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Kathy’s Activities: Corona Edition 2.0 is sponsored by ACME Markets: At ACME, we’ve always been huge fans of Memorial Day. But to truly celebrate those who serve our country, let’s keep it to our own backyards, patios and porches. This year, ACME asks us all to party safe by partying small. And to have a happy, healthy Memorial Day.   ACME, the official supermarket of the Preston & Steve Show. 

Kathy’s Activities: Corona Edition 2.0

Prep your planters for summer.

Instead of buying the pre-made drop-ins for your outdoor planters, how about creating your own!  That way, you can choose your own color scheme and create the exact look you want.  I change it up every year.  Sometimes I do all of my planters in the same color and other years I go with a variety of colors.  This year, I’m doing all purple flowers!
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Whim Jewelry – At Home Healing Bracelet Kit

Who doesn’t need a little healing at this time?  And since we have time, here’s a cool activity for you do to at home.  These Whim Jewelry beaded bracelet kits give you the opportunity to create your own chic design.  Each kit includes gemstone beads, accent beads, elastic, easy-to-follow instructions, and information about the healing powers of each stone. The kit makes two bracelets and is available in adult and children sizes. This is a perfect Mother/Daughter activity and fun for Zoom parties with your friends as well.

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Dying your own hair

At this point the grays and roots are fully visible. Gravity Hair Salon in Ambler and Plymouth Meeting is selling at-home hair dying kits. The Revlon kit comes with a bowl, brush and your root touch up color. Former calendar girl, Angela Perfetto and current stylist at Gravity Hair Salon made an instructional video:
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I followed her instruction and dyed my own hair.  Let’s see how I did…

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Tie-Dye

Tie-Dye has replaced florals as the Spring and Summer print.  The throwback trend brings us right back to our at-home art & crafts,  that you know I love.  Instead of paying $390 for the Amiri Tie-Dye Rainbow Dove Tee (true story) let’s be trendy and tie-dye our own clothes during the quarantine!
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A few tips when tie-dyeing at home:

  • Use 100% cotton shirts, immerse your piece of clothing in lukewarm water and ring it out before dyeing it.
  • You can always use colors on white clothing but don’t forget you can also use a mixture of 1/2 part bleach and 1/2 part water on colored clothing.
  • Try tie-dye bleaching your old denim
  • The traditional spiral pattern is fun but maybe try some different folds for more unique looks. Check out the Shibori style!
  • Make a tie-dye mask.  We’re going to be wearing masks for a while so after dyeing an old t-shirt, follow these instructions to make your own mask.

Just know it’s almost impossible to do it incorrectly.  So let the kids join in and do their clothes as well!
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Work Out

I’ve been working out every day during the quarantine; if I don’t have rock hard glutes at the end of this I’ll be pissed.  Actually, it’s just so I can have banana bread and drink wine later in the day! I get bored easily so I like to change it up each day by trying new virtual workouts.  Here are a few of my suggestions for fun ways to work out at home:
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Free Barre classes! Susan from Core Power Barre Fishtown is posting a class a week.  All of the 60 minute workouts (plus some bonus ab and stretching videos) are available on her Instagram TV tab.  FYI: You don’t need an actual barre.  She gives options to use a chair, dresser or other household furniture.
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Salsa Mondays – If you haven’t seen my salsa dancing video check out my Instagram post at @kathyromano11.  My favorite choreographer is based in LA but is doing an hour-long class every Monday at 5pm on Instagram Live.  You will be dripping in sweat after each class.  Follow @tiagoraul_ and let’s go dancing on Monday!
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Sol Yoga studio (Conshohocken & Audobon) is offering even more classes for only $7.  Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are being taught live through zoom 2-3 times a day. Use the Mind Body app to sign up and you’ll receive the zoom log-in instructions in your email.  I love doing handstands, and if you’re interested in learning how to do one too, you’ll often get the basics during these 45 minute classes.  If the scheduled times don’t work for you, check out Sol To Go, which is a previously recorded class that you will have access to for 24 hours for only $5.
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Mixx fitness is also doing live zoom classes. They have a variety of Power, Toning, Butt & Guts, Abs & Arms and Spin classes. If you sign up for classes Melissa, the owner of Mixx Fitness, is taking more of a personal training approach.  In addition to the classes, Melissa will check in with you throughout the week and offer daily stretching sequences, weekly challenges and wellness tips. Email melissa.sciotto@yahoo.com to sign up for a class.
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Edge Fitness is offering a variety of high intensity workouts on their Instagram Live.  If you can’t take the class at the scheduled time the workout video remains on their account for 24 hours.  Go to their Instagram stories and tap “watch live video”.  So you have all day to choose when you workout.

Visit Kathy’s original Corona Activities list for more ideas. Class information and links updated often.


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