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This blog is written while we are confronted with social distancing, COVID-19, and pretty much forced to stay at home.
How about we make lemonade out of lemons. Let's look at what we can do, not what we feel like we can't.
The one thing at Thistles and Coos that we stress on daily social media sites and in our lives is to live and travel simpler. This is one of those times. When the world seems to be a little confusing at the moment, let's take a moment and breathe.
You may not be able to get away for a vacation, so have the most amazing time "away" on your travels... in the comfort and safe space of your casa!
First and foremost: This is not a time to just focus on chores… really disconnect. Unplug the phone. Feel like you are on a real away-from-home vacation.
Save money : think about your last vacation, you may have spent tons .. now you can save
Enjoy your home space again
Renew and recharge
Hygge (that cozy feeling)
Create A New Perspective On Your Own Space
stand back and look around the room:
make a space cozier (Get our your fluffy pillows and soft blankets)
Buy some new plants (name them!.. They are family)
Rearrange furniture in the room. Get a whole new look.
Turn your bed in to a retreat. Buy the expensive sheets (you spend 8 hours a day sleeping on them… don’t hold back.. Go all out!), comforters, pillows, blankets.
Get in the kitchen
Pinterest has so many fancy meal recipes: cook with the family.
Got an apron? Make a cooking video. Learn to edit it and just have fun with the meme’s and apps.
Have a baking day. Make cakes, cookies, and/or pies.
Learn a new craft: knitting, crocheting.
Make a blanket, think cozy
Make a scrapbook bucket list from old magazines. Cut out ideas and glue them into a dreamy scrapbook. Dream away now… make it a reality later!
Sew .. YouTube has lots of beginner tutorials
Make a photo wall
Paint.. Watercolor.. Acrylics
Make a new photo album. Organize the photos that have been in a box for years.
DIY bullet journal
Binge on a new TV show series
Binge on movies: pick an actor and watch their movies, or pick a genre and veg out
Watch old home movies
Camp out in the living room. Set up tents, battery-operated candles, sleeping bags..
Spend Time Outdoors
Picnic outside. Make a fantastic meal. Get the best china and cutlery, a blanket, wine!
If you have a projector, set up a movie theatre outside. Get your blankets, pillows, beanbags and a white sheet. Set up a movie house in your backyard.
Turn on your sprinkler and run through it, or make a slip and slide.
Make some tea, get your lawn chair and go sit under your favorite tree or in your coziest place, and take a nap or read. Get your Vitamin D.
Plan and start your garden
Grill out hamburgers and hotdogs, eat on your deck
Sit outside.. Wake up with the sun.. watch the colors of a sunset.. gaze at the stars
Take the dogs for a long overdue walk. They will love you even more (if that is possible)
Go on a hike
Turn down the lamps, place candles all through the room, pour your favorite drink and just breathe. Talk. Be silent. Find your happy place.
Take a long bath.. Set up candles, music, turn the lights low.. Try not to fall asleep
Give yourself or a family member an awesome manicure and pedicure
Play board games..
Do a puzzle
Sing karaoke.. Make a contest out of it
Got old CD’s, tapes, records? Time to have a dance-off
Create a scavenger hunt