Staycation: Vacation On A Budget

You may not have heard of the term “staycation” before. Until a few years ago, certainly I hadn’t. One of my co-workers at the time told me how she was taking her grandkids for the weekend and they were doing a staycation at a local hotel. I instantly thought this was genius! You get all the fun of going someplace new, usually with a pool and free breakfast, without the 2+ hour drive to get anywhere out of town. Because no one wants to hear “Are we there yet” for the entire car ride anywhere.

I’ve compiled some fun places that you can look for in your local area. Plus if you’re in the Treasure Valley you’re in luck, because I’ve gathered some specific sites to check out on your next at home adventure!

Bed and Breakfasts

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This is first on the list because I prefer to support local business as much and as often as possible. Plus you get a very unique and non-cookie cutter experience. Usually each room has it’s own variation of theme, it’s own personality so to speak. Plus I’ve seen some AMAZING bath tubs in these places that are worthy of royalty. Check out the local B&B’s in your area and meet the wonderful people who own it during your stay!

For my Treasure Valley peep’s, here’s a list of some of the top rated B&B’s

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For those unfamiliar, this is where you stay in a home or room that someone rents out for short term use. Some people have their entire house available; others have just the upstairs for use or have separate rooms with people staying in each. I’ve included a link to AirBnB’s website since what’s available depends on when and where you plan to stay. You can have very unique experiences in some really amazing homes. I find this option works best if you have multiple people pitching in together and you all rent out a nice house for the weekend or how ever long. Book these well in advance since they tend to fill up fast!

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As long as the weather permits (unless your into snow camping, go you!), camping is a great cost effective option! There’s nothing quite like getting out in nature and sleeping under the stars. Many of us have fond memories of sitting by the campfire with our friends and family, telling stories or singing songs, and munching on s’mores. This is also a wonderful way to get and stay “unplugged” during your staycation. If you’re looking for a digital detox-this is your top option.

Reserve America is the main choice for booking campsite online. They tend to fill up fast (especially in Idaho) so plan on booking this 6 months in advance. They also have links to hunting/fishing, RVing, and hiking. It’s honestly a great resource to keep in your back pocket for future use. Other online booking links are, Hipcamp, and Go Camping America.

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RV Rental

For those who prefer a mattress over a cot and sleeping bag, there’s always renting an RV! The great thing about this is there are SO many RV parks that you can staycation at. Most of them have additional amenities and/or beautiful scenery. Plus you can book your stay using the links from the camping section above! RVing and camping kinda go hand in hand.

You might be asking yourself, “How do I rent and RV?”. You can literally google search it; people rent out their RV’s via AirBnB, Facebook Market Place, Craigslist, and most other forums. Or you can get one from a specialized RV renting facility.

If you’re in the Boise Area here’s the top rated facilities

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Chain Motels

These may be common but it doesn’t mean they are always run of the mill. You can usually count on consistency with larger chain hotels/motels. Plus they typically have all the amenities you come to expect with staying at a location. They also tend to be more cost effective than some of the higher end luxury options, while still keeping comfort as a priority.

For the locals, here’s some centrally located chains

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Chain Suites

This kind of mixes in with the chain hotel/motel category, but these usually have only suites available and therefore a higher price point. These also are going to be more luxurious and have nicer amenities such as fine dining on sight, spa/salon on sight, extravagant pool, etc. Look for “suites” in the name of where you’d like to stay to help filter out other options. This tends to be a better pick if you’ve got older kids who can appreciate the finer atmosphere or just going as a couple for some alone time.

Here’s some of the best suites in the Treasure Valley

I hope this list has inspired you to get out there without feeling like you need a large budget to do something fun for the weekend! Let me know where you’ve stayed in the comments!

DIY Upcycled Key Catch Tutorial!

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I’m gonna step out on a (real thin) limb here and say I hate purses. I hate having to stuff all my stuff into a petite bag and huck it around on my shoulder every which where I go for the day, screwing up my posture all the while. But I also don’t like spreading all my things across the table or countertops; where I misplace them or my kid will grab and take off with them.

I need somewhere to hold my few items that I actually NEED; something that’s not going to become a Mary Poppins bag of wonders in a week! So I decided to turn an old bread pan into a catch all! It’s the perfect size for all my junk: sunglasses, wallet, keys. It even holds my sunscreen in case I forgot to apply some earlier! Check out how I made it below!

Also here’s the list of supplies to make your own!

My husband drilled two holes in one of the long sides of the bread pan about halfway between the top edge and bottom; large enough for a screw to fit through and hold snuggly to the wall.
You can admire his fine craftsman ship from the drill and my *ehem* very fine paint job
This was after a few coats to give a good solid base. Ugh I’m so sloppy when I paint, but I wasn’t worried about perfection since I knew I was adding more layers with texture.
This thing was pretty beat up before but that’s what makes it the perfect upcycle project!
Here I used a sponge brush to add some darker hued blue and texture, blending it near the center to soften the lines.
I took some metallic bronze paint and thin brush to create that sort of marble cracked look. *Bonus-kitty photo bomb!
Another angle so you can see the shine (and my cluttered craft desk, yikes!)
Pictured here but done before the flowers, I splattered some metallic paint around to give a speckled appearance. These are the 2 types of brushes I used to paint the white flowers you now see on the pan. I pressed gently and overlapped a lot to create the petals, blending a bit here and there. Notice how I hid that little metal spot *proud grins*
Here’s the full front after all the flowers were painted on. I only did flowers on the front since that was the main part exposed and well…I’m lazy
Ta-da! Finished product! I experimented with a few pink colors on a paper plate until I got the hue I was after then blended it delicately at the center of the flowers with the thin brush I used to do the metallic lines.
After the pink dried, I used the same brush to do the dark yellow centers, lines, and dots. Then accented with small lines of black near or on the yellow stem lines.
Finally once everything was dry and set, I did 2 layers of mod podge to seal and protect it. You can see it’s not perfect in some spots but I’m not selling or gifting it so I could really care less. It’s pretty and does a great job catching all my stuff right at the door!

And there you go! Super easy to do, and you have total creative freedom for what you paint! Share yours in the comments!