Mackinac Island

We started our trip to Michigan at the end of June as soon as school was let out.  We love doing this as our kids have something to do right away!  Driving to Mackinac Island area is about 7 hours from our house so we took a break 4 hours into the trip at the lovely Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Of course we had to stop at the largest Christmas store in the world, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.  Each of our daughters got to pick out an ornament.  We also bought our first Christmas Read more [...]

myVEGAS Slots for free real rewards in Las Vegas

I love roulette and maybe some slots.  I love hanging out by the pools.  I love seeing the sites and maybe taking in a show.  There are some adventure rides and exhibits, attractions and dolphins to view.  So much going on in Vegas. I've been once before and I thought it was so expensive.  My husband and I agree that we've had some of our best dinners there but for a pretty big price tag.  But now... I've learned a secret to saving a bundle.  I'm playing myVegas slots on facebook.  I've Read more [...]

Free Wedding Vow Renewal at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

The main reason I booked a stay at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Hawaii was for the free wedding vow renewal.  I booked our stay to coincide with the days they offered wedding vow renewals which is twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays.  I had a unique long white summer dress with a blue tie dye design to wear to the ceremony but unfortunately, we did not not get to participate in the ceremony as my husband became seriously ill and had to go to a walk in clinic.  We always buy travel insurance Read more [...]

Groupon/Travelzoo in Florida vs No Groupon/Travelzoo in Oklahoma. Which is better?

I recently went with my husband to Miami in January.  We bought a few groupon and travelzoo vouchers before we left.  We had a travelzoo voucher for Tongue and Cheek Restaurant in South Beach Miami  Best Travelzoo voucher we bought which was brunch for two for $35 plus an alcoholic drink each and a shared pasty. Rick had braised brisket and I had huevos rancheros.  We shared!  We think it's the best brunch we've ever had and we got it for about half price.  I made a Read more [...]

Review of Sands Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach, Florida

I chose this hotel by logging onto RBC Travel Rewards and using our Avion points.  When I chose this hotel, it was being offered for 14,837 points on the last Saturday of January.  I just checked RBC Rewards and to book this hotel on the last Saturday of February it is 30,225 points. I found a cheap flight flying into Fort Lauderdale so I knew we would be staying in that general area for the first part of our trip.  I perused the whole list of hotels being offered on points up to 25,000 and Read more [...]

4 Things to Look for When Buying Groupon and Travelzoo Vouchers When Travelling

My husband and I just came back from a quick jaunt to Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Florida. After reserving our hotels using RBC Avion points and our car rental using AirMiles, the next way I looked at saving money eating great meals and partaking in really fun activities was by going to the Groupon or Travelzoo website for the city that we were travelling to. We bought three restaurant vouchers:  Dinner at Bistro 1902 in Hollywood, Florida (this included unlimited wine or champagne); Read more [...]

The $6 Bulletin Board and More – Walmart even ships gum for free

Disney Infinity Figures, a cork board/bulletin board, Hamilton Beach single serve blender with travel lid are just some of the items I have recently bought for presents.  The items have have been delivered right to my front door.  You can return the items to any Wal-Mart if you need to. Picture of Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender with travel lid - just for fun:  Rick and I both received one for Christmas. I prefer shopping on line for a couple of reasons: 1.  I don't have to drive Read more [...]

Would you drive 3.5 hours for a super cheap direct flight to Fort Lauderdale of $40 return?

I am on a bit of a travel kick right now but my next article will be about something other than travel. Most people do love to travel though! :-)  I have friends that drive to Florida every year.  It takes about 24 hours from our neck of the woods give or take to get there.  How about driving to Detroit and then taking a $40 direct flight to Fort Lauderdale?  Oh yeah baby I said $40!  Yesterday a friend asked me about taxes on cheap flights - they aren't that much actually!  Jet Blue has this Read more [...]

Would you travel to an airport 4 hours away for a super cheap flight?

Cleveland, Ohio to Denver, Colorado for $49 one way?!?  If you love to ski or enjoy a wintery atmosphere, Denver, Colorado could be a great winter destination!  (If not they have $69 one way tickets to Orlando into May!) Back to Denver though - Frontier Airlines currently has a 3 day sale with quite a bit of availability at this price for Tuesday and Wednesday departures.  Is it worth it to drive 4 hours to the Cleveland Airport for this deal?  Yes, it is in my honest opinion - even if you take Read more [...]

Staying in a Frank Lloyd Wright Home

If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and vision, there are several homes that you can rent by the night.  If you have no idea who Frank Lloyd Wright is click here :-).  Most homes rent for a two night minimum.  There are even more buildings that you can tour.  One in Wisconsin is just open to open for public tours this spring:  the SC Johnson Building.  Some say it's one of the USA's most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, Read more [...]