Happy Friday Friends! Needless to say, it’s been another roller-coaster of a week as my teens began remote learning from home while we try our best to keep some type of schedule, stay positive, and support each other during week two of Shelter-In-Home. This “new normal” is anything but normal, and we continue to adjust, accepting the fact that we are not over the hump just yet. I had a few requests to share outfit ideas on what to wear while sheltered at home, but to be honest, I’m lucky if I get in the shower in by 2pm. The most exciting part of my outfit selection is what long cardigan (with pockets) to pair with either leggings or wide leg lounge pants and a tank top. That said, I think it IS important to TRY to get out of your pajamas, brush or pull back your hair, and put on some tinted moisturizer and lipgloss – you’ll just feel better. Are you in an area that is currently Shelter-In-Place? How are you coping with the “new normal”?
One of the highlights of my week is Thursday Night Virtual Happy Hour, set up by one of my tech-savvy girlfriends. Every Thursday night, a group of us connect to Zoom, alcoholic beverage of choice in hand. It’s our time to share how our week has been going, what shows to watch, discuss how our kids and families are coping – and we laugh. How are you staying connected during this socially disconnected time?
Now on to Friday Favorites, a few ideas and recipes you can try this week…enjoy!
1. Hide your laundry pile from co-workers with West Elms Stylish Zoom Backgrounds | Domino.com (HERE)
Video conference meetings are a window inside everyone’s homes, so when you aren’t exactly in love with the big brick wall or beige headboard behind you, these virtual catch-ups can be a frightening experience. But who said your space had to be real? West Elm has launched a series of backgrounds for the web platform Zoom so everyone can dial in from their dream house. To read more | CLICK HERE
2. Closet Organizing in 5 Easy Steps | (HERE)
With the ongoing Shelter In-Home California Mandate, many of us are taking to organizing our homes. Last weekend we tackled my son and daughter’s closet and drawers; this weekend I plan to take on the daunting task of organizing my own wardrobe. I find the most challenging part of taking on a closet, drawers, pantry, etc. is simply getting started. I invite you to grab a mug of coffee and browse through my guide on How to Overhaul Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps | CLICK HERE. Then, refill your mug, turn up the music, and get to work – you’ll thank yourself later!
3. One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake | Recipe (HERE)
Got bananas? This recipe is so delicious, I had requests to make it twice this week!
This week’s top 5 meals:
- Hawaiian Chicken (HERE) served over Coconut Rice (1/2 water, 1/2 coconut milk in RIck Cooker) and steamed Brocolli,
- Burrito Bowls (HERE)
- Kale Salad with (THIS) Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
- Easy Korean Beef Bowls (HERE)
- High Protein Sloppy Joes (HERE)
For more recipie ideas, I invite you to visit my Let’s Eat Board on Pinterest (HERE),
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My top 5 boards this week are:
5. Brighten the day of a Friend, Relative, or Stranger
We’ve been sending emails to my Grandmother’s Assisted Living Home, which are printed by staff and delivered to my Grandma – just like good old fashioned snail mail. This week my daughter along with fellow members of her NCL Chapter, made cards to be delivered to Assisted Living Homes in our area. Today, my girlfriend left 2 packs of Color Street polish strips along with a card in my mailbox – a simple gesture that made my day! My point is, reach out and connect with those you love, and strangers in need of human connection. We’re all in this together.
6. Discover creative ways to stay active
As I said earlier, this ride is not over yet. Every day we make a concerted effort to do something active. For me, this means walking my dog and setting aside time for an online yoga class and meditation (read more HERE). For my son, it’s running the track or following a workout video on YouTube. There are online disco parties, Barre classes, cardio classes and more. Find what works for you, to keep your mind and body active.
Stay safe and be well friends,
Hi Suzanne, It is the wrong link for the recipe for the bundt cake. It looks and sounds so good that I would like to make it.
Hi Mireille! Thank you for catching the link issue on the Bundt Cake. I just updated it on my post, and here is a link for quick reference. https://happyhooligans.ca/banana-chocolate-chip-bundt-cake/
Note: careful to not over cook it. The first time I made it, I followed the directions to the T. the second time I was 4 minutes late getting it out of the oven and it was not as moist. Still delicious and almost gone, but the first try, they couldn’t keep their hands off it!. Hope all is well with you and your family! xx
Hana Raftery says
Thank you for the shout out Suzanne! Love your tips! Going to clean my closet…Xoxox
Hi Hana! Thanks for stopping by! Your online classes have been a shining star in my daily routine. Even when I don’t log in LIVE, I’m practicing every other day with you. Thank you for archiving the live classes, it’s so helpful and I’m so grateful. xx Suzanne
Suzanne gReat ideas. Thanks fOr the weekly menu too.I think my family is sick of all my meals! I agree with you about home outfits.. Im in leggings and a cardigan most days! HoPe you are taking care. Xoxo
Enjoyed reading this week’s blog post! Thanks for the link to hana’s yoga classes. I’ve been looking for a livestream yoga class since the shelter in place.
Shelbee on the Edge says
I love all the fun and positive things in this post, Suzanne! I am kind of enjoying this time at home with little obligation to leave my house. I have been trying to get dressed and take outfit photos a few times a week, but I have also been enjoying the time in sweats and jammies! Thanks for sharing all of these fun ideas and linking up with me!
Julie Augustyn says
My nails are so grown out! I’m thinking about ordering some color street strips and doing my own manicure! The fake background for zoom calls is such a fabulous idea! I don’t particularly need it but thing it’s so clever!