It’s here the long 3-day holiday weekend. Millions of people will travel this weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you decide to stay home for the long Labor Day weekend? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of things to do close to home. Many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs.
Low Cost or No Cost Activities for Labor Day Weekend
Go Hiking: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family.
Beach Day: Pack a lunch and spend an entire day at the beach.
Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
Host a BBQ
Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park.
Host a Bonfire Night: Don’t forget the S’mores.
Host a Themed Movie Night: Order pizza, make popcorn, and play your favorite movies.
The first official day of Autumn is almost here. Are you ready for new Autumn adventures? Gather your family or friends together and enjoy the season. Do you need ideas to add to your Autumn bucket list? Check out the following for inspiration.
Many people view Memorial Day as the unofficial kick off to summer. Are you ready to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather? Time to make a summertime bucket list! Whether you are looking for activities for yourself, your family, or friends, a bucket list is a great way to begin your planning process.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following 100 ideas for a summer to remember.
Is one of your New Year’s resolution to keep a daily journal? Are you uncertain about how to begin? Or do you just need a little inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for January.
Happy New Year’s Day! How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Did your celebrations go as planned?
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
Write 5 things about the holiday season that you do not want to forget. Go into detail.
Write a good-bye letter to 2020.
What did 2020 teach you about yourself, family, friends, community, and the world?
Write 10 major goals for 2021.
Write 3 minor goals for January.
What are your hopes for 2021 for yourself, family, friends, community, and the world? Provide details.
What is your favorite quote? Why does this quote bring you inspiration? Do you have a new quote for 2021?
What is your favorite time of day? Why?
Free write for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer.
What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
Create a blessing or gratitude list. Try to list at least 10 things.
What small acts can you do in 2021 to make the world a better place?
What new thing would you like to try in 2021?
In what ways would you like to improve your life in 2021?
Create a local bucket list. For example, visiting small businesses or order take out from individually owned establishments can be part of your list.
Using 5 words, describe yourself. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. Why did you pick these 5 words?
Pick one word to describe 2020. Now pick another word to describe 2021. Why did you pick these two words?
Pick a book title for your life. Yes, this can be a totally made-up title. Why did you pick this title?
What songs bring you inspiration? Why?
Write about a loved one who has passed.
Describe your neighbors in detail.
If you could own a business, what would you do? Why?
List 3 of your favorite television shows. Why do you like these programs?
Describe your day in detail.
What is the most stressful thing in your life right now? What are you doing to combat the stress? Can you change the situation?
Write a letter to your future self. Describe how you think 2021 will go for you and your family. Seal the letter. Read at the end of the year.
Write a book review.
What you like to change about yourself? Be realistic.
What were the high and low points of January 2021?
The last month of 2020 is finally here. Are you still keeping your journal? Or are you just starting? Regardless of where you are at with your journal entries, use these writing prompts to help you through December.
How did last month go for you? Write about your highs and lows for November.
Write down 10 things you hope to accomplish in December.
How is the pandemic in your area? Are the cases rising or decreasing? What are your concerns about the ongoing health crisis? Go into details.
How has the pandemic changed your daily routine?
Free write for 10 minutes. Set a timer and just let your thoughts flow.
What one day from your past would you like to relive again? Why? Go into details.
What major change would you like to implement in your life? What is stopping you from achieving your goal?
What anxieties do you have about the future?
What was the best part of your day today? Why?
What was your biggest challenge or obstacle today? Why?
What activity do you do to relieve stress?
Go outdoors. Memorize what you see. Go back in and write the scene. Remember to focus on your five senses as you write.
What were you doing at 11 am? Go into details.
Write a book or product review.
Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
What does your dream home look like? Go into details.
Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat.
Write a restaurant or small business review.
What is one thing you want to do right now but can’t?
Write a letter to your future self.
Write about your extended family, your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
Describe the view out your window. If it’s dark, write about the night.
Write about your best Christmas as a child.
Christmas Eve–Write about your day.
Merry Christmas! How did you spend the holiday?
What did you learn the most in 2020?
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to personally accomplish in 2021.
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to accomplish as a family or at your place of employment
Write a bucket list for 2021.
What are you hoping for in 2021?
What are your final thoughts for the last day of 2020?
Are you staying home for Halloween? Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate with your family? How about hosting a Halloween fear challenge night? Trying new foods is always a fun family activity, right?
Grocery List Ideas
Ask yourself, what food items would be a challenge for your family? Do you need some assistance? Check out the following ideas.
Edible Insects: There is a wide selection of edible insects available at your local specialty shop or online.
Bugs in a Sucker: A sucker is a perfect chance to eat a little sweet before getting down to the bug.
Chocolate Covered Bugs: Other bugs come covered in chocolate. For many, eating chocolate-covered larvae is easier.
Pickled Eggs: Pickled eggs are an acquired taste. Many find the soft squishy pickled eggs a challenge to eat.
Rattlesnake: For many, Eating a snake is definitely a challenge. But a rattlesnake can add an extra element of fear.
Gummy Bugs: If you have younger children who may want to join the fun but will not try other real insects, purchase gummy bugs. Eating a gummy worm or other insects may be a challenge to younger children.
Fruit or Vegetable: The produce section is another place to look for food challenge options. If your family has never tried a turnip, radish, leek, pomegranate, avocado, or dragon fruit, add these to your food fear challenge night. The fruits and vegetables are a fun addition.
Your Halloween Food Challenge Night
Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to set up for your Halloween food challenge night.
Use Halloween themed plates or trays to spread out your food selection.
Provide plenty of water to wash down the food choices.
Do not force anyone to try a choice.
Film the experience to use on YouTube or Instagram.
Take pictures. Use the photos to make a scrapbook later.
Have fun. Who knows, maybe you can cross items to try off your bucket list.
Keeping a daily journal has numerous benefits. You can write about your fears, concerns, and memories. The creative outlet provides a way to rid your daily stress. Journal writing offers valuable insight.
Journal Writing Prompts for March
What do you have planned for March? Did you accomplish everything from last month?
If you could enter into any fictional world, where would you go? Why?
What are you doing to take care of yourself? List all the self-care activities.
What is an unforgettable memory from your childhood? Your teen years? A recent one?
Look at your camera or phone. What was the last photo you took? Describe the picture in great detail.
When you were a child or teen, who was your role model? Why was this person important to you?
Who is your role model now?
Happy Daylight Savings Time! Does the extra hour of light affect your mood? Why or why not?
When asked for a book recommendation, what one do you tell people to read? Why?
Write about anything for approximately 15 minutes. Freewriting is a wonderful creative outlet.
What was the best part of your day?
What were you doing at 9am? Noon? 4pm?
Happy Friday the 13th? Are you superstitious?
What can you do to make the rest of the weekend special? For yourself? For your family?
What is one activity you would like to try? What is stopping you?
What is one goal you can achieve by the end of the month?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you do anything to celebrate the holiday?
If you could meet any of your ancestors, who would you pick? Why?
Happy First Day of Spring! Create a spring bucket list for yourself, your family, or friends.
What spring-themed recipe would you like to try? Why?
If you were given a superpower, what would it be? Why is this power vital to you?
Write, in detail, about your last vacation or day trip include your favorite or least favorite parts.
Write a local review of a restaurant or cafe.
Draw a picture of a fantasy creature. (No, the drawing does not have to be perfect.) Write a short story about the creature’s life.
Write 3 good things about your day.
Write a list of upcoming movies you want to watch.
What is your favorite song that is out right now? What were your past favorite songs?
Write about a challenging time in your life? How did you work through it?
What is your earliest memory? Why is that memory so vivid for you?
Write about your current feelings.
The third month of 2020 is almost over. What do you plan to accomplish in the remaining months?
When you think about the “greatest lakes” in America, you probably think of none other than the Great Lakes – of which there are five. The best part about the state of Michigan is that four out of these five lakes (all except for Lake Ontario) touch along the state’s border, so no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re never too far from a gorgeous waterfront view. While the Great Lakes are the go-to choices for the best aquatic places to visit in Michigan, there are also a lot of smaller lakes in the state that are underrated but just as beautiful. Here are some of the best lake spots in Michigan.
Torch Lake is not only Michigan’s longest lake, but its deepest lake as well, but those are not the only titles this lake holds. National Geographic, also named Torch lake the third-best lake in the country due to its gorgeous blue waters – frequently compared to the Carribean Sea. Torch Lake is known for its incredible parties, particularly on the Fourth of July, where the elite of Michigan gather to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. On your next visit, you may even spot some Michigan celebrities such as Kid Rock and Eminem!
Lake Charlevoix is a great destination for those that want to enjoy the splendors of nature alongside a great town filled with delicious food and boutique stores to explore. The downtown Charlevoix area that surrounds the lake has so much to offer. While you may think of taking a lake trip on a warm summer weekend, Charlevoix really shines in Autumn. Visit during the 2nd week of October to experience the infamous Apple Festival for an unforgettable experience.
How do the lakes of Michigan have such stunningly blue water? The second deepest lake in Michigan, this natural wonder has the same gorgeous coloring as Torch Lake, but with a more relaxing demeanor. If you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation, away from the excitement and business, Elk Lake is the perfect destination for you.
Okay, we implied we weren’t going to name any of the great lakes, but your trip to Michigan wouldn’t be complete without visiting the lake of the same name. It’s probably the best lake in the whole state, perhaps in the whole country. With something to do for everyone, Lake Michigan is the perfect place for your next family trip, girls’ weekend, or romantic getaway. There are many wineries, fishing opportunities, and boating expeditions you can take advantage of here. Even if you’re just taking a long drive along the riverfront, the breathtaking view will be well worth the visit. Many fall in love with Lake Michigan so quickly that they find themselves looking at Grand Rapids real estate after their visit so they can experience this wonder all year ‘round.