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get cozy

It’s been so cold and i’ve been feeling a bit depleted and in need of some simple TLC (tender love and creativity!), so here are a few tips to replenish your well and keep the soul fires burning!

  • happy feet. wear your warm and wooly striped socks (my favorite by smartwool) and take some cute footsie shots :)
  • stack a colorful pile of blankets and vintage quilts by your couch to grab and snuggle family and friends in
  • have a tea party. make a huge pot of steaming tea, tea sandwiches and little treats then invite your favorite friends (teddies and tutus included!)
  • treat yourself to a week of delivered groceries! save time and money staying home (bet you save more by cutting out all the impulse buys than paying the delivery fee!)
  • make a big pot of homemade soup. really all you need is a broth base and whatever carb (beans are great), spices and veggies you like! easy, economical and fun to make. warm crusty bread is a must too
  • have a planning day. break out the calendar and planners, stickers, post-its and markers and have fun getting all of your ducks in a row. kids can have fun too adding their activities too!
  • move and groove. have a dance party in your living room! put on your favorite twirling skirt and crank up your happiest tunes – dance til you sweat and drop
  • create some spa time. draw a hot bath, add your favorite bubbles and scents, light some candles and play  relaxing music. breathe in all that so good-for-you steam
  • bake something. cookies, shrinky dinks, sculpey, a cake, hot spinach and artichoke dip, recycled crayon tarts… the hot oven will warm the room
  • crank up the heat. you are usually so good about keeping the heat at a reasonable temp, but for just one day make it as hot as you want, go barefoot and enjoy! guilt free.
  • host a swap and get cozy with your girlfriends… books, clothes, magazines, purses and bags, crafty supplies… whatever! girl time always does the trick
  • graffiti time. tape a large piece of paper to the wall (the backside of leftover christmas wrapping paper works great!) and have fun painting, stamping, writing to your hearts content. not just for the kids – a great way to brainstorm from a new angle!
  • cozy cocktails. make hot buttered rum, mulled wine, hot cider, spanish coffee… and don’t forget the whipped cream
  • good ol’ family movie & game night. pop a bowl of popcorn, play a mad game of monopoly, then snuggle up to a family classic with sleeping bags and pj’s
  • accessorize with knits. over the knee socks (great with boots), leg warmers, arm warmers, or a colorful scarf. pretty and warm
  • give to your local food pantry. warm your heart and someones tummy!
  • work from bed. grab a glass of wine, your laptop and your fluffiest pillows for an evening of productive lounging
  • read a bedtime story to your mate – not your kids! tuck in and read something spicy (or not) with lots of snuggling too.
  • hug someone. and hold on tight