How We've Been Staying Busy

March 16, 2020
Happy Monday, friends. I know we are all feeling all over the place emotionally and these are very unsettling times. It's been overwhelming to watch the news, but at the same time necessary to know what's going on. Our schools are closed until April 7th, restaurants in the state are only allowed to do takeout and there are no gatherings allowed with more than 25 people! With all the social distancing we're having to do - it reminds me a bit of having a newborn again and having to stay away from people as much as possible. We're working from home for an undetermined amount of time and with Sophia home from daycare, I wanted to share what we've been doing to keep busy and hope that you also share what you've been doing to give me more ideas, because I realized I am not a super creative when it comes to activities! 
All the organizing || This time has really forced me to look through all of our drawers, closets and toys and clean / organize. It's perfect timing since spring is right around the corner and I will be done with all the spring cleaning. All the junk drawers are being purged and bags for donations have been put aside - it feels really good to tackle this a little bit at a time.  

Playtime || Similar to those newborn days, I've been purchasing a few things last minute from Amazon. Sophia is still a little young to get the matching card game, but I still got it for her! This kitchen is still coming in clutch and the thing that has kept her attention the longest. 
Gary started doing puppet shows and he's a natural. We have these hand puppets and were even joking that we would live stream it on Instagram for people to watch! He's oddly good at it! Also, we aren't sure how this happened, but we ordered a xylophone for Christmas and somehow got a piano, so we also brought it out. Puzzles are also really cathartic and this oversized one is fun for us all.  


Spending time outside || There's something about being told you can't really go anywhere that makes me go a bit stir crazy, but I'm a homebody at night! I'm grateful that the weather has been somewhat mild so we could enjoy some walks and sidewalk chalk shenanigans outside!

A little self care || I had every intention of getting a pedicure before our trip that is now cancelled, so I gave myself one at home & also taking this as a chance for some sheet masks every other night!

Recipes || I really only have time to cook on the weekends, but now that we're home during the day and working, I can experiment! I've been using our air fryer a ton and honestly it's the best kitchen gadget we have right now. I'm going to share a few of our favorite air fryer recipes soon!

I hope that our city has taken extreme enough measures early enough so that we can help stop the spread and save lives. Hope everyone is staying healthy & sane! Please share any toddler activities that you've been doing so that we can try them too!

17 comments

  1. I rotate our toddler's toys, I keep boxes hidden away and then I make sure I put things away when we're done with them so he's not having constant access to EVERYTHING all at once. Helps hold his attention. TBH, his favorite game is for me to throw a ball and for him to fetch it. Also, an unhealthy amount of Daniel Tiger. Oh well!

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  2. Bring on the self care and the organization! I'm trying to embrace this as a chance to reset, and spend time with our little family. Sending lots of hugs girlie, we've got this <3

    Green Fashionista

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  3. One of my friends is hosting live art classes (perfect for little ones) on Facebook. It's under Lindsay's Art Cart, in the event that you need more ideas!

    I've been focusing on editing photos over here. I didn't realize how far behind I was, lol... but plenty of time between planning meetings now.

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  4. I am definitely taking advantage of the time at home and spending it with Chris and Zoe and getting some things done I haven't had a chance to get around to. Like washing allllll the extra linens we keep if we have guests, organizing my office, craft closet, garage, etc. And definitely doing some face and foot masks! I plan to emerge from quarantine a better version of me!

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  5. Times are crazy right now! Glad y’all are keeping busy and entertaining Sophia. Self-care is always a must! I sent a newsletter last night with things to do while hiding out from COVID-19...I almost felt silly typing it up, but almost necessary.

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  6. Yes indeed it is overwhelming and scary and in particular the unknown. I think it is ok to go outside just not be around a lot of people. I hope to go for walk myself. Love these photos, and lets all hope this crisis passes sooner then later.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  7. Oddly good at it - that made me laugh :) Watch out America's Got Talent!!!!

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  8. Please make Gary insta-famous with the puppet shows!!! LOL XOXO, R

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  9. Glad that you guys are safe and healthy! It looks like you're making the best of all the extra time with Sophia, and that's what really matters. I'm also starting to wonder if I should order an air fryer of my own - everything you've made looks delicious!

    Karly
    https://www.whatkarlysaid.com

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  10. I wish they would let me telecommute, but hopefully it is coming. These are great ways to keep busy without going stir crazy. Enjoy the bonus family time and stay well!

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  11. I feel like I need an air fryer. I have wanted one for awhile now. I love that Gary did the puppet shows. So cute.

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  12. Organizing is next on my list now that I've done some yard work. I'm glad y'all are having some mild weather so you can get outside. Take care and stay healthy!

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  13. I'm with you on all of these! I saw Gary's Instagram puppet show you posted, he can start hosting live children's programming ;)

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  14. You are doing so well! It's super hard for everyone right now, I think. We've been doing lots of nature walks, hikes, bubbles, trampolining, and biking :)

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  15. These are definitely some weird times that we're in right now but all we can do is make the most of it! It's so hard not getting out and exploring, though! I think I'm going to miss going out to eat the most.

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  16. It's a really unfortunate what the world is going through right now. Keep safe dear! You have great ideas to stay active and busy.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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