A lot of our normal everyday ways of life have changed since COVID19 struck. I’m learning to adapt to things that come my way and finding new ways to do things. For example, I’ve learned the art of stick-on nails, facial masks, and vegetarian cooking at home. What are some of the things you’ve learned during COVID19 that you had not done previously?
My son’s homework in art class this week really opened my eyes up to how nature can be used in art. We went around the yard picking up anything we thought could fix into a picture such as branches, leaves, flowers, grass, etc. Each art piece can be made to look like something or just a design. We laid ours out on the driveway for a picture but it can be placed on paper as well. It’s a great way to get outside and see what the outdoors has to offer with all its beauty and turn it into a gorgeous art piece.!
With a quarantined Easter approaching, I’ve been thinking about fun ideas to fill my son’s Easter basket with. This year will be much different than before as I’m going to need to use things in my house I may have or that I can order online quickly. Things such as snacks in the house he loves but may not get often, electronic gift cards, and coupons for fun things to do when this quarantine ends are some ideas that come to mind! Dipping pretzel sticks in a melted pot of chocolate chips and adding sprinkles to the top is a quick easy idea to replace the chocolate bunnies you may not have this year. Another fun idea is to make sugar cookies in Easter shapes and let your child decorate them for their Easter basket. Using food coloring to color hard boiled eggs is always a hit! A coupon to rent a movie your child has been wanting to see (include popcorn and candy) on Netflix, plastic eggs filled with cash, your child’s favorite drink (Gatorade, flavored water, etc.), a coupon for your child’s favorite dinner, an ice cream party, or a spa night are a few more ideas. There are lots of fun ways to make your child’s Easter perfect even during the quarantine!
How is everyone surviving the quarantine? Life has changed in so many ways for me and I’m adjusting to the new ‘norm’. It makes me realize, nothing in life should be taken for granted. I can see a difference in people as we come together as a nation to help those in need during this difficult time. I have spent more time outside than ever in my life! While walking in my neighborhood, it seems that everyone is waving and friendly (from a 6 ft distance), trying to keep a positive attitude even though a lot of people are going through tough times. A trip to the grocery store can now be fearful, however, I’m so thankful for the employees in these ‘essential’ businesses who go to work day in and day out putting themselves in harms way to help others. As much as I’m fearful for this awful virus and the lives it has destroyed, I’m thankful for those who have stepped up and made a positive impact. I personally have found ways to donate to those in need as well as delivered care packages to front door steps. I pray this quarantine ends soon and no more lives are taken. Have you found a way to help others? Everyone please stay safe and try to remain positive with a smile on your face with hope for our future!
Being quarantined at home for what looks like weeks to come has really opened my eyes to appreciate things I took for granted previously. My son and I have been exploring, creating, building, and so much more. We have not watched television yet during this whole quarantine and it’s honestly felt great! I don’t have anything against television but it’s been my goal to keep my son busy with activities we don’t always have time for. Some of our activities have included building forts from boxes, baking new recipes, coloring wall hangings, shrinky dinks, playing board games, flying a kite, walking our dogs, nurf wars, reading books, building a birdhouse, playing basketball/soccer/baseball/golf/football, and just keeping a positive attitude! It’s so important during this rough time to stay positive and know we will get through this as a nation. How are you keeping yourself and your family busy and positive?
What are some of your favorite beauty products? A few of my favorites are pictured above. It is a mix of cheaper and pricier products. I was sick earlier this week; I felt very pale and looked awful. I discovered Neutrogena bright boost gel cream. I started using it every morning and night and my skin feels so much brighter and hydrated. The ELF hydrating face primer is something I use every morning before applying any type of makeup. It helps keep my face hydrated and is used as a protectant.
I am embarrassed to admit this but I had fake eye lashes applied by a professional for a large event I attended a few months ago. Unfortunately they somehow affected my real eye lashes and my lashes all broke off. I did not know if my eye lashes would grow back again but after only 2 months, they have (picture below)! I use Rodan Fields lash boost every night and I can say it truly works. It is a bit pricey but so worth it. The last thing on my favorites list is a good mascara and my favorite is the Unique 4D mascara. It really gives my lashes a boost. I’ve tried many mascaras and this is my favorite.
What are your favorite beauty products?
What are your favorite places to visit in North Carolina for a weekend? There are so many fun options less than a 4 hour drive from Raleigh. The beach is the first one that comes to mind (Wrightsville, Topsail, Carolina Beach, Outer Banks, Emerald Isle, etc.) followed by the mountains (Blowing Rock, Boone, Asheville, etc.) and then the big cities (Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, etc.). North Carolina offers so much to do with beaches and mountains so close by! Big cities such as Charlotte can be so much fun also to see a sports game, NASCAR race, Great Wolf Lodge, concert, and so on. What are you favorite places to go on a weekend trip?
With the end of Winter wrapping up, I started the decluttering and organizing process preparing for Spring. I try to go through items and ensure cleanings have been done between seasons. I’ve included a list below of some Winter cleaning ideas! When do you do your best cleaning?
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. In my free time, I love to stay active working out, playing sports, traveling, crafting, attending a sports game/concert, or shopping!