Family Health Holidays

A Covid Christmas

We had a feeling this Christmas was going to be different, but we all were hoping for a better outcome. Things will be better soon, but in the meantime, with one of the most celebrated holidays we have to think outside of the box when it comes to our safety and gatherings.

As we so desperately want to spend the holidays with our family and friends, Which I get, we have to remain mindful about not only our health, but the health of our children, parents, and extended families. Not everyone has underlying conditions, but that still does not mean that they are safe from this virus and cannot suffer tremendously if contracted.

There are some ways to prioritize your safety and well being during this holiday season. Here, I am going to help you figure out how to accomplish this, if you cannot absolutely go without being around others.

3 Ways to Set the Tone During a Covid Christmas

1. Communicate clear boundaries
Remind your guests that they are welcome, but things will be different this time around. Now, I know not everyone accepts CDC guidelines and what-not, but you as a human should want to make a difference in people’s lives in a non-selfish, positive way. This means, masks aren’t a bad idea. I would also suggest making them wash their hands as they come into your house. This should be a part of good hygiene, anyway, especially during flu season. Staying 6 ft. from one another is another wise choice to make. Shoe covers are another barrier against inviting covid inside your house into your rooms/kitchen/ restrooms/ etc., that you will eventually step on and spread onto your bed. And NO SHARING DRINKS. You are probably looking forward to taking shots with your company, but I highly doubt you will be keeping track of who’s shot glass belongs to who and if you’re taking shots, chances are you won’t think clearly and could care less. That is up until you begin feeling symptoms a few days later…. One important thing to remember, after everyone leaves, sanitize every part of your house. Doorknobs, light fixtures, restrooms, sinks, toilets, floors, couches, tables, chairs…. basically – EVERYTHING.

2. Set the standards
Not only do you all have to think about yourselves, but also about the other guests that will be around everyone else as well. There is no telling who they can possibly come in contact with for the next 14 days after leaving your house and who’s body cannot fight a virus such as covid. Let’s keep an open mind and remember those who have a weak immunity and even those who don’t know that they do actually have an underlying condition. This applies to you as well. Safety begins with you and your household rules. Right now, your choices may affect someone’s life, even someone who you don’t personally know. Be responsible and caring.

3. Skip gifts and enjoy the time instead
This couldn’t be a better idea for many reasons. This year has been hard on a lot of people, not only in a health perspective, but financial situations have been shaken. Some have to save their every penny they can as jobs aren’t as secure as before. Jobs that are open today may shut down tomorrow. Layoff’s may be a companies only resort to stay afloat. Not to mention, exchanging gifts may also include exchanging covid. Skip gifts this year and instead focus on the guests that are able to attend and cherish making those memories. As we may have figured out, this year was the year of being grateful for those we do have in our lives and appreciate the moments spent in togetherness.

Remembering Those Who Choose To Stay Home

Christmas is a time to be with those you appreciate and love the most. Though, this may not be an option for many that does not mean they cannot be a part of the memories. Visit virtually with those who cannot join you during this time. Set time aside to make phone calls to them and send them Merry Blessings.

Stay safe. Protect yourself and the little ones who depend on you to protect them. Keep the peace. Laugh, Love, Make memories, and maintain a safe distance from everyone else. Merry Christmas and may this be the last Christmas that’s been pandemic-tized!


25 for your 4th of July

Just when we thought things were improving, COVID-19 came with a vengeance. It seems like 2020 has a mission to drive our children and us crazy. The kids are getting a little restless with not much excitement going on these days, especially those toddlers. And who can blame them?!

Holidays were something we looked forward to, spent with other family members and friends while enjoying a barbecue. Now, we are left with having to come up with new ways to entertain the little ones when we ourselves are longing for (with great reason) a break. Even us adults are staring out our windows waiting for the green light back to some normalcy. I have faith that things will get better soon.

However, in the meantime, I decided to create a list with 25 outdoor activities that even COVID-19 cannot take from us. I hope your family enjoys it as much as I enjoyed creating this for you all.

25 Outdoor Activities

1. Play with the yard-hose pretending to be Firemen/women (You might want a water hose nozzle to help save water).

2. Play in the kiddie pool with all the superheros (Yes really, superhero figurines join in on the fun, too).

3. Jump on the trampoline while sprinklers are on (SOOOO fun and tiring).

4. Run around the yard pretending to be airplanes.

5. Feed the birds bread and wait with binoculars (We use them even though we are on the porch and have no need for them).

6. Play hide and seek (This is great because toddlers will tell you exactly where they will be hiding).

7. Water gun fights.

8. Water balloon fights.

9. Go for a walk with the wagon (Away from others).

10. Draw with sidewalk chalk (In our case, we draw Peppa Pig and her entire family ALL the time!).

11. Play hot potato with a water balloon (Have many on standby).

12. Play T-ball in the backyard.

13. Enjoy watermelon outside then plant the seeds.

14. Hunt for bugs (Really gross for me, but what can I expect from a boy?!).

15. Whipped cream fight (Everyone love this one. You’ll definitely need a rinse with the hose afterward. Another plus for the kids!).

16. Potato sack races.

17. Read books while dressed as superheroes (A superhero voice is mandatory!) P.S. I just had to sneak an indoor activity in 🙂

18. Slip ‘n’ Slide fun with soap.

19. Fill eggs with washable paint and throw at a target on the ground (We have ours hung on our fence).

20. Paint on driveway or even on self (Washable paint, that is).

21. Try an experiment (Slime).

22. Glue a birdhouse together and paint it.

23. Watch YouTube Fortnite dance videos and challenge each other (Can be done indoor and outdoor).

24. Go out for a drive (I do this when I am all pooped out).

25. Indoor tag (Some days I really can’t take the heat).

*Toddler Bonus* My son and I do this activity often, because it is educational for him and restful for me: I draw squares vertically up and down on our driveway exactly like hopscotch. The number of squares will depend on what word I am going to spell out.

Example RED: I draw 3 squares with a large R written in the bottom square since that’s the first square he will jump into. E in the middle square, and D in the top and last square he will land on. As he jumps into the square, he yells out the letter he lands on, eventually spelling out the word (colors, numbers, his name, or any word I am trying to get him to learn to spell). By the end of the week, he learns to spell a new word. He loves jumping and sees it as a game so its super fun for him. Before we begin the activity, I tell him what the word is and I yell out the letters as I land into that square so he can know how it is “played”.

I know some of these are pretty basic and I did this with my readers in mind. Some of you may have only toddlers and some may have a mixture of teenagers and toddlers. I tried to make it fun for all.

Leave a comment and tell me which activities were a hit for your 4th of July celebration or just your typical summer day.

Have fun and stay safe, friends 🙂


Here’s some fun products I recommend!

•Water balloons:

•An experiment book we use:

•The birdhouse we used (and it’s under $1):