Baby it’s cold outside

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I think it’s safe to say that as November draws to an end winter is definitely upon us. Out come the cozy socks and big sweaters, the scarves and the toques, winter chic is in full swing. With the weather dipping below zero here in Vancouver this week and other parts of Canada receiving snow, it’s time to bundle up and stay indoors. Here on the “wet” coast, we find most of our days dark, cold and damp, which leads me to say, it’s time to stay inside. Unless we have somewhere to be, or groceries to get, you will most likely find the kids and I bundled up inside and enjoying as many indoor activities as we can. This being said I’ve put together a handful of activities we will be up to this winter to keep us from going stir crazy.

1. Bake! Bake and decorate cookies. Bake banana bread or spend a morning making pancakes. Make something that’s simple and that can involve the kids. Hazel loves to help in the kitchen and can often be found wearing her apron and covered in flour. You can find our favourite cookies here, banana bread here and pancakes here. If your baby is to young to help and enjoy classics like banana bread, PC Organics baby has made it easy for them to enjoy the same great taste with their PC Organics Banana Bread Flavour Puree  snack, a  favourite of Hazels!

2. Grab a giant bowl of popcorn, a cozy blanket and the beverage of your choice and cuddle up on the couch and watch movies. As December is upon us and the countdown to Christmas begins, it would only be appropriate to watch classics like Home Alone and my moms all time favourite National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

3. Have a stack of coffee filters hiding out in your cupboards from the days when you had to brew a whole pot of coffee just to enjoy a single cup? Put them to use and make some coffee filter snowflakes with the kids. You can hang them above your table to create a whimsical dining experience or tape them to your windows for everyone to see.

4. Spend the afternoon creating your own Christmas decor. Grab some rocks, googly eyes, paint and let your imagination take over. How cute are these snowmen our friend Amber, from From the Seeds, and her son made?

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5. Build a forte! Grab old sheets and blankets, pull the dinning chairs to the couch and spend the afternoon creating a forte to remember.

6. Read some books, better yet, read some Christmas stories in your newly built forte! Don’t forget your flashlight and some PC Organics Animal Cookies to enjoy in your secret hide out.

7. Play doh is all dried out? No problem, whip up this quick and easy recipe and you have an afternoon of creativity at your hands.

8. Have an après ski party. Serve your favourite hot chocolate with all the fixings. Extra marshmallows and a shot (or 2) of Baileys for me! Hot chocolate not your thing? How about some hot Apple cider for you and some PC Organics Apple Juice for the kiddos?

9. Hit the floor with your cup of hot chocolate and spend the afternoon building your favourite puzzles.

10. No kids? Kids having a nap? Grab your beverage of choice, your favourite candle, your current read / or favourite Netflix show and pour yourself a nice hot bath. I am currently drooling over these amazing bath caddies from our friends over at Urban Grain Co. Santa if you’re reading this, this is on my list 😉

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11. Spend the afternoon building, dare I say it, a Lego city. Preferably on a wood floor or table so that no one steps on any pieces 😉

12. Have some mason jars and glitter on hands? These sensory jars from Parenting from the Heart are quick and easy to make. Kids will love spending time shaking them up and watching the glitter settle, over and over again!

What are your plans for staying warm and cozy this winter? Do you have anything you would add to our list?

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure this post was sponsored by Presidents Choice.}

8 thoughts on “Baby it’s cold outside

  • November 24, 2015 at 10:43 am
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    So many awesome ideas. Several of these will be going on my list this winter. Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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    Hello here in South Africa we are on the opposite as we are starting summer but I am pinning this post as I can definitely use them when the time comes

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  • November 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    There are some great ideas here! We love building forts! I’d also like my preschooler to sit still long enough to watch my favourite Christmas movies!

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  • November 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm
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    Oh those snowman rocks are such a great idea! I’m going to have to try them out with my son!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    Thanks for the shout out! We would love to make you a bath caddy for Christmas 🙂

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  • November 25, 2015 at 10:56 am
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    Those rocks are so cute and your pictures are gorgeous! Love these ideas. I work from home and need some cold winter shut-in activities.

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  • November 30, 2015 at 6:25 am
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    Ok those snowman rocks are just too cool! I so need a few of those 😉

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