Polar vortex indoor essentials
Michigan is back to subzero temperatures! To say it’s freezing would be an understatement. The Michigan State Police actually issued a cold advisory to suggest that all mid-Michigan residents stay inside and avoid venturing outdoors unless absolutely necessary. So, it’s not only freezing, it’s dangerous.
Elise and I took heed of that advice. We had to go outside for 20 minutes last night, realized what a mistake it was (windchill was at negative 30, guys) and retreated back into our warm loft as soon as we finished picking her car up from the repair shop. Our living room is pretty great during the winter because it’s surrounded on all four sides, which keeps it pretty insulated. It doesn’t have windows, but eh, minor detail. It’s almost worth it for the Consumers savings in the winter.
We braved the cold with popcorn, chick flicks and a mini-spa night. Take that, Mother Nature.
1. Comfy plush throw blanket. Seth found this a few weeks ago when we went holiday shopping at Somerset with his mom and stepdad, and immediately bought it in a sage color. I later went home and purchased two – red and white – to add to my living room. (Tip: If you call in to your closest RH and order through the phone, your order will be shipped free.)
2. Yummy scented candle. Christmas is gone and our tree has been stowed, so anything too festive is too much at this point. This is a great scent that’s cozy without being too in-your-face Christmas.
3. Fleece pajama pants. I’ve been living in these since I snagged them for $7 a few weeks ago. They’re so warm, soft and comfy. I hate when fleece pills so I usually avoid it, but for $7, I knew I could at least get a few weeks worth out of them.
4. Fleece-lined socks. So warm and cozy. If you have poor circulation like me, thick socks are a non-negotiable part of winter weather.
5. Coconut oil. Winter temperatures wreak havoc on my hair, skin and nails. My hair is always filled with static, my lips chap and my cuticles peel. I love coconut oil for everything. I use it as a hair mask once a week to tame static, use it as a thick night cream when I go to bed and put it on my hands before I put winter gloves on. Elise and I made a spa night solely out of a jar of coconut oil last night.
6. Netflix. Do I need an explanation?
7. Cute mug. Fill it with hot cocoa, a latte, chai tea – what have you. Just make sure it’s hot and I won’t tell a soul if you add some Peppermint Schnapps, promise.
Notice everything is meant for indoor use? That’s because when the nighttime temps dip below zero, you should seriously stay indoors. What do you do to deal with the cold in frigid temps? I want to know! Trust me, it will help this week.
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