Winter is here, even if it’s not your favorite season you can still find enjoyment during winter. These winter essentials are my favorites!
All this week they were predicting a huge winter storm. I prepared for the winter storm and we were all ready for a cold weekend and to possibly lose power.
This morning I woke up to the news that our winter storm warning was canceled and it had all moved more south and we would get basically nothing. It’s good news but it’s still going to be pretty cold.
I prefer mild weather but we don’t get a lot of that in Oklahoma. Spring and fall seem to be very short seasons around here. I have learned to enjoy winter more though.
By having some winter essentials around me I now can enjoy winter. It does contain my favorite time of the year, Christmas. Basically, I just need to be able to stay warm and I’m pretty happy.
Hot Chocolate Mix
I love drinking hot drinks during the winter. It’s a great way to stay warm. I enjoy hot tea and coffee but I also love a cup of hot chocolate from time to time. This year I’ve been making homemade hot chocolate mix, it’s easy and delicious.
I love burning candles during the winter. I make sure to choose candles that use natural fragrances, soy wax, and lead-free wicks. I have found some great ones at Whole Foods.
Seasonal Cleaning Products
I love having seasonal cleaning products. It makes cleaning a bit nicer. Mrs. Meyer’s always has great seasonal scents for their cleaners. I love to use Apple Cider or Peppermint in the colder months. You can get a free 4-piece Mrs. Meyer’s set from Grove Collaborative. It’s my favorite set. Grove Collaborative also has Mrs. Meyer’s candles which I love as well.
My skin gets so dry during the winter season. My favorite hand cream is from Juice Beauty. It’s very moisturizing and helps keep my hands from getting too dry.
My lips also get very dry. I like to use EOS lip balms. They are made with good ingredients and work well. I also make sure to use lipsticks that aren’t drying. BareMinerals is one of my favorites and I don’t find it to be drying at all.
Hydrating Face Mask
One thing I like to do each week for self-care is using a face mask while taking a nice hot bath. I love the Andalou Naturals masks and the Instant Soothing mask is great if your skin is dry.
A couple of years ago my husband bought me a cozy robe from Pottery Barn. I basically live in it during the winter months. It keeps me nice and warm. Any warm robe will work but I do highly recommend the Pottery Barn faux fur robe. I wear it all of the time and it still looks perfect.
I get more reading done in the winter as well. A couple of my recommendations from this year are Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and The Fringe Hours. You may see that time management has been a theme for me this year. Both of these books have been really helpful for me.
I don’t wear shoes in the house and don’t really like socks so slippers are a must in the winter. I have a few pairs but the ones I like for warm are the faux fur booties from Pottery Barn that match my robe.
I have a huge blanket collection. Right now I have four in my living room. I love to curl up in a cozy blanket and watch a Christmas movie on a cold night. My favorite one was from Hallmark but it’s not available anymore. One that is on my wishlist and is very popular right now is the Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw from Nordstrom. It comes in a lot of great colors.
I hope all of these winter essentials help you enjoy winter more. Don’t forget to check out Ditch the Yoga Pants and Get Dressed: Winter Edition for some winter clothing ideas.