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Never Do this with Your Points


Hint from Skyscanner.com never spend your points on hotels or airline shops.
Skyscanner suggest Velocity Frequent Flyer and Qantas Frequent Flyer offer the most opportunities for point earning and route coverage.

As a guideline, frequent flyer points are worth more in the sky than they are on the ground. Your points typically have more value when it comes to booking flights than they do for purchasing goods through the airline’s store or booking a hotel room.
Points usually have the best value when used for upgrades and purchasing full-priced fares. If you find a flight on sale, it might be worth paying for that flight outright and earning points with it than spending your points and getting nailed with taxes and surcharge fees of the full-price (not sale) fare.

According to the Blogg ‘The Simple Dollar . com‘the best Airline rewards  in America are the following:-

In some cases points also expire, so if you’ve accrued many, be sure to spend them before they disappear.


Another interesting fact I read from the Courier Mail Australia that a pet peeve of flight attendants is when a Diet coke is requested. The reason being this drink is especially fizzy because the lower air pressure in the cabin means it is easier for the CO2 to release. In fact, in the time it takes to pour a single Diet Coke, a flight attendant could have also served three other passengers this was confirmed by the blogg These Golden wings. com

So be warned probably not a good idea to order Diet Coke on the trip if you want to keep on the right side of the Attendant.

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Mince Meat Into Onions. – Delicious

1 lb ground beef
2 yellow onions
1 pack bacon
1/4 c each chopped parsley, chopped mushrooms and diced onion
1 tbsp spice ketchup
1 tsp each soy and worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp each brown sugar and Traeger Prime rub
1/4 c Panko bread crumbs

1. Prepare the shell
First you need to cut the top and bottom off the onion before chopping it in half. Peel off the outer papery layers and put to one side some of the chunky halves.

2. Make the Mince
Using your hands, mix the ground beef with chopped up onion, mushroom, parsley and spices & breadcrumbs together in a large bowl.


3. Mould the meat into balls around the size of the onion shells. Then place the onion halves round the balls to form a bomb

4. Wrap 2 or three slices of bacon round the onion balls. If necessary use a tooth pick or two to hold it all in place. Next place the balls on a baking tray and pop into the oven.


5. Glaze
After an hour, cover them with BBQ sauce and let them caramelise.


The final result is totally delicious.


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Natural Air Fresheners – But weird!

1. Vodka – Ethyl alcohol, found in vodka and other spirits, is a main ingredient in most commercial air fresheners. Vodka will get rid of any smelly, musty odors and the good thing it contains no harmful ingredients like the commercial varieties of air fresheners. Plain vodka leaves no odor as it dries and you can spray it directly into the air. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a nice fragrance. [ I am not sure about this one as it seems a waste of good vodka but you can buy some real cheap vodka that will do the job and a bottle may not be as expensive as the commercial air freshener]

2. Cat Litter – If your closet, your basement, attic has a musty or smelly odor go get some cat litter. Look for the cat litter that has the main ingredient of diatomaceous earth. It is a naturally occurring mineral that among its many wonders absorbs odors, absorbs moisture and kill pests that come in contact with it. If you cannot find cat litter that contains the diatomaceous earth  then go buy then just go buy the earth from a garden supply store or online [Planet Natural].

3. Coffee – Is a natural odor remover.  You can use fresh or used grounds, but if going with used, let them dry out a bit first. You can place them in a bowl or in a coffee filter and put them in the area where there is the unpleasant odor. You can put them in an old stocking and hang them in your closet. Hey if you don’t drink coffee, most Starbucks will give you their ground coffee for free.

4. Palm Trees – Doing some renovating in the house and have those toxic smells going on? Palm trees used as houseplants are very effective air purifiers, known to remove formaldehyde, which lurks in paints, furniture finishes, and the glues used to hold pressed wood and particle board together. I believe Dwarf date, bamboo, areca, lady, or parlor palm varieties are the ones to look for.

5. Your very presence – Now this is a weird one to me, but researches say they have studied it and come up with positive results. Your skin – the oils in your skin, dead skin flakes act like natural air purifiers, say researchers from Denmark. in the most recent issue of Environmental Science & Technology, one of the most common oils in skin, squalene, reduces levels of the indoor pollutants that can cause asthma attacks. After comparing levels of ozone in a day-care center’s indoor air with the amount of squalene from skin flakes in its dust, the researchers determined that dead skin flakes can reduce ozone levels anywhere from 2 to 15 percent. Amazing but not appealing to me.

6. Make your own cleaning odor eaters – white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and borax, all of which are also natural odor removers. Recipes for making your own natural cleaning mixtures.

7. Cinnamon and Cloves  – If the house has not got that fresh odor about it when you walk inside at the end of the day then try boiling cinnamon sticks and cloves in a cheesecloth bag. Another idea if you have not got any cinnamon sticks or for that matter cloves try  spiced tea bags. Put several bags in a pot to make sure the smell permeates .


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