a family baking during winter

Winter Family Activities

When the weather outside is frosty and cold, there are unlimited activities you and your family can enjoy all together. This isn’t the right time to go swimming…but if you know of a place where there are heated pools indoors, why not indulge in this activity with your family?

Here are some of my favorite indoor and outdoor winter activities I do with my kids. You can use them as inspiration to come up with your own family winter activities and traditions.

Bake

a family baking during winter
There is something about the smell of something in the oven that makes the whole house feel so cozy especially on a cold winter day. Whether its bread, cookies or cupcakes made from your grandmother’s favorite mix, baking treats in the oven is one of my favorite winter activities. My children love helping in measuring and mixing and they can’t wait to taste what they have helped make.

Make simple crafts

Make the family activities varied by coming up with easy to do craft projects that everyone in the home can easily make. This can range from making paper snowflakes to making indoor snowmen and edible snow. This will surely provide hours of family fun with things you can easily find in your house. You can check out Pinterest for more craft ideas.

Tidy up things at home

If you are not the kind of person that loves spending money and going out, you can use the winter to tidy up things in the house before the kids get back to school. Now is a great time to get started on spring cleaning by setting up some family clothes and toys you no longer need. With the holidays, new things are likely to come into your home and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the stuff. Ask your children to pick the old things they would like to get rid of as the new ones come in. You can sell the items at a yard store, give them away at a thrift store, or gift them to family or friends or simply throw those that are old and damaged.

Watch a Family Movie

This is probably one of my favorite winter family activities. I always rent or borrow a great family movie and then we all huddle together on the couch and enjoy a family movie. You simply need some snacks, a movie DVD and you’re good to go! You have a warm and comfortable way to spend some winter nights as a family.

Go Ice Skating

Family ice-skating
Ice skating can either be done indoors or outdoors. And it’s an excellent way to get your whole family moving which is usually a challenge in winter. Children can be like dogs-if they do not get enough exercise, they are likely to be hyperactive and show behavior problems. Whether you decide to go ice skating indoors or outdoors, try to schedule for off peak hours such as early in the mornings. That way, the place will be less crowded and if your kids are learning to skate, there will be more room to teach them.
So there you have it, winter doesn’t really have to be endless hours of flipping channels on the couch. There’s more you can actually do! Happy holidays!

Nicky & John | Married

nicky and johnthis was their big day…
their wedding day.
nicky and john prepared for the ceremony together,
a break from tradition if you like, but,
having spent this time along side them,
a welcome break I think.
when i think back to their day,
three words come to mind:
FIRE & RAIN…
and LOVE…lots of love.
it was a wet and windy day,
but spirits certainly were not dampened,
and more importantly rainbows were found…
a night ceremony where candles created a beautiful ambience,
but also resulted in catching nicky’s dress,
disaster quickly averted and
laughter still prevailed…
love.
so much love.
between john and nicky,
what else is required?

you’re it! | tag

bloggingit’s funny.
i haven’t really felt i have been part of the blogging community fully in recent times.
i kind of drift in and out.
i tend to be that way.
“all or nothing” is how i’m often described.
i like this space.
i feel no pressure to blog constantly.
it’s my journal that i share…
every now and then.
it contains only good stuff.
i have a husband and friends who i can whinge and whine to;
and i do – often, so the crappy stuff is generally out before i get here.

anyway…
in my ‘all in’ effort of recent weeks
i have found myself quite happily in the world of instagram.
that space magnifies the everyday, i like that. a lot.
i have made new connections:
amelia from mamamuselibar is one of those:
she tagged me in her ‘you’re it’ post.
yikes.
i’m not much into revealing too much over here.
reflecting on me.
but i will.
’cause it’s good to move outside your comfort zone.
i think.

describe yourself in 7 words:
passionate. fussy. perfectionist. learner. listener. introspective. mother.

what keeps you up at night?
thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow. often thinking about if i handled situations with my children the ‘right’ way – whatever the ‘right’ way may be. thinking of things to be grateful for. reminding myself not to worry about getting ‘everything’ done tomorrow. my husband:)

who would you like to be?
me. a mother who loves and is loved. a wife who loves and is loved. a friend. my theory is that everything else will fall in to place if the basics are covered.

what are you wearing right now?
levis. black top. black wedge campers. sri lankan gold bangles from my mum and grandmother. an imperial topaz around my neck purchased at auction yesterday by my husband. a smile as i type that last sentence.

what scares you?
i’m not sure i am actually scared. i try to focus on today, when i think of the future i really only have happy visions:) if i thought really deeply i would hate to think that i would never reach my full potential as a person but i’m not sure i’m scared that i won’t. make sense?

what are the worst things about blogging?

worst?
mmmm… that it can be addictive. you can end up spending more time blogging than actually living and then you end up with nothing to actually blog about. that’s sad i think – but it does happen.

best?
the connections with like minded people that can be made. i guess it is kind of like having pen friends, you just don’t write to anyone in particular. it is a community full of support and inspiration. i have met some incredibly talented, inspiring and encouraging people that i really would never have known. i am so thankful for that. blogging is also an incredible vehicle to discover things about yourself that maybe you didn’t know. when i started out as ‘quarterofaninch’ my space was totally craft related, i actually discovered that what i enjoyed more was taking photos of my final product – my craft blog led me to a love of photography that i actually didn’t even know i had. i still love to make stuff. knitting is my current vice. i just like making pictures more.

what was the last website you visited?
pinterest.

what is the one thing you would like to change about yourself?
well generally i like me – is that okay? but i probably wish i had the same belief in myself that everyone else seems to have.

slankets – yes or no?
seriously? definitely no!

tell us something about the person who tagged you?
well, amelia is very new to me, but i have been stalking her blog regularly;) i guess i love her honest space – unlike me it does contain the good and the bad of everyday life – as a mother of 5 boys i totally relate to that, and sincerely find comfort in her honest thoughts.

thanks amelia. xxt

that was actually fun.

find me…

it seems we are everywhere
so many points of contact
so many wonderful ways to interact
and inspire one another

it’s strange to devote a whole post to all the spaces i linger online
other than here
but we all connect in different ways
and really
i don’t want to miss finding out where YOU are!

so i thought i’d let you know where i am and hopefully we can connect at at least one of them.

I have been on flickr from the very beginning,
it’s a nice community of photo makers
incredibly inspiring
and thankfully
recently upgraded
so much easier to use

i have to admit i’m not hugely active on twitter
i do shoot updates there though
of pretty much everything
i treat it like i guess it was intended
a newsreel
simple and instant

pinterest has taken a while for me to become fully involved in
but like most things
once i’m in, i’m in
that space says a lot about me i think
or at least what i like
a digital mood board

lover or hater of Facebook?
either way
i’m there too
i’d love you to pop in

and of course for all things yarn related
ravelry
i can’t tell you how many relationships have been made over there
love it
if you love all things stick related
then we’ve probably met here already

and then there is instagram
yep
i’m addicted
you will be too
if you’re not already

and i think thats a rap.

is there somewhere i should be that i’m not?
i’d love to know.
in the meantime
i’ll catch you around the place.

see you soon,
tam. x