Showing posts with label staycation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label staycation. Show all posts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Staycation: Scottish Christmas

A few times each year my dear friend Ashley and I have a staycation day. We both are small business folks and know it is important to have some R+R, even if you can't actually go away somewhere. We take a full day to recharge at home! We have grown this holiday and invited two more friends, Rachel and Nicole.

For this staycation, we had the theme Scottish Christmas. Ashley is a wee bit obsessed with plaid.

For our first breakfast, we enjoyed pumpkin french toast drizzled with maple syrup and fresh berries. We then went on a lovely winter hike, all dressed in cable knit sweaters, plaid and fun furry accessories. Ashley, you own more hiking accessories than the rest of us combined!

We listened to a nice Celtic holiday mix on spotify and got to gab and catch up. There is something special about hanging out with just the ladies!

Of course we were famished after our leisurely hike, so we came back to enjoy an appetizer of delicious cheddar and sour cream kettle chips while our second breakfast baked: individual mushroom, onion and cheddar stratas in the cutest little red ramekins that I found last holiday season on sale.

After second breakfast, Rachel worked her magic on my hair. We were doing a trial up-do for my upcoming nuptials. I can't believe she is able to do such wonderful things to hair without any formal training. I love the hair do she designed and can't wait for the real day (t-minus 8 days!).

Unfortunately Rachel wasn't able to stay for the whole staycation...she had to go after finishing my hair. Boo!

Nicole and Ashley introduced me to a fabulous new show called Miss. Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Australian show that you all need to watch! It is available on netflix. Miss Fisher is a sassy, independent, wickedly smart woman who is a detective in Melbourne, Australia. She has the most fabulous outfits, hats and make up and if I could find her skin-care regimen, I'd follow it to the letter.  I would like to be her when I grow up!

While relaxing in front of the tube, we enjoyed a lovely little cocktail make with Crown Royale Maple Finished Whiskey. Truly a delightful cocktail!

Mostly it is just important to slow down once in a while, remember to relax and recharge to balance all of the hard work! Life is just too short.

We are actually going to kick of the new year with another staycation in January before the students get back. How wonderful is that? Our theme....chocolate and fur! We will drink hot chocolate with something boozy in there, wear furry hats and sweaters and do some spa therapy with cocoa butter. Stay tuned, this may be our best theme yet!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Staycation: the small business owner's key to work life balance

"How do you manage everything and still stay sane?" Being a small business owner is full of challenges and rewards. One key to happiness and sanity? Taking regular breaks!

#Staycation was wonderful!!
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One of my dearest friends manages our fabulous clothing boutique in town, BlueTique Cheap Chic. She and I have both dealt with the incredible variety of challenges and joys that come with small business management.

One challenge is feeling like you're never EVER going to be done with everything, or even one page of your sprawling to-do list. Funds are likely tight, and while a flight to somewhere warm sounds wonderful, it isn't likely realistic.


One year ago, Ashley and I have instituted a strict and wonderful schedule of one staycation day per quarter. We pick a week day, mark our calendars and protect it from any other appointment or activity with the diligence of a mama bear. There are usually many explanation points in the shared google event. We look forward to it for weeks, and have many excited conversations to plan the menu, the drinks and spa activities, movies, shows and outfits.

Over the summer staycation, we invited Rachel, owner of Lane and Kate to join the fun, on a provisional basis. She brought fun spa stuff, braided our hair added her wild and wonderful dancing to the mix. She is invited for life!

On our most recent staycation, the three of us began with a slumber party at Ashley's new house. We drank spiced rum in hot cider, munched on popcorn and gabbed on the couch.

Usually we have an early morning hike; we would hate to miss a minute of our precious staycation day! This time, we were all so exhausted (new house, remodel at the store and rebrand, extensive travel, etc)  that we actually slept in. We had our first breakfast, Rachel braided our hair, enjoyed a later morning hike (watch out for those electric fences...), and spend the rest of the day lounging about. We discovered a new show, Call the Midwife, took turns soaking our feet in the heated spa and using the shoulder massager.

It is so good to recharge.

Staycation Menu:

First Breakfast
  • Coffee
  • Peanut butter sandwiches and honey crisp apples
Second breakfast
  • Crepes with butternut squash, goat cheese and maple syrup
  • More coffee
  • Hot tea
  • Fruit cake from my recent trip to Vermont
  • Black bean and pumpkin soup
  • Crusty bread and sharp cheddar cheese
  • Dates stuffed with marscapone cheese and maple syrup (I forgot the pumpkin! Eek!)
Alllllll day long
  • Hot cider and spiced rum

Don't forget: you're the boss! You don't have to ask anyone else to take a day off. While there are many challenges that small business owners encounter, there are some rather special perks too - take full advantage of them and enjoy a much deserved day off!

Next staycation: chocolate themed! Stay tuned...
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