March Break: A Family Staycation with SkipTheDishes
18 Mar 2019
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SkipTheDishes. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.
This March Break, we decided to stay home for a staycation. Wendy couldn’t get the time off work, as she had a lot going on with others off. Three of the seven people in my office had booked vacation already, so I felt pretty fortunate I was able to work the entire week from home. While we would have loved to escape the cold weather for a more tropical climate, organizing a family getaway posed a challenge.
Our family had just spent 3 days with friends in Wellsville, NY for Family Day, where we had a lot of fun. We went tubing at Holiday Valley, bowling, ate some wonderful food, went shopping, and played lots of board games.
We set expectations with the girls throughout the year that we go camping a few times in the summer and do mini getaways throughout the year in lieu of a one-week tropical vacation, which we will do when the opportunity arises. We visited Cuba in 2013, and Jamaica in 2017. We also did a pretty awesome 3-week road trip to Florida in 2016. I figure we’ll need to take them somewhere in 2021!
Storm was pretty happy we were staying home. Although she loves visiting her friends at the kennel, she loves having her two big sisters home even more.
Our weekly extra-curricular activities (Girl Guides, Pathfinders, flute lessons, youth group) were cancelled for the week. These activities normally make our schedule on weeknights quite full. The girls either went out or had friends over during the day, and we reserved each night for some quality family time.
Monday: seeing Captain Marvel at the cinema
Tuesday: Rock Band night, order food in
Wednesday: family movie night, order food in
Thursday: watching Riverdale
Friday: dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s home
Sounds like a pretty great week!
When we do go away, we love trying new foods and enjoying dishes we love. With a family of foodies, a staycation can be tough, especially when you just want to relax and not cook. So on the Tuesday and Wednesday, we decided to order our dinner from SkipTheDishes.
Half the fun of winter escapes is getting to experience new food, which is what makes Skip’s restaurant selection so appealing. They have such a huge selection for us to choose from, and it is right at our fingertips! As well, Skip helps busy families like ours take the hassle out of preparing a meal, whether it be lunch or dinner, so we can spend more quality time together.
While they can’t promise to beat the sun or sand, SkipTheDishes does offer a wide variety of cuisines from different restaurants, including popular dishes from popular travel destinations, like mouth-watering homemade pastas from Levetto, or the infamous tacos from Grand Electric, both of which can be found through SkipTheDishes website or mobile app.
Even though we were not escaping to a tropical destination, we were able to order our favourite travel-inspired foods – Thai and Japanese, which made our staycation feel that much more like a real getaway. Thanks to local restaurateurs and over 15,000 options on the Skip network, I was able to order dinner from Funky Thai 2 Go and August 8 through Skip’s mobile app, all from the comfort of my couch.
Ease of ordering
The SkipTheDishes mobile app makes it so easy for you to order from restaurants in your area. It shows you the distance from home to your choice of restaurant. You can enter multiple addresses, so ordering from home, work, or a friends place is made simple.
Our Tuesday Delivery
When I saw that the SkipTheDishes driver was close, I went to the door, and he was walking up our driveway. Ural, our delivery driver, was very friendly. He handed us our order, which was nice and hot, and away he went. Receiving the delivery was so easy because the payment and tip were handled completely in the SkipTheDishes app.
Our order included the food we ordered in containers that could be recycled or reused, with all the condiments and utensils we requested
What Did We Have
Seeing as we didn’t go away on vacation, we all agreed to have something from places we would love to visit… Japan and Thailand!
Although you can’t really discover those two countries in just one week, you can certainly find their food represented on SkipTheDishes!
On Tuesday, we ordered from August 8, a local Japanese restaurant – dynamite rolls, California rolls, avocado and cucumber rolls, yam tempura, shrimp tempura, deep fried scallops and tempura vegetables.
Lauren and Rachel were in heaven! They love Japanese food!
On Wednesday, we ordered from Funky Thai 2 Go – Thai red chicken curry with Jasmine rice, basil beef rice, General Tso’s chicken, and chicken pad Thai.
While Wendy and the girls devoured the Pad Thai, I enjoyed the Thai red chicken curry all to myself! It’s one of my favourite Thai dishes.
Of course, we had to watch the Hangover II on Netflix, as it takes place primarily in Thailand!
The awesome local selection on the SkipTheDishes app takes the “what do you feel like eating” question out of ordering food. The app is so easy to navigate, and the menu for each restaurant is right there in the app.
A Fun-Filled Staycation!
It was a great staycation March Break – Wendy and I both worked, but because we didn’t have to cook, we got to spend some awesome time with the girls, without the extra-curricular or worries of homework.
We saw another awesome Marvel movie at our local cinema, ate some great food, had a few epic sets in Rock Band, watched a few movies on Netflix, got in our weekly Riverdale fix, visited with my parents, and the girls even had some friends over for a sleepover on the weekend. Proof that a staycation can be just as fun as going away. Your time is what you make it. Make the most of it.
A big thanks to SkipTheDishes for making dinner decision making easy this week, and allowing our taste buds to travel to Japan and Thailand while we stayed in the comforts of our own home. For a chance to win a $200 voucher for SkipTheDishes, check out my Instagram post here, contest ends March 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.