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Fun and Mostly Free Fridays: Rainy Days

Happy Friday!

You made it! Another week is over. Today, we’re looking at some ways to kick back and relax… even if it is pouring rain and ruining all your outdoor Summer plans!

  1. Movie marathon: pick a theme, or a series, grab your favorite snacks and settle in. Bonus points for food delivery and comfy pants
  2. Read a book, just for fun. I’m working on some book reviews, but until then, maybe find a person you are interested in, or a movie you like based on a book, if you aren’t a big reader. Make sure to check the library!
  3. Look at museums in your area. A lot of towns and cities have a surprising numbers of art galleries and historical museums. Delve into some local history or art!
  4. Make a tour of restaurants and breweries. If you’ve got an active local scene, take advantage! You’ll never know what you come across that you love!
  5. Host a board game or puzzle party- everyone brings something edible to share, and settle in for some competitive fun.
  6. Home spa day: make a sugar scrub, give your feet some love, and soak in the tub- just make it an all around luxurious experience!
  7. Deep clean or organize your space: ok, so this isn’t the most fun thing to everyone, but it sure is satisfying! Choose one space and dive right in.
  8. Host a home craft and wine night: have friends bring a project they’re working on over and enjoy your favorite beverage while you finish up some crafting projects.
  9. Go window shopping. Give yourself a budget and go to a store that you don’t normally shop in. Pick out all the things you would buy if you had the money. I prefer to do this at home decor stores and pretend I’m decorating my dream house.
  10. Try a new recipe. If you have a recipe you’ve been eyeing that looked complicated, maybe it’s time to whip that puppy out and give it a spin. Or maybe it’s time to try a full scale, complicated meal? Rainy days are perfect for that.

Superhero action of the day: Did I miss a rainy day favorite of yours? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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F(m)F Fridays: Play Tourist in Your Own City

Happy Friday, Superheroes!

I hope you’ve had a good week! First full week of June- it’s a magical time! I hope you’re gearing up for some fun this weekend, so, in the interest of helping you with that, another installment in my Friday series: Fun and (Mostly) Free Fridays! This week, we’re getting to know our own cities!

How long have you lived where you live? A year? 5 years? Your whole life? Well, no matter how long you’ve lived there, I bet there are places you’ve never been, museums you’ve never visited, and things you didn’t know.

This was certainly true for me! I live right in downtown Dayton, Ohio, but I spent a lot of time on Tuesday doing things I’d never done, all within walking or biking distance from my apartment. First, let’s look at what I did, and then, I’ll clue you in on how you can take on YOUR city (or one nearby).

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To start with, my mom and I got 24 hour memberships to our local city wide bike share. If you have a bike share system in your city and you aren’t using it, you’re missing out! Here’s how it works (at least here!):

-You buy a membership for a period of time. We went with the 24 hr option, although there are weekly and monthly subscriptions available. The membership cost us $5 apiece.

-You pick up a bike from any of the city wide bike hubs- they’re EVERYWHERE. You have the bike for 30 minutes, and then you check it back into a hub. You can get another one immediately, and you can keep doing that for the length of your membership.

The bike share program is awesome- I’ve used it quite a bit to go places around town. Again, I recommend it!

After we picked up our bikes, we started on a “walking” tour of downtown Dayton architecture. I have to be honest, I wasn’t overwhelmingly excited about the idea to begin with. However, there are some stunning buildings in this town, some I’d never seen before, and it was very interesting to learn about the history of the city through it’s buildings.

After we finished our tour, we got some lunch at the always delicious and super fun Lily’s Bistro (local people, check this out!), we walked around the Oregon District for a while, checking out the cute little local shops the area hosts.

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Next, we went up to the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The top floor of the hotel is the bar and restaurant, and open to the public. They have incredible views of downtown! We had a great time looking out the windows and pointing out different places.

We finished our afternoon at America’s Packard Museum. This little known gem right in downtown might be small, but boy, it packs a punch! I’m not much of a car girl, really, but some of the history involved with these cars is really incredible. Besides, they’re so very fun to look at.

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So, that was our tour of Dayton- and we barely scratched the surface! There is so much to do and see in this city, I feel like we could do this for at least a week and not have seen everything we could.

If you want to play tourist in your town (and really, you should!), here are some fun resources for you to start with:

GPSmycity– Mom found our walking tour on GPS my city. This is an app that you load onto your phone (or tablet), and it has little ebooks that give you all kinds of information about what you’re looking at. Also, the walking directions were very clear and easy to follow- both for someone living in the city (me) and someone who is unfamiliar with it (Mom)!

Check local facebook pages. We have several- Dayton.com, Dayton most metro, dayton local… I follow all of them just on the lookout for fun things to do in the area! Find them for your city and then keep tabs on them.

Ask around! If you’re not sure what to do or where to go, ask someone! What’s their favorite part of the city? Where do they take guests? You’ll learn a lot!

Whatever you do, get out there. Enjoy the place you call home! This is how we save our cities as superheroes- not by fighting crime in the streets, but by supporting our cities as they build and rebuild and become the kinds of places we want to work, play, and live!

Superhero action of the day: Take some time to learn about the place you live! Maybe you’ll learn something new!

50 fun and (mostly) free things to do

It’s Memorial Day Weekend!

Do you have time off work? Are you celebrating the end of the school year? The beginning of Summer? Or are you just thinking about trying something new this weekend? Well! I have a list for YOU!

 

Money is tight for me this summer, so I thought it might be fun to look at all the different things we can try to do for cheap or free- regardless of where we live. So, without further ado, 50 things to do, Memorial Day Weekend style:

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  1. Go for a hike! Grab a friend or a dog and look up some local hiking trails. Penelope and I like to eat ice cream afterwards, but that’s optional.
  2. Take a picnic and sit in the park to eat.
  3. Go to a neighborhood you find interesting and explore it
  4. Find an outdoor performance and enjoy it
  5. Check your local park service and see what they have going on- mine has free yoga classes sporadically this summer!
  6. Go for a bike ride! If you don’t own a bike, a lot of cities have places you can rent them for pretty cheap
  7. Go to a nearby small town and wander through the downtown area. Explore.
  8. Go fishing! Parks often have poles to rent.
  9. Go birding- there are free apps to help you recognize what you see
  10. Grab a blanket and drive a good long ways out of town at night Sit in your blanket and look for constellations
  11. Go to the library and pick out some new books to love!
  12. Take a long bath
  13. Give yourself a home mani pedi.
  14. Go to a museum and enjoy
  15. Clean out your closet. Make a game out of it!
  16. Do a home decorating project
  17. Rearrange a room of your home
  18. Look through old photos and upload some fun ones to facebook for laughs!
  19. Plant something green- indoors or outdoors!
  20. Revisit your itunes collection and rock out. Get really wild and dance around!
  21. Invite a few friends to bring snacks and have an old fashioned movie night
  22. invite a few friends and have a board game night! Ask them to bring snacks!
  23. Arrange a clothing swap with some fun people- take your old stuff and trade them for their old stuff!
  24. Volunteer somewhere. All kinds of places need helping hands, and you’ll be surprised at how fun and fulfilling this can be!
  25. Try a new recipe and throw a dinner party
  26. Have a photo shoot! If you don’t like photos of yourself (you totally should) find cool things around your home, neighborhood or city
  27. Think and journal about your short term and long term goals, and think about your dreams
  28. Look up a youtube video on something you want to learn, whether it’s figure drawing or calculus, and watch a few videos about how to do it
  29. Wite a letter and mail it old school to a friend or loved one
  30. spend some time coloring!
  31. Move your body! Try a youtube video or go to a class
  32. Try a new restaurant
  33. Plan your dream vacation
  34. Spend some time writing
  35. Find someplace to swim (if its warm enough!)
  36. Have a squirt gun fight!
  37. Put away all the evidence of winter in your house (boots, coats, etc.)
  38. Go to a sporting event of your choice (minor league, major league, or just for fun leagues)
  39. Work on a jigsaw puzzle
  40. Find a public garden and explore it
  41. Get on the water! Go kayaking, canoeing, tubing or boating- there are lots of cheap places to rent in a lot of places
  42. Find a local festival and go go go! Festivals are great for an afternoon or evening of fun!
  43. Go to the farmer’s market- enjoy looking, at the very least!
  44. Find a u-pick farm and enjoy picking your own produce
  45. Go camping! Some outdoor stores rent gear for reasonable rates
  46. Find a beach and play on it! Even us land locked folks often have some lakes we can play in and around
  47. Check out a local play or musical- many companies have cheaper matinees, and lots of cities have some cheap or free outdoor options!
  48. Go to a local cemetery and think about what memorial day is all about
  49. Attend a parade in honor of the weekend! There are lots of local parades, and they’re cheesy, but fun!
  50. Spend time with the people you care about, whether it’s a barbecue with family or a night out with friends

 

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to look at on this long weekend! Whatever you decide to do- enjoy it!

I’m hoping to make Fun and (mostly) Free Fridays a series- so stay tuned!

 

Superhero action of the day: what fun and (mostly) free things do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments and hopefully I can check it out!