Winter’s chill is in the air, and Jack Frost is nipping at you as you rush around busy with your holiday plans. Don’t let old Jack get the best of you! These 5 tips will help you stay warm and toasty as you wrap gifts and plan last-minute shopping trips this holiday season, so you can focus on the fun. Happy Holidays!
1: Warm up from the Inside Out with these Scrumptious Recipes
One of the best ways to warm yourself up is to start from the inside. These 12 decadent hot chocolate recipes are the perfect way to feel the warmth all the way from your belly to your toes, and all points north. They are also ideal for pampering your holiday houseguests, or for serving as hot desserts at holiday parties.
Hot, hearty chili is another way to heat things up when it’s cold outside, and these 5 chili recipes have a “yum” that will please every family member, from spicy to mild, and from meaty to vegetarian.
For a warmth that starts on your tongue and spreads outwards, check out these amazing hot wing recipes. The recipes are in 3 categories: “The Classics,” “New Twists on Delicious,” and “Sweet, Spicy and Sticky,” and include favorites such as maple chipotle wings and spicy sriracha wings. These wings are sure to warm things up!
2: Winterize your Home and Keep Jack Frost Out!
When you get home after a long day of work, shopping and holiday parties, the last thing you need are cold drafts that freeze your toes and raise your utility bills.
It’s not too late to stop drafts and make your home warm and snug. This article has 7 home winterization tips that can make your home noticeably warmer and save you money on your heating bill, and this article includes a video that shows you how to do your own home energy audit, so you can spend less on energy bills and have more left over for holiday shopping!
3: Keep your Furnace Healthy and your Home Toasty-Warm
Keeping the cold air out of your home makes it much easier for your furnace to do its job. Good furnace maintenance is the other key to keeping this essential tool in good working order, so your family isn’t left out in the cold. Taking care of your furnace can help it work more efficiently, prevent some expensive repairs, and extend its life so you won’t have tp spend big bucks buying a new one any sooner than you should. This article gives you 5 key steps for taking care of your furnace, so it can continue keeping your family warm this winter.
4: Care for your Chimney and Enjoy your Fireplace!
Snuggling up in front of a crackling fire is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. But chimney problems can be messy or even dangerous, and can keep you from using your fireplace. This article gives you the basics of how to take care of your chimney, find a good chimney sweep, and protect your family from dangers such as chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Now you can enjoy your fireplace without worrying about your chimney!
5: Bring a Warm Glow to your Home with Pumpkin Spice Candles
Warmth is more than skin deep; it’s also about ambiance. Certain sights or smells, such as the scent of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, just make us feel warm inside. These homemade pumpkin-scented candles will bring a warm glow to your home this winter, and will make a perfect addition to your holiday centerpiece. Check out the video for instructions on how to craft these easy-to-make candles, and give your home a warm pumpkin scent and soothing glow!
Bonus: Beat Winter Allergies and Enjoy your Holidays!
We are all spending more time indoors this time of year, which means that indoor allergies such as dust mites and animal dander can become more of a problem. Don’t sniffle and sneeze your way through your holiday celebrations! This article gives you 4 keys for beating winter allergies and staying on top of the sniffles.