Thursday, September 12, 2013

why I need a staycation

I really can’t and shouldn’t complain. My life is pretty good. My husband and I both have jobs, we have a home, and us and our pets are happy and healthy. But, who among us wouldn’t love to get away from the monotony of daily life for a little pick me up every now and then?

Our summer vacation plans didn’t really go as I had hoped. We did to go Atlanta for Memorial Day, and that was fun. We planned to celebrate our anniversary in Austin with Mumford and Sons and spend some time at a resort, but our stupid AC unit had to die, cutting our trip short. I could have been basking in the sun (or under an umbrella, I don’t need any more freckles!) and sipping a fruity cocktail, but instead I was in my 90+ degree home with the AC repairmen. I am grateful we got the problem fixed, but it was definitely not perfect timing! Or an expense I wanted to see. Do you know how much air conditioners cost? If you don’t, you don’t want to know. I could buy a small, used car with that much money! So that kind of thwarted any expensive fun we were going to have in July.

In August, a coworker asked if Andrew and I wanted to go to Las Vegas with her and her boyfriend and stay in her parents’ timeshare. Even though the boys had never met, we said yes! I was so excited. I created an itinerary… and then her mom was unable to secure a two bedroom room. Cue the sad trombone. We decided that it was best not to spend money on a vacation right now, especially since we are looking to move. Oh yeah, and we did have that little vacation from reality called the two week flooring debacle in which we confined our activities to one bedroom and ate out for every meal, but that wasn’t the break from real life that I was hoping for!

But, it may not be too late for me to get a break that I wanted! We love us a good staycation. You can read about a fun one we had in downtown Houston here. When I learned that The Woodlands Resort was offering a staycation to one attendee of BlogElevated, I had to get on board and try to win it for Andrew and me. The Woodlands is a northern suburb of Houston. It houses the amphitheater where all the big concerts are (going to see Mumford and Sons there on September 17th, woo hoo!). It has a cute Town Square with some of my favorite shops – I actually spent my birthday there one year. Oh, and I have been dying to try Jasper's, but I know if we go, there would be wine involved and one of us would not be able to enjoy it because the Woodlands is about 40 miles from Katy (!!! Houston is big, y’all!). If I won a staycation, I would probably save it to use for my birthday weekend, which would be in late October. But, their pool looks amazing so I mayyyy have to use it sooner rather than later to take advantage. I mean, hello, pretty!

All photos from The Woodlands Resort

If we were to go in the fall, at least there are s’mores. Outta my way, kids. I’m bigger than you are and I need my chocolate fix.

So basically, what I’m saying is that the summer was kind of lame and I could use and would fully take advantage of a staycation in The Woodlands. It is hands down the prettiest part of Houston and definitely an area to have fun in. Wish me luck!

So cozy! Wish I were there now!


  1. I might be having a little staycation in October... but just at our house... which compared to that Woodlands Resort is like a cardboard box! Woweee! I hope you win! Good luck!

    p.s. I had a good chuckle after I imagined you pushing over little kids to get to smores, lol!

  2. sometimes a staycation is all we need to recoup.

    Vodka and Soda

  3. I want to be in that pool right NOW! So pretty! Hope you win!

  4. I love staycations! They are so much more cost effective and usually a lot less stressful.

  5. Fun! You totally deserve this after your crazy summer incidents! Oh, and scope out the Woodlands for me while you're there. ;)

  6. This looks like a lovely staycation!! Aren't they the best? So relaxing!!!!

  7. Good luck! You deserve it after e summer with your house issues!

  8. That place looks fantastic! Good luck with it! I hope it all works out for you guys! :)

  9. I freaking love a staycation. I'm glad they're now a thing.

  10. Staycations are my favorite, but I admit every now and then, getting away is a MUST!


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