Winter break is here. So. The kids will be home. Ha ha.

Do you have 307 popsicle sticks, a glue gun, and an hour of your life to devote to prepping an activity? Me neither! But I do have a couple of children who yell “What can we do??!” about seventeen times a day.

Sometimes, “I dunno, what were you doing before? Can you keep doing that?” doesn’t work.

Colorful wooden blocks on floor, with baby feet in background
Colorful wooden blocks on floor, with baby feet in background
Image by bethL from Pixabay

Over the last 10 months or so, I’ve come up with some very easy ways to entertain these kids for short periods of time. You can employ these very lazy play ideas, too.

I mean, please enjoy these imaginative techniques to encourage creative…


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I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll begin with 1000 words on elephants.

Should be simple enough. I know a thing or two about elephants. At least 1000 words’ worth.

Let’s start.

There are two kinds of elephants: Asian and African. Kinds? I suppose. Were they the same group that was split geographically at some time? Was the African elephant introduced to Asia in overland trade? Seems like elephants were paraded around the Silk Road.

Wow, I really don’t know much about elephants. But we need 1000 words, so we move on.

Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants…


An important announcement

Three hot dogs on buns, held with white paper over a red background
Three hot dogs on buns, held with white paper over a red background
Photo by Tiara Aracama on Unsplash

Thank you baseball fans, big and small, for joining us at beeaaaauuutiful CORPRICORP stadium. Welcome to Hot Dog Night with yooooour Bobtown Blobfish!

Before we begin tonight’s game, the Bobtown Bobfish have a very important announcement. Please listen carefully.

We’ve received some important news about the hot dogs.


A few ideas, of unclear value, that you may or may not want to try

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In quarantine, we’re experiencing a communal situation in different ways. Some of us might be flying solo and achingly lonely, while others might have a bunch of crappy roommates and would give away their last roll of Charmin for five minutes alone.

Also, teenagers. I’m so sorry, teenagers.

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OMG! An earthquake is coming! … Sometime in the next few hundred years! Don’t be caught with your snacks out.

As someone who lives in Portland, Oregon, I think about The Big One.

A lot.

I think about it when I go over bridges. I think about it when California or Alaska has an earthquake, or whenever I’m at the beach.

But when you read those articles about getting ready for an earthquake, it’s too long, and for a lot of people, therefore, didn’t read.

Too long. Too scary. Too overwhelming.

How about an ACTUAL REAL LIFE EASY place to start for your earthquake prep? …


Save that cash, but save that time, too.

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Like to save money? Me too!

But not at the expense of your time? Me neither!

Interested in using coupons to save money on groceries and other sundries, but don’t know if it’s worth it? I feel you, my friend.

I started couponing a couple of years ago, and it’s totally worth it to me. Come along, and I’ll help you save money in a completely chill, un-extreme manner.

If you feel like it.

First, a caveat: this is chill couponing. There are lots of experts at more intense couponing. …

Kelley Gardiner

Marketing copywriter, sandwich connoisseur. kelleygardiner.com

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