Sunday, May 24, 2020

3 Things to Do Around the Home During Lockdown

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With the COVID-19 lockdown still in effect in many places, and with many people feeling as though they don’t have outlets available for productive action, it’s natural that a certain degree of cabin fever will set in.

Of course, being confined to the home might actually be a great opportunity in disguise in a variety of ways – as it’s almost certainly the case that everyone will have various indoor chores that need to be dealt with, and home and garden projects that can be undertaken.

If you’re looking for a quick dose of inspiration, though, here are a few things to do around the home during lockdown.

Work in your garden, or do some “indoor gardening”

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, but don’t typically spend a lot of time there, the period of quarantine could be an excellent opportunity for getting your garden up to scratch, enjoying and rediscovering the pleasures of sitting on your own patio, and indulging in a bit of gardening as well.

You can begin by dealing with any chores or errands that you’ve putting off around your garden – such as, for example, installing a 120W wall pack light with photocell, clearing away rubble, mowing the lawn, and so on.

If you don’t have a garden, though, a great project to undertake nonetheless would be to try out a bit of “indoor gardening.”

These days, there are many different resources out there that can give a great introduction to the concept of “square foot gardening,” and there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to grow more than you might think using only your windowsills and some standing frames.

Download some interesting audiobooks, and go through an intense tidying process

Generally speaking, the act of tidying and organising a messy home can seem pretty unappealing and daunting upfront – and for this reason, tidying is often one of the things we tend to procrastinate on the most.

Try this, though: download some interesting audiobooks using a service such as Downpour or Audible, and go through an intense tidying process while listening to a great story that you find compelling.

It can be surprising just how much more enjoyable the whole process becomes when doing this.

Go low-tech, and try out some arts and crafts

The Internet is an absolutely great and powerful tool in many ways, but the fact that it is also so all-encompassing that we often end up dedicating a huge chunk of all our free time to web surfing of various sorts.

While confined to your home, why not set some time aside each day for “low-tech” pursuits such as arts and crafts, or even just reading a good book?

Exploring different creative pastimes can help you to destress, get more in touch with yourself and your own deeper internal feelings and motivations, and can also open up your eyes to a whole new world of solo entertainment options that you might have previously overlooked.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Keeping Your Spirits Up During Lockdown

These times are tough for everyone, we are all getting a little bit of cabin fever with several weeks of lockdown to help combat coronavirus and save lives. 

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Although the restrictions we have in place are like none we’ve seen before, they aren’t as severe as some countries where people aren’t allowed to leave their homes at all and can only go a few meters away. 

Rather than feeling disheartened, it’s good to see that people are rallying together to adapt and make the best of the situation. Some, however, are finding it easier than others. We can now exercise as much as we want and travel to do so if, in the UK and see one other person at a social distance friendly level outdoors,  this has been a great boost for people’s mental health and health, but it is still difficult the see the light at the end of the tunnel and keep positive. 

So, let’s have a look at some of the ways you can keep your spirits up during lockdown: 

Try To Accept The New Normal 
We’re not in control of what’s happening. We may be stuck indoors for quite some time, and there is nothing at all that we can do about it. Although we can’t control the government’s advice and the way this is been tackled we can tackle the way we react to it and deal with it. 

Enjoy The Slower Pace
Most people lead busy lives, but the pandemic has thrown us all into a much slower, more minimal lifestyle, this is leading to people realizing what is really important to them. For some, we have been able to see what life would be like if you spent more time at home and with loved ones. 

Pick Others Up
Although you’re not able to visit others at the moment, not in the way we would like anyway. We can still make the effort to pick people up and lift their spirits at the same time as them. Whether it’s speaking on the phone, catching up on video chat, or building a self-care package on a budget using things like a Fragrance Direct voucher code or a few essentials like a fruit basket or a pamper night kit. 

Take It A Day At A Time 
The way the world is at the moment is frankly quite scary, but remember everyone is in the same boat as you at the moment. One of the best things you can do is try to take each day as they come, don’t stress too much. Yes, it might be easier said than done, but constantly reading the news, worrying about needing to go shopping in a week’s time, or panicking about returning to work in the future isn’t going to help you remain positive. 

These are just a few of the ways you can keep your spirits up during the Coronavirus pandemic. Everyone is experiencing and dealing with the same situation as you are, so it’s important to keep positive and stand together. What are you doing to keep your spirits up? Please share in the comments below. 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Available Now on DVD: THE LOUD HOUSE: ABSOLUTE MADNESS SEASON 2, VOLUME 2 - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


My youngest daughter is a huge Loud House, and was so excited when the new THE LOUD HOUSE: ABSOLUTE MADNESS SEASON 2, VOLUME 2 DVD arrived at our door the other day. She was quick to say that now she wouldn't be bored anymore as she had something new to watch...even though she has seen all these episodes countless times, as she has them all recorded.  But, it was a new DVD, and worth clearing her schedule to watch both DVD discs back to back. Well, that is what she thought she would do. Instead, I had her space them out, and she took a few days to get in all of the episodes -- with some being watched a couple times as they were so funny. :-)

My daughter said that if you are a true Loud House fan like she is that this new DVD release is a must have to add to your growing Loud House Volumes DVD collection.  She is now going to go back and start all the way back at the first season, and then follow up with this new release.  She can't get enough of Lincoln Loud and his sisters, and I know that special Loud House fan in your life will agree with her. 

Be sure to read on until the end, as I am offering one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader a chance to win this new DVD.  But first, here is some more information about this new DVD release, including full-length episodes included...

More about this recent release:

"Lincoln and his sisters are back in The Loud HouseAbsolute Madness – Season 2Volume 2 DVD, where lessons are learned, friends are made, and everyone is making moves. Arriving May 19, 2020, these 13 episodes are packed with favorite characters, new adventures, lots of laughter and more. The Loud HouseAbsolute Madness – Season 2Volume 2 DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99.

The Loud HouseAbsolute Madness – Season 2Volume 2 episodes:
  • Out of the Picture / Room with a Feud
  • Back out There / Spell It Out
  • Fool’s Paradise / Job Insecurity
  • ARGGH! You for Real? / Garage Banned
  • Change of Heart / Health Kicked
  • Future Tense / Lynner Takes All
  • Yes Man / Friend or Faux?

  • No Laughing Matter / No Spoilers
  • Legends / Mall of Duty
  • Read Aloud / Not a Loud
  • Tricked!
  • The Crying Dame / Anti-Social
  • Snow Way Out / Snow Way Down

The Loud HouseAbsolute Madness – Season 2Volume 2 synopsis:
Eleven’s a crowd in the Loud House! With ten girls and one boy, it’s absolute madness when the sisters swap rooms based on a compatibility test. Then, Lisa steps up her social skills, and makes a…friend? Lynn learns a lesson on sportsmanship, and Lincoln and Lynn L. Loud, Sr. appear on “Legends of the Hidden Temple!” Whether someone’s making moves (to find their missing baby picture!) or moving out (into the garage!), get ready to laugh it up with the Loud Family!"

The Loud HouseAbsolute Madness – Season 2Volume 2 fast facts:
Street Date: May 19, 2020
Catalog: 59211165000 (US) / 59211164000 (CN)
Running Time: 4 hours, 52 minutes, and 55 seconds
Audio: Dolby Digital English 5.1, French Stereo, Spanish Stereo
US M.S.R.P.: $13.99
CN M.S.R.P: $15.99


Thanks to the kind folks at Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment, one lucky Inspired by Savannah will have a chance to win a copy of this new Loud House DVD to enjoy.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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About Nickelodeon
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About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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