Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time Out Thursday - Escape the Winter Blues with Barbara Wallace's DIY Tropical Stay-cation

Barbara Wallace is offering the Pink Heart Society advice on how to summer-up your February...

Sick of the snow and the cold?  If you live in New England, I guarantee that you are.  We’ve gotten over 70 inches of snow since February 1. And when it isn’t snowing, it’s cold.  Like single digits cold.  I know the folks in Pennsylvania  said Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, but Massachusetts’ groundhogs are too frozen to come out and look.  Heck, we’re all too frozen to go out and look.

It’s time for a tropical vacation.  

Chances are, if you’re like me, however, jetting off to Puerto Rico isn’t very practical.  So, if we can’t go to the tropics, we’re going to have to bring the tropics to us. 

Barb Wallace’s DIY Tropical Stay-cation Recipe
1.  Print out a few tropical pictures. Or at the very least switch your screen saver.  You need something to look at besides snow  

2.  Tropical drinks.  Cocktail or mocktail, nothing screams summer like tropical punch.  So grab your blender and whip up a batch of frozen goodness.  And don’t forget the paper umbrella – you’re on vacation.

3.  Scented candles. You might not be in the tropics, but your house can smell like you are.  Pick scents that remind you of the beach.  Yankee Candle has a terrific scent called Sand and Sea that smells like Coppertone Suntan lotion.  Buy a couple and fill the room with beach aromas.

4.  Calypso Music.  Pandora has a host of tropical music stations.  Or, if steel drums aren’t your thing, try Nature Sounds for Me.  The website has a soundboard that lets you create your own mix of birds, water and other awesome sounds.

5.  Give Yourself a DIY Spa Treatment.  How about a Mashed Banana Facial? Mix together 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tbsp honey and 1 medium banana. Smooth mixture over your entire face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then, wash off with warm water.

6.  Spread a beach towel on the living room sofa (you are, after all, at the beach) and relax.  Take a deep breath.  Smell the coconut goodness?  Hear the band playing? Pick up a good romance novel and enjoy.

Might not be Puerto Rico, but it’s a whole lot better than shoveling snow, that’s for sure.

Got any ingredients to add to our Tropical Recipe?  Type them below.  Goodness knows we can use all the winter relief we can get.

Barbara Wallace is published with both Harlequin and Entangled Publishing. Her next book, A Millionaire for Cinderella (part of her "Dating the Boss" series) will be a June 2015 release.  She's currently in her cave working on book 2, Beauty and the Brooding Billionaire which is due out in August. 


  1. Haha I've been doing this without realising:

    "Black Coconut" Yankee Candle- Check
    "Tropical Punch" Fresh fruit juice- Check
    "Death in Paradise" on Thursdays on BBC- Check

    At least I can call it a staycation now ;-)

  2. Clearly you are a smart woman. I had to actually devise a plan - you just know enough to make yourself comfortable! Enjoy!