In 2016, I had a fire lit under me. I remember being so passionate about doing my part in the fight against racism. I thought I was saying and doing all of the right things to get through to others. But then I replied to someone’s “Black lives matter” quote with “All lives matter, stop dividing us (something along those lines).” And people started replying to me in the most negative way. ⁣
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I was honestly so confused. Didn’t they know I was on their side? ⁣
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So instead of continuing to try to prove my point, I reached out to a friend from high school and asked her if she would explain what I had done wrong. And even though she didn’t have to, she did. And I understood immediately why what I said was absolutely the wrong thing to say. Thank you, Kendra!⁣
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If you are using the term “all lives matter” in response to anything that is going on in our country right now, I implore you to research why it’s wrong. There are a number of articles and graphics out there that explain it brilliantly. One being the picture of two houses, one on fire and one perfectly fine. But a person is spraying water on the house that isn’t burning down, while saying “all houses matter”. Of course they do, but right now, we need to focus and save the one that is burning down. ⁣
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For a lot of us, this is new and as we continue to fight, we will make mistakes, as I did years ago. But as long as we are learning from those mistakes, and growing as people, it’s ok! Recognize where you’ve gone wrong. Learn why. Continue to educate others. We are stronger together. ⁣
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Yesterday, I read. ⁣
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And even if every single other person in this country did the same thing on #blackouttuesday, it didn’t magically change the lives of black people overnight. It was only 24 hours. That shouldn’t surprise you. ⁣
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We still have work to do. ⁣
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We need to continue to read, continue to watch, continue to listen, continue to share... Continue to teach our kids and have the uncomfortable conversations with those around us that still don’t understand that this isn’t about all lives. This is about black lives. This isn’t about not being a racist. This is about anti-racism. ⁣
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Continuing to educate ourselves and others so that things will change speaks louder than any black box ever will. ⁣
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Will you stay silent or will you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight? ⁣
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Art by my 14 year old daughter, Lucia, who has been more vocal about this situation than many adults. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough #teenartist #digitalart #loveoneanother #cometogether #antiracism #keepgoing #keepgrowing

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Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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But staying silent can be misinterpreted too.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough

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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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The marathon begins today at 11am EST and ends Sunday night.. so grab your popcorn and tune in with us. Don't forget to check out our stories where we'll be sharing what it's like to watch a movie with us (almost as entertaining as the movies themselves). #LifetimeLoyals  #LifetimeTV #LOM30 ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxietyrelief #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietysucks #anxietyattack #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthblogger #mystory #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #anxietyproblems #mentalhealthblog #anxietyproblems #dontsufferinsilence #mentalhealthhelp #changeyourthoughts #mindsetmatters #anxietyisreal #affirmations #positiveaffirmations #affirmationsoftheday #affirmation #positivethinking #quotesdaily #quotestoliveby #positivequotes

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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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Head to the blog (link in bio or swipe up in stories) for the easy to follow recipe. ⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously...

I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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I’ve gotten so much positive...

In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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#scavengerhunt #activitiesforkids #activities #outdooractivities #outdooractivity #familytime #familyadventures #thingstodo #thingstodoinquarantine #backyardfun #printables #freeprintables #funtogether  #familybonding #funtime #kidscrafts #craftymom #craftersofinstagram #imadethis #makeityourself #craftygirl #stufftodo #familyactivities #neighborhood #familyfitness #kidsactivities #kidsactivity #homeactivities #thingstodoathome

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Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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#memorialdayweekend #memorialday #memorialweekend #scavengerhunt #activitiesforkids #activities #outdooractivities #outdooractivity #familytime #familyadventures #puppyface #bestiegoals #bestiesforlife #thingstodo #thingstodoinquarantine #backyardfun #printables #freeprintables #targetstyle #targetfinds #targetdollarspot #targetdoesitagain #funtogether #capturethemoment #bestfriendsforever #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogs #familybonding #funtime #puppylover

Although our city is slowly...

Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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#applefritter #applefries #cinnamon #cinnamonsugar #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #foodinsta #foodielife #foodielovers #instafoods #kidfriendly #yummyyummy #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo #recipes #easyrecipes #recipeshare #whatsfordessert #snackideas #musttry #musttryfood #recipeoftheday #recipeideas #foodstagram #foodstyling #imadethis #madewithlove #snacktime

Back in January, we visited...

Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy During Quarantine Includes Free Printable

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I hope that as you’re reading this, you and your family are staying safe, have everything you need and are keeping yourselves busy. If you are a medical worker or an essential employee, I want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you for putting yourself in a situation that is probably scary and that may compromise your own health. You are the real heroes. For the parents that are at home trying to figure out this whole “distance learning” or homeschool, or whatever else you may be calling it, while juggling your everyday chores, work and life, you are doing a great job! And if no one has thanked you yet, thank you!

If you’re still looking for some kids activities to do during quarantine, to keep them entertained, I wanted to share this awesome printable that my friend Amy aka @confessionsofamomster created. She also created the cleaning and organizing calendar that I shared last month. This one gives you ideas for something to do every day with the kids. It will give them something to look forward to!

Kids Activities for Quarantine Free Printable

It’s easy to download. Just click on the image above, or Quarantine for Kids and save to your computer if you want to print it out, or to your phone if you want to save the paper. Best part is, you can work these kids activities for quarantine into your own schedule. You can choose to skip around, or do them in order. It’s totally your choice. I love that it shares a wide variety of activities, such as crafts, cooking, exercise, educational activities and even some cleaning.

Free Activity Kits

Our friends at Worldwide Buddies launched free stay-at-home activity kits inspired by their book, The Book of Cultures, to help families have some meaningful, happy times at home. Feel free to use them, or even share with people you think can benefit from them!
the book of cultures stay at home activity kit

Backyard Camping

Who says you have to leave your backyard to have an adventure. If you love camping, this is a great option for you and your family. I love this idea that Christine shared on her blog. Check out how she successfully pulled off camping in her backyard.

Can’t Go Wrong With Art

Chalk Your Walk

You may have seen the “chalk your walk” trend all over social media recently. Families are spending time making their sidewalks and driveways beautiful by drawing on them with chalk! Best part is that when it rains, it cleans it all up for you!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

chalk your walk
Left: @beingbullard Right: @bootsbowsandbeaches

Melted Crayon Art

Something we recently did that the girls LOVED was melted crayon art. It’s super easy and best of all, very inexpensive. The whole project cost us around $6.

Paint Pouring

We’ve been wanting to do this for so long, but I have been putting it off because I am afraid of the mess.  After seeing Christine and her girls create beautiful pieces of art through paint pouring, I’m ready to try!

There are so many fun ways to keep the kids busy. And if you run out of options and just need something quick and easy, coloring books and crayons are a quick go-to! How are you keeping busy in your home? Comment below and let us know!

Now that COVID-19 is keeping us all at home, here is a great free printable with lots of activities to keep your kids busy.

 

 

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  • Rodrygo
    April 25, 2020

    Great tips, will try these out!

  • Natalie
    April 7, 2020

    Lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing this. It’s much needed. I think we will try melted crayons today.

  • keikilani
    April 6, 2020

    Love this printable! I’m taking all the extra ideas I can find right now to keep the kids busy.

  • Stephen
    April 5, 2020

    It’s looking more and more likely that a full lockdown is in the way without the ability to go out for exercise, meaning posts like this will be so useful for parents
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  • Lavern Moore
    April 5, 2020

    I printed this out for the little ones here and they loved it. Looking forward to more printables.

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    April 4, 2020

    This is a great list and a great printable! The first few days being at home were challenging, but my kids have started enjoying their favorite at-home hobbies again. My son has been creating with legos and my daughter has been crocheting. The TV was only on for about 30 minutes today
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  • Catherine
    April 4, 2020

    Lots of great ideas here…I think crafts are also a great learning experience. Great post to share 🙂

  • Vicky
    April 4, 2020

    Give me ALL the ideas for keeping kids busy during this time! 🙂 Love these!

  • Joy
    April 4, 2020

    what a nice list of ideas. i have heard on the news about the scavenger hunt for teddy bears in neighbors’ windows. so cool and clever. hope you and your kids are keeping sane.

  • Daniel
    April 4, 2020

    Thanks for all the great ideas! It is very difficult to keep kids busy all day. Sometimes they just drive us crazy, but it is important to stay calm and positive.

  • Catalina
    April 4, 2020

    You just gave me some wonderful ideas to do some new activity with my kid! For example, to white a story or a poem, take some pictures!

  • Sherry
    April 4, 2020

    These all look like fun ways to keep busy. I am sure the whole family will enjoy these.

  • Susan
    April 4, 2020

    These all sound like such fun ideas. My kids have been watching way too much TV.
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  • Marta
    April 3, 2020

    I’ve been homeschooling for 11 years now and I can’t stress how important it is to use a lot of time to teach kids life skills.
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  • Myrah Duque
    April 3, 2020

    We are empty nesters and even I want to try these! We need to start getting creative with all this time we have in our hands.
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  • Rhonda
    April 3, 2020

    This is awesome!!! Have definitely been looking for new ways to keep the little one busy during these times. Hope you all are staying safe.

  • Amber Myers
    April 3, 2020

    I love this! Some days we have no clue what to do after schoolwork is done. We’ve been baking a lot. Sometimes things don’t turn out very good, ha.
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  • Mimi
    April 3, 2020

    After a month in quarantine, I’m looking for things to do, so although I’m not a kid I’ll try some of these

  • Tara Pittman
    April 3, 2020

    Keeping kids busy has been tough. I will be trying the chalk art with my kids

  • Jamie
    April 3, 2020

    Great advice!! I’m thankful that my son is 19 and out on his own. Not sure how I would have handled this, if he was still home. You all are very brave! 🙂
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  • Ashlee
    April 3, 2020

    Melted Crayon Art and Paint Pouring, makes me excited while also a tad scared lol. I can imagine the beautiful messes and the creative expressions. I guess a plastic on the floor will help. I think the kids will love these ideas tho, so defo worth a try.

  • Brianne
    April 3, 2020

    These are great ideas! I have three kids, and two weeks in, the cabin fever is real. I mean, it’s really real.
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  • Jessica Collazo
    April 3, 2020

    These are some amazing activity ideas I love them and my nephews are going to be super happy with this.
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  • Paula Schuck
    April 3, 2020

    These are great ideas! We have done a couple of them and we have created some sidewalk messages etc. But I love this rainbow kind of image that you have here. I am going to try to do this too.
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