Friday Fun Finds - 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

The holidays are over but, baby, it is still cold outside. This cold isn't just grab some gloves, a hat and make sure your jacket is buttoned cold. This is froze the pipes in my shower cold. The kind that can keep many of us ill prepared for "real" cold Pacific Northwesterners stuck in our homes, confined with our energized, tiny humans attempting to tear down the walls. Quite a transition form the holiday cheer and soul-warming twinkle lights of last week

To fight back these cabin fever induced, post-holiday winter blues, lets get pro-active. Add a little spark to this dreary season. Bring a little joy into January. I've rounded up 5 inspiring finds from around the web to help you beat the winter blues.

Embrace a New Habit

The term "New Year's Resolution" is laced with negative experiences of failures and flaw examination. Even if we have things we legitimately want to change, making them a New Year's Resolution almost dooms them to failure by association. So, lets not even go there. 

Instead, lets go to Belle Beth Cooper's Fast Company article How I Became a Morning Person, Read More books and Learned a Language in a Year.  The title makes this article sound intimidating, like you could never be that person, but you really can. If there are changes you want to make in your life, read this article. Cooper explains how she started small, paired new habits with existing habits, stayed patient and actually met her goals. Her methods seemed completely doable, even with kids underfoot. 

Drink Hot Chocolate

Sometimes all you need is one special treat lift your spirits. In January, with kids around, hot chocolate is an excellent choice. Here are two hot chocolate recipes sure to impress. (These the perfect motivator for getting yourself outside. Tell yourself, "I'll bundle everybody up and take them out for 20 minutes. Then, we'll come back inside and have one of these!")

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Image via Well Plated by Erin 

Read with the Kiddos

Winter is an especially great time to curl up on the couch with the kids and a giant stack of books. Any books your kids enjoy will work, but if you are looking for some seasonally fun titles, check out Teaching 2-and 3-Year-Olds list of 11 Winter Books for Circle Time. The books alone are great, but she also has corresponding activities if  you need some inspiration for entertaining the kids during these short, but very long feeling days. 

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Bring some Hygge into Your Life

Hygge is a danish term that roughly translates into cosiness. (This term and all its related activities are actually "trending" this year. So if you aren't familiar with hygge yet, you probably will be soon.) It is all about bringing warmth and coziness into your home during the long cold winter months though methods like lighting candles, making comforting meals, etc. 

The people behind the blog GlobalMouse Travels actually visited Denmark last year and they are sharing their 10 Ways to Bring Hygge into Your Life and Home. Read through and be inspired with ways to make  your home feel extra warm and happy this season. 

60 Ideas to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Whether you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or not, Million Ideas has  a great list of ways to add a little joy back into your winter. Some of the ideas are super simple, like #53. Smile. Others take a little time and planning #44. Snowshoeing. Read through the list and pick out a few ideas that fit you and your life and make a point to work them into your schedule this month. I'm thinking #58 Forts! might be a winner at my house. 

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Kristen is a wife and mother who likes to pretend that she can cook, write and create. She is a little compulsive when it comes to cleaning and organizing and has an ever growing love of dark chocolate, tea and Jane Austen. But mostly, she is a woman trying to figure out how to live a life she can be proud of.