How to Have Fun Outside in the Cold this Winter & Win $75 to Amazon

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 11.19.20
How to Have Fun Outside in the Cold this Winter & Win $75 to Amazon
When my grandfather was young, he used to carry a hot baked potato on his walk to school. Not because it was his lunch, but because it kept his hands warm. This winter, I might just be stocking up on potatoes - I'll try anything to be able to stay outside longer. 

Just because the temperature is dropping, doesn't mean you have to hibernate! Check out these tips (that don't involve vegetables) on how to make the most of the cooler weather. Plus, enter to win a $75 Amazon gift card.*

Outdoor living

If you have the luxury of outdoor space, make it cozy. Outdoor heaters, fire pits and movie projectors are trending. String up lights or place lanterns on the table and you have a perfectly Instagrammable Hallmark movie set. 

But if the heater you want is sold out, don't worry. Bring a thick blanket made of wool or polar/micro fleece to wrap around you. Even better, try a Snuggie (a wearable blanket) or a Comfy (a giant oversized sweatshirt)! They are both perfect ways to feel cozy no matter what you are doing.

Don't forget hot drinks to heat you from the inside out. Our members recommend using a good travel mug, like Bubba and Klean Kanteen to keep your drink steaming for hours. 

Also, try thinking outside the box for timing. Rather than sitting outside in the evening after the sun has gone down, get your fresh air in the afternoons when the day is warmest.

Keep moving

Sitting around with friends is nice, but being still can make the cold worse. Try meeting your friends for outdoor exercise, a walk around a park or a photo shoot in front of your favorite neighborhood sites.

Another option is to bring out the tailgating games. Corn hole is a fan favorite, and lately, we've also been loving Kan Jam. It's a simple frisbee game where someone throws the frisbee and their partner helps them get it into a bucket/goal. According to SheSpeaks member mgs1997, "I don't have an athletic bone in my body, but this game is so much fun."

Or put on your favorite music and have a dance party. That will definitely keep you warm.

Time to shop 

Swedish parents have a saying they often repeat to their children: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” If you're going to be outside, it's important to dress the part.

Make sure to have a warm coat (we love the Orolay jacket from Amazon that everyone's talking about) and warm socks (you can't go wrong with Bombas Merino Wool Socks).

For your hands and feet, gloves and mittens are key, especially for kids. SheSpeaks member Emimorgan is a big fan of Primary Cozy Mittens. For extra warmth, try hand warmers. ICandyGirl recommends the rechargable warmers by OCOOPA, which has three choices of temperature. They make great holiday or "house-warming" gifts!  

We're also realizing that wearing a face mask is not only an extra line of protection against COVID-19. It will also keep your nose and face warmer too!

*Note: CDC guidelines recommend wearing a face covering and keeping socially distant (at least six-feet apart) from anyone who does not live in your household while enjoying these activities. Of course, if you do not feel well, stay home and reschedule for another time.

What are you doing to stay warm as the weather gets colder? Tell us to win a $75 Amazon gift card!

SheSpeaks Giveaway: Ready for the Cold
*One person will be chosen at random to receive $75 Amazon gift card. Giveaway is open through December 6, 2020 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member Brittany8977.

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  • vspeaks By vspeaks

    Warm clothes, soups, hot cocoa.

  • wcaligirl By wcaligirl

    We use fire pit, portable heater, hand warmers, beanies and gloves. Hiking also warm you up. 

  • mcasella By mcasella

    My friend just gave me an electric heater. That will help since the heat in my house doesn't flow very well out of our vents.

  • frack81 By frack81

    This year will be much different, we just had our baby boy (first child) and so going outside a lot with a newborn, during a pandemic....well not sure how much we will be doing that. We will probably be sharing newborn snuggles inside this winter and hoping that our family and friends can visit soon. 

  • ladyp3 By ladyp3

    Drinking lots of warm bone broth.

  • psychscorp By psychscorp

    Cozy slippers for inside and layers for outside.

  • pmencin By pmencin

    We have a wood burning stove in our basement, and a load of wood!  So cozy!  We have had 5 or 6 fires already!!!

  • sirena1124 By sirena1124

    I bundle up for my outdoor walks. 

  • prothumia By prothumia

    I love our firepit and lots of tea!

  • ashagner By ashagner

    Bundling up in warmer clothes!

  • Cool3EB By Cool3EB

    I love sitting on the porch, even in Pennsylvania in the winter.  I usually wear a fleece robe and sometimes cover with a blanket for a little while.  Nothing beats fresh air!

  • dps372 By dps372

    We have winterized out gazebo with clear plastic sheeting and heaters. We have an abundance of blankets and a TV for binge watching. Plenty of comfortable seating allowing for socially distant visits with friends & family. Our goal this winter is to stay safe, stay social and make the most of our situation. 

  • dacotahsgirl By dacotahsgirl

    Staying inside...LOL! Also bundling up with layers---it gets REALLY cold here! :)

  • jjohnson46 By jjohnson46

    It doesn't get too cold here in Florida, BUT I do love my boots and wear them as often as I can. Blankets are also a favorite of mine & I love to snuggle with my blankets and daughter!

  • upstatemissy By upstatemissy

    I have been trying to get all of my outside work done during the little bit of warm each day and just bundling up inside in the evenings. 

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