With winter only a few months away, it is a great time to prepare for the cold weather. Just a few weekends ago, we were hit with rain and wind from Hurricane Joaquin. Thankfully we did not have flooding in our area. That Friday night, our power went out for a little over 5 hours. The power flickered off and on a few times around 8:40pm and then went out for the next 5+ hours after that.
On Saturday, we went to Costco to stock up on food and do our regular shopping trip. The above picture is of the checkout lines. It was a little crazier than usual, so we were thinking it was from the power going out. It seems everyone else had the same idea we had.
Since the power went out, I am so glad that my husband thought to buy flashlights a few weeks ago at Costco! They definitely came in handy. I had taken them out of the package and put the batteries in and put them all over the apartment the same day we bought them. My son found them and loved playing with them so I had to change one of the flashlight’s batteries during the power outage. Other than that, they came in handy and really calmed my son down. When the power went out, it meant the television and computers went out. My son does not understand what happened; he just knew that everything was not working. When I put one of the flashlights on the dresser and used it as a little lamp, that helped calm him down and he lay down to go to sleep for the evening.
So, how can you prepare for winter? Have you thought about what steps to take for beauty, family needs, safety and pets? My writing team and I came up with some fabulous tips!
Tip #1: Extra warm clothes in the car, pet safe ice melt, hydrating body washes to combat the forced heated air, maybe a fruit infuser water bottle to help encourage water intake, stock up on teas, ciders and cocoas to keep warm with.
Tip #2: A good pair of gloves to help protect your skin and nails
Tip #3: An Emergency Kit together just in case the power goes out.
Tip #4: Stacy suggests: keep a set of chains in the car for your tires. Get an electric blanket you can plug into a cigarette lighter.
When I think of the winter months, I am reminded to use coconut oil as an all over moisturizer. I remind my husband to use coconut oil as his skin gets dry and itchy. I have already started using coconut oil on my son’s skin. He suffers from dry skin and eczema, so the oil helps soothe and hydrate his skin. I love using coconut oil as an all over moisturizer as I use it on my face and body.
Instead of cranking up the heat, I add another blanket on the bed to help keep us warm. I also wear pants or sweats during the day if it is cold. However, if it does get too cold, I will turn up the heat.
Be sure to drink water throughout the day! Even though it is cold, that does not give you permission to not hydrate your body.
Where we live, we may get snow. We never know if we will get stranded. Stock up on food. Build a nice stockpile of basics. We like eating brown rice or quinoa. I like to make a batch and add it to soup or any dish I make. Since it is already prepared, I just have to heat it up
What tips would you add? How do you prepare for winter? What do you add to your emergency kit?
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