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Bye Bye Boredom: 3 Feel-Good Pastimes to Pick Up

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Sheltering in place has reawakened a lot of things: homemade sourdough bread, trashy television shows (Tiger King, anyone?), and tried and true hobbies. Working out was no longer a chore, gardening gained many new fans, and testing out new recipes was suddenly a treat. Fend off boredom and revel in your newfound skills when you incorporate these pastimes into your routine.


With all this extra time at home, beautifying our spaces became a top priority. Enter gardening, a popular pastime that boosts many health benefits while simultaneously adding value to one’s abode. "The pandemic has had an overall positive effect on our business and the industry as a whole," Madeleine Perino of Perino's Garden Center shared. "I think one of the biggest changes we saw was the amount of people trying their hand at growing their own food!"

Get your hands dirty and increase your serotonin levels with Perino's expert gardening tips:

1) Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Start small. You can always add to your garden.

2) Evaluate your sun exposure before selecting plants.

3) Make sure your access to water is convenient for properly watering your plants.

4) Be prepared with the right tools. A hand shovel, gloves, potting and gardening soil, and a watering wand will do the trick.

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Landis 14.5" x 24.25" Planter, $150, PERINO'S GARDEN CENTER

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Eleanor 7" Pot, $48, PERINO'S GARDEN CENTER


Matte White Ceramic Hare, $19, LIVING WITH LANDYN


Garden Kneeler & Potting Gloves Set, $40, JUDY AT THE RINK


Garden Multi-Tool, $25, JUDY AT THE RINK


Time to dust off those cookbooks! Adding variety to weeknight meals, happy hour cocktails, and at-home date nights became essential this year, and we are leaning into the fun accessories that come along with the delicious task at hand.


Black Bartender Apron, $150, SAZERAC HOUSE

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Pink Cake Stand, $78, HILLTOP SHOPPE

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Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic Bitters, $16.99, SAZERAC HOUSE

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Southern Cocktails by Denise Gee, $14.95, HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION

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Ceramic Mixing Bowls, $55 Each, HILLTOP SHOPPE


Fitness underwent an evolution this year. With gyms and boutique studios closed, people opted for outdoor cardio sessions and virtual classes from home. Whether you are back at your go-to spot or still sweating it out in private, beat the quarantine fatigue with these workout must-haves.

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Yoga Zeal Yoga Mat, $79, ANTHROPOLOGIE

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The Chelsea Sports Bra, $26, KATHY FIELDER BOUTIQUE

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On Running Cloudswift Shoe, $150, JOSEPH

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Stretch Spray, $9, SWEAT NOLA


Game On Active Shorts, $68, TASC PERFORMANCE

This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.