Covid19, coronavirus, pandemic....whatever you want to call it. Regardless of the name it SUCKS! I have been so humbled my the amount of texts, dms, emails, calls etc asking about Jay and how he is doing and if I am freaking out. I hadn't planned on blogging during this whole thing cause it seems weird to give you a new link to a dress or talk about my “homeschooling" or my "home workouts" when so many people are struggling with their health, finances, anxiety etc. It just doesn't seem right given the climate but what I can do is update you on how our family is, how Jay is, and what little things you can do for our country and the world.
With everyone worried about Coronavirus I thought this might be a good time to share some ideas for a staycation at home with your kids. While we are washing our hands often and changing our clothes once we have been around town, we are not taking any other precautions. We are evening flying next week, all Jay has said to me about it is "it is coming". But from what I have learned about it is it isn't really that bad for people who aren't in the high risk category. I urge you to do your own research and do what makes you feel comfortable for your family. So if you are trying to lay low here are a few activities.
I love doing special evenings and activities for my kids or when my brothers kids spend the night. So I thought I'd share with you some fun staycation ideas. As Spring Break approaches this might be fun to do if you aren't planning on heading out of town.
My poor kids and I have been lucky enough to have eczema. While all 3 of us have different symptoms and technically different types they all fall under the eczema umbrella. After seeing multiple dermatologists we eventually ended up at Seattle Children's dermatology for different issues but since I had a top pediatric dermatologist ear, I thought I'd get my questions in about eczema and diaper rash. She was amazing and spent 50% of the appointment talking with about eczema (which wasn't what we were even there for). After giving us a wealth of knowledge I thought I would pass it on. Please remember to consult your doctor before making medical changes.
Oh bad habits we all have them. As another year ticks by I am trying my best to rid my life of bad habits. I am highlighting 5 habits that need to go out the door from snoozing your alarm clock, setting timers on your social media, to anxiety and what anxiety I struggle with. Here are my 5 habits I can hopefully cut out.
I am all about indoor kids activities during the winter. Maybe I spoil them by setting up an activity most days but honestly they will play in it for hours so it is worth it in the end. I always think I missed my calling as a preschool teacher or something cause I just have way too much fun creating activities for the kids. So here are 5 indoor activities that entertain the kids from 1 year all the way up to 6 year olds.
New year new diet.... that is often people's motto but I have never been one to "diet". I am ALL about eating healthy and eating what your body craves. Jay and I eat pretty clean at home most of the time and I am always looking to create new recipes Jay and I will both enjoy. So here is my new lunch favorite Thai chicken quinoa bowls. You can make everything ahead and then make a new bowl every day at lunch this way it keeps all the ingredients fresh.
This year I am doing my "resolutions" a little differently. I love working towards a goal and I figured this year I will pick a goal to accomplish every month. From No Shop January to finding something to volunteer for in October. These goals get me to accomplish or try something I've been putting of doing every month. I have never done this type of resolution or seen anyone do this but I randomly thought of it and decided it would be fun to try. I am printing out a cute version of these monthly goals to hang by our calendar to keep me on track. I cant wait to report back to you with how it is going. So here is my list...
Making cocktails for a big group can be a bit time consuming, but sometimes you need to add a little more excitement to your party then just some bottles of wine. So I am going over 2 of my favorite "punch" format drinks then also my favorite mule recipe. These recipes not only taste amazing but they are also so beautiful for serving at a party. So if you need something to be festive on your bar then try one of these out.
Because guys seem to be the hardest to buy for here is my holiday gift guide. I think one of the best things you can do this year is a family gift. Something he could use to play with the kids and also is fun for him. No lying here I pick 3 big gifts for Jay and ask which one he wants. This takes his typical response of " I don't know" out of it. I usually present him with photos of the 3 options then have him pick. This year he picked the Bowflex Adjustable weights so that's what he is getting. Then I throw in a few other "fun" items and a stocking stuffer. But note to self I really wanted one of the "family" gifts so I messed up as a wife and should of given him one of those as an option... live and learn! Next year!
I surprised Leo this year with a new Christmas "dino" room. To say he was thrilled was an understatement. I made most everything and I wanted to show you how easy it is to swap out a few things in your kids room to get them in the Christmas spirit. So buckle up my DIY friends and check out how to make a wreath and a diorama for your kiddos and a few other little touches that will transform their room for Christmas.