Ok, first off let’s get this awkwardness out of the way, I am SO sorry for the delay in getting this post up. My week has been a mess and it’s only Tuesday. So here I am, cap in hand, a day late and a dollar short (as some would say).
On Saturday morning I posted a little thing on Instagram stories about how much I have been struggling with “NO BUY JUNE” because I cannot live a life without takeaways and brunch dates. Honestly, it’s been a massive challenge and it’s really demanded a bit of reflection. Why on earth am I eating out so much?! This madness has to end. So with that in mind, I thought I would put together a little list of fun things to do which are free.
I have often been downright evangelical about how much I love winter. There is just something about taking a brisk walk with an icy wind blowing in your face that I adore. You may not know this about me, but I lived in Norway for a few years and I moved there in the winter. Leaving Cape Town in summer and landing in Norway to -15 degrees was a shock to my system, but if there is one thing I took away from my time in the great white north it’s that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. While compiling this list, I kept the cold temperatures in mind and picked only the most exciting winter activities I could think of.
So bundle up, pack a sack and let’s get to this list:
- Go for an outdoor picnic. This picture above was taken in the springtime in Oslo. The snow had just thawed and I embraced all that park life had to offer. It was about 12 degrees when this was taken.
- Head over to your local market to do your produce shopping – hey it’s groceries! – and browse a bit.
- Volunteer to help out at a homeless shelter with your partner or as a group of friends.
- Make a flask of hot choc and go for an early morning hike.
- Invite some friends over for movie night.
- Head out to an art opening – there are free wine guys!
- Host a crafternoon – an afternoon of crafts. One of my favourite adult crafts is making wrapping paper with potato stamps and butchers paper.
- Invite some friends over for a pickling and preserve party – spoiler alert: you’ll be making pickles and preserves and drinking LOTS of wine.
- Take a day trip to a nearby town, walk about and have a picnic lunch.
- Do a group workout. This could mean joining a free class if you’re already a gym member or even doing it at home with a YouTube video and a bunch of friends.
- Game night! Whether it’s Cards Against Humanity or 30 Seconds, game night is always a BIG WIN.
- A wardrobe swap. Why not host a clothing swap with a few friends. It’s a great way to get rid of the things you no longer wear and get some new goodies without spending a cent.
- Head over to your local library and browse the shelves, maybe try a genre you’ve never read before.
- Bake a batch of biscuits and drop them off at an old age home.
- Throw an indoor dance party with your kids – this is a HUGE favourite in our house.
- Work on creating a photo album with your partner or friends. This is something I’ve just started for my kids. I realise that living in such a digital world means that there are so many moments we capture that it’s almost overwhelming. So I am starting a little photo diary for my girls.
- Invite some family over for a pot luck dinner.
- Go for a walk on the beach. Winter beaches are a thing of beauty, take my word for it.
- Have a PJ party. We’re doing this in August. Inviting all the friends over for an afternoon of hot choc, movies and PJs.
- Get your ass organised. Spring cleaning is not just for spring (note to self).
- Go on a pine cone collecting spree and save them somewhere safe for Christmas crafts and décor.
- Throw a Christmas planning lunch. If your family is anything like mine, Christmas is a huge deal. From compiling the gift lists to arranging the menu. I always find it really helpful to meet up with my mom, aunts and sisters to get this planning out of the way early in the year.
- Do a winter photo shoot. This doesn’t have to be professional. If your phone has a great camera, and you have a friend with a good eye, that should do the trick.
- Start a book club with your nearest and dearest.
- Take a trip to the mountains to see the snow – if you’re in Cape Town there are some great spots near Ceres which get snow every year.
- Make a pot of mulled wine, set some cheese on the table and relax with a good book.
I always find it so difficult to find the motivation to leave the house during winter. In my heart, I just want to veg on the couch in my fluffiest socks with a glass of red and a good book. I hope that this little list can inspire me and you to get out there and enjoy some of that crisp fresh air during these colder months.