18 November, 2012  |   92 Comments

Win a free night at a Radisson Hotel


Hey good lookin.

Do you need some time away to recharge?
Do you need a room of your own, just for the night?
Do you need to just flipping escape?

Enter below to win a hotel room from the Radisson people.
They’re giving away 50 rooms total in the next month, and I get to give one of them away.
There are 400 locations, so you should be able to find something.

If you could give me ONE piece of advice, about anything you’ve learned, I’ll count that as your entry.
Seriously, any advice you’ve been dying to give me — totally counts.
I’m in an advice-taking state of mind lately, and open to what you have to recommend.

DETAILS: The free night voucher is valid for one free night, standard room, double occupancy at any North American Radisson Blu or Radisson hotel of the winner’s choice. The voucher expires one year after issue date. The full terms and conditions are located on the room night voucher.

One comment per person please.
I’m picking a winner Wednesday and announcing on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
(When news of a free hotel room might be kind of nice.)

Radisson is listing more blogs giving away hotel rooms on their Facebook page in case you want more chances to win.

Good luck!

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92 thoughts on “Win a free night at a Radisson Hotel

  1. 1
    Grace says:

    Oatmeal tastes better with a plop of canned pumpkin and a spoonful of coconut oil. For real.

    Yay a getaway!

  2. 2
    Mir says:

    Oh, I would like a night away from life. So much the better if it’s at a hotel. πŸ˜‰

    Here’s the lesson I’m trying to teach my kids, which is ironic, because it’s having them that finally taught it to me: It’s more important to be kind than to be right. I think most of us take a long time to learn this one.

  3. 3
    Its Sew Easy says:

    My one piece of advce in life would be to take care of yourself, your body, your health. Your health is life’s most precious gift and you only miss it when it is gone – so stay fit and healthy, eat right, don’t smoke, drink only an occiasional glass of wine. Enjoy family and friends, laugh, cry when you need to, and relax. In fact – enjoy a weekend away now and then (in a free hotel room !). As they say – live long and prosper.

  4. 4
    Katie says:

    Make time to sit quietly with yourself for a little bit… especially as things ramp up with the holidays, family, work years ending, etc. Quiet is a good thing.

  5. 5
    Lauren says:

    When you’re upset, angry, anxious, etc. make yourself smile for 30 seconds-a big cheesy grin- while taking deep breathes and you’ll see your mood improve in no time.

  6. 6

    The best piece of advice I ever received:

    “Lower your expectations, but not your standards.”

    My friend was talking about dating men, but I think it applies to pretty much everything. πŸ˜‰

  7. 7
    Laura says:

    Don’t sweat the small stuff.

    It took me way too many decades to understand that this is really good advice.

  8. 8
    maile wilson says:

    My mom used to tell me when I was nervous for the first day of school, “No one is thinking about you because they’re too busy thinking about themselves.”

    This has helped me chill out a million times, even as an adult. There’s something comforting about “It’s not all about you.”

  9. 9
    Stavros says:

    Sometimes travelling without any specific plan delivers the best experience.

  10. 10
    Biggles209 says:

    Life is a journey, not a destination

  11. 11
    Venetia Rumsey says:

    My piece of advice would be when feeling stessed close your eyes and take deep breaths for a few minutes. I would love to win a stay at the Radisdon in NYC

  12. 12
    Billy Rmz says:

    My piece of advice is to take time yourself and take a 30minute walk 3x a week.

    I would live to win a stay at Radisson in Chicago!

  13. 13
    Mike C says:

    “The three free vouchers…”

    Don’t count your eggs before they hatch

  14. 14
    Wendy Kroy says:

    Truly the grass usually is not greener on the other side.

  15. 15

    For dinner after a long day: drizzle a little black truffle oil and browned butter on your popcorn, and enjoy it with a dark beer on your couch. It will smell odd but taste delicious. (Black truffle oil has the added advantage of being the $12 splurge that will last a long time and make you feel like you deserve something special, even on a weeknight, even with a lowbrow popcorn-for-dinner situation.)

    Really enjoying your blog! I love following along!

  16. 16
    Barb says:

    “Be where you are.” That’s the one I’m always working on. And I think it’s more difficult with smart phones and 24 hour news feeds and so much connectivity….that really leaves you disconnected from reality.

  17. 17
    Michael Dehls says:

    “All else being equal, people will be paid exactly what they think they are worth.” This is from a college professor whose class I hated, but it’s also one of the smartest things I was taught, it goes deep into the concept of how people view themselves, and how that projects out to the world.

  18. 18
    Lindsey says:

    you don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to! need to remember this with all the family time coming up for the holidays

  19. 19
    Holly C. says:

    my best advice is if you are in an exercise rut, try something new. play like you did as a child. I am 57 and I do exercise regularly. I recently bought an adult weighted hula hoop and I am addicted! fun, fun! and a real workout. I am thinking of getting certified to teach so I can share my new found love of my hoops!

    I would love to stay at Radisson in NYC with my sister for a girls night out!

  20. 20
    Joshua Grode says:

    If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

  21. 21
    lucrecer says:

    Believe fully in yourself. If you don’t, then you can not expect people to believe in you first.

  22. 22
    Elisabeth says:

    The lesson that I’ve learned lately is to listen to your Mom, she’s usually right. πŸ˜‰

  23. 23
    Rellz says:

    I’m not sure of your beliefs but I am teaching myself to put God first in every aspect of my decision making. I have learned the meaning of self-love but it was empty without my spirituality. Do everything in love… and the world seems to drastically change.

  24. 24
    John B says:

    Set your goals just beyond what you know you can do. Otherwise you won’t grow

  25. 25
    Ellie B says:

    When raising young kids, “Because I said so” is a pefectly acceptable reason.

  26. 26
    John Ruda says:

    Don’t put off the things you’ve always wanted to do.

  27. 27
    DeaconMac says:

    Spend at least as much time out in the real world, meeting people face to face, learning from experience as you do sitting in front of a computer or texting on that cell phone.

  28. 28

    the piece of advice I’d like to tattoo to my own forehead so I don’t forget it?
    Feel bad? go outside. Feel sad? go outside. Feel rage-y? go outside. go outside. go outside.

  29. 29
    Shannon says:

    If you don’t like coconut oil in your oatmeal, try peanut butter. And take care of yourself. I am a working mom of two as well and sometimes I just need a time out! Don’t feel bad … it will be good for you AND the kids.

  30. 30
    Erica says:

    When mixing concrete, you probably need a little more water than you think you do. But not too much…it should be like a really thick milkshake.

  31. 31
    Jacob says:

    It’s not selfish to want to have time for yourself. It makes you be the best you possible and other people get the best you as well!

  32. 32
    Wendy T says:

    Well, since today is 8 years ago that my daughter Olivia passed away, I’ll honor her by sharing one of her sage coping techniques:

    Breathe in the light, and blow out the darkness.

    Thank you.

  33. 33
    Christophe says:

    One piece of advice? Never listen to anyone else’s advice. Trust your gut.

  34. 34
    Anne says:

    Not really advice but something I tell my friends with little ones. Stock up on gold dollar coins now, they are the perfect special thing for the truth fairy to leave under the pillow.

  35. 35
    Sara Negron says:

    Think positive. It sounds cheesy, but it always works.

  36. 36

    do your best, hire out the rest πŸ™‚

  37. 37
    Suebob says:

    Floss your teeth. Reach Total Care is the best floss. It can save you thousands in dental care, plus your breath will be nicer.

  38. 38
    Melissa says:

    Mother-in-law visits, no matter how far the distance she is traveling (4600 miles, in our case) or whether you just had your first, second, or tenth baby (third, in our case), should never be 13 weeks long. EVER.

  39. 39
    Steve Miller says:

    Once a month, question your own taken for granted reality and consider how to redefine it

  40. 40
    kim holt says:

    Be yourself. Don’t spend your life trying to be someone that you’re not, and trying to make people like you. Be yourself. That is all. xox

  41. 41
    Ashley Hatten says:

    I would stay in Kissimmee, FL we are planning a trip to Disney so this would def. help our budget! thanks!

  42. 42
    Marcia Goss says:

    Plan your meals around what is on sale that week.

  43. 43
    Candace P says:

    Get enough sleep, whenever you can. It really does affect your mood and productivity the entire day!

  44. 44
    Karl says:

    Always have music available. It will enliven or relax you any time of the day.

  45. 45
    Claire Martel says:

    If you take a walk outside each day you will find that you feel more energetic

  46. 46
    Neal Trautloff says:

    If you have a chance to go to the movies, see Wreck-It Raplh. It is so good!

  47. 47
    DK says:

    My favorite bit of advice–one I don’t always follow, but have been trying to take to heart–is this:

    If you wait until you’re ready to begin, you’ll never start.

  48. 48
    Laval Brassard says:

    Don’t spend money you don’t have, dept makes money for others

  49. 49
    Winter says:

    Always start with a good night of sleep.

  50. 50
    Paul says:

    A wise man once said, happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.

  51. 51
    ASP says:

    The secret to a successful marriage is letting 90% of what your husband says go in one ear and out the other–listen to the other 10% of what he says.

    I’ve been happily married for almost 10 years now! πŸ˜‰

  52. 52
    kfloveinme says:

    I’m a pretty relaxed and calm person under any circumstances. When I’m asked how are you always so calm? I tell them that when you stress out about things that takes off years off your life, spirit, beauty, and health. Hence the reason I look so young and always happy. I just brush things off and keep it moving. Things always work out for the best. πŸ™‚

  53. 53
    Jessica says:

    “Least said, soonest mended.”

  54. 54

    Judge people not by what they say but rather by what they actually do.

  55. 55
    Natalie Merrill says:

    Sleep at least 8 hours every night in as dark a room as you can.

  56. 56
    Ashli M. says:

    You can’t always please and entertain everyone.

  57. 57
    Ben says:

    Advice – enjoy every moment!

  58. 58
    Himena says:

    “Good manners cost nothing”.

  59. 59
    Laura says:

    If you feel you have been in the wrong, apologize. You will feel better and might have the opportunity to make things right. Never apologize when you do not truly feel you have done something wrong. You are inviting others to blame you.

  60. 60
    Kinsey says:

    One of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever been given: show up and turn things in on time. You, and your work, don’t have to be perfect–it’s far more important to be there and in front of people when they expect you.

  61. 61
    Jon M says:

    I think the advice I’d give to my kids is “never give up, never surrender”. Always be willing to go in the next round.

  62. 62
    Sarah says:

    The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. (Lucille Ball)

  63. 63
    Elizabeth says:

    Listen to music while kneading bread. You should be done kneading by the time two songs have finished playing (or four songs, if it’s the Ramones).

  64. 64
    stephanie says:

    sleep while the baby (or kid) sleeps. everything else can wait!

  65. 65

    Some great advice I got as a youngster: Don’t eat yellow snow! πŸ™‚

  66. 66
    Heather says:

    My best advice? Stop eating when you’re full.


  67. 67
    JanetS says:

    “Be your own best friend.”

  68. 68
    searanchrambles says:

    My one piece of advice … always be kind to yourself.

  69. 69
    Andrea Freeman says:

    What a great giveaway and the perfect time of year! Thank you!

  70. 70
    Jen LC says:

    1. never miss an opportunity to pay someone a genuine compliment…it might make a world of difference.

    2. for extra credit, try to pay a genuine compliment when you feel a criticism bubbling up.

    3: if it’s your spouse, 1 and 2 plus, never miss an opportunity to make them look good to the outside world.

    good thoughts make you feel good, even if you don’t want to. πŸ™‚

  71. 71
    Janelle says:

    Next time you have a cold, buy Cool Touch Kleenex. Your poor, sad nose will thank you.

  72. 72
    Jenna says:

    There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

  73. 73
    Tina M says:

    Everything Happens For A Reason, just do your best

  74. 74
    CharlieSue says:

    My new advice for myself? START.

    (Simple. HARD.)

  75. 75
    amy says:

    Advice: smile your way out of it

  76. 76
    Courtney says:

    From Lord Tennyson:

    Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

  77. 77
    Lori Haislip says:

    Practice good manners….something that is sorely lacking nowadays. Also, I recommend that everyone make your minestrone soup…made it tonight and it is wonderful! If making it, allow plenty of chopping time. Listen to good music, sip on your wine and chop!

  78. 78
    Natalie says:

    At the end of the night, if your mind is racing, enforce a “no words, pictures only” rule in your head. And then gently bring yourself back to pleasant images only whenever the wordy thoughts intrude.


  79. 79
    Laura V. says:

    Take a few minutes each day for yourself to relax and recharge.

  80. 80
    Courtney says:

    A plan that relies on another person isn’t a plan… & There are always a thousand reasons NOT to do something (ie you can always talk yourself out of things).

  81. 81
    Gena says:

    Whenever you are really mad at somebody (or any other negative emotion) and think about it all the time you only hurt yourself. Chances are they don’t know you are mad about something and have moved on while you suffer in your anger

  82. 82
    elainepill says:

    bacon makes everythin better

  83. 83
    Karen A says:

    To sweeten up coffee, add a tbsp of coconut oil. Its healthy and gives it a coconut-y taste!


  84. 84
    MegC says:

    Don’t eat yellow snow

  85. 85
    Jillya says:

    Find one small thing to splurge on that makes you happy everytime you use it. Like extra thick toilet paper or your favorite coffee creamer. Small, but worth it.

  86. 86

    My piece of advice would be to take time for yourself and your significant other – schedule that time where it’s just the two of you, uninterrupted – and schedule it regularly. It makes a world of a difference.

  87. 87
    Sara says:

    My advice would be: find the funny. Laugh. Often. Life is so absurd.

  88. 88
    sheeby111 says:

    The only thing you can control is your reaction…

  89. 89
    TraceyCK says:

    When someone is being difficult, try to react in a kind way without being a doormat.

  90. 90
    Krissa says:

    Here’s my day-before-Thanksgiving, flight-travel-zen advice: always get to the airport with plenty of time to sit down and treat yo’self to a glass of wine at the fanciest available airport bar or restaurant. Bonus if you sit at the bar and get yo’self some French fries because damn gurl, you’ve earned it.


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