19 Long Weekend Staycation Ideas


We love our fair city, so much so that we don’t want to leave it, even on a long summer weekend. But we can’t just sit on the couch for three solid days (even if we may think we want to). So…what can we do?  With this list of staycations in hand, we’ve got endless possibilities for fun and frolicking over the weekend, without straying too far. Use our ideas or come up with some of your own and get out and enjoy the last summer long weekend before September!

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5 Steps to Stunning Summer Skin

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Okay, we’ve heard it a million times…and it’s sinking in: we know that we need to wear sunscreen. But we didn’t know that there is more to a good summer beauty routine than just that.

We all know that prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature aging. The heat and sun can also cause clogged pores and cause oil glands to work overtime. We also sweat more which can cause dehydration and a loss of minerals and vitamins. In order to counteract all of this damage and maintain a healthy radiant glow, we need to take steps to replenish and protect our skin—daily.

All of these products and more are up to 25% off this week in our Summer Beauty Picks Sale.


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7 Tips for Packing Nut Free Lunches

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Whether your child has a nut or tree nut allergy or this is the first time you find yourself packing a lunch for your little, finding nut free alternatives might be a challenge. With a bit of thought—and these 7 tips of course!—you will find that avoiding nuts doesn’t have to make you nuts.

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Tips for Making the Switch to Natural Hair Care

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Author: Vanessa McHugh

Ever since I was a little girl I was a body care connoisseur; I spent my allowance on skincare, hair care and makeup products. For the past few years I have made it a mission to be more conscience of the products I use on my skin as well as the food and vitamins I consume. For me, body care and facial skin care products were an easy switch from conventional to natural, but the switch I found challenging was hair care (I rather enjoyed the foaming experience when washing my hair).

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6 Tips to Help Your Kids Go Gluten Free

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Author: Devan McGuinness

Having a child on a medically necessary specialty diet is not an experience I anticipated would be a part of my life, but life is funny like that. There are many reasons people are on a gluten free diet, but for our family – it’s thanks to celiac disease, which means this household is on a very strict gluten free diet.

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Eating for Better Sleep

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Author: Lynsey Walker

“I can sleep when I am dead.” It was my motto all through University as I rallied to maintain both my academic and social calendars. Long nights studying (or let’s be honest… at the bar), followed by early morning classes had me downing a lot of coffee, tea, and sugar to keep me going sun-up to well past sun-down.

But with age comes wisdom, and I can see the folly of my ways; Quality is so much better than quantity. What’s the use of slogging through life, eyes half open (or half shut if you are more of a pessimist)?

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Open Your Eyes to Mascara: Tips from Our Beauty Expert

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The makeup equivalent of your much-needed morning cup of Joe, the perfect mascara (and its application) have a way of making you look instantly more awake – even more refreshed. Mascara has outlived all the crazy makeup trends and is the most popular of all makeup products. So, much like a BFF, every girl needs to have a few really great ones that she knows she can really rely on. Our Beauty Expert weighs in on her go-to mascaras for volume, length and even when you want a natural look.

See which ones she can’t live without and read a few of her mascara tips.

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15 Must Haves for a New Baby

Things a new baby needs

You did it. You survived the pregnancy and the birth and now you have this amazing, warm, sweet smelling bundle in your arms…

Now what?

Yesterday we covered what you need to survive the aches, pains, wonderful moments and extra special time at home. Today we’ll cover what baby needs. Who knew those wee babes would require so many accoutrements?

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11 Things a New Mom Needs

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Whether this is your first or not, mixed in with your overwhelming love and excitement is probably a bit of anxiety about what you’re going to need to have on hand at home so that you will be prepped and ready for that first (slightly crazy) month after the wee babe arrives.

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6 Steps to Creating A Signature BBQ Rub or Sauce

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BBQ sauces and rubs are one thing every grill chef is particular about—as they should be! The perfect BBQ sauce, rub or marinade adds flavor and moisture to meat, but every chef has his or her own unique ingredients. We’ve broken the recipes down into six components so you can make sure to have them on hand to create your own signature rubs and marinades this summer for all your BBQ parties, dinners and experiments.

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