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The Best Quarantine Buys

The pandemic has touched all of us in many ways. Besides the very real, very serious health consequences, it's had an impact on how we live, work, learn, eat, recreate, entertain, and travel.  Those of us who have the privilege of working from home are reassessing our living spaces. We're also reassessing our priorities, reimagining, coping, improvising, and finding joy any way we can. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to build a new deck or put in a pool. Sometimes, all it takes is a few new things in the mix. It's about looking around and taking notice of what's not working optimally, and thinking about what would bring joy or just make you a little more comfortable. Today, I'm going to talk about some of the best quarantine purchases I've made and how they've enhanced my life. I'll also share some ideas from friends and some I've found online.

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