selling position of offering dozens of combinations of flavors in bite size Baby Brownies clearly sets them apart from the rest. Their Baby Brownie size allows  consumers to try several varieties rather than commit to just one!



**Watch this site for more upcoming great family gift ideas!




Keeping Your Big Vehicle In Great Health Throughout The Winter Season

The winter season is now in full swing, and it presents greater challenges for motorists than any other time of the year. This is especially true when you drive a bigger vehicle. When coupled with the fact that you’ll be far more likely to drive to places than walk, it’s vital that you take control of the situation ASAP.

If you are going to give your vehicle the TLC it deserves, it’s vital that you cove every angle. Here’s all you need to know.

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Make It Safe

Safety behind the wheel should always be your priority but is particularly pertinent in the adverse weather. Whether driving a truck, van, or RV, there are several issues to consider. The wheels and tires, fluid levels, and suspension are all among the crucial elements. Likewise, you should always pay attention to the dashboard alters.

Nothing you do will keep you 100% safe on the road. You may still need the help of experts like Gray and White Law truck accident lawyers from time to time. Nonetheless, those regular maintenance tips should keep you away from unnecessary trouble. This should allow you to use the roads with confidence.

Focus On Performance

The vehicle needs to be at optimum performance during the winter months. Feeding your RV with the right stuff can go a long way to keeping it in purring condition. In truth, you should aim to do the same with any vehicle. Even the smallest additions, like antifreeze, can transform the performance of the vehicle for the better.

Many additional steps can be taken to boost the performance. A cold air intake, new oil pan, upgraded bushings, and better springs will all help. All drivers have their unique preferences. Be sure to follow yours while respecting the conditions of winter and you won’t go far wrong.

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Invest In Your Driving

It’s important to remember that the above steps are only worthwhile if you are a competent driver. Knowing how to handle the car with greater control and confidence can only be a good thing. NSC approved advanced driving school instructors could be your greatest weapon. It’s never too late to become a better driver, and it will give you more confidence.

Moreover, smarter driving habits will help protect your vehicle as you’ll put it under far less strain over the coming weeks and months. The benefits can be felt throughout winter and beyond. Finally, if you do ever come to sell the vehicle, the better care should enable you to fetch more money for it.

Make It Comfortable

In addition to safety and performance, you need to embrace a positive relationship with the vehicle. Larger vehicles such as SUVs have the potential to be very comfortable, but only if you pay special attention to the various features. New seat covers and upholstery upgrades such as cup holders can make a world of difference with instant results.

Simple tech additions such as parking sensors, a dash cam, and Bluetooth speakers can all work wonders. Parents may also want to consider in-vehicle DVD players to keep the children entertained on long journeys. The additions may not directly impact the health of the car. Still, a strong relationship with the vehicle will encourage you to take greater care.

A Visit With Santa At Pet Smart- Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Someone didn't want to sit on Santa's knee or sit still for that matter- but in the end we got the shot!




Near Lake Havasu State Park, Az.

Saturday, December 15, 2018




2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Host/ Hostess

Friday, December 14, 2018



It's good etiquette to bring a gift for the host or hostess, but what to get them? We've got the perfect  suggestions for hosts of all kinds this Holiday Season. These wonderful gifts will be sure to please.


Brownie Points-


Brownie Points has reinvented how people enjoy brownies! Introducing a new first of its kind Chocolate Covered  Gourmet Brownie Bite with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Their proprietary process begins with a pure chocolate coating creating a slight crunch on the outside with a dense fudgey brownie on the inside.  Enjoy the best of both worlds.  Nothing short of  Brownie Perfection for that wonderful Host/Hostess!


Brightech-



This lamp looks great in the bedroom, living room, dorm, or office and sits nicely with a variety of décor styles such as modern, industrial, urban, and minimalistic. Its convenient USB port allows you to easily charge electronic devices even when the lamp is turned off so that you never run out of battery. This lamp adds style and function to any room by making  life easier and brighter and it is sure to impress the host/hostess' friends, family, and guests. 


Floral Simplicity- Winter/ Holiday Scents-


Floral Simplicity is the perfect gift to gift to any host/ hostess. Floral Simplicity sachets have a motto to  "To make the world a better smelling place, one packet at a time." Sachets can be used almost anywhere in the home, car, etc., and offer wonderful scents at all times of the year. Plus specialty scents for the holidays such as Winter Pine, Butterscotch Delight, Candy Cane and more! I personally have used these and am absolutely hooked on them! I have them all over and what nice smells to walk into any room to find. A must have for your gift giving list.



Statement Canvas Pillow Cover & Insert-




Nothing says “thank you” like a personalized statement décor piece. Show your thoughtfulness and gratitude to your holiday hostess by gifting this custom gift to someone special. These beautiful personalized pillow covers from Thirty-One Gifts are made of 100% cotton canvas and are available in natural, charcoal and navy, with or without a fluffy pillow insert, and measure 18 x 18 inches. Choose from holiday or everyday designs or your own photo, and add names, initials or a personalized message. 




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

Need A Bit Of Money For New Year?

The New Year can be an expensive period for anyone living through it. You’ve just had Christmas, you’ve blown a lot of cash on the Boxing Day sales, and now you’re biting your lip over what January 1st will bring you in terms of bills. The festive season can be a very easy time to lose yourself in, so it’s no wonder you’ve spent a lot of money in the run up to this time of year, and no one can blame you! But let’s make sure you’re not worrying holes in your lips, and think about the steps you could take next.

Padding out your income, especially during such a slow business time, can seem hard - but it isn’t impossible. If you’re someone in need of a bit of extra cash for the upcoming year, that’s less than a month away, this post is here to help. After all, there’s plenty of ways to make money quickly, but you’re going to want to invest your time and interest in the most fun and rewarding ways to do so. So here’s a few suggestions for your evaluation.

Celebrations like this don’t pay for themselves! (Source)

Collect Up All Your Receipts

You’ve been spending a lot over the past month or so, and you’ve probably still got some receipts backdate from November or so… well, now’s the time to put these to good use! Your receipts can make you a bit of extra money on the side these days, as long as you keep them safe, and download the relevant apps that can reward you simply for spending and retaining proof of purchase.

So, what apps out there reward you for this very simple activity? Well, there's quite a few, so feel free to try a few at once. Of course, the most crooned about online is Receipt Hog, so they’ll probably be your first port of call - but there’s some varying reviews over this service. So branch out to other apps like Ibotta, which can earn you some easy cash back at quite a few stores around the country, and you can even purchase through the app to earn some easy rewards in considerable amounts!

Put In Some Extra Hours

Sure, you may not want to work around the New Year season, but your bank account certainly wants you to! You’ve spent a lot of money before now, and you’re noticing even your savings account looking thinner than usual, so you’re definitely going to need to pack in some extra hours. Of course, you don’t have to work New Year’s Day if you manage to book it off in time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the five days after Christmas to really bring home the bacon!

Thankfully, these are busy times of the year, due to all the sales available, so you’ll be able to grab a bit more time at work. Extra hours always mean extra money, and all in all, it’s the only reliable way for you to bring an actual income on a regular basis. So make sure you put all your extra effort in to the after festive season, and even stay on an hour or so extra at the end of your normal shifts to make sure you’ve really got the money for a big celebration next year!

Head Online for Some Fast Options

If the above two options don’t sound like much to you, it’s time to turn to the rest of the internet. After all, there’s many different and varied ways to make money online, and you’re going to want to invest a bit of time and effort into them to make sure you get a big payout just in time for the big day.

Maybe you could try a site like Slotathon.com, or maybe you could use a search engine extension that will pay you for certain keywords you tap in and then click on the ads for? Or maybe you could start filling in some surveys, and fill in at least ten or so per day to really maximize your funds here? Maybe you could use some cashback programs for whenever you shop online, and you’re probably going to be doing a lot of shopping during these sales coming up!

Ready to Make Some Extra Money?

It can feel a bit daunting at first, but there’s plenty of ways you can make money; you just need to find a way you’re comfortable with! Take the time now to research.

Tools To Fix Your Car Repair Costs

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Amongst all the running costs of owning a car, none is more reluctantly paid than the repair and maintenance costs. Like everything, they age with time and deteriorate, if they’re not damaged by accidents, bad weather, or other ill fortunes. However, rather than simply hoping damage and deterioration don’t happen, it pays to be prepared for it. Here are a few ways to cut the costs of car maintenance and repair.

Invest in better cars
There are more trips to the garage caused by the damage that accumulates over time than those caused by accidents, fender benders, and bad parking jobs. However, accidents do still happen and by reducing them, you can reduce how much you spend on the repairs resulting from them. Cars are getting safer than ever before so it’s wise to make safety features such as parking assist a priority when shopping the market. Otherwise, try looking at the reliability of the car. Are there are any parts which are known to need replacements often? The more reliable a car, the less it deteriorates over time, meaning fewer trips to the mechanic.

Do more yourself
If you’re not a fully trained technician, you shouldn’t assume you can fix absolutely everything that goes wrong with the car. However, there are some fairly standard fixes and replacements you can make yourself as shown at How Stuff Works. From changing the spark plugs to replacing worn brake pads, doing a little more DIY means you only pay for the costs of the replacement parts, rather than the service charges added at the garage.

Go with those in the know
However, you’re still going to need a mechanic from time to time. When a fix is beyond you, your best bet is to go as early as possible, so the issue doesn’t get worse and potentially affect the other systems in the car. What’s more, you should ensure you take your vehicle to those who specialize in that particular kind of auto. With RVs, you can take them to RV specialists like Elite Automotive. Many mechanics will specifically list the makes and kinds of vehicles that they’re particularly familiar with. This means they’re more likely to make any repairs and replacements to manufacturer standards, which means a lower chance of needing to replace their replacements any time soon.

Budget for it
Every car owner should have a car running cost budget. This needs to cover your repair and maintenance costs. A good way to figure it out is look at how much you spent last year and the year previous on repair and maintenance and build up that much in savings. Or you can look at online reports of the car’s reliability and what parts are likely to need the be replaced in the near future. This stops you from dipping into your credit and paying interest and credit fees on top of the repair costs.
You might not be able to stop your car from needing repair and maintenance, but you can make sure it doesn’t cost you as much as it can. Keep the tips above in mind and become a much more mindful (and financially secure) car owner.



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