Hotel Antics: Cringe-Worthy Travel Trouble

Hotel Antics: Cringe-Worthy Travel Trouble
In magazines and on TV, people take trips and relax in peace and quiet in their well-appointed, spacious hotel rooms with all the comforts imaginable. They come and go, full of smiles, on interesting outings and loving visits to family members.

Unfortunately, some of my hotel experiences have been the polar opposite. Continue reading

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Two Great Holiday Bargains Thru Nov. 28, 2016 — from Amazon and Target

Two Great 2016 Holiday Bargains from Amazon and Target

Nothing better than getting holiday bargains! Here are a couple great ones.

1) Most Target purchases are 15% off Sun., Nov. 27 and Mon., Nov. 28,2016,  including some grocery items. I shopped there Sunday evening and saved $10! The discount applies in stores and online at, too.

Plus, Target offers free shipping (no minimum purchase) and returns through the 2016 holidays.

2) *This post contains affiliate links to, which means that if you click on a product link and buy a product, I may receive some compensation — at no extra cost to you. Thoughts, Tips and Tales is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. *

Amazon has a great deal for book lovers that’s supposed to last through Nov. 28, 2016 — $10 off any $25 Book Purchase. I ordered $26 of books (the next two we’ll be reading for my book club) Sunday evening, Nov. 27 and saved $10 them. Gotta love that!

To get this deal, just add $25 worth of any physical books to your Amazon cart and use coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK at checkout. (This coupon excludes eBooks and Audiobooks, Book Rentals, and Amazon Gift Cards.)

Holiday blog posts:

Unique Adult Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Adult Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

More Adult Advent Gift Ideas

Good Year-Around Gift-Giving Advice

Amazon Echo: An Awesome Gift

Fond Family Memories: A Low-Cost, Heartwarming Gift for Parents

You Can Make Someone You Love the Best Gift Ever — at No Cost

Inexpensive Christmas Gift for Women who Have Everything

90th Birthday Party Gift and Decoration Ideas

Make a Customized Gift Everyone Can Use in 15 Minutes — for Less Than a Dollar

Record Child’s Holiday Experiences in a Christmas Memories Book

Memories of Holiday Mishaps

Beauty of an Eclectic Christmas Tree

December Daily – a Fun Way to Document the Holidays

Fun Christmas Gifts and Activities

Super Simple: How to Make a Pine Christmas Wreath in 45 Minutes

How to Host a Fun Girlfriends Wreath-Making Party

Money-Saving Christmas Gift #1 – Extend-your-Beauty Cosmetic Tool

Money-Saving Christmas Gift #2 – Zip-It Drain Cleaner

Christmas Jumbo Wiggle Eyes: Cute Holiday Decoration Adds Pizzazz

Make an Inexpensive Christmas Gift for Less Than $5

Favorite Childhood Christmas Memories

Inexpensive Christmas Gift for Women who Have Everything

Singing Christmas Trees: Sappy but Mesmerizing

The Joy of Blinging Out with Christmas Jewelry

Holiday Observation #1

Holiday Observation #2

Awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Clothes and Accessories

Yikes! When Did Ugly Sweater Christmas Parties Start? 



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Behind the Scenes: Life of a Corporate Blogger

Behind the Scenes: Life of Corporate Blogger

I’m definitely into blogging, which is a good thing because I’m a writer who works in public relations and manages the communications blog for a large, international company during the day (a corporate blogger) – and am also a lifestyle blogger during non-work hours. Continue reading

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The First Thing to Replace After Divorce, Separation or Breakup

First Thing to Replace after Divorce, Separation or Breakup

The days and weeks after a divorce, separation or breakup with a long-time lover can be filled with sadness. Continue reading

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What’s Up with the Pinterest Poop Pictures? Cut it Out!

What's up with the Pinterest poop pictures? Cut it out!

In my opinion, one of the simple pleasures in life is taking some time to relax and scroll through the Pinterest website to enjoy great photography and read entertaining articles. Continue reading

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Decluttering the Freezer and Organizing with Storage Bins

Decluttering the Freezer and Organizing with Storage Bins

My freezer was a jumbled mess! And it was the only part of my kitchen I hadn’t decluttered as part of my 2016 decluttering project. Continue reading

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Hurricane #2 — Living 4 Miles Inland for a Category 1 Hurricane vs. Living on a Barrier Island for a Category 4 Hurricane

Huricane #2: Living 4 Miles Inland for a Category 1 Hurricane vs. Living on a Barrier Island for a Category 4 Hurricane

During my 30 years living in Charleston, South Carolina (ranked the #1 travel destination in the world!), I evacuated for a hurricane that made landfall 20 miles up the coast from my house twice.

Though both occurrences were nerve-wracking, the second hurricane was much different from — and easier than — the first. Continue reading

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Fall Fun at a Women’s Adventure Weekend in Brevard, North Carolina

Fall Fun at a Women's Adventure Weekend in Brevard North Carolina

Ever since I moved South, have wanted to “go to the mountains” in the fall like so many other Southerners do.  This year I finally did — and had a fabulous time.

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Making New Friends as an Empty Nester Can Be Awkward

Making new friends as an empty nester can be awkward

Nobody ever told me that once you pass 50, a lot of your best friends get super-busy and it’s almost impossible to get together. Continue reading

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Lovin’ October: 6 Reasons Why October is the Best Month

Why October is the best month

If I had to pick a favorite month, it would be October.

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