We provided a list of some resources in our blog post about COVID-19 but since then we’ve heard a lot more great ideas so our intent is to keep updating this blog post with new resources, both local and online, for ways to stay occupied, to learn new things, to teach the kiddos, and help the local community.
For general news and local updates related to the virus, Keller Williams has a Daily Greenville site with all of that information.
If you want to help local businesses in general
The Chocolate Moose in downtown Greenville has started a website called Kill COVID not Small Biz that lets local restaurants and retail shops provide information about current hours, online shopping and/or gift cards, and other ways that the Upstate community can support each business during this time.
If you want to cook more (or better)
- Want to learn to make pasta and yummy Italian Food – Check out https://nonnalive.com/ – this is a paid class but seems like it would be super fun.
- Christina at Atlantic Institute posts a lot of things going on in the community – The Turkish ladies did an online cooking class last week and I think they’re going to be doing another one soon.
- Maybe be creative with your cooking! Use Google or Pinterest and try something different. My friend Angela just did a challenge with her Dave Ramsey group in February to eat everything out of her pantry and freezer without going to the grocery store. She had to get pretty creative and not everything was a huge success but it was a challenge and I thought pretty cool.
- Michelin-Star Chef Massimo Bottura is live streaming his family dinners on his Instagram account so those who are stuck at home, just like he is, can also enjoy a delicious meal while improving their cooking skills. He’s called the series “Kitchen Quarantine” and is recording in English to reach as many people as possible.
If you want to eat in
So many restaurants are offering delivery and take out. In addition to the list on the Kill COVID Not Small Biz website, here are a few small places you might not know about:
- Kuka Juice – Love these ladies. They have a delivery service, as well as pick up. You can also get a free kids lunch! Go check them out.
- Sunbelly Cafe
- My neighbors, Palmetto Fine Foods
Really just too many to name, maybe go out of your comfort zone and try something new. We are pretty stocked at home so we are cooking away.
If you want to work out
- If you enjoy yoga, check out Greenville Yoga – they are now doing their classes via Live Streaming and you can pay for classes as you go along.
- Jaidra with Niad is teaching her bellydance classes online! So if getting to class was hard now you can check it out online fro the comfort of your home. Pricing is on her site.
If you miss nature
- You can do virtual tours in the National Parks thanks to Google Earth.
- Maybe take a virtual safari in Africa and then check out books online from the library if you can to learn more.
- Take a virtual tour at Cincinnati Zoo
- Or right down the road at the Georgia Aquarium
- Noni Chick – We visited the Real Noni Farm last year and it was so interesting. Every year they have albatrosses that come to give birth and raise their chicks and every year they have a contest on what to name one of the chicks and you can participate and maybe win a free gift!
If you love the arts
- Logos Theater in Taylors is offering 2 shows online – I love their plays and look forward to watching this at home since my live version was cancelled.
- Shelter at home with streaming episodes of Austin City Limits. The beacon of live music is opening its archives as a gift to music fans during the current live music moratorium.
- So now that I have my Hoopla App I can listen to audiobooks (you can also watch movies or TV, listen to music, read comics and Ebooks) from the Library for FREE! Great books I have listened to:
- The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar (based on historical facts about women that flew planes during WWII)
- The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (based on a true story)
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (based on a true story)
- I am starting the Narnia Series now – I needed something lighter after the last 2 books! I loved them but they are on the heavier side. Radium Girls and The Tattooist of Auschwitz were amazing stories about strength, perseverance, survival and happiness. Yes, even happiness was found by many of the Radium Girls and Lalo.
If you have kids to entertain and educate (in addition to above ideas)
- Dolly Parton has announced a new weekly video called “Goodnight With Dolly” which will feature Dolly reading a series of Imagination Library children’s books.
- The author of Pete The Cat goes live at noon on Instagram! I believe it’s every weekday.
- These virus test kits are something you have to pay for but I thought it was cool to explain what is going on now.
- Go Bear Hunting – This looks super fun and is based on a Children’s Book.
- Pull out those old board and card games that may have been collecting dust these last few years as we are always on the run and don’t slow down.
If you want to tackle your home and yard
- Do home repair projects that you have been putting off! Grab your paint today or any supplies today, make use of your time.
- Time to clean out those closets and drawers! https://konmari.com/ or see a Google search for Konmari tricks.
- Get those garden beds ready for planting! Read ideas on the Clemson Home and Garden website.