So as everyone knows it has been a tough winter! It has even been tough for states who aren’t used to having “winter weather” with snow hitting a large part of the US. In all this madness it is difficult to stay warm. If you are like me I get cold very easily and need a little extra help during these cold times! Luckily, I have some great items that I use daily to stay warm and comfortable all winter long. If we have to live in this weather we might as well enjoy it!
1. Muk Luks-
These are one of my absolute favorite items this winter! I didn’t know these existed until my sister bought me a pair for Christmas 2 years ago. Ever since then I wear them non-stop! Not only do they keep your feet warm, but they are also super cute! They are my go to slippers for when company comes over. My favorite around the house attire is wearing them with leggings and a warm tunic. I like to add a scarf to this ensemble if my neck decides it needs warmth. Although mine are a different color, I found these on Amazon if you would like to try them out. I have had mine for a little over two years and they have held up very well. I received some others slippers around the same time that are completely worn out now that I had to throw away. In comparison my Muk Luks have held up wonderfully!
This is my favorite style of Muk Luks because I love wearing these slippers with leggings:)
2. Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate Packs
So I am definitely a Starbucks lover! When I am not drinking coffee there, I like to get their others drinks. One of my favorite is their peppermint hot chocolate, and I like drinking it all winter long. It is the beginning of February, and I just got peppermint hot chocolate the other day:) The nice thing about this is that Starbucks makes a “Peppermint Hot Chocolate” drink mix that you can buy from the store! I am definitely stocked with a supply of these packets all winter for those days that I just don’t feel like heading out in the snow to get a drink.
If I notice I am cold even with my slippers, blankets, and other accessories then I head to the kitchen and make myself some. It is a great cold weather drink! I have included a link below if you are like me and LOVE your Starbucks! On the back of each packet they have put a recipe of how to make a Caffee Mocha with your hot chocolate!
I have included a link here if you want to try them:) They are one of my favorite drinks to drink in this winter weather!
3. Velvet Plush Heated Throw Blanket
It feels as amazing as it sounds! Not only is it a super soft/comfortable throw, but it also is heated! What can be better than that on a cold winter day? I try to use just regular blankets the majority of the time in winter, but there are just some days where it gets too cold and a heated throw is definitely needed. I also love curling up with this heated throw right before bed:) It gives me some added warmth and relaxation as bedtime is calling my name.
The velvet plush heated throw blanket I have is from sunbeam, but you can really get them all over. I have included a link below if you want to check out one similar to mine:)
4. A Good Book to Warm the Soul
There isn’t much to do in the winter during extreme cold. You know it is bad when the ski resorts in your area are closed due to the wind chill. At these times it is good to keep a book on hand that you can read. Since it is winter, try to get a book that will warm your heart! For Christmas this year I received a kindle that I absolutely LOVE! I can store all my books in one place, and when I buy books online they are normally cheaper than buying the hard copy. Although I do have to say that I still love the feel of a book in my hands as well… I still keep some hard copy books close by for those times!
One of the books I have been reading this winter is called Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I have heard it is a great book that will leave your heart full at the end. I am not going to lie though… I am about 1/2 through and some parts are difficult to read. I can’t wait for that ending to see what happens! So if you haven’t already please check out a book that you can really get into this winter and that warms your heart:) If you don’t want to read Redeeming Love, and don’t know what other books to read try asking your friends. A lot of times if you need a good book recommendation, then you can always go onto twitter and Facebook and see what people say. Those are two great resources!
I have included the link not only to Redeeming Love, but also to the Kindle Paperwhite link. If you have been thinking about getting one it has been amazing, and I have loved it so far! I love organizing my books in one place and reading at night with the lights off while my husband sleeps:)
5. A Warm Fire
Nothing can take the place of a warm fire on a cold day/night. This is hands down my favorite thing about winter! Sitting by the fire… with all my fun warming items are some of the best times I have during the winter months. Of course it is always better with family and friends surrounding you as well.
If you don’t have a real fireplace that is okay! There are definitely items you can get like electric fireplaces that you can buy separately and put in any room in your home:) I personally do not own one since we have a wood burning fireplace, but I am going to be looking into getting one for our bedroom. There is something about a fireplace that is instantly relaxing when you walk into a room.
My hope for you this winter season is to take time and treasure the small things in life. These things are what keeps us going on a day to day basis, and fill our life with joy! We might be experiencing some crazy weather this year, but it is how we react to it that makes us the people we are. Make sure you are enjoying this time of the year, and if you are truly hating this weather after trying some of these fun ways to stay warm, then plan your summer vacation! That way you start thinking about the warm weather that is soon to be here.