Today I came across the #CountonChill video from Chill Insurance.  It got me thinking about how different our lives have been this last Winter, since we had children.  When Hubs and I were child free Winter or no Winter, we would be out!  Now that we are parents, when the chill kicks in we much prefer to stay indoors to soak up the warmth.

Staying in can be fun but it can also bring with it a little cabin fever, the same four walls can become isolating.  So throughout the cold season, I developed a few little life hacks to make the time pass with the least amount of tears and tantrums possible!  Here are my top tips to get through the colder months unscathed:

Have movie days…

Kids love movies and let’s face it, we’ve all got a Disney collection stashed away somewhere.  Get it out and educate them on all things Disney, you never know you might even enjoy it!  This year my two have become firm fans of Peter Pan and Snow White, my all time childhood favourites.

Feed their imaginations with fairy tales…

I’ve always loved reading and I really hope that my two girls develop a passion for it too.  Snuggling up to read, when it’s blowing a gale outside is the perfect Winter activity.  Children have wonderful imaginations and there’s nothing better than seeing their eyes light up at the delights of a fairy tale.  I really am so excited for the day I get to read Harry Potter to them!

Get your little Chefs in the kitchen…

One of the best things about the colder months is home cooked, Winter warming food.  I’m a big fan of our slow cooker and often have our meals simmering away throughout the day.  Meals need prepping though and there’s no reason why our little monkeys can’t muck in once in a while.  My two love helping me out in the kitchen, it makes preparing meals less like work and more like fun when everyone gets involved.

Hot chocolate, marshmallows and fluffy socks…

I don’t find dark nights much fun at all, they make the evening seem so long.  I do like to treat my girls once in a while though, so on especially long and boring Winter nights I fetch out the big guns!  Drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, whilst rocking our fluffiest socks is a sure-fire way to put a smile on our faces!

With these tricks up my sleeve, Winter has been more enjoyable than a combination of wind, rain and snow would let you believe.  I’m so glad that Summer is on its way though!

*This is a collaborative post.