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Weekend Debrief: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Two Days Off

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With no long weekends in sight until Labor Day, it’s time to make the most out of our two-day weekends. If you’re in a rush to get it started, scroll through a few of our suggestions here, then beat it for the ice cream shop, tennis courts or well, just your living room couch.

1. Score Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

national ice cream day

This Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and dozens of your favorite chains are celebrating with free scoops and deals on popular flavors and items. A few frozen yogurt chains are jumping on the bandwagon too (and we’re not complaining). Here are the best deals we’ve spied.

  

2. Watch the Wimbledon Finals

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They’re both in their 30s but that hasn’t stopped Roger Federer and Venus Williams from making it to the finals of Wimbledon. Watch their matches live on ESPN (snag a 7-day free trial to Sling TV if you want to stream it for free), then dust off your tennis racket and head to the court for some pick-up tennis of your own. Make sure you’re properly attired, too. We’ve got some Wimbledon-worthy style options here.

  

3. Spice Up Your Life

6 Unusual Spices You Didn’t Know You Should Be Cooking With

The thought of cooking up a storm in the kitchen often seems oxymoronic if you’re trying to unwind, but for many people, a little R&R stands for “roasts and ragout.” Sprinkle some spice into your favorite dishes this weekend by trying these six unusual spices. Use them on sweet and savory foods, and have fun experimenting with bold and exotic flavors.

  

4. Catch Up on Emmy Nominated Fare

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The 2017 Emmys don’t air until September, but the nominations were just announced this week. Find out if your favorite star or show made the list, then scroll through our list of what to watch, to get to know the nominees — and make your predictions — before the big ceremony.

  

5. Chill Out / Zone Out at Home

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If you’d rather just take it easy, use the weekend to relax and rejuvenate by setting up a meditation corner at home. You just need a handful of items to create the ideal space to unwind, whether you’re a meditation expert, or just learning the basics. We’ve rounded up five essentials to get you started.

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