Snow Day Essentials

What to do on a snow day

Snow day essentials

The other day I was at Lush stocking up on some of my favorite bath bombs. A rare occurrence for me, actually entering the mall, one of my least favorite places. The weather was pretty bad and all I dreamed about all day, was taking a long, warm bath. So, I had to do the unthinkable and actually stop by the store on my way home. As I chatted with the girl who was checking me out at the register, we both started complaining about the crazy weather we’ve been embracing lately. “I’m so ready for summer,” I said. “Giiirl!” she started laughing “we’re a long way from Summer!”

That we are, aren’t we? Still, seeing what other parts of the country have to deal with, I try to remind myself that we don’t have it that bad, here in North Jersey.

As a kid, I loved snow days as that usually meant no school and staying in, enjoying the coziness and being a little lazy. Then you grow up and have to deal with shoveling, being on the road when you can’t avoid it (seriously, what is it with bad weather and everyone suddenly forgetting how to drive?). Once in a while though, it’s nice to have a little adult snow day and indulge in all the coziness, while you’re stuck inside.

Snow day essentials

One of the best ways to enjoy being snowed in is, of course, sleeping in. A gravity blanked is one of my most recently discovered winter essentials. I’ve been wanting to get one for a very long time and my amazing mom, being a freaking mind-reader that she is, got me one for Christmas. I haven’t left it alone since I got it- that thing is magical, you guys. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, suffer from restless leg syndrome or deal with chronic pain or even nighttime anxiety, you have to give it a try. It just makes you feel like you’re being embraced in a loving hug and makes falling asleep so much easier. It is pretty heavy so moving it from place to place isn’t always easy; it also keeps you very warm which is great in winter but might be less than ideal once summer comes around.

A cold snow day is also a perfect excuse for a long bath (as we’ve already established) which I don’t always have time during the week to indulge in. One of my winter and bath must-haves (other than bath bombs) is C.O. Bigelow Cold & Flu Soak. It’s amazing for dealing with aches and pains or any discomfort related to congestion. Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Rose are also amazing and I swear that those little things have the most beautiful scent, ever.

Few other “winter pamper” favorites also include Patchology’s Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand + Cuticle Mask (or anything from Patchology in general, actually), Erno Laszlo’s Hydra Therapy Mask and Fresh Instant Perfecting Mask. All of these are really great and cold-weather friendly products.

Candles, of course, to set the mood. It’s no surprise that I prefer scented ones, and I have a whole collection of my Winter favorites- you can read all about them in this post. Voluspa’s Milk Rose and Maison Louis Marie No.02 Le Long Fond are right at the top of that list.

As far as indulging goes, I love a nice mug of hot carob. It’s high in fiber, low in fat and sugar, and doesn’t contain caffeine- all of which makes it a better choice than hot chocolate. I always make mine with almond milk and it’s just as smooth, creamy and rich as your regular hot chocolate so it’s a nice guilt-free treat.

Movie marathons are great, but usually, we love bringing out some of our favorite board games– especially when we have friends or my brother and sister staying over. That, by the way, is another idea for making those “adult” snow days a little more fun- inviting your friends or family for a sleepover the night before. A few years ago we actually lost power for a few days during a snowstorm, and we spent them all sitting in our basement next to the fireplace, playing board games. I remember actually feeling a little disappointed when the power came back on because despite being a little cold and stuck in the house for a few days, we were having a blast.

If you love staying productive, there are also a bunch of amazing resources online which you can take advantage of. With websites like edX or Open Culture, you can access free online courses from the world’s leading universities like Yale and Harvard, whatever your interests might be.

My other snow day essentials also, of course, include good books (currently reading Watching You by Lisa Jewell- I love a good thriller) and my favorite journals or self-growth workbooks.

Do you guys have any snow day essentials? Do you like to take it easy or usually stick to staying productive? Hope you’re all staying warm, safe and cozy!



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    February 1, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Canada is known for its extreme cold weather so I can’t even complain, I knew what I was getting into when I moved here. I’ll try the masks and of course the scented candles too. Thanks Paula

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Haha, true that! :) I love a good face mask- a lot of the time I’m too inpatient for them, but being snowed in is a perfect excuse to indulge in skincare a little ;)

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    February 1, 2019 at 3:15 am

    I love Winter and snow days, so I’m much more productive in this period of the year than in Summer 😂 but I don’t have many essentials because here where I live it snowing conspicuously only for a couple of days at most…

    By the way, I need to try that gravity blanket 😍 this is the first time I hear about it, you’ve intrigued me!

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Oh no way! It’s so funny because before I got one as a gift I heard about it all the time on the radio. It seriously made a huge difference for me and my sleep routine. The day after I got it, I literally had to put it away because I kept falling asleep during the day when just sitting on the couch, haha! And that never happens to me since falling asleep is usually a mission for me. Hands down one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

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    Candice Sandler
    February 1, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I great scented candle is definitely essential!

    Candice |

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    Fortune Dushey
    February 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I love anything by Patchology. Going to check out their hand mask. Also need to check out this blanket. Sounds divine!

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      The gravity blanket is seriously amazing, I didn’t know how much I needed until I got one. I keep telling everyone I know all about it, lol. I highly recommend it for anyone who struggles with sleep, nighttime anxiety or chronic pain. One of the best gifts my mom has ever given me, for sure, haha! :)

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    Lisa Autumn
    February 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Ahhh this sounds so cosy!

    x Lisa |

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    Teya | Tlmblog
    February 1, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I love snow days!! I’ve been wanting one of the blankets for the longest time! My boyfriend works at a place that sells something similar so maybe I’ll finally get one. Fingers crossed!!

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      I really hope you get one Teya! I can’t sleep without mine now. I know that a couple of brands have them and I’m not sure if there is any difference between them all, other than the price, but if you can get your hands on one (or hint your bf about it ;) ) definitely try it. Hope you get it and love it as much as I love mine!

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    February 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    This is a great plan for a snow day!
    We’ve escaped the snow and the flowers are blooming in our yard. Another great warm the house up activity is baking.

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Ohh yes, that is so true! The only thing I’m good at baking is banana bread or baked Dutch Babies, but it’s so true that the house gets all warm and cozy when you bake. Not to mention the delicious smell floating around. :) Jealous of the warm weather, we just had another snow/freezing rain storm today.

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    February 2, 2019 at 3:52 am

    I really want to try Fresh this year. Their skincare products sound really lovely xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️

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    Danielle Alexa
    February 2, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I think that lots of candles and good films are essential for a snow day!

    Danielle xx

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    February 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I need to try the Laura Mercier bath products I know so many people love them, candles and hot water bottles and bath bombs and lip balm and hand cream are my winter and snow day essentials. And Lord knows I need to buy a pair of gloves haha, great post Paula, thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a good weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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      Paula @
      February 12, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Haha I need to get some gloves too! I lost my favorite pair of really nice ones my husband got me years ago and can’t find similar ones anywhere. Still hoping they’ll turn up one day! :D

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    February 4, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Ever since we moved, my daughter specially has been itching for snowfall. But it almost feels like summer is right around the corner here in India. Kind of miss the winter coziness here.

    Saman || Beautydetour

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