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Yesterday Chicago saw air temps of 23 degrees below zero (and windchill of near 50 below zero!). Here in NYC, temps plummeted overnight to single digits and the windchill was negative 13 this morning when the kids walked to school. Even people in Miami are contemplating wearing socks this week. To state the obvious: it’s really fucking cold out there (and no, dipshit 45, global warming isn’t the solution to the deep freeze – it’s the reason, you science-denying, fear-mongering, low-level, sorry excuse of a human). Anyhoo, my mom sent us a box of these hot hands back in December, and after a mild first few weeks of winter we’ve suddenly been getting a lot of use out of them and THEY WORK. They make running errands and shuttling the kids to school and their various activities so much more tolerable. They’re great if you have a reason to be out in the cold for an extended period of time, or if you’re a fellow city-dweller who does a lot of your commuting on foot! I recommend throwing a couple in your coat pockets, backpacks, and purses for when you really need them.

One of my favorite things to do after getting inside from the cold is to drink a mug of hot chocolate, and if it’s spiked with some alcohol and topped with a few marshmallows, that’s even better. For Christmas this year, I gave myself a this dark hot chocolate mix with Bourbon sea salt and some bourbon marshmallows and let’s just say it was one of my favorite gifts of the season. (It’d make a wonderful gift your Valentine this year!)

Drew gave me these earrings for Christmas and I love them so, so much!

Last winter I re-dicovered this little inexpensive old school item, and it is extending the life of some of my favorite sweaters, fyi. There’s something pretty satisfying and fun about using it, too.

Have you heard of Beauty Pie yet? It’s a site that curates and sells upscale beauty and home products for a deep, deep discount off their retail prices. The way it works is you buy a monthly membership (for $5-15 a month) and get a spending limit per month based on your membership level. I do a $10 monthly membership and can buy up to a $100 value of products (the $100 value is based on what the products would retail for and not for what they sell for on Beauty Pie – this confused me at first, but now that I understand I will be a little more selective about future purchases!). For my first purchases, I got for less than $10 a wonderful face serum that retails for almost $100 and one of the best-smelling candles I’ve ever tried (it retails for $50 and I paid $16). If you follow this link, you get an automatic $50 spending limit and I get a little increase in mine (which means I can order some of the nail polish I’ve been eyeing!).

Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I highlight stuff I like or recommend in fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Some of the recommendations are affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the links. Thanks for your support!

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  • Redhead January 31, 2019, 1:10 pm

    I’ve discovered the hot hands can be reused if you don’t use them the full 9 hours. Put them in a ziplock bag and press all the air out. This works if you only used them 4 hrs or so.

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  • Kate January 31, 2019, 1:19 pm

    I’m on my way to NY and it’s very cold in Boston too (though nothing compared to Midwest & Great Lakes). I have Hot Hands in my pockets rn.

    I was reading too about how you can give a care package to a homeless person with some shelf stable food, Hot Hands, socks, gloves. I want to do that. Yesterday I gave a guy my Dunkin card with $15 or $20 on it, figuring he could get coffee and stay warm.

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    • Kate January 31, 2019, 1:24 pm

      * because I had no cash.

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    • keyblade January 31, 2019, 6:17 pm

      Very sweet of you.

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  • anonymousse January 31, 2019, 1:27 pm

    I don’t think my eyes can roll any further back at all the damn climate change disinformation. It’s truly sickening how far the stupidity meter has risen the last two years.

    Beauty Pie sounds intriguing. I’ve been doing the #shopmystash challenge. Basically, use up most of your products before you buy new stuff. It’s alarming how large of a body care, facial care and cosmetics collection I have.

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    • keyblade January 31, 2019, 6:11 pm

      This is kind of an interesting link about cultural stupidity. As someone with anxiety who often feels chronically insecure, I’m interested in the intersections between confidence, economics, leadership, and global stability. I wish I had a stronger academic foundation so I could judge leadership, better.


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  • Rangerchic January 31, 2019, 2:34 pm

    I signed up! I haven’t heard of this so I’m excited to try it!

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  • Ange January 31, 2019, 5:14 pm

    I was kind of hoping the old school sweater item was a bedazzler ?

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    • JD January 31, 2019, 5:21 pm

      I bought one of those, actually for my couch as a blanket had left little balls all over it. Works so well, I basically forgot about them and am so happy I own one again.

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    • JD January 31, 2019, 6:10 pm

      My mom has a Bedazzler although I can’t really think of anything she has Bedazzled, but I haven’t seen her in a while so she could be rinestoned head to toe right now for all I know.

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      • Ange January 31, 2019, 6:52 pm

        For everyone’s sake I hope she is.


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