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Winter Needs

I do much better in cold winter weather than hot, humid summer weather that tends to make me cranky.

I love to be cozy, especially in the winter.  I picked up this cozy blanket after Christmas for myself from Kolhs (sorry no link) and I am so glad I did.  I debated on if I really needed to add another blanket to the hundreds I already seem to own, but I caved in the end unable to resist the lure of linens and I really liked the design.
It is safe to say that I have been cuddled up with ever since then.  It has one side that is microfleece and the other is a sherpa I think.  It is doing a fine job of keeping me warm this winter and it is so soft. Here you can see my little pup trying to make it his own, lol.

In addition to a cozy blanket I must moisturize multiple times daily in the winter.  I find that my skin gets horribly dry and itchy if I don't.  Ahava is one of my must have lotions to keep away the dry skin. I love their entire line of products!

What are your winter needs?


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