Hello, November and hello, winter. While the first official day of winter is weeks away, the forecast has definitely taken a turn to the dark (and wet) side. With plenty of stormy weather on the way, it’s the perfect time to start preparing for winter to make sure you stay warm, cozy, and dry into the new year.
Stock your pantry
Soups, stews, and chili—oh my! Winter is all about comfort food that’s hot, hearty, and feels like a hug. But there’s nothing worse than opening the cupboards and not finding what you need to make dinner when a craving hits. Keeping things like beans, lentils, rice, pasta, and canned or frozen veggies on hand ensures you have what you need for a fast and delicious dinner in no time. Stock up at Bulk Barn and Fairway Market and pair your culinary creations with fresh bread or buns from Cobs Bread—bon appetit.
Invest in a good jacket
It’s pretty obvious if you live on the West Coast, you need a good rain jacket. But if last year’s jacket doesn’t fit quite right or it’s seen better days, you’ll want to take the time to visit Atmosphere/Sport Check to find a new one. Make sure your jacket is comfortable and can easily fit over a hoodie or sweater for layering in cold weather. Consider choosing light or bright colours for increased visibility and safety (especially as a pedestrian) or add reflective tape or zipper pulls.
Get a good book
There’s few winter activities better than curling up in front of a fireplace (or heater) with a hot drink and a good book. Pick out an exciting thriller, a steamy romance, or the latest autobiography from Coles and then get comfy. Already have a stack of books to be read? Try colouring, sketching, or journaling as a way to relax after a long day and let your imagination run wild.
Bring on the soft sweaters and fuzzy blankets
Say it with us: layers. The key to winter warmth and comfort is layers. Bring on soft sweaters and oversized hoodies from Boathouse and fuzzy blankets and pillows from QE Home to keep the cold out while keeping your heating costs down.
Whatever this winter has in store, stay warm, dry, safe, and enjoy all the season has to offer with friends and family.