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8 Ways We're Getting Through Coronavirus

I'm sure that this is a common post going out on the internet this week with schools closing rapidly across the nation as we try to contain the coronavirus from spreading. My kids are home through the end of March followed by Kinsley's week long spring break the first week of April, and Kyle's spring break the second week of April. I'm trying to be as positive as possible, but Kinsley has been out of school due to her own illness since the last week of February, so when all is said and done, she'll have missed five weeks straight of school. I'll also have had kids home from school for six weeks total by the time Kyle's spring break is over.

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All that being said, I think we might be fearful of going a little stir crazy. Today I want to share some tips and things that we're implementing into our own home to keep things moving in a positive direction over the next month. 

Dollar Tree Craft Supplies:
One thing I did a few weeks ago was raid the craft section of Dollar Tree and make a little craft station for our kids. I used some mason jars, and the box the mason jars came in to organize all the things we had on hand, and then sorted some small pieces into six different jars. All together we have:
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  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Google Eyes
  • Pom Poms
  • Stickers
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Beads
  • String
  • Glitter Glue
I feel like this is a wide variety of items that really lets our kids do whatever they want. Painting, creating, making, they have free will and free range to do it all! When Kinsley starts getting grumpy my go-to is to pull this box out of the cabinet and it turns things around in seconds. 

Learning Workbooks:
Kyle's school sent home all his text books, and a major game plan for how education should pan out over the next few weeks. That being said, we don't have much of a plan for Kinsley (yet). I've been a huge fan of these School Zone Workbooks for ages and they have books for children 3-8 years. If you don't have specific things to work on from your schools, this could be a good starting place to get something done.

That being said, I'm only doing the learning thing because we've been told to do it. If it doesn't work for you, don't feel pressured. We're not making a full blown homeschool curriculum. I'm literally planning on just getting Kyle's work done with him while Kinsley is on the iPad, and then switching and doing Kinsley's flash cards and daily PT stuff with her while Kyle is on the iPad, and then not thinking about school again until the next day. 

Free Coloring Worksheets:
The internet is full of free coloring printables. I love these St Patrick's Day ones that Angela from About A Mom recently made, but you can find other ones for any holiday, character, or occasion you could ever need. 

Come Follow Me FHE:
Angie from Come Follow Me FHE is an amazing resource for LDS Families. She makes weekly lesson plans based off of the church's Come Follow Me lesson plans and gears them towards children. With church being canceled, this is more valuable than ever. She also has a coloring page subscription that you can add to your account where she comes out with new coloring printables each month!

Right now she's offering a 30 day free subscription to her lessons, and sharing time resources as well. Click here for more details.

Board Games:
This is a great way to kill time, and spend time together as a family. I wrote this post a few years ago about our favorite board games for younger kids, this review for Pegs in the Park, and my friend Janssen has this post about board games here.   

Bake with your Kids:
Baking a treat in the kitchen with your kids is one of the best, and tastiest ways I can think of to spend time with your children during the coronavirus. Some of my favorite recipes to make with kids are my sour cream banana bread recipe, these chocolate chip cookies, and this maple frosted applesauce cake. 

Get Dressed Everyday:
I know it can be super tempting to stay in your sweats or PJs all day long when there is downtime like this, but you're going to feel a lot better if you take the time to get dressed and get ready for the day. I really feel like there is power in the, "look good, feel good", mentality.

I also plan on making my kids get dressed, and do their normal school morning routines. Hair, brushing teeth, leg braces for Kinsley, the whole nine yards. Mostly because I don't want to get out of the habit of doing these things, but also so that they're ready when we decide to go outside later in the day.

Get OUTSIDE:
I think a lot of people have this idea that we need to be in our houses hid up from the world for the next 2-3 weeks. Yes, we should not go to school, and avoid social gatherings, but that doesn't mean we can't go outside for a walk, or take our kids to the park. I believe in fresh air and vitamin D, and I'm making that a priority for my entire family each day.

What are you prioritizing these next few weeks? I really want to make this time special for our kids and not feel so pressured to be on a tight schedule! How about you? 


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Month Supply Food Storage List Family of Four

Having a month supply of food storage will protect your family when emergencies come. This month supply food storage list for a family of four will help get you started.

Over the weekend Derek and I made our very first serious purchase of food storage. It's something that we've really wanted to do our entire marriage, but always made excuses that we didn't have enough space, or enough money to invest in it, or we didn't have the time to sit down and think of everything we needed. It goes on and on. The reality is though, you can fit food storage almost anywhere. If you start slowly it doesn't have to be a huge investment. If you just purchase more of things you already use, you don't have to think too much about it. 

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Why do I need food Storage in my home? 

Both the United States government, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and tons of different organizations around the world recommend having food storage on hand. You need to have food storage in case there are natural disasters, illnesses, food shortages, etc... If there is ever any type of emergency, having food on hand guarantees that you'll be self sufficient for a certain period of time. 

How much food storage do I need? 

This answer varies depending on what sources you read, but it's recommended that you have at the minimum, a three day supply of food in your home. The illusive goal is to have a year supply of food. Right now with what Derek and I purchased, we have enough food to last the four of us at least a month. I wouldn't let the quantity of food stress you out. Something is always better than nothing. 

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Where to store your food storage?

If you have a massive pantry, a basement, an extra room in your home, amazing. If you're cramped for space like we are, you might have to get creative. Derek and I bought this shelf for $30 at Walmart and stuck it in our walk in closet in our bedroom. Does our closet look super cute and amazing now? No. But do we have food for our family for any emergency that might come up? Yes. I've had friends store their food storage in their kid's closets, under beds, under dressers, etc... If it's important to you, and a priority, you'll always come up with something to make it work. 

What kinds of meals will you make with your food?

We bought lots of oats for breakfasts, and things to make plenty of bread and biscuits. We have lots of rice that we can add calories and flavor to with various canned soups, and have beans on hand for good sources of protein. We have fruit on hand to add some sweetness to meals, and veggies to round out our dinners. We also have pastas and mac n cheese for easy meals as well. In an emergency you're not going to want fancy gourmet meals, just quick and easy things that will work and serve its purpose: keeping you alive. 

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How much does food storage cost? Are case lot sales worth it?

It can be as cheap or expensive as you want to make it. We clearly did not purchase all organic, name brand items here. Everything for this one month supply cost us under $200. If you live in Utah, you know that case lot sales are all the rage, and are typically when everyone stocks up on food storage. While there might be some savings at those sales, I've seen very similar pricing at Walmart all year round. Our local store is doing canned veggies for 50 cents each during case lot, which is the same as my local Walmart all year long. Same with soups, beans, and fruits. Obviously price it out, but if you miss a case lot sale, it's not the end of the world. 

How to use your food storage:

Once you buy your food, don't let it sit on a shelf to go bad. We have all of this stored in our bedroom, but when we run out of something downstairs in the kitchen, we'll pull from these shelves in our room, and then repurchase the used items at the store the next time we shop. That way this food is getting used and being rotated so that it doesn't go bad and rot. 

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If you're interested in seeing what we purchased for our month supply of food storage for a family of four, here is our complete list! 

Baking Supplies: 

  • 20lbs flour
  • 15lbs sugar
  • 6lbs oats
  • 2 boxes baking soda
  • 2 baking powder
  • 2 jars yeast
  • 2 boxes salt
  • 4 lbs brown sugar
  • 1 jar. honey
  • 1lemonade mix

Canned Goods:

  • 4 14oz Cans Mandarin Oranges
  • 4 20oz Cans Pineapple
  • 4 10oz Cans Tomato Soup
  • 4 14oz Cans Chili
  • 4 10oz Cans Cream of Chicken
  • 4 10oz Cans Cream of Mushroom
  • 4 10oz Cans Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 4 14oz Cans Black Beans 
  • 4 14oz Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 14oz Cans Green Beans
  • 4 14oz Cans Corn
  • 4 14oz Cans Black Olives
  • 4 Cans Tuna Fish
  • 3 Jars Spaghetti Sauce

Condiments:

  • 2 Jars Mayonaise
  • 1 Bottle Mustard
  • 1 Bottle Ketchup
  • 4 18oz Jars Peanut Butter
  • 2 6-packs Applesauce Cups

Dried Goods:

  • 4 Boxes Mac n Cheese
  • 3lbs Pasta
  • 10lbs Rice
  • 2lbs Black Beans

Liquids:

  • 8 Gallons of Water
  • 1 Gallon Bleach
  • 1 Gallon Vinegar

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