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Now that the Safer at Home Order has been extended, there’s no better time to shake up your routine with a few fun, family-friendly activitiesThe weather is finally starting to look like spring, too. Let’s get outside and enjoy it! 

 

We are all feeling a little stir-crazy right now, and if you have kids, they’re probably bouncing off the walls. Since we’ll be practicing social distancing for some time, it is important that we all do our part to protect the health of our communities. Plus, there are ways to make the most of any situationincluding this one! 

 

Now is a great time to show compassion to others. We’re all in the same boat, and everyone could use an extra smile. Read on for three great ways to spread positivity and brighten someone’s day! 

 

1. Sidewalk Chalk Artwork 

You may have already seen bright, happy pictures drawn on the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Why not join in on the fun? Gather the family on a sunny day and create one-of-a-kind, colorful masterpieces for the whole block to enjoy. If you need inspirationpicture hope, love, and happiness, then draw what you see. You could even add an uplifting quote or two in the process! Whatever you create, your drawing is sure to bring some smiles into the world. 

 

2. Window Hearts 

Hearts are no longer just for Valentine’s Day! Placing paper hearts in the windows of your home is another great way to share positivity with all who pass by, and it’s easy to get the whole family involved.  A parent or guardian can cut out the hearts and children can decorate them. This activity can be done rain or shine…all you need is paper, scissors, and tape. Even though we can’t be near others right now, that shouldn’t stop us from sharing messages of hope and positivity with everyone in our communities! 

 

3. Decorate Stones 

Now that your sidewalk is covered in chalk and your windows are bursting with hearts, it’s time to find some stones. Take a walk around the neighborhood and collect a few stray rocksThen, find any markers, paint, or stickers you have lying around the house. 

 

Your whole family can decorate the stones with pretty pictures, hearts, or words like “hope”. Once the stones have been decorated, take them outside and distribute them around the neighborhood. Place the stones where people will easily see them, such as next to the sidewalk or at the base of a tree. The goal is for others to find them and smile! 

 

There are so many ways to support our communities during this uncertain time. We’d love to see how you’re staying positive and help to spread your message on social media. Please share photos of your chalk drawings, hearts and stones with us on Facebook or email us at thestore@teamschierl.com. 

 

Stay safe and healthy! 

 

P.S. – Know of an individual or organization going above and beyond to support our communities? We want to celebrate and share their efforts! Tell us about them by filling out our form here: https://gasfoodandmore.com/service/ 

The Store Spring into Warm Weather Tips

The weather is warming, the birds are singing, and the sun is shiningwell, most of the time. Spring sure has a beautiful way of breathing life into nature. If you’re like us, you’re itching to get outdoors and enjoy the season! 

With social distancing the new norm for the timing being, it can seem difficult to enjoy time outside. But, don’t fear – with a little caution and common sense, you can safely spend time outdoors enjoying the long-awaited warmth of a Wisconsin spring! 

Here’s a list of activities to help you get outside and melt away your worries…we bet both will be a breath of fresh air! 😉 

 

1. Start Steppin 

Grab your sneakers from the closet and head out for a stroll! Even if your tennis shoes haven’t seen the light of day since last fall, you’ll feel great after taking a walk around the neighborhood. With a little mindfulness, you can practice social distancing on the sidewalk to keep yourself and others safe. Remember to make an effort to move out of the way for others instead of expecting them to do it for you…spread kindness! It’s a good idea to use face masks when you need to be near others, too. 

 

2. Get Your Jog On 

Once you find your stride, you might consider upping the ante with a jog or two. Whether you’re a natural athlete or haven’t had a proper workout since you chased your dog around the block in 2003 (a good reason to check with your doctor first), walking and jogging are both great ways to work on your fitness. You could make things interesting by challenging your friends to a virtual stepcounting competition. May the best walker win! 

 

3. Bust out the 10-Speed 

You know thbike that’s been hanging out in your garage all winter? What better time to take it for a spin! Biking is fun, easy on your joints, and a great form of cardio. Have we mentioned exercise naturally boosts your mood? We could all use a little of that right now...just another great reason to get moving. 

 

4. Play Fetch with Fido 

If you have a roomy yard or an open field near your house, bring your furry friend for an afternoon of fetch. It’s sure to make your dog happy. And let’s be honest, when they’re happy, we’re happy! 

Bonus: when they’re all tuckered out, your evening will be a lot more peaceful. 

 

5. Give your Sidewalk a Makeover 

Spend a sunny afternoon outside with the kids and a bucket of chalk. The possibilities are endless: draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe, hangman, hopscotch, you name it. You can ask your children to create inspirational designs for the neighborhood to see. There’s nothing quite like the artwork of a child to put a smile on the face of passersby! 

 

6. Green Thumbs Up! 

With extra time spent at home, you can pay more attention to the flowers or garden at your house! Tend to your landscaping, plant vegetables, or teach younger family members about gardening. You’re sure to get joy (and maybe a few fresh veggies) out of it! 

 

7. Did someone say BBQ? 

Next time you’re enjoying a particularly gorgeous evening, have an outdoor BBQ with your family! You can do this right in your own backyard. Plus, everyone knows food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside. Don’t forget the Bluetooth speaker and yard games! 

 

8. S’more Campfires, please! 

What’s the perfect ending to a bright Wisconsin day? A good old campfire, of course! While there is a state-wide burning permit ban right now, small recreational fires may still be allowed in your area. Please contact your local fire department or officials for up-to-date information. If you’re able, enjoy a fire with your loved ones. And whatever you do, don’t forget the s’mores! Seriously. The kids will never let you live it down. 

 

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy time outside. As long as you keep social distancing a priority and are mindful of others, we can all spend time outdoors while we #flattenthecurveRemember, “quarantine” doesn’t have to mean “BORE-antine”! Sorry, that was cheesy, but we are in Wisconsin… 

We want to see how you’re staying active and having fun! Share your photos with us on social media 

We’re all in this together!