Happy New Year and welcome to January!
This time of year can be tough for many. The holidays are over, which means it’s back to the reality of the daily grind.
For many, “reality” this time of year means frigid weather, slippery commutes to school and work, and days that turn dark much too quickly.
Self-care is important year-round, but it’s especially important this time of year.
This past week, I shared 8 Satisfying Winter Self-Care Ideas on Reality Moms.
One of my tips was to indulge in some pampering by visiting a spa or other wellness center.
Since it can be tough to get away as a mom, I thought it would be useful to share some home pampering tips as well.
So, today on the blog, I am sharing 9 of my favorite products that help make winter a little cozier.
When you’re a mom, sometimes micro self-care is the name of the game!
As noted above, the below products contain affiliate links, but they are all products I use in my life, love, and recommend without hesitation! If you’re interested in any of them, just click on the photo!
Rest Your Eyes with a Lavender Eye Pillow + Sleep Mask
During the winter, sometimes you just need to close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere warm.
I love this lavender eye pillow because it can be used hot or cold, has an incredibly long-lasting relaxing lavender scent, and has a decent weight and texture.
Bonus: it also comes with a sleep mask.
Spritz Some Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
It made my face feel refreshed and luxurious, and was a welcome departure from feeling puffy and exhausted.
I’ve continued using it since then, and I still love its fresh, misty application.
It’s perfect for this time of year since it gives dry winter skin a much needed boost.
Lather on a Little Lavender Hand Cream
This is the second of three lavender scented products I’ve included on this list, so if you’re not a lavender fan, I apologize–but I love it!
My hands are a scary sight in the winter and a lot of moisturizers I’ve tried either 1) are too runny, 2) sting upon application, or 3) fail to actually moisturize, leaving my hands just as dry as before application.
This lavender moisturizer by J.R. Watkins possesses all the qualities I love in a moisturizer with a rich consistency that actually leaves my hands softer.
It also has a soothing, not-overpowering lavender scent that makes me want to re-apply again and again–even though each application lasts a good chunk of the day.
Clear the Air with a Humidifier/Diffuser
Humidifiers are excellent year round, but especially during winter when the air is dry and harsh.
We have a bedroom humidifier similar to this that doubles as an essential oils diffuser.
Even if you’re not sold on the idea of essential oils as a cure-all (personally, I’m not), diffusing them gives off a delightful, calming aroma that blends beautifully with the soothing air generated by the humidifier.
It’s like burning a candle that makes your air softer and cleaner. Even better–no scary fires!
Sprinkle Some Peppermint Rosemary Bath Salt
I know, I know–what mom has time for a bath? If you do manage to fit one in, winter is a great time to do so.
This particular blend of peppermint and rosemary is amazing for winter, and will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Curl up with a Lavender Scented Heating Pad
I love my lavender-scented heating pad, especially during the winter months.
The soothing aroma is relaxing, and the wrap holds heat for a good amount of time.
Even though electric heating pads will stay warmer longer, I don’t love having to be near an outlet or having yet another cord to worry about when my toddler’s around.
This wrap can also be cooled if you need ice rather than heat, which is great even beyond winter.
Kick off a Year Full of Recipes
I bought this book two years ago, and while I have not cooked my way through it to the letter, it is a great book to have around.
It includes a recipe for every day of the year starting in January, which is perfect since now is a time for new beginnings.
The suggested foods are also seasonally appropriate with recipes based on what’s typically in season each month.
Winter is a great time to put your kitchen to work, and if you find that you love this book, you’ll be able to continue using it all year.
Enjoy a Mug of Sweet Matcha
If you follow me on social media, then you know I’m a big fan of matcha.
Like coffee or other teas, matcha can be enjoyed hot or cold and is great in every season.
I especially love it this time of year since there really isn’t anything more comforting than curling up with a hot beverage on a cold winter day.
I’ve been using this brand of matcha powder for about a year and, like the Amazon reviews say, it is the perfect smooth matcha with a robust flavor that is neither too sweet nor too bitter.
It’s also delicious in smoothies and great for baking (another fun activity this time of year).
Relax with Tarte Pack Your Bags Under Eye Rescue Patches
We all feel a little weary in the winter months.
These are a great pick-me-up if you find your under eyes tired and in need of a boost.
In my opinion, they’re not a magic cure-all for under eye circles or dark bags, but they do leave your under eye feeling cool and refreshed.
It’s like getting a mini spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.
I hope you like my suggestions. If you try any of them, let me know what you think!
Also, if you have an at home pampering secret you’d like to share, let me know here or on social media!
Happy New Year!