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We hope you are all doing well during this trying time for our country. It has really been quite unbelievable hasn't it? All of us here at SIP have been trying to make sense of this and really thinking about what we can do to help. We weren't planning to do a blog post until Easter but decided a blog post would be good to help some of you prepare or deal with what is happening, and help keep the kiddos entertained during the break as well. Our schools here in Utah have been closed for at least two weeks.

I just wanted to show you a few things I have come up with to help make the next couple weeks a little easier and fun. It's all about routine in our house so if I can have a plan, we will all be much happier!! ☺️

Kid's Craft During Quarantine

 
My kids are all about crafts as I'm sure yours are too. I made it a goal to keep this unexpected time as inexpensive as possible.

I went to the Dollar Store and made my girls this craft tote.

All new art supplies; canvas, construction paper, pipe cleaners, stickers, paint, etc. And I also got a few learning books they have for my kid's ages. This whole tote cost under $15 total and will make for lots of creativity! Even though we already have most of these items, something about it being new really excites my kids and having their own little tote makes for no fighting over who gets what color! 

 
I also saw this cute "bowling" idea with just using cups and a ball. Which I'm sure most of you already have. You can play with neighbors, play it outside, etc. Great idea for toddlers!

Germ Soap Experiment


I'm sure a lot of you have seen the videos of the germ experiment using water, pepper, and soap. I wanted to show my girls why we are so adamant about hand washing several times a day and always when coming inside the house. Especially now!


All you need to do is fill a bowl with a little water, and put pepper in it. Then have your child put their unwashed finger in the pepper water. Let them see all the "germs" (pepper) on their finger. Then dip their finger in the soap and do it again in the water. They will see all the pepper float away from their finger. The soap reflects the germs and this is a great visual activity so they can really understand what hand washing does. My girls thought this was so cool!

Our COVID-19 Daily Schedule For Kids


To wrap some ideas up, here is a daily schedule example that we will be using in our home. The reality that it will actually go as planned is slim, but one can hope! Haha. And also, a list of free online learning websites. My girls love to do learning apps or sites, so we will definitely be looking into all of these and letting them stay in the school mode as much as we can.

Finally, we really wanted to express to all of you that our thoughts and prayers go to everyone. This can be scary for kids and even us as parents. But if we can all focus on the positive and see the good in this situation, things will improve much quicker. We have strangers helping strangers, buying necessities for elderly, or those less fortunate. That is what we all need to do. 

That being said, we wanted to offer a different kind of giveaway for this blog. We want to help some of those in need. Whether it's yourself, or a family member or friend, we want to give back a couple of gift cards to stores for some family necessities. We will be giving away gift cards for Visa and Venmo! We know our giveaways are normally for our store, but there are families who need this more and that's what we're going to do!

TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post if you or someone you know could use a little help. No need to specify a name, we will reach out to you if you are a chosen winner and get the details. But let us know what some struggles are and some necessities or items you or a friend are having a hard time finding during this time. We wish we could help all those who enter, but we will do as much as we can for those who really could use some help. Let's all work to make the world a better place! Winners will be carefully chosen and notified in a few days.

Thank you! 💗

 

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  • Jessie Cozzens

    Kristin Gaskamp

    Very informative.

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    Stephanie Rodriguez

    Love this idea!!!

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    Jodie P

    This is great info, thank you for sharing!

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    Niqua J

    Love it 🙏🏾

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    Kathy Bailey

    This was a great site. So much information.

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    Kathleen B

    Great to help others especially at this time

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    Samantha

    I’m so glad I heard about this site. I ordered clothes for my daughter that came in today! I am so pleased with the quality & the fit! I’m so excited to buy more stuff! Then I find out about this blog on here and I’m super excited to keep reading more of these in my spare time along with doing the bowing activity with my 1 & 3 year old!!! #LovingSparkleInPink

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    jenna Lavoie

    Such wonderful ideas thanks for sharing !!

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    CIndy

    This truly is amazing during all of this & I couldn’t be more proud of this group & shopping here over most places for my daughters cloths. Love these ideas to do with the kids also bc I know mine are going crazy here in Oklahoma!

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    Rachel

    Thanks for all the good ideas!! 🥰

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    Amy

    Love this

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    Natalie Brownlee

    Love it 😍

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    Kalista Wells

    love this

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    Katelynn SQUIRES

    Great idea !

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    Qwyntnn PAtt

    Such great ideas

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    Becky

    I love the activity tote as well as the germ lesson. I’m a First Grade teacher and will be passing this lesson onto my students. Thanks!

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    Tammy Brys

    This was so much help and what a great schedule you have for your family . Thank you for sharing and God bless you all in this Survival time.

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    Candace Schwarz

    I just found your website today on honey and I am in love with it. I absolutely love all your craft ideas. My daughter loves crafts and I am so excited to share some of your ideas with her. Tomorrow is her 5th birthday and we had planned to take her to Disney(her absolute favorite place) but a stay at home order and Disney’s closer has changed all that. We are now having a Alice In Wonderland Tea Party by our pool and making tents I side for a movie night. I am having to make her cake because none of the bakery’s are doing personalized cakes. She is being an absolute angel about all the changes to her special day. Thank you for the extra ideas.

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    Cassandra Perkins

    Great ideas! Me and my kids have still kept routine during this time. We feel, as parents still working, it’s best to keep them on a routine schedule as well.

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    Lacey

    Me and my daughter love you, SIP!!

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    Lynn Kerrigan

    Great ideas!

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    Stephanie Nicole D

    Me and my son have done 2 weeks worth of work in 4 days. It’s been hard but I am enjoying being home with all 3 of my kiddos. Thank for sharing.

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    Robin Macauley

    Me… I’m struggling with home school. We have 4 kids. High school, Middle school, Elementary and pre-k. The 3 older boys all have learning disabilities. All 4 of them need assistance. Our 4 y/o daughter needs hands on help for the entire time. Our 5th grader and pre-k are using these platforms for the first time and mom is NOT computer savvy. I’m in tears everyday, not them…. me.
    Our bar was shutdown on one the busiest days of the year for us. We have no income right now. I’m a bit stressed.

    I’m not in need of anything but sanity, it’s just nice to vent in a nonjudgmental zone.

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    Megan Thomas

    Love the schedule and free learning websites

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    Samantha gamble

    ❤️❤️

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    Samantha gamble

    What great ideas 💡

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    Brittney

    What a great schedule idea!

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    Lynda Stallard

    My granddaughter’s mother is a teacher, the teachers here are not going back to work for the rest of this school year. Her income paid some bills but the most of it went to buy groceries for the family, at this time she doesn’t know when she will be able to return to work. If you look at my ordering history, you will see that I buy a lot of clothes for my granddaughter at SIP. Thanks for helping others in a time of need. May God Bless you always.

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    Lynda Stallard

    My granddaughter’s mother is a teacher, the teachers here are not going back to work for the rest of this school year. Her income paid some bills but the most of it went to buy groceries for the family, at this time she doesn’t know when she will be able to return to work. If you look at my ordering history, you will see that I buy a lot of clothes for my granddaughter at SIP. Thanks for helping others in a time of need. May God Bless you always.

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    Lynda Stallard

    My granddaughter’s mother is a teacher, the teachers here are not going back to work for the rest of this school year. Her income paid some bills but the most of it went to buy groceries for the family, at this time she doesn’t know when she will be able to return to work. If you look at my ordering history, you will see that I buy a lot of clothes for my granddaughter at SIP. Thanks for helping others in a time of need. May God Bless you always.

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    Dana Wright

    Hello I would like to help a bus driver who is a single parent. She usually drives field trips and after school programs to make ends meet but is currently out of work.

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    Rissa

    THis is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for thinking about those in need, during this difficult times. I’m getting the hang of being a homeschool Mom. Still trying my best to read emails form teachers. They absolute are doing an amazing job, making sure our kids still have education and time to learn. We have now just got word, that we have a curfew that we need to follow, until April 9th. Let’s all lift up our prayers, and hopefully this will calm down soon. Keep our Faith strong, and our prayers stronger. God Bless you and all the SIP employees and the people that are making sure, that we still have our orders arrive in time. Aloha

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    Kim

    Thank you so much for posting such essential information. During this time it’s important to stay hopeful and trust Gods plan. This didn’t catch him by surprise. Take this opportunity to spend more time with God and your family. Read a book you always wanted to read. Cook meals together and take a walk outside. Just try to stay positive and just know this to shall pass!

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    Ver

    This is an absolute crazy time. You guys are absolutely God sent, thank you for the wonderful giveaway to help a family in need.
    There is a single mother of 4, under the age of 6yrs old. She is a stay at home mom because she is fearful of putting her two youngest boys at risk of getting sick, a simple fever puts them in the hospital for days, so you can imagine how she’s feeling with this virus going around. She hates to ask for help but relies on her family to help her get where she needs to go as she looks for a cheap enough vehicle to fit her family in. Times like this where people are panic buying makes it hard for her to get diapers, wipes, and other necessities she needs for her children as well as food they can eat. She’s trying her best to stay strong but she’ll admit that it’s very tough right now. I know that if chosen she would be very thankful, if not it is going to another family in need which would make her just as happy.
    God bless you and your families, and wishing you all health, and reassurance in this crazy time. <3

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    Denise

    Thank you for the giveaway!🙏🏽 I have my parents who are both out of jobs due to Covid-19 and they take care of three of my brothers. They buy whatever food they can and try to pay their bills. However, they’re having a hard time doing that right now. This money can definitely help them!

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    Norma Guzman

    Hello, thank you for bringing so much positively during this time. Happy to hear you listed a morning walk & fresh air break during this time. There’s something amazing what it does to our bodies, mind & soul to get these walks/ fresh air moments ❤️
    I have this single mother of 2 with no job due to this current situation, no vehicle & very fearful of how she will provide for her family with no job. She has no family or friends in MN. I met her by offering a ride to her one winter with her 2 kids & groceries in their hands.
    God bless you & your family for doing something so kind for others & God bless you family & business ❤️

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    Heather McLamb

    Thank you for this! Our Schedule has been so off… I just copied it and am planning to try it! From one parent to another!

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    Fortunata Cozzolino

    I’m going to try and do that schedule that begins at 9:00 am and have some thing to do every hour.

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    Kristi Pena

    Ya’ll are awesome!!
    There are so many people in need now and will be many more in weeks to come!
    The uncertainty of everything right now is mind blowing! We are a small business too and are on the verge of loosing everything! All we can do right now is pray and remember God is in control and put it all in His hands.
    It truly is hard not to be anxious in a time like this. I, as I am sure everyone else here have never seen anything like it.
    We are monitoring our grand princess now, we sure could use some prayers.
    Thank you ladies for everything you do to make this time just a little more bearable.

    And if you can hook me up with the lady that has baby needs, formula and stuff, I can reach out to my friends and see if we can’t help her!
    Stay entertained and stay safe throughout these crazy times!!

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    Edna

    I’m loving the daily schedule idea!!!

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    Chelseia Williams

    Thank you for the ideas!

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    Alexis Chavez

    I wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for taking time out of your day to create something like this for other families! We are all cooped up in our home and as a SAHM its important for me to keep my children entertained. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy in this chaotic time! 💞

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    Kristen

    Love this! Hope everyone is staying safe. It’s so hard to find groceries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Clorox, much more where I live. It’s crazy!

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    Jennifer OMeara

    This is my first time on this website. Everything is so cute, I wanted to buy it all. I was referred by my daughter in law. One thing I cannot seem to get is toilet paper. Where is it all going?

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    TIffany Blizzard

    Thank you so much for the schedule and activity ideas. I am a SAHM with 2 of my 5 babies out of school for what looks like the rest of the year. We are going to start homeschooling soon on top of have a 4 year old we where already prepare for pre-k a 2 year old that will be the death of me and a sweet little 7month old that wants to be held 24-7. My husband is being activated for the National Guard and we are rushing to prepare before he leaves. We are having trouble finding necessities such as nursery water formula wipes TP. We were able to pick up diaper this morning!! We are usually the ones reaching out and helping others but I am so worried because I cannot just pack everyone up and go hunt these thing after he leaves. Thanks for reaching out to help! We just love your boutique🥰

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    Kylie Alvarez

    My daughter and I absolutely love SIP! We are a big fan of the mommy and me❤️. I love the idea of your daily schedule and in fact made one myself but plan to alter it after seeing some of your ideas! Thanks for that! I am grateful for the opportunity you are giving the world and If I win I plan to use it towards supplies for my father who is on hospice due to kidney cancer and is unable to leave a hospital bed in his home. I haven’t been able to go see him because my daughter has severe asthma and it is flared up. He is low on supplies and lives 40 minutes away from me. I would love to order and have supplies and food delivered to him. Currently I am struggling to find disinfectant supplies of any kind for my own home, milk for my under 2 year old, eggs, stores are empty. Traveling may be my only result. I have 4 children 3 of which have compromised immune systems. Just trying to be as safe as possible. Thanks again for this opportunity! God is good and he is working through you! We are grateful and I speak for all others who have commented on the blog!

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    Misty

    I want to give it to my friend who is out of work due to it. Yes, she is still getting paid but for far less than what she was making. It would help get her and her dog food and other things she would need. She doesn’t ever ask for help and she is always there for me. So I figured I would try to return the favor!

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    BLake

    Keeping open a small business (you know that fear), not letting fear take over. Having a hard time finding toilet paper, MEAT, and cleaning supplies for my business and home!

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    Jacquelyn Robert

    I love ideas! Although I am a single mom and out of work because of the school closure, my work is being great and paying partially. Thank you for doing this but I know others are more in need than myself at this time.

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    Sara Powell

    I would love to win this please. Me and my 8 year old daughter likes Sparkle in Pink. You guys have so cute clothes and outfits too. Never won before on here on this blog post. Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck 🍀 everyone. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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