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11 Cozy Drinks To Warm You This Winter

11 Cozy Drinks To Warm You This Winter

Daylight savings time has arrived and settled in, if you are in a part of the world where this applies. The sun is peeking out for a shorter and shorter amount of time during the day. Jack Frost is lurking behind every corner, and there might even be snow on the ground where you live. What does all of this mean? It means that it’s time to turn up the heat—both in your home and in your kitchen—by cooking up some of these cozy drinks that are sure to warm you this winter. Check out these hot drink recipes you can make in the comfort of your own home.

1. Boozy Skinny Hot Chocolate

    Have you ever tasted amaretto? It’s one of those alcohols that’s dangerous in the sense that it is so delicious and smooth that you will not be able to stop drinking it. Combining it with cocoa is just plain genius.

     

    2. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Cream

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      When I think of fall or winter drinks, I often think of spices. Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon are common fall favorites. This decadent recipe is made dulce de leche by adding vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

      3. Mocha Cocoa Mix

      Mocha Cocoa Latte

        Be prepared for the cold winter months by making your very own mocha mix! A mocha is simply chocolate and espresso rolled into one delicious concoction. You can make a batch of this right now and store it for up to six months.

        4. White Spiced Coffee

        white spiced coffee

          For this recipe, you have to be serious about having a good cup of spiced rum coffee. I mean you have to crack things and strain them and cook them. In my experience, however, some of the best treats I have made in the kitchen took a good deal of time and patience. Besides, what else do you have to do when you are cooped up trying to escape the frigid weather outside?

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          5. Eggnog Latte

          eggnog latte

            Eggnog is a classic winter drink, but have you ever had an eggnog latte? This is a super simple recipe as long as you have an espresso maker with a steam wand. And if you do not own one of these machines, perhaps you might ask for one for Christmas?

            6. Frothy Eggnog

            frothy eggnog

              Did you know you can make your own eggnog? Of course you did. So did I…err…sure I did! Apparently it is not only the beverage that mysteriously appears in a carton. You can, in fact, brew up your own at home. I guarantee that if you have a party with homemade eggnog, your guests will be impressed. Go an extra step and make it into an eggnog latte (as seen above) and your friends are sure to remember this gathering!

              7. Christmas Rum Punch

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              christmas rum punch

                My favorite part about this recipe is that you set fire to the rum (but please follow the rest of the directions and do not drink it while it is on fire). If that does not warm you up, I have no idea what will!

                8. Easy Chai Tea

                easy chai tea

                  I know I love the warm spice of chai tea, especially in the winter. You can make your own from scratch with this recipe.

                  9. Moroccan Mint Tea

                  moroccan mint tea

                    This hot tea is packed with nutrients from the green tea as well as the fresh mint, and it is pretty simple to make.

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                    10. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

                    white chocolate mocha

                      This is one of my favorite drinks to get at a coffee shop around the holidays. Peppermint always reminds me of candy canes on Christmas trees, so a hot cup of the stuff fills me with cheer. This is an easy way to save a few bucks by making your own at home. I cannot wait to try this recipe myself!

                      11. Hot Toddy

                      toddy

                        I like that this website gives an outline on how to make a hot toddy. Most people have their own personal preferences when it comes to alcohol and teas, so why not let them pick their own? I think I would go with a green tea, honey and a nice, smooth and spiced rum.

                        What do you think? Which one will you try first?

                        Also check out How to Fight Off Winter Colds with Foods That Boost the Immune System

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                        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                        The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                        1. Understand Yourself Better

                        Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                        Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                        2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                        I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                        Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                        3. Become Aware of What Matters

                        As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                        You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                        4. Boost Creativity

                        The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                        When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                        You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                        5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                        A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                        Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                        6. Process Life Experiences

                        When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                        Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                        7. Stress Relief

                        In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                        Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                        8. Provide Direction

                        Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                        One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                        9. Solve Problems

                        Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                        Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                        When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                        10. Find Relief From Fighting

                        Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                        Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                        11. Find Meaning in Life

                        Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                        12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                        Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                        13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                        When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                        14. Let the Past Go

                        I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                        15. Allow Freedom

                        Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                        16. Enhance Your Career

                        Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                        Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                        17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                        All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                        18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                        No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                        We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                        Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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