There are a few things in my arsenal - a few little luxuries and habits that keep me from hopping on the next plane south.
In no particular order, here they are!
1. Food. I know, I know - I always require food, no matter the season. But, there are certain things that I crave, certain things that you can only purchase at this time of year.
I tend to make more soups, stews, and heartier fare. I also tend to bake more. It's almost like we're getting ready to hibernate!
|my favorite lunchtime treat - stewed eggplant with naan|
|double - layer brownies - recipe coming soon|
|Clementines - we easily eat more than two boxes a week|
|Egg Nog - the perfect coffee creamer - you only need a splash|
2. "Good Gear". This is a phrase that Rob coined for the clothing he uses for outdoor activities. I don't ordinarily participate in many outdoor activities, but I love dressing warmly indoors, too!
During the day I keep the heat at a balmy 65 degrees - so layering is key.
|Of course, my beloved smartwools! I wear a pair every day from October to April|
Rob ordered this Under Armour shirt for himself - but, sadly, the men's xl size fits me perfectly. I love this shirt - it has a fleece lining, mesh armpits, and is ruggedly built. I didn't realize I was such a fan of Under Armour.
3. Exercise. This is a must for my winter happiness. I need Vitamin A in my life. Even if it's frigid (like this morning, at 23 degrees) my mood is so much better when I exercise and spend time in the sun. I find it much easier to exercise in the winter - the humidity of our summers is not fun to be sweating in. I typically run for about 30 minutes, right after putting the girls on the bus. I then come home and use exercise TV for yoga or pilates for about 20 minutes. I find I eat healthier, accomplish more, and am all-around a more pleasant person.
|love, love, love trail running shoes - these are saucony|
4. I pamper myself. I slather on the lotion all winter long. Eucerin Calming Creme - love it. Burt's Bees Lip Balm - love it. Target brand face cream with spf - love it. None of these are terribly expensive (the Eucerin is about $10 for a large bottle) - but I need them during the winter.
So, what are your winter must-haves? Do you love winter or hate it? How do you keep yourself happy during the grey days of January and February?