6 Things We All Face When Winter Hits

6 Things We All Face When Winter Hits

So long, sunshine.

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Winter has arrived, whether we like it or not. Here are some things we all face when winter hits...

1. Saying Goodbye to T-shirts and Shorts

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Your closet goes through that annual change of ignoring the t-shirts and shorts, taking them out of your closet for a while and welcoming the sweaters and pants. The more comfort the better. Anything fuzzy and warm is now accepted.

2. Driving in the Ice

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This is a special talent that only a few regions of the United States actually know how to conquer. Anyone south of the Mason Dixon probably doesn't even get enough snow or ice to have to deal with this issue. But when it hits the Midwest, we all are forced to scrape ice off our cars and pray we make it back alive.

3. The Struggle to Stay Warm

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You try to find many ways to stay warm such as being wrapped up in blankets, wearing fuzzy socks and sweatpants, drinking hot cocoa, or sitting by the fireplace. Whatever works for you.

4. Dressing in Layers

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It doesn't even matter how you look, as long as you're warm. You break out the layers, the scarves, mittens, and fuzzy boots.

5. Gaining Weight

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The cold weather gives you little motivation to go to the gym. Therefore, every meal is staying glued to you. Although maybe you want the extra weight to stay warm, it happens to us all.

6. The Horrid Weather

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When you walk outside you get pelted by the snow, sleet, or whatever cold air is coming through that day. Your face becomes numb and red from the wind.

Stay warm, my friends!

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Top 10 Winter Candles From Bath And Body Works

It's holiday candle season!
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I'm not quite sure where my obsession with the seasonal Bath and Body Works candles comes from, but it's alive and strong. My parents don't let me light candles in my room (mom and dad, if you're reading this... I'm begging) and the sorority I currently live in doesn't allow it either.

Despite this, every time winter comes around one of the first places I always go is BBW to check out their new line of winter candles. And I've done so for years. Because of my love for this product, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert. Here, in my opinion, are the top 10 Bath and Body Works winter candles ranked.

10. Cinnamon & Clove Bud



The two scents combined is unique and fresh, but personally, I think cinnamon is overpowering. It also doesn't really give me that winter-esque feeling that I always look for in these candles.

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9. Fresh Balsam



There's no denying that pine is symbolic of winter. The scent isn't bad. It's just not the best.

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8. Twisted Peppermint



A lot of people love the smell of mint. I'm not one of them. However, this candle has hints of vanilla and musk, which makes up for the main scent.

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7. Winter



Just like its name, there's nothing unique about this candle. The scent of pine needles is nice and homey, but I wouldn't spend $25 on it.

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6. 'Tis the Season



This candle offers a really lovable blend of apple and sugar. However, if you don't like sweet smells, it isn't for you.

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5. Vanilla Bean Noel



A classic among classics. I can't resist a good vanilla scent, and I always look forward to the release of this one.

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4. Flannel



I'm a fan of the more musky scents, which Flannel definitely encapsulates. It's extremely cozy and always makes me want to disappear under a bunch of blankets and read a good book.

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3. Hot Cocoa & Cream



Sweet scents are also a favorite of mine, but I know that doesn't go for everyone. If you're one of those people, know that Hot Cocoa & Cream isn't overwhelming and its chocolate goodness is irresistible. I always want a brownie after smelling this one.

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2. Marshmallow Fireside



Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit like Marshmallow Fireside. It's warm, slightly musky and sweet, and if I were allowed to light candles it would definitely be one I'd have burning all winter.

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1. Mahogany Teakwood



This is a seasonal candle, but truthfully I think it can be used year-round. It's reminiscent of the iconic Abercrombie and Fitch scent we all loved in middle school, but better (maybe a little classier?). I'm obsessed.

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Feel free to test my judgment and try all of these out for yourself. If you get one you end up not liking, you can always give it to someone else as a present and claim you were being thoughtful. Stay cozy, and happy holidays!


Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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10 Ways To Motivate Yourself When Cold Weather Keeps You Down

Leaving your cozy bed to enter into the brisk cold is the hardest part of the day.

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Finding motivation when the weather is freezing is something that has been very difficult for me lately, so I'd assume there are others out there facing this issue. The lack of sun shining through your windows and painful wind on your face when you walk outside is atrocious. I thought I'd come up with some motivational tips to help both me and others struggling with this issue to push through these last cold days until Spring is sprung.

1. Exercise

Exercise is good in just about every aspect of life. But, if I'm feeling unmotivated and I start hitting the gym I start to put things into perspective. Exercise makes you feel better and although it's hard to get yourself into the gym, it always benefits you.

2. Make to do lists

To do lists always make me feel better because once you start crossing things off you feel exhilarated and accomplished.

3. Start a new hobby

Maybe take that yoga class you've been interested in for a long time, or join another club on campus to keep yourself more active.

4. Make time for friends

If you're an extrovert like me, spending time with friends energizes you. If you're an introvert, maybe you need to stay in and catch up on a book to feel rejuvinated and ready to accomplish your goals.

5. Treat yourself

Once you've taken a step forward in motivating yourself, even if it's a small one, treat yourself to something you deserve. Maybe buy a new shirt or order a delicious lunch.

6. Stick to a schedule

This is the best way to get things done. By sticking to a schedule you're more consistent with your daily activities.

7. Surround yourself with positive people

This one is important because if you're constantly surrounding yourself with people who put you down or make you feel poorly about yourself you're going to feel the opposite of motivated.

8. Make time for things you enjoy

Make a vision board or get coffee with a friend. You have to have time for yourself mixed in with all the tasks you're getting done.

9. Pair up with a friend

I've noticed this works really well for me. If you make plans with a friend do to some homework, or to go to the gym, you're more accountable. If I have plans with myself to go to the gym, chances are I'll skip. If I have plans with someone else to go to the gym, I'm much more likely to go.

10. Watch a Ted Talk

Ted Talks always motivate and inspire me to do better in life. I even have the Ted Talk app on my phone for when I need some positivity.

Whether you're hitting the gym, creating a vision board, or doing a yoga class, there are tons of resources out there to keep you going when you're feeling unmotivated. Only a few more months left of the cold months and then you can look forward to wearing shorts and walking outside into the sunshine.

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