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Overcoming Winter Boredom
January 24, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
Winter Boredom Busters
Molly Members
Cream Cheese Penguins
Create an Indoor Theater!
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Mom Pulling Out HairHow many times have you heard "Mom, I'm bored!" so far this winter? I know that it can be a challenge to keep kids entertained during the blustery winter months when it's too cold to go outside and play. My son put it well the other day when he said, "Do you know my least favorite season? It's the one at the end of winter when the snow is gone but everything is muddy and yucky outside." I'd have to agree! So, this week I'm going to share some boredom buster I've found to help these last few weeks of winter speed by a little faster.
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Winter Boredom Busters! 


Here are some fun activities I've found around the web to help beat the boredom blues:

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Cream Cheese Penguins


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Photo Credit: Toni Riggs

These Cream Cheese Penguins will surely keep your kids entertained, and they are a tasty snack too!




18 jumbo black olives, pitted

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

18 small black olives

1 carrot

1 jar of roasted red peppers (optional)

You will also need toothpicks




  1. Cut a sliver from top to bottom, lengthwise, out of the side of each jumbo olive. 
  2. Carefully fill each of these olives with cream cheese and set aside. These are the bodies of the penguins.
  3. Slice the carrot into eighteen quarter-inch-thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet.
  4. Save the cut-out pieces and press into center of the small olives to create the beaks. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
  5. Set a big olive, large-hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up.
  6. Optional: Slice the red peppers into small round pieces and set on top of the small olive to make a hat. You can also slice them into long, thin pieces to use as a scarf.
  7. Secure with a toothpick.


A fun way to display your penguins is to take a serving platter or turn a cookie sheet upside down and create a skating rink. Simply sprinkle with powdered sugar to create snow. Then take white icing and pipe swirls next to the penguins to make it appear as if they are skating.




Create an Indoor Theater!


Take the boredom out of the day and get your child's creative juices flowing by making a door frame puppet theater and a few sock puppetsIf you don't have an old sheet or piece of fabric to use, make a quick trip to the thrift store and you're sure to find one for less than $1. A single tab curtain panel would be ideal. (If you bought a pair, you could make an extra for some friends.) This project will not only encourage creative play but is also a good excuse for getting rid of all those mismatched socks that have been driving you crazy.

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Crack the whip in your office space and organize the clutter!

Save on everything from office décor to groceries with Molly's Money-Saving Digest for January 2011. This issue is jam-packed with advice for home and family: repurposed projects, teaching kids responsibility, creative cooking, spending wisely, taking care of yourself, and encouraging one another.

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Molly Saves in the Office

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time looking for important paperwork or those coupons that are about to expire? Whether your office is an entire room or just an expandable file, this Digest can help. Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, and once you do it, you'll wonder how you ever managed before!
  • Find out the basic items you'll need to be better organized.
  • Be creative and frugal as you outfit your office: Repurpose, reuse, and shop wisely!
  • Get filing tips that will help you keep track of your bills and other paperwork.
  • Take advantage of the Internet's free forms and other printables for your office.
  • Save money by organizing your grocery coupons.
  • Help your children with a lesson that will serve them well for the rest of their lives: how to manage their own schedules.
  • Recycle household items to make your own bulletin board that's so attractive it doubles as wall art!

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