* Thank you to Zappos for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own.
When I worked at my corporate job, Memorial Day Weekend was always the holiday we all looked forward too being that it’s the first major holiday since New Years Day that employers typically allow off. Even though I’m not at that job anymore, every time I look at this Tommy Bahama bathing suit from Zappos it reminds me of MDW! Well, that and the fact that we are already in April and everything we like to do for MDW always requires some advance planning so it’s been the topic of conversation amongst hubby and I and our friends these last couple weeks. So, in honor of the blue and white stripes and the fact that summer is only a little over a month away, I am sharing 5 fun things you can do Memorial Day weekend – in this swimsuit.
1. RENT A BOAT
I’m a water baby! If you didn’t already know, now you know. If we don’t want to travel, my all time favorite thing to do is rent a boat up on Lake Norman. Sure, it can be kind of expensive but it’s less expensive than traveling and we’ve actually found a pretty economical way to do this on a regular basis. Most boats hold around 12 passengers, so we always gather a group of 8-10 friends and split the cost of the boat. This typically ends up running us $50 a person with gas. Grab a cooler, your favorite snacks, and friends and you’re all set for a day of fun on the water.
2. HEAD TO THE BEACH
We love a good beach weekend! It’s the perfect time to relax, unwind, and celebrate the start of summer with family and friends. We typically rent a house in Charleston or on Kiawah Island and split up the cost of the house with our friends. This is also great for saving money on eating out as you have the ability to grab groceries and cook at home. Additionally, it is a super kid friendly option for those traveling with little ones.
3. NEIGHBORHOOD POOL DAY
If you don’t have a pool in your neighborhood (we don’t), chances are you have a friend who does! This is a great way to spend some time outdoors, enjoy the nice weather, and entertain little ones if you have them at a cost friendly price point (almost free).
4. SET UP A PICNIC
What a fun non-traditional way to celebrate a new season of being outdoors. We actually set up a breakfast picnic at the beach in the Bahamas, which is what inspired this idea for MDW. We grabbed a basket, some croissants and jam, a bottle of champagne, and a little OJ along with a blanket, and found a quiet spot on the beach to enjoy the view! If you aren’t near a beach, you can easily set this up in a park, at the lake, or even your backyard! It’s also a great activity for families with kids!
5. FLOAT DOWN THE RIVER IN A TUBE
Is there any other greater American summertime activity than floating down the river in a giant rubber donut, soaking up the sun, with a cooler in tow? Unless you are totally against having a good time, the answer is no. This is something that’s been on my bucket list for years, and an activity perfect for all ages around the country.
A patriotic swimsuit is must for one of America’s biggest celebrations, and with MDW being the unofficial start of summer it’s time to start getting beach ready for all these sun and water activities with the perfect swimsuit. For those of us who appreciate a fuller coverage bikini, the one pictured above is perfect for the occasion. It’s nice that it pays subtle homage to the American flag, without actually wearing the flag, meaning you can wear this year round! The high-waisted bottoms also serve a great tummy control purpose, because let’s be honest – you can’t have Memorial Day weekend without snacks. In terms of sizing, I do recommend sizing down at least one size. I am wearing an XS in both the top and bottoms, and do not have a a busty chest.Overall, this is a great quality swimsuit worth investing in — and it doesn’t hurt that it’s comes with free expedited shipping, and a one year return policy. I actually purchase a ton of my clothes from Zappos for this exact reason! They always have items I’m searching for fully in stock, the customer service is on par, I like the rewards program (you can earn rewards dollars towards your purchases), and I know I can rely on it arriving when it says it’s scheduled to arrive. So what are you waiting for!? Time to get planning and purchasing!