It is Time for Fair Trade Friday!

It was a happy day when my Fair Trade Friday package was in my mailbox and not just junk mail.  You know Fair Trade Friday is my favorite day!

Fairtrade Friday July 2016

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First was the cute wallet.  I love the colors and the story behind it even more.

From Fair Trade Friday’s Facebook page ” Guerline is 22 years old. She’s a seamstress at Three Cords in Haiti. Her story, her faith, and her work are incredibly inspiring and an amazing example of the Lord;s redemption and restoration. In the earthquake of 2010, Guerline lost her arm when a wall fell upon her. This event was extremely difficult for her, as she was forced to relearn basic tasks such as buttoning her shirt or doing her hair. In addition, amputee victims are often viewed as outcast in Haitian culture, so lacking her arm led to much ridicule from others. In 2015, she was fitted for a prosthetic arm. Guerline was absolutely overjoyed to receive her arm, and it has been amazing seeing her thankfulness, faith, and joy every day. Guerline loves working at Three Cords because she has experienced a lot of hope for working with other women who are able to relate to her situation. she did the hand stitching that embellishes your (more than 1600 for our July box!) wallet using her good arm to stabilize the product and her teeth to pull the stitches through.
You can support these women at threecordshaiti.com

Fairtrade Friday 2016

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And tucked inside was this beautiful necklace.  I love paper beads and this necklace from Back to Africa is beautiful!  My Daughter just spent a couple of weeks in Africa and I think she left a little of her heart in that beautiful land.

Fairtrade Friday 2016

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Fair Trade Friday is a monthly subscription box that tackles poverty through job employment.  More information here: http://fairtradefriday.club

 

 

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Cedar Point Christmas Came Early Ticket Sale July 6th

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ONE DAY ONLY!

TICKETS JUST

$29.99*

Open your present now and get this hot deal! Save $35 off when you visit between July 9 and July 22. Start shopping right now through 9am (EDT) on Thursday, July 7th!

It’s Christmas come early!

Details:
Tickets must be purchased online or via mobile; not available at front gate.
Cedar Point ticket is valid July 9 through July 22, 2016.
Sale ends July 7 at 9am EDT.

*Plus applicable taxes and fees. Savings based off of front gate pricing.

Link to purchase here: https://www.cedarpoint.com/?mobile=0&promoCode=Christmas2016email

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When Travel is Eye Opening

I write about the hotels we stay in, cities we visit and deals that exist in the travel world. It is good times, family bonding but nothing deep.  I write about Fair Trade Friday and how important I think their work is. I preach to my Daughter about how we cannot be afraid of this world, to fly or about terrorism. I want her to try new things, eat that unknown food and step out of the box! Give back to this world as you go.

She stepped out of that box a couple of weeks ago when she went on a school mission trip to Lesotho. The group was gone for two weeks and spent most of that time in Lesotho which is surrounded by South Africa.  They stayed at an orphanage where they painted, built benches and helped with the children.  They worked hard and played hard.  They played soccer against the local teens and lost during the kick off.  They hiked a trail to see the waterfall one weekend.

Amazing trip!  So when Daughter developed her pictures last night we took some time to hear more about her time.  She showed up cute pictures of smiling kids and the work they had done.  I asked her about the first picture she sent back home over Facebook to me.  A cute little baby wrapped up with a little knit hat on.  She had said that night it was a new addition to the orphanage.  So when his photo popped up again in her pile of pictures I asked about him, saying how cute he was.  And she responded that someone had found him in a plastic bag along the road.

Let that sink in a little.     Found him in a plastic bag along the road.        For privacy I cannot show the picture she took of this cute little baby she is holding wrapped in two fleece blankets and a hat to warm him.  Still makes me cry now thinking about our conversation about him.  For as beautiful as Lesotho was it there are still problems like any other country. HIV/ Aids as well as high unemployment are really challenging Lesotho.

So I wanted to take a little space on my blog to tell you about the Beautiful Gate Orphanage.  They care for abandoned, neglected and orphaned kids from birth to age five.  They started in 2001 with seven children.  Now they often have sixty five kids in their care.  Her team helped with laundry, cleaning, feeding and playing with the kids.  It is a lot of work caring for these little ones!

Here is a link to their homepage: http://www.beautifulgatelesotho.org/

Beautiful Gate

 

Learn about the great things they are doing. Support them if you can!

 

 

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Wawa Free Museum Days in Philly

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When we traveled to Philly we discovered Wawa.  We do not have Wawa in our next of the woods so make things simple assume a Wawa is like a 7/11 type store.  We were impressed with what Wawa did in the city donating water to all of the people who came to hear the Pope last fall. Many, many, many pallets of bottled water lined the streets to be given to the people who attended.   Looks like they are giving back to Philly again this summer!

More information here: http://www.welcomeamerica.com/calendar-of-events/category/free-museums/

 

Free Museum Day – Ben Franklin Museum

June 27 @ 9:00 am7:00 pm
Ben Franklin Museum,
317 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

Free Museum Day – Rodin Museum

June 29 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
Rodin Museum,
21st St & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States

Free Museum Day – National Constitution Center (Courtesy of Wawa)

June 30 @ 9:00 am8:00 pm
The National Constitution Center,
525 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center, including “Freedom Rising,” a live 17-minute theatrical performance presented in the newly renovated Sidney Kimmel Theater, the “Story of We the People” Exhibit, and Signers’ Hall. Plus, don’t miss the new feature exhibit, Headed to the White House. A Wawa display will feature Wawa’s history in the Philadelphia region, and you can “vote” for the next new featured Hoagie variety!

Free Museum Day – African American Museum

July 1 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
African American Museum,
701 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

Founded 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Our doors are open for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Visit us and experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art.

Free Museum Day – National Constitution Center (Courtesy of Wawa)

July 2 @ 9:00 am8:00 pm
The National Constitution Center,
525 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center, including “Freedom Rising,” a live 17-minute theatrical performance presented in the newly renovated Sidney Kimmel Theater, the “Story of We the People” Exhibit, and Signers’ Hall. Plus, don’t miss the new feature exhibit, Headed to the White House. A Wawa display will feature Wawa’s history in the Philadelphia region, and you can “vote” for the next new featured Hoagie variety!

Pay What You Wish – Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 3 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art,
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States

Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Find beauty, enchantment, and the unexpected among artistic and architectural achievements from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Free Museum Day – Barnes Foundation (PECO Free First Sunday)

July 3 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
Barnes Foundation,
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States

Free Museum Day – National Museum of Jewish American History

July 4 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
National Museum of Jewish American History,
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
 
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Cool Off with Special Illinois Resident Discount Days at Shedd

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Sorry for the late notice but today and tomorrow there is a great Shedd deal for Illinois residents.

This Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14, Illinois residents can kick off their summer with a Shedd visit at an incredible rate on the Total Experience Pass.

In addition to free general admission, residents who show a valid ID onsite can upgrade their tickets to see all of the aquarium’s animals, exhibits and presentations for only $15 (that’s a $31.95 value for adults and a $24.95 value for children). See the new Amphibians special exhibit, experience Stingray Touch and get face to face with sea otters, dolphins, beluga whales and the rest of Shedd’s 32,000 animals.

More information here: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/junediscountdays/?utm_source=Email&utm_campaign=IllinoisDiscount&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail

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Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Summer Offer

Awaken Summer and Relax with a Special Offer

20% Off

This summer, guests of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel can visit the Walt Disney World Resort and Awaken Summer with all new experiences across all four Disney Theme Parks and still relax with the hotel’s Awaken and Relax offer.

Through August 25, guests who book with rate code AWAKEN can receive room rates starting as low as $165 per night as well as 20 percent off services at the luxurious Mandara Spa, offering vacationers a getaway with both convenient access to visit all four of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and the ultimate way to rejuvenate.

To book this offer, call 1-800-227-1500 and mention rate code AWAKEN.

More information here: http://www.swandolphin.com/offers

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Fair Trade Friday June 2016

I will tell you that May flew by and I did not even realize it was almost June until my Fair Trade Friday package was in the mailbox on Tuesday!  Where does the time go?

 

Fairtrade Friday June 2016

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This is what I pulled out of my white mailer this month.  What is it?

Fairtrade Friday June 2016

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A perfect carry all bag for the beach this summer or the farmers market.  I love the vibrant colors and large size!   A great sunglasses case that will be handy with my new sunglasses I finally purchased myself.  And a green paper bracelet set from Mercy House that I loved so much I wore it the next day.

Fairtrade Friday June

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June’s box provided five jobs.  More about Fair Trade Friday here: http://fairtradefriday.club/

Also they included a discount code for the Fair Trade Friday earring of the month club if you want to give them a try.

Fairtrade Friday June

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Marriott 2016 Summer Global Promotion

Register to earn bonus points and be entered in our sweepstakes

Marriott has a new summer promotion that earns bonus points starting with your second stay after registering.

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IHG Waterpark Hotels

Many of us did the IHG mail in points promotion that was offered this winter.  Looking to burn up some of those 50,000+ points I went looking for IHG waterpark hotel options.

In Florida:

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake Resort   35,000 points per night or $146 a night. Boasts a lazy river in the twelve acre waterpark and nine restaurants.  https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnclubvacations/hotels/us/en/kissimmee/discv/hoteldetail

In Minnesota:

Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/ Baxter has the connecting Three Bear Waterpark. $225 a night with access to the waterpark. https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/baxter/bwxbb/hoteldetail

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Michigan’s Adventure Coaster Campout

Things to Do

Coaster Campout

$200 for a campsite for 4 people includes 2 days of park fun with dinner and breakfast for June 24th – 25th.

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