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Tips On Staying Warm in Chilly Winter

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

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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.

Electric Blanket


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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


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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!

Space Heater


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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


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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.

Etsy Top 9: Smitten Mittens and Glove Love

It’s “sweatah-weathah” (click here for ensuing laughter) and the gloves are off! Err, on.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Top 9. Today I’m sharing mittens and gloves from Etsy.

I know I’ve said it before, but Etsy is a great way to support independent artisans from all over the US.

1. By SewGracefulMitts¬† These are made of old sweaters! I’ve always wanted to try this Martha Stewart tutorial.

2. By Cheryl Patterson These are so sweet. : )

3. By Pilland I love this sunny color and the extra long glove sleeves.

4. By Pille Ploomipuu This Norwegian pattern is a classic.

5. By MartiniSQ Ohh these are cashmere. So soft!

6. By MirthTones Hah! These are so cute and make me laugh!

7. By BoysenberryLane I would love these for work! In the winter my hands get so cold and I could still type with these on.

8. By AvrellynRose Oh my!! These are so precious!

9. By awoolgatherer TOASTY! These are hilarious and look quite “toasty”. I love random humor on common objects.

Winter Prepping our Fixer-Upper

We got our new driveway this week!! As you can see the caution tape is still up.

Our old driveway was old. See #6 of this article for more info!

Since the door was rotted out when we purchased the house, we also had a new garage door installed (from Home Depot).

I know we’re in the throes of Autumn, but around here most of our glorious burning leaves have fallen off the trees and are shriveled and brown all over our lawn. (This is the best time for leaf crunching.)

The last month we’ve put all of our focus on the EXterior of our house to prepare for winter. We’ve already had our first snowfall (and a big one at that) but fortunately it melted quickly, therefore giving us more time to prep outside before the long and snowy winter arrives.

1. Gutterball

Our colonial-style house has a traditional crown molding trim on the outside, which apparently most people didn’t put gutters on back in the day. We had gutters installed about a month ago – greatly decreasing the chances of flooding our basement, yard and garage. This is something you will definitely want to get a few estimates for – we had some people estimate our gutters as high as $8k! It definitely pays to bring in the competition. Although this was not a cheap (or DIY) project, it will be worth the investment as it should help prevent any kind of flooding in our yard that has deteriorated the foundation of the house from 60 years without gutters.

2. Screen it

We had a screened porch on the front of our house that leads to our front door. The screening was pretty old, full of holes and needs to be replaced. A few weeks ago I ripped out the screen and coinciding 100000000 staples. Now I just need to repaint the porch with exterior paint and then we will rescreen in the next few weeks. We are also going to install a new light and a beadboard ceiling.

3. Energy Audit

Last weekend we had an energy audit in our home – sounds exciting, eh? eh? A local representative came to our house (for FREE) and spent about 3 hours going through our home. He was able to tell us where we were losing energy efficiency and how to fix it. He also replaced all the lightbulbs in the house with the new CFI bulbs. The best part is, the government subsidizes a huge portion of the updates we can make. For example – the energy auditors will set us up with someone who will blow more insulation into our house. Most of the cost is subsidized and the amount we spend will pay itself off in our first winter in this house! Plus, being green is cool these days. Haven’t you heard?

4. Driveway

Somehow we didn’t think shoveling our 30 year old, crackling and crumbling driveway would be that fun in the winter. This was obviously not a DIY project, but another project you should definitely get multiple quotes for. We actually have 2 driveways to our house – one in the front and one on the side. We decided to redo the one on the side (that leads to our single car garage) and we widened it so we can park 2 cars side-by-side in the winter and not need to worry about the huge one in the front yard!

Also, you can’t really tell from the photo, but we had a drain put in the driveway so water will be drained away from the house and not into the garage!

5. Yardwork. My new least favorite word.

We have been preparing the yard as best we can for winter’s harsh friends called ice and snow. We’ve been trying to blow our leaves every weekend – because the last thing you want to deal with in the spring is a yard full of sopping leaves that have been buried and frozen for four months. We’ve filled in a few ditches with excess dirt and, as you saw in my post last week, we’ve been trying to turn our fallen trees into firewood as quickly as possible.

6. Concrete work

Moose has been patching up the concrete sidewalk to our deck and we also brought in a professional to help of resolve some foundation issues on the exterior wall of our walk-our basement (this was something we knew we would have to fix when we purchased the house).

7. New Windows

Okay, so we haven’t really done this one in the last few weeks, but when we moved into the house in June we had all the windows in the house replaced. The old ones were NOT efficient. Most of them couldn’t even open. Our new windows will be keeping a lot of heat on the INSIDE of the house. This was not a DIY job nor was it cheap, was it has definitely been a worthwhile investment.