November 13, 2016

5 ways to SURPRISE your kids on Christmas with a Disney vacation

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Surprising your kids with a Disney vacation for Christmas

It’s that time of year again; time to start looking for gifts for the children or grandchildren. What’s that? The kids already have more toys than they know what to do with? I can relate. Maybe this year, instead of more plastic toys that will be forgotten in backs of closets or under the beds, you want to gift something memorable. An experience. A gift of magic they’ll never forget.

Giving the gift of a Disney vacation is a wonderful surprise. The gift of time spent with family, fully focused time outside of the daily demands of life, is hard to beat. And what an awesome gift to open on Christmas morning! Imagine their eyes lighting up as they learn they’ll be visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland or even sailing on a Disney Cruise!

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Here are FIVE ideas for how to surprise the kids with a Disney vacation :: 

1.) Box o’ Balloons. Get a big box for this one! The kids will be super curious about what such a big gift could be. Head to your nearest party store (or Dollar Store) and get several Mickey and Minnie mylar balloons and an assortment of matching regular balloons.  Next, create a little flyer on cardstock that announces the trip you’ve picked out.  Thread some of the balloon strands through a hole you punch in the card. Now carefully shove all the balloons into the box, tape it shut and wrap it. When they open it, the balloons will come flying out with the announcement!

2.) Scavenger hunt. Buy an assortment of vacation related items and hide them around the house. Examples include sunglasses, travel bag, sunscreen, themed shirts, etc.  Make sure your last item is the one that will tell them where they are going.  For example, this might be a stuffed Mickey plus with a card attached that says, “You’re going to Disney World this spring!”  Next, write up clues for each location. Wrap each clue in a small box. Put the first clue under the tree and each of the next clues get placed next to the hidden items.  =Your kids will open the first clue, find the first item which will have a small box that contains the clue for the next item and so on!  What great fun on Christmas morning!

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November 11, 2016

FREE admission to National Parks TODAY – November 11

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Today, more than 100 national parks will waive the entrance fees for Veterans Day! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic. Be sure to check out this list of participating National Parks that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans.

This is the last fee-free day in 2016. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

October 10, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge – Up to 50% off your stay, as low as $99 (TODAY only!)

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Living Social – Great Wolf Lodge Discounts

Right now over on Living Social you can find Great Wolf Lodge discounts up to 50% off – as low as $119, depending on your location.  And TODAY only you can use code DISCOVER20 at checkout to save 20% off up to $20 per deal, making locations as low as $99.

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Mound Great Wolf Lodge location in Washington has a ton of choices, starting at $159, as low as $139 after coupon code.

  • A One-Night Stay for Up to Six People in a Family Suite, Sundays to Thursdays ($159)
  • Or, a Two-Night Stay for Up to Six People in a Family Suite, Sundays to Wednesdays ($299)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Six People in a Wolf Den or Kid Kamp with a $50 Gift shop Credit, Sundays to Thursdays ($229)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Six People in a Wolf Den or Kid Kamp with a $50 Gift Shop Credit, Fridays ($329)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Eight People in a Grand Bear Suite with a $50 Gift Shop Credit, Sundays to Thursdays ($299)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Eight People in a Grand Bear Suite with a $50 Gift Shop Credit, Fridays ($449)

Whatever location you select, make sure and read the fine print to make sure the deal works for you!  Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select.

See all Great Wolf Lodge Discounts here

September 24, 2016

FREE admission to National Parks TODAY – September 24

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Today, more than 100 national parks will waive the entrance fees for National Public Lands Day! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again on November 11 for Veterans Day. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

September 21, 2016

FREE admission to National Parks on Saturday, September 24

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This Saturday, September 24, more than 100 national parks will waive the entrance fees for National Public Lands Day! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again on November 11 for Veterans Day. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

September 18, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge Groupon Discount – as low as $99/night

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If you’ve been waiting for a discount on the Great Wolf Lodge – it’s back on Groupon!  See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select. Some locations are as low as $99/night!

For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from FOUR options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $159/night, with a one-night minimum.  See all Grand Mound options here.

Make sure and read the fine print on the offer to make sure that it works for you!

What You Get

  • Stay for up to six in a Family Suite, Wolf Den Suite, or KidKamp Suite, up to seven in a KidCabin Suite, or up to eight in a Grand Bear Suite
  • Daily water park wristbands for each registered guest up to maximum occupants per room type
  • Select options include $50 dining credit per night, valid at any onsite restaurant (dining credit not included with Family Suite option)
  • May have the maximum number of guests in room option purchased for no additional fee
  • Dates into November

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $29.99 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

See all Great Wolf Lodge discounts here

August 25, 2016

FREE admission to National Parks, August 25 – 28

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National Parks Service Birthday – August 25 – 28

Staring today and running through this weekend, ALL 412 national parks will be waiving the entrance fees for the National Park Service Birthday Centennial! You can find a small list of special events and programs here or check the #FindYourPark website for a full list. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again on September 24. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

What’s your favorite National Park? 

June 8, 2016

Howard Johnson Inn – Leavenworth, WA – as low as $65 per night

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Howard Johnson Inn – Leavenworth, WA

Groupon has a great deal for a stay at the Howard Johnson Inn in Leavenworth, WA – as low as $65 per night!  You’ll get a stay for two (kids 17 and younger stay free) in a king room, double-queen room or king room with fireplace.  Dates available into July.  Ammenities include complimentary expanded continental breakfast and heated outdoor pool.

Fine Print & Details:

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Book your stay here:  Howard Johnson Inn – Leavenworth, WA

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