Make Someone Happy

If you have the power to make someone happy, do it!

The world needs more of that.

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The Old Red Barn

Sometimes things just aren’t as they seem. Sometimes a rustic old red barn isn’t where you would imagine it would be. Like this old barn. It reminds me of the lovely old buildings we saw while road tripping across the USA. But in reality, this barn is part of the magic at Disneyland. Imagine that!

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May 25, 2011 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and A Frugal Friend. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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 Join us every Tuesday (giveaway linky will go live 6pm Pacific time Monday) and link up your current giveaways. Easy Peasy! Or if you love to enter giveaways, stop by every week to see what giveaways are listed. Join the party, it’s going to be fun!

Our giveaway:

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Debra’s Giveaways:

Mattress Firm

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Fandango Giveaway

$100 Fandango Gift Card ends 7/7

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Discover London

We love to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s just the two of us, or if we’re traveling with one or all of the kids and/or grand kids. We simply love to travel. We’ve taken several cross county road trips and traveled by air to countries near and far. We love to discover different customs and cultures of various regions and countries. We continue to discover even when revisiting previous destintions. We especially enjoy Discover London trips, with so much to see and do. When traveling, expenses are inevitable, especially with airfare. So why not enjoy the benefits available when traveling with the Discover it Miles Card?

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I’m all about making smart choices and choosing from the best available options. It’s a way I can challenge myself and have fun in the process. When paying for travel and related expenses, why not be rewarded for being a savvy and loyal consumer? That’s what’s awesome about the Discover It Miles Card and the rewards it offers when using it.

The Discover it Miles Card features include:

  • No annual fee
  • Fly any airline any time. Just buy a ticket and use miles to credit your statement
  • 1.5x miles for every dollar spent on purchases
  • An annual credit up to $30 for in-flight Wi-Fi charges
  • Miles never expire
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Overnight shipping of a replacement card to any U.S. street address upon request
  • A $0 fraud liability guarantee where you are never responsible for unauthorized purchases on your Discover card

There is the customary legal small print here and there, but the perks are all on the up and up! I’m impressed! And what has my attention the most is the introductory offer. It’s a, “Really?,” “Wow!,” and,  “Are you kidding me?,” kind of thing. Discover It Miles will double the amount of miles you earn at the end of your first year. And there’s no spending cap! Wow! Isn’t that like kind of like free money?

Discover It Miles has so much to offer and I plan to take full advantage. Because, as I said, we are a traveling family, and I think we just found a new traveling friend! So now I want to share one of our recent favorite traveling experiences that we plan to repeat over and again. It was spectacular in so many ways, but mainly because we spent time with our youngest son.

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We decided on the spur of the moment to take a Discover London trip. Todd (our ‘baby boy,’ who will be 34 this year … ha!) made plans to join us two days before we left. We had a fabulous time. With a generation between us, we still have a lot in common and love spending time together. We refer to him as our hippie/bohemian, beanie baby. He’s totally laid back, always sees the good, and goes with the flow in any situation. I love this kid!!

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We enjoyed the inflight services, meals and amenities. We also took advantage of the 11 or so flight hours to London to also get some rest.

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We visited well-known and easily recognizable landmarks teeming with people.

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We also took time to see and explore small, out-of-the way London neighborhoods.

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The world-famous Natural History Museum attracts visitors of all ages and levels of interest.

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Big Ben is just as its name implies: BIG!

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The iconic London Eye is easily recongnizable and stands out along the skyline. 

So, why not utilize the Discover it Miles Card not only during your travel this summer, but for your needs all year around, near or far?!

(We at Simple Sojourns are the photographers and owners of all photos and they are not to be used/copied without permission.)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Live Your Life and Love It

Live your life and love it! 

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Disneyland Hotel

July 14, 2014 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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Southern California Staycation

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David and I love to take road trips. We’ve even taken a few cross-country road trips. We still talk about every detail and stop along the way. But sometimes learning and experiencing the wonders of  our own neck-of-the-woods is just as fascinating as traveling a great distance. We like to refer to this as our Southern California Staycation.

Did you know there’s more to Southern California than Disneyland? Don’t get me wrong. We’re huge fans of Disney. We have annual passes and a Disney category on the blog. But we want to share a few of the lesser known but fabulous places to visit in this place we call home.

(La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, California)

But first … there’s that famous thing known around the world as … Southern California traffic. Yup! It can be a real live, nerve-wracking, put a kink in your day, throw you off schedule, kind of thing. So be prepared!

  • Plan plenty of travel to time to arrive at your destination.
  • Relax but, pay attention to others driving around you.
  • Enjoy the scenery along the way. 
  • Most importantly, make sure your car has been prepared mechanically for traveling. Believe me, you don’t want to be needing the use of a tow truck service on a So Cal freeway for lack of planning. It can ruin your day and your vehicle if not maintained properly, and not to mention quite dangerous.

We count on professionals when it comes to maintaining our cars. From major work right down to oil changes, we want the job done right. That’s why we rely on the automotive pros at our local Walmart. And when preparing for road trip with thousands of miles, or a staycation with only hundreds of miles, we want our car in perfect running condition. We recently took our Jaguar into Walmart’s Automotive center to have the oil changed. Because it has high miles (over 75,000) we counseled with the technician on what would be best for our particular car. We went with Pennzoil Platinum. It’s a synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. Pennzoil Platinum also helps to keep the pistons cleaner. I’m not too savvy on the workings of the engine, but I trust my Walmart pro!

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Walmart’s well-known Rollback prices include Pennzoil oil changes in the Automotive Care Center, too. How cool is that? I’m all about saving money. 

  • Get a Pennzoil oil change for Rollback prices June 10th – September 9th, 2015.
  • High Mileage $35.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $39.88. (The industry standard price is $46)
  • Platinum Full Synthetic $45.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $49.88. (Industry standard price $66)

One of the things we love about Walmart’s Automotive Care Center is … it’s connected to Walmart! *wink* While our car was being cared for we spent time in the store shopping. It was a win-win for both our car and us!

Now let’s hit the roads of Southern California! There’s a lot we can do with the money we saved at Walmart! 

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Nestled in the hills of the Pacific Palisades is the J. Paul Getty Villa. Be prepared to step back in time to the ancient days of Rome. The museum is a replica of the ancient villa of the Papyri. The stunning gardens, incredible architecture and one-of-a-kind museum artifacts are extraordinary. Not to mention the breathtaking views of the pacific ocean!

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The Huntington Library is situated on 207 acres in San Marino. The grounds are beautiful, along with several architecturally unique buildings housing art collections as well as rare books and manuscripts. Plan for an entire day so you’ll be able to visit all seventeen of the botanical gardens.

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The original Los Angeles Farmer’s Market is in the heart of the city. It first opened in 1934 and has since been designated a historic Los Angeles landmark. Farmer’s Market features more than 100 restaurants, grocers, and tourist shops. It’s the perfect place to relax over a meal and to people watch.

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The unique town of Laguna Beach is charming in and of itself. From the art galleries, unique shopping and restaurant experiences, to gorgeous beaches, it seems Laguna Beach has it all. I spent many a summer day sunbathing in Diver’s Cove. Now, many years later, we explore the coves with our grandchildren.

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Sea World San Diego is located right on the waters of Mission Bay. The almost ever-constant breeze and scent of the ocean make for the best holiday ever! But besides the entertaining shows, there are also opportunities to get up close and personal with dolphins, beluga whales and penguins. They’re very awesome educational experiences! 

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Meet Izu! We think of him as the unofficial mascot for the San Diego Safari Park. His favorite place to sleep is right on top of his very own Land Rover. If possible, plan on an entire day when visiting the Safari Park. And the earlier you arrive the more active the animals tend to be. We love to observe the animals that are able roam in large enclosures without cages. The San Diego Safari Park is an asset to the animal community. It has worked hard and with great successes at removing animals off the endangered list. 

Of the countless activities Southern California has to offer, these are just a few of our favorites. Most are all day experiences and we don’t like to miss a minute of fun. Keeping our cars maintained takes the worry of being stuck on the side of busy freeways or scenic back roads. Check out Walmart’s Automotive Care Center and the awesome Rollback prices for Pennzoil oil changes! Why Pennzoil? Because it’s designed to protect your engine keeping it clean. This allows you to drive an extra of 550 miles per year. Pennzoil is also on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. I like that!

So, how about you? Do your enjoy road trips? How about a staycation where you drive to local attractions in your area? Whatever your preference, safe driving and happy trails! 

(All photos belong to Simple Sojourns and may not be used/copied without permission.)

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The Light at the end of Hip Replacement

Eight years ago David was injured in a terrorist bombing. We had just landed in Madrid Spain when ETA (aka the Basque Separatist) set off a powerful bomb in the airport parking structure. David was just exiting the terminal when the impact of the explosion knocked him back through the air. He sustained injuries to the left side of his body. Today, the light at the end of the hip replacement tunnel is getting brighter. (He had his first hip replacement three months ago) Now we can forever put the bombing behind us.

The light at the end of Hip Replacement

June 23, 2015 – iPhone 5

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and A Frugal Friend. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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Our giveaway:

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Going Green with Sunrun and Giveaway!

Are you taking advantage of the sun’s solar energy yet? We’ve recently been contemplating getting solar panels. With the cost of electricity rising every year, solar energy makes more and more sense. It’s good for the environment and can cost less than conventional power. So let’s talk about going green with Sunrun.

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Harnessing the power of the sun is a smart way to power your home. Many people however, are under the impression that solar power is expensive, even though it can be just the opposite. With Sunrun solar service you can get started for as little as zero (yes, zero) money up front. You only pay for the solar power, not the panels. Sunrun tends to the system for the lifetime of your agreement. They monitor and maintain the system with no cost to you. Sunrun buys and installs the panels customized just for your home. Once that’s all done you’re ready to go! You pay Sunrun a low locked-in rate for your clean, good-for-the-planet (and you) solar electricity. Sounds good to me! 

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As electricity rates continue to rise, your locked-in rate with Sunrun will stay the same. Sunrun customers save an average of 20% on their electricity costs.* (*Actual savings will vary. See http://clvr.li/1dwHGKc for details.). One size fits all is not what Sunrun is all about. They’ve created their own design technology called BrightPath. Using BrightPath, Sunrun creates a design specifically for your home and your needs.  

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Your house will have a netmeter installed, which tells your local electirc company how much solar electricity your system is sending to the power grid. It might sound complicated, but it really isn’t. On sunny days your panels are cranking out solar electricity which your home is using. If you produce more electricity than you use the extra is sent to the utility grid and the netmeter spins backwards giving you credit. At night, or on a cloudy day, you’ll use what credit you have and any extra will be obtained from the utility grid. The netmeter will spin forward letting your local electric company know how much you used. 

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So … is your house a good candidate for Sunrun solar service?  

  • First: Do you have a high electric bill? If you’re paying a lot for electricity there’s a good chance that solar is the right for you.
  • Second: Is your roof in good condition? Does it face south, east or west? Grab a compass and check it out!
  • Third: Do you live in an area that Sunrun services? Check their website to find out.

Just for fun, take a look at this fun and informative Sunrun video:

I have to giggle because I’m vegan (and eat kale). But a hippie? Not so much.

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Don’t miss out on the Sunrun Facebook Sweepstakes! Sunrun is giving away Nest Learning Thermostats to 100 lucky winners. Enter now!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Pray for Charleston

Pray for Charleston.

Pray for Charleston

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