11 Ways to Celebrate Winter in Florida

I grew up in New Jersey and we used to get so much snow this time of year.  My brothers and I would take an old sled that didn’t have the steel runners and climb to the top of our backyard playground slide and literally fly down and across the snow like an Olympian bobsled team.

Now that I am a Florida girl, I can honestly say that I don’t think I could ever move back up north and have to wear all. those. layers.

Although, my hair would be absolutely THRILLED to go back to an environment that doesn’t make it grow like a Chia pet every time I walk out the door.

With that said, I still feel like I am missing out on something this time of year.  So I try to recreate the magic for my tanned, shorts-wearing kids.
things to do in florida during the winterHappy Celebrate Winter in South Florida-ing! :-)

Squishy Snowman In a Bag

squishy snowman in a bag activity at happyhomefairy - great for building those fine motor skills!

This adorable Squishy Snowman in a Bag is perfect for helping your kids develop the muscles in their hands.

If you want to get technical and sound super smart, tell all your Facebook friends that you are doing a craft to assist in the strengthening of your child’s “fine motor skills.”

What you will need –

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  • Shaving Cream
  • Sandwich-sized Ziploc bag
  • Glitter (optional, although I am a FIRM believer that glitter is ALWAYS an option)
  • Black adhesive craft foam and regular orange craft foam (got mine at Walmart)

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  • Cut out several circles (for mouth and eyes) from the black adhesive foam and a carrot-shaped nose from the orange foam.
  • Attach eyes and mouth to the front of the bag.
  • Put an {{exorbitant}} amount of glitter in the bag.
  • Add a few squirts of shaving cream.
  • Add the carrot nose.
  • Seal bag tightly.  **REALLY tightly.**
  • Try to line the nose up correctly on the snowman’s face.

Pretty quick to make and super cute!  The kids will probably be interested in it for about a total of 3 minutes, but still something fun to do if it’s negative 30 degrees in your neck of the woods and you’re stuck inside.

Then again, if it’s that cold where you are, your child’s fine motor skills are probably frozen and you should just sell your house and move to South Florida with me.

Happy Squishy Snowman-ing! :-)

Soup-er Duper Dinners

We’ve had a few chillier days here in South Florida this week!

It’s made me crave the comforts of a nice, steamy bowl of soup.

Here are the recipes I’ve been wanting to make for our Happy Home this winter…

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When we were in the hospital, a dear friend brought us a big tupperware filled with this Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup from Craft-O-Maniac.

It was seriously the most delicious meal ever – just the thing to soothe our weary hearts.

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The Happy Hubby loves him some baked potato with all the fixins.

This Baked Potato Soup from Our Best Bites will fancy his tastebuds, I’m sure!

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This recipe for Beef Barley Soup from Happy Home Fairy is one of our Happy Home’s favorites.

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Anything involving the word ‘burger’ in some manner is prime candidate for no-fuss eating on behalf of our Happy Buddy.

I think this Cheeseburger Soup from The Recipe Critic would be perfect for his picky palette.

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This just looks like a bread-bowl-full-of-yum.

Get the super easy recipe for Cheesy Potato Soup at Lil’ Luna.

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I made this World’s Best Taco Soup from i heart nap time the other night and it was a total instant hit!

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And, finally, this Corn Sausage Chowder from Good Old Days makes me want to curl up with a spoon, some thick warm socks and a good book.

I hope you found something here to warm your spirit during these cold winter months!

Happy Soup-ing! :-)

1 Bag of Marshmallows = SNOW Much Fun

8 reasons why you need a bag of marshmallows this winterI wonder if the people who invented marshmallows knew that their product would become a critical resource for wintertime crafting and treat-making.

Allow me to explain…

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Easy Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes from Catch My Party.

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Simple Water Bottle Snowman Marshmallow Dispenser from Meaningful Mama.

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The Realistic Nutritionist’s adorable Melting Snowman Cookies.

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Marshmallow Snowflakes Craft from Playing House.

I have also seen marshmallow snowflakes made using toothpicks – they come out really cute (you can see an example HERE), but I thought toothpicks might not work for younger Happy Buddies since they are so pokey.

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Marshmallow Igloo from Campfire Marshmallows.

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Super cute FREE Printable Let It Snow Marshmallow Game from Criss-Cross Applesauce.

This seriously looks like SNOW much fun!

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Painting Snowflakes with Marshmallows from Motherhood on a Dime.

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Finally, check out Happy Home Fairy’s quick and fun Marshmallow Snowman Craft or Easy Snowman Snack HERE.

Of course, it wouldn’t be winter without tossing a few marshmallows into a steamy mug of hot cocoa (you can find a bunch of my favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes, Ideas and Crafts HERE).

And, if all else fails, dump a bag of marshmallows on the ground and let your Happy Buddy make indoor snow angels. :-)

Happy Jet Puffed-ing!

8 Ways To Make Snow Without Actually Having Snow

how to make snow without actually having snow - these ideas are great!Winter in Florida can be a real drag if you have a hankering to play in some snow!

So I did a little research and found 8 ways you can make your own snow – without actually needing snow.

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This fun Snow Dough from The Imagination Tree is soft, silky, easy to mold, and full of sparkle!

All you need are 2 pantry staples to put this wonderful sensory experience together for your Happy Buddies.

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The Chocolate Muffin Tree shows how to make snow in your blender using some ice cubes.

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Seriously, who knew that a can of shaving cream was so important for creating indoor snow fun??

Mom Endeavors mixed up some Snow Paint using shaving cream and white glue for her Happy Buddies to create puffy, wintery masterpieces.

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I love that this snow from Growing a Jeweled Rose is called Frosty Fluff and all you need is that helpful can of shaving cream and some corn starch.

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Crayon Freckles simply squirted out shaving cream (that’s it!) on a pan for her Happy Buddy to play in.

*Side Note – I have friends that put their Happy Buddies in their swimsuits and then let them go nuts in the shower with a can of shaving cream – now that’s what I call a blizzard of fun!  Plus, shaving cream cleans – so it’s a win-win for everyone.  Clean showers and kids having a great time?  Sounds good to me.*

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The Artful Parent picked up a can of Insta-Snow at her local school supply discount store.

You should go see all the ways her Happy Buddies had fun with this amazing stuff!

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A Mom’s Year made these magical Soap Snowballs by shredding some soap and then remolding the soap around a toy so that there are hidden surprises in the snowball.

What a neat favor for a wintertime party!

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And, finally, if you haven’t seen this idea yet – it’s going to change your life.

You can make snow by exploding a bar of Ivory Soap in the microwave!!!

*Don’t worry – your microwave won’t get damaged.  It might even help clean it up a bit.* :-)

Your Happy Buddies are going to be in a flurry of excitement over this.  They can play with it in the tub – add a little water and make tiny soap snowmen.

Check out Come Together Kids for the details on this amazing experiment that will reign over the thrill of real snow any day.

Well, maybe not.  There is nothing like the magic of a real snowfall. :-)

But hopefully one of these ideas will help you out a bit while you wait for one.

Happy DIY Snow Make-ing! :-)

Popsicle Stick Snowman Door Hanger

popsicle stick man 10This little snowman door hanger is making our Happy Home’s kitchen look so wintery!

He is very easy to make – the perfect activity for indoor fun on a blustery January day. :-)

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Black and White Paint


7 Jumbo Popsicle Sticks

Hot Glue

Super Strength Scissors

Cute Ribbon

2 Googly Eyes

Orange Foam Nose

popsicle stick man 2Step 1 – Use your super strong scissors to cut one of the popsicle sticks in half.

popsicle stick man 3Step 2 – Place 5 of the popsicle sticks together.  Hot glue the broken pieces and place across the back of the 5 sticks – nestle them in nice and close.

popsicle stick man 4Step 3 – Flip the popsicle sticks over.  Paint the bottom 2/3 of the snowman white.  Paint the top 1/3 black.

popsicle stick man 5Step 4 – Paint the last popsicle stick black.  Hot glue it between the black and white parts.

popsicle stick man 6Step 5 – Hot glue a piece of ribbon right above the horizontal stick.

popsicle stick man 7Step 6 – Add the facial features.  I used the bottom of my paintbrush dipped in black paint to make the mouth – I thought it worked a lot better than a Sharpie marker (which had been my original plan).

popsicle stick man 8Step 7 –  Hot glue a longer piece of ribbon to the back of your snowman.

popsicle stick man 9Step 8 – Let dry.  Hang on a door in your Happy Home or give out as a gift to someone you love! :-)

Happy Popsicle Stick Snowman Door Hanger-ing!

*I got my inspiration for this neat craft over at Mom On Timeout!*

Easy Snowman Snack

easy snowman snack at happyhomefairy.com - too cute! fun to do with the kids!

I’ve been seeing these cuties all over Pinterest and just couldn’t resist making some of our own!

They are really easy to make.

And really sweet – the perfect combo, in my opinion!  :-)

How to make your Easy Snowman Snackeasy snowman snack

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*I skipped a photo step here – you need to put frosting on top of the first marshmallow and then top it with a second marshmallow.*

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Isn’t he cute?

easy snowman snack at happyhomefairy.com - so cute!I think he looks like he is worshiping.

I find his arms raised heavenward to be kind of inspiring… A position I wish to be in all day long, yes?? :-)

It’s all about Him!

You might notice that I didn’t use the red writing pen that was in my photo… I tried drawing a red scarf on the middle marshmallow, but when I did, it looked kind of like someone had attempted murder on my little snowman!  In other words, it was a bloody-looking mess – definitely not cute scarf-ish.

So I chose to keep it simple with this guy, but you can add all kinds of accessories (I saw a few with red licorice string scarves or Junior Mint hats) or Food Writing Pen details to your heart’s content!

Happy Snowman Snack-ing! :-)

“Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:3-4