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Hello! I'm Ashleigh! I live in Michigan with my family of 3 girls (4 year old twins and a 2 year old), husband and abnormally large lab mix. Since I was little, I have loved to save money, but my bargaining skills were kicked up a notch when we found out we were having twins. I can spot a red clearance sticker from a mile away! I write tips and recipes on my blog Being Cheap is Easy and also on Recipes4Living. I love to cook, read, listen to music and watch anything on Bravo (so addicting!). Say hello on Twitter or Instagram!

Beat Winter Boredom: 5 Cheap Ideas!

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Where I live, it is COLD.  I love snow and winter, but these negative temperatures make anyone go a bit crazy!  My kids are feeling cooped up!

I always try to find some fun activities on Pinterest to keep my kids occupied.  When my kids are bored, I turn to my old Pins.  I have even started an activity jar, which has been very helpful.  Just simply write something fun to do on a Popsicle stick and keep it in a jar.  It’s fun for the kids to have something new to do.

Here are a few new ideas that you might not have thought of!

1. Play Restaurant

Get some old cereal boxes (or any cardboard) to create menus.  We like to use old grocery store ads and magazines to cut out pictures of food.  Paste onto cardboard to make a menu for your restaurant. This activity takes up at least 30 minutes right here!  After making the menus, have your kids set a table with plates and silverware (great teaching moment!).  Each child can take turns being the server and making the food.  This is a great way to teach restaurant manners, such as how to speak to a server and how to act while going out to eat!

2.       Bake some goodies for the freezer!

Having your kids help you in the kitchen can be fun, especially when you’re making something simple.  We love to have our freezer stocked up with banana bread, granola bars, waffles or cookie dough.  Let them help you bake up a few batches of your favorite treats!  Even consider something like spaghetti sauce or lasagna. We like to put on some Pandora and dance in the kitchen (the Frozen soundtrack is on constant play around here, too!).

3. Get Crafty!

I like to hit up the dollar store and Michaels clearance for crafty supplies.  Keep them in a drawer bin for a great boredom buster.

  • You can stick with simple pasta necklaces, or take it up a notch to magazine beads! Have you made these before? Super simple and they look so cool! You can spend an hour just making up a batch of the beads!
  • Go old school and make robots with grocery paper bags.
  • Make shopping clipboards to take to the grocery store. These keep my kids (somewhat) entertained if I need to take all of them shopping with me.
  • This aquarium is too cute!

4. Movie or Book Themed Activities

Hit up Netflix or your bookshelf and find a theme of the day.

  • If it’s Dr. Seuss, make some green eggs and ham for breakfast and try to make up rhymes all day long.
  • We like the book On Top of Spaghetti for a meatball night.
  • The Hungry Caterpillar, you can make fruit skewers to look like a caterpillar, or eat some of the foods he eats.
  • Our big obsession right now is the Ivy & Bean series, so a day of being detectives would be right up our alley. You could make binoculars from toilet paper tubes and forts to spy.

5. Make it a movie day!

Sometimes you just need to be lazy, let’s be honest.  Pick out 2-3 movies that you can watch as a family and pile up with blankets and pillows.  Make buttery popcorn (put it in a paper bag for a movie theater effect), drink lemonade and enjoy a cozy day together.  For lunch or dinner, you can have a picnic inside!

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