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It’s Spring Break!

Spring break always seems to sneak up on me every year! Maybe it’s because it doesn’t always feel like spring during that week.

I know that you Texas readers can appreciate that! I’ll never forget the year that it was in the 70s for the entire week of Spring Break (no complaints about that!) and then we had something like 8 inches of snow on the Sunday before school started back!

Regardless of the weather, I like to think of Spring Break as my excuse to act as though it is already spring. I pick brighter color clothes to wear, open the windows of the house to let in the fresh air (unless it’s truly miserable out), and generally start trying to shake off the lethargy of winter. And if I’m especially lucky, Spring Break means heading towards warmer climates for the week!

Of course, a Spring Break vacation usually brings to mind legions of rowdy college kids, and therefore a host of locations NOT to visit.

Fortunately, there are tons of great resources online to help you decide on the perfect vacation spot for your family! Visit our Spring Break 2014 Pinterest board for links to some helpful vacation planning sites.

Deciding on a place to go is just half the battle…then you have to pack! I’m a notorious last-minute packer, which is usually okay for short trips, but has backfired on me in the past for some of our longer trips—like the year we went on a Disney cruise for our Spring Break vacation. Typical me, I waited until the night before we left to pack for myself and our kids, which meant discovering that I forgot to pack any underwear at all for my daughter. Oops! So now, I make a detailed packing list!

Going somewhere sunny? Make sure to pick up a new pair of sunglasses and a fun wide-brimmed hat from Tuesday Morning before you go! New styles are arriving in stores now, just in time for Spring Break on the beach.

Where I live, Spring Break has already come and gone, and a getaway was not in the cards for us this year. We just moved into a new house a few weeks ago, so we opted for a Spring Break staycation—and by staycation, I mean we stayed home and unpacked! To keep my kiddos (and myself) from going completely stir-crazy, I rounded up a few fun ideas to take breaks from unpacking throughout the week. It definitely made it easier for the kids to suffer through the drudgery of unpacking when they knew something fun was waiting on the other side, even for things as simple as having breakfast for dinner or going to the movies!

We’ve got loads of great Spring Break boredom busters on our Spring Break 2014 Pinterest board. Why not have your kids choose a handful of their favorites, write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar, and then let the kids draw an activity every day? That’s an easy way to answer the inevitable “What are we going to do today?” question!

We want to know what your favorite Spring Break activities are, so let us know by commenting on our Facebook page! And whether you’re headed out or staying in, I hope you have a wonderful break!

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Anna Dineen

Meet the Contributor

My home Tuesday Morning location: Hillside Village Shopping Center in Dallas, Texas

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: Do I have to choose just one? Craft section and seasonal accents.

A little about me: I’m the gal who always has a project (or two or three!) going on, whether it’s crafting for fun, DIY home decor or even a little remodeling. I do everything but cook! I’m obsessed with great design, old houses, fabulous wallpaper, sushi and hoarding craft supplies — not necessarily in that order.

What I love to write about: I love sharing my favorite craft and home décor ideas on the Tuesday Morning blog … it doesn’t matter what kind of project I’m working on, I know I can find the perfect thing for it at my home Tuesday Morning!

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