We are definitely living in unusual times and dealing with unfamiliar territory so far in 2020. The pandemic felt across the globe has had so many impacts and made people change the way they do things in their daily lives. I feel like my family has dealt with the added stress as best as we can. I have always tried to remain positive in life and not let a lot of negativity in, because it can have so many damaging affects on your mind and body. I also think it’s important to try to maintain a positive attitude in front of my children. I don’t want them to be unable to cope with stressful situations in life and they are definitely at the age where they still look towards my husband and I to set a strong example. We love to go on family trips together, but that has obviously had to be put on hold for the upcoming summer. While I am definitely disappointed that we won’t be able to have a change of scenery, I decided not to let that stop us from creating some new awesome memories! So, my family and I are planing a staycation in the comfort of our own home! Who needs to deal with long car rides with bored kids? Who wants to go through the mundane process of packing every single thing for everyone in their family? Who wants to budget and stress over every dime? I can tell you who doesn’t- this girl! I have been coming up with tons of ways to enjoy a vacation vibe from our house for a long weekend and can’t wait to finally do it! Let me know if any of you plan on having a staycation this summer, too!
Splurge A Bit
Part of the fun on vacation is taking in all of the new scenery and decor at wherever you are staying. Don’t be afraid to spend a small amount of money to make a room in your house feel new and refreshed. Buy some tropical looking flowers, bright pillows and colorful dishes. This will brighten up your space and give you something new to enjoy. Think about upgrading your sheets so you can feel like your staying in a luxury hotel. Pick out some fun souvenirs that will be keepsakes for everyone in the family!
Eat For Pleasure
Everyone knows that I am big into living a healthy lifestyle. But, that does not mean that I never give myself an off day to enjoy all of the foods that I love. Usually when you are on vacation, you tend to not calorie count or workout as much. Don’t let your staycation be any different. Let yourself off the hook and pick up some of your favorite snacks and desserts. Now is also a perfect time to try making some new and exotic dishes that you have been wanting to try!
Make a deal that electronics are going to be on a very limited basis for the duration of your vacation. With the exception of taking pictures or curling up to a movie at night, try to unplug from the electronic world and be present in your vacation.
I know that messes are never fun to deal with, but try to limit how many chores you and your family are doing during your vacation. Try to plan on having all of the yard work, laundry and errands done before your time begins. If you can, let everything else wait until your vacation is over and enjoy giving yourself and your family some much needed down time.
If the weather is cooperating, get outside! Now is a great time to invest in a fun sprinkler for your kids or new pool floats if you have a pool. Bring some fun music outside and have a fun beach day vibe. You can lay towels out and have a picnic lunch or go on a hike/walk around your surrounding area.
Play New Games
Pinterest always has a ton of ideas for kids games. Take some time to look up some things that are age appropriate for your family and games you have never played before!
Have A Spa Hour
I know a lot of ladies enjoy going to the spa while on vacation. So, bring the spa to your house! Pick out some funky new nail polish and give out mani/pedis to whoever wants one. Pick up some cheap face masks at Target and take a long bubble bath. You could also do family foot massages or get your kids to play hairdresser on you- no scissors of course!
Take Lots Of Pictures
No vacation is complete without tons pf pictures! If you feel like splurging a bit more, see how much it would cost to have a photographer come and take family photos. Set up a photo booth that the kids will have fun playing in. Take pictures of everything you are doing so you can enjoy all of the memories from your staycation for years to come!