We are already in the middle of July, and BOY it is a scorching summer. Since my daughter started college this past year, she did not have the same spring break as my son. This is normally when we do our big family vacation. This summer hasn’t been a better time to plan on going. Between Taylor working and my son’s commitments, there is just no time for a family vacation. So, we decided it was time to plan the perfect summer staycation.
A staycation is when you take a couple days off and vacation at home or do fun things around your own city. I’m going to give you some ideas of things to do at your home to create the perfect relaxing time no matter where you live. However if you would like more info on the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, let me know and I can do a post on that. The one rule you have to remember is you can’t find things to work on at your house. It is easy to do when you see laundry needing to be done or the grass needing to be cut. Hold off on the chores until your staycation is over. Seriously, don’t worry! It will still be there when you’re off vacay.
Perfect summer staycation ideas
During the Day- The best thing to do when the weather is hot like this is to be near a water source. I have never used our pool more than I have this year. Laying out by the pool is easy with these towels by Crane and Canopy. The Fouta Towels are light weight, absorbent, and quick drying. An unique thing about these towels are they are made of 100% Turkish cotton and they have a built in loop where you can hang the towel up after use. With kids around, having a built in way to hang up towels is a very smart idea. I bought the blue ones, but they also come in yellow and coral.
I also enjoy reading when I have the time. I always take a book on vacation so why not read on your staycation? I’m currently reading, “When Life Hands You Lululemons.” It is written by Lauren Weisberger who also wrote, “The Devil Wears Prada.” It is calming and takes you to new places and experiences. This one is the perfect summer chick read. Because you can lose yourself in the book and it’s not too heavy of a topic. It’s about one of the characters from “The Devil Wears Prada,” Emily Charlton who was Miranda Priestly’s assistant. She’s now in her 30s and living in LA with her husband. She gets a call from an old friend in Connecticut. See was happens as the story takes off from this point.
In the Evening- Snuggle in with these lightweight quilts by Crane and Canopy. With this luxurious bedding, you will feel like you are in a hotel and not on a staycation at your own home. It is a good idea to have a different set of bedding for the winter and the summer. Plus it’s an amazing opportunity to change up your decor for the seasons. In the winter, I use more layers and heavier bedding. In the summer, you definitely want to go with lighter weight fabrics and less layers. You can still make your summer ensemble look beautiful while being practical at the same time.
This seafoam green chevron stitched pattern, is luxurious and lightweight. It is 100% premium cotton and is perfect for luxe layering. It’s silky, smooth softness will give you that chic look you’re going for. It is 100% naturally breathable and has no toxins. I love how their shams have the envelope enclosure to give you that tailored look. To see a combination of their pillows, check out my winter post using the Crane and Canopy bedding with this type of shams. I love the green, but it comes in many colors. This may be your favorite way to relax in the evening.
To check out some of the other colors from this bedding collection go to Crane and Canopy.
Another way to relax is to create a spa-like feel in your bathroom. You don’t have to go to the hassle of making an appointment, getting dressed, and paying for expensive spa treatments to relax and have glowing skin. You can do that in your own home with these simple tips. These are the ways you’re going to upgrade your bathroom to a calm, relaxing spa feel. Start with a clean bathroom. Prior to your staycation, you want to make sure the tub is clean and there isn’t any clutter to take away from this relaxing experience. My favorite part of this is using fresh, fluffy towels from Crane and Canopy. These classic towels are so soft. They are great for everyday use, but make great towels for a guest bathroom when you have company. They are made from 100% Turkish cotton. I got the white towels, but they come in grey, taupe, green, lilac, purple, and French blue.
Here are some other ways to elevate your bathroom to create a relaxing atmosphere. You can use candles, bath salts, wine, and dim lighting to help you change the mood of the room. Lighting candles around the room and dimming the lights make the ambience so relaxing and a little romantic. Using bath bombs or bath salts can really up your spa game. I love the way these make my skin feel. I know I will come out feeling relaxed after a bath. Last but not least, having a glass of your favorite drink just tops off the bath. This is a great time to finish some reading and have a little wine. If you’re not a reader you could put on a relaxing playlist and just unwind from your day. Whatever leaves you the most relaxed is key here.
When you are refreshed and relaxed you are better for yourself and others. Hopefully these tips help you think about planning your own staycation. Check out the Crane and Canopy Classic and Fouta towels if you’re looking for some new items to upgrade your outdoor living area and the bathroom. Please leave me a comment and let me know where you’re from and what activities you do at your own home. Enjoy your staycation!