This morning I left the house very early for day trip to San Francisco for a business meeting. It was super early and somehow I made it out the door without one stroke of makeup. Nothing. I remembered moisturizer, my big water bottle filled with water and a smoothie, but I forgot makeup.
I remembered the Benefit makeup vending machine in the hallway across from the United Club and decided I had to take action and I had to take it quickly- my flight was boarding!
I first looked at all the options singly.. mascara, shadow, concealer, blush.. and then spotted two kits:
the “ulta”mate sexy six for $24 which contained mascara, lip and cheek tint, bronzer, a primer for the eyes, primer/ light foundation for the face, and a highlighter, and the
big beautiful eyes kit for $32 which contained concealer, and all-over, contour and liner shadows. I swiped my credit card, waited a few seconds for the products to come out and I was set. I boarded the plane, feeling a bit like an idiot for being so forgetful and took my seat.
We took off towards San Francisco and the second the fasten seat belts light went off I jumped up and made my way to the lavatory to put my new cosmetics products to work. The tiny vials fit on the counter and the makeup went on beautifully. I looked in the mirror and felt a more confident me smiling back… and one whose eyes I could make out much better behind my glasses. (I have blonde eyelashes. Mascara makes a difference on me!)
I am so thankful that Benefit cosmetics vending machine was there waiting for me for a second time.
Yep, a SECOND time! I bought powder in that same machine earlier this summer. My previous powder shattered on a flight home. I was almost out and the tiny bits were quite a mess. I had only 24 hours in my hometown, not enough time to head to Sephora for a replacement, so I decided I’d just go without it on my next trip and make a purchase at my destination, if a store was nearby. Instead I discovered the Benefit cosmetics vending machine, took a chance on a new pressed powder, and became a fan of the new product. (I love how light it feels on my face and even dig the fresh smell of the product.)
Thanks, Benefit, for being there when I needed you. You’ve got a new convert thanks to your clever makeup vending machine in the Houston airport! Now I know I can by your products on the go– and I’ll buy them in stores, too.
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Heading to Nashville for a grown up weekend? Typically I write about family trips here on MomsTravelTales.com, but…
Here are few shots of my room:
The bed was as super comfortable as it looks. I sunk into it each night. Aaaaahhhh.
And the bathroom: (Don’t mind me in the mirror- but check out that cool glass sink and counter!!)
Pretty hip and luxurious, huh?
I’m sorry I didn’t snap a shot of the waterfall shower for you. But what I really liked about the shower was a perfect little ledge for resting my foot while shaving– talk about attention to detail!
Turn down service included a delicious pecan chocolate treat and a bottle of water, which was the perfect Southern touch.
The hotel’s restaurant continues the hip yet luxurious vibe, with interesting new foods to try mixed in with staples. And the staff? Absolutely friendly and professional. The beverage manager was such a pro that when the bar got hopping Saturday afternoon, he literally rolled up his sleeves and pitched in to help as a bar back… that’s team spirit!
I enjoyed an open-faced crab cake sandwich at the bar Saturday while watching the Florida Gators stomp the Tennessee Volunteers (and everyone was still nice to me). The sandwich rocked and the side salad I enjoyed with it was perfect. (I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to share. I was too busy watching the game to stop for a pic. Please forgive me.)
Sunday morning I had grits, poached eggs and ham for brunch and why yes, I did enjoy that blood orange mimosa. They have this awesome $6 Sparklers and Mary’s cocktail menu on Saturdays and Sundays and I had to take advantage of it.
So sure, the hotel sounds awesome, but is it affordable? Yep. I have to say that the prices were surprisingly less than what I would have expected for such a hotel. Seriously. Check it out.
So where is it?
The Hutton is about a mile walk to downtown… which wasn’t a problem at all. If you don’t want to walk, though, taxis are plentiful in Nasvhville. But there are also great restaurants and places to visit nearby in West End, without a walk all the way into downtown. One place to nearby to check out nearby is Tavern. The fries there are awesome. Next time I hope to try the Tennessee style ones— sweet potato fries with brown sugar, sea salt and jalepeno ketchup. Oh yeah….
1808 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
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I am convinced that that the All Day Dining Deal at Busch Gardens is a great way to save money and make a trip to the park so much better.
Last week I took two of my kids to Busch Gardens along with my brother’s family. My sister in law, the Happy Housewife, suggested I buy the All Day Dining Deal to save money on food throughout the park. And she was so right. (And that’s her photo up there, too… Thanks, Toni!!)
With the All Day Dining Deal, you get one main dish, one side or dessert and one non-alcoholic drink (including bottled water) each time you pass through the line at participating restaurants throughout Busch Gardens.
Yep, you can get those items each time you pass through the line, so don’t worry about not getting enough food. If you want more, just go back.
This means that when you are finished eating and your 10 year old wants a cookie, you can say “Sure, go get yourself a cookie and a bottle of water,” and then he can do it. No worry about cost. No worry about giving him money to deal with. No need for you to go back in line with him. He can go get that cookie and another bottle of water (or whatever).
The restaurants that offer this are all over the park and offer great food… and a lot of it. Plus, there are tons of healthy options including salads and generous servings of fruit alongside the french fries and other dishes.
So how much does it cost?
The All Day Dining Deal at Busch Gardens is $16.99 per person for children 3-9 and $32.99 for anyone older than that. Yes, that is all you pay all day for unlimited food and drink… I think we made it up in just bottled water alone throughout the hot day! And, when I bought my park tickets last week online, the All Day Dining Deal was included in my park tickets, so eating was FREE for us that day.
PSSST: If you’re on the tram in the parking lot right now, yes, you can but your tickets online with your smartphone and just show the barcode at the kiosks to get your wristbands and paper tickets. That’s what I did to get the deal!!
For our family this was a no-brainer and a great way to eat and drink at the park. Has anyone else used the All Day Dining Deal at Busch Gardens? What did you think?Filed under Florida, Saving Money | Comments Off
This week I am in Canada for the Wine Bloggers Conference (yep, I’m also a wine blogger over at VineSleuth Uncorked) and I want to keep in touch with friends and family back home, but I don’t want to incur hefty data charges for messaging.
App for messaging internationally for FREE
Back when we hosted foreign exchange daughters, one of them introduced me to Whats App, an app you can download for just 99 cents to your smartphone that uses wifi for messaging, rather than cellular data. She used it to keep in touch with friends back home in Germany, and now I use it when travelling internationally myself to stay in touch for FREE, anywhere I can access wifi. I also use it to message her and other friends in other countries from home or anywhere… it’s super convenient, just like text messaging. Whats App is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
Text, photo, video, group messaging
With Whats App you can send messages, photos, video and even send group messages. Plus, as long as you are connected to wifi, you get notifications on your home screen, just like a text message. And did I mention it is FREE, even when out of the country?
So far, this has definitely worked for me. I love keeping in touch… and I really love not paying extra for it.
Any other Whats App fans out there? Or anyone know of any other great messaging apps for keeping in touch internationally?Filed under Saving Money, Travel tips | Comment (1)
Looking for a few tips to make family travel even better this holiday season?
Last year I shared 12 days of travel tips on Moms Travel Tales. Since the advice still rings true, I thought sharing those links might help yet again this year. Plus, you’ll find links in each of those posts to other great Christmas tips from other bloggers, too. Click over and enjoy your journeys this season…
12 Days of Christmas Travel Tips:
- Day 1: One pep talk about family travel
- Day 2: The two best ways to manage a time zone change
- Day 3: Three reasons to consider a hotel staycation in December
- Day 4: Four ways to minimize stress on travel days
- Day 5: Five ways to be a gracious overnight houseguest
- Day 6: Six ideas for pampering overnight guests
- Day 7: Seven people to tip when traveling (and how much)
- Day 8: Eight tips for international travel
- Day 9: Nine secrets for a great hotel stay with kids
- Day 10: Ten tips for a better flight with kids
- Day 11: Eleven tried and true ways to beat boredom while waiting
- Day 12: Twelve things I’ve learned about travel with kids
Is there anything I’ve missed that you’d like to know about? Please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to write about it soon.
Or, if you have your own tip to share, please leave that in the comments, as well.
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