Outside time

Today, let’s get outside! Take a walk, listen to the birds…don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Today’s a great day to BBQ, so fire up the grill and have a picnic. Look around to see all the things we miss out on in our own yard on the daily. What’s something new that you see? Take a picture and sketch it out. Get some sunlight today!

Spring Cleaning!

It’s time for spring cleaning! If you haven’t already, let’s go through some things. In each room we’ll have three essential groups: Keep, donate, and throw away. The entire family can get engaged with organizing their space. So let’s crank the music up and work our way through the house. What do you have hidden in the back of your closet? Have you been looking for something? Lets make today’s goal to find it.! Don’t forget to have fun while doing so as well! 🙂

Scrapbook

You know all those pictures you have from that family vacation you took?Or the ones from the kids birthday party? Let’s start scrapbooking! There are so many ways to go about this aside from just the usual book you might be thinking. You could arrange the pictures on an old board you have laying around, modpodge them down and write little notes, quotes, dates, etc. You could also make a shadow box with them by adding little keepsakes and pinning them in place.

Make Your Own Board Game!

What a fun way to spend some time while stuck indoors. Make your own baord game!

Here is a video from the National Museum of Australia. They mention a downloadable template, however I was not able to find it on their website.

 

 

I found these instructions on Wikipedia on how to make a board game. This one might be better suited for older children as it has a lot of planning steps.

You might want to have different members of the family make games, and then have a game night to play them all.

Most of all- be creative and have fun!

Mayor Garrett Issues Stay at Home Order

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued an Emergency Stay At Home Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020 and stays in effect for 14 days until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 unless extended further or rescinded.

Parks are still open and outdoor exercise like running, biking or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Since March 16 the number of cases of COVID-19 officially reported in DeKalb County has increased exponentially and is expected to continue to do so if significant measures are not taken immediately, said Mayor Garrett. Multiple cities in Georgia, including the City of Atlanta, following the advice and recommendations of infectious disease and public health experts, have issued similar orders for residents to shelter in their homes and have banned gatherings.

The Order directs that individuals living within the City of Decatur may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.  Additionally, when individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.

The definition of essential businesses may be found in the Order and include businesses and activities related to health and safety including the delivery of those services and supplies to others such as food, medicine, and products essential to the operation of residences as one example. Examples of essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, auto supply and repair, and restaurants offering to-go orders only.

The intent of the Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

Mayor Garrett said, “I urge the community to work together as we help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep everyone safe during this time.”

For more information and to read the full Order, visit www.decaturga.com/covid19.

Have a Photo shoot!

I know a lot of us have been rocking our pj’s all week. (I certainly have been.) Let’s dress it up today though. Pull out that fuzzy boa from the very back of your closet and your favorite pair of shades and strut your stuff for the camera! Throw on a couple of your favorite outfits or create some new ones. It’s fashion week from the comfort of your own home! Get a couple pictures of you modeling down your hallway….SASHAY!! Go out in your yard and take pictures with the wild flowers. There are so many fun ideas and creative shots you can take!

Mayor Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder

Mayor Patti Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder  

Public Parks in the City of Decatur remain open. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community during this public health emergency:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms may be closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • The playgrounds are closed.

Exercise provides much needed stress relief. Walking, running, skateboarding or cycling can be done while still maintaining a safe 6-feet of distance from others. Thank you for continuing to do your part in ensuring our community remains as safe as possible during this time.

Family Activity: Plan a Trip for the Future

plan-your-trip-now-round-line-concept-vector-summer-vacation-planning-map-place-pointer-route-beach-icons-palm-90021785Looking to take a trip in the future when all of this is over? Start doing your research now and have something fun to look forward to.

Start by selecting a place you want to go and gather all the information you can. Have members of the family find places they want to visit in your selected destination. Let the children make a schedule, find the prices of things they want to see, and create a budget.

Good for learning to read maps, honing up the research and math skills, and it’s fun! You could even have the family draw pictures of what they would like to explore.

My Travel Obsession and Pack More Into Life have some tips for trip planning.

Baking!

I know a lot of us have some browning fruit we might want to use, or some extra zucchini lying around. Let’s get in the kitchen! Try a couple new recipes or stick with the tried & true. There are so many things just waiting to be made: apple muffins, zucchini brownies, my personal favorite…banana bread, as well as so many others. So get creative!

Baking set. Hand-drawn cartoon utensils and ingridients. Doodle drawing. Vector illustration.

Practice Your Talents

Let’s all take the time today to work on something that we consider ourselves good at. We all have some sort of hidden talent or something we just really like to do, but the hustle and bustle of everyday life has caused us to loose track of it. Take some time to practice that instrument in the back of your closet, pull out your sketch pad…whatever you enjoy doing, DO IT!!!