Friday, February 18, 2011

Tuna for $.44 a can at Amazon!

Amazon has a GREAT deal on Tuna. You can get 48 cans of Chicken of the Sea Tuna for $21.32 or $.44 a can! This is all without coupons and you don't even have to leave your house.

This is better than Winco prices on Tuna and while you can sometimes get it on sale for 3 for $1 at Fred Meyer, it doesn't happen too often!

$2 off Wholly Guacamole coupon

Go here to print a $2 off Wholly Guacamole coupon

This often goes on sale for $2-3, so should be able to score some CHEAP guacamole (considering 1 avocado is about $.88 on sale, this is a GREAT coupon). Fred Meyer here sells Calvo, so keep an eye out at Albertsons, Safeway, and Winco!

$2 off Challenge butter

I meant to post this a couple days ago, but it has been a CRAZY week around here :)

Head over here and print a coupon for $2 off Challenge Tuscan butter. Last time they had this coupon, I got a bunch for FREE at Freddy's :) It is really yummy and I like using it when I make homemade rolls to give an extra level of flavor to the rolls!

Is it weird that I got a NEW computer (making it 4 computers at home) and I am most excited about getting to print more coupons?? Yeah, I am weird like that :P

75% off Clearance at Target & $.53 Clorox Wipes!

Our Target had the Valentine's clearance 75% off - which started today, because I was in yesterday and it was still 50%.

You can also get Clorox Wipes for $.53. They are on price cut for $2.28, then you can use the $1 off Clorox coupons from facebook (I printed mine awhile ago, not sure if still available) and then on there is a $.75 off coupon for Clorox Wipes, making it $.53 each!! I LOVE these :)

So here is what I picked up for LESS than $20

  • 2 Clorox Wipes
  • Gain Laundry Sheets (using the $3 coupon in the paper from Sunday)
  • 4 Valentine's books - including a This Karen Katz book (which my baby LOVES her books!), a Fancy Nancy, I Spy, and a baby touch and feel
  • bag of snickers mini's (my after-workout treat, yes I realize it is counterproductive)
  • bag of M&M's
  • Sweethearts
  • 1 BIG package of Star Wars Silly Bandz (originally $10!)
  • another pack of silly bandz
  • 2 packages of Paper plates
  • 3 Large, Fluffy, Fleece blankets (which my kids are cuddled up with right now ;)  originally $10 each!)
The kids were pretty happy about the haul :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I just added my Disney (land and world) tips from my now private family blog here so others who do not see my family blog can still see them :) There is also Washington DC tips too

Disneyland Travel Tips

Because I get so MANY asking for help and tips about going to Disney (3 THIS week ALONE), I am doing some blog posts with all my best tips. I will label them, so you can easily click on the RIGHT side of the blog to find these posts. Please refer people to these post as I will put all my recommendations and tip here. I will update these with new information or as we travel. So these will be continuously updated posts

Disneyland -

Disneyland is much easier to plan than DisenyWorld - at least for me. We have been so often, we have stayed, done so many things down there, I think I have going down there almost to a science - so this post will be shorter than the DisneyWorld post. FYI - I do NOT make any money from my recommendations! We travel on the cheap, so we can go often :)

This is the BEST place to get up to date information about saving money (to either park)
My other favorite sites

Before you go, watch for sales at the You can buy all your souvenirs beforehand because they sell the park merchandise, including Mickey Ears (for both parks). They OFTEN have FREE shipping and then OFTEN have extra $$ or % off coupons available (just google "Disneystore coupon code" and it should bring up current codes) plus get another percentage back shopping through Ebates. Just pack them in your suitcase and bring them out for the kids when you get to the parks! The personalization on the hats are even cheaper online than at the parks (sometimes they even offer it for FREE online!). So no waiting in lines to pay or going through the crowded stores! Plus you avoid sales tax (especially if you live here in Oregon like we do!)

Always check rehab updates to see what might be closed when you are going, so you can plan that in (or if a favorite ride, change your plans)


I have a couple of criteria when we stay at Disneyland:
  • It MUST be within walking distance (I don't want to pay to park or pay for the shuttle, which for all of us, would be more than parking fees :P). It is so much FASTER to just walk (and cheaper too) to your hotel than go to the parking lot or to wait around for a shuttle (they don't run that often). You can easily walk back for Lunch or Dinner - thus savings you LOTS of money paying for food in the park. You can also take a break and go swimming or take a nap, etc.
  • It must have a refrigerator and preferably a microwave (to save money on food and eat at hotel)
  • It must be clean and nice - I am picky - I am a Hilton, Marriot type of person and watch for sales.discounts to be able to stay at nicer hotels at a discount@

We have stayed at several of the hotels that meet this criteria - some better than others (if want recommendations on certain hotels, just contact me). However, our searching came to an end when we found our favorite - for many reasons which I shall list

I am not usually a fan of Howard Johnson (I am a Hilton, Marriott, etc. kind of a girl), but this on is different from the rest
  • Last time we stayed, the rooms were recently remodeled and the beds were by far some of the BEST beds I have slept on in a hotel! (and I've stayed in some REALLY nice hotels!)
  • They have Refrigerators and Microwaves (some rooms do not ave microwaves - it depends on the room) - Great for cereal in the morning, Sandwich fixings, etc.
  • The rooms are decent size and nice
  • It is an 8 minute walk to the front gates of Disneyland (that is with kids!)
  • The kids FAVORITE part - they have BY FAR the BEST and ONLY water park/pool area in walking distance (and farther too) other than the expensive Disney hotels. They have waterslides, water cannons, spray areas, dump bucket, pirate ship, etc. Even another quiet pool separate. Our last trip, my kids were more excited to play in it than to go to DIsneyland (does that mean we go to DIsneyland too often?? Nah....that is impossible!)
  • My favorite part (other than those listed) - the price. Their regular prices are comparable to the other hotels - however, they also have the "entertinment rate" You know those entertainment books that are sold (the books of coupons). There is a card in the front of all those books that you will need. Then you can book these rates. They are from $59 a night for a 2 queen to $99 for a two room kids suite (there are some more in between those prices too). I HIGHLY doubt that you can find anything cheaper. If this rate is not available for your dates, they will give you 15% off their best rate, or call and see if they have any other specials. For example, I just booked it for the Half Marathon at their special 25% off running of the ears special. In many cases, their prices can't be beat and you really will get a great hotel and pool that the kids will love! ANd walk to the parks saving parking and shuttle fess making them an even BETTER deal!!! Trust me, it is much faster to walk, than to make your way all the way to the parking lot or waiting around for a shuttle!
  • You will love the hotel, and like us, continue to go back - we don't even look elsewhere anymore. I know I can't beat their prices for what I get (waterpark area, refrigerator, great customer service, NICE hotel, walking distance, etc)

Tickets and Meals

Joseph gets a discount through his work, so if you know us, give us a call and we can check and see if they are cheaper for you

Ares Travel or Get Away Today have the best prices. However, do NOT buy your ticekts too far in advance, they often have some sort of ticket special they release, so you can get them cheaper. These companies will carry these tickets. FYI - Get Away Today contacted me and said "Just so you know we have the best price best service guarantee so if anything, including tickets have a price reduction, we will honor it" I must say I like the idea that if there is a price reduction, you can get the savings :) So if you are an advanced planner or a last minute one (we have done both down to there!!) They can help you out to get the best prices :)

Ares & Get Away today also offer for you to pre-buy your character meals - they include tax and gratuity cheaper than you can get if you just go to the park and pay. I do think that character meals are worth the price. We are recent converts to this way of thinking, but they are so much fun and beat waiting in line to see them! So If you are wanting to do one or two, I HIGHLY recommend buying them this way - you will save quite a bit of money and one of the ONLY ways to save on food in the parks :(

Other avenues to get your travel

Costco Travel also offers GREAT packages and prices for their packages, so they are worth checking out, at least to compare!

Alaska Air often offers "Kids Fly Free" promotions - we did this last time and it was a good deal

If you have a Disney Visa, they always have freebies/rewards when you go! like discounts on food, merchandise, free photos, etc.

Food (DTD = Downtown Disney)
  • Look for coupons for the dtd restaurants - mousesavers often has them listed
  • Take snacks and water into the park to save TONS of money
  • WE have eaten at most of the restaurants, and find most of them alright, but I can't think of any stands outs - except for maybe Rancho del Zocalo, the Carnation Cafe, and Harbour Galley. However, for the most part, it is all just park food and I would try to eat outside the park and at your hotel as much as possible.
  • The Blue Bayou (in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride) was fun to eat at for the atmosphere, but WAY WAY too expensive ($25+ per person) for the mediocre food you get.
  • The Princess Character Meal is GREAT! It is better than the ones at DisneyWorld (except eating in the Castle at DisneyWorld is way cool, bit other than that, this one is better)
  • The Lilo and Stitch one was fantastic and you could order off the menu (which was way cheaper than the buffet), but they changed it to a Mickey meal, and we have not tried that one yet... We will be trying the other ones soon!
  • Rainforest Cafe in DTD is fun for kids - way over-priced, but fun and you can often get coupons to make it affordable. Try the Volcano if you are feeling rich!
  • Try the benets at the Jazz Kitchen in DTD
  • Dole Whips (outside of the Tiki room) are a MUST DO for us! (and a decent price!)

Tips for touring

  • Get there when it opens! Mornings have the shortest lines and amount of people. Smallest lines and least amount of people in the mornings - get there early!
  • Do Dumbo and Peter Pan FIRST! These are POPULAR rides without fastpass. Get there first thing in the morning to get on with minimum wait, because there are ALWAYS long lines!
  • Fantasyland is great in the morning - least amount of lines - we always do these first.
  • Use Fastpass as much as possible! Look at the bottom of your ticket and get another as soon as it is available
  • You don't have to use the fastpass in the times it says, it just has to be after the time it states, but can be anytime after that.
  • Use Rider Swap if you have kids that can't ride. It is like getting an extra fastpass and good for up to 4 people. We will get fastpasses for a ride, get a rider swap for the parent that doesn't go on, then you all get to use the fastpass lane and the kids (that can ride) get to go twice.

Anything else you'd like to know or see here? Comment and I will add it and update this post or give an opinion! I will continuously update this post with information from our trips and experiences!

DisneyWorld Travel Tips

Disneyworld is much more complicated than Disneyland, so I will break it down into different sections - This will be a continuously updated post!

Best sites
allears - GREAT site - even has all the menus for the restaurants so you can pre-plan! - if you get allears newsletters, they often have a discount code in there. These are a great way to get an idea on how to tour the park, what days to visit which park, and helps you plan the best time to go based on crowds - have used them every trip and love it! Great for planning. They have great tips for how to tour, so I will not be posting my own (right now at least) except hit Fantasyland FIRST - get fastpasses for peter pan and get in line for Dumbo first thing in the morning. Also get to the park when they first open to get the shortest lines and you can get through many rides during those first few hours they are open before it gets busy! Also use fastpasses - you can use them anytime after they become good (don't have to use in that time frame, just anytime after the first time listed) and get anther one as soon as it is available (see the bottom of your current fastpass). 

Also, take advantage of Rider Swap (like getting a fastpass for 4 people) if you have kids that can't ride certain rides!

Before you go, watch for sales at the You can buy all your souvenirs beforehand because they sell the park merchandise, including Mickey Ears (for both parks). They OFTEN have FREE shipping and then OFTEN have extra $$ or % off coupons available (just google "Disneystore coupon code" and it should bring up current codes) plus get another percentage back shopping through Ebates. Just pack them in your suitcase and bring them out for the kids when you get to the parks! The personalization on the hats are even cheaper online than at the parks (sometimes they even offer it for FREE online!). So no waiting in lines to pay or going through the crowded stores! Plus you avoid sales tax (especially if you live here in Oregon like we do!)

When we head to Disneyworld, we have always booked with Disney (a big departure from our stays at Disneyland). They usually have GREAT deals and I prefer to stay on-site. The BEST deal is when you get FREE dining (we got it this last time and it ROCKED!) - they often have it in the falls (late August and later), but this year they offered it for the rest of the year too (you had to have already booked), just keep an eye out for the specials on their website for their best deals. Mousesavers has a whole section on previous specials for certain times of the year, so you can see what to expect.

I prefer to stay on site for these reasons:
They pick you up from the airport and drive you everywhere on site - no driving for your vacations! and you save lots of money from not having to rent a car!
The theming is fun and the pools are great for the kids
You are immsured in the whole experience
Key to the World cards make it simple to get around and pay for things
The staff go out of their way to make things magical!

We have stayed at the All-Star Music and Pop Century - I don't feel like we need to spend a lot to stay since we spend so much time at the park and little time at the hotels. The kids pick the hotel based on which pools they want to swim in :P I actually preferred the buses at the All-stars. Granted, during the day, you have to share with the other All-Star hotels but during the busy times, you get your own buses, and since they are smaller hotels, you don't have to wait as long during those busy times like at the Pop. We once had to wait 3 buses to get to the Magic Kingdom at the Pop, but always got on the first bus at the Music. I liked the Theming at the Pop better. The pools were great at both. The food court was a bit better at the Pop, plus they had an icee machine for the refillable mugs. We would stay at either again, but I think I slightly, but only slightly, preferred the quiet of the Music and the buses. For the ost part, I would just go with what theming you like best - you'll enjoy it no matter what!

If you don't get your tickets from disney - try undercover tourist. We got our Universal Orlando tickets from them because they had the best price. Also, if you know us, we can get a discount through Joseph's work :)

Food: My favorite part

We had the dining plan, so we tried almost all the character meals and have tried many of the quick service

Budget tips:
  • Take your own snacks and water
  • the quick service meals are big - consider splitting them. For example at Cosmic Rays, they have a 1/2 chicken and ribs platter - easily split-able - can always buy an extra side if needed. Check the menus for meals that can be split! FlameTree BBQ in AK has a similar dish.
  • Buy a Double Cheeseburger and ask for an extra bun (they will charge a bit for the bun). Then you can make it into 2 separate burgers. Then places like Cosmic Rays and Pecos Bills have awesome topping bars for the burgers!
  • For character meals - eat there for breakfast or lunch - they are cheaper. My personal favorite is lunch because I don't like a big breakfast and if you eat a BIG lunch (you get TONS of food at these meals), you only need a small dinner because you are full

best snacks in the park:
  • Ham and Cheese Croissants in France are YUMMY and good enough for a light lunch or dinner - Plus any of the goodies in the bakery in France and great!
  • Skool Bread in Norway - LOVE THIS!!
  • Caramels in Germany
  • Cinnamon Rolls at the Main Street Bakery - they are HUGE! and a GREAT price - easily shared they are so big and yummy!
  • Dole Whips in Frontierland - a must do!
  • Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches at the Main Street Bakery - again these are HUGE - cannot finish one myself and they are so good - they make them fresh for you!

Our Favorite Character Meals: Remember you can book 180 (+10 days if you are staying onsite) days in advance. Some book up that far in advance - plan ahead if you want to do one!
  • Cinderella's Royal Table - this was our kids favorite (even our son's because he got a sword!). You get to eat in Cinderella's castle! The kids get wishing stars, wands or swords. They have some fun activities. They meet the Princesses. Photos are included in the dinner price. The food is actually pretty good! It is EXPENSIVE - but worth the cost, in my opinion (We had the dining plan, so it was included). Try for breakfast or lunch to get by cheaper. It is a SMALL restaurant compared to others in the parks, and VERY popular, so it is hard to get a reservation, so plan early for this one and you won't be disappointed! We saw Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, and Ariel.
  • Chef Mickey's was our other favorite. I would recommend this one, if it is the only one you can do - it is GREAT! Lots of fun and good food! We REALLY enjoyed this one! You see the Fab 5- Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Pluto without waiting in any lines. This will be a must do for us from now on. It is a Buffet (a good one) and the great thing was they had a baby seat on wheels to take through the buffet with you - loved it!

Other Character Meals we've done:
  • Akerhus Princess Meal - this is a GREAT alternative if you can't get into Cinderella's. The food was pretty good. You get a picture with your meal too. We saw Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Belle. Princess Parafe was fun :) this was a mix of buffet and family style
  • Garden Grill - Food is REALLY good here. the restaurant spin around the "living on the land" ride. You see Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto - served family style
  • Donald's Safari Breakfast - fun meal. Kids get to dance around with musical instruments and the characters - food is good and you get to see Daisy, who is a hard character to find! It is a buffet and we saw Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy
  • O'hana - Sabrina and I didn't get to go to this because we were sick (I am still sad about it), but Joseph and Jonathan had a great time. It was family style and Joseph said it was good :) They got to see Mickey, Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto. He said there as a dancing part here too
  • Crystal Palace - I can't comment too much on the food because I still wasn't feeling great, but what I did have was good. Loved the varied dessert bar. A must do if you have a Pooh, Tigger, Piglet (very hard to find - first time we have seen in all our visits) and Eeyore

We also ate at Boma at the AK lodge - this was a FANTASTIC buffet - it was REALLY good and would recommend it to anyone!

Best Quick Service -
Flame Tree BBQ - yummy!
Cosmic Ray's - they have a big menu and and awesome topping bar!
Epcot -
Tangierine Cafe in Morocco - LOVE the Shwarma!! La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico is good too. Also don't miss the pastries in Norway and France!
Haven't found a great one here, but the kids loved Pizza Planet this last time

Is the dining plan worth it?
Hard call. I must say I LOVED having it. No worrying about money and making meals (wish I could have it here at home). You get tons of food - tip: you can often get something like a danish, croissant, or a muffin as your dessert and have it for breakfast the next morning. I thought is was the BEST deal getting it for free - I can't be beat! and I LOVED getting to do all those character meals - it was so much fun!
Would I pay for it?
I am not sure if I would. I am really good about going on a budget, so I am sure I could get by cheaper (and have when we didn't have the plan!). You get way more food than you can eat - we had lots of snack credits (and some others, despite my meticulous planning, but getting sick threw it off :P) which we got some stuff to bring home with the leftovers. If you are a big eater, want to pre-pay your meals and not worry about the money when you get there, and want to do lots of character meals (it is worth it if you want to do many character meals or table service), then it is worth it. If you are a budget traveler and are willing to do your own breakfast and some sandwiches in your hotel room, you can get by way cheaper. Charcter Meals are expensive and for our family of 4 (well 5, but Oliver didn't count) most of the meals were around $100 or more (Cinderella's was $200), so If we had paid for all our character/table service meals (we had 8 total) it would have been over $900 (closer to $1000). If we had paid for the meal plan, it would have been $800-$900, so a bargain if you want to do all those meals, not to mention the 9 quick service and 9 snacks we EACH got. SO if you want many character and table service meals, then get the plan. If you want to go on a budget and only one or two character meals, you can do it cheaper

We get ours from Disney with our package, but if you don't get a package, then undercover tourist has them at a discount. Joseph's work does it too.

Park Hopper and Water Park Options: These are $50+ per person to add on (for EACH add on - over $100+ per ticket if you want both)
We both of these add-ons for FREE on one of our trips (Free dining promotion was better). I really depends on your trip and your plans, but I don't think it is worth the money (especailly x4, it would have been an extra $200-400 for our family, I would rather have more character meals). We did not get either this last time, and did not miss it. When we had it, we only park hopped once, because unlike Disneyland where the parks are so close, the parks are far apart and take quite awhile to actually "hop" between the parks. We did like the Water Park Option - Typhoon Lagoon is ALOT of fun! We had a great time and we went twice! The kids loved it. Is it $50 per person fun? - that is up to you. The kids didn't miss it this last trip and were happy with the pool at the hotel and it was rather cold for a few days, so it was a good call not to get it on our part. Disney Quest (included in the Water Park Option) was fun, but not worth the price.

Outside the Parks
Don't overlook the mini-golf. The theming is so much fun! We have done both courses and I prefer the theming at Fantasia Gardens, but they are both lots of fun. You get a Free round for one person when you book with Disney. We just let our kids golf because it is expensive ($10+ per person). You get a souviener golf ball when you are finished. You also get 50% off another round at either course on the same day. For us, this is a not to be missed!
Check out the Deluxe Hotels - we went at Christmas and checked out all the trees, and various gingerbread creations at all the hotels. You can see the animals at AK lodge. You can play on the beach at the
Beach Club (a short walk from Epcot International gateway). Ride the monorail.
We had the kids signed up for the Pirate Adventure at the Grand Floridian, but they canceled it due to cold weather (which worked out since we were sick), but it looks like it would be so much fun, that I want to go (but only for 12 and under), so you might check that out for a fun side adventure!
Also Chip and Dale's sing along at Fort Wilderness looks like a lot of fun and its free (except if you want to buy the fixings for Smores!) - we didn't make it on this trip though..
Ride the monorail
Eat a Hot Fudge Sundae at Ghiradelli in DTD - so YUMMY!
Personal Favorite - Pollo Campero in DTD (reminds me of living in El Salvador!)
Rainforest cafe is always fun - coupons often on mousesavers and if you are feeling rich, get a Volcano! the Gift Shop is always great
Planet Hollywood is LOUD and CROWDED. You can barely move in your seat without hitting someone at the table next to you and it is SO LOUD you can't hear yourself think much less hear anyone at your table. I would skip this one....

Anything else you'd like to know or see here? Comment and I will add it and update this post or give an opinion! I will continuously update this post with information from our trips and experiences

Washington DC Travel Tips

Washington DC - this will be a revolving and continually updated post!!

There are so many things to see and do - here are our favorite and suggestions

Since my family lives there, we don't need a hotel. However, a big suggestion if you are looking for a hotel, get one close to/within walking distance for a metro stop. This will make touring the city so much easier!

Take the metro everywhere. Seriously, parking is a nightmare and not really possible in many cases. Take the metro and walk

Months before you leave, contact your Senator or representative and get a tour of both the White House and the Capitol. You will love visiting the White House and the Capitol Tour is MUCH better and you get to see so much more than if you were to just do the walk-up tour that you get at the Capitol.

Everything is FREE! At least all the things we go to are FREE - there are museums that you can pay for, but why when there is so much to do at no cost!

Archives - don't miss seeing the original documents that made our country what it is!

Old Post Office Pavilion - if you can't get tickets to the Washington Monument, this will give you are great view with no wait!

The Botanical gardens next to the Capitol are beautiful, but not great with allergies :P

The FDR memorial is a great memorial, but is often forgotten because it is off the beaten path. It is beautiful, and the kids thought it s was great. Truly a great hidden gem among all the monuments.

You might consider seeing all the monuments at night - they are beautiful in the night

You almost need to drive to the Jefferson Memorial - it is a VERY long walk from everything else :P

The tour for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a fun tour to see how they make and print the money. We have never had to get tickets, but apparently during the busy time of the year, you do.

The Holocaust museum is haunting and moving. I haven't been in years because it is too intense for kids! It is, however, and incredible museum and I doubt you can get through it without crying. Must see, but not for children

Arlington National Cemetery - If you want to see the sites here, I would strongly suggest paying for the tour. It is VERY hilly and I would not do it with a stroller or kids without the tour, unless you are in much better shape or like hiking up hills more than me. You get a great view of the city from Arlington House


Where to start with this? There are SO MANY, you could take weeks checking them all out. We always see the Air and Space and the Natural History. I actually think the American History one was better before they remodeled it, but you must go see Old Glory! The American Indian Museum is a great stop and has one of the best buildings and food (and GREAT elevators!!!).
Make sure to walk through the sculpture garden.
The Hirshorn has odd "art" in it. I am not sure if I would go out of my way to go here, however, our trips here have always garnered the most conversation and things to talk about here (like Jonathan touching a painting, the Chair installation that we all thought was a place to sit, but it was art and luckily we realized the before we sat down, or the paining that was just black). I is an "interesting" place
The Freer and Sackler have some awesome pieces, especially if you like Asian art
The Portrait Gallery is interesting and had some interesting art to see. We went and saw special exhibit there
Of course, the Zoo is a great must see for those with kids. It is Free and the kids love it - the Pandas as so cute :) The Gorillas are always doing something nasty when we are there though :P Make sure to take the Cleveland park stop on the Metro, NOT the zoo stop (otherwise you'll be walking uphill!)

Our favorite side trip is going to Lancaster and Hershey Pa. There is lots of shopping a GREAT food in Lancaster. The Lancaster Central Market has the BEST donuts and cheese danishes (I am drooling just thinking about it - it is worth the 3000 mile trip alone!). My kids ADORE the ride at the Hershey Visitor Center - I think I have ridden that ride 30-40 times (not and exaggeration - they ride it like 10 times per trip!) and at Christmas, the Hershey Candy Cane Lane cannot be beat! It is AWESOME!!! and at $11 a piece, it is a bargain. We LOVED it! WE have also visited the park in the summer and it was a lot of fun. I will be doing the Hershey Spa this summer and I will tell you about it :)

If you are a History Buff, Gettysburg is a must see. If you are not, then it is rather boring - it is after all, just a bunch of fields :P We did find a great monument last time we were there where we could climb to the top and see a fantastic view (I can't remember what state monument it was off-hand... I want to say Florida...) IT was gorgeous at sunset! There is a big new visitor center, but it had been closed the last couple of times we went.

Fort McHenry is a Great place to see where the Star Spangled Banner was inspired - the kids can run around and you get a great view of the Baltimore inner Harbor - another great place to walk around and visit :)

I will have more to add on to this! I will update this same post :) If you have suggestions or ideas of what you would like to see or have me talk about leave a comment! Or if you have been and have a great tip (I know many friends that have been often) that I can add, let me know!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Barbie and Ken only $5

Amazon has the "She said yes" Barbie and Ken dolls for $5 for both dolls. Great price - stock up for those upcoming birthday parties :) You will get free shipping with your amazon mom

I think that Fred Meyer had these too, so you could pick it up there too while you are out shopping (which I forgot to, so it's amazon for me!)

Pampers Codes

Here is a new pampers code