I was sitting outside yesterday, watching my children cover the driveway in sidewalk chalk, and I thought to myself… “Wow, everything is just so calm right now.” Bliss!
The kids were playing happily, and I was reading a Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens. I came across an article called “Break For Summer”. It has some fantastic ideas for what many would call a “STAYCATION”, which is exactly what I’m doing this Summer 🙂 No need to fret, these ideas are pretty easy to execute, and promise to be very enjoyable!
1.Eat Dinner Alfresco
Is there a better way to feast during Summer than by setting up a table and enjoying a meal outside? Keep it casual, or make it more elegant, whatever you fancy… Whether it’s for a family, social, or romantic occasion, serving dinner outside is one of the most fun things to do during Summer. You can even put up some fairy lights, or just watch the fireflies.
2.Host a curbside Happy Hour
I must admit, this is my favorite! Nothing beats hanging out with some friends on a Friday evening just as the sun sinks and the kids are riding their bikes up and down the block. Forget the formalities. Declare your front porch the local Friday spot, friends can bring their own pizza and drinks. You can even start a tradition, every first Friday of the month!
3.Go for a walk
Put on your walking shoes. But remember, this is not a workout! Keep it “lazy” and relaxed. Go for a walking adventure… It will help the kids (and parents) unwind a little and get out of the normal daily routines. Exploring a local park can be great learning experience for the kids, and you may even get to meet some new neighbors along the way. Plus, it is very likely that the kids will sleep better that night – Double bonus!
4.Shake It Up
Now I know that many parents swear by routine, and I understand the value of it – we have a pretty set routine in our house too. It helps the kids to feel more settled and all-in-all makes for a happier, healthier home… BUT… There’s more to life than routine, and Summer is the perfect time to celebrate that. So, get out of the routine! Eat whenever, wherever, sleep whenever and however, do things differently. (We just slept in our tent for 2 nights. In the garden. It was great fun!)
5. Give your home that Hotel feeling
Don’t make your bed, don’t clean, and do very little cooking. Use some of the money you would spend on a holiday and hire a cleaning service. Somebody else making my house sparkle is holiday enough for me! Put out some fancy towels. Flowers. Fresh soap. Eat out, or order in. Then we just need to convince hubby for that foot massage 🙂 Or pay the kids for one!
6. Play Tourist
Venture out on a few days, visiting those tourist attractions in your area that you would normally take guests to… A museum, local historical spot, or park… This gives us opportunity to explore the areas we line in, in a way that we would not normally do. Take the camera along and do the tourist thing – you’re bound to find some real gems, right on your doorstep.
7. Back to Camp
Create your own family camp. Go canoeing, fishing, sing good old camp songs, and roast some marshmallows around the fire.There are some great spots, but even if you just pitch a tent in your own backyard, it’s always fun to sleep under the stars.
8. #TBT Movie Night
Bring out the old dusty videos, ok maybe those wont work, but introduce the kids to some classics. E.T, Back to The Future, and Annie are some great options. It might even bring back some great memories from your own childhood that you can share with your kids.
I just love these ideas… I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to watch some classics, but right now I’m happy to settle for some R & R with a fire blazing and the kids running around catching fireflies. All-in-all it’s great to switch my phone to silent and enjoy my ‘staycation’ with the family!
I hope you enjoy these ideas as well!
*One Messy Mama was in no way remunerated for this post. Although I did LOVE this months edition of Better Homes and Gardens.