5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues…in April

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Are you suffering late April Winter Blues?

Here’s a little poem I wrote while battling the winter blues. Winter winter go away, come again in November. Be a good season and give us all a break…pretty please!?

Well, since this winter weather is interminable, you might as well make the best of it and start dreaming about spring! (It’s going to be spring someday soon, I swear).  Or perhaps we should all just keep imagining we live in Siberia and embrace the season.

Plan That Big, Beautiful Garden

If you haven’t started already, (maybe you’ve been stuck on the couch like me, feeding an adorable but incessantly hungry newborn), now is the time to start! Way up here in zone four, we have a while to wait for direct sowing, but I am itching to get started. Like four weeks ago.

One way my older boys and I scratch the itch is planning their own individual pallet gardens. We’ve been inspired by these sweet little gardens: Pallet garden tutorial at onehundreddollarsamonth.com

They are totally stoked about creating and tending their own little green space. And of course, I’m hoping to avoid the drama of whose fault it is when something doesn’t grow.. though let’s be honest, you already know someone’s going to step on someone else’s garden during a seven year old meltdown.

Drink ridiculous amounts of coffee

Coffee always makes me feel better about life. Yes, I have a coffee problem, though I consider it more of a hobby. My husband lovingly disagrees. He’s pretty sure I’m a full fledged coffeeholic doomed for the seventh circle of coffee heck. It’s a real place I’m told.

Read or Listen to a Great Book

Curling up with a good book, a warm blanket, and a fake fire sending its electric warmth out of your television never goes out of style. Have you discovered the Overdrive App yet? Game changer.

I have listened to and read so many books for FREE with Overdrive in the last two years, I’m honestly not sure how I lived without it. You do need a library card to sign up, but it’s completely worth the effort to get one. It’s pretty hard to beat free audiobooks!  I’m positive that listening to stories is something we just think we grow out of.

Build a Blanket Fort 

Warm weather is coming (no, really!) and pretty soon the kids will be outside entertaining themselves until the cows come home every evening. Ok, that’s just my fantasy ideal summer with kids, but cold dreary days are perfect for snuggling up in a ma and pa created blanket fort.

Add some pillows, popcorn, books, flashlights, and maybe you can keep them entertained long enough to sip your coffee and read three paragraphs in your newest book download. Or more likely you’ll be reading the book to them in the fort. Enjoy those sweet moments of carefree time. Do we do it enough?

To The Outdoors!

Go outside in spite of the weather. Or maybe to spite the weather. Take THAT Mother Nature! Teach you to come around here again!!  Ok, I totally make the kids to outside in this transitional, mucky, wet, muddy, sloppy, slippery time of the year.

I never regret the quiet in the house, but I ALWAYS regret not having a mudroom when they track in four inches of mud a piece.

We got out and started working on demolition of an old chicken coop the other afternoon (we will be building our own but that’s another post for another day). It was a blast! Shockingly, seven, five, and three year old love to destroy stuff. Lucky for them….. So does their momma.

Get outside, embrace the mucky mud, let them get dirty. They’ll love it even more if you’re out mucking around right along with them!

Just like that you and your kids have kicked those winter blues to the curb. Way to go!

Our winter view
The view from our home

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