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Taking Care of Our Families in Uncertain Times

This week I wrote a fun light-hearted post about the stylish and elegant women I find inspiring. The post is meant to be a quick entertaining read, but I’ve had a hard time scheduling the post to go live on my site, with all that is going on right now.

I’ve always wanted this site to be a positive and uplifting corner of the internet, and I generally avoid addressing world events. I’ve always viewed this blog as a bit of escapism. It’s a fun, light-hearted, quick read that connects women all over the world.

But I feel, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) before I carry on as usual here at The Vintage Housewife. It’s affecting us all in (in)direct ways. It has and will continue to disrupt our lives, creating uncertainty, confusion, and fear.

This post isn’t intended to give you medical advice on the Coronavirus itself. I am nowhere near qualified to do that and you should refer to a medical expert like your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.

I’m also not going to tell you how you and your family should be preparing. Everyone will have to make up his/her own mind based on their family’s needs. I will, however, let you know what I personally think and how I am preparing.

Most importantly, I just want you to know if you are trying to wrap your head around the current pandemic, what it means, and how to best take care of your family during these times, I am right there with you.

How I am Preparing:

As a little bit of a background into my family. We are a family of 5. I am a stay at home mom, and I fall into a high risk category, with a compromised immune system along with asthma. My husband and I have 3 teenagers who go to public school, and are heavily involved in both club and school sports.

Shopping For the Essentials

For my family, I have been preparing for social distancing. A few weeks ago I started to slowly stock up on enough nonperishable foods to last my household through several weeks to help me avoid trips to the store during an intense wave of virus transmission within my community. I shared my pantry stock up plan a while ago, but I have been more aggressively stocking up on non-pantry items such as frozen veggies, meats for my freezer, prepared canned soups, and household supplies recently.


I’ve been reminding my kids to wash their hands, A LOT! We’ve all heard this about 1000 times a day recently, but my kids can be pretty lax with this, so we have a household family rule that the first thing you do when you return home and walk in the door is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Generally, my kids are coming home after a day at school and sports, so they really should be doing this anyway, but like I said they are kids, and pretty lazy about this stuff so now I just remind them.

Avoiding Crowds?

This is something my husband and I have only very recently begun talking about. We have a family vacation planned out of state next month for a sporting event for my two oldest, which will have highschoolers from all over the country in attendance and will include large gatherings. As of yesterday a statement was made that the event is proceeding. But, based on statements by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases those ‘vulnerable’ to coronavirus should limit travel and crowd exposure, we are seriously considering whether it would be a good decision for us to travel and attend this event.

I’m Here for You

Here at the Vintage Housewife we have built this community around the idea of taking care of our families and ourselves. I want you to know that I am committed to you— I am no expert, but I take my family’s health and wellness very seriously, as I know you do.

I am committed to continue to inspire you to take care of your household and your family in a fun way, while offering a bit of escapism over the next few months.

I am not in the business of fearmongering, but If you’d like to see more posts on how I am preparing for social distancing I’d be happy to share shopping trips, and my general game plan. Let me know if this is something that might interest you.

Take care friends, and be safe.


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Tracie Smith

Friday 13th of March 2020

We go to a homeopathic Dr in Alabama USA, but we live in Denmark. (It's the wellness center in Florence) Because we travel through international airports often, corona virus is a big concern for me. My homeopath gave us arsenica album 30 as a defense against corona. If you Google it, many sites/videos come up most of them Indian. As of today, India has had only 1 death from corona, which is amazing to me considering their population numbers. Anyway, I hope this helps.

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