Nothing is greater than when you feel the warmth of the sun’s rays radiating on your skin. A cool breeze sweeps by, and the sound of the water puts you in a meditative state. No, I’m not describing a tropical paradise; I’m describing your backyard. Have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation? I have countless times – constantly on the move, taking care of the kids, surrounded by your family 24/7. It’s exhausting!

That’s when I learned the beauty of a staycation. Staycations are taking a vacation at your own home. Forget dishing out money to pay for the resort, daily meals, and souvenirs that you’ll store in the back of your closet. Staycations are the perfect way to relax with all the comforts of home while also allowing yourself to escape from the hassles of life.

Backyard Tips

When your pool is ready for use, a few simple touches can transform your backyard into a resort-style getaway for a fraction of the cost!

  1. Spend time cleaning your pool before your staycation. A stress-free day or weekend starts with a swimming pool that’s ready to enjoy.
  2.  Make sure to keep all necessities close to the pool for easy access such as your towel and water-proof sunscreen. With everything in reach, there’s more time for floating around and relaxing.
  3.  Making fun, new recipes can give you a taste of paradise but remember, food and drinks are best kept in a cool, shaded area to avoid spoiling.

Poolside Parties

If you want to relax, pamper yourself poolside. Having a spa day alone or with your friends is sometimes exactly what you need to rejuvenate from a long day (or week.) Use your tanning ledge or a comfy pool chair to soak up the sun – don’t forget your sunscreen! Finally, what spa day is complete without champagne and orange juice for the perfect poolside mimosa?

Get Grillin

Take advantage of your outdoor kitchen during a staycation. Since dinner routinely takes place indoors, having dinner poolside or at your outdoor seating area is the perfect way to appreciate the natural views in your own backyard.

Create a romantic, candlelit dinner for two at sunset. Warmer days are coming, and along with the colorful garden they’re bringing mosquitos. Add some hand-picked flowers from your garden to your table décor, and fend off the mosquitos by adding bug-repellent candles to your outdoor area. These simple fixes create the perfect setup for a lovely meal. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes, so visit our Pinterest board for a selection of recipes to fit everyone’s palette.