DIY hand warmers!

It’s getting colder and colder outside every day! We’re starting to get frost every morning and your probably feeling the chill while your going to work or school in the mornings. For me, my hands are always the most cold, and now I have a solution! These DIY microwave hand warmers are the perfect way to stay cozy during your morning commutes! You can use them over and over, re-heating them in the microwave each morning! No more frostbite here!

Now your probably thinking: why should I make these? Couldn’t I just buy the disposable ones at the store? Yes, you could keep on buying them over and over and waste tons of money. But why do that? You can only use those once, and they cost a whole lot more than if you would just use some fabric laying around and make some of these hand warmers! 

  They are the perfect gift, both practical and cute! Either wrap them up or use them as stocking stuffers! They are SUPER simple! It  only takes about 5 minutes to make a set! I love these hand warmers because you can just grab and go! They only take 10-20 seconds in the microwave, then you just slip it into your pocket or glove and your all set to face the cold! I cant wait to go outside this winter with these cute little hand warmers! Another cool thing about these, is that they can work as either a hand warmer or a cold pack! Simply put it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and voila! It’s an ice pack!

And now how to make them.

DIY microwaveable hand warmers!

DIY microwave hand warmers:

(As your making them, refer to the above picture for step by step pictures)


  • Fabric. Most any fabric will do, just as long is it doesn’t have plastic and it can be heated in the microwave without melting
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle + thread


  1. Cut out a rectangle in the fabric that is: “6 1/2 by “3 1/2, I cut out a piece of card stock paper that size and used it as a pattern.
  2. Fold over, good side to good side.
  3. Sew two sides. You can either leave one side open or leave only a little hole 1/2 inch wide. Don’t forget to reverse stitch and tie the knot!
  4. Turn it right sides out.
  5. Fill with rice.
  6. Sew it up, I used the blanket stitch.


Homemade hot chocolate! (Dairy free!)

So, what’s happening with you? Anything exciting? Well, today I was freezing! And what I really wanted was: Hot chocolate! The only problem? I can’t have dairy!! 🙁 Solution! This recipe, from the healthy!Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!

This hot cocoa is super simple! It takes about 5 minutes and is so delicious! I was really surprised when I had homemade hot cocoa in minutes! When I decided I wanted to make homemade hot chocolate, I was thinking: is it really worth spending a half an hour making it? My answer? Yes! Until I found this recipe!Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!


There are six ingredients in this recipe: 

  • Chocolate almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
  • Honey, or maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt

Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!So, I found this amazing recipe on and just changed it up a little to make it a little more my style! Instead of using vanilla almond milk and cocoa powder I just used chocolate almond milk instead. It makes it a little bit easier. :)Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!


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Homemade hot chocolate (dairy free)
Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups chocolate almond milk (see note)
  2. 1 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. pinch of ground cinnamon
  5. pinch sea salt
  1. Heat chocolate almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a low boil and then to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Taste and season to your liking with cinnamon and salt.
  5. Enjoy!
  1. If you don't have chocolate almond milk, or you would like to use a different kind of dairy free milk, you may use that and add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
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 What is your favorite kind of hot chocolate? Plain original? Pumpkin spice? Candy cane? Tell me below in the comments!