Generally speaking, I prefer cooler weather over hot weather. I’d rather put on more layers than be wearing as little as I can in public and still being hot. And after a rather elusive fall, winter apparently arrived yesterday in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, so I guess I need to get mentally ready for winter now.
Berres Brothers coffee – Most of the year I drink Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee – whichever is on sale in the grocery store. But once a year, Berres Brothers, a Wisconsin based coffee company, has a big sale and I stock up. I love that they have a ridiculous number of flavor options and that the coffee is smoother than Starbucks. I also love that I’m supporting a small local company (not my local, but small town local near where I want to be LOL.)
A heated mattress pad – I am always cold when I crawl into bed at night and I hate the feeling of getting between cold sheets. So, a while before I go to bed, I turn on my electric mattress pad to warm things up. The feeling of getting into a warm and cozy bed helps me immediately relax and fall asleep quickly. I usually turn it off when I get into bed because once I’m warm, the huge pile of blankets I sleep with keeps me warm.
Skirt Sports Wonder Wool and Hangout/Go Out collection – I am the queen of wearing layers. I tend to warm up a lot when I’m moving, but if I’m sitting and working, I get cold quickly. So, I have a billion different jackets and hoodies. I love that the Wonder Wool is both warm and cute. While I do sometimes pair it with other Skirt Sports items, I love how it looks with jeans. And the Hangout jacket and pants? Most comfortable and cozy “sweats” that I own. Perfect for working from home on a cold day! (Also, don’t miss out – Skirt Sports has already started their Black Friday sale (affiliate link)!
Radiator heat – We live in an old house with radiators. I swear I’m never going to be able to live someplace with forced air heat after this. Even though there are downsides to our old house (not a lot of insulation = you can feel the wind some days), just raising the temp a degree in the house means major warmth coming from the radiators. As a bonus, the pipes from the radiators go right under my bathroom floor, so my bathroom always has a heated floor in the winter.
Oofos boots – OK, I haven’t actually received these yet, but I think they are going to be my favorites this year. I love my Oofos shoes and slides – ever since I hurt my foot I’ve been living in their shoes. I’ve even worked at the ZOOMA races wearing the slides and I took a pair of the low shoes to Australia and New Zealand this summer for all of our touring around. Quite frankly, Oofos and Altras are the only thing I can wear comfortably right now.
What winter items make winter more enjoyable for you? I’d love to hear how you stay comfortable as the temperatures drop.
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