Cozy Weekend In: Guide


Cold weather is here, and whether we want it to or not, it's here to stay for awhile. In my opinion, there's no better way to spend a cold winter weekend than staying cozied up at home. Pull out the fuzzy socks and oversized sweaters! Spending time indoors doesn't mean you have to get stuck in a Netflix rut, though. There's plenty you can do to keep yourself occupied and productive.  

Start a journal. Keep track of the things you're looking to accomplish. Write about the things you've proudly accomplished thus far. Flipping back through those pages later in life will give you a chance to reflect back on the tasks you achieved and completed to get your future self to where your future self is. If you already keep a journal, maybe you've abandoned it for a few months - play catch up and get writing. Probably the hardest part of keeping a journal is remembering to write in it frequently, so setting a small amount of time is a great place to start. Hop on Spotify and create a cozy, winter, acoustic playlist. For those of you with record players, winter is a great time to reorganize and sort out vinyl. First off, assess where you've been keeping everything and make sure it's not stored anywhere near heaters or floor vents where the heat could potentially heat up and warp your vinyl. Pop in a few of your favorites to listen to while you're hanging out at home.

Maybe you've been contemplating a capsule wardrobe; now is the perfect time to start! Sort through your clothing collection and pick out your favorites to include in your winter capsule. Choose a color palette to work with and go from there. Organize your drawers; ensure that everything is still folded up nice and neat in your dresser. Take some time to give your blankets and bedding/pillow cases a refresh in the washer. For any wool blankets, be sure to wash them in cold water and on the gentle cycle, or, if the blanket is extra delicate, wash it by hand with cold water.

Set aside some time to also organize your photos that are stuffed into that small box. It can be a hassle, which is why it's a perfect thing to do on a lowkey weekend spent indoors. If you have a collection of polaroid's sitting around, sort through them and create either a mini photo album for your coffee table, or some fancy DIY project that displays them on your wall. Speaking of DIY projects, tackle a few on your DIY Pinterest board. If you celebrate Christmas, DIY's can make for great gifts - that's my favorite thing to give to people, it feels more special and intimate.

Snuggle up on the couch with your warm blanket straight out of the dryer and catch up on some reading. If you don't want to take the time to start a new reading book, check out what I like to call a "coffee table book" to draw inspiration from. A few of my favorites are How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Caroline de Maigret (and others), Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, and It by Alexa Chung. If you're just not into reading whatsoever, pop in Christmas movie.  If you want to make this experience extra cozy warm and enjoyable, light a candle or two and grab a mug of hot cocoa to keep on your coffee table next to you. Check out this yummy recipe:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch of salt
3 1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup boiling water
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half cream
Handful of mini marshmallows

Combine the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water and bring mixture to an easy bowl while you consistently stir. Simmer and stir for about two minutes and keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn't scorch. Stir in the almond milk and heat until it's very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between four mugs, and add the cream and marshmallows.

Stay cozy!

13 comments

  1. This sounds like the perfect weekend in. Looking forward to trying your recipe. It sounds yummy!

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  2. This would be perfect! We've gotten tons of snow and it is so extremely cold. I can't even stand to go outside. I'd love to be curled up on the couch with a warm blanket and a book right now.

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  3. I want to sit on the couch with a warm fresh out the dryer blanket, candles and finish the book I'm on! Your cocoa looks good. I have never tried it with almond milk before!

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  4. Mmm, I'd love this! When it's cold I enjoy bundling up and watching TV. Or reading. Cozy weekends are the best.

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  5. While I would like to use the next two weeks to get myself and my virtual life organized, I think I need to be OK with entering 2017 a little scattered. We only get 2 weeks with our friends and family and I'd like to be able to soak up every minute with them!

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  6. I love having stay in days or weekends (: You reminded me of that. Especially when its rainy or cold.

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland
    www.memoriesbyisaly.com

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  7. Having a cozy weekend in sounds lovely. We've so busy lately. We are definitely going to make sure we have some peaceful downtime snuggled up with a good book and some cocoa.

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  8. Cozy weekends with a warm beverage are the best!

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  9. We definitely need to keep warm especially since our temps are in sub zeros. I already started the fire early today.

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  10. I love staying indoors during the freezing cold with a hot cocoa and a good movie! Fun and cozy

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  11. We just had a winter advisory this weekend. I totally wish I'd found this Friday night! Would have made my night in with my honey so cozy

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  12. I'm overdue for a stay in weekend. I just might have try your recipe

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  13. I hate the cold and have been staring at boxes of photos that need to be gone through and organized. I need to do this a.s.a.p.

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