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A Guide for Staying Occupied and Taking Care of Yourself from Home

While many of us are sheltering in place it has been incredible to see how creative people and businesses have been while adapting quickly to a new way of life. As a way to provide support to you and your family, I’ve pulled together the below guide of different resources from a variety of local, small businesses who are now offering services virtually.

Included in this guide you’ll find the following categories of services and offerings:

  • Online Fitness Classes
  • Nutrition & Relationship with Food Support
  • Virtual Therapy
  • Spiritual & Energy Healing
  • Career Coaching
  • Professional Organizing Resources
  • Online Pet Education Classes
  • Skincare Offerings
  • Smartphone Photography Classes
  • Interior Design Assistance
  • Chiropractic Tips

I hope you find this to be useful! If there’s anything else you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll be happy to provide any other resources I might have. If you end up trying any of these services, let us know about your experience in the comments below!


Online Fitness Classes

In-Home Body Weight Workout Class

This online program from Hustle Fitness will feature positive coaches you will have the opportunity to interact with over video conference. They will motivate you, make sure you are doing things correctly so you don’t get injured and provide some connections with other like-minded individuals at this unprecedented time. 

Cost: $79/month. First class is free to see if it’s for you

Schedule a time

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook

About the owner: Chris Jakubiak is the owner of Hustle Fitness and has been personal training since 2006 and has an exercise science degree. He opened his studio, Hustle Fitness  in 2011. 


LIVE Virtual Mat Pilates Classes

The Lincoln Park, North Center and Wicker Park Club Pilates locations are temporarily closed due to the shelter in place order. Therefore, they are offering mat pilates classes live online. The classes are free or you can make a donation to help continue supporting their instructors.

Cost: Free/donation based

Check out the class schedule

Connect on Instagram: North Center, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park

Facebook: North Center, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park

About Club Pilates: At Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is for every type of body. At the studio we offer equipment based group classes and private training. During our temporary studio closure, we are taking our classes virtual! 


Live Yoga & Ab Classes

Kristen DeAngelis is hosting a variety of live yoga classes either via Zoom or Instagram live. Check out the schedule below: 

  • Virtual Vinyasa Yoga: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM CST (sign up through Shiva Shack and support a local yoga studio!)
  • Virtual Yoga Stretch + Breathe Foundations: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM CST (sign up through Shiva Shack and support a local yoga studio!)
  • Virtual yoga on Sundays at 11:00 AM CST on Instagram Live (FREE)
  • Ab class every morning at 8:15 AM CST on Instagram Live (FREE)

Cost: Some classes are paid and some are free

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook, Email

About Kristen: Kristen is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Yoga Teacher and Health Coach practicing functional nutrition and addressing root causes to get to solutions for her clients dealing with hormone/thyroid imbalances, weight loss resistance, adrenal dysfunction, period problems, gut issues, food sensitivities and more.  Kristen’s mission is to educate her clients on how the body is uniquely connected and how to bring it back to balance to achieve health goals!

Kristen works with individuals locally in Chicago and virtually world-wide through her private practice, Kristen DeAngelis Wellness, and as a Health Coach and the Director of Education at Nutrition Dynamic. 


Nutrition & Relationship with Food

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30-Minute Health Coaching Q&A Session

If you’re finding it challenging to “stay on track” and consistently eat in alignment with your healthy eating goals, let’s chat! During high levels of uncertainty and transition, it can be more difficult to “control” your food choices.

During this 30-minute phone call, you and Laura will discuss your goals, the type of support you could use & Laura will provide details about her programs to see if they’re right for you.

Cost: Free

Schedule a time

Download an ebook to help you understand what’s eating away at your willpower

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook, Email

About Laura: Laura B. Folkes is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and holds a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She supports busy adults who know what they should be eating but have a hard time sticking to it by helping them identify the familiar patterns keeping them stuck so they can radically transform their relationship with food. She ensures her clients don’t feel deprived by guiding them to make small, incremental changes so the journey is more enjoyable and will last long-term.

After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.


Home Lab Testing

Registered Dietician, Kristen DeAngelis is offering home lab testing for adrenals, cortisol, lipid panels, vitamin D, extensive hormone panels and more! Inquire within!

Cost: Depends on test

Learn more: Contact Kristen at kristendeangelisrd@gmail.com or kristendeangeliswellness.com

About Kristen: Kristen is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Yoga Teacher and Health Coach practicing functional nutrition and addressing root causes to get to solutions for her clients dealing with hormone/thyroid imbalances, weight loss resistance, adrenal dysfunction, period problems, gut issues, food sensitivities and more.  Kristen’s mission is to educate her clients on how the body is uniquely connected and how to bring it back to balance to achieve health goals!

Kristen works with individuals locally in Chicago and virtually world-wide through her private practice Kristen DeAngelis Wellness and as a Health Coach and the Director of Education at Nutrition Dynamic. 


Building Your Immunity Webinar

This 45-minute health webinar features Dr. Ravi Dodda, an Osteopathic and Emergency Room doctor, Dr. Kuljit Kappur, an Osteopathic Doctor, the Medical Director for APEX, hospice care, as well as Meredith Nathan, a women’s health & holistic fertility specialist.  Listen in as Dr. Dodda, Dr. Kappur, and Ms. Nathan discuss:

  • COVID-19, how to know and what to do if you have it
  • How COVID-19 effects special populations
  • Extrinsic and intrinsic methods for protecting yourself
  • Holistic tips for building your immunity

Cost: Free

Watch the video

Connect with Meredith: Website, Email

About Meredith: Meredith Nathan, L.M.T., graduated with honors from Northwestern University and Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Meredith created the Fertility Enhancing Massage (FEM) Protocol in 2008 after working with thousands of women seeking to improve their fertility since 2004.  Meredith was the esteemed recipient of the AMTA’s 2018 Pioneer Award, has been highlighted in Massage Magazine and Conceive Magazine, and was a contributing author to ‘Fully Fertile, A 12 Week Holistic Plan for Optimal Fertility’.

Wanting multiple tools to help her clients achieve their wellness goals, Meredith also studied nutrition, supplementation and skin health. In partnership with Pulling Down the Moon and Nutrilite, she provides life-friendly solutions for immunity, reproductive health, women’s health, infant & children’s health, fatigue, toxicity, skin health, and anti-aging. 


Therapy Services

Virtual Therapy Sessions

Katie Bellamy specializes in helping people in various stages of recovery. She uses mind-body-spirit approaches and helps decrease self-judgment, build accountability, and reframe critical beliefs. 

Cost: $175/session; sliding scale available if needed

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook, Website

About Katie: Katie Bellamy is a therapist, coach, and Reiki Master/teacher who specializes in mind-body-spirit approaches to recovery. While maintaining a non-judgmental, safe space, Katie helps clients reframe negative beliefs, develop a system of accountability, and let go of unhelpful patterns. 


Spiritual & Energy Healing

Clairvoyant Readings

Debra Taitel from Spirit Light Insight is offering virtual clairvoyant readings, healings, mentoring/coaching and meditations.

Cost: Varies by service

Connect: Website, Facebook, Instagram

About Debra: Debra is a gifted Clairvoyant, Energy Healer, Spiritual Teacher, Mentor and Guide providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. Her readings, psychic empowerment sessions, and meditation workshops help people more fully awaken and draw upon their highest essence and creative expression. Debra’s goal and soul’s purpose is to guide people to connect with their own truth, vision, purpose and spiritual gifts.


Energy Healing & Mindfulness 

During this time, to help cope with confusion, anxiety, and difficulty adjusting, Katie Bellamy is offering 20-minute energy healing and mindfulness sessions. She will be updating Instagram with available times, or you can reach out and inquire directly. These sessions will help calm anxious energy, reframe unhelpful thoughts, and dedicate 20 minutes to grounding and remaining accountable to self-care.

Cost: Pay-what-you-can

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook, Website

About Katie: Katie Bellamy is a therapist, coach, and Reiki Master/teacher who specializes in mind-body-spirit approaches to recovery. While maintaining a non-judgmental, safe space, Katie helps clients reframe negative beliefs, develop a system of accountability, and let go of unhelpful patterns. 


Career Coaching

“Reinvent!” a 2-month Program

“Reinvent!” is a 2-month program, for women who believe the time is NOW to explore a career change! Yes, the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to reflect & realign: to think about what’s missing from your current career, what you want your future to look like, and to start making it happen. This program is for you if you are ready to (re)connect with yourself, your confidence, your truest voice, and your purpose in the world. We’ll build a plan and start making it a reality, with other supportive women in similar situations. 

Program starts Thursday, April 9th, 6:00PM CST.

Cost: Free 30-minute Q&A session with Liz to talk about your career challenges & goals. Reinvent program fee is $997 includes (4) 1 hour group sessions, (2) 30-min 1:1 sessions with Liz and a private Facebook group.

Connect on: Website, Instagram, Facebook

About Liz: Liz Traines is a leadership and life coach, podcast host, writer and entrepreneur, focused on providing women leaders with the inspiration and tools they need to move from stuck & stressed to thriving. Through her virtual 1:1 and group coaching programs, she has worked with hundreds of women to help them create authentic, meaningful and financially abundant careers & businesses. Liz is a regular writing contributor for The Everygirl and Thrive Global, and when she’s not working, you can find her running along the lake, making homemade pizzas/drinking wine with friends or reading on the couch with her black lab pup, Stanley!


Professional Organizing

How-to Videos

Mission 2 Organize has posted over 110 how-to videos on organized living, working, moving, parties, travel and more!

Cost: Free

Watch the videos

Connect on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email

About Mission 2 Organize: Based out of Chicago, Mission 2 Organize provides a unique combination of organizing and concierge services to busy professionals and families throughout the United States. The power house teams of two or more Professional Organizers offer residential organizing services like decluttering, closet design, home staging, packing, unpacking, move day management, paper management, digital & print photo organizing and more.


Online Pet Education Classes

“I Love Dogs”

Taught by Alicia from Pitter Patter Parenting, this is a 30-minute online class for children that combines instruction on different kinds of dogs, dog care, communication and safety. This class also utilizes live dog demonstrations with things like how to walk a dog, groom a dog, and give a dog a treat.

This class is appropriate for kids 5 – 12 years old. Classes available on Zoom.

Cost: $20 per household

Sign up by contacting Alicia: alicia@pitterpatterparenting.com or call 773-430-2812


Welcome Home Your New Dog

This is a 40-minute online consultation which will help you get started on the right foot with your new dog. It is always easier to start off right than to have to go back and change problematic behaviors. You and Alicia from Pitter Patter Parenting will discuss supplies, potty training, crate training, behavior management techniques and resources for finding necessary pet professionals. Consultations held on Zoom.

Cost: $25 per household

Sign up by contacting Alicia: alicia@pitterpatterparenting.com or call 773-430-2812


Dog + Baby

A 40-minute online class for new and expectant parents who have a dog. Alicia from Pitter Patter Parenting will help you prepare the dog, the home and yourselves for when the new baby comes home. She will also teach you techniques for how to manage both the dog and the baby so that both are getting their needs met and everyone stays safe. This class is based on the teaching methods of Family Paws. Classes available on Zoom.

Cost: $25 per household

Sign up by contacting Alicia: alicia@pitterpatterparenting.com or call 773-430-2812

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook

About Alicia: Alicia Obando has her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Children and Adolescents and practiced as a child and family therapist for several years. She then volunteered and worked in the animal welfare arena for a decade. In 2015 she created the company, Pitter Patter Parenting, to bring together her love of working with families and pets. She provides pet care, education and support to help families manage their pets in a way that encourages safe and healthy relationships.


Skincare

Free Shipping on Clean Skincare Products

The Sunday Standard is a natural skincare line based out of Chicago, IL and is offering complimentary shipping on all orders over $40. They are also currently running a free and donations-based hand sanitizer program. 

Cost: Free shipping

Connect on: Website, Instagram, Facebook

About The Sunday Standard: The Sunday Standard is a clean skincare line formulated to heal breakout-prone skin from the inside out. We’re a woman-owned and operated small business creating products to help other women feel confident in their own skin.


Photography Classes

Virtual Smartphone Photography Classes

Angela from Angela Garbot Photography will teach you how to use your phone for better photos for your brand, product, family or fun. You’ll learn photography skills that will translate to any camera – your smartphone, your favorite point-and-shoot or fancy DSLR. We will cover:

  • Basic photography concepts
  • Basic functions of your native in-phone camera
  • Using an app to enhance your photos
  • Best practices/tips and tricks for editing, social media and website use

Class Length: Up to 2 hours (dependent on the number of participants)

Minimum Class Size: 2 attendees

Sign Up: To sign-up and schedule your class, contact Angie at angie@angelagarbot.com, using “Smartphone class” in the subject line.

Cost: $50/person (usually $99/person) If you have a group of 8 or more, please contact Angie for discounted pricing.

Connect on: Instagram, Facebook, Website

About Angela: At 14, Angie’s first love, Shaun Cassidy, was replaced by a Nikon. Rethinking her technology career 16 years ago, she dove into photography with the singular goal of capturing the world’s essence on her camera. Her work has appeared nationally in many forms. She’s appeared on reality TV and she teaches that which she loves. Read more about her here. Interested in seeing more of her iPhone photography work? Her personal Instagram page is iPhone only – check it out! Also check out her recent podcast with Artful iPhotography.


Interior Design

Interior Design Services by Joanna Crowley Design

Joanna Crowley Design offers everything from simple guidance if you have a question on a home improvement you are working on, to paint colors, scale and proportion of new items. If you have ever wondered, “will it fit?” when looking at incorporating a new item in your home, Joanna can help! She can also assist with sourcing of on-line furniture and accessories that are available to the trade only. Some sessions can be held virtually or over the phone depending on your needs and the scope of the project. For more information, email Joanna at joanna@joannacrowleydesign.com.

Cost: Hourly rate or fixed fee depending on the scope of the work

Connect on: Instagram, Email

About Joanna: Joanna has been doing interiors for over 15 years. She started out in commercial and then made the move to residential where she worked for two high-end luxury residential firms in Chicago. Joanna decided to start her own business 18 months ago and offers interior architectural design services as well as furniture and accessories.


Chiropractic Care

Videos with Tips

Total Balance Chiropractic is posting videos and other content to help support patients with exercises, stretches and posture tips on their Facebook and Instagram accounts several times per week. 

Cost: Free

Connect on: Facebook, Instagram, Website

About Dr. Andrea Shavitz: Dr. Andrea Shavitz is a Chiropractor at Total Balance Chiropractic located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2006 and has advanced her education to become certified in Extremity adjusting, Prenatal and Postnatal Care, Guasha, and ART-Active Release Technique, a soft tissue technique that helps to break up knots and adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  She is passionate about helping patients of all ages decrease pain, improve function and reach their health and fitness goals by treating the underlying cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.  

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