11 Things to Do When You’re Snowed In

Alan and I had a ski trip planned for this weekend. We’d been looking forward to it for weeks, but the weather had other plans.

I knew the impending snowstorm was coming. I thought it was supposed to start on Friday, but when there was hardly a single snowflake up until Saturday evening, I thought it would likely miss us.

Well, I was wrong.

I woke up on Sunday to completely covered roads and frigid temps. I talked with Alan, and we decided to postpone the trip. Luckily, I was able to get a full refund for my lift tickets.

Even though our plans changed, we still had a really nice day overall, filled with cooking, family time, watching football, and playing in the snow.

As often happens, my blog posts come to me based on life events. Earlier today, in my head, I started putting together a list of fun snow day activities. Now, I’m trying to remember them all as I sit down to write. Here it goes!

One: Get outside.

If it’s not too cold, put on your snow pants, boots, and hats and go outside. There’s no better way to fully enjoy a snow day then by being outside.

Two: Organize something.

This is one of my favorite rainy day or snow day activities, but easier said than done (especially with small children).

If you need some inspiration, Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is all the rage right now.

Three: Call a friend.

There’s never enough time to check in with friends, so use the unexpected snow day to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

Four: Make a craft.

I recently dug out my box of jewelry making supplies (and thus I’ll be posting a Valentine’s Day bracelet DIY later this week). Break out the old craft supplies and make something.

Five: Get creative in the kitchen.

I think cooking is really relaxing and fun (when I have extra time for it). Snow days are the perfect days to whip up a comfort meal like chili, pot roast, or chicken pot pie.

Six: Spend quality time with your kids.

If you have kids, you’ll know how hard it is to juggle running a household and spending quality time with your family. Use the snow day to reconnect and make memories with your little ones.

Today, Daphne insisted on reading her favorite book over and over again. I was thrilled that I was home to read it to her! It’s a memory I will always cherish.

Seven: Get a workout in.

It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate to be effective. Try to carve out a few minutes to do some basic moves like jumping jacks or squats (my personal favorite). The Money Crashers website has a lot of great workout ideas.

Eight: Deep clean.

If you’re stuck in the house, you might as well clean it! Some of my favorite deep-cleans are the dishwasher, scrubbing floors, scrubbing tile, and shining up mirrors and windows.

Nine: Read a book.

Grab that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months (or years) and get reading! You know the one.

Ten: Attend YouTube University and do some learning.

There’s no such thing called “YouTube University” (at least not one that I am aware of) but there are how-to videos on just about anything imaginable. What have you been interested in learning lately?

Eleven: Netflix.

Need I say more?

Side note: on Friday, Alan and I watched the new documentary about the Fyre Festival. I highly recommend it! I remember hearing about the festival a few years ago but I didn’t know very much about it. The documentary was super interesting and will leave you with lots of questions and feelings.

If you found yourself in the path of winter storm Harvey, stay warm and safe and try to enjoy your snow day!

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