I think everyone with a blog or online presence is trying to figure out how to handle this weird time. It feels frivolous to be posting about sales and product, yet the economy is hurting, small businesses are stressed, and most of us are looking for some kind of escape from the news and Twitter. I wanted to compile ways I’ve passed the time over the past few days, share some smaller businesses I love, and pull together some of my favorite blogs and posts from the archives of this site. Hopefully this helps you pass the time in the best possible way!
Productive ways to pass the time:
+ Clean your makeup brushes.
+ Go nail polish-free…let your nails breathe! No one will see them anyway :)
+ Similarly, throw out old nail polish you don’t wear anymore.
+ Do a full closet purge. Depending on where you live, there may be donation drop-off bins within walking distance so you can get things out of your space while getting some fresh air.
+ Scrub the bathtub. I love cleaning but this is my least favorite and is the easiest to put off!
+ Send some snail mail.
+ Go through your pantry and throw out expired items–there’s probably more in there than you think! (But note that just because something says “best by” a certain date doesn’t mean it’s gone bad after that…do some googling and use your judgement before tossing!)
+ Read magazines and books you’ve let pile up.
+ Delete old/unwanted photos from your camera roll to help free up phone storage.
+ Go through old files on your computer and delete what you don’t need.
+ WD-40 any creaky doors in your home.
Some of my favorite small businesses:
It goes without saying…small businesses can use a boost right now. Here are some of my favorites!
+ CHAPPYWRAP: Cozy is the name of the game right now and our ChappyWrap is the most used blanket in our home (and we have a lot!). They’re also one of our go-to wedding gifts.
+ SARAH FLINT: You’ve heard me rave about SF shoes forever. If you’re considering a pair (or one of their new scarves), this is the time to buy–they’re donating 25% of all proceeds to an organization that helps hospitals in Italy. You can use this link to take $50 off your first purchase.
+ SWEET & SPARK: A perfectly curated collection of vintage jewelry, and more!
Read some blogs!
Listing a few of my daily reads here…I use Bloglovin’ to aggregate my favorites. This industry is taking a hit right now and every blogger will appreciate clicks, pageviews, spreading the word, shopping from her links, etc.!
From the archives…
+ If you could live in another city, which one would it be? (The comments are fun!)
+ My most favorite bread! The perfect way to use up ripe bananas.