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A Review of Our Home Building Experience so Far

My first post about buying and building our home is going to be all about the process so far (or at least some of it). Let’s face it, I have been putting it off because that’s kind of the boring and stressful part (unless you’re new to building as well – then, it would actually be really useful). It was supposed to be fun but I will preface this by saying it most definitely has not been fun the last 10+ months.

About a year and a half ago we decided we wanted to buy a home so that when our rental agreement expired, we could move into our own house! It would have been perfect timing since our wedding (which you can read about here) and month away in California was going to be the month after we moved out. We searched for months but didn’t come across anything that was the right fit. If you’ve bought a home before or you’re currently looking, you know when you see something that’s “perfect” but then it already has offers on it or it’s the  right house but it needs to be moved in right away and you can’t do that yet? There’s a fine line between planning ahead and looking too early. If you’re in the same situation we were in, don’t worry! It’s not just you – it’s actually really common. Like many other things in life, timing is everything but it doesn’t always work out as you might hope.

One day while looking for homes online, I saw the option for a land and home package. It was a bit more than our budget at the time but it was exactly what we were looking for – three bedroom, two bathroom home in a good neighborhood. I got in touch with the company and found out that that particular home wasn’t available anymore but they had similar homes in the same area.

When you buy a land and home package, at least with the company we went with, you get one week to decide if you want to move forward with it before it moves onto the next person/people. The problem was, it was the last home available and had people who were interested in it. They had a few days remaining to give their answer and we were next on the list (with a whole list behind us who wanted the property). To our surprise, they didn’t respond so the home got defaulted to us. In that first week we weighed up all our options, talked about specifications, viewed their showhomes again, and spoke with the developer. We finally made our decision. We were buying land and building a home!

I should note before we get into too much that we are extremely lucky to have found a land and build project in the area we did for the price we did. Our builders subdivided three pieces of land to create four pieces instead. Meaning each of us get our land and home package for cheaper. So although our neighbors have bigger properties and homes, we still get to live in the same neighborhood for less! Thank goodness because it was the only way we would have been able to afford it!

Everything felt like it was aligning well. A brand new home, only slightly more expensive but comes with more guarantees and warranties, in an amazing area with a brand new school, customized to fit our lifestyle, and so much more. Although it wouldn’t be done by August 2019, it was supposed to be done by January 2020 which meant our month in California we didn’t need to pay rent and when we returned home from our wedding we would have to/be able to live with grandparents until January. As March moved into April and so forth, we were starting to hear that my mom and step-dad wanted to come visit us in summer 2020 (which is January/February/March). We talked with our building company and they said the home would be done in March at the latest. We shifted our thinking and planned to be all moved in by March 2020. A few more months for our “dream” home… we could do it! Everything was signed, finalized, and major deposits made in August before we headed to Cali for our wedding. They said they might even start building while we are away (which is why they said we needed to get everything done before we left). We had both been traveling around the world for a few years so settling into somewhere we could call our own meant the world to us. This was the home that we pictured having our first child in, bringing a dog home to, and really, officially, settling into New Zealand.

Now come October is when things began to get tricky. Less communication from the building company, lots of money (and time, hope, excitement) invested at this point, and nothing but a contract (which we didn’t quite understand to the extent we thought we did) to show for everything. We still hadn’t been able to purchase the land due to the title being held up in council (because remember how I said that they split the original land? That meant that our land didn’t even have a title yet!). 

Fast forward a few more months of disappointment and little to no answers, it was time to make our decision regarding our sunset clause. “Simply put, a sunset clause stipulates the date by which the sun sets on the agreement allowing the property contract to be voided and the deposit be returned to the buyer.  It is commonly inserted into agreements over properties that are not yet capable of being conveyed – i.e. in the absence of a title (new development or subdivision),” (https://www.apia.org.nz/apia-blog/what-is-a-sunset-clause). We couldn’t find, remember, or get in contact with anyone to let us know when that date was. Until our lawyer called up and said something like, “Today is your sunset date. You have 24 hours to decide if you’d like to keep the home or pull out of the contract and receive some of your money back.”

That 24 – 48 hours were some of the worst hours of our lives. How do you make that big of a decision – something you’ve spent almost the last year designing, hoping for, and getting excited for – without knowing anything exactly? No one could tell us how much of our deposit we would get back or if we waited (extended the sunset clause) when title would come out. Dates were being flung around on when we would move in but changed each time we had a call with our builders. How do estimates change by months in a matter of a week?

Ultimately we couldn’t make a decision that huge without any real information so we decided to allow the sunset clause to be extended. There’s a few big parts missing from the story but given that it’s just additional heartbreak and frustration, I will leave it out for now. Long story short, we extended the sunset clause. Luckily, right before Christmas break, title came out. We thought, “Finally! Things will start to progress!” But right when you think the building process is going to start to look up from here, it smacks you back down.

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We officially received title in mid-January (2020) and we were meant to be able to start building, “Right away!” However, consent was filed incorrectly (i.e was missing information) from the building company and here we are the middle of May still without consent and unable to build. We are hoping that consent will be approved within the next week (although it’s already at least a week late…go figure).

Anyways, thanks to those that have stuck around to read this and those that have offered their love and support (and even their homes). It has been a really long, tough, and unfortunate journey. We continue to search for hope and try to make other aspects of the process fun whenever possible (right now that means creating vision boards and designing spaces virtually – see above). You can check out my home inspiration shop to see where to purchase items from my inspiration boards and see where the images came from within the boards themselves. Look out for more blogs about inspiration, where we are at now, etc.

I’m always looking to connect with local New Zealand businesses who specialize in home decor, eco-friendly products, or organizational products, I would love to follow them on Instagram! If you know of anyone that fits that description or something similar, feel free to reach out and mention them in this Instagram post

To read about where we are at now search the building tag here to see the latest blogs about our building process!

If you enjoyed reading this and would like more information on home, lifestyle, advice, tips, tricks, and more, follow me on Instagram @Its.Mary.Taylor and on Facebook at Mary Taylor! I can’t wait to see you there!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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Chickpea & Bean Tomato “Curry”

I shared this recipe on my Instagram story a few weeks back and I got so many people asking how to make it! This recipe is super easy, quick, gluten-free (unless you eat it with naan), vegan, and versatile. You can make it spicy (or not). Feel free to change it up by adding more veggies or beans. It’s easy to save and eat cold or reheat. It’s the perfect meal prep dish!

To read more about my recipes and why I create them the way I do (without specific measurements, times, and temperatures) check out this blog post

Chickpea & Bean Tomato "Curry"

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Mexican

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Stovetop

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas Canned
  • Other Beans of Choice I added red kidney beans but another great choice would be mixed beans or white beans
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Onions Chopped
  • Spinach
  • Garlic Minced/Pressed
  • Cumin
  • Parsley Fresh or Dried
  • Paprika
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper Optional

Instructions

  • Sauté onions and garlic in a pan on the stove.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the water has almost evoporated completely and the sauce has thickened.
  • Towards the end, add in spinach and cover the pan so that the spinach becomes slightly cooked/steamed.
  • Serve with rice, quinoa, or naan. Or skip the extra carbs altogether and serve on a bed of argula.

Notes

Saute onions and garlic first then add the rest of the ingredients. You want to cook until it reduces down (water evaporates so it’s thicker). Then add in spinach and cover with a lid to trap in moisture/slightly cook the spinach. 
We served this with sweet potato/kumara puree and homemade naan but you could also serve it with rice (brown rice for a healthier option) or quinoa.

If you make this recipe, please tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see your creations! 

If you enjoyed reading this and would like more information on home, lifestyle, advice, tips, tricks, and more, follow me on Instagram @Its.Mary.Taylor and on Facebook at Mary Taylor! I can’t wait to see you there!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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The Story Behind My “She’ll Be Right” Cookbook

One day my husband turned to me while we were in the kitchen and said, “You should write a cookbook! But not just any cookbook. A cookbook designed for the way that YOU cook!”

You’re probably wondering what that means – how is my cooking and are my recipes any different?! Well, you see, I use recipes as inspiration not as directions. It might sound crazy but temperatures and measurements aren’t really a thing in my “book”. The closest thing I can compare it to is the kiwi mentality and phrase, “She’ll be right!” (Which you can learn more about here). In the case of cooking, if you add a little bit too much of this or a little bit less of that, it doesn’t really matter because it’s probably still going to taste good.

I have a massive passion for cooking and have ever since I was little. I remember standing on a small Spanish table just so I could reach the counters as I was helping my dad chop tomatoes with a dull knife. My dad is the chef of the family and when I say chef, I really mean it (although he would humbly say he “just cooks”). From the most amazing chili to homemade pasta sauce and marinated meat, he knows how to do it all. Growing up I even thought I wanted to be a chef (professionally not just for friends and family) but I’ve since decided that I would love to keep it as a passion and not as a profession.

Picture of the top of the table I used to stand on when I was little

Over the last couple of years I have shared pictures of my food on Instagram and on my Facebook page and people started to ask for recipes. Although I’m not much of a recipe girl, I’ve decided to start a cooking section of my blog. Some day, it might even become a real cookbook! It will be different than any of the other cooking blogs or recipes you’ve seen before because I won’t be using traditional methods of measurement. Sometimes you might not even see any measurements. Cooking to me is more than just about what’s on the page. It’s about learning what flavors and combinations go together. It’s a unique experience with food and ingredients. There’s no one perfect way to make anything. Someone who tries your food might say it’s just right while others may say it’s too salty, too sweet or too spicy. You may be allergic to something or just not like it at all. Use my recipes as an inspiration and a guideline not as directions. Here are some dishes you can look forward to seeing posted on my blog soon!

I hope you have fun reading my recipes and making them for yourself. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! If you try any of my recipes please tag me in any pictures you post and feel free to message me about how you liked it (and don’t forget to send me pictures)! You can check out all my blog posts with recipes here.

You can follow me and message me on Instagram @its.mary.taylor and follow me on Pinterest to save my recipes to your own boards. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook to get the latest updates on blogs and stay connected. Happy cooking!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor

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“She’ll Be Right” Kiwi Mentality

If you’ve ever met a Kiwi you would 100% have heard the term “she’ll be right” but what does it actually mean?!

I asked my husband (who is a New Zealander) to explain what it really means. He said, “Being kiwis, we love to simplify things as much as possible. That even comes down to words and sentences. We even like to personify things! The Kiwi phrase ‘She’ll be right,’ means that no matter what happens it’s really not gonna be that bad. For example, if you get a flat tire it sucks but it’ll all be fine.” What they mean is whatever is going wrong will work itself out. The word “she” in the phrase means “everything.” The phrase can be used in any situation from casual to extreme hardship.

I, personally, think about it like a coping mechanism. A way to think of the positive. A way to move past struggles without resentment, fear, or sorrow. That even the things that aren’t perfect are still good enough to serve the purpose they are meant to.

Although I don’t always agree with how it’s used or how often it’s used, I think some people need a bit of more of the “She’ll be right” mentality in their lives.

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Mary Taylor <3

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipes

As grocery stores are running out of hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, and anti-bacterial wipes, more and more people are making their own! Here’s a few simple recipes that you can use to make your own DIY hand sanitizer! Let us know on Facebook if you make your own. We would love to see your pictures. 

‘Just the basics’ gel hand sanitizer:

2/3 cups rubbing alcohol (99.9% isopropyl alcohol)
1/3 cup aloe vera gel

Pros: Super easy. Least expensive. 

Cons: Strong smell of alcohol with nothing to mask the smell or provide additional benefits.

Easy essential oil hand sanitizer spray with alcohol:

4 tsp rubbing/isopropyl alcohol (optionally vodka – preferably over 60% alcohol)
1/2 tsp distilled water
1/2 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)
30 Drops doTERRA On Guard essential oil – you can also use lemon or lavender essential oil if you prefer. On Guard is great for immune support which is why this is my preference. 

Pros: Some people really want to have it 65% plus alcohol. So this will do that. This will also give you that dry hand effect.
Cons: Strong smell alcohol & alcohol is not good for our skin or our gut biome / good bacteria.

Essential oil hand sanitizer without alcohol:

4 tsp witch hazel
1 tsp distilled water
1/4 tsp aloe (optional for softer feel)
20-30 drops On Guard or other essential oil
Pros: No alcohol. Smells great. Skin feels nourished. Also slight drying effect (and if you do use witch hazel WITH alcohol then even more so – but without smell of isoprop alcohol).
Cons: Very slight wet/sticky feel. But hardly noticeable IMO.

If you enjoyed reading this and would like more information on home, lifestyle, advice, tips, tricks, and more, follow me on Instagram @Its.Mary.Taylor and on Facebook at Mary Taylor! I can’t wait to see you there!

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Mary Taylor <3

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Immune Boosting Foods

In my last blog post I talked about what I do to stay healthy and boost my immune system. One of the several things, and probably the most natural thing that you can do to boost your immune system is by eating immune boosting foods. Check out this list of the top 10 immune boosting foods that I love!

1. Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are good for your immune system because they contain a lot of Vitamin C and Vitamin A in addition to Vitamin E. Healthline says, “Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus.”

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is “a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid” (BBC, Good Food).

3. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. Ods.od.nih.gov says, “Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.”

4. Garlic

Garlic contains maganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium, fiber, and more. It is antibacterial and antiviral. Healthline says, “Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.”

5. Ginger

Ginger has been known to help with nausea but did you know it’s also beneficial for inflammatory issues? This can help you with a sore throat and decrease inflammation.

6. Spinach

Spinach is full of Vitamin C and amazing antioxidants and beta carotene. This helps to “increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems,” (Healthline). Spinach is most powerful when slightly cooked as to release its Vitamin A (and other nutriets). 

7. Turmeric

Turmeric has been used for several years to help naturally treat inflammatory issues. This makes it a great spice to add to your food!

8. Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit, or other known as kiwi, are full of folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C

9. Cabbage

Cabbage is full of tons of amazing nutrients including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium. Not only is cabbage full of Vitamin C, it also helps with inflammation and digestion. There are so many reasons to love cabbage!

10. Sweet Potatoes

Much like cabbage, sweet potatoes are full of amazing nutrients (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Pantothenic acid, Copper, Niacin, and antioxidants that help protect your body from free radicals). Sweet potatoes also helpl with your gut health! Sweet potatoes may also help with brain function and eye sight.

If you enjoyed reading this and would like more information on home, lifestyle, advice, tips, tricks, and more, follow me on Instagram @Its.Mary.Taylor and on Facebook at Mary Taylor! I can’t wait to see you there!

 

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

** Resources/references used for this article:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-broccoli

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cabbage

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sweet-potato-benefits#section1

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Staying Healthy & Boosting Your Immune System

There are so many ways for individuals to stay healthy! I am by no means a health professional so please consult with your doctor if you are feeling ill or if you’re not sure about any of these tips or tricks that I use. Every body is different.

Here are some things that I use to help boost my immune system, stay healthy, and recover quickly.

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Lypo-spheric Vitamin C

This specific kind of Vitamin C is better than your standard Vitamin C (you know those chewables you might of had as a kid – or even as an adult) because it absorbs better in your body. Often times less than 20% of traditional tablets Vitamin C actually get absorbed into your body unlike Lypo-spheric Vitamin C which has about a 98% absorption rate. You can read more about Lypo-spheric Vitamin C here. Keep in mind that some Lypo-spheric Vitamin C doesn’t taste very pleasant. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Haha. Here’s a commissioned link to our favorite Lypo-spheric Vitamin C (we have tried three different kinds – this is the easiest to take and definitely the most popular worldwide).

Raw garlic

Growing up my mom teased that I “didn’t even know how to blow [my] nose” because I never got sick. Whenever I would feel something coming on, I was spoon fed pressed garlic and given some Emergen-c to wash it down after holding it on the back of my tongue for as long as I could. It does burn slightly if you’re not used to it, but it’s definitely worth it. We do this two to three times a day at the first sign of sickness and continue until we feel better. Garlic contains maganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium, fiber, and more. It is antibacterial and antiviral. If you can’t stand taking raw garlic, they have several options of odorless garlic supplements such as these. We take a supplement that includes garlic, vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, and olive leaf but I can’t find them online. This one and this one are quite similar in the fact that they include a lot of different important immune boosters.

Colloidal silver

Colloidal silver is a liquid which contains pure silver. It is antibacterial and great for a DIY hand or surface spray. You can also take it internally.

You can read more about colloidal silver here and purchase your own here.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a flowering plant that can be taken to strengthen the immune system. Research shows that Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. When we are feeling sick, we take immune boosting supplements that have Echinacea in them. You can purchase your own here on Amazon!

Zinc

Zinc keeps the immune system strong, helps heal wounds, and supports normal growth. Zinc can help shorten the length of a cold especially when taken within 24 hours of becoming sick. Many natural common cold multi-vitamins have Zinc included! That’s personally what I do but if you would like to purchase zinc on it’s own, you can do so here.

Olive Leaf

Olive leaf naturally supports a healthy immune system. It can also be found in several of the mixed vitamin supplements. Olive leaf extract is known for it’s ability to boost your immune system rather than manipulating your system just to mask your symptoms.

Multi-vitamins

Multivitamins are supplements that contain many different vitamins and minerals. They can help with brain function, eye health, and heart health. These are great for every day health especially for those that may be lacking nutriets. This is the one that both my husband and I take!

Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that promote a healthy gut. They help with digestion, immune support, weight loss, and more. You can find probiotics naturally in foods/drinks such as yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, pickles, and so much more! Many people believe that all disease begins in the gut so improving your gut health is vital to your overall health and immunity.

To learn more about the health benefits of probiotics click here. To learn more about your gut health click here.

Essential oils:

On Guard, Thieves, oregano, rosemary, cinnamon/clove, and tea tree oils are some that come to mind when talking about immune supporting essential oils. Much like how we use other natural products (garlic, probiotics, olive leaf, echinacea, zinc, and vitamin c) to improve and support our health, we can use essential oils as well. Essential oils are, “a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it is extracted,” (Google seach). It’s important to note that you should be using pure 100% essential oils. Many brands of oils are actually contamined with fillers which are not safe for your skin when applied or your body when taken internally. 

You can use most, if not all, of these oils internally and externally through diffusing, applying to the skin (with a carrier oil), or even used in cooking/drinks/pill capsules. There will be a seperate blog here for how you can use essential oils in your immune support routine. 

Daily exercise

It’s no secret that our bodies are meant to be active. It’s hard to want to be active when sick so keeping up with exercise on the daily is even more important. To learn more about how exercise can help improve your health, check out this article

Eat healthy/immune boosting foods

Just as we talked about above with using oils and other natural medicinal plants for your health, eating healthy food is extremely important. You can check out this blog with some ideas of immune boosting foods (you might be surprised)! If you have an immune boosting recipe you would like to share with us, feel free to come to my Facebook page and let me know!

Little to no alcohol or sugar if possible

Have you ever gotten sick after a big night out? It might have been because drinking excessive alcohol can weaken your immune system. Especially when you’re already sick you should refrain from drinking alcohol and from consuming sugar. You can read more about the affect that alcohol has on your immune system here. You can read a recent article about how sugar weakens your immune system here

Wash and sanitize your hands

This one is quite obvious but of course, I had to include it! Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap in warm running water for the best clean. Use sanitizer only when you need to and keep in mind that the alcohol in hand saniziter can be very drying for your hands so don’t forget to moisturize. I will be linking a bunch of fun and easy DIY hand sanitizer recipes here

I hope you learned a lot about how to maintain and boost your immune system! If you’d like to contribute more tips and tricks or you learned something and want to keep learning more, join me on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with new information and blogs! You can also follow me on Pinterest! I can’t wait to see you there. 

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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Tips for Writing Social Media Posts w/ Topic Ideas

I was speaking to a client a few weeks ago and she says, “Writing and creating social media posts just aren’t my thing. In fact, I HATE it!” I totally get it – we all have aspects of business that we just don’t enjoy. She proceeded to talk about her business – their mission, goals, and the all around idea of what she does. When she finished up I said, “And that right there was four social media posts. That’s what you should share about! Your passions, your goals, what your business is REALLY about!” I could almost hear the buzzer going off in her head, “You’re right! I never thought about it like that!” 

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When you’re writing your social media posts, don’t overthink. You can use how you really feel about what you do to help you create social media posts. You still might not enjoy the act of doing it but at least you know what you want to talk about. Write down those stories, goals, and purpose behind your business.

Creating social media posts is also about repurposing content. Some of your followers might be new so sometimes you might need to re-introduce yourself or your business. You can also repurpose content from your business plan, website, and more. Especially when starting out, it’s important to establish why your company stands out. You should give a general overview of who you are and what you do. Then, you can start to post about other things – quotes that fit your business, stories, testimonials, etc.

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I find it so much easier to sit down and schedule out posts (using Later) instead of having to think of something to post every day. Once you start, you might actually get into the groove of it and soon you’ll find you’re all scheduled out for a week or more. 

If you’re not sure what to post about here’s a list of ideas:

  1. Your mission statement
  2. Descriptions of your services (if applicable)
  3. Photos/descriptions of your products (if applicable)
  4. Behind the scenes
  5. Testimonials
  6. Quotes relating to your business
  7. Tips about something within your industry
  8. Thank your customers
  9. Definitions/teach your audience something new
  10. Repurpose blog content
  11. How-to
  12. Throwback
  13. Real-life customer images
  14. Story time
  15. How you started/background
  16. Why you’re unique/different
  17. Your passions/purpose

If you’re still stuck on what to post, don’t hesitate to book a one-on-one social media coaching session with me or hire me for social media management services. Don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list for more FREE social media tips and tricks and join our FREE social media discussion and engagement group here.

If this blog helped you learn something new or get inspiration, you can follow along with what I am up to on Facebook here or on Instagram here

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Mary Taylor <3

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Fun Board Games

Looking for fun, new board games and card games for yourself and your family? You’ve come to the right place! Here is a selection of games that we have and love! If you have any other suggestions, let me know by contacting me via Facebook or Instagram! If you like what you see here and want to join our shopping group on Facebook, head to Mary Taylor’s Shopping Finds or use the link provided.

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30+ Things to do at Home While in Isolation

What has isolation looked like for you? People around the world are being forced or encouraged to stay inside – to self-isolate and to quarantine during this virus epidemic. Many people are struggling with what to do with so much time at home. No matter who you are or what you do as a profession, here are some suggestions on what you can do at home with your extra time. Keep in mind that these are great activities for all year round (looking at those that have snowed in winters).

General things you can do to keep busy:

  1. De-clutter: create a box of things that you can donate or sell (clothes, toys, shoes, kitchenware, etc)
  2. Reorganize your leftover items
  3. Go through your emails and delete what you don’t need anymore
  4. Delete and organize the photos on your phone and on your computer
  5. Start or complete a DIY project
  6. Cook or bake something new
  7. Read a book
  8. Start a new TV series
  9. Garden
  10. Meditate
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11. Find a new podcast to listen to
12. Create new Spotify playlists
13. Practice yoga or learn a new workout routine (there are tons of great videos on YouTube for free!)
14. Deep clean your house
15. Learn to sew or knit
16. Learn or practice a new language
17. Learn or practice a new instrument
18. Plan fun, indoor date nights
19. Set the living room up like a movie theater and have a movie night (we use a projector like this one)
20. Have a game night/day (here are some games that we have and love)
21. Rest/take a nap! You deserve it!
22. Call/Facetime/Skype friends and family members you haven’t spoken to you recently – even have a virtual double date
23. Go through everything that you’ve saved on Facebook and remove what you don’t need                        24. Have an at home spa/pamper day

If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, here are some things that you can do from home:

  1. Update your website with new information and/or pictures
  2. Start a blog on your website or schedule out future blog posts on your current blog
  3. Schedule out social media posts
  4. Create new social accounts that you don’t already have but would like to (Pinterest, Tik Tok, Facebook group, YouTube channel, etc)
  5. Learn something new through an online course or YouTube
  6. Re-organize your office space

7. Interact for a minimum of 60 minutes every day on social media
8. Create a list of goals for the next six months
9. Spruce up your current social media pages with new highlight covers, Facebook covers, etc.
10. Design a new logo
11. Network with and support other professionals
12. Go live on Facebook
13. Give other businesses you’ve worked with reviews online
14. Update all of your accounts including Google
15. Update contact forms, questionnaires, etc.
16. Create another form of income such as listing templates on Etsy

If you’re looking to take on a virtual assistant or social media manager during this time, I would love to help! You can learn more about the services that I provide by going to my services page here.

To help you stay motivated and on top of it, every day I will be posting on my Facebook page at least one task! If you have done the task or that will be your task for the day, comment and let me know! Let’s hold each other accountable while having fun. If you have any other ideas of what people can do to make their time at home more interesting, productive, or fun, let us know on Facebook or Instagram! To find good recipes, fun activities, and interesting articles, follow me on Pinterest here.

I hope this blog helped you to think of some fun and productive ideas! If it did and you would like to stay updated with more blogs and posts, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3