10 Must-Haves on My Winter Survival List

I love, love, love hot weather.  When I used to work in an office environment, when my fellow office mates thought the temperature was just right, I was cold.  If it felt just right to me in the office, everyone else was roasting.   Cold weather is not my friend.

Over the years I’ve found ways to deal with Old Man Winter.  Today I thought I’d share a few things that are high on the “Susan’s Winter Survival Gear” list.    Be sure to share what’s on your cold weather survival list…I would love to hear what gets you through these cold, dreary days of winter.

Flannel Sheets:
I love me some flannel sheets.  In fact, I have to fight myself to keep from putting them on the bed too early in the fall season.  It’s so nice to crawl into bed and have it feeling snugly warm when you get in.  Remember the days of electric blankets?  Wonder if they still make those?

I put this on my lips every night before I turn in.  It’s also a handy size for your purse.  You wake up with soft, conditioned lips, ready for another winter’s day.

Thick woolly socks:
If my feet are warm, I’m warm.  I LIVE in the thickest, “woolliest” cotton socks I can find, all winter long.  I found some at Kohl’s one year and they have lasted through a gazillion winters.  Land’s End and LL Bean sell them made with merino wool and they are supposed to be soft and not scratchy.  I can’t wear wool sweaters…they make me itch even through thick turtle necks.  Has anyone tried the wool socks made with merino wool?  Wonder if they are less itchy?  I’m sure they are nice and warm.

I used to wear these all the time when I worked as a Social Worker and spent my days out in the field on appointments. You never knew when you might find yourself spending the day in a home without heat or standing outside a home with police and paramedics.   I still love them for times when I’m going to be out doors a good bit.  They don’t add bulk under your clothing like regular ole long underwear.  They cost a little more than normal long underwear, but they are super warm and comfy.  I noticed the tops are on sale right now at Land’s End.  Don’t know why the bottoms aren’t.  Strange.  Watch for these to go on sale in some of the online stores, then snag you a pair.  They also come in round neck and turtle neck styles.

I can survive any winter, no matter how cold, if I just have a few good books by my side.  Cicero said it best:  “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hot Chocolate:
Gotta have a mug of hot chocolate when I curl up in front of the fire with a good book.   (Tablescape can be viewed HERE.)

Static Guard:
Love this stuff, but not for what you think.  I was whining to someone a while back about all the static I have in my long hair come wintertime.   I always use a really good conditioner, but it doesn’t seem to help stop the static issue.  My friend suggested Static Guard.  Before I sprayed the Static Guard on my brush, I checked the side of the can and sure enough, you can use it on your brush for static issues with your hair.  And it works!  It lasts quite a while too…basically all day.  So no more hair sticking to my face and driving me totally bonkers all winter.

Udderly Smooth:
My sister was the one who first told me about this lotion.  Can you guess what it was originally created for.  Those spots on the container aren’t just there for decoration. lol  I’ve been using the one on the far left, but I may try the stuff on the far right with Urea next time.  It says it’s for really dry skin…and yes, Urea is what it sounds like. lol   But what the heck.  The regular stuff is so great, I’m willing to try the intensive stuff, too.   I love that it absorbs immediately into your skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy.  Good stuff.

Small Heater:
One of these lives in my office all winter, usually up under my desk.  Love the warmth.

Since I’m so cold natured and almost always have a small heater running in my office, I try to drink lots of water during the winter.  Very important to stay hydrated.  I usually keep some in the car, too.

What’s on your winter survival list? Can’t wait to hear!

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  1. Yes, they still make electric blankets because I just bought one last winter and it's on my winter survival list and it's flannel. I just use it to warm the bed before I jump in and I am transported to Heaven… bring on the cold!!

  2. I'm cold in the winter time too. For our RV trip to Alaska in 2010 my Hubby read about electric mattress pads recommended by other RVers so we decided to get one. It was wonderful and kept us nice and cosy throughout our trip. We liked it so well we bought another one for each of our beds at home. I wouldn't make it through the winter without the heated mattress pad as my feet are very cold all the time. The neat thing about the heated mattress pad is the separate control for each side. You can order it though Lands End. Lands End also has an electric throw and I have two of those and use them in the evenings. Great posting – you always think of such interesting things to post about.

  3. I need to go dig out that can of static guard! I've been threatening to cut my hair for this very reason but I'll give this a try first! (I bought an anti-static brush – worthless)

  4. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Tina, it really works. Don't spray too much on your brush at once because a little will do the job. You can add more and brush through your hair again if need be. I was soooo happy when I found this fix for static hair…it does drive you crazy, I know.

  5. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Linda, good to know! I know what to ask for Christmas next year. 🙂

  6. lauren @ West Furniture Revival says

    Love your list. They do make electric blankets

    Still and some are very soft not linked before when you could feel the wires !

  7. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Sandy, Thanks! I've never heard of those…leave it to good old Land's End. Sounds like heaven! I love the electric throw idea, too…cozy!

  8. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Lauren, I remember those wires! Guess everything gets better and improved…glad to know you don't feel those now. lol

  9. I must have my down coat; two pair of gloves in my car (black and brown); eggnog ( like it in my coffee); scented candles; chick films; gingerbread cake; bleacher seats in the car for the zillion basketball games we attend; whatever my book club is reading; my acrylic blanket on the couch; Rhodes cinnamon rolls in the freezer to defrost overnight and bake up on cold mornings!

  10. Designs By Pinky says

    This is a great post! Since I went through menopause, I am HOT all the time!!! Now my HUBBY is cold all the time;):) But I put flannel sheets on our bed for him, I, too drink hot chocolate on snowy mornings (none yet this year)!!! I also bought a pair of GREAT slippers that are like boots at Kohl's. They keep my feet toasty when it gets cold in here. I wear boots all winter only bgecause they are more comfortabl;e than any of my shoes!!! They are stretchy and fit like a SOFT glove:):) Also LOOOOOVE the heated seats in our cars for COLD nights when we go out. XO, Pinky

  11. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Nettie, what a great list! I'll have to look for the Rhodes cinnamon rolls. Oh, love scented candles…should have had that on my list…but I love them in the summer, too. 🙂

  12. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Pinky, I just bought some Aerosole boots this winter…the kind that are for indoors. They do keep your feet warm! Oh, I forgot about the heated car seats…the best! How did we get by before they came out with those? They get warm before the heat in the car starts blowing. Awesome list!

  13. for me

    ~tea pot at the ready at all times
    ~quilts and crocheted blankets…EVERYwhere I can toss or fold one for easy access
    ~magazines (I loooooooove magazines!!)
    ~a good book or 3
    ~micro-fleece comforter
    ~flannel pj's
    ~cozy slippers
    ~thick socks
    ~chicken soup simmering on the stove

    it gets cold here in the northeast lol

  14. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Beckie…such a great list! I love the chicken soup simmering on the stove! Perfect!

  15. Glenda/MidSouth says

    I know just how you feel. I did not use to be cold natured. This just started with me a couple of years ago – don't know if age or meds changed that. What I do know is my elec. bill reflects it in the Winter. 🙁
    Thanks for sharing the tips.

  16. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Yep, me too. Definitely seems to get worse as you get older, at least it has for me. Glenda, get some silks to wear inside…they help tremendously!

  17. Kristin_Texas says

    We don't get winter/seasons here, so I wouldn't know where to start. When it's cold around here, I open all the windows and bask in it because most likely it'll only last a day… if that. Lol! It's been 80 degrees here lately, and before we know it it'll be back to 115 heat index with added humidity to prolong the misery. Sometimes we actually leave a potholder or little dish towel in the car because the steering wheel burns our hands. Lol!

    But if we did experience Old Man Winter, I would imagine a warm (and comfortable) jacket, wool socks, and a hot cup of cappuccino would be at the top of my list.

    Oh! Also a warm kitty in my lap while I drink that cup of Java.


  18. Hey Susan, we have always had a heated mattress pad on our bed. A sign of true love is pre-heating the bed before your sweetie gets in! Our boys had heated mattress pads on their beds in college. Both lived in drafty old college town houses in Pennsylvania. The houses were always freezing. All of our bed have flannel sheets that go on the beds in October/November when the weather starts to get cool. We stop using them when the weather warms up.
    Our sons played lacrosse in college and it was not unusual to have a game right after they cleared the snow from the field. I travelled to games with a heated stadium cushion, Hot Hands and ToastieToes, Ugg boots and gloves, one of those ski masks, and an Elmer Fudd hat along with Ski pants and Ski jacket.

  19. I love (1)flannel sheets. I make a duvet cover for my down comforter (a must have for summer and winter. It is changed out as often as the sheets. (2)A throw everywhere, in the car, on the back of my chair, in my "must haves" for shows/sales. (3)Tea bags – you can hot water almost anywhere. (4)Boots for my feet, in the house. These are a few of my favorite things.

  20. Lisa @ Before Meets After says

    We actually got an electric mattress pad for Christmas this year and it's AHHHHH-MAZING! I thinkit's even better than an electric blanket because you don't have the bulky itchiness of electric blankets but you get in bed and your sheets are warm. ours has a 2 sided control and a remote so we can warm it up before getting in. You should check it out!

  21. Pine Tree Home says

    I've had a chill all day long. I am a fleece girl, sometimes I wear two. Chai Tea in the afternoon and my heavy duty slippers!

  22. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Wow, now that's hot, Kristin! Yep, a warm kitty is the best…they are definitely little heaters.

  23. Awesome list. Yes, lots of water. Although I added potassium to my daily intake so I can actually absorb the water without diluting needed nutrients. We grew up using bag balm, which we also used on our goats. I always think it's funny that udderly brand has gotten to be so mainstream since we were so embarrassed to use bag balm as kids. Not any more. LOL! I think I'm going to go make a cup of cocoa right now. I've been watching the snow come down all day and I'm in the mood for a warm beverage.

  24. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Ann, that's so cute about heating it for your sweetie…true love indeed. I'm referring back to your comment next time I head out to a UGA football game!

  25. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Smart idea…the tea bags! Great list!

  26. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    This is definitely making me want an electric mattress pad. My son keeps asking what I want for my birthday…I think I know what to tell him, now. I may never get out of bed. lol

  27. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    It's rainy here today…wind blowing like crazy! Good day for fleece!

  28. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Beth, what did you use bag balm on…hands? Does it absorb in really well, like the udder cream? Yep, it's mainstream now. lol

  29. Love, love, love your blog! I would add flannel pj's (as someone already has). Just curious (nosy) but do you work now, or is your blog your job? I just find it amazing how much you seem to get done in a day, and how creative you are on top of all that! Thank you so much for showing us your beautiful home. I so enjoy looking around. Everything is so cozy and welcoming. Also, I love the movie home tours! I can spend hours looking at those! Thank you for all you do, and stay warm!

  30. Kristin_Texas says

    I have a quick question. (I hope that's okay). I've always wondered about this…. what do you guys do when there's a lot of snow on the ground and you have to dress up for work? I would think a nice pair of boots/galoshes would be a must, so how does that work when you have to wear nice work clothes? Do you carry an extra pair of nice shoes with you to change into once you arrive to the office? Lol! I mean, what do you do?

    I know, sounds like a silly question but I really am curious and have no clue as I've never even been in snow before that covered the entire ground. When there's nothing but a few random snow flurries in these parts, the entire state pretty much shuts down. Lol!


  31. Found these booties at Bed, Bath, and Beyond this fall that you heat in the microwave for 1 minute (says you can freeze for 2 hours as well). They are made by Herbal Concepts. Heat those booties up and stick them on your feet…….ahhhhh! I walk a lot for exercise and my feet sometimes get stiff at night. These booties keep my feet warm and loose.

  32. FYI: About 3-4 times a week I use stridex pads to wipe all over my feet and toes, then I slather Bag Balm all over my feet and toes as well. The stridex has salicyicacid, therefore exfoliating all that dead skin!! This works wonders.

  33. I clicked the link to Social Worker and my hat is off to you and others for doing this important work. I, too, have the pleasure to work from home after a forty year career in education and I love it!, too! My winter survival list includes merino wool socks. They are warm without being bulky and I don't think they are at all scratchy. Recently I purchased alpaca socks and they are even warmer. Cashmere lined leather gloves, shearling lined bedroom scuffs, homemade soup and green tea are items on my list.

  34. Leslie's Garden says

    I'm one of the hot ones! I'm still wearing sleeveless tops in the office. Others come in with sweaters and I'm sitting there with the fan on and no sleeves! If I had to choose, I'd rather be cold natured. I really miss wearing all the fabulous winter textures and fabrics!

  35. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Kristin, fortunately, here in Atlanta, we don't get a lot of snow. Georgia doesn't know what to do with snow so it pretty much paralyzes the city and the suburbs. Schools are always closed and a lot of businesses close and the employees stay home. It's utter chaos when it snows here. They are trying to do better now because last winter (I think it was last winter) the whole Metro Atlanta was shut down for 4 days…the streets were all solid ice and snow. When I worked as a Social Worker, I was never out in the snow since it snows so infrequently here, and on the 2-3 days it might snow each winter, I could usually stay inside and do documentation. I often carried spare shoes with me in the car though, because of the situations we had to walk in sometimes to make home visits. You almost had to throw your shoes away after some visits (dog feces, trash, mud, fleas, you name it). When I worked as a Social Worker, I dressed pretty plainly because you never knew when you might have to go into the field for an emergency. Hope that helps explain a bit.
    For normal jobs, most folks around here do have some boots for snow. You can buy them online at Land's End and places like that. If you work in a nice office environment, you would carry your nice heels/shoes in a bag to put on once you arrived at the office. I bought some inexpensive snow boots just to have on hand if I wanted to go out into the snow for fun. We get a lot of ice here during the snow/ice storms…and nothing works on ice…it's just too dangerous to walk on.

  36. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Renee, that sounds perfect. I'm going to so look for those. That would keep me from running my little heater under my desk so much!

  37. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Leslie, I wish you could share some of that heat. lol

  38. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Brick, I'll have to try the merino wool socks…or even the alpaca. Where did you buy the alpaca socks? Sounds like something you would find at LL Bean or Lands' End. Oooh, cashmere gloves…sounds luxurious.

  39. My favorite socks are Rohner of Switzerland Trekking socks. They have them different times of the year at Sierra Trading Post. They do have wool, but it is soft, it doesn't bother me at all. I also love the SmartWool socks for the same "comfort" reasons. I bought a small electric throw that I use to just heat the foot of the bed instead of the whole bed and I LOVE it! Gloves in a Bottle from Lee Valley Catalog is the best winter hand protection I have ever found. Does just what the name says. It's pricey when you add in the shipping, but totally worth the price. I guess it's so good b/c the Canadians know winter way better than we do! Dianne

  40. Kristin_Texas says

    Ah, okay. Thanks, Susan!

    It's nice to 'meet' another Southerner, by the way. Have a lovely, cozy evening.


  41. I'm just the opposite of you…I hate the heat and admire you southern ladies who live in it with such grace! I love winter, but so far here in upstate NY we haven't had as much snow and cold as usual.:-( But when it is cold, I like to have my creature comforts. My #1 favorite thing is my fireplace!!! We burn it for hours! I, too, love flannel sheets and a hot beverage. Good books are a must in the winter in front of the fire. Winter does have its good points 😉

    Stay warm!!!

  42. My Cherie Amour says

    I fought with the hubby for years over an electric blanket. He wanted one and I did not. I had an issue with electricity running over me all night. I caved last year and bought HIM one with dual controls. I warm up my side before getting in and the sheets are warm and toasty. he can leave his side on all night if he desires. So the answer to your question…YES, they do still make electric blankets, haha.

  43. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Wow, those sound great…loving all these sock suggestions. I've never heard of Gloves in Bottle…gotta try it!

  44. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    You might like the electric mattresses some folks have mentioned…since you can control the sides separately. Love all these ideas!

  45. A hot shower before slipping in to bed at night.
    leather slippers from Land's End
    shea butter lotion
    earl grey tea
    my old favorite woolly grey cardigan
    static guard
    and..a heating pad under the blotter on my desk. Makes surfing the blogs nice and toasty. 🙂
    (but be sure not to lay your lap top on it!)

  46. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Tess, is it a wood fireplace or gas? I love that part of winter, too. 🙂

  47. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Betsy, I love the heating pad idea…toasty warm arms and hands! 🙂

  48. Southern Dishes says

    I love cashmere blend shoes…Kohls has them sometimes. Can be expensive but worth it. Soft and warm. Also a warm kitty in the small of your back or the bend of your knee while you sleep,will keep Mr Cold Winter at bay!;)

  49. Here's the link for Lee Valley and Gloves in a Bottle

  50. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Dianne…I'll check it out! I found it on Amazon, too.

  51. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Awww, love a warm kitty…best heating pad around. And it purrs! 😉

  52. mountainsandmagnolias says

    I, too, discovered silk long johns after moving from native GA to Colorado. I bought my husband a few sets several years ago and in spite of much initial aversion, he loves his as well.

    Other things I can't do without in the winter: Smart Wool socks, cashmere wraps that double as scarves during the commute and shawls in the office, a humidifier for dry Colorado nights, La Canadienne boots, and my super-thick terry spa robe.

  53. Just so you know…..I love reading your blog!! I see where you were a social worker. I am a school nurse and I feel as though I have been transformed from a nurse to a school social worker!! I love it though. I work in a school that has a very high poverty rate. We actually have a social worker full time at our school. She does a little "nursing stuff" and I do a little "social worker stuff." We do what we need to do to help the children! Did you work with children or adults or both when you worked outside the home? Before I became a school nurse, I worked as a Home Health Nurse. Awesome way to learn how people REALLY live.

  54. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Great survival tips, Susan! Yes, they do still have electric blankets! Even better, they are dual control now, too! : ) I got one for us a few months ago and its great. I keep mine higher than hubby's so this way we don't argue over it being too hot or too cold.

  55. Karla Medina says

    Great list. My must haves this year were comfy socks, scarves, Vaseline for my hands (I've had a terrible time with super dry hands. No ideas what's going on so I'll blame it on the weather), Ugg style boots, coffee every morning, and lot and lots of water during the day. Tap water of course. 🙂 I admit I miss the super cold snowy winters. I love wrapping myself in a cuddly warm blanket with a nice cup of hot chocolate and bundling up to go outside but it just doesn't get THAT cold in Az. 🙁

    P.s. Check out my post on bottled water if you have time. I'd appreciate it and you might too. 🙂


  56. I like your list! Since we moved into our house many years ago, my fireplace is at the top of my list. My youngest son and I pull our chairs up close and read for hours. It makes the winter more enjoyable for sure.

  57. I didn't realize they even sold it in the states. They have it on Ebay too! I'm so excited to know this. The shipping is bound to be better. Love this new dialogue feature!

  58. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Karla, I drink tap water during the day and bottled when I'm running around in the car. I have a filter on my frig but rarely use it…just drink tap.

  59. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Those dual controls make for happy marriages. 🙂

  60. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    I like the humidifier idea…I think I need to start running one of those!

  61. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    That would make some nice soft feet! I didn't know stridex pads had that in them…interesting.

  62. I keep a good ice scraper for my windshield. Unfortuneitly my car does not have a garage.
    Land Of Lakes makes the best hot chocolate!
    Linda Seattle, WA

  63. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Me, too! 🙂

  64. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Linda, I know that part of winter is no fun! I don't think I've tried the Land of Lakes brand. Love their butter so will have to try the chocolate, too. Thanks for the tip!

  65. I love my merino wool socks by Columbia. They aren't itchy at all. I highly recommend them.

  66. Bernadette says

    A great use for Vaseline is to put it all over your feet at bedtime and put a pair of socks on your feet. The next morning your feet are as soft as a baby's bottom!!

  67. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Susan, where did you find those? Online? I'd like to try a pair sometime.

  68. Office gal here and I carry my nice shoes and wear good sturdy boots when it snows (and it snows a lot here, usually…but not this winter, so far)

    I would far rather look clumpy and odd outdoors in a skirt and heavy boots and be safe than risk falling and splitting my head open on the sidewalk!

  69. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    I used to love my electric mattress pad — but at this point I don't use one because of night sweats — I alternately freeze and burn up — maybe in a few years I'll enjoy it again though….it was the best for warming the sheets before bedtime.

    I've always said that soup keeps me sane during the winter months. I usually make a pot of somekind every weekend during the cold months.

    I've used the vaseline on my feet as well….it really works!

    Now, if I could have one "dream" item of my choosing for winter….it would be a heated towel rack or even a little dryer in my bathroom to have warm towels when I get out of the tub or shower. And heated flooring would be nice as well…..as long as we're dreaming.

  70. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Bernadette, I've done that with lotion, but haven't tried it with Vaseline. Will have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

  71. Tombstone Livestock says

    Used to have an electric blanket years ago, never like waking up to "hot spots" in the blanket, then about 15 years ago had a brand new one catch fire when family member was using it. My very favorite is a hot water bottle, I have 2, I run hot water thru them to preheat then fill with hottest tap water. Of course, hot cocoa, tea, morning coffee, soup, long hot showers, bubble bath, lots of blankets, quilts, and micro fiber throws. The nice thing about summer when it gets too hot I can go out and play in the sprinkler while I water the garden. No rain here in this part of California for 2 months now and I keep forgetting to water plants and trees in the freezing weather, somewhere in the 20's again tonight.

  72. Oh … my … goodness! I just read that post! I'm so glad you were able to leave, and so happy for you that you're now able to do something you love in the comfort of your own beautiful home. We are all so lucky to have your wonderful blog! Thanks so much for the reply.

  73. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    I like the sprinkler idea…especially for the hot temps we get here in the summer. Wow, 20 is cold! Didn't realize it got that cold in some areas of CA.

  74. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Oooh, heated floors and towels, now we're talking. 🙂 I like the way you think, Martha!

  75. I am your opposite. I can't stand flannel sheets, i like nice percale. Dont like gloves or hats, wear boots if the know is deep. The heat gets turned down to 61 at night, and no higher than 67 during the day. I guess i got used to freezing all those years in the classroom. Sometimes we would wear coats all day!

    If someone's house doesn't have a/ c…see you in September! :). Seriously!

  76. martinealison says

    Oh une publication très intéressante… A savoir que je suis une grande frileuse! Même parfois l'été j'ai froid!
    J'ai inspecté avec minutie l'ensemble de vos conseils…
    Je rajouterai que moi en plus je dors avec un bon édredon en plus de ma couette! et une bouillotte!…
    Lorsque je peins, je me refroidis très vite, alors j'applique sur moi ces fameuses poches de gel que je mets au bain marie avant! Elles m'assurent près de 40 minutes de chaleur sur le corps!
    j'ai appris aussi qu'il existe des alèses chauffantes! Je n'ai pas testé. Cependant les draps en flanelle oui!…
    gros bisous à vous
    (je vous écris avec ma bouilloire électrique sur les genoux!! lol)

  77. We haven't had that many cold days here in my neck of the woods. But when it is cold I need my fuzzy slippers, zip front hoodie, and plenty of hot chocolate.

  78. What a great post! We just moved back to the midwest from Texas so I'm still adapting to the cold. My list:
    -a down blanket on my bed
    -a cozy throw on my favorite chair
    -my Keurig–a hot drink always ready
    -scented candles
    -down gloves (a new find this year at Eddie Bauer–LOVE them!)
    -warm slippers
    -Cuddle Duds (thin long underwear tops similar to your skins)

  79. While I do not like to promote products, I use Wen for my babyfine and it took the static problem away with no problem. It really hydrates your hair well. And as for hands and cuticle you have to try Argon Oil. This is the first year I do not have dry cuticles. I use it on my face, lip, hands and feet. There are a lot of brands of this so you shoud be able to find it easily.

  80. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    This was a great post, Susan. I've learned so much from you and the others. I'm like you, I just endure the winter. February always seems the hardest. I don't know what I'd do if I lived in a really cold place. My survival tools include Blistex for my lips, and Gold Bond Shea Butter lotion for my body. And my laptop serves as my own personal warmer while I'm blogging. Going to try Vaseline for my feet tonight.

  81. I make this fabric bag and fill it with feed corn. Then at night I heat it in the microwave and put it in the bed to warm the sheets for my feet. Then I snuggle to it. I love it! My husband hates flannel sheets so this is my compromise. It's also good for sore necks etc. Of course a cat in the bed is good too…lol. On the Merino wool socks, I bought some from Lands End for hiking and they do not itch and are very soft and comfy. The only other thing I see missing on your list that for me is essential is a space humidifier. I have the Vortex brand and they are quiet and very dependable. This keeps my nose and lips moist and the static away. Plus I don't shock the cats when I pet them. But most of all a lower house temperature is more comfortable. I have one in our bedroom and one in the kitchen. Love them!! Thanks for the tip on the silks…will get some.

  82. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says

    Susan, great, great post. Who would have thought that this Florida girl would have to re-arrange the closet for the seasons, have a drawer full of socks and a drawer full of "cuddle duds"..It has been a bit of an adjustment relocating to N.C., but worth all the cold chills being close to our precious granddaughter. She "warms" my heart better than any coat!

    I commend your work as a Social Worker. I was in the Home Health Care field for 25 years and our Social Worker was our gift from heaven. A truly admirable profession. My niece just received her LCSW and is doing wonderful work with children. Social Workers are the unsung heroes in so many situations..I am glad that you are able to pursue your other passions in life. Have a warm and wonderful day!

  83. The French Hutch says

    Oh I use the Vaseline too in winter, loads of it on my feet, last thing after my shower and put my cotton socks on. Keeps the feet soft and smooth. Love the hot cocoa on a cold evening curled up in my cozy chair. Ahhh, winter!

    The French Hutch

  84. I used to use an electric blanket, but I found something even better…a heated mattress pad. I turn it on about an hour before I go to bed and the bed is so nice and toasty when I get in. Then I have to turn it off because I also have a down duvet which provides the warmth without the weight. Very snuggly! Peggy from cold western PA

  85. I use a heated mattress pad on my bed. I turn it on about an hour before I go to bed and the covers are nice and toasty. Then I turn it off because I also have a down duvet which provides all the heat I want without the weight. For someone who is always cold this is heaven! Peggy from cold western Pa , south of Buffalo with all the cold and snow

  86. Maria Elena says

    Susan, thank you so much for the awesome information on the static guard. I had no idea!
    I have the same problem with my hair come winter so I am going to give it a try! Who knew?
    Great post!

  87. Kristy Hansen says

    I love this post. It is cold here today in IL. Turtlenecks are a must. I also wear sweat pants when I don't have to go out. There are throws all over my house too. Our 3 cats also can be found snuggled up on one too. Great slippers, seat heater in car, good lotion are a must. I don't use an electric blanket because of a burn spot on one years ago. I bought us down blankets and flannel sheets. Once you are in bed, the warmth is good.

  88. Jessabells says

    I am finding it harder and harder to deal with cold winter days, such as today here in PA. I'm only 35 but the cold gets in my bones and it takes forever for me to warm back up. I totally agree with the body lotion. My skin gets so dry in the winter because of the heat in the house and the dry air outside. I also think nothing is better than a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter's day! Keep warm.

  89. Hi, Susan. I have found that living in Phoenix pretty much takes care of all my "winter" issues! Summer…now that's a different story!

  90. What a fun post! Thanks, Susan!

  91. Yesss! to flannel sheets. I love them! Yesss! to books. I can't live without them:)

  92. I am one of those people who look forward to cool days. I suffer thru the summer months. I wear a fleece jacket all winter unless I am going to be outside for any length of time. I wear gloves just long enough to warmthe car, then take them off. Sleep with light blanket all year long. I am 74 and keep waiting until I will love heat. One thing about being a cold weather person compared to a warm weather person – when cold you can always layer, when hot can only take off so much clothes.

  93. Tess Maxey says

    Susan a bounce dryer sheet (or any dryer sheet) works for your hair too. I keep one in my coat pocket and just swipe it over my hair when it needs it. One will last all winter! I've gotten way cold too as the years go by – I used to be one of the people in the office saying "Who cranked the heat up?" and now I have my space heater by my desk!!!

  94. michelle starling says

    You sound like my sister-in-law. She is cold natured and I am hot natured. She calls my house the icebox. But I do have somethings I love to have for cold weather: My down comforter, hot chocolate or russian tea, a fire, good books, movies, homemade soup, and lotion, lots of lotion.

  95. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication says

    Good friends of ours use an electric blanket and love it! They have a timer on their heat system so the heat cuts off around 10 when they are going to bed and then cuts back on around 6 when they start to get up. They use the electric blanket to keep out the chill in the middle of the night.

  96. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    lol, I used to be super conservative with the heat, but this year I've treated myself to a bit more…unfortunately, the gas bill reflected that. We've actually had a super mild winter so far…knock on wood.

  97. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    You are so cute! Glad you've found a way to stay warm to paint! Keep warm sweet friend.

  98. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    I've got to check out these cuddle duds…I've never seen those. Keurig…what is that? Sounds interesting. Love the new ideas.

  99. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Yes, love the hot chocolate! 🙂

  100. Thirkellgirl says

    I couldn't carry on without my electric blanket! Flannel sheets are on year-round, and no, we don't live in Antarctica, they just "breathe" better, if you get my drift.

  101. Wool sweaters do make me itch, but the socks do not – not even a little. They are so much warmer, too! My additions to a winter must-have list would be – chai tea; fleece jacket or hoodie – but I do love a shawl, too; Ugg boots; and a remote starter for my car. Fun post!

  102. Hi Susan,

    First of all, WOW!! Reading your story of being a Social Worker blew me away! How did you deal with this personally? Every day with all these traumatic, horrifying and very sad experiences must have made a huge impact on you, for the rest of your life I imagine. I have huge respect and admiration for people like you!

    I like your survival list and can very easily apply them all to my own list. Parts of Sweden are very cold during the winter months. I live "south" so we got milder temps but still cold. This year we haven´t had much snow – yet. But we dress in full gear anyway. Winter coats, hats, warm boots, socks, gloves and my favorite thing – a long soft knitted scarf to wrap around you. Indoors I like to walk barefoot most of the time – ´cause I´m a "hottie" 😉 but, if I´m watching TV I love to stick my feet into a nice pair of down socks!

    I have friends who use flannel sheets and says that is sooo nice! That´s next on my shopping list. I hate being cold when it´s time for sleep.

    Take care and have a nice day!

  103. Susan, if you love flannel sheets you would probably really enjoy fleece sheets. They are really nice and warm and so soft…ike the inside of a brand new pair of sweats.

  104. Been in the south for 22 years and I love the winters because I can't stand the heat, the humidity, and the mosquitoes!

    I like the bright blue skies of winter, the long cozy nights, hot soup and warm bread.

    Having said all that, I have felt the chill more this year…I rely on my down parka, space heaters, warm baths and coffee. I could not make it through the winter without looking at beautiful homes on blogs and in magazines, good books, good TV shows, and Scrabble.

  105. Susan and Mark says

    I'm another Susan whop HATES winter….I moved from Dallas ( nice and warm, lol) to Bend, OR about a year ago-YIKES!
    I too have flannel sheets; I also use lip stuff every night, as well as baby oil right after the shower, a space heater in our north facing bedroom, and morrocan oil for the hair…and a mattress heater. Sigh. I

    My real way to fix all this? We are moving to San Diego at the end of 2012 🙂

  106. My local Tuesday Morning Store always has a wonderful supply of electric blankets at very reasonable prices.
    I love Egyptian cotton sheets because they don't feel cold when you get in bed on a cold winter's night. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE winter!! It is very soothing to my soul and summer is very unpleasant to me.
    Glad to know where I can find wool socks, I am so in need of a few pairs. Thanks Susan.

    Happy Winter Everyone!!
    Mary L

  107. My local Tuesday Morning Store always has a wonderful supply of electric blankets at very reasonable prices.
    I love Egyptian cotton sheets because they don't feel cold when you get in bed on a cold winter's night. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE winter!! It is very soothing to my soul and summer is very unpleasant to me.
    Glad to know where I can find wool socks, I am so in need of a few pairs. Thanks Susan.

    Happy Winter Everyone!!
    Mary L

  108. Country Dreaming says

    I love the lotion. We call it "cow cream." 🙂
    Quilts/soft blankets
    Fingerless gloves with a "cap" to cover your fingers if needed.
    They are also great for driving and holding children's hands at
    I'm a magazine hound also.


  109. Love your list. I use flannel sheets, an extra blanket or quilt and must have the thick creams during the winter. Hot tea (cinnamon apple spice) is my favorite evening treat and I do love eggnog in my coffee during the winter.
    When I lived in Romania I wore fleece longjohns every day. I think they were for skiing, but they were amazing. I have to have sleepers in my house and boots outside…
    and lastly a scarf…if my neck is warm, then usually the rest of me is!

  110. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I had to chuckle at some of these. My skin gets dry, so I use Carmex on my lips at night. I'm using the Dead Sea products I wrote about and they are helping with dry skin. I do usually wear socks during the day. However, while I love flannel sheets, heavy sockss and the purple silkys are very pretty…I would melt! I can get a heat wave and have to open the patio door even in winter!! I should drink more water. My solution is to have a soft throw within reach at all times when I'm home. I can quickly cover up or take it off! I'm with you on the books and hot chocolate!

  111. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Bonnie, I've never seen those…sounds wonderful!

  112. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Mary, I was just in there a couple of days ago…will have to check out the blankets next time.

  113. I just do not like the cold either, Susan! I know it's been warmer that usual here in Atlanta this season, but it's still too cold for me. I can hardly wait for summer. Meantime, my favorite winter comfort items are:
    herb teas in great variety
    my ceramic teapot (to make the tea)
    down comforter on the bed
    Warm flannel pj pants
    soft cotton tank tops from old navy, I wear them 24/7
    boot-style slippers with fuzzy lining
    four different comforter choices on the sofa

    Will have to try the vaseline trick on my poor, dry lips

  114. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    I need to get some of those tank tops…they sound so comfortable. Yay, for warm comforters!

  115. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Sanna, I think my blog kept me sane. It was so comforting to come home at the end of a grueling, stressful day and play with pretty dishes or decorate and post about pretty things. I really lived in two different worlds. Thanks for your sweet words…so appreciate those! I will definitely never forget what I saw during those years. Sometimes I wish I could.
    I bet living in Sweden, you know just how to keep warm. You go barefoot? My feet are cold about half the time with socks on! lol
    BTW, I just noticed tonight that Land's End has their flannel sheets on sale…well, some of the colors are on sale. I'm eyeing a set of red ones for my bed. The ones I have on there now are pretty old and I don't think they are as good a quality as the ones from Land's End. I think I'll buy some for the guest room, too. Oh, check LL Bean, too. They are getting great reviews on that site.

  116. we three dogs and me says

    Have you tried the micro fleece sheet sets . My up stairs I keep cool and nice to get in warm bed. I also have a snuggie. Two dogs keep my feet warm,lol

  117. Vaseline is my best friend, and for the dry skin, I use Argan Oil.

  118. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks, Louise! ♥

  119. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Beckie, thanks for that insight! I so agree! 🙂

  120. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks so much! You have a tough job, my friend. I worked with elderly adults and disabled adults. I don't think I would have been strong enough to work with children…would have killed me to see the conditions they are sometimes in. CPS does that…I worked with APS. Thanks for you sweet words! And thanks for what you do! BIG HUGS to you! ♥

  121. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Judy, thanks for the tip about the Argon Oil and Wen! Never heard of those…will check it out.

  122. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Jane, Great tips! I need to try this shea butter lotion several folks have mentioned.

  123. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Nanci, I need a good humidifier…thanks for recommending one. Max would like that, too!

  124. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Thanks so much, Shirley! Awww, so glad you are close to your granddaughter now. 🙂

  125. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Emily…I'm so trying that!

  126. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Maria, it works!

  127. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Kristy, seat heaters should have been on my top 10 list…couldn't live without mine!

  128. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Tess, I had heard about the dryer sheets, but hadn't tried that. Great idea keeping it in the coat pocket. I think I'll put some in my car to have just in case.

  129. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Susan, I feel your pain! I've never heard of Morroccan oil…where do you find that? Do you put it on while it's still wet from shampooing?

  130. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Happy Winter to you, Mary!

  131. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Melinda…Great tips!

  132. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    I think I have some of the Dead Sea skin scrub stuff somewhere…thanks for the tips, Sue!

  133. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Love the doggy foot warmers. 🙂

  134. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Haven't heard of Argan oil…thanks for the tips!

  135. We just bought an electric blanket. It's microplush and SO cozy! We haven't had one for awhile but we both like different temperatures so our queen-size, dual-control blanket works great! I hardly have to turn it on because we love our flannel sheets and this new blanket has a double layer of the microplush. I love the preheat feature on our new blanket – nice, cozy, warm sheets when I crawl between the covers!

  136. Susan,
    Now living in the mid-west again…in the winter I love having fresh flowers on my kitchen table, by my bed, flowering plants, candles burning, cooking with Ina Garten recipes, wonderful body lotion, and a couple of good books next to my bed. Buying fresh flowers from the grocery can make my day so happy.

  137. Alycia Nichols says

    My winter "must haves" include
    1.) my husband in case my feet get cold
    2.) Cream of Wheat
    3.) a nightly "Hopscotch" which is hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps topped with fresh whipped cream & a sprinkle of freshly ground nutmeg
    4.) I'm a "woman of a certain age", so not much more is required since I'm burning up hot and having "my own private summer" most of the time anyway! 🙂

  138. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Alycia, I envy your own private summers…I'm cold allll the time. lol Great list!

  139. I really love the Wen tea tree oil. I never have static in my hair. Ive used it for 2 yrs now. Love it. I too have tried the argon oil from Sallys and its good but nothing like the Wen.

    I also cant live without my heated mattress pad in the winter. Love my Ugg boots and shoes. Im older and dont wear them for the style but for the warmth and comfort.
    My other winter must haves are water, hot cocoa and warm apple cidar

  140. I wanted to climb in through the computer! Thank you for the static guard tip….I am trying it tomorrow!

  141. crumpety cottage says

    Susan, my husband and son have wool socks made from merino wool. I told you how my feet get so cold I can’t sleep at night, well, I decided to try out a pair of my husbands socks, even though I am allergic to wool. They were great. Very soft, not itchy. I was amazed. If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s worth buying one pair to test them out.

    That udderly moo stuff sounds awful, but if it would help my terribly dry skin, I guess I can pinch my nose and try it, lol. And hey, I leave my flannel sheets on the bed all year round because I love how soft and cozy they are. Even with our hot summers, the sheets are fine. Try it, you’ll like it! 😀

    Looking forward to this years winter survival guide!

    • Thanks for that tip on the socks! You’ll laugh when you hear what I did this year. I was in Kohl’s and they had these really ugly socks that were part wool and part something else…forgot what. Anyway, they were in a center isle of the store and I think they are men’s socks because the picture showed workboots like a construction guy would wear. They were touting how cushiony and warm they were so I bought two pair. I wear them under my UGG boots and with my LLBean Duck boots and they are awesome. Super cushy and so warm. We women do what we have to do to keep our feet warm, even if it means wearing men’s socks. 🙂 lol I may just do that this year. I love my flannel sheets!

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