Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Creative Cabin Fever Cures

Welcome to one crazy winter. It’s cold and many are up to their eyeballs in snow.

I used to squawk about my undying love of the winter. Cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie! The comfort food simmering on the stove! The skiing!

Rachael would tell me, “Just wait until you have kids climbing the walls. You’ll hate the winter.”

Ugh. She was right about the kids climbing the walls. I’m all for bundling up and getting out to play in the snow and breathe some fresh air, but we’ve been blessed with the second worst air in the nation here in Utah and today the temperature climbed to a whopping 18 degrees at my house.

There are limits, people.

When I’m faced with a day inside, I take the leisurely and often, messy, route. Since we’re going to stay in, there’s no reason to rush breakfast, so let’s have pancakes and hot cocoa and take our sweet time!

I’m okay with a mess, so other go-to activity is baking. The kiddo does the measuring, the stirring, we practice counting skills by peeling off the right amount of cupcake liners, and we add sprinkles to just about everything. Sure, when you’re done, it looks like a flour bomb went off, but if your kid is like mine, they are happy to give the dust-buster a go.

But there is only so many cookies and muffins that a family can eat. So we search…we all search for something to keep the kiddos occupied, engaged and off the couch. It’s been a hot topic online in the last few weeks.  Here are a few great ideas for curing cabin fever…

  • Oh Marie, you always get me with your easy and fun-to-make treats. These snowmen are no different.

Photo courtesy or Make and Takes

  • Great ideas for indoor fun, mostly with stuff you probably already have on hand.
  • I’ve been known to haul the Radio Flyer inside from time to time. Now I have a whole arsenal of outdoor toys to bring inside.
  • Whip up a batch of salt dough. Decorate and hang like Nici of Dig This Chick did when illness kept her family housebound.
  • Since my coat no longer covers my pregnant belly and the only shoes I can wear are crocs, I can’t really take my girl outside to get her snow fix. Next storm, I’ll bring the snow inside!
  • Perk a gloomy house right up with this rainbow project from Meg Duerksen.
  • When the only thing that will do is to bundle out and go outside, do it with style. Do it with a snowball fight survival kit.

Now, go play!

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