How To Create the Perfect Escape at Home and on Vacation #GetawayWithGain @Gain #AD

Are you suffering from the Winter blues? Cold weather, sick kids, and all this time indoors can take its toll on Mom and the entire family! It’s important to find ways to combat the winter blues! I like to find a few ways to keep myself inspired and happy doing the winter doldrums.  For me, I find it tough to have a real lack of time outdoors exercising in fresh air combined with spending way too much time laying around with sick kids feeling housebound. Who else wants to just get away to a tropical island???


How To Escape at Home

I know escaping at home can sound impossible. I find a few simple strategies – that include just moments of escape – really help me keep a positive attitude during my winter challenges. It may sound silly but for me,  time with my Kindle in my favorite reading chair in a cozy nook in my bedroom takes me to another world. Finding a spot to relax at home is huge – even if only for a few minutes – being able to decompress, read a book, or meditate for a few minutes really helps me stay positive and let go of the worries.


Even laundry can be an escape.A quick whiff of your detergent and the smell of those fresh clean towels can trigger all kinds of great memories and moments. Smell is a powerful sense!  Rather than think of laundry as a chore (minus cleaning up those throw up towels from the flu!!!), I like to think of the clean laundry that comes out on the other side. Nothing like fluffy clean towels!

And we recently renovated our shower in our Master Bathroom. That 10 minute shower has become an absolute ritual of escape for me now!

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Gain Coupon Offer Details

You can save money for your actual vacation while doing laundry this February when you buy your Gain at Walmart. For a limited time, Gain 150 oz. Liquid Laundry Detergent is on Rollback at Walmart for $13.44 (regularly $14.94). 

In addition, there will be a coupon available to help you save even more. Use the SmartSource coupon from your 2/25 Sunday paper or for $5 off the purchase of 3 Gain items.


What We Look for in a Family Vacation Escape

My kids just got over the flu and I’m desperate for sunshine and a real live escape too. We’ve planned a trip to Florida for some sunshine, Disney magic, and a Caribbean cruise!

Honestly, anytime away together as a family and some place warm is pure magic. It doesn’t really matter where we go as long as we are together and have a bit of sunshine to warm our souls during those cold winter months. The days are long, but those years are short. I cherish all of the moments I have making memories with my growing family.


We absolutely love time to relax, try new things, enjoy the sunshine, and just PLAY together! I think our upcoming cruise will fit that bill as these photos from past vacations definitely let us create magical memories as a family.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gain at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


  1. MoniaMagdalena says:

    Thanks for the info! I’ll check it out.

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