22 Things To Do During Quarantine // How to Pass the Time and Have Fun

Hello, blogosphere! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. ❤︎ I love lists, so I complied 21 cool ideas to try to pass the time during quarantine. I also included a couple of tips and tricks to stay happy and productive during lockdown time at the end.

IMG-1079

22 Ideas

Staying inside all day can get pretty dull. These activities are guaranteed to brighten your day.

  1. Bake – Treats like cookies, brownies, or cake are a fun activity to fill up the day and a delicious desert at the end.
  2. Write poetry – Get creative and practice sonnets, haikus, or free verse!
  3. Bullet journal – Whip out those snazzy new markers and some washing tape and get to work!
  4. Read – Have a book that you’ve been wanting to read, but it keeps dusting away, simply lying on your shelf? Quarantine is the perfect time to snuggle up and dive into a great story.
  5. Draw – Practice makes perfect.
  6. Paint – Create a masterpiece.
  7. Do at-home workouts – There are a ton of at-home exercise tutorials on YouTube, or you can just to sets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, lunges, and squats.
  8. Go on a run – It’s a great way to get outside and stay fit!
  9. Go on a walk – Going on a walk with a family member and just taking, even just for a couple of minutes, can be very refreshing. Just remember to casually avoid others when walking, or go at a time where less people are out.
  10. Go on a bike ride – It’s an adventure, and traveling by bike is pretty quick.
  11. Yoga – Meditating is very relaxing.
  12. Complete a puzzle – Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is a fun intellectual challenge.
  13. Fly a kite – If you have a kite, go out on a windy day and let it swirl through the sky!
  14. Garden – Water and fertilize your plants, or start a home vegetable garden.
  15. Have a dance party – Compile a playlist and challenge your family members to a dance battle!
  16. Practice photography – Go outside during golden hour and take a picture of the beautiful peony in your backyard.
  17. Play a board game – Monopoly, Scrabbled, The Game of Life, Connect 4…
  18. Play cards – Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Kings in the Corner…
  19. Trivia Night – Compile trivia about family, or a particular topic or subject.
  20. Organize – Take time to clean out an absurdly messy desk drawer, or closet, or kitchen, or garage! You’ll feel a lot better when the task is complete.
  21. Watch Netflix – Odds are that you’ve already done this, but still kick back, relax and watch your favorite series. Some of my favorites are The Office and Stranger Things.
  22. Practice a musical instrument – Learn a new song and perform a concert for your family.

Tips

Being productive and happy during times like these can be difficult. Here are a couple of my tips and tricks!

  • Go to bed and wake up at a reasonable time. Although it may seem silly, if you stick to a schedule, even if it’s more lenient than your regular one, you’ll be more productive.
  • Don’t procrastinate on the important tasks. You’ll feel happier if you get it done and then relax.
  • Get your body moving every day. Exercise has been proved to positively influence mood and mental health!
  • Interact with other people every day! Talk to your family, FaceTime friends, and Zoom colleagues. It can be easy to shut out from the world, but instead use this as a time to reach out to loved ones.
  • And lastly, stay safe! Exercise caution and follow the recommendations of scientists and doctors. 

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 5.58.07 PM

Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 🙂

What have you been doing to keep yourself entertained? Did this list give you any ideas? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

 

Venturing into the world of NaNoWriMo…

Hello, blogosphere! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this April. I have a lot more time on my hands than I usually do because of quarantine and online schooling, instead of regular school.

IMG-1030

NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that happens every April, July, and November. Participants can pledge to write short stories, poetry, a screenplay, or a novel. NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated! Last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I began working on a first draft of a novel. I’m ready to continue working on my draft!

The first day of writing went well. So far, I have written 1,500 words out of my 18,000 word goal. I have a lot of writing inspiration, and I’m really excited. ❤︎

The Synopsis of my WIP ✿

Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 5.58.07 PM

Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 🙂

What are you thoughts on writing challenges? Did you like my synopsis? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Happy Earth Day + Taking Care of our Planet // A Talk About Pollution and the Enviornment

IMG_5560

Happy Earth Day! Taking care of our planet is so important! There are so many things we can do to make positive changes in our physical environment! Unfortunately, pollution has a significant impact on the earth and causes a lot of harm to many animals and other organisms.

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 5.58.07 PM

The Negative Impact of Pollution

Not-So-Fun Facts About Pollution

  • About 40% of lakes in America are too polluted for aquatic life, fishing, or swimming.
  • Pollution kills over 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals annually.
  • People aren’t recycling as much as they should, as a result the rainforests are be cut down by approximately 100 acres per minute.
Source: http://scitechconnect.elsevier.com/fun-facts-pollution/

Here is an interesting video about “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” a patch of plastic debris and other trash in between California and Hawaii, that has accumulated over decades of neglect.

How We Can Take Care of Our Planet

As dire as the effects of pollution are, we as individuals can still take steps to help our environment and prevent pollution.

Little things you can do to produce less waste and take care of the planet

  • Store food in reusable containers and jars.
  • Bring your own reusable bags and produce bags to the grocery store.
  • Carry your own water bottle instead of using plastic bottles.
  • Pick up trash or plastic if you see it around, especially if you’re at the beach!
  • Go to a beach-clean up, a park-clean up, or anywhere in your community that has a lot of pollution.
  • Don’t use straws, but if you have to, use a reusable one.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable ones.
  • Don’t use plasticware if you can.

As little as switching out a plastic bottle for a reusable container may be, it still has an impact. And yes, one person not using plastic material won’t instantly stop all the widespread effects of pollution. However, everything we can do to help our environment is needed. Every small action toward positive change has an impact.

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 5.58.07 PM

Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post.

How was your Earth Day? What are you going to do to care for our earth? Let me know in the comments section.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆