Learn How You Can Beat The Winter Blues With These Five Simple Tips

This is the time of year when boredom sets in and the winter blues hits many people hard.  The days are short and gray and you may be feeling that winter will never end.  The winter blues can make anyone feel cruddy and can affect a two year old just as easily as it can a 102 year old.  The good news is that there is only about six more weeks of winter left and we are entering the home stretch!

Five Tips To Beating The Winter Blues

As adults there are clear signs of the winter blues.  We may feel depressed, out of sorts,  irritable, tired, or board.  So what do you do if you find yourself coming down a case of the blues?

Work On Your Resolutions.  Remember those things you promised yourself you would do this year?  Now is the perfect time to get started on them if you haven’t yet.   Keeping busy on your New Year’s Resolutions during the winter months will help time move faster and before you know it spring will be here.

Get Out Of The House.  I know how tempting, and easy it can be to stay indoors and “hibernate” during the winter.  After all who, besides maybe the kids, actually want to go outside in the cold and snow.  Especially when it is so nice inside where it is all warm and toasty.  Getting out of the house even for a few minutes each day will help you feel refreshed and energized.

Find A Project.  If your house is anything like mine; there is always something that can be worked on organized, or update.  I always try to do these projects during the cold months while I’m cooped up inside.  That way I don’t have to worry about getting it done when the weather is warm.  Need A little inspiration?  Check out Pinterest, there are plenty of ideas there to keep you crafty all winter long!

Take Your Vitamins.  A healthy, well balanced diet will naturally make you feel better.  Including a multi-vitamin into your daily routine is an easy way to give you and your immune system a boost.  Along with a multi-vitamin I personally take a Vitamin D everyday as it helps replace the vitamin D we naturally loose in the winter since the sun is often over cast on the already shorter days.

Bright Light Therapy.  Using bright light therapy to treat seasonal depression has been around for years.  That’s because it works.  Bright light therapy requires the use of special bulbs and lamps that will give off a very bright light that acts like artificial sun light.  This artificial sunlight tricks your body into thinking it’s getting additional sunlight than it is causing the body to adjust the amount of melatonin and serotonin it produces.

As I mentioned at the beginning of today’s post the winter blues can affect kids just like adults.  Check back on Wednesday to learn what you can do to help the little ones in your life when dealing with the effects of a long cold wintery season.

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How To Make Your Own Homemade Snow Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago my four year old came home from preschool talking about snow snacks.  He was so excited telling his dad and I all about how his teacher Mrs. S taught him that you could make real ice cream from snow!  As if snow wasn’t cool enough now you could make ice cream out of it and any flavor you wanted too!  For the next three days he talked about snow ice cream almost nonstop.

Then when the storm came through and dumped over 14 inches of the white stuff on our door step it was like Mother Nature herself was saying, “Hey, why don’t you make that kid of yours some ice cream.”  So that’s exactly what we did!  I sent my son and husband outside to get some fresh snow from the yard and we had a lot of fun mixing our own batch together.  This was such an easy project that KC was able to do most of it himself!

If you want to give it a try, below is the recipe we used although there are other ones out there.

 

Ingredients:

1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 Tablespoons Vanilla

Flavorings such as Chocolate Syrup

8-10 Cups of Fresh Snow in a large bowl with extra room to stir up your snow ice cream

Directions:

1.  Combine the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl.

2.  Pour slowly over the snow and stir vigorously.  The texture will be delicate like a soft old fashioned homemade ice cream.

3.  Add your desired flavoring and enjoy!

Note:  The leftovers don’t freeze well the milk in it will freeze solid making it to difficult to eat.  So you will want to make it and eat it right away, then just toss anything that is left over.  This will also melt quickly so it’s best not to wait to long to eat it.

Have you ever made homemade ice cream?  How did it turn out?  If you give this recipe or different one a try let me know how it went!

How To Make Your Own Homemade Bath Crayons!

Recently the boys and I had a craft day and made our own bath crayons.  KC has been watching Creative Galaxy an  art based cartoon put out by Amazon’s Fire TV.  Lately his favorite episode has been about making bath crayons, and when he asked to make some of his own I just couldn’t refuse!

This project was somewhat messy but totally worth doing, especially when the goal of the project is to get clean at the end!

How To Make Your Own Homemade Bath Crayons!

Ingredients:

1 bar of white soap, I used Dove but you can use anything you have on hand.

1 cup warm water (you wont use it all)

Liquid food coloring

Equipment:

Bowls – you’ll need one bowl for each color you want to make

Cheese grater – to grade the soap into little shavings.

Molds – we used cookie cutters, but you can use anything you want as a mold including just using your hands.

Forks – for mashing and mixing your soap crayons together

Paper towels – to help contain the mess!

Instructions:

  1. Grate your bar of soap. You will need about 1 cup of soap shavings per color.  This is the part of the process that takes the longest.
  2. Separate the soap into different bowls if you plan to make more than one color. One bar of soap made 2 colors.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of warm water per 1 cup of soap shavings.  At this point you will also want to add your food coloring a couple drops at a time until you reach your desired color.
  4. Mix the soap shavings and liquids until it forms a thick dough.  If you need to add a little more water you can do so but just a little at a time.
  5. Form your soap dough into soap crayons using cookie cutters or other molds.
  6. Once you have all your bath crayons molded you can leave them out to dry and harden, this will take about 24 hours.  You can also put them in the freezer for about an hour.  Putting them in the freezer helps them harden quicker and it is what we did with ours.

Looking for other fun family activities?  Check out these great ideas!

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