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A Day of Giving

Today May 16th is designated as a day of giving.  Mercy House Global has teamed up with several organizations who work together to give women a brighter future.

“She Is Priceless” is a campaign to make a difference in the lives of oppressed women.

A pearl is a healed wound.  An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl.  The women we support have endured unthinkable suffering in their lives and often feel forgotten.  We are joining together to remind the world that every woman matters.

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You can find out more and donate here: http://sheispriceless.org/?utm_source=Pure%20Charity%20Donors&utm_campaign=1529bfe74a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fbf6cf6ce2-1529bfe74a-164978473

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She is Priceless – May 16th 2017

“Because women around the world–including you–are priceless.”  – Mercy House Global.

More information here about tomorrows global giving day:   http://mercyhouseglobal.org/she-is-priceless-a-global-giving-initiative/

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Cedar Point Coaster Campout 2017

Cedar Point is offering a Coaster Campout benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of America. Your donation of $200 includes park admission for May 13 and 14th for 4 people. That also includes exclusive ride time, evening dinner and breakfast with your campsite.

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Saturday, May 13

  • 9:00AM – 6:00PM, Check-in at the Cedar Point Resort Admission Gate – Near the Cedar Point Shores Parking Lot (for credentials and tickets)
  • 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Come and get it! Dinner served at Lakeside Pavilion
  • 10:00 PM, Gear load-in at Resorts admission gate
  • 10:30PM – 12:00AM, ERT on Maverick / s’mores at Round Up

Sunday, May 14

  • 12:00AM – 7:00AM, Sleepy time
  • 7:00AM, Wake up! Gear load-out
  • 7:30AM – 9:00 AM, Grab & go breakfast at Coasters Drive-In
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM, ERT on Millennium Force & Valravn
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM, Enjoy Early Entry

How big a tent and how many people can each campsite accommodate? Each campsite can accommodate up to a 12′ x 12′ tent with up to 4 people.

May I bring my own cooler? No coolers or alcohol are allowed.

More information or to purchase visit here: https://www.cedarpoint.com/play/events/coaster-campout#

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Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club for February 2017

I have been a subscriber since day one of the Fair Trade Friday monthly box.  I love getting mail that is not all bills but also contains items that make our world a better place.  Beyond the monthly box Fair Trade Friday also offers a bracelet of the month club and an earring of the month club.

In February I also purchased the earring of the month for February.  I wanted to see what they offered and I was not disappointed!

Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club.

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Fair Trade Friday March 2017

I think I need to purchase a larger mailbox.  Took me a little wiggling to get my Fair Trade Friday package out of my box.

Fair Trade Friday March 2017

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This package felt very solid so I was curious what items I had this month.

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Jackson Square in New Orleans

We found ourselves several times in Jackson Square.  Early morning, afternoon, late nights we kept passing through it.  It was also the meeting spot for our Free Tours by Foot tour so that is why we were there late at night.

You just never know what you are going to see here!

Jackson Square

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Happy Mail

Yesterday the mail box held good things.  Lately its been full of college information, bills and magazines.  This time there was only one college brochure, one magazine and my Fair Trade Friday package.

Fair Trade Friday Feb 2017

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My first item is a taco cord keeper.  This will be so handy when I travel!  Between chargers and headphones I usually have some sort of mess brewing in my bag.

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Time for Oysters!

We arrived late evening in New Orleans and we were hungry.  I had read several places that Acme and Felix’s were the place for oysters.  I had also read that Acme usually had a line down the street.  Since it was late Friday night we avoided the long Acme line down to the corner and had a short wait at Felix’s.

Felix's Oysters

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We were seated in the room on the far side and quickly given our drinks. I tried a Mississippi Honeybee and I could have sat and sipped those all weekend.  Yummy!

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Whew, back to normal & Fair Trade Friday happened!

What a crazy past few weeks it has been!  Hardly enough time between trips to wash clothes and repack.   I hate to feel so rushed and pushed.  Digging through the mail I found my Fair Trade Friday package for January. That made my day!

Fair Trade Friday Jan 2017

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What does this package hold?

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Wrap up on 2016

This is the crazy post where I try to dig back through my brain and figure out how many nights we spent in hotels.  I can safely say not near as many as 2015.   Our family needs are changing and we do more small weekend trips away now that our daughter is older.

2016 saw us take a spring break trip to check out three colleges for said daughter.  The Holiday Inn IHG mail in promotion points came in really handy for this trip to Pennsylvania.

Franklin & Marshall

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We also did a couple of single nights in hotels before a college visit to make sure we arrived on time and for a little family break.  Nothing wrong with relaxing in a hot tub and eating seafood on a weeknight.

Since our daughter was heading to South Africa for a few weeks in June we used a night in Radisson Kalamazoo for a family night.  Enjoying their great pool area and local food before we went our separate ways for most of the summer.

Kalamazoo Radisson

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August saw the girls having free time and Southwest airline credit to use so we went to Savannah and Charleston for a long weekend.  I did not want to lose $124 in credit from when I re-booked price changes. I let Daughter pick the destination and I was surprised by her choice.  She fell in love with the south and everything about Savannah.

Bonadventure Cemetary

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Labor day brought us to South Bend for a quick get away.  The work hard play hard Club Carlson promotion was offering triple weekend points so we took in the Celtic Festival.

Learning to throw an axe.

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Then we took our long December vacation to Louisiana and Mississippi.  This time we cleaned out my husbands IHG points account leveraging it for three nights.  I really wish IHG did more mail in promotions!

Creole Queen foggy ride

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Also new to us this year was staying a hotel night before a long race.  It is easier on the family if they can hang out at the room for a couple of hours after an early starting run.  No parking hassles, no freezing while they wait or looking for bathrooms. I like walking to the start and knowing they are comfortable.

Foreshore adventure run

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So this years math:

3,358 airline miles in 2016

19 nights in a hotel

2 nights in a Bed and Breakfast

Losing the second night free benefit with Club Carlson kept us lower on our stays this year and I am not really focusing on one chain at the moment.  Whomever has the best promotion gets my business for now.   We seem to be doing more driving than flying these days. And with my daughters schedule its really hard to get away for more than a couple of nights at a time.

For 2017 we start off with a bang, my daughter has an opportunity in D.C. so we will soon be headed there for a bit.  We are tossing around heading back to Florida for our winter getaway.  We were lucky with mostly nice and unusually warm weather in Louisiana but going further south should up our warm weather chances.

Creole Queen

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Who knows where this crazy hobby will take us this year!

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