Smart Winter Fueling Tips
    
It’s barely past Halloween, and already areas from Colorado to North Dakota have experienced significant snow storms. Don’t get caught unprepared. Before the Thanksgiving feast is even planned, get ready for unpredictable winter weather that may strike your area.   
Experts at Scepter, manufacturers of industry-leading rugged fuel containers, recommend taking time right now to stock up on fresh supplies of gasoline, kerosene and diesel for your winter emergency needs. “We always hear from people after the first storm of the season who wish they had secured fuel reserves when the weather was cooperating,” says Daniel Marshall, vice president of marketing and business development with Scepter. “Having extra fuel on hand for snow blowers, generators and heaters is so critical before the really bad weather sets in.”

Smart Fueling Tips
Marshall recommends homeowners properly dispose of old fuel kept in containers more than six months. Then get new (winter) fuel in clean, durable containers, like the ScepterTM SmartControlTM kerosene, gas and diesel cans. 
Scepter - Pic - Smartcontrol - All cans together.jpgSmartControl containers feature an innovative spout design that makes it easy to fuel equipment, even in the coldest of weather conditions. The spout provides a clean, fast, and hassle-free pour and helps save fuel for where it’s needed by eliminating messy spills. The user-controlled flow valve, with its flame mitigation device (FMD), makes it easier and safer to direct the amount of fuel being dispensed. And, because the container stores with the spout on, hands always stay clean. “There are different types of fuel that work best with the summer and winter seasons,” says Marshall. “Having new, proper seasonal fuel available for the winter is a smart move.”
Another smart move is to test out products that have not been used since last winter before you need them. Refuel and test fuel-operated snow removal equipment, back-up generators, lamps and other products to assure they will operate properly when they’re truly needed during a winter storm.

Safety First
For people using diesel-powered generators during the winter months, basic safety precautions should be taken. A generator safety checklist generally includes items such as remembering to only refuel a generator when the appliance is cold, never place flammable materials near a generator, and avoid closed spaces when operating a generator. 
_MG_2872 (853x1280).jpgHomeowners depending on kerosene fuel for heating should also take safety precautions. Farm Bureau Insurance offers kerosene heater safety tips, including using the correct grade of kerosene fuel for heaters and never refueling heaters indoors. “Because different fuels are used especially during the winter months, it’s important to remember that each type of fuel --- gasoline, kerosene and diesel --- should have its own specific fuel container,” says Marshall. “For example, kerosene should never be stored in a container previously used to store other liquids. “Our industry has a universal color identification system for fuels. Red containers are for gasoline, yellow for diesel and blue for kerosene. People should specifically stay with the appropriate colored-container for each fuel and never mix them together.”  No matter what type of fuel is being used, it should be stored in secure, dry locations away from heat sources, pets and easy access to children. And, the FMD should never be removed from the fuel container. A video showcasing proper filling and use of Scepter fuel containers is available on the company’s website. The rugged SmartControl containers are Made in America and designed to substantially exceed ASTM and CPSC minimum standards. Each product includes child safety locks and a flame mitigation device for added protection. 

Recognized by This Old House magazine as a “Top 20 Best New Product of 2019” in the Lawn & Garden category, SmartControl containers are also the recipient of the “Best in Class” Award at the 2018 National Hardware Show. Constructed in the U.S.A. of durable and safe high-density polyethylene, SmartControl containers can be found throughout the U.S. in The Home Depot®, Walmart®, Lowe’s®, AutoZone®, Pep Boys and Northern® Tool + Equipment stores. Visit www.scepter.com for more information.

Get Your Screening Done!



Last year my Dr. wanted me to get a routine mammogram since I'm over 40 😣 She also ordered a Chest CT Scan. I had planned to not get the mammogram, my thinking was that I was to young still & heard horror stories about how painful they are. I went ahead & got the CT scan. A lump in my breast showed up, so I went ahead with the mammogram with an ultrasound. Ladies...it did not hurt at all!! Those tests came back abnormal & they next wanted to do a biopsy. We were scared. Cancer is all we had in our minds. I had my biopsy done at the hospital. I'll be honest, that was no fun.  We got the results - no cancer!  Ladies, don't put it off, get your routine screenings!

Sunrise Health System hospitals are offering $75 3-D digital screening mammograms for those without insurance.  You must be at least 40 which is the recommend age to have a screening done.

I had mine done at Red Rock Radiology and they were so awesome! They made me feel so comfortable and the process was so quick and easy.  Did not hurt at all like all the horror stories I have read! You can schedule your mammogram with them by calling 855-476-1268. 

The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Ween


"Sneak or Snack" your way through the all-new Halloween special exclusively on Netflix!

Based on the EPIC novels of Dav Pilkey (over 80 million copies in print!) comes the Captain Underpants Halloween special, DreamWorks The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Ween premiering on Netflix Tuesday, October 8th!

When mean Principal Krupp and evil boy-genius Melvin make Halloween illegal and institute“Hall-no-Ween,” George and Harold team up with their friends to hack their favorite holiday, creating Hack-A-Ween. The kids wear disguises instead of costumes, carve cabbages instead of pumpkins, and get snacks instead of candy. The hacked holiday is a huge hit, so when Krupp and Melvin make even more trouble, the kids realize that in order to really save Halloween they will have to negotiate with the enemy. 
DreamWorks The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Ween tra-la-la's its way to Netflix October 8.  In celebration of the upcoming special, we have the trailer to share with you!


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark



I love scary movies! These horrifying tales come to life on Digital October 22nd and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on November 5th from Lionsgate.  Get ready to be absolutely terrified when Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is released.  The highly anticipated film adaption of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz's scariest stories to life.  If you are anywhere near my age, I'm sure you are very familiar with the book.  This was one of my favorite books growing up so I am so excited to see what this brings! 

It's 1968 in America.  Change is blowing in the wind....but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large.   It is their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time.  For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.

Take home Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and immerse yourself in the terrifying world with exclusive special features, including six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking these classic tales from page to screen.


  

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Las Vegas Renaissance Festival



The Renaissance Festival is coming!!! We love this festival and try to go every year.  The kids love seeing the different costumes and it's so interactive with so many different things to do and see.  You can even camp for the weekend although I would not do that with young children as they might get scared of the costumed characters and festival attendees that dress up.  Grab your family and spend a day here, you might just get hooked and make this an annual thing like we did! 

Location:  Sunset Park 2601 East Sunset Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89120
October 11th & 12th 10am - 10pm
October 13th 10am - 5pm

10 “Must-Do” Activities For Sailing On A Large “New To You” Cruise Ship


Variety is the spice of life when it comes to cruising, say the travel experts at CruiseCompete, and sailing on different types of ships is a wonderful way to experience the world through different lenses. Each cruise ship is a new adventure, with its own unique style, amenities, and programs, and as such, deserves a thorough exploration.

Here are 10 “must-do” activities for when you sail on a large “new to you” cruise ship, according to a travel writer at CruiseCompete affiliate All Things Cruise.

1. Explore the entire ship, top to bottom. This will take some time. With the deck plan in hand, start at the highest level accessible to passengers. Walk bow to stern, portside in one direction, starboard in the other. Many might be unending lines of staterooms, but sometimes ship’s put little lounges or bars in unusual places. Move one deck lower. Repeat the process.

Why:  Many people see only a fraction of what’s on offer.

2. Visit every bar on every deck. This will also take some time. There’s probably at least a dozen, maybe double that. This includes bars in specialty restaurants and poolside bars. Assuming you drink, order something in each one. Talk to the bar staff.

Why:  Certain bars get crowded. Find out when you need to get to the popular ones and be able to get a seat. Establish one as your favorite.

3. Get as close to the bow as you can. At least one outside deck probably doubles as a jogging track. On a perfect day, while the ship is at sea, feel the (stiff) wind in your face. Look for dolphins. Look for other ships on the horizon.

Why:  It’s an exciting, often loud experience.

4. Read the ship’s program, cover to cover. Do it on one of your first days at sea. It’s easy to give it the once over and miss 60% of what’s going on. You might have eliminated paper documents from your life years ago, yet here’s one, delivered daily. There are lots of activities spelled out in the fine print. You may not be into needlework or trivia, but you might like blackjack lessons or cooking classes.

Why:  The idea is “There’s something for everybody.”  Are they right?

5. Visit every public space. OK, you gave the 12+ decks the once over early in the voyage. At a quiet time during a sea day, systematically visit every room that’s not a restaurant or someone’s stateroom. In addition to the theater and casino, there’s likely a card room, library, cigar lounge, gym with steam room and sauna, spa, tennis courts and a pool with a retractable glass roof.

Why:  We get into habits. We visit familiar spots, missing out on other features the ship offers.

6. Try at least one dining venue you might ignore. If you are a casual buffet guy, try the formal dining room. If you eat every meal in the dining room, try a specialty restaurant. If you always go for steak and potatoes, try the Asian restaurant.

Why:  If you do everything over and over, a sameness or routine develops. Mix it up.

7. Study the room service menu. Who opens the drawer and pulls out the booklet explaining things like how to make phone calls? Judging by its pristine condition, very few people. The room service menu should be in there. Everything is probably free or included in your fare. How about a romantic dinner for two on your balcony? Think about planning a cabin party for your friends.

Why:  If you entertain at home, why should your cruise be any different? Especially if someone else does the cooking! 

8. Find a quiet spot. Large ships can mean large crowds. Think lots of kids having a great time in the pool, oblivious to how far water travels when you jump in from a great height. Find a spot, sheltered from the wind, ideally with some shade.

Why:  This becomes your special spot to decompress. You read. You nap. Maybe, just maybe, you share it with others.

9. Visit all the channels on your stateroom TV. At sea, your selection is limited, but the cruise ships do what they can to provide variety. You’ve probably got news stations. They might run some movies. Maybe they replay lectures and talks. There may be a few music only channels. There’s probably a bow camera view too.

Why:  Someone back at company HQ probably figured out what their passenger demographic wants to watch while on vacation. What did they choose?

10. Pamper yourself. When was the last time you had a full body massage? Enjoyed a 25-year-old scotch? Ordered caviar and champagne? Pick something you really enjoy that you don’t usually do at home.

Why:  Vacations are meant to help us decompress. They also create memories we revisit when things get stressful in our lives back home. Create some of those memories.

Many people drift through life. Others embark on new experiences with the attitude “If I never pass this way again, what should I do to make the most of this experience? Which are you?

CruiseCompete member-agents are the most well-educated, forward-thinking and trusted cruise specialists in the industry. If you’d like more information or assistance planning a future cruise or a cruisetour, please visit CruiseCompete and try the Virtual Cruise Advisor™ or Live Help.