Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Legitimate Work at Home Companies

Hello my Turnbull Canyon friends :) I haven't ventured out to any new hiking spots lately. I have been extremely busy with school. I wanted to post this blog right away though. I came across a group on Facebook that helps women prep for SHTF(Sh*t hits the fan) situations. It helps people prep for emergency situations, here in California that would probably be an earthquake or the zombie apocalypse LOL.

No, this blog is not about preparing for the worst, its actually about surviving day to day. On the group I mentioned some of the ladies shared companies that really have work from home jobs. No commuting, no investment required, real jobs. Of course there are requirements like any other job, such as a headset or proper operating system on your home computer, etc. I do not participate in any of the companies listed and I receive no fees for referring you. I simply wanted to share some legitimate work from home jobs.

If you have any feedback or want to help out by adding to this list please contact me. Thank you.


To visit the website of the companies below please copy and paste their URL into your browser. Good Luck :-)

1) HSN -

"We currently offer work from home opportunities in St. Petersburg FL, Roanoke VA, and Nashville TN. As an HSN Customer Care Rep, you can enjoy both the convenience of home-based employment and the benefits of working for an established, people-oriented employer. As the primary support for our customers, HSN Customer Care Rep's take inbound calls to complete sales transactions; up sell merchandise; and resolve customer concerns." - HSN website

2) Alpine Access -

"We understand that you have commitments outside of work and respect your need for balance in your life. This is why we empower you and our 5,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada to create your own work schedules, giving you ultimate flexibility and a schedule that meets your needs." - Alpine Access website

3) West at home -

"West at home agents are responsible for receiving and processing various incoming phone calls for numerous clients in accordance with policies, procedures, quality standards, and federal laws and regulations." - West at home website

4) Textbroker -

"Whether you are just starting our or are an experienced professional, at Textbroker, you can earn cash for each word you write. Choose from our selection of OpenOrders, work with clients exclusively through DirectOrders, or join a Team of authors to work on a larger content project on your favorite topic" - Textbroker website

5) Convergys -

"Bringing the call center to you! Imagine eliminating rush hour traffic, soaring gas prices and the cost of eating out for lunch from your daily routine. That is exactly what Convergys Anywhere enables you to do! With Convergys Anywhere you can work at the call center from the comfort of your own home." - Convergys website

6) Lionbridge Technologies -

"Life in the crowd is never boring. Check out our latest online job postings and get ready to dig into your next assignment. Finding jobs working from home is only a few mouse clicks away." - Lionbridge Technologies website

7) Leapforce - http//

"This is a personalized search engine evaluator position. As a personalized search engine evaluator, you will be given tasks that are generated from your personalized content based on your Google account linked to your Gmail address that you  use to register with Leapforce. Ideal candidates will be highly active users of Google's search engine and other products, us Google Play at least once per week; use Google+ more than once per month and have ore than 11 people per circle and have a Gmail account with web history turned on." - Leapforce website

8) Premier Jewelry -

"No inventory required, no deliveries to make, make 50% on every sale, get paid immediately, and much more." - Premier Jewelry website

Monday, April 7, 2014

Canyon Dr. Whittier, Ca

Hello everyone. I still have not been able to make it to Altadena as I had hoped. However, I'm hoping to get up there within the next few weeks.

We have been to some of the local spots in Turnbull Canyon and right here in Uptown Whittier. I was told to check out this little trail that was good for the kids at the end of Philadelphia Street in Whittier, CA.

The trail is on Canyon Drive, from the map above it appears to venture off in both directions. But the trail to the north is blocked off and a sign states "No trespassing". So we went South, it is a very short trail that ends behind the Whittier College stadium. It was very shady and no elevation gain and plenty of places to picnic.

We spotted a few bunnies and plenty of birds. None of which stuck around long enough to photograph! The whole trail took us less than 15-20 minutes to walk to the end, we did stop often to look down into the wash that is to the right of the trail. Overall I wish it was a longer trail but it is what it is and its right down the street from us so we count our blessings :)

This is a photo looking across the wash to the west of the trail. There is a neighborhood right there, I would love to have this as my backyard!

Next time maybe we will have a picnic and just enjoy our surroundings.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Next hike at Chaney Trails, Millard Campground, Altadena

So I have heard mixed messages about whether or not the entrance to Millard campground in Altadena, CA is closed. I have heard that it is closed still due to the Station Fire which was 2 years ago I think. And then I heard it was closed because of the government shutdown. But now that the government is up and running again I have been trying to call the national forest service to find out the real status of the area, and no one will ever answer the phone. So I'm going to keep trying and if I still cant get through to anyone I guess I will just take a drive out there.

If anyone has been to the area recently please let me know. I would really appreciate any valid recent information.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Next hike info

Within the next month or so I plan to take the kids to hike above Altadena in the Chaney trails area. Its one of my favorite places because it is super shady and there is a stream that has been at a steady stream every time I've visited. It has been atleast 6 years since my last trip up there and I am super excited to visit and take some great photos. Ive never gone on the mine trail which is somewhere off to the right of the parking area. If you have any experiences in this area above Altadena please give some feedback.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bosque Del Rio Hondo, Rosemead, CA.

Bosque Del Rio Hondo

(Blog In Progress)
Just down the street from Whittier Narrows and Legg Lake you will find an old swimming hole referred to as "Pig Beach". A place for people who couldn't make it down to the beach. 

Area is mostly dry brush, that is normally what you come across in this area. However, closer to the river and the creek nearby there are plenty of trees and green shrubs.

I love this picture below, its as if the world if tilting left!

This is the bike trail that runs through the area.

Walking off the trail a bit we found some shade.

Right along side the bike path is a series of power/phone lines. We came through this open area and found a pile of what appeared to be white PVC pipes. Not sure if we entered a restricted area as no signs where posted to stay out and there were no enclosures. A sad pile of pollution!

Several signs are posted further along the trail, they are all covered with tagging. It appears to say that the water is polluted, not to swim as it can make you ill. This is understandable as the Los Angeles River drains in to this area. But I found many accounts online of people swimming here.

The seasonal river runs under this bridge, the street above is San Gabriel Blvd.

1 sad lonely bench.

Looking back towards the entrance. Under the bridge there is a small creek, that does have water running through it.

Parking area, there are benches, restrooms and an open park like area.

Entrance to the parking area.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Arroyo Pescadero Park, Whittier, CA

Arroyo Pescadero Park and Deer Loop Trail

This trail located off of Colima Rd. just a bit north of Marvista Rd, started off with a paved fire road as the trail. About half a mile in the trail finally turns into dirt. We went along the trail heading south which loops around and then heads north and south again finally ending up at the deer loop trail (which is in the lower left half of the map below). Throughout the trip to the deer loop trail houses from the neighborhood to the south were visible. So this is literally right in some peoples back yard. The trail was wide and seemed easy to travel on for the kids. Once onto the Deer Loop Trail we came across a way to wonder off the path and take some pictures of some strange old debris piles and a 10 foot canyon filled with concrete debris. 

This area is just a bit to the east of the Turnbull Canyon hiking area. After researching the area further online I discovered that the land was gifted by an oil company to either the city or the county, and is now under scrutiny because further drilling is being requested and we did come across a section that was prohibited to enter by the public, there were oil rigs and miscellaneous equipment beyond that barrier.

This is the Deer loop trail looking south, off to the left was a field of dried grass and a ravine, and to the right a ton of brush. We spotted a few rabbits in this area and heard a lot of noise in the brush near the ravine to the right, it could have been anything but it sounded pretty large. We love to listen to our surroundings when we go hiking, always hoping for a deer or something special to cross our path in our beautful Whittier Hills.

And here is a picture looking north on the trail to where we came in from. We had walked through the dry grass on the right side of this photo below and they got prickly stuff in their shoes and had to take a break to de-prickle their socks!

Here is that ditch / small canyon filled with debris I mentioned earlier. Its off the trail so not really an eye sore if you plan to stay on the trail itself.

 Another angle of the debris filled ditch.

And another.
 One last one.

 There is a house across the way in the background there. Just included it for the heck of it :-)

There were additional trails further west on the deer loop trail that we did not explore yet, we seen many people coming from that direction all in workout clothes and running shoes. So from visual assumptions it appears to be a good area to jog. And once again watch for poo (or scat as my 11 year old calls it). Get out there and enjoy...

Murphy Ranch Park. Whittier, CA

Murphy Ranch Park Trail

Located just a few blocks east of La Serna High School at 16200 Las Cumbres Drive. Whittier, CA. Just a bit east of the Turnbull Canyon hiking area. The kids and I enjoyed this park, right from the start there are plenty of benches to picnic before your hike. And for some reason they are housing a whole flock of goats as shown in the photo below. Dogs and horses are welcome as well.

The kids got a kick out of the goats even though the goats did not share in the same amusement with my children, in fact the goats looked like they could not care less we were there. LOL

OK so moving on to the hike. We took the center wide trail which just looped around up into the hills at the end to the right and came back down to the beginning. The loop is an incline and has a slight zip-zag to it to reduce the rough incline. According to the trail map there are a few other trails off to the left from the beginning, that may be a better choice for a view of any sort? Not sure yet. 

We did venture off the main trail at one point to the left down into the dried up stream bed. The stream bed got narrower as we went along and we had to jump from side to side of the stream as it drops off at certain points with no where to walk. It was a bit difficult to find a way back up out of the stream, so unless you are ready to climb or turn back around I would just avoid the stream bed, its deep with high canyon walls on both sides for the most part. 

It appears that if you choose the other trail to the left (of the main trail) from the beginning, you may have a view of the stream bed from above. Ill check that one out next time. This may be especially nice to see during the winter after rain fall.

Overall this trail is great for a quick exercise through the park, but be careful people love to walk there dogs here and conveniently forget to pick up their poo! Besides that it was mostly gentle enough that I even seen some women with babies in strollers, so get out there and enjoy.

Trail Map:

I recommend you take a picture of this map on your phone at the entrance. I could not find a printable one online yet, if I do I will be sure to upload it. As always get out there and have fun. And please if you have any places you would like to know more about let me know so I can keep them in mind for future hikes. And I would love your feedback, please leave comments at the bottom of this post.