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01 Feb '24

Annie's Cozy Winter Favorites

Posted by Annie Messing


My family and I have been back in the states for six months now. The whirlwind of unpacking boxes, settling in a new city, helping my kids get acclimates at new schools has occupied much of my attention. But with the new year, we are all feeling much more settled and I've turned more of my energy back to Brimful.

First order of business - a fresh new post for the blog.

The first few months of the year always feel a little slow - perhaps it's the cold weather or maybe we're all just waiting for spring to come! I find myself looking for  the little things that will make these winter days feel a bit brighter. So, this post is dedicated to all things cozy and feeling fresh when it's grey and cold outside.

Extra High-Waisted Jogger Sweatpants - Emily Schuman has mentioned these sweatpants several times on Instagram and since the ones I have are 20 years old (not even kidding!), I decided to get a pair. Fast forward a few months and I now have three pairs! They really are so comfortable, priced well, and hit the waist at just the right spot. (I do recommend line drying to keep them from shrinking.)

Marrekesh 1000 Piece Puzzle - When boredom hits, I love doing puzzles! Eeboo makes such lovely ones that are illustrated inclusively and this Marrekesh puzzle is next on my list. I'm telling you, doing puzzles are like free therapy.

Keap Candles - This beautiful candle company was featured on Cup of Jo a few years ago and I was intrigued enough that I signed up for a candle subscription. I love how intentional the brand is about being eco-friendly and really - the candles smell absolutely amazing.

Maree Eye Gel Pads - I'm a perpetually exhausted mother of four children ages 9 to 17. Need I say more? (wink) These eye gels really freshen up my face after a poor night's sleep. The sparkly bright colors of each set are such a mood booster!

Wild Toni Jun - Last summer, I discovered the delicious flavor of jun - the lesser known sibling of kombucha. Upon drinking it daily for a few weeks, I saw a huge improvement in my gut health. It also makes a refreshing drink for the afternoons, when energy starts to wane.

Set of 6 Melamine Cups - The spoons + forks from Rice DK have been a huge hit with my whole family for a good ten years now. And now we have cups to match! These are about the size of a shot glass - which are a delightful size for a quick sip of juice or to hold a handful of chocolate chips. I wasn't sure how well my kids would like them - but they are all fans.

Badger Vinyl Sticker - Use it as a book mark, add it to a water bottle, or stick it on the front of a journal binder! Stickers are the perfect little something that bring a smile. I love having a stash of them to give to the special people in my life.

Hand Creme - My sister gave this hand creme to me for Christmas and this particular scent smells heavenly. Winter and hand creme, they just kind of go together, right?

Anytime Centering Cards - I think no matter the age, we could all use a bit more centering and education around our emotions. These cards gently guide parents and kids how to regulate breathing and redirect focus when social situations feel difficult to navigate. Another resource I have found helpful with my older kids are these printable affirmation cards.

Nourishing Lip Balm - I am always looking for a lip balm for my chapped winter lips and this one really works well. It's luxuriously thick without being sticky. Give it a try!

Pencil Pouch - Is there such a thing as too many pouches? I think not! I use small fabric pouches for all sorts of things - and of course, for pencils too. The design of this one is gender neutral and holds enough pencils and crayons for when kids are out and wish to draw or color. And if needed, a few pieces of candy can fit in there too.