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Disney vacation tips and planning

If you’re considering a Disney vacation this year – request your FREE Disney Vacation planner DVD. We ordered this before our trip last year and found it really helpful. PLUS our kids loved watching it – it got them very excited about the many things they could do at Disney. It’s fun to watch, full of helpful information and you can’t beat the price – FREE!

To request your Disney Vacation planner DVD click the banner above and fill out the form. Should arrive within a couple weeks! No obligation. No credit card required.

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*Available Again* Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Discounts – as low as $9.50


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Northwest Trek Discounts

Discount admissions for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are available again on Groupon!  This is such a fun family place to explore and get up close to nature, but admission can be somewhat pricey, so this is a great deal. Choose from weekday or weekend admission – kids as low as $9.50 (reg. $12.25) and adults as low as $14.75 (reg. $19.75)

About Northwest Trek:  At Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, visitors are fully immersed in nature. They can hop aboard a tram to see herds of bison and elk, moose, bighorn sheep and other Pacific Northwest native animals roaming freely through 435 acres of meadows, woods and lakes. Visitors can also walk the paved trails to discover bears climbing trees, wolves howling, and other animals exploring their beautiful, forested exhibits.

Find Northwest Trek Wildlife Discounts here

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Welcome News Tribune, Olympian, Columbian, Bellingham Herald readers!


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If you missed my June 1 announcement – we are planning to move into a 30-foot Airstream trailer and travel the country for a year. We leave in a week! Read the announcement here.

If you read about our journey in the Tacoma News Tribune – Lacey-area family of four hits the road with Airstream and a dream (also included the Olympian, Columbian, Bellingham Herald papers) – WELCOME! 

So fun to share our story – I hope it inspires other families to go after their dreams. If you want to follow along with us during our journey, I’ll be blogging extensively along the way over at TakeThatExit.comI’ll be sharing things like campground reviews, national parks we visit, homeschooling tips, budgeting on the road and all the ups and downs that come with the journey.

Here are a few other ways you can follow our journey:

I’ve already been posting over at TakeThatExit.com and if you want to learn more, here are some good posts to read:

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Ditching mainstream for an Airstream – our quest to simplify


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Dear, sweet, friends. I’m so excited to tell you about this big change in our lives. You are my people, my community and I’ve been bursting to tell you . . .

In just a couple weeks my family and I will say goodbye to our traditional home and move into a 180-ish square foot Airstream trailer. Not just for a weekend camping trip – but for a year. And we’ll take that shiny, tiny home all around this beautiful country.

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That’s right. We’re ditching mainstream. . .for an adventure in an Airstream.

I know this sounds crazy. Let me explain. . . .

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Staycation Fun :: South Puget Sound Edition {Washington}


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Staycation Fun :: South Puget Sound Edition {Washington}

You don’t have to fly across the country to enjoy a vacation – consider a staycation right here in the Pacific Northwest. For those of us who live in the South Puget Sound area, we are blessed to have the water, the mountains, the city, the country – all within driving distance.

If this is your first time to Queen Bee Coupons – welcome, I’m glad you’re here! We are a leading Northwest source for grocery deals, printable coupons, frugal events, and more. If you want to save money – this is the place to bee. Check out the Queen Bee Coupons Facebook page and subscribe to my daily newsletter, so you don’t miss a deal!

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BEACHES, BOATS & MARITIME FUN

Love the water? Do you go bonkers over boats? There are a ton of opportunities to appreciate the ocean and our maritime heritage in the Northwest.

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Head to the beach
Our northwest beaches are FREE – so pack your lunch, your sand toys, and your shorts and head to any of our many beaches. Now you’re probably not going to be swimming in the frigid waters, but you can play in the sand, look for shells and enjoy the little communities along the water. Or checkout some of the maritime fairs and festivals. Some good beaches to check out are Pacific Beach and Ocean Shores. Get your beach toys at the Dollar Store. More great events and activities near the beach – 25 Free Family Activities to do this Summer in Grays Harbor.

June 6-7 – Festival of Colors Kite Fly (Ocean Shores)
June 26-28Sand and Sawdust Festival (Ocean Shores)
July 10-12 – Windriders Kite Festival (Grayland)

Ferry rides
We have an extensive ferry system here in the Northwest. Although not FREE, fares are minimum and you an enjoy a boat ride (breathtaking views) and maybe check out a new community on the other end! Get ferry fare information.

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July 18-19 – Maritime Fest (Tacoma)
Celebrate the working waterfront. FREE Port Harbor Tours, Hydro Planes, Entertainment, Tacoma Rail Train Rides.

September 4-6 – Olympia Harbor Days (Olympia)
Entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing, many open for tours and don’t miss the tugboat races.

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Adrift Hotel and Spa, Long Beach, WA – as low as $69/night ($115 value)


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Adrift Hotel and Spa – Long Beach, WA

Groupon has a great deal on Adrift Hotel and Spa in Long Beach WA.  Prices starting at $69/night (reg. $115).

  • Stay for two in a queen room, double-queen room, queen+ room, or king room
  • Up to two kids 12 or younger stay free in double-queen rooms; one kid stays free in queen+ rooms.
  • Dates into July
  • Inventive entrees: The onsite restaurant, Pickled Fish, serves locally sourced cuisine such as rabbit stew and dungeness crab.
  • Reinvigorate your senses with a 90-minute deep-tissue massage or a body wrap at the hotel’s spa.
  • Sip wine to the sounds of live music on select nights; the hotel has entertainment most weekends.
  • Bike the coast: Hop on one of the hotel’s beach cruisers to pedal along the shore or the scenic Discovery Trail.
  • Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi | Free Parking | Nonsmoking | Pet-friendly | Restaurant | 24-Hour Front Desk | Air-conditioning

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Find it here:  Adrift Hotel and Spa in Long Beach WA

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OMSI Family Membership for 6 people as low as $35.15


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OMSI Membership Discount

Groupon has several discounts for Membership Packages to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).  Plus for 2 days only, once you log in to Groupon, you should see a code in the top banner for an extra 15%, 20% or 25% which will give you an even bigger savings.

And if you want to make this deal even BETTER, Fred Meyer is offering a promotion for $15 off purchase of (2) $25 Groupon Gift Cards, meaning you could buy them for $35, purchase the OMSI deal and possibly still have some Groupon credit left to spend on other deals!

Here’s how to make the Fred Meyer Deal work:

  • Log in to your Fred Meyer Account
  • Load the Groupon offer to your card (try looking under “General” category to find it)
  • Head to your nearest Fred Meyer Store and purchase (2) $25 Groupon Gift Cards – your $15 discount should be applied when you scan your card, paying a total of $35 for the cards
  • Go online and purchase the OMSI Membership deal – if you got the 15% code, you’ll need to pay the $0.15 out of pocket and if you had a higher percentage off, it should cover the whole purchase plus leave  you a little leftover!

Find OMSI Membership Deal from Groupon here

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We were just at OMSI this past Saturday and we had so much fun!

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The kids were happy AND exhausted when we left. . . .

(Thanks, Frugal Living NW!)

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