November 26th, 2014
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Dining is close to a religious experience for me, so all of my mind, body and spirit get channeled into my holiday dishes. One of my favorite ways to enjoy these festive dishes is by relaxing is around the dinner table, chatting with family and friends. It’s super fun to use Membership Rewards® points to help bring the holiday spirit into my own home. I’m able to use points to fuel my combined passion of cooking and trying new kitchen items.
While I do love using my points to buy gift cards for my own shopping, I also enjoy giving them to family and friends. According to this year’s American Express Spending and Saving Tracker, gift cards are THE #1 gift to give, so consider buying all your gift cards with earned points. You can check out the great places to purchase gift cards with points here!
Here are 3 simple ways to use Membership Reward Points during the holidays:
- Gift Cards: Who doesn’t love receiving a gift card? As mentioned above, they are the #1 way to give. If you need a last-minute gift, eGift cards can be delivered straight to the recipient’s inbox. Some of my favorites gift cards to use for myself and also give are: Crate & Barrel, The Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue, Restoration Hardware, and Barnes and Noble. Check out all the available gift cards from leading retailers here (insert link)
- Use Points for Charges: This feature allows Card Members to log into the American Express app on their phones (or MembershipRewards.com) and use points on everyday purchases. When the window opens, select eligible charges for which you’d like to apply points; an accompanying credit will be applied within 48 hours.
- Shop with Points on Amazon: Amazon.com has long been one of my favorite places to shop for myself and for others over the holidays. No busy crowds at the store and super simple to use. I also love reading reviews before making my purchases. Did you know that you can set your American Express card as your default payment method and when you go to check out, you can pay in full or even partially with rewards points? Brilliant!
In addition, I will also be giving in another way. Membership Rewards allows you to donate points and give to hundreds of local, national and international non-profit organizations. Members Give is an American Express Card Member benefit that allows cardholders to donate earned points to the charity of their choice, starting at 1,000 points. For every 1,000 points redeemed through Members Give, $10 will be donated to a charity of my choice. I will be sure to donate many points.
I can’t forget to mention one more Membership Rewards perk that I’m super psyched about this time of year. To help you travel safely to and from those dinner and cocktail parties throughout the holidays…recently, Uber partnered with American Express to ensure safe travels during the holiday season by offering Card Members 2x points on eligible rides, and allowing Card Members to use points to pay for eligible trips (just make sure your Amex Credit Card is registered to your Uber account).
Please share with me how you have used #PointsForPresents in the past or plan to use them this holiday season!
Disclosure: I was selected by American Express to help educate consumers on how to use earned Membership Rewards points. As such, I was paid for my services, but all items selected and opinions about the Membership Rewards points are my own.
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Every winter, I find that the cold and short days bring on a heavy dose of cabin fever. This year, I’ve vowed to scrapbook those winter blues and find ways to keep my kids active and creative during the chilly, winter months. How you may ask? I took inspiration from my family’s favorite outdoor activities and found ways to bring them indoors!
Don’t freeze in your tracks this winter—let your outdoor adventures inspire new, indoor fun. Here are five Dulan family favorites to get you started.
1. CREATE AN INDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE
Build your own indoor playground that gives everyone a chance to run, jump, climb and laugh. Rally the family and utilize regular household items—pillows, chairs, hula hoops, stairs, baskets and more. Kids can crawl under a row of chairs and jump over a wall of couch cushions, and then tiptoe through hula hoops and hop over pillows. With a little imagination you can make your own mini American Ninja Warrior course.
2. CAMP OUT IN THE LIVING ROOM
Who says camping is only for warm weather? Break out your sleeping bags, pitch a tent in the living room and turn your heat way, way down! Make it a sleepover and BYOF—Bring Your Own Flashlight—for spooky ghost stories. And, don’t forget, no camping trip is complete without s’mores! Roast marshmallows over the fireplace or stove. Give it a new twist and replace your graham crackers with CLIF Kid’s Honey Graham Zbar.
3. PLAY 60 MINUTES OF MOTION
One of the best ways to keep warm in winter—get up and move! Keep the family active with CLIF Kid’s 60 Minutes of Motion, a game-style deck of 25 motion, activity and adventure cards that I helped create! Check out the Copy Cat game card and test your motion memory—the options for hours of active play are endless! Download the deck for free HERE!
4. LET IT SNOW PILLOW ADVENTURE
Surprise and delight your family with an impromptu pillow fight. Grab your fluffiest old pillows and secretly snip a few one inch slits in the covers. Shhhhh, don’t tell, and when the fun begins, the snowy feathers will fly and laughter will fill the house. Don’t stop until the last feather hits the ground and then, make snow angels!
5. ENJOY A PICNIC
An indoor picnic is a great way to bring the taste of summer to a winter’s day. Pick your family favorites, toss down a few blankets and pillows, and enjoy the feast. A few of our favorite seasonal treats—grilled cheese sandwiches and kale chips with frozen grapes and strawberries for dessert. To drink we like cold water from our CamelBak Relay water filtration pitcher. Another perk to an indoor picnic—no uninvited guests will arrive to carry away your food.
Disclosure: I do work with the folks at CLIF Bar, opinions are my own.
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