Friday, December 19, 2014

Lenox travel mugs for holiday or birthday gifts

My new Lenox Winter Greetings  travel mug is the ideal Christmas gift for me. It is designed for people who want their hot drink "to-go". Hubby ordered it from the Lenox travel mug from Amazon. Calling it a mug is a misnomer. Since there is no handle, I would call it a tumbler. A true mug with a handle would rock or tip in the car cup holder. Instead, this Lenox piece fits snugly in the cup holder and keeps drinks warm like a dream.  

The travel mug (tumbler) is made of double walled ceramic and holds about 8 ounces of liquid. It can holder hotter liquids than plastic tumblers. The downside is that the piece must be hand washed. A pinpoint sized air hole is in the bottom of the Lenox travel mug. This lets the space inside the double walled tumbler expands and contracts to keep drinks hot or cold. It's necessary to the design of the tumber. However, the space picks up water when the mug is washed in the dishwasher. As the mug warms, the water trapped inside releases naturally and makes a mess. Hand washing prevents the mess.

I originally saw the travel tumbler at the Lenox outlet in Sevierville and kicked myself later for not picking it up. The $8.99 Amazon price was only pennies different from the outlet. Lenox has other travel mugs in the Butterfly Meadow pattern, monograms, and the Comfort and Joey Christmas travel mug. Any of those would make good gifts.

Despite the fragility of ceramic, Lenox got this product right. I enjoy the travel mug and look forward to years of use. The Lenox replacement guarantee should kick in if it does break. This means that if the piece is available, it can be replaced for half price. A good product, a replacement guarantee and Amazon service adds up to a winning combination to me. The link below takes you to the details page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Free Things to Do in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

There are five completely free things to do in Murfreesboro, Tennessee that families may find especially appealing. Travelers sometimes overlook this small town in Rutherford County. Its proximity to Nashville can overshadow all that this city has to offer.
Dig below the surface and visitors quickly realize that Murfreesboro has a feel and flavor all its own. It is a long list of completely free things to see and do. People sometimes overlook Murfreesboro in favor of the larger city nearby. A trip to this town is an unbeatable combination of fun and budget travel.
Are you searching for completely free things to do in Murfreesboro or Rutherford County, TN? If so, this is your list.
Stones River National Battlefield
A high number of fatalities were sustained by both sides during this battle. It is known as one of the bloodiest in the Civil War. However, a less common fact is that the battle took place among a forest of fragile cedar glades.
These glades exist in a uniquely delicate ecosystem that is only found in Middle Tennessee. The national battlefield is honors fallen soldiers while simultaneously protecting the cedar glades. No entrance fee makes it one of the completely free things to do in Murfreesboro that should not be missed.

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro
Couples can enjoy strolling hand in hand as they walk through this area. It's one of the completely free things to do in Murfreesboro that will keep families busy for an afternoon. The area ranges from hip to historic. Shops and boutiques offer one of a kind items. Visitors can find a unique souvenir from the trip or stop in for a bite at one of several eateries. A photo stop by the historic courthouse completes the visit.

National Historic District '" North Maney Avenue

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Green Spaces and National Parks Around Washington, D.C.

When I visit the D.C. area, the last thing on my mind are the green spaces and national parks around Washington. My mind is on the monuments, sightseeing and shopping at the museums. It's a big change from the Appalachian Mountains that surround my home. For me, the trip Washington, D.C., is a break in my routine that lets me recharge.

My daughter, like other nature fans, will be glad to know that there are green spaces and national parks around Washington, D.C. Admission and amenities can and do change without notice. Double check before arriving at these or any parks. All parks on this list are either in the city itself or close by.

Rock Creek Park
5200 Glover Road NW
Washington, DC 20015

Free admission

Monday, November 10, 2014

Do I need travel insurance

The question has been asked again. Do I need travel insurance? My answer is both yes and no. Travel insurance reduces the financial risk that you take when traveling. Trip interruption insurance reimbursed me for unexpected hotel nights and meals when a breakdown stranded three states from home. I thought of AAA for towing or trip arrangements. An interruption policy never crossed my mind until I was stuck.

To potentially avoid an insurance issue like the million dollar baby, check medical and all other insurance policies before leaving home. Call your agent and read all of the fine print.

Big trips like Walt Disney World, cruises and international vacations almost always demand trip  insurance. Major storms, lost baggage, unexpected illness and mechanical breakdowns are always good reasons to consider buying a policy.