Snow Day Activities

Today we suffered the wrath of winter storm, Stella. When I was younger I used to LOVE snow days. I have fond memories of spending hours sledding down my neighbors front yard with friends. After we were sufficiently frozen, we would go inside and warm up by the wood burning stove while drinking hot chocolate. I lived for snow days. However, I remember my dad always dreading them and I never understood why.

Well, here I am 20 years later and I now know why my dad dreaded the snow. One word. SHOVELING. Stella has been teasing us all day. She will let out a glimpse of sunshine, we think its over so we go outside to shovel and than..BOOM she hits us with some more snow. 

Even though I am not a big fan of the shoveling part, I still do love snow days. I love the look of freshly fallen snow, I still love playing in the snow but most of all I love spending time cooped up inside with my family. I could count on one hand the number of full days we get to spend together, so it is a real treat to spend some quality time together. 

I hope that you feel the same way that I do. Time seems to be something that we all lack. So, today I have compiled a list of things that you can do on this snow day (or any lazy day of the weekend) with your family or by yourself. These activities do not include video games, watching tv or iPads/ipods/iphones/iwhatevers, or any electronic device. Enjoy this down time. Today, do something for yourself. Do not dread the snow. Enjoy every moment because those moments will fly by quicker than you can imagine. I feel like it was just yesterday I was sledding down the neighbors hill and drinking hot chocolate by the wood stove.

1. Play in the snow. Enjoy the snow. Bundle up and go play in it like you are a kid. Have a snow ball fight. Make a snow man or snow angel. Go sledding. Have Fun! 

2. Arts & Crafts. Bring back your inner child or (for me) old lady. I love to knit! There is something about it that is just so therapeutic. But it doesn't have to be knitting. Try coloring, drawing, painting, DIY project, anything! 

3. Cook. Today is the day to try some new, delicious, healthy recipes you have been longing to try but don't have the time for! 

4. Read. Crack open a new book and dive into it. You have the time, take advantage of it.

5. Take a bath. Let the husband take care of the kids and treat yourself to a relaxing bath. Light some candles, listen to some music and just relax. 

6. At home workout. Dust off those workout DVDs and put them to good use today. Or maybe do an at home yoga practice. Or maybe just shoveling is enough of a workout for the day!

7. Talk. Enjoy this time you get to spend with your family today. Just talk to each other. Instead of turning on the TV or any other screen, try having a conversation about what is going on in their lives and in yours. 

8. Play a game. Bust out your board games or cards! Everyone loves a fun game of Cards Against Humanity OR a family friendly game of Candyland.

9. Clean. I know, I know, everything up until now seemed really fun and than I mentioned the dreaded "cleaning" word. Let's be honest though. Who doesn't feel absolutely AMAZING when everything is clean?? This is the perfect time. Have the whole family chip in and lend a helping hand. Put on some awesome cleaning music and have fun!


Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy this time you have to spend with the ones you love.


Lisa Catherine

Tricks to Get Into a Workout Routine

Routines. They seem to be something that everyone wants but nobody can get into. Why does it seem that the bad routines are always the ones that stick with us and the good routines go right out the window? Well let's try and flip that around! Getting into a routine may be difficult at first but after awhile it will become second nature, like brushing your teeth in the morning (I sure hope you do). 

Exercise is SOO important but too many people just "don't have time for it". My biggest tip for anyone that wants to live a healthy lifestyle (and yes, exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle) is to actually put it in your calendar! Yes, you heard me. Add time for your exercise in your calendar. You don't put off a work meeting or luncheon do you? So why put off exercise. It's even more important!

Okay with that being said, once you have put your exercise in your calendar, what are some ways to help motivate you to actually get up and exercise? Here are a few ways:

1. Lay Your Clothes Out The Night Before

One thing that helps me is to lay my workout clothes out the night before if I plan on working out in the morning. That way I just roll out of bed, throw on my clothes, and go. I don't even have to be awake. I wake up during my workout. Morning workouts are fantastic because your brain doesn't have time to come up with excuses :) 

2. Participate In A Group Challenge

Group challenges are a fantastic way to start a routine. You have a set workout to do that day and you have to do it! Challenge yourself! It's a fun game and I guarantee you will enjoy it.

3. Focus On The Present

Sometime we syke ourselves out before we even start our workout. "AH I have to run 8 miles today!" or "I can't do cardio AND weights today, I am just too tired". Sometimes we syke ourselves out so much that we just decide not to do the workout. DON'T DO THAT! Instead, focus on running 1 mile and see how you feel. Push yourself to the next 1/4 mile and so on. Instead of focusing how much you don't want to go to the gym for an hour. Tell yourself you are only going to go for 20 mins. More times than not you will end up staying for that hour. Don't freak yourself out. Start small. 

4. Find A Buddy

Working out with a friend is the best! I just went to the gym last night purely to catch up with an old friend haha. It was fantastic! We biked for 45 minutes and just chatted and caught up the entire time. Find a buddy that enjoys doing the same things you do and you both can motivate each other to get moving!


So those are my tips for this week. I hope they help you start getting into a workout routine. Soon enough it will be as routine as brushing your teeth :) 


Lisa Catherine