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13 Rockin’ Things To Do In Winter–Bonding With Your Loved Ones And Having A Blast!

January 6, 2011

I really like being outdoors–frolicking in the sun, camping, fishing, hiking, going for walks and having bonfires.  But I simply cannot handle the cold.  If you’re like me, you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors.  It’s a great opportunity to do activities that you didn’t have time to while being outdoorsy during the summer.

image from what we do is secret

  • Start a new book, maybe a trilogy so you’ll be busy all winter long! I really liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  My little brother asked me to read it, and now I can’t wait until he’s done with the third book!
  • Start up a new hobby like knitting.  Making scarves is fun and easy–there are plenty of free patterns around the web, and you can use them as gifts once the holidays come around.
  • Bake some cookies! We have to admit, there’s nothing like having soft cookies and a warm cup of coffee while watching the snow pile up outside!
  • Get a new board game and play with your loved ones.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with friends and family while having fun.  My all time favorite board game is Cranium.  I also like Payday and Trailer Park Wars.
  • Netflix! So much better than channel surfing on your cable T.V. hoping that something good will be on.  They have an awesome assortment of documentaries, and you can choose from tons of movies without taking your bum off the couch.
  • Pamper yourself! Take a bubble bath, give yourself a manicure and pedicure,hydrateexfoliatemeditate!
  • Clean and organize.  Since you’ll be spending extra time indoors, keeping your living space cozy, clean, and inviting is key.  Finally take care of that bulging closet and set some clothes aside for donation, get a filing box and organize messy paperwork.  Make any room a hundred times cozier with a room spray and some cute pillows.

Cozy, cuddly, and all,  you can only stay indoors for so long–you gotta keep livin’ the life! Besides, a city looks completely different and magical once there’s a huge snowfall, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

First things first–dressing for the occasion.  Dressing for winter can be a pain, but there are ways to make it fun.  You can never have to many layers, and don’t be afraid to invest in some snow pants if you plan on dancing about in the snow.

Warm Me Up Winter


Now to some fun things you can do outdoors while still keeping some of your body heat.

  • Snowshoeing.  Last year a local park had “snowshoe by candlelight” where they made a mile long trail in the woods with candles, provided you with snowshoes, and had a bonfire with hot chocolate and treats at the trail’s end.  A whole night of fun for about 5 dollars.
  • Ice fishing.  I have never done it, but have friends who are obsessed with it.  From what I hear fishing shacks are great at keeping you warm, though that could be attributed to all the beer (wink, wink).
  • Skiing and snowboarding.  Daily passes range go from as little as $7.00, and a season pass can go for as cheap as $25.00 depending on where you go.  If you plan on doing this you might want to watch the movie Frozen just so you’re prepared. I kid, I kid.
  • Make an igloo! Get your hands on some practical gloves, invite some friends and make your own igloo.  Just make sure somebody brings a camera so you can show off your mad architectural skills later.
  • Attend a concert.  Maybe it’s you’re favorite band, or one you’ve never heard of before.  Either way, bring some friends, feel the music, and sweat your ass off in a packed venue (you’ll be glad it’s winter!).
  • Go shopping! winter is full of holiday sales, so get your boots out and walk through some slushy parking lots and into your favorite stores.  Get a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks to sip on while you browse, super delicious bonus treat!

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Think of winter as a time for insight and renewal–like all things grow newer and brighter comes spring, so will you.


Cider, cake, & working furnaces,


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