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2020 has felt like a nightmare version of Groundhog Day, hasn’t it? Thanks to Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones for the inspiration to share some of my quarantine superlatives – here are my picks for things I’ve learned and have enjoyed/disliked during the stay at home era. Gotta find some levity amidst all the chaos of this year!
Best purchase: Brondell Ecoseat
Best site to keep pets healthy: Chewy Pharmacy – They take care of getting the script from your vet and prices are so good!
Best NC small business I’ve discovered: Hometown Goodie Boxes
Best way to keep essentials on hand: Amazon subscribe & save
Best unintended consequence: more workplaces allowing employees to work from home forever, and more families embracing homeschooling.
Biggest things I’m thankful for: The ability to work from home and having local parks to explore
Best immune support: Rapid Rescue
Most overused phrases/words: flatten the curve, we’re in this together, now more than ever, covidiot, social distancing, in these unprecedented times, new normal, PPE, wash your hands, stay home, etc
Best way to relax and sleep: Herbal tea and some Ned full-spectrum hemp oil (code EMILY15 for 15% off your first order)
Best TV show to help with wanderlust withdrawal: The Amazing Race. Also, be sure to check out The Pack if you love dogs! It’s like The Amazing Race but everyone gets to do their challenges and travel with their pups!
Best way to keep curious children entertained: Early Explorers
Best quarantine adventure: Questival Quaranteam
Best outdoor activity: Exploring hiking trails, state parks, and waterfalls
Best day of the week: Mondays when I visit the chiropractor
Best at-home workout: Free daily workouts from Planet Fitness – they have 5 minute workouts Tuesday and Thursday, and 20 minute workouts M-F at 7:00 pm
Best alcohol alternative: GT’s Mystic Mango kombucha
Best (easiest) quarantine meal: Green meat
Biggest time waster: Watching the news
Best educational TV Show: Alone
Biggest Laugh: Husband doing wife’s make-up
Best thing I’ve learned to make – Raised planter bed garden and pallet herb planter
Best educational book: Herbal remedies
Biggest disappointment: People hoarding toilet paper and mask shaming
Best time waster: Google Crowdsource
Best investment: High yield savings account
Coolest new invention: Aviair HOCL to kill COVID without toxicity to your body or pets
Biggest travel letdown: Missing our insanely affordable tour to Ecuador
Best home project: Building a deck with the help of the camo tool!
Best Easter memory: Enjoying sunrise church service in the car
Best unexpected benefit: Meeting neighbors we hadn’t talked to before
Best Bible verse for this time: John 14:27
Biggest Things I’ve Missed: Playing volleyball, traveling overseas and watching basketball
Worst Quarantine trend: Daily Zoom meetings, turning everything into a political debate and everyone going live on Instagram
Best new practice/habit you’ve adopted: Daily walks with my husband
Best parts of quarantine: More time to relax/reflect and fewer social obligations
Best Quarantine trend: Fun and quirky face masks. Masks can feel dehumanizing, but if you have to wear one, don’t hide your smile!
First place I’m going once restrictions are lifted: Alaska!
What are some of your superlatives? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Thanks for reading!