Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #114!

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Today is day 408 of quarantine. Friends and family are getting vaccinated. I have hope. I get dose #2 tomorrow. I have hope. In case you can't read this page, instead of doodles and patterns around the edges, I have written these words...

HOPE

Health

Vaccine

This ends

You get well

My kids can get vaccinated soon

The sun comes out

Family is Okay

Friends is Healthy

COVID stops mutating

We can get past this

Monday, April 12, 2021

Today is day 407 of quarantine and I spent all day in my garden so I am unable to post a coloring page today - please check back tomorrow for page #114. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

New Pandemic Coloring Page #113

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Today is day 402 of quarantine and the sun has been shining all week. We were expecting thunder storms today and it's been cloudy, but the rain hasn't started yet. My garden could use it, so I'm actually hoping for a little rain. Have a great rest of the week! Stay safe! I hope you enjoy today's page. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Today is Wednesday, April 7th and day 401 of quarantine. We are in the middle of Spring Break and the weather is beautiful - sunny and upper 70s here in Georgia. I spent the morning at a park with my daughter and the afternoon working in the garden, so I'm sorry, but you will have to check back here tomorrow for the second coloring page for this week. In the meantime, enjoy some time outside this evening.  -Alison

Monday, April 5, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #112

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Today is day 398 of quarantine and my daughter and I did the most normal thing we've done in a year. We went to the skate park. We had our masks, in case it was crowded, which it wasn't. She had posted on social media that she was having a meetup at the skatepark and invited others to join her. We went, met new friends (keeping socially distant), she skated for 2 hours, and it was a great event. What a nice thing to see after a year of remote school and almost no social interaction with kids her age. I hope you are all being safe this spring break, but also getting to do some normal-ish stuff. 

In world news - This week the Pfizer vaccine announced that it is 100 percent effective for 12-15 year olds and we are looking forward to my teens and their friends getting vaccinated. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #111!

Today is day 393 of quarantine. We are in the middle of Passover, so I thought I'd post a quote today. This brings up some interesting concepts. When you are close, do you reach for your goals? Running a marathon, do you push that last mile to reach the end? Absolutely. Make a goal, and reach for it. A couple weeks ago, I posted my goal of riding my bike 500 miles in 2021. Yesterday, I rode another 8 miles. Every mile counts. Go get vaccinated. Get out and exercise (with a mask unless outside and socially distant). Let's push through this pandemic. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #110

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Today is day 391 of quarantine. Happy Pesach. I know that the vaccine rollout is here and I've even had my first dose, but I also know that friends are struggling. While many of us are eligible to get vaccinated, many are not. We have kids at home who can't get vaccinated yet. We have versions of the virus evolving and changing and we don't know if the vaccines will protect us from them or for how long. This is stressful. Mental health is important. You are enough. I am enough. Believe it. Say it. Color it. Post it somewhere that you can see it. 


Some ways to safely handle stress during the pandemic - doodle, color, crochet or knit, read a book, take a walk, listen to music, spend time with a dog or cat, talk to a friend on the phone, dance it out, ride a bike, bake something you love and eat it while it's still warm out of the oven. We all have bad days and that's okay. Choosing an activity that will make you feel better can turn things around - one day at a time. 


May is Mental Health awareness month, so look for more positive pages coming soon.



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #108 & 109!

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Today is day 386 of quarantine, and I just saw on the news that Georgia is opening up vaccine eligibility to everyone over 16 starting tomorrow. This is great! 

High school students can get vaccinated. 

College students can get vaccinated. 

Young adults can get vaccinated. 

Friends in their 30s and 40s and early 50s can get vaccinated. 

Roll up your sleeve and do your part. 

Let's wipe this thing out and get our kids safely back in school. 

Since Passover is starting this Saturday evening - Here's a Passover Seder coloring page. There are 3 hidden pictures in it (not hidden too well so the little ones can find them) - Elijah's cup, a piece of Matzah, and the word L'Chaim!  

Free Coloring Page #109!





Monday, March 22, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page # 107!

Today is day 384 of quarantine and in the last few days, I have had several things to be thankful for. 

1. I attended an online event that renewed my energy through a shared art project. Thank you, Illyse. I had the opportunity to see how 40 different women take this one statement and turn it into art. All individual. All unique. All fantastic.

L'Chaim! To Life! 

2. I received my first dose of the vaccine last week and I feel a sense of relief, of thankfulness and gratefulness. 

3. I planted my frost hardy plants in my garden and working in my garden gives me great joy. 

In addition, Passover is approaching this weekend and this holiday brings a feeling of power and survival - and a sense of joy in the new life and new hope that comes with spring and plants sprouting and flowers opening. 

*Be healthy. Be thankful. Be grateful. 

Passover Coloring Page coming this Wednesday!


*If you have lost friends or family this week, I am sorry for your loss.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #106!

Today is day 379 of quarantine - Every day is a new day. I hope you saw yesterday's post and are celebrating small moments. The pandemic can be stressful, so take the celebrations you get. Today's page is about learning. You can learn something from anything and everything. Think about this one. You learn something from everyone, even if it's what not to do. You don't have to judge. You don't have to get angry. You do you. Learn from others and figure out something to use or something to remember not to use from that information, but whatever you choose, you will continue to grow. 


In my Get Out and Go challenge for this year. I have ridden 16 miles and I have 484 to go. When we have better weather, my number will go up, up, up. Make a goal. Do your best. Celebrate your progress. #GetOutandGo If you want to join me, leave a message. If you don't walk, bike, swim, jog, skate, *insert any other activity* 500 miles, then celebrate what you do get done. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #105!

Celebrate the small moments. They all count. They all contribute to your quality of life and feeling of self worth. 

I rode my bike yesterday. 7 miles. It is an ebike, but contrary to popular belief, that is not the same as a moped. You have to pedal, even if you have turned on pedal assist, you have to pedal the whole time (unless you are coasting down hill). I live with permanent damage to my knees, wrist, and elbow and riding a bike (without excessive pain) was taken out of my ability range for a long time, but with level 1 pedal assist for the giant hills in my area and my super cool vertical ergo grips, I can ride. I have ridden 168 miles since getting this bike last October and I plan to ride 500 miles in 2021, so yes, I'm celebrating 7 miles. 

Challenge yourself and celebrate every step toward that goal. 

If you want to join me in the Get Out and Go challenge to ride, walk, jog, skip, dance, swim, skateboard, roller skate, etc.... 500 miles (or any amount you complete) in 2021, Comment on this post or the post from last Wednesday to let me know. #GetOutandGo 


On a different note - Today is day 377 of quarantine and while everyone around me is claiming to be eligible for the vaccine, I suspect many are not being truthful. I am not yet eligible. I will not sign up until I am. I realize that starting today in Georgia, if I had gained 20 lbs during the past year of quarantine, I would not be over 25 bmi and qualify - however, I did not. I stayed fit. I worked hard to stay fit while baking cookies and brownies and breads for my family. My group is next. I've waited a year, I'll wait for my group. You do you.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Free Coloring Page #104!

Let's do this!

I'm going to ride my bike 500 miles in 2021 and I have the whole rest of this year to do it. 

Then, I realized that others might need a little push to get out and go, too, so...

I'm inviting all of you to join me!

Get Out and Go!

How far?

500 miles in 2021

How? 

Bike, Walk, Run, Skip, Skateboard, Scooter, Roller skate, Hike, Swim, Dance, etc...

Any way you choose. Any time you want. 

Keep track on your Phone or FitBit or Smart Watch,    Pedometer App, etc... and log it in. 

I'll create and share a log for you to chart your miles.

We will cheer each other on.

Will you get in trouble if you don't accomplish 500 miles this year? 

NO. Of course, not. Do your best. 

Get out of the house. Get out of the office. 

Move around. We will celebrate whatever distance you accomplish! 

This is NOT a diet - 

this is a movement about movement. 

All ages are welcome.

Comment here and I'll add you to the official Get Out and Go participant list!  - Just write "I'm in!"

I promise, I will not spam you with emails or anything.

If you want to donate a prize such as a gift card, let me know and we will give prizes to participants who have joined the challenge.

Share this on Social Media and let's make it a thing!

#GetOutandGo2021

I'll even design a shirt/tank top, and wrist band, and if you want to purchase, I'll figure out an appropriate non-profit to donate the proceeds to. 

Join me by commenting below!

Monday, March 8, 2021

 New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #103!

Today is day 370 and I have seen all over the news that it is International Woman's Day. Really? Never heard of this before. I think every day should be Woman's Day - we should celebrate girl power and woman power every day! We have amazing women who are doctors, scientists, inventors, astronauts, teachers, doctors, nurses, and VICE PRESIDENTS! There is nothing women can't do. When I was a toy designer, I was paid less as a woman at 3 different companies. Women should NOT be paid less for accomplishing the same task. It's time for gender equality. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #102!

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Today is day 365 of the pandemic. It has been a YEAR! 

What do we need? 

We need to persevere. 

We need to care about others. 

We need to continue to be safe, be careful, wear a mask, show empathy, and soo much more to get through this. 

Instead of filling the page with patterns, 

I filled it with very important words. 

We can do this. Together. Separate. 

Thank you to those who have been sharing my coloring pages with others. I will continue to create them until we are vaccinated and until our families, children, friends, and neighbors are safe.