During the chilly months of winter and the soaring temperatures of summer, this is when our utility bills can literally go through the roof. Adding insulation can sometimes be an answer for stopping HVAC systems from giving away heat to the entire neighborhood (as my Dad used to say when I left a door open briefly during December). But there’s other solutions that are less labor intensive that can offer a quick burst of heat and a coziness factor on a cold, winter’s day.
We all know by now to keep our thermostats set at 68° during daylight hours and lowering this temperature to 65° while we’re sleeping under a warmth of blankets during winter months. But what about a sudden chill or a feeling of uncomfortability that can occur when these settings just aren’t cutting it for us and our kids?
Stay Warm And Snuggle
Honestly, this is the perfect time for some extra-quality, snuggly-wuggly time with our children that will not only bring us closer, but will send that winter chill off to Never-Never Land where it belongs. You can give your family some much needed warmth faster than you can say “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” even quicker than a wand-wielding fairy Godmother will deliver (Disney references most definitely intended).
Instead of cranking up the thermostat on a moment’s notice, prior to this type of plunge in temperatures, instead, put out some plush throws, those ever-so-comfy fleece blankets (I have tons of them with Disney motifs on them) on top of your sofa and other areas around your home where your family may congregate to soak in some cozy TV time or places you’re likely to relax and unwind.
Layers, Socks And Slippers
Once you’re settled indoors, bring out those extra thick socks (or add an extra pair), put on some comfy slippers and curl up to the fireplace. If you don’t have a chimney in your home, that’s okay, you can always light up a few candles, put your feet up to enjoy this type of incandescent heat coming from these magical and beautiful venues.
For other ways to stay warm-and-toasty without busting your budget, check out this infographic on “How To Keep Warm This Winter (Without Freezing Your Wallet).” An “Alakazam and Alakazoo” to you and yours from one mother to another. Being warm and cozy will bring us closer together as a family and exalt us to a fairy Godmother status when we’re armed and ready to ward of the chill of winter. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/hs-ig/WarmInWinter.jpg