December 11, 2009

4 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter!


We have had a week of frigid temperatures, I'm not complaining really, but I have to stay warm! So here's a fun post for you --

1 - Wear your warmest down jacket, over your second warmest down jacket, with a scarf from mom too.When we first moved here from Southern California, I needed the biggest warmest jacket I could find - I was never warm! Now I mostly wear the lighter of the two, this week I've doubled up when taking the girls to school at -10F.

2 - Good boots.Those ugg boots don't work for me here - I need traction so I don't land on my bum outside! These are a pair of North Face boots I got on Steepandcheap a couple years ago. They zip up the back, making them a quick and easy boot!

3 - Our wood stove is the best! Today out of desperation I split kindling and built my first fire of the season.
Joe usually enjoys building the fire, but had to get out the door too quickly this morning.

4 - Lots of snuggle time under lots of quilts!

Most of my quilts I fill with cotton batt (warm & natural) but I have one with primaloft - and it is my favorite this time of year! Always toasty warm.

That's my list! What do you do to keep warm!?


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28 comments:

Candied Fabrics said...

The cutest cuddlers!

Natalie said...

It's only been as low as 18 here, but that's cold for us. Walking the dogs each morning I'm sure to wear a hat and have my hood up. Plus, you can't forget the long john's, those have been a life saver here! oh yeah, and a nice hot cup of coffee helps a ton...

Cara said...

most the same thing, though I don't have wood stove or a fireplace for that matter, and lots of cuddling! And never forget the hot cocoa/tea

Natalia said...

I agree! It's been WAY too cold!!!! Cute post!

Vicki said...
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Vicki said...

microwave rice bags
hot cocoa
polar fleece socks

:)

Heather said...

Its been -9C here today. rather nippy. The shovelling was unpleasant to say the least. On my bed I have a rug of 6 sheep skins from New Zealand. Very snuggly even when its super cold.

Erin said...

Awww! It's so nice to see your faces :)

Staying warm: shot of espresso, a quilt, and a furry animal in my lap. After the coffee has been consumed, of course.

Amber said...

umm - put on a sweatshirt :-)
That looks fun for maybe a day - I'm sure I'd be freezing though! Love all those gorgeous quilts...fun post!

Jaimie said...

SO FUN!! Love your scarf too!! It is raining here but I wish we had weather like yours, just a few days at least!! Enjoy cuddle time and those warm fires!!

Mary said...

Oh I love these pictures and boy do I remember bundling up and not wanting to roll over in bed and lose the warm spot. *Sigh*

Now when I want to stay warm, I walk out of my air conditioned house and into the heat outside most of the time. It is so hard to get that Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year feeling when there's no snow on the ground and no woodstove or fireplace in the house. I used to love to walk outside in the cold and snow with the clear star-filled skies and the smell of all the wood stoves and fireplaces.

Thanks for sharing these pics - they are great!

Sara said...

1) Stay inside

2) Heat all my microwave rice bags

3) Get under the covers with said rice bags

4) Cuddle with a good book and the cat (who also likes the rice bags!)

SueWis said...

I hear ya! I wear boots and do the shuffle through ice and snow so I don't fall down. :)

Andrea said...

It's to be a high of -30 on the weekend, and a low of -40. That's celsius, but it doesn't matter .... it's freezing!

I make a hot cup of lemon/honey tea, zip under my quilt and stuff my feet under dh's legs. LOL.

California sounds really good right about now. Stay warm!

Jackie said...

Cold here too. I try not to go outside.

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

Thanks for the link to steap and cheap! looks like a great shopping place! I wear my hubby's carhart's (http://onebeermom.blogspot.com/2009/12/winter-wonderland.html) to stay warm...and look cool doing it too :) Last fall I would wear his overall carharts, my pink moon boots and a pink coat to the farm market...everyone loved me! I also have quilts that I used flannel for the backing...super cozy!

Leslie said...

mostly i stay inside to keep warm! i think i would really love a fire right now.

KS said...

I hear you. I am in Logan and it is SO SO cold. Our pipes were frozen this morning. I love your boots and should get a pair. My toes have only been warm today thanks to my microwave hot pad.

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live a colorful life said...

Checking in from California. Much warmer here, although it IS raining. Husband is from Minnesota. Wants to move back. HUH?

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Amy, I love the picture of you with your kids under the quilt....so sweet. Reminds me when I was with younger kids. Now they are grown and in college/high school. Time goes by so fast and I miss those snow days. Have a great holiday and I love reading your blog. Steph

Lis said...

Love this post. We're lightweights here when it comes to cold - didn't get above 3C yesterday and that was really chilly! It's all comparative I suppose. My DH is a bit of a Scrooge and his response it always "put another sweater on" when I moan about being cold. Would definitely recommend cosy socks - I have some lovely cashmere ones, mmmm. Hats are good but they do muzz up the hair :( Indoors it's a wheatbag, quilt (or two), a warm drink and then a jacket potato with melted cheese, yum. I love it when it's sunny with a layer of snow, not so keen when it's grey and cold and just miserable.

Lorna said...

As a lifelong MN/WI native it is all in the layers and flannel quilts with wool batting...and a cup of licorice tea (my personal favorite).

STEPHANIE. said...

under the quilts and layers f socks! :)...love your stove.

Kristina said...

oh man---it has been so cold and windy here in MN too--NOT loving it. am Loving my new slippers from Target...thinking about getting some hand/feet warmers too. usually I am fine, but this came on so suddenly---it was a really warm November, but it's OVER. slept with 5 blankets last night-so silly...stay warm chica!:)

Cindy said...

What do I do to stay warm? I get the heck out of Utah!!!! But since that isn't always feasible, I lock myself in a room with 23 cute and enegergetic kindergartners everyday.

Janet Brady said...

Wow, do I feel like a wimp for complaining about slightly below freezing in NJ! My favorite warm up strategy is to be a wiener sandwich --- get under a blanket with my 2 dachshunds on either side of me. I'm having a hot flash within 5 minutes.

amandajean said...

those are good tips for staying warm! i run my oven a lot more in the winter. and i've been telling all my friends here that this is the time of year that i LOVE that i knit and quilt. it's so practical for these frigid temps. we've been consuming lots of hot chocolate and hot tea in pretty mugs. that helps, too. :)

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