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Creative Things to Do During Pandemic and Pandemonium

By Mary Grace Musuneggi

As the year 2020 continues to be an anomaly, we all look for ways to get back to normal, whatever that was or will be.  But Summer has always been a time for enjoying family, outings, vacations, outdoor activities and creative activities.  And although you may not be able to take that long-awaited once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Europe or  attend that annual family reunion in Hilton Head, we have been hearing from  friends how they have found wonderful ways of doing great staycations and fun family outings.

We would love to have you share your favorite creative endeavor with us by email or on our Facebook page, and in the meantime we will share some ideas with you:

1.    A Virtual Cooking Night.  Gather your friends and family on Zoom.  Share the preparation for your favorite recipe.  Being more creative, you could choose a culture or a cuisine.

2.    Pitch a tent in the back yard (or the living room).  Make s’mores.  Tell spooky stories.

3.    Hold a book club webinar.  Or have the kids read a book and do a book report.  Mail the report to a friend or family member.

4.    Throw an indoor picnic.

5.    Have a Christmas party (in the summer).

6.    Have an indoor scavenger hunt.

7.    Play board games.

8.    Have a costume Night.

9.    Do a jigsaw puzzle.  For a real challenge try the Heinz Ketchup puzzle.

10.  Play with Legos.

11.  Host an English Tea Party with the kids.

12.  Play Charades.

Most importantly, keep busy.  It will keep you happy and hopeful.  Or as Vivian Greene explained,

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Dealing with the Stress of Back-to-School During COVID

back-to-school stress in maskDealing with Back-to-School Stress when Working from Home

This year back-to-school time is very different. In-person, hybrid, school online… it is very challenging for parents who may also be working from home. It can be difficult to handle the logistics and resulting stress. We hope parents can take the time to focus on their needs as they deal with the many challenges of school and work. The article With family by your side months into working from home, do you still have balance?” from FastCompany provides some good ideas for parents including spreading some joy, get moving, and more.

Read the full article here. Highlights include:


Advice we can all use… We hope you can take the time for you in this stressful time!

Contact us with your de-stress ideas or post an idea on our Facebook page.

Creating Vacuums

Eliminating the Negative by Accentuating the Positive

By Mary Grace Musuneggi 
Have you ever noticed that life is much easier when you understand, accept, and follow the universal laws of nature? Those who resist or ignore these simple rules that govern the world around us seem to find their lives in upheaval, as do those who resist or break our man-made laws.

By the laws of nature, I mean those universal rules that were taught to you by your parents, ministers, or teachers. You know – you reap what you sow. Ask and you shall receive. Two things can’t exist in the same space at the same time. Nature hates a vacuum. And so many more.

But how do you apply these laws to your everyday life? Very simply – if you want good in your life, you need to do good. If you want a happy, prosperous life, you need to sow happiness and seek prosperity. What you ask of the world, it will give you. If you desire less, you will receive less. If you expect the worst, life will live up to your expectations. Have you every realized that F.E.A.R. (False Expectations Appearing Real) can be a self-fulfilling prophecy? And since two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time, if you fill your life space with negative talk, unhappy thoughts, and self-destructive behavior, there is no room for the positive, the beautiful, or the abundance that exist in the world.

But if you remove anything that does not bring joy and pleasure to your life, from ill-fitting clothes to bad relationships, you make room for something new and beautiful to take its place.

Current events and home quarantine have given many of us the opportunity to take some time to look around our world and review everything from our home furnishings and clothes closets to our friendships, our work environment, and our finances. So, create vacuums by eliminating anything that stands in the way of you being happy. Ask the world only for good things, and let good things come into and fill those spaces you create. Sow the seeds of prosperity, and good things will come.

Someone once said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Create vacuums and make your one life all you want it to be.