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Things To Do If It Rains On Your Beach Vacation

Things To Do If It Rains On Your Beach Vacation

You plan your beach vacation for months ... and then it rains. So frustrating. But don't worry. Check out this list of things to do if it rains on your beach vacation from and I were in Hilton Head Island last month, and I kept thinking two things: one, I can’t wait to sleep in every day and two, I can’t wait to relax at the beach. Neither of these things happened. I ended up waking up early (like before my normal time) every day, but I woke up refreshed so that was okay. I also didn’t sit out on the beach for more than ten minutes because it rained every day. There are still so many things to do if it rains on your beach vacation. Yes, sure, it stinks, but at least there are alternatives.

Things To Do If It Rains On Your Beach Vacation

Play games.
I brought travel tic tac toe with us, just in case we felt like playing in the hotel. Growing up, we brought a pack of cards with us on every vacation and we would spend every night playing games. If you’re packing for your trip, throw some travel games in your suitcase. In case of rain, you’ll have something to do.

If you’re staying at a resort, you may want to ask the concierge if the hotel has any games available. The one we stayed at recently has a kid zone. I didn’t go in there, but I imagine there were activities for kids. You might be able to borrow one if the weather is bad.

Go the the movies.
We camped every year, and it would rain at least once each trip. It was always something we could deal with. We hung out under tarps and were still able to grill. Until the one year we couldn’t.

It was raining so hard that all 30 or so of us went out to a Chinese buffet and then to a movie. I don’t remember what the movie was, but I do remember my dad’s fortune was “Get ready. An old love will be returning soon.” He laughed, then passed the fortune to the right (my mom was on his left). The person on his right laughed, then passed it to his right. The fortune went all around the table of 30 before finally getting to my mom.

I don’t remember much else from that camping trip, but I remember that moment — which would have never happened if it didn’t rain.

Have a spa day.
Part of what we did on our rainy Hilton Head vacation was we got a couples’ massage. We had it scheduled before we went on vacation, but it was good to have something to do that wasn’t contingent on the weather.

If you can’t take a full spa day, you can always go to the local salon and get a pedicure. Sitting in that chair will stop you from thinking about the weather completely.

Go out to eat.
We have the funniest photo from us trying to sit on the deck of Salty Dog even though there’s a storm around us. It was pretty romantic, in a way. It was also a little too much, so we ended up moving to a different one of the restaurant’s decks. We were still outside, but under an awning instead of an umbrella with holes.

If you were planning on eating out anyway, go out on the days it’s raining and then cook in the hotel or campsite the days it’s sunny.

Find a mall.
If it’s really bad, go shopping. I wouldn’t recommend any outdoor markets, but a large mall is a good idea. You can go window shopping or pick up souvenirs. Our local mall has a play area, so if you have kids, there’s something to do. It also has glow mini golf, so that can kill an afternoon.

My local mall in New York has four floors with an ice rink, a movie theater, a huge rope climb course, an escape room for kids, a carousel, and a ferries wheel. Plus, it has stores. You can spend the entire day there and absolutely forget that it’s raining.

Walk on the beach.
If you’re already at the beach, you might as well soak it in. If it’s thundering and lightning, stay indoors, but if it’s a light drizzle, go ahead and walk on the sand. Take an umbrella if it’s bad out, or go with a hoodie if it’s okay.

If the weather is bad, don’t go swimming. That’s so dangerous. But if there’s only a light rain, what the heck. You’re gonna get wet anyway.

What other activities would you suggest if it rains on your beach vacation?

Walmart: Campbell Soup Company Back-To-School Savings

Walmart: Campbell Soup Company Back-To-School Savings

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I take a walk every day. We used to go after Pete got home from school, around 4pm, but now that he’s on summer vacation, we try to go as early as possible. It’s been over 80 degrees lately when we wake up, so if we take too long before we start walking, it’s too hot.

Hot walks and Pete being home reminds me that it’s still summer vacation. It’s still warm out but it’s never too early to start thinking about back-to-school; it’ll be here before you know it! Luckily, Campbell Soup Company products and Walmart have you covered with a variety of savings and easy meal inspiration, featuring great products. This coupon is the ultimate tool for easy, weeknight, shortcut meals!

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100+ One-Bite Appetizers

100+ One-Bite Appetizers

Change up your menu for your summer parties and get inspired by our list of 100+ one-bite appetizers here: There are meat and seafood appetizers, plus vegetarian options as well!I’m a big fan of party food. We host parties a lot (like more than any other people I know). We usually grill, so Pete is in charge of that, and I’m in charge of appetizers, sides, and desserts. I’ve been getting tired of making the same appetizer, so I asked my blogger friends for a bit of help. I put together this fantastic list of over 100 one-bite appetizer ideas. I wanted a list of one-bite appetizers that would be easy at parties. You could grab one and pop it into your mouth while you’re on the go or talking. You don’t need to sit and pull out a knife and fork for these. Plus, they’re easy for me because I can grab one and eat it as I’m cleaning up plates.

The list is split into two sections. The first is appetizers with meat or seafood. The second half is filled with vegetarian appetizers. There are some in there that are vegan too, but I didn’t go through and mark those (mostly because some bloggers didn’t, and this list would have taken me the rest of the week if I tried).

Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Nuggets – Curry Trail


Appetizers With Meat/Seafood

  1. Taco Cups
  2. Salami Chips with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
  3. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs
  4. Filet Mignon Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce
  5. Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites
  6. Easy Fajita Bite Appetizers
  7. Greek Salad Cups
  8. Croissant Sausage Squares
  9. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Avocado Dip
  10. Goat Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
  11. Cranberry BBQ Kielbasa
  12. Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites
  13. Saucy Slow Cooker Andouille Sausage Bites
  14. Slow Cooker Bourbon Barbecue Bites
  15. Grape Jelly Meatballs
  16. Stuffed Mushrooms
  17. Heirloom Tomato Appetizer with Bacon, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil
  18. Cranberry Meatballs
  19. Island-Style Conch Fritters
  20. Mardi Gras Grilled Oysters
  21. Bacon Salad Cups
  22. Cheesy Cheddar Stuffed Turkey Balls
  23. Russian Style Mini Buckwheat Pancakes
  24. Turkey Brie Appetizer
  25. Smoked Salmon Roulade
  26. Cheese And Bacon Gougères
  27. Cheesy Hashbrown Bites
  28. Taco Bites
  29. Kefir Cheese Smoked Salmon Wrap
  30. Smoked Salmon Appetizers
  31. Chicken Envive Wrap-petizers
  32. Pork Banh Mi’t Balls
  33. Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  34. Jalapeno Poppers
  35. Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
  36. Pepperoni Twirls
  37. Bacon Wrapped Prunes With Herbed Feta Dip
  38. Chili Bacon Wrapped Dates with Manchego
  39. Chicken Nuggets
  40. Cobb Style Potato Sliders
  41. Tennessee Whiskey Meatballs
  42. Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
  43. Roasted Mini Pepper BBQ Chicken Bites
  44. Low Carb Pizza Chips
  45. Bacon Egg Salad Tomato Bites
  46. Crispy Potato Bites Topped With Pancetta And Chives
  47. Mango and Grilled Shrimp Appetizers
  48. Phyllo Crab Cups
  49. Scallops With Cranberry Bacon Jam
  50. Bacon Wrapped Olives
  51. Pesto Stuffed Shrimp
  52. Homemade Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms
  53. Grilled Mini Turkey Meatloaves
  54. Low Carb Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Kale and Gouda
Broccoli Rabe & Ricotta Crostini – The Life Jolie

Vegetarian Appetizers

  1. Broccoli Rabe & Ricotta Crostini
  2. Spinach Tots
  3. Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
  4. Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups
  5. Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers
  6. Pretzel Bites and Beer Cheese Dip
  7. Crazy good fried zucchini slices
  8. Vegan Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
  9. Low Carb Tortilla Chips
  10. Easy Cranberry Brie Appetizers
  11. French Onion Bites
  12. Feta Stuffed Peppers
  13. Raw Mexican Zucchini Roll Ups with Veggie Walnut “Meat”
  14. Argula White Bean Polenta Bruschetta
  15. Roasted Red Pepper Burrata Crostini
  16. Holiday Stuffed Mushrooms
  17. Buffalo Potato Wings
  18. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Tortilla Rollups
  19. Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms
  20. Mediterranean Deviled Egg Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  21. Easy Grilled Polenta with Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Tomatoes
  22. Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes
  23. Baked Figs with Goat Cheese
  24. Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe
  25. Beetroot canape
  26. Pistachio Fried Caprese Bites
  27. Smoky Potato-Pickled Tomato Bites
  28. Fried Pickles
  29. Vegan Goat Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates
  30. Spinach and Mushroom Pizza Bites
  31. Cucumber Bites filled with Sun Dried Tomato Spread
  32. Latin Cheese Bread
  33. Zucchini Bites Pizza
  34. Spinach souffle stuffed mushrooms
  35. Pumpkin Cauliflower Fritters
  36. Brie and Jam Cracker Bites
  37. Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
  38. Grilled Baby Eggplants with Whipped Feta
  39. Black Raspberry & Goat Cheese Crostini
  40. gluten-free chip and guacamole bites
  41. Mushroom, Gruyere, and Thyme Tartlets
  42. Kalamata Olive Tapenade on Crostini
  43. Cheddar Cups with Avocado Feta Mousse
  44. Potato Bites
  45. Watermelon Canapés
  46. Soy Chorizo Cheddar Balls
  47. Olive Parmesan Pretzel Bites
  48. Vegan colcannon Bites
  49. Kathal Ke Kebab
  50. Feta Cucumber Salad Bites
  51. Caprese Salad Appetizers
  52. Southwest Roll Ups
  53. roasted cauliflower bites with a mint dip
  54. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Balls
  55. Zucchini Pizza Bites
  56. Garlic Mushrooms
  57. Roasted Bell Pepper Goat Cheese Bites
  58. Ricotta Stuffed Medjool Dates
  59. Puff Pastry Samosa
  60. Cheese, Rice, and Methi Kebab With Tater Tot Stuffing
  61. French Onion Tartlets
  62. Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts
  63. Brie And Fig Jam Appetizers
  64. Sweetcorn And Sundried Tomato Pizza On A Spoon with Chilli Mayonnaise
  65. Fruit & Cheese Appetizer
  66. Feta Stuffed Mini Peppers

Which of these one-bite appetizers do you want to make? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. And be sure to comment with your go-to one-bite appetizers too!

8 Reasons My 8-Year-Old BFF Needs A Fidget Spinner

8 Reasons My 8-Year-Old BFF Needs A Fidget Spinner

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Pete and I live in a kid-free zone, so although I know fidget spinners are all the rage still, I really don’t know why. I had a friend’s kid show me one a few weeks ago, but I still didn’t get it. I guess that’s how my mom felt when I had to have a zillion trolls or slap bracelets, or why people needed to rock a yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. These are just things that get popular overnight and the need becomes real.

So I did what any childless person would do. I asked my 8-year-old BFF Alex why he needs a fidget spinner.

8 Reasons My 8-Year-Old BFF Needs A Fidget Spinner

  1. They are fun.
  2. You can spin them.
  3. Different colors (glow in the dark)
  4. Battle with them.
  5. Spins really fast.
  6. Spin tricks on the thumb.
  7. So cool!
  8. Everyone in school has them for when you are bored.

Fun things that you can spin, battle with, and use when you’re bored sound exactly like something could use.

Alex’s mom, Michelle, told me that Alex actually has about six of these. They’re kind of like Pokemon, I guess, where you gotta catch ’em all. 

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What Happens If You Leave Your Coffee Maker On?

What Happens If You Leave Your Coffee Maker On?

If you leave your house with the coffee maker on, you might not have to worry. Find out what happens if you leave your coffee maker on from set the coffee maker to go off at 6am on Saturday a few weeks ago because we are the people who are up drinking coffee at 6am on a Saturday. There was a time in my life when I was on the “not yet asleep” side of 6am, but not now. Now I’m on the “I already slept and I’m waking up now” side of 6am on a Saturday. We work at the local farmers’ markets on Saturdays selling Pete’s marinara sauce, so we are up early and out of the house before 7am.

This particular week, the coffee pot didn’t actually run. I don’t know why. Maybe it like sleeping at 6am. So I wake up to get coffee, there is none, and I run the coffee maker while packing a cooler with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and marinara sauce samples.

I make my coffee (finally!) and help Pete pack the car. All too soon after we’ve woken up, we are downtown in the next town over, unpacking a tent and table and everything else we need to sell sauce. Sometime between yawns, Pete asks if I turned the coffee pot off. I say no and figured that he had when he poured his cup except in the chaos of the morning, he hadn’t actually grabbed a cup. So then we worried. What happens when you leave a coffee pot on … especially one that has a mind of its own sometimes and doesn’t turn on when you tell it to?

What Happens If You Leave Your Coffee Maker On?

So the short answer is “nothing bad.”

Worst case scenario, we thought the coffee maker might stay on for the seven or so hours we were at the market, and then the coffee would turn to tar, keep heading, break the glass, and explode all over the kitchen.

Best case scenario, the coffee pot would turn itself off.

We got home, silently praying to the coffee gods, and opened the door to see everything was completely fine. The coffee pot turned itself off, the coffee inside was still drinkable (if you don’t mind coffee that has been sitting out for hours), and everything was fine.

Now, I can’t promise you that this will happen if you leave your coffee maker on. If you have a really old coffee pot, this might not be the case. But a quick Google search told me that most newer models have an automatic shutoff built in.

How To Exercise On Vacation

How To Exercise On Vacation

You don't have to stop your workouts just because you're on a trip. Get tips on how to exercise on vacation from we’re at home, Pete and I take a walk every day. That’s my exercise. It’s his warm up. After we walk, he works out. That’s amazing to me, but not something I can add into my schedule. It’s hard enough for me to find time for our daily walk. And if you’re on vacation, it’s so hard to find time to work out. Between buffet breakfasts, sight seeing, and nights out on the town, exercise just doesn’t take top priority. But if you’re like us, you don’t want to break your routine — especially when you’re enjoying that buffet breakfast! So we figured out how to exercise on vacation and figured I’d pass my tips on on to you.

How To Exercise On Vacation

Last summer, Pete and I went to Beaufort, NC. We had never been there before, so we wanted to see everything the cute river town had to offer. We parked our car and walked around the downtown area, stopping at historical spots and monuments. It was a great way to spend our morning. We got back to the car just before lunchtime and Pete’s Fitbit buzzed. We had walked 8,000 steps before noon.

Book a hotel with a fitness center.
Pete and I went to Hilton Head Island last week and there was a great fitness center in the resort. It was open 24 hours, which was great. But what was also great was you didn’t have an excuse to not use it. Pete asked me to go with him and I said I didn’t have sneakers. I had packed four pairs of footwear, but no sneakers. Our resort actually had a rental program where you could borrow any workout gear — including sneakers. I didn’t do it, and instead decided to get my exercise by walking on the beach, but the fitness center was great for Pete.

Rent bikes.
When we were in Washington, DC in April (geez, I’m starting to realize we’ve traveled a lot lately) our hotel actually had bikes for hotel guests to use freely. We only ever saw one, though, and that wouldn’t work since we would both need to borrow a bike. In Hilton Head, there were bike rentals everywhere. That island is super bike friendly. That’s a perfect way to get in some exercise and see the city.

Head to the beach.
Vacation is about relaxing, right? And what better place to relax than on a blanket on the beach? We live at the beach and I still find it so relaxing. When you’re relaxing, though, be sure to sneak in a little exercise. Go swimming and get in a low impact workout. Or take a long walk looking for seashells. Seriously, each step on the beach should be worth two on a pedometer. 

Go golfing.
I don’t golf, but when we have visitors, they love to go golfing because we live down the block from quite a few of them. It’s a great way for them to enjoy our North Carolina sunshine — but it’s also a way for them to get in some exercise. It can be quite strenuous to golf a round, so this is a great way to squeeze in some exercise and some quality time with three of your friends.

Hit the outlets.
It rained when we were in Hilton Head, which is such a bummer because I really wanted to go outlet shopping and find a Hilton Head Island shirt. The one I loved at the hotel was way out of my price range. We didn’t get to go, though, because I didn’t feel like trying to carry shopping bags, an umbrella, and my purse. If we had, though, it would have been a great way to sneak in some steps.

What are your favorite suggestions on how to exercise on vacation?