Wintertime can be a season of warmth. Just wrap up in a blanket and get cozy! These are 7 easy ways to get cozy, even on the coldest winter days.
There is nothing more cozy to me than to wrap up in a warm, fleece blanket. It’s that extra warmth that I need and that wrapped up feeling that I enjoy. It helps me to focus and enjoy what I’m doing. Instead of feeling a chill, I’m awake and ready to mingle.
A warm drink like hot cocoa or tea can really warm me up quickly. Just holding a warm mug can help warm up my hands and help me reenergize.
What better way to warm up the house than to bake something tasty in the oven? Cookies are a delight to eat and they are a wonderful snack to have for friends and family. And I like to eat them with a warm hot cocoa in my hands too.
Dark days can be brightened up with some accent lights or a simple light bulb change to full spectrum light. Interior spaces are important to light just right to be cozy. Keep the shadows at bay, and use soft lighting for that warm feeling.
It’s ok to feel like the space you’re in is not big enough. All it takes is a little bit of cleaning, organizing, and redecorating to feel like it is better again. I enjoy making my space warm and cozy with plants, animals, and flowers. Paintings and decorations can be changed out seasonally too!
Transporting to another world through imagination is important to get to that cozy feeling inside. I enjoy finding happy-feel-good stories that take me to the beach or to the tropics. It is enjoyable to read books that help bring the warm, cozy feelings.
A warm furry friend is something that really helps make a place more cozy in the wintertime! They can provide comfort and joy during the darkest of days.
Thank you for reading! Do you have any ways that you like to get cozy in the wintertime?
Recently, I’ve been trying to help incorporate new recipes and healthier foods into my meal plans. So far, I have tried making veggie noodles with a spiralizer. These are some of the things I have liked so far.
I found a weekly meal plan that uses a spiralizer with sweet potatoes and zucchini to make veggie noodles. I’ve never used a spiralizer before, and decided to get one at the store to try out the recipes.
The spiralizer I found works ok, but is not the best. I am left-handed, and the machine is meant only for right-handed spiralizing. But it works for making veggie noodles.It was easy to figure out how to put the equipment together and make the noodles from it.
The first time I used the spiralizer, I used a bowl, and that was not working to catch the noodles. My husband used a plate, and that worked much better! The base part of it gets pushed out as the veggie gets sliced.
Sweet potatoes are easy to cook if they are sauteed in a pan. My pan is thin and can burn food easily. So I keep it on medium heat, add oil, then add noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes before turning the temperature down. I put a lid on the pan and let it sit at the lower temperature for up to 10 minutes until the noodles are soft.
For the zucchini, they are very watery! Zucchini is harder to maintain the structure of the noodle when it gets cooked, so it is better to flash heat them for a short amount of time at a higher temp and eat right away. I did figure out how to make pesto zucchini noodles that tastes delicious! I just need to figure out the texture for them.
If you want to eat healthier and are looking for solutions for meal prep, I really like the sweet potato noodles. They were easy to store in an airtight bag with a paper towel for a week. I didn’t notice them getting too soggy or gross. The temp in my refrigerator is at a very cool temp to prevent food from spoiling.
I’m not sure how long the zucchini noodles would hold their shape or structure for meal prep.
Have you ever eaten or made veggie noodles? What vegetable to you enjoy?
I discovered an easy way to simplify life a few years ago with this simple trick. It was to organize what was coming into my household right at the front door.
This simple trick really saved me time and helped me stay on top of the incoming mail. I use three sorting bins at my front door.
2. To Do
3. To File
And that is it.
When the paperwork comes into the house, it has a place to go, and that really simplifies life quickly.
Do you have any easy ways to make your life more simple? What are they?
5 years ago, I didn’t know as much as I know now. These are a few things I’ve learned, and what I wish I knew then.
The first time I tried sushi, I was hooked! For so many years, I convinced myself that it was GROSS! But, I found out it was DELICIOUS the first time I tried it at an all-you-could eat buffet. Now, I crave it and can’t get enough.
I didn’t know all the techniques of how to paint, so I decided to take some classes at the local art museum. What an awesome time. I ended up painting a beautiful painting and putting it on display at the student show.
Project management is an important skill to have both in life and work. I discovered this when I learned about bullet journaling. I wanted to find out more ways to make my life more balanced. There are many methods for personal task management out there, it is up to me to utilize them as I see fit.
Journaling is important for growth, and I always thought there was only one way to journal as I grew up, but there are different ways to do it. And I also learned that it is incredible to do.
Healing through meditation can happen. It has helped me rediscover strength within myself through affirmations and positive thinking. When I was stuck on old thoughts, I listened to some guided meditations to get me through to begin anew.
What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know now?
As a child, I’ve always loved snow days. I can too as an adult with self care on snow days. These are a few of my favorite ways to relax and do activities that I’ve wanted to do that aren’t social media.
What do you like to do on snow days to relax?
This hygge book list will leave you cozy! Discover new reads to enjoy during a quiet moment or learn a new way to do something fun. I’ve rounded up my most favorite hygge books and most popular books to read.
Nothing is quite as cozy as a home cooked meal or tasty treat that was baked at home. The recipe books in this collection feature some of my favorite go-to books when I want to whip up something delicious in my hygge home.
The feeling of being home is such a cozy feeling. These home decor books help show how to create a living space that is personal, cozy, and charming. Get inspired to design your own hygge minimalist home wherever your home may be.
Discover what the hygge lifestyle trend is all about with these popular books. Find out the secrets to living a fulfilling and cozy life through creating an atmosphere of happiness and hygge.
Take your mind off of things and relax with these entertaining book. Color, read poetry, dream about cozy cabins and vacations with these coffee table hygge books.
Discover more ways to help make your home a place to relax. These books cover a variety of hygge life essentials for creating a cozy space.
Create your own happiness by devouring these must read books. Get ideas on creating better relationships, living fully, thinking positively, and managing your time.
What type of books to you like to read?
Getting out of debt from student loans was one of the biggest challenges I’ve overcome in my financial life. And that has taught me more lessons about finances than any other. By following Dave Ramsey’s plan, I’ve found myself more content, more independent, and more flexible with my time. These are the biggest lessons I’ve learned.
What are the basic needs in life? Food, shelter, clothing, safety, and space. That is all that is required for animals that live in nature. While I don’t mean to burst a bubble from that fancy schmancy $50 bottle, a $1 bottle of soap will do. When your in debt, be frugal, buy used, use coupons, purchase wisely. When your out of debt, THEN you can choose if you want the fancy schmancy stuff. By then, there will be another hot brand name product that you’ll just NEEEEEED.
If you are lucky enough to have an Aldi, you are lucky enough. I have always loved their minimalist style of shopping compared to Trader Joe’s or other grocery stores. Each time I go in the store, I know what I want, where it’s at, and can trust that it’s a good quality product. And I go to Aldi because I like their food , prices, and atmosphere.
Budgeting for getting out of debt was EASY, sticking to it was full of ups and downs. BUT I stuck to the plan, because it WORKS! If the system works, don’t try to change it, tweak it, or modify it. Dave has already done that part. Just stick with the plan! You may need to change your habits to fit to the plan though, that’s the hard part. It’s much less work to plan ahead than to always feel like you’re trying to catch up.
The day I brought up finances with my partner was the day we became a TEAM. As the saying goes, “Team work makes the dream work.” Work together, and you’ll go much further, faster. And once you get through the longest, hardest game toward debt free living in your life, you’ll still have that partner by your side. Don’t push each other away, build each other up. Stay focused on the goal, and know your WHY. It’s a game, and you don’t want the debt to win. Dave ramsey is your coach, and your budget is your ref. If you don’t have a spouse, find a trustworthy accountability partner to help you out.
Have you been on a debt free journey, or are you currently on one?
I’m not perfect, and I’ve failed at my goals. These are the biggest childhood lessons I’ve learned about failure on my way to reaching my goals.
Have you tried something new and succeeded at it the first time with grace, ease, and perfection? I know I have not done that. I’ve failed at many things the first time I tried doing them. When I learned to walk, I also learned to fall before I could be stable enough to move on my own two feet. Learning is a part of failure that is an important part of growing along the way to success.
The path toward your goals can be full of distractions and opportunities to learn from prioritization. When I learned that I am the one in charge of my time, I recognized that it can either help or hurt me depending how I use my time.
Failure taught me lessons I would have never known if I didn’t try. The first time I try playing a new song on the piano, I’m not sure what the song is supposed to be. But through practice, I heard when I knew the key was not correct. I kept trying over and over again until my tempo, loudness, and finger placement was correct.
There is a reason that successful people are successful. They don’t give up and stay focused on their dreams. What keeps them going? Endurance, passion, and determination to succeed. It’s an energy that comes from within. Circumstances around you may continually change, but if you’re deeply, subconsciously focused, you will have more willpower to continue. Starting your day with a focused meditation and a vision board is an excellent way to build that inner willpower.
When trying new things, its important not to give up and wait to get back in. Try to get back toward reaching your goals as soon as possible.
I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 8 or 9 years old, because I was afraid to get back on the bike when I was five. My own fears kept me back from moving forward. Until finally one day I was determined enough to learn to ride. And it has been a joy to ride the bike so many places and see so many things!
If you are afraid of failure, ask yourself, “What do I gain by keeping myself from moving forward?” You may need to practice self care, love, and affirmations to get back toward reaching your goal. You might even choose to find a mentor or coach to help you out. But when you get back out there, you’ve learned a few new tactics for self talk, learned how to use your resources better, and discovered more about yourself.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from failure? How did you move forward?