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It’s that time of year again. The time of year where I just can’t seem to get warm…ever. Until summer comes around again I have a permanent chill. Back in the day I would mistakenly crank the heat up in my house thinking that would warm me up. It doesn’t. It just makes my energy consumption go through the roof and my electric bill hurt more. So I’ve learned that until summer rolls around again I need to take a few extra steps to keep myself warm without cranking up the heat.
Here’s some recommendations for ways to stay warm in your home without cranking up that thermostat. Save energy, save money, save the world!
- Pull out the blankets!
We have a stack of blankets in the living room for movie watching, the kids have an extra blanket in their rooms, and we even have one in the car (just because it’s cozy). You can keep the temperature down a beat or two if everyone has a blanket to snuggle up to.
Floors are always the coldest in my house and probably in yours, as well. Especially in the bathroom. Each year we get the kids a fun pair of slippers that they can slip on easily when they get up. Those first few moments in the morning seem the worst and having a pair of slippers takes that edge off.
- Room temp control.
Our heat system is so old that we have a thermostat on EACH heater in EACH room. Crazy! But, it works great for the bathroom. I keep the other rooms a bit cooler but allow the bathroom to stay fairly toasty. There is nothing worse than a cold toilet. Or getting out of a warm shower into a cold room. If your heating system allows it, try to keep the main rooms a bit cooler but the bathrooms nice and toasty. Guaranteed your family won’t notice the coolness quite as much.
- Bathrobes, sweaters, & pull-overs.
Give everyone in your family a fabulous cozy house robe or sweater, one that’s just for at home and is soo soft and amazing they will WANT to wear it. When they get up in the morning they can pull that extra layer over their pj’s for coffee time. Or when they get home from school they can drop their bags and find their sweater and sit and chat. We’ve included a few tips for creating a custom bathrobe below.
Why oh why do children not like to wear socks? Truth be told, I don’t like to either and usually go the slipper route. If you have a family member that doesn’t like slippers at least insist on them wearing socks when they are about the house. This isn’t summer, folks! Some kids love the idea of certain KINDS of socks. Buy them. The money you will save on turning down the heat more than pays for those fun socks!
If you have hardwood, tile, or vinyl floors think about throwing down some rugs in the winter months. Nothing fancy. Even a small rug in front of the sink where you stand, or on the side of the kids’ bed would work. Wherever there tends to be a lot of activity…put a rug. It will help keep the floor from being so cold and therefore keep everyone a bit cozier. Look at your local department stores, big-box stores, even home improvement stores for some inexpensive options! We often purchase an inexpensive one each year for fun and warmth!
- Warm Drinks.
Okay, this might be in our heads only. But, we truly believe that warm drinks are great for chilly days. We are big fans of coffee, hot chocolate, and warm tea. We’ve included Nellie’s hot chocolate recipe at the end of this post which we think is the best in all the land. Try it and let us know if you agree!
I mentioned that we use robes and sweaters around our home to help keep the chill away in the morning. Perhaps you would like to do the same, or you know the perfect person to gift a robe and slippers to this year? Pick up an inexpensive robe and a fabric pen to create a one-of-a-kind custom bathrobe gift fast and easily! Lanet is a big fan of Jane Austen so I wrote some of her favorite quotes on the robe. Isn’t it charming (she loves it!)?
This is simple, easy, inexpensive, and a great way to give a custom gift without a lot of fuss!
We don’t have a full tutorial for creating this custom bathrobe because it really is as easy as it looks. As long as you have a fabric pen…you can write out your quotes and designs without much more help.
Tips for using fabric paint:
- If you are trying to do a precise design place the robe on a table with plastic, parchment paper, etc… between the layers of fabric so the fabric pen doesn’t bleed to the other side. Because of the large size of the robe you will have to do your design in sections. Finish one section and move on.
- To help fabric paint set and hold strong place a white piece of fabric over the painted fabric and gently iron. The heat will help set the fabric paint.
- Wait 24 hours before washing.
Nellie’s hot chocolate is absolutely delicious. It’s creamy, rich, and frothy. However, it is not a low-calorie recipe. Be warned. After you drink it, though, you won’t even care because your soul will be so very, very happy.
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips use dark, milk..whatever you like
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 cups milk the fattier the milk, the richer the cocoa...use what you prefer
- 1 tablespooon vanilla try changing this up with a different flavor sometime. Hazelnut?
- Heat on medium in a heavy saucepan until chocolate melts.
- Stirring often continue heating until desired temperature is reached.
- Use a whisk or frother and beat for 4 minutes. (this is optional!)
For more great energy tips visit PG&E. And, PG&E is hosting a #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest happening November 17-23 on their Instagram page. It’s a great chance to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift cards (we love gift cards around here…holla!)
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