The weatherman is forecasting temperatures in the low single digits this week. I'd say Jack Frost is definitely nipping at our heels, wouldn't you?
Tomorrow the kids and I will be adding the plastic to our windows. (Skeptics take note: Adding window insulation helps get rid of drafts and lowers heating bills...even if your home is relatively new.)
We've tried a number of different brands, but have come back to 3M Window Insulation kits for consistent quality and sealant tape that does lift off at the end of the season.
Bedtime when the temperatures drop sees a line at the microwave, too. Why? Because we all have bed warmers. I made these bed warmers a few years ago and now we swear by them.
Each is filled with rice and a little bit essential oil. You put them in the microwave for 1-3 minutes and they become radiant heat packs. I made pocket warmers, a bed warmer, and two other warmers that I'm told by Superman and Buttercup are "neck warmers". Now, I don't know about you, but my neck never gets particularly cold...I was planning on using them as foot warmers, but, hey, I can be flexible. Anyway, everything was made out of scrap fabric: the two solid color ones were made out of the extra sweatshirt material I had from making those nightgowns I told you about, the pocket warmers were made out of leftover fabric from little gift bags I made, and the bed warmer is from flannel I had leftover from making Buttercup some pajama pants. These are really, really cool and if you tend to be cold, I highly recommend taking the ten minutes to make one or three.
The kids new winter coats and snow pants are ready and waiting...those kids keep growing, darn it. The mittens and scarves have come out of storage.