Stuck at home during lockdown, keeping busy with home improvement

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People “are choosing to invest in their homes … especially seeing as they’re kinda stuck there,” says PC Home Center’s Mike Horstmann.

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Kristin Spitale, a wife and mom with two young kids, found herself feeling the monotony when the coronavirus lockdown smacked New Jersey in mid-March.

Wake up. Home-school. Make dinner. It was a far cry from her normal life which had included activities out with the kids, restaurant dinners and social gatherings. 

“We were sick of being in the house and doing the same thing every single day, so we decided to get constructive,” said Spitale, who lives in Shewsbury. “I was so bored that I just thought, ‘There are a lot of projects I always wanted to do — so why not do it now?”

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She certainly did. Within a few weeks, Spitale and her husband,

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With big trips out, RV rentals, decor hot this summer

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The call of the open road is getting especially loud this summer.

As COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, even after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted her lockdown orders, road trips are the hot — and safe —  way to travel this summer.

And RV trips are an especially popular way to travel and socially-distance. According to RVShare, a peer-to-peer RV-sharing marketplace, RV rentals have increased 1,600 percent since early April.

Sarah Lemp, a busy mom of five from Livonia and RV flipper (she was featured in Homestyle last summer), has taken several small RV trips with her family this year. They don’t have to use public restrooms, go to restaurants or come in contact with other people.

“The pandemic has had a huge impact on RV sales!” said Lemp in an email. “Many people are hesitant to visit their normal vacation destinations

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Rose’s Kitchen: Farm fresh | Taste, the Santa Fe dining scene

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All 9-by-5 feet of the Rose’s Kitchen food truck is tucked into a little corner of heaven in Agua Fría village. It’s part of a lovely rural cul de sac composed of picnic tables and sunflowers and a twice-weekly farm stand on the grounds of Reunity Farm. In this laid-back spot, families can relax beneath towering trees and dogs can sniff their hellos to each other, blissfully unaware of the social-distancing rules we humans currently have to follow.

And the food Ilana Rose Blankman serves from Rose’s Kitchen (folks with the name Rose get a bit of a discount, by the way) complements the scene perfectly: fresh, handmade meals designed to change with the seasons. That means dishes like a galette of the day with a savory local flour crust, veggies and cheese; a farm stand salad with avocado herb dressing; and hearty “fork tacos” on made-to-order tortillas.



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The mezze

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