Sunday, March 22, 2020

Activities for TEENS during lock down

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time, as well as all getting along during the lock down.During the days I'm home,. I'm seeing that my teen son is bored and really nothing to do other then play video games. It seems like that's ALL he's doing at this point. He has only two classes in Google Classroom that he keeps up with then he's free the entire day. I am not allowing him too see friends during this time, so he is getting a bit restless. I have seen over the last few days tons of super cute Facebook posts on ideas and creative things to do too keep younger kids busy but NOTHING for teens. So, seeing today is one of my days off. I wanted to create a blog post for things to keep teen busy as well. I hope you find some of these things fun and useful.

1. Puzzles, I realized this would be fantastic and that we own not a single one. I am placing a online food delivery later in the week and added this to the cart for both of us to spend time on together.

2. Get away from it all. We are mapping out some outdoor nature walks for us to do once the weather permits. Fishing is on our list, geocaching is pretty cool as well. These are all things outdoors that chances are you son't come close or in contact with anyone. Just being outdoors is amazing.

3.  Eat outside. If your weather is nice, pack a lunch for you and your teen and enjoy being outdoors. Teens will go where the food is anyways!

4. Ride a bike. I actually send my teen out the door on the days I work out the home with my bike to get some much needed exercise after being cooped up all day in the house. Both have a bike? Go on a ride together, daily. Stretch your legs.

5. Photowalking. Combining daily walks with photo stories, letting your feet and creativity roam free. A way to get moving, clear your mind and connect with your surroundings. This is a actual thing and my teen would love it! Matter of fact I think we are going to do this today and post our journey when we get back.

6. Go fishing. Another thing that is now on our list, the waters here are finally not frozen so we can start doing this

7. Collect the mail, send your teen. Get's them out the house and moving.

8. Pressed polymer clay magnets/ornaments. I'll get in on this one and do a DIY on it, we are collecting nature items outdoors to press into it!! Something fun to collect on your walks outdoors.

9. Nature Bookmarks, find interesting things you can press between laminating sheets {we have a machine at home} so this craft will be fun to collect items and it's free! DIY link here

10. With Spring right around the corner, DIY pounded flower art sounds super fun! DIY link here

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Local Museums and Tours for Black History Month

February starts the beginning of Black history month, which is annually observed in the United States.  It's a celebration of achievements made by African American's, over the years. I wanted to come up with a list of Museums and places that you can go, to learn and educate yourselves on. I live in Michigan, so all these places are based there! I hope you will something that may interest you and inspire you to learn! It took bravery and risk, for many of these African Americans and it is simply inspiring.

1. The Henry Ford, has musical performances and activities such as: Experiment with history Green Book, History Outside the box, make something Saturdays and much more. 

2. Detroit institute of Arts, will have workshops, story telling, poetry and art demonstrations. There will be art panels specific to Black History month. Entire month of February

3charles h wright museum of african american history, learning opportunities, exhibits and programs based on collections and history of African Americans. Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun. 1-5 p.m

4. The Underground Railroad, Second Baptist ChurchThe history of Second Baptist touches on three centuries of service to the community and is equally, if not more, important than our participation to the Underground Railroad. Detroit Underground Historical Railroad Society offers three types of tours designed to fit the various time constraints of our visitors. 

These were just a few in my findings in researching, there were many more interesting places and activities to do. I do encourage you to research some places of your own, specially if you are in another state! There should be literally something to do in any given US state to celebrate this month. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Valentines Day Gift Guide + Inspiration

I LOVE curating. Its fun and satisfying to collect all these beautiful images and ideas in one area, for others to appreciate. I wanted to share a new board on Pinterest that I came up with for Valentines day. Titled "Valentines day gift guide + inspiration". I hope you enjoy.

Be sure too follow me here on Pinterest for a ton of other beautifully curated boards, I post almost daily

Monday, January 13, 2020

Frozen {not the movie}

{those are not white leaves, on those trees! They are all frozen ice crystals.}

It's cold and wet. When these two meet here in Michigan it equals for freezing rain and frozen pretty much everything. We are having a pretty mild Winter {Thank God}, so not much to complain about. I did get a chance yesterday to get out and take just a few pictures locally with my son and mother. We all love the art of photography and enjoying getting out, we get a little stir crazy for the next few months leading up to Spring. How's the weather where you are?

photos are in Port Huron, MI {taken by me}

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Valentines Day Gift Guide

I wanted to curate a gift guide for Valentines day, I do this every year. From my favorite hand made market online, ETSY. So much talent! I love that everything is hand crafted and hand made, it always makes the gifts that much more special. Enjoy my top choices, I hope you may have found something for yourself.