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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fun Ways to Spend Your Leap Day

Nearly every four years, we add an extra day to the calendar in the form of February 29, also known as Leap Day. Put simply, these additional 24 hours are built into the calendar to ensure that it stays in line with the Earth’s movement around the Sun. The day added onto the end of February every Leap Year may not be a holiday, but claiming it as an “extra” day does make it seem pretty special. It evokes the question, “what could YOU do with an extra day?”

Take a little road trip. Is there a restaurant you really enjoy, but never visit because it’s hard to justify the time and gas? Maybe you have a favorite outlet mall or landmark that you would want to spend hours exploring… You have all day, so take advantage of it and go for that drive! With gas prices so low, you’ll find that filling up isn’t quite as painful as it has been in recent years. Get lazy. If you’re the type of person who never seems to stop, the best way to spend a day off might be by doing nothing! Drink coffee and read in bed for hours after you wake up. Try a new recipe using only the ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Put on a fresh pair of warm fuzzy socks and cue up the Netflix. According to, taking regular “lazy days” can actually be good for your health!

Clean house. Make a list of all the spring cleaning tasks you’ll be doing in a few months and decide what you’ll be happiest not having to do when things start to thaw. has 12 Winter Cleaning Ideas to get you started. You may not be able to start planting the petunias, but you can certainly clean out the refrigerator! Doing your spring cleaning prior to springtime is a great way to get a sense of accomplishment now. You’ll have a head start when spring actually arrives. If anything, it will leave you a little less ashamed to be taking down the Christmas lights when there are kids playing in the sprinklers.

Make the visit. Go see someone you’ve been meaning to see! Maybe you have a friend who just had a baby and has felt cooped up all winter. Or maybe you have a grandparent or other elderly friend who lives in a retirement community that would love some company. The fact is that there is no better day than a day off to make a visit, so make that call to see if they are free. Odds are that at the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did!

Volunteer your time. There are many people who wish they could help others in a practical way, but just don’t seem to have the time. Taking a day to actually go out and volunteer for a good cause is a great way to connect with your community and learn about how even the smallest gestures or actions can help. Websites like can match you with organizations based on what causes you would like to have an impact on. From animal shelters to urban farming, there are volunteer opportunities that are well worth spending a day on.

However you choose to spend your extra day this year we wish you a happy Leap Day!

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