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40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

The air has turned cooler, but there are lots of ways to enjoy winter and these fun winter activities will keep you warm. Don’t let the season pass without doing at least a few of the things on this list.

Fun Winter Activities To Enjoy Outdoors

  1. Build a snow fort in your backyard. For a shortcut use your picnic table to get started.
  2. Go sledding. (Don’t forget to take a big carafe of hot chocolate with you!)
  3. Ice skate on a frozen pond. (Sure, it might be bumpy but the ambiance is worth it.)
  4. Go ice fishing.
  5. Go on a hut trip. (On a hut trip, you snowshoe or ski to a hut in the mountains and pack everything in and out on your back.)
  6. Make snow angels. (This is extra fun when you combine it with the next activity…)
  7. Sit outside in a hot tub on a crisp, clear, and cold night while the steam rises around you and the stars shimmer above.
  8. Join a local broomball league. (Often in the winter the outdoor skating rinks will host these leagues.)
  9. Bundle up and attend an outdoor sports game.
  10. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
  11. Try winter camping.
  12. Have a snowball fight.
  13. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow.
  14. Go snowmobiling.
  15. Have a snowman-building contest.
  16. Recreate some of the great Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen cartoons. (Which one is your favorite?)
  17. Snowshoe in your local state or national park.
  18. Take a snowboarding lesson.
  19. Visit a new-to-you ski resort and show off your skills.
  20. Roast marshmallows outside.
  21. Take a walk outside when there is a soft snowfall.

Fun Winter Activities To Try Indoors

  1. Make chili—a classic cold weather dish!
  2. Read a book by the fireplace.
  3. Knit a scarf or start learning how if you don’t already know how to knit.
  4. Enjoy a movie marathon with some wizard’s fire in the fireplace. Simply burn your leftover wrapping paper from Christmas for a special effect.
  5. Add some new hot toddy recipes to your mixology repertoire.
  6. Follow up some time out in the cold with hot tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
  7. Make Charles Dickens’s Punch. It takes a bit of time and work, but it’s very good and it’s become a winter classic at our house.
  8. Get out your fuzzy bunny slippers.
  9. Sit at the window with a hot drink and watch the snow fall.
  10. Get out your flannel sheets. (They’re so much fun to snuggle in on a cold winter’s night!)
  11. Have a pie making contest with your friends or family. (Extra tip: Donate the pies to a local shelter afterwards.)
  12. Teach your kids (or nieces and nephews) to cook.
  13. Host a craft-making party. Make jewelry, scrapbooks, or work on your knitting while catching up with friends.
  14. Do a cookie exchange. Winter is the perfect time to turn on the oven and do some baking. Combine baking with a cookie exchange with friends for more fun and variety.
  15. Try some new hot teas. (So many teas, so little time!)
  16. Have some friends over for game night. (This is the perfect time to try out the Dickens’s Punch.)
  17. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  18. Have a picnic in the living room. Turn the heat down and the fireplace on!
  19. Take a snow day and huddle under the covers. Watch some TV or enjoy a good book.

Be sure to avoid the winter blues by doing activities you love. Winter doesn’t have to keep you cooped up inside. Get out and enjoy the elements. All you need is some proper layers and you’ll barely feel the cold.

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What are your favorite fun winter activities? Share this article with your friends and pick a new activity to enjoy tonight.

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8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

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We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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