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11 Products To Ensure Your Home Is Extra Cozy This Holiday Season

To make sure your house is extra cozy this year.

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The holidays are officially here, and what better time than to start decorating your house and upping your holiday wardrobe game? Prepping your house for the holidays can be a special tradition, no matter who you share it with. Having these 11 products on hand will get you feeling extra cozy this holiday season.

1. Holiday candles

You best be heading to Bath & Body Works ASAP or pulling a few out of last year's stockpile. Nothing says cozy like a delicious smelling candle.

2. Festive stockings

Whether you have a fireplace or not, stockings add that festive touch to any home around the holiday season.

3. A Sherpa throw blanket 

These are all the rave this year, and there's a reason. Placing one of these blankets in your living room will add a decorative touch, as well as being the perfect thing to cuddle up with.

4. String lights

Colored or white, string lights add a warm and cozy vibe to any area. Hang them all over the house for extra coziness!

5. Mini Christmas trees

These are so cute and affordable, it's hard to not have one in every room.

6. Holiday scented hand soaps

While you're picking up the candles, be sure to stock up on enough holiday hand soaps to deck the bathrooms with.

7. Holiday pajamas

Bonus points if you get matching ones with your family or roommates.

8. Decorative holiday signs

You see them all over Pinterest, so why not invest in your own?

9. Christmas socks

If you're anything like me, you have a pair of socks that matches almost every holiday. Christmas is no exception.

10. Holiday coffee mugs

What's better than waking up on a snowy, December day and drinking your coffee out of a Christmas mug? Nothing.

11. Holiday tablecloth

Get your dining room feeling festive as well with holiday tablecloths or table runners.

With these 11 products, your house will be feeling cozier in no time. Happy holidays!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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