coconut oil and/or body oil.
For a while now I have read about the health benefits of coconut oil. With such dry skin, I have been using it in addition to body lotion as the lotion alone wasn't cutting it. If you put it on slightly damp skin, it soaks in the moisture and my skin has been feeling pretty hydrated with this new routine. Vive la coconut!
lip scrub and chapstick.
Good to keep those lips moisturized in the winter. I am one to over-moisturize and my lips are now totally dependent on chapstick every 5 seconds. The lip scrub keeps them smooth and allows me to wear, on occasion, fun lipstick shades like bright red and pink in the winter. Without the scrub and moisturizer combo, my lips would be too chapped to wear lipstick and that's just no fun. If there's no sun you at least need some eye-popping lipstick shades to brighten up all the gray days.
a great day and night cream.
I have been using this night cream and one of their day lotions, too, for the past year. I had a discount, but I don't anymore, and it's getting a little pricey. I may try the cream from Origin linked above that I think can be used for day and night for the time being. Typically, I like SPF in my day lotion and so I may also opt for this one from Alba.
one cozy go-to outfit.
After I'm home for the night, and after lingering in a hot shower, I immediately throw on these, a sweatshirt, my slippers and a cozy scarf. Every day. And all is then right with the world.
wicked good slippers.
I bought these last year after padding around in bare feet (freezing!) many winter prior. I haven't taken them off since.
Can never have enough candles - winter, spring, summer, fall, but ESPECIALLY during the winter. The candle I linked here would be a really extravagant purchase, but maybe I'll save up for it and burn it sparingly so it lasts for months and months.
I have been using standard, affordable lavender bubble bath from Whole Foods, but would love to try some bath salts. Lighting a candle and soaking in the bathtub at the end of each day sounds so relaxing. I used to take baths all the time but since we have moved back to Madison we haven't lived in many places with inviting bathtubs until our current house. I've scrubbed our tub several times and strategically placed candles and bubble bath in close reach but need to step up my bubble bath game this winter. The shower here is just so nice!
really delicious tea.
I used to drink green tea at work everyday and have switched this ginger tea this winter. I wonder what my next favorite will be. If anyone has any recommendations....
Fairy lights are always a good idea when you want to brighten up a room and make it feel warm and inviting. I strung up a strand of over-sized white bulbs we used on our Christmas tree this year in our den and it immediately makes the room cozy.
I just discovered Spotify this year. That's ridiculous because it's been around for like 7 years already, right? I was always stumped as to how to discover new music or how to find the music my yoga teachers play without having to stalk their iPods after classes (!). The answer? Spotify. You can download an app for your phone if you have a smart phone, play from lap top, steam via bluetooth...it's the best and so refreshing to have new, refreshing tunes to stay inspired during the frigid days here in Wisconsin.
pretend sunshine and vitamin d.
I have been meaning to order a light box like this one for years, but I haven't yet. The only thing holding me back has been the financial investment, but it looks like they are much more affordable now. 2015 may be the year of pretend sunshine in this household.
I have been downing vitamin d like a sun-starved 31-year-old living in Wisconsin in January. Only about 10 more weeks until April....
Guitar, guitar, guitar. I borrowed one from my friend and it has been sitting in our living room waiting for me to crack open the case for 3 months. I even have a beautiful guitar strap.
on the subject of hobbies, I spent 3 hours last weekend watching YouTube videos and re-teaching myself how to thread a sewing machine, did everything right, and then the needle would not budge. Phooey. Looks like we won't have a kitchen or bathroom curtain for a while until I muster up the patience to try again (unlikely).
a "can do" attitude.
Paul just embodies the can-do attitude. I would have so loved to meet him because I love what he started with The SeriousFun Children's Network camps and Newman's Own. And he was just a fun, mischievous guy, too. I am already plotting the next time I can volunteer with one of his camps. He really lived life and accomplished so much. He's one of my real inspirations, among many others.