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In case you were wondering, today is "Blursday the Fortyteenth of Maprilay".


In other words, it's Day #61 of Covid restrictions here in San Diego County, and surely, I'm not the only one who is SO READY to actually know what day and month it is again!!📆⁣

I cannot wait to have a real schedule and routine again, and I'm honestly starting to doubt whether that day will ever come! #whenwillthiseverend

In the meantime, a wise woman once told me...(or maybe I saw it on Pinterest) ⁣

"Focus on what you can actually control rather than the things you can't". 🎯⁣

And that's what I've been doing for the month of May!


It's amazing how much better I feel on the days that I actually accomplish something (and get out of my pj's)

To fight the mind-numbing monotony of quarantine, I've been doing a deep "spring cleaning" of one thing in my home each day and thought I would share my printable plan with you in case you are LOSING.YOUR.MIND too!

Feel free to click on the image above and print out a calendar to motivate yourself or help hold yourself accountable...and bonus, your house will be super clean and germ-free in the process...now I call that a WIN-WIN!!


In return, I have a small request for you to help me out...What are some things you are doing to stay sane right now?? (Besides drinking wine, I've already go that in my boredom arsenal! 🍷)


Until next time, cheers to a squeaky clean home and to you NOT losing your marbles! 🥂


XOXO,


💗Magan


It's day #45 of the Covid-19 sheltering in place here in California (not that I'm counting or anything!).


And, if you are anything like me, then daily you are on the verge of losing your mind during this CRAY CRAY time.


Honestly, one minute I'm good and feel hopeful and optimistic focusing on the "silver linings", and another moment I'm crying and wondering if I'll ever get to hug my friends again or go out on a date with my honey without worries!


I know we are all just trying to make it through the TOTAL insanity of these last few weeks, and I've been trying to brainstorm some things to make my family and me feel more upbeat, and I've decided that focusing on future fun is just want this Fam Bam might need!


So what's the solution??


...create a Post-Covid Family Bucket List!!


Oh lordy, yes...doesn't that sound amazing and inspiring and cheerful and heavenly??


There is going to be a LIFE. POST. QUARANTINE.


So let's get into it...just how do you do that?

1. BRAINSTORM YOUR LITTLE HEART OUT


Spend a little time as a family to have a session of verbally brainstorming all of the exciting things your kids would like to "safely" do once we start to get a few more of our social freedoms back!


I honestly think you'll be a bit surprised by what sounds fun to your kids.


I have found that my kiddos have been missing the simplest of things...getting ice cream, taking a bike ride at the beach, shopping at the mall (okay, maybe shopping isn't so surprising since I have 2 teen girls!).

Having a quick family discussion aloud will get the idea juices flowing. My kiddos always seem a bit more chatty at dinner, so plan to have your brainstorming session at the optimal time for your family.


Need some inspiration of activities to add to your family bucket list??


I've created a list of 101 fun things to do with kids below if your family needs some extra prompts and ideas.




2. PUT IT TO PAPER


After your family's verbal brainstorm session, have your kids write down some of their favorite ideas.


If your children are too young to write or do this on their own, then you can verbally talk about what they would like to do and write it down for them.

Caution: If you have a child who is very literal (like I do 🙋🏻) remind them this is just a "brainstorming" session. Just because they write down "Take a trip to the moon" does NOT mean it's set in stone, and you are heading off to NASA for training!

I've created several printable templates to help you! Use whichever ones you think will work best for your child's age.


Feel free to print out one for yourself too!! Goodness knows, us mamas need some things to look forward...like NOT cooking for a month, or possibly the rest of our lifetime!!


Click on the images below to access the printable PDF

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3. SHARING IS CARING


Once you're done writing down all of your ideas, as a family, chat about them and come up with a modified family list that seems "do-able"! Feel free to add a few things that may feel like a bit of a stretch...it's good to have some exciting dream events that are a little out of reach.


I'd highly recommend typing your family's "bucket list" and posting it somewhere visible in your home to help you stay positive through this challenging time and to encourage you that things will get back to some semblance of "normal" again!


My hope is that this time of isolation and social distancing makes my family and me more appreciative of the small things in life and to not ever take our day-to-day lives for granted!


I hope you and your family find some hope and inspiration in this activity that will help you get through the tough days!


Remember...More fun and life adventures await us all! #thistooshallpass

Until next time, cheers to sanity and optimism, and cheers to you! 🥂


XOXO,

💗Magan




How many jigsaw puzzles can one family do during a month of sheltering in place from the Corona Virus??


According to my calculations as of today...at least 8!


Although I am a BIG TIME jigsaw puzzle maniac, I've started realizing we need a few more things in our pandemic activity arsenal to fight the lockdown doldrums, and I'm guessing you too are starting to look for some new ideas to keep your sanity!


So, I've compiled a list of creative, easy, and super fun ideas just for you and your family!


(Note: The links in this post are AMAZON affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our full disclaimer policy here.)


Let's dive right in...

1. Create a Neighborhood Art Museum with Sidewalk Chalk - check out this inspiring idea here!


2. Do a Workout Class Together - My family has found tons of them on Youtube.


3. Neighborhood Walk Bingo or an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt - Click on the links to get the free printable sheets.


4. Paint Kindness Rocks and leave them around your neighborhood.


5. Plan a Themed Dinner Night! You can even dress up for your theme. I absolutely love this idea of pairing dinner with a Disney Movie. Genius!!

6. Zoom/Facetime with Family and Friends - the “House Party” app also has some games you can play while having screen time with your loved ones.

7. Create a Family Bucket List focused on things to do after the pandemic.


8. Play Yard Games - Our family favorites are Corn Hole, Badminton, Horseshoes, Spike Ball, and Giant Jenga.



9. Host a Family Talent Show - Watch out, I've got a killer yodel that would even impress Simon Cowell!


10. Play "Would You Rather" - we frequently play this game during dinner, and I’m always amazed to learn something new about my hubby and kids! You can grab the free printable game and instructions here on the "Skip to My Lou" blog!


11. Learn Something New - always wanted to learn to sew, or knit, or watercolor? This is the perfect time to try something you've never done before!



12. Watch Old Home Movies or Videos Clips from your cell phone - this was a family fave activity!! Lots of laughs and quite a few tears from Mama Bear!


13. Pretend You Are Going to the Theatre and Watch a Play on Youtube - National Theatre shares full plays every Thursday night.



14. Set Up the Tent and Camp - you can try this outside or inside, or heck both!


15. Try a New Recipe…or two or three…Pinterest is my go-to place for inspiration for new meals. I've made a "recipes to try" inspiration board so I never run out of ideas!


16. Have a Backyard Campfire with S’mores - Don't have a fire pit?…make S’mores over your stovetop! BONUS POINTS: Sing a few camp songs!


17. Get Your Silly on and Make a Family Tik Tok Video - we just made our first one, and it was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time!



18. Plant a Garden - We don’t have much open yard space, so we started regrowing veggie scraps in our kitchen window. Check out my sprouting lettuce!



19. Have a Blindfolded Taste Test

20. Learn a New Family Game - our favorites are Bubble Talk, Telestrations and Left, Center, Right. Got one your family loves?? Leave me a comment and let me know!

21. Play Indoor Hide and Seek - my family especially loves the sardine version, so give that one a try too!

22. Turn an Old Table into a Ping Pong Table - you can get this kit to help you convert any table into a table tennis venue!




23. Binge-Watch an Entire Movie Franchise - pop some popcorn and turn on Star Wars, Happy Potter, Marvel, etc


24. Play Virtual Bingo with Friends or Family - you can grab the printable cards and instructions at BingoMaker.com.


25. Create a Home Spa with face masks, massages, and mani/pedis - um, can we do this EVERY DAY!?!? Yes, please!


26. Make a Family Time Capsule - one day (hopefully soon) this quarantine will all be just a memory, so be sure to document this unprecedented time together. I am totally digging the free time capsule worksheets at KidsActivities.com


27. Get Your Family Moving with a "Couch to 5K" Program - there is an app and many super helpful online plans to get you started! #nomorecouchpotato



28. Host a Scavenger Hunt Challenge online with friends or family - this idea from Play.Party.Plan. looks like a blast!!


29. Play JackBox Party - JackBox Party is my family's favorite digital game that we all can play together (and most of the time without an argument!)


30. Organize - When all else fails, you can always clean and declutter your house…here’s my 30-Day Clutter Clean Out Challenge to get you started!



Want a printable version of the 30 ideas above??


BAM!



Your wish is my command!!


I'd love to hear what you are doing to keep everyone happy and sane at your house.


Drop me a line and let me know what new creative things I should try with my fam bam!


Until next time,


Cheers to staying healthy and happy, and cheers to you!🥂


XOXO,


💗Magan