February, we need to talk. We wish we didn’t spend so many of your mere 28 days contemplating an escape to warmer climes, but sometimes your blustery weather gets us down. So go easy on us and we’ll do our best to make the most of you, okay?
The Savvy Guide to February
Safely leave the house and explore your city
Get set for Valentine’s Day
Why? How do you love yourself? Here’s how if you can’t count the ways. And you can’t possibly make too big a deal of loving your kids, plus they need something to look forward to this month. Use hearts cut from pink or red construction paper to write sweet little messages and tape to their bedroom doors every night between today and the big day so they wake to a new love note each morning. And even though February 14 falls on a Monday this year, find time for special outing with your grown-up Valentine, too. Get a sitter and book brunch or dinner together. Or simply pop some bubbly once the kids have gone to bed.
Get outta Dodge
This might be the first year that Family Day is observed on the same day in all provinces that observe it. If you’ve had enough low key long weekends, why not sneak in a quick winter getaway? Here are some ideas for Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver.
Why? Wordle is free, and Wordle is (sometimes) quick, but Wordle is always fun. The daily word challenge is an enjoyable exercise for your brain that doesn’t take toooo long and, since there’s only one puzzle daily, there’s no fear of getting stuck down a phone game rabbit hole that’s tough to crawl out of. The social aspect really helped the game take off, but don’t make a newb mistake and post spoilers. Or be a pill and complain about everyone posting their results.
Are you ready for some football?
Why? Even if you’ve tried and tried and tried and still don’t understand football, everyone knows the Superbowl is all about the feast and the halftime show. And while epic Superbowl parties are still a ways off, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a warm bowl of chile con carne topped off with a football cake while watching safely from our living rooms.
Donate your bestsellers
Why? You wanted to read Nomadland or The Dig before watching the movie, but you don’t need to make room for it next to your vintage copies of Pride & Prejudice or Bridget Jones’s Diary. Donate your used books—it’s a great way to meet your decluttering goals. Is there a little free library on your street or in your neighbourhood? That’s a great winter project too.
Raise awareness for anti-bullying initiatives by wearing a pink shirt on Pink Shirt Day this February 23
Why? Because it’s a simple way to stand up to bullies while encouraging your kids to speak up if they’re targeted themselves. Proceeds from the official shirts and accessories go towards the CKNW Kids Fund, which supports anti-bullying programs in BC and Western Canada.