This Fourth of July is very different than what we’ve seen in former years. Local and national politicians have ordered all to remain away from beaches, public parks, national monuments, bars, and dine in restaurants. They are still trying to prevent the COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus from spreading, infecting and killing the masses. Therefore, lets make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy our family.
Below are 5 Stay At Home Ideas to help enjoy family together while keeping everyone occupied!
1. Backyard BBQ
Break out the hamburgers and hot dog buns, we’re going to have a cook out! Barbeque is a big staple in American culture, and if you have some meat, poultry or vegetables to grill now it the time to start marinating it in your favorite spices and sauces! When we grill we love putting the corn on the grill, and you can actually keep them in the husk so that are insulated and get nice and soft. You can get help from others and get the kids excited about setting up the backyard table for a nice lunch or dinner.
The best BBQ’s have homemade lemonade too! Just chop up some lemons, add a cup of sugar, and some cold water in a pitcher. Pour and enjoy! If you prefer iced tea, add 10 tea bags to the concoction and let it sit for a few hours. Better start prepping it now! If you have mint growing in your backyard, pick and add that too.
Fruit salad is a great citrus treat, that is fun for the kids to help out with too! If you have a watermelon and a watermelon baller, you can give the baller scoops to the kids and have them ball out little pieces of watermelon for your fruit salad while you prep the pineapple, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, mint and more! Some like to add papaya and mango too, it’s really up to you!
2. Karaoke Dance Party
Kick it! Below are the best free karoake dance apps you can download today and get to singing your heart out!
Smule (Free 7-day Trial)
Karaoke by Yokee (Free 7-day Trial)
StarMaker Lite (Free)
Midifun Karaoke (Free)
3. Creative Crafts + Puppeteer Ideas
Let’s make patriotic necklaces! As soon as COVID hit this year, I ordered a bag of beads and string for the kids to keep them busy and creative. I ordered it right off of Amazon and they delivered it the next day, but if you have Amazon Prime they should be able to deliver your craft needs within the hour if they have them on stock.
Tell a story with a puppet show! If you have a big empty cardboard box, you can cut it out and make a stage for either sock puppets or puppets on string. The kids can make up a story line, practice and put a play together for the adults. This is a great way to get the kids thinking outside of the box and get their creative thinking caps on too!
4. Family Game Hour with Board Games + XBOX
There are plenty of fun family board games out there that you can buy and play! My favorites growing up were Twister, Sweet Valley High, Chutes + Ladders, Monopoly, Connect Four, Tic Tac Toe, Uno, and Boggle. If you have a deck of cards around too you can play Go Fish, Gin and Rummy, Poker, Spades, Matches, and more. We have an old XBOX here, so we’ve been enjoying old Nintendo games like Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda, Mario Brothers 1-3, and more. There are plenty of fun games to play, you just have to search for them!
5. Sidewalk Chalk Games + Drawing Contests
You can play tic tac toe, hopscotch, draw hearts, birds, stars, whatever you’d like! This is be sure to get the kids going, and they will be happy to brag about their special creations!
My least favorite thing to buy at the store is cleaning sprays. Here’s why. First off, they are overly expensive to buy. I have seen cleaning sprays for kitchen, bathrooms, and windows for over $20. I don’t think it costs that much to make! Second, the ingredients list is alarming and poisonous. Have you looked on the back of the label more recently? There are about 30 ingredients that end in ‘amophia’ and I have no idea what that means. The ingredients are secretive and overly scientific for many reasons. They don’t want to give their secret sauce formula away, so they disguise the names of the poisonous ingredients with scientific names so no one knows what they are exposing themselves to and why.
Well today is a new day! I’ve decided to share a few all-natural Do It Yourself (DIY) cleaning sprays that don’t break the bank, and also get the job done. For each of these sprays you will need a minimum 16 ounce spray bottle, and don’t forget to shake well before each use to make sure all of the ingredients are spread across themselves evenly.
DIY ALL-NATURAL CITRUS WOODSY CLEANING SPRAY
1.5 cups of water
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
8 drops of lemongrass oil
8 drops of orange oil
5 drops of rosemary oil
7 drops of tea tree oil
First make sure you boil the water and cool it to knock out any overwhelming impurities. Let it fully cool on the side.
In a small bowl combine the white vinegar and oils together, and mix well.
Once the distilled water is cooled, mix all the ingredients together and pour into your spray bottle.
This can be used to clean wood surfaces and more. Test it first in a small section before continuing the rest.
DIY ALL NATURAL EUCALYPTUS SPRAY
6 ounces of water
6 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon unscented castile soap
7 drops of eucalyptus oil
7 drops of tea tree oil
Combine the water and hydrogen peroxide first. One combined slowly add the unscented castile soap. Add in the eucalyptus and tea tree oils and you’ve got a new spray that is all purpose and effective at cleaning all surfaces.
DIY ALL NATURAL KITCHEN SPRAY
32 ounces of water
3 tablespoons of baking soda
15 drops of orange pil
Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake well. You can use this safely on your kitchen counters, in your fridge, and your pantry.
Get excited for that crisp orange citrus scent! It’s like you are walking through an orchard of orange trees in your own home. Repeat as often as you need it.
DIY TOILET BOWL CLEANER
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and let sit for 10 minutes. Additionally, use that extra baking soda leftover from the recipe to sprinkle in the toilet bowl and let sit as well. Wipe clean and repeat once weekly.
Essential oils are something that I’ve learned to cherish, especially in my mid to late 30’s. These oils have helped me avoid countless trips to CVS. Below are some oils, their scents, what they enhance or heal to help guide you on living your best life.
1. Peppermint oil
Peppermint Patty was one of my favorite Charlie Brown characters as she had some spunk just like the plants themselves. Known to smell crisp, clean, invigorating, and cool, it is known to stimulate, energize and cure headaches of all types. This oil is know to relieve stress and reduce muscle pain from long hours at work and the gym. It is also been proven to stimulate hair growth, control skins oil levels, and help to ward off bugs and insects in the summer. Guess it’s not just an additive in our toothpaste!
2. Lavender Oil
I remember going to my friends moms house growing up and she used to have these beautiful satchels of lavender in different places of her house like the kitchen, the living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and more. It was flagrant and relaxing and I really enjoyed it. It seems lavender is used for more then just satchels, and has a floral, herbal and sweet smell to enhance a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The oil is said to reduce stress and anxiety. Many use it to help calm themselves before sleeping as it helps them relax. There are many staples and hints of lavender in helping soothe sunburn and enhance hair quality too. Most useful for women is helping prementrual syndrome or PMS before monthly periods.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
I never knew what eucalyptus oil did until buying my first set of essential oils more recently, and so glad I did! Eucalyptus has a strong earthy, woody, camphor-us, and herbal smell. Many people that have respiratory or breathing issues related to colds, asthma and allergies use it to help themselves. I have heard that it is a good dandruff killer too. Along with calming coughs, it is also known to calm coughs and muscle aches.
4. Tea Tree Oil
The medicinal properties of tea tree oil are like no other. It has a super potent woodsy, earthly smell. It is a favorite for most skins issues including scar minimalizer, dandruff reduction, eczema clearing, sunburn soothing, and can actually be used in flu and cold protection. If you have athlete’s foot or nail fungus it is known to treat this as well. This is a great addition to your first aid kit, and can also be used for spot cleaning too.
5. Lemongrass Oil
As you can imagine, this oil has strong grassy, lemon scents. Lemongrass oil is earthy, and reduce anxiety and stimulate strong feelings of calm. It is known that it repels both mosquitos and fleas, which is great if you live in swampy areas and/or have pets. Skin improvement happens as well with this oil, especially if you have acne or dandruff. If you have a fever and rub it on your skin, it is known to help lower your fever. It is also a great pain reliever for aches and muscle pain.
6. Rosemary Oil
If you are having a hard time paying attention, diffusing rosemary oil while studying is known to help attention spans. If you need to memorize some lines in your acting class, or pay attention to those math problems, this is a great plant to have around. Known to invigorate and simulate the senses, most all skin issues can be eradicated with this oil. If you have oily skin, acne, arthritis pain, and muscle issues, it’s a triple threat to help you live a more comfortable life.
7. Frankincense Oil
This oil is an ancient holy one that promotes balance, peace and relaxation. There are references to frankincense in the bible, and for a good reason! It promotes mindfulness and has a warm, spicy and sweet aroma that you can’t miss. It can also be described as woody and resinous. Skin wise it is a miracle maker as it calms irritations, firms sagging skin, and can minimize age spots and scarring to help you live your best life.
8. Orange Oil
Known as the botanical insecticide, orange oil acts as a mood elevator while simultaneously can help treat household surfaces too! A skin and hair favorite, orange oil can keep your scalp clean and shiny while treating acne as well. It’s refreshing, citrus scent will help rejuvenate your mood and make you feel like a new guy!
And that’s a wrap! What oil is your favorite and how does it enhance your daily living?
Many dream of quitting their day job to turn to something more lucrative and exciting. Being in corporate for some time myself, I’ve always envied those that started a side business that turned into their full time business. I’ve done my research and found 15 most profitable small businesses that are not too expensive to start on your own, but can also help you take the next step towards financial independence this year. The trick to success with any business is adjusting to hiccups, perfecting your product, and catering towards your clients. Of course, you’d need to be passionate about any new business endeavor as people won’t come knocking on your door. You need to actively pursue new business through networking in your community, networking in different online communities like LinkedIn, Craigslist, and more, and setting your target audience in your business plan. Along with that, you’d need to price your services to make sure you are not losing money if possible.
Here are 15 new small business ideas to help you build your nest:
1. Music Lessons Online or In Person
Have a knack for playing the guitar? Love jamming out and teaching others? Are you musically gifted and ready to share your talents with the world? Music lessons may be your new small business endeavor! There are many parents looking for after school activities to keep their children learning, and there are also adults looking for a new hobby to explore. Depending on how experienced you are you could start at $30 per session as a novice, and up to $150 per session as an expert rock star. Playing music is a great hobby to get into and is similar to learning a language. You need to practice often and once learned is something you can pick up, similar to riding a bicycle.
2. Catering Services & Personal Chef
Do others complement you on your homemade guacamole or love your cupcakes? If you’ve answered yes, then Catering Services may be for you! Many event halls, public and private schools, friends and family, may be looking for someone to cater their next event. Starting a simple social account on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or others can help kick start your business plan for you. You could simply start cooking and take pictures of your creations to then post online to share with the world. You can then think about how you’d charge for your services, don’t forget food costs, prep costs, delivery costs, hosting costs and more. You’d be surprised with how many people do not want to cook these days, as it is time they can spend furthering their own careers.
3. Instagram Influencer
First, define what you’d like to become. Are you a mom of twins? Are you a chef? Are you a top salesperson? Maybe this is your big shot to get some sponsorships from local and national companies looking for some new business marketing ideas. There are some many different niches you could choose from including gaming, fitness, cooking, traveling, being a mom, or being a successful business person. Many companies look to followers in the space that listen and engage with their influencers, and if you have loyal followers they will also invest in the sponsored recommendations you make!
4. Personal Trainer
Everyone is looking to look their best these days, as your appearance dictates your success in the corporate and personal world. It also helps you stay confident and happy. Why not become a personal trainer and make money off of your daily workout routine? You can post flyers in your neighborhood or knock on doors to introduce yourself to see if anyone is interested in starting over this year and finding their best self. Most fitness routines are best complimented with a solid food and eating plan as well, so if you can help support others in your fitness journey others with be grateful for your support.
5. Freelance Graphic Designer
Make your own hours, charge your own billings, choose the clients you work with, sounds like a dream job right? It is! If you are creative designer that has the ability to create logos, sell sheets, and great ideas for new desing projects then this is the new small business for you!
If you are fluent in a few languages, this is the right new business for you! Many parents, teachers, and business men and women are looking to have basic conversational languagfe skills to help them suceedded in tbusiness and ife. You can reacch out to your local community to see if anyone wants to learn new languages that you can teach them!
7. Landscape Designer
Enjoy gardening and unearthing a new business? Landscape design may be for you! The grass IS greener on the other side. Seriously though, if you have a knack for gardening and you like landscaping from either blank or an already full canvas, this business is for you. The great part about growing plants is that you will need to mow the lawn every week or at least once a month. If you get some good clients, you may get some great monthly revenue in to help get you out of your crappy day job.
8. Photographer & Videographer
If you have an eye to catch great photos and videos, this would be a great side hustle for you. The ability to capture precious moments like new babies, weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, baptisms, and parties is cool, plus you get to be a part of peak times of people lives. You’d need a solid camera, my dad prefers Canon, or you’d need a solid video camera. Good news is that business here is mainly referral based, so if you do a good job for one person, their family and friends network would also benefit from it too.
9. Property Manager
People. People who need people. If you are a fan of Barbara Streisand and enjoy real estate, this job is for you. Many people have multiple houses that need taking care of when that person is away. Also people that are renting also may have this need when they see family to make sure everything is working properly and no accidental plumbing, fire or other damage happens to it while you are away. This is a good side hustle that does not take up much time, where you can easily create additional side hustles or get multiple properties to manage as you build your repertoire.
10. Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist
For those big and special events, it is always nice to have a makeup artist or hair stylist on call. If you are particularly on trend with the times, and talented with a make up brush, this is for you. It always helps to have an Instagram account showing others how you have done others makeup with before and afters so that you can positively showcase your talents.
11. Event Planner
Planning for events can be tough! Many are looking for an ace to help pull off big birthdays, weddings, holidays and more. This is a great way to make more money especially if you are organized and like people.
Have a knack for SEO, writing, coding, or editing? Freelancing may be right for you! Companies like Craigslist and Fivver.com have many clients looking for a new way to outsource their technical and editorial needs. You can charge anywhere from $15 to $150 an hour depending on what topic you are writing about and what specialty knowledge you have as well. If you have legal expertise, your rates could be even higher.
13. Interior Designer
Interior design is a gift to everyone but myself. If you love to pull together a beautiful room, and have patience to work with certain specific requests, this job is for you. A best way to start is designing your own home nice taking pictures of it for your website or social media accounts to show that you have a good eye for design.
14. Dogwalker + Doggy Day Care Spa
If Must Love Dogs is your favorite movie, you may want to give dog walking a shot! Many pet owners are working all day and need someone to help take out their dogs, walks them, feed them, and put water in their bowls. If you love dogs this job is for you!
15. Babysitter + Caretaker
After school, before school, weekends, days, there are many folks out there that need care and sometimes it is 24 hours a day. If you love to nuture people, this is the right job for you.
Ever have a birthday to attend, and have a hard time getting something fun and unique to make that special someone happy? Below are some unique birthday gifts that your loved one is sure to cherish!
1. Clarkson Ave Crumb Cake Co.
Nothing says I love you like a homemade crumb cake! Better than Entermanns Crumb Cake, with different flavors like oreo, cookie dough, and black + white. Using a family recipe inspired by 1950’s Brooklyn, and perfected on the East End of Long Island, they promise to deliver the most delicious crumb cakes on the market. Their cakes are moist, the crumbs are piled on, and they only use high quality, all-natural ingredients.
Right off the site itself, Organic Infusions, Inc is a farm direct, wholesale essential oil supplier committed to purity. During inhalation of an authentic certified organic or wildcrafted therapeutic grade essential oil, you are connecting to the very life force of the plant. The energetic vibration of the plant unites with the body harmonics within each of us. Organic Infusions understands that when aromatherapy essential oils are altered by artificial means, the precious essence of those oils is forever changed. For this reason Organic Infusions does not carry essential oils that have been diluted, altered, or synthetically modified.
Straight off the site, they want to know – is your bathtub your peaceful corner of the world? If not, it’s about to be. Beauty By Earth’s Healing Bath Bomb Gift Set is here to fill even the most humble of bathtubs with luscious, natural ingredients to leave you (or a special someone) feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated.
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