Snow Day Survival Guide

It’s snowing. Still. And ice is on the way. I like the snow…it’s relaxing to watch it gently falling on the ground. It is not relaxing to be trapped in the house with my kids while my hubby is at an airport half way across the country. 

There are towels all over the floor from the front door to the back door in order catch all the snow that melts in nasty puddles everywhere. We have gotten dressed in everything we own only to be outside 5 minutes before we’re ready to head back inside. Forts are built all over the place with every single sheet and blanket that we own. 

And I’ve pretty much eaten everything in my house. Calories don’t count when it’s snowing, right?

At least House of Cards is on now (yay) but I can’t watch it with my kids in the same room (boo). Anyway, here are some ideas to help you survive another day with the white stuff.

The BEST Drink EVER Recipe (from my sister, who’s a GENIUS)

  • Leftover coffee
  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Bailey’s

Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays. Once frozen, put two ice cubes in a glass. Pour a shot of vodka. Pour a shot of Bailey’s. Thank me for making your day.

Might as well get beautified while you sip –

Oatmeal Mask: (Because why not put breakfast all over your face?)

  • ½ cup cooked oatmeal
  • one whole egg
  • one tablespoon of almond oil (or olive oil)

Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 11.51.41 AMSpread it on your face and leave for 15 minutes.

Here’s some more homemade beauty recipes:

Good Housekeeping


Snow Ice Cream Recipe:

  • Snow
  • Milk, Condensed Milk, or Heavy Cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract

We like to make snow ice cream in individual bowls. Put a ton of snow in a bowl. Yes, “ton” is the exact measurement. Pour your milk – whatever kind you prefer – over the snow. Stir a little – not too much or the snow will melt. Put in your sugar – to your taste preference. (If you use condensed milk, you don’t need to add sugar. Unless you want to end up in a sugar-induced coma.) Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and stir. Now eat it before it melts!

For a list of 5 different ways to make snow ice cream, click here. 

 Hot Chocolate Recipe (for one):

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (or whatever sweetener you like)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream (soy, almond, whatever is fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small pan over medium heat, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk until Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 11.47.19 AMthe cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Add in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

You can blend it in the blender to make it frothy.

If you make more, increase the salt to 1/4 teaspoon when you get up to 4 cups of milk. (Adapted from

Here’s a version from Hershey’s. 

Homemade Play Dough (More things to clean up! But it IS fun.)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (optional)

In a saucepan, mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil. Slowly mix in water until it’s all smooth. Then turn the heat on medium and stir until it forms a ball of dough. Once it’s a ball, plop it onto some wax paper until it’s cool enough for you to touch. Don’t call me if this gets ground into your carpet…

Scavenger Hunt, Treasure Hunt…whatever you call it.

I make up clues and hide them all over the house and then don’t answer any questions until they have found their treasure. (Usually something they’ve had forever that they have forgotten about.),, and

These sites will keep your little ones busy AND teach them some cool stuff. Yes, Ponder Monster is my kids’ site – shameless plug. (They have worked so hard!)

 Daily Burn – Yes. It helps to move. At least a little. 

There’s a great website that has a ton of fabulous workouts on it – we LOVE it! I make the kids do the yoga and mobility with me. Hayes has some wicked moves. Ha! You can try it free for 30 days, and at least you’re moving around. Try it out!


My oldest has now wandered off to read in her room and I’ve farmed off my son to the neighbors.

Time to wrap this up…House of Cards is calling. 🙂

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