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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?

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

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 2.26.15

Tidbit 1:  I’m starting to love these tidbit posts.  They’re a great way for me to dump all of my random thoughts without trying to come up with a catchy, cohesive story.

Tidbit 2:  This morning we woke up to another {thin} blanket of snow.  I loved snow days as a kid because I didn’t have to go to school.  I loved snow days as a teacher because I didn’t have to go to work.  And now I love snow days as a mom because Little Miss is completely enamored by the magical white fluff.  She could watch it fall all day.

Tidbit 3:  I can’t remember the last time I made a smoothie and to be honest, the last few times we used our blender was to make milkshakes and margaritas {not at the same time}.  But after clicking on all of the links in this article, 9 High-Protein Smoothies That Taste Like a Milkshake, I feel the need to buy all of the ingredients to make all of the smoothies.  ASAP.

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Tidbit 4:  I mentioned last week that we’ve started to look at houses.  I’ve watched House Hunters for years and always got a good laugh at the buyers with the unrealistic list of expectations…  But I’ve realized that I am that person, too.

Tidbit 5:  I’ve also realized that an ugly kitchen is a deal-breaker.  The house could have {almost} everything on our list, but if the kitchen needs a lot of TLC I’m moving onto the next property.  Kitchens are wicked expensive to remodel and I really don’t want to live through months of construction without a working kitchen, especially with an infant.

Tidbit 6:  I tried a LUNA Protein Lemon Vanilla bar for the first time yesterday and I’ll give it a thumbs up…  Unlike the chips I ate yesterday which get two thumbs down.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter are still my favorite flavors because they remind me of a candy bar without the guilt.

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Tidbit 7:  I popped a few potatoes into the oven for dinner and between feeding Little Miss, cleaning up her lunch mess, a dog that needed to go outside, and making lunch for myself, I totally forgot about them.  Thank goodness sweet potatoes smell so delicious when they’re roasting, otherwise there’s a good chance that I would have forgotten them until dinner.

Tidbit 8:  I’ve been doing an awesome job with sticking to my half marathon training plan this week, today being an exception.  Little Miss refused to nap so I wore her in the carrier for the majority of the day so today’s run is being pushed to tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll sneak it in before she even wakes up…  That’s ambitious.

Tidbit 9:  Ryan and I are hosting a St. Patty’s Day Potluck where everyone is asked to bring a dish and their favorite 6-pack of beer to share.  What’s your favorite Irish-inspired dish?

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Tidbit 10:  Do you like Life’s a Bowl on Facebook?  If you don’t already, make sure you head over now and “Like” it.  Yesterday I shared some exciting news {notice the new badge on the sidebar?} and there might be a giveaway exclusively on Facebook in the near future.  Wink, wink.

— Allison

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WIAW: Hiding at Starbucks

Shhh.  I’m hiding at Starbucks until my family needs me.  I was driving home from tutoring and Ryan said that Little Miss is sound asleep so here I am…  Sitting in one of the comfy chairs, sipping a {decaf} Americano, and listening to Jack Johnson.  “Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together.  Mmm, we’re somewhere in between together.”

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Multiply the cup of coffee by two and add in a banana, steamed broccoli, and a bowl of oatmeal…  Those were my Tuesday eats!  I just got a message that Little Miss has awoken and is ready for dinner so that’s my cue to go.  Tootles, y’all!

Question:  Have you tried the rice chips by popchips?  I picked up a bag because they were on clearance at Target, but I’m not a fan.  I love the orginial popchips and rice cakes, so I thought they’d be right up my alley.  They remind me of communion at church – bland and stuck to my tongue.

Question:  Peas – yay or nay?  YAY!  I apparently loved frozen peas when I was a baby and I still do.

— Allison

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