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  • Batteries are a staple for almost any type of travel, whether it’s a family vacation, holiday travel, or a solo trip around the world. We travelers and our families carry around gadgets galore, many of them requiring power from a battery source of some sort. One product that I’ve purchased for years is Rayovac batteries. I guess what always made me choose this product over other batteries is that while the price per pack was the same, Rayovac provided the better value with a larger quantity per pack.

    Last week I spent some time learning about Rayovac and the full product line they offer. When I was asked to be part of their select group of power bloggers, I didn’t hesitate, because this is a product already used in my household for travel and everyday needs. Here are some facts that I didn’t know about before my immersion into the world of batteries:

    • Rayovac LASTS as LONG as Duracell and Energizer but Costs Less
    • Rayovac Alkaline Batteries have been Made in the USA since 1906
    • A Rayovac battery powers the devices we depend on to make our lives easier

    I use these batteries in items like my Flip Ultra and my daughter’s handheld digital camera. I also keep many packs of these batteries in various sizes inside my household hurricane disaster kit. Being that these batteries last up to seven years in storage, I shouldn’t have to replace those in my disaster kit for a few years.

    Do you use batteries in any of your gadgets? Are you a user of Rayovac products? Visit this offer Rayovac’s Facebook page for savings on your next Rayovac purchase.

    Disclosure: I am a Rayovac sponsored Blogger.

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  • Marriott hotels have a couple of hotel offers available this fall:

    Free Breakfast & $100 Bonus Bucks Coupon – From September 24 through October 11, book a weekend stay at participating JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the Continental U.S. and Canada and get free breakfast for two adults plus $100 Bonus Bucks coupon that can redeemed for a future two-night weekend stay at participating JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The offer is available on stays from Oct. 14, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011 – Thursday through Sunday with a Friday or Saturday night (or overnight). To learn more or book, visit or call 877-MARRIOTT where you can check availability with promotional code R6M.

    25 Percent Off Your Weekend Stay at Courtyard & Residence Inn – From September 24 through October 11, book a weekend stay at participating Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels in the U.S. and Canada and you’ll receive 25 percent off your weekend stay. The offer is available for a limited time. You must book by October 11, 2010 to get 25 percent off your room rate.  The offer is available when you stay two consecutive weekend nights (Thursday – Sunday) between October 14, 2010 and January 2, 2011. To learn more or book, visit or call 877-MARRIOTT where you can check availability with promotional code NF2.

    Here’s a look at some great deals around the United States that are only available today, so act quickly. (And please read the fine print to be sure they work for you!)

    Restaurants is offering an amazing deal today only – 90% off restaurant gift certificates for thousands of restaurants around the United States. If you are not familiar with, it is a Web site that offers discounted gift certificates for dining – usually $10 for a $25 certificate. This 90% off sale makes that $10 certificate cost just $1.

    This deal is only available today by using the coupon code WOW at check-out. I like to check out the gift certificates available near my hotel before I go on trips. But be sure to read the fine print on each certificate – some of them are only good on certain days, and many of them require a minimum purchase. Be sure the deal works for you before buying!

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    New York City: $22 Ticket to the King Tut Exhibit, Plus 3-D Movie ($38.21 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in New York!

    Phoenix, Arizona: $99 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Post-Flight Champagne and Breakfast or Hors D’oeuvres Through Hot Air Expeditions ($175 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Phoenix!

    Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina: $6 for Admission for Two to the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield (Up to $12 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Raleigh/Durham!

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana: $6 for Two Tickets to Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Baton Rouge!

    Nashville, Tennessee: $45 Zip-Line Tour for Two at Adventureworks ($108 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Nashville!

    Fall events

    Cleveland, Ohio: $5 for an Adult Ticket to Ghostly Manor Haunted House on Sunday ($11 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Cleveland!

    Cincinnati, Ohio: $10 for One Ticket to Queen City is Haunted Walking Tour Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Cincinnati!


    Atlanta, Georgia: $42 for Choice of One-Hour Massage Treatment from Mezz Spa in Alpharetta (Up to $100 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Atlanta!

    Chicago, Illinois: $45 for a Luxury Spa mani-pedi, plus an eyebrow and upper lip wax at Image Nails. Find today’s deal in Chicago!

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  • Have a travel deal to share? Submit your travel deal here.

    Remember that many of these deals can only be bought today, so if you see something interesting, you need to act fast! (The discount can usually be used for the next few months – read the fine print.)


    Baltimore, Maryland: $4 for one ticket to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds ($7 value) – The extravaganza lasts from Friday, October 1, to Sunday, October 3. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday). Get the deal


    Shenandoah Valley, Virginia: The Natural Bridge Fall package booked on-line at starts at $81 for 2 adults; add children, $20-25 each. Fall Escape packages, through November 30, include accommodations, breakfast, and admission to the Natural Bridge, Cedar Creek Trail, Monacan Indian Village, Caverns & more.


    Dallas, Texas – For $10, you get $20 worth of authentic British pub grub at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill in North Dallas. Not valid for alcohol. Get the deal

    Fort Worth, Texas – For $15, you get $30 worth of Tex-Mex fare and drinks at Añejo House of Tequila in North Richland Hills. Not valid toward alcoholic beverages. It is valid for dine-in only. Get the deal


    Birmingham, Alabama – For $10, you get two tickets to the pumpkin patch and more at Bennett Farms. The 30-acre family-fun zone is located in Heflin, Alabama, plotted halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta on 1-20. Bennett welcomes guests each Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Today’s Groupon expires on October 21, 2010, so be sure to use it while it’s still in season. Get the deal

    Cleveland, Ohio – For $35, you get a one-year family membership (a $75 value) to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle. This deal is good for new members and people who have not had an active membership in two years. Must activate by 10/31. Get the deal

    Shenandoah Valley, Virginia: Buy 1 adult Natural Bridge & Caverns Combo ticket and get 1 for just 81 cents at Then journey down I-81 to enjoy a day away amidst fall color in the Blue Ridge; offer valid through November 28.


    Miami, Florida – For $15, you get three visits to Russian & Turkish Baths (a $90 value), located in Miami Beach. Get the deal

    San Diego, California – $35 for an hour-long aromatherapy massage or super repair facial (each a $75 value) at Shear Indulgence Salon and Day Spa in Carlsbad. Get the deal


    Bloggers invited to compete for prizes in Thailand’s Medical Tourism Blog Contest. Submissions are welcome until October 31, 2010. Check out

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  • Have a travel deal to share? Submit your travel deal here.

    Remember that many of these deals can only be bought today, so if you see something interesting, you need to act fast! (The discount can usually be used for the next few months – read the fine print.)


    FREE entry to The Travel & Adventure Show in Dallas – October 23-24 with great activities for the kids (scuba lessons, rock wall climbing, camel rides), travel celebrities like Arthur Frommer sharing money-saving travel advice, and dozens of exotic vacation ideas.  Traveling Mama readers get a free ticket by going to this link and typing in Promo Code TM (FYI, ages under 16 get in free, so it’s a very affordable, family friendly event.)  For more information, visit


    Marquis Los Cabos, Buy One Get One Free Vacations – Guests staying in one of the resort’s Junior Suites get the second one complimentary AND receive one upgrade to a Marquis Suite with Pool or Private Pool Casita –  a savings of up to $728 per night. Junior Suites start at $400 per night through December 25, 2010. Get the deal

    Cayman Islands – Early Booking Promotion at Cotton Tree: Book by September 30th and receive a 30% discount at Cotton Tree, the Cayman Islands’ first boutique cottage hotel, in December 2010 and January 2011. Get the deal

    Sturbridge, MA – Lodging and dinner for 2 at The Hearthstone Inn in Sturbridge, MA.  Starts at just $99 per couple.
    Available Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays through October 24, 2010. Get the deal

    Contests and Trip Sweepstakes

    Visit The National Park of Your Choice – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite — our National Parks are some of the most amazing places on Earth.  If you win the Thompson’s Water Seal VIP Sweepstakes (ending at midnight October 4), your family could win $5,000 in airfare, hotel, rental car and spending money to visit the National Park of your choice (including those in Alaska and Hawaii!)  Enter the contest


    Albuquerque, NM – $20 for a day of unlimited rides, buffet, and beverages, one hour of video game play at It’z Family Food & Fun ($104 value.) Get the deal

    Charleston, SC – $15 for a 2 hour painting class at Bottles ‘n Brushes. Bring your own wine or beer and paint a masterpiece that you can bring home. Regular class price is $35. Get the deal

    New York City Museums – Individual or Dual “Curate Your Own” Membership  with additional bonue series at Whitney Museum of American Art. This $125 value is available for $50. Get the deal….


    Louisville, KY – 13 Fears Haunted House, tickets regularly $13. Today’s deal, get two for the price of one. Get the deal

    Spa Treatments

    Baton Rouge, LA – $35 Full Body Massage at The GallerySalon Day Spa ($80 Value). Get the deal

    Houston, TX – $35 for a One-Hour Swedish Massage and 3 Month VIP membership to Avalon Salon and Bodyworks ($95 value.) Get the deal

    Los Angeles, CA – $50 Massage or Facial at Dtox Day Spa ($100 Value.) Get the deal

    St. Louis, MO – $50 for a mini-microdermabrasion and chemical peel or $149 for a forehead botox treatment at The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa. Get this $190 value deal

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  • This was from the Newsletter that went out yesterday. The newsletter is sent to subscribers who have signed up via our signup widget in the sidebar of our home page.

    Fall in Love with Travel Again

    This morning I woke up to a bit of cool weather here in Louisiana. I sat on my back porch wrapped in a blanket, sipping Louisiana’s Community Coffee, watchng the sun rise. I chatted with my husband about the change in weather and we discussed a few of the travel destinations we’d like to visit over the next few months. We’ve also started to plan a spring trip with the kids. As a family on a budget, we like to plan ahead for bigger trips so that the cost isn’t a burden to our every day budget. A new aspect we’ve added to is our Daily Travel Deals. ThemeParkMom rounds up the best deals found on the web and posts them on most weekdays. I put emphasis on the word most, because as moms with full time jobs, sometimes the unplanned happens. We’ve also been checking out events in our own areas.

    From Our Research and Development Department

    Our Research and Development Team at has been diligently searching for and testing some of the newest gadgets and travel gear for our upcoming Holiday Travel Gift Guide. Our littlest team members are having fun with new travel toys and giving thumbs up and thumbs down on everything under the sun for a family road trip. We’ve also been hitting the road, testing out vehicles for our Auto Review section. You can expect our Holiday Travel Gift Guide to be released around November 1st.

    Trip Giveaways and Sweepstakes

    We’re nearing the end of the Traveling Mamas Tripapalooza Gulf Coast Beach Giveaway. You still have a few days to enter, if you haven’t done so already. We’ve already given away two trips to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. The last trip we’re giving away is a five night stay at The Beach Club Alabama. You can check out the details on our Tripapalooza post.

    Win a trip to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. We’ve got all the details on how you can win a trip for four to spend Thanksgiving in NYC. If you’ll already be in the Big Apple for this American Holiday, you may want to check out our tips for viewing the Macy’s Parade and our list of free things to do in NYC. on Television

    I’m excited to announce that has been on WAFB TV in Baton Rouge, LA giving travel tips and suggestions via Skype. You can check out the lastest clip of October Deals along the Gulf Coast. With the technology of Skype, we’re able to provide local and regional television stations with live quality content and interviews.

    Upcoming Events

    Missouri Governor’s Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

    BlogWorld and New Media Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada

    We want to write about the travel topics you’re interested in. If you have a question or comment, feel free to send it to questions at We hope as you begin to plan your fall travels and holiday plans, that you take time to enjoy the experience of travel and fall in love with travel during this off-season.

    The Traveling Mamas

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