Hi there! Can you believe that I'm coming at ya from home?! Yup I'm only here for a few days but nonetheless I am here in SoCal and Greeting you from Orange County, CA!
It was so nice to get to see my nieces yesterday, Mika (the 7yo) ran into my arms and gave me a huge hug and kiss the moment she saw me!
But as for my little Chaplin, well she was much more excited to see Cosette...and was looking for a souvenir from me.
As you know, I am definitely someone who loves to shop and buy souvenirs for the entire family - but it does depend on where my travels take me. I've attempted to explain this to Chaplin (almost 5yo), but as brilliant as she is, she either hasn't grasped the concept or just refuses to accept it.
Either way, she wasn't very happy with me to not bring her something from Lake Tahoe.
Ya see, if I travel to a repeat location over and over again, year after year, then I am unlikely to go souvenir shopping after the first visit or so..
BUT if I am going somewhere for the first time, then you can bet that I will be bringing home a sack full of lots of gifts to hand out to everyone!! It's a little tradition of mine, following in a tradition that my beloved Grandmother started many years ago - a travel lover turned Travel Agent...who I suppose you might finally realize that my love to travel must've come from!
So anyhoo, today does happen to be Travelin' Tuesday and there are plenty-o-places coming up that I'll be travelin' to that will be a first for me and/or an it's been a while since I've been and therefore I'll be coming home with lots-o-gifts!
However, one place that I go almost every winter and that I'll be heading to on Friday is Park City, Utah!
The next trip after that is also another one that I've turned into a yearly visit: Moab, Utah.
Following that is one that I've been a number of times before: Monterey, CA
And then in 81 Days we will be off to Europe, on an exciting trip to Spain, France, Andorra, Portugal and the Azores!!!
I actually just booked the inter-island flight from Lisbon to Terceira and then to Saõ Miguel.
Dave and I just adored Saõ Miguel, and look forward to exploring yet another island and taking the kiddos there for their first visit!
There is just so much that we will see and do, that I know this will be yet another one of my EPIC travels. I can't wait!!!
PLUS, just this past weekend I've decided to add GIBRALTAR to the itinerary!
Well it's the first day of March (my birthday month), and I've already been on 4 trips totaling 43 days. And there is much much more on the horizon!
But as for today, I am home. Last night I took the kids to their choir rehearsal and the choral director and other kids were so happy that they were finally back from the slopes!
Luckily the performance schedule is rather quiet in the months of January and February, so although we had been away for some time, the kids hadn't missed any performances!
And if you are wondering, yes it does take a lot of flexibility and coordinating in order to plan my travel calendar around all of our local events.
Today I'll be taking Cosette to her horseback riding lesson, then I've gotta fill the fridge and cabinets, and head over to the mall in quest of finding all of our Easter outfits. Wish me luck!
See you guys back here tomorrow, -T
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I want to wish you a Happy First Day of March!! Spring is just around the corner, folks!!
As we exit February and Black History Month, we usher in March and Women's History Month!!
A bit of history about how this came about... In 1981, Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week."
It took another five years to make it official, but finally in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month."
Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
According to the website, WomensHistoryMonth.gov, they list the full array of events and celebrations, "The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society."
There are a multitude of events and interesting articles and videos on this site of which to take note. Click here to read more.
Well, it's no secret how much me and my dear beloved cousin, Tanya love to travel; but what is also near and dear to our hearts is getting a good deal on all those trips, weekend excursions, exhibits, shows and tours!!
We seek out as many sites and resources as we can find to get the best deals and prices, as well as the inside skinny on everything happening in and around the New York City area...
Goldstar This is one of my favorite discount sites. It features events, big and small, throughout New York City (all five boroughs!) and other major cities in the country.
Not only that, but, all the event tickets are discounted. In addition, perusing Goldstar is a great way to see the plethora of exhibitions, shows, theatre, concerts and local events in the area.
There is no cost, but membership is required, simply by signing up with your email.
TKTS If you've got the time, TKTS Discount Booths are the perfect way for everyone to experience the arts in New York City at affordable prices.
Sales of tickets are for same day for a wide array of Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions at 20% to 50% off regular prices.
Perhaps the most popular TKTS location is in the heart of Times Square, however, there are other locations as well and an online website. TKTS Locations are as follows: TKTS Times Square Located "under the red steps" in Father Duffy Square at Broadway and 47th Street.
TKTS South Street Seaport Located at the corner of Front and John Streets, near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street.
TKTS Downtown Brooklyn Located in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade.
Ticket availability and inventory can change quickly throughout the day, so it is wise to get to a TKTS Discount Booth early in the day. Real-time listings can be viewed on the TKTS website or on your mobile device with the official TKTS app.
Ebates I will not lie - this site was introduced to me by Tanya (thanks Cuz!!!) and I do ALL my shopping by going through Ebates to get cash back.
I mean, if you are going to shop online ANYWAY, why not get rewarded for it! I've earned hundreds! It's like found money.
Currently, the site is partnered with over 1800 stores, with coupons, online rebates, deals, promo codes and discounts - not to mention CASH BACK.
What's more, once you sign up (no cost), you will receive daily emails with specials and sales. What I especially love is that Ebates is partnered with many travel-related sites such as Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Virgin Airways, Holiday Inn, CarRentals.com and SO many more!
I can tell you from first-hand experience that at 2% cash back and more, when booking travel, the cash back can add up very quickly and be quite significant!
Plus, if you are a member, if you refer friends, you get $25 for each person that you refer, who spends $25. Not bad!!