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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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                        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                        • (1) Research
                        • (2) Deciding the topic
                        • (3) Creating the outline
                        • (4) Drafting the content
                        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                        • (6) Revision
                        • (7) etc.

                        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                        2. Change Your Environment

                        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                        6. Get a Buddy

                        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                        Reality check:

                        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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