Cozy Time

January 24, 2014

It’s a snow day! Again! It’s so quiet and peaceful outside right. It’s also cold enough to give me the shivers in the house. I could always turn up the thermostat, but I like to try more cozy ways to warm up first. Here are some of my tried and true methods of keeping warm in the dead of winter.

Wool socks. I know I’m not the only one who hates cold feet. If my feet are cold, forget it. I’m going to be uncomfortable and probably a little cranky. Wool socks are definitely in order to keep my tootsies warm, but don’t think that wool socks have to be only functional. Take a look at these fun, lightweight (but warm) Merino wool striped socks from Sierra Trading Post. Who says functional has to be blah?

A warm throw blanket. A good throw blanket gets the job done much more quickly than turning up the heat a degree or two. I’m not in the market for a new one now, but if I was, I’d love this organic cotton throw from Coyuchi. It’s simple, lightweight, and very warm. Best of all, one side is the color of your choice; the other side is ivory so if you ever change the décor of your room, you don’t have to buy a new throw.

A hot toddy – with or without the toddy. A nice hot cup of tea does wonders to warm me up inside and out. I love to wrap my hands around a warm mug and maybe even put it up to my nose. There are times, though, when a hot beverage needs a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it really warming. That’s where the hot toddy comes in. Free People has three wonderful hot toddy recipes that are perfect for warming you right up after you come in from shoveling snow.

Soup. A nice pot of soup simmering on the stove will help heat up the kitchen and your belly. A steamy bowl of classic chicken noodle soup or a hearty vegetarian minestrone will never do you wrong on a cold day.

Body heat. When all else fails, curl up with someone you love. Grab your kid and snuggle under your throw blanket while watching a movie and drinking hot chocolate. Or, grab someone who makes your toes tingle and snuggle up under the covers….

These are ways for you to keep warm without touching your thermostat!  Do you have any ideas you would like to share?

Pure Love Grows XOXOXO

Donna