Oh the weather outside is…cold

When the weather outside is frightful, then it’s time to stock up on the items that make winter a little more delightful!

When the weather outside is frightful, then it’s time to stock up on the items that make winter a little more delightful!

This year it seems as though winter just fell into our hands. Summer was long, fall was short and winter magically appeared.

With the first snow hopefully making an appearance soon, I can only begin to think of the items in my closet and on my vanity that is making this cold weather bearable.

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First Aid!
Last Thanksgiving break I picked up a skincare kit from First Aid Beauty at Sephora. My skin was not tolerating the cold weather well, so I decided to hydrate up. My kit was very similar to this Peace, Joy & Fab Kit; however, I think mine also came with the Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer. I have replaced both the moisturizer and hydrating mist at least twice. Another reason I love these items is that they are travel-friendly and last a long time.

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Yaktrax Cozy Cabin Socks
I got a pair of these for Christmas from my aunt in 2014 and again last year. They are incredibly comfortable and dual-layered. The inside is representative of those fuzzy socks you can get at Target, while the outside is more of a sweater material. The product information also says they are naturally infused with Aloe to moisturize the skin, which makes sense after wearing them. I have these on right now! They’re also on sale right now…two for the price of one!

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Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket
Hello sweet warmth and comfort! I got this at the end of last summer ON SALE! Best purchase ever. It’s light but keeps you warm with the fleece on the inside. I have mine in the gray, it goes with anything. I also love how you can easily layer under and on top of this jacket. If you’re a vest person, Patagonia also makes a Better Sweater Vest.

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These are probably my three favorite winter items thus far. I also couldn’t live without my Bean Boots now that I have them. Let me know if you have any winter favorites or suggestions for keeping your skin hydrated!

 

 

Great Gifts

Although I don’t love the idea of celebrating my birthday, the one aspect I can get behind is gifts! Here are a few gifts that are incredibly useful!

This week I celebrated my birthday, well I tried to ignore celebrating my birthday.

All in all, it was a good week and I had a good time catching up with friends and family throughout. One part of birthday’s I do not mind is the presents. I honestly feel like the 5 year-old that asks everyday leading up to their birthday if that day is their birthday because they are so excited for the presents!

Yes, I guess I am a 5 year-old at heart!

However, I have realized that with getting older comes a want for more practical and useful birthday presents. Here are a few things that I would ask for as a birthday present (some of which I did and some that I would) and with a few I was lucky enough to get them early, which means more time to use them!

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Letter Opener – Cooler Tote
Joeseph Adjustable Rolling Pin
 – Garment & Fabric Steamer
Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Easy No-Mess Pie Crust Maker Bag  – iPhone Charging Bracelet
 Nutri Ninja Pro Blender –  Fruit Infuser Pitcher

Joeseph Adjustable Rolling Pin – This wooden rolling pin, which has measuring rings to help you prepare your dough to the exact thickness came early as a surprise. I asked my mom for an old rolling pin and this is what she brought. The best part was that I had been oogling over this exact rolling pin in the kitchen goods section of my grocery store! I have used it several times to make pie crust and sugar cookies since receiving it. I cannot sing enough praise!

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Easy No-Mess Pie Crust Maker Bag – This bag, which totally goes along with the rolling pin, makes making pies easy as pie! I received this in my stocking years ago and couldn’t imagine rolling out my pie crust any other way! It creates a perfectly round crust of a consistent thickness. In addition, it is easy to wash and store. If I didn’t already have it, it would have been on my list. It is available on Amazon in a 14″ and 11″ bag!

Garment & Fabric Steamer – This item has been on my list for some time. From rarely ever using my mini iron in the dorm I moved into my sorority, which had a steamer. So this is something I need and miss from home. The one I found is a hand-held steamer, unlike the larger model my mom has at home; however, for my apartment living and quick steams I think this would be perfect.

Fruit Infuser Pitcher – I never would have imagined needing this, but one of my best friends took the thinking away and gave one to me as an early birthday present, which she picked up at Bed Bath & Beyond! It is wonderful! I love infusing my water with lemons and limes, and to support the habit I had purchased a simple glass pitcher from Target, which I shattered a week after getting it. I purchased another one and have been incredibly careful with it. However, this Prodyne Fruit Infuser Pitcher is made from a really sturdy plastic that looks like glass. It pours the water out gracefully, and I love it!

Nutri Ninja Pro Blender – My old roommate had a Bullet Blender, which I used all the time to make smoothies and knockoff frappuccinos. After going without it for a while, I realized how much I missed it. I told my parents it would make the perfect early birthday gift if they were so inclined. They were inclined, but after a little research on my own – I decided to go with a Ninja because it has a bit more power. At this stage in my life, this personal blender is overall great in size, compactness and power. It can be found at Target, as well as other stores!

Letter Opener – I am the kind of person who loves sending and receiving mail! Something I would love to have is a letter opener. I typically tear into letters and think a nice, monogrammed letter opener would do me good! Mark & Graham is one of my favorite places to buy gifts because you can personalize anything and they have a couple cute letter openers!

iPhone Charging Bracelet – Speaking of Mark & Graham, on their homepage they had the cutest iPhone Charging Bracelet! OH MY GOSH, so cute and practical. However, with the pending release of the iPhone 7 (which is this fall, right?) I am wondering if the charging abilities will be the same. It comes in two different sizes and a gold, silver and matte black finish!

Cooler Tote – A few years ago I received a Lilly Pulitzer cooler tote as a gift. It was a wonderful gift and one I find myself using all the time. It has great space and the long handles make it easy to carry around. This one, which I found at Nordstrom, is very similar in size and structure.

Extra, Extra – A few other items that never hurt to add to your list are socks, toothbrushes, your favorite soap or candles, desk supplies, stationary or snacks!