There are some items that I end up using so much more in the winter, what with the cold and dry air, I thought I’d share a few of my “must haves” with you all.
And seriously?! What’s up with this winter? January has been tough with all of the well below normal temperatures and we’ve been getting plenty of snow as well. And the snow wouldn’t be so horrible if it also didn’t come with wind that’s drifting over all of our roads, making some of them impassable. It got so bad a few times that our county pulled the plows off the roads after 5pm a few nights in a row because they simply couldn’t keep up!
There were even many days that Todd had to snowblow twice just to keep our driveway open. Only to get stuck trying to get to work the next morning due to the wind drifting it over again. I don’t think our old Toro snowblower has seen this much use in many years – just hoping it holds out until winter is over!
Hard lotion bars
Renee from MadeOn Lotion contacted me a few years ago now to review her products and I’ve used them ever since. They are solid bars made from a mix of oils and I love to have her au chocolat bar in my purse for when I’m out and about and need to moisturize my hands. It’s also great for protecting windblown cheeks. And the smell is fabulous of course, just like cocoa.
As an added bonus, it’s made with only a few ingredients and non-toxic.
I also used her DIY kit to make myself some chapstick and boy have I gone through it this year! Doesn’t help that my dog has also decided HE likes it, so I have lost a couple of tubes out of my purse to him. I’m guarding my last tube with my life before I find the time to make more.
Also from MadeOn Lotion are soaps handmade using goat milk has been super nourishing for my skin this year! I love how it doesn’t dry my skin out in the shower. In true “MadeOn form” it’s also non-toxic and made using no synthetic fragrances. It lathers well and seems to last longer than other natural soaps I’ve tried.
I know that cool mist humidifiers are supposed to be the way to go, but I love me an old-fashioned vaporizer! I’ve been using it in our bedroom at night since the air is super dry, causing congestion and mouth breathing. (a.k.a. snoring – sorry honey!) I fill it only about halfway so that it doesn’t run all eight or nine hours I sleep since it tends to warm up the room a bit, but having the extra moisture in the air sure has been helpful in getting a full nights sleep.
I bought mine a few years ago from a local Pharmacy, but it’s very similar to this Vick’s one on Amazon.
Peppermint essential oil
The dark and dreary days of winter tend to get to me by this time in January, especially this year! We’ve had super cold weather for days on end and lots of snow as well. (and has anyone else notice we’ve followed the weather pattern from Little House on the Prairie?! From their grasshopper summer to our “Long Winter”?)
On days where I need a bit of a boost, I like to defuse or steam peppermint oil in the house. I also like citrus but it drives my cat crazy, like she howls at the doors to get out and paces everywhere, so I stick to simple peppermint.
I have a few different brands of peppermint essential oil, but I also plan on trying out Tropical Traditions new oils. They just released them and they list a lot of information about each oil which I appreciate, and they are affordable.
Keeping my theme of taking care of my skin and loving peppermint, this Minty-nilla lotion from GetSmelly.com is fabulous. I love it for an all over lotion when I get out of the shower as well as after hand washing.
It’s also non-toxic so I feel extra safe having it in my home.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode:
Spending time reading is one of my favorite things to do and I sure wish I had more time to sit with a nice hot cup of chai and finish book after book. During the winter I tend to have more time since we’re often stuck inside or even stuck at home, so I’ve been reading a few books off my shelves.
I received a pre-release copy of Crystal Paine’s new book at a conference in October and just started reading through it this month. It’s full of great information and feasible steps to get out of survival mode so you can get through your day without feeling super overwhelmed. Much of what’s in the book I had to discover myself years ago when I first found myself floundering and beginning to deal with adrenal fatigue due to stress and man-oh-man I wish I would have had this resource back then!
Even now it’s been a great way to see things differently and I’m slowly starting to implement a few of her ideas.
What are some of your favorite things this time of year?