Stress-free Travel w/ the Wyndham Hotel Group

It’s officially summer and time to get those vacation plans going. Of course trying to get started can seem stressful and overwhelming. Starting off your summer vacation on the right foot begins with the right airline and hotel, especially if you’re booking travel plans for the family. Not getting great deals when booking multiple people is a crime for both your travel plans and your budget. Luckily, great hotels like the Wyndham Hotel Group, offer amazing deals to make your summer vacation an amazing one. Get bonus points, a percentage off their best rates, free nights, and perks.

Wyndham Hotel Group has a portfolio of 15 diverse hotel brands that has something to offer every family, whether you’re travelling with teens to NYC, the sunny beaches of Florida or California, or off to a European adventure, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and their familiar Days Inn properties has got you travelers covered with some valuable deals and convenient family-friendly amenities.

  1. TRYP By Wyndham – TRYP is the perfect option for families with picky pre-teens. With locations in exciting cities like New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Buenos Aires, they’ll never be bored! DEAL ALERT: Book online at least seven days in advance and save 10% off the Best Available Rate. You’ll even receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points – score!
  2. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – looking to enjoy the finer things in life during the summer vacation?The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has got your covered from Florida to California and all across the US. As their hotel guest, you can expect hotels with good food, are near beautiful beaches and filled with activities the entire family can enjoy.
    DEAL ALERT: This summer, save 30 percent off the Best Available Rate when booking three consecutive nights!
  3. Days Inn – Active families coordinating a road trip to grandma’s can find comfort knowing that Days Inn will be there for their next stop. Their locations are both convenient and plentiful! DEAL ALERT: Beyond saving 15 percent by booking a week in advance, you’ll save even more money since kids 17 and under stay free with paying adults!

BONUS DEAL ALERT: Wyndham Rewards members get perks with each and every stay at any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s 15 diverse hotel brands. Points earned by mom and dad for business can be used for leisure trips with the kids and with as little as 5,500 points travelers can even earn a free night. Happy traveling this summer!

Tide OXI Open House hosted by HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott

Was there furniture or household items you threw away because they were dingy, stained, and seemed unsalvageable? Maybe it was a piece that’s been in the family for generations, a found/salvaged item, or maybe your household items were damaged or soiled by an unfortunate event like a flood or natural disaster. You’ll be happy to know that there is an effective and very affordable way to give new life to furniture that may seem lost, thanks to Tide’s newest and first multi-purpose cleaner – Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. That’s right, for this first time, Tide moves outside the laundry and brings the power of Tide to your entire household. so before you throw away that piece o furniture, why not just “#Tidethat. To introduce this amazing new launch, handsome and hilarious HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott, was on-hand to host and walk us through the Tide OXI open house which housed several found pieced brought back to life.

The powerful multi-purpose cleaner can be used in and out of the wash; use it as an additive with your detergent. or make a solution with water to use it almost anywhere around your home. Jonathan scoured the streets of New York and Craigslist ads to find some of the dirtiest household items people discarded and cleaned them up with the new multi-purpose cleaner, which can be used on over 225 surfaces, to show the true power of its stain removing power, to miraculous results.what gives Tide OXI its  powerful cleaning ability? An ingredient called NOBS, which works with peroxide to form peracid – a stronger form of bleach versus peroxide alone, resulting in stronger stain fighting power. Using this amazing product, Jonathan and the Tide team were able to give these items a through deep clean and rid them of dirt, grime and stains. The below photos pictures shows some of the items before they were cleaned:

We got a chance to speak with Jonathan Scott about some of the found furniture pieces and the money-saving benefits of using Tide OXI. Check out our brief interview below and some of the furniture and household items after the cleaning:



“If you plan on selling your home, make sure your home is spotless and immaculately cleaned, including the furniture, to optimize the staging experience,” Jonathan Scott advised. “Staging can increase the selling time and value of your home.” In his years of experience, Jonathan has seen homes sell for up to $20,000 more than the asking price when they staged well.

Jonathan also shared a few tips on how to revamp your home this summer without breaking the bank:

  • Prep Your Home: Even before meeting with a Realtor, get your house ready to sell. To increase the selling value of your home and even help it sell faster you’d be surprised the value that cleaning provides.
  • Restore Overly Used Surfaces: The kitchen is one of the messiest areas of the home subject to food and drink spills. Be armed to tackle a variety of kitchen messes with a multi-purpose cleaner that can clean everything from counters to floors and even kitchenware.
  • Look for Bargains in Unexpected Places: There’s no need to buy expensive furniture. Scour the internet and flea markets for used pieces to upcycle. Many items others find unusable just need a good cleaning with Tide OXI to experience a transformation.
  • Reuse Items from Last Season: Make your patio the talk of the neighborhood without spending a lot of money. Transform key pieces of furniture, such as patio furniture from old to “is that new?” with Tide OXI. Get into crevices and remove tough stains and dirt leftover from last year by giving cushions a good scrub with this terrific cleanser.

Our favorite transformation, besides the gorgeous antique lounge chair, are these black and white text tea cups, the before to after transformation is completely unbelievable. The tea cups look brand new and are a far cry from where they started

What makes the entire event more amazing is some of the items shown above were made available to the Habitat for Humanity Restore resale outlets, which sell new or gently used household items to raise funds to help create affordable housing. A 7.5 lb or 144 oz tub of Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover retails for $12.99 and can be found in the laundry section in stores.

Travel Highlight: Let’s Go to Maharashtra, India

At one point, we traveled extensively, it was a great joy in our lives as we love to travel. We love the temporary escape from our reality, opening the window to a view that’s not the usual, experiencing new people, cultures, foods, and the wonderful sights each destination has to offer. Today we’re highlighting Maharashtra, a state in the western region of India and India’s second-most populated state. We actually meant to cover this previously but…..life. Anyway, we had the pleasure of being a guest at a travel event for Maharashtra, India and delighted in the music, dancing and food featured at the event.

Maharashtra is the wealthiest and most developed state in India, but you may be more familiar with its state capital and largest city, Mumbai. Though Mumbai is the most popular, Maharashtra has 35 districts. There are lots of things to enjoy, like visiting the Mumbai Monorail, the first mono railway in India, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, India’s first cable-stayed bridge, the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, the Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and a statue of Ganesha. Along with lots of beautiful sights to see, there are lots of delicious culinary wonders to delight in, a foodie’s dream. At the Maharashtra Tourism event, I heartily enjoyed a variety of dishes…..see some of the cuisine I enjoyed below:

Maharashtra cuisine features amazing dishes that range from mild to very spicy. Some of the popular dishes include puran poli (a traditional type of sweet flatbread), ukadiche Modak (a steamed or fried coconut-filled sweet dumpling), and batata vada (potato fritters). The is divided into two wide categories of cuisine – Konkani, and Varadi. Although they are different, both cuisines use lots of seafood and coconut. Some other ingredients used in dishes from Maharashtra include onion, garlic, ginger, red chilli powder, green chilies, lentils, and tamarind. Non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are generally eaten with boiled rice or soft roti bread, and the most popular fish is bombil, also known as the Bombay duck.

The beauty of Maharashtra isn’t just in its sights and foods, as they have many different types of beautiful dances. The Povada is the dance form that describes the life of Maratha ruler, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; the Lavani and Koli dances entertains you with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movements; the Dhangri Gaja dance pays respect to the God Biruba; the Dindi and Kala are the religious folk dances, and the Tamasha is the most popular folk dance. We enjoyed a sampling of, and took video of the beautiful dances performed during the event, enjoy them below:

We hope to visit Maharashtra one day and experience it’s stunning beauty first hand, it is definitely on our travel wish list.

Get Seduced by the Green Fairy | Absolument Parfumeur Launches Absolument Absinthe Fragrances

We all know the Absinthe aka the Green Fairy is dangerously seductive and can entice you to do things that are a bit on the naughty side. Imagine having the power of that persuasion in your fragrance. Pascal Rolland, founder of the Liquoristerie de Provence, who in 1999 was behind the return of Absinthe liquor, is the first to create a fragrance that features the mysterious and mind-altering liquor. With his company, Absolument Parfumeur, Monsieur Rolland became the first liquor-making perfumer, launching Absolument Absinthe, and following it with four other scents for men and women. The perfumer, who recently signed with Crafting Beauty Inc. to be its exclusive distributor in the USA and Canada, welcomes this range of exotic fragrances stateside for the first time.
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As of today, Absolument Parfumeur features the following five fragrances:

Absolument Absinthe – Light and deep, luminous and mesmerizing unisex fragrance that reacts to your own chemistry. A woman’s skin will bring out the floral notes. A man’s skin will bring out the fresh spicy notes.

  • Top notes: the first contact with the note is created by the sparkling pulp mingled to the black Chinese tea, scented with bergamot. The spicy exotic fragrance of “Canepa Sativa,” or cannabis, gives an aromatic aspect unknown till now.
  • Heart notes: the Absinthe, both fresh and intriguing, combined with the green Iranian galbanum heart express a very strong duality. The floral notes (lily of the valley, Lotusflower, jasmine, Ylang-Ylang ) are warmed by the noble spicy notes (nutmeg and Ceylon cardamom).
  • Base notes: the woody warmth Sandalwood base note is softened by the sensuality of the Musks.

Absolument Femme – Floral, sophisticated, elegant, subtle, delicious, mesmerizing, fragile and mysterious, that is what defines absolute femininity.

  • Top notes: Citrus, Italian Bergamot, Argentine Lemon
  • Heart notes: Absinthe, Thyme, Chamomile, Caraway, Cinnamon, Geranium, Lavender and florals: Lily of the Valley, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, Carnation
  • Base notes: Patchouli, Leather, Animal, Sweet Amber, Vanilla

Absolument Homme –  their version of the ultimate olfactive signature for men conveying elegance, virility, and simplicity. Providing an aromatic stamina, Absolument Homme is a perfume that deftly combines virility and refinement.

  • Top notes: the freshness of Sicilian lemon and the citrus elegance of the Bergamot orange.
  • Heart notes: Egyptian Geranium, Spicy Carnation, and nutmeg seeds carry refinement and subtlety.
  • Base notes: woodland and amber unite Musk, Sandalwood of Mysore, Cedarwood of Virginia and Patchouli leaves.

13th Note Femme – floral, fruity and sweet, the 13th Note actually gives this perfume its name as well as its intoxicating softness and femininity. Femme is an enchanting perfume that dresses a woman in an irrepressible desire. Inspired by a dessert from french chef, René Berges, it offers to women new sensations that appeal to all the senses.

  • Top notes: Ananas, raspberry, green strawberry and sage
  • Heart notes: Rose, violet, mimosa, vanilla and jasmine
  • Base notes: Musks, white peach, honey and amber

13th Note Homme – The 13th NOTE for men is aromatic, fresh and spicy, an innovative and complex fragrance for elegant men. Just as with Femme, it is this 13th Note that gives Homme its name and its fascinating elegance. Also inspired by a dish from chef René Berges, Homme is an exclusive perfume, one for a man of mystery, power, and refinement.

  • Top notes: Mandarin, anis, and basil from Provence
  • Heart notes: Chamomile, black pepper, chili pepper, white clove, sage and wormwood
  • Base notes: Atlas and American cedar, patchouli, leather and white musk

To experience the 13th Note for men, let it interact with your skin for 5 minutes so that all the notes can aerate and reach a balance.

The fragrance line launched with a luxe packaging, made of 100% recycled cotton made to look like real leather, without actually having to use the skins. Want to get to know these five fragrances? The Absolument Parfumeur fragrances are available at Henri Bendel in New York as well as Crafting Boutique online.

Would youw ear the range of Absolument Absinthe fragrances? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Bounce & Thom Filicia Welcomes Bounce Bursts to the Washing Machine

We found out something, thanks to Bounce, that really had us thinking about how much time we spend indoors. If you think about it, the majority of all our time is spent indoors. Whether it be at home, on our commute (subway or car), at work, etc. We really do spend most of our lives inside missing out on all the wonderful scents and views nature has in store for us. Did you know that taking in the fresh smell of outdoors can actually refresh your mood? According to a recent study, Americans spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors. Which led to Bounce asking the question, “what if we can bring the outdoor freshness inside?” And of course they have achieve just that with the launch of their newest, time-released, in-wash fabric care product, Bounce Bursts.

With the help of celebrity interior designer Thom Filicia of HGTV and Style Network (he will always be one of the Fab Five to us), Bounce transformed The Old Bowery Station in downtown NYC to a beautiful outdoor meadow complete with beautiful spring flowers, a swing chair so inviting, we almost sat down and spent the afternoon taking in the wonderful, fresh scent of Bounce’s latest launch, and a line of fresh scented laundry.

Bounce’s first ever in-wash laundry product helps bring the freshness of the outdoors with you whenever you go, making you forget you’re stuck indoors. Just shake a few of these fun little bursts into your washer at the beginning of the wash cycle and enjoy the refreshing, clean, breezy, outdoor freshness in everything you wash for weeks. We had the great opportunity to have Thom Filicia walk us through the event and introduce us to Bounce Bursts, share some of his amazing design work and products (we want that rug), and share tips on how to incorporate outdoor freshness in our homes and fabrics.

Some of our favorite Thom Filicia tips are as follows:

  • Don’t be afraid of bright colors – By painting your walls with a bright color, the essence and vibrancy of the outdoors can be translated inside. For those who aren’t risk takers, focusing on one accent wall or introducing bright colors through the use of throw pillows or blankets as an easy (and maybe less daunting) way to bring the outdoors indoors.
  • Switch up your patterns and layer your materialsDon’t be afraid to be playful with your fabrics, adding in floral-inspired patterns and colors, along with a mix of materials, from wood to metal or stone, will help you evoke the feeling of being outside while lounging and even working indoors. You can also wash linens and other washable fabrics with Bounce Bursts for an added boost of Outdoor Fresh Scent.
  • Transform your fabricsBy washing your clothes with Bounce Bursts, you will take the Outdoor Fresh scent with you everywhere you go. You can also add the beads to a dish or vase to transform the scent of your entire laundry room. 

Bounce Bursts are now available nationwide in Bounce’s signature Outdoor Fresh scent for a $6.99. Visit http://bouncefresh.com/bursts/laundry-scent-booster for more information on new Bounce Bursts.

You’re Invited: La Nuit En Rosé Wine Event

Calling all fellow New York City fans of Rosé Wine, have we got an amazing event to share with you thanks to wine entrepreneur, Pierrick Bouquet. No longer known as the wine industry’s step child, everyone is declaring their love for the pink-hued wine. As the weather gets warmer, Rosé wines are enjoying a surge of popularity and one event that will celebrate this delicious vintage is the La Nuit En Rosé (The Pink Night) event in NYC. Rosés, have long been known for their incredible versatility and as complimentary to any food…plus it is the official wine of summer. This wine and food tasting extravaganza, the country’s first large-scale wine event devoted exclusively to sparkling and still Rosé wines, takes place during two-four hour sessions on June 13th and 14th aboard the luxurious, state-of-the art Hornblower Hybrid, along the Hudson River.
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La Nuit en Rosé will celebrate an astonishing 85 various rosés from 58 wineries around the world, including: France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, Argentina and the US and promises a chic, cocktail-style tasting event with lively music, and some of the best views the city has to offer. The event will also include delicious cuisine to compliment the variety of wines, such as a selection of ice creams (one rosé-infused) from The Tipsy Scoop; canelés and financiers French pastries by Céline; oysters provided from the Brooklyn Oyster Party; and cheese and charcuterie from Vin sur Vingt.

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Choose your experience La Nuit en Rosé below:

DAY – 1PM to 5PM: Take in the summertime sun during our daytime celebration. Sip on the world’s finest Rosé wines while taking in the sights of downtown New York City and listening to live music. Cruises begin at 2pm and sail until 3:30pm.

NIGHT – 7PM to 11PM: Prepare for a night of wine tasting, dancing, and cruising around the city. Enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline and explore some of the best rosé wines from around the world. Cruises begin at 8pm and sail until 9:30pm.

The event will also feature a wine competition, where ten distinguished judges, sommeliers and wine directors – Jamie Kaloustian from Dovetail, Paul Altuna from Le Cirque, Roger Dagorn from Tocqueville, Victoria James from Ristorante Mornini I Alta Marea Group, Chad Walsh from The Dutch, AJ Ojeda-Pons from Lambs Club, Geoffrey Fischer from wd~50, international wine judge Robin Kelley O’Connor, and master of wine Lisa Granik, will be on hand to bestow honors on the best of the very same wines you as a guest will be sampling. And, unlike almost any other wine competitions, La Nuit En Rosé will feature an audience award.

Passes for each tasting are only $60.00 each and can be purchased here: http://nuitrose.com/event/attend.

Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster: Drug-Free Pain Relief

Big pain relief comes in a small package. It is a known fact that when it comes to the human body, there will be pain, but that doesn’t mean there is no escape from it; and that escape doesn’t have to include pharmaceuticals. For those who suffer from back, shoulder, knee, ankle, and neck pain, get ready to get back to a pain-free life……even while you sleep. Say goodbye to painkillers that make you feel groggy, drowsy and with a sense of continued discomfort when you say hello to the Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster.

The Micro Therapy Pro™ features on the spot 24-hr pain relief due to small, pulsating currents of electricity that begins immediately after you apply it to your body. The Micro Current Therapy effectively stops pain as it soothes and relieves your sore muscles. The drug-free pulses deliver natural, restorative energy to the source of your body’s pain, which makes this small device a great find for Diabetics or those who are already inundated with taking multiple medications. When you attach the Micro Therapy Pro MCT Patches, you feel gentle, pain free microamps that penetrate the inflamed cells, to effectively deliver relieve pain with no discomfort and minimal side effects. Each patch is placed on either side of pain (treatment) area and users can be rest assured there is no tingling or throbbing of any kind when the reusable patches are placed on your body.

You can purchase this amazing little device for $49.95 on http://www.microtherapypro.com but for a limited time will receive $10.00 off when you use discount code: 10OFF. What’s included in the package?

  •  One set of Micro Therapy Pro™ patches
  •  One circuit (connecting cable with built-in battery for up to 300 hours of use)
  •  User instructions

For more information and to answer any questions you may have, visit the Micro Therapy Pro FAQ page. 

Zippo Interactive Media Experience & Limited Edition #SharethePain Lighter Giveaway

How would love like to win a Limited Edition lighter from Zippo, the makers of the incredible, iconic symbol, which has been around for nearly eight decades? We had the great pleasure of attending a Zippo interactive media experience, which featured first-hand connection stories shared by Zippo owners and their families with some amazing lost/found stories received over the past 80+ years. To celebrate these heartfelt and sometimes hilarious stories, we are giving away five of the below #SharethePain Zippo Windproof Lighters to some lucky readers….just in time for Father’s Day (more details at the end of this post).

During the “Share the Pain” Interactive Media Experience, we got the opportunity to take a mobile walking tour through time and listen to first person accounts (via provided headphones) of lost Zippo stories while walking through the displays. The experience featured examples of past customized pieces, and other Zippo lifestyle products, including lighters, wallets, cologne and watches.

From lighters eaten by bears, swallowed by fish, and even one lighter that was found after four decades, there were tons of extraordinary tales of lost Zippos shared. The event also gave us the chance to check out the Zippo car. Fun fact: the original Zippo car, a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga, was actually lost in 1950’s after being taken to a Pittsburgh Ford dealer for renovation and to this day has still never been found. What you’re seeing below is the second Zippo car purchased and customized in 1996.

Although the handwritten letters have changed to tweets, Zippo continues to receive stories of lost lighters (and some found lighters) with the #sharethepain hashtag.

As stated at the beginning of this post, we are giving away five limited Edition Zippo Windproof Lighters, which make excellent gifts for Father’s Day. If you or someone you know has lost their Zippo lighter, this is a great time to surprise them with a new….and special lighter. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry form below: