Making the Most of a Snow Day

Winter makes me nervous. Will the roads ice? What happens if I can’t avoid driving on an icy road?!?! I am so grateful that nowadays I can work from home if needed, but back in my days of “slinging espresso,” that wasn’t usually an option. All that to say, I don’t usually see snow in the forecast as something to look forward to. But, I’m happy to say, although it took some warming up to, Joss and I made the most of our recent snow day! So I thought I’d share some tips to help you plan the perfect snow day 🙂

1. Start Small

As I mentioned above, I had to warm up to the snow day. When we woke up, there was little-to-no accumulation on the ground. An hour later, boy had that changed! Joss talked me into bundling up and going outside. We built a tiny snowman, and an even teensier snow cat, at which point, I was ready to head inside and call it a day.

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2. Self Care

Self care for me right now looks in part like trying out new face paint ideas. (New to me, anyway. They’re all variations of images I find on Google.) So after building our tiny snowman, I turned myself into a snowman! I think it was at this point that I really started embracing the snow day. And by this point, things were really looking gorgeous outside, which helped! But it was nice to have a little time to myself before committing to spending more time outside.

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3. Snow Ice Cream

It doesn’t take much convincing for me to agree to making a sugary treat. So when Joss reminded me it wouldn’t be a snow day without snow ice cream, I caved. Coat, hat and gloves back on, along with all the accoutrements towards making snow ice cream. A bowl full of milk, sugar and vanilla, and (per Joss’s request), maraschino cherries, chocolate syrup and sprinkles. We didn’t use an exact recipe, but it was about 1 c. of milk, a generous handful of sugar, a splash of vanilla, and then however much snow seemed right.

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4. Snow Man

After spending some more time indoors (and a scroll through social media), I was inspired to try building a bigger and better snowman. When is the last time I’d tried building a full-sized snowman? Possibly never?! But seeing other people’s amazing creations made me want to give it a go! So Joss and I headed into our side yard for some truly excellent snowman-construction material. He had marble eyes and mouth, an oblong yellow tomato for a nose, stick arms, a Santa hat and scarf and – this being 2020 – a mask!

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5. Sledding

I think the last time I went sledding was in college. The memory is very distant. But Joss had been gifted a “snow glider” from my Aunt Shannon, and he couldn’t wait to use it! Our front yard has a very small hill…but it was absolutely perfect. A nice gentle slope, he had fun going down again and again – and so did I!

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6. Christmas Baking

Thanks to Instagram ads, I know that there’s a new Hershey’s Kiss flavor this year: Sugar Cookie. Which meant I had to try them! (The candy cane ones are better.) Anyway, I’d purchased a few different flavors of Kisses for a gift, and added them to this recipe for Candy Cane Kisses from Sally’s Baking Addiction. This is a great blog if you’re ever looking for a new cookie or other recipe!

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7. Holiday Photo Shoot

A day in was the perfect excuse to take photos in front of the Christmas tree! Joss and I have matching pajamas, and I love it!

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His red pajamas, paired with his black winter boots, reminded him of Santa Claus. He kept referring to himself as Santa Claus throughout the day, so I finally asked if I could paint his face like Santa. And he actually said yes! He really got into putting imaginary presents under the tree.

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So…I think that’s it! Of course, we sandwiched some TV-watching in between activities. And altogether, it was the perfect snow day, with plenty of fun and no reason to leave the house. In fact, we had enough fun that I might not mind seeing snow in the forecast a few more times before spring 😉

What snow day activities did we miss? Let me know in the comments!

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