Snow Day Favorites

In North Carolina we have mild yet random winters. One day it can be sunny and 60˚. A few days later there could be a few inches of snow on the ground. I like to call it the flip flop, Ugg effect. Flip flops one day, Uggs the next.

Being a state that gets only about three snows a year, we have a small amount of city snow removal equipment unlike our northern neighboring states. Thus, leaving us with school closings and stuck at home days.

So today is one of those days. It is our second snow of this winter season. What shall we do with ourselves? Here are a few ideas that have worked well for my little ones and my mommy sanity.

  1. Embrace the day and go outside! Bundle up and enjoy the powdery fun. Kids instinctively love it! Plus, it is great exercise for all. Meaning everyone will rest well later. One other thing about North Carolina, snow rarely sticks around for more than two days. So take advantage of it while you can!  snow sledding 2017
  2. Introduce new traditions that you only do when it snows. Be creative. I won’t leave you hanging though! Here are a few starters if you need: make snow cream, hot cocoa bar, bake a special snow day treat, or make bird feeders. One of my favorite ideas is to go on a snow nature walk. Look for animal tracks and see how different things look covered in snow (this is especially cool at dark). Hanging Pinecone
  3. Pull out board games, have Lego building challenges, or have a dance off. Plus check out a few other indoor fun ideas from this article I wrote for Triad Moms on Main.
  4. Pop some popcorn and have a movie-thon. Watch your old favorites or find something new. Cozy up with your favorite soft blankets and simple enjoy being together.
  5. Declutter! Being stuck at home is a perfect time to go through and get rid of old, unused, broken and no longer relative items in our home. Get the kids involved. They most likely just received many new toys, clothes and other items for Christmas. Have them go through their room and let them decide what they want to throw out or donate.

As I write and watch the snow fall outside my window, I’m deciding which of these activities we will do today. I know without a doubt we will spend plenty of time playing outside. But when we come in I foresee some time taken to declutter. Most likely we’ll end the day cuddled on the couch with some books and probably a movie.

I hope you all have fun on this snow day! Please comment with your ideas for snow day fun. I look forward to seeing all of your ideas! Be safe you all!

Love,

Plaid, Pearls & Toddler stains

Noah in the snow 2017

Ways to Entertain Kids on Thanksgiving Day

With the chaos that Thanksgiving Day can bring, it’s easy to leave kids in front of the TV and shoo them out of your way. There are others ways to let them have fun and be a part of this family oriented day. Bonus, these may hopefully help maintain your own sanity.

  1. Let them play outside – Nothing can make kids crazier than being stuck inside a crowded house all day. Give them the opportunity to let out that pent-up energy outdoors. Even if it’s cold out, bundle them up and let them run. You may even be in luck of having older kids and teens that can help watch the little ones while you continue cooking the Thanksgiving meal. After the family eats, I encourage an after dinner walk. Fresh air and physical movement can help that big meal to digest.
  2. Let them create – Set up a place in the house that kids can let their creative juices flow. This can be a corner of the living room, a playroom or any other separate room of the house. Have a table, chairs (or anything comfy to sit on) and creative supplies and toys available to them. These items can range from: Legos, blocks, train track set, beads and thread to make jewelry, paper with art supplies, and anything else that encourages kids to use their imagination. Open ended toys and supplies can keep children entertained for a long time.
  3. Let them help – Kids love feeling helpful! Even though it may feel like they are in your way and hindering your cooking process, resist the urge to completely kick them out of the kitchen. They would be happy helping with any job that you tell them is important you. Depending on their age, you can have them: set the table, stir the food cooking, make a simple side dish, wash the dishes, cut up veggies or fruit, or taste test your work. They will love that last one! The point is, make them feel important, helpful and part of your family tradition.
  4. Let them connect and learn – Don’t completely separate them from the adult family members. I know many families incorporate a kids table during holiday meals. Often this is due to space and the desire for adult conversation. All understandable reasons! Though if this is the case, make sure there are other opportunities for kids to interact with the adults. They can learn so much from their older family members. From historical experiences, family history and how family members are connected. All best learned from listening to the stories of the people we love and trust the most.

                     From my family to yours,                    

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving family pic 2017

Love,

Plaid, Pearls & Toddler stains

8 Ways to “Happily” Make it Through the Winter

I feel fortunate that winters in North Carolina are mild. Yet, I am a warm weather girl so it can be hard for me to keep my mood and attitude on the happy side when it’s cold outside.

Sadly, it has taking me a few years to recognize my mood difference during winter and then it took me a few more to figure out how to get out of the cold weather funk.

Here are 8 ways that I have found that help me keep a smile on my face and happiness in my heart when the temperatures start dropping. Continue reading