Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Secret Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Have you been planning a secret romantic getaway for your significant other? The anticipation of keeping a secret can be exciting, trying and in my case almost impossible to pull off!

Planning a secret romantic getaway for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other is a great way to spend a night or weekend away from the kids to rekindle your relationship and celebrate each other with intimacy. Below is a list of suggested must haves for planning your secret romantic getaway.

Please note there are Airbnb and Amazon Affiliate links in this article which help pay the bills for this blog.

Don’t Forget These Must-Have Items For Your Kid-Free Getaway

  • Book Your Getaway with Airbnb (link gives you a credit if you use it)
  • Secret Romantic DIY Love Book

There’s a ton of crafty ideas on Pinterest which you can use for inspiration but this one stands out with easy-of-creation and simplicity in finding supplies.

Candles and Message Oil

beeswax-candlesSetting the mood for a romantic endeavor is important to both parties. Make sure to bring good candles which don’t stink and which do not contain carcinogens. We recommend Beeswax candles which you can find inexpensively (and which ships fast if you are shopping last minute) on Amazon.

Ask your partner in romance what their favorite smells are and pack message oils according to their taste. Good options for message oil include coconut oil mixed with an essential oil like lavender, vanilla, pachouli, geranium etc.

Liquor Is Quicker

Make sure to pack a bottle of wine or whatever your partner’s “poison” of choice is (thanks Lisa) and don’t forget wine glasses, cork screw and ice if that’s the preference.

Other Must Have Romantic Getaway Weekend Items

  • Your partners fav’ music
  • Lingerie and a swim suit
  • Bathrobe
  • Pack your partners clothes the night before to add extra points!
  • Do’nt forget to grab snacks like nuts, fruit, dried meat and water for the road trip and in between “meals”.
  • Bath gel or salts for a relaxing bath during your stay

Bonus Tip For Your Secret Romantic Getway

Pack a bag for your partner the night before and put out a dress or suit coat (depending on their gender) with a necklace and fancy underwear (or tie and sexy boxers) and leave a note the morning of on for your partner to see in the AM “Leaving at 2pm! Be ready by 1:30pm and I’ll come get you.”

PHOTO CREDITSRon Cogswell (Flickr) ~ Amazon

Special thanks to my employer for help with these ideas! You’re the best Lisa!


Breezy Point Resort and the Breezy Belle in Minnesota

Last week, we hit the pavement for a fun, adventure-filled family vacation at Breezy Point Resort near Brainerd, MN. We left the pets with family and traveled from our home near Madison, WI to Breezy Point Resort, which we found to be relaxing, enjoyable and, an all inclusive family destination (which we chose for its proximity to Wisconsin.)

We kicked off our Minnesota road trip by stopping by the childhood home of Laura Ingles WIlder, ya' know, from Little House On The Prairie. The obligatory fam' pic in Peppin, WI
We kicked off our Minnesota road trip by stopping by the childhood home of Laura Ingles WIlder, ya’ know, from Little House On The Prairie. The obligatory fam’ pic in Peppin, WI

The Breezy Point Resort is a 4 season resort located just outside Brainerd, MN in central Minnesota. There’s many services which are included with the timeshare we booked via RCI at Breezy Point Resort which included use of the shuttle, multiple indoor swimming pools (with hot tubs, kiddie pools, etc), numerous restaurants on site (or favorite was the Dockside Lounge which overlooks the beautiful lake) and our boating tour on the Breezy Belle!

Please note, our family went on a free tour of Pelican Lake aboard the Breezy Belle with yummy pizza from the Dockside Lounge thanks to Breezy Point Resort in exchange for this review.

Thanks to Breezy Point Resort for providing accommodations for our tour of Pelican Lake aboard the Breezy Belle in exchange for this review (and the Dockside pizza!) we loved our stay, big time!

The arcade at Breezy Point Resort was a hit!

In addition to the Breezy Belle, Coffee House and arcades, other highlights at Breezy Point Resort include multiple swimming beaches; boat rentals at the Breezy Point Resort Marina (non-motorized aka kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards,etc and motor boats, including party barges); and the Spa.

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Exploring the Southwest USA on Amtrak Southwest Chief and driving to Sedona AZ

Last week, Contributor Marilyn (Grandma, as my kids refer to her) set her sights, with her friend, on a two-week long sightseeing trek around the Southwest (USA). I’m pleased to present this update from her including excerpts from her friend Susan, which comes to you as she’s on the road traveling via train from Chicago to NM to pickup a car rental with select accommodations as they enjoy traveling USA’s Southwest.

Leaving from the Midwest

We kicked off the trip leaving the Chicago area and traveling the first leg via Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. I haven’t taken a train trip in 20 years and it’s hard to believe that I’ll arrive in New Mexico tomorrow morning. If we were driving it would take 2 1/2 days. Wow! And, round trip, it was only $200. Much cheaper than paying for motels, food, and gas.

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Find It travel games plus giveaway

What’s a Find It game? Identity Games, the company behind Find It and Poopyhead games, calls Find It a “contained adventure”. We like to think of Find It as a road trip hack which both kids and adults can have fun playing while passing the time on a car ride or waiting for a sibling’s baseball game to finish.

The Find It Games are a portable activity and one of my boys’ new favorites to bring along while we’re on the go. Read more below about the Find It Discover America and Find It Eww Gross games which we enjoyed most on car rides.
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Poopyhead, The Game Where Number 2 Always Wins!

Poopyhead by Identity Games
Poopyhead is a fun family game for ages 6+

Poopyhead is a funny game which has the added bonus of having to wash your hands. Kids might not know, but this game promotes concentration as players focus on placing alternating colors and a specific order of the cards: toilet, poop, toilet paper then wash your hands. The directions may sound a little silly but this game is very familiar, is not super competitive and easy once you get the hang of it.

We enjoyed this family game very, very much as we tested it with two players then the whole family too. All three of the boys in our family were able to play and despite the game being for Ages 6 and up, you will notice in the video below that little Ollie is only 4 and he easily learned how to play Poopyhead. Kids will enjoy the hilarious poops that go on the loosers’ heads and who doesn’t like whopie cushions?

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Netflix streaming best of May 2016

Netflix is constantly updating their library of movies which are available for streaming and with the huge volume of choices, it is sometimes hard to sift through and decide quickly what to watch. Below are the best movies on Netflix organized for younger viewers and for the older kids, teens and parents. Please note the recommendations to check if each movie is appropriate for your kids.

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Hiking trails in Sedona Arizona

My mom and late dad have been visiting Sedona, AZ, sometimes multiple times per year, since 1996.  “I don’t think we ever missed a year after that, so it’s been 20 years!” With amazing hiking trails and breathtaking views, Sedona has been a favorite place of theirs to visit every year. Below, my mom shares her impression of the best hiking trails in Sedona from her visit last month.Read More »

A visit to Wheaton Illinios

This weekend, we took a trip to my mother’s in the Western suburbs of Chicagoland with my three boys and my sister while my wife stayed back home for some alone time. The highlights of our trip (besides catching up with my sister and mom) were Safari Land arcades and amusements in Addison, IL and Cantigny […]