~This post is made in partnership with The Motherhood and Jack’s Pizza. Opinions and stories are my own.~
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 3 weeks until December. There are still leaves on our trees that haven’t fallen and grass that is still green on our front lawn. Trying to imagine that within weeks we could be covered in ice and snow is difficult, but not impossible. Winters in the Midwest are fraught with snow days, icy power outages and unsafe road conditions; which is why we always try to be prepared for safety and boredom. There is nothing quite like being unprepared for a snow day with antsy cooped up children who have all the sudden became bored of everything they own. I’ve come up with a list of ideas on how to prepare your family for snow days. Make sure to share your ideas in the comments!
Stock Up Your Freezer with Quick Meals
The first thing I do when the weather starts to turn, or when I know there is going to be ice on the roads the next day, is to stock up on easy lunches and dinners. Trying to entertain the kids while also making meals doesn’t work out very well for me, but what does is stocking up on Jack’s Pizza. It’s made with 100% Percent Real Wisconsin Cheese and I love how quick I can get these on the table. They’re even something my teen can make if I’m in the middle of a pot and pan drum solo.
Stock Up on Board Games Before Winter
You know that at some point between the first 30 minutes to an hour after your kids realize they have a snow day, they will come to you and say that there is nothing to do. I think this is a default in their programming. I’ve learned that giving them a verbal list of things they could be doing doesn’t help, but snow days become a lot more fun when you think about it as not only a day off for your kids, but for you as well! Break out some old board games! Most of them will at least get you through 1 hour before someone complains that you cheated (which I never did!).
If you have a lot of board games, make sure to double check to see that you have all the pieces. There is nothing quite like getting excited to play a game and then realizing you have no dice or that you have to use macaroni noodles for game pieces.
Stock Up on Crafts & Baking Items
To me, there are two ways to craft. There is crafting with non-edible items and there is baking. Both can be extremely fun, require a lot of imagination and you can make a huge mess with. I have an entire suitcase filled with crafting items and I always keep baking essentials in the pantry. This way Tot and I can spend time creating things together or stuffing our faces on chocolate chip cookies…. maybe both.
Have Fun in the Snow & Get Creative
If it isn’t below freezing, you can have a lot of fun in the snow as a family. You can do your normal stomping around, building a snowman or getting into snowball fights, or you can get really creative. How about making Snow Cream! It’s like ice-cream, but with snow! Or get a cardboard box and line it with parchment paper, bring the snow inside and have a lot of fun with cars or dolls without freezing. I like that idea the best.
Stock Up on Seasonal Movies & Books
You can declare snow days festive holiday themed days and watch classic holiday movies, read holiday books and snuggle up with your most precious gifts – your kids.
Stock up on your favorite finger foods and snow day fun and you’ll be all set! Just make sure you don’t forget to stock up on coffee while you’re at it.
I also wanted to let you know that we’re teaming up with Jack’s Pizza for an awesome Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day! Read below for more details!
When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats
Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann