We would just like to start off this blog by giving you a big, virtual pat on the back! Self isolating is bloody tough work but with kids, well we think that’s worth a few gold medals (and several glasses of wine)
We are the first to admit that this new normal life we have been unexpectedly thrust into is hard yakka. For many of us, we suspect home-schooling was something that never crossed your minds (or if it did it was met with shivers down your spine and some stern words) but here we are, playing teachers while also maintaining the role of wife, mum, partner, sister, daughter and woman. That’s no easy feat so kudos to you, mumma! If the school years aren’t upon you yet, we imagine you’re still going through some adjustment phases with your newborn, toddler or tummy. Regardless, we are with you and we want to help you get through it!
To do this, we have curated a list of ‘isolation hacks’ to help make your days run a little smoother. Think of it as refuge for you – some time off while your kids indulge in them or some avenues for you to indulge in yourself. It isn’t much but we hope these portals come as some welcome relief when you’ve exhausted all your other resources.
For your convenience, we’ve split these into categories (ya welcome):
FOR THE KIDS
https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/ - 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens
https://www.everyday-earth.com/ - Interactive, science based video about the earth.
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ - Everything geography and animals
https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive - Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults
https://www.bunkhistory.org/ - Digital archive of history
https://www.countryreports.org/ - 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.
https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html - A magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text
https://www.mission-us.org/ - An interactive way to learn history
http://www.whatwasthere.com/ - A unique way to help your kids learn about history by allowing them to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents
https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fdashboard - A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways
https://climatekids.nasa.gov/ - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/ - Explore careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html - Explore the 11 bodily systems in depth with interactive models and detailed explanations. This website will help kids learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.
https://switchzoo.com/ - Play games and learn all about animals
https://www.funbrain.com/ - Math and Reading games
https://artsology.com/ - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome - Educational games K-12
https://docs.google.com/…/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDs…/mobilebasic - For a virtual excursion to places like zoos, The Lourve, The Great Wall of China and farms over the world.
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/ - The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm - A virtual tour Yellowstone National Park
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/ - Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://www.farmfood360.ca/ - This Canadian site offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ - This iconic museum allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
https://www.si.edu/kids - This website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?fbclid=IwAR3hdhN4cAMs3vgYU-eOV2D7bLkP5I_772cnLkVpC17FRtxNLRk5nCb0CiA - 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
STORYTIME & MUSIC:
https://www.storylineonline.net/ - Fave kids books read by famous people
https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments - Poetry and music
ACTIVITIES AT HOME:
https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/ - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot and more
https://www.highlightskids.com/ - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities
bit.ly/freemakerstations - Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8&feature=youtu.be - A youtube channel teaching kids to draw
http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/ - Daily science or cooking experiment to do at home.
MENTAL HEALTH & MOVEMENT:
https://www.gonoodle.com/ - Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts - Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout
https://www.theottoolbox.com/ - At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
TV SHOWS (NETFLIX):
- Bluey (new season)
- Masha and the Bear
- PJ Masks
- Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
- Fireman Sam
- The Octonauts
- Little Princess
- Hey Duggee
- Chip and Potato
- Paw Patrol
YOUTUBE CHANNELS/LIVE STREAMS:
https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/ - Melbourne Zoo has just started a live feed of their animals and we want to cry with happiness.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDodoSite - Cute animal videos and lots about animal adoption. Plenty of warm fuzzies and feel goods.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg - Virtual Disney World offers a complete immersive experience of attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas, and more within an interactive 360º video environment
FOR THE BIG KIDS
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYRw5J5-C8plZoeZ7x2QQw - this is all doll repaints which we know sounds crazy but it’s oddly addictive (and her accent is kinda fun)! Super mind numbing stuff to pass the time.
https://www.youtube.com/user/Ivorygirl48 - this gal does lots of Wish and Amazon prom dress try ons and we find it very entertaining. She also has her mum in lots of vidz and she is the cutest thing ever.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoc_XJPj6YLMQDWtPDQcDtA -Brad Mondo literally just reacts to these gals ruining their hair or terrible Americas next top model make overs. Also mind numbing entertainment.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSorryGirls - lots of home décor and DIYS from some fab Canadian gals!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrh9tOpAY2-Ev5pRssXq2Wg - another Canadian home decor/DIY channel who uses lots of Ikea. She also has another channel where she makes over office spaces!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rLoj87ctEHCcS7BuvIzkQ - miss mojo do top ten from all kinds of walks of lifes, movies, songs, tv shows etc. Its fun to watch along and totally disagree with everything they pick!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rkCF5kyJT7YYR46xCecqw - drag queen that styles wigs!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTldDNXS4GeChcmwm55mXYQ - nail tech who does tutorials and gawdy designs but it’s fun to watch!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAQHQEO4QpI5dXtr3vLoFCg - a guy that details cars. Just fun (and addictive) to watch these filthy cars get cleaned. Doesn’t motivate us to clean ours but still!
To start with we have a thoroughly curated list of the Real Housewives series’ in order of fave to least fave:
1. Beverly Hills
3. New York
4. New Jersey
5. Orange County
KUWTK (or Keeping up with the Kardashians to the layman)
We know people are going to groan about this BUT if you kick it old school and watch from season 1 it’s actually a real laugh. Klassic Kris Jenner is a Kween.
A spin off of RHOBV (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). It’s all about the workers in Lisa Vanderpump’s Hollywood restaurants. Cheating scandals, friendship bust ups, shoplifting scandals – it’s all happening!
I mean, who doesn’t love a botch boob job makeover!?
The Simple Life
Another classic! Thea early days of Paris and Nicole trying to make it in the ‘real world’, ha!
RuPauls Drag Race
Honestly, if you’re not already watching this, please do! It literally combines all aspects that make for a great reality show. Drama, singing, acting, drama, dancing, makeup, costumes, drama, comedy, sass and drama
It’s Joanna Gaines. From Magnolia Farm. She’s beautiful, everything she does is beautiful, her life is beautiful
Flip or Flop
Another reno show with another beautiful female host. Questionable design taste but that’s kinda the fun part! Nothing quite like judging someone’s taste from the comfort of your own lounge!
House Hunters & House Hunters International
These two shows let you put yourself in the buyers position!
TV SHOWS (Netflix):
The Goop Lab
Our gal Gwenny’s new show. This is one the hubby will even love
Love is Blind
Another binge worthy show…. if things are getting desperate
The Good Place
Strap in. There’s four seasons of this and it’s oddly addictive. Short episodes, a super easy, light hearted watch and stars the beautiful Kristen Bell (aka Anna from Frozen)
For the Royal loving fiends. A little slow in some parts but if you love history and a good old dose of the Windsor’s, this one is for you.
Dead to Me
There’s only one season of this and we can guarantee you’ll be hanging out for the second once you’re done. Starring Christina Applegate, it’s a weirdly fantastic show with a bit of a morbid backstory.
Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes
FEEL GOOD INSTA PAGES:
You will not regret this addition to your follow list – trust us!
Insta page run by a journo but filled with good news only (no politics!)
A little dark but super funny
His daily Brad-bucks for his partner Gary Janetti…hilarious
For a spot of design inspo
All things mum – funny, harsh truths and good community vibes
Awesome house reno in the US
Get ready to use all your quarantine rations in one day
Just a reminder of how beautiful our planet is