Brisk fall weather means that it's finally socially acceptable to hibernate! Opting to stay in when the weather is chilly doesn't have to mean ordering Chinese take-out and watching Scandal in your jammies (though, that is perfectly acceptable). If you want to turn up the heat, try these 5 ideas that will make a Saturday night in way better than going out on the town.
There are any number of ways to make this warm winter cocktail -- and they are all delightful -- but here is a basic version. Spoon a bit of honey or agave into the bottom of a mug, add your spirit of choice (whiskey, dark rum or brandy work great) and mix with a bit of fresh lemon juice. Top with piping hot tea.
A blanket seems like a no-brainer, right? Alas, digging out your old bedspread out of the hall closet just won't do the trick. Invest in an oversized, extra soft throw. Try something in a soft cable knit -- it will feel more luxurious than whatever you have thrown over the back of your couch right now.
Now is the time to turn off the lights and opt for candles. A cluster of different sized pillar and votive candles is perfect for a coffee table. Tea lights add a little glow to bathrooms and end tables. Bonus points if you have candles that give off a subtle fall scent. Just make sure you blow them out before you doze off or, ahem, move to the boudoir.
Miley Cyrus can take a break tonight. Cold weather means old music: Etta James, Billie Holiday etc. If you have a record player, then bust out the vinyl. The crackle and fuzzy noise right when the needle hits the record is about as good as it gets on a November night.
Ignore the TV, put down your iPhone ... better yet, pretend there's a blackout! Take advantage of the cozy, warm and vintage vibe and play a game. A real game -- not Candy Crush. Backgammon, gin rummy or, if you're feeling adventurous, bridge are perfect winter weather options.
Here are a few more ideas for de-stressing your evenings.
Once the late afternoon hits, you're probably thinking about what you're going to have for dinner. But if you pop those frozen chicken breasts into the fridge before you step out the door, it'll be just about ready to go when you return.
If you or someone in your house take showers before work, be sure to hang up towels before you head out. The last thing you want to do is go around picking up dank, mildewy towels up when you get home.
You long for your comfy bed all day, but coming home to find it in shambles doesn't exactly make it inviting. Straighten it up and you'll be able to jump right in and relax.
We strongly support sitting down and having a good meal in the morning. But trying to find the time to clear the table after breakfast is best so you're not met with a vision of oatmeal-crusted bowls when you come home.
If you find yourself rummaging through all your clothes looking for the perfect outfit, put the rest of the garments away, once you find the best look. Dealing with a pile of messy clothes at night is not fun.
You've heard us say this before, but looking at a pile of dirty dishes totally adds to household stress. A simple rinse or placing them in the dishwasher in the morning will make all the difference when you come home.
Before heading out the door, make a list of everything you need to do that day. You'll feel so relieved every time you cross out a task. And your stress will slowly decrease with each accomplishment.
Bathrooms tend to get pretty messy in the morning with all the shaving, make up applying and showering. We're not talking about scrubbing the toilet or floors, but a good wipe down of the sink will be enough to make you calm next time you enter.
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