• Maryam Chishti

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

It's clear that this Thanksgiving will not be like others before it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are having much smaller holiday gatherings than usual, or, in some cases, going entirely virtual. While this is a difficult and heartbreaking decision for many, (this is my first Thanksgiving without my doggy niece Penny!) there are still ways for you and your family to appreciate and enjoy the holiday and each other in this unusual time.




1. Make Your Home Cozy for Thanksgiving


Make your home as warm as possible, by giving it a special Thanksgiving spruce up. Hang a wreath on the door, add some autumnal décor items: pumpkins, acorns, pinecones, pretty leaves (if you’re not a décor person, do something anyway- I guarantee you’ll be glad you did), and you can even adorn your porch or host a friendly “porch decorating competition” with your family (complete with a prize for the winning porch, of course!). In your living room, add extra pillows and blankets to make your space feel cozier, and light a candle with your favorite autumn smell. Adding a little festivity to your home will give you back a little of that Thanksgiving cheer you might be missing this year.

2. Bring in an Old/New Family Tradition


Bring your family closer together by bringing back a family tradition from the older generations- maybe a retired family recipe. Look back at old family cookbooks, or ask your elders what food they grew up having around the holidays, and recreate one of their tried-and-true dishes this year. You can also start a new family tradition- a window or porch decorating contest (yes, we love our decorated porches!), a family game night, or watch a nostalgic movie remotely together using Netflix Party. These things will not only bring your family closer together, but it will also give you the opportunity to start new family traditions that you can enjoy for many Thanksgivings to come.


3. Adopt a Family


On top of travel restrictions, an economic recession and, well, COVID, the painful truth is that many families have less money to spend on a Thanksgiving meal than in years past. If your family is able to afford to fully celebrate this season, consider giving back by sponsoring another family’s meal. There are many organizations to choose from, including local churches or food pantries by you, but I can recommend contacting your local church, food pantry, Salvation Army or visit volunteermatch.org. You will be matched with a family(s); you can even choose to be matched to a similar family to your own. Additionally, this is a great way to teach your kids about giving back during the holidays, especially if you include them in the matching process.




Most importantly, it’s important to remember that while this Thanksgiving may be a difficult one, as Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q says, “It’s only for now!” Keep the faith, and know your family and friends will be together again soon. Safety first this year. And remember, despite the fact that it has been and continues to be a very difficult year, there is always, no matter the circumstances, something you can find to be thankful for. And don't forget to watch our first-of-its-kind shoppable sitcom, Adulting with Jane!




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  • Maryam Chishti

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Believe it or not… holiday season is just around the corner! Before it catches up with you with mail and deliveries guaranteed to be at an all time high this year, we encourage you to start planning in advance. This year, Adulting with Jane is so excited to share with you unique, thoughtful gifts for even your pickiest friend or family member.

For the “Planner” in Your Life ($): Rocketbook is a notebook with a 21st century twist. Once you are complete writing a page in this notebook, all you have to do is take a picture via their app/QR code system, and it seamlessly catalogues, sends and makes searchable a PDF of your notes to their free cloud app plus a host of other choose-able destinations (email, messages, iCloud, Google Docs, Dropbox, and more) which then store your notes virtually. When you are done with the page, all you have to do is add a drop of water… and the notebook erases like magic. We recommend Rocketbook not only for its endless reusability and price point (around $30 with at 15% discount through the site) but for its simplicity and the reassurance that your notes can never go missing. Click here to watch our Rocketbook TikTok Video- it's gotten over 2.9M views!


For the "Creative Organizer" ($$): Inspired by the effort to minimize global waste, Project Repat takes your old t-shirts or sweatshirts, and turn them into a custom made quilt. Choose your quilt size and style online, mail your t-shirts in, and get a new quality quilt sent back to you, for just $75 (plus the website offers a 25% off code if you sign up through this link.) All quilts are made in the US and reduce the carbon impact while ‘repatriating’ textile jobs back to the United States. You can buy a gift card as well and let your them pick their own shirts!


For the “Lifelong Learner” ($$$): Have you ever wanted to take Ukelele lessons? Learn how to garden? Take an in depth masterclass in comedy or the art of negotiation? MasterClass is a Hub of online learning for adults with the leading experts in the field. Learn how to write a screenplay with Aaron Sorkin, acting with Natalie Portman, or cooking with Master Chef Gordon Ramsey. If you’re even a little bit into online learning, we promise this one is worth the price of admission, and all of their classes together cost significantly less than even one college course ($90 for one class, or $180 for unlimited classes for a year) and you don’t have to worry about grades!



Want more ideas???


Something for Everyone ($-$$$): Etsy is the global marketplace for homemade, handcrafted goods. I kid you not, this place has everything. Etsy is a mecca for home decor, jewelry, and customized gifts and supports only local artisans, small businesses, and creators. It’s home to a universe of special, one of a kind items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures. Check it out and search your specific ideas here!




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Updated: Nov 18, 2020

On top of the expected increases in COVID cases as well as the seasonal flu this winter, there is also the ever-looming potential for many of SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially for people living in the North US and Canada and/or in a home without a lot of outside light exposure, people with genetic predispositions for Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and women (women are 4 times more likely to experience SAD than their male counterparts). Many people experience significant shifts in mood and energy when the days get shorter, and the social isolation we are living in will certainly not help.





In today’s blog post, we will talk about how to best stave off and/or mitigate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

  • First, invest in a light therapy box and use it for 30- 60 minutes first thing in the morning. They are relatively inexpensive and studies show that THEY WORK! Early morning light exposure, especially, will help reset your body clock/maintain your body’s natural circadian rhythms, giving you more energy throughout the day, as well as keeping your body on a consistent waking and sleeping clock. Our favorite one for the value is made by Miroco.




  • Secondly, don’t have your lightbox be the only sun you are getting! Get natural sunlight during the day, even if you are just taking a quick walk around the block during your lunch break, will help your body get that needed vitamin D, and is great for your body to register in the middle of the day.


  • It is also important to stick to a regular waking, sleeping, and eating schedule to help synchronize your biological clock. Even when feeling lazy, try to keep consistent plans to see friends while keeping social distancing recommendations in mind (for more ideas on how to be social in quarantine, read our past blog post) . Humans are social creatures, and you will be surprised how meaningful time with friends, and a consistent, healthy routine will help with any tendencies of SAD.


  • Lastly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be helpful in identifying and changing one’s own negative thoughts and behaviors. Here is a link to Talkspace to connect with a professional skilled in CBT.




While the expectations for this year’s SAD may seem overwhelming, with help from therapies like the ones you can find above, you'll absolutely get through it. And always remember, seasonal affective disorder is well, seasonal. Spring will come again. :)




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