Month: March 2020

10 Activities to Do While Stuck at Home

10 Activities to Do While Stuck at Home

During this serious time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for eliminating social contact, many people have had to cancel their upcoming plans. This includes vacations, concerts, hands on activity classes, and so much more. We live in a fast paced society and look forward to these down times for rest and relaxation. A time to forget about all of the stress in our lives and just have fun. While having to cancel our plans, we don’t have to succumb to the sofa. I have put together a list of 10 activities to do while stuck at home.

Visit explore

explore (www.explore.org) is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others. (explore)

explore features a wide range of topics—from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, explore films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them. (explore)

You can watch an array of live cams. Just to name a few – African safari, dog shelters, cat sanctuaries, oceans, birds, bears, alligators, zen cams, and so much more. I don’t know how I am going to finish this article, because I can’t stop switching through all of the different live cams. FYI, if you don’t already know, I am a huge animal lover.

Visit NASA

Take a look at the International Space Station on UStream. This is a live video from the International Space Station which includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html

You can also watch high definition views of Earth from the space station. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

Visit Scholastic Magazines

From the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines: Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! classroommagazines.scholastic.com

Visit Josh Gad on Twitter (@joshgad)

Every night during the Coronavirus quarantines, actor Josh Gad will be reading children’s books at 7:30 PM/EST/4:30 PT

Visit Stand Up NY

Laughter is good for the soul. While it is not a good idea to go out to the comedy club at this time, you can still see the shows from the comfort of your own home. Stand Up NY is offering live stream shows. Check out their website www.standupny.com for performance schedules. There is a fee for this activity.

Stand Up NY opened its doors in 1986 and has since become one of New York City’s premiere comedy clubs. Celebrated for its rich history, elegant interior and outstanding performers, Stand Up NY has created an exclusive comedy experience as it sets the standard for other comedy clubs. From Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock to Jon Stewart, our stage continues to be a breeding ground for the brightest stars of today and tomorrow. (Stand Up NY)

Visit the Metropolitan Opera

Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM from the company’s homepage.  (The featured performances—and several others—are available via the Met Opera on Demand subscription service, though the videos in the nightly series will be made available for free for 20 hours following the initial stream). (PLAYBILL)

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. (The Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, with its first opera house built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own theater. In the company’s early years, the management changed course several times, first performing everything in Italian (even Carmen and Lohengrin), then everything in German (even Aida and Faust), before finally settling into a policy of performing most works in their original language, with some notable exceptions. (The Metropolitan Opera)

Visit Google Arts & Culture

Going to a crowded museum is not in the cards for us at the moment, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the arts. Google has partnered with over 500 museums and galleries so that you can view these exquisite pieces right from your computer. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop

Cook Meals Together

Get creative with what’s in the kitchen and prepare a meal with your family. This would be a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to clean vegetables before cooking. It is also a great way to enjoy quality time together.

Read a Book

Do you love reading books but life is just too fast paced? This is your time to shine! We will all be having some downtime, so take a moment to enjoy a new novel. Reading material tip: many public libraries have books to download on to your computer.

Play a Board Game

My husband and I are big board game fans. In our home we have four large shelves stocked with our favorite games. Most people have at least one game or a deck of cards to pull out. Bring it to the table with a favorite snack and enjoy family game night. If you are leery of touching game pieces, try doing some charades using the Play Charades app. It’s free, gives clues, provides a timer, and you can keep score http://www.playcharades.net/

Shown above is the game Caverna. One of my favorite games. https://amzn.to/2x0d8Q2

That concludes my list of 10 activities to do when stuck at home. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of my suggestions. Please feel free to share other ideas that I might have missed.

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10 Best Travel Accessories for Dogs

10 Best Travel Accessories for Dogs

I am a huge dog lover! I have two at the moment, but would definitely have more if room permitted, and we didn’t travel much. How do dogs and traveling relate? There are decisions to make on how to provide care for your dog(s) while you are away. The options that are available are bringing them with you, finding someone to make house visits, or have them stay at a boarding facility. Boarding can be very expensive. Our family has been extremely fortunate as our Australian Shepherd’s breeder does boarding. She takes great care of the dogs in her care and we highly respect her. With that being said, we have traveled with our dogs in the past. Listed below are 10 travel accessories to bring while traveling with dogs. A few of these items I have used (and wouldn’t travel without), but I have also listed a few pieces that I haven’t, but will definitely be trying out in the future.

1. Top Dog Travel Bag – Airline Approved

This bag is amazing! In the past I used a beach bag to carry everything, but this is a game changer. There is a divider inside to keep everything organized. On the sides of the bag there is a pocket for a water bottle, and the other side has a zipper pouch. The bag also includes an insulated storage container for food and treats. The container can hold up to 13 cups of dog food. The bag also provides two collapsible bowls. If there is one thing to take on a trip, this is it! https://amzn.to/32MFol0

2. The Absolute Kitchen Reusable Airtight Pet Storage Container

If your dog’s travel bag doesn’t include food storage containers, you may be opted to store their food in plastic bags. You can help keep the environment cleaner by using these storage bags by The Absolute Kitchen. These containers are built to last and can be washed and used over again. They are even dishwasher safe! https://amzn.to/39hkPzl

3. Comsun 2-Pack Extra Large Collapsible Dog Bowls

I love carrying around these collapsible bowls, whether we are out on a long walk or on a road trip. It’s a convenience to always have a vessel ready to offer your dog a fresh drink of water. https://amzn.to/2vydeOb

4. RC Pet Products Pet First Aid Kit

You never want to be stuck in a situation where your pet needs medical attention. Having a first aid kit is especially helpful if your are hiking. This kit includes bandages, gloves, gauze pads, antiseptic and more. https://amzn.to/32HjMGw

5. AmazonBasics Enhanced Dog Waste Bags

This item is good for everyday use and not just for traveling. I just wanted to share, because the bargain is too good not to. We live in a condo and don’t have a huge back yard. This means we take lots of walks. These bags are thick, have a nice scent, and an amazing price! If you go through a lot of waste bags, you will definitely want to save this link. https://amzn.to/2Te366u

6. Zesty Paws Advanced Calming Bites

Many dogs have heightened anxiety while traveling. It’s such an exciting time to be out with their humans. We have been fortunate that our dogs do well in the car…now. When our Australian Shepherd was a puppy, she would always get car sick. She outgrew it. If she didn’t I definitely would have given these calming bites a try. They have excellent reviews. https://amzn.to/2PCSITl

7. Doggie World Dog Car Seat Cover

This car seat cover works in cars, Suvs and trucks. It will keep your dog safe and your seats clean. I also love how it has a seat belt that can attach to their harness, and a flap to protect the sides of the seat. This car seat cover is machine washable. https://amzn.to/38ft25O

8. Vastar 2 Pack Adjustable Pet Dog Car Seat Belt

This seat belt is designed to keep your dog away from the center console. It is so easy to use. Simply click the belt hook to your furry friends’ harness and they will be safe on your travels. https://amzn.to/39iIIGN

9. Trunk Cargo Liner

We don’t have one of these yet, but it is literally sitting in my Amazon cart (as we speak) for later . When we travel with the pups, we always take them in the suv. This means that there is dog hair EVERYWHERE. Having this insert will save time, as you can just shake it out and throw it in the washing machine as needed. https://amzn.to/39iBaDR

10. Car Dog Barrier

On short trips I usually have my pups in the backseat without a belt or seat protector. My Australian Shepherd constantly tries to hop in the front seat, so I will be purchasing one of these shortly. The mesh barrier is also great; as you can detach it from one side, and use it as a storage bag when your dogs aren’t traveling with you. https://amzn.to/2Th4tRV

I hope that my list will be helpful for you on your next travel, which includes your furry family member. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these items or have any other recommendations.

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