Favorite Finds: Snow Day Fun for Everyone

As a first time parent I’ve found myself worrying about every little thing.  Literally, every{little}thing.  Soon after I became a momma someone told me that not only did I gain a child, but I also gained a whole lot of worry.  They were right.

When we first brought Little Miss home, I constantly worried about her body temperature because I read too many articles about how overheating can increase the risk of SIDS.  I asked the nurses before we left the hospital how I’d know if she was too hot or too cold…  They said to check the back of her neck or her belly, not her fingers or toes because those tend to run cold.


I checked the back of her neck every hour, if not sooner.  At her first doctor’s appointment I asked the same question to our lactation consultant and then proceeded to ask our pediatrician an hour later, just to confirm what the others said was correct.

The best tip {yet} from our pediatrician: throw out {donate} all of your books and stay away from the internet.  They will only feed your worries.

I’ve only been a momma for five months so I’ve still got a LOT to learn, but thinking back to the first few weeks gives me a good laugh.  I’m sure that I’ll worry just as much whenever Baby Szed 2.0 arrives, but a little worry is healthy.  Plus, it provides for good laughs in the future.

One thing that I’ll never worry about is what to do with my kids on snow days.  Thank you, Pinterest.  Snow days currently aren’t really different from any other day in our house since Ryan still has to work and although Little Miss is mesmerized by the snow, she’s still too small to truly enjoy it.  Next winter will be different though.

Snow Day Fun for Everyone

There are only so many books you can read and movies you can watch before cabin fever begins to sink in.  Here’s a collection of ideas for both indoor and outdoor snow day fun, as well as a few tasty recipes to keep everyone’s belly full!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Snowman Pancakes by A Little Loveliness:  No cookie cutter needed and everyone can “dress up” their own snowman.  You could even jazz up the pancake batter with chocolate chips, blueberries, or a spoonful of cocoa.

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Olaf Waffles by Crafting in the Rain:  These are too cute and surely will put a smile on everyone’s face.  If you don’t have the ingredients {or time because the kids are nagging to get outside!}, these Olaf waffles are a quick alternative.


Build a Frosty Snowman Kit by Growing a Jeweled Rose:  I can see Little Miss loving this craft next winter.  Not to mention, it’s virtually mess free since no glue is needed.  All you need are scissors, craft foam, and water.

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The Snow Day 20 Minute Tabata Workout by Divas Run for Bling:  I’m not the most motivated when it comes to home workouts.  I get bored and distracted easily, but this quick tabata workout might hold even my short attention span.


DIY Snow Paint by The SITS Girls:  I can’t believe I never thought of this idea as a kid!  Unlike building a snowman which requires a hefty amount of snow, snow paint could make for some fun with even the littlest amount of snow.  The kids could paint their own pictures or start a friendly game of tic-tac-toe.


Vanilla Bean White Hot Chocolate by Salt Tree:  I wish I had a cup of this in my hands during the storm we got this week.  We don’t typically have white chocolate chips or vanilla bean pods on hand at our house, but I’d make a special trip out before the snow just to make this drink.  A touch of Bailey’s {for the adults!} wouldn’t hurt either.


Hot Chocolate Spoons by A Beautiful Mess:  These homemade treats would be a great gift for friends or neighbors during the holidays!  Or for yourself on a snow day *wink, wink.*  The children can dip them into a cup of hot chocolate, while mom and dad enjoy theirs swirled into coffee.


Snow Day Sparkle Slime by Teach Mama:  I have no clue what borax is, but evidently it’s a natural laundry booster and multipurpose household cleaner.  I’d advise against doing this craft with young kids since borax can irritate the eyes and should not be ingested…  And young kids like to put everything in their mouth.  But isn’t it pretty?!


White Snow Play Dough by The Imagination Tree:  Now this is a craft that I could do with Little Miss in the near future considering if she eats it no harm will be done.  I see us making many snowflakes and snowmen next winter!  I wonder if you could bake this dough like other recipes that use flour to make ornaments?


Frozen Inspired Snow Globes by A Million Moments:  I have a special place in my heart for snow globes because my mom has given me one every Christmas since I can remember and I hope to pass the tradition onto my daughters.  That said, I’ve never made my own snow globe.  The Frozen theme is adorable, but I imagine half the fun is picking out the figurine.


The Perfect Pizza Dough by Chef in Training:  Pizza is one of life’s tastiest comfort foods.  Ryan prefers his pizza to be meaty, while I prefer mine to be heavy on the veggies.  Make the dough ahead of time and set out bowls with various toppings to give everyone the opportunity to personalize their pizza.


Shivery Snow Paint by Growing a Jeweled Rose:  I think the coolest part about this craft is that it dries puffy!  Think of it as 3D paint.  Plus, we always have shaving cream and glue in the house {the glitter and extract are just added bonuses} so we can make this on a whim.  I assume you could add food coloring to make a variety of colors, too.

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Recycled Paint Stick Snow Man Ruler by Pink and Green Mama:  One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was measure the snow with my dad.  These snowman rulers would be a fun way to keep track of the different snow storms.  You could use the same ruler all winter and mark each snowfall by writing the date next to the amount, or use a different ruler for each storm.


Holiday Jump & Jack Circuit Workout by Life in Leggings:  While the kids are unwinding from a fun-filled day, parents deserve to sneak away for a little “me” time.  I like that this workout requires minimal space, dumbbells, and a jump rope…  And if you don’t have dumbbells, use cans!


77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes by Greatist:  Crock-Pots were made for snow days.  Set it and forget it!  Spend the day with your family outside or crafting and enjoy a healthy, hearty meal in front of the fire or around the table sharing your favorite moment of the day.


Individual Cranberry Apple Crisp with Snow Ice Cream by Back to the Cutting Board:  Every day should end on a sweet note.  This dessert can be customized using your favorite fruit {or whatever is in your fridge} and topped with ice cream and/or whipped cream.  There are only a couple of times each year the kids can make ice cream using snow!


Snow Ice Cream with Silk Soy Milk by The Nerd’s Wife:  And because no one should miss out on snow ice cream…


How to Remove Ice from Steps and Walkways Without Using Salt by Harris Sisters Girl Talk:  Our walkway and steps have been covered with ice for the past two weeks.  We’ve meant to pick up ice melt at the store, but always forget.  Thank goodness the sun melted most of it yesterday, otherwise I would have been making a bowl of this today.


Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?

Question:  Hot chocolate – yay or nay?  Yay!  But preferably made with a rich dark chocolate.

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Super Bowl Snacks

If given the choice, I’d rather go to or watch a baseball game than a football game, but I know this time of year my vote is outnumbered.  Who watched the Puppy Bowl?  Charlie did!  Regardless of whether you prefer watching puppies play around or the commercials more than the game, I hope that your Sunday is a fun day and your bellies are full of delicious food!

We’re watching the game at home {so we can stick to our bedtime routine} and celebrating my mom’s birthday with pizza and cake.  This post is going up right before kickoff, but all of these recipes would be crowd pleasers for any sporting event!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups by Spend with Pennies:  My mom made her own guacamole when she made this dip which made it extra delicious, but she skipped one of the best layers…  The beans.  I couldn’t pay her to eat beans.  I personally love beans and the Trader Joe’s Refried Black Beans with Jalapeños are perfect for this dip.


Loaded Nacho Fries by Sweet C’s Designs:  Nachos meets fries.  Woah.  Mind blown.  This isn’t the skinniest dish, but a few swaps could lighten it up…  Slice your own fries, use sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes, swap ground chicken or turkey for beef, go light on the cheese or use a light cheese, and put the sour cream and guacamole on the side for people to spoon on top themselves.


Baked Blooming Onion by Gimme Some Oven:  Outback was one of our go-to’s when we were traveling for sports tournaments in high school.  They could accommodate our large crowd, the food was moderately priced, and the menu appealed to almost everyone.  Plus, they had the famous Bloomin’ Onion.  This baked version looks equally tasty.


19 Pizza Recipes Worth Taking a Look At by Bless This Mess:  When I think football I think beer, wings, nachos, and pizza.  The quadfecta.  If you’re not too into watching the actual game {like me}, you could prepare the fixings during the first half, form a pizza assembly line during half time {while you watch the halftime performance}, pop the pizzas in the oven, and rejoin for the group for the remainder of the game.


Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets by Damn Delicious:  We don’t typically eat fast food, but we’ll occasionally make an exception for Chick-fil-A.  Does anyone else crave it more on Sundays than any other day of the week?  That always happens.  With this recipe you can enjoy Chick-fil-A any day that your heart desires.  I’m intrigued by the pickle juice in the batter.


10 Sliders and Mini Burgers {Super Bowl Recipes} by The Celebration Shoppe:  Perfect for appetizers or as a main dish, sliders are always a crowd favorite.  Set up a slider bar with buns, burgers, and a bunch of toppings for everyone to create their own.  And if you want to get creative, you could make a few different burgers – beef, turkey, salmon – or even crab cakes.

Pizza Nachos by Two Peas and Their Pod:  Another amazing nacho dish.  Who doesn’t love ooey gooey cheese?  Serve it up with extra tortilla chips or even baguette slices to mop up all the leftover toppings.  Added bonus: this is a one-pot dish so your sink won’t be overflowing after your guests leave.


Football Team Color Guide by McCormick:  These cupcakes would be a fun way for you and your friends to show which team you’re rooting for.  I just noticed they didn’t include the Redskins on this list, ha!  If you’re a Redskins fan, you could use the New England red and Green Bay gold.

13 Cheery-Worthy Super Bowl Desserts by Brit + Co:  I’ll have to pass on a few of these desserts {cake in an egg?! chips + salsa cookies?!}, but some of them I couldn’t pass up.  The Chocolate Strawberry Footballs are super cute and creative.  And if we needed just one more nacho recipe, how about apple nachos.  This post should be retitled to Nacho Average Super Bowl.


Football Cookies and Cream Dip by Creative Juice:  My Oreo obsession continues so this dip looks insanely delicious.  But dangerous, very dangerous.  If this magically made its way into our fridge you’d likely find me eating it by the spoonful.  The only thing that I could imagine making it better would be using Cake Batter Oreos.


Check out my Favorite Finds: Super Bowl Sunday post from last year for additional inspiration.

Question:  Who are you rooting for?  Go Pats!

Question:  Are you going to/hosting a Super Bowl party or keeping it low-key at home?  What are you cooking?

— Allison


Favorite Finds 1.18.15

rGood morning and happy Sunday, y’all!  It’s a deary day here, but we’re planning to make the most of it and have a lot on the agenda.  One of which is running five miles.  I have my sights on a 10 mile race in early March so I’m slowly trying to increase my mileage.  So far, so good.  Although, my knee gets a little wonky when I do speed work.

This is my first Favorite Finds post of 2015 – woo hoo!  I’m in the midst of reorganizing my Pinterest boards so they’ll be a little more straightforward.  I apologize in advance if some boards are empty or pins aren’t in the correct category.  I hope to finish soon.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Home CrossFit WOD: 600 Reps by Blonde Ponytail:  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but this one looks easy enough…  The exercises that is, not the 600 reps {ha!}.  It would be great if I could get my workout done while Evie naps and not have to wait until Ryan gets home from work.  I don’t have kettlebells at home, but dumbbells should work fine.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn by Crazy for Crust:  When I started breastfeeding I got a hankering for cookies, particularly {chewy} M&M sugar cookies and Oreos.  At the time, Pumpkin Spice Oreos flooded the supermarket shelves, but when we went back for more they were out of season so we moved onto Cake Batter.  Don’t buy them, they’re addicting and you won’t wanna share with anyone.  This popcorn incorporates three of my favorite foods so I have no doubt I’d love it.

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Organic and Original Clothes and Shoes for Baby by Growing Up Wild:  Cute onesies and booties are stapes in Evie’s wardrobe – the easier to take off for a diaper change, the better.  These {organic} onesies and coordinating booties are both adorable and environmentally friendly.  Plus, I’m a sucker for bows and headbands.

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Quote:  With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, it’s easy to get caught-up in things that are out of our control.  This quote is a great reminder that we can’t control everything.

Spaghizza by Money Saving Mom:  I’ve seen a few pictures of spaghetti pie on Instagram lately, so I had to do some research.  It’s essentially a baked pasta dish {think lasagna, minus the ricotta} with all of the classic pizza ingredients.  What’s not to like?


Frozen Olaf Valentines {Free Printable} by One Creative Mommy:  It’s no secret that kids {and some adults} these days are completely obsessed with the movie Frozen.  These Valentine’s Day cards are sure to be a hit.

Frozen Olaf Valentine

Top 27 Places In The US That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting by Rosey News:  Before looking at this, I thought I was pretty well-traveled.  I’ve been to all of the states on the east coast, down south, a few out on the west coast, and a couple in the middle of the country…  But after looking at this list, I’ve realized that I have a lot more traveling to do.  There are so many beautiful places that I have yet to see!

Top 27 Places Foreigners Go Crazy For

White Kitchen by little house BIG PLANS:  My mom designed the kitchen in my childhood home and it was simply gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling white cabinets, white/wood paneled appliances, white granite counters, white and blue wall paper and accents.  The kitchen in our current house has white cabinets, but black granite and dark gray floors, so it’s not very bright.  Oh, what I would give to have a custom-built kitchen.

White Kitchen

— Allison