Stuff We Like: Being Warm

Time for another collection of Stuff We Like, and this month, well, I’m getting a heckin’ big winter storm with snow and freezing rain and ice (?!) so all I can think about is Not Being Cold.

First, a few suggestions for when you have to go outside (UGH).

Base layers!

I wear them when I snowboard, but I also wear them when I’m going to walk the dogs. One extra thin layer can make such a difference. I have some from Lands’ End, some from Costco, and some from random sales I find online, but once it’s below 40F, I have at least two, maybe three, layers on.

My favorites are from Lands End, with which I have a conflicted relationship, but their Thermaskin tops and bottoms are wonderful, and come in a very wide range of sizes and patterns. I often look for what’s on clearance and buy in my size because it’s long underwear; who cares what pattern it has? So I have purple stripes and white snowflakes and some very vibrant fuchsia tops, and I wear them all together because LOUD is warmer, says I!

Amazon has a wide selection in a lot of price ranges, too, and we’ve bought some great options for the kids, as they grow on a daily basis at this point and it’s kind of alarming.

Women’s base layers are also plentiful.

For example, this set for women is about $20, and comes in a bunch of colors and sizes.

The thin base layers are my favorites because I don’t feel like I’m stuffed into my clothing. I used to love turtlenecks, but now I can’t stand having things around my neck.



Lasko 751320 Ceramic Tower Space Heater with Remote Control
Lasko 751320 Ceramic Tower Space Heater with Remote Control, $49

Amanda says, “For heaters, I have this one that I love. My favorite part is the timer. I can set it as I go to bed, so I fall asleep nice and toasty, but I don’t have to worry about it running all night.”

And of course, electric blankets, anyone?

Electric Heated Micro Mink/Sherpa Throw
Electric Heated Micro Mink/Sherpa Throw, $42

Amanda: “My roommate has one of these electric blankets on the reading chair and we all love it. Especially Linus.”

KateB, in the comments of our podcast on Reading Sanctuaries, had two recommendations as well:

Teal fleece throw SO FLUFFY on a chair
Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $36.

KateB: “I make an iced coffee or tea, turn on some music (right now the Coffee Shop Electronic playlist on Prime Music), get my reading pillow and this blanket, and I’m good to go.”

LOOK at that BLANKET. So much fluff! Wow, I like this plan.

Hot beverages! 

I do not know what took me so long to hop on the electric kettle bandwagon (I blame not living in a tea culture) but wow, do I love my kettle. Mine was a gift and I use it constantly.

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cordless Electric KettleCuisinart Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle, $75

There’s also a $21 model from AmazonBasics if you’re not sure you want to make a massive electric kettle investment:

AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle, $21

What about you? What are your secret devices and reliable tips for staying warm? 

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