Top 10 Staycation Ideas #7

English: Entry gate to the New York Renaissanc...
English: Entry gate to the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home

Enjoy local fairs, festivals and seasonal celebrations. 

Most cities and even small towns have at least one.  Whether a holiday celebration, flower, harvest or music festival, event honoring a local historical figure, Renaissance Faire or chicken festival these can be quite fun.

Some offer free admission while others charge.  If you going outside prepare for weather conditions and don’t forget sunscreen.   Take the family, leave the phone at home.  Have fun, you are on vacation!

Thought for Today

Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and a...
Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #8

English: Clark State Community College Campus
English: Clark State Community College Campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Visit your local college or university.

If you haven’t you may be missing:

*  Your state natural history museum

*  The Planetarium

*  An arboretum or beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens

*  Historic architecture

*  Art gallery or museum

*  Concerts, plays, athletic events and other activities.

Check out what your local college or university has to offer the public.    Even community colleges have public activities. You might be surprised.

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #9

Red Carpet
Red Carpet (Photo credit: Alan Light)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Have you own film festival at home in the family room. 

*  Rent or check out DVD’s from your local library and watch movies together.

*  Provide healthy snacks and drinks and allow time for family interaction and discussion between movies.

*  If you really want to have fun with this set up a red carpet and take turns “interviewing” each other.  The kids will love it.

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #10

Hiking
Hiking (Photo credit: d.boyd)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Hike or Bike on local trails. 

*  Get a good trail map of your area and start exploring.

*  If hiking in an unfamiliar area, start with a beginner’s trail, whether you think you are a beginner or not.

*  Take along water, appropriate food and sunscreen.

*  Be sure you allow plenty of time to finish your hike or ride and get off the trail by sunset.

July is National Watermelon Month!

(Watermelon) Citrullus lanatus
(Watermelon) Citrullus lanatus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

July is recognized as National Watermelon Month by proclamation of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

Why not celebrate?

*  Watermelon contains more Lycopene than other fresh fruits and vegetables.  A 2 cup serving of watermelon averages 18.16 mg while a medium-sized tomato contains only 4 mg.

 Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, a good source of Vitamin B6 and naturally low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.

*  Plus it is so much fun to eat!  You get to spit seeds.

The National Watermelon Promotion Board has more information including recipes, fun ideas and activities.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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