If Winter storm Nemo came your way, then adopt your kids' perspective and get excited at the prospect of a snow day (or two). Forget about the errands that you wanted to run and those items on your "to-do" list, and instead hunker down for some good old-fashioned family fun. Here are seven fun ways to take advantage of a homebound weekend — there won't be a case of cabin fever in sight!
Sure, Tinseltown tots have fun in the LA sun with year-round access to beautiful beaches, but sometimes it's more fun to trade in the bathing suit for snow pants and head to the mountains for some old-fashioned fun in the snow. From snowball fights and ski school to baby's first sleigh ride, we've rounded up our favorite pictures of celebrity families enjoying the snow.
Snow is falling around much of the country, and you can celebrate the season's most fun offering (for kids, at least) with one of these eight snowflake finds just for little ones. From sweet onesies and pajamas for babes to bejeweled sweatshirts and shiny shoes for older kids, these snowflake-embellished items are totally cool! Keep clicking to check out the chilly finds.
It hasn't been a very white December yet, but snow days are coming, and it's time to get your Winter toy arsenal ready! From snowball launchers and igloo-making accessories to superspeedy sleds and the cutest snowshoes ever, these toys will make that first big snow even more exciting. Keep clicking for all the frosty fun.
There's nothing cuter than animals playing their hearts out in the snow. The Winter setting may give you the chills, but the sheer joy on these animals' faces will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. From puppies rolling around in the frost to wild horses running across a frozen meadow, we've culled the happiest animals playing in the Winter wonderland. Curl up by the fire and click on!
Whee!! Forget flying. With a jar lid, a sloped roof, and a light dusting of snow, this bird has found the next big thing in extreme sports: crowboarding! No word on whether the IOC has added this event to the next Winter Olympics.
It's snow watch 2011 here in San Francisco, and while it may be barely enough to count, it's still pretty exciting for us Bay Area residents. I've always been fascinated by snow-based dishes like snow ice cream and maple syrup snow candy, but I've never made them. For those of you who live in chilly climates, have you ever made something tasty with snow? What was it? And if you are lucky enough to have loads of powdery white fluff, I found a a recipe for snow-made maple syrup taffy on The Kitchn!
In case you live on the moon, you might not have heard that it's snowing in Chicago and apparently, the end of the world is right around the corner. So assuming we have a few more days on earth, here are a few very UN-PC ways I plan to entertain my two sick toddlers during our shut-in:
- Sugar: I've decided that hot chocolate, cookie decorating, baking (and eating), and marshmallows are going to be a huge defense against boredom in my home. Actually, there is some method to my madness. I figure the less I make sweets and snacks taboo for my kids, the less likely they will be to over compensate when they are adults...everything in moderation. Ok, I promise the rest of the list will be really bad and will not include any bits of parenting advice.
- Art Projects: No, the kids can't color on my furniture or walls, but yes, they can color in front of the TV...which leads me to my next crutch,
- TV: On today's most snowiest of days, I thank the technology gods for things like Comcast, OnDemand, TiVo and our extensive personal collection of children's DVDs. If another episode of Thomas the Train is making you want to knock yourself unconscious, try something new and slightly enjoyable like Despicable Me (for rent on OnDemand). At least Michael Scott from the Office (Steve Carell) and Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother (Jason Segel) are in it. It's cute and tolerable.
- Inappropriate Teenage Activities for Tots: My daughter said she likes my nail polish. I bought her some of her own at Sweet & Sassy so I can paint her nails with kid-friendly, quick-drying, non-toxic polish. She's 1. Meanwhile, my son is skateboarding in the living room. He keeps bumping into my side tables. I don't care. Neither are crying which equals success in my book.
It's hard to pop a wheelie on a blustery day! Despite NYC being blanketed in snow, Naomi Watts and her sons — Sasha, 3, and Sammy, 2 — strolled through town this morning to take in some fresh air. The boys were bundled up and rode comfortably in a Phil & Teds stroller. The popular brand of pushchairs has garnered many celebrity families as fans. But which buggy do you think is best for parents to navigate through the rain, sleet, and snow in cold-weather regions?