Travel Event: Complimentary Stay at Country Inn and Suite – #Giveaway US & Canada

Fall is the perfect time to get away- great weather, not too hot or buggy, the beautiful fall foliage, and fall foods are some of my personal favorites. I love long weekends this time of year, and highly recommend grabbing the spouse and kids, hitting the road, and finding an interesting destination. One thing you never want to worry about when you travel, is the sort of hotel you will wind up staying in. It can be hard to book online- so many places “fluff” the reviews by having friends and family members post positive ones, and people generally only post ratings on hotels if they loved it or truly hated it. Sometimes I read them and am amazed at the crazy things people will write about.

It can sometimes be simpler to stick with a hotel brand that you know, like Country Inn and Suites. I would venture to say that no matter where you plan to stay, there will be a location nearby (even out of the USA, they have quite a presence). More then once, I have ended up in a hotel that was pretty “rough”, had beds that looked like they had never been deep [Read more…]

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Learn How Being an Alamo Insider Gives You Big Savings

Join Alamo Insiders for free and save 10% or more!

Summer vacations are just around the corner, and Alamo is offering exclusive deals when you sign up to be an Alamo Insider! Join free today and from now on the best deals come to you. Plus, you can bank on special privileges like a 10% or more member discount on every rental, and self-service kiosks that get you on the road to vacation faster than ever. Whether your next escape is one week or months away, Alamo’s got exclusive deals for you.

Save more on car rentals to spend more on fun. Join Alamo Insiders for free and save 10% or more on every car rental!

So sign up as an Alamo Insider today to save big on summer travel plans – then use those extra bucks to have more fun with your family. We love Alamo – and this Insiders program is one of my best secrets for saving on vacation car rentals. Love it.

What are YOUR best summer travel savings tips?

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How to Save 80% on Family Travel & Resort Packages

Amazing deal on Mexico Resort Package – My family was didn’t have a lot of extra money when I was growing up, so big vacations were out of the question. While I totally enjoyed our week-long camping trip and family reunion every summer, I never realized how much I was missing until I started traveling as an adult. Seeing new places and faces totally opens up your eyes, and helps you put your life in perspective – There is SUCH a big world out there! So, while our family budget it pretty tight too, I do make a big priority to find affordable ways to travel. And this amazing trip that I found today is just too good to pass up – and I am super excited to share it with you too….

Mexico resort deal

$279 for 4 nights to Los Cabos Golf Resort and so much more! ($1570.00 value)

How amazing is this, right? For a little more than the cost of a Kindle Fire, your family can spend 4 nights at the Los Cabos Gold Resort, get a $100 credit good towards food and drinks during your stay, and 50% ALL rounds of gold while you’re there. I thought, “No way, there must be a catch….” But I read the fine print for you, and there is no catch. Here are a few details:

  • You’re only allowed to purchase up to 7 vouchers, but they can ALL be used consecutively. You may also purchase up to 7 vouchers as gifts.
  • May redeem beginning 5/29/12,  and must be used by the end of this year – and since this is such an extreme discount, the package deal cannot be combined with any other resort offers or coupons.
  • 14% room tax is not included and will be collected upon booking, but this is pretty common at big resorts like this one.
  • Offer is for a 1 bedroom villa which sleeps 4 people. If you have a bigger family, upgrades are available as follows: 2 bedroom (sleeps 6) for 4 nights, $100 plus tax total. 3 bedrooms (sleeps 10) for 4 nights $279 plus tax total. That is a seriously amazing deal on upgrades.

See? No catch. And, this deal is offered through a company that I have shopped with many times – Sharing Spree. What makes this awesome deal even BETTER? Every purchase of this Mexican Resort Package Deal means another donation to Friends of the Children, in King County, Washington. “Friends of the Children is a pioneer mentoring program based on the principle that the most vulnerable children can become healthy, productive adults with a consistent, caring adult in their lives.”

What are you waiting for? The sunshine and the beaches are calling you….

Ready to get this awesome deal for your family? Visit Sharing Spree today, and take a minute to enter your info if you haven’t visited before. {You will NOT get any spammy stuff from them. And you can even choose how often for them to update you on new daily deals. Your info is safe with them, for sure.} Then check out Today’s Deals in Seattle to find this Los Cabos Golf resort deal – but hurry! These types of deals only have a limited amount of inventory, since they’re so low priced. They DO often sell out.

Find this Mexican Resort Package deal and more on Sharing Spree today!

See you on the Beach!!

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Summer Travel Tips: Central New Jersey #GoCentralJersey

This is the first in my series of great locations to visit this with your family this summer. I’ve also got upcoming posts on cool things to see and do in Portland, Oregon, North Carolina, New York City – and of course my homeland here in Washington state! But today, I want to share a little bit about Central New Jersey – Home to some of my best buddies from my high school days.

Travel Resources for Central New Jersey

Use these links to find the best resources for planning your trip. I’m planning a visit to the area at the end of the year, and used these to find the perfect hotel that’s close enough to downtown dining and and nightclubs, decided that I really want to visit the Six Flags in Jackson, and was able to check out lots of other local restaurants, malls, and cool places. That’s SO much easier than trying to find places to eat and visit once you get to a new town, right?

  1. Hotel Information: Find the best hotels to stay in, with maps to see what attractions they’re close to, the amenities included in your stay – and you can even book your trip using the on-site travel portal.
  2. Sweet Deals: Learn about new promotions and cool offers that you can plan now, and take advantage of when traveling. This is updated often, so check back for the best new deals.
  3. Dining and Nightlife: Check out the list of restaurants to find options that are family friendly and in your price range – then find a couple of cool date night options for a fun evening out afterwards.
  4. Events: There is always something new and fun to check out in the Central New Jersey area! Each month they update their calendar of events, so you can plan your trip to hit the best local events during your visit.
  5. Shopping: This is one of the most important parts of visiting a new city, right? Find out where the best malls and boutiques are, to make sure you get a chance to stop by them all while you’re in the area.
  6. Outdoor Recreation: If you’re looking for fun in the sun, this list will give you info some great parks, sports centers, water parks and more!

If you’re planning a trip to Central New Jersey this year, these links will help you a ton in setting up your plans. And if you’re still deciding where to go this summer, maybe you’ll find your perfect destination on one of the lists too.

Where are YOU traveling this year? Share your fun vacation plans in the comments…

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Quick Beauty Tricks for Flying in Style

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Beauty Travel Tips Just in Time for Summer

Are you gearing up for a busy summer of travel? Whether it’s a fun summer vacation with the family, or an awesome conference like Reviewer’s Retreat or BlogHer ’12 – if you’re going to be flying, you need these quick travel tips! Benefit is my total favorite when it comes to cosmetics. You know I’m all about Smart Solution products that solve the challenges of my busy life as a mom, right? Well, Benefit makes the BEST in smart solutions. From my all time favorite beauty kit – Confessions of a Concealaholic – to the new They’Re Real! Mascara – the products have fun packing that makes me smile, work total magic even on super tired mornings, and are perfect for everyone. So – if you’re like me, and getting ready for a TON of flying around the country this summer – check out this video where Benefit, the beauty experts, teamed up with the ultimate air travelers, Southwest Flight Attendants. Love it!

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

Now, if you’re a strategic shopper like me, and have loads of free Amazon credit earned from places like Swagbucks and Survey Spot, then you can find all of these products on Amazon, with free shipping – Some of the featured picks were Stay Don’t Stray and Posietint – both mini sizes to try out. Or, you can shop directly from Benefit – Find all of the pretty products in the Beauty on the Fly video, AND get a couple of freebies:

Get your choice of a FREE velvet eyeshadow in tickled mink with any $60 order using code TICKLED at checkout or a free creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in strut with any $60 order using code STRUTUP at checkout.

Offer expires May 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST, and whenever you order over $50 at Benefit, you’ll always have free shipping included, no promo codes needed! And the Tickled Mink eyeshadow is my total go-to shade – it works on every skin tone, and glides on so smooth. You’ll love it too!

What’s your best Mom Solution beauty product? Share in the comments!

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Amazing Freebies – Travel and Vacation

New Travel Freebies!

  • Super sweet deal- $50 gets you a $100 Travelocity Hotel Gift Card!! HUGE savings!! This is a 7 day special promotion, (October 5th – October 12th, 2011) Get your Travelocity Hotel Discount Gift Card today!
  • Sign up to receive information on how you can bring Disney magic to your family. Click Here to sign up, you’ll get a lot of great free promotional stuff like DVD’s, stickers, and more.
  • Sign up for the Dunhill Travel Newsletter to get alerts to DEEP discounts! I use this a lot.
If you’re planning a trip, these can help you save a bundle. Share ’em with your friends who like to travel too!
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How YOU can save 70% off on Family Trips!

Dunhill Travel Deals

If you’re planning family travel for the holidays, Dunhill can save you loads of money on your trip:

I haven’t traveled in for-EV-er, but we’ve been looking around at travel deals for a few months now… I’d love to take the baby to meet her family in the South sometime soon. She has loads of cousins, 11 aunts and uncles, and 2 grandparents that she needs to see! {Wow, right?} This is all of her family on Daddy’s side. I’ve never met them either, so it’ll be a fun trip whenever we finally get to go.

Dunhill Travel Rocks

While looking around at travel sites, I found Dunhill Travel, and I thought it was a pretty cool one. Most of you already know about sites like travelocity or expedia, but this was one I’d never heard of.

They have some pretty great deals, like 70% off on prices kind of great. You just sign up for their FREE newsletter, and you’ll get notified of the best offers they’ve got available.

Check it out, and if you’re planning a cool trip too, leave a comment and tell me about it! :)

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