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EntertainmentWe love watching movies with friends on Netflix Party. It's a way to feel like we are in the same room together, even if we aren't. Download the extension for free (with your Netflix subscription), and Netflix will start a video at the same time for everyone in your group. You can use the Party's live group chat function, or you can use your phone to conference call if you like to talk while you watch.
For KidsIt's hard to keep younger kids busy for so many hours at home, but here's one product that has helped. It's a long-sleeved art smock with pockets that inspires kids to get creative. We've used it on so many different occasions, including painting, play-doh, cooking, and gardening. It cleans off easy, so there's no worry.
So many of us are using Zoom to meet virtually with co-workers, friends or family. We've taken classes, held birthday parties, and are planning to celebrate the upcoming holidays with family. But it's not the only option available. Google hangouts is a simple and free(!) way to communicate with friends, family, or teachers. You can use it with video or without, and works on your computer, chromebook, phone or tablet (with the app). Our kids have a standing lunch hangout with their classmates so they can feel a bit of normalcy every day.
Relaxation TimeSpending more time in bed reading or watching TV? Are you sitting on the floor playing with the kids? Or do your teenage kids want to get more comfortable while they study? If so, we recommend this reading pillow. It provides great back support and it's super comfy.
Work at Home
So many of us are working from home these days, which means we are on more video chats and phone calls than ever before. We've found that good quality headphones are essential. Wireless is helpful and noise cancelling is an added bonus if you have kids or roommates. We are fans of Apple Airpods and Bose headphones but there are many other less-expensive options available too.
Home SchoolWith everyone at home, it's hard to keep track of schedules, due dates, and virtual appointments. We've found it works best if everything is written out large in front of us. One option, especially for younger kids, is a simple white board that you update each day. For older kids, a dry erase board calendar is a good way to organize calls and write down the to-do items for each day. You can have one family calendar, or a different white board per student.
We are excited about this new cookbook coming out on April 7 from the Food Network, called The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook. It's 150+ easy recipes for young cooks, plus bonus games and food trivia. Sounds like the perfect way to entertain the kids, get them more involved in mealtime, and maximize the basic ingredients we are able to buy.
Home Exercise EquipmentIt's hard to get motivated to exercise when you are stuck at home. And larger exercise equipment can get expensive. Which is why we are having fun with these exercise dice. Just roll the dice and do what it says. No thinking involved! We love playing this with our family to see who can do each exercise quicker, and we've even played virtually with friends that we miss seeing at the gym.
Supporting local businessThis one's not a must-have, but it is a must-do. If we want those small businesses we love to make it through this time, we need to help. These include restaurants, stores and small online businesses. What can we do? If you are willing, make sure to order food for special take-out meals, or books and clothes from shops that can deliver. Or order gift cards that you can use when stores reopen. If you are not financially able, at least make sure to give a shout-out to your favorites on social media to remind others to support them too. For more ideas, check out this post from MomGenerations.
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*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $50 gift card to your favorite local business, provided that the gift card can easily be purchased online. Winner can opt to receive $50 via PayPal if a local business gift card can not be purchased online. Giveaway is open through April 19th, 2020 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.
Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member Eureka00.