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Stuck Inside? Avoid Cabin Fever With These Tips

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With all the snow storms we’ve been getting lately we’ve all had to spend more time indoors than we would probably like.  Staying inside for too long can result in a case of cabin fever if you’re not careful, that’s why we’ve come up with a list of activities to keep you occupied indoors until the warmer weather arrives.

  • Have a dance party.  Come up with a playlist of your favorite songs and dance your little heart out.  Look up dance moves you’ve always wanted to learn and practice until you’re ready to showcase them on your next night out.  It may sound silly but not only is dancing a great way to relieve stress, it’s also good exercise, killing two birds with one stone!
  • Movie marathon.  Enough said right?  Who doesn’t love getting into their PJ’s, making some popcorn, and hibernating on the couch all day?  Netflix has tons of great movies, and it only costs $7.99 per month for their instant streaming subscription.  If you don’t have Netflix but know in advance that a storm is coming and you’ll be stuck in the house, head to the nearest RedBox machine and stock up.  You can usually find great movies in the $5 bin at Walmart too, as long  as you don’t mind digging around a bit.
  • Bake, eat, repeat.  Have a recipe you’ve been wanting to try? What better time to try it than when you’re stuck inside for hours on end?  Plus when you’re done you’ll have a delicious snack to eat for the rest of the day.
  • Get organized.  Spring isn’t here yet but it’s never too early to start on spring cleaning.  Been meaning to clean out your closet or organize the items you have around your house?  Days like this are perfect for that.  Put on your favorite playlist and get to organizing!  When you’re done find a way to reward yourself, whether it’s with a nice glass of wine, some online shopping, or a movie marathon, do something to relax after getting organized!
  • DIY day.  Creating something on your very own can be very rewarding, especially if it comes out the way you actually wanted it to.  With so many different ideas floating around on Pinterest, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you actually want to make, but if you’re stuck inside all day you may not have to choose and might have time for all of them!  Make a collage, experiment with canvas art, learn how to make different types of jewelry, the options are endless.
  • Read a book.  With so many different things to read on the various social media sites, news outlets, etc it can be hard to find the time to sit down and read a book the old-fashioned way.  Snow days are perfect for combing through your bookcase and finding an old favorite, or a book you’ve been meaning to read for a while.  Once you’ve made your selection, get comfy with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy being unplugged for a while.
  • Redecorate.  Been wondering how your couch would look on the other side of the living room?  Now’s your chance to find out.  Be careful if you’re moving large pieces of furniture and don’t try to lift anything too heavy on your own.
  • Catch up with an old friend.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep in touch with friends that you don’t see very often or that are usually hanging out in a different circle of friends, but snow days are the perfect time to call up an old friend and see what’s new in their life.

We hope these ideas can help you fight off a case of cabin fever!  Try to make the most of these snow days while they last, spring is on its way!  If you’re stuck inside all day with the kids, check out these ideas to keep them entertained.

Photo By: Kara Michele

Snow Day? Try Out These Indoor Activities for Kids

Snow Day with the Kids?

While we continue to patiently wait for a snowstorm this winter in Massachusetts, there is one question on the minds of many – will we ever get a snow day?  With rumored snowfall for tomorrow morning, your little ones may be getting excited for the possibility of a snow day, but are you prepared? It’s the announcement that every student hopes for the morning after a storm, however, for parents who are home with their kids, keeping them occupied all day at a moment’s notice can be a challenge.

When it is too dangerous to drive and families are stuck in the house all day, children can become anxious and hyper. Luckily, we have comprised a list of winter activities for children to keep your kids entertained and happy, and all of these can be done with everyday household items.

  • Build a fort.  Children can be entertained for hours building, and hiding out inside a fort.  Set aside some pillows, blankets, and chairs and they will be able to set up shop for the day, or at least a few hours.
  • Have an indoor picnic.  Kids love changing up their everyday activities and having a picnic indoors is the perfect way to occupy them on a snow day.  Have them set up a blanket and place settings while you prepare the meal.  Including winter themed foods will also make it more seasonal and exciting; think hot chocolate, popcorn, pigs in a blanket, grilled cheese and tomato soup.
  • Play “Pass the Snowball”, a winterized version of hot potato. Use an oversized white Styrofoam ball as the snowball, or get adventurous and bundled up to head outside and use an actual snowball.
  • Create an indoor bowling alley by setting toilet paper rolls up like bowling pins at the end of the hallway. Use balled up socks as the bowling ball and let them play.
  • Arrange and indoor scavenger hunt by placing winter clothing (hats, mittens, boots, etc) throughout the house. Provide clues as to their location, and once all the clothes have been found send your kids out to play in the snow.
  • Use computer paper and scissors to have your children create their own snowstorm! Creating different snowflake shapes and designs will enhance their creativity while the real snow builds up outside.
  • Bake together!  Baking can occupy a lot of time depending on the recipe; have your kids choose their favorite and work together to create the finished product.
  • Acting out a play is a great way to spend a few hours. Find some old clothes or Halloween costumes for them to wear and let the show begin!
  • Break out the board games! There are probably a few games around the house you haven’t gotten the chance to play as a family yet, so make sure to try them out! If you’re feeling especially creative, use pieces from different games to create your own. There are sure to be plenty of laughs as you figure it out!
  • Provided you don’t lose power, movies, TV and video games are another way to stay entertained during a snow day. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with what your kids are watching and playing and maybe learn a game or two.

Surviving a snow day with the kids can be a challenge with everyone cooped up inside for hours on end, but these ideas for children’s games and more will hopefully keep everyone busy and having fun! Before you know it the storm will have passed and they will be back to school, so enjoy the time together. If you’re hoping for a snow day tomorrow, as the snow starts falling tonight, make sure to put those PJ’s on inside-out and sleep with a wooden spoon under your pillow – they’re supposed to bring good snow day luck!

Photo by moonlightbulb

Snow Day or No Way? Tips and Tools for Finding School Cancellations in Massachusetts

Snowday Cancellation Resources

This winter in Massachusetts has gotten off to a slow start to say the least, we are yet to see a storm that has been worthy of a snow day.  However, we are definitely overdue for a day off and when we do eventually encounter a storm, getting the details of Massachusetts office, store, and school closings has been made easy.

While we still have the option of watching the news and patiently waiting for our town to show up in alphabetical order at the bottom of the screen, online resources offer a more timely way to get the same information.  Typically, schools and towns have their own websites that announce school delays and closings. In case your school or town does not offer a site that would provide this information, http://www.cancellations.com/ gives students and parents an easy alternative to search for school snow closings.  Users simply have to enter their zip code, hit search, and a list of school closings in the area is made available to them.

Then there is the classic option of watching the news for closings, delays, and cancellations due to the weather.  Major stations in Massachusetts include:

These news outlets continuously broadcast closings and delays at the bottom of their screen, and their websites are also a useful resource when it comes to school closings.

Radio Stations are a great way to get information if you’re on the go, especially since cell phone usage behind the wheel is banned in Massachusetts.  The majority of stations on the air update their listeners on local closings; however news stations specialize in specifically updating Massachusetts residents on current weather and closing conditions.  This can be more convenient than listening to an entertainment station as it focuses on the news at hand, rather than just briefly highlighting it.  Two major stations in MA are:

  • WBZ News Radio AM 1030, which is a facet of CBS Boston
  • WGBH FM 89.7, which is an affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR)

Twitter users will find the social media site especially useful for finding school cancellations.  All major news outlets have a Twitter account that they utilize to updated followers on the weather as well as news.  These accounts include:

  • Fox 25 News Boston (@fox25news)
  • WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston)
  • WCVB-TV Boston News (@WCBV)
  • Boston News Now (@bostonnewsnow)
  • Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom)
  • 7News (@7News)
  • NECN (@NECN)
  • WBZ Boston Weather (@wbzweather)

In addition to these accounts, look for your favorite weather anchor on Twitter for further updates.

Be sure to check with schools as well, many Public Schools as well as Universities offer text alerts to inform students and parents of delays or cancellations due to inclement weather.  With so many different media outlets to utilize, getting the most up to date information on snow cancellations and delays is easier and faster than ever.

If schools are closed due to the weather, be careful if you must get out on the roads! Make sure to take care, brush up on your winter weather driving techniques and ensure your Massachusetts car insurance is up to date!

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