I’ve been loving having music on as much as possible lately. It really sets a tone: classical for (trying to) work, Disney for dancing with my kids, jazz for trying to be cool cooking with wine, Game of Thrones for my very many “I’m losing my sh*t” moments, etc.
Plus, there are audiobooks and stories that keep my kids occupied for stretches of time. You can subscribe for free (yes, there are ads) or opt to go premium for $10/month. (I also love my Sonos speakers scattered throughout the house.) ~ Brit
I always meant to watch this show when it came out years ago, but I never did. Now I’m bingeing it, and it is AWESOME. Hysterical, smart and attention-grabbing. ~ Marissa
This Netflix series is an absolutely fascinating look into the practice of professional matchmaking!! If you don’t binge watch, I will be shocked (Aparna, tho, amiright??) ~ Meg
I love doing crosswords, and I’ve been keeping a puzzle open on our counter to work on whenever I have a few minutes (yes, this is mostly when my kids eat lunch). It’s a subtle distraction, and it reminds me of my sister
What Should Danny Do? (~$12)
My kids have been fighting like crazy over the past couple of months. I’m not sure if it’s pandemic related, but I imagine that all this together time isn’t helping.
A friend recommended this book and it is the most AMAZING thing! As you read along, your child has the “power to choose” to make good or bad choices to change the outcome of the story. ~ Melissa
I only have one thing to say: this bra feels like… nothing at all. It’s truly amazing. ~ Charlene
Leggings for… Life
Alo High Waist Leggings (~$98)
Have you heard of Alo? These “lounge pants” truly feel like BUTTER! They are so comfortable and soft. I will live in them all winter long. ~ Marissa
Nike One Lux Tights (~$90)
I just participated in a formal review panel of these tights and I am in LOVE! They are SO soft, thin and don’t sag. Perfection!
I’m a Voter Grayson Shirt (~$148)
I love Grayson’s shirts — they’re so comfortable and soft, right out of the box, but get softer with each wash! For every “I am a voter” shirt purchased, the brand donates ten percent of the proceeds to the I am A Voter foundation. Also: vote! (Get registered at rockthevote.org.) ~ Charlene
Everything from this women-owned line of “clean” hair products is safe for the entire family to use. I love the Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner — it smells SO good, but… neutral. Not overpowering. It cleanses my hair really well and takes out all the residue. Afterward, it’s so much softer and shinier than when I use other products. ~ Marissa
Last summer, my husband and I purchased a portable fire pit (any one will do) for our patio. We LOVE going outside after the kids are in bed to drink wine around it and have a little “pandemic date night.” We also use it to make s’mores with the kids. ~ Melissa
Outdoor Movie Night Gear
Every so often, our neighborhood gets together for a socially distanced movie night in someone’s front yard. I bought my husband a projector for Father’s Day one year and we use that against a screen (or you could use a white sheet). Add some chairs, an outdoor blanket, and popcorn for the full experience. It’s especially nice in the fall once the sun starts setting a little earlier…. (Bonus: your kids will think you’re a superhero for doing this.) ~ Melissa
What’s making you smile? Let us know in the comments section!