1. A ridiculously popular “cat dancer” toy so both you and your furry friend can break a sweat indoors chasing after it.
Promising review: Great balls of fire…. this is the absolute BEST cat toy!!!! I just purchased several toys for my cat and which one do you think Lucy likes the best?? This one… the Cat Dancer!! The $2 one… really? It’s just a curved wire with little pieces of twisted cardboard on the ends. FYI…if your cat is a gentle player then this will hold up. I’m not sure how it will with a rough, rambunctious cat. Kristen S
2. Trader Joe’s sesame seasoning blend that’ll turn up the taste of everything from avocado toast to bagels to buttery popcorn.
Promising review: I am in love with this product. I heard about it in a Keto FB group. I have not made Keto friendly bagels yet but I use this product on everything else – chicken breasts, steak, burgers, cream cheese, steamed broccoli. You get the drift.
I am addicted and will definitely reorder.
3. A weighted blanket to soothe your body and mind. Did you know that weighted blankets promote the production of serotonin, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep better? In other words: Exactly what we all need right now.
Promising review: OMG, it is amazing. This blanket is very soothing! It’s very relaxing at the end of the day. I feel like my energy is becoming calmed and contained when I am stressed out. When I am extra stressed I fold the blanket lengthwise, doubling the weight and lay it over me for the first 15 minutes and my muscles begin to release, almost like a massage. No downside. Love. Would definitely buy again.
4. A set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can keep your ink as fresh as all your thoughts and dreams.
Promising review: I don’t leave a lot of reviews but I just had to for these because I’m just so impressed. I am in love with these pens! I bought them for journaling and so far they are wonderful. They aren’t bleeding through the paper (though, admittedly, if my paper were thinner they might, I wouldn’t recommend these for using in a bible for instance) and they don’t explode or leave ink blotches like my color BIC pens were doing. The variety of colors is good and the price is even better! I will almost certainly buy these again. – C. OKeefe
5. Calm your mind and boost your creativity with adult coloring books. A new breed of coloring books are designed to give stressed-out grown-ups a mini-meditative experience.
Promising review: This mindfulness coloring book is PERFECT. It has high quality paper, detailed yet very meditative images that repeat, and is the perfect size to stash it in your purse to use while waiting at a doctor’s appointment, or any other time for on the go. The pages fold all the way back, and the colors “pop” on this high quality thick and extra white paper. You don’t need a hard surface under it either since it is a pretty thick book. It is well worth the cost. I don’t have anything negative to say about it. I struggle to meditate, but automatically get in “the zone” while using this book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I have used several different coloring books for adults, and this is by far the best.
6. A bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey, a miracle condiment you can add to any boring “blah” meal you’re making at home to instantly make it taste like the nectar of the gods.
Promising review: Saw this on a Food Network show and decided to try! LOVE IT! Great honey taste with just a bite of heat at the end. My husband loves “hot” and even grows his own peppers to eat on anything. He really likes this on his French toast and I like it with peanut butter. However, I just made baked beans and added tablespoon of Mike’s Hot in addition to the brown sugar (reduced amount) and they were the BEST baked beans ever! I going to tell Mr Bush and Duke about Mike’s Hot Honey! – Ritakc
7. A mini waffle maker that will churn out adorably-sized, perfectly cooked-through waffles, but will also do a mean hash brown, panini, biscuit, and even (gasp) PIZZA. If you’ve got time to experiment at home, make that time Waffle O’Clock.
Promising review: This wee waffle maker is so much fun to use! It heats up really fast & cooks things quickly to boot. Not only does it make delicious waffles, but it can be used for all sorts of other stuff. I make wee omelettes in it, I’ve cooked up perogies, done Pillsbury cinnamon buns and fruit pastries, and more. It’s now one of my favourite appliances, and it hardly takes up any storage space. – Heather C.
8. A lightweight, indoor-friendly roller toy for dogs so they can play fetch in the house without wreaking four-legged havoc.
Promising review: Have had this for quite a few months now. My dog Rags absolutely loves it, she’s a bit choosey when it comes to toys, but this had stood the test of time, she’s always throwing it around and chasing it. Good sturdy product, that is still going strong. –
9. A stunning paint-by-number set that comes with everything you need, including all 16 acrylic paints in the scene and three different brushes. Plus at the end you’ll have a gorgeous piece of art to frame! Van Gogh better watch his back.
Promising review: If you like adult coloring books, then you will like paint by numbers. I bought this to try and reduce my stress levels. So far so good. It’s nice to sit when it is quiet and paint. It really does help lower a person’s stress levels. This kit has 24 different colors of paints, three brushes of different sizes, a big 16×20 inch canvas, all numbered and ready to be painted in, and it also has picture hanging nails and hooks. I just hope mine turns out, so it can be hung on my wall. The painting set also comes with a pretty picture showing what the painting is supposed to look like when it is finished. The set came in a nice box, which would make this item a nice gift for someone you love. I am already considering one of these for a family member for next Christmas!- Teresa W.
10. A pack of mini rainbow scratch art notes that will transport you back to your youth so fast that you will suddenly have a craving for Goldfish crackers and apple juice so aggressive it CANNOT BE IGNORED.
Promising review: These are so fun to have around! They scratch off perfectly and not like others that you struggle with just to see any line of color. I’m looking forward to encourage the kids to write fun notes/pictures for each other, friends, and family. Perfect for birthday cards. I love them and am looking forward to add fun notes in the kids lunch box and backpack 🙂
11. A 16-pack of Korean face masks made with vitamin E and collagen so you can while away your hours watching Netflix and get the post-mask glo up of your Instagram dreams.
Promising review: I absolutely love these face sheets. They are an incredible steal. Can’t beat this price! The pack will last you a long time. I love all of the sheets for different reasons. Love that it comes in a variety pack to revitalize your skin in different ways depending on the sheet. My favorite is the Q10. I can feel it working after I take it off. I would advise everyone to read the instructions. Normally I would wash off my face after a face mask but with these sheets you should just simply dab off the excess. This way your skin will soak up the collagen and whatever added vitamins/ingredients are on that particular sheet. Leaves your skin looking radiant throughout the day– love it!
12. A glare-free Kindle Paperwhite that also happens to be waterproof, so you can spend as many hours as you want reading in the bathtub
Promising review: I love my newest e-reader. I have owned every Kindle but the Oasis. This is my favorite. I love that it waterproof with Bluetooth capabilities. I couldn’t afford to put out the money all at once with the holidays coming. Thanks Amazon for offering the payment plan. The reader is the perfect size and light weight. I highly recommend this e-reader.
13. A fresh new yoga mat for in-home workouts
Promising review: First, it’s waterproof neprene with soft, rubberized coatings on either size. It won’t get soaked in rain and it won’t wick-up moisture from damp/wet ground. Second, it is very light and easily portable. It rolls into its own carry strap. Third, it’s very THICK, making it incredibly comfortable for your knees, elbows and other pointy areas that don’t last long on hard ground before discomfort quickly sets in. Fourth, it provides GREAT heat and cold isolation from the ground beneath. You can put it on a hot or very cold surface and you remain almost completely isolated. The mat compresses easily, so you can place your bipod on the mat itself and “load” into it because the feet will sink into the mat, allowing you to get good purchase on the rifle.
14 Pan scrapers so you can clean up after cooking with way less muscle work. The scrapers have four differently-shaped edges so you can remove the gunk from any size pan.
Promising review: High marks for low fuss high utility. Scrapes everything non stick like a dream, no scratches. Heat resistant. I used this to scrape the oven after a bazillion things spilled during the holidays. Wait d until it was no longer hot and used this to simply scrape off muck. The scraper was easy to clean off with a rinse when I was done.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office had a rather interesting call recently. “Our Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.”
The police were happy to learn that the report was actually a false alarm. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office was contacted by a neighbor who was concerned when they heard a woman nearby calling for help. When the police arrived at the home, they found that it was just a pet parrot who was loudly calling out and screaming.
“Our Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, alongside a video of the encounter.
The video was recorded on a Ring camera. It shows a man working outside on a car with what sounded like a woman’s voice screaming from elsewhere, “let me out!”
“I was changing the brakes on my wife’s car and had my 40-year-old parrot, Rambo, on his outside perch where he sings and talks,” the homeowner wrote in a caption posted alongside the video. “Sometime later four police officers showed up saying a neighbor called because she heard a woman screaming for help. I promptly introduced the officers to Rambo and we all had a good laugh.”
When the police arrived, you can hear the man calling for Rambo before disappearing and returning with a parrot on his arm. The parrot then said hello to the police.
Everyone had a good laugh and the neighbor who called in the report was informed what was really taking place.
“Afterward, I also introduced Rambo to the neighbor who called in the screaming. She too had a good laugh,” the homeowner added. “Sometimes Rambo yells ‘help, help, let me out.’ Something I taught him when I was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage.”
As concerts are postponed, sporting events are canceled, schools are closed and tourist hot spots are shut down, experts recommend that even those who show no sign of illness stay home during this time of global pandemic.
That’s right: It’s advised that you self-quarantine.
Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help “flatten the curve” of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system, it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness.
What’s there to do while stuck indoors? We’ve compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible.
As we practice self-quarantine, we can take a lesson from “Tangled” heroine Rapunzel, who has come up with plenty of activities to keep her busy, from cooking to candle-making.
1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!
2. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.
3. If it won’t bother your neighbors: Dust off that old instrument and practice.
4. Text all your exes just in case you have one more thing you wanted to get off your chest.
5. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft a haiku for Mother’s Day, or something without a specific structure. Just try it!
6. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.
7. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
8. Finally read “Infinite Jest,” “Les Miserables” or even “The Stand.” Go all in and read “Ulysses.” You got this.
9. Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting crosslegged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)
10. Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
11. Look at pictures of puppies.
12. Put together the most attractive charcuterie board possible, but you can only use foods you already have in your fridge and cupboard.
13. Take note from “Tangled” star Rapunzel, who has an entire song about how she’s spent her days alone in a castle. Activities included in her ditty: Ventriloquy, candle-making, papier-mâché and adding a new painting to her gallery.
14. Write actual letters to family and friends. After that? Write thank-you notes to service people who you remember went out of their way for you.
15. Learn calligraphy. YouTube can help.
16. Finally read the rules to those long and intense board games you’ve never played with the family. Encourage the family to play.
17. Put on a soap opera. Mute the sound. Create your own dialogue.
18. Have a space in your home where all of the tupperware goes? Organize it and actually match lids to containers.
19. Try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo.
20. Better yet, go through this process with your junk drawer and supply shelves.
21. Have a roommate meeting about how to be more considerate of one other, especially while you will likely be spending more time together. Bring baked goods.
22. Bake those goods.
23. Watch the films that won Oscars for best picture.
24. Watch films that won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture.
25. Watch films that critics say should have won those aforementioned awards.
26. Read all the New Yorker issues piled on your desk.
27. Will Tom Hanks into recovery from coronavirus by watching every Tom Hanks movie chronologically.
28. Knit or crochet.
29. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends.
30. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists.
31. Look at yourself in the mirror. Attempt a self-portrait with a pencil and paper.
32. Take a bubble bath (bonus: Add a glass of wine).
33. Make a classic cocktail, from negronis to Manhattans and aperol spritzes. Don’t forget the garnish.
34. Coloring books: They’re not just for kids.
35. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?
36. Write a short story or get started on that novel.
37. Actually try to reproduce something you see on Pinterest. Probably fail. Try again.
38. Clear out the family room and camp indoors with all blankets, popcorn and scary movies.
39. Finally, get around to fixing that broken doorknob and loose tile or cleaning scuffed up walls.
40. Acquire a foam roller and treat yourself to some physical therapy.
41. Pretend you’re 13 years old and fold a square piece of paper into a fortune teller you put your thumbs and pointer fingers into. Proceed to tell fortunes.
42. Learn how to braid (fishtail, French, etc.) via a YouTube tutorial..
43. Throw out all your too-old makeup and products. (Tip: most liquid products have a small symbol on them noting expirations, usually six months to a year. This includes sunscreen!)
44. Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file?
45. Go through your camera roll, pick your favorite pics from the past year and make a photo book or order framed versions online.
46. Go on a health kick and learn how to cook new recipes with ingredients you may not be using already, from miso to tahini.
47. Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching and share it among family and friends.
48. Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
49. Have your own wine tasting of whatever bottles you have at home. Makeup stories about the journey of the grapes to your mouth.
50. Work on your financial planning, such as exploring whether to refinance your loan or ways to save more money.
51. Perfect grandma’s bolognese recipe.
52. Make coffee, but this time study how many beans you use, which types, how hot the water is, how long it brews and whether any of that makes a difference.
53. Buy gift cards from your favorite local businesses to help keep them in business while we quarantine.
54. Watch “Frozen 2,’ which went up early on Disney Plus. Another new movie on the streaming service: “Stargirl.”
55. Write a book with your family. Pick a character and each member writes a chapter about their adventures. Read aloud to each other.
56. No March Madness? Have a Scrabble tournament. Or Bananagrams. Pictionary, anyone?
57. Get into baking with “The Great British Baking Show,” but your technical challenge is baking something with the ingredients you have on hand (that you didn’t already use in the charcuterie board).
58. Indoor scavenger hunt.
59. Alternate reading the Harry Potter series with your kids and cap each one off with the movie.
60. Dye your hair a new color. No one else needs to see it if you don’t like it.
61. Read Robert Jordan’s 14-book “Wheel of Time” series before it streams on Amazon starring Rosamund Pike.
62. Write a play starring your loved ones. Perform it via a video call app.
63. Go viral in a good way by making a quarantine-themed TikTok.
64. Rearrange your sock drawer. Really.
65. Stop procrastinating and do your income taxes.
66. Make lists of all the museums, sporting events and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen.
67. Get into comics with digital subscriptions on your tablet, like Marvel Unlimited.
68. Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.
69. Practice shuffling playing cards like a Poker dealer. Be ready for employment opportunities once all casinos open back up.
70. Organize your spice rack alphabetically or get crazy and do it by cuisine.
71. Teach your dog to shake. Hand sanitizer optional.
72. Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.
73. Order and put together some IKEA furniture. Time yourself.
74. Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires.
75. Apply for a new job. You have remote work experience now.
76. Learn a new style of dance via YouTube, from belly dancing to breaking.
77. Update or write your will and organize your affairs. Yes, it sounds melodramatic and morbid but let’s face it: This is a task many of us avoid because we never have the time. Now we do.
78.The parades have been canceled but you can still make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.
79. Bring out the Legos. Build your house inside of your house.
80. Watch the “Star Wars” movies in this and only this order: Rogue One-IV-V-II-III-Solo-VI-VII-VIII-IX.
81. Two words: Coronavirus beard! Grow it, moisturize it, comb it, love it.
82. Learn the words to “Tung Twista.” Get them so ingrained in your brain that you can rap them as fast as Twista can. Impress everyone.
83. Been meaning to get some new glasses? Try on new frames virtually on sites like GlassesUSA.com.
84. Attempt things with your non-dominant hand, from writing to brushing your teeth. Prepare to be frustrated.
85. How many words per minute can you type? See if you can get speedier by taking a typing course.
86. Prepare to verbally duel a bully who wants to discuss the evolution of the market economy in the Southern colonies, by memorizing Matt Damon’s “Good Will Hunting” speech.
87. Learn origami. Make cranes for your loved ones.
88. Stretch. Work on your flexibility. It’s possible to get the splits back, right?
89. Try to speak in pig Latin. Or, “ig-pay, atin-Lay.”
90. Talk to your plants. How are they doing? Make sure they are getting the amount of sunlight they should be. Check their soil. Water if necessary.
91. Deep condition your hair and put paraffin wax on your hands. Enjoy your soft hair and nails.
92. Consider donating money to food banks to help families struggling to get meals.
93. Write a song. If you want to make it about your time inside and put it to the tune of “My Sharona” and replace “Sharona” with “Corona,” do what you have to do.
94. Study the art of beatboxing.
95. Try moving in super-slow motion. It’s OK to laugh at regular speed.
96. You know how there are dozens of ways to wear a scarf, but you only wear it the one way? Learn other ways.
97. Learn Old English words. Pepper them into your conversation. Wherefore not?
98. Try on a new shade of lipstick. See how long it takes your partner to notice it.
99. Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
100. Sleep. Get lots of it.
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A 3D corgi butt mouse pad that’ll be a hit at work — no ifs, ands, or butts about it!
An adult coloring book called The Big Adventures Of Tiny Dick for the hilarious dick pic you would actually be ok receiving and sending to a friend!
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Condom style stopper never fails to draw out fun and endless laughter
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