I’m so excited to get back into the swing of things with Hey There, Chelsie, especially during my favorite time of year! Ya’ll know that I am ALL about the holidays and I have a bunch of content I can’t wait to share over the next couple weeks. Today, I’m teaming up with Solmate Socks to talk about one of my FAVORITE parts of December – being cozy.
There is just something so inherently comforting and calming when I think about being cozy. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, but when I’m doing a cozy activity, everything seems right in the world. I think that when I make time to be cozy, I’m making time to pause my busy life and just take pause to enjoy the moment and to rest. It’s so important to me during the holiday season (which gets SO crazy SO fast) that I make the time to be cozy and recharge. That being said, here are 15 ways to stay cozy:
15 Ways to Stay Cozy this Holiday Season:
- Stock up on thick and chunky socks and wear them ALL the time (cold feet are the WORST)
- Snuggle in blankets and read a book
- Change out your blankets and pillows – think of adding blankets with different textures and weights.
- Drink Hot Cocoa
- Sit in front of a fire and listen to Christmas music
- Burn candles
- Take a warm bath (with a bath bomb!)
- Wear leggings ALL THE TIME
- If you are out of leggings, wear cozy fleece pants
- Wear flowy tops or chunky sweaters you can hunker down in
- Eat soup or stew (and let it sit in a crock pot all day so your house smells heavenly.)
- Listen to old music and feel the nostalgia
- Get a heated blanket and sit with it all afternoon
- Layer your clothes (think beanies, blanket scarves, cardigans, and boots)
- Spend some time decluttering a space and then sit in the silence and enjoy the ambiance of it
My Personal Favorite Ways to be Cozy:
Collect ALL the cozy socks – I am not kidding when I say my feet are cold ALL of the time. I could have a pair of ankle socks on and still feel how cold they are through the socks. That’s why it’s so important for me to have the chunkiest, warmest, coziest socks on the face of the planet with temperatures drop, because having cold feet is worst than having damp elbows (which is pretty awful.)
I was so stoked to discover Solmate Socks because they are thick, sweater-like socks that are made with recycled yarn. So, not only are they the optimal cozy socks, they also are created with a zero-waste policy. But my favorite part about Solmate Socks? They come in such fun, quirky, and VIBRANT patterns and colors. Also, no two socks are exact matches, which means they are meant for me. (If you go back and look at all my style photos, you will realize my socks NEVER match.) I firmly agree with Solmate Socks’ motto: life is too short to have matching socks.
Seriously, I cannot recommend these socks enough. They are perfect for a cozy afternoon snuggled in blankets with hot cocoa, and they also make perfect holiday gifts (they are so unique and I’m pretty sure everyone in your family will want to have warm feet this winter.)
Wear Leggings and Flowy/Chunky tops ALL THE TIME – I seriously count down the days until the temps dip below 60 degrees so I can wear some of my favorite cozy clothes out and about. To me, there is nothing cozier to wear then leggings. They are so darn comfortable and can be SO warm (especially the fleeced lined ones.) When I’m running errands or have to go somewhere and look presentable (aka, not wear a baggy sweatshirt) I love to rock chunky sweaters or flowy tops, like this one below. It just makes me feel like I could snuggle up anywhere and take a nice cat nap because I’m wearing such comfortable, cozy clothes.
And of course, Solmate Socks are perfect for these kinds of outfits. The bright colors and patterns stand out against leggings and not only make your feet extra cozy but give your outfit an extra little bit of sass!
Drink Hot Cocoa – Hot cocoa is my one, true love in this life. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but in all honesty, it’s my favorite thing to drink. Dustin and I start drinking hot cocoa September 1st and will go all the way through the end of April. When we lived in Louisiana two summers ago, I would purposely crank the AC way down so it would be cold enough in our apartment to want hot cocoa. I love it that much. It just warms the soul, makes you want to cuddle with a blanket and put a Harry Potter movie on, am I right?
This year, I decided to put together a mini hot-cocoa bar on our kitchen island and it is my FAVORITE Christmas decoration (besides the tree.) I filled mason jars with a variety of hot cocoa mix-ins and Dustin whips up a batch of his home-made hot cocoa 1-2 times a week before we snuggle in for a holiday movie. You seriously can’t get cozier than that!
Read a Book- If I’m not hunkering down with a Harry Potter movie, then you can bet that I’m cozying up with a good book. We got my DREAM reading chair for our front room this summer and I have made sure to layer it up with as many different blankets and pillows as my wallet can afford. I love putting on my cozy socks and throwing myself on my “reading throne” when I come home from work and spending some time getting lost in a book. It’s the perfect way to unwind from my day and take some time to snuggle in and rest.
You all know that this last month has been so unbelievably hard for me on a personal level, but I am so grateful for the moments I have to be cozy. By practicing some of these ways to be cozy, I have been able to find new ways to take time for myself and heal. I also haven’t had cold feet since my Solmate Socks came to me, so that definitely helps, too.
If you want to get your hands on some of these fun and whimsical socks (for yourself or for a Christmas gift) you can get free shipping on ANY size order using the code “FUNSOCKS.” Not only will your feet thank you, but you’ll also be supporting an amazing business AND our environment. It’s a win, win, win.
What are your favorite ways to be cozy during this time of year?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.