5 Tips to Stay Warm and Survive Winter

When the Polar Vortex starts whistling down your neck of the woods, here are some great tips to ensure you stay warm in the freezing cold.

1. DRINK HOT DRINKS. Hot drinks warm you up. Sip on hot cider, herbal teas and hot toddies. I like to make a caffeine-free, alcohol-free homemade spicy cider to keep the arctic monkeys at bay. It’s so easy to do and costs pennies a cup. In a crock-pot of water, slice up some apples or carrots and toss in whatever berries you have on hand. I like to use frozen cranberries and blueberries. Then grate in some fresh ginger and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Set the crock-pot to on low, put a lid on it, and you always have a soothing beverage on hand.

2. WEAR A HAT. Yes, it might crush your perfect hairstyle, but wearing a hat keeps in 20% of your body heat, so make headgear a part of your winter style. Hats can dress up or down an outfit and make you stand out in a crowd. And they’re not just for outdoors – indoor hats can keep you feeling toasty in even the draftiest of offices. Search out unusual and funky hats which position you as a fashion trail blazer. Wear them on a jaunty angle and with a kick in your step, and soon you’ll be starting a ‘hatte’ new trend among your friends.

3. WATCH TROPICAL TV SHOWS. When it’s cold outside, sitting down to an episode of SURVIVOR, BUYING HAWAII, or HAWAII 5-0, gets you feeling mellow, happy, tropical paradise thoughts. Stick your feet in a hot vibrating foot soaker and you can almost imagine the warm ocean flowing through your toes.

4. STEAM UP THE SHOWER. If you feel you caught a chill, one of the best things to do is to take a SUPER-HOT shower. Crank up the furnace to warm up the house and blast the shower on SCALDING HOT to warm up the shower stall. When the bathroom is nice and steamy go in and thaw out under the SPRAY until you feel thoroughly warm and melted. Dry off with big fluffy towels and wrap yourself in a spa bathrobe until you are completely dry and comfortable.

5. GET COOKING! The winter is a great time to indulge in all your favorite comfort foods or to try out some bold new recipes you’ve always craved. And spending time ‘slaving away over a hot stove’ lol is a great way to warm yourself up! Why not try making something spicy and decadent like THAI COCONUT CURRY SOUP. Combine the luscious creaminess of coconut milk with lemongrass, lime leaves, spicy curry, ginger and tender sliced chicken to make a heavenly soup that will warm your soul. Sip on this while pondering these other tips, and you will soon be radiantly warm – both inside and out.

6 Spa Etiquette Tips

Spas can be great places to relax and unwind and enjoy a little pampering and overall rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, there are sometimes people who don’t have many manners and don’t understand the concept of spa etiquette.

If you’re a first time spa goer, this article will give you an overview of how to be a good spa customer. If you’re an experienced spa goer, consider this article a refresher.

Be Clean

Personal grooming does count and while no esthetician or other professional spa staff will complain about your body odor, it’s much more pleasant for them if you arrive clean. If you’re coming in for a massage after walking to the spa location, for example, you might want to do something about those sweaty feet.

On the other side of that is that if you’ve just finished spending some time in a chlorinated hot tub or pool, you’re not going to smell, of course. But it’s a good idea to shower before the treatment because you’re not really going to want those chemicals massaged into your body. Many spas have locker rooms with showers.

Turn Off Your Cell phone

This might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who sit texting while getting a pedicure or who disturb others with the constant hum or vibrating and ringing phones. You obviously won’t be able to relax if this is happening to you. Neither will the person next to you.

Punctuality is Crucial

In other words, arrive on time. What “on time” means can vary from spa location and the type of service you’re getting. With a basic day spa, if you arrive ten to 15 early, that should be sufficient. If you’re arriving for the first time, you’ll need a few minutes to fill out the paperwork. Arriving early also helps you get in the right relaxation mindset. You don’t need the added stress that racing to a massage will cause.

If you’re going to an upscale spa like a resort spa or destination spa, arrive at least 20 minutes early. There’s generally more paperwork to fill out. You may get a tour of the facilities. If you’re allowed to enjoy amenities like a steam room or hot tub, you’ll want to arrive even earlier. Often with upscale spas you’ll be given a robe and slippers and be taken to a room where you can relax before your treatment.

Communicate

Your spa therapist is not a mind reader. She (or he) wants to make sure you have the best experience possible. Feel free to ask if you would like something different for your comfort. During a massage, you can ask for more or less pressure. You can ask for a blanket or quieter music.

Getting Up After a Treatment

Respect that the therapist likely has another client after you. While you don’t need to instantly jump up from your treatment, don’t linger too long unless the therapist specifically tells you to take your time.

Tipping

The amount to tip depends on the spa. Sometimes in resort spas in the same category as Honor’s Haven add a service fee. The therapist may not get all of that service fee. 15% to 20% is a typical tipping amount.