Travel With Us: Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains

If you’re a child of the late 80’s then you certainly remember those famed commercials for “beautiful Mount Airy Lodge”, where all you had to bring was your love of everything. Today’s Mount Airy Casino Resort is still beautiful and just like before, wants you to bring your love of everything, from gambling, to luxurious spa treatments, your foodie appetites, love of concerts, worldly music and performances, and your love of giveaways. We had the pleasure of a wonderful and much-needed weekend escape to Mount Airy Casino Resort, located in the picturesque Poconos Mountains, right after NYFW (we had an amazing view of the frozen lake outside our window).

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If you’re expecting to see the old Mount Airy from the old commercials, you will be very wrong, the original Mount Airy Lodge which closed in 2001, was completely torn down, and the new Mount Airy Casino Resort was built from scratch. The old honeymoon hideaway is gone and has made way to be a family-friendly casino resort. The only thing that remains of the old Mount Airy, is the name. Gone are the heart-shaped tubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, velvet canopy beds, and the other old remnants the old hotel was known for. What replaces the old decor are modern design elements that are both stunningly elegant and rustic. The hotel’s interior boasts boldly stated panache that’s breathtaking to behold. Every bit of design detail was personally chosen by the new family of owners, who are obviously blessed with great taste.

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From its architectural influences, cubism-inspired design details, its mix of rugged and glamorous embellishments (we especially love the stunning crystal chandelier directly over the stone waterfall in the lobby), stunning, spacious bathrooms, and plush pillow-top beds, one can’t help but fall in love with the resort’s modern and sophisticated decor. Our Deluxe King room (pictured below) was exquisitely decorated with subtle tones and hues that beautifully played up the various prints and patterns of its decor.

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As we stated before, the Mount Airy Casino Resort is a family-friendly casino, but if you don’t like to gamble, or if you’re not yet of age, there’s so much to enjoy. A feature we particularly enjoyed at the resort was that the gambling areas didn’t encroach on the other available amenities. There’s no threat of hearing the telltale noises of slot machines and other gambling noises to disturb you from enjoying the amazing food from Mount Airy’s onsite restaurants, the wonderful, full-service spa, the Xanadu-esque Get Wet pool area, golf, horseback trail riding, and skiing. In fact, once you are away from the gambling areas, you’d swear you were just at a wonderful We completely indulged our foodie souls at Mount Airy. The hotel’s main restaurants include the upscale Bistecca by Il Mulino (pictured below), casual Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen, the Pan-Asian Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar, and The Buffet (pictured below).

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Our favorite foodie escape was Bistecca by Il Mulino, a world-class Italian restaurant where we indulged in the most decadent and unforgettable meal.We’re still relishing in the memory of the flavorful Grilled Octopus with White Beans and Tomato appetizer, delicious handcrafted cocktails, and the perfection that was the Capellini Ai Frutti di Mare.

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No matter the season, lounging in one of the Get Wet private luxury cabanas (which boast day beds and televisions) or dipping into the heated, 51,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor Get Wet Pool, Bar & Nightlife is a wonderful way to enjoy a care-free day or enjoy some after-dark entertainment when the sun goes down. You can enjoy a drink or some light dining while you relax inside or relish in the scenic views of the resort’s lake and golf course on the outdoor deck.

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For those of your who need a bit more in the way of relaxation, the resort’s Spa and Salon will finish you with an afternoon or early evening (the spa closes at 8 pm Mon-Sat) of luxurious pampering, which includes massages, nail and body treatments, hair and makeup, spray tanning, etc. We had the pleasure in indulging in the Mount Airy Signature Massage which left our muscles feeling wonderfully relaxed and tension-free. The 55-min massage exactly what was needed to relieve the stress from the craziness of NYFW.

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Our weekend escape ended with a night full of fun-filled entertainment at the onsite nightclub, Gypsies Lounge, where we were treated to a night of Vietnamese pop music. The eye-catching nightclub offers a vast array of entertainment including singers, dance performances, comedy shows, and celebrity appearances and performances, as you sip on cocktails or dance the night away. Upcoming shows include Sinbad, Berlinda Carlisle, Gilbert Gottfried, Richard Marx, and Gary Owen.

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Those who prefer to enjoy their drinks on the gambling floor or are looking for a place to “pre-game” can do so at The Glass Bar, centrally located right in the middle of the Mount Airy Casino Resort floor. If you rather gamble on your golf game, the famed Mount Airy Golf Course will officially open for the season on March 21st, 2016. *Quick golf side note, the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial this year and a round or two of golf is a great way to not only enjoy the outdoors but playing the game has amazing health and wellness benefits. The Mount Airy course was inspired by Sports Illustrated’s “Best 18 Holes in America”, the course is known for its distance drives and 6,500 yards of manicured greens.

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Before and/or after your golf game, relax in the Mount Airy course’s clubhouse, Drinks & Links, and the Golf Pro Shop. Enjoy the clubhouse’s full-service bar, restaurant and lounge amenities: outdoor deck overlooking the Pocono Mountains, state-of-the-art locker room, and shower facility, and the pro shop’s full selection of apparel, clubs and accessories, book a golf lesson or a group outing, or just do like we did and just enjoy walking the grounds taking in its beauty.

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We truly enjoyed our weekend at the Mount Airy Casino Resort, it was a wonderful experience. We can’t wait to revisit the resort again sometime during the summer to either enjoy their July 4th festivities or one of their outdoor celebrity concerts. If you’re planning on any weekend getaways or extended trips away, we recommend adding the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains. Whether you’re a gambler, golfer, or foodie, you’ll enjoy every moment.

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Community Coffee’s Top 10 Tips to Enjoy Mardi Gras 2016

Are you heading to New Orleans for Mardi gras next month? We’ve teamed up with our favorite Louisiana coffee to bring you a top ten list of tips and trick to fully enjoy your Mardi Gras experience in honor of the return of their Mardi Gras-inspired flavored coffee, Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake Coffee.

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If you’ll be in New Orleans to partake in the carnival festivities, this is the perfect time for some insider tips on the celebrations. Did you know the origins of Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be traced to medieval Europe? The revelry passed through Rome and Venice to evolve into the ornately costumed festivities we see and enjoy today. There’s a lot of tradition and heritage that have helped shaped the Mardi Gras scene into its current celebrated state, and we want to make sure you all there is to have a fully immersive and wonderful time. Without further ado, here are our top ten good things to know to enjoy Mardi Gras like a New Orleans native:

  • Number 10
    How to spell “krewe” and “flambeaux” and “Mardi Gras” and, well, you get the point.
  • Number 9
    Technically, Carnivale is a season, and Mardi Gras is a day. But New Orleans tend to generalize and refer to the weeks of parades leading up to Fat Tuesday as Mardi Gras.
  • Number 8
    The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Remember to coordinate your outfit appropriately.
  • Number 7
    The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King. But the King gets all the glory while the Captain does all the work.
  • Number 6
    If you miss a doubloon thrown from a float, never reach down to pick it up. Always put your foot on it. If you go with your hand, you’re either too late or you’ll get your fingers stepped on.
  • Number 5
    If you bite into a plastic baby in a King Cake, that’s a good thing.
  • Number 4
    Any beads shorter than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass — the bigger and longer the beads, the better.
  • Number 3
    Once any beads have touched the ground, they are sullied and should not be picked up unless under the rarest of circumstances.
  • Number 2
    The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnivale are from out of town.
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    The Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras season is that Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits the shelves. We suggest you celebrate with the “king” of all flavored coffees, the delicious Mardi Gras King Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring. For a limited time you can have your cake … and drink it, too.

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Named after the famed Mardi Gras cake, the limited edition, Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake Coffee is a seasonal flavored coffee which boasts a blend of cinnamon and vanilla. Made from only the top 10% of the world’s coffee beans, this festive blend is a light, well-balanced sweet roast that is full-bodied and possesses a mild to medium level of acidity. This unique coffee flavor perfectly captures the spirit of Mardi Gras and the flavor of king Cake. The Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake Coffee is available for a limited time only, in 12-ounce bags and single-serve K-Cup® pods. For more information, visit on where to purchase, visit www.CommunityCoffee.com.

Airfordable.co: Pay for Your Air Travel in Budget-Friendly Installments

What if you could pay for your dream vacation in budget-friendly installments? Or lock in a low airfare months earlier when airfares are much cheaper? Or how about both? Thanks to Airfordable.co, not only are you able to take advantage of low airfares thanks to their price protection, you take control of your travel plans by paying in installments with either a monthly or biweekly payment plan. It’s your dream vacation, on layaway.

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Air travel can be quite expensive, and without any real options aside from extensive saving and praying to the travel gods for decent and discounted airfares, we had no real solution to getting the vacation we desired, at a price we could afford…..until Airfordable.co. No longer will you be at the mercy of a horrible airline just to hopefully get to enjoy your trip, especially as a frustrating experience can ruin your entire vacation. With airfares ever increasing, and our need to escape our daily lives every once in a while, Airfordable.co is the answer, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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So how does Airfordable work? Very much like a department store layaway plan. Simply search for your flight dates on any airline or air travel website (we must note there’s a $2000 price per flight cap on airfare), grab a screenshot of your proposed trip, upload it to the Airfordable website, and they will show you payment plan options. Once you’ve selected your payment plan, just pay 30% of the cost of the air travel as a deposit, and pay the balance in the installment schedule you’ve chosen. Just as with department store layaways, once your final payment is complete, you will receive your e-ticket.

This is especially wonderful for those who don’t want to put the cost of the trip on a credit card. You enjoy a flexible payment plan with no credit check and no incurred interest fees like you would using a credit card, so there’s no buyer’s remorse when your credit card bill comes. Another great thing about Airfordable is if the price of your airfare drops before you’ve secured your seat, they will split the savings 50/50 and your portion becomes an Airfordable credit that you can use towards your next flight on any airline. what more can you ask for!

We’re ready to begin planning our dream vacation, what about you? Where can Airfordable help you travel to?

Malie Organics: A First Class Ticket to Pampering!

Celebrate your own natural beauty and the cultural wonders of Hawaii with Malie Organics.  Founded in 2004, Malie Organics offers a luxurious line of all-natural and organic beauty products that are approved by the Natural Products Association.  Honoring their Hawaiin roots, all Malie products feature indigenous and local Hawaiian flora and  are all proudly made in the USA. Malie does not use petroleum, mineral spirits, sulfates or parabens in any of its products.

I had the opportunity to try the Malie’s Jet Set gift set that includes (TSA-friendly) 2.5-ounce bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream.  My experience was like a day at the spa.  Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar scents, this beautifully packaged travel set retails for $39.50.

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I’m always looking for all-natural and organic products to use on my hair. I found both and so much more with Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner. Are you looking for a color safe, sulfate free, rich lathering shampoo and moisturizing, hair softening conditioner?

Malie Organics Plumeria Shampoo 

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Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner left my strands feeling clean, moisturized and silky soft.  I also enjoyed the soft and gentle essence of plumeria. The shampoo gently, but thoroughly cleansed my hair without stripping hair of its natural oils. I love the conditioner as well as it is excellent for detangling my thick curly locks.  My hair felt so moisturized and soft after using this shampoo and conditioner combo.  Best of all, Malie products are 70% organic and don’t contain the harmful ingredients found in many hair-care products. And the nose-pleasing scent of the Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner duo lingered on for hours after use.  For only $23.50 each, this high-end quality shampoo and conditioner are a steal.

Malie Organics Plumeria Body Wash

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Close your eyes and imagine the most enjoyable and elegant shower or bath you could  ever experience. Now open them and find a bottle of  Malie Organics Plumeria body wash.  This sulfate-free body wash wrapped me in thick, rich, skin-softening suds and left my skin feeling soft and smelling beautiful.  My skin was not left feeling tight and actually felt very moisturized even after drying off.  I am so impressed with this body wash and my hubby loves the way my skin smells when I climb into bed.  Pamper yourself with an 8.25 oz bottle of pure indulgence for only $28.00!

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The moment I started to massage the Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream into my skin, I knew I was saying goodbye to the dry itchy skin that often plagues my skin during the cooler months.  I am in love with the soft and fresh feminine scents of citrus, peach, and jasmine.  The Malie Organics Plumeria body cream left my skin feeling soft, silky and moisturized all day. Spoil yourself with this 70% organic luxurious body cream that can be purchased for just $32.00.

All Malie products are all-natural, organic and wild-crafted ingredients. They are  free of harmful ingredients. Malie does not use animal products or test on animals.

Get Organized with PurseN’s Handbag and Travel Organizers

Keeping your handbag organized can sometimes be a great task, and help is usually needed, otherwise, you’re emptying your purse on various surfaces trying to find that one item that most likely fell to the bottom of your bag, but what if you could help yourself be and stay organized…in the most chic way? You can with the amazingly chic accessories from PurseN, a collection of stylish accessories that are designed to keep a woman’s purse beautiful on the inside. PurseN’s handbag and travel organizers collection’s offerings include organizer inserts, unique makeup bags, jewelry and toiletry organizers, lingerie travel bags, laundry bags, eyewear cases, and even tech organizers.
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We love these items for their necessity and for the fact that they come in a variety of wonderfully bold colors and prints. If you want, all your organizers can be in one beautiful print, but do it quickly because they don’t last long. The Handbag Organizers, their signature item, comes in two sizes – small and medium, to fit any sized handbag (it expands to maximize space in larger handbags), and features ten total compartments to keep you organized at all times.

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As a lover of pink, we have our eye out for the above pink and black lace print. We especially love the coordinating Ooh-La-La Lingerie Travel Bag, which features two mesh pockets to keep your bras and panties in place, and a hidden hook for hanging on doors and/or in the closet. Another item, which makes a great gift for anyone young and old who takes medication or vitamins is the Pill Organizer.

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The Pill organizer is an origami-inspired case that’s perfect at home and traveling. It and fits perfectly in the PurseN Handbag Organizer, and features eight individual compartments to organize medications, supplements, and vitamins, with built-in and removable pockets that are labeled with days of the week.

Does your handbag need a bit of organizing? Know someone who would benefit from PurseN’s Handbag and Travel Organizers? We’re sure you do. Why not give them the gift of stylish organization.

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!

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.

SRS Labs iWOW 3D for iPod, iPhone & iPad – Enhance Your Music

Drowning out the everlasting noise of NYC to fully enjoy your music usually takes some epic skills and one hell of a pair of amazing headphones but even then, you still don’t get to experience the best that the song has to offer – true melody, nuance, base, etc. SRS Labs will help you achieve hearing the true brilliance of your favorite songs and artists with their SRS Labs iWOW 3D Adapter

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The iWOW 3D Adapter is a small device that attaches to your iPhone, iPod or iPad which immerses you in an engaging listening experience unlike any other with a push of a button. The iWOW 3D delivers a truly authentic, natural and uncompromised entertainment experience for all of your music, videos, and movies.

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This little powerhouse gadget delivers sound with deep, rich bass, locates and restores audio details buried in source materials (so goodbye to not so great download recordings). It even comes with a free downloadable app* that lets you adjust the audio settings. So when you want to lose yourself in a song whether it’s while jogging, soothing a broken heart or to pump you up or calm you down – enhance the sound and your enjoyment and hear music the way it is meant to be heard with the iWOW 3D. Imagine what new discoveries you might hear in your favorite song.

BONUS: SRS Labs announced a new relaxation Mobile App for iOS and Android users called Relaxation Portal, that allows users to escape to some of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and unwind to the sounds of that environment. This app is extremely interactive, and unlike any other relaxation applications out today, Relaxation Portal allows users to fully customize the sounds featured at their chosen location. Additionally, the app features SRS’ latest 3D audio engine and is able to accurately place sounds in 3-dimensional space over headphones. Learn more about the app by visiting the following link, or zapping the QR Code below. http://srslabs.com/content.aspx?id=2278

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*Only iOS 3.1X or higher