How To Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

How To Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Save Big Money On Travel

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are my favorite type of point currency.  They are simple to earn, easy to use and help me save a ton of money on travel expenses!  If you are a little hesitant to start using points because you just don't really understand how they work, you aren't alone.  I hear so many people tell me they would love to save some money on travel but just don't understand how to use...Read More
American Express Airline Fee Credit | Credit Card Travel Benefits | American Express Platinum Benefits | American Express Premiere Rewards Gold Benefits

American Express Airline Fee Credit

Many of the premium (read: expensive) credit cards available come with some pretty premium benefits.  One of the best ways to maximize the value you get out of your credit cards is to know all of the benefits each one comes with.  One of the big perks of select American Express cards is a yearly airline fee credit.  There are a few tricks to using the American Express Airline Fee Credit, and I will show...Read More
Cruise Ship Art Auctions | Park West Gallery | Art Auctions on Royal Caribbean | What To Do On A Cruise Ship | Cruise Vacation Tips | How To Navigate A Cruise Ship Art Auction | #cruiseshipartauction #parkwestgallery #cruising #royalcaribbean | Michael Godard

Cruise Ship Art Auctions with Park West Gallery

If you have never cruised before you might be thinking, "WTF does an art auction have to do with cruising?" and if you have cruised before you are probably thinking, "free champagne!"  Art auctions are my favorite cruise ship activity, and it's not just because of the free champagne.  I was sort of an art nerd in high school and college so this is right up my alley.  It's so fun to browse all of...Read More
How To Earn Delta Miles If Your Baggage Is Delayed | Delta Baggage Guarantee | Travel Hacks | Tips For Flying Delta

How To Earn Delta Miles If Your Baggage Is Delayed

Did you know you can earn Delta miles if your baggage is delayed?  Neither did I until I found this. If your bags take more than 20 minutes to make it to the carousel, Delta will give you a 2,500 mile bonus.  While 2,500 miles isn't a windfall, every mile counts, and it's best to know any way you can easily earn more miles for doing basically nothing.  Here are the details. Delta's Checked Baggage...Read More
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Swimming With Stingrays in Grand Cayman

I love trying new things on vacation.  My recent cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas was no exception.  In addition to scuba diving in Cozumel and laying around on the beach in Haiti, I got a chance to go swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman!  Honestly my first thought when I think of stingrays is Steve Irwin and I questioned my sanity when I chose to do an excursion where I voluntarily got...Read More
Tips For A Healthy New Year | Columbus Ohio Bloggers | Health Tips | New Year's Resolutions 2018 | Healthy Mind and Healthy Body

Tips For a Healthy New Year From The Best Columbus Bloggers

The beginning of each year tends to bring resolutions of better eating, working out and trying to live an overall healthier lifestyle.  Health and wellness are wonderful things to embrace this time of year, so I have teamed up with some of my favorite Columbus, Ohio area bloggers to help you out!  We are sharing our best tips for a healthy new year that cover all areas of your life - everything from traveling (obviously)...Read More
Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back Bonus Categories

Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back Bonus Categories – 2018 Q1

If you have read my blog in the past you know that I LOVE Chase Ultimate Rewards!  These 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.  Starting January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018, the Chase Freedom 5x Points categories...Read More
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How To Stay Healthy While Traveling…Without A Gym!

Traveling is great but let's be honest, it can lead you to drop your healthy habits like a hot potato.  Through all of my travels I have developed some habits that help keep me on track so I can indulge without spiraling out of control.  But, here's the thing - while I like staying healthy, I am not a gym rat.  I don't want you to spend your vacation inside a gym either, so I...Read More
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Review | Cruising | Cruise Vacation | Family Vacation | Family Travel | #royalcaribbean #freedomoftheseas #familytravel #cruisereview

Royal Caribbean Freedom of The Seas Review

My family and I recently returned from a week long cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas!  This was my second time cruising with Royal Caribbean and my 5th cruise overall.  I really enjoy cruising.  It's such a great way to see many places on one trip and you can't beat the views from the middle of the ocean!  I'll share with you the ups and downs of cruising and will take you on...Read More
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The Coolest Gift Ideas For Travel Lovers – Holiday Edition

It's that time of year again...the holidays!  Whatever that means to you and whatever holidays you celebrate, there is a good chance that it will involve giving gifts. It's pretty common to get a little stressed out this time of year because, "What the hell am I supposed to get mom, brother, sister, wife, husband, child...!"  Yep, I get it.  Thinking of great gift ideas can be a challenge.  If you are reading this...Read More
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