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Five Favorites - Baby It's Cold Outside!

Hey, all! I think I can officially say that the Buffalo is out of this girl!  I used to pride myself on my ability to handle cold and snow.  After all, I am from Buffalo!  But, the metro DC area, its weather, and inability to handle cold and snow has seeped into my bones.  I am officially over this cold and snow!

So, in honor of it, I am going to share some of my "go-to's" on cold winter days.

1. Athleta Polartec Power Stretch Pants

I have had these pants for about 3 years.  I saved up and purchased them so I could wear them to run outside while training for my spring marathons.  And you know what?  I only have ever worn them once for running.  Truthfully, they are too warm for running in our mild winters here.  But, they are perfect for wearing in the winter.  During the last few weeks, I have worn them almost everyday.  I will throw them in the wash at night and put them in the dryer when I wake up for my workout so that they are ready after my shower. They are fleeced lined and oh, so comfortable.  I have worn them so much, even my hubby said I should get another pair. 
The only thing NOT to like about them is the price.  Luckily, you can find the older style on ebay for almost 1/4 of the price!
2. Coffee Substitute
In the winter, I need something warm to drink every morning.  Mainly, to hold a hot cup in my hands to keep my hands from freezing!

Teeccino Herbal Coffee.  Oh, remember how I said I could have coffee while on GAPS?  Well, the longer I have been on GAPS, the worse I feel after having even watered down coffee.  So, one day last week, I dumped my coffee for good.  I miss the flavor so much and when I went grocery shopping, I was desperate for a good substitute.  And Teeccio, surprisingly, has satisfied my taste for coffee.  I would not say it taste exactly like coffee, but it has made me happy!

Ruya Velvet Berber Sherpa Blanket.  I found this exact one at a discount store months ago.  Now, my family fights over it on nights while we read on the couch.  Both sides are super soft and oh, so warm.  I love, love, love this blanket!

4. Exercise!

My gym

When I need to get warm, there is nothing like getting the blood pumping and working out.  I love the fact that I have a treadmill in my home and tons of weights (that I got for FREE!).  Plus, I have a whole library of Beachbody workouts that I love (T25 was my workout of choice this AM).

5. Words from our Pope (On Praise).

Ok, so I am stretching this one a bit.  But, if you have not read the words from one of  Pope Francis' latest homilies, please do so here.  It is about the need to Praise God in our prayer.  And, this girl, who loves all things praise and worship, was so happy to read this coming from the Pope.  In a church that is not know for its expression of praise and '"dancing before the Lord as David did," it is refreshing to hear our Pontiff state that we are all meant to praise the Lord and we should not discourage acts of praise.  

So, go out, everyone and get your praise on!

And one final thing . .. I will leave you with a snow bundled cutie picture of an orphan with New Day Foster Home . . . may his cuteness bring you warmth and joy today!


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