4 Great Tips for the Winter Weary
Mar 6, 2015 4:24:21 PM
Who doesn’t love that powdery white goodness from the skies? In more moderate quantities everyone. OK. It’s been snowing for weeks. Your commute to work is nearly none existent. Even kids are beginning to get sick of snow days.
Enough already is becoming more of a chant than a mantra. What’s a winter worn mid westerner and east coaster to do to put a mile back on your wintery face?
We have 4 great tips to but the “Win” back into your winter. Think you’ve tried it all, we think not but, just in case, we’re wrong, we’d love to hear how you are making the most with your personal time with Jack Frost over staying his welcome.
White Hot Chocolate Soother – Fuzzy Socks Optional
What you’ll need:
- 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
- 4 Cups of Heavy Cream
- 4 Cups of Half and Half
- 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
- Vanilla whipped topping, for garnish
- Mint leaves, for garnish
In a medium saucepan and over medium heat, combine the white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir continuously until white chocolate chips have completely melted. Stir occasionally until heated through.
Pour into mugs and top with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and garnish with a mint leaf. If at all possible, don’t skimp on the vanilla extract or the vanilla whipped topping, this is the part that will make your now warmed toes curl. Pop in your favorite black and white DVD classic movie, featuring a long gone mega-star of yesteryear and enjoy.
Hot Mix – Songs to keep you warm
NPR recently suggested a mix of songs that was designed to get the winter shut-in and weary moving to a beat that is sure to break a sweat.
We liked the idea so much; we decided to create our own winter mix tape: We could hardly even think about starting a list of hot songs without Nelly’s Hot in Here to get you moving and feeling a little warm under the collar.
Here’s a warm stroll down memory lane: “Looking for some hot stuff, baby, this evening. I need some hot stuff, baby, tonight. I want some hot stuff, baby, this evening. Got to have some hot stuff. Got to have some loving tonight.
The song, you'll probably know, because it came out in 1979 - Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff." It's from her "Bad Girls" album. Long past your disco days?
Well the same song is done Brazilian bossa nova style by a group called Groove da Praia. It's slowed down. It's seductive. It's incandescent Next on our hot list is artist named Bohannon.
He was actually Stevie Wonder's drummer back in the '60s and then he backed up a lot of Motown acts. So this track is a lot of hot, polyrhythmic, syncopated percussion.
The jam is called; “Let’s start the dance”. Last on our list, we’re going to go with the song "212" by Azealia Banks.
Actually, this track came out a couple of years ago. Azealia Banks is a New York born and bred rapper. She's mostly known for getting into these online battles on social media and Twitter.
But she released an album last year called "Broke With Expensive Taste." For me, it's one of the best records of the year. This song has been the highlight of her career so far.
What I love about it is that get-to-the-dance-floor beat. I mean, it's incredible. But on top of that, her voice is fascinating. She moves between three different voices.
First you hear that super nimble rap voice that we just heard. And then you hear this kind of mellow singing voice. If this doesn’t get you moving around in your long johns, we’re not sure what will!
Winter skin can take a real beating in extreme temperatures. Not to mention having layers upon layers of material between your skin and the sun.
Massaging your skin can not only circulate the blood beneath the skin but can help your skin from drying out too quickly. Moisture off your skin is evaporated more quickly in windy winter weather.
Constantly heating your home or office significantly drives out your skin. During these unseasonably cold winter days, try using a heavy moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type.
Be sure to moisturize every morning, especially if you plan to spend any time outside. In the evening before you go to bed, be sure to wash your face to remove any pollutants or makeup that can irritate your skin.
Apply additional moisturizer to treat your skin while you sleep. If your life style or routine make it difficult to keep up a moisturizing routine, choose a pre-moisten wipe, that is suitable to your skin type, and use it on days when you are expected to outdoors for any extended period of time.
Let'ss be honest, you're probably not going anywhere anytime soon. So if you're trapped inside the house, why not enjoy it in complete comfort.
Bedhead Pajamas makes some of the most seriously comfortable Pajamas that I’ve ever tried. Additionally, I’ve been lucky enough to give a few pairs away as a gift. Without exception, the recipient of the ultra-comfy pajamas have gone out of their way to make a call to say, that they’d had the best night of sleep and in such total comfort, they could hardly remember a similar night.
Seriously? When was the last time someone called to thank you for pajamas? Yep, they are just that good. Snowed in?
Enjoy it for what it is, in total comfort. http://bit.ly/1aRA3wl Snowman Contest Since there is so much snow just lying around for the taking, dive in to your right brain to build a snowman that will stop traffic… oh wait… (Traffic is already at a standstill)…OK so the goal would be to create amazing snow sculptures and generate foot traffic.
Forget the traditional carrot nose and eyes made of coal; stretch the limits of your imagination. Consider a group theme and challenge another team for the best ideas and execution.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt - Bonus Tip
Let’s face it the kids may be just as board as you are. An indoor scavenger hunt can be a great source of fun to take you mind of the chilly weather outside. Take your scavenger hunt up a notch by going Trivia or Jeopardy style.
A great example for kids would be; During starry nights, the land I see. By day it’s danger and adventure all around me: What am I ? Find me..
Answer: Aladdin’s fly carpet (or rug).
Create your own riddles for kids or adults to alleviate boredom and complacency.