Travel Bucket List Free Printable

One of the things my husband and I like to do is talk about our future. Don’t most married couples do that? For example, one thing we’ve always said is when my husband retires, we are going to sell our house, get an RV and travel the United States. Right now, we don’t travel a lot due to the kids crazy sports schedules, but believe me, I have a travel bucket list ready! Do you?

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Travel Bucket List

If someone were to ask you what your dream vacation was, what would you say? For me, my dream vacation is not some exotic, foreign country. While it would be nice, I really, really want to see all 50 states. I want to see all the hot spots; all the must see places in my own country. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be thrilled with a vacation to Iceland or something!

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The nice thing about this FREE Travel Bucket List printable is that you and your husband can sit down and fill it out together. If you really wanted to make it fun, each of you fill out your own sheet, have your kids fill one out and compare lists. Do you have similar tastes in vacations? I know my list will be filled with places in the United States, whereas my husbands would be filled with countries all over the world. As for the kids, I am sure their’s would  be filled all the locations their YouTubers have their videos!

My Favorite Vacation

Like I’ve said before, I prefer to travel within the United States. I want to see all of this country we live in. One of my favorite vacations was when my husband and I took our kids to Arkansas to visit Crater of Diamond State Park. It was the one vacation that, as we were driving home, the kids asked if we could go back again the following year. If you haven’t been there…GO! It’s a 37 acre park where you can dig for diamonds! Whatever you find, you can keep! The kids (and us parents too) had a blast!

Please leave me a comment telling me about YOUR favorite vacation ever! I’d love to see where you all have gone and maybe add another place or two to my list!


What to Do About Ugly Appliances: 5 Ideas

In almost every home, at least one appliance stands out like a sore thumb. While upgrading seems like a daunting task, it’s no longer necessary to invest in new appliances for a kitchen makeover. Old, ugly appliances can get a facelift with a few simple tricks. The following innovative ideas can give a new look to those appliances and bring sparkle and fun to the home.

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Remember, it’s extremely important to keep appliances such as furnaces accessible for repairs. Even with various types of upgrades, you’ll still need to keep major appliances in your home maintained so that they can remain in peak performance condition.

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Apply Colorful Paint

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For as little as $20, appliances can get a new facelift. You’ll have a few options for painting appliance, and, of course, painting depends on the type of appliance and individual preferences. Epoxy paint can be sprayed or painted on, and it normally has self-priming built in, which makes it easy to apply. Use regular spray paint and apply a layer of enamel gloss protective spray. If the appliance heats up, such as an oven or radiator, make sure to invest in a specialty heat-resistant product.

Create a Magnet Board

Collect old photos, cartoons, or other images, and grab some magnetic strips to make easy refrigerator magnets. Laminate the pictures to make them last longer, then get ready to get creative. This family activity can enable you to get your kids involved in the fun. What do you do if you don’t have any old photos? Use a Polaroid camera for a photo shoot or order prints of Instagram photos for this design idea.

Use Chalkboard Paint

Available in a full rainbow of colors, chalkboard paint will totally change the look of an appliance and give it a new functional dimension. Go with classic black or white and provide a few chalk options nearby. It will become an accessible option for writing grocery lists, reminder notes, or inspirational quotes.

Hide Them

You can discover plenty of innovative ways to subtly hide a radiator, washing machine, or other appliance. Room dividers can be folded to a 90-degree angle and used to block the view of an appliance. Hanging a sliding door, or track door, can create a beautiful hiding space. This approach works great for exposed water heaters as well. However, be sure not to cover up any of the important mechanics and leave it easily accessible for repairs.

Sticker It Up

Try colorful masking tape or stickers to create a new style. Washi tape (similar to masking tape, but with designs and colors) has recently risen in popularity for home kitchen makeovers. Add stars, polka dots, or stripes for a more geometric design and pop of visual interest.

While you can explore endless ways to add color and flair to old ugly appliances, the ideas presented above are some of the best. Whatever the DIY upgrade, remember to regularly service you appliances. Keeping them safe and well-functioning is more important than appearances alone.

How to Break the Diet Coke Habit

If you’ve been following along, you will know that, over the course of the last three years, I have really been making improvements in my life. I was able to successfully get rid of my sugar addiction. It wasn’t easy, but what was easy was physically feeling how much better I felt without the sugar. The one vice I still had was my Diet Coke habit. I’m finally at the point in my life that I want to break that habit.

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As you know, my husband and I embarked on a new lifestyle a few years ago. The Keto diet helped us lose a combined 215 lbs. We felt better, looked better, it has been amazing. Recently, we decided to change things up a bit and give Weight Watchers a try. I had been stuck in a place of not losing so I wanted to jumpstart my body and give a new lifestyle a change for a bit, while hanging on to a lot of the principles that I learned from doing the Keto diet for so long.

While I felt like I mastered the ability to not want or care about sugar any longer, I was still not great about drinking enough water. I am amazing at drinking Diet Coke. I could drink that stuff all day long, like it was water. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t buy a case of pop at Sam’s Club to have at home. I would drink way too much per day. It was time to break that Diet Coke habit.

Breaking the Diet Coke Habit

As addicted to sugar as I was, I am probably more addicted to Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee, so my only source of caffeine comes from pop. Believe me, I wish I liked coffee. For many reasons. The caffeine being one of them, but also so I can drink out of fun coffee mugs like this mugdiet coke habit. But more than needing caffeine to get through each day, or wanting to drink out of fun coffee mugs, I need to up my water intake.

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Back before I started the Keto diet, I was really into Young Living essential oils. I still use the oils for things, but not like I did. That changes now! One of the ways I got my water in then, was putting my favorite Young Living essential oils in my water. Not only did the flavor help, but the oils are good for you!

Why Essential Oils?

Grapefruit essential oil (my favorite) is very high in D-Limonene. If you are not sure what D-Limonene is or what it is good for, check this out. While all of those benefits are great, I like that it makes my water taste good, as well as benefit my health at the same time. As a side note though, not all essential oils are created equally. I would only add Young Living oils to my water (and only those approved for ingesting). Other Young Living essential oils that I like to add to my water are lemon, orange, and lime.

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So What’s My Plan?

Am I giving up my Diet Coke habit for good? No, probably not. I want to break the habit of feeling like I “need” a Diet Coke to get through my day. Which, let me tell you, I’ve been up since 5 am and I’ve yet to have any caffeine and I’m still wide awake! However, with that said, I see the Diet Coke habit the same as I used to see my sugar addiction. I want to get to the point that I don’t care about whether or not I have it. Once I get to that point, then I know I can have a pop and it won’t trigger me to have more, just like I can have a piece of candy and not eat another for days, weeks or months. To me, that would be breaking the Diet Coke habit.

Smart House Technology for Saving Energy

Electricity is not cheap. In fact, the average cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in the United States in May 2018 was 13.15 cents. Unsure of what that means? A kWh is a measurement for the amount of electricity you’re using. One kWh equals the amount of electricity needed to run a 1,000-watt appliance for one hour. With that in mind, something like a 100-watt light bulb would require 10 hours of being on to consume 1 kWh of energy.

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Paying only 13.15 cents for 10 hours of light doesn’t sound too bad. However, when you consider all the other electronics in your home, it can really start to add up. For example, taking a six-minute shower in a 10,000-watt shower uses 1 kWh. Watching the TV for three hours burns 1 kWh. And cooking in a 2,000-watt oven for a half hour will utilize 1 kWh. Throughout the course of a single day, nearly everything you do collectively piles on to your monthly energy bill.

Want to find ways to lower your monthly energy bill? That’s where smart home technology comes into play. Smart technology allows you to cut back on your energy usage by turning your heat or air conditioning off when you’re not at home, remotely controlling electronics, and automatically closing your window shades to keep your temperature-controlled air from leaking out. Of course, these are just a few of the ways these energy-saving systems work. To learn more about how smart technology can help in your home, check out the infographic below.

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Emergencies to Plan for Before an International Trip

Many people have international travel on their bucket lists. I know I do! Whether it’s a week in Paris or a month in Costa Rica, traveling internationally is as educational as it is exciting. But what happens if you experience an emergency on your trip? Do you have a game plan for that situation? Here are three emergencies to plan for before an international trip.

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Natural Disasters

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Before traveling to your destination country, be sure to educate yourself on what type of natural disasters could happen. Are tornadoes common in the area? What about hurricanes? Although experiencing a natural disaster while you travel may be rare, it’s still important to take precautions in your planning.

Designate a location where your family or friends could meet in case of separation. Pack a first aid kit, a flashlight, and some food. Check in with the State Department for natural disaster information. Also, make sure you have copies of your passports, visas, and travel information so you can leave quickly if needed.

If a natural disaster does strike, seek out evacuation routes. Follow any instructions given by emergency personnel, including the Red Cross. Find a safe place to wait for help. Only eat food and drink water that you know is safe. Avoid downed power lines and flooded areas. Pay attention to television or social media alerts. And, after the natural disaster passes, be sure to check in with your family and friends; they’ll want to know you’re safe.

Terrorist Activities and Violence

Terrorist activities and violence, whether criminal or political, can happen without any notice. The State Department recommends that travelers stay aware while traveling abroad. It’s also a good idea to register your trip with the State Department to receive security messages and travel advisories.

Keep in mind that terrorists look for “soft targets,” such as airports, public transportation, sporting events, and hotels. Be aware of suspicious activity when you are in or around these locations while traveling. Pay attention to the local news. Also, make sure you know the location of your home country’s closest embassy or consulate. Finally, you and your travel companions should stick together. Don’t wander off alone.

Medical Emergencies

If you get sick or injured while you are traveling, having the right protection is important. For example, a membership with MedjetAssist can provide additional assistance to you in case of an emergency. MedjetAssist can arrange air medical transport from the hospital in your destination country to a hospital of your choice in your home country.

By upgrading your membership to MedjetHorizon, you will receive additional protective services in the event of a natural disaster, terrorism, kidnapping, or violent crime. Additionally, you will receive crisis response services including evacuation, legal assistance, and communication with your family members back home.

Although you hope to not deal with a crisis during your international trip to Paris or Costa Rica, being prepared for an emergency abroad will give you comfort. To enjoy your international trip and stay safe while traveling, education and preparation should be on your to-do list.