Warning: this blog is not for everyone.

After my post from this morning, I felt compelled to issue a warning: this blog is not for everyone.

I don’t sugar-coat things around here.

I write about personal stuff. I talk about my anxiety.

I make mistakes, I yell at my kids, I get emotional. I’m not a traditional mom.

I try not to judge people, but sometimes I do, and then I apologize.

I write about what’s on my mind, and I care about what’s on yours.

If you want to read posts about how lovely someone’s life is, or endless posts about credit cards, or short little snippets on random aviation facts…then this blog is not for you. If you want to be mean and pick on other readers for expressing their opinions, then please don’t read my posts. If you are easily shocked or offended, I suggest you never read another word that I write.

But if you want to read real stories, learn about deals that I find interesting (and that I would do myself!), participate in discussions ( sometimes on…gasp!… controversial topics!), and be a part of a community of readers who learns from and respects each other, then welcome.

We’re glad you’re here.



  1. And this is why I love you!

  2. JustSaying says:

    I can’t imagine thrifting under anyone else’s direction…………I believe……..I believe!

  3. Michael says:

    Speak your mind if they don’t like it they can click an close button

  4. EdDoc99 says:

    I love your candor. Keep it up!

    • Points Pixie says:

      EdDoc99 – I’m so glad you appreciate it. I can’t stop, because that’s the way I’m built!

  5. Kristina says:

    I love your blog for these very reasons! It’s different from the rest and the only one I read on a regular basis. Don’t change!

  6. Keep on doing what you are doing! There are tons of websites out there so being you is what makes you stand out.

  7. I enjoy reading all your posts. I learn.

  8. You go girl!!!

  9. Keep posting. Keep writing what you believe you.

    It what makes your blog different, exciting and not like others,

    And keep on being you 🙂

  10. I love your honesty !!! You are great:)

  11. And all of this is a good thing. Keep it up! 🙂

  12. I’ll admit that when I saw the title of your post, I was like “who would do such a thing?”. But then I read your story and then I was like, “Oh, I get it…I would feel the same way too!”

    I appreciate you sharing your stories..good and bad!

  13. Travel Dude says:

    If you put it out there…. you need to expect and accept anything that comes your way. If not, go private.

    • antignos says:

      I am so sick of people and their passive aggressive anonymous posts on yahoo and blogs. How about the answer is to not be a jerk and lets just be nice to people. The world is filled with enough hate, so try saying something nice. I think she took enough grief over and ambien post earlier today. For the record I take it and thought many times about if it would be safe for my 6 year old. I haven’t and probably would not unless the doc said OK.

      Bottom line is it’s so easy to be rude when people post anonymous, but unlike most people on here I’ll back it up face to face any day of the week with anyone. I call a spade a spade and 99.99% of the time treat people with respect, I spend my day motivating instead of putting people down, and try to make a good example for the next generation.

      • Points Pixie says:

        @TravelDude – I agree with the first part of your sentence (I need to expect anything that comes my way), but I wholly disagree with the second (I need to accept it). I wouldn’t “accept” total strangers yelling at me and making nasty comments if I gave a short talk in a public forum here in my community, so I’m not sure why I should accept it online.

        If people disagree with what I am saying, that is fine. I’ve learned from comments and appreciate different perspectives. I’ve ever written an entire blog post as an apology for a previous post, based on a reader comment.

        But there is really no need to get mean or personal, which is exactly what some commenters choose to do.

      • Points Pixie says:

        Antignos – Agree 100% 😉

        Thanks for the awesome, supportive comment. It means a lot to me.

  14. Beach Miles says:

    Never read your blog much, until briefly meeting you in Charlotte. You have me hooked now.

  15. You are human & you have a personality. Those things come through in your blog, and that’s what makes it an interesting read. Don’t let the haters get you down. Just keep doing what you are doing & be yourself.

  16. Ric Garrido says:

    Hey PPD, I have met you and I like you as a person. A good deal of your personality comes through on your blog and that makes it more interesting than most for reading.

    There are so many blogs where little personality or social conversation is seen outside the analytical storefront of selling credit cards, points, miles, airlines, hotels and cars. That is a fine niche for a business, but several hundred blogs cover all the same material and there is no need to read more than a couple of them to stay on top of the points and miles world.

    Being a storyteller and sharing about yourself in the travel blogosphere may likely mean never gathering a huge following since many readers in the blog space of BoardingArea are simply looking for the next travel deal.

    Travel is half about the deals to enable one and one’s family to travel. Once getting there is not the problem to be resolved, the other half of travel is the experience of getting there and being there and that is a niche where there can never be too many good storytellers. Sharing yourself, others, places and things along the journey through stories is the added dimension that adds life to the sterility of earning points and miles to travel.

    Follow your heart in your writing.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Ric – Thank you. This means a lot, coming from you. I read and appreciate your writing for the same reason.

  17. Denise L says:

    I love your blog even though I may not agree with you at times. I will continue to read every day, but I do hope that you don’t expect only comments that side with your opinion. You are upset at the mean/hater comments, and I am sure (I hope) you didn’t mean for this to sound condescending “sometimes on…gasp!… controversial topics!” Because I think most of us loyal readers expect some thought provoking issues. That’s why we follow you! Keep up the good work.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Denise L – Thank you so much. I am really honored to have loyal readers like you. I absolutely don’t want- or expect- only comments that side with my opinion. I appreciate a good dialogue and an interesting exchange of ideas.

      What I take issue with is when comments get mean, nasty, and personal. I just think there is no need for that. I also have a huge problem with commenters that attack other commenters.

      The reason I wrote this piece today I that I do think perhaps some people are looking for a more vanilla-ish type of blog, and are shocked to find that I do discuss issues that may seem controversial. I sincerely apologize if the way I worded it sound condescending – definitely was not my intention, but I can absolutely see how it could be taken that way.

      I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing! I’m glad to know that there are people out there who want to read what I write – even though they may not always agree with me.

      It’s my hope that we can all learn from each other.

      Thanks for such a great comment.

  18. Annissa says:

    You are an inspiration to budget travelers, points and miles fanatics, fellow consumers of the high-low lifestyle, aspiring bloggers, moms just trying to keep it real, and so many others. It’s not easy to be a pioneer, but please keep doing what you do best– mixing the personal with the pragmatic, the confessional with the professional, and the fabulous with the fiscally-sound. What may rattle some inspires so many more! 🙂

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