How To Make The Most of Your Weekends

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Plan Ahead

The best way to fill a weekend is by planning ahead. The first thing to do is check the weather for the upcoming weekend so you can plan events accordingly. Sites like business insider, suggest planning three to five anchor activities each weekend, but not planning out each hour of your weekend. Planning may feel overly structured for the weekend, but your to do list doesn’t have to contain restrictive options. You can plan things like reading time, a hike or walk around the park, a stop at your favorite sandwich shop, and you can easily intersperse more structured events like parties or museum visits.

Pay Attention to What’s Happening in Town

A great way to take advantage of your weekend is by seeing what your local community has planned for Saturday and Sunday. Local lists are usually posted the Monday before, so simply Google what to do this weekend in your city and find some great suggestions. Also pay attention to seasonal activities like farmer’s markets, or free museum days.

Check Your Junk Mail

If any of you have ever made the mistake of forwarding your mail to a new address you’ve been swamped by a deluge of junk mail (we’re talking about snail mail here, not email, just to clarify). If you’re looking for something to do this weekend though, take an extra minute to look through your mail. You’ll often find coupons for local restaurants, fliers for local events, and even neighborhood parties advertised in your mail.

Don’t Hesitate to Schedule a Lazy Day

Jam packed weekends can be really fun, but we understand that by the time Saturday rolls around, often the best planned weekend is a lazy weekend. If you’re eager to catch up on Game of Thrones, or sleep, take advantage of your time off to do so. In instances like this we recommend having one lazy day and one productive day. Or have a lazy day, and an active night. Just be sure to balance your relaxation with activities so you can feel fulfilled at the end of the weekend.

Don’t Hesitate to Schedule a Pampering Day

It easy during the workweek to let things like haircuts, and grocery shopping slip to the waist side, but during the weekend take some time to check off your true to-do list. Cleaning your house, doing your laundry, cashing in your gift certificate for a massage, are all great ways to feel ready to go for the week ahead.

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Our Top Spontaneous Adventures

Our Top Spontaneous AdventuresIn the past we’ve mentioned several times, the scientifically proven benefits of buying experiences over things. Where buying things can cause stress and anxiety, or buyer’s remorse, simply planning experiences can make you feel more motivated, excited, and overall just happier. If you’re interested in what else we said, check out one, two, three, previous posts we wrote on the subject.

So while the benefits of buying experiences over things might not be news to us (as an experience-based gifting company), it’s news to a lot of people. Just last week Fast Company penned an article titled: “The Science of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things”, in which they discussed a lot of what makes our most memorable experiences so valuable. So, in honor of the recent attention being paid towards experiential gifts, we’ve rounded up our top spontaneous adventures so you can make this weekend a memorable one.

Horseback Riding

This weekend skip the city with a scenic horseback ride through Idaho Springs. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, while trying something new. If you’re looking to saddle up this spring, take a look at our Adventure Wishlist, which includes two horseback riding adventures.

Fly Fishing

Even though nice weather isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for fly fishing, it certainly makes for an even sweeter time. Whether you’re new to fishing or an old pro, an afternoon on the water is a great way to spend your weekend. For this last minute adventure, check out our Adventure Wishlist for our three-hour introduction to fly fishing course in Loveland.

Farm Fresh Food

With spring here at last, many cities are welcoming back their local farmer’s market. In Boulder, we’ve already seen the arrival of our favorite stands from dumplings to fresh tomatoes. So what better way to spend the weekend than by heading to the farmer’s market to pick up the ingredients for a gourmet meal? Plan your dinner based on the foods they have available, and enjoy a spontaneous evening trying new recipes and foods.

Art Crawl

Every first Friday of the month in the Santa Fe art district in Denver they have an art crawl. There you can see handcrafted works, and various knick-knacks made by Colorado locals. Or if you’re feeling extra spontaneous, head to the real Santa Fe district, in New Mexico where you can view one of a kind art in a row of galleries. The ride is just under six hours, but the scenery on the way up is breathtaking, and you’ll have an unforgettable weekend.

Festival

Colorado is known for a lot of things, but seemingly more so than any other state, Colorado knows how to throw a festival. Weather it’s music, barbeque, or even cryogenically frozen mascots (Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland) there’s a festival for everything. So when Saturday morning rolls around, keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming festivals as a fun, spontaneous way to enjoy the weekend.

How are you going to spend this spring weekend? Let us know by commenting below or on our facebook page. As always stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here or on any of the social media platforms.