Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Take advantage of February 29th – it only comes once every four years!

2016 is a leap year, as I'm sure you know by now. And the concept of February 29 has had Boo a little confused, or at least curious. So I tried to explain it to him the other day. I told him how each year is actually about 365 and a quarter days long, not exactly 365, so every four years those quarters add up to a whole day that needs to be added. "Why?"  So the calendar doesn't get messed up. "Huh?" Well, it's about how long it takes the earth to circle the sun, and if we don't add that day every four years, eventually we'll have summer in January. And then he wanted to know how long that would take, and I didn't feel like doing math. I told him to Google it.

He was also worried about people being born on that day and how unfair to them that they only get a birthday every four years, which I thought was sweet. Can you imagine how special that day must feel for them though? And of course I reassured him that they would celebrate on the day before or after instead.

In any case, it is an extra date added into our calendar every four years, and many folks like to mark the day in some way. It's kind of a bonus day, like that extra hour we get each year when we "fall back." So what will you do with your day? Do you see it as a day to get caught up on work? A day to fit in some bonus fun? Or just another day (a Monday, no less!), like any other?

Why not take advantage of the extra day and try something you’ve never done before as a family. Enjoy your time together by embracing the great Canadian Winter with these exciting activities:

Go snowshoeing: Chances are, you’re not too far from a national park or scenic trail that is optimal for snowshoeing. Snowshoes have come a long way from the tennis racket-esque versions you’re probably expecting and are often available to rent from national parks or adventure stores. It’s a great way to take in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery – not to mention it’s great exercise and your kids will love the novelty of floating on top of the snow!

Build a snow cave: It’s also likely that there are ample amounts of snow not too far away – or even in your own backyard. Building a snow cave is a simple cold-day activity. Make sure you have enough shovels for the whole family – it’s a team effort. Once the structure is complete, let it harden for a few hours and then create an entrance way and hollow it out. If it’s big enough, you can even carve out snow benches inside! Grab your snow pants and chill out – literally – with a cup of hot chocolate to add warmth.

Visit somewhere new: Canada is chock-full of amazing winter destinations featuring everything from scenic ski resorts to lively festivals. Whether it’s teaching the kids to skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or visiting the Northwest Territories to take in the northern lights, find something your family will enjoy and will remember for years to come.

Of course, if you are trying something new and energetic, you may be trying out some muscles that haven't been used in a while. And those muscles will really make themselves known the next day when those aches and pains set in. Topical pain relievers like RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream will get you back on track. It starts to work on contact and provides fast acting pain relief of muscle and joint pain. Have some on hand just in case.

Trying something brand new will not only be different and exciting, but will also break up the monotonous schedules we adhere to when juggling work and family. Getting outside is also great for your health!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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