Good Workouts You Can Do Indoors


Fall is upon us, and that means the holiday season is approaching fast. For many, this is a time when keeping of that pesky extra few pounds becomes difficult. This is, after all, why it is referred to as winter weight.

Part of the problem, is that the weather can become too cold for some to work outside like they’d prefer. These people do not have the money, or maybe even the desire, to go to a public gym. They also do not have the capability to create an in home gym. For these people, it can become a real hassle to try to work out and keep those extra pounds at bay.

Luckily, there are a number of great exercises that a person can do with some dumbbells and other regular household objects. Here are a few examples:

    Single-Leg Dead Lift
    Start in a standing position with a dumbbell in each hand. Slowly bend forward at the hip until your torso is parallel to the ground, and allowing both arms to flow freely to the ground. As your torso bends forward, raise one leg back for balance and stop when it too is parallel to the ground. Then return to a standing position and repeat.

    Shoulder Press Squats
    Start in a standing position with your feet a shoulder length apart, and a dumbbell in each hand. Bring the dumbbells to shoulder height. Begin with a basic squat by bending your knees and lowering your waist to the ground while keeping your torso upright. Descend as far as your flexibility will allow, all the while, keeping the dumbbells at your shoulders. Remain squatting for a moment, before rising to a standing position once again. After you are standing again, raises your arms straight above your head, then return them to your shoulders. After that, repeat the process again, starting with the squat.

    Bulgarian Split Squat
    Start by standing in front of an object of your choosing, such as a couch or chair, that is around knee height and with a dumbbell in each hand. With your back to the object, bring one foot up and let it rest on this object. Begin by lowering yourself to the ground, allowing your arms to hang freely at your side. Be sure to keep your front knee in line with your foot. After you have lowered yourself as far as you can, bring yourself back to a standing position. Repeat the process.

    One-Arm Dumbbell Row
    Start in a push-up position, with one hand on the floor, and the other holding a dumbbell. Stay in this position as you raise the dumbbell to the side of your chest. Lower it, then repeat the process for the desired number of reps. After that, switch sides and repeat.

This is just a small sample of what exercises a person can do within their own home, and there are many more out there. Go out and find the best workouts that work for you. Do not let the colder weather prevent you from having the body you want.


Be Wary of Bail Scams


We all have those family members that we would do anything for. Then we have those family members who we’d help if they were in trouble because there are family. However, we don’t really talk to them that often. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who will take advantage of that fact.

There is a popular scam out there were someone pretends to be a distant family member of another person. They usually like to pretend to be the grandchild of a person because they know grandparents will do just about anything to help their grandchildren. The scammer will pretend to be the grandchild, or another family member, and say that they have been arrested in some far off place.

The scammer will ask for two things, bail money and secrecy. They will say something along the lines of: “I don’t want anyone else in the family to know about this.” They will ask that several thousands of dollars be wired to them. They do this because the money will not be able to be reclaimed, and they do not want their victim to talk to anyone else about the problem.

To counteract this, it is important that you always check in with the people who know the person who claims to be calling you. Talk to the person’s parents or friends, someone who would know where that relative is. You may learn that he or she is safe in their room, not in some random jail. Just by doing this simple thing, you can save yourself thousands of dollars.

Whenever you get a call from a random number, and the person on the other end is asking for any amount money, proceed with caution. Think about how often, if at all, your family members would do something like this. If you are ever in a situation like this, and it doesn’t feel quite right, trust your instincts and investigate the matter before accepting that it is true. It could save you thousands of dollars, and numerous headaches.


Creating an Emergency Kit


As Californians, many of us know that the “Big One” could be just around the corner. We have to live in a constant state of preparedness. This means having plans for what to do in the event of an earthquake, and having supplies ready. The following is a list of supplies that every household should have stashed away in a safe place where everybody knows, just in case.

  • 3 gallons of water per person. This should last each individual 3 days.
  • A 3 day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Baby food, diapers, and wipes if you have a baby
  • Pet food and extra water if you have a pet
  • A can opener
  • Cups, utensils, and plates
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery powered, or crank powered, radio and flashlight. Plus extra batteries.
  • A whistle
  • Portable phone charger
  • Prescription medicine and glasses for those who need them
  • List of contact info for family members and friends
  • Important documents in a waterproof and fireproof container
  • Waterproof matches
  • A blanket
  • A supply of cash for food and travel for at least a week
  • A change of clothes and shoes for each family member
  • Activities for young children, such as crayons and coloring books

All of this can be very helpful in the event of any emergency. While this can offer a great amount of peace of mind, it is important to remember that certain items should be refreshed every six months or so. Things like canned foods, water, and batteries should be replaced from time to time to ensure they are still good in the event of an earthquake.


Scary California Legends: The Monster of Elizabeth Lake


It is finally October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. It is the time of the year when the weather gets colder, and scary stories reign supreme. With as large a state as California is, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of scary myths and legends out there about the place we call home.

One such story, is the legend of the Devil’s Pet hiding in Elizabeth Lake in Los Angeles County. Spanish missionaries named the lake Laguna del Diablo.

According to several legends, the Devil himself carved the lake to house his pet. It was a fearsome creature with bat-like wings, a long neck, six legs, and a short face. The creature was rumored to emit a horrible stench, and was around 50 feet in length!

The first sighting of this horrible creature, was in 1830 when a rancher built his ranch along the shores of the Lake. Everything seemed fine, until a fire burnt down every structure in a single night.

Later, in the 1850’s when the property was resettled, the settlers all eventually fled to strange circumstances surrounding the area. They would be awoken in the middle of the night by screams and other unholy noises. They were plagued by strange visions until they fled the area for the sake of their own sanity.

As the years progressed, countless ranchers and settlers tried to build a life along the shores of lake, but each was chased away in time. Many ranchers reported that something was out there, eating their livestock. Others experienced giant, winged shadows flying over their homes. Those who saw the beast, tried to end the creatures existence with their guns. Unfortunately for those people, the bullets bounced harmlessly of the monsters hide.

While this creature chased away many men, there was one who refused to back down. Miguel Leonis would not let this creature continue to make a meal of his livestock. He lay in wait for the beast, and he got his chance, he opened fire on the monster. Just as the legends stated, the bullets ricocheted off the creature. They didn’t even scratch the monster.

Leonis, however, was not deterred. He charged the beast, attacking it with the butt of his rifle. He managed to land blows on the creature’s face, damaging its eye. The monster fled into the lake, where it lay in hiding, recovering from the attack, and waiting to make its next move and gets its revenge.


What to Do in California in Fall


Fall is finally upon us. The warm, sometimes unbearably hot, days of summer are behind us as the days begin to shorten. The air becomes cooler, but not in an unpleasant way. The leaves on the trees begin to change their colors, and migrations begin. Fall is a magical time of the year and represents changing conditions. The state of California has a lot to offer its residents during this time of year, provided you know where to look.

    Eastern Sierra Nevada Hot Springs – The Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada’s along Highway 395 between Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport offer beautiful fall colors and plenty of hot springs. However, finding the springs that are safe enough to dip into can be tricky, and often requires talking with the area locals to find the best, secluded spots. After all, these hot springs are carefully guarded secrets.

    Artists Village, Santa Ana – In fall, as Día de los Muertos approaches on November 1st, Artists Village in Santa Ana begins gear up for the holiday. The local sidewalks and art studios fill with color in preparation for the holiday. On top of that, studios and workshops open up their doors for free on the first Saturday of each month.

    Wine Trail, Monterey – In fall, wineries begin their harvest of the year’s crop. This is a great time to take a trip along Monterey’s River Road. The road winds through mountains and passes numerous wineries. The trip offers plenty of stunning views, and the ability to try some of the local wine. Just be sure to have a designated driver.

    Yosemite – Fall brings a change of color to Yosemite, turning most of the valley a stunning gold color. With the temperatures cooler, but not too cold, it is the perfect time to hike, explore, and picnic in the valley. As an added bonus, most of the summer tourists have gone home by this point in the year.

This is just a sampling of what you can do in California during the season of change. California is such a large state, the third largest in the country, and it has plenty to offer all year long. With Fall, it is a great time to catch up with nature, and enjoy the cooler temperatures before Winter sets in and drives us all into our warms houses.