Another Shift

Well hello there! You might be surprised to see a post here. I know this a bit of a bother, but I’m coming back to this URL. I got a lot of feedback (mostly from friends and family) that they miss TBT and can never remember to visit Tasting-Tour. I miss it too. I also know that down the road I’ll be thankful that everything is in one place. I’ll still be shifting the focus of my content a bit, but at takingbackmytwenties.com:) And on that note, I’m going to go enjoy my snow day and dream of spring!

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Marriott Rewards Program Review

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Rewards Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As you guys know, I’m blogging as part of the Marriott Rewards® Ambassador program, and this is the second of a serious of three posts. You might remember my trip to the JW Marriott Hill Country back in April. The property was great, and I definitely gave it a positive review, but the purpose of this post is to review the actual Marriott Rewards program and my experience redeeming points for a free night’s stay!

As a refresher, the Marriott Rewards program is free to join, and every time you stay in a Marriott property, you earn points that can be redeemed for free nights (you can enroll here: Marriott.com/rewards). Based on your stays and points, you also gain status and each tier comes with even greater benefits. Though I’ve redeemed points for free nights in the past (our New Orleans trip was free!), I’ve never had status before. As a Platinum Elite member, you gain privileges such as 48-hour guaranteed availability, exclusive offers, dedicated Platinum reservation line, 50% bonus on points for stays, free wifi, and and late checkout. Pretty cool!

I put together a video to share my experience with you guys. I apologize for the umms and awkward transitions – def. not used to being on camera!

Now you can see why Marriott Rewards has been voted “Program of the Year” 6 years in a row!

Also, don’t forget that Marriott Rewards is celebrating it’s 30th birthday with a Year of Surprises. You can nominate friends or family for a surprise party at  yearofsurprises.com by sharing your ideas for a celebration. The second round of nominations takes place May 1 to May 31, so enter soon (full rules at yearofsurprises.com/rules!

Tastes of Chocolate

I’m having a bit of trouble sleeping this week, so I’m gonna make this quick so I can hit the sack:(

This evening, I met the fabulous girls from the Triangle blogging group at Videri for a chocolate tasting!

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Videri is a small chocolate factory that opened last year. We learned about the entire chocolate making process – who knew it has to age for a month? Also, our tour guide wraps every single bar by herself! Impressive.

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The best part was obviously eating the chocolate. I liked the sea salt and the peppercorn the best.

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I brought home a sea salt box for Matt and we finished most of it in one sitting. It’s funny how I used to like the cheap milk chocolates and now I loove the dark, unique bars.

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Thanks to Linnie for putting together this neat event – its always fun to meet new people:)

Monday + Meetup

It’s been quite a nice Monday here! I babysat today and went to a spinning class this evening. It seems the weather has cooled off just a bit, so taking the little guy on a walk this morning wasn’t so bad.

Matt got home from work very late, so I made one of my quick go-to dinners, which has actually become my favorite packed lunch: TJ’s black bean taquitos toasted in the oven over TJ’s lemongrass rice with avocado and salsa. It’s full of flavor for a frozen meal:)

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But the highlight was this unknown bar that Matt brought back from Illinois – he was traveling there for work and heard about a special bakery! From the wrapper, I thought it was some kind of sweet bread, come to find out it was a dense blondie-type bar packed with white and milk chocolate as well as butterscotch. SOO good!!! Really made my Monday.

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Now, I’m off to watch the Wonder Years (I can’t believe Matt is agreeing to watch it!). So sad that we can’t watch the Olympics:(

Atlanta readers: a couple people have asked me about a meet-up, so I’m hoping to organize a frozen yogurt outing on Sunday. Email me or leave a comment if you are interested!