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Winter Survival Guide by Terri L. Austin

After the holiday excitement, January can seem downright dismal. Here in the Midwest, we’ve been suffering single digit temps. When it’s time to hunker down, I have a few tried and true pick-me-ups to see me through the cold months. Here’s what makes my winter survival list. 
Wool Socks—not sexy, but they help keep my toes warm. The rest of my body might be room temperature, but my toes are always cold without my favorite striped socks.

Argan Oil—the real stuff. Cold pressed and a little pricey, it keeps my skin from drying like a raisin. 

Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub by Bath and Body Works—makes my skin smooth and smells so comforting. 
Soup—I can’t get enough this time of year. I like to make a huge batch in the crock pot. My favorites are potato, beef and barley, and chicken tortilla. Nothing is better than coming home to the aroma of savory soup. Today, I made minestrone. Mmmm. Veggies (fresh, frozen or canned), meat, beans, noodles or rice—toss it all in the pot along with some spices, and you’ve got a hearty dish.

Netflix—is my friend. Along with Acorn and Hulu, I have lots to keep me entertained when it’s too cold to brave the outdoors. Nurse Jackie just started streaming on Netflix, and if you have the chance to see a UK show called Black Work, watch it. Trust me on this one.

Sherpa blankets—are the best. The soft, snuggly material is perfect to cuddle with when the temperature drops. Mine has a cable sweater on one side, Sherpa on the other.

Starbucks Hot Cocoa Classic—is delish. I add a tablespoon to my coffee. On those dark, cold mornings when I want to hit the snooze one more time, just thinking about it helps get me out of bed.

So what are some of your favorite items that get you through winter? What do I need to add to my survival list?

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  1. Here in Houston, one day we have on the heat and the next the AC. I never know what I'll need when I venture outdoors.

    1. We've had a bit of that this week, Shana. 70 yesterday, snowing this morning.

  2. I've just started watching Nurse Jackie again. I forgot how good it is.


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