This is my happy place | How to handle feeilng overwhelmed | Zen Life

I’m Feeling Overwhelmed And It Sucks

I'm overwhelmed.  Then I realize I shouldn't be overwhelmed, so now I am feeling guilty and overwhelmed.  Then I think I should probably be able to get it together, so I feel weak and guilty and overwhelmed.  Now I am stressed out about how I am feeling so I'm drinking vodka out of a water bottle at preschool drop off!!  (ok, ok so that last part isn't actually true, I swear) But, you see how...Read More
The Best Travel Credit Cards With No Annual Fee | No Fee Travel Credit Cards | No Annual Fee Credit Cards For Travel | Travel Tips

The Best Travel Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

Some of the most common questions I get are, "What credit card should I get if I am just starting out" or "What are the best travel credit cards with no annual fee?"  I get these types of questions a lot, so this post is probably long overdue. The people who ask me these questions are in lots of different situations and stages of life.  Some are fresh out of college and just starting to...Read More
Chase Freedom 5x Points | Chase Freedom Q4 2017 Bonus Categories

Chase Freedom 5x Points At Walmart and Department Stores

If you have read my blog in the past you know that I sort of LOVE Chase Ultimate Rewards!  The points are easy to collect, flexible and easy to redeem for free or deeply discounted travel.  Chase Freedom is a great card to have in your wallet since it has no annual fee and earns 5x points in rotating categories throughout the year.  From now until December 31, 2017, the Chase Freedom 5x Points categories...Read More
AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard - 60,000 American Airlines Miles With One Purchase

60,000 American Airlines Miles With One Purchase

Would you like to purchase a cup of coffee and get a 60,000 American Airlines miles to go with it?  Well, now through November 30, 2017, you can.  The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard from Barclaycard is offering 60,000 American Airlines miles with one purchase (and payment of the annual fee).  So, is it a good deal - well, obviously yes, but here are the details. AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard 60,000 mile...Read More
Fall and winter activities in Columbus, OH (USA)

My 6 Favorite Fall and Winter Activities in Columbus, OH

Travel is great (obviously!) but I am not a full time traveler.  Even when I have lots of trips going on, the truth is, I am still home most of the time.  But, home is great too, and I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite fall and winter activities in Columbus, Ohio!  There are so many things to do here all year round and I am trying to make it...Read More
How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards

How To Earn the Southwest Companion Pass with Just 2 Credit Cards! – UPDATE

This post was originally published in January 2017 but it has been updated as of 9/20/17.  The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel.   This pass allows you to basically buy one get one free on Southwest flights for up to 2 years!  I got mine in January of this year and have already gotten over $2,400 of value out of it!  To get the Companion Pass you need to earn...Read More
Aria Resort & Casino Review | Las Vegas, NV | Aria Las Vegas Review

ARIA Resort & Casino Review – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas.  Love it or hate it, it's a popular tourist destination in the U.S.  Some go for the gambling, some for the party pools and some just want to carry a drink around at 7am without getting the crook-eye.  I go because my mom loves to go.  Vegas can be a little too extreme for me at times, but she loves it so I do enjoy going every once in a while.  I was...Read More
Increased Sign Up Bonus on Hilton Honors Surpass card from American Express | Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, FL

Increased Sign Up Bonus On The Hilton Honors Surpass Card

If you are in the market for more Hilton Honors points, you are in luck!  There is an increased sign up bonus on the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express - and it's the highest I have ever seen it.  Here are all the juicy details! [caption id="attachment_3428" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, FL[/caption] Increased Sign Up Bonus On Hilton Honors Surpass Card Now through October, 4, 2017, you can earn 100,000...Read More
Tips On Travel Etiquette Learned In Las Vegas | Travel Tips

Tips On Good Travel Etiquette From My Trip To Vegas (Or Don’t Be An Asshole)

I recently went on a little trip to Las Vegas with my mom and brother.  Truth be told, I don't love Vegas like I used to.  But, my mom does, so it's fun to go with her from time to time.  My brother even came from New York to meet us, so it was a great weekend.  Except, that is, for all of the traveling assholes I came across.  I couldn't believe the number of...Read More

Eat, Purr, Love – The Coolest Cat Cafe In Columbus

I always thought cat cafes were something you could only find in a hipster Tokyo neighborhood.  I never thought I would get to experience one in the midwest United States!  Thankfully I was wrong...who knew there was a cat cafe in Columbus, OH?! How It Works At Eat, Purr, Love, you can have a treat, read a book or work on your computer (free wifi!) all with some furry friends by your side. Reservations are...Read More
Loews Hotels Loyalty Program | YouFirst Rewards

Loews Hotels Loyalty Program – YouFirst Rewards

I admit I was pretty unfamiliar with Loews Hotels until I stayed at Loews Annapolis recently.  Lowes Hotels consists of 26 U.S. properties as well as 2 in Canada.  So, while it's not a mega chain like Marriott or Hilton, it could be worth checking out.  I (wrongly) assumed they didn't even have a loyalty program since they are such a small chain, but I was wrong.  The Loews Hotels Loyalty program is called YouFirst...Read More
Money Saving Tips For Family Travel | Budget Travel | Travel Tips | Traveling With Kids

Money Saving Tips For Family Travel

Taking your family on vacation is awesome, but let's be honest - it can get expensive!  If you have money falling out of the sky into your lap, you can probably skip this post.  If not, keep reading for my best money saving tips for family travel.   Money Saving Tip #1: Choose The Right Hotel Choosing the right hotel can save you money!  Some chains offer free breakfast as part of the room rate. ...Read More