Reinventing Family Time
Between the social distancing and the quarantine, no one knows how long it will last. Although we can’t go to the places we love, we have a way to bring those amazing experiences to you! Whether you want a date night or a way to keep the kids happy, these will be fun for the whole family.
1. Movie Night
Missing the big screen? No problem! Make sure you have some popcorn, and if you don’t, check all the essentials here! Cheddar, butter, caramel, oh my! To get the full experience, invest in a box or two of chocolate, too! Cookie dough bites are a personal favorite, but Milk Duds or classic Hershey’s will get the job done, too. Want to switch it up? Food Network suggests getting some pretzels and melted chocolate for the perfect sweet and salty snack.
Now that snacks are covered, let’s move on to the set-up. Nothing makes movie night complete quite like a cozy fort. While you prepare the snacks, keep the little ones busy by making the best blanket fort ever! Put some chairs in the middle of the room and drape a sheet over them. Don’t forget plenty of pillows for inside your new home theater! Fairy lights are always a cute touch, too.
Now for the movies. Hop is streaming on Netflix and is a perfect movie to get in the Springtime mood. Some Netflix classics that are family-friendly include Space Jam, Karate Kid, and Bee Movie. No Netflix, no worries. Find Shrek, Beethoven, and Wonder on Hulu, too! Need a long-term commitment? Watch a Star Wars film once a week to keep busy! According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Wizard of Oz and E.T. are also in the top 10 movies, so might as well check them off your list while you have some time. With all these great movies, you’ll be having a movie every night!
2. Spa Day
Nothing is more relaxing than a nice trip to the spa, but right now it’s a little hard to book an appointment. Not to worry, you can bring the spa to you! Let’s start with some easy bath ideas. To keep your skin moisturized over this quarantine, we have a few options. Take 1 cup of oats and let them soak in the bath for thirty minutes. No oats? Instead, pour ½ cup of honey into your tub for long lasting moisture. Looking for a higher end at-home spa experience? Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and 1 to 2 cups of milk into warm water.
Another favorite are bath bombs! Making bath bombs, however, can be a little tricky. They require citric acid, baking soda, epsom salt, along with a few other ingredients, so they aren’t the most convenient to make at home. If you have these ingredients, great! If not, Etsy, Target, and Lush offer bath bombs for under $5 online!
Face masks. Need we say more? Wal-Mart and Ulta offer a great variety, from acne to dry skin, all available to be shipped to your home! Looking to save money? All you need is ¼ cup of plain yogurt with the juice from ¼ slice of orange. Feel free to add some orange pulp for a little something extra, too! Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes and enjoy your freshened face! Another easy way to have amazing skin is a lemon face mask. Just add the juice from 1 lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil or sweet almond oil. Let it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes and boom – great skin!
Exfoliation is key! Dry skin is never fun so we have a DIY body scrub! All you need is 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of oats, and 1 cup of olive oil. Simply mix all of these in a bowl and go to work! Another easy way to say bye-bye to your dry skin is adding ¼ cup of olive oil to ½ cp of brown sugar. Smells and feels great! After today, you’ll never want to leave the house!
3. Dining In
Nothing is better than an evening at your favorite local restaurant, but it’s hard to experience that right now. No worries, we are giving dine-in a whole new meaning! Instead of going out, why not make some gourmet, not to mention fun, meals at home? Set up the scene of your favorite restaurant, whether that means a bucket of peanuts on the table or the fanciest glasses you own! For the kids, teach them how to fold napkins in fun new ways. Swans, flowers, or even hearts add lots of class to the table. Youtube offers great and easy tutorials for all of these!
Now we need employees! Hire one of your kids, or spouses, to collect orders from everyone. Make up a menu if you’re feeling crafty, too. Depending how old your little ones are, they can even help you cook! Mixing dry ingredients is a fun and safe way for kids to help in the kitchen! Need ideas for dinner? Check below!
Our favorite part: The food. The first suggestion, believe it or not, comes from TikTok. All you need is a griddle and your favorite veggies, meats, and sauces. The griddle allows you to cook the food all at once, and in the same style as Hibachi restaurants. Feel free to throw some shrimp at your family. (What, it’s part of the experience!) Take Taco Tuesday to the next level! Spice up dinner with an array of grilled chicken, tofu, steak, and beef! As far as toppings go, don’t be scared to switch it up. Buzzfeed recommends adding crushed tortilla chips and red onions to, well, everything. Feel free to look up some creative combos on your own, too!
With all these great ideas, we hope you can find a little entertainment while stuck inside. Remember that going out can be dangerous, so with these fun nights, you won’t be missing out on bonding with the fam!