This is not a post to make you feel like you need to be doing all the things. I’ve fallen victim to those posts and they’ve only made me feel worse about myself. I’m going the survival route during quarantine, but that doesn’t mean things don’t get monotonous, especially on weekends when we’d normally have jam packed fun filled days to switch up the day to day (wait, what day even is it?).
So we started subconsciously doing things here and there that have kept us
from killing each other sane.
- Bring on the Mess : Normal every day life is a constant ‘we have to be here by this time’ or ‘lets go kill time running errands’ etc. Well those are a thing of the past, so now we have all the time in the world to do every craft or activity under the sun and let the house look like a tornado tore through, no visitors allowed remember. This is still a struggle for me, but the more I let go, the more sane I become. There are plenty of blogs devoted to activities for any age group! All those activities you pinned, but was always too busy for, the time is now 🙂 This also means outdoor play that I normally push off because its too messy, so lately if Mother Nature cooperates, I take her outside, let her get messy (usually involving a popsicle or mud) and hose her off right outside!
- Meal Delivery : If you guys follow me on instagram, you know home chef is my home girl. I feel like I’ve tried every meal delivery service on the planet and never continued on with them until now. I gave home chef a shot when I got a promo code and I literally haven’t turned back, especially during quarantine. Before the quarantine, I was all about the oven ready or ready in 15 mins, but now I’m ordering some of the more complex meals since we have a little extra time or we’ll use them as a date night in after Ryleigh goes down! We’re getting it delivered weekly and it helps reduce what we need when we have to actually go out to the grocery store.
- Experimenting in the Kitchen : On the other side of that, this quarantine has brought back out the chrissy in me. Fun fact : when I first started never been so, my vision was a food blog, highlighting restaurants, as well as recipe development. I even had shirts made with the tag line, never been so hungry. But then life happened and it was hard to keep up with constant trial and error in the kitchen, as well as going out 4-5 nights a week – I give you food bloggers allll the props! This was my very first recipe blog post and I still make her when I have time because its sooo yummy! Now we’ve turned recipe testing into a fun activity that we can do to pass the time. I dig around in my freezer or use what’s available at the store and toy around, Ryleigh sits up in her tower and observes, helps, taste tests etc. I posted two recipes this past week on the blog and two others on the gram and its been months since I’ve posted a recipe in general, so hoping I can keep up with it!!
- Mid Day US Time : When this whole thing first started, Will was working crazy hours and there were days we’d go all day without seeing each other (I was losing my mind). Now that he’s able, we started making it a point to do lunch together or carve out 20-30 mins of family time outside or even time just us together when she goes down for a nap. It doesn’t happen everyday, but when it does we’re better for it. We could push it until she goes to bed, but by then we’re EXHAUSTED and usually just want to veg out in front of the tv.
- Family Car Rides : Ok, so let me be clear, I haven’t left a five mile radius in over a month and to be honest I’ve really only left my house maybe three times since this whole thing started, for essentials of course. And those were solo trips. So we started getting in the car as a family and driving to the Starbucks drive through (until ours closed last week) or pick up take out just to get some fresh air with the windows down and remember what its like to feel like we’re going somewhere. We used to be in such a rush that it used to just be one of us would run out and now we’re making it a point to go together. Its subtle, but to honest it started making a difference.
- Animal Live Streams : A lot of aquariums and zoos around the country are offering live streams of animals during business hours, a fun way to not only get in some live action from your local aquarium and zoo, but visit other facilities you’ve never been to before! Just type in any city and ‘aquarium’ or ‘zoo’ for their website and most of them have a link to their live cams on their main page. Here are the local streams we’ve been watching : Baltimore Aquarium Live Stream, Maryland Zoo and DC National Zoo.
- Working Out : I know, I know everyone and their mother is posting their at home workouts (myself included), BUT to be honest, keep em coming!! January and February were hard for me, we dealt with the emotional and physical ride of a miscarriage and I just felt like I couldn’t get back into the workout world until now. Seeing people work for their goals to better their bodies has pushed me to do it too, sharing my workouts has held me accountable and for some reason seeing us all make this happen with what we have at home is inspiring! Quarantine has gone on long enough that I’ve been able to build that habit, so I literally wake up excited about when I can fit my workout in throughout the day and get cranky if I can’t – I was never this person. During a time when there isn’t much I can control, carving out 10-20-30-40 mins of time for myself has been such a spirit lifter – thank you endorphins (and peloton). You can find a ton of resources right now offering 30-90 days of free content!
- Screen Time : Ok, so trash tv is 90% me, 10% will (he does love below deck), but now more than ever we need all the mindless tv we can get. I’m forever a reality tv junkie, BUT other than a few staples (vanderpump rules, summer house, southern charm, below deck), I typically let them pile up on my dvr, however, now I look forward to escaping the real world and enter an alternate universe via a trash tv binge. Incase you need some additional inspiration : KUWTK, real housewives franchise, siesta key, love is blind, tiger king. But since Will isn’t all in on trash tv, we’ve also been binging Ozark, Little Fires Everywhere, Sopranos, Formula 1 and just finished The Morning Show (highly recommend)! Family movie time is also really big right now and I’m all for it.
- Daily Walks : Days feel longggg when you’re stuck at home with a toddler, so whenever Mother Nature cooperates, I strap Ryleigh in her stroller and we get out for a walk or two throughout the day. We put on some fun music, either Disney or one of my latest playlists and we just walk. We never really have a road map or length of time in mind, we just go and its probably one of the most freeing I’ve felt this entire quarantine. Ryleigh has even fell asleep a few times, so I can get in a podcast, which I can rarely ever listen to! We also really like when daddy can come with us!
- Alcohol : I am always 100% real with you guys and one thing that’s for sure is we have been drinking A LOT of wine, like a lot a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from you guys saying thank you for making it feel like its ok to drink everyday…now this isn’t necessarily the PSA I thought I’d be known for, but you know what, if it helps keep us sane in this unprecedented time, I’m all for it. We’ve been trucking through wine deliveries : winc (save $22 on your first order) and wine insiders have been my go to and our local liquor store, Magothy Wine and Spirits, is also offering free delivery for the month of April! A lot of restaurants are also offering cocktails to go, check your favorite local spot!
I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy! I’d love to hear how you’re making the most of (/surviving) quarantine! Comment below and let me know what you’ve been up to!