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When we first began our points and miles journey, I quickly realized that I needed to find a points and miles app to keep my credit cards organized. I’ve always said that this is a hobby for people with great organizational skills. But even the most organized person can become overwhelmed with all of the data to keep straight.

For instance, if I want to avoid an annual fee during the second year of having a card, I need to know when my credit card anniversary is approaching. If I want to apply for a new card I need to know how long it has been since I applied for my last card. And if I want to apply for a Chase card I need to know where I stand with my 5/24 status.

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Pay for disney hotels with Points and Miles

Over on my instagram account, one of the most common requests I get is for more information on how to pay for a trip to Disney World with points and miles. There are plenty of ways to pay for hotels in the Orlando area with points, but there’s something pretty special about staying at a Disney hotel, not to mention the added perks (more on that in a bit). So today I’m going to get even more specific and teach you how to book Disney hotels with points and miles.

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Review of Hyatt Regency Orlando near Universal Studios

During our recent visit to Universal Studios, we were looking for a nearby hotel where we could utilize our Hyatt points, spend some time at a pretty pool, and be a short distance away from the parks. The pictures online of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Drive looked beautiful and when I saw that there was a waterslide I knew my kids would be all about that!

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Planning a Trip to Disney World on a Budget

Are you in the midst of planning a trip to Disney World and starting to feel some sticker shock?? I am here to tell you that it’s not just you… you are not cheap and you are not alone. Disney World is just expensive, especially if you don’t know where to find the savings. But, that’s where I come in!

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Build a Droid in Galaxy's Edge Disney World

Visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World for the first time with 3 Stars Wars loving boys was awesome. Any Disney lover knows that they go all out when it comes to theming, and Galaxy’s Edge is a prime example of that. We would all agree that one of the best parts of the day was watching them participate in the hands on experiences. My two older boys got to build lightsabers but we thought it would be better for our 6 year old to build a droid (more on that later).

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How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

Want to hear something pretty cool? In the last 2 years our family has not paid for one single plane ticket. Now that’s easy if you haven’t traveled anywhere, but nope! That’s not at all the case. In just the last 2 years we have flown to Costa Rica twice, the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Chicago and Florida 4 times. And for each of those flights our only cost was the taxes for each ticket. Want to know how we do it?

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banner for fort myers beach salty sam's pirate cruise adventures

Looking for things to do in Fort Myers Beach? Or how about things to do in Fort Myers with kids? Well, Ahoy, me hearties and welcome aboard! Today’s post is all about our experience on the Salty Sam’s All Ages Pirate Cruise setting sail from Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach.

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Our Review of Amor Arenal Adults Only Hotel in Costa Rica

If you are traveling with adults over the age of 13 and your travels to Costa Rica are bringing you anywhere near the La Fortuna area, you may be wondering where to stay near Arenal Volcano. Well, you have to check out, what we would now call, one of the best hotels near Arenal Volcano. This was our second visit to Costa Rica and it was love at first sight for my husband and I when we pulled up to Amor Arenal, a secluded adults only hotel.

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A Complete Hyatt Andaz Costa Rica Review

Two years ago our family took our first ever vacation paid for with points and miles and It. Was. The. Best. Our destination? Costa Rica! The country that seems to have it all: good food, good coffee, great people, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, wildlife and adventure. If you’re looking for suggestions for visiting Costa Rica with your family, you can read more about our first visit to Costa Rica and our 10 day itinerary here, because today’s post is all about our anniversary trip and our stay at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo. We left the kids behind for 3 nights of relaxation, 5 star treatment, and pure vida. Our trip started at the Amor Arenal in La Fortuna, about 2 1/2 hours away and ended at the Hyatt Andaz. Both were excellent but read on to see our full Andaz Costa Rica review, what we loved, and what we would have changed.

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Things to do in fort myers, fl with kids

Fort Myers has become somewhat of a second home for us. Ever since my parents moved their several years ago we seem to make it to southwest Florida about 2 or 3 times a year. And because my parents have lived there since we started having kids, we have tackled quite a few of the family friendly attractions in the Fort Myers area. If you have a visit planned in the near future, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of things to do in Fort Myers with kids, regardless of their ages!

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All-Inclusive Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

Last week our family spent 5 nights at the recently opened Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana all-inclusive resort. I’m just going to go all in with the cheese and say, it was a “dream!” Really! We couldn’t have asked for anything more. The staff, the food, the entertainment, the beach, the pools… all of it was beyond what we expected. And now that we’re back I wanted to share more about our experience for anyone considering a vacation at this Dreams Resort location by putting together a Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana review.

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How to Survive Airport Security with Kids

One of best ways to make traveling with kids less of a hassle, is to be prepared for airport security. Between the large crowds, the juggling of all the gear, and the wrangling of all those kids, airport security can feel a little bit like herding cats.

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Disney World in the Rain Guide

If you know Florida weather, you know that you will almost definitely encounter a rain shower or two during your Disney vacation. The good news is that Disney World in the rain is still Disney World, and there is still plenty of fun to be had even if you get a little wet in the process.

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Magic Kingdom in the Rain

Our most recent visit to Disney World just happened to be smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Eta. While it ended up not being the complete catastrophe I expected it to be, we definitely had our fair share of downpours that week. And as I was navigating the park with 3 kids in the rain I knew I had to write a post when I got home for anyone who is planning a trip and wondering, “what do you do at Magic Kingdom when it rains?”

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