Monthly Archives: December 2015

Looking Back at 2015

This was the year we had planned and saved for our big Europe trip!  It was exciting and exhausting at the same time but priceless!  I know I never wrote a trip report on it, maybe I will in the future…

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Inner Space Cavern is Amazing!

We had done a cave tour this summer in Ohio.  It was very interesting but does not hold a candle to the Inner Space Caves.  We spent the night in Round Rock and made the drive to be at the caves when they opened for the first tour.  Several people had arrived before us but we were able to secure a spot on the 11:20 tour.

I purchased our tickets with an Entertainment book coupon for a buy one general tour get one free.   So we only had to pay $40 for the 3 of us to tour. We milled around the gift shop for about fifteen minutes before gathering for the start of our tour. The rules are pretty basic such as no food or drink in the cave and use the bathroom before you head in.

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Night in Round Rock

We took our annual Christmas vacation last week.  I guess its annual now that we were discussing where we were going next year on Christmas night.  This years destination was middle Texas.  Husband wanted seafood and beach. I wanted BBQ and the kid is along for the trip.

We flew in Saturday afternoon to Austin.  I had two night reserved in Austin starting Sunday that could not be adjusted since they were booked in April under the second night free policy.  I really needed a place to sleep and did not want to use many points for it.

I used the hotel reward mapper site and found a Residence Inn in Round Rock that is only 15,000 points a night for a one bedroom.  A little leg work on Tripadvisor showed me there was enough to do in the area for 24 hours before moving onto Austin.

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Walt Disney World Spring Resort Discount

 

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Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights March 15, 2016 through June 11, 2016. Reserve your stay by February 28, 2016, and discover savings for booking early!Check availability for other great rates for stays most nights February 22 through March 14, 2016.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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Hilton Hhonor Double Points or Miles

Earn Double Points or Double Miles with any of our 60+ airline partners when you sign up and stay at ANY hotel in the Hilton Portfolio from January 1 through April 30, 2016. Not a member? Joining is fast, easy & free — just choose Double Points or Double Miles to get started.

The offer (“Double Your HHonors”) is valid for eligible stays completed between 1 January and 30 April 2016 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort in the Hilton Portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/Double prior to check-in of your stay within the Promotion Period. Your selection of Double Points or Double Miles applies to all stays completed during the Promotion Period and cannot be changed. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus 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. If registering for Double Miles, you must select Points and Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to the number of Base Points earned during a stay. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Double Miles are only available with participating airlines. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile. Airline Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the Terms and Conditions of each participating airline’s reward program, as applicable. Certain airlines may not participate with the brand at which your stay is consumed. For details on the eligibility of your stay to earn miles, please click here. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points or miles to appear in your HHonors account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers.

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Best Western 500 Bonus Points

Offer Details: Book at bestwestern.com 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.*

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Friday Club Carlson Cybertastic Deal

Cybertastic Friday - 35% off when you stay two nights at Park Inn by Radisson

Our Final Cybertastic Deal

Welcome to Cybertastic Friday! Book by 11:59 p.m. CST tonight and save 35% off our Best Available Rate on stays of two or more consecutive nights at any Park Inn® by Radisson hotel in the U.S., Canada and Latin America now through January 31, 2016. Use Promotional Code CTFRIDAY when booking your reservation. View list of participating hotels.

This offer is available exclusively to Club CarlsonSM members. Not a member? Join today.

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Thursday Club Carlson Cyber Deal

Cybertastic Thursday - Earn 5,000 bonus points per night at Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Today’s Deal – Bonus Gold Points®

Welcome to Cybertastic Thursday! Book by 11:59 p.m. CST tonight and earn 5,000 bonus Gold Points at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel in the U.S., Canada and Latin America now through January 31, 2016. Use Promotional Code CTTHURSD when booking your reservation.

This offer is available exclusively to Club CarlsonSM members. Not a member? Join today.

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Raising Grateful Kids Preorder

If you follow me you know this is mostly a travel blog.   I am doing my small part to save you some money and help you see what is important to you. Whether its family at Christmas, hitting beaches during Spring Break or doing college visits with your teen I am trying to help keep the costs down.

But sometimes I branch off in a different direction as you can see with my Fair Trade Friday posts.  I had the privilege of hearing Kristen Welch speak a few years back on the other side of my state.  It was a nasty snowy morning and I was glad my Mom had agreed to travel with me to hear her the night before.  We did stay at the local Holiday Inn on points and used a coupon for cheap pizza the night before so this is kinda of a travel post.

At the time Kristen had started Mercy House, that lead to Fair Trade Friday and now her newest project a book on raising Grateful Kids.  I have followed her blog for a very long time because I could relate my Daughter to hers.  I felt like maybe we are not messing up this parenting thing as bad as it seems we are.  It was helpful and gave me hope that we were normal!

And it seems as I read her latest book that we are very normal indeed.  My Daughter is a great kid at 15 and we try to keep things in perspective for her.  Not everyone is an only child, and not everyone is an only Grandchild.  I always thought well if she does not act spoiled we are doing alright.  But maybe alright is not enough.

I can see already reading the first two chapters that I am entitled sometimes!  I need to be thankful for what I have more than I am.   I like how Kristen has suggestions for parents, toddlers and on up to teens.   Here is an example “Parents : Ask God for strength and determination to heed the warning given to us in Scripture to not give our kids everything they want.”   In the holiday season this is hard for me.  I see deals on things she might like and I think its only $5 tossing it under the tree with the other items.

Its a work in progress to shift from our culture of latest and greatest to being content with enough.  I am looking forward to reading more of Kristen’s book Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.  They have provided me with an e-copy to read and I am enjoying it even when it makes me squirm a little!

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Club Carlson Cyber Week – Wednesday

Cybertastic Wednesday - 25% off when you stay two nights at any Radisson Blu in the U.S.

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