Thursday, March 26, 2015

Staycation? Or Vacation? Which One Is for You?

March Break, Spring Break, Easter Break. It's the time of year when kids get a week or two off school and many families hit the road for vacation time. Especially if you live in the snowy northern zones, a little bit of sunshine and warmth is very tempting.  But not every parent takes time off work, and not every family goes away.  I actually prefer to travel at less busy, less expensive times, and so we've always stuck close to home during March Break.

Our March Breaks have always been a combo of work and play. When the Teen was little, we'd share the break with his mom, taking just a couple days off each. With Boo, while I was still working downtown, we did a combo of daycare and days off, and now it's even easier. We do some day trips and outings, and on the days I need to get work done, he plays video games and watches movies in the man cave. This year we visited the Toronto Zoo and Ripley's Aquarium. We usually try to hit a sugar bush as well for a maple syrup demo, but didn't get to that this time around. We also had a pajama day with movies. Low key! 

It's easy to find fun activities in your own area. Exploring a maple sugar bush is a big hit in our neck of the woods.
Whether you decide to take off on a fabulous beach vacation, or to staycation in your local area, this break time is a great opportunity to rest and recharge, and to get back into a more active life after a long, cold winter.  Church and Dwight share these tips and ideas to help you make the most of your spring break -


1. Getting out of town, sitting on a sandy beach or strolling through city streets is exhilarating. Make sure you look and feel your best, and take lots of pictures to capture the memories. Tip: for a huge time-saver during your action-packed vacation, try Batiste™ Dry Shampoo in Tropical to tackle oily hair. The light and clean scent will refresh your locks, giving you more time to check out the sights.
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2. The choices are endless. A cruise to the Bahamas? Seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris? A change of scenery and broadening your horizons is good for the soul. Tip: read fellow travelers' reviews online. This will give you some great insight and ideas for what to see and do on your vacation.

3. If you’re going somewhere warm, this is your chance to escape the end of winter’s wrath. Don’t forget to pack all the essentials. Tip: Get rid of unwanted hair with Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Ultimate Roll-On Body Wax. You’ll be left with smooth, soft and hair-free skin for up to four weeks.


1. You can get some ultimate relaxation. While jet-setting is exciting, you don’t have to deal with the stresses of travel or expenses. Staying home also doesn't have to mean sacrificing fun. Tip: Don’t start running errands—do all the things you can’t do while working, like catching up on some much needed sleep!

2. You know the area. There’s no getting lost, or feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar territory. Take the time to explore your neighbourhood and do the things you've wanted to do but haven't found the time for. Tip: Check out a museum, unwind at a local park, or try a new restaurant. You might be surprised what you’ll uncover in your own backyard.

3. Learn a new skill. Most of us don’t get the time to try something new. Tip: try painting, take a cooking class, or even try a new sport. You’ll be amazed at the vast amount of new and exciting experiences that are out there. Look for family classes to get everyone involved.

Have you had March/Spring Break yet? How did you spend it, or what are your plans?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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