HomePlacesThings to Do on Whidbey September 15, 2021

Rainy Days: A Whole New Perspective

Do you find that these rainy days bring you down? Or do you find the excitement of your day “rained” on? We’ve made some suggestions below that may have you looking forward to the next rainy day we have on Whidbey Island!

Don’t worry, these activities cater to everyone. Give them a chance and you may find that you enjoy them. So, if you’re looking for a reason to unplug on a gloomy day, hopefully, one of these tips spark an interest.

(This includes those of us who still want to be in comfy clothes or wrapped in a warm blanket with a hot tea or coffee – something about gray skies brings out the cozy vibes for everyone.) 

Write!! A Blog, Article, Poem – anything!

Anyone that has social media or a business website can utilize a rainy day to get on producing content. Nevertheless, writing doesn’t need to be shared with anyone!

Write that poem or short story and get your creative energy flowing. Writing can be like braiding and twisting pieces of dialogue, action, conflict, and characters together to create a piece of art. 

Whether it’s a personal piece or an informative article, writing encourages creativity and critical thinking that’ll leave you feeling inspired.

Suddenly…despite the rain, you created a whole other world – or you’ve taken your own learned information and found a way to pass it along to others!

Don’t know where to start a blog or website?

Tidbit: Sites like Wix and Squarespace are super easy to set up to begin blogging!

Youtube, Instagram Live, Tiktok 

Not a writer? Maybe video/film is your way to share and interact. 

While these apps/sites seem like only pure entertainment and meant for confident extroverts, they’re actually more resourceful than we realize!

Catch up with your long-distance friends and family with a “Day In My Life” video or record a family recipe that everyone can’t stop asking you about. 

Even better…use these resources to promote your business! Make that video explaining your industry, showing off your product, or interacting with an Instagram live audience.

Go Local – Greenhouse & Plant Store

So you can’t exactly go on that view-worthy hike in this kind of weather – doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to bring that greenery home.

Here on Whidbey Island, we have many different places that’ll provide all sorts of plants and flowers.

Greenhouse Florist & Nursery

has everything from floral arrangements to beautiful sprouting plants. Looking to up-size a pot? They’ve got those too!

Mailliard’s Landing Nursery

provides the plants and flowers but also incorporates other plant needs like soil blends, tools, and bark. Want a plant but feel it needs something? Explore their pottery and home decor.

Let this rainy day be the time to bring in plants that’ll liven up your home.

Time For Self-Care

Rainy Days: A Whole New Perspective

Okay, you’re only interested in staying in your comfy clothes on a rainy day but no longer want to watch TV or scroll through social media.

Take the day and replenish yourself! Spend time on meditation either with a calming Spotify playlist or in complete silence (if you can shut out the rain). 

Check out our  Spotify playlists:

Cozy Corner

At-Home Workout

Use a face mask, moisturize and hydrate yourself. Use the time to rest while letting any worry or stress fade away for the meantime. 

Self-care doesn’t have to be spa or pampering-related. It’s all about doing what brings you peace and a sense of calm. 

Aka…sit back, and relax!

Need a little more guidance with your trip into self-care?

Tidbit: Read this Psychology Today article.

Get Artzy! Paint, Sketch, Maybe a little…wine?

Rainy Days: A Whole New Perspective

Not everyone has art materials lying around the house…but it’s certainly worth the rain for this one!

Gather any family and friends, bring a cocktail with your canvas, and paint anything. This isn’t a contest of skill, it’s one of lighthearted and possibly tipsy fun. 

Check out our  Spotify playlists:

Cocktail Party

Once all of the pieces are done – take a picture to share, and hang! If all the wine is gone…maybe hang them somewhere away from the eyes of guests but still where you can get a laugh and remember the good times.

Organize Your Life

Rainy Days: A Whole New Perspective

Do we all drag our feet thinking about the list of things that need to be done around the house? Rainy days seem to force us to come face-to-face with everything that has been pushed off. 

Of course, this doesn’t apply to those of us that truly thrive off of being organized. But then again, even you can find that errant task that can be done on days like these!

Check out our  Spotify playlists:

Cleaning Motivation

Coffee House Blend

Garage Rock 

Work From Home 

Have a calm morning with a hot coffee and get to the laundry and deep cleaning. Put away all the items that have been misplaced or strewn about. Don’t forget the best part…sitting in a newly cleaned and organized space!

Do you have clothes that you or your family haven’t worn in over a year? Time to bag them up and donate! 

Need a place to donate on Whidbey Island?

Tidbit: Habitat for Humanity 

It’s Raining?

The dreary grey skies may get you down every now and then – but you have these activities to fall back on! 

Once you’ve built these habits, a rainy day becomes a time to either enjoy rest or get on those pesky home tasks. 

Don’t forget to lean back on that old favorite rainy day activity if all else fails….movie marathons!

Things to Do on Whidbey February 13, 2021

Incorporate Health & Fitness Into Your Home Routines

How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? For many of us, this time of year is filled with setting high expectations for ourselves only to be let down after a few weeks. With the added stress of COVID restrictions and cold weather, it’s hard to keep your head in the game when it comes to staying healthy. 

It’s not too late, though! Here are some simple health and fitness practices you can actually stick to this year from the comfort and warmth of your home:


  • Drink More Water


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You’ve heard it a million times before and you will probably hear it a million times more. Drinking an appropriate amount of water each and every day is one of the best health choices you can make for your body and overall well being. The benefits of drinking water are countless with healthy skin, better brain function, improved heart health, and assistance in regulating digestion being just a few of them. Water intake is noted by countless nutritionists as being the cornerstone of healthy choices. 

So what is the right amount of water to drink each day? According to the American Heart Association, it is suggested that men have about 3.7 liters of water daily and women have about 2.7 liters. That is about 15 8oz glasses of water a day for men and 11 glasses for women. A great way to kick this off each and every day is to drink 16oz of water when you first wake up in the morning. Starting off the day right makes keeping the momentum easier. 


  • At-Home Exercises 


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Getting up, getting moving, and working your body on a day-to-day basis is vital to your current health and long-term bodily function. Individuals who begin the practice of regularly moving their bodies at a younger age are more likely to continue on as they get older and enjoy regular mobility for a longer period than their counterparts.

However, gym memberships are expensive and you may not have the equipment or the know-how for at-home workouts. Have no fear, YouTube is here! YouTube is a great resource for finding at-home workouts for all levels of fitness and workout preferences. Yoga With Adriene is one channel we highly recommend. Yoga is a great gateway exercise and one that is easy to do early in the morning before starting your day. Another option for some more cardio, HIIT, or weight options is Bodyfit by Amy.


  • Meditation/Gratitude


incorporate health & Fitness into your home, meditation and gratitude

Health isn’t just about keeping our body in functioning order, it also has a lot to do with our mind and emotions. Wellness experts are discovering more and more that our mental health plays a greater role in our body’s function than we ever imagined. This is why regular engagement in mental health practices is so vital. Depending on the person, these practices can range from simple things like engaging in a hobby regularly to interacting with a therapist weekly.

If you’re new to practicing mental health, a simple way to start is with a daily gratitude journal. Researchers such as the Happiness Research Institute and Harvard Health have found the simple act of taking time every day to write down 3-5 things you are grateful for can have an unbelievable impact on your mental health. According to Harvard Health, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” This practice is particularly wonderful because it can be done anywhere and at any time, and is 100% free.


  • Eat More Veggies


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Okay, this one might be harder to stick to than the rest… especially if you are the parent of a picky eater. But including more vegetables in your diet is not impossible and definitely worth the effort! Vegetables are not only low in fats and calories (which we get plenty of from other foods), they’re also full of vitamins and nutrients your body needs!

Eating your daily portion of veggies can help prevent infections, aid iron absorption, decreases the risk of heart disease, keeps your skin healthy, and more! Experts suggest eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but talk to your doctor if you want more specifics on how many veggies you should have in your diet!


  • Set an Alarm to Go to Sleep


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Most adults simply do not sleep enough! According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults don’t get adequate sleep. Getting a good, restful 8 hours of sleep each night can drastically improve your overall health! Setting a daily alarm to remind yourself when it’s time for bed is a great way to make sure you’re not staying up too late and forgetting to check the time. 

Having trouble falling asleep? Don’t look at your phone in bed! The blue light from cell phones has been shown to negatively impact sleep by suppressing melatonin and keeping your brain awake. So set the phone aside and break out a good book before you turn out the light instead!