7 Fun Ideas for a Mini Vacation at Home + a Recipe for Tropical Salsa {AIP, Paleo}

No matter the time of year or what’s going on, this tropical salsa and these home vacation ideas will make you feel like you’ve taken an mini vacation.
The last two days, the electricity has been off in our office, so we’ve been working from home. For some reason I find working from home both relaxing and extra productive all at the same time. Yesterday I finished my work for the day + washed 3 loads of laudry + did dishes + cooked + went to a doctor’s appointment + reorganized my hall bookshelf all in the same hours that I would normally be in the office. I know a lot of it can be chalked up to multi-tasking and making the best use of time. For more on multi-tasking and tips on making the most of your time, check out this post

On top of getting lots done, I also find that when I work at home I feel like I’ve been on a mini-vacation even though the work is getting done as usual. There’s something relaxing about working from the comfort of my sofa and being able to see out the window (even though the view these days is a hazy mess with the sandstorm). The relaxation of working at home got me thinking of simple ways we can all give ourselves mini vacays in the midst of busy lives. We can all use a little more relaxation in our frenzied lives, especially those of us with AI conditions. Stress is one of the biggest triggers for many of us and finding ways to relieve stress and relax can be hugely important in your healing process.
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With that in mind, here are my top 7 tips for mini vacations without hardly stepping outside your home. 
  1. Turn off the phones and computers, make a snack and watch a feel good movie.
  2. Take a long bath while reading a good book. My favorite bath time books are childhood favorites like ‘Anne of Green Gables’ or ‘the Chronicles of Narnia.’ Add some epsom salts for even more relaxation.
  3. Challenge your spouse, child or roommate to a favorite board game. My suggestion… ‘Ticket to Ride.’
  4. Sit outside for half an hour without your phone (or other gadgets) and simply recharge.
  5. Give yourself a foot massage. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have someone to give you a foot massage, have someone else do it for you. 
  6. Put clean sheets and lots of pillows on the bed and pretend you’re at a fancy hotel.
  7. Make a fun dinner that feels like vacation. My suggestion, a simple piece of grilled fish topped with this tropical salsa. Serve it with some sparking water in a glass with a little umbrella for even more fun. 
Now that I’ve convinced you that this salsa needs to be in your life, here’s the recipe…

Tropical Salsa {AIP, Paleo}

  • Author: Bethany Darwin - Adventures in Partaking
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


No matter the time of year or what’s going on, this tropical salsa and these home vacation ideas will make you feel like you’ve taken an mini vacation.


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 2 small (or 1 large) mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 t dried ginger
  • 1/4 t pink himalayan salt
  • juice of 2 limes


  1. finely dice the onion, mango, strawberries and avocado and place in a large bowl
  2. deseed (to remove moisture) the cucumbers and finely dice (peeling optional) and add to the bowl
  3. chop the cilantro & add in – these herb scissors make quick work of it.
  4. juice the limes into a separate bowl – I love this lime juicer
  5. mix the salt and ginger into the lime juice
  6. pour the lime juice mixture over the other ingredients and stir well to combine
** This salsa is great dipped up with plantain chips, eaten as a salad or as a topping for grilled fish or taco salad.
*** This recipe was shared on the Phoenix Helix AIP Roundtable

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