It seems that most of the country is experiencing the lovely "Artic Blast" that we Third Coasters see multiple times every winter. Looks like it's time for my annual winter survival list (see previous versions here and here):
1. Hot Toddies. My recipe is a mixture of tea, hot water, bourbon, lemons, honey, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and a little sugar. I just eyeball the measurements, depending upon (a) how cold I am and (b) whether I need to get up and be productive in the morning.
2. Tree Hut Shea Butter Body Wash. I like to switch up my products seasonally, and this is my winter choice. It smells AMAZING (a key requirement for me) and it's really moisturizing. You can find it the grocery store (Jewel, for those on the Third Coast), too, which makes it easy to pick up, since I am there every damn day.
3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Recovery. My hands are a DISASTER. Between the constant washing/hand sanitizer use and the cold temps, the skin on my hands is incredibly dry. This scrub/lotion helps (and I need all the help I can get).
4. Long underwear. Yep, I said it. A necessary evil when the mercury dips this low. My personal fave (with props to Heaven in a Paper Cup, who alerted me to this particular brand/style) is the unfortunately named "Cuddl Duds". I know, the name is gross, but it's comfy and I like the camisole as a layering piece.
5. Most important? Something to look forward to, preferrably something warm and tropical. The TCP family is heading here in February, and I am repeating "Marco Island, Marco Island" like a mantra as I stuff squirmy children into snowsuits and slip-slide my way around town.