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Mother’s Day in Quarantine? Here’s 10 ideas to help.

Working mom, stay-at-home mom, multitasking-badass-DIY-problem-solving-superhuman mom, whatever kind of mom you are – just know that you are awesome and that you are so appreciated during these crazy times. Hell, being a parent at all during the Coronavirus pandemic is a tall order in itself. Hats off to all of my fellow parents out there trying to get things done while keeping you and your families safe and healthy. That being said, delivering on the big occasion this year may be a bit tricky for some. I thought I would hash out a few ideas that I would appreciate as a mother myself while making sure it doesn’t ruin the already shaky budgets that everyone may be experiencing.

And if all else fails, just ask Mom what she wants. Honestly, this year has been a wild card so far. There have already been plenty of surprises. Asking about something like this upfront would probably be something for a mom to look forward to in all of the chaos right now!

So here we go! Let’s start with…

1. A back massage.

Or foot, shoulder, arm, whatever is aching on our bodies, really. I know I could definitely use a good one. Who knows, it may lead to another nice perk later… and if the US isn’t expecting another baby boom from all this, why not give it a go?

If you’re not sure what to do with your hands, here’s a handy little tutorial from wikiHow on how to go about giving a neck massage.

While we’re at it, we could pair that with…

2. Breakfast in bed or a homecooked meal of Mom’s choice.

I love my breakfast food. Bring me a plate of scrambled eggs with some toast and bacon, and I’m all set. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee.

3. DIY crafts from you and the kids.

My daughter isn’t in school yet, so I haven’t had any Mother’s Day crafts gifted to me yet, but I’ve read that is usually the go-to for those with kids in school.

This fingerprint heart tree would be an easy and very cute craft idea.

4. Give mom the day off.

This would be a big one in my book. Don’t let mom lift a finger! Let her relax and enjoy the day how she wants to. Do the things that mom is usually in charge of for the day.

5. Can’t visit mom? Send her a letter.

A good old-fashioned letter is a nice surprise these days. It’s really rare to get handwritten notes in the mail anymore, and it’s a nice gesture to do any time of the year. A phone call or a video chat on zoom would also be wonderful.

You know those drive-by birthday parties everyone’s been doing lately? Why not do one for Mother’s Day? Here are some updated guidelines to follow if you choose to do this.

6. Don’t feel like cooking? Order her favorite dinner!

This one involves spending a little bit of money, but if you have the cash to spare, go for it! It definitely is a time-saver for last-minute celebrations.

7. Bring on the cake!

You can either make her favorite dessert together or get a bunch of chocolates from the grocery store with a handwritten card. Either one would work for me. I also wouldn’t mind having some wine with all that, either.

8. Binge-watch her favorite movies or shows on Netflix.

I mean, if you’re stuck in the house anyway. Might as well make good use of what you got! Add some popcorn and come cozy pajamas and you’ve got a movie night in.

9. Do the thing Mom has been putting off for weeks.

Okay, this kind of goes back to #4, but if she isn’t able to fully take the day off, why not offer to help knock some things off of her to-do list?

Help with laundry would be amazing for me, by the way. It’s really a never-ending battle.

10. Don’t stress about the little stuff.

If you normally go all out for Mother’s Day, don’t worry about it this year. You have the perfect excuse to keep things simple and easy. Just showing your appreciation and recognition for her hard work is more than enough.

These times can be stressful for everyone and can make the mom guilt even worse. Here are some inspiring posts from other parents to keep the faith and hope alive in the midst of all the uncertainty we face.

You got this! Stay safe, everyone!

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My thoughts on COVID-19.

*This post was written on April 5th, 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic is still a very dynamic and changing situation worldwide at this time of writing. Some information posted here will become outdated as time passes, so please continue to check with your local news outlets and government agencies for more current updates about restrictions and precautions.*

*Stay safe!*

It’s really easy to get caught up in all of the negatives in today’s news reports. For example, I live in Michigan, which is one of the highest reporting states for confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Our community is only about an hour’s drive away from Detroit, which is currently a hotspot for the virus. It’s definitely not the best-case scenario for me and my family, but we definitely could have been dealt a worse hand during all of this.

Looking at all the statistics, it gets even more depressing. Here are some that I’ve been hearing recently below:

I’m not writing this to cause even more anxiety, but it’s important to be aware of how serious the situation is. It’s even more important to focus on the positive things that are coming out of all of this:

While it is encouraging to see this information above, it is important to note that we’re not quite out of the woods yet. Not by a long shot.

I am one of the fortunate ones who still have a job. I work in a warehouse that supplies a local delivery chain, so I am still considered an essential employee. My husband and in-laws were not so lucky, as they are independent contractors who perform work that is not considered essential at the moment. All of their jobs have been suspended until further notice. Meanwhile, my employer has prioritized social distancing, sanitization of equipment and work stations, and regular deep cleaning of facilities as precautions. My hands are usually raw at the end of my shift these days.

We are also lucky to have access to grocery delivery options and supply stockpiles from previous Costco shopping sprees. But it’s still kind of eerie to enter a store these days to see firsthand what is happening – there aren’t many people around, limits on milk, bread and butter have been set, and some pantry items are still elusive like sugar and some canned goods. I am very thankful to have toilet paper and sanitizing wipes in my house. And knowing how to cook things that are edible. Because takeout and delivery foods become really expensive pretty quickly.

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Hey, gotta start somewhere, I guess.

Speaking of cooking, I’m noticing that people are banding together online to help share easy-to-cook recipes with simple ingredients. I joined a Facebook group myself, and I’m looking forward to making some of the dishes that they have been kind enough to share with the rest of the online world. If you are looking to improve your culinary skills to save some money and some sanity, definitely try reaching out to the people you know on social media to see what kinds of ideas they might have for you. Maybe they could even spare a cup of sugar. (By dropping it off at your door, of course.)

Honestly though, it’s been so encouraging to see online how people are navigating the changes to daily life, like how one guy is using his drones to walk his dog during the lockdown in his area, how food providers are donating meals to first responders, and how people are simply paying it forward during some trying times. I definitely recommend following John Krasinski (Jim from “The Office”) on his Twitter accounts – his personal Twitter account and his new account, Some Good News if you’re trying to get away from all of the depressing content that’s filling up the newsroom these days.

During these next few weeks, it’s going to be crucial to keep a positive, yet informed attitude. Social distancing and isolation really suck the life out of most of us. (Introverts and people who hate socializing, in general, are rejoicing like crazy right now, though. Really, this is what they’ve been waiting for!) As for me, I enjoy being at home for the most part, but the moment someone else forces me to do something is usually the moment when I don’t want to do the thing anymore. I don’t like other people telling me what I can and can’t do, dammit. Even if I’ve already been doing it for a while.

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The parks and rec centers in my area had to close down because people were like this.

We celebrated PJ’s birthday on the 3rd, and while we weren’t able to do much, she still enjoyed the day with cupcakes and running around outside (within social distancing guidelines, of course). She also got to stay up late watching Disney movies over and over again while eating pizza and candy. Not a bad set up for a 3-year-old, really. Dan has been using the spare time tending to his streaming channel on Mixer, and I finally got a chance to hop back on here for an update on things. Now I really have no excuse to forgo writing for months at a time. Seriously, I really appreciate you guys sticking around after months of nothingness.

Let me know if you’ve got any positive things or stories to share below! We’re all in this together. Believe it or not, many lives have already been saved so far by following these crazy precautions. And to all of the first responders and fellow essential employees, I salute you and I am praying for your safety and sanity for the next few weeks.

Stay safe out there and wash your damn hands!