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Black Friday

Why and how I start preparing for Black Friday months in advance

As I have mentioned before, Black Friday is my favorite day of the year. There are few things that bring me greater joy than saving money and getting a good deal. After many years of practice, I have learned that a little bit of preparation for Black Friday goes a long way. In fact, I …

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Some of the pins we have collected during our travels

The best collectible travel souvenir: Pin collecting

When we travel, I always feel this nagging urge to purchase a collectible travel souvenir as a memento. I want something tangible to commemorate the trip. I can’t say this urge is rational (I don’t think my husband feels it), but I just can’t help myself.  For many years I collected useless knickknacks such as …

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5 traditional (and not so traditional) housewarming gifts

It has been a time of transition for my extended family recently. One of the biggest transitions has been that both of my sisters have purchased new homes in the last month. I want to acknowledge this significant landmark in my sisters’ lives by sending them a housewarming gift that they will use and enjoy. …

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The iconic Universal Studios globe

The top 4 Universal Orlando planning tips, tools, and resources

*This post was last updated on February 26, 2021. Earlier this week I wrote a post about tips and tools for planning a trip to Walt Disney World. In my mind, the most logical follow-up to that post would be one on planning tips, tools, and resources for visiting the nearby Universal Orlando Resort. The …

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A photo of Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom

The 5 best Walt Disney World planning tips, tools, and resources

*Post was last updated on February 26, 2021 For anyone planning a trip to Disney World, there are seemingly endless websites, books, and blog posts with information and tips on planning. As a regular visitor to Disney World, I have strong opinions as to which tools and resources are the best. This article is an …

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