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I just scrolled past this Tweet from the always-on-comedic-time @TheEllenShow. It made me laugh, of course. But it also gave me an idea that I could come up with some fun ways to pass the time if you’re afraid you’ve exhausted all your options during #covid-19 #armageddon2020. Honestly, I love the idea of being forced to stay at home, but “family time” isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, so…

Also, just for the record, I’m aware that we aren’t doing social distancing for the fun of it. It’s important. I just wrote this to bring a little light into your days…

• Read a book! (Yes, I know this is obvious, but have you tried it? It’s great.)

• Put together a puzzle. Yes, seriously. Believe it or not, some people like some quiet puzzle…doing–together.

• Check on any elderly neighbors or friends. Do they have everything they need? Could they use a few groceries or a prescription picked up?

• Get some exercise. I read someone’s post that said “I’m either about to get really fit or really fat…” and it struck me as so funny. Got any old workout DVDs or a streaming service available? Use this time to BETTER yourself! Pick up those dusty weights! If you’re already in a fitness routine, DON’T let this derail you or your progress! “I don’t have the time” is no longer an excuse. Not only is this important for your physical health, but also your mental health.

• Clean the yard up. Yes, you can go outside, just try to keep your distance from non household members. This time of year, the lack of leaves and color makes the litter stand out like a sore thumb. Clean up any trash you see laying around…I bet you have neighbors who wouldn’t mind some help, too! Also, for those with dogs/pets that do their business in the yard. Pick it up! You’ll be so glad it’s done (for the time being)!

• Pick ONE closet or congested area in your home (or garage) that has been too cluttered and messy for too long. (Start small, this can get too overwhelming FAST!) Take everything out, clean, purge unused/unwanted items and put back only what is necessary. Getting organized and getting rid of clutter will feel like a giant weight has been lifted off your shoulders. I promise.

• Go for a walk! Ride a bike! Fly a kite! (At this point who knows what the weather is, but you need fresh air!)

• Finish a photo book. Whether you print actual photographs off, or you’ve been working on the same shutterfly books since your child’s 2nd Birthday, get a handle on it! Finish one, get those photos organized and easy peasy to throw into whatever format suits you.  I love using Shutterfly to store my photos and create completely customized photo books (plus they’re having a 50% off sale right now…) but there are other great options too! Try downloading the Chatbooks app, they have an option where you can create your book with photos directly from your Instagram account! How cool is that? There are so many options out there for this!

• Paint a room. I put this one in here for myself. I told my husband I wanted to paint our room (provided we can still get paint mixed). He was SUPER excited about it. (No he wasn’t.) If you have a room refresh that you’ve been wanting to make, now might be the time to do it!

• Write a letter. This is a really great idea for the whole family. Sit down and have everyone write an actual letter, with lined paper and everything! I love the idea of having your kid start a little letter-writing chain with cousins they might not get to see very often. How fun to send some smiles across the miles! (Trademark, I just made that up).

• Bake something. No, it’s not the best time  to be sharing treats with others, so proceed with caution. However, this is a FANTASTIC time to teach your littles basic baking techniques and have a yummy treat as a reward.

• Do a little craft! I found this one…sort of tongue-in-cheek, but actually a great and simple idea! You know, to upcycle some of those toilet paper tubes… Check out instructions here!

• Think of something that you’ve been wanting to learn more about (think: drawing, painting, siding a house, woodworking, cooking, etc.) and watch some Youtube tutorials on it! Never stop growing and expanding your mind! You deserve to learn something new!

• Try cooking up a new recipe! Yes, I know the grocery store shelves are empty currently, but they’ll be stocked again soon.

• Start learning a new language! I LOVE the Duolingo app for this!

• Obvious, but necessary…catch up on some of your favorites shows and movies. Maybe try a documentary that you can learn something from!

• Call your mother. If you are lucky enough to have a mother or father (or anyone that you care about greatly), give them a call. Check on them. Just chat with them for a few minutes. You’ll never get this time back.

• Sell some stuff. Not sure if their policies have changed at this point, but it would be a great time to list some of those unused items on ebay, Poshmark, even your local facebook Marketplace!

• Redecorate (with your own decor). A wise woman once told me that the best way to give your home a new look is to take down all of your decor and put it into a pile, and start putting things back (maybe in a new spot) and ONLY put back what is necessary. It’s another good way to eliminate some clutter and refresh the look of your home without spending any money.

• Rearrange. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I’ve loved rearranging my room since I was a kid. It’s not always possible to arrange your furniture differently, but there are often some options just to refresh! If you’re needing furniture that fits your space a little better, you know we’ve got you covered at A&W Furniture! (Yes, shameless plug).

• Give yourself a mani/pedi. It always makes me feel better! 🙂

• Take your vacuum attachment and clean the floor along the baseboards. I’m always disgusted about how much dust collects there and a regular pass with the vacuum doesn’t usually get it all! After typing this one, it occurred to me that I said I’d give you FUN ways to pass the time. Well, having gross baseboards isn’t fun, so…

• Have an old pair of jeans that would look WAY cooler if they were distressed? Give a DIY tutorial a try! Check out THIS blog post from American Eagle Jeans…they would know. If you need a SUPER cute pair, THESE are my current fave in the Boutique…distressing already included.

• Do some research on a trip you’ve always wanted to take. There are so many people out there who blog about their adventures and have amazing insight to adventures, hidden gems, eateries, or scenery that you might not find without a little investigating.

• Board Games. We’ve all got ’em! Dust them off and put those babies to good use! What’s your favorite? What about your kids’?

• Deck. Of. Cards. Seriously, do you know how many fun games are out there that can be played with nothing more than a deck of cards? What a great time to teach your kids the art of hustling. KIDDING! kind of…

• Take a nap!

• Meditate. If you haven’t explored that world before, there are lots of great apps to get you started! Calm app is a good place to start, and if you head on over to Youtube, there are endless possibilities wherever you are in your practice!

• Listen to music! Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck listening to the same type of music all the time…expose your family to something new and have yourself a dance-off!

• Have a cocktail. You’ve earned it.

What would you add to the list!? Maybe I’ve inspired you, maybe not. But it was fun making this list for you and I’ll never forget this time we’ve spent together!

-XOXO, Steph


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