5 Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

It snowed again last night, and there’s MORE snow in the extended forecast with temps not exceeding the 30’s for some time.  Ugh…it’s hard to get excited for Easter and Spring when you’re still sporting snugly sweaters.  I am TRYING to beat cabin fever with these few things:

1. Bright, Colorful flowers now grace my header image.  I received these for our anniversary and they are the same colors as I had in my bridal bouquet. These are my happy colors!

2. Having an indoor picnic We had a blast eating lunch on a blanket in our basement.  Just changing the location of a meal can shake things up a bit and be a lot of fun.

Little brother and big sister enjoy an indoor picnic

Little brother and big sister enjoy an indoor picnic

3. Making up games  We play with pom pons all the time in our house!  You can sort them by size or color, practice counting, pretend they’re eggs (as you see here) or some other food item.  Pom pons are also great for crafts, as I used them in the Quick and Easy Easter Bunnies we just made.

Big sister picking up pom poms

Big sister picking up pom poms

4. Try a new activity – we tested out a sensory bin activity, using oatmeal and cornstarch with a variety of spoons, funnels, and containers.  It started out in a bin on a small table and then we moved it to a big drop cloth on the floor.  I would not recommend adding the cornstarch, as it went EVERYWHERE!  I took this picture as the excitement of the sensory bin wore off.

sensory bin play

Trying out a sensory bin of oatmeal & cornstarch.

5. Take a road trip.  You don’t have to go far to discover something new and fun.  We’ll soon be heading to a B&B to enjoy some kid-free time.  We did enjoy a little road trip to discover some mouth-watering Wisconsin Cheddar. We’ve also played “tourist” by checking out a fish fry at a restaurant we’ve never gone to before and having lunch at a cute little coffee shop today.  Getting out in spite of the cold is our way of thumbing our nose at Mother Nature.

My daughter just commented today that she could see the grass (in SOME places), and she’s right, Spring WILL come soon.  Until then, we’ll come up with more ways to beat cabin fever.

On My Own – Weekend Get-away

I drove up to northern Wisconsin alone.  Just me, myself, and I.  I can’t remember the last time I drove ANYWHERE alone, well aside from going to the grocery store or Target for a quick errand.  Sometimes those store runs feel like a mini vacation!  northern WisconsinThis past weekend was a get-away for real!  My very first weekend apart from my entire family, leaving Daddy O to watch our kiddos on his own.  The drive up north was VERY QUIET and peaceful, listening to music, occasionally belting out a song (better that the car was empty then), and simply pondering life in general.

Getting away reminds me of the post I recently read, “Mamas. go play!”  HashBrowns…October 8-12, 2012 Go Play!

I joined my sister and her family at their cottage on the lake, surrounded by the beautiful fall colors.  We were supposed to go horseback riding, but Mother Nature would not cooperate, giving us rain, rain, and more rain that did not really go away all weekend.  We did what any pair of mamas would do: resort to Plan B.  This entailed finding a spa and treating ourselves to pedicures, a nap, good food & wine, and a chick flick to end the night.  It was wonderful!!  The next day I had fun playing with my nephews – something I’m used to doing while taking care of my own kiddos.  We colored, played with legos, and raced through an indoor obstacle course.  They are so sweet!

By the end of the weekend, I was anxious to get back home and return to my family.  I missed them of course, but enjoyed the time to re-charge and relax during a lazy weekend.  Getting away, or having some time off is something that ALL moms need once in a while.  Thanks Daddy O for the break!

What do you like to do on your kid-free time off?