If you've spent much of the last couple months creating equations each week to try to figure out how to stock your pantry, your freezer, and fridge now that all meals are home meals, you're going to want to read this piece on assembling a spreadsheet that works for you, once and for all!
"These zen garden videos are so calm and soothing. I could watch them on loop for hours." -Hailey
"There's no escaping screens these days, but these Baggu phone and desktop wallpapers helped spark joy on my work computer this week. I chose the yellow daisy pattern!" -Alisha, GNI Team
"My husband and I have been holding kitchen dance parties in the evening. We're breaking out the old favorites as well as some new playlists from friends, turning it up and turning dinner prep time into something much more fun. Sometimes we add a new recipe, too, but always whole food, not complicated. It's a great way to connect, move and laugh towards the end of the day (and when he's not here, I do it without him)." -Sally Anne C
"The All-Out 90s playlist on Spotify is a millennial girl's dream. I quickly transported myself back to my childhood bedroom singing the Spice Girls into my hairbrush. The nostalgia will make you feel all the girl power vibes." -Kacie B
"I've been stressing so much lately about my weekly grocery trip so last week I decided to streamline my approach. I wrote my whole process out in this app and I love it." - Alisha, Founder at GNI
This is not a drill — you can listen to Daniel Radcliffe read chapter 1 of the Harry Potter series here (with the promise of more at-home celeb readings to come for future chapters).
"I'm a big reader, but I've been finding it really hard to get into a new book. So, I've started re-reading books that I've loved—LITTLE WOMEN, EMPIRE FALLS, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, THE MOST OF NORA EPHRON—instead. The stories feel like a warm, cozy blanket, and the characters like old and familiar friends, especially during a time when seeing my real-life friends isn't possible. Having already read the books makes it a bit easier to pick them up or put them down, depending on my mood or the day I'm having, and brings me back to a time when things didn't seem so complicated. I also am coming across smaller details in them that I missed the first time around, so I'm gaining something new along the way." -Julianna H
"With this quarantine, my world has drastically downsized (for good reason). Do you know what has recently made my world feel expansive? The simple act of being out in nature, looking at the sky, specifically the clouds. Did you know cloud watching is actually a thing? I learned more about it from this article and highly recommend looking up for once!" -Midori H
"Right now, I'm focusing on things that spark joy and bring me comfort. I've been rewatching ALL THE SEASONS of Queer Eye for a little positivity and laughter during the day. Highly recommend Season 2, Episode 1 for happy tears!" -Brenda M
"This is the perfect time to take action! Look up your elected officials, find your polling place, and learn more about candidates on the ballot in your next election." -Alexis G
"These videos from the famous Kuekenhof Garden in Holland are the most soothing thing I've seen on the internet yet. The garden will be closed to visitors this year, but the gardeners are still tending the flowers and making these videos to bring the landscapes to everyone. They brightened up my day and inspired me to contact my local florist for an arrangement to brighten up our house." - Lauren S.
"If you have essential oils and a carrier oil (i.e. jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, etc.), you can make your own fragrance. There are also DIY kits available that provide all the supplies you need." - Bre
"Recreate the look of a character you love from a TV show or a movie using things you already have in your wardrobe and in your makeup bag. I did this recently with the character Rob from High Fidelity and felt so much better afterwards!"
"One thing getting me through is the NYT cooking app, which allows you to search by ingredient!"
"I’ve been really missing working from my local café, but I recently discovered a way to create the ambience of a coffee shop or café in your study or living room. This tearoom ASMR background noise is extremely relaxing."
"Listen To Christmas music." - Kelley Sue C.
"So, it’s sometimes quite hard to cook something from scratch in a tiny New York City apartment. During this tough time, I’ve been trying to cook recipes from Bon Appétit videos on YouTube - just watching them and trying something new makes me feel like i’ve been productive. This pasta recipe is pretty simple and not too expensive to make." - Antara D.
"These cookies made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Making them also took my mind off this quarantine business for 1-2 hours. I turned on the new Dua Lipa album, made these cookies, and danced around my kitchen." - Kaitlin F.
"Take the time to pamper yourself in a shower or bath. Shave your legs, add a moisturizing body oil, embrace a hair mask. Anything to be kinder to yourself." - Community member
"One Thousand Words is one of the most encouraging podcasts I know of. It will cultivate your imagination to think about the good, the lovely, the beautiful, the true." - Grace A.
"If you need another comforting newsletter, this one The Sunday Soother because Sunday Scaries are still a thing, even while working from home." -Loric A
"Take the time to learn how to make a wholesome marinade. You can use them to spice up lots of types of food such as tofu and tempeh. All you need is an acid (vinegar or lemon juice), a healthy oil (such as olive oil), garlic, water, and some spices. Bonus points if you experiment with fresh spices, but use whatever you have at home. Yeah, that dusty ginger powder and the smoked paprika will work. Be your own marinade mixologist and make something delicious!" - Mickey G.
"Good Good Good is mailing a free Goodnewspaper to anyone who needs good news." - Community Member
"I discovered this recipe a few years ago and it brings me so much joy. It’s easy, comfort food, takes amazing and feels like you cooked even though it only takes about 25 minutes. Plus- meat free protein always makes me feel good (I’m not a vegetarian I just love chickpeas!)" -Stacey
You'll laugh and you'll cry! This web show celebrates the good in the world — like the Hamilton cast reuniting for a young fan whose showtime was canceled due to COVID-19.
"Listen to The New York Times Culture Podcast: Still Processing. Hosted by NYT Culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, this podcast has connected with me on many levels for several seasons. They both are honest, informed and relatable. The topics they have covered are not only important but allow you to have personal reflection on the world we live in and what we're choosing to take part in. But the episode I've linked to (A Pod From Our Homes) is everything I needed to hear during this time. It wasn't more hard hitting news that made me anxious, and it wasn't an influencer just preaching positivity. It was two people, two friends, being very real and open with how hard this is. They talk about what's been a good distraction, what they're already over and just how they're feeling through all of this. I can't recommend it enough for someone who just wants to feel validated by their conversation." - Kaley C.
"Embroidery is a great meditative practice that really helps me calm my mind whenever I need it. In those uncertain times we need it more than ever. The digital embroidery pattern is available for instant download so no need to wait for delivery or go out. Right now @slow_evenings_embroidery is doing a daily Instagram mini course: 'Start Embroidering With Things You Already Have Home' to encourage others to learn embroidery without fancy supplies." Miriam P.
Craving a sweet treat? You can support a local business in NYC or order for delivery nationwide from this list of Dessert Goals alumni vendors. 🧁🍰
"My boyfriend has always been a big fan of games (board, card, and video), and now, we’ve found the time to play them together. So far, we’ve played Segrada and Jaipur, both of which are pretty calm, low stakes. We also played Quiplash for Switch via video chat with friends which is a good way to laugh if you’re feeling down!" - Beth K.
This experience is so charming and amazing — you can even color some of the featured illustrations on your phone, too! 🎨
Spending more time at home? Open your doors to a foster who may need support right now.
We don't deserve animals. 😭 Watch this if you need something cute to lift your spirits.
Visit your local zoo's website to see their live animal cameras. If you're lucky, you'll catch a sleepy panda doing a Big Stretch.
If you've seen Gilmore Girls through as many times as we have, then you know that it's a perfect background show. Play it while you're working on a puzzle, baking banana bread, learning to knit, or working on a coloring page. If you haven't seen it before, then get to it!
Purl Soho is not your grandma's knitting site. But also, if you're with your grandma ask her for her help! Purl Soho has many simple projects for beginners and pros alike, and their tutorials page offers step-by-step guides for more elaborate stitches.
We've made a list of newsletters that are sparking joy for us rn.
Fight that stir-crazy feeling by going on a virtual excursion to the art museum with this tool from Google.
WE LOVE THEM, and we love their podcast about staying calm while staying in. Some background: Emily is a chronically sick person, and Kumail is her main caretaker — AKA they know what it's like to stay in well.
The title says it all. If you want to hear how folks all over the world are coming together in the face of crisis, give this comforting 7-minute podcast a listen.
When in doubt, dance it out! Lucky for us, Tiktok exists. Try the "Renegade", "Say So", "Sunday Best", or "Cannibal" challenges to get started with some choreography.