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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Celebrate 10/10/10 With Some Killer Travel Deals

10/10/10 is almost upon us and some fab resorts are offering some equally fab deals. Check them out below!


Offer: "The Power of 10" - Buy one room at rack rate and get additional nights for just $10 each. (Up to three additional nights for a maximum four night stay.)
Participating hotels: Aruba Marriott / Aruba Renaissance /  JW Marriott Cancun / Casa Magna Cancun Marriott / Curacao Marriott  / Grand Cayman Marriott / Puerto Vallarta Casa Magna Marriott / St Kitts Marriott / Frenchman’s Reef Marriott

Valid for Travel: October 11-December 20, 2010

Reservations: Visit; use promo code X77

In addition to offering "The Power of 10" promotion (see above, buy one room at rack rate and book up to three nights for just $10 each), St. Kitts Marriott Resort sweetens the deal with an additional offer...  

Offer:  On 10.10.10 St. Kitts Marriott Resort will offer the chance to book up to 10 room nights for $10 each.  The booking time slot will be announced at random via the resort's Twitter handle, @StKittsMarriott on 10.10.10.  The first 10 people to tweet @StKittsMarriott with the hashtag #SKM10 will be able to book up to 10 nights for $10 each. 

Valid for Travel: October 11-December 20, 2010

Reservations: If you are among the first 10 to respond with a tweet you will be contacted by the resort with booking information


Offer: Make any room reservation and add a bottle of wine, breakfast or room upgrade for just $10 each.

Valid for Travel: Oct 15 - Dec 23, 2010 and Jan 03 - April 16, 2011

Reservations: Call 1-877-254-3106 or email


Offer: Get Balam Rooms for US $110.00 + 19% tax and service charge  -OR-  3 nights in a Balam room / Daily Breakfast / Xunantunich Tour / Transfers to and from Belize City /Free upgrade, upon availability, to a casita for $1,010.10 inclusive of tax and service charge (package valid for two people)

Valid for Travel: Now through March 31, 2011 (excluding December 18, 2010 - January 3, 2011)

Reservations: Email and mention promo code: K10.10.10


Offer: Spend the holidays in Puerto Rico.  Stay 4 nights/5 days in a City View room during the week of Christmas (between December 23-29) with breakfast daily for two in the newly renovated La Vista Latin Grill for just $1010.10 

Valid for Travel: December 23-29

Reservations: Visit or call 1-800-228-9290 and request Promo Code HO9  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Climbing in Joshua Tree

Photo courtesy of Matt Walker/Inner Passage

Believe it or not, yours truly is going on her very first climbing trip. I will be climbing with Matt Walker of Inner Passage in Joshua Tree. I am so excited. I met Matt when I climbed my very first rock wall this summer at Miraval

I've been trying to get in shape for the big event ever despite fighting the ever present Texas allergies. Ugh.

I had no idea how much gear was involved with a trip like this. So, along with writing about my climbing experiences, I will also be writing about the various gear I will be taking along, including:

base layers, a hard shell, and pants from Mammut
a soft shell jacket from Westcomb
a nano puff jacket from Pattagonia
socks from Point6
sunglasses from Julbo
a helmet and headlamp from Petzl
a chalkbag from Metolius
climbing shoes and trail shoes from Scarpa
headwear from Buff
hats from Tilley
clothes from Lole

Lots more to come! Until then, back to yoga, nia, power walking, and power packing!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NCL's Epic and Nickelodeon All Access Cruises - WIN a prize pack today!!

I went on an amazing cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's magnificent new ship, the Epic last week. Three slides, two bowling alleys, a zillion restaurants. Plus, Blue Man Group, Second City, and a modern day circus!

In honor of the upcoming All Access Nickelodeon Cruises on February 20, 2011 to the Bahamas & Florida round-trip from New York on Norwegian's Jewel and July 24, 2011 to the Western Mediterranean round-trip from Barcelona on Norwegian's Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line has given me an amazing Nickelodeon prize pack to give away to one of my lucky readers!! The prize pack includes:

1 Dora the Explorer backpack
1 Dora Kids T-shirt
1 SpongeBob Kids T-shirt
2 Nickelodoen Puzzles
2 Nickelodeon DVDs (I Dora /1 Yo Gabba Gabba)
1 Dora interactive Flash Card Set
1 Nickelodeon greeting card set

To enter to WIN, send an email to with answers to the following questions:

1. What are the ports of call for the February cruise?
2. What are the ports of call for the July cruise?
3. To what other destinations does NCL cruise?
4. What three companies advertise on the homepage of
5. What literary award did my book, "Open" win?"

All entries must be received by October 10th.

Good Luck!!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Several months ago I started taking Nia at Move Studio and it has changed my life. Now's your chance to check the place out!

Saturday October 2, 7p-11p
FREE, thanks to our generous sponsors!

You're cordially invited to join us for our 10th Anniversary Extravaganza, Saturday, October 2nd. As our Guest of Honor, enjoy complimentary appetizers and libations, dance performances, shopping, live music, chair massages, raffle prizes and more. This night is our way of saying "WOO-HOOO!" for ten wonderful years!

The celebrating, snacking and sipping starts at 7p; live performances and ceremony/toast start at 8pm. Stick around as the lights dim, the music cranks and we boogie into the night at our joy-infused, high-vibe, life-affirming celebratory Dance Party, from 9:30p to 11p. Bring your friends, the more the merrier!