Snow Days + Giveaway

As you may have heard, ice has crippled the city of Atlanta. Many are without power. I dare say that while the ice was far worse than what we experienced two weeks ago, the weather from my perspective was a tad over-exaggerated. Yes, I am getting 2 snow days out of the deal rather than just 1, but I didn't see near the 10 inches and constant falling of snow that was predicted.

Nevertheless, here are a few of my favorite things about being stuck at home during a snowpocalypse.

1. Hot oatmeal for breakfast.

I've always liked the instant oatmeal, but Justin introduced my to steel oats without any preservatives or excess sugar. My life was changed, but not in the way you would expect. All of a sudden, ALL oatmeal was unappealing and gross. It has taken me YEARS to get over that.

And yet, what do I find myself eating on this 30 degree snowy winter morning?

Oatmeal.

I'm feeling a little sick. Oatmeal feels good on my throat and is warm. Plus, Justin adds just the tiniest bit of maple syrup, so that I get my sweet without too much extra sugar! It is delicious. :)

2. Going for a walk.

Taking pictures, looking at pretty, throwing a snowball… These are a few of my favorite things. :)

Plus, a lunch out containing something hot to break up the walk is crazy fun too!

3. Reading a book or watching a movie curled up under a blanket.

I just like curling up under a blanket really. Or two. Or three. Throw in my favorite pillow and I've got it made!

4. Along those same lines, having my husband working from home.

It sounds a bit cliché, but I am so grateful to have him in the same house as me. He's great for killing bugs, fixing lunch, and keeping me company… :)

5. Cleaning.

I bet you didn't see that one coming!

I hate cleaning. Really, I do. I like living in a clean house, but I hate getting there. Snow days in allow you to see that your house is a mess and that you should clean it. Perhaps that's why everyone does spring cleaning? They've been cooped up inside their messy house too long, and they can't get out of the house to do anything else!

GIVEAWAY


One of the household chores the snow day in has allowed me to get caught up on is laundry. When your husband bikes to work in the snow, there is a LOT of laundry! 

Purex sent me a bottle of Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze to try. It's a laundry enhancer great for practically everything! And it smells divine too!! :) You can use it in both top loading and front loading machines to add a lovely scent to your fresh, clean clothes, towels, or even sheets! Can you imagine falling asleep to the wonderful smell of the fresh mountain breeze? … I can! :)

The best part about Purex sending me this lovely free sample is that they sent me a few coupons to give away as well! Are you interested in trying the new, wonderful smelling Fresh Mountain Breeze Purex Crystals? Enter the giveaway via the rafflecopter below and perhaps you'll win the chance to have awesome smelling laundry too! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway *I was given a sample from Purex to try the Fresh Mountain Breeze Crystals and coupons to give away. All opinions in this post are my own. 

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    1. Movies are always fun, especially with the kids

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    2. I agree. I love to watch movies with my kids too!

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    3. we enjoy watching movies especially ones from when I was younger. My youngest daughter absolutely loves ET

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    4. That is my families favorite thing to do ;)

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  2. I am in Florida now but I use to love to watch tv, bake cookies and have some hot chocolate of coffee

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    1. I am in Florida too! No snow for us!

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    2. Me three! Smack in the middle. Wish we even had some flurries!

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    3. That's my idea of a good snow day too! I used to live in Vero Beach. Miss it so much!

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    4. ummm, I have enough "flurries" in central IL to share with ALL of you, lol. It just won't stop!

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  3. Spring cleaning, get a great aqueege, put wather, ammonia and vinegar in pail. Wash with that then use the squeege on the windows for fast cleaning and streak free windows

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    1. I love the idea of using a squeegee to clean the windows! It sounds fast and easy!

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  4. We are having a snow day today! We like to bake and eat!

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    1. Another snow day!! Fun fun!

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    2. We had a snow day here last week too! Well, everyone else had a snow day. I still had to work, and driving through that snow was NOT fun

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    3. We had one yesterday (our 10th) and could have one both Thursday and Friday.

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    4. Thank goodness, I live in the south... hopefully no more snow days here..

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  5. Sleep in, watch a movie, and do some arts and crafts!

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    1. Sleeping in is divine! :) Usually you have to wait for the weekend to do that!

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    2. i cant wait until my kids are older and they want to sleep in!

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  6. Sleep in, watch movies, and drink hot chocolate

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    1. ME TOO, BUT THEN WE ALSO GO PLAY IN IT WITH THE SNOWMOBILE

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    2. a snowmobile would be fun. This winter we could all use snowmobiles

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  7. watch movies

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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    1. Lol, law and order is one of my hubby and my favorite tv shows! Love it.....especially when they do marathons!

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    2. Yes! We watch these marathon's all day long, SVU!

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    1. Sounds like my kids! I can't keep them in the house! :)

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  10. I live in Florida so we do not have any snowy days, but on rainy days I cuddle on the couch with my family and watch movies!

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  11. I actually use Purex Crystals as air freshners. I take a little and put them atop a candle that I am not using and they freshen up the entire house. #SpringCleaning

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    1. That's a great tip! Never thought of doing that.

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    2. Great idea! I'm going to have to try this!

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    3. I keep some purex crystals in a teacup to freshen up my bathroom closet :)

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    4. OOOHH! That sounds like a great idea. Watch out, the pink zebra ladies are gonna want to keep that info quiet! Lol.

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    5. That's an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing that tip! :)

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  12. Watching netflix movies while eating popcorn and having hot chocolate

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    1. I love Netflix. I'm watching All Creatures Great and Small right now! I love British shows :)

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  13. I have never had a snow day! Living in central Florida, we don't get the chance! I think I would take the kids outside to build a snowman, have plenty of hot cocoa, and snuggle!

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  14. I like to curl up on the couch with a great suspense novel!

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  15. I like to watch movies and read books.

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  16. My spring cleaning tip is that vinegar great for windows or scrubbing anything really!

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    1. I have discovered that too! There are so many great ways to clean with vinegar!

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  17. My favorite thing to do on a snowy day is to make a big batch of chili and watch a show on Netflix.

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  18. My spring cleaning tip is to keep a paper shredder next to where my hubby places the mail so it's easy for me to shred what's not needed, instead of letting it pile up.

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    1. I need to get a new shredder to clean up my big pile of papers. My old one died.

      slehan at juno dot com

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    2. So true! The more it piles up, the less you want to go through it. If you have a shredder right there, it's easy to go ahead and go through the mail as soon as you get it!

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  19. Get cozy in some plush pj's, make a nice, homestyle meal and watch a funny movie.

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  20. For spring cleaning, I like to save my dryer sheets and use them for dusting. There's so many tips out there for other uses for dryer sheets, kind of cool.

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  21. Read a good book with a cat on my lap and a cup of tea by my chair.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  22. I clean to loud music - makes anything go better to dance around.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  23. I like to bundle up and make something yummy. Maybe soup:)

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  24. Loud music helps motivate me when it's time to clean.

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  25. I always find myself in the kitchen cooking or baking something.

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  26. I use a lot of vinegar, baking powder, salt, Dawn & elbow grease!

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  27. Snuggle by the fire and watch a movie!

    Cori Westphal
    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  28. My best tip is to work room to room. Don't get overwhelmed by so many things to do. Pick a room and work top to bottom!

    Cori Westphal
    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    1. Good tip! I always end up going from one room to another moving and organizing things. It's much easier to completely finish one room if you stay put until it is clean.

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  29. I love to do small re-decorating projects.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  30. I love to get out and play in the snow!

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  31. I love to cook! It forces me to be creative with whatever I have and it delays me from having to do work!

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  32. A spring time would have to be: Place dried lemon peel in different parts of the house for a few days. It makes everything smell amazing!

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    1. What a great idea I will have to try this tip.
      heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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    2. Mmmm! I can only imagine how wonderful that smells! :)

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  33. Hang out with my kids. We have had a lot of snow in ohio!

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  34. I love to watch a movie and drink hot chocolate on a snow day in.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  35. Organizational tip for Spring is to make a list and start with a short list so you don't get overwhelmed.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  36. I like to curl up with a quilt, a good book, and a cup of hot chocolate.

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  37. i like to watch movies with some coffee

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  38. SLEEP IN AND CUDDLE WITH THE KIDDOS AND THEN GO PLAY IN THE SNOW

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  39. I USE VINEGAR, BAKING SODA AND PEROXIDE. PEROXIDE WORKS SO GOOD ON GRIMME

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  40. I do a lot of bin organization -- storage under the bed or in the closet to make things easier :) jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

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  41. On snow days I like to get some extra studying and relaxation in!

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  42. On snow days I like to cook a big pot of soup and bake homemade bread. thats one of my favorite activiities

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  43. when I spring clean I plan to only do one room a day (with the exception of my bathrooms all 3 get done on the same day) that way I am not overwhelmed and give up. It takes me more than a week but once its done I am not stressed out and it doesn't seem like i killed myself getting the house clean.

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  44. Play in the snow with the kids, early bath, PJs, hot cocoa and a good book!

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  45. If you haven't used it in 6 months, get rid of it.

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    1. Too true! Sometimes that's easier said than done though! :)

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  46. BAKE.... I love to bake ...snowy days are perfect for that!
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  47. Use vinegar and newspapers to wash your windows.

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  48. I love to crochet or work jigsaw puzzles.

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  49. For organizing, keep a bin or box or bag, something that will hold things, at the base of your stairs. When you go upstairs, take the box & put the things away. Also keep one upstairs, when you come down stairs, bring it & put the things away.

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    1. I always do that! Well, minus the box bit. I just pile stuff. ;) It does help you stay focused on cleaning one room/area at a time though!

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  50. When cleaning out your clothes, do ALL your laundry first (and put it all away!). It makes it so much easier to see what you actually have. And when you realize how much you truly have, it is usually easier to part with items

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  51. We get snuggle up and have a movie day!! But it's hard to keep the kids in! We usually go out first and get tired out. :)

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  52. We have had a bunch of these days lately....my fav thing to do is snuggle on the couch with hubby watching movies AFTER I indulge my shelties with a fun run and play in the snow. My oldest sheltie adores snow. She is deaf now but her sense of smell is very good and she can smell the snow in the air and will ask to go out so she can roll in it,,,,,it's the most precious thing to see this old dog acting like a baby in snow.....

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    1. Awww! I bet that is soooo cute! I'd love to see it! :)

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  53. We live in Florida, but we used to live up north and we would snuggle up and watch movies!

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  54. Bake cookies and watch a good movie with the family.

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  55. I love to make munchies, watch movies and play games with my family!

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  56. Wrap up in a big blanket with a cup of hot chocolate.

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    1. My kids ALWAYS want Hot Cocoa when it is cold! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  57. Build snowmen with my kids! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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    1. Oh yes that is the best! Staying inside is awesome but if you are like some people and only get snow a few times a year, might as well play in it!

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  58. My cleaning secret is to do it when the kids aren't around so they won't come behind me messing it up! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  59. My favorite way to spend a snow day is curl up with a cozy blanket and a good book.

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  60. catch up on sleep!! and of course laundry...

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  61. My organizing secret is labels!

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  62. I use vinegar and newspaper to clean my windows.

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  63. I love reading with a good cup of tea!

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  64. My Spring cleaning secret is take it slowly and don't get over whlemed.

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  65. play with my kids :)

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  66. if you dont use it, throw it away. avoid unnecessary clutter!

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  67. Watch tv and surf the internet, also do something organizing around the house.

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  68. Curl up on the couch and watch movies

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  69. Stay inside and cuddle!

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  70. Put in contests, watch in snow.. myawinz@mail.com

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  71. I'm a clean freak anyway, by nature.. my secret is to not let things GET disorganized to start with! myawinz@mail.com

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  72. Stay inside and read a book!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  73. My favorite thing to do on a snowy day is cuddle with my daughter drinking hot chocolate and watching movies!
    kjramon@gmail.com

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  74. I love cuddling on the couch and watching movies or reading a book! This is such a cute post by the way!
    jenakaye at gmail dot com

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  75. Watching movies with my sons.

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