Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hilton HHonor 5,000 Bonus Points

In addition to our Double Your HHonors promotion, we want to offer you a little boost towards your next reward night. We’re rewarding you with 5,000 Bonus Points per stay at any hotel, now through July 6th!*

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*Offer valid for stays completed between June 17 and July 6, 2015, (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register through this page prior to check-out of your first stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will earn 5,000 HHonors Bonus Points per stay during the Promotion Period. A “stay” is defined as the total number of consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, whether or not a guest checks out and checks back in again. Registered HHonors members will only receive Bonus Points for nights completed during the Promotion Period regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Offer subject to availability at participating hotels and cannot be combined with other select offers and rates.

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Jazzin’ at the Shedd Promo Code

I have always wanted to check out Jazzin’ at the Shedd.  They sent out an email today with a promo code for tickets. Regular ticket price is $18 but this would get you the second ticket free.

Jazzin admission includes:

  • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (open until 8 p.m., last entry 7:45 p.m.)
  • Wild Reef (open until 9 p.m., last entry 8:45 p.m.)
  • Aquarium galleries (open until 10 p.m.)
  • Outdoor terraces (open until 10 p.m.)
  • Stingray Touch is an additional fee of $3 (can be added onsite, last entry 7:45 p.m.)
The 2015 Jazzin’ at the Shedd season kicks off tomorrow night. As a thanks to you, our fans, enjoy a special early bird rate! When you buy tickets online in advance, now through June 30, buy one ticket to Jazzin’ at the Shedd and get one free! Use promo code: EARLY2
Jazzin’ is every Wednesday evening this summer through Sept. 9. Enjoy skyline views from Shedd’s terraces, cocktails, fireworks, live jazz and 32,000 animals! This offer is valid for any of the 2015 Jazzin’ dates when you purchase online in advance by June 30.
Use promo code EARLY2 here: Jazzin’ at the Shedd
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Radisson Kalamazoo Anniversary Weekend

I have posted earlier about the “perks” of following your favorite hotels on social media.  It pays to be social with hotel rewards programs and hotels themselves.  I followed the Radisson Kalamazoo for a while, one day they had a contest to win a free hotel night.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained so I entered.  And to my surprise I won!

We picked a couple of open dates and made the call to the hotel to reserve our room.  They had openings for our first choice so we made plans to stay on a Saturday night in May.  A few hitches along the way made us arrive a couple of hours later than we had planned but nothing serious. We parked in the ramp across the street and waited in a short check-in line.  While checking us in the friendly attendant told us we had been upgraded to the business level on the 9th floor.  Wowza!  Happy Anniversary to us!

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Before or After a Disney Cruise in Port Canaveral

I will admit my first thought is to visit Disney the day before a Disney cruise!  And you can but we do not do that anymore.  Instead we make the drive to Port Canaveral and relax in the area.  When its time to board you are right there already!

You have a few hotel choices. We stumbled on a Holiday Inn near Jetty Beach Park.  We either stay at the Country Inn and Suites or the Radisson.  The Radisson has a better pool area but the Country Inn and Suites has the port view.  We have woken up in the morning to see the Disney Dream from our window. That will get you excited!

There is no shortage of activities in the area.  We have spent time at Golf N Gator holding gators and mini golfing.  Going to Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach and checking out the Cocoa Beach Pier.

So step out from Orlando, head down early and visit Cocoa Beach area.

Check out Golf N Gator here:

Radisson Resort at the Port: Radisson Resort at the Port

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Fair Trade Friday Earrings of the Month


Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club

I was sent a sample by Fair Trade Friday of what is offered in their Monthly Earring Club.  Wow!

Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club

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The packaging looks similar to my Fair Trade Friday box items.

Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club

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And this magnet now hangs proudly on my fridge!

Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club

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EOTMThis is a brand new option that delivers a high quality, stylish pair of fair trade earrings to your mailbox every month! From the people who brought you the original Fair Trade Friday box delivered to your door each month comes something just as fabulous  Not enough earrings in your FTF box?  Too many earrings?  Now, you get to decide.  Sign up for as many earrings as you want or give them as a gift. We’ll deliver them to you or for you.  Not personally.  The postal service.  But we arrange it all.  You are welcome.
From Kristen: When I visited one of our artisan partners in Ethiopia in the Spring of 2015, I went to the home of one of the women who creates product for FTF. She was spinning thread from sheep’s wool and it was amazing to watch. She passed the spools to her daughter and she began weaving the thread –piece by piece- on a large wooden loom into fabric. Some of the thread is dyed to add color. The fabric is passed onto more women in the group and small gift bags are created. Beginning in June, we will be using the bags for our FTF Earring of the Month Club. One bag provides work for 3 people. It’s simply stunning how something so small, something we take for granted in America can truly change a life.


  • $11.99 recurring monthly membership
  • $33.00 3 month prepaid
  • $65.00 6 month prepaid
  • $128.00 12 month prepaid

More information and sign up here:

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It was Fair Trade Friday!

I reached into my mailbox Friday without even thinking it was the first Friday of the month.  Fair Trade Friday!!!!!

This time Daughter was looking over my shoulder trying to claim things before I even got a good luck at them.  Kids!

Fair Trade Friday June

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The blue and white item is a cute bag.  Daughter claimed that and used it to take her items for refreshing after her workout Saturday. Then it disappeared into her room and I will never get it back again.  Its real intention is for a produce bag but for her it will hold her extra shirt, brush, hairspray, etc.

Fair Trade Friday June

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I wore my new bracelet to church on Sunday, love it! The earrings I am planning on wearing during our trip. And the journal was a huge surprise.  I cannot wait to use it for our upcoming trip, its so pretty.  The card will be used at Father’s Day in a couple of weeks.

Another awesome Fair Trade Friday Box!

If you want to sign up go here:

What is Fair Trade Friday?

Fair Trade Friday is a monthly membership club that delivers high quality fair traded items to your door. The items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world. Plus, they are really cute! We currently have multiple monthly options: our original (and very popular) Fair Trade Friday box—this include 3-4 surprise items (think stylish accessories, organic soap, coffee, etc); our next option is a one-time box to try out as a trial or give as a gift; and finally, our brand new option: Earring of the Month. 100% of the proceeds from each product go toward the empowerment of impoverished women as an avenue to introduce them to the Gospel.

Why Fair Trade?

It ensures club products were made by artisans in fair working conditions who were being paid a fair wage.

Basically, no child gave up his education, home and family to labor in a sweat shop so that your calves can be toasty in a pair of trendy boot cuffs. You can give gifts of handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor with a clear conscience. People say it’s the thought behind the gift that counts most. In this case, we’ve done some of that thinking for you.

How can we deliver such amazing products to you at a steal?

Easy. We’re not out to get rich. We truly love helping people and especially empowering the oppressed. The best way we have found to do that is let them discover their own value. Our desire is that one day, they come to see their value in the God who made them. For now, we can help them see their value in creating something beautiful that, with some marketing, will sustain or supplement their families. Plus, we work hard to establish real life relationships with many of the artisans we work with.

Let’s use one of our bags for example. They come from India. The company is Fair Trade certified, which guarantees the artisans were treated and paid fairly. By purchasing the bag (which will be an item in a club box with your Fair Trade Friday membership), you are supporting the oppressed people of India, including widows, disabled, anyone seen as unemployable or invaluable. The price of the product boils down to the wage earned by the artisan, the necessary materials, and shipping. That’s it. No one in the middle is taking a cut. And, there’s your steal.


You’ll need to decide on how much awesomeness you want.

  • You can choose to start with a recurring box for $31.99 per month. It’s easy peasy. Click the button. Enter your info. Wait on your box. Done. We keep sending you a box (and, of course, billing you for it) until you cancel. What an amazing set up! Join the Club Today!
  • Or, you can try out a box (but we promise you’ll just end up wanting more…trust us) for $35 plus $10 shipping. This one is a great gift option as well. Hint, hint.
  • Or, you can join the Earring of the Month club, where you’ll get a stylish and beautiful pair of earrings made by our artisans every month.

At this time, Fair Trade Friday is only available in the United States. Thank you for your understanding.

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Club Carlson Stay 5+ Earn 20,000

Club Carlson has another promotion for this summer until the end of July. Stay five or more days earn an extra 20,000 bonus gold points.

Earn 20k

Stay 5+ Days, Earn 20k Points
You deserve a vacation, and we have 20,000 reasons for you to plan one now. Stay at any Carlson Rezidor hotel for 5 or more consecutive days now through July 31, 2015 and earn 20,000 bonus Gold Points®. All you need to do is book your stay – no registration required!
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Glossybox June

This was my second glossy box and I have to say I am liking their boxes almost more than Birchbox!

Glossybox June

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The look is higher end than Birchbox and the items seem to be larger also.  But it also costs more a month at $21.

Glossybox June

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This box had a nail color, a full size lipstick that retails for $20, a hairspray, face cleanser and a mud cleanser.

June Glossybox

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I feel like I need to pick one and go with one subscription box at this point, two is getting to be a bit much.  Waiting to see what Birchbox has in it this month now.

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Country Inn and Suites Summer Promotion Earn 10,000 Bonus Points

Register now for the Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM Summer Offer and earn up to 10,000 bonus Gold Points® for Eligible Stays of two or more nights at any Country Inns & Suites hotel in the Americas between June 1 and September 7, 2015. Club CarlsonSM members who register for this offer can:

  • Earn 5,000 bonus Gold Points for Eligible Stays of two or more nights, plus
  • Earn another 5,000 bonus Gold Points for reservations made on a Carlson Rezidor website or mobile app

Register and more information here:

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New SPG Summer Promo

Starwood Preferred Guest has a new summer promotion you can register for to earn an extra 1,000 points.


With SPG® Make It Count, you can earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints® when your eligible stay of two nights or more includes a weekend night.*

Register by August 15, 2015, and collect bonus Starpoints at any of our more than 1,200 Starwood hotels and resorts worldwide through August 31, 2015.

*A weekend night is defined as a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, except in the Middle East, where a weekend night is defined as a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.

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