No Vacation Plans? Mix It Up in the Backyard

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the summer. Doesn’t it feel like it just started? While summer is an excellent time to plan a vacation and get-away to relax and refresh or just have a good time, we all know that doesn’t always happen! Pesky things like work schedules, kids’ activities, financial concerns and visiting relatives tend to get in the way and before you know it summer is gone and NO VACATION!

Luckily, with a little bit of innovation and some flexibility, you can turn a “no vacation” summer into an enjoyable season by creating your own “mini escapes” right at home – or in a nearby park for apartment dwellers! Here are a few simple ideas to give yourself an escape for an hour or two without needing to travel anywhere!

How to Create a Backyard “Mini Vacation”


Get Comfy

If your goal is to relax, you’ll want to get comfortable! That could be a beach chair, an Adirondack chair or simply a beach towel on the grass. And there are no rules against pillows in the backyard. Some of my best naps have been taken on a towel in my yard with my head on my bed pillow!


Snack Time

You will definitely want to have a snack during your mini-break! How about trying something new? New Yoplait Yogurt Mix-Ins lets you mix yummy toppings into delicious Yoplait yogurt. The handy container keeps the toppings separate from the yogurt until you’re ready to mix them in. For the Yoplait Yogurt Mix-Ins Very Berry Crisp that means the cinnamon crunch, pie crust pieces and oat clusters stay nice and crunchy! I’m also a big fan of the Yoplait Yogurt Mix-Ins Coconut Chocolate Almond – yum! You can find them all at Walmart.


Skip the Screen

While it’s tempting to bring your smartphone outside and start scrolling through Facebook, you just won’t get the same relaxation effect. As soon as you hit that crazy political post by your cousin you don’t even like that much anyway, your blood pressure will start to go up and the relaxation is ruined.


Sounds or Silence

This one really depends on what you like to hear. If music makes you happy then go ahead and play your favorite music. (This is where your phone can be an exception if that’s where you get your music!) If you prefer pure quiet, skip the tunes and listen to the birds chirping and the wind blowing. If the sounds you’re more likely to hear are traffic or neighbors working on their yard, then you might want to go the music route.


Amuse Yourself

There are certain things I LOVE to do, but just don’t take a lot of time for. For me personally, these are reading, crossword puzzles and coloring/dot-to-dot books. Spending time doing any of these always feels like a luxury to me and definitely a great escape. Whatever you like to do – do it!

Are you ready to make the most of the remaining days of summer? Leave us a comment letting us know how you like to give yourself a well-needed break without traveling anywhere!

No Vacation Plans Mix It Up in the Backyard' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. I love when I can get myself lost in a book. I like the idea of having a little mini vacation in the backyard with some yogurt and a good book. I might do this when it starts to cool off just a little bit here.

  2. This is my type of summer vacation, a stack of good books and a relaxing summer. I love that we don’t have any big plans this summer and we can just enjoy the moment and let things happen.

  3. I can’t remember the last time I got lost in a book. It has been YEARS…wow, sad realization….Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I’d love to get comfortable in the backyard with a good book and some snacks. The Yoplait mix-ins sound really good!

  5. I’d love to takes some books and get some alone times. Its just so hard with 3 girls. But this seems like an amazing way to get a day of stress free reading.

  6. I am all about backyard fun! I love a good snack and getting lost in a book.

  7.' Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love staycations and relaxing at home. My home is my favorite place to be any time of year.

  8. I love this idea. It’s fun to just stay home and relax sometimes. Staycations are the best! I do enjoy a great book too.

  9. We are hoping to get away this summer. If we don’t sitting back and relaxing with a good book sounds wonderful to me.

  10. I haven’t had much time to read this summer even though it is my favorite thing to do. I want to go relax in my lounge chair with a book or two and listen to the birds.

  11. Yes, with small children it can be hard to get out and about for the summer. But they are thrilled when you just make the backyard special and give them a yummy treat like yogurt! Love this!

  12. No summer plans here either! I’m loving those book selections and great ideas! I need to get a comfy chair for my backyard so that I can create my own paradise 🙂

  13.' shelly peterson says:

    That looks so relaxing. I don’t get much time to relax and read. The mix-ins yogurt looks really good.

  14.' Julie Wood says:

    I have a very nice big backyard and a lot of the time, it is quiet and a nice place to read and have a snack! I love these Yoplait mixins!

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