Winners: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa
By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa

I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway to win Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card. Thank you to everyone who contributed! If you didn't win, you can still sign up for a Club Carlson Visa here.

The randomly selected winners were Ashley and Elizabeth, both of whom have been notified by email.

Thank you to Club Carlson who generously sponsored this giveaway.

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Giveaway: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

I have an exciting giveaway this week! Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program that includes the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson (SM), has given me a prize package to give away.

Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa
By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa

Here's what's included:

  • Club Carlson Gold Status valid through February 2015
  • $500 Club Carlson Visa prepaid card
  • In the event that the winner is already a Club Carlson Gold Status member, the winner will be given Club Carlson Concierge status through February 2015 after verification by Club Carlson of their current Gold Status. If you win, you will need to sign up for Club Carlson using this link

I have TWO packages to give away - one to each of two randomly selected winners. If you travel frequently, and especially if you are already a Club Carlson Gold member, this is a fantastic prize. Please note that there may be only one individual winner for each prize and they cannot be combined.

How To Enter
If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment telling me one feature or benefit of the Club Carlson Visa you would be excited to use. Please fill in the email field of the comment form (your email isn't shared with anyone, and I will not send you email unless you win).


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Winners
All entries must be received by Friday May 23 2014 at 11:59PM PST I will choose two winners randomly and announce the results here by Monday May 26, 2014.

Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS GIVEAWAY.

A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law.

To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older. Employees, partners and vendors of DeliciousBaby and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected.

Only one comment per person per giveaway post (except as outlined above where the comment is related to an extra entry). Duplicate comments and Anonymous comments will be discarded. Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid (email addresses are never public). The comment will not be judged in any way and a winner is selected at random. Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible Entries received

Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Giveaway winner's failure to respond to the prize notification and provide a shipping address within the specified three business days will be considered such Giveaway winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.

All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that DeliciousBaby reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. In the case of non delivery of a sponsored prize by U.S. Bank or Carlson Inc. DeliciousBaby is not liable for delivery of a prize.

By submitting an Entry, each Participant (whether declared a Winner or not) agrees (and agrees to affirm such in writing) to (i) abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of DeliciousBaby on all matters relating to this Giveaway which decisions are final and binding in all respects, (ii) waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules, (iii) forever and irrevocably release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Giveaway Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, licensors, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability, claims, demands, and cause of action from personal injury, loss or damage, including death, or property damage, theft, or loss suffered or resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Giveaway or the use, misuse or acceptance or possession of the Prize or any portion thereof, or participation in any Giveaway-related activity; (iv) grant DeliciousBaby (where permitted by law) the right to use their name on a worldwide basis, in all forms of media, in perpetuity without review or further compensation and, (v) warrant and represent that the use of the materials submitted in this Giveaway will not violate the rights of any third parties. Entries must be in keeping with Sponsor's positive image, as determined by Sponsor and Administrator in their sole discretion. Any materials containing obscenity, crude language, or descriptions of a violent or sexual nature (as defined solely by Sponsor or Administrator) will not be accepted and the associated Entry will be disqualified. Receipt of any of the prize components of this Giveaway is conditioned upon compliance with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations. Noncompliance with any of the above will result in disqualification.

If for any reason the Giveaway is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of the DeliciousBaby which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Giveaway, DeliciousBaby reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway. In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Giveaway is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to, fraud, virus, or other technical problem, DeliciousBaby may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Giveaway to address the impairment and then resume the Giveaway in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) cancel the Giveaway and award the Prizes from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.

U.S. Bank, Carlson Inc., and their respective affiliates and employees are released from liability regarding this Giveaway

As compensation for running this giveaway I received two (2) one (1)-night vouchers valid at Radisson® or Radisson Blu® properties in North America.

Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland
Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland

There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland.

Related Links
Scotland with Kids
Balmoral Hotel with Kids

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Sneaking Education into a Spring Break Trip

For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go.

Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall
Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall

I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to see it shape up as a lively forum where we can share tips about traveling with kids. This month I am posting about how to balance learning with fun on a family vacation, and I hope you'll join me there!

Here are some hands-on ways kids can learn on almost any trip:

  • Before you go, look for children’s books set in the destinations you’ll be visiting. Fiction books tend to be the most engaging, but some non-fiction books, like the Horrible Histories series, will capture a leisure reader’s interest too.
  • Living history museums and native cultural centers almost always have hands-on activities where kids get so engrossed in what they’re doing that they forget they’re learning!
  • Science and nature are everywhere. A pocket-sized magnifying glass lets your child check out everything from the grains of sand on the beach to the budding flowers in your hotel’s flowerbed.
  • Factory tours are a great way to both learn about how things are built, and to get a peek inside the working world
  • Flying or drive time is a great time to practice school skills, but you’ll only get groans if you break out school-like worksheets. Look for workbooks, toys and stories that are fun enough to hold interest, but provide kids with some practice for new skills. Teacher supply stores can be a great resource, and the iPhone app store is full of educational games.
  • Local camps can provide access to resources or destinations that don't exist in your hometown. Look for nature camps, sailing, robotics or explorer camps and call ahead to find out whether a one-day drop-in is possible. The side benefit is that you might just get a few hours of alone time with your spouse!

Reader Question
What about you? Have you tried any of the ideas above? Do you have tricks for enriching your
vacations? Let me know on Residence Inn's Family Travel Talk Forum

Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover!

Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014
Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014

Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow

About DeliciousBaby
DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of these useful links and resources:

About TripDoc

TripDoc iPhone app organizes your travels and stops you from getting lost
TripDoc iPhone app organizes your travels and stops you from getting lost
My husband and I developed the TripDoc iPhone app to help us make order out of travel recommendations from friends, magazines, and guidebooks. You give TripDoc a list of all the places you want to visit (your hotel, restaurants, activities, etc) and it finds and plots them all on a single map so that you won't forget a thing. At your destination, you can use the TripDoc map to plan your days, see what's near you, and find your way around. Keep notes about what you like, and then send your recommendations to friends or family!

Tripdoc is available in the iTunes app store for just $2.99 and I hope you'll check it out!

Photo Friday: Ice Skating

Darya gives ice skating a try
Darya gives ice skating a try

If you travel over the holidays, it can be tricky to find activities on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. One trick we've learned is to look for zoos, ice rinks, movie theaters, ski slopes, and of course public parks.

Related Links
Seattle with Kids

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Book Review: My Father's Shop

The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures.

My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young boy helping out in his father's Morrocan carpet shop. Bored with his father's lessons, young Mustafa goes running through the market with an old carpet over his head - and in his jubilance draws in a bustling chain of tourists who follow him back to the shop - teaching him their own native languages along the way.

My Father's Shop has been in my personal library for years, and I've read it over and over again to my kids. It's a great read for kids age 2-6.

My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
Related Links
Buy: My Father's Shop (affiliates link)
Children's Books and Toys for a trip to the Middle East

Disclosure: I purchased this book myself, but whenever I receive a free product or service, I will always let you know. If you buy a product through one of my Amazon links, I do receive a small commission, and that income helps me keep this site going.

Sightseeing in Your Hometown

Chandelier at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle
Chandelier at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle

I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. We're a few months in, and it has been fun to see the forum become a place where traveling parents share thoughts and information..

This month I'm writing about tips for feeling like you've had a vacation even when you don't leave your hometown here and I hope you'll share your own tips as well.

Photo Friday: E Ticket

Disneyland Ticket Book with E-Tickets intact
Disneyland Ticket Book with E-Tickets intact

I spent most of this week helping my mom clean out her office. As a small reward, look what I found!

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Photo Friday: Ahhh, summer

Hiking on Mount Hood in Oregon
Hiking on Mount Hood in Oregon

Hope you are getting outside and enjoying the best of our summer weather!

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.