Simon Says with Jessica Dooley

It feels like it has been ages since we’ve played outside, but in reality it has only been a few weeks.

With these, dare I say frigid, days it’s easy for everyone to start to go a little stir-crazy. To keep the house from being torn apart, we’ve had to get a little creative around here (who would have a guessed a few strips of painters tape laid out on the floor could provide so much entertainment?).

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Ice Skating on Long Island

It is that time of year to break out your ice skates and head to a local rink.

Not sure where to go? Then check out our list of indoor and outdoor places to skate this winter season with your family and friends.

ice skating long island

Our list has locations in both Nassau and Suffolk County.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Is anyone else having trouble believing we are in the last few days of 2017?! This year flew by and to be honest, I’m a little sad to see it end. 2017 was a year of ups and downs, but with that came a lot of growth and learning, and exciting new opportunities. I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring.

With the new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. I love to spend some time on New Year’s Eve really thinking about my goals and what I want to accomplish in the coming year. Creating those resolutions is always so exciting – I feel so motivated and energized, like I can do anything. And I hold onto that feeling for the first few weeks, maybe even a month or two, but then it starts to taper off…sound familiar?

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Blissful Bedtime Yoga Sequence

While this time of year is fun and exciting, I think us mamas also find there is a certain level of stress that comes along with it. We are so busy making sure everyone is going to find what they asked for under the tree, baking for the classroom and holiday parties, attending school plays and recitals, it can be really easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Who else finds that the stresses from the day hit hardest right at bedtime? As soon as I close my eyes and lay my head down, my mind goes into overdrive – making lists and remembering all of the things I should have gotten done during the day, but didn’t get to.

When I feel the stresses from the day are going to affect my sleep, I have a bedtime yoga sequence that I turn to. This yoga sequence can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, or more if you choose to spend more time in the poses, but even after 5 minutes I’ve found the tension is released from my mind and body, and I can go on to enjoy a peaceful slumber.

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DIY Backyard Hopscotch made from Pavers

Add the classic game of hopscotch to your yard with these colorful pavers that you can create yourself for an inexpensive do-it-yourself project.

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Gingerbread Play Dough

What are your favorite smells during the holiday season?

One of our favorite scents is Gingerbread.

We decided to make a play dough recipe that is a no-bake recipe so the kids can help make it, too.

gingerbread-playdough-recipe

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Visit the Animals here on Long Island- Places to Go

Heading out with your family? How about a day out to visit and learn about animals? Long Island has a lot of great places to visit where animals are the main attraction.

Check out our list of great places to visit:

See animals on LI

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