So you're stuck at home because it's snowed, a lot. The plow trucks were pulled off the highways and basically everything between the upper northeast and Oklahoma is crippled by massive snow storms. And wind. And ice. But here in ALASKA, land of snow, wind and ice, we got nothing. It's about 30˚ and slightly windy. Our big scary storm brought 3 inches. PPfffft.
So I thought I share some of my "keeping busy on snowy, too cold to be outside, stuck at home days" tactics. I haven't had to employ a lot of these of late, but I have them to share. I'm sure one or two might come in handy. So put the duct tape away, grab a cup of coffee and have a great day.
What to do with kids on a snow day:
1) dig up a recyclable dish soap bottle, fill it with water, add some food color and go draw in the snow-for the love of all that is holy don't give them yellow dye
2) start building a leprechaun trap, those little buggers come back around the first of February and boy they'll try every trick in the book to rob you blind
3) why not recycle some puzzles with missing pieces into magnets? they make great presents to have on hand
4) make homemade reese's cups, so good and easy to make, kids can help every step of the way
5) use duct tape and a box to build a mailbox for your house, mail love notes, valentines and maybe even secret admirer note...
6) get out the scissors, glue and paper and make valentines with your kids
7) if you have any wax and wicks in the house, consider making candles
8) do you know how to knit? why not share that knowledge with your kids?
9) have fun with veggies
10) teach your kids to shovel, it's good for them and then they can do it again and again!
What to do on a snow day without kids
1) start a rag rug, use old clothes that are never going to be worn again, tear into strips and start braiding, it's fun
2) make homemade pudding
3) declutter your house
4) SLEEP--you'll notice there is no link for this, um yeah I've had kids for 18 years now, there is no rest for the wicked, er parents
5) upcycle and repurpose for nifty storage
6) shovel so you can eat that pudding
7) going going going green, so many simple tricks to get started
8) make a cool heart garland
9) plan a summer garden
10) shovel some more so you can make these Twix-tacular Knockoff Bars
I'm sure if I didn't have kids at home I'd spend the majority of my time sleeping, shoveling and eating. Repeat. Repeat.
A few tips on survival:
1) don't grill in the house NEVER EVER GRILL IN YOUR HOUSE
2) keep fresh water on hand, you will want and need it, fill the tub with water
3) if it's really cold consider leaving water dripping in sinks, this will help keep pipes from freezing
4) keep candles, matches and flashlights where you can easily find them but out of reach of kids, undoubtedly the power will go off as soon as it is dark out and you'll have NO idea where any candles are
5) smile, weather can not be avoided
Peace and Love--