Home Sweet Home - January 2021



New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Transform your home into your dream space. Page 09

Gardening in January? Prep your garden now for spring. Page 04

Stuck inside? 5 Tips to Stay Busy Inside this Winter Page 17

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Dear Homeowner,

A new year is upon us, and now is as good a time as any for a fresh start.

Whether you’ve been putting off a major renovation project or just looking to brighten up your space, make a resolution to get it done this year.

In this issue, you’ll find a helpful guide to coming up with and achieving New Year’s resolutions for your home.

You’ll learn how to make the most of the space you have with smart storage solutions and learn how to prepare your garden now for the spring.

If one of your resolutions is to spend more quality time with family, you’ll also discover fun ideas for passing the time indoors this winter.

As always, I am happy to offer my services to you or anyone else you know who is looking to buy or sell their home. I am never too busy to take on your referrals and would love to work with anyone you send my way. I wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous new year.

Best wishes,

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Gardening in January? Think it’s too cold to focus on your garden? Think again.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners We’ve provided a helpful list of ideas to kick off your 2021 home goal planning.

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Post-Holiday Storage Solutions There are plenty of steps you can take to better utilize the space you do have.

Stuck inside? Check out these 5 tips to stay busy inside this winter.


Gardening in January: What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Spring

plan and design your garden now.

year-round project, and yes, that includes the dead of winter!

It’s January. Most winter holidays are over, and it’s the beginning of the new year. For much of the country, it’s cold and dark. Too cold and dark to think about gardening, right? Well, think again. Just as January is the beginning of the new year, it can also be the beginning of your planning for your 2021 garden. It’s time to start thinking about gardening as a

Think about the following:

Whether gardening is your hobby, your lifestyle, or even just something you’re exploring, there’s a lot you can do in January to prepare for the active growing season in spring and summer. Planning and designing are key during this season. Many people tend to “forget” about their gardens and wait for the final frost before diving into spring planting. But you can save a lot of time, effort, and money by starting to

What you would like to grow

How much you would like to grow

Where you would like to plant

How you will arrange your garden

Starting to plan and design your garden in January is also a helpful way for people to get through the winter, particularly those who miss warmth, nature, and getting their hands dirty. You can think about your garden and get excited for the warmer months ahead — the planting, the growing, and the harvesting in summer and fall.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree January comes right after Christmas, so before you get rid of your Christmas tree, think about how you can use it to help your garden and yard space in January. You can recycle your (authentic) Christmas tree as a feeding station for winter birds. You’ll need to put it up in your yard and string garlands of peanuts, popcorn, cranberries, fruits, etc. Christmas tree boughs can also be used to mulch garden perennials. Give Your Indoor Plants Some Love Don’t forget about your indoor plants. January is a great time to pay attention to your greenery inside. Keeping indoor houseplants is a fantastic idea for people who miss the beautiful greenery and blossoms (and fruit of their labour) during the warmer, brighter months. Having indoor plants can completely transform and brighten up your home and allow you to continue your gardening hobby during this darker, colder time of the year. If you’re in the process of selling your home, adding indoor plants will also appeal to potential buyers.

is required (because plants are at rest). You’ll know if

Remember, though, that indoor plants are not accessories; they are living, breathing plants that require tender-loving care, just like seedlings in the spring and full blooms in the summer. Most plants won’t just “survive” on their own. Some basic tips are:

you’ve overwatered a plant by removing it from the pot and smelling the soil and noticing rotted roots; to save it, re-pot the plant into a smaller pot with dry potting mix. Also, remember to use room-temperature water, not cold or warm. Cleaning: Regularly wash off dust from indoor plant leaves to allow them to better gather light and grow. Use insecticidal soap to kill off unwanted plant bugs; it’s safe for most houseplants, but do your research. Scrub heavily encrusted clay pots with steel wool after they’ve soaked overnight in a water-white vinegar solution, then rinse with clear water.


Placement: Some plants need sunlight and need to be placed by sunny windows, while shade-lovers just won’t survive there. It’s best if you can place sun-seeking indoor plants where they’ll receive the longest afternoon sunlight. Also, keep all plants away from doorways and drafty areas, as most won’t fare well there. Watering: Indoor winter plants still need watering, but not much; a common blunder is overwatering houseplants in the winter, when less water




Cactus: Cactus plants are a winter favorite because they’re very low maintenance and easily brighten up a room, especially on a windowsill. These plants love to bask in sunlight, and they don’t require much watering. Snake Plant: This is a great plant for beginners; it thrives in both partial shade *and* sunlight, prefers dry air, and rarely needs repotting. Amaryllis: This beautiful plant should be set in a bright, sunny window to allow leaves to fully develop. Soil should be evenly moist, not soggy.

Not sure which plants make the best indoor buddies? It’s best to do some research particular to the area in which you live, but in general, here are a few common winter house plants to get you started: Aloe Vera: One of the most common houseplants year- round, but especially during winter, is the aloe vera, which is renowned as a remedy for soothing burns. Make sure

your aloe vera plant has ample bright lighting in the winter; they also need well-drained, coarse soil.

Take Care of Your Lawn

Yes, you need to take care of your lawn in January, even if it’s covered in snow or frozen. Too much foot traffic on frozen lawns can damage the ground underneath, particularly injuring turf grasses, so be sure to avoid that. Blades of grass become brittle and don’t yield to pressure, so they’ll snap and break if stepped on. The grass won’t easily recover and may leave brown marks that show up unsightly in spring, leaving the patch more prone to disease.


Observe Outdoor Trees, Shrubs, & Plants Regularly throughout the winter, you should take stock of any plants, trees, and shrubbery to see how they are faring. There are several ways you can take care of them. First, don’t remove ice from plants directly; allow ice to melt naturally in the sunlight or when the weather warms a little. Ice removal from plants will only further damage them. However, brush off heavy snow from any trees and shrub branches, as an accumulation of too much snow can cause damage or even breakage. If you do notice damaged limbs on trees, whether

by ice or snow, prune them to prevent bark from tearing. Check on or Plant Seeds and Bulbs January is a great time to take stock of your current seed situation before you start ordering new ones. One trick to try is sprouting a test sample of leftover seeds by doing the following: Roll up 10 seeds in a damp paper towel and keep them moist and warm. In about a week, check for germination. If fewer than half the 10 original seeds sprout, then you should order fresh seed. If you stored summer bulbs to be used for next season, now is a good time to check themout andmake sure they’re not rotting or drying out.

Note: If you didn’t plant your bulbs before the ground froze for the winter, then plant themnow in individual peat pots to place in flats. Next, put themoutside into the cold, and bury themunder a thick blanket of leaves. You can transplant them into the garden when it’s spring, or when the weather is warmer. Though it may seem too early (and cold!) to do so, it’s possible to sow some early seeds in January. However, you’ll need plenty of indoor space to do so. It’s best to grow the seedlings under glass to protect them. They’ll also need some warmth by way of a heated propagator. Light is also important (remember, sunlight in the warmer months provides both heat and light).


Don’t Stop Weeding

Plan Ahead As mentioned, January is a great time of year to begin plans and designs for your upcoming garden. If you want to make a New Year’s resolution, set a goal to keep records, charts, growth patterns, and dates of your garden this year to help you see what works, what doesn’t, where you can improve, and what ideas you can come up with for the next year. Take note of your current garden setup, and take inventory of all the plants in your yard. Pay particular attention to the types of plants, their locations, their abundance,

and their performance (how well they grew and produced). Plan any changes or improvements, and note what you intend to keep the same. Sometimes, seed, nursery, and gardening magazines come in the mail early in the year. If you subscribe to any and receive them, look up native, local-to-you plants to grow this spring, as well as plants with improved tolerance to insects, disease, and drought. And, don’t forget to share your newfound knowledge of gardening in January with your neighbors and gardening friends.

January presents a good opportunity to get some weeding done and continue to clear the garden in preparation for spring planting. By now, many of your plants will have died back. You can see perennial weeds (and then remove them) more easily if you cut back these dead plants. January is also a good time to weed because there’s generally less risk of trampling other plants or damaging new shoots.


7 New Year’s Resolutions

For Homeowners

Here are seven New Year’s resolutions for homeowners. 1. Keep your home free of clutter. Go through each room of your home, each storage area, and anywhere else you have a lot of “junk” and clean it out. (Check out Page 14 for an entire guide to organizing your home after the holidays.)

year about what you hope to achieve in your home and actually follow through with them, you can set the tone for other aspects of your life. Think about all the projects you’ve put off for years, or what things you’d like to improve about your space. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve provided a helpful list of ideas to kick off your 2021 home goal planning.

You know the common New Year’s resolutions: eat better, pay off your debt, exercise more. Those goals are all well and good, but unless you have an iron-clad willpower, most of them don’t have a lot of staying power. Plus, none of those goals show any love to your home — the place you spend most of your time.

When you make goals for the new


can freshen up your home. Clean off your counters on a weekly basis all year, throwing away nonessential items and filing away important items. Having a clean and organized home reduces stress and allows you to be more productive in other aspects of your life.

practice a regular activity. Because it’s hard to be objective when you’re getting rid of things, focus on what you actually use/need and clear out things that haven’t been used or that you no longer need. When you have too much clutter, your house looks dated and dirty. Cleaning your storage areas and getting rid of unnecessary items Clean from top to bottom — consider the top of your cabinets and refrigerator, then under any lower-traffic areas of your home. Do one type of cleaning at a time. For example: dusting, glass cleaning, sweeping, mopping, etc. Get help from everyone in the family. Assign a list of regular duties to each person, or rotate them on a weekly basis. The

As the year goes by, we accumulate a lot of things. The problem is that we hold onto a lot of old items we no longer need or use. Go through your cabinets and drawers and clean them out, and make a point to do the same thing once a month. To form a positive habit, you should make this 2. Start a weekly cleaning schedule. This goal goes hand in hand with the last resolution. The best way to meet your weekly cleaning goal is to make a schedule and stick to it. Plan out which days you’ll do which tasks or which rooms of your home, and don’t forget to give yourself days off. Consider the days you’ll do laundry, dust, vacuum, clean the toilets, etc.

more people working together, the faster your cleaning projects will go.

Here are some tips to get started:

Wipe down all cabinets, counters, windows, appliances, and mirrors.


3. Improve your home’s safety. You can have a gorgeous, clean home, but it’s also crucial to take steps to protect it against fire, gas and natural disasters. The start of a new year is a great time to go through your home and safeguard it against potential health and safety hazards.

together a fire escape plan for your home and make sure your family members know what to do in the event of a fire. Check your electrical outlets and wiring to make sure everything is safe. Clean out your dryer lint — not only in the tray but also in the walls and ducts behind the dryer. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, dryer lint causes 15,000 fires a year in the U.S. Natural disaster precautions - If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes, go over safety plans with your family and make sure any storm shelters are safe and functional.

Here are a few items to check for:

Radon - This gas is colorless and odorless but causes thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. According to the EPA, one out of every 15 houses has an elevated level. Test kits only cost about $20 at hardware stores, so it’s not expensive to check your home regularly. Carbon monoxide - Check your carbon monoxide detectors if you have them. If you don’t, get them. They are usually $40 or less. Fire safety - Check the batteries in all of your smoke detectors, and change them if necessary. Put

4. Lower your bills

Put LED bulbs in all of your lights. Turn your AC off when you leave your home for an extended amount of time. Air-dry clothes on a line when you run a small load of wash, instead of using the dryer. Cut down on watering your lawn. When not in use, turn off your power strips.

by lowering your carbon footprint.

Cutting energy usage in your house can lower your monthly bill and help the planet at the same time. Here are some easy ways to cut back: Turn the lights off every time you leave a room.


5. Prepare your home to host guests. While you might not be ready to host people in your home this year, you can prepare your home for the future and create a space for people to stay when they come to visit. If you have a spare bedroom or unused space in your home, turn it into a comfortable place that people would want to stay. If you’ll be using the space for other purposes when people aren’t visiting, consider installing a murphy bed that won’t take up

down walls that separate your kitchen from the dining and/or living areas. An open floor plan is more conducive to conversation with guests and keeping people together. Something as simple as rearranging your furniture can allow more people to gather comfortably in your home. When you do have people over, make sure your home is clean and smells inviting. Light some candles or install some air fresheners with pleasant fragrances that aren’t overwhelming.

floor space when it’s not being used.

If you’re looking to host parties or get togethers at your home, focus on improving your guest entertainment area. If you have a wet bar or heated outdoor patio, your space will be more conducive to hosting events, and your home will become a natural gathering place. Spending more time with family and friends is on a lot of people’s resolution list. This will help you achieve that goal. If you can afford to take on a bigger project, consider opening up your floor plan by taking


6. Improve your outdoor space. A lot of times, the outsides of our homes are neglected or put last on our list of areas to improve. Make 2021 the year you focus on the outside, not just the inside of your home. Whether you want to create an outdoor space to host parties or just want to improve the curb

Adding an outdoor bar

appeal of your home, put together a list of projects you can realistically tackle on your own or that you can hire professionals to complete.

Installing an outdoor entertainment system in covered areas

Replacing old patio furniture

Consider the following:

Adding stone features or brick walls

Adding new mulch

Planting new shrubs and flowers or starting a vegetable garden Covering outdoor porch or deck areas

Paving walkways or driveways

7. Save up for renovation projects.

away each week or month to realistically be able to complete your project within a certain time frame. Cutting your energy costs (Resolution #4) will also help you save for your project.

If you can get your finances in order, you can invest more money into your home. At the beginning of the year, draft a budget. Consider your monthly bills, groceries, and allowances for things like clothing, gasoline, dinners out, Christmas gifts, etc. Be sure to keep a safety net fund for potential home disasters or car problems. Try as much as possible to stick to your budget for the year. If you’re saving up to tackle a particular project, get quotes early in the year from professionals to determine how much it will cost to complete. Include that savings in your budget, and figure out how much you need to put


Post-Holiday Storage Solutions How toMake theMost of the Space YouHave

Clean it Out! This may seem like a no-brainer, but the best way to create storage space is to get rid of things you no longer need. This is easier said than done for a lot of people. If you’re someone who likes to hold onto everything and has trouble deciding what to throw out, here are some helpful tips to clear out common household items. Clothes: A helpful trick for getting rid of unworn clothes is to hang everything in your closet backward, with the hanger hook facing toward

you, instead of away from you. As you wear items throughout the year, hang them back up the correct way. At the end of a year, whatever is still facing backward should be given away. Additionally, you should clean out your drawers between seasons. If you haven’t worn an item for an entire season, chances are, you won’t wear it next year. Anything with unintentional holes or stains should be thrown out, and anything that doesn’t fit should be donated or sold. A lot of people like to hold onto clothes that used to fit them with the

The holidays have come and gone, and in their wake, you’ve been left with a sea of new belongings. Where will you put all of these new things? Do you have room for everything in your home? One of the biggest complaints people have about their houses is that there’s not enough storage space. In fact, a lack of space is the number one reason people decide to purchase a bigger home. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to better utilize the space you do have.


you can safely take it out of the house for good. You can also tell older children that you’re planning to give their toys to other children who need them — they should be old enough to understand this concept and may enthusiastically clear out other toys they no longer play with.

hopes of losing weight in the future. If you truly don’t want to part with these items, consider boxing and putting them in the attic to make room in your drawers.

Toys: If you have kids, you know how quickly toys can accumulate and take over

your house. Plus, even if it isn’t consistently played with, it’s hard to convince a child they no longer need a particular toy. If something hasn’t been touched in a while, move it out of the room and into a temporary storage space. If it goes unmissed for a period of time,

Miscellaneous Junk: We all have infamous junk drawers in our houses. These drawers hold everything from old birthday candles, safety pins, and broken pens to ripped gloves and old pot-holders. Chances are, you could throw out everything in these drawers and never miss them. But they’re still worth going through a few times a year to make sure you aren’t missing anything important. Everything else can be thrown out or put into small containers/ plastic bags and stacked back in the drawer to make room for other items you actually need.

Papers/Perishables: If you have piles of junk mail, letters home from school, old art projects, and grocery lists eating up room on your countertops, don’t worry — you’re not alone! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to let things pile up. Take time to go through those piles and get rid of what you don’t need. If you can’t part with some of these paper items, consider clearing out a drawer or investing in a filing cabinet to store them. You can also put especially keep-worthy school art projects inside a bin in your attic.


Pack it Away

Shed: If you have a shed in your yard, you should store all outdoor/landscaping items in it, rather than in your garage. Garages can quickly become overcrowded if they accumulate too much. Storage unit: According to CostHelper, the average storage unit costs $40-$50 per month for a 5-by-5-foot unit and $75- $140 per month for a 10-by-15- foot unit. If you can afford it, storage units are a great asset that can allow you to save space in your home. provide an attractive feature if used in the right way. But if you don’t want to add shelves into high-traffic areas, consider putting them in laundry rooms, garages, or other less-seen areas of your home. Hidden storage: You can add hidden storage spaces in numerous places throughout your home, including on staircases and inside furniture like coffee tables and ottomans.

These are the best places to store items you’re not currently using:

The key here is to put away everything you’re not using during a particular time of year. Swimsuits, kiddie pools, flip flops, and beach umbrellas can be put out of sight and out of mind. Likewise, come spring, winter jackets, snow boots, sleds, and snow blowers have no use taking up room in your closet or garage. Move these items to more permanent storage when they’re not being actively used. Invest in Smart Storage If you’re struggling to find space in your house, luckily, many options exist to organize and save room in the storage spaces you do have. Vacuum-sealed bags: These bags compress clothes, pillows, blankets and other soft items to help them fit into tighter spaces. You can stack and store them away in closets or under beds, and you have the added bonus of knowing your items

Attic: If you have attic space in your home, make sure you utilize it. Everything from winter jackets to holiday lights can be stored in the attic when they’re not being used. Under the bed: Putting clothes under your bed when they’re not being worn keeps them out of your way but close by in case you want to wear them.

will be protected from outside damage.

Stackable storage bins: If you find you’re running out of space in drawers or closets, consider organizing your items into plastic bins. Unorganized messes can take up more space than clutter organized into containers. Shelving and cabinets: Adding closed or open shelving units throughout your home can take care of storage and also


Stuck inside? 5 Indoor Activities to Beat theWinter Slump

Are you feeling the post-holiday winter blues?

With nothing to look forward to but months of colder weather and less time spent outdoors, you might find yourself counting down the days until spring arrives.

But just because you’re spending more time inside doesn’t mean you need to spend all winter sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Winter is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family inside your home, making precious memories you’ll look back on for years to come!


Fun and Educational Indoor Activities for Kids It’s not easy keeping kids entertained indoors all winter. Rather than turning to digital devices, here are a few fun and easy activities to keep young children occupied, while teaching them important skills at the same time. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.

Here are some great ideas to keep your family entertained inside this winter.

1. Watch old home movies.

you can also show the kids some of their cutest baby videos. If your movies are all stored on your phone, winter is the perfect excuse to transfer them into a more permanent location so you can enjoy them together for years to come. If you haven’t made any family movies in a while, now is the perfect time! Get out your phone or camera, and film the kids singing their favorite songs or showing off some of their best dance moves. Film them putting on a puppet show or making cute — and potentially messy — crafts.

Sure, you could binge watch “The Office” for the fifth time or watch “Frozen” on repeat with your kids, but there’s something special and exciting about reliving memories with family. If you have an old VHS player sitting in your attic, dust it off and pop in a tape from when you were little. Show your kids all the crazy things your parents made you wear and how different things used to be “back in the day.”

Hokey Pokey Okey Dokey

If you have them burned onto a DVD or stored on your computer,

The original Hokey Pokey is a great option for teaching young children the names of body parts. This new twist on an old classic adds in learning about feelings. All you have to do is say an emotion before the body part and match up the movements to the emotion. For example:

Wave your surprised arms Stomp your mad feet Clap your excited hands Hug your scared stomach

If they’re old enough, be sure to ask your kids to come up with their own verses!


Shape Bowling This fun activity is great for kids who are learning their shapes. All it requires is some painters’ tape, a ball, and some floor space. Using painters’ tape, create outlines of different shapes on the floor. If your child’s old enough, feel free to get their shape suggestions. Once you’ve made several, give your child a soft ball and tell them to roll the ball toward the shapes. You or they can pick a specific shape or just roll the ball and see where it lands. Once it stops, you can talk about the shape it’s closest to — what it’s called, how many sides, and how many corners. You can also discuss the concept of near and far by pointing out, for example, how their ball is close to the square but far from the circle. Measuring with Blocks Kids love playing with blocks, so why not use them to improve counting skills and self-awareness? Simply have children use the blocks to measure their height and body parts. You can go through many rounds of this:

2. Try a new recipe.

when possible. You could even have your own “Chopped”-style cooking competition. Pick out four ingredients that everyone must incorporate into a final dish — just don’t argue too much over who gets to be the judge! If you’re not much of a cook, grab a simple boxed cake mix and have the kids help you add the final ingredients. You can have fun decorating the cake — and each other’s faces!

Whether you consider yourself the Bobby Flay of at-home cooking or would be more likely to appear on an episode of “Worst Cooks in America,” cooking together as a family can be fun — and potentially home video-worthy. If you’re a seasoned pro, try out a difficult recipe you’ve been wanting to tackle. Ask the kids to help you measure and mix

Have your child build a tower that reaches the top of their head, then count how many blocks are in the tower.

Have the child sit down and make a block line that measures

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how long their legs are. Again, count it. If your child’s old enough to understand, have them repeat this activity with your leg, then talk about the concepts of more/less and longer/shorter. Keep repeating for as many body parts as you’d like. You can even consider writing down all the measurements, then comparing them; for example, which is longer — their arm or leg? Hot Cocoa Experiment This winter version of the tried- and-true volcano experiment uses things you probably already have in your kitchen: hot cocoa powder, baking soda, vinegar, a coffee mug, a measuring cup, a spoon, and a baking tray with sides. (Suggestion: make sure you have some extra hot cocoa to drink once the experiment’s over!) If your child’s old enough, go ahead and let them help if they’d like. If not, they’ll still enjoy watching! Be sure to ask them what they think will happen before each step of the experiment.

3. Show off your artistic side. When you’re constantly worried about work and the stress of running a household, it’s easy to neglect your creative side. Your kids probably love to finger paint and color —maybe you should join them for a change! Look up some fun arts and crafts projects on Pinterest, and don’t be afraid to get a little messy.

Get the kids some new coloring books, and get yourself one, too! Adult coloring books are a big trend — they have complex and abstract designs, so you can try out cool patterns and shading as you color. If paints and glue sticks aren’t your thing, start a jigsaw puzzle and try to put it together over a few weeks when you have family time. It’s fun to get the whole family involved in getting to that final piece.


Put the mug in the middle of the baking tray, making sure everyone can easily see inside the mug. Put a package of hot cocoa powder (or the equivalent of a serving’s worth) into the mug.



Add ¼ cup of baking soda.



Slowly pour vinegar into the mug, and watch what happens!

In addition to making predictions, talk to your child about what they saw, what they smelled, and what happened and why. Explain to them about chemical reactions, using the vinegar and baking soda as an example. Indoor Hockey This activity may take a little planning ahead, as it requires paper towel rolls, paper plates, and a balloon. To prep, you need to make “hockey sticks” by taping or gluing a paper plate to the end of a paper towel roll. You’ll also need to set up at least one “net,” which can be a laundry basket on its side, some chairs, or even a sheet or some wrapping paper hanging on the wall. If your child doesn’t know about hockey, explain that the goal is to use their hockey stick to get the puck (in this case, the balloon) into the net to score a goal. You and your child can just have fun playing around, or you can turn it into an actual game and keep score, which is a good way to get some math into playtime. But even if no math is involved, balloon hockey is a fun exercise that improves gross motor skills and gives you a chance to demonstrate good sportsmanship.

4. Have a family game night. It sounds cliche, but having family game nights is the perfect way to make the long winter days seem shorter. You could opt for a board game, or try something more traditional like charades. Whatever you do, keep it fun — sore losers have no place at family game night!

Games like Apples to Apples are easy to play and will keep everyone laughing. If your homemade recipe didn’t quite work out, order some pizza and sit around enjoying each other’s company while you play. The key here is to take a break from the stress of daily life, so turn off electronics or keep them in another room so everyone is fully present.

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Potato Snow Don’t live someplace where it

snows? Or maybe you do, but it’s too cold to go out? Make your own “snow” using potatoes! Again, this activity requires some prep work, as you’ll need to cook and mash the potatoes, then let them cool. Once everything’s ready, your child will use the mashed potatoes like playdough, pretending it’s actually snow. They can make snowmen, igloos, or anything else their imagination comes up with. As an added bonus, it’s safe if they sneak a bite, as many little kids do! While they’re playing, feel free to bring other educational aspects into the activity: you can talk about how the “snow” feels and how it’s different from real snow, discuss what kinds of activities people do in the snow (including what the child likes or wants to do), or where snow comes from. We hope these activities help you and your child have fun even if you’re stuck inside. Obviously, all of these activities require an adult’s involvement or supervision, so we want to share one last idea for when you need a break: there are tons of videos online of people reading children’s books, so feel free to line up some of your kids’ favorites or to search for new ones. While it’s never required, if you can find books that tie into an activity, that helps reinforce the information they’ve learned!

I know what you’re thinking. Cleaning...fun? While it may not be the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, if you’ve been putting off a big cleaning job, winter is the perfect time of year to get it done. Whether you’ve been meaning to clean out drawers of old clothes or dust in a hard-to-reach corner or your house, you have no excuse not to take care of it this winter! But just because you’re cleaning doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun. Blast some music, and turn your cleaning day into a dance/cleaning party. Get everyone to pitch in, and reward yourselves at the end of a long day with that cake you whipped up earlier! 5. Get the house in tip-top shape!


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