Sunday, March 31, 2019

March's Expenses While On The Road

Late in the evening as I write this, so just wanted to do a quick expenses report for us for March while down south.
We have begun our trip back to Canada, taking our time and as well making sure we check the weather reports as we go as so not to run into that dreaded "S" word!
All expenses in USD..


SUV gas- $80
RV gas - $285- and this a bit higher as we are already traveling from Arizona and into Utah now.
Laundry- $22
Water and dumps for RV- $43
Propane- $43.30 ( also starting to run furnace more now that it's getting colder as we move north. Even the fleece sheets are back on the bed!)
Take out- $76.92 ( and use coupons when we can!)

How To Create The Best Resume Possible

When it comes to bagging that job that you really want, there are some things that you need to consider. Not only do you have to make sure that you look the part for the interview, and that you’ve prepared as well as you possibly can, but you also need to be certain that you’ve got what it takes to actually get an interview: a brilliant resume. Whilst you may think that you don’t need to spend much time perfecting your resume, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and having a great one will really make you stand out amongst the crowd. Here’s how you can perfect yours, and bag your perfect job in the process.


Keep it professional
One of the main things that people trip up on when it comes to writing their resumes is that they don’t keep it as polished as they should do. Using an email address like cheekymonkey123@msn.com really won’t make people think that you’re a suitable candidate for the job, and you should create a smart, professional email address if you want to make a good impression upon your potential employer. Avoid using jokes and other unprofessional things within your resume, and keep it as business-like as possible. It will only take you a minute to set up a new email address, but it will make the world of difference to your job hunting success.

Use a resume template
If you’re not sure about how to set out your resume, it’s a good idea to use a free resume template, so that you can see what you should be writing down, and where. These things really aren’t as complex as you may think they are; you just need to set it out in the right way, without putting too many frilly bits onto your resume. Ultimately, it’s a lot easier if you have a template to go from, and these things have been tried and tested by the people who know their stuff. This isn’t the time for you to show that you’re really good at using clipart on Microsoft Word; you should be showing your potential employer that you can deliver this information professionally.

Make it simple and straightforward
Another thing to be sure of is that you’re not adding too much into your resume, and this is an area where a lot of people trip up. It should be two pages at most, but some people manage to fit all of their details onto a single page instead. The truth is that employers don’t want to be looking through masses of information, trying to pick out the parts that may be useful to them. If you present them with too much stuff to read, there is a high chance that they will put your resume straight into the ‘no’ pile, and you’ll have lost a chance to secure an income. Whilst you may think that it’s helpful to write a long paragraph about your hobbies, your employer won’t.

Read it, read it, and read it again
Don’t forget that your resume is the first impression that an employer will get of you, and you need to make sure that it’s a good one. If your resume is littered with spelling mistakes, and you’ve put together sentences that simply don’t make sense, then your potential employer is not going to think that you’re very competent. If you struggle with things like this, then get a friend or family member to look over it, or somebody else that offers these services. The best thing to do is to read it out loud, so that you can see what it actually sounds like. This can help you to spot more mistakes than you may have noticed when reading it in your head.

Don’t lie on your resume
OK, so a lot of people are guilty of this one. In fact, a massive 85% of people admit that they have lied on their resumes. However, whilst this may help to bag you an interview, that’s pretty much all it will do. Employers are likely to ask in-depth questions at the interview stage, and if you haven’t got the experience that you said you have, it will show. Of course, most people do use more flowery language to explain what they do on a daily basis, but straight out lying is a different story. It could be extremely embarrassing at your interview, and it will also ruin your chances of getting that job that you really want!

So, if you want to create the best resume possible, then follow these simple tips! Good luck, and happy interviewing!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum


If you find yourself in the area of Cedar City, Utah, be sure to take some time to stop at Utah's Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. Since we're here spending a few days , and love all things related to history AND those blasts from the past, it only made sense for us to stop for a visit.





The museum was established in 1980, and houses various historical exhibits, including horse drawn carriages from the 19th century. You'll learn all about pioneer and early industrial history of this south western area- Iron County.

We loved the historic buildings, and Hunter House. (**see Hunter House photo below, which is Cedar City's oldest remaining brick home).



The grounds also were neat  and included a Native heritage exhibit, sawmill, wagon barn and artifacts from the past. 




They even have a quaint gift shop, which you have to stop through on your way into the inside exhibits/museum.



We wish we would have had more time as you could spend hours here!
The park also hosts a variety of events throughout the year and can be viewed online @ frontierhomestead.org

The staff was most helpful and are there to answer any questions you may have.

How Your Health & Happiness Work Together


In life, we all have our own aims. Some just want to be able to live peacefully, while others want to reach for the stars. Yet, despite the kind of aims that you might have in life, it’s safe to say that you definitely want two things above all else - health and happiness. No matter who you are or what you do, these are two things that will always matter in life. This is why the idea of creating a balanced life is becoming so important. It’s something that we would all benefit from, yet it’s not always easy to work out how we’re going to do this. Yet,  when you strip things down, it is actually easier for you to see what you should look to do to find health and happiness, and how they can help each other too. Let’s take a look.

1. The Healthier You

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that you and your entire family are healthy. This should always be a concern in life. Because if you are to be happy, you must be healthy first. So make sure that a balanced diet and exercise is a key part of your life. But also rest and take good care of your mental health too. This is also something you should encourage in your partner, children, and your parents too.

2. The Happiest You

But then also, you need to be conscious of what makes you happy in life. Because we’re on this earth for a reason and we all have interests and wants and likes. So if you are to be happier and really enjoy your life, you will want to make sure that you’re pursuing the things that do make you happy. And making changes to your life to accommodate this.

3. Setting Priorities

When you are more aware of the previous two points, it then becomes incredibly obvious just how important priority setting is. We all make priorities in life, even if we don’t think we do. We all do. And you have to be more conscious about yours. When you’re looking to take care of your family, and you’re considering getting a nanny, home hospice care, or a cleaner, you will want to invest wisely. After all, if you need the help and you want to balance your time better, investing in this and making it a priority is always a good idea.

4. Embracing The Best Of Both

And then, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re able to embrace the best of both your overall happiness, and your health. It’s hard to juggle both, but it’s not impossible. You need to make sure that you say no more, that you have those priorities and you stick to them. It’s probably going to take time for you to work out what’s best for you here, but the best thing for you to do here is just be patient, and let it all work out naturally.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Is It Possible To Become A More Peaceful Person?


We often see the word ‘peace’ thrown around as the highest good someone can achieve. The word is often repeated in eastern mysticism, on healthcare blogs and advice columns. We’re always hoping for ‘peace and quiet’ and wish to have a ‘peaceful nights sleep’ when we get to bed on time, of course. But is it possible to become a more peaceful person? What if our personalities aren’t wired that way? What if we have plenty of stressful issues in our life? Even the morning commute can seemingly get your cortisol levels rising before you’ve even had a chance to get to the office.

The only way any of us will ever find out about this potential is to try, or at least that’s what it looks like from this vantage point. The good news is that yes, while perhaps the highest forms of enlightenment could elude us, it is possible to become a much more peaceful version of you than you might be used to. Thankfully, with our advice, we hope that you are able to get there reliably. Consider:

The Regular Habits Of Your Life

Where we can often find the best means to become more peaceful is in the daily habits we are used to. If we have a part of our morning routine that makes us feel stressful, for example, we will likely dread it each day. Perhaps you have a busy morning commute, or you always wake up only moments before you have to leave the house, forcing you to groom yourself in record time in preparation for the day. The regular habits of your life are often the most important to get right, because they might only take a small portion of your day, but calculate that added time up each month, and you’ll realize it’s significant.

It might be that being a more defensive driver can help you in the first instance, or taking a slightly longer, less busy route to work each and every morning can have a big effect. It might be finally getting to that deep vehicle maintenance you have been meaning to take care of, allowing you to ensure your vehicle is up to speed. Perhaps, if working a stressful or dangerous job in some aspects, keeping the contact information of an excellent injury attorney could help you feel more protected should you need to litigate. Small additions or the removal of stress through alternate considerations could make a massive difference in your life, and potentially give you room to enjoy the little things more.

Daily Meditation

We often see that meditation is encouraged to help us deflate and build our concentration, but not everyone seemingly has time for this. That can prove to be a worrying feeling, because we might think we’re completely missing out. But sometimes, you don’t even have half an hour spare to sit down and meditate, or even learn how it progresses. But the great thing about meditation is that it’s not strictly a form of exercise. If you wanted to train your muscles, you have to ensure you lift the right ergonomically weight barbells, have time to run or complete calisthenics or yoga in one spot. But meditation could always be with you. Simply taking the time to observe your breath, your environment and your emotional state, slowly and carefully, can serve as a form of daily meditation you can ‘switch on’ exceptionally well. The more you practice this, the more you will also be able to take care of it.

This can not only help you become more focused, but can also help you slowly count down if angered or wishing to respond in an explosive emotional context. Sometimes, we could all use this preventative power.

Simply Doing It

‘Just do it’ is more than just a sneaker company’s motto. It’s also a pretty fantastic method of helping you tie the little things together in your life. The best way we can demonstrate this is through the use of a small example. Consider that one morning, you need to drive to work in a rush. You bring your coffee mug in with you. You know you shouldn’t, and before you’ve finished turning from your home road, you have placed the coffee mug down in the holder. But it stays there. And it stays there. Day after day you keep meaning to pick up the mug, only to feel a deflated sense of self-worth when you notice it again in the morning. Simply doing it and getting it out of the way can spare your simple anguish.

This is why ‘just doing it’ is one of the most important lessons you could learn to help your future self out. No matter if this comes to laundry, doing the dishes, speaking to that person about something that you have been meaning to for a while, or finally telling your mother in law to stop poking around in your business, pulling the lever when you know you should can certainly help you become more self-reliant, and this leads to a deeper sense of peace.

With this advice, we hope you are able to find a more relaxed form of living.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Impact of Politics on Philanthropy




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Philanthropy can be defined as the desire to help others, whether that be through gifting money to a charity, donating food or volunteering. Notable philanthropists of the 21st Century are Warren Buffet (CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway), Michael Bloomberg (CEO of Bloomberg L.P.) and Bill Gates (CEO and Chairman of Microsoft); who have all given generously to charities and non-profit organizations over the years. Although, to be honest, they are billionaires that can spare a buck or two. Not that that lessens the great impact that it has of course.


Politics and philanthropy should in theory go hand in hand. No matter where you are from in the world, country leaders and those in political parties are often shown to do their bit for charity, whether that involves setting up institutions that help non-profit organizations raise money for worthy causes through government funding or promoting the need for people to give to them.

Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. There is a constant outcry demonstrating the difference in opinion of its importance between political parties. These conflicting ideologies result in charities missing out.


The University of Southern California, a number of news articles and websites have discussed how since President Trump has come to power, his administration has failed to promote the need to donate to charities and other non-profit organizations. This deprioritization of philanthropy is also threatening the organizations’ very existence.


This impact is also probably greater felt, due to how past administrations have acted towards philanthropic organizations and the example which was previously set. Leadership in this area needs to come from the top and trickle down to wealthy individuals in the country, who in turn then feel pressure to be seen to be engaging in philanthropic activity. When this ‘top-down’ example isn’t being set, the pressure is effectively ‘off’ for the wealthy and general society will feel more pressure to contribute.


The same can be said for across the pond, however with the Lobbying Act being introduced. Rules have been put forward limiting how the charities receive funds, as well as making campaigners cautious or unsure of how to be heard. Whilst introduced to maintain the integrity of elections, the Lobbying Act, in reality, is seen to be stifling charities activities in the year leading up to general elections. The uncertainty behind what the Electoral Commission entails is also a key factor in this.  


This ‘silencing’ of the need for philanthropic activities has resulted in people realizing the desperate need for non-profit organizations, making them take the matter into their own hands. Many also have the opinion that the current rhetoric of politicians around the globe is to divide the nation by building walls and leaving unions, therefore they believe that the best way to achieve philanthropy is through coming together. Without a doubt, donating money to a charity is a wonderful thing to do and a great way of playing a part in this. No matter what your wealth or place in society; whether you live out ion a farm in rural countryside or in a million dollar mansion, helping those who need it more than you is important.


From an economic standpoint, it has been argued the aid that a government would give to a charity or social organization would not help as much as donations from wealthy individuals (usually by people in favour of lower taxes!). However, this has been shown by studies to be untrue, with the evidence showing that private philanthropy cannot compete with the provision of government aid, and political prioritization; further solidifying the role and responsibility that governments and politicians have in philanthropy. It’s not just ‘looking good on tv’, these decisions make a real difference, bigger than private individuals can achieve by themselves.


Politicians and those in government have a platform for demonstrating the importance of philanthropy in society, and moreover, the power and influence to ensure that when these activities and donations are made, that the full positive effect is felt by the charity. Therefore, they should do what they can to promote and ease the path to philanthropy. Whether it’s through more formal public speeches or informal social media posts (which in the current age would be a better form of reaching out to the younger generation), every little helps when displaying how crucial it is.


The key to creating a society where philanthropy can thrive is not solely the job of politics, but it is certainly the realm where this battle is won or lost. Policy, public perception, and the activities of politicians are likely to be the deciding factors between creating a hostile, or a nurturing environment for philanthropy.

Sand Hollow State Park, Utah


After spending a few days in Washington, Utah, it is so nice to "escape to the country" "get outta dodge" so to speak! Don't get me wrong- I love all the variety in the city to shop, but oh the traffic noise! Was great to get away to Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, after a couple of nights overnighting at Walmart! Close and convenient to Walmart, and other stores, but after 1-2 days you have to get away from the street noise. 



Sand Hollow State Park, Utah is one of 3 state parks that is near St George, Hurricane and Washington , Utah if your in the area.
The weather was ideal today to drive less than half hour from where we were in Washington to here. 



Sand Hollow has something for everyone- from swimming, to fishing, to just walking or sitting at the beach. 16,000 acres of open sand and trails that are also great for off roading.





The sites are roomy and offer covered picnic tables, fire rings and cement pads. Along with electric, water and dumps at the site. We stayed in the lower loop near the entrance. Upon a drive around the park, the upper loop offers a more scenic view- closer to the mountains, and a valley view.





Sand Hollow State Park, Utah is one of their newest parks with blue water, red sandstone landscaping and popular Sand Hollow Reservoir.



RV and primitive camping available. Day use as well as restaurant and rentals available in the park.


Reservations  can be made by calling 1-800-322-3770 from 8 am- 5pm . Monday- Friday or they can be visited on their website @ stateparks.utah.gov

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Essential Things You Need To Start A Farm



If you have always lived and worked in the city it is no surprise that now and again you might begin to wonder how the other half live in the real parts of the world. The countryside can be a great place to live and the pace of life is much different to that of a busy city. One of the popular jobs to choose in the county is to become a farmer, and this can be a lucrative and fun business for you to do this year. Here are some of the essential things you will need to start a farm this year.


Money to invest

Starting a farm is just like starting any other business, you will need to invest some money into it during those first few months and you might not see a profit for a few months after that. When it comes to buying a farm you will of course have to pay for the land as well as the house itself, and you will want to make this house into your new family home which may take some work.


A great location

When it comes to choosing a place to start your farm it isn’t just as simple as picking a random field; there are some things to consider. You’ll want to make sure you aren’t too close to another farm and you will also want to be sure that you are easily accessible by people who may buy your produce for their stores later down the line.

Tractors

There are many different tools you can use for your farming business but one of the most important of all is the humble tractor. You can find many Tractors For Sale which do different jobs on the farm such as sowing seeds and churning your soil and even just helping you herd your animals. Tractors are essential for getting around your farm land so make sure to invest in one or two as soon as you can.

A crop

The important thing about running a farm is to have a great crop to grow or a herd of livestock to look after. Choosing the right crop for your fields will be dependant on your sunlight as well as the type of soil you have. It is well worth testing your soil to see if it is acidic or basic and this will help you choose a crop which will work well in the space. Remember that you want to produce the best quality produce you can so optimising your choice is crucial.

Animals

Whether you have a herd of sheep for wool or meat or simply keep chickens on the land to help tame it, animals are an important part of your farm ecosystem. If you have a few fields to work with it is always a good idea to have animals in one and your crop in the other because the animals will add nutrients to the soil and get rid of weeds ready for the next season of crop growth. Animals are great to bring to your farm so have a think about which ones you can use.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Always Something To See When Travelling

There's always something to see when travelling. Left Arizona this morning, and wanted to share some pictures of our travels so far.

                        Joshua trees on the Joshua Tree Hwy


                                Roadside attraction- Octopus- Nipton, Nevada

                       Prospector - Jean, Nevada

                        Bonnie and Clyde's Death Car, Primm, Nevada



                       Al Capone's bullet proof car- Primm, Nevada

                           Art Display- Seven Magic Mountains, Jean, Nevada


How to Decorate Homes From The Scratch


Decorating home from the scratch is not an easy task and one would end up in messing the things up. But, with meticulous planning and designing one can achieve a remarkably decorated home. Selecting the appropriate style for floors, walls, and furniture, matter most for creating an envious home. One can consider popular home decorating styles like transitional, modern or farmhouse. Sometimes an enthralling wall décor can spice up the entire interior decoration. Hence one should not think that only precious items like elegant furniture or other decorative articles can inspire the home.

Identifying Design Style Required For Each Room
Each room in the home is unique, and designing every room distinctively is extremely crucial. Living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom – all these rooms need an exclusive design to make the home décor memorable one. Painting each room individually can make the home look exhilarating. One can sketch the design for the home décor by breaking down the style required for each room separately. One should ensure that the design chosen suits one’s tastes and within the budget too. By including a few finishing décor elements like concept images one can furnish the room exceptionally.
Look for Easily Maintainable Décor Elements
Certainly, by incorporating luxurious décor style may give an edge to the interior design, but when maintaining them is not an easy task. Many décor elements that are easily washable, redecorated or one that can be replaced with a new one at a lower price is available. One can select these types of décor elements for an everlasting charming to the home. Faux elements like fake plants and artificial flowers are some of the examples of easily maintainable decorations. These fake elements which are offered in great variety are eco-friendly and are made of non-toxic materials as well.
Plan Interior Decoration According to Home Location
Decorating one’s home by keeping in view of the location where the home is situated can make the interior an excited one. For instance, the beachside area needs to be decorated with a coastal appearance. In the same manner, if the house is located in the hilly area, one should design accordingly. Interior architects can help to design the houses appropriately based on the locality. Posh area homes require high-quality interior décor to match with the region. One can select themes and textures that suit the locality of the home.

Popular Home Decorating Ideas – Styles that Provide Dazzling Effect
The transitional décor idea is a blend of both modern and conventional styles which can give an innovative look and feel to the interior. This style includes neutral, accent colors and dark colored furniture along with other transitional décor design. The modern decorating idea will work out best when an interior expert is involved with the design. Softer color tones are the highlight of modern interior style. Contemporary interior style is useful for homes that are built in a small space. One can prefer the use of metals or glass over wood when one chooses a contemporary style.
Farmhouse Style – Elegance for Home Decoration
With the arrival of some of the architects who think out of the box, the farmhouse style decoration has become extremely popular. For the homeowner, who is planning to decorate from the scratch farmhouse style can be considered as a boon. This style can present a classic look, elegance in fashion and quite comfortable too. Farmhouse style offers an extensive variety of accessories as well as fittings which helps one to present the personality and character. The kitchen and dining rooms are well furnished with the best electrical lights and wood furnishings. Rustic cabinets and shelves are the best options for the farmhouse style beautification.
More Ideas for Home Décor
After working the whole day strenuously, one would like to get relaxation at home. By incorporating the nature theme, one can be assured of complete serene ambiance. Artificial plants are preferred over botanical plants to décor in the corners of the rooms. One can make the kitchen space appear marvelous, by painting the walls innovatively with dark colors. Investing in luxurious sofas in the living room is a good idea too. Using proven design patterns is the key to making a successful home decoration.
Importance of Decorating the Home Appropriately
Home is always the sweet home for everyone, be it for office goers, students or homemakers all would like to have a perfect home. The dwellers of the home are always under constant pressure and it is imperative for them to have a well designed and best home, which helps to achieve some peacefulness. By designing a well-planned home, one is sure to get laurels from the visitors or guests. This appreciation gives the homemaker a lot of satisfaction and pride as well. Appropriate home décor also protects the home and prolongs the life of the structure too.

Home Décor Planning Tips
When one decides to decorate the home, it is always preferred to start from the big room of the home. This gives a better idea about the impact of the design as well as the budget. Then one can go on for the bedroom, kitchen and other rooms respectively. Silk elements like silk flowers or silk floral arrangements are some of the items one can think about for decoration. Installing artworks which have bled of colors and shades is one such idea which can make the home finishing brilliant. Fabulous fabrics for sofas, curtains, and tables can make the home look like a paradise.
Conclusion
There are many ideas and tips one can get to décor the home. One can take valuable inputs from expert interior designers which are a boon to marvelous home decoration. When one invests time and analyze, he or she is sure to find much better designs, patterns and decorative elements. Many interior architects offer customized home décor, by visiting one’s place and providing guidelines. One can also bank on used furniture and remake them to suit to their taste. This discussion should hopefully help the homemakers with sufficient idea and knowledge.