Banish January blues with tech for staying in
Getting through January is no easy feat. With Christmas now a distant memory and the summer still months away, it feels like the dreary winter days won’t ever end.
Rather than letting it get you down, make the most of the long evenings by settling down for a cosy night in.
We’ll show you how to create a living room set-up that’s worth staying in for.
- Onesie, thick socks, comfy knitwear
- Blankets and pillows
- TV series or movies
Binge-watch Netflix in bed
Snuggle up under the sheets with a TV marathon. Now is the perfect time to get hooked on a Netflix series without feeling guilty about staying hauled up indoors for hours on end.
Catch up on Netflix’s most talked-about shows, like Narcos and Stranger Things. 2018 is bringing loads of second series to fan-faves like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, 13 Reasons Why and Glow – so start recapping in anticipation.
You’ll want a tablet with a decent screen for watching shows in top quality. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a great choice with its 9.7-inch screen. With it you can:
- view TV content in HD on the Super AMOLED screen – it’s much brighter and clearer than regular tablet screens
- avoid aching arms as it’s super-lightweight
- keep hold of all your films and series with 32GB of storage
Load up on snacks
Forget January diets, winter is all about indulging in comfort foods.
When planning a night in, it’s important to stock up on snacks. With a few bits of kitchen tech, you’re not just limited to what you can pick up on a last-minute dash to your local supermarket.
We all know homemade is better than shop bought. You can use your blender to make healthy treats like almond butter or guilt-free, low-sugar banana ice cream.
Not just for juicing, the Nutribullet is great for blending sweet and savoury foods. With it you can:
- blend grains, herbs and nuts – the blades are tough enough to break them up, fast
- pre-prepare snacks and store them for later in the resalable cups
- easily clean it when you’re done – the cups and accessories are all dishwasher-safe
Or if you’re feeling indulgent, whip up some decadent cakes – Mary Berry-style. A good mixer will take the hard work out of baking, so you can spend less time folding flour and sugar into the bowl, and more time tasting your creations.
For the real Bake Off experience, try the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. As well being super stylish, it’ll make light work of baking, Use it to:
- mix a range of doughs and batters with the three different attachments
- combine ingredients in a flash using the 10 different speed settings
- batch bake with a 4.8-litre capacity bowl
Fix yourself a hot drink
There’s nothing like a nice cup of tea or even a cheeky hot chocolate to warm you up in winter.
Make sure you can count on your kettle to get you through January. This Delonghi Distina kettle looks sleek and stylish, and can boil your water in super short time. It’s also got a limescale filter to keep your drinks clean and clear.
If you’re more serious about coffee, go for a fancy machine like this Nespresso by Krups VertuoPlus.
Rather than trudging out to the coffee shop, invite your friends round for a catch-up and you won’t even have to leave the house to get the gossip.
It automatically recognises the coffee pod you put in, adjusting the settings to get the perfect blend every time, and heats up in a record 15 seconds.
Brighten up your mornings
Dark mornings don’t really inspire you to jump out of bed, especially when it’s cold out as well.
If you’re struggling to wake up, why not create your own sunrise with a Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700. The clock light can be pre-set to simulate sunrise and sunset over 15-90 minutes, so you’ll wake up gently and feeling refreshed.
You can even choose soothing sound effects, or stream your favourite music to start your day right.
Stay toasty and warm
The weather doesn’t exactly help with banishing the January blues.
Keep your home warm all day and night without racking up a huge central heating bill. The Dyson Pure Smart Air Purifier works for both cooling in summer and heating in winter.
Use the thermostatic heat control to set and maintain your ideal temperature, and the Auto mode to automatically monitor air quality and adjust the purifier’s air flow.
For night time it’s got an extra quiet mode so you won’t be disturbed.
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