Tag: CORONA VIRUS

Home? Bored? Check out this list of ideas to keep your family happy…

I, like everyone else, cannot wait for the ghastly COVID 19 (Corona Virus) to be GONE! And, like many people, I have chosen to self-quarantine. But, let’s face it- one day in the house is fine. Two or three days is not optimal. But a week, two or three? Now I have issues! I figure I am not alone manifesting a fear of the” boredom factor”. Surely there are parents who are trying to rack their brains to come up with enough activities to keep their kids busy!?! As an educator, parent and individual who bores very easily, I decided to help others by searching online sites for activities that could be fun while we wait out this “CORONA- geddon”.

Below you will find my list and I would LOVE if you add a link(s) at the bottom or an idea on how to stay busy during these challenging times. (Remember, this is a family blog – so play “nice” with your suggestions.)


1. 12 Famous Museums that have VIRTUAL tours

Or check out these 500 Museums and Galleries



2..Live ZOO CAMERAS:


San Diego:  https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Houston:  https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/
National Zoo:  https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
ZOO CAMERAS AROUND THE WORLD: https://zoocamerasaroundtheworld.com/list-of-zoos-with-webcams/


3. Love to cook and want to learn? Here you go…


TASTY – for kids and parents https://tasty.co
Cooking Channelhttps://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/players/full-episodes-player
Cook with Kids: https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/recipes/2015/11/diy-baked-potato-bar


4. This channel is a HOW TO video channel for people who love to exert their creative juices: https://createtv.com


5.  Travel without leaving home:


Travel with Angel (who I know and is so awesome!) https://angelstravellounge.com/about/
Rick Steveshttps://www.ricksteves.com
Virtual Travel: Balloon Ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KT0rn03-tU
New Mexico Balloon Rallyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGAMTlI6XxY


6. Looking for excellent videos to watch: TEDx / Ted Talks are amazing:

 https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks/playlists 

I love Brene Brown – check her outhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw


7. Family time:
Make a piñata: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Piñata
Real crafts for real good gifts: https://www.sixcleversisters.com/12-diy-gifts-that-your-family-and-friends-will-love-to-get/
A little plug for learning sign language:  LouiseSattler.com or  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF8KwJbRq_K05m6fezHv9_g
And be sure to check out signed stories on YouTube for fun:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrg6w933BuOQrL7xTtRphmw/videos


8. Entertainment/ Concerts
S. Korea orchestra: https://qz.com/1817876/korea-offers-free-concerts-online-during-coronavirus/
Peabody school of music: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/videos/student-orchestra-impromptu-concert-coronavirus/
In fact, a lot of events were cancelled so people posted their “dress rehearsals’, etc. Here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/heyjenlookatme?src=hashtag_click


9. Just for fun:


The SCOTT QUINTUPLETS/ FAMILY  is some of the most fun video watching I do all day;  Take a break and watch their whole Quint journey here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKMT-NFpYshJT9v-Fd6tmrw

Photo: Scott Family


Other ideas!

10: Jigsaw puzzles – Amazon has a huge selection including some that used RETRO photos and memorabilia. I love the ones by WHITE MOUNTAIN best – such as the classic books puzzle below!


But wait… there is more…

11. Lego building for kids and grown-ups! Ideas can be found here from LEGO and on this website .


12: Lastly, SCRAPBOOK and PHOTO ALBUMS. NOW is the time to organize your photos, create family scrapbooks and enjoy reminiscing! Need ideas? Simply jump over to Pinterest.com for TONS of examples and DIY projects. Also, keep in mind that Snapfish and Shutterfly are both offering HUGE discounts for photo projects.

SNAPFISH COUPON

Tag you are it! Your turn to suggest how to keep busy when you are “stuck at home”.

Shop from home suggestions to keep the economy flowing.

I am writing this blog from the comfort of my home. My (hopefully) corona virus free home. For the past few weeks “COVID-19” has been front and center in the news. First it was China’s problem. Then Italy. Now it is creeping its’ way through the United States and into our psyches.

As a person with a history of autoimmune “crap” – I decided to play it safe and limit my exposure by hanging out with Bayla at home. She isn’t too happy about our self-imposed “home-stay”.

My real reason for writing today is because my INBOX has been INUNDATED with messages about COVID 19 from companies and how they are dealing with this situation. One way to help keep their employees working and cashflow rolling is to offer online shopping opportunities and MEGA sales. I feel it is my “civic duty” to share my knowledge with you about super specials that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your home.


WAYFAIR. I have an addiction to WAYFAIR and this week they are really touting a lot of inventory in their 80% off clearance section of their website. There are some really BIG sales going on here. I checked out a lot of items (some which were sold out) and wow the selection was really great! Here were some finds that piqued my interest.

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This lamp was originally $3000,00 and being sold for $333 this week

Or how about this 7 in 1 gaming table?! You can keep the whole family occupied during long days of enforced “staycations” or snow days!


IMPERFECT FOODS. Consider shopping for groceries via IMPERFECT FOODS. You will receive a plan to meet your needs such as a weekly or bi-monthly order. It can include vegetables, fruits or more (including eggs and cheeses) who were too “ugly” to make it to the grocery shelves. Their rejects are your next (cheaper) meal. They are in perfect condition to eat, just not perfect to look at.

Now you can get your essential perishables and do good for the world by not wasting food. IMPERFECT FOODS offers discounts for newbies. Here is the link. (Sorry, they do not offer any paper products, such as the super coveted toilet paper or paper towels.)


ULTA BEAUTY is offering a really terrific bonus gift to online shoppers who purchase $40 or more. While this seems pretty hefty – the gift is valued at nearly $100 and has great products. Get it while it lasts!


Other Noteworthy Deals for Home Shoppers

CRUISE VACATIONS: This poor industry has taken a hard hit – but they are still offering amazing pricing for cruises later in the year. I love my travel agent, Linda Kahn-Ferrell from The Travel Store and she can help guide you towards to the perfect cruise or other vacation. Simply call or contact her here. Ask Linda about great buys for airline travel, too.


FTD FLOWERS – If ever there was a time when we need some cheering up with a bouquet of flowers – it may just be today! https://www.ftd.com/occasion/spring


In closing, there is nothing funny or fun about the Corona Virus. But, if we must (temporarily) change the way we live – let us at least keep the economy going for the sake of our communities and families.

NOTE: I have not received any compensation or incentives from the above mentioned companies for including them in this blog. This was an organic article written based on my INBOX entries over the past few days.

If you know of a special that is running and wish to share – please add in the comment section. Thank you.

DISCLAIMER: The sales and information in this article was written Mid-March 2020. The items and sales were for this time period and may or may not be available upon you reading. However, the companies will (hopefully) be in business and worth checking out. Also, please check out my AMAZON INFLUENCER page here.

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