Winter is practically upon us. It's always a big adjustment to go from warm, happy summer days to cold, icy winter weather. Officially, winter begins December 21st, so you still have plenty of time to prepare. Here are a few ideas to help you gear up for some bone-chilling days that inevitably lie ahead.
1. Prepare your house for mother nature's onslaught
Being warm and cozy in your home really matters when frigid winds lambast your house like previous past winters have shown can happen. Check out these winterizing suggestions so you're not left shivering in your personal palace:
Make sure that your coat is warm enough to weather a storm. If you've been wanting to update your coat, now is the time.
Also, check out your kids' coats. Have they outgrown their winter wear? If so, a trip to the store is in order. If you're on a budget, make a run to your local thrift store. Do it now before other caring mothers beat you to it. Often you can find new or like new items there that have been donated by stores going out of business or families who outgrew coats long before they show even the slightest wear. Grab some good boots while you're at it. Gloves and scarves, too.
Have enough food on hand. Fill your pantry with necessities in case you can't get to a store for a few days or even weeks. Extra water is vital, too. Being prepared takes the fear out of being stranded at home.
Plan ahead with a winter menu. Ask yourself what foods you and your family enjoy that warm the cockles of your heart.
If you list a few ideas ahead of time and have the ingredients on hand, half the work is done. Don't forget to add hot chocolate and soup on the list, as well as other favorites like warm casseroles and slow cooker meals. Oven cooked meals are great for winter, too. Not only do they warm up the family, but they warm up the house.
Update your medicine cabinet. Having a good supply of cold and flu remedies on hand before they are needed may save the day. Consider getting a flu shot.
Have an emergency kit of food and other sustaining items you can easily grab in case you have to flee your safe abode. Include some extra cash in small bills.
4. Prepare yourself emotionally
Be ready for those dark, cloudy days by doing the following:
Decide now to enjoy the winter weather. Notice how beautiful everything is after a snow storm. Take pictures and share them with family and friends. Surround yourself in the gorgeousness of the season.
Have some fun playing in the snow with your kids, spouse and friends.
Have good reading material on hand. Choose books that will lift your spirits and hold your interest. You could even join a book club and share the joy of reading with others.
Keep your house well lit. Light can chase away the winter blues. Have a good supply of light bulbs on hand. If you experience seasonal depression you may want to consider investing in a light box. Click here for more info.