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How To Beat This Brutal Winter

That’s what this winter has been around these parts. Brutal. Polar Vortex. 6 snow days. Ice. We’ve seen it all! Kids climbing up the walls. Messes piling up along with them. If you’re in the same boat and had it up to here like an 8 ft. snowbank then keep reading to learn how to beat this brutal winter.

Is having to shovel records amount of snow every day interfering with your life? Are you getting tired of being stuck indoors to workout? Why not solve both problems by multitasking shoveling with exercise. Consider it a great way to get in shape for swimsuit season, because yes, it is right around the corner.

Keep On The Sunny Side

We should heed the advice of Mary Poppins: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” In this case the medicine is this brutal winter and the spoonful of sugar is humor.

That’s right, if we can find the bright side to these cloudy days, the warmth within the cold, and laugh away the snow we will beat this brutal winter.

Here are some ideas:

Shoveling:

Is having to shovel record amounts of snow every day interfering with your life? Are you getting tired of being stuck indoors to workout? Why not solve both problems by multitasking shoveling with exercise. Consider it a great way to get in shape for swimsuit season, because yes, it is right around the corner.

Show Old Man Winter who’s boss with the boss workout below. Not only will you get in great shape you’ll also turn this boring task into something fun.

Surviving School Cancelations:

I think we’ve had a weather-related cancellation every week since winter break! Here’s hoping the kids won’t be in school until 4th of July!

At first my kids were excited for a snow day. We did art projects, baked cookies, conducted snow related science experiments and played games. It was as magical as the glittery snow falling outside.

Then we had our 6th snow day. The kids were like “whatev” when I told them the news. From there it was pretty much a downward spiral. I think I let them stay in their pj’s all day, they didn’t brush their teeth, bickering ensued and I threw out an open bag of chips on the counter and called that lunch.

No one wanted to do anything. I was tired of trying to entertain them and they were tired of being entertained. Have your kids been home a lot more this winter? Is it worse than summer time boredom?

Scrap the Pinterest ideas! Time to get real. Here is the real survival guide for snow days this winter:

Don’t Get Frostbit By Polar Vortex

How cold did it get by you? In my neck of the woods we tanked to -46 windchill -32 actual temperature. We set records!

Did you know when you’re setting records you can still live life to the fullest? How do you do that? Take advantage of all of the cool things (no pun intented) you can do when it’s this cold.

Blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze.

Enjoy playing with snow from the warmth of your home thanks to poorly insulated doors.

Boil water and watch it freeze mid-air when you throw it outside.

My favorite, make soda and beer slushies in minutes.

Cure Cabin Fever By Tearing Apart Your Cabin

Stuck inside and tired of staring at the same walls? Maybe it’s a perfect time to change your scenery. That’s what we decided to do. Hey, we’re not going anywhere why not?

On a whim, we decided to rip out a low hanging cupboard that annoyed us. Then we decided to pick a new paint color for our kitchen because we never cared for the color when we moved in. And why not add buying a new buffet, start refinishing it, and install new pendant lights. Repainting the cabinets will happen too.

If anything taking on a project helps pass the time when daytime TV just isn’t cutting it.

I think we can all agree winter 2019 is proving to be hard. We can grumble and complain, but that doesn’t change the weather if anything just puts us in a bad mood. I hope these ideas helps you beat this brutal winter and keeps you going until warmer breezes blow away the cold and snow.

If all else fails I highly recommend reading “The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. At least we don’t have to worry about quilts freezing overnight and having to dig out trains stuck in the snow to get food to an entire town. Talk about a brutal winter!

Is having to shovel records amount of snow every day interfering with your life? Are you getting tired of being stuck indoors to workout? Why not solve both problems by multitasking shoveling with exercise.  Consider it a great way to get in shape for swimsuit season, because yes, it is right around the corner.

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6 Comments

  • Nicole

    These are some great ideas! I’m not stuck in snow, but Tennessee has had the wettest winter on record for the last 50 years. It never stops raining. I don’t even pay attention to flood watches anymore. And unless we want everything covered in mud, going outside is out of the question. Snow for you, mud for me. Either way, we’re stuck indoors. I’m going to have to pull out The Long Winter and get started. Thanks for these tips! Here’s hoping you get a warm, sunny day sometime soon!

    • admin

      I’ve heard you guys have had a lot of rain down there, I have family in TN. But yes, sounds like a lot of us needs a break! We had flooding rain all fall!

    • admin

      Not again!! We have snow today too, but only a few inches. My kids asked if school is closed. NOO!! Hey TV all day is perfectly fine at this point.

  • Emily

    I love these tips! I’m in Scotland, and we didn’t get it nearly as bad (although we did have a few days where it was below freezing)! I can imagine I’d get cabin fever if I got snowed in, so I love your idea of having a project to keep you busy!

    Emily
    xx