Monthly Archives: December 2014

Looking Back at 2014

What a crazy year it has been!  At the end of 2013 I had nothing planned but a larger trip in 2015, we planned on taking it easy in 2014.  Boy was I wrong!!!!!


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Disney Spring Room Discount

Disney has an offer for “Save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights March 2 through June 15, 2015!

Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day theme park tickets—you can get one more ticket day for FREE!”

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Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-Feb 18, 2015

A new early winter promo for Choice Privileges… for stays from December 29 through February 18, 2015 that include a midweek Sunday to Thursday night. You can earn 30 points per $1 at most brands including Ascend Collection, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, & Sleep Inn. Earn 15 points/$1 at MainStay, Suburban, Rodeway and EconoLodge. This offer is only for Choice Privileges members in the USA and Canada. Members may earn a maximum 30,000 bonus points with this offer.

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Frontier One Day Sale – Ohare, La Guardia, Philly, and Dulles

Frontier Airlines is having an “Inaugural Service Sale”. These fares are for flights out of  New York (LaGuardia), Philadelphia, Miami, and Chicago (O’Hare) to many other cities. This is a one-day only sale and you have until 11:59pm ET today, December 19, 2014 to purchase these tickets. Travel is for January 20 through February 10, 2015.

Fares are starting at $39 and here are all the routes on sale:

  • Chicago to Washington, DC (Dulles) – $39
  • Chicago to Atlanta – $39
  • Chicago to Tampa – $39
  • Chicago to Las Vegas – $59
  • Chicago to Miami – $59
  • Chicago to Orlando – $59
  • Chicago to Phoenix – $59
  • Chicago to Salt Lake City – $59
  • Chicago to Denver – $72
  • New York to Miami – $59
  • Philadelphia to Tampa – $39
  • Philadelphia to Miami – $59
  • Philadelphia to Orlando – $59
  • Miami to Washington, DC (Dulles) – $39

Dates are limited but a great deal if the dates work for your travel. We have flown Frontier to Dulles and it was something I would recommend for the price!


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Marriott New Mega Bonus Promotion for Early 2015

Marriott Rewards Mega Bonus Promotion

As usual this promo is targeted, with there being several versions of the offer. For example:

  • Register by March 31, 2015
  • Stay at participating properties between February 1 and April 30, 2015
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points

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Keeping Holiday Traditions When Traveling

As we ponder traveling for Christmas one of the questions we keep bumping into is what about our holiday traditions….  The silly stuff that makes Christmas special for you?

This morning Daughter said you know if we are gone for Christmas we cannot watch “A Christmas Story” the movie on Christmas eve.  Hmmm, would you miss that next year?  We always fondue while watching the movie, can’t do that in a hotel so easily.

So how do you keep your holiday traditions if you are traveling over the holidays? I was thinking we could take in a great light display but that was vetoed by the family. I would love to hear your suggests or what your family does.

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Critter Barn Nativity

We love to go visit the Critter Barn, especially for the live nativity.  When the sheep, cows and other animals are in the stable with Mary it makes the story come alive.

You start seated on benches viewing pictures of the area.  Where shepherds lived, the caves they used for a stable.  A Shepard girl tells you her events on Christmas with the angels visit.  Then you are ushered into the live nativity area.

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The little ones love to pet the sheep and hold the Baby Jesus.

Afterward you are free to wander the barn yard visiting the other animals.  Daughter pet goats, sheep, a pony and many rabbits.  There were baby chicks to view and many cats to visit.

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The Critter Barn is by donation and this a great gift for the community to offer a live nativity.


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Birchbox for December

Today my December Birchbox arrived in the mail.  I was lucky enough to sign up online for the sample box items i thought I would enjoy.  i was very happy to say the least!

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I am looking forward to trying the hair plump and the red nail polish for Christmas.

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Fair Trade Friday December

I love coming home on a busy weekend to my Fair Trade Friday box!  There had been a little sneak peak on Facebook showing fingerless gloves, Daughter claimed them before the box even arrived!

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Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo

I love zoos and Christmas lights. So any combination is a great thing in my book! Last December we met up with my sister at the Detroit Zoo for the Wild Lights display.  We purchased our advance tickets at a local Kroger store that morning.

From their website:


For 24 nights beginning November 22, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. November 22-23 and 28-30 and December 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will add to the festivities. Seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights souvenirs and photos with Santa “Paws” (until December 23) will be available for purchase.

The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.

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