8 Winter Warmers For 2018-19

As the colder months are about to have us in their clutches, it’s time to think about getting snuggly and staying warm. Of course, those in Australia won’t have this problem as you’ll just be heading into summer (I’m not jealous, honestly…)  My body doesn’t regulate temperature well at all – It’s only the start of winter here in the UK and already I can’t to fit more layers, so I’m rocking the Michelin Man look but I’m still freezing cold. Here are a few ideas to help you stay warm and cosy.

1. Warm Clothing

Thermals are on great option. My favourite are Heat Holders thermal gloves. I couldn’t be without them. There are also thermal socks to keep tootsies warm. Protecting the extremities is important for anyone, especially those with issues with circulation or Raynaud’s.

Thermal tops and leggings can also be good for retaining heat. Try to build up more tight-fitting layers to trap air against your body before adding looser jumpers.

A hat will help prevent some of the warmth from escaping (not to mention the cold freezing your ears and forehead as though you’ve had botox). Don’t forget a scarf to stop drafts from getting in.

Whether at home or out and about, arm warmers are a fab idea for fitting snuggly against your skin and retaining warm, without adding too much bulk. The lovely guys over at United Oddsocks generously sent me a pair to try out and I’m in love with them because my arms feel the cold more than anywhere else a lot of the time, constant goosebumps telling my body it’s cold even when it could be overheating and I wouldn’t know it. I’ve been wearing mine at home underneath other layers and the difference is incredible. I went for the funky black with stripes & polka dots armwarmers but they have lots of other awesome designs, and they do socks too!

My Recommendations :

Heat Holders men’s & women’s thermal gloves – Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

Oddsocks Arm Warmers – Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

2. Hot Water Bottle & Heat Pads

Versatile for those with chronic pain, these are classic comforts when it’s cold. Hot water bottles can be bought in various stores, and heat pads are easily found online on the likes of Amazon UK  &  Amazon US. 

You can also get little hand warmers cheaply. These are disposable and stay warm for a few hours, so they’re great for when you need warmth quickly or when you’re out and about. I’ve recently tried these myself and love them! 🙂

3. Warm Duvet

I tend to use a 13.5 tog duvet all year around (I’m an odd chilly duck) and these are perfect for colder weather. If you need a little more oomph, go for a 15 tog, or supplement your duvet with a blanket or two on top.

I recently bought a Slumberdown Big Hugs 13.5 tog duvet to replace mine which had totally lost its lust for life, and it’s lovely.

4. Electric Blanket

Duvet not enough? Consider a heated blanket to warm up your bed before you get in for ultra comfort so you can quickly nod off in warmth.

Suggested :

Electric Blankets on Amazon UK  such as the SilentNight Comfort Control blanket.

Amazon US range.

5. Snuggly blankets

My personal favourite. I would recommend ones in Wilko, Dunelm and also Primark for being budget-friendly and super soft. The last one I bought was an extra large one in Primark and before that a throw from Wilko, both around the £10 mark and snug, huggable and warm. Such a good investment! 

6. Warm Drinks

Hot chocolate, coffees, teas, it’s the season to indulge in a warm mug of your favourite brew. If you want to shake things up, try green tea, flavoured teas, or a toffee/vanilla/caramel syrup in your coffee. Maybe before you put the kettle on consider a little exercise and some stretches to give your circulation a boost too! 

7. Hearty, Homely Foods

Roasts, soups, bakes. Colder weather makes home-made comfort food ideal. The internet is a great resource for healthy, easy to cook meals, and I’ve shared a post previously on foods like turmeric & ginger that can help keep you warm. A slow cooker is a good way of preparing a meal with less stress and you can always try batch-preparing a few meals for when you don’t feel like cooking.

Suggested :

Morphy Richards 3.5L  Black (UK)

Morphy Richards 6.5L  Red (UK, as pictured below)

Amazon Hamilton Beach 7 quart slow cooker (US)

8. Winter-proof Your Home

Try to keep drafts out (draft excluders under doors are one option) and consider thermal curtains (also very good for headaches & migraines if you go for thermal blackout ones in your bedroom).

Check whether you’re eligible for help towards home insulation, get your boiler checked, and shop around to get a better deal from your energy supplier.

Try being reflective with tin foil style sheets behind radiators; this can help reflect the heat back into the room rather than it getting reduced by heating the wall behind it!

What are you doing to keep warm in the colder months? Do you struggle with being a constant icicle?

Caz   ♥

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23 Comments

  1. November 26, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    All great advice. Especially the food. Comfort food I call cold weather meals.

    Have a fabulous day and stay warm. ♥

  2. November 26, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    foil behind the radiators? Never knew that! My house loses heat and this is worth trying. Thanks xx

  3. November 26, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I love the arm warmers! It may be a suggestion for Christmas if anyone asks me what I would like. 😊Hope you’re feeling better and wishing you a great week.x

  4. November 26, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I enjoy snuggly blankets. Reading your message makes me want to curl up under a nice blanket and read a good book. 🙂

  5. November 26, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    A hot-water bottle is wonderful thing in winters with a hot cup of coffee. I am a mountain girl so I love winters, but I miss winters in Mumbai. 😇

  6. November 26, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Great advice. I have an under active thyroid so definitely feel the cold. I like the sound of the arm warmers. My tip is to be cheeky and ask friends if you can leave your coat on the radiator when visiting.

  7. November 26, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    These are great ideas. I’m always cold in the winter and looking for ways to get warm.

  8. November 26, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing some great ideas Caz! I have both snuggly blankets AND a warm duvet. I’m so cold-natured that even in the summer, if I’m sitting down, I have a lap blanket over me. The comfort foods really strike a chord with me too – I love the more rustic, often heavier meals in winter time. I hope you’re feeling better than you were, dear friend. Sending hugs and WARM wishes!

  9. November 26, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    Great tips, Caz. I love the arm warmers idea; and having tight fitting undergarments in winterish times, for me, is like holding a hot cuppa in my hands – so warming and welcoming!
    Yep; we are entering Summertime here in the south. I’ll be thinking of you snuggling into your duvet while I’m stripping down to the least amount of clothing (whilst retaining some modesty) as perspiration trickles down my face and back.. Ewwwwww…. 🙂
    xoxoxo

  10. November 26, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Great advice as usual Caz, I wish I could feel cold 🥵 it’s still far too hot in our apartment!

  11. November 27, 2018 / 12:09 am

    Love this post! I especially like to wear hats this time of year. Even if my coat is not as warm as I’d like it to be, the hat really makes a difference.

  12. November 27, 2018 / 6:40 am

    I like this post. If only it was winter in Australia. Though I am still having to use heat packs for my pain and cold fingers even though it’s almost summer here. We have had a few cool mornings. You can get some pretty cool, colourful gloves and socks out there. Now you can start wearing all of your gloves and post a pic up on my page or something for the #Showyourfive.https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/show-your-fives-and-wear-colourful-gloves/
    How do I actually create a new # where people can post up photos of their hands wearing colourful gloves in support of autoimmune conditions and connective tissue disease.?

  13. November 27, 2018 / 7:12 am

    Great post.

    I like my warm blankets and at the max, I use a 15 together duvet in winter, although doing well with 13.5 one at the moment, along with two blankets on top.

    I like my thermal socks and opaque tights on under my jeans. I have just started wearing the socks but could do with wearing opaque tights too. But trying to hold off on that.

    When it starts to get cold, I start with fingerless gloves, but when it gets even colder, the gloves will be out.

    My hood on my coat is fleecy lined, so some days that as been on to keep my head warm, but I do have knitted hats too.

    Yes, plenty of hot drinks as well.

  14. November 27, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Thank you Caz. I had not heard of arm warmers before. It is hard to stay warm in winter. I think I feel the cold more than others, but I do love my snuggly blanket when I relax on the settee and read.

    • November 28, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      These are the best arm warmers I’ve come across for being practical (material close to skin to retain heat) and incredibly cute, so I’d highly recommend giving them a try if you’re struggling with the cold too. Glad to hear you’re also a fan of snuggly blankets & a good book! Thanks for the comment, Brigid – stay wrapped up warm & have a lovely week xx

  15. November 27, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    As always Caz, you give the best tips! Winter and cold weather make my pain increase drastically, so your tips will be great this winter! Snuggly blanets are wonderful and so cozy!!!

    • November 28, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      I’m sorry you find the same with pain in the colder weather – stay snuggled up & warm, Alys! xx

  16. Mishka
    November 29, 2018 / 2:09 am

    Great tips! I survive winter in San Diego (insert giggle here because it doesn’t really get that cold here) with fluffy socks, sweatshirts (I know so glamorous), and blankets. Stay warm!!

  17. November 29, 2018 / 3:40 am

    How is it that reading about cold seems so snuggly-wuggly yet actually feeling it is a completely different thing? All great tips, Caz.

    Funny you should mention — I just got back from vacationing in New Zealand & Australia & wore a thin camisole under everything every single day. A windbreaker is good too as a layer under a jacket &/or coat, to keep wind out. Sometimes if it’s really cold, I might wear pantyhose under jeans & sox. Brrr!!!

  18. November 29, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Warms you up just reading this.

  19. November 30, 2018 / 10:31 am

    I need to invest in an electric blanket SO bad they are literally amazing!!

    • December 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

      They are! My mother has one & says she doesn’t know how she’d manage without it. One night she forgot to put it on a half hour before getting into bed as she usually does, I honestly thought she was going to cry! Enjoy if you do invest in one 🙂

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