Boredom Busters for Mom During Quarantine

I have found myself doing lots of mindless snacking with all the extra time at home since COVID-19 took over our lives. I found I needed to add in some variety to my normal free time routine — however small it may be.

Here are a few ideas to get you started!


Go for a walk, go alone, go with your kids, take your dog.  Dust off the bike, throw on a basket and get that take out. Try a YouTube fitness or dance video. Host a virtual dance party with your friends or kids or both!


Try a new book, genre or re-read a classic or one of your favorites. See this post on how to access free reading from our local libraries.

Complete a home project!

I’ve been putting off dealing with my chipped base boards I just need to order the paint and do it. Can someone please hold me accountable for this?

Try something new!

A new game, puzzle, try Sudoku or crosswords, oil paint or a craft.

Try a new recipe!

Dust off your old Pinterest boards and make something new!

Work your green thumb!

Or try to turn your black thumb green! Start a garden or try to keep one plant alive (my current goal).

Give yourself a makeover!

Style your hair a new way, try a new lip color. Give yourself a mani and pedi! Purge your closet of unwanted items and have what you only wear to feel lighter and refreshed.

Spring Clean!

We all have lots in our home we do not need or use and now is the time to finally do this!

Host a spa day!

Give yourself a mani, pedi. Take a long bath and play some soothing music, light some candles and lock the bathroom door.

Play a game!

Dominoes, cards, scrabble, anything! Now is the time to teach your kids your favorite games you grew up with or have a unique date night after the kids go to bed.




Megan, an Iowa native from West Branch, shares her home with husband Cody, their three kids (Charlie-8 Gwen-6 & Ben-2) and 2 dogs (Dottie- lab-basset mix & Ham-all basset). When she is not smooching on them she is trying to change lives as a social worker, taking walks around their Iowa City neighborhood or cruising in Rita her minivan looking to score deals at local thrift stores. Check our her finds on her Instagram page @megthethriftingqueen.


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