Spring Recipes

Spring is just around the corner so we pulled together some of our favorite recipes to celebrate this beautiful new season.


From yoga to HIIT, staying active is a great way to help breakup the day, while also keeping your body healthy. Your favorite fitness studios and gyms might be closed but many have provided ways to stay active while at home.



Start Running
Washington’s Best Running Trails & Jogging Routes
Great Runs in Arlington & Fairfax County
25 Golden Rules of Running
Six Expert Tips to Start Running

Not into running? Try these at-home cardio ideas that don’t involve running.

Take a Hike!
Need some fresh air as the weather gets warmer? Check out these state parks to explore. All VA State parks are open for day use. Step Outside also has a great list of hiking trails.

The Ultimate Push-Up Guide
Here’s how to do push-ups the right way.

Tone It Up
Katrina and Karena host live classes designed to boost your metabolism and tone your muscles. They provide nutritious and satisfying recipes as well. 

Ten Spot
The Boro District’s Wellness Program for office tenants is offering free virtual classes. To register for the online fitness portal, register here. Select “Sign Up”, enter invitation code “boro698” and create an account using your company email.

F45 is specifically designed to provide a functional, full-body workout and is currently offering at-home workouts online. Check out their daily workouts on Instagram at @f45_training_tysons.

Namaste! Keep up your practice at home with the largest yoga studio chain in the US. CorePower is offering free weekly on demand classes.

Nike Train Club
Nike Training app offers a variety of free workouts designed by trainers. The mobile app includes everything from HIIT-style workouts to yoga flows for all fitness levels.

Orangetheory Fitness
OTF is offering free daily 30 minute training videos on YouTube. Don’t have special equipment? No problem! They suggest common household items you can use during your workout.

No need to worry if you don’t have a bike! The Peloton app offers a mix of classes from running, strength, toning, yoga, meditation, and outdoor workouts in addition to cycling. They have lengthened their free trial to 90 days.



Staying focused on your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, while also helping you become more aware of being present and focus your attention throughout the day. For tips on how to practice mindfulness, see below.

Self Care

Never underestimate the value of treating yourself. Try implementing at least one of the self care activities below. 

Checklist for the Perfect Sleep
Struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep every night? This list can ensure you’re getting the proper amount of rest to take on each day.

Mental Health Awareness
Now more than ever, it is important to fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for people with mental illness and their families. Below are helpful resources and toolkits. #breakthestigma
CDC: Stress and Coping
Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Spring Cleaning 101
This guide from Apartment Therapy has everything you need to actually do it.

14-Day Mini Edit
The Home Edit provides a roadmap to calm vibes and long-term organizational success..

At-Home Manicure Tool
The Poppy Manicure Tool and be popped on top of any polish bottle to make painting your own nails easier, faster, and better than ever. Plus, now is a great time to try a new color or even a fun design.

Homemade Face Mask
Byrdie has multiple recipes for face masks you can make with items you already have on hand.

Tame The Mane
Invest in a new grooming kit. Check out Harry’s or The Art of Shaving.

Stretch Every Hour
Real Simple has six stretches to do every day.

Make Your Bed
Seriously! The Spruce gives you five reasons why you should make your bed every morning.

Spring Cleaning
Spring is finally here! Get ahead on all your spring cleaning and organizing with this list from Good Housekeeping. It can be overwhelming to try to tackle it all at once so instead, try dedicating one hour or one task a day.




A Healthy Diet
Your immune system needs all the help it can get. The American Society for Nutrition has put together some helpful tips to maintain a balanced diet.

Stay Hydrated
There are many benefits to drinking plenty of water, including regulating our body temperature and preventing infection. CNN offers other benefits to staying hydrated and tips for making sure you drink enough water.

Recipes To Try
Thai Crunch Salad
Lemon Chicken Breasts
Four-Ingredient Recipes for Dwindling Pantries

Matcha Ice Cubes for Matcha Lattes
Whipped Coffee
Easy Five Ingredient Bagel




Inhale. Exhale. Relax. Check out some of our favorite meditation apps below.

Outdoor-Themed Meditation Guide
Take a break with these nature-inspired breathing exercises.

Aura provides the user with daily micro-meditations that last only three minutes apiece. It helps users relieve stress and anxiety with a technologically advanced, simple, and effective meditation platform.

Calm is an award-winning app that offers guided meditation sessions along with individual exercises such as breathing visualization, guided sleep stories, and ambient music. They are currently offering a free 14 day trial. 

Headspace provides structured courses that give you the experience of taking an in-person class, but one that you can do anywhere. The app also offers short meditations for emergencies or the occasional random quiet moment. The app has a special collection called “Weathering the Storm” that includes meditations, sleep aids, and movement exercises to help during these times.

Insight Timer
Insight Timer has the largest free library of guided meditations, over 2,000 free talks and podcasts, and music tracks to soothe your mind or help you sleep.


Finding activities the whole family can enjoy can be a challenge! We have put together some fun activities to help enhance your family’s quality time together. Check out the links below for engaging educational resources, ideas to keep your kids moving, and entertainment just for fun. 

Just For Fun

Make Your Backyard More Fun
From summer stages to boat racetracks, here are 14 easy ways to make your backyard more fun.

More S’mores
This perfect S’more Maker offers a fast, easy way to make the treat right in your oven.

Toy & Book Stores Offering Curbside Pickup & Delivery
Mommy Poppins has rounded up 13 DC-area toy and book stores offering curbside pickup or delivery for customers.

Goodnight with Dolly
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library presents Dolly Parton’s weekly read-aloud video series. The Book Lady (and country music icon) sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families.

Virtual Take Your Kid to Work Day Packet
Check out our 2020 packet for (Virtual) Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Free Stories
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is opening their collection to kids everywhere. They can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories across all platforms.

Virtual Animals in Your Home
Is your toddler is the same height as a tiger? Now you can find out! Google has added an interactive 3D selection of animals that you can view, photograph or video from your phone or tablet. CNET has put together instructions and a list of animals for your enjoyment. Bonus – this is fun for adults too.

Tour the Buckingham Palace
Take a virtual tour through Buckingham Palace, an iconic building and official residence of The Queen of England and the focus of many moments of national celebrations.

Mattel Playroom
Play is never canceled! Mattel wants you to stay connected, keep laughing, and keep playing with their Mattel Playroom. It consists of activities, games, and content from all of their amazing brands like Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Hot Wheels, and more.

Watch the Beluga Whales at the Georgia Aquarium
There’s a beluga whale webcam set up at the Georgia Aquarium, so you can see what your whale friends are up to at anytime.

Join a Facebook Live Dance Party with DJ Mel
DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Many have been tuning in, so get ready for fun.

Check Out Mars!
Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.

The Great Wall of China
No need to book a flight for this trip. Visit one of the World Wonder’s from the comfort of your couch by taking a virtual tour.

Backyard Camping
Check out these 25 backyard camping tips to get started.



Activities & Resources

Even though kids are home from school, that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. These helpful tools will keep kids engaged, focused, and eager to learn even at home.

Virtual Summer Camps
Mad Science Virtual Camp
A List of 45 Virtual Summer Camps

Time’s List of 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
ParentPal: A Personal Parenting Coach
At-Home Science Experiments
Learning at Home with Ready Rosie
Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
At-Home Resources for Kids and Adults with KiwiCo
Creating Consistency: Discovery and Learning with Your Preschooler at Home

Art, Games, and Learning with ABCya!
Lunch Doodles with Mo



Wiggle Time

Reduce your child’s screen-time with these fun activities to keep your kids moving and active.

PE at Home: Pillow Flipper
PE at Home: Fan Favorite
Move and Learn at Home with GoNoodle

GoNoodle Activity Squares
Towel Fitness and Challenges
Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure
Set up an indoor hopscotch. Try using painters tape!
Create an outdoor gym class. Obstacle course, anyone?



Let’s Get Cooking

Here are some kid friendly recipes that the whole family can help make.

Entertainment & Distractions

Looking for new ways to pass the time? Stay busy and entertained with these fun ideas to keep you from going stir crazy!  


Movies Streaming Online
The 20 most anticipated streaming movies of 2021 and where you can watch them.

Quarantine Playlists
Refinery 29 has put together a quarantine playlist for every mood.

Couch Concerts
The Kennedy Center is introducing Couch Concerts, their new series of live performances for your streaming entertainment.



Good News

Good News Network
Check out an American online newspaper which publishes positive and uplifting news.

Some Good News
John Krasinski highlights Some Good News from around the world and much more.

Good News Movement
Can’t get enough good news? We don’t blame you. Follow the Good News Movement on Instagram.




DIY Your Own Candle
Here is the easiest way to make a DIY candle at home.

Wine & Cheese Pairing Swatchbook
This swatchbook is filled with 50 palate-delighting wine and cheese pairings.

Take It Outside
If you’re itching to get out of the house for a bit consider taking a scenic drive. While maintaining social distancing, you can kill an hour or more while taking in the beautiful views Virginia and Maryland have to offer. While you’re out and about, you could stop at a local winery or brewery from our list below that are open for pickup orders.
5 Fantastic Northern Virginia Scenic Drives
5 Scenic Virginia Byway Trips
Maryland Scenic Byways
Top 10 Scenic Drives in Maryland

Local Wineries & Breweries Offering Pickup
Virginia Wineries
Virginia Breweries
Virginia Cideries & Distilleries
Maryland Wineries

Maryland Breweries

Learn TikTok Dances
Elle has a list of 21 popular TikTok dance moves you can learn at home.

Uptown Funk Mash-Up
Need a five minute pick-me-up? Watch this mash-up of Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk.




Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn or try? Now is a great time! Below are a few suggestions we love.

Plant Parenting 101
What to expect when you’re becoming a plant parent.

PowerPoint Party
Have each person presents a three min PowerPoint on a topic of their choosing during a Zoom Happy Hour.

Let’s Make Art
Let’s Make Art offers free educational videos to help start your art journey. Choose from watercolor, lettering, and art journaling.

Duolingo & Babbel
Want to learn a new language? Duolingo and Babbel offer free apps to learn a new language.

Free Online Courses
From data science to design, Free Code Camp has put together 450 Ivy League Courses available for free.

The Great British Bake Off Recipes
Love The Great British Bake Off? Why not try the same recipes from the show?

Virtual Book Club
Looking for new books to read? Host a virtual book club every week. The Washingtonian has a list of ways to support your local book store and alternative delivery methods.


As part of our Meridian+cove partnership, meet cove@Home, a seamless way for companies to support their employees with perks, workspace upgrades, and the strong sense of community that will keep their teams productive and engaged in this trying time.


Perk Packages
Perk Packages are sent directly to every employee’s front door, filled with coffee, snacks, supplies, and surprises – so your team knows you care about them.

Home Office Upgrades
Browse recommended furniture and equipment upgrades so you know your employees have productive home offices. 

Virtual Events
Virtual Events are planned by your cove Experience Manager, to bring people together while they are at home. Happy hours, game nights, and more!

For more information, contact home@cove.is.

Working From Home

Work-life balance is key for maintaining balance and happiness. With disrupted routines and new work parameters, working from home can be a challenge but with these tips, it can also be productive and rewarding.

WFH Tips

Working from home can be a big change but here are some tips to help you manage your workday.


Make Working From Home Easier
These 17 products are WFH must-haves. 


Take A Break
A sand glass timer is a great way to help you step away for a break and adds some style your desk. Turn over the sand glass and don’t come back to your computer until time is up! 


Best Seat Cushions of 2020
The nine best seat cushions of 2020 to help correct your posture and prevent discomfort.


Zoom Backgrounds
Zoom’s virtual background feature helps you feel like you’re in a more professional setting and not distracting to your coworkers. Elite Daily has a variety of Zoom backgrounds to help your workspace feel more professional.


Set Work Boundaries
Forbes has ten ways to set healthy work boundaries to ease the stress of working from home.


Define Work Hours
The New York Times suggests sticking to a schedule even when working from home.


Keep a Morning Routine
Follow these nine tips on how to perfect your working from home morning routine.


Home Office
If possible, create a designate work space. Clever, from Architectural Digest, has helpful tips on how to do just that.


Break Time!
Taking a break is one of the 11 tips Healthy Living suggests in their Survival Guide to Self Care.


Meet Virtually
Host daily virtual meeting with your colleagues. Partake in team building activities to stay connected. See below for more virtual team building activities to help you and your coworkers stay engaged.



PFH: Play From Home

Stand Up 2 Corona
Book a comedian for your next company virtual happy hour! StandUp2Corona supports Feeding America.


The Boro has partnered with ZogCulture to help you and your coworkers stay engaged and productive. They offer virtual team building activities and games. For more information, please reach out to kendra@zogsportsdc.com.


Playing Cards
ZogCulture offers a virtual deck of 52 cards with playful activities and prompts that can be used to help people feel connected. Try using the cards to kick off meetings and 1:1 conversations, even via zoom or video chats.


Digital Games
If you’re looking to bring play to your employees through some healthy competition and team bonding, we have two digital games that may be the perfect fit for you. Both of these can be played from the comfort of each person’s remote location and they’re fully accessible online. Both games start at $40 per player.


Who Kidnapped My Boss:
Your boss has been kidnapped! Teams will work through 35 challenges, unlocking five suspect statements as they try to figure out who did it…all before the clock runs out.


Triple Jeopardy has six categories and many types of challenges that use different areas of the brain. This game ensures that when played as a team, everyone has something to contribute.


The Boro Gives Back

There are many organizations and causes that still need help during this time. The Boro Gives Back is making it easy for you to help make a difference even from afar.

Make A Difference

Links to Donate


Support Small Businesses
Buy a gift card online to your favorite store or restaurant. You can also order take out. Most restaurants even offer curbside pickup.

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