Cold Weather Basics

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Greetings from chilly Kansas City! Since arriving here a few days ago I’ve discovered that no article of clothing will ever be warm enough for this place. Looking ahead at the week’s weather, 30 degrees isn’t anything compared to a low of 9 degrees! Unfortunately, I left most of my cold weather clothes back home in Maryland. Not even these adorable Aerosoles slippers my boyfriend’s mom gave me can keep me warm enough out here!

Moving to Kansas City is like my life is coming full circle, and when I say my life I mean mine, my dad’s, and his ancestors. My dad was born in a little town just outside of Columbia, MO and his dad, grandparents, great grandparents, and so forth were all from this area. You could say my dad’s family helped settle the prairie way back when.

Cold Weather Must-Haves

I’ve been warned by many people that the cold people experience here is going to be intense to my Maryland blood. My sweet boyfriend walked outside this morning and was surprised by the ice on his windshield. Having slipped and skidded on ice many times, I’ve decided to jot down a list of things I’ll need to deal with this winter weather. Take notes!

  • Salt- melts down the ice
  • Kitty Litter- helps with traction for your tires (no idea why)
  • Ice Scraper- Do I need to explain this?
  • Hot Hands- These little packs are the best things to have in your gloves!
  • Snow Boots- My favorite is the LL Bean duck boot. It’s a classic!
  • Cera Ve Lotion- A dermatologist recommended it to me because it’s for sensitive skin but it also helps with windburn.
  • Layered Gloves- Leather on the outside and wool on the inside for double insulation.
  • EOS Lip Balm- The adorable shape of this product made me try, the results of it are making me keep it.

If you’re from a cold weather state, leave a comment with your cold weather must-haves! Stay warm!

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Inspiration for Winter Decorations

Happy Saturday! I’m sitting at my kitchen bar in little red and pink flannel shorts and my favorite gray t-shirt with my cup of coffee. It’s a brisk 21 degrees out with abundant sunshine and zero percent chance of snow. In typical Mid-Atlantic fashion, all the precipitation that we’re going to get this winter will be coming next week… when the temperature has risen to about 45 degrees. Such is life.

I think the worst part about the winter is not having any seasonal decorations to enjoy. The Christmas tree is gone and all the twinkling lights have been snuffed out and put back in the attic. Why on Earth do we put them away when everything outside our window says “Christmas” and “chilly weather”? It’s probably because of the stereotypes that come along with leaving your decorations up too long. In an effort to maintain festive cheer until at least mid-February, I’ve come up with a few cute decorations that you can put up after Christmas is over that celebrate the cold winter months (without looking tacky).

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  • “Snow” dusted pinecones– Using a silver spray paint, lightly dust the pinecones until snow effect is achieved. Follow with sparkle spray paint!
  • Cranberry bouquet- I’m a firm believer that plants or flowers make a home come alive. For this little project find a neutral color vase and either real or fake cranberry branches. Place several branches in the vase for a winter appropriate pop of color!
  • Gold snow flakes- Using gold paper doilies, tempt the child inside you by cutting doilies in the shapes of snow flakes and place on a window or door. Add sparkles if you must!
  • Cable knit throw- Go to Marshall’s or TJ Maxx and find warm blankets for the living room. Drape them over the sofa and add pillows for a cozy effect (the above throw is from Target).
  • Birch candles- Find these at Crate and Barrel or even Marshall’s! Place them in the center of your table on top of a table runner.
  • Traditional sled- This one comes from Target but you can find them in antique shops! By the front entrance of your home, tie some holy leaves to the top of the sled and place it near a small corner.
  • Hot cocoa bar- In your kitchen, find a corner to place jars of hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, cocoa powder, peppermint, and a few mugs like the one above from Sur la Table. It creates a really warm, welcoming effect for your family and guests!

Hopefully you find a few of these ideas helpful and perfect for your space. I am a firm believer in seasonal decorations all year round. I absolutely love it and it lifts my mood! Enjoy!

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