Remember how wonderful snow days were when you were a little kid? You’d get the day off school, get to sleep in and play the day away outside in the flurries. Ah, the nostalgia of having zero responsibilities! Although snow days aren’t quite as exciting as an adult, they’re a great time to refocus, relax or have a little adventure! So when the big snow storm hits this year (because us Midwesterners know we’re bound to have at least one), here are our favorite ideas for making the most of your day.
Is there a more quintessential snow day activity than sledding? It’s been a pretty mild winter around here, so when that first big blizzard hits, you’ll know where to find us!
hit the slopes
Calling all skiers (and snowboarders)! If you haven’t been able to hit the slopes much this year, now is your time! Take advantage of the snow day and head up to your favorite ski resort for a day or two. Whether you spend the day pretending you’re Lindsey Vonn or just like snuggling up at the lodge after a few good runs, it’ll be a day to remember.
do a movie marathon
Not everyone wants to actually be in the snow on a snow day and that’s okay — it’s what movie marathons are for. Whether you’ve been dying to rewatch the Bridget Jones series or need to catch up on those Netflix originals everyone has been chatting about (Did you see Bird Box yet? We can’t bring ourselves to!), this is the time to do so! With a cup of hot cocoa in hand, obviously.
make a new recipe
You know all of those amazing slow cooker soup recipes you have pinned on Pinterest? You know, the ones you haven’t made yet because This Is Us scarred you from ever using a slow cooker again (#neverforget). Well, get out your Instant Pots and pick a recipe! If you’re home all day and keeping an eye on it, there’s nothing to fear, right? But seriously, make a new soup, then enjoy it that evening. Jack would want you to. Oh, and you can take your leftovers to-go with our handy Soup Container!
start a journal
If you’re planning to stay in all day, there are so many things you can do to pass the time that aren’t obsessively checking work emails (you deserve a break). One of our favorites: start a journal. If you haven’t journaled before, we highly recommend starting one for the new year! You can find hundreds of great journal prompts on Pinterest, then get started with just a notebook and pen! Whether you journal daily, weekly or even monthly, we think you’ll find it’s a great way to stay focused on your goals for the year.
curl up with a book
More of a reader than a writer? Get curled up in a cozy throw and start chipping away at your annual reading bucket list. If you don’t have any new books yet, reread an old favorite. There’s nothing like a little nostalgia on a snow day.
get a head start on spring cleaning
If you’re a busy body who just can’t sit still long enough for a movie marathon or lazy reading day, use that energy for some good! Get a head start on your spring cleaning, making your actual spring cleaning so much quicker! We recommend starting with your closet. What haven’t you worn this winter already? Chances are if you haven’t worn it yet, you won’t. Put all of those items in a pile to donate. Next, go through your spring clothes. If there is anything that doesn’t fit your style anymore, get rid of it! This will make it so much easier to make your spring shopping list!
shop from your couch
Chances are you received some gift cards for Christmas. No better time or place to cash them in than from your couch on a snow day! Whether you scour the end-of-season winter sales or get a jump start on your spring shopping, you’ll feel a little less guilty when you’re paying with a gift card! Not to tempt you, but we just had new arrivals drop last week! You can shop them here.
go ice skating
Every snow day ends with a snowy evening. Grab your girlfriends or bae (or both!) and head to the rink! Whether you’re a seasoned ice skater or it’s your first time putting on the skates, it’s bound to be a pretty insta-worthy night while you (attempt to) skate in the snow.
take wine and crafts class
The only thing better than a night out with your girlfriends: when wine and crafts are involved. Sign up for a group class at your local Wine & Canvas or Board & Brush type of studio and get ready for an evening of laughs and crafts! You’d be surprised how artistic you actually are when the instructors guide you (and of course, wine is there to help). At the very least, you’ll have a memorable evening with your very best friends.
Still want to set goals this year, but aren’t sure where to start? Check out our New Year’s resolutions that you’ll actually want to try!
What’s your favorite snow day activity? Comment below!