How You Can Volunteer During COVID-19

How You Can Volunteer During COVID-19

My family has always taught me how important serving your community is. My mom and I are in National Charity League (my sister was too when she was younger). Summer is such a great time to volunteer but sadly there aren’t many options with Covid-19 causing many places to close for volunteers. NCL gave us some options of ways to volunteer without leaving your house but anyone can do these even if you aren’t in NCL.

Cards for First Responders

Making cards is one of the easiest things you can do and you can really get creative with them. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to make them already. Go to this website to find out more details on specifications on making the cards and where to send them.

Paracord Bracelets

Paracord bracelets are used by the military and are actually super cool. A few of their uses include: secure camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, build a makeshift shelter, extend a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects, create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location, make a sling or splint, emergency sutures to close a wound, fishing line, and trip line to secure an area. These bracelets also hold meaning because the man or women is service who receives one knows it was made by an American back at home who appreciates what they are doing for them. You can find out how to purchase the cords and how to make them into bracelets at Operation Gratitude. They are a little tricky at first but once you get the hang of it you’ll be good.

Special Olympics

I’ve vollunteered at a few different Special Olympics events but I’ve heard that they have virtual Olympics that you can help with. It is based on where you live so look up “virtual Special Olympics” and then whatever state you live in.

This is just a few ideas ideas but there are so many more things you can do. Reach out to places in you community to ask them how you can help. This can include hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Also, the first two ideas I did with my friends and it made it so much fun and go by super fast. Even as places start to open up these are still great ideas that are so easy since you don’t even have to leave your house.

How to Have the Perfect Lake Day

How to Have the Perfect Lake Day

Hi! Not sure when this will be posted, but currently I am getting ready to leave for Lake Havasu tomorrow for Fourth of July. We have been going to Lake Havasu, in Arizona, for years and I love it! When my family goes to the lake its normally for a whole trip (like going to Havasu) and so we stay in our motor home. We occasionally go to lakes more local for just the day. These tips work for either way. Also, my family has a wake boat but these tips can still be used wether you have your own boat, are renting a boat, or are going with someone who has a boat.

Outfit from head to toe

First things first, you need to pick your outfit. Obviously a bathing suit, but you want to make sure its one that stays in place and is comfortable for all the water activities you may be doing (skiing, wake surfing, wakeboarding, etc). Then you need whatever outfit you’ll be wearing over your bathing suit. I recommend a coverup dress/romper because its so easy to just throw on. You don’t want to be holding everyone up trying to get your outfit back on. Lastly, you need some sun protection. I don’t love wearing rash guards but if that’s your thing then you’ll definitely want to bring one. For hats, a baseball style hat or visor is best because it stays on even when the boat is going fast (vs a bigger sun hat that would just blow off your head). For sunglasses, really anything works but I prefer sturdier plastic sunglasses that I don’t have to worry about being crushed. Keep it simple with shoes and wear flip flops that can get wet.

Links: my favorite place to get bathing suits and coverups, the hat I always use, my sunglasses

What to pack in your bag

You’ll want a tote bag (that zips) or backpack to keep all your personal items. You don’t need a lot but there are definitely some items to bring that are essential:

  • Towel – If you have a boat you own my best tip is to buy bath towels in a color that coordinates to your boat that aren’t too big so that they dry quickly. This way you don’t have to worry about which towel is yours and you make these towels exclusively for the boat so that if you go to a cove and go on the sand your not getting “the boat towels” sandy. Instead bring another towel for the sand. If you don’t want to do this, or if its not your own boat, then anything that’s not too thick will work.
  • Sunscreen – I bring sunscreen for my body, face, scalp, and lips. (Skin cancer is no joke, people). Bring all your SPF in a pouch that you can easily grasp out of your bigger bag. Don’t forget your part and get a spray sunscreen meant for your scalp. My only other tip is to keep your chapstick (with spf) in a ziplock bag in the cooler so that it doesn’t melt.
  • Hair – I always bring a hair brush so that I can brush out my hair after going in the water. Also, make sure to pack an extra pony tail holder just in case.
  • Water – Below, I talk about drinks to keep in your cooler. But, you also want to bring a reusable bottle with water that you can refill throughout the day.

Links: towel, sunscreen: body, face, scalp, lips, hair brush, water bottle

Food

This grape chicken salad is my favorite to pack on the boat. If you aren’t bringing lunch, you definitely still want to pack some snacks. Obviously, chips are always great but you’ll also want some refreshing fruit and fresh veggies that you bring in a cooler. They really just taste so good when you’ve been out in the heat. My favorite is watermelon and my sister loves cut oranges. For veggies I like carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, and snap peas with hummus. For heavier snacks (that you could have as a light lunch) we like salami, cheese, mustard and crackers or smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumbers.

Links: chicken salad, cooler

Drinks

Staying hydrated is so important to making sure you have a good day. If you start to get dehydrated you’ll be tired, you can get headaches, and you just won’t be feeling your best. This is especially important when we go to Havasu where the high is never below 100 in the summer. The drinks we always bring are water, spindrift (or any flavored sparkling water), and iced tea (we make the tea and bring it in our own cups but you could also get premade teas). Other drinks we bring are coconut water (so good for hydration), bai drinks (my sister likes these but they aren’t my favorite), and my pick, Arnold palmers. Of course bring whatever you will drink so that you make sure you are having enough. Going to the lake is always the time I can have more sugary drinks (like Gatorade) to ensure we don’t get dehydrated.

Links: cooler