Get ready to go on a vacation without your kids with this mom’s on vacation checklist, everything you need to do to make sure things don’t fall apart while you’re gone!
If you haven’t been following along for the last few weeks, my word of the year is focus. And one of my main themes for the year is to focus on feeding the soul. My soul.
Next Thursday I am taking a break and headed to Napa, California for our Feed the Soul Retreat. AKA a retreat for four of my blog besties and me to refresh our minds, our bodies, and our souls as we prepare for the rest of 2016. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I need this trip. And how much my family needs me to take this trip. I’m a much happier person when my soul is fed, even more so than when my stomach is. And that’s saying a lot.
I still can’t believe this trip is happening. A couple of months ago after my trip to Beaches my friends and I were talking about how amazing it would be to get away for a few days to eat good food, relax, enjoy some amazing activities, sleep in, and plan out our blog goals in person, not over the internet like we do every other day. And next week are going to do that starting with a stay and massage at the beautiful Calistoga Spa and Hot Springs and followed up with a few nights in our own private three-bedroom house at the Silverado Resort. And don’t get me started on the food like dinner at Long Meadow Ranch and fresh garden to table lunch at Meadowood.
This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been to five different blog conferences, on vacations, and to two week-long girls camps since my son was born in 2013. I don’t have the same mom guilt that I know others do about leaving their kids because guess what, I’m a better mom when I come home. It’s that whole absence makes the heart grow fonder thing. One of my secrets to not feeling guilty is my leaving my kids routine. There are a couple of things that I always do before I leave to make things easier on my family ad whoever is watching them. For this trip it’s my husband but a lot of time it’s my parents or my in-laws who may not be as familiar with our house or routines.
I’ve created a free printable checklist that you can use to get your house and family ready before you go take a girls’ trip of your own. And if this checklist helps you get out the door with a little less guilt, then I’m a success! Just because it’s on the checklist doesn’t mean you have to do it; do what your family needs and what you need to do for your own family to be able to enjoy a guilt-free trip without the kids. I mean, I couldn’t enjoy an orange juice and the beautiful scenery on the Napa Wine Train if I was worried about my husband not being able to find my son’s preschool next week. And there’s nothing I want to be thinking about less than what my family is going to eat while I’m floating over Napa in one of Aloft’s hot air balloons. Who knows, maybe I’ll bring them home a gourmet wrap from our dinner on Sunday at Heritage Eats. Other than that, this trip is for me to be a better me when I get home.
I will admit that some of these things aren’t from my routine. I asked a bunch of my blogging friends what they do to prepare for leaving their families while they go to SNAP conference every year and some of their answers made it onto my checklist. My favorite was from Kimbo who said she hides prizes around her house and once her kids finish their chores for the day they get the clue to the prize. Genius right? I on the other hand just combat my mom guilt by leaving my toddler a little surprise to open every day, distract him from mom being gone yet again. So while I’m enjoying a chocolate milkshake at Gott’s Roadside Grille, he can be playing with the latest Paw Patrol toy.
I’ve broken the checklist into five different sections and included some things to do in each of those sections. Easy peasy.
And the three most important parts of the checklist are the last three boxes on the list – trust whoever is taking your kids that they’ll do a great job taking care of them, have fun on your trip, and rest/relax knowing that everyone is in good hands at home. Just click the link or image below to print and download.
Make sure to follow me over on Instagram (@playpartypin) to follow along with my amazing adventures in Napa and the Feed the Soul Retreat next week. We’ll be doing everything from eating an amazing brunch at Auberge du Soleil to exploring all of the local eats at Oxbow Market.
Thinking about planning a girls’ weekend to Napa yourself? Make sure to check out these other posts from my Feed the Soul partners including ways to let go of mom guilt to go in the first place, what to pack for a girls’ weekend, what to pack for Napa specifically, and what to bring in the car for the drive there!