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Shell Fuel Rewards gold status

How to Get the Most out of the Fuel Rewards® Program + Get Instant Gold Status and save 5¢/gal

A few months ago I began using a cash-back credit card for all expenses because my bank accounts have been hacked one to many times after using a debit card to purchase something.  Side note… I pay the credit card off every month.  I would NEVER recommend using a credit card if you don’t have the cash in the bank to cover your expenses when you make the purchase.

Given that, you can see how I would be very happy to learn that I can save 5¢ per gallon at Shell gas stations just by using my Fuel Rewards® member number at the pump.  Shell is giving “Instant Gold Status” to new Fuel Rewards® members as well as all existing Fuel Rewards® members.  Members with Gold Status automatically save 5 cents per gallon at the pump.  Now I’m getting 5% cash back from my credit card AND saving 5¢ per gallon at the same time!  Gas is starting to feel like a steal.  I just hope gas prices don’t skyrocket again.

Shell Fuel Rewards gold status

On top of that, once you’re signed up you can stack your rewards to save more at the pump. Combine your rewards from Gold Status with rewards from everyday activities like shopping, dining and traveling.

Shell Fuel Rewards

How to get started with Fuel Rewards®

  1. Register to become a Fuel Rewards® member and get Instant Gold Status at Shell.
  2. Visit a participating Shell station and swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID to redeem your rewards.
    • You’ll save at least 5¢/gal for being a Fuel Rewards® member with Gold status.
  3. Swipe your payment card, and then purchase up to 20 gallons of fuel at the lower fuel price.

How Does Stacking Work?

When I signed up for Fuel Rewards® here, I was prompted to enter the information for the credit card I will use at the pump.  This is how it tracks your ‘stacked rewards’; from your linked credit card purchases.  For example, I will earn 20¢/gal for every $300 I spend on hotels and rental cards with my linked MasterCard.  Another way I can earn extra $ off Shell gas is by spending $50 or more at Teleflora, in which case my $ off will bump up an extra 10¢/gal.  Some offers are for a limited time and some are every day offers.  

Dining out is another way you can cut your gasoline cost by 10¢/gal.

  • Dine at participating restaurants and pay with your linked Mastercard®, Visa® or American Express®card.
  • Earn 10¢/gal for every $50.00 you spend across all participating restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • Rewards earned while dining out will post to your account within 10 days.

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  • Link all cards you regularly use so you don’t miss out on any eligible purchases. They do not store your card number, so your information is secure. And they will never charge your card.
  • Want to stay in? You can also earn Fuel Rewards® savings for ordering take-out from participating restaurants.
  • No need to spend all $50 at once. Grab lunch here, enjoy a night out with friends there. We’ll keep track of your purchases and add 10¢/gal to your account every time you hit the $50 threshold.
  • Download the Fuel Rewards® mobile app to easily find participating locations near you.

Enjoying saving at the pump and always use your credit card responsibly!


Redeem Fuel Rewards® savings with your Fuel Rewards® card or Alt ID at participating Shell stations. Fuel Rewards® savings are limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase per vehicle, or fraud limits placed by Shell and/or limits placed on your payment card by your financial institution, each of which may be lower. Fuel Rewards® savings must be redeemed in a single transaction. Once you begin to dispense fuel using your Fuel Rewards® savings, you must dispense to the 20-gallon limit or you forfeit any remaining discounted gallons of fuel. For example, if you only pump fifteen (15) gallons of fuel, you would abandon the remaining five (5) gallons of discounted fuel. If you have a rewards balance greater than the current per- gallon price of fuel, the price will roll down to the maximum capability of the fuel equipment, and your remaining rewards will be saved for a future fuel purchase. Dispenser may require a price of up to 10.9 cents per gallon. It may not be possible to combine multiple discounts and/or rewards in a single transaction. For purchases of $75 or more, please go inside to pay. Unbranded diesel and alternative fuels may not be eligible. The Fuel Rewards® program is owned and operated by Excentus Corporation. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. Not valid where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. See fuelrewards.com for complete Fuel Rewards® program details and Terms and Conditions. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Dramamine for Kids

Essentials for a Motion Sickness Kit, Including Dramamine® for Kids

This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.


My kids were blessed to get Tim’s good looks, Sebastian got Tim’s calm demeanor and my shyness, and Madelyn got her ‘happy crazy’ emotions from me, and motion sickness which can be a bummer because we love to travel.  Travelling was easy with Sebastian.  We grabbed paper, crayons, toys, snacks, a drink, and off we went.  With Madelyn we’ve had to create an entire road trip departure routine that includes, but is not nearly limited to taking Dramamine® for Kids.

Over the years (she’s 10 years old now), I’ve had a couple of ah-ha moments during her bouts of road trip or amusement park motion sickness.  One, was she was less likely to suffer motion sickness if we had cool air circulating in the car the entire road trip.  The second most substantial ah-ha moment related to Madelyn’s motion sickness was “gosh, we ought to have a car-sick kit in the car”.

I’ve put all sorts of things in our car-sick kit over the years.  It took a few years to figure out exactly what I needed in the kit and here it is…

Dramamine for Kids

What’s inside our motion sickness kit:

  • Dramamine® for Kids
  • Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals – for myself
  • Hairband – to hold hair back when needed
  • Pain medicine – Madelyn sometimes gets a headache on road trips
  • One-time use toothbrushes
  • Toilet seat covers
  • One-time use zipper bags
  • Tissues
  • Moist wipes
  • Lip balm
  • All inside a clear, sturdy zipper bag so contents are easily view-able

You never know when motion sickness will strike so I transfer our car-sick kit to whatever vehicle we travel in, and take it in my handbag when we go to an amusement park or on a boat.  I was so glad I didn’t forget to take Dramamine® for Kids on our recent cruise!  I wasn’t sure how the movement of the ship was going to affect Madelyn and while given she is affected by motion sickness easily in the car, the ship didn’t seem to have the same affect so she was generally well with the rocking of the boat.   However, I quickly pulled out the chewable grape flavor Dramamine® for Kids a couple of nights when we really felt the swells.  Madelyn felt better within minutes.   

Dramamine on cruise ship



Dramamine for KidsWe trust Dramamine® for Kids because it works for Madelyn and is the only medicated motion sickness relief product formulated just for children ages 2-12 from the #1 Pharmacist recommended brand.  If for some reason she doesn’t take Dramamine® before we head out on a road trip and then gets motion sick, it’s comforting to know what Dramamine® for Kids treats symptoms of motion sickness on the spot and prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness.

You can buy Dramamine for Kids at your local drug store, grocery store or Amazon.com.

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Read my post about Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals here

Road trip essentials

Getting To My Vacation Destination & Enjoying Vacation Is Easier with Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals

This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Read my post about Dramamine® for Kids here

I love being outdoors and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that my love for the outdoors likely came from my mom.  Not that my dad doesn’t enjoy being outside but my mom purposefully goes bird watching, hiking, volunteers at the nature center, and draws and photographs nature.   When my sister and I were about 11 and 13, she would drive us to a beautiful place called Snowbird Mountain Lodge in the smoky mountains of North Carolina.  While the scenic, beautiful destination was something to look forward to, the road trip was not.

This is a view of just a small portion of the drive to Snowbird but you can see how someone prone to motion sickness might not enjoy that ride.

Snowbird Lodge North Carolina

I quickly learned what motion sickness was and some ways to manage it, not knowing Dramamine® existed when I was so young; but nothing knocked it entirely on those road trips.  My mom couldn’t relate to motion sickness and I didn’t know there was a medication to alleviate the nausea, so I went on road trips for years as a child without relief.

During my teen and young adult years I drove myself everywhere so I didn’t experience motion sickness again for years.   A car accident in 2000 left me injured and in physical therapy for months, and scared to drive.  I was a passenger again after years of being the driver.   My motion sickness was noticeable almost immediately after getting in a car.   I thought maybe it was my husband’s driving or anxiety from being in a car but it quickly became apparent that it wasn’t.  I really got nauseous.  During a road trip to Florida I got so car sick after being in the car for about an hour that we pulled off the highway and into a gas station where I could buy Dramamine®.   Within about 15 minutes of taking Dramamine® I felt like a different person.  I was able to pay better attention to my son, then a toddler, and talk to my husband.

Another time Dramamine® recently came in very handy for the four of us was on our cruise.  I won’t go on a cruise without Dramamine®!

Dramamine on cruise

I rely on natural remedies for most ailments, including motion sickness.  Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals is the first non-drowsy solution for motion sickness from Dramamine®, the leaders in motion sickness relief and that’s what I take when I’m going to be a passenger on a road trip.   Motion sickness sufferers frequently try ginger ale, ginger candy or gum.  But unlike many other sources of ginger that motion sickness sufferers frequently try, Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals contains the clinically-tested ginger dosage required for preventing and treating motion sickness.   Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals helps prevent and relieve motion sickness symptoms nausea and vomiting, which products like antacids and upset stomach relievers do not. And since it’s made from natural ginger, it is safe to use every day you travel.

Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals

These days, the thought of getting car sick on an upcoming road trip doesn’t consume me like it used to.  Being a passenger on a road trip is not uncomfortable anymore.  Unfortunately, my daughter ‘inherited’ my motion sickness trait and also must take Dramamine® before road trips, on cruises, and at amusement parks.  Stay tuned for my post about Dramamine® for Kids.

Road trip essentials

These are just a few of my road trip essentials.  Dramamine® for myself and daughter, lip balm, and my headset so everyone in the car does’nt have to listen to my calls.  Road trips should be fun and easy, not stomach-churning and miserable.   Keep Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals in your car so you never forget it on road trips.  Always take Dramamine® before embarking on your road trip.  While it may still be effective if you take it during a spell of motion sickness, it will prevent it from happening if you take it before starting your trip.

Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals is also great for cruises, flights and amusement parks.

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The King and Prince resort

Enjoy St. Simons Island, GA in the Fall with a Stay at The King and Prince

The King and Prince - St. Simons Island, GA

As summer ends, vacation destination options may become less obvious.  However, families shouldn’t stop vacationing when cooler weather begins!  Fall is the perfect time for your family to enjoy the historical attractions, gorgeous ocean, and lovely wooded landscapes of St. Simons Island, Georgia.  The fiery heat of the summer has started to die down, but it is still warm enough to enjoy the pristine natural beaches of St. Simons Island in early autumn. During the fall, there are many excellent things to do for both parents and children and enjoyable places to stay on St. Simons Island. The perfect weather makes fall the ideal time to tour the historic sites and monuments of St. Simons Island – since many of them are outdoors.

On the driving and trolley tours, guests can see the site of the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where the British fought the Spanish in 1742, and St Simons Island Lighthouse, a beautiful lighthouse built in 1872. Other outdoor attractions the entire family will enjoy include the Fort Frederica National Monument, a fortress established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, and Gascoigne Bluff, a Native American campground and historic southern plantation. The Ghost Tour by Lighthouse Trolleys gives visitors a tour of historical sites with ghostly tales, and it is an excellent way for families to celebrate Halloween.

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St. Simons Island’s only oceanfront resort, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, provides luxurious accommodations where parents will appreciate fun adventures and activities to occupy children.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort has 5 swimming pools, including two kiddie pools, tennis courts, a fitness facility, and an Activities Coordinator who creates fun games for kids of all ages. The resort offers a variety of suites, bedrooms, beach villas, and private guest houses that are ideal for families.  Onsite dining includes ECHO, Pizzeria 201 and the seasonal The Sea Shack Bar + Bites, all of which offer kid friendly foods.

The King and Prince resort can help arrange activities such as horseback rides on wooded trails and kayaking trips through the marshes. St. Simons Island has a variety of fun fall activities including festivals, concerts, and tournaments that your whole family will enjoy. The St. Simons Food and Spirits Festival at Gascoigne Park will be a five day event at the end of September that features local restaurants, farmers, and artisans. Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will come to the island in October to perform and celebrate the iconic British band. In November, the McGladrey Classic, a golf tournament on the PGA tour, will occur.

The St. Simons Island Calendar offers a full list of all of the interesting events that will be happening throughout the fall.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV review

One Week Test Drive + Car Review: Nissan Pathfinder SUV

2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV review

Tested Model: SV 4WD
MSRP: Base starts at $29,510
MPG: 20 City / 27 HWY
Engine as tested: 3.5L V6 4×4 CVT

Tested car reviewI drove a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4WD for one week, to St. Simons Island from Atlanta and back.  I spent many hours and drove many miles in the Pathfinder am sharing my  thoughts about the SUV here.  Upon delivery of the Pathfinder, I thought the SUV looks so different from previous Pathfinder models seen on the road.  The Pathfinder is no longer a boxy SUV but one with soft exterior curves and a more streamlined body style.  Once I took a seat in the SUV, nothing crossed my mind except how gorgeous it was.  Based on looks, I felt like I was sitting in a $60k SUV.

Nissan has made a number of small but meaningful upgrades to the Pathfinder for 2015.  It is a great 7 passenger SUV for families who need easy access for car seats and cargo. While it isn’t as sharp a handler as some other large crossovers, its powerful V6, smooth ride and relatively strong fuel economy make it a good choice for under $30,000 to start.

The Pathfinder has best-in-class total passenger volume, lots of cupholders and easy-to-clean fabric upholstery (leather is available at higher trim levels). It can tow a small boat and climbs large hills with ease, and is even available as a fuel-saving hybrid.

Interior Top Features for the Family

With 7 seats, enough third-row legroom for 6-foot adults, and an innovative second-row seat that can slide for easy access to the rear seating positions even when a child seat is installed, the Pathfinder earns high marks as a primary vehicle for large families. While the Pathfinder has the most total usable passenger volume of any vehicle in its class, its available cargo space does lag behind the class leaders at just 16 cubic feet behind the third row. Fold the second and third rows flat and you’ll find a generous 79.6 cubic feet.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Interestingly, Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio are not included as standard equipment here, and can’t be ordered at all on the base Pathfinder S, something that would keep me from purchasing the S.  Only the SL and above have streaming audio, though the SV gains easy access to hands-free calling, a feature that I use in whatever vehicle I’m driving, all the time.  You will find an easy-to-use navigation and infotainment system on the SV and Platinum or as optional equipment.  The navigation got me to St. Simons Island without a hitch and when I needed to find a gas station or drug store on route, finding the closest of either was never an issue.

Nissan also offers a robust in-car DVD entertainment system that parents and kids will both love, since it features independent controls for three different zones: the front dash screen for front-seat passengers, and two individual screens for the second and third rows on the headrests can each run independent video or gaming content.

Car Review - Nissan Pathfinder

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2015 Pathfinder comes equipped with six standard airbags, including side-curtain airbags above the doors that cover all three rows and have sensors to deploy automatically in the event of a rollover. Nissan’s 7 passenger crossover also earned five of five total stars in government crash testing, making it a strong choice for parents who care about safety more than anything else.

While the Pathfinder does offer Nissan’s patented AroundView 360-degree camera system for parking and tight maneuvers, the active safety aids like adaptive cruise control and lane-change assist you’ll find on some competitors are missing altogether here, even at the higher trim levels. One nifty feature is the Easy Fill Tire Alert system, which beeps the horn while adding air to the tires once the factory-recommended pressure level is reached.

Powertrains, Efficiency and Performance

While some other 7 seat crossovers come with available four-cylinder power, even the base Pathfinder S comes standard with Nissan’s refined VQ-Series V6. Here making 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, the 3.5-liter port-injected engine comes mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that, for 2015, gains Nissan’s new D-Logic stepped-shift system to still save fuel while better mimicking the driving feel of a traditional automatic transmission.

Nissan Pathfinder CVT

Though the step up in price is not insignificant, the available Pathfinder Hybrid is a good choice for heavy drivers. Using an innovative 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder combined with an electric motor that’s sandwiched between the CVT transmission using a specially designed clutch, the hybrid sees a big jump in efficiency while sacrificing just 10 horsepower compared with the gas V6.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional for around $1,700 at each of the Pathfinder’s trim levels and on the hybrid. Selecting AWD allows the big Nissan to be a good choice for larger families in climates that see a lot of rain and snow. We live in Atlanta but last winter I sure wished I had an AWD vehicle.  With a 5,000-pound towing capacity and its strong V6, the Pathfinder will have no trouble with smaller boats or trailers.

The 4WD offers three modes of driver-selected options selected by a dial on the console.  The options are Front-wheel drive for maximum economy; automatic operation, which monitors conditions and feeds torque to all four wheels when necessary; or four-wheel-drive lock, which is selected by turning the dial and then depressing an integral button.

During my trip to St. Simons Island and back, about 700 miles today, my average MPG was 24.  The EPA rates the standard V6 Pathfinder’s fuel economy with FWD at a respectable, if not groundbreaking, 20 city and 27 highway mpg. Opting for AWD will see those numbers dip slightly to 19 city and 26 highway mpg. The Pathfinder Hybrid, however, fares significantly better and makes a strong case for its extra cost in the hands of those who do a ton of driving. EPA ratings come in as highway as 25 city and 28 highway mpg.

Pricing and Availability

The Pathfinder is competitively priced, though avoid the meagerly equipped base S trim unless cost of entry is your primary concern.

S (FWD): $29,510
S (AWD): $31,200
SV (FWD): $32,810
SV (AWD): $34,500
SL (FWD): $36,060
SL (AWD): $37,750
Platinum (FWD): $41,410
Platinum (AWD): $43,100

If you have questions about the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder, ask in the comments below. I will do my best to answer!

Learn more about the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder on the Nissan website and call or visit your local Nissan dealer to test drive a Nissan Pathfinder with your family today!