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12 Unexpected Things Making Staying at Home a Little Easier

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The best way to describe life in my house right now is occasionally controlled chaos. Most nights, though, I fall asleep thinking we didn’t do half bad, and given the current state of the world, I think that’s more than good enough.

I’m learning it’s simple pleasures, and small moments to look forward to that make the days more comfortable. They don’t take the stress and worry away. Instead, they pause it and help you live in the moment.

So I thought it would be fun to share some of the small things I’m using that are helping me, and my family, make the most of ordinary moments amid the most abnormal situation imaginable.

And I’m wondering what has given you a few minutes of joy in all this uncertainty. Tell me in the comments below!

Ember Mug, $100

Since the day we were married Bri has brought me my first cup of coffee in the morning. Now, we try to have a cup together before all the kids get up and our day starts. I picked this mug up early last year and I love it so much.  From the first to the last sip your coffee is the perfect temperature. 

Weighted Blanket, $60

Whether your cozying up on the sofa with a movie, or sneaking in a nap, this weighted blanket is incredibly comforting. 

Wine Tumbler, $25

This tumbler doesn’t need much of a description if you’ve followed me for any length of time. Who knew when I bought this for our shore weeks that it would get so much use during a global pandemic. Now, I use it for nighttime, socially distancing happy hour walks around the neighborhood. 


Candle, $32

I have these candles around the house and light them after the baby goes to bed and the big girls settle into the rec room for the night. It helps separate the day from evening and brings the energy level back to peaceful before bed. 


12 Unexpected Things Making Staying at Home a Little Easier

Ring Light, $48

I bought this to keep on my desk and use for Facebook Lives. But it turns out it works for Zoom conference calls too! Just a little light on your face helps you look rested and prepared which none of us are right now. 

Moleskine Notebook, $15

Have you noticed that planners are becoming more and more complicated? The last thing I need is another system to learn. But with so many balls in the air I do need to write things down. This simple notebook is my favorite. Every morning I write down all the things and try to cross off as many as I can. 


Apples to Apples, $14.50

I bought this at the request of my older girls (who are almost 13 and 10), and they are obsessed with it. I have been super lax with electronics time during this, but at dinner, we have to put all of them away, and we play this together.

Popcorn Bowls, $17

We do a family movie night one night over the weekend to help define the week from the weekend. We grab blankets, pick something new to watch and Bri makes popcorn with M&Ms and puts them in these fun bowls. Even now I know it will be a sweet memory when all this is over.

Ugg Slippers, $85

I bought these for myself when I was in the hospital having Vivi, and they remain one of my favorite everyday pleasures. They are soft, cozy, and allow you to go in and out of the house with ease.

12 Unexpected Things Making Staying at Home a Little Easier

Hair Mask, $8

I wish I could tell you I’m indulging in all sorts of self-care, but the truth is I have less time than before. It’s a lot easier to get some in if you can multi task, like this hair mask. This only takes a few minutes while you’re in the shower, or you can slather it on before bed and give yourself an overnight super charge of moisture and repair. 

12 Unexpected Things Making Staying at Home a Little Easier

Drunk Elephant, $52

Stress takes it’s toll on our skin, as does wine, which I am not giving up. Another overnight, easy self-care option is this hydrating “mask.” Put it on before bed and wake up with soft skin that looks bright and fresh.

12 Unexpected Things Making Staying at Home a Little Easier


Finally, a real book and something to look forward to. I’m currently reading Evvie Drake Starts Over as part of our first ever Virtual Book Club. I bought a hardcover book so I can make sure I stay off social media. Can’t wait to chat about it with all of you!

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 10th of April 2020

We got a stove top popcorn maker a little while back, which is getting lots of great use now! The popcorn tastes so much better than microwave popcorn, and we can all add our own butter/cheese/garnish of choice. I am also enjoying fresh flowers from the grocery store; each time I have to make that dreaded trip, I stop on the way in at the floral area just inside the front door to grab a new bouquet for our kitchen counter. My current spray of pink/orange lillies is making me so happy!


Friday 10th of April 2020

I loved this so much and I really need those slippers. 😍 Our small Keurig coffee bar we set up in our bedroom is giving me even more pleasure than before this age of Q. I like having that first cup in bed but when you’re bedroom is in the attic...😬 Now that I find myself with more time in the morning, I’m loving it even more. The first cup leads to a second and I get a little more time to gather my wits about me. A couple of other things are my air fryer (so much I could say but I already rambled about the coffee), my Standard of Grace prompt journal, and this gorgeous leather Camera bag I had bought just before the big Q. I’ve been eyeing it morosely (a symbol of the two upcoming trips that had to be cancelled) but reading this post has me reminding myself that the little things should be enjoyed. So I think I’ll take her (the camera bag) for a spin and go for a walk (the camera too of course) soon as the snow melts 🤦🏻‍♀️. Thank you, by the way - your posts have been a huge blessing!


Thursday 9th of April 2020

The ember is worth every penny. I was embarrassed to spend so much on a coffee mug. I’m so happy because my coffee is hot throughout the morning.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Isn't it so great!? I thought the same thing, but it's the best!