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No.1 in the Homebound Series.

Sometimes we forget how amazing nature is. After a few days of staying cooped up sheltering-in-place I’ve decided there is no harm in stepping outside - while observing social distancing of course. Time to get out and enjoy the fresh air!

"I’m working on getting in a routine that uplifts by weaving small moments of joy throughout the day." Dayna Jackson

No. 1

Dog Park

Starting small (attainable goals right?), I’m dedicating time once a day to take our dog Rudder to the park in our neighborhood. We’re both already benefiting from the playtime and exercise!

If you’re the mom of a toddler I bet you’re laughing at the idea of using shelter-in-place for a new hobby.

No. 2

Picnic Time

This one's for the moms. Change up lunch/snack time with an impromptu picnic in the backyard. I love the ideas in this article which promises a fuss-free picnic pulled together in 15 minutes or less. Lie back for cloud watching after your meal and maybe the kids will take their nap early.

No. 3

Forget Using Indoor Voices

If you’re needing further ways to entice your kids into the backyard, check out this list adorably dubbed 50 things to do before you're 11¾. The list is courtesy of the UK and I admit reading about ‘wellies’ and ‘conkers’ put a smile on my face. Activity favorites include No. 4 - Build a den, and N.17 Set up a snail race.

No. 4

Dinner al'Fresco

Dining outdoors elevates every meal, and easy additions of soft light and music quickly pump up the ambiance.

No. 5

Cozy Stargazing

Night sky events are gaining media coverage right now. This list of celestial events allows you to pencil in dates you don’t want to miss this year, and up to a decade in the future. Don’t worry if you’re reading this at the start of a new moon - meteor showers and more are best seen when the sky is at its darkest.

No. 6

Scenic Hiking

I wasn’t at all enthusiastic about hiking until I found All Trails, the phone app we use to decide where to hike next. The app quickly sorts routes by factors like difficulty level, wildlife sightings, and scenery to decide upfront if the journey will be worth it. On spring trips I check out recently posted photos to see whether snow is still on the ground.


What uplifting activities are you weaving into your new routine?

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