Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Warding off Cabin Fever

We've been home--inside--a LOT lately.  And today, no exception, with it being kind of blizzardy out there, will find us doing more of the same.

And so far, so good.  At times of course, there's a bit of "cagey-ness" but I honestly enjoy this cozy-up season.  How we're currently warding off the crazies . . .

1. Play-dough . . . never ever forget the magic of play-dough!  I've made two batches in the last day.  Using cooking flavorings I've scented one strawberry, the other lemon.  We have a lot of tools to use (as well as cookie cutters) but other things that can make it more fun: googly eyes, feathers, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, straws . . . They can come up with all sorts of interesting creations. 
2.  More read-alouds! Somehow I just feel like the pressure is off when I know I'm going to be going nowhere.  Life slows down and there are more moments to just stop, snuggle up on the couch and read.  Pull out the classic Pooh or Beatrix Potter, start a chapter book (especially all those Laura Ingalls Wilder stories . . . they're just wonderful!), make some cocoa or popcorn and have a book party in the living room.

3.  More family movie nights!  We are on a musical kick lately.  Our all time favorite being (probably) The Sound of Music--split up over two nights.  We did Annie last night and I'm awaiting My Fair Lady at the library--which is where I get a lot of older movies.  If you plan in advance and place holds you can have them for free.

4.  Start a project.  This is more for mommy sanity.  But now is a great time to organize or rearrange, plot some fresh ideas for spring, or ummm begin painting your armoire . . . 

5.  Check out some of these sites for more crafty ideas:
They are two of my favorites for finding clever little projects to do with the kids.

6. Bake more.  True it can be a dangerous thing to make a habit of (as my scale will attest to lately . . .) but nothing can brighten up a dreary day more than an ooey, gooey cinnamon roll, or fresh bread smeared in butter, or thick, moist brownies coated heavily in frosting . . . ;o)  Right??!?

7. And I guess finally, loosen up! ;o) If a fort remains in your living room all week, that's okay.  If they find a good area for a race track and schedule daily races, let them have at it.  If every single pillow and blanket ends up at the bottom of your stairs for them to jump in, life will go on.  As long as they are--for the most part--not in harm's way just be happy and thankful they are using their imaginations and keeping themselves busy. It will give you more time to devote to getting your armoire painted. ;o)

Happy snow day!


Anna said...

Yay! Love these 'survival tips'...since running around the house together only works so long, often with disastrous outcomes. LOVE the book party idea, and your crafty sites are always good finds. Have a fun winter week! :)

Keeslermom said...

I hate cabin fever! We are blessed to own an indoor swing, and it's worth every penny our insurance paid for it. When my mommy patience is slipping on snowy days, it's my go-to toy.

Mary said...

What a gorgeous Armoire! Did you make it? If so, tutorial?? :D