How to Enjoy Your Summer Like Everything is Fine {Pandemic Edition}

June 23, 2020 Miss Senorita by Jessica Hall

woman meditating on a rock at the ocean

So it’s the end of June 2020 and no one knows if school in the fall will be open.

Will it be in person like normal life? What will that look like if so? What will the restrictions be for everyone to be safe? Will school be entirely online? Will it be a combo somehow?

No one knows!

Such a fun game.

So rather than stress over how TF you’re going to plan for 3 different scenarios for all of your preps, it’s better for your sanity if you accept right now that your stressing all summer will change literally nothing.

Let me say that again.

Stressing all summer over how school will look in the fall and how you can plan for all possible scenarios is impossible 👏and 👏  will 👏 change 👏 nothing. 

So here are 15 suggestions for how you can enjoy your summer like everything is fine {pandemic edition}:


Melt into the couch and binge-watch an entire series.

Do you know why everyone hates Carol Baskin? (She for sure murdered her husband.)

How terrible is Jessica from Love is Blind? (Oh God, so terrible.)

Or if you want to keep up with your Spanish – check out Elisabeth’s 25 best Mexican movies on Netflix right now.

If you want a tv show that you can watch for literally the entire summer – NCIS has 398 episodes. Law & Order has 456. Better get started.


Go on a virtual tour.

You can virtually visit US National Parks through Google Earth and it’s so 👏 freaking 👏 cool 👏

I cannot understate how cool this website is. 

You can visit National Parks from the Everglades in Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska.

The US Virgin Islands is even included because apparently we own that too.

Or if you wish you could go to a museum – I’ve got great news for you.

Good Housekeeping has 30 virtual tours of museums, zoos, aquariums, and theme parks.

You can peruse art in the Louvre in Paris, you can creep on pandas at the Atlanta Zoo, and you can take virtual rides on Disney rides.

What more could you want??


Harry Potter at home!

Daniel Radcliffe is my future husband. I need everyone to know this important fact.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, Harry Potter At Home is a thing!

You can put all your Amazon boxes to good use by making your own cardboard basilisk or you can find out which Hogwarts house you’re in (very important info). You can also listen to famous people read chapters of the book and like a million other things.

I highly recommend going down this rabbit hole and spending at least 3 days doing nothing but Harry Potter-ing at home.

woman fanning herself


Go on a hike.

If there are any mountains or hills or parks or trails near you – go check them out!

You can even invite friends and social distance with them.


Go on a bike ride.

This one does require a bike, but if you have it – use it!

Find some paths in nearby woods, or explore your neighborhood.


Work out.

I can’t wait until group workout classes are a (safe) thing again, but for now I loooooove a free Instagram workout on my patio. On Instagram @DoYouRumble has free 30-minute cardio/boxing workouts on their page a couple of times a week.

If you have ClassPass, they have free digital workouts for just about any genre of workout you’re looking for. Just hit play.

You can also search “yoga workout” or “cardio workout” or whatever your favorite workout is on youtube. Or if you really want to have a good time, search “80s workout“. Go ahead. You won’t regret it.



If you’re feeling some lots of anxiety about how you’re supposed to plan for school next year when you have absolutely no idea if you’ll actually see your students in person or over video (can you hear my voice go up an octave from even saying this out loud?), then mindfulness and meditation can seriously help calm you.

Mindful.org suggests 5 free apps that will help calm your anxiety.



You don’t have to bake banana bread. But if you do, let it be Chrissy Teigen’s.

You could also try Olive Oil Chocolate Chunk Cookies. You’re welcome.

If you’re in the mood to get creative without making sweets (but why tho?), check out Food52’s 17 Easy Quarantine Recipes. I’m coming over if you’re making the Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese.


Learn how to garden.

I don’t have a garden, but I do have an aloe plant I haven’t killed yet. Good Housekeeping has a fabulous article on gardening for beginners.


Social distance with friends.

Have some friends over and stay far away from each other.

Everyone brings their own food, drinks, and chairs.

Everyone stays 6+ feet apart and has a great time!

If you put together a social distance gathering and need a sassy theme – check out these kooziesNot an affiliate link – I’m just strangely obsessed with them.


Picnic with friends.

Same concept as above, but in a park!

Everyone brings their own food, drinks, and chairs or blankets.

Everyone stays 6+ feet apart and has a great time in the sunny outdoors!


Do that at-home project you’ve been putting off until you “had the time”.

Ugh. I’m sorry to bring this one up.

But it’s like maybe not a terrible idea?


Read a book.

Follow @MisClasesLocasReads on IG for great book suggestions 😄

Read all the Harry Potter books en español. I’m not sorry to mention HP twice in this post.

Read all the best books of summer 2020.

Get educated on BLM.


Do a puzzle.

I consider myself to be a puzzle fanatic and I’ve done more puzzles over the past few months than I care to share on a public platform.

I have done what some would consider to be an extraordinary level of research on where to get the best puzzles and I highly recommend bitsandpieces.comAgain, not an affiliate link – just an obsession.

They’re high quality, they have non-Christmas themed puzzles (I swear 80% of puzzles are Christmas-themed – why??), and they aren’t expensive. They also ship within a few days, including during a pandemic.

Ravensburger also has great puzzles, but they’re sold out at the time of this post publishing.


Take action.

TheSkimm has 12 ways you can take action right now.

Their list includes anti-racist books to read, shows to watch, Black-owned businesses to support, podcasts to listen to, and organizations you can donate to.


Whelp, that’s all I got for you. My friend’s mom suggested I add “learn how to knit” to this list, but nah. That’ll be on my “how to survive winter 2021 like everything is fine” blog post. *says a prayer that blog post won’t need to be written*

What are you doing this summer to avoid worrying about what schools will do in the fall? Share in the comments below! (Is it knitting? Was I wrong not to add it to the list?)

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