Filling Your Buckets With Hope & Happiness

We suspect many may be looking for things to do during this period of time where we are all asked to slow down, stay close to home, and wait. Here are some encouraging and uplifting ways our creative colleagues at Illing Company Inc are passing the time these days.


  • Take a virtual tour of a museum. Museums from around the world are offering free, virtual tours. This is a great way to learn something new and maybe even feel like you got to leave your house for a bit! Some examples include the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim, Uffizi, and tons more!
  • Learn the basics of a new language. Apps like Duolingo and Memrise make learning fun and easy!
  • Create your own cooking show. Reach out to your friends and/or children’s friends. Each day of the week, someone “hosts” their own cooking show. Friends can Facetime or connect virtually while the host teaches the others how to make their favorite meal. This can be a good way to practice math and fractions for kids too.
  • Start a virtual book club. While many libraries are closed, take advantage of e-books.
  • If you have children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc., record yourself and/or use Google Hangout to read a children’s book to them.
  • Many fitness instructors are offering free or low cost workout videos that you can do at home. Use Youtube to search for a workout that interests you.
  • Be in nature. Take a walk and get some fresh air. Just remember to maintain your distance from others when you pass them. Exercise will keep your immune system strong and your mind clear.
  • Paint and decorate rocks for fun.  Then disperse them around your neighborhood to help spread cheer for others who are out walking and enjoying nature.
  • Try a new recipe. It’s the perfect time to dust off your cookbooks and try something new or make a tried and true favorite.  Some of our favorite recipes come from Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, and Barefoot Contessa.
  • Video Chat. Feeling like you’re stuck at home can be isolating and lonely. Luckily, we have technology to help us get through it. Use Facetime, Google Hangout, Marco Polo, Zoom, Facebook, and more to connect with your friends and family with video. It’s the perfect time to catch up with those people who you’ve been meaning to call.
  • Meditate. There are many apps that you can use for free or for a small fee. Some examples are Headspace, Buddhify, and Stop, Breathe, and Think.
  • Do a puzzle or play a board game. You can even go online and do crosswords, Sudoku, word searches, coloring, GSN games, and more.
  • Create your own home spa and treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath complete with relaxing music and calming scents.  Here are some of our favorite DIY sugar scrubs, lotions, masks, and more!
  • Watch a concert. Some musicians are offering free, live-streamed concerts.
  • Binge watch the HGTV channel and tackle that house project you’ve been too busy to start!
  • Clean! Do some spring cleaning or go through your closet. Like Marie Kondo says, see what “Sparks Joy”.
  • If you’re a sports fan, re-watch some of your favorite games from the past. If you have a subscription to a sport-specific streaming service, check if they have your favorite game. If not, YouTube has clips of a surprisingly large collection of games.
  • If you are religious, dress yourself and your family up as if you are leaving and watch a local live streamed service.
  • If you are in a neighborhood of many kids, initiate fun ways to interact.  You can have fun creating new art projects to hang in the window; such as shamrocks, silly faces, flowers for spring, Easter eggs or bunnies, and more.  Then go on a family walk and enjoy looking at the projects the rest of the children created and hung in their window.
  • Many people across the world are getting their Christmas lights back out!  They are putting them up and turning them on as a sign of hope and to spread cheer.
  • You finally have the time to finish the vacation scrapbooks or baby books you never completed.  Paper and pen not your thing?  Consider creating an online version that’s fast and easy using Mixbook, Snapfish, Shutterfly, or Chatbooks!
  • Many zoos are sharing live videos of your favorite animals on Facebook!  Learn more about the famous Hippo Fiona, Tigers playing with bubbles, and other fun animals without ever leaving your couch!
  • Order take out or delivery from local restaurants and taverns that are hurting during this time and help your community while getting to enjoy new food opportunities.


Keep checking back and we’ll update as we think of more fun ideas!