Seize The Summer and Travel with



We are officially into mid-July, how is your Summer shaping up?

Here in the household of chaos, we’re settling into a nice routine of ‘whatever strikes our fancy’. This routine is so unlike the ‘stick to-the-schedule-or-else’ school months of the year.

These precious 2 months is our time to ‘celebrate the un-schedule’ and take numerous mini trips, go to events and take in activities – as they come.

I just love this carefree, laidback and spontaneous time of the year!

While we travel out of country a lot in the Winter months, Summer is our time to explore locally. Hey, it’s the only season I really want to spend outdoors in Canada. You know by now that I’m an sun-lover at heart {Winter, boo!}.

I have a preference to explore my Canada in all it’s beauty … ahem, when it’s hot, hot, hot that is.

Like all sunny seasons previous, I really make it a goal to get out and take advantage of the girls’ Summer break. While there are a few lazy days at home due to weather etc, the majority of our time is spent outside and beyond. In fact, we’ve packed up the car and visited nearby cities and attractions a few times already this Summer.

Reality check! Make those memories people, you don’t have a lot of Summers before kids are grown up and doing their own thing. 

GNOME-01So, back to travel, one of my favorite topics …

I have partnered with to Seize The Summer!

So, for the next couple of months, we will embark on some family travel adventures and I’ll be taking you along with us. Through social media of course … though I wish I could literally take you along, wouldn’t those photos be pricesless to post! 

Watch for my Facebook and Twitter mentions all Summer long, using the #goandseizethesummer hashtag. You never know, maybe a famed little gnome might come along with us too! Get out the suitcases!

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has a love passion for travel, with or without the kids – a plentiful mixture of both, I always say!

I really want YOU to explore + live + experience as well, life is just too short. Yet, we all want to save money too, which is why I have a deal for you my readers:

 Use the code ‘CHAOS10’ and get 10% off a prepaid GoodBuy Hotel booking of
$200 or more on**

 I hope you also make it your mission to make the most of this season and #goandseizethesummer. Don’t forget to use the hashtag on your travels too, cannot wait to see how far we go!

So tell me, any travel plans for the rest of the Summer?



**Terms & Conditions: 
  • The promotional code CHAOS10 (the Promo Code) for 10% off is valid between 12:01 a.m. Central Time on July 15, 2013 and 11:59 p.m. Central Time on August 31, 2013.
  • Your use of the Promo Code on the Web site (the Site) is subject to the Travelocity User Agreement and Privacy Policy.
  • The Promo Code is valid only for qualifying purchases made on the Site or by calling at 1.800-457-8010.
  • A qualifying purchase means a GoodBuy Hotel stay with a minimum spend of $200 which is offered on the Site during the Promotion Period. Subject to hotel availability. Some hotel exclusions apply:
  • To redeem the Promo Code, you simply type CHAOS10 into the Promotional Code field on the Checkout Review Page of the Site, and 10% will be automatically deducted from the final price of your qualifying GoodBuy Hotel.
  • You may only redeem the Promo Code once and only during the Promotion Period. You may not redeem or exchange the Promo Code for cash. You may not use or combine the Promo Code with any other promotional codes.
  • If lost or stolen, the Promo Code will not be replaced.
  • This Promo Code is not valid for Pre-packaged (all-inclusive) vacations, vacation packages, Top Secret Hotels, or any other products on the site not listed as a Qualifying Purchase above.
  • In the event of any violation of these Terms & Conditions, Travelocity reserves all of the rights and remedies available to Travelocity including charging the card used to make the purchase for the amount of the Promo Code not to exceed 10%, cancelling your reservation without a refund to you, and all other remedies available to Travelocity.
  • Travelocity reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its sole discretion. Limit one Promo Code per transaction.



Disclosure: I received travel credit at in exchange with my participation in this program


  1. love the savings, bookmarking then talking with hubby about a getaway. Can’t wait to read where you go next, always love your travel posts!

  2. Oh, I’m sure I could come up with a nice weekend getaway, thanks for the discount code on travel!

  3. I like part time in RI so I spend TONS of time traveling to there from MD. I should really look for promo codes to make my traveling cheaper as sometimes I fly rather than drive! Thanks!

  4. I have traveled more than I though I would be doing this summer! I so read to just relax at home with my little guy for the next few weeks!

    1. Relaxation at home is nice, right? You always need a break from the chaos – even if it’s the good kind!

  5. We haven’t done any traveling yet, but we’re heading up to visit some family next week. That’s almost like a vacation. Sort of šŸ™‚

  6. We haven’t decided yet what/if we are doing anything yet! Most of our $$$ is going into renovations this summer which is a huge job in itself!

    Can’t wait to read about your adventures. I’ll live vicariously through you LOL!

    1. Oh, we are putting a TON of $$ into renos too, but there’s always time and budget for travel, I think I’d go insane otherwise. I’m a true 100% travel-aholic! lol
      Thanks Stacie, can’t wait to share our adventures this Summer!

  7. Oh wow! What an amazing opportunity!!! šŸ˜€ I am really excting to hear where you choose to go!

  8. Trying to talk hubby into a weekend trip to Branson, Missouri. More likely to be in the autumn though since summer in the Southwest is just TOO hot!

  9. For me summers seem to be the time for blog travel;). We are homeschoolers so we tend to vacation in the fall when everyone goes back to school! We are already planning our fall Legoland trip here in California!

  10. That sounds like so much fun! I am not sure we have more travel plans as of yet. We have already taken several trips over the past couple of months though. Have fun our your adventures!

    1. You HAVE been traveling a ton Staci,I have been watching and living vicariously through you!

  11. I’m all about seizing any season šŸ™‚ Although I have already visited 8 countries this year, and spending most of the summer home, although next week will fly to Chicago for BlogHer. Will you be there?

    1. “Iā€™m all about seizing any season” < ~ you ARE my people Katja! I won't be at BlogHer this year, thinking of a different US conference instead. Suggestions?

  12. No travelling for us this summer as we just bought a park model RV and set it up in a park. I have never used Travelocity but think it is about time I checked it out.

    1. We have a 5th wheel trailer, and we’re renting a spot for it next year! Excited to be able to camp whenever it strikes our fancy!

  13. perfect excuse for some Summer travel. I always read through your many trips, so jealous. I think it’s time for us to get away, you convinced us!

  14. Awesome Tami, 10% when booking for 4 can work out to quit a bit, what a great opportunity for your family!

    1. Can save so much – think of the money to put aside for food, gas, souvenirs … it all adds up!

  15. I’ve never used them before but will keep them in find. I look forward to hearing about your travels!

    1. Always great to check when looking at travel, comparing prices and offers saves a ton of money!

  16. since we are in our new house and money is tight we are having people visit us this summer, if they want to see my house they have to come, not showing any more pictures of it!

  17. Haven’t been on an trip or a holiday in many many years, I used to travel and live all over with my job, now I want to stay home

  18. Thanks for the savings code! I haven’t used Travelocity before but I will look into it!

  19. We are going to the Rockies and I won an Adrenaline Pkg to Kamloops that has zip line, white water rafting, a heli walk (our first stop before the rockies) and then to Alaska.

  20. Travelocity is truly a wonderful site, so user friendly and has so much info. The deals are the best you can find, this year we’re staying close to home but during the winter hopefully we can use Travelocity to get a deal on a winter vacation. I look forward to seeing your travel twitters and Facebook postings, enjoy your summer!!

  21. Don’t you just love on The Amazing Race (CBS version) when the Teams have to carry a Travelocity Gnome with them for a leg and someone inevitably forgets it and they have to go back and find it…not so much in the new iterations, but in the older Seasons, it was priceless TV. I love that Gnome.

  22. We are not doing much traveling this summer but we hope to go someplace warm after Christmas. Travelocity is a site we have used and it really does deliver. I look forward to your travel posting, you really do get away often..yes I will say it, I’m jealous:)

  23. We are having mini vacations this summer. Every summer we usually go somewhere for a week or so, but this year we opted to do 5-6 different things, some are 1 night out.. some are just for the day.. but it’s really made summer much more fun I think. Travelocity is wonderful for trip planning, we’ve used them in the past.

  24. I have a rare weekend off and we are heading to our family cabin this weekend- cannot wait to laze by the pool and enjoy the sun!

  25. I’d just like to say that I think it is lovely that you embrace all types of travel; it shows a nature of curiosity, fearlessness and humanity to your kids and fulfills you as individual and as a family dynamic. Good for you Tammi – some of us don’t make it that far from home, so it’s nice to read of your travels and live through them. And Travelocity is a neat company with a cute Gnome guy.

  26. Seems I’m seeing a lot of “travel’ posts lately.. even ads! Maybe I’m being told something… this is our first summer not really having a trip of some sort planned. We’re doin small more local things, enables us to do more over a longer period of time as well…. still.. im missing those sweet hotel spa vacations

  27. I would love to take a vacation even for a week…I haven’t had a holiday for many years.

  28. You are so right Tammi, time does go far too quickly. Sara is now camping with friends and other fun stuff…I really miss that šŸ™‚ Keep taking lots of pictures.

  29. Thanks for sharing your getaways with everyone – I look forward to seeing where you will visit next!

  30. I have never booked through Travelocity, I really should one time! We are going to Kauai next week, and can’t wait!

  31. Itss like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote
    the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a ffew pics to
    drive thhe messxage home a little bit, but other than that,
    this is great blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

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