After the 2021 ice storm turned Killeen, Texas into a snowball, we all started paying closer attention to our winter weather preparedness. But while we're stocking up on the bare essentials, let's not forget about the creature comforts.

Keep Your Phone Charged

First, I had to make sure that I have my phone at all times. When you have an addiction, they say the first step is admitting it. Hello my name is Piggie Harris and I’m addicted to social media. My precious phone must be near. I could zone out all that’s going on in the house with just a little bit of TikTok and Facebook statuses.

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I CAN'T HEAR YOU! SPEAK LOUDER!

Speaking of zoned out, something else that is a must-have for me being cooped up in the house with my family is my Beats by Dre canceled out headphones. Why these particular headphones you ask? I’s in the name. Beats by Dre canceled out headphones. Sometimes I have to cancel out all the craziness going on in my house.

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Dear Diary

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 Draw Two, Skip, Reverse, UNO, Out!

Because I have such a big family, we have to make sure that we keep each other entertained. One of our favorite things to do when we are inside is play Uno. But be warned: my family is very competitive, and it gets very serious on this Uno table!

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Netflix and Chill

Usually at night when everybody has eaten dinner, it’s time for a good movie. Netflix is a must-have in the house. We usually say we’re gonna watch a movie, then we end up binge watching shows like a Ozark.

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Water Is Life

In this weather, staying hydrated is something that is extremely important. A lot of times when we have winter storms in Texas, our pipes freeze and we’re not able to have running water. I like to make sure we stocked with plenty of water. It's something that we make sure to stock up on even if there is no winter storm. Water is life in this house!
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 Eat Colorful Foods

We can’t forget about snacks, and we better not forget about calories. I noticed when I get bored I like to start snacking, so I make sure if I’m going to be bored with nowhere to go, I’ll grab healthy snacks like some of my favorite fruits. If I’m going to eat like a pig, I am not going to feel like a pig.

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Cheers to Quarantine! - Bring the Booze

Last but not least, in a house full of people, you can honestly go crazy. Sometimes card games, headphones, social media, and Netflix don't do the trick. When none of my go-to essentials seem to get me out of the funk of having to stay in the house, that’s where my good friend Casamigos Tequila comes into play. Don’t judge me. I’d rather be feeling good than feeling crazy. Booze isn't always the answer, but it is here.
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I can’t speak for everyone when I say that my essentials will help you, but I can say  it works perfectly for me. Make sure you stay warm, Central Texas.

What Do You Need to Survive, Central Texas?

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