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We all see it in the news and know what’s been going on lately. It’s no secret.

You may be staying at home for precaution or under complete lockdown.

You may be thinking, “This isn’t my normal routine, so how can I manage my time at home long term? Especially with kids!”

You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed or completely lost. So let’s dive into some things to do during a quarantine and time management for when you’re stuck at your home.

Get a Planner

I don’t know if you know this about me but I am a big-time planner. I’m not perfect at it, but I feel better when I have a plan in place, even if it’s a fairly loose one. I feel that it’s easier to plan when I have something to use to get activities in place ahead of time. I would recommend getting a cute planner and using it regularly. There are so many out there to choose from! I will list a couple of my favorites below.

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I love being able to look at my day (or week) and know what’s coming. But it can be hard to do that when you are used to your normal routine. Doing this Covid-19 crisis that routine may be completely upheaved, but it’s actually okay. Believe it or not, you can plan out your week ahead of time with some activities that I will talk about. 

You may be used to getting up for work every day and sending your kids off to school, or you may stay home normally. Either way, I hope you can benefit from some kid friendly activities to pass the time while we stay home. By staying home, we are saving lives, and that’s a big deal! So get yourself a darling little planner and get to filling it out! Let’s look at some ways to do just that.

planning during a quarantine

Activity #1: Hang a Heart

If you’re like me you’ve seen a lot of moms and dads out there participating in the hashtag, #hangaheart. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically where you and your kids design different size hearts from construction paper and cut them out. You then put them on your front window where drivers and passersby see them and are encouraged. It’s to spread some love and positivity to your community and show support to all the healthcare workers risking their lives during this pandemic. It’s a fun way to get kids to be creative and also to teach them a little about what is going on and how to encourage others. I think it’s a win-win! Give it a try!

Activity #2: Getting messy in the kitchen

What kid doesn’t love to spend some quality time with their families? I know my kids love languages would be quality time. They feel important when I or my husband spend some special time with them without distractions. During a quarantine or not, it’s so important!

baking during a quarantine

A good way to do that would be to cook with your kids or bake something yummy! I know this week my kids and I have made lots of dinners and delicious brownies together. And you know what? They seemed to feel so cherished by me because we were spending quality time together in the kitchen. We try to be more keto-friendly as a family so here’s a little recipe we have been using a lot to make keto brownies:

Gluten-Free Almond brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar or stevia
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt (we use pink sea salt from Costco)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Optional: ¼ cup of almonds chopped
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • Optional: more almonds to garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Blend melted butter, sugar, and egg
  3. Blend in almond milk and vanilla
  4. Add each of the other ingredients until mixed together
  5. Stir in almonds and chocolate chips. Yummy!
  6. Use non-stick cooking spray (I always forget this part, Oops!) in an 8×8 baking pan and pour in batter.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 mins.
  8. Let cool and eat up some amazing brownies with your kids!

I got this recipe from Kirkland Signature and slightly modified it. My kids and I have made these several times, and while they aren’t exactly the taste of store-bought, they are pretty darn good! So kick your kids off of their Ipads and get to cooking friends!

Activity #3: Get Creative

Depending on where you live, you may be able to go outside and soak up some sunshine. It is so good for you and your kiddos to just get outside and play, walk, bike ride, or just hang out! Here are some outside activities to do with your sweet little ones:

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bike ride
  • Rock painting
  • Collect leaves
  • Make a wildlife journal
  • Nature scavenger hunt

If you have less than desirable weather, there are things to do with kids inside such as doing a kids yoga video and exercise program even if it’s 15 mins a day. We also love doing some fun crafts while inside and even simple coloring. Click HERE for a collection of free printables for kids to color.

Activity #4: Make time for yourself

How many times have we said, “When I have time I’ll…” or “I wish I had the time for…”? I know at different times in my life I’ve said this more times than I’d like to admit. Between working, your spouse, parenting, errands and kids extracurriculars it can be hard to put time into yourself. What are you passionate about? What gives YOU joy? 

Oftentimes we put those things on the back burner when we have a million other things to juggle in life. But you know what? With this crisis going on, while it can be a scary thought, it can also be a blessing in disguise. 

woman working on a computer

What I mean by this is that we may find ourselves with extra time on our hands while being off work and slowing down a bit. Take some time to find out what is important to you as a person and make them happen! Whether it’s a hobby, online business or even a blog, now is a good time to pour into yourself.

I hope you are encouraged and found some new things to do during a quarantine. If you want some other content, click HERE to see my post about how to decorate for FREE. Stay safe and healthy and I will see you next time!

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Rae