Winter Warmers: Indoor Hobbies To Try This Winter

 

With fall now in full flow, it feels like the whisper of winter is beginning to be felt on the wind. Before you know it, we’ll be plunged into a world of (what feels like) eternal darkness, not wanting to venture outside of the house for fear of chilling ourselves to the bone. While winter does have its upsides — Christmas is the main, glittering high point of the season — for the most part, it’s dark, miserable, and downright boring.

 

Yes, boring– admittedly not a word you have likely associated with winter before, but it’s true. Winter is dull. If you’re bored in summer, you can head outside, walk among nature, go shopping; you have the entire world spread out before you in terms of options. However, with winter, the desire to curl up in the warm is so intense that you feel you’re stuck in the house for weeks on end– so yes, winter can be incredibly boring.

 

If you want to try and ensure that you enjoy this winter as much as possible, here are five hobbies you can do take up; don’t worry, you won’t have to step outside for any of them!

 

1) Paper Crafting

 

Crafting is a great hobby for the colder seasons of fall and winter, because it literally demands that you stay indoors, where it’s warm, so you can focus on what you’re doing. Why not try making Christmas cards for your friends and family this year? Or perhaps even make your own Christmas ornaments; you can give them a personal touch that means there’s an extra smile on your season of goodwill this year.

2) Making Clothes

 

People making their own clothes is a hobby that has largely fallen out of popularity in recent years, as access to clothing — and the affordability of it — has become more common. Nevertheless, there is nothing quite like wearing an item of clothing that you have made for yourself. It can be tailored exactly to your measurements and shape, guaranteeing a good fit, and you can pick the materials and patterns that you want to use. If you’re a complete newbie to using a sewing machine, don’t worry; there’s a handy guide to finding a good sewing machine for beginners here, and there’s plenty of YouTube videos that can teach you how to use it.

 

3) Candle Making

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Candles are a staple if you want to create that cozy feeling of being indoors in winter, but why not make this year a little different by making the candles for yourself? This is easier than it sounds, and it won’t cost you a fortune either. There are plenty of guides online that can help to get you started, from simple beeswax candles to more elaborate fragranced candles made from paraffin. It’s a great hobby to share with your kids too, and you never know, you might even discover a special skill and be able to sell your wares outside of the home!

 

Winter doesn’t have to be a dark and miserable experience. Make the most of the time you’ll spend indoors by introducing a brand new hobby that you will love right through to spring.

Santa Rosa Fires

Some of my long-time readers (are any of you still out there?) may know that I used to live in Northern California. My dad’s side of the family is from there,  I was born there, and it’s where I spent my college years and beyond. Match was born and raised there, and the majority of his family still lives there and the surrounding area. It’s where Match and I met, and where we fell in love. It’s where we were married.

And now it’s being ravaged by fires. The fires are so heartbreaking, and so close to our former and home away from home. Match’s aunt and uncle lost their beautiful home on the hill. The home where we had so many family gatherings and played bocce. It was a home his uncle helped to design, and they had put their heart and soul into it, as we all do with our homes.

Match’s parents were lucky enough to keep their home, losing only their shed, but their entire neighborhood was destroyed, except one other home behind theirs. It was far too close for comfort, and we were so grateful they were visiting all of us up here in Oregon when the fires started.

My great aunt and uncle also lost their home of over 20+ years. It is so devastating for them, as I know they didn’t have much. Thank god they were safe.

And then there is Couple Family. Some of my readers may remember Couple Wife, my dear friend who helped me so many times, and has always been a wonderful friend. Her husband grew up with Match and they’ve known each other their whole lives. They lost their home and everything in it, including their beloved family kitten. They barely made it out before the fire struck their home, and my heart aches for their loss. This is all that is left of their home.

All of our family and friends are alive, and for that we are so, so grateful. I know everything else is just things, or just a place, but so many memories were made there. I’m praying the fires stop soon, and our loved ones can start the healing process. All of our displaced family and friends who had to evacuate will get to go home, and the ones who lost so much can start to rebuild. It will take years before things will look remotely the same.

Things like this make you hold your family closer, and be grateful for all that we have. It has made us come up with a plan in case of emergency, and a list of the irreplaceable things we would take with us if we had minutes to get out.

Thinking of all those affected by this fire. We love you, Sonoma County, and I hope this nightmare is over soon.

Lax Guy’s Wedding

Long time readers may remember a friend of Match’s, Lax Guy. He has been a life long friend of Match’s since they were in high school. They went to college together and started a Lacrosse team (hence the name Lax guy). He’s also the very first friend of Match’s that I ever met, so he’s got a special place in my heart too.

We lost touch with him over the years as we moved around, and he did as well. He moved to Vegas, and now he’s settled up in Seattle. He reconnected with Match last summer, and Match had the chance to meet his fiancee. They invited us to their wedding, and we finally got to celebrate the big day on Saturday.

It was hands down the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to. It was also a really big weekend for us as parents. Our first overnight where neither of us were with Piglet. He stayed at a nearby hotel with my parents, who were excited for some one-on-one time with him.

We relaxed at the hotel, before hopping on the bus which took us the wedding. We didn’t think we’d know anyone, but it turned out to be a huge college reunion for Match and his Lacrosse buddies. They were such a hoot!

This wedding was so well thought out, and just overall laid back and fun. They had wood-fired pizzas for dinner, my absolute favorite, and the beer was delicious. There were lawn games, and then of course dancing. The ceremony was short and so sweet, and as always, the vows made me fall in love with Match all over again. To think it’s been almost 7 years since we shared our vows…time flies!

Here are just a few pictures from the night. I got to dance with all of Match’s buddies since he’s not much for dancing. I did get a slow dance in with my love. It’s always nice when we get the excuse to dress up!

There was a conga line, tons of laughing and fun. At the end of the night, we headed back to the hotel, where we tried to get a sneak peek at a cross-dressing event that just happened to be going on at the hotel. Sadly we missed it, but they left some wigs behind, which made for a great photo op!

I’m so happy for Lax Guy and that he found his love. We hope to get together with them in Seattle soon, and have them down for a visit.

6 Ways to Make Your Bachelorette Party a Real Success

Are you about to plan a big bachelorette party for a friend of yours who’s getting married? If so, you’re going to need to make sure that you don’t get anything wrong as you get the plans in place. Below, you will find 6 unique ways to ensure the bachelorette party you’re putting in place will be a real success. You want the bride to love it, so read on now.

 

  1. Set a Reasonable Budget

 

There needs to be a reasonable budget in place if you’re going to make a success of this party. You can find tips on how to do great things on a small budget at moneycrashers.com. This will help you get this right.

 

  1. Arrive in Style

 

You want to make sure that you arrive in style at this party, and the same goes for everyone in the party group. It’s so much better than just turning up in a group of taxis. You can find Party bus rental here bergenlimo.com/fleet/new-jersey-nj if you want to get to where you’re going as a big group. This can be better for organisational purposes.

 

  1. Choose a Few Fun Activities and Don’t Overcomplicate It

 

There are plenty of things that you can do to make this party fun. But there is one trap that shouldn’t fall into: you don’t want to overcomplicate things. If you try to fit too much into the schedule, you will find that it becomes too complicated, and you will have too much to you. Keep things as simple and as straightforward as they possibly can be.

 

  1. Break with Traditions

 

Breaking with traditions is not such a bad thing. Weddings are often closely tied to tradition, and that makes people think that they have to do certain things when planning a party such as this. But what matters most is the experience that the bride and the guests have. If it’s not traditional, that’s fine if the party is still enjoyed by everyone.

 

  1. Have a Backup Plan

 

It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in place if you’re going to plan a bachelorette party. When things go wrong, you don’t want to be stranded with nothing for the guests to do. The backup plan could be anything, and hopefully you’ll never have to use it. But it’s good to know that you have something to call upon if something bad goes wrong.

 

  1. Make the Bride Central and Personal to Her

 

Finally, you need to make sure that the bride is central to everything that you do. After all, it is her day and it should be about her. Don’t lose sight of that. And you should also try to make sure that you make the party personal to her, her interests and what she likes to do for fun. When you make it personal to her in some way, it shows you’ve really put thought into this.

 

The bachelorette party you’re organising will be one to remember for the bride and all the guests if you remember these simple pieces of advice.

Goodbye My Furbaby

Today we said goodbye to our furbaby, Oscar, or as I called him on the blog, Monkey. I had him for fourteen long years, all through college, through my awkward dating years, and finally when I met the love of my life.

He was a crazy, sometimes pain in the butt, too smart for his own good, kind, silly, and wonderful doggie. I will never forget how he comforted us when we were grieving for Roo, how he let me sob into his fur. Or how he made me feel safe all those nights when Match worked as a cop, and kept the loneliness at bay.

He was always so good with Piglet, always standing guard over him, never snapping or growling as I feared he might with a new baby.  He wanted nothing more than a treat and a pat on the head. I know he’s out there running on that great big farm in the sky.

Good boy, Oski. We love you.