Our 7 Favorite Childrens’ Biblical and Devotional Series On Pureflix


7 Favorite Biblical ShowsAre you wanting to find edifying media for your children to occasionally watch?

Would you like to teach them some basic Biblical and Christian concepts and disciplines through engaging videos made especially for them?

Do you want them to be able to watch something encouraging during a sick day? Or when you are too sick to do devotionals that day?

If you answered yes to any (or in our case – ALL) of these, then you need to go and get your free trial of PureFlix!

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Here is a list of our 7 favorite Biblical / Christian shows on PureFlix:

Just for kicks, some of these shows are links to Amazon.com so you can see the cost of purchasing them outright and what savings you get from the low cost of $7.99 per month on PureFlix. 

The Torchlighters’ Heroes of the Faith

Friends and Heroes

321 Penguins

Veggie Tales

Juniors Giants

Hermie and Friends

Kingdom Under The Sea

There are many more children’s biblical and christian shows on PureFlix, we just haven’t checked them all out yet!

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A Simple Truth: Without God, The United States Will Become Another Babylon

I am sitting here watching God’s Not Dead 2, I am moved to speak.

without-god-the-united-states-will-become-another-bablyon-fbSomewhere over my lifetime, some of the people in this country, many in government places, have started a war on God, Christians, and the right to live and believe as we want.

They use excuses like “separation of church and state,” tolerance, and faith not having a place in our schools, businesses, and government.

People haven’t just turned from God themselves, they want others to turn from God also. They don’t want us to mention Him. They don’t want any of it to be true. They want us all to go away and let them do what they want… to let them live it up… and then die, in peace.

But we can’t let God leave this country, for when He does, it will become Hell. It will be so dark, so cruel, so depraved. Look at countries who have “kicked out” God, and what they have become.

Do you really want to live in Russia, North Korea, China, Hati, Vietnam, Thailand, Afghanistan, Iran, and many more atheistic or ani-Christian Countries?

I know I don’t.

God’s blessing is STILL upon us. Lets keep it that way.

God’s Not Dead, He Is Surely Alive!


Our Favorite Educational Shows On PureFlix

our_favorite_educational_shows_pureflixDo you ever use videos to supplement your homeschool / Christian school?

Have you ever had a few days or weeks of sickness, but you want your children to be learning, not just vegging out?

Would you like to have access to a variety of learning and educational shows – Biblical, Historical, Scientific (especially Creation Science based), Artistic, and even Fitness?

If you answered yes to any (or in our case – ALL) of these, then you need to go and get your free trial of PureFlix!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

Here is a list of our 7 favorite Biblical / Christian shows on PureFlix:

Just for kicks, some of these shows are links to Amazon.com so you can see the cost of purchasing them outright and what savings you get from the low cost of $7.99 per month on PureFlix. And some of these videos are hard to find, you can’t even get them on Amazon!

Drive Through History

Discover World

Discover Science

Mike’s Inspiration Station

Fit Family

There are also lots of Missionary Documentaries. A couple we have watched include:

Amy Carmichael

Travel The Road

Fanny Crosby

There are over 100 educational shows on PureFlix, we just haven’t checked them all out yet!

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DIY: How To Make Simple Fall Jewelry and Hair Accessories

diy_fall_jewelry_accessoriesWe love Fall around here. The cooling down from a super hot summer, the change of colors of the trees, and the somewhat slower pace of life.

For the first time, we decided to tackle the fall theme and make some useful and practical fall crafts: fall themed jewelry and fall themed hair accessories.

Basic Fall Beaded Necklace with a Central Focus Piece

Lets start with the fiery orange necklace that my daughter Sarah created. Isn’t that center metallic piece with the orange leaves just stunning?

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Necklace Supplies:

First, we went to Hobby Lobby and looked for two things:

  1. What was on sale – all our components, except for the toggle clasps which we call ‘findings’, was 50% off.
  2. What made us think of fall.

Sarah immediately found the metallic pieces and then the swirled orange beads. She then added the second set of slightly transparent beads to add texture to the final necklace.

I looked around a bit and found the beading wire for half off. The findings (the toggle clasps and crimp beads) were full price – but since the toggle clasps were the most expensive item, we got it using Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon! We used gold colored wire and findings.

The complete list then is:

  • Fall themed centerpiece
  • Fall themed beads
  • Beading wire (28 gauge)
  • Findings (toggle clasps and crimp beads)
  • Pliers or jewelry tools

Click here to find jewelry wire and tools on Amazon.
Click here to browse findings on Amazon.

How To – Steps To Create The Necklace

1 – Clear The Workspace

diy_fall_jewelry_accessories_2I love to start with a clean workspace. Since we don’t have room in our house for a separate place, I keep my craft items in bead boxes and stackable baskets. We then clear the end of the table, lay down a clean cloth, then lay out our supplies.

2 – Lay Out the Beads

Decide were you want the pieces of the necklace to go. Do not start beading on the wire until you have laid things out. You may want to experiment with different patterns, how many beads you use, etc… My oldest daughter Sarah created this necklace. She started by laying down the centerpiece. She then decided to do two of the smaller, slightly transparent beads and then one of the swirl painted larger beads. When she was finished, she added a couple of additional smaller beads onto the end.

Please note that the supplies in the photo above above made two necklaces.

3 – Measure Out the Wire

Now that you have the beads laid out, you also will know how long the necklace will be. Start your wire about two to three inches before the beginning of one side of the beads, then measure it out to the other side of the laid out beads, then add two to three more inches.

4 – Add Finding One (Toggle Clasp) to the End of the Wire

Since this Wiki article does such a good job in explaining how to start with the wire, the first half of the clasp, and the crimp beads. I will refer you to it vs. trying to explain it all here.

5 – Thread the Beads onto the Wire

Make sure your wire doesn’t have any kinks or bends in it, otherwise, the necklace will have kinks and bends. Now, start feeding the beads on from one end to the other. This is why you laid everything out beforehand, as you are starting at one end, then going to the other. This is the only way to make sure you get the centerpiece in the center of the necklace.

When you get to threading (putting on) the centerpiece, you will notice when you pick up the necklace, that it is sideways on the wire. You can do two techniques here.

  1. Make a simple twist of the wire (two times) until the centerpiece is facing forward.
  2. Use a finding called a jump ring. Thread the jump ring onto the wire instead of the centerpiece, then thread the jump ring through the loop on the top of the centerpiece. You may have to use the pliers to open up the jump ring, then squeeze it closed again.

6 – Add the Second Finding (Toggle Clasp)

This was the hardest part for us so I will refer to this video: Click here for a free, quick video from Annie’s that shows how to do the beads and finish with the second finding.

Annie’s has a series of jewelry making videos that go in-depth into many different techniques and types of jewelry to make.

Cute and Simple Fall Hair Accessory / Hair Clip

Hair Accessory Supplies

In case you did not read the above section, we look for two things first when looking for looking for supplies for our project:

  1. What was on sale – the fall holiday decor was 40% off at Hobby Lobby (oh Hobby Lobby, how I hope you have an affiliate program soon!)
  2. What made us think of the season or theme we are currently working on – in this case, FALL!

We wanted a cute hair accessory that girls (and maybe even women) would want to wear. We went through all of the fall craft supplies and jumped when we saw these felt sunflowers. They were perfect!

We already have a small glue gun, glue sticks and felt.

The supply list then is:

  • Hair clips (we already had these, I had purchased them for a good price at Walmart)
  • Mini glue gun and glue sticks (again, already have, purchased at Walmart)
  • Fall felt Sunflowers
  • Orange felt (had on hand)

Click here to find glue guns and glue sticks on Amazon.

How To – Steps To Create The Hair Accessories

1 – Clear the Workspace

As with the jewelry making, we clear a large space on our table to start our work. Hopefully someday we will have a dedicated table / craft station!

Since this project uses hot glue, we do not put a cloth under the work, but instead use a sheet of cardboard. We put the glue gun on an old plate.

2 – Set Out the Components of the Project

We make a neat pile of the sunflowers, another pile of the hair clips, plug in the glue gun and have a backup glue stick ready. We then cut out the backing felt in a round or oval shape from a simple piece of felt.

3 – Construct the Hair Clips

dyi_fall_jewelry_accessories_3I will be honest, this is pretty simple.

  1. Add hot glue to the back of the sunflower (please be doing this with an adult).
  2. Open the hair clip and place the sunflower on top of the clip (or, you can leave the sunflower on its back, then open the clip upside down and hold it down on top of the sunflower).
  3. Place the felt under the top part of the clip so the glue attaches to it too (see picture above).
  4. Press (this is the hard part, to not get hot glue on you) and don’t close the clip until the glue is dry (otherwise it will adhere to the bottom of the hair clip).

We have learned the hard way that the felt is a MUST have. Hot glue does not hold permanently on surfaces like metal and plastic. But it will adhere for life (or close to it) on fabric, especially felt.

That is it! Let it dry for a few minutes and then you can put it in your hair.

BTW, if you aren’t sure you want to dive in and make either of these at this time, you could always purchase the finished product from our Etsy shop!


Kids Eat Free Restaurants in the Treasure Valley

treasure-valley-kids-eat-freeDo you love to eat out one in awhile? Do you find it hard to afford when you have children (especially if you have two or more)?

Lots of restaurants around the Treasure Valley have caught on to the new trend – to offer one night a week where children get to eat free!

As a Blogger here in the Treasure Valley and a mom of four children, I have compiled this list both for myself and for you. Let me know if your favorite isn’t on the list yet.

Disclosure: Any restaurant can stop or start a kids eat free at any time. Please check with the restaurant before visiting to make sure it is still in effect. Most restaurants will give one meal free for each adult meal. If you find some that allow more than one child per adult, let us know!

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Kids Eat Free Boise

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Rockies – Mondays
  • Rumbi Island Grill – Thursdays
  • Tucanos – every day, children 6 and under

Kids Eat Free Meridian

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Corner Bakery at The Village – Tuesdays
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Ram – $1 Kids Meals Thursdays
  • Rumbi Island Grill – Thursdays

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Kids Eat Free Eagle

  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays

Kids Eat Free Nampa

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Jade Garden – Mondays
  • Pita Pit – Mondays

Kids Eat Free Caldwell

Other Freebies

  • Kids get a free book any day they visit the Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Whole Foods has a free healthy snack kiosk for kids to eat while parents shop,
  • Nampa Fred Meyer has a free healthy snack kiosk for kids to eat while parents shop.
  • Rosauers in Meridian / Eagle has a free healthy snack for kids to eat while parents shop.

Want to teach your children to cook and experience making meals with them? Check out my cookbook – Teach Your Children To Cook on Amazon.

Treasure Valley Homeschool Resources


My heart is with my local community. This is a series of listings that are useful to the homeschool families in the Treasure Valley area (Boise and vicinity). 


Treasure Valley Homeschool Organizations

CHOIS – Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State – quarterly magazine, lots of resources, produces a convention in Idaho each year in May/June

ICHE – The purpose of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators is to protect the right to home educate within the State of Idaho. They do this by providing optional standardized testing, Legislative day and Legislative alerts.

SELAH – A homeschool support organization

CHEER – Homeschool support and co-op

Mom Heart Treasure Valley – We are a group of homeschooling mothers who love Jesus and gather together for inspiration and encouragement, often using the resources of Sally Clarkson. We have two groups currently meeting in the Treasure Valley:

Jennie Nelson – Eagle area- you can contact Jennie at juneberryblue@gmail.com or on FB at Jennie Durward Nelson for more info on her group.

Shelly Roy- Meridian, Nampa, West Valley- you can contact Shelly at the.roys.family@gmail.com or on FB at Shelly Lynn Roy

Both Jennie and Shelly are most quickly reached by email. Please use Mom Heart in your subject line and we will answer any questions you may have about our groups as quickly as possible. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!

Catholic Home Educators Of The Treasure Valley – See the Group page for more information.

LDS  Deseret Homeschool Association – Homeschool support for Mormon / LDS families

Homeschool Days:

Boise Foothills Learning Center – free classes a couple of times a year, hands on nature learning.

DartWarz – Our first day will be October 3, from 1-3 pm. Price will be $5 per person per hour. Address is 501 E Scenery Ln, Meridian, Idaho. We have tentatively scheduled the first Friday of each of the following months. October, November, December, February, March, April, and May.

Farmstead Homeschool Day Friday October 7th and Friday, October 21 from 12:00-11:00pm. The charge is $4.25

Homeschool Board Game Bunch – This Boise, Idaho group is for all ages! We play quality strategy games once per month at All About Games on Overland in Boise.

Idaho Iceworld Boise – every Friday is homeschool discount day

Jump Time – Tue – Thur 10 – 3pm

Nampa Rollerdrome – 10a.m. – 12p.m – third Wednesday of every month – $4 to skate, $2 skate/blade rental or you can bring your own.

Nerfed – homeschool days on the first and third Tuesday. $5 from 1-4.

Roaring Springs Homeschool Week – Monday, August 16th – Friday, August 21st – 16,99 per person – FLIER REQUIRED – 2015_Roaring_Springs_Homeschool_Day

Silverwood Theme Park2015_Silverwood_Educational_Days PDF- May 20th – Physics Day, May 21st – Science Day

Homeschool Co-ops & Classes:

Arrow Homeschool Co-op – meets in Nampa


Common Ground Homeschooling

FHL Homeschool Co-Op – Charlotte Mason and faith based

Holistic Homeschoolers – elderberry picking and other food and natural stuff

Providence Homeschool Co-op

Revelations Homeschool Co-op – Caldwell, Mondays

Treasure Valley Commonwealth

Vineyard Christian Homeschool Co-op

SweetPea Knitting – Beginner Knitting, Beginner Lace and Cables, Intermediate: Baby Sweaters, Advanced: Toe-up Socks (Magic Loop).

Boise Urban Garden School – The Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) is a specialized, inquiry-based education organization that utilizes an organic garden setting as the foundation for our unique learning environment. We know that a student that is able to dig in the soil, plant a seed, and watch it grow is excited to eat the fruits of their labor, and will understand the science behind a sprouting seed or photosynthesis.

Canyon County Stars Square and Round Dance Club – Lessons Start Wed, Sept 2nd, 7pm – 8:15pm. Caldwell Senior Center – 1009 Everett St, Caldwell.

Homeschool Meetup Groups

208 Families With Teens – Meetup group for homeschool families with teens

Homeschool Family Businesses:

Gone Girly –  Designer Engraved Bakeware

Vassar Enterprises – concrete and grading — phone 208-602-3583- Paul Vassar

Travel Whiz  – Vacation and Travel Services – FB page

TrueAim – Christian Parenting and Early Childhood Education – FB Page

Swim Lessons:

Boise Public Pool

Gem State Gymnastics Swim Lessons

Meridian Public Pool

Nampa Rec Center and Public Pools

Susie’s Swim School in Eagle

VBS (Vacation Bible School):

***Search KTSY for VBS Listings***


Univeristy Baptist Church Jun 8-14 at Manitou Park from 12:30-2:30 after the Idaho Food bank serves their lunch.

College Church in Nampa has VBS June 15-19. Theme: “Everest”

Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Nampa – June 22-36

Silver Sage Baptist Church is having theirs July 13-17 from 6-9pm.


10 Mile Christian – June 23rd – 27th

Sovereign Grace Fellowship – June 23rd – 27th

Meridian First Baptist Church – June 23rd – 27th

Treasure Valley Worship Center (Foursquare) – July 20 – 22

Heritage Bible Church – July 7 – 11

 Cross of Christ Lutheran Church – Jul 7th – 9th

Farmer’s Markets and Upicks:

He Can Do It – list of CSAs/Farms/Markets/Upicks

IdahoPreferred – find local farms

LocalHarvest – Find Farms/CSAs/Farmer’s Markets

PickYourOwn.org – links to a few local Upicks

Boise Farmers’ Market

Caldwell Farmers’ Market

Capital City Public Market – Boise

Eagle Saturday Market

Idaho Berry

Kuna Farmers’ Market

Meridian Public Market @ The Village

Nampa Farmers’ Market


Encouraging Children: Contests For Homeschoolers



Academic, Artistic, Service Oriented, STEM and other contests and challenges that are specifically for homeschoolers or allow homeschooled students to enter.

Academic Contests:

Khan Academy 

Who: 18 and older

Dates: June 22nd – August 1st

What: 10 minute video explaining a complex subject – math, physics, engineering, etc…

Prizes: $300 for 9 finalists, $3000 grand prize, possibility to get hired to work for Khan making teaching videos

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 

Who: Ages 13 – 18

Dates: September 1 – October 10th

What: Make a short film about a big idea in science or math

Prizes: $250,000 scholarship + additional prizes

Artistic Contests:


Who: All children K – 12 can enter

Dates: September 14th – December 2nd, 2016

What: Using any artistic medium, create a work of art in and around the word Google.

Prizes: $30,000 Scholarship, grant for school for technology (homeschoolers still get some, but much less), Chromebook Laptop, Android Tablet.

Reading Programs:

Pizza Hut

Who: K – 6

Dates: October – March

What: Set a reading goal and then meet that goal each month.

Prizes: free, one topping personal pan pizza each month the reading goal is met.

STEM Contests:

Google Science Fair

Who: Children / Teens (ages 13 to 18)

Dates: Feb 21st – May 18th

What: Similar to a science fair, enter experiments, observations, engineer creations, etc…

Prizes: $50,000 Grand Prize. Various other prizes for regional winners and the special category winners (LEGO Educational Builder, National Geographic Explorer, Virgin Galactic Pioneer, The Scientific American Innovator, and more)…

How To Eat For $4 Per Day

How To Eat For $4 Per Day

Raise your hand if you are on a tight food budget?

Yea, that is a LOT of hands.

Keep your hands raised if you are on Foodstamps?

Yea, still a lot of hands.

Have you tried to eat healthy on a tight budget and find yourself continually going back to cheap carbs / fillers?

I sure do and I am so frustrated with myself.

Then a friend posts a link and voila, this great, FREE, cookbook emerges!

About The Free Cook Book

It is called “Good and Cheap: Eat Well On $4 Per Day,” By Leanne Brown. And best of all, it is free! Click here for the link: Good and Cheap Free Cookbook.

Leann moved to America from Canada to study nutrition. She was shocked at how many people were on Food Stamps and how few resources there were available to teach folks to eat healthy and well within a Food Stamp budget. So she decided to create a great cookbook full of healthy recipes, nutritious food, meals that aren’t too complicated to make, and most of all, stick to the $4 per day budget.

Leann’s philosophy: “The best health advice is simple: eat fruits and vegetables. Many American cookbooks rely on meat as the central feature of a meal. My recipes celebrate the vegetables rather than the meat. My intent was to create satisfying food that doesn’t require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger. I strove to create recipes that use money carefully, without being purely slavish to the bottom line. For example, many recipes use butter rather than oil. Butter is not cheap, but it creates flavor, crunch, and richness in a way that cheap oils never can. ”

She really created this out of a desire to help.

Follow Up

I will be testing out these recipes over the next few months and I hope to share some of my successes and failures on my blog. I also will be revamping my current recipe series, Simple, Healthy, Cheap, to have better photos, include more recipes using Leann’s philosophy and budget, and to include more variety.


Book Review: Star Chronicles – A Bible Based Study Of The Stars

Book_Review_Star_ChroniclesOne of the biggest blessings of blogging the past few years is that I have gotten to meet some other amazing bloggers. One in particular has blessed me more times than I can count and I have been looking for a way to return a fraction of it:-)

When I realized that Dawnita from Prairie Dust Trail had a book on the market, I asked her if I could review it! Luckily she said yes, and now I have gotten a whole new perspective on the stars and the Bible with her book: Star Chronicles – A  Bible Based Study Of The Stars

From The Book

Dawnita starts the book with Psalm 8, leaving us in awe of such an amazing creation and giving credit to the Creator for inspiring her book.

She goes on the clarify that this book is not about horrorscopes (pun intended) or astrology, but is focused on why God gave us the stars – for learning, for study, for prophecy.

The book then goes into the 12 constellations usually referred to by astrology, and brings them into context Biblically.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

Here is an excerpt from the section on Taurus, which I choose, since I spent a little too much of my life trying to identify with being a “Taurus.”

“Aldebaran is the brightest star in Taurus. You can find it by following the stars of Orion. The name Aldebaran means “the follower”, and it looks like it is following the “seven sisters.” In astronomy, the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is one of the nearest star clusters obvious to the naked eye. They are mentioned in the Bible three times: “Who maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.” –Job 9:9 “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” –Job 38:31 “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night, who calleth for the waters of the sea and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is His name.” –Amos 5:8”

A lot of time and research went into her book and she does give credit to those who went before her to understand God’s use and purpose for the stars. She gives an intensive reference section.

You can purchase the book on Amazon today. (affiliate link)

How To Get That Costco Dream Trip For Less

Travel How To Get That Costco Dream Trip For LessIn my post last year about saving money on travel, I compared Costco to Expedia and BookingBuddy. I was comparing apples to apples (so the exact same hotel, airline, tickets, etc…) and Costco won two of the thee “challenges.” Costco, with their buying power, was able to negotiate certain deals with certain carries that others could not match.

However, Expedia and BookingBuddy are both able to negotiate their own deals with carriers, just maybe or maybe not the same carriers as Costco.

So, if ware are willing to compare apple species to apple species (i.e the same star category of service, the same level of air carrier, same room type, etc…) then it would be interesting to find out who comes out with the best price – and YOU still get the best vacation!

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Again, I am going to pick the same trips:

  • A Trip to Walt Disney World, including airfare, park tickets, and a non Disney hotel property for 8 days, 7 nights traveling from Seattle, WA. For a family of 4.


  • A Trip to Hawaii, including airfare, hotel, and car on the big island for 7 days, 6 nights traveling from Seattle, WA. For a Family of 4.


  • A Trip to Cabo San Lucas, including airfare, airport to hotel transfer, and all-inclusive hotel (includes food and drinks) for 5 days, and 4 nights) traveling from Seattle, WA. For two adults.



Trip 1: Walt Disney World Trip: Departing September 14th and returning September 21st from Seattle, WA, for a family of 4 – 4 star hotel and national airline.

  • Costco Travel Vacation Package – Orlando World Center Marriott, American Airlines (1 stop), 5 day park hopper to WDW: $4,206.
  • Expedia Vacation Package – Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, United Airline (1 stop), 5 day park hopper ticket to WDW: $3,911.
  • BookingBuddy Vacation Package – Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, American Airlines (1 stop), 5 day: $3,907

For each travel provider, I looked for the lowest price, name brand 4 star hotel. With being able to play with the hotel choice and using BookingBuddy’s deal on Walt Disney World ticket price, we were able to save over $300 on this vacation.

Trip 2: Hawaii: Departing September 14th and returning September 20th  from Seattle, WA, for a family of 4.

  • Costco Travel – Halii Kai Waikoloa – Garden View Room, Alaska Airlines (no overnight flight), full size car rental: $3,871
  • Expedia – Sheraton Kona Resort – Mountain View Room, Hawaiian Airlines (no overnight flight), full size car rental: $3,506
  • BookingBuddy Vacation Package – Castle Halii Kai – Garden View Room, United Airlines (no overnight flight), full size car rental – $3,142

For each travel provider, I looked for the lowest price, name brand 4 star hotel. I also looked for economy class flights that were not overnight, and lastly, we added on a full size car rental. Finding the best deal on each site, Booking Budy was able to save over $700 from best price Costco trip and over $350 from the best price Expedia trip. WOW!

Trip 3: Cabo San Lucas: Departing September 14th and returning September 18th from Seattle, WA, for two adults.

  • Costco Travel – Villa del Arco deluxe suite (note: if I ever get to go to Cabo for an anniversary someday, this is my first choice hotel), Alaska Airlines, airport transfer: $1741
  • Expedia – Hacienda Encantada luxury suite, United Airlines, airport transfer: $1557
  • BookingBuddy – Playa Grande Resort, deluxe junior suite, Alaska Airlines, does NOT include airport transfer: $1481. Hotel transfer could be booked separately for (est) $80. Total would be: $1561.

For each travel provider, I looked for the lowest price, name brand 4 star hotel and selected non-overnight economy class flights. Expedia just edges out BookingBuddy here by a couple of dollars. Costco is more expensive by $200, but to be honest, in this case, I would still select the Costco deal.

As we can see, it simply pays to shop around. Sometimes one site will have the best deal and sometimes, another site wins.

Let me know your best deal you have ever found and who it was through.