Let me start this post with a moment of honesty: I wasn’t really all that excited to go to Jamaica. I thought it would be fun and all, but I wasn’t really expecting to fall in love with it the way that I did. I mean, we went to the Dominican Republic and Mexico last year and those two countries are hard to beat in beauty, culture, and value. So, when we planned our recent trip to Runaway Bay, we mostly did so because our friends planned the trip and asked us to come along. [Read more...]
If you read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed that I wasn’t around much last week. As I reported before, we went on a kid-free vacation to Runaway Bay, Jamaica, that was mostly paid for with credit card rewards. I expected to have some access to wifi while we were there, and I did, but it was extremely slow and I wasn’t always able to return emails or schedule posts. Anyway, I’m sorry that I was missing in action and I’m glad to report that we’re back….but only after a whole lotta drama. Let me explain. [Read more...]
Ahhhhhh……2013. It’s been a lucrative year in the Club Thrifty household. Aside from the fact that my husband was unemployed for a few months this summer, we made a pretty decent amount of money. We saved a lot and we’re ready to put a pretty big down payment on our new house next month. We also traveled a lot, including trips to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Florida (twice). Fortunately, a ton of our extracurricular activities were funded via credit card rewards. Here’s how: [Read more...]
Just the other day, I was reading my Twitter feed when a picture of an ocean sunset caught my eye. After taking a closer look, I realized that a friend from high school was in in the picture as well. With the ocean behind her, she posed elegantly in a shimmering black evening gown that looked reminiscent of something worn at the Oscars. I immediately wondered, “What in the world is going on here?” But it didn’t take long to figure it out. As I clicked jealously through a few additional pictures she had posted, it became increasingly apparent “what in the world was going on.”
They were on vacation. [Read more...]
Next month, Greg and I will celebrate eight years of marriage. And, a lot has happened during that time. Eight years ago, we were getting ready for our winter wedding and preparing to move in together for the very first time. We lived in a funeral home for the first year of our marriage. Then we bought a house, had kids, and all that other stuff. Man, eight years really flew right by and – BOOM – here we are, in our mid-thirties and getting older by the day.
Anyway, our anniversary is coming up and we decided to go BIG for our celebration. That’s right, folks. We got an overnight babysitter (on a Tuesday), Greg took a vacation day (on a Wednesday), and we’re getting the hell out of dodge. Where, you ask? [Read more...]
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Greg’s Prius died and left us stranded on the side of the road. I also mentioned that it was Greg’s birthday and that we were headed out of town for a fun weekend trip. I didn’t go into detail about it at the time, but I’m now ready to share the details of our almost-free weekend getaway. Oh, and aren’t you excited? Of course you are! [Read more...]