I don’t care much for winter, but I do have some favorite warm, cozy items that are staples here this time of year! I share a version of this list each January (just look at some of the old pics!)
After having tried boxes upon boxes of grocery and specialty store teas for years, these are my very favorite. We brew this tea by the pot, drink it hot, and always add sugar. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to reaallllllyyyy cut back on that part though. My top three flavors are:
You might try them in the tins first and, if you enjoy, replenish with the bags as they are much cheaper. (both shown below)
This was a Christmas gift from Sister and is still going strong 7ish years later. It does have a shut off after 3 hours, has 3 heat settings and is machine washable. While it is washable, the last washing made mine less warm, I think.
These are new this year and everyone LOVES them! I purchased four in the fall, figuring that we would have to continue seeing any friends outside, even as the weather cooled. Well, we haven’t had anyone over to use them outside other than New Years Eve, but they are are in constant use inside! I purchased four in the neutral color. They are warm, snuggly and wash well. They are bulky so could be hard to store if that is of concern. (You can see that for this moment in time they were tucked away in the banquette baskets…. usually they are anywhere but here.)
Even more amazing than the heated throw is my heated mattress pad!! You read that right! This was my Christmas gift a few years ago and it is the best ever. I can’t tell you how much I love crawling in a warm bed at night. You can read a lot more about it here.
These might in real life be the “ugg-liest” shoes ever created, but they are SOOOO warm! I’ve told the story before on how I finally got a pair, but it’s funny so I’ll share it again. I won a giant Victoria’s Secret gift card at Haven Conference one year. I spend money on some things but undies is just not one of them. So I sat on it for days, weeks, months. Summer went. Fall came and went. And then it got cold. So imagine my supreme surprise and delight when a VS catalog arrived and I was paging through it for some good fleece jammies and I saw that they sold Uggs. With BOWS!!! I promptly ordered them up and waited on them to arrive. Honey got home before me that day and received the GIANT package from VS. He was grinning like the Cheshire cat when I got home. “Sooooo, what’d ya get????????????????????” OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I think I fell on the floor laughing. I opened the box and pulled them out as a look of sheer disbelief and horror fell across his face. “You got boots from VS? The ugliest boots ever made?” Yes, yes I did. And when I slipped my feet into them and headed out to a frigid baseball game all was right in the world. :-) They have been my favorite winter boots since that day.
I’m sure y’all saw the robe Christmas jokes flying around social media back in December. Well, guess what I put under the tree for myself??? A robe!! Haha! In all seriousness I chose a robe and slippers for Honey (he’s home all the time still and we are still wanting to use our outdoors spaces) and decided I needed them too. We’ve both loved them!
I couldn’t get just a robe and not something to keep our feet warm too. These are THE warmest slippers I’ve ever had. Not only did Honey and I get a pair, but John had them on his Christmas list as well. Whit was not interested. (The boys got this version.)
Mother and Daddy-O also gave me slippers. These are so cute and comfy!
I never in a million years dreamed this would go on my list, but here we are. Haha! I was never a bath person – likely because mine was navy blue and 40 years old. But I’ve been converted. I love the Dr. Teal’s lavender bath salts and bubble bath as well. See more of my bathroom here.
I diffuse oils every day! This time of year in my office I typically have an OnGuard blend or Breathe blend. At night I do something with Lavender or Serenity. Honey calls these my snake oils and then hoots and hollers. Every.Single.Day. :-)
What are your winter necessities? I always love finding little things that feel luxurious in everyday use!
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