Just For Fun
I have to admit I really really reallly love to travel, but to be honest, when we take a big and more expensive “fly away” vacation…particularly with children in tow…we inevitably come home with the feeling of needing a vacation from our vacation. Who’s with me here? So, this year we are opting for some staycation fun by not travelling more than a few hours from home. A short road trip is always manageable and doesn’t drain everyone completely from the commute alone. Here are a few ideas that may inspire you and yours to do the same! Staycations have made some great memories for us, not to mention how budget friendly they can be. I look forward to our plans ahead and would love any staycation ideas that you have so please share in the comments! As always, thanks for reading friends! ~Lisa 🙂
1) SOMEWHERE NEW : I have lived in the same region for my entire life and there are still new places for me to see. Check out places that are popular or historical that are within driving distance that you have never been to before. Maybe find a great deal on a hotel or campsite to stay for a couple of nights to explore the area more. You don’t have to go far to see something new!
2) FAMILY VOTE : This is one of my kids favorite ways to spend a staycation if we have time off and haven’t planned to go anywhere. Each day one family member gets to pick what we will do near home…day trips! We have gone bowling, to the mueseum, movie day, hiking, picnic at the park, etc.
3) VISIT FAMILY OR FRIENDS : If you have family or friends that live within driving distance…plan with them to head over for a visit! Getting together often sometimes go to the wayside with busy work and school schedules, so take advantage of the time off to spend quality time with those that you care about most. Plan a BBQ, Picnic or Camping Trip to catch up and give your kiddos a chance to catch up with cousins!
4) HALF & HALF : If you are someone who could really just use some time off to catch up on all of the to-do items that get put off due to the daily jam, but really don’t want to spend your time off doing anything but relaxing and having some fun….I say split it up! Plan ahead to do the “productive” to-do list items that are a priority to you the first half of your time off and commit to yourself and your family that you will spend the second half relaxing and having a bit of fun. The time spent on the to-do list will help you relax guilt-free while you end your time off recharging your “batteries”. Sometimes just checking a few items off of that never-ending to-do list can make you feel great without having to forfeit the all important “you” time!
5) JUST CHILL: Seriously…spending time at home chillaxing (thanks tween vocab) doing whatever we feel like on a whim really is some of the most rejuvenating time off. Double bonus is that the time off always feels longer when you are not trying to fit too much into the schedule. Make it still feel special by ordering take-out from a favorite restaurant or have some neighbors over for an impromptu BBQ and board game night. Whatever floats your boat just chill and do what makes you happy!
I have to be honest, I have gone most of my life knowing very little about the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. I researched a lot of history on it and found this fun infographic by DegreeSearch.org that I thought would be fun to share with all of you in spirit of the holiday! I look forward to keeping my Little Leprechauns busy with a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt this afternoon. I also would love to make a tasty traditional Irish dish, but I honestly don’t have one. If you have or know of a good one…please share! I would love to try it!
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
My boys…..oh the joys! 16 month old even hauls his on step-stool for his shenanigans. Good grief! 😉
My little ones have always loved Easter Egg Hunting so I was inspired to do something fun for St. Patrick’s Day. I almost can’t believe it is right around the corner! This year is off to such a speedy start I feel like if I blink it will be summer! So, in my frequent browsing around on Pinterest, I found many great ideas and pulled what I liked most from many and put them together into this Scavenger Hunt for Luck, Sweet Treasures & A Special Wish for my Little Leprechauns. I can’t wait to unveil it as a surprise activity for them next week! Wishing you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day full of green galore and very few pinches! 😉 ~Lisa
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 4 medium stones (LUCK)
- 1 large stone (WISH)
- Gold Outdoor/Patio Acrylic Paint (Weather resistant for outdoor play)
- Gold Glitter (Optional)
- Small alphabet stickers
- Small-medium paint/craft brush
- Spray Adhesive
- Newspaper, paper towels or paper plates (to protect surface of work area)
- Gold wrapped candy such as Chocolate Coins or Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
**Note: I found all of these supplies at my local dollar and craft store with the exception of the stones which were in my backyard. 🙂
HOW TO DO IT:
- On a paper towel, paper plate or sheet of newspaper…paint one side of the stones with gold paint. Let them dry for 30-60 minutes before flipping them over and painting the other side. This will keep them from sticking to surface when flipped over. Once stones are completely painted, let them dry thoroughly for at least a 2-3 hours minimum.
- Adhere letters to stones. LUCK to the 4 medium stones and WISH to the single large stone.
- Lightly spray all stones with Adhesive Spray to help seal the letters to the stones.
- Optional Glitter: While the large stone is still sticky with Spray Adhesive, sprinkle with gold glitter. I lightly scraped with my fingernail any glitter that stuck to WISH letters so that the word would show through better. Lightly spray one final coat of Spray Adhesive to set the glitter and to help reduce glitter flaking off. This is a messy addition as glitter is known to be, but it looks really great and makes the WISH stone stand out as the “extra special” one to find. Once completely dry, I tapped the glitter stone gently several times to get most of the excess glitter off. There is still a few flakes that will transfer to hands and hiding spots so definitely keep this in mind when deciding on adding glitter.
- Finally, hide the stones with the gold wrapped candies and let the Scavenger Hunt begin!
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