101 Things to Do While Safe at Home

Hello, readers! I hope you are safe and well–wherever you might be in the world. Aren’t we living in the strangest of times?

Here in Oklahoma, we are beginning the 4th week of social distancing and my city is practicing sheltering-in-place. I have still been going to work each day but I am thankful for the extra time spent at home. I am a natural homebody and enjoy being home in my own space. I enjoy cooking, cleaning, and keeping the house super cozy. However, I totally understand that others might not feel the same way that I do and might be struggling with having to stay home. Some of you might be feeling bored or have run out of things to do to pass the time. Fret not! Today I am sharing a list of 101 things you can do while practicing social distancing and staying home.

And readers, remember that we are all in this together. You are not alone. We will get through this. I believe that everything we are doing to stay safe and to keep our families safe is working.

101 Things to do:

  1. Read a book
  2. Organize a drawer
  3. Wash bedding
  4. Clean out your closet
  5. Vacuum carpeted floors
  6. Paint or draw
  7. Deep clean the refrigerator
  8. Take a bubble bath
  9. Fold laundry
  10. Listen to a podcast
  11. Text a loved one
  12. Meal-plan for the week
  13. Dust the house
  14. Cook a new recipe
  15. Do a home workout
  16. Spend time gardening
  17. Take a walk
  18. Declutter things you don’t need
  19. Rake leaves in yard
  20. Have a virtual Netflix party with friends
  21. Give yourself a manicure
  22. Rearrange furniture
  23. Complete a DIY project
  24. Take a nap
  25. Watch a new show
  26. Have quiet times with Jesus
  27. Tidy up your bedroom
  28. Listen to worship music
  29. Clean the windows around your house
  30. Water any house plants
  31. Sort and file important papers
  32. Look at old pictures
  33. Mow the lawn
  34. Shop online
  35. Make a photo album
  36. FaceTime a friend or family member
  37. Drink some water
  38. Put on a face mask
  39. Go for a run
  40. Clean the garage
  41. Wash a load of laundry
  42. Learn to sew
  43. Inventory the things in your pantry
  44. Play a game
  45. Order a gift to send to a friend
  46. Create a music playlist
  47. Take photos
  48. Learn a new cooking skill
  49. Hang pictures on walls
  50. Watch a documentary
  51. Learn about an interesting topic
  52. Sleep in late
  53. Color coordinate the books on a bookshelf
  54. Journal about your day or something you want to remember
  55. Read a magazine
  56. Organize digital files on the computer
  57. Pay your bills
  58. Order groceries online
  59. Clean your makeup brushes
  60. Sweep the porch
  61. Water outdoor plants and garden
  62. Gather things to recycle
  63. Pack up seasonal clothes
  64. Organize bathroom cabinets
  65. Mop floors
  66. Check expiration dates of items in the kitchen
  67. Make your bed
  68. Write a letter
  69. File your taxes
  70. Spend time in prayer
  71. Read a book over FaceTime to a niece and/or nephew
  72. Detail your car
  73. Clean the microwave
  74. Organize a junk drawer
  75. Deep clean the oven
  76. Pull weeds out of flower beds
  77. Cook food to freeze and eat later
  78. Watch a movie
  79. De-lint items of clothing
  80. Sell used clothing on Poshmark
  81. Edit photos
  82. Mod Podge art onto a canvas
  83. Watch a cooking show
  84. Take a walk around your neighborhood
  85. Clean mirrors around the house
  86. Bake a dessert
  87. Pick up large sticks and branches in the yard
  88. Give yourself a pedicure
  89. Deep clean the bathroom
  90. Read a cookbook
  91. Make a latte
  92. Marie Kondo your folded clothes
  93. Re-watch one of your favorite shows
  94. Wash produce
  95. Make a DIY face mask to wear to the grocery store
  96. Do some stretching
  97. Find new recipes to cook on Pinterest
  98. Look at photos of previous travels
  99. Learn how to create new hairstyles
  100. Make a list of things to do in quarantine
  101. Give yourself a high-five for thinking of 101 things to do while being safe at home

Love From Amy Blog

Excuse-Proof Tips to Help You Get to the Gym!

Good morning! I hope you have a wonderful day today. The last two blogs have been of a more serious nature, so today I’m sharing something a little more light and upbeat. Today I’m going to be talking about going to the gym! Yay. (Insert sarcastic tone) 

If you’re anything like me, going to the gym is pretty much the worst thing ever and it takes SOOOO much motivation. I can pretty much make up any excuse to talk myself out of going to the gym. However, I know deep down that it’s actually good for me, I feel and sleep better, and I like being healthy. I have developed a few small habits, over the last couple of months, that have been a great help to get me back into the gym. So far, these small habits have proved to be excuse-proof! I’m going to share these tips with you in the hopes that it helps you conquer your fitness goals, as well!

Excuse #1: I don’t have any clean gym clothes.

Solution #1: Have as many changes of work out clothes as the number of days you go to the gym. So, if you are planning on going 2-3 times a week, make sure you have 2-3 changes of workout gear (ie. 3 pairs of leggings or shorts, 3 shirts, etc…). By having separate changes of clothes for each gym day, you won’t have the excuse of needing to do laundry because you have nothing clean. At the end of your workout week, do laundry for the next week. In the mornings before I go to work, I grab my shoes, a clean pair of socks, leggings, and a shirt that I can leave in my car. I also have a designated gym bag that I clean out every night and leave by my purse. I also feel the most confident about working out when I have gym clothes that I like wearing. And of course, almost every single piece of workout gear that I have is black, haha! Some of my favorite brands of workout clothes are:

Excuse #2: I can’t seem to find any time to go to the gym.

Solution #2: Plan specific dates and times for the gym month-by-month. For example, in January and February, I decided that Monday, Tuesday, and Friday nights were my available times to go to the gym and I need to go as soon as I get off work. I used to get very overwhelmed with trying to plan when I would go to the gym on a long-term basis, but by having a monthly plan of when to go–I can be flexible with my schedule based on the month’s activities and it’s easier for me to plan on a smaller scale. Also, by going to the gym straight after work, I can also eliminate the excuse of “well, now I’m home and I’m just too tired to leave the house again.” 

Excuse #3: I am just too tired. 

Solution #3: This one ties in with #1 and #2 but it’s probably my biggest excuse. I think it’s my biggest excuse because, at the end of the day, I just want to be lazy sometimes. However, if you set a specific number of times you want to go to the gym, plan appropriately to help you achieve that goal, and follow through–the end results will make it all worth it! You will never regret doing a workout after you’ve finished your session. Even though you may be tired–working out may help you sleep even better and give you more energy for the next day! Also, make sure you plan for and pack snacks that you can have pre-workout and post-workout for any blood sugar fluctuations or panic-y, hangry feelings.

I hope you feel encouraged and motivated to get to the gym! Let’s get moving!

Love From Amy Blog

Happy Blogiversary: My Thoughts on Year Three

Today is the 3rd anniversary of starting this blog! Woohoo! Yippee!

The last year was an interesting one for my writing and personal life, but I learned a lot of things along the way. If you are in the blogging and writing world, I wanted to share with you my takeaways and thoughts from year three.

Sometimes blogging is not the main priority. Sometimes you need a break for your own mental health or tend to things that are more important. There were a few months that I just needed to stop writing and focus on work, family, and rest and that’s ok. Sometimes you need to take a break to find your vision again and gain inspiration. I think that earlier last year I lost my vision and didn’t even know how to move forward. I found my purpose and vision for blogging again at the end of the year, but I’m so glad that I let myself take that break.

You need to take care of yourself. You cannot serve your audience, your friends, or your family if you are exhausted, weary, or just faking it until you make it. You can’t preach what you can’t practice!

Your blog is YOURS. Take the pressure off and don’t compare your work to someone else’s. You get create your own vision, mission, and have creative freedom! You may not have a huge amount of followers, blog views, Instagram likes, etc…but that’s ok!

Unless blogging is your full-time job, don’t treat it like that. You do not have to keep to a strict posting schedule. Earlier last year I told myself that I would post three times a week for the whole year. However, that happened for about a week and then burnout ensued. Since then I have learned how much I can handle so that I can also thrive in my full-time job.

My Favorite Blog Posts from 2018:

26 Hours in LA & San Fran–It should not come as a surprise that one of my favorite blog posts was related to traveling. This trip was so memorable and great to see different parts of California.

A Weekend in Napa & Sonoma–This post was part 2 of my California trip!

My Home Interiors Inspiration–This was such a fun post to write during the process of purchasing my house!

28 Things About Me–I think it’s fun to learn random facts about people and I hope it’s the same for you!

Welcome to My House: The Living Room–I loved this post about mt living room interior design! I can’t wait to post more house reveal posts soon!

I can’t wait to write more this year and also learn a lot! Thanks for still supporting me on this journey!

Looking Back on My 27th Year

Ahhh! Another birth year is almost over! This is the year that it’s really hit me that I’m now in my late 20s. Yikes. This past year has been a really great one–full of love and exciting things and I think that will continue in the next year. There were definitely some low times this past year but God is faithful and He never left. Growing older is a funny thing to me in the sense that it’s exciting to see where you’re heading, while also being bittersweet that some things will never be the same again. But that is life–and life is precious.

I think this is the year that I fully felt like I knew myself and grasped who I am. I am confident of who I am in the Lord and who I am to those who mean the most to me. I know my priorities and what things I value the most. This is the year that I stopped apologizing for wearing so much black–it’s just my style and I’m going to embrace it. This is the year that I truly saw my life circumstances as gifts and found so much freedom in realizing that.

Some other major high moments this past year were:
-traveling to Chicago to spend time with family
-finding out my best friend was going to be a mama
-traveled to California with my cousin for a true girls weekend
-traveled to Maine for my annual “bestie time”
-seeing my best friend’s baby through an ultrasound
-became an aunt for the 5th time
-BOUGHT A HOUSE
-became an aunt for the 6th time
-went camping with friends in Palo Duro Canyon
-moved in my new house
-bestie became a mom
-found out I’m going to be an aunt for the 7th time
-and lots of house design/projects/etc

I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and what 28 will be like. Thanks for following me in this journey 🙂

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Fall Fashion Pin-Spiration: Use Pinterest to Help You Find Your Fall Style

It’s September again! My birthday month, the beginning of fall, and (hopefully) the promise of cooler weather ahead. I love all things fall–the weather, colors, fashion, scents, and flavors. However, I do not approve of Starbucks launching PSLs in August. I’m not even really a fan of pumpkin spice flavored things, but if you are–I forbid you from eating/drinking anything pumpkin spice until at least October 1st. Ok, not forbid but I just can’t get behind it yet when it’s still 100 degrees in Oklahoma.

Enough rambling, Amy.

I really look forward to fall fashion/style and usually can’t wait to pull out my cardigans, sweaters, and comfy layers. One tool that I use a lot, to find specific looks at the beginning of a season, is Pinterest. You can type in a style or piece that you’re looking for and so many visual results appear and provide inspiration–or “Pin-spiration” as I like to call it, haha!

Today I’m sharing with you some of my fall “Pin-spiration” and some styles that I’m really into this season.

LONG CARDIGANS

 

Cardigans are my ESSENTIALS in the fall. They are so easy to throw on with jeans, work wear, dresses/skirts, and they are so comfy. I love wearing long cardigans when traveling as well because it’s almost like you’re wearing a warm blanket.

BOOTS

 

I used to wear only riding boots in the fall but I’ve been really into ankle boots the last couple of years. Ankle boots are another item that can easily be paired with so many things and looks. Chelsea boots and boots with detail are my favorite looks.

JEWEL TONE COLORS

 

I typically wear exclusively black, grey, navy, and other neutral colors but in the fall I feel more adventurous with wearing color. I love deep blue, red, green, yellow, or any other jewel tone color in the colder months. I have a mustard yellow scarf in my closet that I can’t wait to wear.

COATS

 

I think that Kate Middleton has had a huge influence with fashion coat trends and I’m all for it. Coats are now made in so many colors, textures, and are way more stylish than puffer/ski coats. I think a coat is a great way to finish an outfit/look and it also keeps you staying warm in style!

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