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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

(Win it!) A Child-Friendly Case for your iPad or Other Tablet from HDE is a Lifesaver!



We have two posts that feature HDE.  One is is post with Ideas that You Need to Know to Entertain your Children During the Quarantine and the second is this post. I thought that I would share information again about why we love our iPad cases from HDE, but also give our readers the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an HDE case of their choice!

Now that our children are homeschooled during the COVID-19 crisis, they need access to technology to connect with their class and complete schoolwork. I think that the idea of handing over our iPads to our children, especially young children, is a little scary. I was hoping that my pretty iPad cover would suffice, but learned the hard way that my children need more rugged cases. If I could go back in time, I would buy the nice HDE brand cases that I bought after my hard lesson. We now use the 7th Gen 10.2” iPad case and 5th/6th Gen 9.7” iPad case.




These cases are awesome because they protect our iPads and also offer flexibility for our children to set them flat or prop them up. Here is a quick overview of the HDE iPad 7th Generation Case for Kids with Built-in Screen Protector
  • Compatible with New iPad 10.2 2019 - 7th Generation Apple iPad 10.2 Inch Tablet (Latest Model, Released 2019, Models A2197 & A2198 & A2200)
  • Crystal-clear, fully integrated screen protector fits over top tablet display | Allows for responsive capacitive touch and keeps your tablet screen looking immaculate – Please remove the protective film from BOTH sides of the screen protector upon arrival to remove bubbles!
  • This Kid Friendly Case is made of durable, heavy duty non-toxic EVA foam, is shock and water resistant to prevents bumps, dust, scratches and spills from damaging the iPad 10.2 tablet | Corners feature double thick padding for ultra protection
  • Custom designed handle allows for 180 degree rotation to provide multiple viewing angles and easy grip for young school children – Flip handle behind the screen for media viewing stand.
  • HDE shock proof childrens iPad cases provide the ultimate protection for your 7th Generation Apple iPad 10.2 Inch Tablet - Fun colors for boys and girls

We also love the 5th/6th Gen 9.7” iPad case for our older iPad. here is a quick overview:
  • Two-piece protective carrying case and stand for the New Apple iPad 2018 Student Edition 9.7" tablet 6th Generation Models A1893 & A1954 (Apple Pencil Compatible) and Original 5th Generation 2017 Apple iPad 9.7" (Models A1822 & A1823)
  • Durable, heavy duty EVA foam is shock-resistant prevents bumps, dust, and scratches from damaging the tablet | Corners feature double thick padding for ultra protection
  • Crystal-clear, fully integrated screen protector fits over top tablet display | Allows for responsive capacitive touch and keeps your tablet screen looking immaculate – Please remove the protective film from BOTH sides of the screen protector upon arrival to remove bubbles!
  • Foldable multi-function handle makes for easy transporting while doubling as a kickstand for easy media viewing | Light weight design is great for boys and girls taking to school – Flip handle behind the screen for media viewing stand.
  • Apple Pencil Holder - Custom designed handle provides seamless storage for your Apple Pencil - Quick and easy access, but also protects it from any drops or bumps - Case is ONLY COMPATIBLE with New 2018 / 2017 Released iPad 9.7" Models (Both Apple Pencil Support and Original Versions)
We also use the HDE Shoulder Strap for the cases that are great!

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Ideas that You Need to Know to Entertain Your Quarantined Children!


1. Protect your ipad or tablets.
Now that our children are homeschooled during the COVID-19 crisis, they need access to technology to connect with their class and complete schoolwork. I think that the idea of handing over our iPads to our children, especially young children, is a little scary. I was hoping that my pretty iPad cover would suffice, but learned the hard way that my children need more rugged cases. If I could go back in time, I would buy the nice HDE brand cases that I bought after my hard lesson. We now use the 7th Gen 10.2” iPad case and 5th/6th Gen 9.7” iPad case.


These cases are awesome because they protect our iPads and also offer flexibility for our children to set them flat or prop them up. Here is a quick overview of the HDE iPad 7th Generation Case for Kids with Built-in Screen Protector

  • Compatible with New iPad 10.2 2019 - 7th Generation Apple iPad 10.2 Inch Tablet (Latest Model, Released 2019, Models A2197 & A2198 & A2200)
  • Crystal-clear, fully integrated screen protector fits over top tablet display | Allows for responsive capacitive touch and keeps your tablet screen looking immaculate – Please remove the protective film from BOTH sides of the screen protector upon arrival to remove bubbles!
  • This Kid Friendly Case is made of durable, heavy duty non-toxic EVA foam, is shock and water resistant to prevents bumps, dust, scratches and spills from damaging the iPad 10.2 tablet | Corners feature double thick padding for ultra protection
  • Custom designed handle allows for 180 degree rotation to provide multiple viewing angles and easy grip for young school children – Flip handle behind the screen for media viewing stand.
  • HDE shock proof childrens iPad cases provide the ultimate protection for your 7th Generation Apple iPad 10.2 Inch Tablet - Fun colors for boys and girls

We also love the 5th/6th Gen 9.7” iPad case for our older iPad. here is a quick overview:
  • Two-piece protective carrying case and stand for the New Apple iPad 2018 Student Edition 9.7" tablet 6th Generation Models A1893 & A1954 (Apple Pencil Compatible) and Original 5th Generation 2017 Apple iPad 9.7" (Models A1822 & A1823)
  • Durable, heavy duty EVA foam is shock-resistant prevents bumps, dust, and scratches from damaging the tablet | Corners feature double thick padding for ultra protection
  • Crystal-clear, fully integrated screen protector fits over top tablet display | Allows for responsive capacitive touch and keeps your tablet screen looking immaculate – Please remove the protective film from BOTH sides of the screen protector upon arrival to remove bubbles!
  • Foldable multi-function handle makes for easy transporting while doubling as a kickstand for easy media viewing | Light weight design is great for boys and girls taking to school – Flip handle behind the screen for media viewing stand.
  • Apple Pencil Holder - Custom designed handle provides seamless storage for your Apple Pencil - Quick and easy access, but also protects it from any drops or bumps - Case is ONLY COMPATIBLE with New 2018 / 2017 Released iPad 9.7" Models (Both Apple Pencil Support and Original Versions)
We also use the HDE Shoulder Strap for the cases that are great!

2. Help them to learn a new language with Rosetta Stone.
I initially wanted Rosetta Stone for my oldest son to practice Latin. My hope is that a strong Latin language background will help to prepare him for his SAT and other exams.  I know that the SAT is several years away, but I read that knowing multiple languages, especially Latin at a younger age, is helpful.  It turns out that Rosetta Stone is so much more though!  My son loves their user friendly system that makes learning fun.  He eagerly spends approximately one hour on Rosetta Stone daily and says that it's fun. It's a well thought out program that involves both oral and written practice in engaging ways.



I've been monitoring my son's progress and appreciate that Rosetta Stone makes it easy for my to track his progress.  Since I am often working while he is busy with schoolwork, it's nice to be able to see progress reports like the one below.



In the evening, we talk about our days and his highlight almost always includes what he learned on Rosetta Stone.  (He's obsessed which is awesome!) This has a cascading effect because his enthusiasm causes his younger sibling. Our preschooler now enjoys learning Latin vocabulary words as well. They enjoy practicing the words together. I really didn't see that coming!

I'm really thrilled and highly recommend Rosetta Stone. They are pros when it comes to helping people to learn a new language. While we are focusing on Latin, they have many other languages as well such as Spanish, French, German, and more. Every child should try Rosetta Stone!  

3. Grow herbs for recipes.
Our home has a small yard, but we still wanted to make sure that our children enjoyed gardening experiences in their childhood. We used products from Urban Leaf for our garden because they specialize in beginner-friendly edible gardening kits. They offer a wide range of products. We tried the Herb Starter Kit and Garden Trio Kit based on our children's preferences of what they wanted to grow. We had fun sprouting the seeds in an upcycled container that served as a greenhouse. This was fun while also reinforcing science lessons!



We also transplanted some to a larger planter.



My children love watching the daily process. There is something magical about watching plants grow!  Check out Urban Leaf for other fun garden kits!




4. Grow a Fairy Garden.

My children have a several year age gap. One of my oldest child's favorite memories was a homemade Fairy Garden. When I saw the fabulous My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage, I knew that I needed to have this for my youngest child! This whimsical set is amazing because the designers paid careful attention to detail with everything from a flying fairy to an actual garden area with quick-sprouting seeds to a water feature with floating lily pads.  Here is the product overview:
  • My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage: Start an enchanted science project with your kid and take them step-by-step on how to plant a magical garden for fairies. My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage is a flowerpot that comes with everything you need to create a new fairy world; watering can, gardening tools, soil, seeds, and a cottage to house fairy Isla and her friends.
This toy is sure to create happy childhood memories! My children love it! This is a must-have toy for young children.



5. Stock up on board games that encourage problem solving.
Two games that we love for active little minds include Zangle and Set. These trendy games encourage competition and fun. Here are quick overviews:
  • Zangle Card Game: Family nights will get more fun and competitive with Zangle! Find a Zangle with two or more cards to make the shape on another card. You can twist, flip or spin your cards to find the best angle to make your Zangle. You won’t stop playing this game once you start racing to find Zangles before your opponents!
  • SET card game: Children often beat adults in this extremely addictive and fast-paced card game. All players compete simultaneously and try to claim sets of cards in a single pass through the deck. A set consists of three cards that are either all alike or all different in each attribute. Whoever claims the most sets wins!

Our family loves playing these fun games!


6. Encourage creativity with face painting.
Face painting isn't just for Halloween. We love the Face Paintoos Wild Pack for our children to use their imaginations!  I'm not the most artistic person, but this kit is easy to use and we had a great time with it.  Here is a quick overview of this trendy kit:
  • Face Paintoos Wild Pack: Traditional Face painting can be messy and requires artistic skills, but not with Face Paintoos. Easy to apply and easy to clean, Face Paintoos will give your kids professional face paint in minutes, helping them to spend hours dressing up in costumes and role-playing. Who said you could only wear costumes on Halloween? Dress up and transform into fun animals with Face Paintoos to create all kinds of stories with your kids.
I hope that you enjoy some of these ideas to help make your children's time home special.
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

5 Quarantine Birthday Ideas + Celebrations in the Kitchen Helps to Create Memorable Birthday Celebrations


My oldest son's birthday fell during the quarantine, so I recently researched ideas to celebrate his special day at home.  In today's post, I'll share five of my favorite birthday celebration ideas.

1. Celebrate with a car parade.
Invite friends and families to drive past your house at a specific time so that they are able to wave to the birthday child.  Encourage them to share signs and balloons from a distance!

2. Zoom the celebration.
Set up a zoom meeting to sing Happy Birthday and to share reasons why everyone loves your birthday child. 

3. Decorate cookies or cupcakes for your fun birthday activity.
Bouncy houses and other activities are not available in our area at the moment, but I still wanted to have a fun activity for our children to have fun and bond. We came up with decorating cookies!  Celebrations in the Kitchen is a trendy bakery that ships fabulous cookie and cupcake decorating kits nationwide. They have the perfect kits for birthday celebrations! This bakery has been around for decades and is extra special to us because the owners are perfectionists who pay meticulous attention to detail and also offer some delicious options that are nut-free and dairy-free for my children. For instance, we recommend their Rainbow Cookie Dough Set with Six Colors, It's Your Birthday 13 Cookie Decorating Kit, and Marine Animals Deluxe 12 Cookie Decorating Kit.



The kits provide everything that you need for a fun and creative experience.  As I mentioned, the designers of the kits pay careful attention to detail with the kits and provide a variety of colorful options to decorate cookies. There is a combinatorial explosion of opportunities with the different cookies, colorful frostings, and toppings. 



For instance, here are listings of the kits that we received:

The It's Your Birthday 13 Cookie Decorating Kit includes:
  • 13- Fresh Baked Upon Order Baked Birthday Themed Sugar Cookies (Be sure to include what number you want us to make for you)
  • 7- Snip N'Go Pastry Bags Filled With Colored Icings
  • 6- Colored Confectonery toppings

The Marine Animals Deluxe 12 Cookie Decorating Kit includes:
  • 12- Fresh Baked Upon Order Baked MARINE Animal Sugar Cookies
  • 7- Snip N'Go Pastry Bags Filled With Colored Icings
  • 6- Colored Confectonery toppings

  •  6 containers (3.75oz. each/ 22.5 oz total) of colored cookie dough only

The colorful frostings are pretty and delicious! You just knead the frosting bags and then snip the end so that your children are able to have fun decorating their cookies.


The colorful variety of toppings provide unlimited options for creativity.


The combinatorial explosion of opportunities is perfect for a birthday celebration. My children spent hours decorating the cookies with us. We had fun chatting and working on our cookies together. It was a nice bonding experience that we will all remember when we think about the quarantine.

My children enjoyed decorating with multiple layers. For instance, this shark received a blue base layer of frosting.


This birthday balloon received a thicker base layer of frosting using multiple colors.


We then had fun selecting from many different toppings.


Here are some examples of our creations.


Here are more examples.


Celebrations in the Kitchen helped us to create fun memories with our children. We love their trendy kits that make it fun to do something special together. I appreciate that the cookie kits were nut-free and dairy-free!  If you want to try their products, we received a 15% off coupon code to share with our readers. Use the coupon code bakingfun15.

4. Create a birthday time capsule for your child to open in 10 years.
Create a time capsule together for a future birthday.  Each family member should write a letter about what life is currently like in 2020.  Include small toys, forever stamps (with a note of how much they cost at the time of purchase), photos, and any other fun items that you want to include.  Personally, we visited a food storage facility and paid <$3 to seal the items in a silver pouch for a fun futuristic looking time capsule. You may also put the contents into any type of box or container that you have around the house.



5. Play remote games with family and friends.
Visit a virtual escape room or play multi-player games together. This is a fun way to bond while having fun!

We hope that you enjoyed our ideas for a Quarantine Birthday Party!  My son's birthday feel during the quarantine. It was fun to create memories that we will always treasure.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

(Win it!) MaskMarket.com has you covered!


The past couple of months have gone by quickly. Our world was turned upside down in a way that none of us has ever experienced. We are told that the new school year will have a new normal. No one knows exactly what that means yet. While none of us are able to predict the future, I suspect that face masks may continue to be important. I thought that I would stop and reflect that face masks are having a moment with trendy versions popping up! In particular, I want to tell you about trendy masks from MaskMarket.com since they will help you to look stylish in this crazy world. We will also share a giveaway!

MaskMarket.com offers trendy masks and even makes it easy to create custom prints on masks.  Their masks are machine washable, breathable, have a 2-way stretch, and are made in the U.S.A.

Here are a few examples of some of the masks.

Customize your mask by uploading a photo here!





In addition, let me share the masks that we ordered for our family. The first is the Hexagonal Print Mask. It's much more stylish than the plain blue or white masks and shows my personality.
My husband wanted the Space Dust Mask below. (I may even want to wash it and borrow it.)


My boys are into camo. There are a few different camouflage masks - Night Camo Mask, Winter Camo Mask, and Mud Camo Mask. These are gender neutral and popular right now!



The masks above are just a glimpse into the many masks available to reflect your personality and to complement your wardrobe. I hope that you will have a chance to check out MaskMarket.com because their masks are awesome. Plus, for every mask sold, they donate one.  They have donated 10,000 so far!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

5 Fashion Tips for Zoom Meetings from Home + a Giveaway from Skinnytees!


5 Fashion Tips for Zoom Meetings from Home
Now that everyone is working from home, I thought that I would share some work-from-home fashion tips for those who have to connect with co-workers, clients, or customers online. I'll also tell you about one of my favorite brands - Skinnytees - and host a giveaway where you may enter for a chance to win a trendy item of your choice from Skinnytees.com!

1. Invest fitted tees and leggings for at-home comfort that looks good on camera.
My favorite work-from-home outfit for days where I have meetings is a plain black Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee, black Yoga Leggings, and an olive colored Knit and Silk Cardigan. The items are from a trendy company called Skinnytees. This company creates clothing that is soft and fitted for flattering looks. They offer many items that are perfect to wear in layers.  When working from home with my children, I love wearing my Skinnytees top and leggings. I then dress up my look with the cardigan for zoom meetings.  My packaged arrived and was wrapped in a bow.



I didn't realize that they were also going to send a reusable bag and a laundry bag too. That was nice!



The items are super comfortable. I love that the basic black tee and leggings provide a great base layer and then I am able to quickly switch up my look by adding a cardigan for a meeting.



2. Buy cardigans to wear over base layers.
A nice cardigan will dress up any look. I love the Knit and Silk Cardigan from Skinnytees. I also have others in my rotation, but this is my favorite one.  I'm able to go from comfortable in my fitted tee and leggings to business casual in less than 30 seconds by adding a cardigan when it's time for a zoom meeting.


3. Angle the camera at a flattering angle.
We all have our best camera angles. I angle my camera slightly above me so that it looks down.  Some people feel that one side is better than another. Just angle the camera to your preference!

4. Wear layers.
If you are like me, you have had zoom meetings that go on for hours. Wear layers for these meetings in case you get hot or cold. Personally, my husband's office gets hotter than the rest of our house, so he sometimes adjusts the a/c to make his office cooler. It results in my room getting colder too. I like having a cardigan nearby.

5. Avoid bright patterns and stripes.
Your in-person dress code should be respected in zoom meetings as well, but keep in mind that bright patterns and stripes may not be as flattering on camera. Take some selfies and make a judgement call if they look okay on camera.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

10 Tips to Help Parents and Children to Exercise During the COVID-19 Closures


We recently changed our editorial calendar to work on self improvement posts that may possibly help us to come out of the quarantine with better habits.  Today is one of those posts!


I know that many of us are working from home while homeschooling our children. It's tough, but we have to find ways to boost our spirits and come out stronger.  My children recently found a butterfly at the park.  They giggled as it flew around them. They tried to memorize the design and colors on its wings so that they could try to google and learn about it when we got home.  




Something interesting happened while they were researching it.  My older son reflected on how caterpillars isolate and come out as something completely different - as butterflies! He realized that even though he complains about isolating during the quarantine that it's an opportunity to come out as a butterfly.  Sometimes my children remind me about the good things in life. I have definitely been guilty of feeling sad about being quarantined, but his enthusiastic view of the world reminds me that we have an opportunity of exciting things on the other side. Indeed, imagine viewing the world as a caterpillar and then flying as a butterfly.  This is a great time to encourage healthy habits to evolve to be better versions of ourselves.   In today's post, I'll focus on ways to incorporate physical fitness into daily lives. I will also tell you about my husband's new 
Brilliant L Train Bicycle from Priority Bicycles that makes our family bicycle rides more fun!


1. Create daily P.E. time as part of homeschool. (Outcome: Exercise is a part of daily life!)

Our district provides academic assignments for our son, but does not provide guidance on P.E.  Not only is he missing out on exercise from P.E. class, but he also misses two recess periods where he exercises.  We added a rule that our son needs to exercise for a minimum of 60 minutes daily. He may split it into three 20-minute sessions, two 30-minute sessions, or one 60-minute session. It's his choice. We are easy going about the exercise as long as it is something that gets his heart rate up.

2. Play movement games. (Outcome: Exercise is fun and there are many different ways to keep moving!)

Play fun movement games at home. For instance, my children love the Garbage Collector game that burns serious calories!  They place pillows in a line in the center of our playroom. They then place all of their stuffed animals on the pillow.  Each child stays on one side. They then have to throw the stuffed animals onto the other person's side. They keep throwing them back and forth until the timer is up. The person with the fewest number of stuffed animals on their side is the winner.  My children love this game! It gets their heart rate up and they are sweaty after a 20 minute session.

3. Go on bike rides (Outcome: Exercise is fun, plus this is an eco-friendly activity that may prepare them to ride their bikes to school in the future so that you are able to skip the car pickup line! Depending on your location, you may even be able to bike to local stores or the library!)

My husband and son invested in good bicycles when my son entered kindergarten. They biked to school almost daily  throughout all of elementary school.  When my son was in kindergarten, they used a bike trailer.  



Toward the end of kindergarten, my son rode his own bicycle next to my husband.  The school was 1.5 miles away from our home. Our son rode 3 miles/day round trip. My husband took him in the morning and then went back in the afternoon to pick him up for a total of 6 miles/day round trip.  There were three major benefits that we reflect on:

  • Our son learned healthy habits: Our son viewed physical fitness as a practical part of life and still enjoys riding a bicycle and being active outside
  • We skipped the nightmare known as the car pickup line: The walkers/bikers were released at 2:55pm. The students in the car pickup line were released at 3:10pm.  My son was always happy that he didn't have to wait in the cafeteria for the car pickup line since kids had to sit quietly and got in trouble if they talked. My husband and I appreciated that we didn't have to wait in the seemingly never ending car line.
  • We were eco-friendly: If you add up 5 years worth of trips to/from school, my husband and son rode a couple of thousand miles of bicycles instead of driving. The eco-friendly effort adds up over time!
Our oldest son now attends a school that is across a highway without sidewalks, so we now drive him to school. However, he still enjoys bicycle rides for fun and exercise.   If you follow regularly, there is a large age gap between our children. Our youngest son is a preschooler who is learning to ride a bike now. We hope to have him ready to bike to kindergarten and hope for many happy years to come of riding bicycles to school.  In preparation for this, we have a little 12" bicycle for him to practice.  My husband also got a new bicycle that is meant to last for many years - the Brilliant L Train from Priority Bicycles. I have to tell you about this bicycle because it is so amazing!

Here is a quick overview from their website:

"Designed by Priority's founder Dave Weiner, in collaboration with Brilliant Bicycle Co, the new L Train commuter bicycle will take you anywhere you need to go, with ease. Its chromoly frame is light and agile, and the grease and rust free Gates Carbon belt drive paired with an internal 7 gear hub rides for thousands of miles without ever needing a tune up.
  • Gates Carbon Belt Drive
  • Shimano 7-Speed Internal Hub
  • Lightweight Chromoly Frame
  • Freewheel with Front and Rear Shimano V-brakes
  • Commuter Style Handlebars
  • Puncture Resistant 32mm tires
The Brilliant L Train is an ideal fit for that rider looking for a nimble, quicker bicycle with larger gear range to tackle any commute or leisure riding."

This bicycle is easy to order online here.  They ship it to your doorstep and provide the tools that you need to assemble it. We assembled it rather quickly and found the process to be easy.



They produced helpful instructional videos to watch online and help assemble the bicycles. We were so excited for our bicycle to arrive that we watched the instructional videos before it arrived. When it arrived, we were able to quickly and easily assemble it.  For instance, here is a quick collage that shows my husband assembling a tire, pedals, seat, and reflectors.




We also ordered the optional fenders and assembled those quickly. 



This Brilliant L Train Bicycle from Priority Bicycles is amazing! We will quickly able to figure out why it has such excellent reviews.  We especially liked the Gates Carbon Belt Drive, which is both quiet and smooth.  The gear selector is quick and the available gears provide a range of speeds ideal for a commuter bike.  


Priority Bicycles offers a wide array of accessories for their bikes and we chose to add fenders.  We bike in all but severe weather and the fenders come in handy.  They also offer a kickstand, basket, and lights.  As our needs change, we are confident that Priority Bicycles has us covered, from purchase to installation.




The Brilliant L Train Bicycle from Priority Bicycles is not only great for commuting, but also cruising through the park.  My husband had a great time on his first ride through nearby trails.  The lightweight construction and choice of gears made the ride almost effortless. 



4. Take daily walks together. (Outcome: Practice healthy habits and bond together as a family.)
It's so easy to feel like you see each other all day long during the quarantine. However, it's not really quality time if you are busy working and doing other tasks. We find that going out for a walk together is a great way to give each other our undivided attention.  We usually walk 2 to 3 miles with our youngest in our jogging stroller.  We let him out of the stroller at a grassy park area so that he's able to run around. Our family has bonded a lot with our daily walks.  It's something that we plan to continue even after the quarantine is over.

5. Invest in indoor exercise equipment for rainy days or when the sun is too strong during the day. (Outcome: Practice healthy habits, ease anxiety through exercise even on rainy days, and possibly let your children virtually explore the world.)
We bought a treadmill that allows us to virtually run through different areas around the world.  For my me, I actually don't use the feature because I like having the treadmill to run during the day when the Texas sun is strong.  I'm able to fit a few extra miles into my day by running inside when the sun is strong or it is raining.

My son loves the virtual travel feature to run through destinations that he studies at school.  The treadmill allows him to combine P.E. and social studies in a fun way.

6. Go on local hikes together. (Outcome: Practice healthy habits and bond together as a family.)
Similar to our daily walks, we also enjoy going on short hikes together. We have a local park with trails.  So far, we've found that other hikers have been respectful of social distancing on the trails that we visited. Similar to our walks, the local hikes are a fun way to exercise and bond. 

7. Speed cleaning.  (Outcome: Clean your house quickly while burning calories.)
We've always cleaned our own house, but I know that many friends who hire part-time cleaning help have been out of luck during the quarantine. Everyone has to clean their own house.  One way to make it fun is to have large speed cleaning drills. We play music to dance and sing while we clean as quickly as possible for 10 to 20 minute speed cleaning drills.  If you are familiar with the meme, "It's gonna be May!", this is one of our favorite songs for speed cleaning. We also love, "Old Town Road." 

8. Do a strength training exercise challenge together. (Outcome: Bond while strengthening muscles.)
Spend a few minutes a day on a challenge such as a plank challenge. This make only take <3 minutes/day, but it's fun to increase your time over a month to see results! We love that large challenges like this are quick, fun, and encourage our children to always pursue self improvement even if it's in a large way.

9. Meditate with an app. (Outcome: Possibly reduce anxiety, especially during this challenging COVID-19 crisis.)
I didn't meditate until I was in my 40's. I found yoga to be boring. I thought that it wasn't for me. However, my oldest son likes to meditate and found the Headspace app that he recommended to me. I was more open minded than usual about meditation since I wanted to support my son's interest. It turns out that the Headspace app made meditation more accessible to me. I really like it. We use it for <5 or 10 minutes a day and it helps to ease our anxiety.

10. Get up and move throughout the day. (Outcome: Improve your health and possibly reduce anxiety, especially during this challenging COVID-19 crisis.)
It's so tempting to sit at a computer for hours at a time. Work builds up quickly and it feels good to push through checklists and tasks. Children also sometimes want to finish school work as quickly as possible. However, set a timer to periodically get up to move around, stretch, and drink water. It's not healthy to sit for extensive periods of time.  

I hope that these tips help you to find ways to exercise with your children during the quarantine.  As I mentioned earlier, my son pointed out that caterpillars go about their daily lives without even realizing that they will get a time of isolation in which they eventually come out as butterflies that get to fly through the world. It's pretty cool!  Let's all find ways to use this time of isolation with our families to come out better on the other side!  Physical fitness is an excellent goal in itself, but also helps us to have more energy to be successful in other areas of life as well. 
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