How we make $100,000 per year online!


I am very indecisive on publishing monthly income reports. I love to read them, and drool when I see that people make $100K in just one month of income.  The problem is, I just feel that people will harass us, slam the comment section with junk or just plain copy what we have spent lots of years perfecting. Or failing at it too. My goal for our online business is to get to $100K EVERY MONTH.

So, instead of pulling all of the items into one accounting list, I decided recently that it would be fun to give an overall look at the behind the scenes running’s of a work from home business.

To be fair, we spend a LOT of time on our websites. This is more of a personal travel site, but one of my favorites.

These are the things we recommend.
1.Advertise or partner with with the bigger players that pay well, such as BlueHost   (this is who we use and highly recommend them $3.99 per domain right now with this link) or Federated Media. We use Swoop and Meridian-Svorn for our food websites too. Some that partner with sites like Martha Stewart seem to be fabulously rolling in dough.

2. Several times a month, I write editorials for several large publications. I am selective on those that I choose to do, but when I first started I was a contributing editor for free. I tend to be black and white so if I don’t like a product or location, or hotel, or airline, I will write about it but not for free. Your time is worth money.


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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars



New Recipe today on our other site:

Yummy, Gooey and perfect for potlucks.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars
Recipe type: Bars
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 can sweetened and condensed milk
  • 1¾ (10 oz bag) of toffee bits
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until it resembles course crumbs.
  3. Add egg and mix well. Stir in 1½ cups of chocolate chips, Reserve 1½ cups of mixture.
  4. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of greased pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Immediately pour sweetened and condensed milk evenly over hot crust and top with 1½ cups of toffee bits. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture and remaining ½ cups of chocolate chips over top.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup of toffee bits.
  7. Let cool and cut into bars.


Cajun Polish Sausage and Rice Dinner


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Whew, this week has been crazy, in between soccer practice, track practice and a little bit of a super special weekend of seeing “Annie” on stage, I needed a few quick meals.

Hey, this is quick and delicious! The great thing about this dinner is if you don’t like polish sausage, add chicken or turkey.

Totally customizable to suit your tastes.

I love it when I score a great dinner at home…that is quite tasty.


Cajun Polish Sausage and Rice Dinner
  • •2 cups uncooked rice
  • •4 cups chicken broth
  • •1 teaspoon salt
  • •1 lb of cooked or smoked polish sausage cut into bite size pieces
  • •Cajun Seasoning
  • •2 tablespoons olive oil
  • •4 cups diced onions and bell peppers - I used a frozen mix, but fresh is better.
  • •1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • •1 cup shredded taco cheese
  1. •Combine rice, broth and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 14 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside when done. Keep covered.
  2. •Cut the polish sausage into bite-sized pieces, about 1-inch wide. Season generously with cajun seasoning. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the sausage in a single layer. Brown on one side, about 2-3 minutes, then flip and brown on the other side. Remove sausage to a plate and set aside.
  3. •Add the remaining olive oil to the pan, increase heat to high, and when the oil is hot, carefully add the onions and bell peppers. Add more seasoning and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and browned.
  4. •Add the tomatoes to the onions and bell peppers, then add the sausage back in, along with any juices that may have collected on the plate. Add the cooked rice and stir until well combined. Add the cheese and stir well to combine.



Wall Street, New York City

On day two of our tour, we toured Wall Street.

It was different than I had imagined or seen in the movies. But what place isn’t?

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There were no cars. Most people take the train or subway to get here.

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There were LOTS of tourists, but I did not see the glam or rushedness that I thought would be there.

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Wall Street New York City-5Here is the NYSE. Hopefully they are making money for me the day we were here…Although I most likely spent more than I made in one day on lunch.

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Next up, the most popular tourist place to take a picture. The BULL. There is no bear, that would be bad luck, but there is a big BULL, whom I asked my 12 year old to take a picture from the backside..uh huh!

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Then I thought I better take one of her…but she would not LET me take one on the backside. Only the side.

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Here eyes are closed. Typical of her!

Next Up: Central Park

Statue of Liberty & The Squished Ferry Ride

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Which Ferry do you think we took? The one above or the one below?

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Obviously our pocketbooks can handle the lap of luxury. Right? Believe it or not this boat (a minnesota term) or yacht was anchored right off the shore of the Statue of Liberty…what??

So, we stuck to the uber cramped ferry. Since we were on a tour, we had advanced tickets and were able to bypass the 4 hour line. This is one of the BIG reasons that I recommend a tour for New York. Us Northerners are used to SPACE,lots of wide open spaces.

Let me tell you in New York, you don’t get a bubble space, or even elbow space.

Statue of Liberty Visit_-3 At least they have nice seating, but we ended upstanding anyway to see the views.

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We were super lucky that in October we had a 70 degree day. It was really choppy and just a tad windy.

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Leaving the ferry dock…see the line?

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This is about how far you have to ride over.

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Naive Minnesotian..I did not realize you had to pay him for a picture…ugg…


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Dee Group…upupup.

Statue of Liberty Visit_-11 This is the view from the feet. We were not able to get to the top. Advanced purchase tickets are required and hard to get.

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She was beautiful, large and a check off the bucket list for my mom.

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Replica of the face..who’s kid is that picking the nose?

Overall, it was awesome to see Lady Liberty up close and personal. My mom imagined her overall smaller than she imagined.

Definitely worth the the trip over!






Hotel Room Tour- Crown Plaza Hotel Times Square New York City

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A few weeks ago we spent 5 days in New York City on a tour with Bursch Travel. This was  a customized vacation that included the “Best of New York City”, we sure had a lot of fun. I am not a scheduled tour type person, but this city is extremely hard to navigate, lots of traffic and people and it was nice to have professionals to get us to where we were supposed to be.

Due to a 4 hour delay, we arrived in New York in the evening. This was the first glimpse of the hotel. It is located right next to the Hershey’s store. Perfect as the M & M store was right across the street. This was a perfect location.

The hotel is very modern, clean and the staff were friendly. The restaurant and bar were extremely expensive, that was the one downfall.

Commerce rules in NYC, so the entrance to the hotel is tiny, the lobby is on the second floor of the hotel. Very different from where we are from.

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The beds were very comfortable, I slept well except for all of the police cars and taxi’s honking. We were 27 floors up and it still was SO loud.

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The bathrooms were clean and well stocked.

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The nice comfy chair in the corner, along with the desk were used everyday.

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The hotel has rooms with a view of times square on one side and then this side. Not too exciting.

The pros of this hotel is the location, location, location. We were able to walk to the Broadway Shows, Ellens Stardust Diner, Dinner at an Irish Pub and much more. If you like shopping this location is about two blocks from where the ball drops.

I would rate the hotel a 8 out of 10.


Bear Head Lake State Park, Tower MN August 2014

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Bear Head State Park 2014 002 The last stop on our summer trip in August was Bear Head Lake State Park, near Tower, Minnesota. This gem was voted America’s Favorite State Park in 2010. The park features about 80 camping sites, water and electric in most, heavily wooded spots and nice clean bathrooms that actually have pretty warm showers.

The lake is completely in the state park, so there is absolutely no homes on the lake and nothing but the campground to make any noise. The drive to get into the park off the main road is about 15 minutes of very scenic slow driving. This is the most remote state park that I have ever stayed within the US. There are some more remote camps in Canada, but this lake takes the cake for no development.

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Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Soudan Minnesota

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In early August, we spent 8 days exploring our northern neck of the woods. In the northeastern part of Minnesota, we found this unique gem of a state park. In my experience with state parks, this one is very unusual. This is the oldest and deepest mine in the State of MN. The park and underground mine was given to the state of Minnesota by the United States Steel Company after it ceased operations in 1962. I was not expecting this unusual experience in Minnesota.

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The original engine room is still in service. The cables behind my oldest are the actual cables that drop the elevator 2500 feet into the mine shaft. I double checked to see if I saw any stray wires, I did not, but my hands started sweating, so I left this room pretty quickly.

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The iron ore was found sticking out of the ground behind this site. The views from here are extraordinary.

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This was the warming room for the miners to warm up, the mine is a constant 52 degrees. It was 85 degrees outside when we arrived and I had goosebumps at the bottom of the mine. Bring a sweatshirt.

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You have to purchase a ticket to ride the elevator down. Adults were $12.00 and kids were $8.00.

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Next we donned our hard hats (required) and proceeded to get into the elevator. The elevators move at high speeds at an angle 2500 feet down. It takes about 5 minutes to get down.

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See the funny sign? Buzzer for MEN only????

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Next, the load you into train cars and take you further into the mine, this time horizontal. It is absolutely gorgeous. If you think mines are pretty. We had a few bats flying overhead.

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It was really dark and I did not have a real good lens along, but you get the point about the hard life these miners had.

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This is the map of the mine.

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This is a replica shaft, what we rode in to get to the bottom.

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These huge towers were the structure for the cables.

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I think Grandma loved it!

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I highly recommend this experience. One side not, while kids are welcome, babies and toddlers will not enjoy this. I would recommend ages 3 and up. Randy enjoyed this the most, as a history buff. The kids liked the train car ride and I enjoyed the smiles on everyone’s faces.

The tour lasts about an hour and a half. Good money spent for a great experience. The last time we were in a mine was in SD at the Wind Cave National Park. This is very different, because you are so deep and it is the oldest and deepest mine in MN.

Here is the website for more information.

They are closed starting in late October until the Spring.



Our New Tent ! Cabela’s Ultimate Alaknak Tent Review

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This new style of tent has improved the zipper to a T style zipper, way better that the upside down U that we had before. The T style zipper is the way to go when you need to get in and out of the tent many times a day.

I liked that the poles were all on the outside of the tent, except for the main center pole.

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We had a really small space to work with on our first adventure.

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