Things that are: COZY!

So, today, I thought I’d talk about one of my very favorite words. Cozy.
(For the record, my very favorite word is hope…but cozy is a close second.)
(And my favorite phrase is the Boston Red Sox have just won the World Series…but I digress…)
Between now and March, it’s all about cozy in my little world.  My mama taught me a lot of great lessons growing up, but one of my favorite lessons is that you need to make your space cozy.  Light a candle, put on fuzzy socks, grab a stack of books, a cup of coffee and be cozy.
Here are a few things making my world cozy right now…
…two cozy things in one picture.  Um, the red cup.  Yes.  Coffee just tastes better in a red cup.  And my sweatshirt.  I big puffy heart love my sweatshirt!  It’s so soft…and cozy ;).
I posted this pic of Kensington last week and have received a plethora of emails about it!  The bean bag chair is super cozy!  Santa brought them for my kids last Christmas…but if you can’t make it to the North Pole, Pottery Barn Teen has them too ;).
I mean…my leggings and my Uggs.  I’ve said this before…but if I’m at home longer than 30 minutes, my comfy pants go on and my house shoes or fuzzy socks do too.
Hey there first thing in the morning.  I told you guys the other day that I always work with a blanket in my lap (I’m constantly one second away from becoming a Golden Girl)…well, I found this blanket at Target this week.  Um, yes.  Now, when I have my old lady blanket on, at least it’s festive!

I need a minute.
I mean…I can’t even.
Between now and Christmas Day, it’s Michael Buble’s holiday station on my Pandora around my house.  If you haven’t listened to this station yet, I highly recommend it!  It’s the best of Christmas on one station.
I heart Michael Buble.
You know that…but it bears repeating.
True story…the other day, Andrew told me that he didn’t know Bath and Body Works had opened a new store…at our house. #obsessed #noshame
I know people are passionate about their candles…and I am too!  My very favorite are the fall and holiday scents from Bath and Body Works.  I mean…if you want to actually smell the word cozy, light one of these babies up :).

Ahhhh…my last piece of the cozy puzzle…these jammies.  I loved them last year and still love them this year.  I’m wearing them in this pic and in the blanket pic above.  I bought three pairs last year, so I don’t have any of the current patterns…but friends, they’re divine.  Like DIVINE.  Like buy a pair for yourself and four pairs to give to friends and family for Christmas.  If my kids wouldn’t get embarrassed, I would wear them 24/7.
And while we’re talking cozy…
…it’s my What’s for Soup-er tonight? post!
I’m sharing my collection of yummy (and easy!) soup recipes today.  No matter if you like potatoes, pasta, rice, beans or whatnot in your soup…I have a recipe for you.  See them all here.
So…what makes your world cozy?  I love candles, comfy clothes, house shoes, a blanket and that darn red cup.  I’d love to hear what makes your world a cozy one.
 Happy Wednesday!
And psssst…for fun, I even created a Cozy Pinterest Board

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  • Erika Slaughter November 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    After reading that, I wanna do NOTHING but get bundled up with a book and be cozy!!

  • kelly November 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I love your grey UGGS. They might just go on my Christmas list this year! Will you be posting pics of your Christmas decor this year? I'm so excited to see it!

  • Love on the Lake November 11, 2015 at 11:44 am

    The Lambie collection from Bath & Body Works is my definition of cozy – so soft and cuddley

  • ClintandGina November 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Oh, I love cozy!! I'm ordering the PJs ASAP. Are the pants long? I'm 5'3" and sometimes have to hem pants……..even pjs. I may need to throw the Uggs in my cart too!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I'm 5'3" and they're just perfect!

    • ClintandGina November 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Awesome. I just bought my first pair πŸ˜‰ Have a great Wednesday!!

    • Melanie Smith November 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      My mom is 5'7". I'm worried they will be too short on her. These would be perfect as a gift. Now I'm worried.

    • ClintandGina November 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Reviews say true to size, so should be fine for your mom. Nordstrom has free shipping and returns too!

  • Jennie November 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Did you go with a small in the But First, Coffee sweatshirt? I want to put that baby on my Christmas list!!!

  • kimm atwood November 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Love being cozy! And I have two pairs of those jammies from last year and 11 months later they are still my favorites

  • Brett and Katherine November 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I love the pajamas. One question–are they super heavy? Meaning does it have to be really cold for you to be able to wear them?

    • Melissa November 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Ive tried these….they are a fleece fabric, similar in weight to fleece fabric you would buy at Joann's. (but the pjs are higher quality and not pill-prone) anyway, maybe that tidbit helps to conceptualize if you'd be hot in fleece like that. So, no, not SUPER heavy, but they are definitely warm and winter appropriate. i personally would be too hot for them in seasons other than winter, but that is just me.
      also, last year, at the tip of one of Sheaffer's commenters, I found a pair of very very similar pjs at Target- on clearance after Christmas for $7.50! I was thrilled, and I actually loved those pair waaaaay more than the Nordstrom pair. I feel like they looked better on me. However, I'm sure the quality is not as good because with washing and drying, that fabric starts to loose its amazing-starting-softness-quality, haha. Even full price at Target at the beginning of the season was reasonable. maybe this helps :))

  • Elizabeth November 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I love those PJs …I didn't end up ordering any last year and this year I feel like the size of a school bus (thanks to my little bundle of joy on the way…) so they will have to wait until next year!

  • Megan Jamieson November 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    We have recently adopted my 3 year old's word for comfy clothes – "comfy cozies". There is nothing better than coming home from a busy day and putting on your comfy cozies. πŸ™‚

  • Emily Harrison November 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I agree with the Bath and Body Works fall and winter candles. I'm currently burning the Caramel Pumpkin Swirl and have already ordered some Frosted Cranberry ones.

  • Annelise Driscoll November 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    This post is right down my alley….about to go hop by my fireplace and read a book since its raining over here in MA! Love those pj's!!

  • Mary Keith November 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love nothing more than being cozy. I agree with all of your cozy necessities– candles, soothing music, comfy clothes, something warm to drink… Curling up wth a movie or good book… Nothing better! I'd add one– lighting! Twinkle lights or soft lamp light are cozy necessities to me. Overhead lighting can kill the cozy like WHOA.

  • The Langer Family November 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Love reading the blog! I am a candle and music person too! Love making the house feel warm. My favorite from bath and body (because it's also my fall candle smell go-to) was Sweater Weather! I bought 4 big ones and also gave them to teachers and neighbors as a fall gift attached with a fall handsoap. Love that I have my all time favorite candle on back up u till I use my winter scents. Will have to Check out the red Jammie's, they look very comfy.
    If you haven't tried sweater weather it's a must! πŸ™‚
    Jenny L

  • Meagan Ruse November 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    When I think of your home, I totally think "cozy" πŸ™‚ It always smells so good and you feel right at home. Love you, friend! Now you have made me want to have a jammie day πŸ™‚

  • JulieB November 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Love the bean bag chair. What size is the one Kensington is in? Trying to figure out the best size for my littles. πŸ™‚

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      It's the big one…and I'm glad because Andrew and I love it too :).

    • Christy November 11, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Which one did you get for Smith? I might have to add those.

  • Ashley November 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Ordering pjs today! At 40% off, who can resist!! Curious about sizing… I have some of their workout leggings, would the sizing be comparable you think?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      XS! You'll love them! They're so soft!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Gap is 40% off today! She means the Gap leggings!

    • Blakeley Spann November 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Help!! I can't find where the PJ's are 40% off. Where did you see them on sale?

    • Michele November 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      How did you get them 40% off? Is there a code I'm missing? Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  • Jersey Love November 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I love all things cozy too! I come home from work and put on comfy clothes and my slippers and make a cup of tea and get a blanket and watch Ellen. πŸ™‚

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} November 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I'm coming over today. I'll bring The Holiday. And Pad See Ew. And I'll wear my pajamas.

    • RachelZoe November 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Can I come, too? That sounds like the most perfect day EVER.

  • Angela Ellingson November 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    We speak the same language! LOVED this post… per usual. Sitting on our love seat under a soft blanket, enjoying morning snuggles with my four-year-old right now… Can't wait to have a house with a fireplace someday. I don't think I'll ever do anything again besides sit cozy in front of it.

  • Sheryl November 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Where can I order the pajamas? They're great!

  • Andrea K November 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I bought those cosy jammies last year & I love them so much! You might find me in them all day during the winter!

  • Burnett Family November 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    What size did you order in your sweatshirt

  • Katy November 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Seriously… Those GAP pajama pants are the BEST! Sooooo soft & cozy! I have two pairs & I think I'm going to order a third pair! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Katy Kimmey November 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Love the sweatshirt! Is it true to size or did it run big? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I wanted mine a little larger, so I ordered up a size. I think it technically runs true to size.

  • Lori G November 11, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Cozy is the BEST! My boss recently introduced me to the Danish term "hygge"; based on this post, I think you would really appreciate the concept, as well! πŸ™‚

  • Charming Lucy November 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    /i totally agree about the pajamas! I bought the pair you have on and am picking up another pair for my husband to give me for Christmas(: Thanks for the tip! Susan

  • Kjlb37 November 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Love all things cozy! Switch out the coffee for tea and I'm right there with you;)

  • Alicia Baumann November 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Best post ever on this Veteran's Day off! Shay you have to check out Luminara candles, they are fake but flicker and smell like real candles. Best part they have a remote which make it easy to turn on and off- but because they are fake you don't have to πŸ™‚ batteries last forever! They are one of my favorites to making my home cozy

  • Haley Southey November 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    YES!! I love this post so much!! All things cozy. All things warm! All things jammies and cocoa and coffee. And books! Ah, so great!!

  • Unknown November 11, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I love a soft cozy blanket!! Are there any stores you recommend besides Target for soft and cozy blankets? Thanks! Christina

  • Laci Murray November 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Love everything about this post! It's my favorite time of year when I can be comfy and cozy. Ordering those PJ's for a gift!

  • Queen In Between November 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I'm assuming the kids bean bags are the larger size?

  • Susanbrown November 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Love my Bath and Body Works fall candles (Pumpkin Pie)!! What are your favorite Christmas scents?

  • Heather Ausburn November 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Upon your suggestion, I have been listening to Pandora's Michael Buble' Holiday station all morning and it does not disappoint! Awesome station with all of the best songs/artist. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leigh Clark November 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I love the cozy….and adding soup to the end, perfect!!

  • Unknown November 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Reading your blog all the way from London, UK! πŸ™‚ Your posts always bring a smile to my face, thank you for sharing. Coffee and Christmas cups has a high cozy factor indeed – which is why I'm very excited to see that I could get my coffee in a Costa Coffee Christmas cup ("Uk equivalent" to Starbucks) today in the office. Have a wonderful day.


  • Megan November 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Now I just want to curl up with a book, blanket and light a candle!! Maybe I should ask for those cozy pjs for my bday!! Love this post!

  • Heather HS November 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Speaking of comfy, have you tried their Drape Front Stretch Fleece Cardigan & Leggings? They are the epitome of my fav 3 c's- comfy, cozy and cute!

  • Marcy Clifton November 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Have you listened to the group Pentatonix That's Christmas To Me CD(s)?? I just discovered them and I am in LOVE! I do love Michael Buble as well πŸ™‚

  • Staci November 11, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Love this post, Shay! I, too, love the word "cozy" =]. I actually lol'd at Andrew's comment about B&BW opening a store at your house, baha. And now I'm obsessed with that J.D Salinger quote, also!!!


  • Cathy's World November 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Now that it is getting darker earlier, I am all about, "cozy. The PJ's, house shoes, blankets on cold nights, love this post. My favorite word is hope also. My son was a patient for 11 months at Children's Hospital. He had brain cancer. That word was written and hung all over his room. Sadly, our sweet boy went home to be with the Lord but I still hold on to hope that someday we will be together again. Love your blog and read it every morning. πŸ™‚

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Oh Cathy! Yes, you will be reunited someday soon. I'm so sorry for your loss. I just said a prayer for you. xo

    • Cathy's World November 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      You are just to sweet, Thank you.

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    All of my favorite winter things wrapped up in one cozy little post! I love this, Shay!

  • The Nelson Happenings November 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Love your new blanket from Target ! It looks warm and cozy πŸ™‚

  • Ellepore November 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    What nail polish color are you wearing in your red cup pic? It's lovely!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      It's new from OPI's holiday collection! It's Press for Silver :).

    • Lauren November 12, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Question, how often do you have to paint your nails? And what do you use as far as base/top coat if any? Sorry if you have already posted about this… πŸ™‚ love reading your blog.

  • Angela Banae November 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Oh Shay! I can't believe how similar we are!!!! Cozy is one of my favorite words and HOPE?! Yes. It's actually a tie between hope and faith. I never realized how much I love my faux fur blanket from Target…I write with it on my lap about every. single. morning. (Yes. even in the summer months, when the AC is cranked up) Pajamas, leggings, UGG slippers (I love the Dakota ones), soft socks…I heart all of it, too!
    Thanks for the warm fuzzy post on all things good and cozy!! xo from Iowa!

  • Karen November 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I agree with all your cozy things, but I would add knitting and crochet. I love to work on projects this time of year. Since you are always sharing your finds…….I would like to share my new clothing source for girls similar to Matilda Jane, but a little lower price point. It's ~ they are also on IG

  • Emily November 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Shay — love those red and black plaid pjs. I'm the same height as you, around 115 lbs…trying to decide between XS and S. What size are you wearing and do you find they're true to size? Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • Rachel - Floral and Fudge November 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I love this cozy post! Our old house gets so chilly in winter, so I am taking your advice to make it warm and special this year πŸ™‚

  • Becky November 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I love cozy, too! I read this interesting article about the Danish and their concept of cozy having winter and dark for so long! It's like cozy plus community..,a good mix in my book πŸ™‚

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living November 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I love any cozy as well and this time of the year is perfect for that. Thanks for sharing such sweet things πŸ™‚

  • Melissa D. November 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I listened to that Pandora station this morning and it is perfection! I love that it is a blend of the newer and older music, from Mariah to Perry, and everything in between! Thanks for the suggestion! Another fun station is the "I Pray on Christmas" station!

  • Paige Viollt November 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I wish leggings and pajamas were acceptable office attire! I love being cozy! πŸ™‚ I'm like you, if I'm at home comfy pants and slippers are on! My friend even invented a hashtag for it #cozemode. We often send each other pics when we're at home using the #.

  • Not A Mom November 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I absolutely love this post idea! Literally in love with the word cozy, my desktop background says Cozy Up :)!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

  • Jeanie November 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Flannel sheets! I love my flannel sheets.

  • Michelle Mills November 12, 2015 at 1:53 am

    As I am catching up on your blog, I have Bath and Body Works "Sweater Weather" candle burning while watching Hallmark channel. I too, love a good blanket. Love this time of year! Thanks for sharing your favs.

  • Sarah Kuykendall November 12, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Michael Buble Christmas and pajamas….my love language!!

  • Aleisha Bruce November 12, 2015 at 3:01 am

    How about the jeans in the sweatshirt picture? Store? Size? They just look so comfy with that sweatshirt!! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Buckley November 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Yes… where are those jeans from:)

  • Laura D November 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I found Michael's Christmas CD last year and I listened to it for 3 months during holiday season!!!!

  • Loni "The Healthie Foodie" November 12, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Hi Shay! I love your first part of this post – books! I love reading. And I think I owe you a HUGE thank you for introducing me to Lianne Moriarity and Elin Hildrebrand – I read of Moriarity's and have read 5 of Hildebrands so far. They're so good!
    I wanted to return the favor and recommend 2 books for you – The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses both are by Jeanette Walls. Please read them and tell me what you think. XO

  • Andrea West November 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

    How do you think BBW candles compare when it comes to burning time? I have been getting Yankee candles, but I love the BBW "Leaves" scent and they are cheaper when they have their sale….I'm just afraid they'll burn so fast with the three wicks?

  • Kelly November 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    A fire in the fireplace equals cozy!

  • danielle November 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I love being cozy! I have been sooooo cold this season so far – especially my feet. I cant afford uggs to warm my toes- but I got these at Walmart and just LOVE them. They are strictly inside only – but they have been so cozy and warm – for only $15.99

    Hope this helps those that are on a tight budget.

  • Melissa at HOUSEography November 12, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Awesome, as always!! Adorable sweatshirt. Going to buy it for my husband to give to me for Christmas. No joke – I keep a box of stuff in the attic for him to wrap for me. It's awesome delayed gratification πŸ™‚
    Also, if you like Michael Buble, check out Tony Desare's new Christmas album. He's awesome too – It's only on preorder now but he has several tracks available for listening. He's got a great voice.

  • Heather Lott November 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    All of this coziness looks perfect. I am a huge fan of Bath and Body Works and I keep the Pumpkin Pie candle all season long! Can I ask where you got the candle holder in your laundry room?

  • Lisa Longoria November 13, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Love the cozy! Curious what your kids are when they were younger? I'm having the hardest time getting my 19 month old to eat what the adults eat. Help please!

  • ehomaha November 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Guys are the hardest to buy for! I think the slippers are a great idea! We have a lot of teenagers in my family so iTunes cards are always a hit. Bath and body works mens sprays too! So much better than Axe πŸ˜‰

  • Zakiya Francis November 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I love giving the guys in my life Cologne, hats, and scarves for Christmas! Oh…. and junk food too!! πŸ™‚

  • Zakiya Francis November 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I love giving the guys in my life Cologne, hats, and scarves for Christmas! Oh…. and junk food too!! πŸ™‚

  • Zakiya Francis November 13, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love giving the guys in my life sweaters and hats for Christmas. Oh…. and junk food!!! πŸ™‚

  • Linda November 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Hello Shay..:) My name is Linda, I'm a full time mom with 2 little girls. I love reading your blog about your family's stories, journey and your 3 kiddos. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your blog! GOD is full of love and the best. πŸ™‚
    I'd love to get the Ugly Sweater for my husband this Christmas and matching mugs for four of us. πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

  • Linda November 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Hello Shay.. My name is Linda and I'm a full time mom of 2 little girls. I love reading your blog about your family stories, journey and your 3 kiddos. God is full of love and the best! πŸ™‚
    I'd love to give the Ugly sweater for my husband this Christmas and matching mugs for four of us.
    THank you!

  • Jaren November 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Cozy things! Oh how you speak my language!!

  • Sarah Roe November 15, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I like to give cologne as gifts

  • Kristine November 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Keeping with the cozy trend…I'd go with a bathrobe or slippers πŸ™‚

  • Morgan Eckert November 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Are the Ugg slippers true to size? On the website it says they run large. Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Yes! I ordered an 8 and that's what I wear!

  • Courtney October 26, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I know this post is from forever ago, but I remembered those sweatshirts, love them and want to order for my sisters for Christmas! Can you tell me how the fit is? I think they would be a small but you never want a sweatshirt to be too fitted! Thanks!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 27, 2016 at 5:29 am

      I would say it’s true to size, but size up if you’re the least bit worried. Better a little bigger than snug.