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Looking for things to do while you’re at home? Let us help! We’ve curated a list of fun things for you and your family to check out this week at home!

Jewelry Maintenance Tips

Bleach and similar harsh chemicals can damage your gold jewelry and leave black tarnish around the solder points. Be sure to remove your jewelry before doing your spring cleaning, and store them away properly to prevent chemical exposure! Read our full jewelry maintenance blog here.


2 cups               flour

2 teaspoons      baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons   baking soda

2 teaspoons      cinnamon

½ teaspoon       salt

2 cups              sugar

1 ¼ cups           vegetable oil

4                      eggs

2 cups             coarsely grated carrots

8 oz can            crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup               chopped nuts

½-3/4 cup         shredded coconut (if desired)


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Beat sugar, oil, and eggs together in a bowl with an electric mixer; mix well. Combine dry ingredients with sugar mixture. Stir in 2 cups coarsely grated carrots, crushed pineapple (drained) and chopped nuts. Bake at 350 for 15-22 minutes. Cool on wire racks and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ cup               butter

8 oz                  package cream cheese

1 teaspoon       vanilla

1 pound            powdered sugar

Thin with cream or milk.

Mix well with an electric mixer.


Yield: approximately 24 cupcakes

At-Home Activities

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What You Need: 

4 foot-long pipe cleaners (one in green and three of the same color)

How to make them:

  1. Take the pipe cleaners of the same color and twist them together in the middle 3-5 times.
  2. Wrap the twisted part around your finger to form the loop, making sure that the ends are even. Then, twist them together 2-3 times at the top of your finger. 
  3. Remove the loop from your finger and separate the pipe cleaners evenly. 
  4. Hold the end of one of the pipe cleaners and roll it tightly into a spiral towards the center. Repeat this process until all of them are in spirals.
  5. Flip the ring over. Wrap the middle of the pipe cleaner around the base of the flower, making sure that both ends are even. Twist it together to keep it in place.
  6. Roll each of the green pipe cleaners towards the center to create the leaves. Gently pinch the top to make them leaf-shaped. 

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