Christmas Day is right around the corner. It’s one of those days where I’m looking to wear something that is equal parts cute, comfortable, and festive. We spend a lot of time lounging on the couch so I like to be comfortable. I also like to get on the ground and play with my niece and nephew (I mean, they obviously need to play with all their new toys and I want in on the excitement) so I like something that allows me to do that. However, you know I don’t pass up on opportunity to dress for a theme or holiday. These items are the perfect balance of dressy and comfortable. There are a lot of great sweaters here too, which are great for the winter months ahead as well. Just click on an image below to shop!
This time of year makes me want to have all the hot drinks! It’s alsp probably the biggest drinking season of all. I thought I would combine the two and make a hot cocktail. I made this for some of my friends when they came over and everyone liked it. Sometimes, I have to live up to the Cozy Curator reputation and this cocktail helped since it’s plenty cozy! Plus, it’s so easy! This cocktail is perfect for Christmas celebrations.
Ingredients (Yields 5 Cocktails):
32 oz Chai Tea Latte Concentrate (I used Oregon Chai Slightly Sweet)
15 oz Almond Milk (unsweetened)
20 oz Whole Milk
1 cup Whiskey
1 T agave (unless you buy sweetened almond milk & fully sweetened chai tea concentrate, in which case I would forgo this)
1 T Ground Cinnamon
6 Cinnamon Sticks
Whipped cream (for topping)
Over a stovetop, combine all of the ingredients except the whipped cream. Heat over low heat until it is hot while continuously stirring.
Pour into mugs & drain out the cinnamon sticks.
Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
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Who else has some holiday parties coming up? I have Jay’s work party, which is really a pretty lit party filled with 20-somethings who have that NYC-startup thinking going on. It’s such a fun time of year to dress up and really go all out. This time of year, along with vacation, are my favorite things to dress for. I love a good excuse to get fancy! A lot of these items are also perfect for winter weddings. I have one next week and I think that so many of these dresses would be perfect for it and the welcome dinner. I hope this helps get you in the festive spirit!
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Every holiday season I’m looking for fun cocktail ideas that aren’t loaded with a ton of sugar (for taste purposes, not splurging purposes because the holiday’s mean you can load up on sugar). Jay loves tequila so I wanted to incorporate that into a recipe, especially since its so rare for Christmas cocktails. These are so festive and taste really fresh!
Ingredients (yields 3-4 cocktails)
10 ounces silver tequila
8 ounces fresh lime juice
8 ounces coconut water (unflavored)
8 ounces coconut milk (I used SO delicious refrigerated)
6 ounces coconut rum
Springs of rosemary and fresh cranberries for garnish, if desired
Mix all of the ingredients in a large shaker.
Shake/mix thoroughly right before pouring.
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The other night on Instagram stories I was talking about this healthy meal that’s a go-to of mine when I’m craving something hearty and cozy without the pasta. This meal just screams ‘home cooked’ in that way that makes you want to dim the lights and get in your coziest clothes while stuffing your face. However, this option comes without the major guilt. Plus, its surprisingly good (obviously, not as good) when you have it for leftovers the next day. I’m all about doing work that I can get 2 meals out of. In order to get 2 full meals for 2 people out of it, double the recipe!
4 large zucchini (about 4 pounds)
Sprinkle of salt
Olive oil spray
1 cup fresh spinach
Freshly ground black pepper (1 T)
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/3 cut freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (divided)-I use Raos Arrabbiata sauce for an extra kick
2 cups shredded mozzarella (divided)
In the morning, slice your zucchini lengthwise into thin strips (about 1/8 inch thick). Lay the slices flat onto paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt. Lay another paper towel on top of the zucchini. Let is sit for a few hours (or until you make the meal that night) to lose as much water as possible.
Once you are ready to prep the filling, spray a large skillet with olive oil spray and place over medium heat. Sauté the spinach in the pan until it reduces. Set it aside so it can cool down.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese (so 1 cup), spinach, garlic, egg, black pepper, and basil. Stir to combine.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce onto the bottom of your baking dish. Set aside.
Spread approximately 1 T of the ricotta mixture onto each zucchini slice and then roll it up and place it inside of the prepared baking dish. Repeat until the dish is filled with the zucchini roll ups. Then, top with the remaining marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the lasagna rolls are heated throughout and the cheese is golden brown.
Serve and enjoy immediately!
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Today’s gift guide is for your mom or mother in law! However, I either own or want all of these items so I think its fair to say that they work for women of all ages. If you’re looking to drop a hint to someone in your life, just copy and paste the URL to this blog post and send it over to someone’s mailbox. Everyone needs a Mrs. Claus!
Cardigan: The softest cardigan OF ALL TIME! It feels like a cloud and is so cozy and warm. It comes in multiple colors. It’s one of those things that you never want to take off.
Slip on Sneakers: These are great for anyone who travels or is out and about. Its great to have a pair of sneakers that you can still dress up and look cute in. My mom and I both have a pair like this and get so much use out of them. These are nice quality and come in multiple colors.
Instant Pot: This is a crockpot on steroids. It does the same type of cooking but at a way faster speed!
Necklace: This is actually the last gift that my dad gave my mom (for her birthday) before his passing and I think that it’s a special one. Its rare to find a monogram necklace with diamonds on it. It’s so delicate and feminine!
Curling Iron Trio: This is such an awesome curling iron set! You can adjust the wands to get different types of curls.
Luggage: Who doesn’t want super nice quality luggage? I love how these are monogramed and so classy looking. They come in multiple colors. If they get scuffs on them, they clean up easily with a magic eraser. This is how you travel in style!
Diffuser: This pretty diffuser is the perfect accessory to get someone into essential oils!
Pillowcase: This silk pillowcase is a game changer! Besides the fact that it feels nice on your face, it has so many amazing properties. It doesn’t absorb the moisturizer/face oil from your face when you lay down on it like a regular pillow case does. That’s great because it protects the investment of our skin product! Also, it is better for your skin and wrinkle prevention. It has benefits for your hair too, including keeping your styled hair in place more so than a regular pillow case. It also helps keep your hair soft and shiny. Just make sure to follow the care instructions for washing because I learned my lesson the hard way with mine.
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Are you looking for a kicka** gift at a kicka** price? These gifts are perfect for coworkers, your friends, a secret Santa exchange and all of those other budget friendly gift necessities. The post includes items for men and women and a lot of them are unisex so that they can be used easily for a white elephant exchange or something of that nature.
Monogram Coaster: I have this and use it on my desk! Its such a great item for someone’s nightstand or desk since its personalized. I love the style of it. The price point is ridiculously good.
Book: This is such a cute coffee table book! My friend got it for me for my birthday last year, for obvious reasons. Its got great recipes and just pretty things inside!
Travel Mug: This travel mug is incredible. It keeps things SO hot for SO long. We have one and I’m so impressed by it. I’ve always used it for mac and cheese to keep it extra hot!
Candle: This monogrammed candle makes such a great hostess gift and/or gift for any woman in your life. Who doesn’t love a nice candle? Plus, its a neutral color, which I always think is nice for gifts for people’s homes.
Baseball Cap: This hat is unisex and so cool. It’s classic with a trendy twist.
Roller: This facial roller is so awesome. Its great for helping your face lotion or oils absorb into your skin and for combatting wrinkles. It also helps with inflammation.
Neck Massager: My friend had this neck massager and my whole family fell in love with it. My mom immediately ordered all of us one and we’ve all been walking around with them on our necks for easy access and use. Its perfect for trigger points and for getting out knots that are hard to reach on your own.
Toiletry Bag: This bag is particularly great for men’s travel.
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The sales seem to kick off earlier and earlier every year now. Luckily, I get some insider scoop as to when retailers will be hosting sales and when they will be ending them. I also have a couple of special codes for retailers. I spent a lifetime searching the internet and rounded up all of the BEST sale items in this post! Just click on an image to shop or click into a retailer’s name to shop the sale in general.
Gorjana: 20% off site wide + free gift with exclusive code CYBERSAVE20; Dates: 11/25-11/27.
They never have sales and this one is exclusive to Rewardstyle bloggers’ readers (aka YOU). The choker I wear all the time is linked as the first item.
JCrew: 50% off everything + 60% off select styles with code CYBER
Free People: 50% off select styles; 30% off other select styles
Anthropologie: 30% off everything
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off select styles
ASOS: 20% off site wide with code EPIC25
Bloomingdales: Take 25% off items labeled Take 25% off
Sephora: 50% off select items
Macy’s: 20% off Macy’s Cyber Monday + Free Shipping at $25 with code CYBER
Old Navy: 50% off everything
Pottery Barn: 25% off regular priced items + free shipping with code CYBER
Topshop: Up to 50% off selected lines, with free standard worldwide delivery plus stackable 10% student discount
Baublebar: 35% off everything with code CYBER35
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Today’s gift guide is for your dad and father in law. For the record though, my 29 year old husband owns and loves a bunch of these items so I think that they are applicable for men in general. I included a few of my dad’s favorite things in this guide. If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the words next to the number below.
Sneakers: My dad was sending us texts in our group chat multiple times about how fan-fu*****-tastic these sneakers are right before his passing. We even buried him in them because he was so passionate and excited about them. My husband has them and says that they are not designed for exercise but are good for everyday wear. They are really breathable so your foot doesn’t get sweaty.
Pillow: This is such a great pillow. Its really the pillow for everyone because it has an inner layer that you can remove if you want it to be thinner. It was designed with a lot of special technology to make it conform to your head and neck in the best way.
Speaker: This device is so awesome! We have one and love it. I really like how this one has the brass/brown details at the bottom. I think that it gives it a cool and masculine edge. In addition to using it for music, its great for setting timers, asking about the weather, asking facts, setting reminders, and so much more.
Steam Grill Cleaner: This gift is awesome for the grill master. It is a grill cleaning brush that involves steam to get it extra clean! I couldn’t have a dad gift guide without a grill item!
Cooler: This cooler bag is the best there is. It’s perfect for bringing some beer to the beach or a tailgate. It can also be used to transport food I guess haha.
DNA Kit: 23 & Me is such an awesome gift for a parent. It’s so interesting to find out all of the results. We got it for my dad last year for Chanukah and found out some really interesting facts about his, and therefore my, heritage. It’s fun for them to get and share the results with everyone as well. It’s all so easy to do. Plus, if you’re giving it to a birth parent, then you will also learn things about your own DNA.
Cologne: This is the greatest cologne. Its actually unisex and designed with special science to smell good on and adapt to everyone. It’s worth the price tag.
PJ Pants: These are the softest and most incredible feeling PJ pants in the world. Both my dad and husband have had and loved them for years. They are thin and lightweight so they aren’t like other pajama pants that people who get hot while they sleep hate. They feel like butter!
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Look, I may not know how to change the oil in my car or how to get most places in the world (the saying ‘directionally challenged’ was coined for me) but I do know a thing or two about coziness! After all, they don’t call me the Cozy Curator for nothing! I really value soft things, loungewear, amazing smelling candles and more. This is truly the ‘cozy girl’ survival kit. These items are really great for women at any age! If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the URLs below.
Weekend Sweater: I have a “Sundays” t-shirt and seriously wear it every Sunday. Its so nice to have special weekend cozy-wear that you look forward to putting on. Plus, you can pair this with some faux leather leggings and cute booties and have the perfect outfit for brunch in the winter. It’s currently on sale and priced so well!
Candle: I get this scented candle every single year and LOVE the style that they are offering this year. It is the BEST smelling candle and gives off all of the cozy, winter scents. It smells just like a balsam tree (but in a subtle way that does not smell artificial) combined with other wintery scents. The amount of compliments that I get on the scent of this candle is absurd.
Pearl Embellished Pullover: This is the pullover that I’m wearing in the photo! The pearl details on this add a dressier element to what is really just a comfy sweatshirt. Its thin/lightweight and is perfect with joggers or leggings. It runs true to size.
Robe: The softest and coziest robe of all time. Perfect for cold winter days! It comes in so many colors.
Set with Lace Details: I need this set! Feminine loungewear that makes you look dressed up when you’re anything but dressed up is where it’s at! I love the “color” and lace details!
Blanket: This is the blanket version of that robe. It is insanely soft. Its basically an adult baby blanket and so comforting! It comes in a ton of colors.
Slow Cooker: This is the best slow cooker/crockpot of all time. I know I’ve talked about it before but that’s because my obsession with it is REAL. The inside of it is all-clad so you can use it on your stovetop, in your oven, and in the slow cooker. That means that you can brown your meats, garlic, whatever on the stovetop before starting your crockpot recipe and only use one pot the whole time (life changing). It also has a steam function that I use ALL THE TIME! You can even cook rice in it. Its truly an ‘all in one’ device and perfect for every cozy meal!
Fuzzy Half-Zip: I posted this last year and people went crazy for it. I call it a ‘wearable blanket.’ Its the warmest and best thing. Its perfect to throw on when you’re cold at home or even as a fleece when you’re out running errands and what not. Its currently on major sale and will sell out soon so get on it! Multiple people told me that they got it for their moms last year and that they loved it so its really a perfect gift for everyone!
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This year I enlisted the help of Mr. Cozy (aka my husband aka Jay) for the Men’s Gift Guide. It was fun to work on it together and I am hoping to loop him into more posts on here soon ;) Like with the other gift guides, we kept the list small but powerful. We made sure that every item is a knock out of the park! I included descriptions as well as some of Jay’s insight in the descriptions below. Guys, if you are looking to drop a hint to someone in your life, just copy and paste the URL to this post and email it over to someone! If you send a link from the post, please copy the URL with the description below so that the gift giver purchases directly from my special link that gives me ‘credit.’ Happy gift giving!
Sunglasses: Jay says that sunglasses are always a good gift because you wear them so much each year that you end up getting sick of them. Plus, in the summer he is committed to wearing sunglasses that match the vibe of his bathing suit, which I would hate on if I didn’t secretly appreciate and love it so much ;) These are SUCH a good price for polarized sunglasses. They are classic but still cool.
Casper Mattress: Jay actually works for Casper in logistics and we both are gigantic fans of the mattress. Seriously, it changed my life and I struggle a lot sleeping anywhere without it. Its perfect in every way and such a steal for the price. I thought that it wasn’t going to be a good match for all of my specific requirements with my back injury and yet it somehow is. Jay thought of this for the gift guide because the gift of restful sleep is honestly the best. Its perfect for the holidays because it arrives in a box so you can actually wrap it and put it under the tree and no one would suspect that its a mattress (its crazy that it fits in such a small box)! If you’re giving this gift to someone who you share a bed with then it will also be a gift for you!
Catchall: Jay’s catchall is great for his own organization and for our marriage because his wallet and other ‘loose’ items from his pocket go in one organized spot instead of on our counter. We both hate clutter and like when things have a ‘home.’ This one is so nice because its monogramed and manly. I got Jay one a couple of years ago for the holidays and he still says it was such a great gift.
Fitness & Sleep Tracker Ring: I didn’t even know about this until Jay suggested it for the gift guide. It’s the same concept as the fitness and sleep tracking bracelets but is a ring. I think that it looks much cooler than the bracelets! Its not even obvious at all that its a tech ring. It syncs with your phone and comes in multiple colors.
Jacket: This faux shearling lined jacket is the perfect amount of edgy and ‘normal.’ Plus, it was created by Justin Timberlake and who doesn’t want to be rocking something that makes you as cool as him?
Backpack: This is my personal favorite gift on the gift guide. I have the women’s version and it changed my life. Its SO lightweight, has great compartments and pockets, is easy to wipe off/clean, and best of all has a slip on the back of it so that it slides on the handles of a suitcase. Its seriously the best feature for traveling. I just throw mine on the handles of my rolling carryon and it stays so securely on the handles. Instead of Jay having to carry a backpack and push his rolling carry on (in addition to mine), he could just slip this on the handles and have it all in one. Its amazing for everyday use and in replacement of a briefcase as well! Its pricey but worth every penny.
Bar tools: Every man needs a good set of bar tools. Jay takes great pride in his bar equipment. I hooked him up with all of his tools for a birthday gift one year and it was definitely one of the best gifts I ever got him.
Boots: Who doesn’t like getting a fresh pair of boots for the holidays? Jay loves Chelsea boots because they instantly dress up any outfit but are still casual. These just scream ‘handsome.’
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It’s that time of year to ‘deck the halls.’ Holiday decor is my favorite because its the coziest! Give me some twinkle lights, furry blankets, and delicious smelling candles and I’m good to stay on my couch. I basically married a Christian person so that I could finally put up a Christmas tree and decorate my apartment with furry stockings and all of the Christmas vibes. I am a bit of an ornament addict and could seriously do damage buying decor for my tree. I definitely have some Chanukah touches in our apartment as well (proud Jew here) but there just aren’t as many options out there. I found the coolest menorahs and Chanukah decor in the game though and linked it at the bottom of this post. Have fun getting in the holiday spirit!