Hello friends ~ in these very uncertain times I hope this blog can still be a lighthearted space for some of you! For those who can’t stay home due to your job or other circumstances, I am truly hoping for your continued health and safety. For the rest of us who are, below are a few free activities including DIY ideas to keep our little ones busy. Please feel free to share any favorite apps, subscriptions, books, accounts to follow or other resources with me in the comments!
Before diving in I did want to mention two notable retailer emails I saw this morning:
- Nordstrom is having an unprecedented 25% off tons of items online that normally do not get discounted. This includes major skincare brands and baby gear (including our Yoyo stroller (our review) – I’ve never seen some of these items discounted like this.
- Everlane is offering weekly discounts on certain full priced basics (they typically only have sales on items or colors being discontinued). This week’s deal is $50 denim and you guys know HOW much I wear my authentic stretch high rise jeans (or try the mid rise) and I loved my kick crop jeans until they became too small for me. I did cut the hems 1″ shorter on both pairs using scissors, and popped them into the machine washer and dryer for a slightly frayed hem. See all my Everlane reviews here.
I tapped into my fitness-loving friends for some of their favorite apps and subscriptions!
- CorePower Yoga started offering free online classes and mentioned they’d be adding more weekly.
- Headspace is offering a collection of free meditations through their app (Nick loves using it!). They’re also offering US healthcare workers free access to Headspace Plus through the end of 2020 – you simply need your NPI and email to claim the offer on their site.
- Melissa Wood Health only has a 7 day free trial, but my friends have been raving about her workouts (ranging from 10 to 45 minutes) including for pre and postnatal.
- Peloton App has extended their first 30 days free promo to be 90 days. My friends enjoy their app and say it includes yoga, meditation, stretching and bodyweight classes that don’t require you to have the Peloton bike, and you can filter by class type, length, music genre, degree of difficulty, and instructor.
- Studio Tone It Up app is offering 1st month free (as opposed to their typical 1st week free offer). Also, the Tone It Up Youtube page always has hundreds of free, short workout videos including both toning and HIIT workouts. The videos and trainers are very upbeat and positive and feel like you’re working out with a peppy best friend. At the start of each workout they’ll let you know what (if any) weights or bands might be needed, and most require just a mat.
- Blogilates created a 14 day workout calendar that can be done from a small apartment
*Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel paid apps before the trial date is over to avoid being charged!
DIY ideas For Little Ones
I shared some accounts on Instagram and wanted to round them up here! Such great DIY ideas.
- Infants: @babyplayhacks (how genius is the idea for baby wipes lids? Nori used to LOVE flipping lids open and closed)
- Toddlers to Preschoolers: @busytoddler, @playtime.messy.madness, @dayswithgrey
- Multi-lingual learning activities: @chalkacademy who is raising a tri-lingual 3 and 6 year old.
- Popular childrens book author Mo Willems is uploading free “lunch doodle” videos every weekday with downloadable activity pages.
- Raising Wonder is offering a free daily morning email with kids printables or video art lessons for the next 3 weeks
- Check out some of the recent shows I’ve loved watching and ones that came highly recommended by readers. (P.S. If you have a Verizon plan with unlimited data you can get a free 1 year subscription of Disney+). I also just started watching Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu after reading through both of Celeste Ng’s books years ago per reader recommendations! Both books touch on the complexities of motherhood and intertwining relationships (not “feel good” storylines per se) but I did enjoy them and the show so far, especially now as a mom.
- Get an e-library card as many have digital books and subscriptions available (i.e. Boston Library, New York Library)
- Follow lighthearted, uplifting social media like @upworthy
Hair, Beauty, closet
- Give your makeup brushes a thorough washing.
- Clean out hoard of old/expired beauty products (I’m guilty of this since a lot of my products last a LONG time)
- Give your skin a break from makeup
- Give your hair a break from damaging blow drying and heat tools and train it to go longer between washes.
- If you had already planned on doing so, this is a good time to convert from conventional to a cleaner deodorant (can take weeks for your armpits to “detox“)
- Closet clean out and handwash any delicate garments you’ve been meaning to clean (i.e. wool or cashmere sweaters, silk items). See my post on washing silk at home.
Supporting neighbors + Local Community
I complied a few of these from suggestions you guys shared with me on IG!
- Purchase a gift card to your favorite local small business and restaurants to use later so they have the cash inflow now. I talked to some local small business owners and they are definitely strapped, having to still pay rent and trying to take care of their staff while not operating per usual.
- Please do not hoard more necessities than your household needs so others aren’t left in a complete bind – i.e. with baby formula, soaps, sanitizers. Be mindful of WIC products and try to choose alternative items.
- Slip notecards to elderly neighbors offering to place any online orders on their behalf or pick up supplies / food while you’re out.
- If you’re able to, consider pre-paying/tipping for services you’ve had to postpone (dog walkers, hair stylists, house cleaners, ect.)
- Consider making monetary donations to local food banks.
- Contribute extra masks or gloves you may have at home to local hospitals where there may be a shortage (call your local police station to see if they are collecting on the hospital’s behalf)