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Inspiration for what to do in Quarantine

While the world continues to stay at home and practice social distancing, our staff from Villa del Palmar Cancun has been busy working on more suggestions for fun things you can do at home with your family to spend valuable time together make the best of the situation. We have included some more activities to do with the kids, some tips from the spa and more recipe ideas from our in-house chefs. We hope you enjoy them!  

Activities with the kids

Our Activities Manager from Villa del Palmar Cancun, Nestor Fernández, shared with us some cool ideas for activities to do at home with the kids, that are relatively easy to do with materials you probably already have at home. We hope that you have fun trying them!  

1. Chalk hair dye 

Children love dressing up and changing their appearance. An easy way for you to change your child’s appearance is to dye their hair a different color. While regular dyes can be permanent and cause damage to their hair, hair coloring with chalk is easy to do, it isn’t permanent and you can easily wash it off with some water and shampoo. 

You will need:   

  • Pastel chalks (not oil chalks, they will stain their hair) 
  • Gloves 

Instructions:    

  1. To start you will have to choose the colors well, since depending on the tone of your child’s hair there will be colors that adapt better. For example, if your child has light or blonde hair, the colors that will suit them best will be blues, violets and pinks. If they have brown or darker hair, the color that will best suit them will be vibrant blues, pinks, reds and greens.
  2. To start coloring your child’s hair with chalk, first put a towel around their shoulders to protect their clothes.
  3. Next take a small section of their hair (the width of a pencil) and twist it. Mist the section with a water bottle.
  4. Then take the chalk and rub the section just as if you were coloring on paper.
  5. Repeat this until all the hair is colored.
  6. Fix with a little hairspray.
  7. To remove the color, comb out the hair and then wash with shampoo and water.

2. Kinetic Sand 

If you are wondering what kinetic sand is, it is sand that has other ingredients added to it to make it hold its shape when formed into a mold. It requires only five ingredients to make and kids can enjoy hours of play time pressing it in their hands and creating new shapes. Playing with kinetic sand allows kids to explore new textures and encourages sensory play.  

You will need

  • 1 cup of play sand  
  • A few drops of food coloring 
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch 
  • 3/4 cup of water (add as needed) 
  • 1 teaspoon of dish soap  
  • 1 small bowl 

Instructions

  1. Add the sand to the bowl and add a few drops of food coloring.
  2. Mix until the color is uniform.
  3. Add the cornstarch and mix together really well.
  4. In another container, add the water and a few drops of dish soap and mix until bubbly.
  5. Next, slowly add the soapy water to the colored sand and mix until you have a consistency like modeling clay.
  6. Repeat this step as often as you wish to create different colors.
  7. Allow the kids to play with the sand and create shapes with their hands. They can also use cookie cutters, cups, spoons or other tools to make shapes.
  8. Because the kinetic sand is moist, it’s likely that the food coloring will stain their hands. To get the stain off, soak a wash cloth with vinegar and rub over the stained areas. Or alternatively, follow the same steps and leave the food coloring out.

Recipes   

During stressful times, eating good food can be very comforting. Eating healthy and delicious food can impact how you feel and goes a long way to contributing to a good mood. With these simple recipes, your mood will have a mood boost in no time.  

1. Tom Yum Soup (Hot and Sour Soup) 

Tom Yum Soup is a light and flavorful soup that is very popular in Thailand. 

You will need: 

  • 2 liters water                                                                          
  • 8.8. Oz dry shrimp   
  • 0.88 Oz celery  
  • 0.88 Oz carrots  
  • 0.88 Oz onions   
  • 0.55 Oz chives    
  • 0.17 Oz ginger   
  • 0.17 Oz   garlic  

Instructions 

  1. Boil all the ingredients boiled together for 30 minutes
  2. Then add. 3.5 Oz tomato paste
  3. Salt and pepper as you like
  4. Serve with fresh lime wedges and cilantro

2. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

You will need

  • 3.5 oz Portobello Mushrooms   
  • 1.8 oz Goat Cheese      
  • 2 oz Liquid Cream   
  • 3 oz Eggs      
  • 0.5 oz Padano cheese     
  • Pinch of Salt     
  • Pinch of White pepper             

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and put it on top of the baking sheet.
  3. Clean the portobello mushrooms and scrape out the gills.
  4. Coat the mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the mushrooms on the wire rack and bake for 15 minutes to soften them.
  6. Take the mushrooms out of the oven and place in individual foil pockets.
  7. Place the goat cheese inside the mushroom caps.
  8. Mix the eggs and liquid cream together and gently pour over the goat cheese.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Top with Grano Padano cheese.

DIY Spa

During stressful times, taking care of yourself and your skin is important for your sense of well-being. Giselle Sedinger Lopez, the talented Spa Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun, shared a couple of her recipes for a DIY face mask and body scrub so you can take care of your skin and create a spa day at home!   

She said, “Facials are a really important part of the spa experience and one of my favorites things to do during the quarantine is the DIY face mask!” 

1. Matcha-cha Face Mask

  You will need: 

  • 1 Tablespoon of Matcha Powder (an extremely potent green tea) 
  • 1 Teaspoon of raw honey   
  • 2 Teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel   

 Instructions

  1. Stir all of the ingredients together and apply to a clean, dry face.
  2. Let it dry and leave it on 20-40 minutes or a whole hour if you want!
  3. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

This facemask works great because Matcha is full of antioxidants that help to rejuvenate and tighten skin. Matcha fights free radicals that can damage skin cells. On top of that, it contains a lot of natural caffeine that helps stimulate your skin with new healthy growth leaving you revitalized. Raw honey is also full of antioxidants; it will help slow down aging. Honey is also incredibly moisturizing and smoothing.  Aloe fights acne, is anti-aging, and a super moisturizer. After this facemask, your skin will be glowing and noticeably smoother. Try and do a face mask once a week.   

2. Margarita body Scrub

You will need:  

  • 1 Cup Himalayan Salt.  
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil  
  • Juice from 2 Limes  
  • 2-3 drops lime essential oil  
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest  
  • 1 tablespoon tequila (optional – add extra lime juice if omitted)  
  • Add some color with Matcha powder  

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated.  If you decide to not use the Matcha, it will be a white scrub with green specs from the lime zest.  
  2. Wet skin and apply scrub generously. Rub in a circular motion to exfoliate. Enjoy the aroma of a margarita with tequila and you will feel as if you were under the shade of a palm tree at Villa Del palmar Cancún!  

Make your own cocktails!  

Lastly, we cannot forget cocktails! After you have finished entertaining the kids, eating your healthy meals and rejuvenating your skin, unwind with a dazzling cocktail.    

Our wonderful Food and Beverage Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun, Tlaltekiti Rivera Perez, shared with us a couple of his favorite cocktail recipes for you to prepare at home.   

1. Dennis and his funny hat

 Who doesn’t love a cocktail with a great name? If you don’t love the name, you will love the taste!  

You will need:  

  • 1 oz vodka 
  • 0.05 oz peach liqueur 
  • 4 oz orange juice 
  • 4 drops Rosso vermouth  
  • Dash of sugar  

Instructions:  

  1. Put the vodka, peach liqueur, orange juice and vermouth together in a glass and stir.
  2. Mix in the dash of sugar.
  3. Your is cocktail is ready. Enjoy!

2. Red Lips

If you want to stir up some passion at home, try our fabulous red lips cocktail recipe.   

You will need

  • 1.05 oz Absolut raspberry
  • 0.05 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 slice watermelon
  • 0.05 oz lemon juice
  • 0.05 oz natural syrup
  • 3 oz cranberry juice

 Instructions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Serve in a tall glass and fire up the passion!  

We hope you have fun trying our suggestions. If you decide to try some or all of them, take a photo of your creation(s) and tag us on social media. Happy creating!  

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