For those of you that were here last week, welcome back to our Friday High 5 series and for those just joining us, welcome! Each week we will take you through the top 5 highlights by category (below) from the week. And because we can’t actually high five each other, we’ll do it virtually! We’ll cover the highlights from the 5 categories below.
- Design Related High Five
- Product-Related High Five
- DIY Home Improvement Related High Five
- Family and Friends Related High Five
- General Related High Five
Want to get caught up? Here is last week’s High 5ers
1. Design Related High 5
Each week we will highlight what we feel is high five worthy from a design standpoint!
We hit 10,000 followers on Instagram!!! For those of you unfamiliar with what that means…It not only opens doors for us on the business side, but it also opens up linking items right in our stories to you.
Benefits to you:
- Linking in stories will now create a more interactive experience for you as a follower.
- We will be able to link products that we use and love right in stories so that you can get them as well.
- It takes the guess work out of where to find items.
- Less clicking all together for you guys to find things
2. Product Related High 5
The product-related high five is a compilation of our 5 favorite products from this week.
We source products for our clients on a regular basis so we intend to share those that are our favorite from the week! Shopable link below as well!
Shop the Favorites
3. DIY Home Improvement High Five
We have been on a project kick lately and loving it!
This past weekend we fixed up a front yard garden bed for only $15.00 + a lot hard work! The garden bed was a pretty sad place with no division between grass and mulch and it just looked a bit unfinished.
What we did:
- Cedar Edging – Cost: $0 – we pulled edging out from under the porch from previous renters or maybe the actual owners and placed it in front of the stairs.
- Trimmed bushes – Cost: $0 – we trimmed all of the existing plantings for a cleaner look.
- Rock Edging – Cost: $0 – we dug out rocks from the ground from the woods next to the home to complete the edging.
- Mulch – Cost: $15.00 – We did a save order online and drive up pick up of mulch at Home Depot for a total of $15.00
This was fun, we got outside to enjoy the weather and I feel better about the home each time I come and go! Just because you’re in a rental, doesn’t mean you can’t take care of the home! We hope the next family to rent here will appreciate it and we will love it while we’re here!
$15.00 Garden Update
4. Family and Friends Related High Five
With COVID being an issue, we are having to get creative with birthday celebrations and with item pick-ups to help make it special.
Mitch’s birthday is today and the reality of an adult birthday when you have kids is that it’s more about the kids than it is about the adult’s birthday.
I did a store pick up at Target for a bunch of decorating and party items so the kids could go nuts with it. Because the house is where we will mainly be for this celebration, the kids got up early and decorated the house for him – yes – we even got a mini pinata 😉
A breakfast treat was a must…
I ran through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through to grab some donuts as well! – Again, anther safe drive-through to help celebrate!
Tonight we will break the Pinata, go for a family walk, order in food and watch a movie!
These are the times that I know the kids will remember! Not that we were stuck inside but that we made the most of it, that it didn’t stop us from celebrating and most of all, that we spent this time together!
5. General Related High Five
We started General Related High Five off by giving you a glimpse into our world as a family during this pandemic and each week we update you. We feel it’s important to document these stages for a couple of reasons.
- We’re all in this together and even though are stories are not the same, there are common themes that run through them. It’s important to know you’re not alone in this.
- We want to be able to read these back and document this time because it is high unprecedented.
So this weeks update…
This week we saw a glimmer of hope in that there is a potential vaccine for the Coronavirus. This in turn gave the markets an uptick and we saw a bit of a shift in moods.
Those of us in Minnesota were extended for our Shelter in Place for another 2 weeks, until May 18th while other states are opening up their businesses.
Our 2 littles remain in daycare and are SO HAPPY! Being able to see their friends each day has been amazing. Precautions that the school has been making since public schools closed are:
- No parents allowed in the facility
- Pick up and drop off is outside the doors
- Kids hand are sanitized in and out of the buildings
- Classrooms are quite a bit smaller because not all kids are there.
- Those that have traveled are not allowed in the facility for 2 weeks after.
These are the reasons that we felt good about having them return after being out for a month. They are taking precautions for the kids and their families.
I am homeschooling Addi, our 8 year old 2nd grader. It comes with it’s challenges but we are adjusting. We have really found our groove with the school/work balance. I know she misses her friends deeply which results in questionable behavior at times, but nothing we can’t work through, right?!
Regarding the design industry, we have made some adjustments to accommodate our clients and they seam to be working great! We expected to see a bit of a downturn in the amount of new clients contacting us but that has not been the case and are VERY GRATEFUL for that!
Personally I feel I have emotionally gotten through the bulk of what I was initially feeling (anxiety, worry, sadness, etc.) and am trying to embrace thee changes as best I can. Do I think it’s over? Not a chance! So a part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop. It might not ever drop but hopefully it won’t be as big of a blow the first time around!
Love you all! Stay healthy! See you next week!
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