What Kind of Traveler Are You? Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points!

This giveaway is closed. Matthew, who is a Discoverer, is the winner! Congrats Matthew.

If you know me in real life you know I love to travel and I write about our family travels more and more frequently on my mom blog. One of my favorite hotel chains is Marriott. In fact, I just stayed at the JW Marriott in beautiful Cherry Creek, Colorado, near Denver and loved every minute of my stay! The room was fabulous and everything was top notch. I have a Marriott Rewards account and I love watching the points add up after hotel stays.


Marriott hotel room What Kind of Traveler Are You? Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points!

My gorgeous room at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, Colorado. LOVED the king size bed and the view!

When it comes to travel, are you an Urban Explorer, Luxury Lover, or a Weekend Wanderer? Marriott Rewards has a fun “What’s Your Travel Type? Facebook game running now through August 31. Not only will you gain a fun insight into your travel personality, but you’ll be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of six dream vacations designed specifically for the type of travel that you love!

travel type What Kind of Traveler Are You? Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points!To play the game, visit Facebook.com/MarriottRewards and “Like” the page. Then choose your favorite option from pairs of activities to discover your travel personality and easily share it with friends. Each travel personality has a Marriott brand that embodies your travel type and you can enter to win that dream vacation. You can play the game once a day, every day for the month, and you can also vary your answers to enter the drawings for multiple travel types.

“What’s Your Travel Type?” is part of a new Marriott Rewards campaign that showcases the vast breadth of brands in which Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points at over 3,600 locations worldwide.

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Want to win 50,000 more Marriott Rewards Points? (Just think how far those would go toward free hotel stays at any of their properties…I am a big fan of Fairfield Inn & Suites during travel soccer season!)

One lucky BlondeMomShops reader is going to win  50,000 Marriott Rewards Points! Simply take the Marriott travel quiz mentioned above and then leave a comment on this post letting me know what travel type you are.

For up to five additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Monday, September 3. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, ages 18 and up.

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Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And Grads

Mud Pie Jewelry Case Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And Grads

I am a sucker for unique gifts and I love to travel so I was thrilled to receive a jewelry case from Mud Pie in the fun and vibrant Morning Glory pattern. I don’t pack a lot of jewelry when I travel, but I do like to change up my bracelets and earrings.

This zippered round jewelry case, which reminds me of a flower, is just the right size for slipping into my carry on suitcase. It retails for $20, making it a great gift for the traveler on your list. Think fun birthday present or Mother’s Day gift (and you could slip a little piece of jewelry inside as an added surprise.)

Mud Pie also sent me a fabulous red knit scarf (seen here in gray.)

Mud Pie Scarf Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And Grads

With Mother’s Day coming up and graduation, Mud Pie has so many cute gift ideas to choose from that you’ll find something for everyone. Plus, they offer free shipping on all orders of $50 or more.

Here are some of my picks from their newest inventory.

Tangerine Straw Clutch Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And GradsTangerine Straw Ruffle Clutch, $34Blue Starfish Tote Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And Grads

Blue Starfish Personalized Tote, $22.50

Stone Vegan Cell Phone Case Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And GradsStone Vegan Cell Phone Case, $16

 Graduate Chevron Design Cooler Tote Mud Pie: Great Gifts For Moms And GradsThe Graduate 6 Pack Cooler

Looking for an Easter gift? Use code PERSEAS at checkout to get free personalization on any Easter item at Mud Pie.

Disclosure: Mud Pie sent me two items to review in exchange for a review of their website.

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Kids Love Tennessee: Travel Guide Review

Kids Love Travel Book Kids Love Tennessee: Travel Guide Review

It’s amazing to me how many things there are to do as a family in my own home state. We haven’t gone on a family vacation this year, but we’ve kept really busy with our girls doing fun family outings in Nashville.

Authors George and Michele Zavatsky sent me their Kids Love Tennessee travel guide for families. It’s filled with “kid-tested” destinations that are must see attractions for families in my home state.

The book is well-organized into six helpful geographical areas: West, Middle, Eastern Middle, South East, North East, and Middle East. For each destination listed there are helpful directions, contact information (such as phone and website), hours of operation, and admission prices. I also love that the photos used throughout the book feaure the Zavatsky’s own two children! You could easily find 50 to 100 things to do within an hour or two’s drive of your own home.

I love the tips the authors include at the beginning of Kids Love Tennessee on how to make family adventures run smoothly. Here are just a few:

  • Consider the child’s age before deciding to take a visit
  • Know directions and parking. Call ahead (or visit the company’s website)…
  • Call ahead for reservations or details, if necessary.
  • Estimate the duration of the trip. Bring small surprises (favorite juice  boxes) travel books, and toys.
  • Plan picnics along the way. Many state history sites and state parks are scattered throughout Tennessee. Allow time for a rural/sceienic route to take advantage of these free picnic facilities.

The back of the 240-page book has a helpful section listing festivals, as well as a list organized by subject (such as history, museums, outdoor exploring, and the arts) for educators.

Authors George and Michele Zavatsky have been doing what is now in vogue for years…”daycationing.” For many families traveling this year, a day trip is an economic, fun way to travel without spending an exorbitant amount of hotel accommodations or airfare.

The Kids Love Travel book series includes several state guides. Take a look at the Kids Love Travel website to see all those available. Kids Love Tennessee is now on sale for $11.95.