Ways to Enjoy Winter

When it comes to winter, a lot of us think “cold”, “dark”, “miserable”, “boring”, “long”…generally summed up by the word “blah”. What if I told you that just by changing up a few things in your daily or weekly routine, if not all these adjectives but definitely some, can be changed for happier and brighter ones?

I will admit that occasionally I suffer from seasonal depression, also known as winter blues. When the days are grey with very little sunshine, my mood just plummets to the bottom of the charts. I can’t help it, it just sucks me right into the thick of this weird anti-productivity hibernation. And that, inadvertently, affects the rest of my family. If I feel “blah”, the kids pick up on that and model their attitudes based on mine. I want to break free from this “blah” feeling and not let it determine my mood this winter season.

 

These are just a few ideas on how to combat those pesky moody winter days and have a bit more “sunshine” in your life instead!

Continue reading

How to Survive a Snow Day

Another snow day looming… What is your reaction: jump with glee or cringe in disbelief?

If you are the latter, you most likely dread unscheduled days off from school…I know the feeling. I used to be just like that, getting frustrated and agitated because for a busy mom, it means…change of schedule! And that doesn’t come easy for people like me. I love routine. I love predictability. I love being able to rely on the known quantity. The funny thing is that I actually do love snow and winter in general. I don’t mind throwing a few snowballs and going down the hill on my kids’ sleds once in a while. Boy, I even love to shovel, (if my husband lets me :))!! So it really used to catch me off guard that I would get this frustrated when I got calls from school about a cancelation, even though I actually enjoy snow days.

It made me think about the ways that I can change how we do things around here, so it’s less hectic and stressful for us all on snow days. After some serious trial and error of multiple winters, I have come up with 5 things I do now that really help me to have very fun and low stress snow days with my kids these days!

Continue reading

Preschool Valentine–A Secret Message

Valentine’s Day crafts don’t have to be boring!

Want to go beyond a card and a candy? Want to give your child’s friends a little fun Valentine activity in addition to a yummy treat?

Well, if you’ve got some time on your hands and if you kids are up for a crafty challenge, you don’t want to miss this project!

It’s quite simple to do and assemble, but the results are very unique and fun!

When my son was in preschool a few years back, we (ok, I 🙂 ) decided to do a search for some fun ideas for his Valentines to add an interactive element, so that the kids in his class would not only get a treat and a “love note”, but also have a little play time.

I had searched and searched the Internet for ideas, and one of them stuck with me.

A Secret Love Letter!

Continue reading