GET CREATIVE & CONNECTED

Bring some colour into your day

Whether it is encouraging the little ones (and big little ones) to paint rainbows to support our frontline workers or sketching your pet.  Now is a great time to get creative.

There are loads of tutorial videos out there to talk you through different art and crafts techniques, from beginner to advanced.  Check out YouTube for literally thousands of ideas or Creative Bloq for links to the best online art classes of 2020. 

Or have you been putting off painting the garden fence or your sitting room?  This might be the ideal time to get round to some of those DIY jobs you have been meaning to do.  B&Q have some brilliant help pages to keep you on the right track.

Cooking up a storm

With the closure of restaurants and bars people are cooking from home with many trying out new recipes and ideas.  There are lots of options to choose from for inspiration.  

  • TV shows from chefs like Jamie Oliver and Saturday Kitchen Live are always packed full of ideas and recipes

  • BBC Good Food has hundreds of online recipes

  • Have an online Bake Off between family or share your baking by leaving it on a neighbours doorstep with a little note

  • If you are less confident or limited on ingredients fresh home delivery boxes might just be ideal.  Check our Hello Fresh or Gousto 

Stay Connected

Social distancing doesn't mean socially disconnecting.  We need each other now more than ever and we are so lucky to have so many ways to keep in contact with our loved ones, friends and colleagues.  ​Have a look at some of these ideas to stay in touch:

  • Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great ways to stay connected

  • Try WhatsApp to send messages, make calls and video your contacts using your mobile device

  • Zoom is simple and straightforward to download and use to make calls to several households (there is a free version too which gives 40 minutes of free video calling) or try Skype as an alternative to host an online family quiz night? 

  • Pick up the phone - still the easiest way to stay in touch with each other....it's still "good to talk"

  • Write a letter - is there anything nicer than getting a handwritten letter in the post? 

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