How to Plan an Exotic Escape + giveaway!

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As a busy mom, sometimes I have a hard time remembering to take time out for myself. Between taking care of the kids, maintaining the house, work and family commitments, and blogging, sometimes I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends! Ideally, I would love to be able to hop on a plane and get away to an exotic location, but that’s really not feasible for me (financially or time-wise) right now. When I’m starting to feel tapped out, one thing that really helps is to have a friend or family member watch my kids so I can take just an hour or two to myself to recharge my batteries. I love being able to get out into nature and enjoy the world around me.

How to Plan an Exotic EscapeThere’s a beautiful little nature preserve just around the corner from my apartment, and it’s my favorite place to go when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed. I took a walk there last week when I was having a rough day, and it was just the getaway I needed!

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

I love that taking a walk through the nature preserve exercises both my mind and my body. I find that my thoughts are clearer after taking a walk and I have more energy to face the rest of the day. It’s a great time to think through any challenges I am facing and to brainstorm solutions. Even though I am only a short distance from home, it really feels like an escape!

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

There’s a little clearing in the preserve with a grassy area and some stone benches, and I love to stop there and have a little snack. It’s also a great place to do a little yoga and meditation when I’m feeling particularly stressed. This time I brought some Nestle Pure Life Exotics sparkling water to try, and it was the perfect addition to my simple picnic. It’s all natural, has zero calories, and contains no artificial colors or sweeteners.

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

I tried the strawberry dragonfruit flavor, and I loved that it was full of flavor and had the fizz of soda, but without any of the artificial additives. It’s the perfect alternative to soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages, and a delicious way to increase your water intake. I loved having a cold, refreshing drink that I could feel good about!

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

I also made some quick crunchy PB&J wraps for an easy snack on the go. They are one of my kids’ favorite snacks, and I love that they give me a little energy boost. Plus, they’re super cute!

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

Crunchy PB&J Wraps

Yield: 1 wrap

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large flour tortilla or wrap
1 banana
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
2-3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 tablespoons granola

Directions:

Spread the peanut butter and strawberry preserves on the wrap, leaving a one inch margin around the outside of the wrap. Sprinkle the granola over the peanut butter and preserves. Place the banana in the middle of the wrap and roll the wrap up tightly around the banana. Slice and serve.

After a walk, a snack, and a little yoga and meditation, I felt much more energized and ready to take on the world. I was sent this gorgeous kit from Nestle, to assist me in taking my exotic escape, and you can win one too! It includes everything you need to take an exotic escape, even if it’s just in your own backyard.

How to Plan an Exotic Escape

Giveaway ($500 value):

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite place to escape to!

Giveaway winner will be announced on this post on or before June 15th. Good luck! Edit: Our giveaway has closed, and our winner is #117, Hannah R.

Disclosure: This post was in partnership with Nestle. The giveaway package is also provided by them. All opinions are 100% our own. 

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Alicia

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day. I’m also into photography and graphic design, and I love learning new things. I’d love for you to stop by The Baker Upstairs and say hi!

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  1. Anne posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:31 am (#
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    Back home to Minnesota – land of 10,000 lakes.

  2. LiLi posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:33 am (#
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    My favorite getaway is to go and stay for a week at a small sleepy town with lots of antique and thrift shops.

  3. Sonia posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:39 am (#
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    my favorite escape is our family beach condo up north in Traverse City MI

  4. Marie V posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:47 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is my family’s cottage on Cape Cod! There’s nothing better than an early morning walk on the beach with coffee in hand and the dogs running in the water!

  5. Carlee posted on June 4, 2015 at 8:02 am (#
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    Actually we escape to our backyard a lot too!  We do have a lot of  nice parks in our area as well.  Though a beach escape would be really nice!

  6. LauraLynn posted on June 4, 2015 at 8:42 am (#
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    I love going to the lake!!!

  7. Kathy+E. posted on June 4, 2015 at 8:58 am (#
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    We are back-yard escapers too! Our property borders a nature preserve that has a pond and a walking trail. So we can sit on our upper level deck and overlook all that nature has supplied us…the ducks, geese, trees, and once in a while a heron! We love to sit out there and share a meal with friends…or read…or surf on our laptops.

  8. Sol S. posted on June 4, 2015 at 9:27 am (#
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    The beach! 

  9. Heather posted on June 4, 2015 at 9:41 am (#
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    my backyard!

  10. Jamie Habermaas posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:08 am (#
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    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! And that reserve is beautiful! What a great spot so close by! My favorite place to escape to is St. Louis by myself! I sit at the old World Fair Pavilion and read or walk around the zoo!

  11. Kim Olea posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:20 am (#
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    i love to get out into nature.  I wish we lived closer to a lake, like Lake Arrowhead!

  12. Holly H posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:32 am (#
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    I love escaping to the lake.  The sound of water is so relaxing!

  13. melinda minier posted on June 4, 2015 at 11:15 am (#
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    our escape is to our camper every weekend, only 20 miles away from home, but we can leave all our worries behind for a couple days.

  14. tuesday posted on June 4, 2015 at 11:51 am (#
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    I love going hiking in the woods near our home.  It so peaceful, the kids love it and so do we.  

  15. Lindsay posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm (#
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    My favorite escape is Park City! It’s not far so it’s easy to get to any time, but it’s still different enough from every day life that it feels refreshing.

  16. Jennifer S posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm (#
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    My favorite escape is to the back of our farm by a little creek. 

  17. Jennifer posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is a local state park. They have tons of trails that I like going on.

  18. Bryn posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm (#
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    I love Southern California. So much to do and just so laid back

  19. Miranda posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm (#
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    The beach when I cam make it there. Otherwise, anywhere outside among the trees and fresh air.

  20. Diane @ Vintage Zest posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm (#
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    I don’t know if I have a favorite place to escape.  But I really loved this waterfall that I went to in the Philippines once.  It was magical!

  21. Janelle K. posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape is my small, rural hometown. It’s nice, quiet and relaxing!!

  22. Kristen F. posted on June 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm (#
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    my favorite escape would be on a walk around our farm in the evening.

  23. Livivua posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm (#
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    Our hometown oyster house!

  24. Rana posted on June 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm (#
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    My favorite escape is the library, bookstore, or a craft store. Especially if its kid free:).  I take my time looking for books or just  strolling the aisles. 

  25. Kim posted on June 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (#
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    I love the beach. It is so relaxing and calming. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Corinne posted on June 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm (#
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    I’m lucky in that I live close enough to the beach to make it my perfect escape!

  27. Stacie S-H posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm (#
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    I love escaping to southern UT to do a little camping and hiking. Bryce Canyon is one of my favorites, also Capitol Reef is really pretty!

  28. Jordan D. posted on June 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm (#
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    Living in RI has its perks…it’s so easy to drive to the beach to escape it all in the summer! The waves and sand really clear your mind.

  29. LinhC posted on June 4, 2015 at 11:58 pm (#
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    I like going to the botanical gardens.

  30. Judith posted on June 5, 2015 at 12:03 am (#
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    I love to escape by going camping! Assateague Island is next on my list.

  31. Stephanie b posted on June 5, 2015 at 12:45 am (#
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    I love escaping to my rocking chairs on our front porch. If it’s too hot for that, I relax in my sewing room.

  32. Melissa posted on June 5, 2015 at 1:17 am (#
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    I love escaping from everyday life just by taking a long bath

  33. Dezi A posted on June 5, 2015 at 1:57 am (#
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    Loved escaping to Mexico last year without my sons! But that’s not happening again any time soon, so I’ll say I love to escape in a book!

  34. Gia posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:07 am (#
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    Any place where you can get in touch with nature is a place of escape and re-charging for me. I love the revitalizing sight of the sea as much as I do a tree-covered mountain.
    Thank you for a great giveaway!

  35. Jen posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:44 am (#
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    My farmhouse front porch. It’s crazy how a rocking chair and a good cup of coffee can do a soul some good.

  36. Halona Luna posted on June 5, 2015 at 3:09 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape is just local here in town at a close hotel with a pool.  A place that is not too far so we don’t have to pack a bunch just to get away for the day or weekend.  It is so needed since i have been bedridden the past year with several therapies and treatments.

  37. Auntiepatch posted on June 5, 2015 at 3:20 am (#
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    I escape to a walking trail that goes around a small lake. It’s not far from where we live but it’s out in the boonies. Plenty of wildlife and silence.

  38. Amy Copes posted on June 5, 2015 at 5:10 am (#
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    I love escaping to Existing Beach,  SC! We have a house there! There are no hotels on the island.

  39. Amy H posted on June 5, 2015 at 5:15 am (#
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    I love to escape to my parents. My kids and I get to see family and friends. We also get to enjoy some outdoor activities we don’t get to do at home.

  40. Jill posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:04 am (#
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    Definitely the beach, or any place there is sun and water. :)

  41. Ashleigh Hall posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:10 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is our back yard on the patio! I love watching my kids playing outside! :)

  42. Elizabeth G. posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:22 am (#
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    I like to escape to the beach very early in the morning.

  43. Jenifer posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:26 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape is the mountains! Nature is my peaceful place!

  44. Susan Baughman posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:26 am (#
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    For me, I don’t have a serene nature escape close by so I love to get in the car and roam the back roads with the windows down and the music up.  It just allows me to let my mind wander and clear my head.

  45. Sandra posted on June 5, 2015 at 6:50 am (#
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    Give me a hike and I’m happy! I’m lucky my kids enjoy hiking as much as I do.

  46. Melissa G posted on June 5, 2015 at 7:18 am (#
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    I live at near the beach so my escape is the quiet of the mountains! The hubby and I can’t wait to get back to the mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Va!

  47. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide posted on June 5, 2015 at 7:23 am (#
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    I live about 40 minutes from the ocean, so I love to drive to the shore! I love to go to Asbury Park in New Jersey and have Korean-style tacos on the boardwalk with my family and some of our closet friends! It is a favorite place for us to meet.

  48. Dawn posted on June 5, 2015 at 7:38 am (#
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    i love to escape to a place called Devil’s Lake (Wisconsin).  It’s such a beautiful place where I go hiking, enjoy the outdoors and just some quiet time.

  49. Samantha posted on June 5, 2015 at 7:59 am (#
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    There is a trail about half an hour from my house that goes up a mountain. I love going there and taking a lunch and just eating it at the top. Makes you feel so free!

  50. Alina posted on June 5, 2015 at 8:00 am (#
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    Up north, about 6 hours away, to Lake Michigan.  Serene and gorgeous setting. 

  51. Sean posted on June 5, 2015 at 8:02 am (#
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    I love escaping to our State Park which is about 20 minutes away. I enjoy hiking, having a picnic and laying on a blanket and listening to music. 

  52. Leigh-Anne posted on June 5, 2015 at 8:28 am (#
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    I love escaping to the shore.  It is the most beautiful place and the water is so calming.

  53. Lisa J posted on June 5, 2015 at 8:49 am (#
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    I love escaping with a good book in a long bath!

  54. Krista posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:01 am (#
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    I love to escape into nature also. Anywhere there are some trees. :-)

  55. Marilyn Coltran posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:18 am (#
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    Vermont.  My husbands great grandma owns 150 acres I love going up and turning off our phones.

  56. Lisa Cooper posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:27 am (#
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    Due to some recent surgery, we will enjoying a staycation this summer.  Our favorite place to escape to is our screened porch.  When we built our home two years ago, we designed our porch to include a fireplace and a tv.  So, we have our own mini-oasis!

  57. Jennifer posted on June 5, 2015 at 10:45 am (#
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    My favorite place to “escape” these days, is the beach! A good book, umbrella and yummy cool drinks and I’m all set!!

  58. Paulina Stagg posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:00 am (#
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    When I have frequent flier miles, I love Wyoming. Otherwise, I love going to our local antique stores. There’s not a nature preserve or really cool park near us. You are blessed!

  59. Monica posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:09 am (#
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    I love to go to the park!

  60. Andrea Johnson posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:34 am (#
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    I have a favorite glider, where I read and pray. With the sun returning to North Texas our hammock outback, with newly planted flower and vegetable gardens nearby,  is peaceful.

  61. Ryan R posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:53 am (#
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    We live about 45 minutes from the beach.  It is always a great getaway that is close to home.  It seems to melt any problems that we might be facing.  I’ve heard it said, “The worst day at the beach is better than the best day at work.”

  62. Kristina posted on June 5, 2015 at 12:17 pm (#
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    I love to go to the lake, the water is so calming!

  63. Katie Pauline posted on June 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm (#
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    Avila Beach, on the central coast of CA is our favorite escape! Also love to retreat to my own bed with a good book!

  64. angie martinez posted on June 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm (#
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    I like driving up to the mountains even if just for part of the day. I love the feeling of escape it can achieve even just minutes from home. I wish the forest here (socal) we super lush and green but I’ll sette if it means finding a bit of an escape. Thanks!

  65. Danyelle posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm (#
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    My favorite escape is to Disney World.  I can only manage that once a year or so.  My second favorite is my bedroom, alone with clean sheets and netflix marathons.

  66. Sarah posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm (#
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    I have a small herd of cows and I love to escape to the pasture and watch the cows. It is so peaceful. It is fun to see all the little calves playing with each other. Many of the cows will eat right from my hand, I just love it!

  67. Colleen Boudreau posted on June 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape is Florida visiting my aunt & uncle.

  68. kathy d posted on June 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm (#
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    Ocean City Maryland

  69. Renee Thomas posted on June 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm (#
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    We live in the country, so there’s nothing like enjoying nature on our front deck! Deer, pheasants, bunnies, owls, birds, coyotes and many more are within view!!! We love to sit on our swing and drink iced tea after a long rough day!!

  70. Christen posted on June 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm (#
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    The beach or near any body of beautiful blue water!

  71. Cheryl D. posted on June 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is Cape Cod, MA!

  72. Doreen posted on June 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm (#
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    I love going to the lake and in the boat just cruising around peacefully!

  73. Jodie posted on June 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm (#
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    To the nearby Lake Michigan beaches near Holland, MI.

  74. Kat posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm (#
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    I love to escape to the beach (but I usually have to settle for Target)!

  75. Jan posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm (#
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    The beach.  Love to hear the waves.

  76. Lisa posted on June 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm (#
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    I love escaping to Palm Springs!

  77. jan posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm (#
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    My backyard… in my favorite lounge chair with a really good book.

  78. Kelsey W. posted on June 6, 2015 at 7:28 am (#
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    My family loves to visit Lake Michigan, especially South Haven!

  79. Halana Jones posted on June 6, 2015 at 8:01 am (#
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    My favorite escape was to my grandma’s house in Bismarck, AR before she passed away. I always felt relaxed and had no worries there. Sure do miss her some days. 

  80. j chivonne posted on June 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm (#
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    I’m actually about to remodel our backyard with some really cool handmade items like dyed and waterproofed curtains and little concrete firebowls. We really love to bbq and relax in our backyard!

  81. Janell A posted on June 6, 2015 at 5:21 pm (#
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    i love getting away to Colorado. I love visiting the mountains!!!

  82. Katy posted on June 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm (#
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    I love to escape up north to Duluth, MN!  :)

  83. Jennifer posted on June 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm (#
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    My favorite getaway is a beautiful wooden sing in Lewiston, NY.  My fiancée and I like to drive there after a good or bad day and just sit and talk.  Or just sit and stare at the water.  It’s a nice way to unwind.

  84. Lisa Aitken posted on June 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm (#
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    My favorite escape is a get away to the mountains of Torrey, Utah!

  85. Rachael K posted on June 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm (#
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    I have three little boys, so right now I’m lucky if I can just have an hour of quiet time in my room.  ;)

  86. Heather Haugen posted on June 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm (#
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    I love Long Beach, WA! :)

  87. Vanessa Joy Gonzales posted on June 7, 2015 at 12:09 am (#
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    Any place where there is a beach!!! =)

  88. Kimberly C posted on June 7, 2015 at 1:09 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is always the beach!! Everything there is just so soothing and as soon as I smell that salty air it just immediately calms me. 

  89. jessica w posted on June 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm (#
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    we love going to the beach gulf shores or sea side, but honestly any vacation like camping is fun and worth it!

  90. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville posted on June 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is Disney World!  I’d go there every day, if I could.

  91. Madeline posted on June 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm (#
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    I love the beach, but we can’t get there very often, so my favorite local place is the county park. We go there for picnics and to run on trails.

  92. erin posted on June 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm (#
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    I love to escape to a quick little nail spot.  45 minute pedicures are a life changer for me!

  93. Vanessa Joy Gonzales posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:58 am (#
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    Any place there is a beach! That’s where I am able to “center”.

  94. Vanessa Gonzales posted on June 8, 2015 at 3:24 am (#
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    Any place where there is a beach!!! That is where I always find my center. 

  95. Missy Mann posted on June 8, 2015 at 7:04 am (#
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    St. Augustine, FL

  96. Amanda a posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:54 am (#
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    Definitely to the beach somewhere!

  97. Haley posted on June 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm (#
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    I live in NH and luckily my own backyard is perfectly tranquil in every way!

  98. Jennifer posted on June 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm (#
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    Our backyard, or a day hike somewhere close by. Once or twice a year to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

  99. Linda Mitchell posted on June 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm (#
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    Thete is a beautiful dam about 2 miles from my house. I love to listen to the water flowing! Ot relaxes my soul.

  100. Kreed and Jenna Ziegler posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm (#
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    Sedona. Beautiful, cool and close 

  101. Mindy posted on June 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape is Disneyland. I know it sounds silly. But when my family and I all go we all have so much fun. The kids don’t fight. We talk and laugh while waiting in line. It’s our bonding time and I treasure every moment!

  102. Rosanna Brown posted on June 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm (#
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    One of my favorite places to escape is our city pool. Even just an hour after work during the summer feels like a mini vacation. I get to hang out with my kids, we usually take a cool snack, and I get to lay in the sun and enjoy a little down time.

  103. Lora A posted on June 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm (#
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    We have always loved escaping with my parents in their camper trailer. We bought one for ourselves but haven’t gotten to take it out yet because our truck started leaking transmission fluid when we did a trial run of pulling and parking the camper. Yikes!! Hope to go on our first camping trip in a couple weeks when we get the truck back. 

  104. Carly+G posted on June 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm (#
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    I love escaping to my Grandma’s condo in Florida.

  105. april posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm (#
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    I love an escape to the Smoky Mountains.

  106. Trudy Clockedile posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:19 pm (#
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    Kentucky so I can spend time with my granddaughter.

  107. Karyn posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm (#
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    The ocean…10 mintues from my house, especially in the early evening!  Love the sound of the waves!

  108. Ann posted on June 9, 2015 at 12:47 am (#
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    My favorite place to escape is the beach for some quiet time and relaxation with the family! 

  109. Niki posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:50 am (#
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    There are many park areas near where I live.  I love to talk a walk or go for a run and listen to the birds. I love being outside and in the fresh air.

  110. Diane posted on June 9, 2015 at 11:27 am (#
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    I don’t travel a whole lot.  I like to escape to my backyard pool to lounge away a hot summer afternoon.

  111. Pat C. posted on June 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm (#
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    In an ideal world, my favorite place to escape to would be to a nature preserve exactly like the one near you… it’s absolutely gorgeous!

    I also love the ocean at a time when it’s nearly deserted. I completely lose myself as I stare out at the horizon, mesmerized by the sound of the waves.

    But since neither getaway is possible right now, I am most at peace snuggled up in bed with a great book!

  112. DJohnson posted on June 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape is to the woods. I love nature and the peacefulness of being outdoors.  

  113. Sharon posted on June 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm (#
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    My backyard and garden.

  114. Brenda Haines posted on June 9, 2015 at 11:28 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is Agate Beach in Port Orford, Oregon. A little slice of awesome about an hour away from where I live. Thanks for the chance! :)

  115. Ali posted on June 10, 2015 at 7:23 am (#
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    Bed & Breakfast that’s about two hours away from home. Peaceful, serene and gorgeous all in one. 

  116. Sean C posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:53 am (#
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    Up north to the Lake. 

  117. Hannah R. posted on June 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm (#
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    I love escaping to my porch in the evening. It is so relaxing.

  118. Bethany M posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm (#
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    I like to escape to my little garden in my backyard.

  119. rhonda gowers posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:03 am (#
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    We have a pondless waterfall in a corner of our backyard with some beautiful flowers around it.  This is where I make my quick escape when I don’t have time to go find a nice quiet lake or river to sit by.

  120. Kait Statz posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:37 am (#
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    Escape on a small scale: the beach, certainly, and just a drive away. On a larger scale, for a vacation, Italy. 

  121. Elizabeth Williams posted on June 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm (#
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    I love to escape to my car. It works in all weather conditions and the music is always good.

  122. Lauren posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:31 pm (#
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    I like to escape to San Diego.

  123. Mary Tropiano posted on June 13, 2015 at 8:00 am (#
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    I love to go to Stone Mountain, its close enough to take my dog and just get away! It has many quiet areas, I think I will take your recipe to try there!

  124. Annette posted on June 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape is a little city north of me.  I believe it’s the oldest city in the state.  It’s filled with very old buildings that have been restored and it has the best trails in which to lose yourself.

  125. Sharon posted on June 16, 2015 at 10:57 am (#
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    Hi Alicia!

    Have you chosen a winner yet?

  126. Amanda posted on June 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm (#
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    We are lucky enough to live in beautiful Gloucester, MA so we live for the summers at home. If we want to get out of town, we love to jump in the car and drive north.   We have a tendency to stay on the coast and meander our way up as far as we as the day takes us. Life is good!

  127. Ellan Arlena Halsell Bonham posted on June 22, 2015 at 7:10 am (#
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    my favorite place to escape to is the lake to fish and enjoy nature

  128. Wendy posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm (#
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    My favorite place to escape to is my craft room.