Rainy Daze (with kids)

What do you do on a rainy day?

For me, it used to mean making an entire pot of tea to myself, walking over to my stack of books, grabbing my favourite throw (and maybe a few cookies) before settling down to read the day away.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Oh, I’m so sorry. Doesn’t that sound idyllic and wonderful though?

Now, rainy days mean being trapped inside (my inner voice saying “you have no excuse not to do that chore you’ve been putting off!“) with a rambunctious little kid.

So what do I actually do on a rainy day?

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Rainy Day Activities

 

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Messy Crafts 
It seems counter intuitive to do messy crafts when you can’t make the mess outside (for easier cleanup) but hear me out. If you have a few old sheets or plastic table clothes, the cleanup from your kitchen table shouldn’t be any worse, and afterwards? A nice warm bath! You can even do this with your teeny tiny kids. N enjoyed splashing paint everywhere when she was only a few months old. 😉 Some ideas for babies, little kids, and bigger kids.

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Build a Village 
This was technically a favourite activity of mine and my brother’s on rainy or sick days. It works for any sort of age group, and with any toys (and non toys!) you have. Use your megablocks/legos/to build basic structures or place a shoe-box on it’s side. Use your tiny kids meal toys, stuffed animals, action figures, or even salt and pepper shakers (ours were shaped like cats!). Half the fun is building up the village, the other half is destroying it! (Okay, and it might be fun to actually play with it too)

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Forts
I really don’t think this needs to be explained at all but here are a few ideas if you’re looking for inspiration! Here are some easy forts, and sofa fort blueprints, and you can always set up a tent inside. Try using an umbrella, and don’t forget all your stuffed animals, action figures, and of course, some twinkle lights!

Movie Marathon 
Pssssst. I have a confession. Sometimes we have rainy movie days. We sit around on our butts for hours, lazing about the couch (sometimes in our forts) cuddled up with blankets and popcorn. I have chronic pain that flares when it’s damp, so occasionally I don’t have the choice in letting myself and my daughter relax on a rainy day. Regardless of your health, there’s no reason to beat yourself up for not doing a ton of crazy activities. Sometimes unwinding is enough. Your kids will be happy to have a happy, chill mama. I promise. Becca wrote a list of rainy day movies, which includes some of my favourites to watch with little ones as well. E.T. anyone?

Video Games
On that similar note, rainy days are the perfect excuse for video games and TV. Especially if you get right in and join your kids! One of my favourite memories is of my mom joining my brother and I to play Need For Speed during a thunderstorm when we thought the power was going to go out any second. Thrilling, exciting, and so fun to have her with us. I can’t wait to be able to teach N how to properly play Sims, or games on the Wii. She already loves taking the xbox remote (and can get to Netflix all by herself, which I’m not sure is a good thing?) so I’m happy to pass our passion right along.

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Fun Food 
When the weather is wet and cold, I love a good chili or soup to warm me up. Let your little one help in the kitchen! Even if it’s just playing with some of the chopped up veggies or beans 🙂 When they’re old enough, placing things in the pot, and having it be their job to “stir occasionally” is always rewarding. Other fun rainy day foods that your kid will love helping with? Nachos, DIY personal pizzas (even just on naan is always a hit!), fresh baked cookies (I like these healthy ones that my 18 mo helps “stir”!) and air popped popcorn (with way too much butter and a “toppings bar” from my spice cupboard). Never underestimate involving your kid in your “chores”. Being with you and being a part of what you’re doing is often magical to them, and rewarding for us.

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Puddle Jumping
If it isn’t pouring or thundering out there, GO GET WET! What else are rain boots good for? I found waterproof pants at Walmart for a steal, and with boots, and a raincoat N is good to splash and race leaves down the driveway till her hearts content (or until I’m too soggy to take it!) There’s a reason I placed this on my Spring To-Do List, it’s a favourite family activity! Plus, similar to making a big mess in the kitchen, afterwards there’s nothing like a warm bath. Maybe followed by a movie, watched with some popcorn in your fort?

I hope these inspired you to enjoy your next rainy day. Here’s to making the most of it!

  • xo, Kris

Family Fall Activity Guide and FREE PRINTABLE

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The second part in our Autumn Guide series, focuses on what you can do with you family. As much as I’d love to go to a coffee shop & get my very special version of a PSL (Double, Tall, ½ Sweet, No Whip, PS topping IN milk, dense foam) and a pumpkin loaf (warmed, with butter in the bag so it melts as I spread it on) … a 9mo does not exactly have patience for me to ORDER that, let alone for me to sip my coffee hot and have a treat that she is not allowed to share. So how am I going to make the most of this autumn season? Here’s what I’ll be trying.

  1. Long Walks
    Take out the BIG stroller, pack it with snacks and every toy we own, along with blankets, and drive out to a tree lined path. The lakefront where I live now has been taken over by youth playing a *certain game* on their phones, but some of our parks are still beautiful! If your kids are a little older, have them collect falling leaves, acorns, and name the trees!
  2. Pumpkin Carving & Seed Roasting
    I can’t wait to watch the mess that is cleaning out the inside of a pumpkin happen. Messy fun for the little one! With a yummy snack for Mammi & Daddy after! Don’t forget to bleach the inside of your pumpkins to make them last longer!
  3. Leave Piles
    As much as I may hate the thought of sitting in a dirty pile of damp leaves, I’m going to relive the experience through the magical eyes of my child. I remember this being a high-light of my childhood, and look forward to re-experiencing it.
  4. Snuggle Up
    In Autumn the weather is finally cool enough that I can convince my human furnace of a man to get under a blanket. With our daughter in our lap, reading to her or watching some TV, snuggling up before bed and just enjoying time with each other sounds amazing.
  5. Drive
    We’re guaranteed a 2-hour scenic drive during Thanksgiving weekend. But if we didn’t, a purposeful drive where you can be warm and comfortable in your car, stopping at farm stands for fresh fall snacks (apples!) seeing the farm animals (horses with their blankets on!) and enjoying the foliage is a must.
  6. Farm Visits
    Whether it’s a pumpkin patch, apple picking, corn maze, or petting zoo (or all of the above if you’re as lucky as we are!) head out to a farm this autumn. Supporting local is always great, and this is such a fun time of year to visit. Grab a warm apple cider, take some silly pictures, and bring home some fruit to bake with!
  • xo, Kris

We’ve compiled a cute printable that combines both lists! Available in colour and black and white! ENJOY

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My Guide to a Dreamy Autumn

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Am I the girl who is going to force her boyfriend to take selfies in front of the changing trees? Am I the person who is going to buy a hot drink from Starbucks and snap chat a picture of me holding it in my cozy fall attire? Am I the girl is who is going to buy 25 pumpkins and pose them all on the front porch? Yes to all of the above, with no shame. I love fall more than anything else. Fall fashion, fall weather, fall colours, fall activities, fall foods. Everything that happens in those glorious autumnal months is pure magic. This year I intend on making it a dreamy, beautiful, Pinterest worthy season, and hopefully my autumn guide can help you do the same!

1.     Enjoy a warm drink under the falling leaves. Autumn is my favourite time of year to be outside. Grab a fuzzy blanket, enjoy a snack (pumpkin muffin anyone?) and a warm drink out on the porch or backyard.

2.     Be Outside. Seriously, don’t take this time of year for granted. It feels so much shorter than the freezing cold winter and scorching hot summer. Go for walks, smell the crisp air and gaze at the colours.

3.     Revamp your wardrobe. Take a step away from the tank tops and jean shorts. Autumn is a great time to do a wardrobe revamp for one reason… sweaters. We all love to wear oversized, knit, granny sweaters. Pair it with leggings and a scarf and you’re good to go.

4.     Bake. Autumn and Christmas are the only times I condone baking. Most of the year I find baking to be annoying, boring and difficult (WHY ARE MY MUFFINS ALWAYS TOO DRY?) But baking autumn treats will fill your kitchen with the smell of pumpkin, cinnamon, apple spice and pumpkin (again.), and for that reason alone, I will allow it.

5.     Break out your dark make up. This is the time of year that you can step away from the bright pink summer lip and try out that maroon lipstick you’ve been eyeing. Shove the bright colours to the side and give your best vampy make up look a go!

6.     Get cozy. Wear warm, knee high socks, buy knit beanies and scarves, cuddle under blankets, light lots of candles and enjoy the season… because snow is only a matter of weeks away.

Please leave a comment below letting me know what activities you’re most looking forward to!

  • xo, becca