5 things to do while sheltering in place

blueberry pancake on a white plate

Running out of ideas to do while sheltering in place? Whether you’re working from home, homeschooling your kids, or lounging around in sweatpants watching Netflix all day, we’ve got you covered with activities that will change up your routine.

Our team at HealthyLivingFreebies shares their top 5 favorite activities while sheltering in place. We’ll share exactly what you need to spice up your routine and keep you occupied while staying at home.

Activity 1 – TRY A NEW RECIPE 

blueberry pancake on a white plate

Trust us when we tell you, drop what you’re doing and go make this GIANT blueberry pancake. You’ll probably end up eating it every single morning for the rest of quarantine. It’s so easy to make!

1 1/2 cups of Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix (Currently only $4.49 on Amazon!)
1 1/3 Water
1 pint of Blueberries
2 tbsp vegetable oil or oil of choice
2 tbs of butter

Measuring Cup & Measuring Spoon (Set of 7 for only $12.97 on Amazon!)
Mixing Wooden Spool
Medium Bowl

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix birch benders mix, water, and blueberries in a bowl until smooth. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and 2 tbs of butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once slightly browned, pour mixture in skillet and cook for about 6 – 8 minutes. Batter will still look uncooked but edges should start browning. Transfer to oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until completely cooked through. Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Flip skillet upside down on a plate and pancake should slip right out. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy 🙂

Activity 2 – SIDEWALK ART

Are you running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained outdoors? Parks are currently off limits and so are play dates. You’re kind of only stuck with either going on walks or bike rides. We’ll we’ve got an idea for you! Grab your beach chairs, a pack of chalk, and enjoy the outdoors while your kids create sidewalk art! Pet friendly fun too 🙂

Equipment you’ll need linked below!
Chalk (Only $0.79 cents on Amazon!)
Beach Chair

Need some inspo? Check out these creations from our team.












pen on top of journal

If you haven’t heard of a bullet journal, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. It’s equal parts a daily planner, diary & goal tracker. Whether you want to write out your to-do list for the week, or track your fitness goals, bullet journaling can help keep you inspired. Ryder Carroll, a thirty-nine year old digital designer invented the bullet journal and it’s become a craze amongst many since. In his words, the bullet journal is meant “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.”

The world is a messy unpredictable place. With current shelter in place mandates, a lot of us are experiencing anxiety and uncertainty. We’ve all been challenged to find our new normal. It’s easy to feel unmotivated but why not change the narrative. Start by practicing positive affirmations and write it down in your journal.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. There is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. They key is to start writing and see where the pages take you!

We’ve linked our favorite notebooks, pens, and more below! Enjoy!
Dotted Grid Journal
Zebra Pen Highlighters
Micron Pens

Activity 4 – AT HOME SPA DAY

hand holding essential oil

Turn off your TV, put your phone on do not disturb mode, and shut your laptop. Light some candles, turn on your diffuser, get the kettle going to brew some tea and start the bath. Trust me, you deserve this.

Lather up your face with your favorite mask, grab a book, and plunge into your bath. You can read your book, do your nails, dry brush those dead skin cells off your body and take time to care for yourself because self-love starts with self-care.

We’ve linked our favorite spa day products below!
Honesty Beauty 3-in-1 Detox Face Mask
Essential Oil Diffuser
Lulu Candles
Traditional Medicinals Calming Tea 


magnifying glass

This one is our favorite activity. All you need is yourself and your kids! We understand that planning your kids day strictly with indoor activities is not easy and there are only so many board games the family can play. We challenge you to get creative with your kids and plan a scavenger hunt in your house and backyard.


  • Write out clues for where each item is hidden
  • Hide a couple fun items like sweet treats for the kids
  • Hide coins! Kids love hunting for money

That’s it! Thank you for reading our post. We hope it brought some light into your day and inspired you to change up your day-to-day routine. Stay healthy and safe friends!

Have ideas that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

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