12 Ways To Survive Winter In The North If You Are From The South

12 Ways To Survive Winter In The North If You Are From The South

Because baby, it's cold outside.

This winter is my first winter experience with snow and temperatures below about 40 degrees. At first, I didn't know much about what I needed to do to stay warm.

If you're like me and experiencing your first winter (with snow, ice, and temperatures below 30 degrees), here are a few survival ti[ps that have and are helping me get through the winter.

1. Invest in a down jacket/vest and thicker coats

In the North, it's all about layers, long sleeves, snow boots or boots in general, scarves and hats and socks. TIP: It doesn't warm up during the day like it does in the south either, it stays relatively the same temperature all day.

2. Have an ice and snow scraper

In the mornings, when there is frost on your car (if you drive) an ice and snow scraper is handy to have and works better than using the heat from your car.

3. Invest in some firewood

And light it up... Fires, if done correctly are a great way to get some extra heat in your house.

4. If you are driving anywhere, have a thing of kitty litter in the car to get your wheels unstuck.

This can help put a little extra traction under the wheels if your car gets stuck somewhere in the snow.

5. Also, when driving down a hill, press the break ahead of time to ensure that you can stop

Especially in the snow.....

6. Layers. Layers. Layers.

They help regulate body temperature and trap air between them which is then warmed up and helps keep you warm.if you find yourself getting too warm, you can also remove them.

7. If driving, keep the fuel tank at least 1/4 of the way full

This way if you run into problems you know you have gas to get you somewhere and if your car is kept outside having at least 1/4 a tank of gas could prevent the engine from freezing.

8. Cover your head

According to some statistics, we lose about 90% of our heat through our head.

9. Use your least dense blanket on top of your bed and the densest closest to you

This helps prevent unnecessary heat loss and will keep you warmer when sleeping.

10. DIY hand warmers

You can buy some too but they honestly would be more fun to make.

11. Eat foods that will keep you warm

Examples include soup, hot chocolate, coffee and teas, and any other foods with extra fat.

12. Buy some mittens and/or gloves and thick socks to wear with boots

These along with the hand warmers will keep your hands and feet warm when walking or working outside.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!

Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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Why Spring Time Is The Best Time Of The Year

With the first day of spring right around the corner, here are some reasons why spring is the best time of year!


If you are like me, you know that seasonal depression is real. I'm happiest when the weather is nice and I can explore what nature has to offer. I look to spring every year, because I know there is more to do and the extra hours of daylight makes for additional time to do my favorite things. I love to run outside, travel to nearby parks and outdoor attractions, and just enjoy the beauty and nostalgia of the outdoors.

Spring is a great time to get back in shape. There are a variety of fresh fruits and veggies that you can get at any local farmers market or grocery store to spice up your diet in the spring. Also, the gym can be monotonous after a long winter, so the start of spring brings a breath of fresh air for many outdoor fitness activities. Go for a walk or run done local trails or paths, do yoga outside, or even go go biking, hiking, or kayaking. The spring offers so many cool opportunities to become healthier.

Spring always reminds me of Easter time and Easter always makes me think of quality time spent with friends and family. Plus, I always think of baby animals and flowers blooming, two things that bring everyone joy. If you get a chance you have to visit the cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C., it is such a beautiful site. Furthermore, one of my favorite things is that first really sunny, warm day in the spring when you can open all the windows in your house and savor the start of spring.

The springtime also means that summer break is closer. After a long 8 or 9 months of school, the thought of a nice 3 month break is refreshing. Start planning your summer job, internship, or whatever you want to get into this summer, to give you some motivation to finish the semester strong.

Spring has so much to offer so prepare for the rainy days of April and the sunny days, full of flowers in May, and everything in between!

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