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7 snowy essentials to defrost your veins when the snow is falling

Written by Terra

As of 6pm PST on Tuesday, January 11th, it was snowing in all but one state. As of 8pm PST of the same date, it was sticking to the ground in Vancouver. I can't say with any assuredness that I've ever known this to happen in all of my 30 years.

7-snowy-essentialsIt's been aptly titled Snowmageddon on Twitter. I can feel it in my toes and finger tips, and all it makes me want to do is curl up in a warm, fuzzy blanket, sipping something steamy after a hot bubble bath. What follows is the rest of my wish list for warmth - a list I encourage you to spend 20 minutes of a snow day crossing one item off at a time:

1. Lush: a dip with a bubble bar, bath melt or bomb, or a combination thereof, and a slightly warmer-than-warm temperature will leave you toastier, softer and (as long as you stay away from the citrus infusions), more relaxed.

2. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches: Go gourmet, packaged or condensed, it matters not. I add a bit of garlic powder and lots of ground black peppercorns to my condensed blend, with 2% milk, and then I dip in my triangle-cut sandwich.

3. Spicy hot chocolate: Rich and creamy, with a hint of something exotic, spiced hot chocolate gets warm blood running through your veins. For an alternative, try it with soy or almond milk, to add a nutty underlying flavour.

4. Socks than make your feet go ahhhhh: chenille, cotton or that buttery knit can thaw your freezing toes. Bonus: lotion up your feet before slipping on socks and they'll soak up mucho moisture.

5. Candles and/or a wood-burning stove or fireplace: it's not just warmth you're seeking here, it's the illusion of warmth. Real fire goes a long way to creating that feeling, even if it's manifested with 12 tea lights.

6. A bedroom that you don't want to leave: I'm not talking about anything racy. I mean a plush, fluffy-pillow-ed, schmooshy duvet-ed bedroom that is so nice, you'll convince yourself to take a day off from the world, drag some DVDs and popcorn in, and have an impromptu movie marathon. With your kids (and handy wipes).

7. A scarf that you can't wait to show off: it must be warm, it must be comforting and it must be fabulous. You can wear hand-made by you, by someone else, or store-bought, it matters not. What counts is whether it makes you snuggly, in the face of all of that snow out there.

Hurry up and give me more suggestions - I'm a wimp when it comes to temperatures below the 20s and I need to attack this chilliness from multiple angles!

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