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Dry Covid? Seems most people are drinking more these days, but one writer for the UK’sIndependentis suggesting that people use this time at home to stop drinking. “Rather than risk compromising our health, this is a great opportunity to extend Dry January to ‘Dry Covid,’ writes Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in mental health at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York.Thoughts?

Someone who is definitely not doing a Dry Covid is actor Ryan Reynolds. In a recent video chat withStephen ColbertonThe Late Show,Ryan talked about what he and his wife,Blake Lively, and their three daughters have been doing while sheltering in place. "We're doing a lot of home-schooling. We're lucky enough to have a little, tiny garden, so we're learning a little bit about gardening. We're trying to make this an educational experience," Ryan said. "But I'm mostly drinking," he joked. As owner of Aviation Gin, Ryan has no shortage of supply. But while joking that he’s mainly drinking, in reality he’s doing a lot more. Aviation Gin has pledged to give a percentage of sales to help now-unemployed bar service workers and bartenders. And Blake and Ryan have donated $1 million to food banks in Canada and the U.S., as well as $400,000 to New York City hospitals. (Entertainment Tonight)

If you don’t know how to use Zoom filters … don’t! Those funny filters you downloaded for your virtual happy hour with friends are great, but if you don’t know how to use the filters -- meaning you don’t know how to turn them on and off – just don’t! Take it from Lizet Ocampo -- who spent her Monday morning meeting this week as a talking potato! Lizet downloaded the potato filter for a virtual happy hour and she couldn’t turn it off at Monday's work meeting. She actually conducted the entire video call in talking potato form. It didn’t end there. A co-worker took a screenshot and posted it toTwitter. With more than 900 thousand likes, Lizet as a potato has gone viral. Thankfully, she had a good sense of humor about it and didn’t fire the person who posted it. She actually responded on Twitter saying, "I yam potato boss … I yam glad this is making folks laugh at this time. Please stay planted at home and safe!" (Buzzfeed)

Feeling stressed? Do a jigsaw puzzle. If working out, cooking like crazy and Netflix bingeing just aren’t cutting your anxiety, experts say it’s time to turn off the screens and start a jigsaw puzzle. Not only is it a great activity for the whole family to get involved in, it stimulates the mind and is a great stress reliever. Dr. Claudia Luiz, a psychoanalyst and author, explained in a recent interview, "Doing puzzles is extremely satisfying not only because you are solving something, but also because you can control achieving the positive outcome. It can feel good to have complete control over something and know that there will be a reward at the end.” They are also a great way to unwind at the end of a stressful day. Everyone has a jigsaw puzzle collecting dust in a closet somewhere -- now is the perfect time to do it! (Martha Stewart)

Reese Witherspoon is showing the love to teachers …Reese’s brand, Draper James, is giving free dresses to teachers. "These past few weeks have shown me so much about humanity. I'm an eternal optimist, so I always look for the bright side of things. And I have been so encouraged by the ways people are really showing up for each other. Particularly the teachers. During quarantine, teachers are broadcasting lessons from their own homes and figuring out new remote-learning technology and platforms on the fly, all while continuing to educate and connect with our kids. Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now," Reese said in a press release. Teachers can enter to win a Draper James dress through Sunday, April 5th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time onthis Google Form. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 7th. Draper James is also offering teachers 25% off online orders for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5th. (Pop Sugar)

A lawmaker in Texas is trying to wipe an old rule off the books ...one that requires toilet paper to be labeled in English. Agriculture commissioner Sid Miller says he could get truckloads of Mexican-made TP brought in to help flush away the state’s shortage if the law was suspended. As Miller puts it, “We don’t have to have toilet paper labeled in English. We know how to use it.” (KXAN)

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