Winter is around the corner and we’re already feeling the cold air coming through our city. Growing up in Florida, I love being in the heat, but I’m actually starting to appreciate the cool weather that comes with living in Minnesota. I love bringing out my fall and winter themed home décor and bundling up under a warm blanket while reading a good book.
Although being a mom of two constantly keeps me on my toes, when I do have time to relax in the winter, I’m always trying to find ways to keep cozy while enjoying the time I get to spend indoors.
Here are some things I absolutely need in order to keep cozy during the cold months:
Winter Scented Candles
I am totally one of those people who stands in the line outside of Bath and Body Works when they have their candle sale. There is nothing cozier to me than fall and holiday scented candles. Lighting candles after the kids go to bed helps bring me relaxation, especially anything with a cinnamon or apple scent.
Fall/Winter Themed Coffee Mugs
When I switch out my summer home décor, I also bring out my coffee mugs with have cute fall/winter sayings. Since I’m drinking more coffee and tea at home, these are must-haves.
I love to save my favorite chili and stew recipes for the winter, so a slow cooker is a must-have in my home. Not only does a slow cooker help you make the perfect stew, it’s also great for making homemade potpourri to fill your home with wonderful fall and winter scents.
I’m a sucker for a good pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks in the fall, but once it gets too cold out, I tend to stay home and make my own coffee. I like to wake up in the morning before my kids and enjoy my first cup of coffee with peace and quiet.
A Good Book
As a huge book worm, this is the perfect time to pick out a few good books to read during the winter months. Getting cozy while reading books during the winter also helps me steer clear of the winter blues. Nothing beats curling up under a blanket and submerging myself in a good book.
Once it gets really cold out, it’s time to pull out the heated blanket. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, this is the next best thing. I usually bundle up under my blanket with a cup of tea or wine after a long day of hard work.
Some of the best family traditions include spending time indoors with your loved ones playing games. Setting some time aside to play boardgames with your family is a way to keep you and your family sane during the winter months. Some of my favorites are Monopoly, Clue and Life.
Fall and winter is the perfect time to catch up on fall shows. I’m a huge fan of ABC shows like Black-ish, Dancing with the Stars and American Housewife. I also like to cozy up with my husband and watching scary TV series like American Horror Story.
If you’re looking for an at-home date night idea with your significant other, a fondue pot is a great option. In our home, we love to melt chocolate in the pot and use assorted fruits to dip in the chocolate. It’s a great way to cozy up and spend some time with your spouse.
Since we spend more time at home and indoors, keep your feet warm with a cozy pair of slippers. I put mine on as soon as I wake up to combat that early morning chill, which makes my mornings seem easier to bear. I especially love the ones with a thick memory foam inside for added comfort and coziness.
Comfy PJ Sets
There’s nothing like getting comfortable and putting on a pair of cozy pajamas after the kids go to sleep. Long sleeve pajama sets keep me warm during the winter nights. Wearing a pair of cozy pajamas to bed also tells your brain that it is time to go to sleep.
One of my favorite things about the cold months is the heated drinks to keep you warm. I love making mulled wine by warming up a bottle of red wine and adding mulling spices and fruit. You can also warm this up in a slow cooker to give your home a wonderful smell.
As we’re looking towards the coming winter months, it can be easy to focus on how dark and cold it gets. I think the winter is the perfect time to slow down, relax and spend time cozying up with your family and loved ones. Tell me, what are your favorite winter must-haves?