We’re living in a stressful time filled with long days, negative news, lockdown lifestyles and an uncertain future. It is now more than ever that we need to band together, ‘cuz we are all in this together. And it is during this storm that we need hope. We need resilience. And we need to spark our own joy. So it is with all this in mind that I initiated a rainbow challenge the third week of March, hoping it would encourage everyone to maintain morale and spark some creativity during this difficult time. Anyone else need a rainbow post-corona virus?
We asked all our followers to contribute throughout the day rainbow-themed: crafts, music, fashion, desserts, food, and fun activities with their kids. We shared some inspirational photos through Instagram, tagged friends who we knew would be excited about the theme, and even partnered with a local business to help spread the word and award a prize. The Craft Studio, a mom-owned, Tribeca (downtown NY) business that we adore, gave away a rainbow-themed zoom class to one lucky follower who sent us in their rainbow themed activity with our tag #lockdownstellastyle. And we both featured some of our favorite entrants through our IG stories.
The hashtag was created out of my penchant for parties, themed playdates, and celebrating the everyday. I firmly believe in the importance of staying positive even during crisis. And what I want for my daughter during this quarantine is not to look back remembering stress, anxiety, and unlimited iPad time. I want her to remember lots of fun new memories with her family. So it is during lockdown that I have continued to create fun themed days where we dress up, bake, cook, craft, game and homeschool with that theme in mind.
It puts a unique spin to the normal categories we will be repeating on the daily. And it gives us both something to look forward to, plan for, and anticipate. Half the fun is in the anticipation and planning, isn’t it?
We were so thrilled to see how everyone interpreted the theme!
Throughout the day we saw lots of rainbow fashions, some rainbow manicures, lots of painted and crafted rainbows, and even a rainbow cake!
Each colorful creation brightened our day and we hope they brightened someone else’s day too!
And at 2pm the community came together online through an IG LIVE where we kicked off our virtual party with a little dancing (to a rainbow song of course). And from there, Juliet led a couple kid-friendly magic tricks! Through Ig live, we encouraged our followers to join along and try the magic tricks with us.
For “magic dipping dots,” we poured milk into a tray then speckled with dots of food coloring. Then we dipped a Q-tip in dishwashing soap before dunking it into the colorful circles. Voila! all the food coloring magically spread apart and sort of ran away from the q-tip causing beautiful swirls, artful patterns and joyous reactions amongst all!
For “grow your rainbow,” we shared on LIVE how a markered row of colors could grow up a paper towel when dipped ever so slightly into a pool of water.
Both were simple tricks, quick and easy to do. Juliet made me proud as I watched her transform into an Instagram teacher and adorable leader. Her reactions and comments were priceless! She kept wondering out loud (it was her 1st-ever IG live) where all the people were and how I was able to know what their reactions were when they weren’t in our living room. (I was reading their comments online as I was taping her haha)
It was so cute and so fun. And we were so happy to learn how kids all over the world were sharing their rainbows through their windows. It had become sort of a game to walk the neighborhood streets spotting rainbows. And all of a sudden, we were all joyfully taking part in this rainbow connection.
Thank you to all who participated in our IG LIVE magic show, our rainbow challenge, and for so eagerly anticipating our next mommy and me themed activity. We hope that you will join us live @stylishlystella every Sat at 2pm. Below is our tentative schedule and list of upcoming themed activities!!
If you have any other themes that you’d like to suggest, we’d love to hear them! Please leave a comment below.
Take care everyone. We hope you find a reason to smile everyday!
The StylishlyStella sessions are every Saturday at 2pm EST!
- March 28th 2pm THEME – Easter crafts with toilet paper rolls
- April 4th 2pm THEME – Rapunzel quarantined in her tower
- April 11th 2pm THEME – Mommy makeover (Juliet styles my outfit and does a makeup tutorial)
- April 18th 2pm THEME – Elsa in her kingdom of isolation (aren’t we all Elsa right now)?
For my tips on how to stay sane during the Corona Virus Pandemic, click here.