7 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

February 2, 2013; 10:38 AM ET
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I feel like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. The difference is the mantra. His was affirming his belief in spooks, mine is fighting my dread of winter: “I do believe winter can be fun. I do believe winter can be fun. I do, I do, I do!” Because truth be told, I don’t think it’s a whole lot of fun. This is because I’d prefer being in a tank dress over a down coat any day of the week. But, my current reality is that I live where it’s cold half of the year. And I am a fun girl. So I’ve got to find a way to make it work.

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I was told by a friend it’s all about the clothes. To enjoy being outside, you need to be wearing the right gear in order to be warm and still able to move (were you ever or do you have the overstuffed snowsuit kid?) There’s a method to layering clothes for warmth. Following these tips from Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2008) should keep you and your kids both warm and comfortable.

1. Before thinking about the clothes, realize that food supplies heat to the body; the clothes provide protection so that it isn’t wasted. Make sure you eat a good meal before spending an extended amount of time outdoors in winter.

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