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10 Free Things to Do When You’re Completely Bored

Really?

Yes, really. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can’t think of anything to do to occupy my time. This is usually because I’ve done everything already like self-care, house tasks, binging on Netflix, etc. So what can you do when you get really bored and can’t think of a single thing to do and don’t want to spend any money? Here are 10 free things you can do when you’re completely bored. (some of these might surprise you!)

  1. Make iron on shirts using supplies you already have around your home. You will need a printer, plastic wrap, parchment paper, iron and a t-shirt.
    • Print out your desired picture and make sure it fits wherever you’re going to place it.
    • Place your artwork between to large pieces of plastic wrap.  Flatten out any wrinkles and cut away the excess plastic wrap around your printed picture.
    • Place the plastic-wrapped image face-up on your shirt and place a piece of parchment paper on top of it.
    • Iron over the parchment paper for at least 3-5 minutes until you can lift the corners up and your printed picture fuses to your t-shirt.
  2. Create a household budget and get your finances in order instead of being bored. Here is all the info you need on how to create a super simple budget as well as free printables you can use.
  3. Go for a walk or ride your bike & play the ABC game. What is the ABC game, Melissa? Well let me tell you. You start with the first letter of the alphabet “A” and find something you can see that starts with that letter then you move onto the next letter “B” and continue through the alphabet. For example, you’re riding your bike and you see a Honda Accord parked in a driveway. Next, you see a lady walking her Bichon Frises just as a Cat approaches and distracts the Dog. You get the idea. We also play this game on long road trips.
  4. Learn origami! I found an amazing blog that shows you how to make a ton of different origami projects all geared towards beginners. Check it out here.
  5. Bake something! Whether it’s cookies, a cake or some other heavenly baked good, at least if you’re bored you’ll have a decadent treat to munch on.
  6. Watch a new movie or TV series. I don’t mean on Netflix either. Did you know that Amazon Prime has thousands of current movies and TV shows you can stream and watch at anytime? I use my Amazon Prime subscription to watch all of my favorite shows (Outlander, Black Sails) before they air on TV. I’m a total nerd, what can I say? You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here! You can cancel at any time and are under no obligation to join. Why not try it out and watch whatever you want for 29 days for free before cancelling it? #savage.
  7. Read a book…or better yet, have one read to you! Audible is my ride or die when it comes to audio-books. They. Have. Everything. Really, they do. Sometimes, I just want to listen to a book with my eyes closed or listen to a book while I do other things. This is when Audible comes in clutch. You can try it out for yourself here. Of course, IMO nothing can compare to physically reading a book, the smell of the pages or the feel of the paper (I told you I was a nerd). So this is you too, then you can always check out Kindle Unlimited instead of heading to the bookstore. They offer unlimited reading on over 1 million ebooks that you can read on any device. Pretty snazzy, right?
  8. Make passive income. You’re totally bored, I get it. Why not make money while you’re bored? #winning. Here are 3 passive streams of income you can use right now to start making some cold, hard cash! Use one or use all 3 to earn some extra cash.
  9. Play 20 Questions. However, I play this game with a different twist using just myself and a piece of paper. I write down 20 questions that I currently have. Some examples would be, “is it better to foam roll before or after stretching?” or “when will the new season of Queen of the South air?” Then, I google each question and ta-dah! Just like that, I get answers to all of my questions. Is it weird to admit I like having answers to everything? Yes? Ok, just asking.
  10. Organize your phone apps. I am totally guilty of having tons of apps scattered on my phone. I literally download 3-4 apps that serve the same purpose then end up only using one. However, I never delete the remaining ones that I don’t use. It’s a vicious cycle. Organizing them into like-folders will not only make it easier to find a specific app when you need it but it will also make your phone appear more organized. It also allows you to see the apps you no longer use so you can delete them which frees up space on your phone. Ultimately, we all know that more space = more speed.

There it is There.

There ya go! 10 things you can do when you are completely bored and it doesn’t involve you spending a dime! Speaking of dimes, want to learn how you can save all your dimes and turn it into $500? Check it out here.

What are some things you like to do when you’re bored? Comment below and let’s help each other kick boredom’s booty! Till next time…

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DIY Quarantine Essentials

I am sure everyone has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. These are scary times for sure. It seems like the course of this situation changes hourly and new information is always popping up. Even though it is important to stay up to date with the information provided to the public by the Centers for Disease Control, it is even more important to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and prepared. I want to share with you my DIY quarantine essentials so that we can all stay safe and healthy.

Toilet Talk

I remember when the toilet paper hoarding first started. It was all over the news and social media. At first, I remember thinking “what in the world is everyone doing with all the toilet paper? They need to calm down.” Then, it happened. I went to replace a roll of toilet paper in my bathroom and noticed that we needed more. I headed to the store only to be confronted with swarms of people and absolutely zero toilet paper in sight. Now I was on high alert.

Ultimately, I headed home defeated and prepared myself to break the news to my family that we were soon going to resort to scooting our butts across the rug like our dogs do because of the Coronavirus. Even though my dogs seem to enjoy doing this, I wasn’t planning on taking it to this level. This was DEFCON-5 and I needed to find alternatives.

Here are my current DIY quarantine essentials. Or should I call these hacks? Either way, from toilet paper to washing laundry, here are the current things my household is using in order to successfully (and hygienically) survive while in quarantine.

Do You Tabo?

This may be a new one for most of you, unless your Filipino, then you already know what’s up! This handy dandy little “dipper” or aka “ladle” is what Filipinos use to jugas (or wash) your body parts, specifically your hoo-ha. Fill it up with water and rinse yourself after using the bathroom. Comment below for a full instructional video. (just kidding) Get your very own tabo here. Here is what a tabo looks like:

…But How Do I Dry Myself?

The easiest answer is with a small towel. This is where I got a little creative. I took several washcloths, cut them into 4 equal pieces and placed them in a cute little basket next to my toilet. After I use the restroom, rinse with my Tabo, I dry with these small sections of washcloth. These little towels get thrown into the washer to be used again later. How many of you didn’t expect to see this on a DIY quarantine essentials list? LOL

I know what some of you are probably thinking. Using a Tabo may not be ideal and a little too hands-on for some. If that’s the case, I do have another alternative for you. Although it is not a DIY solution, I feel a bidet can be considered a life hack item. This is a toilet seat that will wash and dry you after using the restroom. It even has a heated seat for that extra spa-like defecation session. Amazon has a lot of different types of bidets. I really like this one because it has all the bells and whistles at a more affordable price…and Prime shipping. What more could I ask for?

DIY Hand Sanitizer

With the empty shelves in stores than once held an abundance of hand sanitizer options, I have resorted to making my own. This has been a life saver when it comes to my DIY quarantine essentials because hand sanitizer is sold out every where! The recipe is really simple and I find comfort in the fact that I have an abundant supply of hand sanitizer to use when washing with soap and water is not available. Here is what you will need:

Now, all you do is pour all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir everything together. Once you reach a cohesive consistency, pour it into your cute pump bottle and begin using. Don’t forget to label the bottle appropriately as hand sanitizer. I like using my easy peasy label-maker to label all of my DIY concoctions. I don’t know how I ever survived without this label-maker.

Laundry Detergent

Ok, this is something I use to make all the time a couple years ago. It saved me a ton of money. Wait, why did I stop using this? Oh that’s right, I lack motivation. I have since gotten a bit lazy and now use laundry soap pods. However, thanks to COVID-19, my trusty little laundry soap pods are no longer available in my local stores. Am I worried? No. Do I have a back-up plan? Absolutely!

The best thing about this DIY laundry soap is that you can customize the scent, make as much or as little as you need and it looks super cute in this dispenser bottle up on the laundry room shelf. You will be able to make a ton of laundry detergent with it only costing you less than $1 per gallon to make. Here is what you will need:

I found this complete kit available on Amazon if you want to purchase all 3 items at once. Just add a bucket and say…well, nevermind.

Now, let’s get ready to make some detergent!

  • Grate 1/3 of your Fels Naptha bar
  • Melt the grated shavings in 3 cups of water in a pot on medium heat until completely melted.  (keep an eye on this as it will bubble over)
  • Add the Borax and Washing Soda to the pot and stir for a few minutes until dissolved
  • Add 3 gallons of water to your 5 gallon bucket
  • Pour your soap mixture into the bucket and stir
  • Let it rest for 24 hours – this allows the consistency to “settle” a bit
  • After 24 hours – pour your homemade detergent into your dispenser bottles or empty gallon jugs.

Tada! Now you have 3 gallons of laundry detergent! I think I am going to stick with my homemade laundry detergent even after life returns to normal after COVID-19. Using this DIY has saved me hundreds of dollars a year on store bought laundry detergent in the past. Honestly, I don’t even add in the essential oil because I feel like the Fels Naptha has a nice clean scent to it already.

That’s All Folks

There ya have it! These are the things I have implemented in my house since being quarantined. I don’t have to worry about running out or putting myself and my loved ones at risk by going out to the grocery stores. Our bottoms, hands and clothes are staying clean and sanitized with these DIY hacks.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some useful information. Leave me a comment below if you tried any of these DIY’s or have other useful hacks to share. We can all benefit from sharing our knowledge with each other. Check out this post on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing one simple thing. Stay safe and healthy my friends.