5 Fun & Free Ways to Shake Off the Winter Blues

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Guest post from Asheritah of One Thing Alone

If you’re anything like me right now, you’re counting the days until the temperatures rise and all the white stuff on the ground has melted and spring has arrived. And while booking a cruise to a tropical island sounds like a great idea right now, most of us just can’t afford that.

So to help you ward off the winter blues, here are 5 fun and free ways to make the most of these last few weeks of winter:

1. Build a snowman.

I know, I hear you: delving into the snow sounds like the last thing you want to do. But sometimes, heading outside can help make fun memories that make the time go by faster. So grab a friend (or your kids), bundle up, and head out in the snow. Who knows — you might just enjoy yourself.

2. Book a Movie Night

Getting snowed in is the perfect excuse to pop in your favorite movie and enjoy a bowl of popcorn. And since it still gets dark early in the evening, there’s no reason not to plan a movie night during the week, too.

(Bonus points if you set up a themed movie night. Morrocan dinner and Casablanca? Yes, please!)

3. Catch up on your Reading List

Most of us have reading lists a mile long. Rather than scrolling through our Facebook feed our watching yet another cat video on YouTube, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.

You’ll soon find yourself immersed in another world, and the snowstorm outside your window won’t seem half as bad.

(For tips on how to read more as a busy mom, check out this post by Crystal.)

4. Join a Lent Challenge

Typically, Easter comes right around the dawn of spring, so why not spend the 7 weeks leading up to it doing something that will give you a sense of purpose?

Lots of people give up something for Lent and find the practice very fulfilling. Others read through portions of the Bible with a group of friends.

This year, every day leading up to Easter, I’m thanking the people who make my life special. If you’re interested, you can join me in the #40Thanks challenge here.

5. Cozy up under the covers.

So this might not be for everyone, but for those of us who are married, there may be a lot of free entertainment waiting in our bedrooms. Why not take these last weeks of winter to spark the passion in your marriage and rediscover why you fell in love with your husband in the first place? You’ll likely spark a fondness that will grow all year long.

These may sound simple, but a little creativity goes a long way in making the bleak midwinter just a little brighter. Try one idea for each of the next five weeks, and before you know it, the warm sun will be warming your face — no credit cards required.

Asheritah helps overwhelmed women find joy in Jesus on her blog and through her books. She’s also the instigator of the #40Thanks movement, a challenge to see Jesus in the kindness of others. 

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Free one-year National Parks membership if you have a 4th grader!

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If your child will be in the 4th grade next year, your family can get a free National Parks Pass to give you free entry into national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

Here are the details:

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

The program isn’t open yet, but if you sign the petition here, they’ll email you when it’s open.

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

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Try hockey for free this Saturday (ages 4-9 — 300 locations nationwide!)

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USA Hockey and over 300 local associations across the country invite you to come try hockey for free on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Participating locations encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to give youth hockey a try as part of the 8th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America.

Click here and enter your ZIP code to find a participating location near you. Locations will have limited equipment available for use.

Thanks, Capitally Frugal DC!

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Six Flags Read to Succeed Program — Earn a free Six Flags ticket (grades K-6)

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Children in grades K-6 can earn a free ticket to Six Flags!

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.

Thanks, For the Mommas!

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HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources on MoneySavingMom.com

 

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

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This freebie list is full of fun learning activities! We are filled to the brim this week with excellent educational resources as well as holiday fun. Do you know When to Consider Using Textbooks in Your Homeschool? Judy shares quite a few great tips, and some excellent considerations, to help you with that decision.

Holiday Planning and Fun

(see other categories for more Holiday goodies)

Kick off this holiday season with 50 FREE Thanksgiving Activities! Keep the Thanksgiving celebration going with this FREE Printable Color by Number Cornucopia, these FREE Thanksgiving Printables for Learning, a Thanksgiving Cornucopia Freebie, or these FREE Thanksgiving Themed Printables.

Then jump into Christmas with these fun Free Printable Advent Activities and a FREE Story of Christmas Activity Book.

Bible

Teach your child who created the universe with this FREE Bible Lesson: Why Did God Make all Things? Then, you can work on learning the books of the Bible with these FREE Trace and Copy Books of the Bible.

Here is a FREE Thanksgiving Hymn Puzzle Hunt to help your child focus on why we are thankful this season. And you can use these FREE Printable Thanksgiving Scripture Place Cards on your table, or to help your children focus on thankfulness verses in the word.

This Free Biblical Home Education eBook is a great resource to refocus your homeschool life as well as encourage you in your homeschool journey.

Math

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Most children need lots of extra practice with skip counting. Provide that practice with these FREE Pilgrim Math Skip Counting Printables and FREE Skip Counting Wall Cards.

Now your child will have a fun holiday-inspired way to practice numbers with this FREE Instant Download: Nativity Number Writing Printables. And, you don’t want to miss this FREE Thanksgiving Math Literacy Pack!

Free Nativity Number WritingPre-K through K

Preschool is such a great time to jump into Thanksgiving fun! You can use this FREE Thanksgiving Pre-K Fun Pack or this FREE Thanksgiving Pre-K through K Pack as a springboard for learning, in addition to lots of fun, hands on fun with these FREE Pumpkin Themed Tot School Activities.

Here are super cute FREE Thanksgiving Counting Cards to practice math in a festive way, while these FREE Christmas Alphabet Printables get you started on the alphabet.

Writing, Spelling, Copywork, and Notebooking

Copywork is so beneficial. With this Free Christmas Carols Copywork Book your child will study the carols, as well as practice handwriting and spelling.

Keep a record of this Thanksgiving with these Free Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages. While they are writing, here are some great writing prompts:

Random Homeschool Goodness

This Free Raggedy Ann Resource Pack includes chore charts, planning printables, and more. Use this Relaxed Homeschooling Planner to plan the rest of your school year.

Science & Magic School Bus

capHave you ever considered Using Magic School Bus Science Kits in Your Homeschool? If you are ready to give it a try, here is a great FREE Magic School Bus Unit Study Resources for Homeschoolers to get you started!

Magic School Bus Unit StudyHistory/ Geography

If you are studying the continents, here is a FREE Map Travelers: South America {limited time!} freebie. Then use this FREE DIY Travel Journal for Kids to continue learning about the rest of the world, and record your studies.

Reading

Here is a huge list of FREE Mark Twain Printables and Resources from Homeschool Giveaways.

Practice reading with your elementary student using these FREE 3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences.

FREE The Complete Magic School Bus Reading List

Here is The Complete Magic School Bus Reading List for FREE (+ Free Download!).

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resourceson MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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How I Saved Today: A Laundry Party while listening to the free Psalty album!

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This was actually from last night, but I wanted to share it anyway. :)

Remember the free Psalty album download I posted earlier this week? Well, we downloaded it and listened to it during last night’s Laundry Party. It was so fun to introduce my kids to songs from when I was a little girl.

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Also? Laundry parties are one of my secret house-cleaning tips. We have so much fun and get so much done when we all work together. And when Mom’s excited about it, the attitude is usually contagious! :)

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Want to see a video clip of my girls jammin’ and foldin’? Here you go. Notice their outfits? Cracks me up how two girls in the same family can be so, so different from each other! :)

Oh and thanks for your Swagbucks tips yesterday. I was excited that we earned 55 Swagbucks today — with very little extra time or effort. I scored 11 Swagbucks on my first search try and that helped bump up our total!

How did YOU save today? Did you have any frugal fun at your house?

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