Small Town Circus Visit, Wait for the Larger City Show Instead

I came across these pictures and had to share about when the circus came to town.  We live in a small town area. Fields, corn, farms, you get the idea.  So when I saw a poster about the circus we had to go!  My parents had taken me to great circus shows as a kid, or that is how I remembered it. I wanted Daughter to experience the same.

The tickets were $10 but kids were free. That would have been a warning sign but we drove the twenty minutes to the location.


The circus was in a dusty field that had been kind of mowed for the people and cars to enter.


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Room Types at the Radisson Blu Chicago

The hotel is in an excellent location for anyone who wants access to Millennium park, Michigan Ave or even Navy Pier.  Its a five minute walk to the park,  not quite twenty to the pier or fifteen minutes to the heart of Michigan Ave.   The hotel is only eight minutes from exiting the train at Millennium Park Station when we ride the South Shore line.

We have had the privilege to stay in three different room types at the Radisson Blu Chicago.  And we each prefer something different, go figure!

This was a park view suite.  Hardwood floors, and the white decor similar to the park view rooms. It had a separate room with a couch and tv.  The bathroom was accessed through the bedroom.


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Marriott Credit Card Signup 70,000 points

Marriott is out with a new credit card offer of 70,000 bonus points after a $2,000 spend in three months.  Also 1 free night to start in a category 1-4 hotel and a 1 free night in a category 1-5 on your account anniversary.

You earn 5 points for every $1 at Marriott hotels, 2 points per $1 on airline tickets and car rentals. And 1 point per $1 on everything else.

The hotel category one redemption is 7,500 points up to hotel category nine which is 45,000 points.

A category one hotel is Fairfield Inn and Suite McAllen Airport in Texas. A category nine is the Bohemian hotel in Savannah.   A category five hotel is the Courtyard Grand Rapids at 25,000 points a night.

The word is that Marriott has purchased the Atlantis in the Bahamas.  This would be a great way to stay on points! Not sure when they will allow you to start booking but this could be a very sweet redemption!

More information and signup located here:


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Saving Money on the Flower Garden

I will admit some of this happens due to a busy schedule or being out of town in the spring.  But I usually do not buy my annuals until later, pretty much until its summer here.  I get them half off even if the plant choices are slimmer I can always find something to throw together.

These plants were $2 each and fit perfect in my vintage planter on the deck.


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Late Fall Disney World Room Only Discounts

Open for booking from July 23, 2014 to October 3, 2014 is a new Disney room only discount.  The available dates are October 4 to November 25th and the again November 29 to December 23, 2014.

They are offering 15% off at a value, 20% at a moderate, 30% off at deluxe and deluxe villas.

Offer Restrictions:

Advance reservations required.

Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas.

To book by phone, call (407) 939-1896 and speak with a vacation planning expert or call your travel agent.


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Planning the Next Adventure! Washington D.C.

Our next adventure was started by an email from Airfare Watchdog.  I had previously signed up on their site and randomly read the emails they send me about airfare from my local airport.  This time when I read it I spied $88 round trip tickets from Detroit to Dulles.  I looked at the dates but nothing that worked for me in Aug/ Sept.

A few days later I am reading another email from Airfare Watchdog and I see the same rate.  This time I dug further into the dates and saw that late fall had some availability.  Bingo!  Daughter has fall break and I could get the time off work.  I booked those tickets on Frontier before the day was over!

Do not wait too long and think that an airfare will stay at a low rate.  For Frontier this seems to be a newer route for them so the price is still low, I got lucky that it was still offered pretty inexpensively! When I was last purchasing airfare the prices were changing by the hour while shopping for New York.  If you see a good fare jump on it!

I am still ironing out hotels.  Hotel prices seem to be running well above $200 a night and I just do not want to lay that kind of cash out for a few nights on a “cheap” trip!  I need to look at my hotel point inventory better.

Club Carlson gives me a few options.  There is a Country Inn and Suites out by Dulles but that is too far to commute each day (20 miles to the White House) but its only $129. There is the Radisson Largo which is starting at $173 a night but its almost a mile walk to the Metro station or waiting for their shuttle.  Its 12 miles to the White House so a little further out than I still want to be.  Or there is a Radisson near Reagan Airport in Crystal City.  This hotel is 3 miles from the White House but its also $209 a night. I could use points for these instead of cash.

IF Marriott is offering the stay 2 times get a night free I might be looking their way.  This seems to be a steady promotion but you never know for sure until the dates get closer.  I need a night at the Detroit airport before we leave so that would get me two stays in the promo period easily.

The Courtyard Washington D.C. / Capital is $269 and a couple of miles to the White House.  The FairField downtown is $239 a night. They are six blocks from the White House so that would be a pretty good location! I need to see how many points they take to book.

So a few things to nail down once I see the fall promotions being released.  Earn the free hotel nights as you burn the nights.


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New Hilton Promotion: Triple Your Trip

Hilton has released a new promotion called “Triple Your Trip”.  Sign up and then stay August 1 to October 31, 2014 to earn the bonus points.  You earn 2x on weekday stays (Monday through Thursday) and 3x on weekend stays.

You can register here:

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Going to an Anheuser Busch Clydesdale Showing

The Budweiser Clydesdales came to within a drivable distance of us a couple of weeks back.  My Cousin heard they were coming and asked if I wanted to drive out with her.  Which in turn meant my Daughter wanted to come and then my parents, so we set off with a car full!


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Walt Disney World Military Discount Tickets 2014

Walt Disney world is announcing a new military discount from August 25, 2014 to September 30, 2015.  This is for active and retired military members.

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each,  plus tax

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.




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Fricano’s Pizza in Grand Haven

This unassuming old house is home to some of the best pizza in West Michigan.  Fricano’s!


The inside matches the outside…


The pizza only comes thin crust.  The topping choices are sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper or anchovy.  And the pizza only comes in one size, 12 inches!


You get paper plates to eat from and a fork.


Its my favorite pizza in Michigan.  Take some extra home, its even better cold the next day for lunch. Pepperoni pizza is $9.75, cheese only is $9.50, and everything but anchovy is $10.50.

They also have locations in Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and Comstock Park.

Fricano’s is open Monday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight. Closed on Sundays.  Cash or check only. They also offer carry out.

1400 Fulton St, Grand Haven, MI 49417

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