Ritz Carlton New Orleans Review

Ritz Carlton New Orleans Review

So, I will be honest here...I debated not writing a review for this hotel stay.   I was just really underwhelmed by this hotel (for no specific reason) and I wasn't sure what I wanted to say about it.  But, I am a professional (ha!) so, I'll suck it up and give you a review.  I know what you are thinking...I am such a champion, right?  Haha...well, either way, keep on reading for my Ritz Carlton...Read More
The best things to do in the Twin Cities with kids | Minnehaha Park | Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Top 7 Things To Do In The Twin Cities With Kids

I am lucky to live near most of my family in Ohio.  My husband's family, however, lives in Minnesota.  While they come visit us often we try to make a point to head up towards the Twin Cities each summer so my daughter can visit her grandparents and aunt on their turf.  Minneapolis is a great place (in the summer!) and there are a lot of family friendly activities available.  Here is a run down...Read More
Scuba diving in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Dressel Divers

Scuba Diving In Punta Cana – The Good, Bad and Annoying

  My husband and I got our Open Water Scuba Diving Certification last year.  We did our 4 certification dives in Key Largo, FL and have also done dives in Cancun.  So, we are still total newbies.  We missed our opportunity to go diving in Key West earlier this year so I was even more excited to get back in the water in the Dominican Republic.  Scuba Diving in Punta Cana was an experience -...Read More
16 Things To Do In New Orleans | NOLA

Top 16 Things To Do In New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant city full of history, culture - and food!. We recently spent a long weekend there taking in the Southern charm (and a couple of hurricanes.) Here are my favorite things to do in New Orleans! Top 16 Things To Do In New Orleans 1. Visit the art galleries on Royal St There are so many streets in New Orleans and they all have their own vibe.  We loved checking out...Read More
Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Sapphire Reserve - Which one is right for you?

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Sapphire Reserve

With so many travel and rewards credit cards out there, it can get confusing at times.  But, it's your lucky day!  I am here to break it down for you and tell you what you need to know to get the most out of your credit card.  Today I will go over the differences between the Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Sapphire Reserve cards and help you determine which one is right for you. While these...Read More
Iberostar Punta Cana Review | Dominican Republic | Caribbean Travel | Family Travel | All Inclusive Resort

Iberostar Punta Cana Review

My family and I recently traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for my cousin's wedding.  I was so excited to be able to spend some time with my family during our trip.  We stayed at the Iberostar Punta Cana.  This all inclusive resort sits next to its 3 sister properties, Iberostar Dominicana, Iberostar Bavaro Suites and Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel. Punta Cana is a popular tourist destination for people all over the world.  It's no...Read More
Increased Offer On the IHG Rewards Club Credit Card

Increased Offer On The IHG Rewards Club Credit Card

There is an increased offer on the IHG Rewards Club credit card!  This is great news if you have been eyeing this card, or if you are in the market for some more hotel points.  The current 80,000 point bonus is 20,000 higher than the usual bonus.  One great thing about this card for seasoned miles and points collectors is that this card is NOT included in Chase's 5/24 rule (meaning if you have opened...Read More
How to book Miraval using Hyatt Points

You Can Now Book Miraval Using Hyatt Points

The Miraval Resort in Arizona has been on my radar for a long time.  This luxury wellness retreat spans over 400 acres near Tucson, AZ, and it looks just amazing!  Earlier this year, Miraval joined the Hyatt family of hotels, but was not part of the World of Hyatt program.  However, now they are fully integrated into the World of Hyatt program which means you can book Miraval using Hyatt points!  This is pretty exciting...Read More
Street Art In Annapolis, MD (USA) | Annapolis Chickens

Street Art in Annapolis, MD

I recently tagged along with my husband on a business trip to Annapolis, MD.  Since he was occupied during the day I had plenty of time to roam the streets of Annapolis on my own.  I expected the charming streets, picturesque waterfront and Americana feel, but what I didn't expect was the street art.  I loved the fun and quirky sculptures and murals I found throughout the downtown area.  So, let me take you on...Read More
Travel Hacking Tips: Chase Freedom vs Freedom Unlimited

Chase Freedom vs Freedom Unlimited

With so many travel and rewards credit cards out there, it can get confusing at times.  But, it's your lucky day!  I am here to break it down for you and tell you what you need to know to get the most out of your credit card.  Today I will go over the differences between the Chase Freedom vs Freedom Unlimited cards and help you determine which one is right for you. The Chase Freedom...Read More
Chase Freedom Q3 2017 5x Points Categories

Earn 5x Points At Restaurants With Chase Freedom

It's no secret that I have a bit of a love affair with 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.  Chase has announced that the bonus category in Q3 of 2017 (July-Sept) will be restaurants...Read More
Travel Doesn't Make You Happy...and wisdom from Pete The Cat

Travel Will Not Make You Happy

What?!  Yes, you read that right. Travel will not make you happy. If you think you will be happy once you save up enough or your circumstances change to enable you to travel more...you are wrong.  Yes, going on a trip is great.  It's fun, and it can make you happy for a while.  But, inevitably, all trips must come to an end.  Then you are back home, living your life, going to work or...Read More