New Fair Trade Friday Bracelet Club

Fair Trade Friday is offering a new bracelet of the month club.

This Fair Trade Friday option delivers a high quality, stylish bracelet to your mailbox every month. When you become a Bracelet of the Month member, you are providing a job for a marginalized woman in another country. And you will look cute doing it!  This is an affordable way to make a big difference in the lives of oppressed women worldwide. Sign up for as many bracelets as you want or give them as a gift. We’ll deliver them to you or for you.

$13.99 a month!  More information here:



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Best Western Celebrate the Season

Offer Details: Book at by choosing the BEST VALUE rate and save 10% or more off the participating hotel’s Flexible Rate. Best Western Rewards® members who register and book ANY qualified rate will also receive 500 bonus points per stay between November 23, 2015, and February 7, 2016.*

Register and more information here:

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Triple Choice Privileges Points

Triple your points with Choice Privileges.*

Earn TRIPLE Points on Every Qualifying Stay.

When? Check in between November 19 and January 15, 2016

As a Choice Privileges member, here’s how you can earn:

  1. Register for our promotion below to get started.
  2. Book on, our mobile app or by calling 800.4CHOICE. Corporate travelers can book in their online booking tool or through the GDS.
  3. Earn triple points on every qualifying stay!

Register and more information here:


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Fair Trade Friday November 2015

It was recently my favorite day of the month.  Fair Trade Friday!  I love opening the mailbox to the white priority mailer that they use.   Lets see what this month had inside…

Fairtrade Friday Nov 15

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I could use a new clutch for church.  I hate to drag all my stuff with me and when I have time I quickly throw my wallet and phone into a clutch for church.

Fairtrade Friday Nov 2015

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I love the necklace.  I had seen something similar on the website but had not had the chance to order one yet.  The elephant ornament will go on our tree this year.  I love a Christmas tree that reflects the family who puts it up.  Ours is filled with travel mementos, crazy pictures in little frames and things that truly reflect our little families personalities.

I am looking forward to next months Fair Trade Friday shipment.  If you want to sign up for Fair Trade Friday or for more information go here:



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Hilton Hhonors Triple Points on Weekends

Sign up and stay at any hotel in the Hilton Portfolio September 1st – December 31st, 2015 to earn Double Points on Monday through Thursday nights and Triple Points on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.*

 Hilton Honors

More information and register here: Hilton Hhonors

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I scour Groupon to save money on dining when we travel.  Really I save on dining to give us ice cream or late night dessert money as you can tell from reading some of my posts. One place caught my eye because it was not only near our Airbnb rental but it also had food I knew Daughter would like.

Fuel, Recharge Yourself.  They offer a full menu under 500 calories.  I didn’t really care, i just want delicious food.  We stopped in here Sunday after hearing Mass for dinner.  They offered outdoor seating and indoor.  We chose indoor by a window to watch the masses leave town.

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Insomnia Cookie

Our gracious Airbnb host took us on a quick orienting walk around the apartment block and he happened to point on Insomnia Cookie.  We sure were glad he did! Amazing!

What could be better than a late night snack of a hot cookie with cold melting ice cream on top of it?  And they deliver.  Since it was not our apartment and I was not sure we could buzz someone up we walked up the short two city blocks to Insomnia Cookie our last night.

Insomnia Cookie

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NY PD Pizza Philadelphia

When in New York we were big fans of the corner pizza joint. The slices are hot, huge and ready to go all hours!  We found a similar place in Center City Philadelphia.

Ny Pd Pizza

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Saturday Night Family Festival Pope Visit

Saturday we had spent a good chunk of the day at Independence Hall waiting to hear the Pope speak.  We had made no plans for the evening and figured we would laze around.  We tried to relax at the apartment, but it was not working. This great city to explore and continuous television coverage of the Pope’s visit prompted us to head out to the festival of families.

Pope Family

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Kids Save at Shedd on Halloween

Visit Shedd on Halloween for tricks and treats!
Join us for a haunted family fest all day on Sat. Oct, 31. For kids in costume, if you buy one Shedd Pass, you’ll get one free! Plus, we’ll have a costume parade at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. And of course, it’s not Halloween without candy for trick or treaters!

Make the most of your visit by purchasing tickets early and check out our Halloween Highlights map for more fun experiences you’ll find at Shedd! We’ll ‘sea’ you then!

What is a Shedd Pass?

Shedd Pass

Adult $30.95 Child $21.95
Provides access to the following exhibits:

Shedd’s aquatic show, Amphibians special exhibit, Stingray Touch* or a 4-D Experience can be added for $5/person/experience.

Here is a link to Halloween Highlights Map: Shedd Halloween Map

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