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TOGETHER AT HOME: How to cope with life on lockdown …. P.S. Has anyone told the Amish?


Hellooooo, it’s Tristan writing today xo and yes, that’s my Dad at his computer. Keeping it real around here, haha. That photo cracks me up. Yes, he is fast asleep.

The last two weeks have been surreal, haven’t they? Who would have ever dreamt that something like this would happen in our lifetime? We may need to be physically apart from one another right now, yet we are all in this together. We are collectively going through something hard, together, on a global level. In a beautiful way, we are discovering that we are closer together than we’ve ever been.

Times like this remind us that we are all connected and that we can have a positive effect on each other. We have an opportunity to take care of each other and do our part. Because staying home is the most loving thing we can do at this time. We may be social distancing but we are remote connecting.

We believe you are dreamers and doers and now is the time to stick together, virtually.…like we have always done.

This time is about slowing down and enjoying life around home.

We’re going to show you how. xo



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  • How to cope with life on lockdown.  A collection of ideas to help you get through these tough moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
  • How to cope with life on lockdown. Click for some fun ideas that bring us joy, make us move, give us hope, mixed in with some lighthearted funny ... all the things we need to get through the scary moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
  • How to cope with life on lockdown. Click for some fun ideas that bring us joy, make us move, give us hope, mixed in with some lighthearted funny ... all the things we need to get through the scary moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
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  • How to cope with life on lockdown.  A collection of ideas to help you get through these tough moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
  • How to cope with life on lockdown. Click for some fun ideas that bring us joy, make us move, give us hope, mixed in with some lighthearted funny ... all the things we need to get through the scary moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
  • How to cope with life on lockdown. Click for some fun ideas that bring us joy, make us move, give us hope, mixed in with some lighthearted funny ... all the things we need to get through the scary moments. www.lynneknowlton.com
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I normally have a tendency to react quickly, to race from project to project. I’ve been loving the shift to just slowing down and giving myself the permission to accept that the little accomplishments …every day… are enough.

I have been trying lots of little things throughout the day to calm my mind. So many of us are feeling anxious right now. Let’s lean into each other as a community, and get through these moments… together. Here are a collection of ideas to get us all started…

1.

Read a novel.

I have started reading again. Instead of reaching for my phone in the morning when I wake up, I’m grabbing a book. It feels really grounding to escape into someone else’s story or reality, even if for a short time. I just ordered ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘ by Delia Owens. I have heard from sooooo many people that this was one of the best books they’ve ever read. It’s one of those books that you wish you could experience over and over again for the first time. Next on my list is Educated. It’s an audio-biography that I have heard you just can’t put down.


When this is over please invite me everywhere. I promise I’ll go this time


2.

Bake.

We have been making our bread recipe almost every day. It’s so easy to make and it’s a beautiful staple at a time like this. We have started experimenting by adding cheese and other flavours like rosemary. We’ve been sharing the bread recipe here on Instagram and has lead to so many of you making bread too. It’s a beautiful thing! Tag us and we will re-share your bread awesomeness in our Instagram stories. Sharing the love!


3.

At home workouts.

Experimenting with different home workouts has been so enjoyable!! I’m appreciating technology and fitness instructors out there more than ever, right now!

Some of my favourites are :

  • Alessiasculpt on Instagram: daily live low impact 30 mins workouts. I look forward to these every day! They get me out of bed and feeling ready to take on the day!

  • Melissa Wood Health subscription: I have newly subscribed to her program and have been doing these at night after a day of sitting. I love the combination of pilates, yoga and mindfulness. Fully cried at the end of one the other night. I light candles and turn on some soft music.

  • Rebecca Louise on youtube: I’ve been doing her mini workouts for years. They are great when you only have 10 mins and want to move a little! Pretty fun to do the monthly challenges with her too. Try the booty one haha.


People who are quarantining in jeans: What are you trying to prove?


4.

Go foraging.

This fab idea came from a friend on Instagram. She went ‘foraging’ out in front of her house, and (despite the fact that in Canada right now everything is totally slushy and yucky) she came back with beautiful dried weeds. They were the PRETTIEST ever!!! I admit, I already had a dried grass obsession… but this activity took it to a whole new level. It was so therapeutic to go look for a diamond in the rough and spot that one thing (that we would normally pass off as yuck) and to see it as beautiful.

T I P : In these moments, group in a vase by one type rather than trying to make an assorted arrangement.


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5.

Get inspired.

Create a Pinterest board with everything that is inspiring you right now. This could be anything from a cozy sweater, a travel shot, an interesting texture or view point. Really, anything that is lighting you up and causing you to feel good.

Here are our Pinterest faves…



6.

Refresh. Declutter. Start over.

Refresh one space in your house. Is there a nook that you’ve always wanted to spend more time in? Is the patio ready to be opened up for the summer, even to just stick a chair out there with a blanket? Where is a place in your home that could bring you joy and could be a destination, but currently isn’t? We have a blog post to help you out : It doesn’t need to be stressful decluttering your life & home. I mean, it probably will be, but we’re here to help.


7.

Fa La La La La

La-la-la-la. Music and sunshine are such mood boosters for me. Do they help you too? I find that just sitting and appreciating some warm sun on my face or putting on an amazing playlist can turn everything around for me. I have been making some spotify playlists and grouping them based on a mood or activity like ‘songs that make me happy‘ or ‘dinner time‘. They are fun and easy to make. You may just want to try this! The songs are there to pick you up when you need them.


What should I wear to the living room today?

8.

Change the energy



I’ve got too many candles. Said no one ever.  Light candles, palo santo, or a diffuser. This one is our favourite and sooo affordable. It is very calming to have them going in the background. In the morning I put on a bright fresh scent like good karma or yoga and in the evening I wind down with ylang ylang or lavender. A light (non overwhelming ) scent can lift your mood and make you feel good in your space. We have been buying this incense for about 10 years. We love it THAT MUCH. It makes your home feel like a spa. So good. So so so good.

9.

Connect:

We are making an extra effort to check in with friends and family as much as possible right now and and support each other however we can. One thing we have been having a lot of fun with that is helping us forget how far apart we are physically right now is to play a game. We found this digital drawing game that you can play (on your phone) with your friends while you talk on zoom. Low quality program but high quality fun. Around the house one thing we have been doing to keep things lighter and stay connected is playing good old fashion board games, we get lost playing this one and this one for hours!

That is all to say, for the next little while, we’ll be sharing some funny stories, valid resources, and just trying to lighten your crazy load as we all weather this together. Because if there’s one thing we know for sure it’s this: we can overcome anything with a little help and kindness from each other. 

How are you spending your time? What are you doing to cope with life during lockdown?

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  1. Marie Adamson says:

    Hi there,

    I was just wondering where do you get your tea towels? Are they cotton or linen?
    Thank you.

    Marie

    P.S….. I love following you, your are a very kind,caring, funny, talented and sincere individual. Love your honesty and your openness when dealing the challenges you and your family are facing, I can truly relate.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rita says:

    Hiya Lynny. Looking everywhere for posting re the frother… where the heck can I buy one?

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Hello Rita !!

      Here is the link to the frother. It is ammaaazinngg. Forever changed. I don’t know how to go back to regular coffees now haha. I could kiss it. I will stop haha.
      Tristan

  3. Gillian says:

    Receiving this in my email absolutely made my day. I thank you for that and the calming posts.
    Right now my husband is working from home. I am unable to work from home so for now, I’m laid off. Lots of cooking, baking and cleaning. We go outdoors when possible and keep our shopping to the bare minimum. We miss our son and his wife, but they are doing the same thing, so we’re in it together. Nothing else really matters right now, it’s a matter of following the rules and protecting ourselves and others.
    May all of you stay safe and well…

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      That absolutely made my day to hear that it made your day! I am sorry to hear that you were laid off for now, maybe it’s a beautiful sign that you needed some slower moments in your life. Baking can be so therapeutic when it isn’t messy (aka me) haha.
      I hope this all can be over soon so you can see your son and his wife again.

      Sending you big hugs and thank you so much for leaving a comment and sharing a small part of your world with us.

      Tristan

  4. Suzanne says:

    A lovely zen moment.
    Your post brings warmth, dreaming, creativity and calm.
    Blessings of peace, healing and love to your family.

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Thank you so much Suzanne!
      Searching for as many zen moments as we can right now. Sending health and happiness! I hope you have the best weekend!
      Tristan

  5. Sonia says:

    Many positive warm thoughts coming your way from Charlottesville VA. XXOO

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Thanks for the positive thoughts Sonia !!
      Sending them right back from Durham, Ontario. xoxox I hope you are feeling cozy at home and having the best weekend!
      Tristan

  6. Nicola says:

    Thank you for this beautiful newsletter filled with wonderful things to think about and try. I tune in always hoping Michael is going to be well -I’m sorry he’s going through a rough patch and will be sending love and healing thoughts his way. What an amazing family you are – I’m sure there are times you scream and rage as you are entitled to do but the dignity and positivity you show is truly inspiring. With love to you all.

  7. Jeanie says:

    Thank you for all those suggestions, ideas, thoughts and inspirations. Ooh, how I needed that!!
    Thanks for helping me not to feel so alone, scared, and frozen in time. We can connect and are not alone. Your blog always provides joy and serenity. Stay safe.

    J

  8. Wendy Crowley says:

    Thank you so much for the bread recipe! I actually got flour yesterday at the grocery store so will be trying it out! I love reading you entries and seeing the pics! Bright spot in today! Peace and light! Wendy

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Yay yay, happy dance for finding flour! I know how difficult that has been. How did the bread turn out? Thanks for your love on the post and pictures. Keeps us inspired when it has this lovely impact on those that choose to read. Sending some brightness back your way.

      Big love,
      Tristan

  9. Myrna says:

    Thanks so much, Lynne and Tristan, for sending over the bread recipe.

    About the bread. Just over 35 years ago, pregnant with my son and looking forward to maternity leave, I was naively thinking about all the things I wanted to do at home during my “time off” from work. Ha! Can you tell this was my first baby?

    One of the things I thought would be great to do was make bread (and cinnamon buns, which I love — with raisins, please. I know: contentious, those raisins.)

    Well, here we are 35 years later, and I’ve yet to bake bread. IF I can find flour next time I go shopping (so far no luck), not to mention yeast, though that might be easier, I will bake bread. Everything comforting is on my radar in the kitchen these days.

    Out of the kitchen, I ventured out yesterday to pick up grocery items I’d run out of and finally succumbed to the Cheezies that have been calling my name for the past month. Until yesterday, I managed to steer the cart away.

    I had some when I got home, and they were so satisfying. Nice and cheesy and crunchy (and that telltale orange left on your fingers). I couldn’t even tell you why the Cheezies fixation, other than it must remind me of simpler times as a kid.

    Tristan, I plan to order Where The Crawdads Sing, even though I have a stack of unread books to get to. I can’t wait. If you liked the “feel” of the South, I highly recommend Anne Rivers Siddons. Her books take place for the most part in the Low Country and the Outer Banks, a whole different world. (Sometimes they can be a bit dark, but not in an unsettling or scary way. I wouldn’t like that at all.)

    Big hugs and love to you all,

    Myrna ❤

    P.S. I will let you know how my bread baking works out!

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Hi Myrna!

      Why am I all of sudden craving cheezies haha. I hope you bake the bread. Don’t wait 35 years this time !! Thank you for the book recommendation as well. I will add that one to my list. It would be fun to have a version of a book club on here one day!

      Good luck with the break baking and big love to you!
      Tristan

  10. Susan says:

    Thanks for this mood lifting post! 😊

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      You are so welcome!! It lifted me up to write it. I hope wherever you are today you are having the best day, cozy at home!
      Warmly,
      Tristan

  11. Karen Stone says:

    Thank you so much for these beautiful, encouraging words. We are experiencing something that we never thought possible and while it is a horrible thing, there is good that is coming out of this. I find myself reaching out to my family more, taking time each morning to listen to a local church have a 5 minute discussion and appreciating what I have and who is in my life in a whole new way. I miss being able to hug my kids and grand kids, but thankfully we are able to Facetime so I can still interact with them daily. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and please keep writing and sharing. You always bring a light into my life when I read your stories. Have a wonderful day…..I’m going to go bake some bread! Karen

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to write me this sweet comment! I like that you are choosing to see the good that is coming out of all of this. I am trying to do that too. I love that so many are making time to connect right now and appreciate the small moments. What a shift this is going to be for the world.

      Good luck with the bread, it is seriously the best smell in the world to have your house smell like fresh bread.

      Sending BIG love,
      Tristan

  12. Catherine says:

    Amazing ….inspirational….loving email …hugs to all xo

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Thank you for saying all those beautiful words out loud. I’m massively grateful to have people loving and reading our emails!

      I hope you are having the best day!

      Big love,
      Tristan

  13. Cynthia says:

    Hi Tristan
    I see you have your mother’s wit when writing! How delightful!!!
    You’re Dad is on my prayer line..I’ve been there.. and there comes a time when we have to put it in God’s hands no matter the outcome. My heart goes out to your Mom and the entire family.Try to be strong, I wish I could come and keep your Dad company.. I love board games ..or cooking.. I seem to resort to that when I’m frustrated!!
    Any chance you have a source for the beautiful tea light and round tray in the above picture? Let me know when you have a free minute.
    Thank you for today’s blog..I loved it, it made me smile, laugh,and got the old creative juices flowing.
    You have a remarkable family , wished I lived closer.
    Sending you blessings and amazing vibes to you all…..

    Cynthia

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      Hi Cynthia!

      Thank you so much for that sweet compliment. To have my writing styling being even remotely compared to my Moms is the highest compliment 🙂 Cooking when you are having a hard day is the best isn’t it! The tray is from the sweetest shop owner, she hand delivered the pieces to me. I would never forget a gesture like that. You can find her at @pottery-by-brendalee on instagram. The tea light is from EQ3, and you can flip it over to fit a tapered candle. It’s one of my favourites!
      I hope you are having the best day at home.
      Warmly,
      Tristan

  14. Janet says:

    Tristan:
    What a beautiful post full of good vibes and great ideas. We ARE in this together so thank you for taking me down all these new roads (links) to explore. Please keep the content coming. The world needs much more of you and your mom.

    • Tristan Knowlton says:

      THANK YOU SO MUCH ! We might not have any answers right now and you are right, we are in this together! Something about collectively going through something difficult together is so uniquely special. Might be the first time in history this has ever happened.

      I hope you are having a cozy day wherever you are!
      Warmly,
      Tristan