Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Spirit this Labor Day
With the COVID-19 situation dragging on through the end of the summer and beyond, it’s time to make the most of the Labor Day long weekend with fun, relaxing activities you can enjoy safely with friends and family.
Summer always flies by so fast, and we hope that you’ve done your best to stay safe and enjoy it as much as possible, in spite of the difficulties of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time. Sadly, we are rapidly approaching the last long weekend of the summer. With the imminent arrival of Labor Day 2020 on September 7th, we wanted to share with you some fun and relaxing ideas you can use to have a great time during this holiday and stay safe with family and friends.
We’ve pulled together a wide variety of suggestions that you can include as part of your Labor Day 2020 plans, such as a totally-indulgent self-care experience, an outdoor exploration adventure, and some backyard fun that all members of the family will absolutely love. Whether you are hoping for some quiet time to find some personal peace, want to get a good sweat going with some vigorous exercise, or simply want to laugh out loud with the ones you love most, this is one weekend you should definitely take the time to enjoy!
Let’s get right to it with a relaxing idea to enjoy some peace in the summer sunshine!
Have a Picnic on a Quiet Beach
Whether you’re on the coast, or inland, there’s no better way to enjoy the final days of summer than with some hot sand and cool waves! Why not plan to pack up a picnic basket of your favorite lunch foods and treats and head to the quietest section of your local beach to soak up some rays and enjoy the sounds of the water. Plus, it’s easy to put plenty of space between you and other beach goers to ensure you’re observing the proper physical distancing recommendations.
Packing a picnic lunch is super easy, especially when you’ve got gear like these picnic kits! If it’s just two of you, this stylish 2-person picnic kit backpack from Apollo Walker comes with everything you’ll need, including blanket, utensils, plates, wine glasses, and an insulated food compartment to keep your lunch and snacks in perfect condition. If the classic picnic basket style is what you’d prefer, go with this 4-person picnic kit from California Picnic that comes in a beautifully-crafted wicker basket with plenty of room for lots of goodies to enjoy.
When choosing foods for a picnic, we find that it’s best to keep things simple and light. Some of our favorites include a selection of gourmet nibbles like cheese, nice crackers, cured meats, and some grapes for an easy and delicious go-anywhere charcuterie plate. Deli sandwiches are a good option too, since they can be made ahead of time and wrapped up for a healthy, nutritious lunch. Of course, you’ll also want to bring some nice beverages to refresh yourself. A cold sparkling water or lightly-flavored soda is always a treat on a hot summer day, or bring along a bottle of wine to really enhance the picnic experience!
Explore Local Trails and Try Geocaching
If you’ve never tried geocaching before, we highly recommend you give it a go! For those who many not be familiar with this activity, geocaching is essentially a global game of hide and seek where you use your GPS or mobile device to uncover hidden treasures and explore. A geocache is a type of hidden container, like a canister or food storage container, that holds a notepad and often some type of knick-knack or unique object. These hidden containers can be placed anywhere, like inside a hollow log, in the crook of a branch, nestled among rocks, and other inconspicuous places.
Geocaching a great way to discover new places, have fun, and get exercise. Getting started is easy, since all you really need is some sturdy outdoor shoes and a GPS-enabled mobile device. Once you download the Geocaching app to your smartphone, it will display all the nearby geocaches on a map of your local area alongside your location, which is what you use to help guide yourself to the right spot. Clicking on one of the geocaches shown near you will display a general description of what you’re looking for, as well as some hints or tips if you need a little extra help finding the hidden container.
Once you find the container, you can flip through the notepad to see messages from other geocachers and leave your own note for the next adventurer who comes by. Then you reseal the container, put it back where you found it, and start your search for the next one! You can even create your own geocaches and log them using geocaching apps or websites so other people can discover them and explore new places.
This is a great activity you can enjoy with your partner, a friend, or the whole family. Kids always love the idea of tracking down hidden treasure, and will have a great time leaving fun or silly notes for the other geocachers! Just be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a pencil to record your notes and messages, and take some basic hiking supplies with you like snacks, water, bug repellent, and sunscreen. It’s a fun activity and a great way to spend a sunny summer weekend.
Do-it-Yourself Spa Weekend
Ok, now it’s time to talk about something just for you. Sometimes the best way to spend a long weekend is to totally chill out at home and indulge in some serious self-care. We’re huge fans of this idea! This Labor Day, take the time to pamper yourself with all your favorite spa treatments right in the comfort of your own home. You’ll love the amazing relaxing sensations, and you’ll definitely enjoy how you look and feel when the weekend comes to a close.
There’s all kinds of delightful spa-style treatments that you can easily perform yourself, and the complete Silk’n product lineup will ensure that you get amazing results each and every time. Starting with hair removal, a long weekend is the perfect time to do a complete, all-over treatment session with the Silk’n Infinity IPL hair removal device. With no need to rush, you can really take your time and maximize your hair removal treatments, and be sure to target some of those unwanted hairs you always seem to forget about.
For a rejuvenating experience on your face, we recommend a combination of microdermabrasion and skin tightening treatments that will leave you with a vibrant, glowing complexion and smooth, flawless skin. The Silk’n ReVit Prestige microdermabrasion device and the Silk’n Titan skin tightening device are a match made in heaven, targeting the visible signs of aging and skin damage to really back the clock on the look and feel of your skin. For acne-prone skin, you should try the brilliant Silk’n Blue acne eliminator device to reduce the effects of acne and stimulate the natural healing and repair processes of your skin.
To round out your at-home spa experience, give your feet some attention with a Silk’n Pedi callus remover and this blissful bubbling footbath from HoMedics, and then follow it up with a coat of your favorite toenail polish. By the time this Labor Day weekend is over, you’ll be looking great and feeling great from head to toe!
Backyard Family Film Festival
This last idea is for those who are looking for a way to finish off the summer with a super-fun experience that the whole family will never forget. Although drive-in movie theaters are a lot less common these days, you can easily turn your backyard in to your very own personal outdoor cinema! Digital projectors are more affordable than ever, and feature top-notch HD picture quality with vibrant colors. Models like the QKK 5000Lux mini projector are compact and easy to use, with multiple input methods and compatibility with virtually any type of laptop, mobile device, USB drive, DVD player or Blu-Ray player.
Of course, you’ll need something to project your movies on to. While you could simply use a blank wall of your house or string up a white bedsheet, neither will give you the picture quality of a real movie screen. This 100-inch pop-up projector screen from Skerell is absolutely perfect for completing your outdoor movie theater. It sets up in seconds, pegs in to the ground to keep it in place, and is made from a super-white material that makes your movies look amazing! Finish off your outdoor theater with a pair of these stylish waterproof outdoor Bluetooth speakers from Pohopa. Put them anywhere in your yard to treat the audience to the best sound!
Or for a more affordable (and simple) option, if you have a second flatscreen you can use, pull out a table and set it up with a laptop and you can play whatever you want.
Now that you’ve got the right hardware to put on a good show, pick a fun and family-friendly selection of movies that will deliver laughs, thrills, and excitement to keep the kids happy and the parents entertained all night long. Perhaps start with a goofy animated comedy, move on to a classic family feel-good favorite, and then cap off the night with an action-packed superhero blockbuster! Don’t forget to throw in a variety of tasty movie theater snacks and delicious beverages for everyone to enjoy, and it’ll be the kind of movie night you’ll want to do over and over again.
Try something new this Labor Day weekend, and enjoy the holiday!
We hope these ideas have inspired you to do something a little different during the upcoming long weekend. It’s the perfect time to shake up routines, discover new experiences, and enjoy some time off with the people you love. Stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy your weekend!