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Show of hands – who’s got cabin fever? I feel like I say this every winter for one reason or another, but the weather’s been absolutely crazy lately! Here in the PNW it’s been either snowing like crazy, raining like crazy, or insanely cold. None of which equal a fun day in the outdoors since I’m just not a winter weather girl. I love to watch the snow – I think it’s beautiful, but I don’t like to play in it – I prefer to be warm.
Being cooped up inside for days on end though can get a little boring. There are only so many series to binge watch on Netflix so sometimes I have to find something else to entertain either myself or my kids.
Smart Ways to Melt Winter Blues
We all have smartphones and tablets right? I have an awesome Samsung Galaxy Tab from US Cellular that I love so why not use that to help break up the monotony? There are so many apps back there that are brain-stimulating or help you be a healthier you. Maybe you want to try some fancy new recipes for food or drinks; there are apps for that too.
A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicated that 61 percent of smartphone owners use their device to play games. Classic board games, such as Monopoly, The Game of Life and Yahtzee, have apps available on Google Play and iTunes. My personal fave is Yahtzee! I’ve played it with my family my whole life so finding out it was an app was weirdly exciting for me.
Maybe you’re a trivia person, smartphone owners also can stay sharp by downloading top trivia apps, such as Guess the Song, QuizUp, Trivia Crack and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. So I thought I liked trivia, but evidently I’m not as much of a genius as I once thought.
Did you know that there’s an app for Food Network On the Road and Just Recipes? To me this is awesome because as a blogger I’m always looking for new recipes and inspiration to share with everyone and now it’s right there anytime! Amateur chefs and mixologists like myself also can whip up their favorite foods or drinks with the Chinese Recipes, Italian Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Frozen Milkshake and Tea Making Recipes (and those are just a few – I keep finding more every day).
The kiddos may not be as impressesd by the recipe apps, but just because it’s too cold to go outside again, doesn’t mean you can’t bring the snow to you. My daughter loves the Make a Snowman and Snowman Maker Plus apps. She gets to design her own snowman and then next time we go outside, she tries to make one just like the one she designed on the app. It’s not something I would have ever thought of on my own, but it’s a ton of fun.
If you need some brain stimulation after watching Octonauts or Paw Patrol for the last week, the free Elevate and Fit Brains Trainer apps are designed to improve focus, memory, processing speed and speaking skills. Yes that means speaking to those over the age of 6 if you’ve forgotten how…I get it…the struggle is real.
So there you go – tons of fun to be had without ever leaving the house! If you need the perfect device to get you going be sure to check out some of the great deals at US Cellular and be sure to let me know what app is your fave or what app you would love to check out! Thanks for reading!