14 Ways To Make Your Room A Comfy, Cozy Safe Haven

14 Ways To Make Your Room A Comfy, Cozy Safe Haven

Blankets, and pillows, and candles, oh my!

It's the holiday season, which means the urge to make our rooms as inviting and warm as possible has finally arrived. It's always fueled by lazy-day Pinterest searches and chilly fall mornings. These twelve essentials are key factors to giving your space a comfy, cozy vibe!

1. Candles

There's nothing better than the warm glow of a candle in a dreary room. They even make electronic candles for those who want the ambiance but can't have open-flames in a dorm!

2. Essential Oil Diffuser

These are also a great candle alternative! Diffusers are a natural approach to making your room smell inviting! Scents like geranium, lemon, peppermint, and lotus flower can be added to the water, creating a scented vapor that brews all day!

3. Rugs

Stepping on a cold floor has to be one of the most uncomfortable feelings on a chilly day. Rugs give your toes a break as well as adding style and dimension to your room.

4. Plush Blankets

The #1 key to acquiring the coziest room of all is lots and lots of blankets! Wool blankets, microfiber plush blankets, crochet blankets...I need them all!

5. Wall Tapestry

If your walls feel harsh and bare, add a creative tapestry! They come in loads of size and patterns to fit your specific style.

6. Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps have great health benefits because they purify and neutralize the air on the ionic level. Plus, they look pretty cool as a raw focal point.

7. String Lights

The warmth of these lights gives your room a radiant glow without needing sterile overhead room lighting.

8. Plants

Plants can help purify the air as well as adding greenery to your space. Good houseplants include succulents, cacti, spider plants, and ivy.

9. Pillows

Pillows in the bedroom, throw pillows in the living room, pillows everywhere! Pillows add warmth and comfort to your space. They act as a decor piece, making your room more lively as well.

10. Crystals

Crystals have the power to brighten and soften the energy in your space. Clusters of similar crystals in different parts of your living space can promote feelings like tranquility, positivity, and harmony. The best crystals for making a space cozy include rose quartz, calcite, and selenite.

11. Soft Furnishings

Regardless if it's a woven dreamcatcher or lots pictures and knickknacks on a coffee table, little personal details help to really make the room your own.

12. Slippers

It's almost a requirement to own a good pair of slippers in the winter. Between cold floors, achy feet, and moving around the dorm from friend to friend— it's definitely a necessity.

13. Heating Pad

Sometimes turning up the heat isn't an option. Heating pads are great for watching tv, sitting in bed, or just doing your homework on a blustery day!

14. Warm Beverages

Rev up that Keurig, it's time for coffee! Hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream works too!

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I Said Yes To The Dress But It Was SO Not Like 'Say Yes To The Dress'

It was not exactly what you see on TV.

Back in December, I planned my wedding in four days despite it being ten months away. I did this for a couple different reasons. The first being that I live in Colorado and the wedding is in Virginia. The second being that everyone I wanted to be there to help me find my dress happened to all be in Virginia that week. So on December 27 we all met up at a wedding dress store to see if we could find the one and we did!

But it was not exactly what you see on TV. I knew going into my appointment that this wouldn't be anything like "Say Yes To The Dress" but I didn't know it wouldn't really be magical at all.

The appointment started off fine, we walked in and everyone was friendly and introduced themselves before going to pull some of the dresses I had saved on my profile. It was when we got to the dressing room that everything changed. In the room, there were five dresses that I started to try on but just about every time I came out of the room my stylist wasn't there. My mom or my maid of honor ended up being the ones to help me zip and unzip the dresses, walk to the stage, and puff it up so we could get the full effect of what the dresses looked like.

As I began to go through the first five and get an idea for which I did or did not like my stylist began to take out the ones I didn't like and put a new one in the room as I was showing off another one. This would have been fine but she was still barely around to help me in and out of the dresses.

Not long into the appointment, she began helping another bride at which point neither of us was getting the attention we needed to successfully get in and out of the dresses. Everyone that was me observed that out of all the brides around us, only one was getting the necessary attention but even then her stylist disappeared once or twice. This bride was also alone so, being the amazing people they are, the people with me helped her too.

After I found my dress, which just happened to be the last one that I tried on, I stood on the stage for five minutes before my stylist came back and asked me if it was the one. While I'm in love with the dress I got, had I known my appointment was going to way it did I probably would have gone elsewhere.

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It's 'Customer SERVICE', Not 'Customers Should Harass You'

The Customer is NOT Always Right

I've worked for almost three years for a company that I absolutely love. My coworkers are great, the company is great, however the customers- not always great.

For some reason, some customers feel it's necessary to talk down to employees. I can hardly go a shift without a customer getting mad (or mouthy) with me about something out of my control, such as prices. Just last week, I had someone argue with me about a policy that had been in place for over 2 1/2 years.

Every time something like that happens, it always makes me aware of how I may come off as a customer, and I can honestly say that I don't treat people in customer service the way that I am treated. It's unusual that I don't say please, or thank you, or tell them to have a nice day. If someone's providing you a service- you shouldn't be mean to them. Does an employee get paid to do their job and provide services? Yes. However, that does not mean that the customer needs to make their job harder by arguing with them, or disrespecting them.

While this may come off as another whiny rant, I promise you- it's more of a call to action to treat employees better. Here's three simple things to keep in mind the next time you're the customer:

First: Say thank you. It's extremely simple, and honestly, it always makes my day a lot better when it happens.

Second: Accept that the employee may know more than you do about the company. If I tell you that it's company policy, odds are- I'm not lying.

Third: Don't try to get special treatment, and then get upset when I say I can't do something outside of job description. (I'm talking about people who try to get additional things for free, and get mad when I can't do it.)

The hardest part of a job shouldn't be the customers. But it often is. Don't get me wrong- I love my job and think I work for a wonderful company, but my shifts become a lot more strenuous whenever I'm spoken to rudely by customers.

(This being said, I do have customers that I absolutely love. They're usually regulars, and always ask me how I am and how my day is going. I'm very thankful for them- they make my job a lot brighter.)

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