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How to Have a Stress-Free Summer Staycation

Ever come back from a trip and feel the need to go back on vacation promptly? That’s about how I felt after returning from San Francisco last week! While the trip was enjoyable, it was really a working trip and left little time for any relaxing vacation type activities.

Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% not complaining. San Francisco is a beautiful city that I can’t wait to return to. But to say I was exhausted upon return was an understatement! And, returning home was basically go-go-go too – from heading back to work, then having a weekend full of events with friends and family.

Stress-Free Staycation Ideas Disclosure: Thanks to Babbleboxx for sponsoring this post. All opinions about the products included in this post are my own!

That’s why I’m planning the ultimate, stress-free staycation for myself at home this weekend. With only a single item on my calendar (yay!) I can’t wait to kick my feet up and enjoy some of my favorite leisurely activities around the house and my neighborhood.

Looking for some staycation ideas you can do at home this summer? Here’s what I’m going to be doing this weekend!

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15+ Fun Things to Do at Home This Summer

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and with Memorial Day behind us, summer is most definitely on its way. But, did you know summer doesn’t actually begin for a couple more weeks? Regardless, I’m going to pretend I didn’t learn that fun fact and celebrated its arrival a little bit early. Anyone else going to join me?!

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Fred Meyer for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

While I’m still pulling out my summer wardrobe and dusting off some of my favorite pieces from summer’s past, I thought it would be fun to think up some of my favorite ways to celebrate summer and share them with you! Fortunately, I didn’t have to look far for some inspiration! Everything I need to celebrate all things summer, from pool parties to backyard barbecues, is available at my favorite store Fred Meyer! From pool floats to swimwear and coverups to backyard grilling accessories and more, they’re my go-to for one stop shopping.

While traveling for summer can be fun, it can also be expensive! Why not enjoy the comfort of home right from your backyard or neighborhood?! From hosting a summer party to a backyard BBQ, or even playing tourist in your community, I’ve got plenty of ideas to make it one to remember. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some easy ideas to celebrate summer right at home, so read on for some activities on my list this year!

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11+ Things to Do at the Alderbrook Resort for Mother’s Day

Last week, my mom and I were invited for a midweek getaway to the Alderbrook Resort, about two hours or so outside of the city. Located in a small coastal town called Union, the Alderbrook is situated right on the water and amongst the trees. It’s quiet, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and the perfect getaway for two ladies who were desperately seeking a little R&R.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa for hosting my mom and I for a fun overnight trip! All opinions are our own.

We actually have spent a lot of the time on the Peninsula, as we have family in the area. Often, we travel there and don’t get to really explore or get to know the area. It was nice to play tourist and visit some of the hidden gems and spots recommended by the hotel! After all, it’s always best to ask the locals where to go, right?!

With about 24 hours from arrival to departure, what were two girls hanging out on the Olympic Peninsula to do?! Read on to find out what we did at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa!

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Quick Dinner Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less with Prep + Pared // Hummus Baked Chicken Recipe

If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you probably already know that cooking isn’t my favorite activity. It’s not that I’m not capable or don’t enjoy food, it’s just that at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is spend hours in the kitchen laboring over a meal and cleaning up.

Disclosure: Thanks to Fred Meyer for partnering on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!

I’ve tried meal planning. We’ve tried subscriptions. But often, the prep work involved means the meal still takes just as long to prepare, if not longer, than if I had found a recipe online, or whipped up something simple.

What if there was a meal kit prepared for you, and all that was left to do was assemble it and put it in the oven or on the stove?

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Putting a Spring in Our Step // His & Hers Weekend Style with Clarks Shoes

A sunny spring weekend in Seattle is kind of my favorite. Sure, it may be a little chilly, but the sun on your face makes it feel like spring is actually here, or at the very least, on its way. And fortunately for me, we’ve had a lot more of these lately. Now if only the sun would stay out a little later so I could enjoy it after a day at the office too!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Zappos and Clarks Shoes. All opinions are my own!

Sunny weekends inspire me to be more active. Something about the sun beckons me outside, whether it’s in the yard, or out and about in the city. Dave and I often like to try out new restaurants (if you haven’t figured it out by now, brunch is my favorite!) and explore our neighborhood… even if we don’t exactly live there.

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