9 Things that Make Winter Sort of... Okay.
As I mentioned last week, I’m trying very hard to have a positive attitude and make the most of my least favorite season. I’m really getting into this hygge idea, so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite cozy things about winter for those days when it feels like I’ll never be warm again.
1. Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup. This is my favorite Pinterest recipe EVER. (Right up there with the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies). This soup is so, so, SO good. It's a crock pot recipe, so it's easy, and it's reasonably healthy, too. It makes a big batch, so invite some friends over to enjoy it with you.
2. Candles. I have a candle problem. There is an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to candles that aren't currently in rotation. My favorite winter scent is Yankee Candle's Whiskers on Kittens, but I'm devastated because I can't find it anymore! It must have been a special release. Luckily I have enough stocked up to get me through this winter. Some of my other favorite winter candles are Yankee Candle's Soft Blanket, Lollia Poetic License Boxed Candle in Another Quiet Day, and Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Winter.
3. Fragrance. In addition to a candle problem, I have a perfume problem. I just love fragrance! Winter is actually my best season for perfume because I prefer heady, musky, amber based scents that are too heavy for spring and summer. One of my favorite winter fragrances is Nest Midnight Fleur. It's a bit on the masculine side but I love the formula because it contains oil, so it's super long lasting. In the winter I also wear Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon, and Burberry Brit.
4. Books. Not that I need a specific season to curl up with a book, but I do tend to select longer, slower novels in the winter so I can savor the story throughout the season. Some of my snowy day go-tos are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
5. Movies. Is there anything better than snuggling up with a movie on a cold day? Lillian's current favorite (and the only movie that will keep her attention) is Inside Out, but if it were just me, I'd love to curl up with one of my favorite classic films.
6. Online Shopping. I shop online no matter the season, but who wants to leave the house when its twenty below to pick up diapers? Not this girl. Get diapers (and literally anything else you need) shipped to your door with a membership to Amazon Prime. Another thing I've been doing for the past year or so (and it's a lifesaver when you have small children) is grocery shopping online. I'm not sure if it's available everywhere, but I can log in to Hy-Vee's website, order my groceries online, and then I drive to the store and someone loads them in my car for me. No need to move my toasty tush from my heated seat. If I lived a bit closer to the store, they'd even deliver my groceries. What a time to be alive.
8. Winter Nail Colors. I always have my nails painted. Now that I can do gel nails at home, I don't mind wearing dark colors because I know they're not going to chip. Some of my favorite shades for winter are OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark, Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees, and An Affair in Red Square.
9. Scarves and Boots. If I have to go outside there's no way I'm going without a mini blanket around my neck. I love the "cozy" scarves from the Gap. They're not so big that they take over your head but they are super soft and warm. I'm also not leaving the house without my Uggs. If you don't have a pair of Ugg boots you are missing out. I don't care if people say they're ugly and out of style (I personally think they're cute), they are the warmest, most comfortable shoes I own, and I won't remove them until well into spring. I've had my classic tall Uggs for going on 8 years, and they're still in fantastic shape.
That's about all I can think of. I'm actually pretty proud of myself coming up with 9 positive things about winter!