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Cheat Sheet: Productive, Celeb-Approved Things To Do While In Quarantine

Cheat Sheet: Productive, Celeb-Approved Things To Do While In Quarantine

Many of us are now on the second week of community quarantine, and it's making a lot of us a little anxious or feeling bored, at the very least. If we've finished all our chores, caught up with our series, it leaves us to thinking, "What else is there to do?" Check out these compiled suggestions from celebrities—from joining a book club to painting and making masks—to help make your time as productive as possible!

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Hayden Kho

Doc Hayden Kho, together with the Belo Medical Group, has created an instructional video on how to create face shields so that we could all help and donate to frontliners from our own homes.

Michelle Obama

The former first lady of the United States has thought of ways to show up for the community like making online donations, offering reading a story to kids, offering to pick up groceries for the elderly, and so on.

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These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us. We just don’t have a roadmap for what we’re currently experiencing—that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families. Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together. As for me, I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders. I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you’re not sure what that looks like these days, I’ve offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list! Add your comment below with the ways you’re showing up for your community during these tough times. And don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath, too. Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help. Illustrations: @grantagold Graphics: @linseyfields

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Chi Gibbs

Stuck in a creative rut? Chi Gibbs has started a book club and suggested several books that might help bring out your creative side.

Kelsey Merritt

Aside from working out, Kelsey Merritt has posted on Instagram that she has been reading, and is even asking for more book recommendations!

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Currently reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Any other book recos? 📖 #stayhome 🙏

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Reese Witherspoon

In case you didn't know, Reese Witherspoon launched a book club called Reese's Book Club in 2017 along with her media company, Hello Sunshine. Every month, Reese picks a book that she loves with a woman at the center of the story and shares it with her book club.

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Author @amandaeyreward created a complex yet familiar family of characters in #TheJetstters. How did you relate to their family dynamic? 👩‍👧‍👦 #ReadWithReese #ReesesBookClub

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Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner, & more Hollywood celebs with Save with Stories

Want your favorite Hollywood celebrity to read for your kids? Yes, it's possible! In response to COVID-19, Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner have launched @savewithstories on Instagram, where you can watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books, and also donate to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.

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I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️). ⁣ ⁣ THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! ⁣ ⁣ These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. ⁣ ⁣ If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES

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Kristie Dash

If you've been following former beauty editor Kristie Dash since her Snapchat days, you'll know we can rely her for pop culture news. That said, Kristie has listed down her TV show recos on her Instagram.

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If you follow me you probably know I’m someone who nerds out over pop culture of all forms and therefore has watched 99% of zeitgeisty television during my adult life. So I thought I’d share a little TV guide for those looking to start a new show they haven’t had time to dive into in their normal daily grind. Enjoy and stay safe at home, everyone. (I’m sure I’m missing something major but these are some of my personal favorites, not including Bravo franchises which I wouldn’t recommend getting into this late in the game. 😂) ——ADDITIONS I FORGOT ABOUT—— • The Morning Show, Euphoria, and The Loudest Voice to the “thought-provoking” category please! Very good but both related to sexual assault in case this is a triggering subject. • High Fidelity for a laugh! Finished in two days. • Big Little Lies and Ozark for dramas without (much) violence • This is Us if you just need to hysterically cry

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Nash Aguas & Mika dela Cruz

Let your creative juices flow! Couples Nash Aguas and Mika dela Cruz shared a photo of their painted ceramic mugs that they did a few months ago, and we thought it might be a good therapy for everyone at home, too!

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