As far as I’m concerned, the winter is good for nothing except hibernation and Netflix marathons. Besides, why would you leave the house when your skin is cracking, your lips are chapped and your leg hair won’t stop growing? Ain’t nobody got time for that. But unfortunately, life goes on, and we’re forced to face the harsh realities of the cold, including these common beauty problems that plague us all each and every winter. Keep reading »
In case I haven’t complained about it loudly enough lately, I (and most of the Frisky staff) really hate winter. Another polar vortex is threatening to descend upon us here in New York and in several other unfortunate parts of the US, and when those 10-degree days set in, it’s hard not to feel like your life is pretty much over for the next 4-6 months. I refuse to waste roughly half of my life being personally offended by the damn weather without at least trying to embrace it for once. After the jump, a few simple things that make cold weather a little more joyful.
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It’s no secret that I hate winter with a very special kind of passion, which is unfortunate considering the fact that on the East Coast it tries to linger on all the way into late April like a bitter ex that won’t go away. Thankfully, these flask mittens now exist, so I can simultaneously keep myself extra toasty and take the edge off the reality of a 4 p.m. sunset. The flask has a bite valve to save you the hassle of having to take off the mittens to unscrew the top, because come winter you’ll presumably have already wasted 20 minutes of your day getting all those layers on in the first place and it would just be crazy to take the mitten off again. I think these are meant to be for chilly football games, ski trips, sledding, and other adventuresome outdoor activities instead of day-to-day winter commuting. Sure, I’ll use them for those exciting things, but hell, I’ll be needing them just to make it to the corner bodega and back. Let’s be honest with ourselves — for all we know, three more Polar Vortexes could be on their way this year. Now is the time to prepare! Think of these as a loving gift to your future self — the one who will have to get up at 6am on a February weekend morning to shovel your driveway. [That’s Nerdalicious]
I think we can all agree that all the inclement weather is causing a collective bout of winter insanity. Everyone has their reasons. Mine is minor frostbite on my left, second toe that’s made trekking through slippery ice slush even more uncomfortable than it already was. Seriously, last night, I had a dream that it was summer. That’s it. Just that it was warm again.
But there is the tiniest bit of good news about the Winter Of Our Discontent. A study published in science journal, Cell Metabolism,concluded that shivering is just about as good for your body as exercise. Researchers found that the muscles of shivering people triggered a hormone that activates fat and burns energy to generate extra heat in the same way that rigorous exercise does. Keep reading »
As much as we’d love to embrace the springy fashions that are starting to pop up in stores, it is still very much winter, and bundling up is the name of the game. Here are eight of our favorite mittens–all handmade by Etsy artisans, and all 20 bucks or less. Throw on a pair. Your fingers will thank you.
Cold hands? Not for long! Stay toasty warm with this Craft Of The Day. These DIY hand warmers are perfect for a frigid winter afternoon – all you need to do is pop the bag in the microwave and voila! Added bonus: there’s no need to purchase fabric, you can utilize old scraps instead. Keep reading for the how-to.