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WE'RE

HERE &

WE'RE

LISTENING

With everything that is going on around us at the moment,
we encourage you to stay positive and proactive!

That's why our Family decided to share with you their
 

TOP 10 HOME ACTIVITIES

1) FaMILY TIME
 

Laura's beautiful family

Such occasions are an opportunity to check in with each other, exchange ideas, and perhaps lend some social support to each other. Social connections like these not only give us pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.
Dozens of studies have shown that people who have social support from family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.

Harvard Health Publishing - Harvard Medical School “Trusted advice for a healthier life” August 6, 2019

2) HOme workouts
 

Don’t forget to keep your body movin'!
Here is a 30 minutes home workout that will help you stay active:

Warm up
10 jumping jacks
20 sec jog in place
20 sec rest
& repeat 2 more times

10 squats - 45 sec rest

10 squats - 45 sec rest

10 squats - 45 sec rest

 

10 push ups - 45 sec rest

10 push ups - 45 sec rest

10 push ups - 45 sec rest

 

10 lunges - 45 sec rest

10 lunges - 45 sec rest

10 lunges - 45 sec rest

 

10 chair dips - 45 sec rest

10 chair dips - 45 sec rest

10 chair dips - 45 sec rest

 

10 calf raises - 45 sec rest

10 calf raises - 45 sec rest

10 calf raises - 45 sec rest

 

10 crunches - 45 sec rest

10 crunches - 45 sec rest

10 crunches - 45 sec rest

10 lying leg raises - 45 sec rest

10 lying leg raises - 45 sec rest

10 lying leg raises - 45 sec rest 

 

Finish strong!
45 sec plank...aim for 1 minute

And don’t forget to stretch afterwards :)

Stephanie & Jesse are killin' it! 

3) good book
 

This is the perfect time to curl up in your favorite chair, fill your favorite mug with whatever makes you happy... and read a good book!

Jamie’s top 5 favorite books

 

1. Girl, Wash Your Face

2. Big Little Lies

3. The Power of Vulnerability

4. The Throwaway Children

5. Spark of Light (ALL Jodi Picoult books!)

 

“Hoopla and Libby are two apps that I use that allows you to borrow books- even, audio books- using your library card!
They come right to your phone or tablet”

Kim’s top 5 favorite books

 

1. The Places in Between

2. South of Market

3. The Perfect Storm

4. Gone with the Wind

5. Anything by Agatha Christie

4) gardening
 

If the sun is shining where you are, this is the perfect activity for you!
Frank is enjoying a sunny day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina...
He has put together some great gardening tips for you!

1. Select the right location 

Pay attention to how sunlight plays through your yard before choosing a spot for your garden. Most edible plants, including many vegetables, herbs, and fruits, need at least 6 hours of sun in order to thrive.

 

2. Stay close to water

One of the best gardening tips you'll ever get is to plan your new garden near a water source. Make sure you can run a hose to your garden site, so you don't have to lug water to it each time your plants get thirsty. The best way to tell if plants need watering is to push a finger an inch down into the soil (that's about one knuckle deep). If it's dry, it's time to water.

 

3. Start with great soil

When starting a garden, one of the top pieces of advice is to invest in soil that is nutrient-rich and well-drained. If you're planting in a raised bed like me, I use Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil, which is the perfect weight and texture for raised bed growing.

 

Good Luck & Happy Harvesting!

5) game night
 

Whether you are home alone or with family, game night is always a good idea!

Here are Brian’s tips for planing the perfect game night

1. Cocktails and appetizers (chips/dip, veggie tray, dessert, etc.) 

2. Set the scene (candles, background music, etc.)

3. Variety of games! (my favorite are jigsaw puzzles)

6) PET BONDING
 

How about spending more time with your pet! 

Or in Diana's case petS! Here are her top 3 training tips 

 

1. Have plenty of small treats on hand – they are the perfect motivation, but the smaller the better so they don’t fill up too fast

2. Be repetitive to reinforce the behavior you’re training – but try to keep the training sessions short, so your pet doesn’t tire and get distracted

3. There are a lot of great training resources available to help, so turn to books and online articles to help in your pet training endeavor!

How about training a parrot, you ask?

We've got that covered...Here are Mike's training tips!

 

1. Have bird treats ready, just like any other animal!

2. Repetition is key, especially when teaching a parrot a new word

3. Have patience, training a bird takes longer than a common dog or cat

4. When getting your parrot used to being held, make them step up on your arm and step down, this will help them get used to you

5. Make sure they are not too excited, parrots will bite harder and more often when provoked or overexcited, a calm bird can be a real cuddle bug!

7) baking 
 

Another good activity that will make you and everyone else happy is BAKING! Yumm…

Angie & Jocelyn will share with your their favorite baking recipes.

JOCELYN's FAVORITE LEMON Meringue pie
 

Ingredients 

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 

1 ½ cups white sugar 

½ teaspoon salt 

1 ½ cups water 

½ cup cornstarch 
⅓ cup water 

4 eggs, separated 

½ cup lemon juice 

2 teaspoons lemon zest 

3 tablespoons butter 

¼ teaspoon salt 

½ cup white sugar

Directions 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 

Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, salt, and 1 1/2 cups water in a heavy saucepan. 

Place over high heat and bring to a boil. 

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 1/3 cup water to make a smooth paste. 

Gradually whisk into boiling sugar mixture. 

Boil mixture until thick and clear, stirring constantly. 

Remove from heat. 

In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice. 

Gradually whisk egg yolk mixture into hot sugar mixture. 

Return pan to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. 

Remove from heat and stir in grated lemon rind and butter or margarine. 

Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until just lukewarm. 

In a large glass or metal bowl, combine egg whites and salt.
Whip until foamy.
Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar while continuing to whip.

Beat until whites form stiff peaks.

Stir about 3/4 cup of meringue into lukewarm filling. 

Spoon filling into baked pastry shell.

Cover pie with remaining meringue. 

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until meringue is slightly brown. 

Cool on a rack at for at least 1 hour before cutting. 

ANGIE's NUtTER BUTTER BANANA PUDDING TRIFLE
 

Recipe from myrecipes.com

Ingredients

3 cups milk

3 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

5 medium-size ripe bananas

1 (1-lb.) package peanut butter sandwich cookies

2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Garnishes: peanut butter sandwich cookies,
dried banana chips, fresh mint sprigs

Directions

1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.

2. Fill a large bowl with ice. Place saucepan in ice, and let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly chilled.

3. Meanwhile, cut bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Break cookies into thirds.

4. Spoon half of pudding mixture into a 3-qt. bowl or pitcher.
Top with bananas and cookies. Spoon remaining pudding mixture over bananas and cookies. Top with sweetened whipped cream.
Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired.

5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nabisco Nutter Butter® Sandwich Cookies. For photography, we divided mixture between
2 (1 1/2- to 2-qt.) wide-mouthed pitchers.

6. Shortcut Nutter Butter®-Banana Pudding Trifle: Omit eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. Substitute thawed extra creamy whipped topping for sweetened whipped cream. Reduce vanilla to 1 tsp. Place 3 cups milk and vanilla in large bowl; add 2 (4-oz.) packages vanilla instant pudding mix.
Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until thickened; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 through

7. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling and Cool Whip Extra Creamy.

8) RENOVATING & REMODELLING  
 

An activity we all seem to have in common but never find the time to do...well...now is the time!

Here are some great tips on what NOT to do when renovating or remodeling.

Tom’s Tips

1. DO NOT skip the tape.  Unless you are a master "cutter" you will be sure to brush the baseboard.

2. DO NOT brush when you should roll.  You will see the brush strokes even after the paint dries.

3. DO NOT skip the music.  Great tunes enhance the experience regardless of the result. :-)

Paul's Tips

1. DO NOT Paint without doing the proper surface preparation.
If not, a stain can come right through your nice beautiful paint job.

2. DO NOT cut into a wall before you turn off the power in the area. You might receive a shocking surprise!

3. DO NOT do a DIY job that may require structural work.
Leave that to the Professionals. 

9) SPA DAY
 

We understand that these can be stressful times, but we have the solution!

Pamper yourself to a SPA experience, we are talking face mask, body scrub, hair treatments, mani pedi
or maybe just a long bath...wine is definitely on the table!

 

Here are some DIY beauty recipes

April’s Organic Banana Face Mask

1. Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl

2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey

3. Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!)
and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes

4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturize

Joanna’s Natural Coconut Body Scrub


1. Melt 1/2 cup of Coconut oil
2. Mix with 1 cup of Brown Sugar

3. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil

4. Transfer into a container…done :) 

10) Cocktail time

And last but certainly not least…how about a drink?!
Treat yourself to Will’s Famous “Cinna-Coke"

Ingredients

Two shots of Evan Williams Apple Cider Whiskey 

Half cup of coke (could change to ginger ale - just as good)

Mix with ice

Serve chilled with a “cinnamon stick” in the glass

 

Perfect for the fall - or if you’re like Will - ANYTIME!

During these unprecedented times,
we want you to know that we are here for you, we understand, 
and we would like to hear what YOU have to say.

WE     YOUR ANSWERS

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

I find myself feeling really isolated, it's hard not to feel that way I think. Finding things to do other than watching TV.

 

What can we do to help?

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When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

I can not wait to go to a happy hour and out to eat.

- Makenzie

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Work/life Balance! I have a hard time walking away from the work station MOST days.

 

What can we do to help?

PI is an absolutely amazing vendor partner for us.  You guys go above and beyond ALWAYS. 
So you help already!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Go to a Braves baseball game with my family on the way to the beach where I just sit in the sand and soak up the sun and feel freedom.

- Ginny

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Extrovert here missing hugs and the buzz of happy people in busy public spaces

What can we do to help?

Keep up the great content!! Love seeing how you're all getting by!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Go to a FAIR or festival or go wander amongst PEOPLE!!
 

- Kate

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

staying busy while working from home. keeping communication lines open other than just email.

What can we do to help?

unfortunately nothing at this point, but this was a nice communication

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Take my wife out to dinner

- Ed

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Keeping a consitent schedule working remotely.  During these times I've found that EXTRA communication is key. That way you don't feel isolated or like you're waiting too long for answers to your questions.

 

What can we do to help?

I loved the 10 activities link and the "We are here & We are listening".  Very creative and a nice way to bring some positivity to everyone.  Keep up the good work.

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Hug my family and friends! And go to a restaurant, ANY restaurant. =)

- Trish

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

I feel restless and I am bit lonely during the day.

 

What can we do to help?

Continue to be trusted partners and friends!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Go out for dinner and drinks with my family.

- Elena

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Sticking with a routine so I don't just
1) work all day
2) clean things I've already cleaned all day. 
Also, when it rains and I can't get outside for some fresh air and sunshine!  Otherwise, all good here :)

 

What can we do to help?

Keep sharing your tips and happy faces!
 

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Hug my grandparents!  But also watch live baseball either at a game or at a sports bar with a whiskey and some wings.
 

- Alissa

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Lack of human interaction makes me anxious!

What can we do to help?

Nothing more - this brought a smile to my face and Will's emails are always nice!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Sunday Funday at a bunch of local spots with all of my friends!
 

- Emmi

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

No obstacles--just challenges!  Miss interaction with family and friends.  Staying away from and caring for my 87 year old mom.

What can we do to help?

Pages like this help!!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Go out to eat with friends and family/haircut
 

- Deborah

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

I like to interact with real people in person.

What can we do to help?

Send this virus packing!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Meet up with friends!

- Clark

What obstacles do you find yourself facing?

Some days it is difficult for me to work while I am at home, and as a result I have to focus on focusing so that I can be as productive as possible. I was in such a good routine before all of this happened so I am still trying to get in a different routine that works for me. Trying not to lose all of my work in the gym is also a challenge, so I am trying to get creative.

What can we do to help?

I'm not sure there is much that you can directly do, but I do appreciate you all checking in every now and then. It is refreshing to hear from you guys, and this top 10 activities is a great idea!

When everything is back to normal, what is the first thing you would like to do?

Well I have had a camping reservation in Yosemite National Park for late July to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday, so selfishly I am hoping that we get lucky enough to still go. But if not, the very first thing I am going to do is go get a workout in at the gym, and then go for a night out with my girlfriend!
 

- Luis

KEEP'em Coming!