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10 Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home During Quarantine

10 Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home During Quarantine

As the entire world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens have been advised to stay home as much as possible — which sounds easy at first. But as time goes on, it becomes ever more important that we find things to do inside while we are, for all intents and purposes, stuck at home. And that goes beyond staring at a screen all day. You will want to keep mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy, which is not that easy when you’re in isolation. Appliances Connection would like to suggest some activity ideas — and some fine products — that may help you get through this trying time.

Relax - Signature Design by Ashley 2150613

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Nowadays, being stressed-out has almost become a way of life for many people. And that level of constant stress can take a toll on both your mind and your body. So, it is vitally important that — when you get the chance — you remember to take a deep breath, lay back, and allow yourself to simply relax. It rests the body, rejuvenates the mind, and enables you to face another day with more energy and calm. And one thing you can use to relax is a good old, comfortable recliner — like the Signature Design by Ashley’s Composer Collection 35-inch power recliner.

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With its sleek, contemporary design and variety of features, this recliner makes a modern statement while maintaining its primary purpose — comfort. Lattice stitchwork makes a bold statement against the attractive, durable grey blended leather upholstery. Besides the expected plush, embracing cushions and convenient, push-button footrest extension, it includes such luxuries as an adjustable headrest, convenient armrest storage compartments, a USB port charger, and a blue LED-lit cupholder in each arm. For anyone feeling the strain of the current situation, this high-tech, low-stress, recliner is just what you need for soothing, restful relaxation.

Work Out - Pro-Form PFTL60917

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One aspect of daily life many people are desperately missing given the current lockdown is the simple pleasure of physical exercise — the ability to hit the gym and get the blood going, or even going for a run on the sidewalk or in the park without having to breathe through a mask. And being at home for such an extended period of time makes it all too easy to put off working out, flop out on the couch, and binge watch your favorite shows. But you can still get some proverbial laps in with the Pro Form Trainer 6.0 Treadmill.

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This compact treadmill is perfect for a stay-at-home stretching of the legs, with a slew of high-performance components to make your run as realistic and comfortable as possible. The running deck is fully supported by ProShox cushioning to reduce stress on your feet, ankles, and knees, and can be easily raised 10 degrees with a push of the Quick Incline button. It has a pair of EKG grips to measure your heartrate. Keep accurate track of your daily progress by recording it to the iFit cloud. When you’re done, you just fold it up with the EasyLift assist feature and tuck it away thanks to its slim SpaceSaver design.

Remember, just because you’re sheltering in place doesn’t mean you have to stop moving!

Play Games - Imperial International 267940

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When you’re stuck in one place for any length of time, finding fun things to do (besides playing video games) can be difficult. Let’s face it, even board games and puzzles can lose their luster after you Pass Go and Collect $200 for the umpteenth time. So…how to keep a group of people interested in a fun activity? Good old-fashioned competitive sports! And what better sport to enjoy than the smallest soccer game ever invented…FOOSBALL! It’s easy to learn, and its irresistible playability will keep people engaged for hours on end.

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Appliances Connection has a top of the line game table in the Imperial International Weatherproof Foosball Table. And this is one table that will last through any round-robin tournament of champions. Both the table and playing field are made from special weather-resistant materials so it can take anything from spilled beverages to rain and snow (if you’re a hardcore ”fooser” who likes playing in the elements). The legs are designed to reduce the table weight while maintaining stability. And the tough lil’ players themselves are maneuvered by 2/3-inch stress-resistant steel rods that spin on anti-rust steel ball bearings for fast, precise control.

Whether you’re playing one-on-one or picking sides, you can get your game today!

Cook Outside - Napoleon LEX485RSIBPSS1

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As the weather slowly but surely turns to the warmer days of spring and summer, there’s one truly beloved outdoor activity you can still take part in — outdoor grilling. It’s something you can do whether you’re on your own or in a socially-distanced group. And seriously, who can resist that unmistakable aroma of slowly sizzling burgers, hot dogs, steak and ribs? It’s a sign of sunny days, cool drinks, and just kicking back and enjoying yourself — something we can all use right now. So, if you’re going to fire up a grill, why not make it a grill worth firing up?

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The Napoleon Lex Series 62-inch freestanding liquid propane grill is stocked with everything you need to get the good times going. A stainless-steel body contains three main burners, a Sizzle Zone side burner that can heat up to 1800°F in 30 seconds for savory searing, and an infrared rotisserie burner that put out a scorching 74,000 BTU in total. Handy side shelves, storage cabinets, an integrated ice/marinade bucket and cutting board make cooking with the Napoleon a snap, while iGlow backlit control knobs are great for nighttime grilling.

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And if you really want to get serious about outdoor cooking, you can go whole hog (or chicken, or beef, etc…) and install one of Appliances Connection's many outdoor kitchen islands. They’re beautifully constructed from stone, stucco, or wood, and come in a wide variety of designs with a choice of gas or electric grills and fully accessorized packages. They’ll have you serving up seriously bodacious barbecue for years while adding to the aesthetic appeal of any backyard landscape.

Even if going out to eat isn’t possible at the moment, you can still go out to cook…and then eat.

Learn New Recipes - LG Studio LSWC307ST

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Just because you may be confined to your home for most of the day doesn’t mean you should forget about eating a varied, balanced diet. It’s quite easy to fall into a rut of pre-packaged, processed food that is faster and easier to prepare, but these can affect your health and your mood. While no one is running out to any cooking classes at the moment, you don’t have to give up learning fantastic new recipes to keep things fresh in the kitchen. And the LG Studio 30-inch Double Wall Oven is particularly suited to that task.

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The smart oven and its components are impressive on their own, such as LG’s TurboCook Speed Oven, which can bake 2 to 4 times faster than a traditional oven. Convection cooking ensures all-over heat distribution, which pairs perfectly with the steam-cooking feature to create delicious, healthy dishes. And you’ll be able to make a wide variety of them since this oven is fully compatable with the LG Thinq app to connect you app partners such as Innit or SideChef, that will inspire you with their personalized recipes, meal plans and recommendations.

Get ready to explore a whole new world of cuisine without ever having to leave your kitchen.

Get into Baking - Smeg SMF01SVUS

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In recent years, the art of baking has undergone a huge resurgence both in our kitchens and our culture, with homemade baked treat shops popping up all over and baking shows taking over the airwaves. And why not? Baking is relatively easy to learn (though far from easy to master), and the results of your labor — whether cupcakes, big cakes, cookies, brownies, breads or muffins — can be sampled almost immediately. No matter your kitchen experience, baking can become a delightful hobby for anyone. And the first thing every burgeoning baker needs is a dependable mixer.

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That’s where the Smeg Retro Style mixer enters the picture. Its classic silhouette is made of durable aluminum, upon a stainless-steel/zinc-alloy base with a stainless-steel ball knob. It has 10 variable speeds with a Smooth start function that prevents messes and spills. An easy-to-clean 5-quart stainless steel bowl has an ergonomic handle for a secure grip. And optimal planetary rotation guarantees the smoothest, most evenly blended ingredients you could wish for.

If you’ve ever wanted to take up baking, why not try now with a Smeg mixer to help you?

Indoor Gardening - Urban Cultivator UCRC

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The science of indoor cultivation has grown in leaps and bounds lately, with innovations leading to plant crops being raised and harvested under man-made lights. Most of these have been on a large scale with a view toward perfecting the ability to grow food in a controlled environment. But now you can grow your own fresh herbs and healthful microgreens in the confines of your own kitchen with the Urban Cultivator UCRC.

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This is an all-inclusive automatic indoor garden with everything you need to start your own mini-farm, with magnetic seals, automatic watering cycles, customizable programs, removable grow drawers, and castor wheels. And everything you grow can be harvested and used immediately in your meals for a fresh flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. Urban Cultivator’s seeds are non-GMO, with no sprays or chemicals added in the growing process, so you’ll be getting nothing but 100% organic, healthy food. And it’s compact and appealing enough to fit in any kitchen.

Start growing your own superfoods at home with this highly advanced indoor cultivator.

Swim in Your Backyard - Blue Wave NB2501

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With summer approaching, the heat is about to skyrocket across America. And what’s better on a hot day than taking a dip into your very own backyard pool? It’s guaranteed to cool you off, wake you up, and provide hours and hours of fun for everyone. Swimming is also a great way to get your body moving and get in some light, impact-free cardio work in. Sound good? Then Appliances Connection has what you need at the price you want.

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The Belize from Blue Wave is 48 inches high and 12 feet across, providing you plenty of room to splash and swim while still maintaining safe social distancing. Its solidly constructed frame is topped by durable 6-inch top rails to provide you with years of outdoor recreation. And all steel parts are protected by the Star Galfin process — a combination of zinc and aluminum coating to give them superior corrosion resistance. And the entire package has been designed for easy installation.

Even if you can’t hit the beach, you can now hit the backyard!

Enjoy Warm Evenings Outside - Bromic TNG3000W

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If there’s one thing the recent crisis has taught everyone, it’s that the more time you spend inside, the more you long to go outside, even if it’s only out on the porch or in the backyard. But sometimes the weather doesn’t agree — even in the spring and summer, when warm daytime temperatures can drop after sundown. And when the air gets chilly, there’s nothing like the dependable, steady warmth you get from a patio heater.

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The Tungsten Smart-Heat Radiant Outdoor Electric Heater has the power to keep you and yours nice and toasty. It’s equipped with a spectral reflector for excellent radiant heat output and frosted infrared tube heating elements that glow a lovely amber without the usual harsh glare, and it can be installed on the wall or ceiling. Available in 2000W, 3000W, 4000W and 6000W models. For the budget-minded as well as model for the more budget-minded, Fire Sense offers a similar product at a lower price.

Remember, chilling out doesn’t mean you have to be chilly.

Don’t Let Mosquitos Ruin Your Outdoors - Paragon Outdoor GZ3DS

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While you’re staying nice and warm outside with your patio heater, you may want to remember that while you may be enjoying the outdoors, the outdoors might be enjoying you — in the annoying, irritating flying form of mosquitos. How many times have you been looking forward to some time outside, only to end up flailing your hands around in a vain attempt to rid yourself of a cloud of tiny bloodsuckers? Here, Appliances Connection has the solution for you.

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At 12x12 feet, the Siena Metal Gazebo from Paragon-Outdoors allows you to relax in the fresh air without the worry of getting bitten. This gazebo is made from durable, rust-resistant aluminum that provides insulation and noise reduction. All four sides have a sliding screen door that allows the breeze in and keeps flying pests out, and the entire structure is UV protected. It’s so easy to assemble that two people can have it built in half a day.

Enjoy some time outdoors with all the comfort of the indoors.

We at Appliances Connection wish you all well in these trying times. Stay home, stay healthy, stay active, and stay safe.