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Grandma's tips for surviving winter

Karen Daniel made sure she wasn't going to feel the cold wind as she walked along Pryor Street on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)
Karen Daniel made sure she wasn’t going to feel the cold wind as she walked along Pryor Street on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

We’ve had our first snow of the year. The shifty Utah weather has finally decided to consistently settle in the forties. The harsh wind outside makes navigating around campus a little tougher. There is no denying it, folks — winter’s come around.

Sure, Utah winters can be cold, but that’s no reason not to enjoy this season with a smile. What better way to do that than with some beloved grandmotherly advice?

Just like you remember her warm hugs and cuddly quilts, you will never forget those things she always said about winter. In case you’re missing her awesome advice, we have compiled a list of equally-awesome tips to help you survive the oncoming winter.

Bundle up. This one seems kind of obvious, doesn’t it? Yet there are still a few people who dare to venture into the cold with only a flimsy jacket on. C’mon, you can be smarter than that. Layer to keep warm – break out the scarves, beanies and gloves. And don’t forget those feet! Invest in a nice pair of heavy-duty boots to keep your feet and toes from freezing.

On the note of keeping warm, try not to make your house or apartment so toasty that it feels unnatural. It is actually suspected that may be bad for your body because it does not get to properly experience winter. People who believe this argue your body needs to feel the natural changes in temperature to understand winter is colder than summer in order to function properly.

Similarly, don’t shower in scalding water, as nice as that may feel during the cold months. It dries out your skin and scalds you. Combined with the dryness of winter, it doesn’t do you any good. Keep the temperature lukewarm for healthier skin.

As far as food goes, the winter months can be some of the best. Just think – warm sugar cookies, cups of hot chocolate and roasted turkey. But maybe you want to consider opting for a healthier option this year. Instead of downing mugs of coffee and hot cocoa, look into just drinking heated milk. It has less sugar and is faster than taking the time to make or order a beverage.

Baking is a great way to keep the house warm and smelling delicious. But maybe your favorite pumpkin bread and brownie recipes taste a little too sweet. Instead of using store-bought mixes, try making your own from scratch. It gives you an opportunity to vary the amounts of sugar, molasses, or flour that goes into each dish, making it easily customizable. It could also make a fun bonding activity to do with family.

Take advantage of the Utah snow and go on a ski or snowboard trip with friends. For a more low cost, low-maintenance option, go sledding in the local park or start a snowball fight with your roommates.

With these tips, make sure to stay cozy, warm and happy this winter!

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