I am one of those people who have ice cube hands and toes.
I still remember being in elementary school gym class for the square dancing classes, and one of the boys wincing as we do-si-do-ed because of my frigid fingers. (Better than sweaty grossness, right?)
These days the only person I torture with my cold hands and feet is stuck with me for all time, poor guy.
This is all to say, I really like to be warm. And New England isn’t exactly the warmest place to be for six months out of the year.
With tomorrow’s looming blizzard upon us, I’m dedicating today’s post to my favorite staying-warm techniques.
Fleece Lined Tights
I saw a pair of these at Marshall’s and bought them on a whim. (Anne Klein brand fleece-lined tights) I tried them on later that night and literally pranced around the house. I vaguely recall exhortations coming out of my mouth. Something along the lines of “MY LEGS ARE LITERALLY IN HEAVEN,” but the joy at the moment was so overwhelming I can’t remember for sure.
I returned to the store two days later (what if they were sold out? – the horror!) and bought a pair in every color. And I bought some for my sister-in-law, a coldie like me.
Tea and Soups
I’ve never met a cup of tea I didn’t like. In the winter I usually ditch my pretty, daintier cups and go for the big fatties. The more tea the better.
Starbucks mugs usually are my go-to, they can hold a mighty large cup of tea, or even a can of soup!
And homemade soup is always best.
But I have tried the new line of soups that Campbell’s Soup put out, and I must admit they are quite tasty. (The Chicken and Quinoa and the Chorizo with Poblano Peppers were my favorite two.
Slippers. Warm ones.
I believe I have spoken of my love for these L.L. Bean Hearthside Slippers before.
Moose gave me a pair about five years ago and I’ve never looked back. They are warm and toasty, and so comfortable you will find yourself wearing them to the grocery store because you didn’t realize you weren’t wearing real shoes. (True story.)
The thick rubber sole is sure to last a while – and when it finally does run out, L.L. Bean guarantees their products for life, so you can just turn them in for a new pair.
I turn this on 15 minutes before I get in bed so it’s nice and warm! Nothing is worse than cold sheets.
Just don’t forget to turn it off before you fall asleep.
And if you do forget to turn it off, not only could it be a fire hazard, but it also makes getting out of bed in the morning 1000x harder.
Cuddleduds – aka Long Underwear
I always hated long underwear. And then one year a pair of Cuddleduds appeared for me underneath the Christmas tree. They are so warm and comfortable! And thin enough to wear underneath another outfit if needed. They come in a variety of necklines, arm lengths and fabric choices – the options are endless. And they are so WARM!
We own several space heaters. I have a small one at my desk at work and I have this cutie-pie that looks like a coal-stove too. It gets moved around the house.
We have a construction-style space heater that connects to a propane tank, which gets used while we’re working in the garage or in the (formerly!) uninsulated family room.
We ALSO have one in our bathroom fan. Husband of mine, I love you forever for installing this. Nothing is worse than getting out of the shower in the middle of winter and touching the cold tile floor. Bathroom ceiling fan heater for the win!
A Lumberjack Hat
I’m sorry to say that I own this hat. And I’m even sorrier to say that I wear it every single morning on my way to work.
You’ll look semi-ridiculous, but you will be so warm you won’t even care. And other people will think you look like you’re about to take down a grizzly, but they will also be jealous because they can’t feel their ears, or their nose, or their face.
I also like this hat, because it doesn’t give me hat-hair for the rest of the day, or leave with with an imprint on my forehead. I got mine from the Christmas Tree Shoppe, and it was worth every penny.