Affordable Winter Escapes

Don’t wait until after Christmas to jet out of town on a family getaway.  If you are looking to score some serious travel bargains, now is the time to hit the road.  You can take advantage of money-saving offerings in these popular vacation destinations from now until December 26th: New York City:  Believe it or not, you can snag a bargain in the Big Apple in the weeks preceding Christmas.  Take in the amazing holiday light displays, skate at Rockefeller Center, shop on Fifth Avenue and sled in Central Park while saving money on your hotel room.  The Hotel Wolcott … Continue reading

Autumn Recipes: E is for Easy Taco Soup

Now that the temperatures are cooling down our local McDonald’s has returned soup to its daily menu. (The McDonald’s here in Wisconsin takes soup off the menu during the summer months while the McDonald’s in my hometown in Hawaii keeps theirs on year-round—-go figure!) This in turn has me itching to make a batch of my favorite taco soup. If you read my food blogs on a regular basis you know that I am by no means a gourmet chef. While I love spending time in the kitchen and experimenting with new recipes and unique kitchen gadgets, I mainly cook … Continue reading

Enjoy a Kid-Free Summer Vacation

If you are looking for a place to tan that’s void of two year olds throwing tantrums over who gets to play with the sand toys first then prepare yourself. Summertime is primetime for family travel, which means you’ll likely be sharing space with teen cannonballs and overtired tots at resorts, beaches and other lodgings across the country. Still, there’s no need to get discouraged. There are ways for peace seeking travelers to find what they are looking for. Adult-only properties abound in this country and abroad and right now is offering fabulous deals on travel packages to Mexican … Continue reading

Where to Get an Affordable Summer Tan

Sure, you could dig your plastic lounge chair out of the garage, dust it off, set it up in your backyard and let the sun take care of the rest, but wouldn’t you prefer to get your tan on in a place where the sun, surf, and sand work in harmony to give you that enviable golden glow? If money is an issue you are in luck. The following beach deals let you bake without going broke. Take a look: CONTINENTAL Right now Continental is offering amazing summer deals on flights to exotic locales. You can shake and bake on … Continue reading

Saving Cash on a Short Cruise

Who says you have to take to the high seas for seven days or more to enjoy a cruise of a lifetime? If you are dreaming of taking a tropical voyage but don’t want to deal with the nightmare of going bankrupt to do so you might consider the following deals. These trips may be short but they offer sweet savings. BAHAMAS CruisesOnly is currently offering early-bird savings on a four-night voyage to the Bahamas aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. If you book now for a September departure you will save 74% off the rack rate. The regular price for this … Continue reading

Mexican Getaway

Supermodel Heidi Klum and her family are there right now enjoying a Mother’s Day retreat on its sandy beaches. And Super Bowl superstar Eli Manning just tied the knot there a couple of weeks ago. I’m talking about sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But you don’t have to make money like a movie star to take a glamorous weekend getaway to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Right now several tour companies are offering fabulous savings to Cabo. For example, Pleasant Holidays is giving travelers the chance to soak up the sun in Cabo for just $613. The … Continue reading

Affordable Mother’s Day Travel Deals

What’s the one place your mom has always dreamed of visiting? New York, Chicago, Hawaii, California? If you are looking for a way to make this Mother’s Day one your dear ol’ mom won’t soon forget, but the rising cost of everything has you more budget conscious than ever, you’re in luck. Just in time for the big May 11th celebration several lodgings are offering discounts for the special ladies in your life. If your mom has fantasized of relaxing in sunny Arizona or touring awe-inspiring art collections displayed in culturally rich Mexico City then you might consider the following … Continue reading

Affordable Accommodations in Exotic Locations

How do you spend your travel dollars? Do you pay big bucks flying off to exotic destinations and compensate by staying in budget hotels? Or do you try to find the cheapest means of travel and loosen your budget purse strings to pay for ultra-luxe accommodations? If you play your cards right in the days leading up to the busy summer travel season you could save on both. A number of airlines are offering great travel deals to exotic locations while hoteliers are aiding budget conscious jetsetters by providing package deals. Take a look: INDONESIA Bali’s Desa Seni opened less … Continue reading

Exotic Budget Hotels

How much is too much to spend on a hotel room? If you dropped a bundle to jet off to an exotic vacation destination then you may be looking for ways to save some dough on your hotel room. The following lodgings are offering rooms for $100 or less. And the best part: you won’t have to sacrifice comfort or cleanliness if you plan to take advantage of these cost saving accommodations. BRAZIL Rooms at Pousada do Caju are located just 500 feet from the ocean. When you aren’t swimming in the sea you can take a dive in the … Continue reading

Roasted Veggie Enchiladas

My husband eats anything with cheese on it. It’s truly incredible. It’s as if the cheese somehow transforms the meal from “blech” to “oh la la.” I guess that’s the power of cheese. My husband also hates vegetables. In fact, he’s worse than the kids. He picks his peas out of the tuna noodle casserole while the kids happily munch on their food holistically with no sorting. So I was only too happy to find a recipe that included veggies covered in cheese. This meets the basic cheese requirement of my husband and yet still covers the basic ‘5 colors … Continue reading