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  1. Our Hyggliest Moments

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    Our Hyggliest Moments

    Continuing this month’s theme of Hygge, I thought we’d share with you some of our hyggliest moments. The lovely thing to me about this is that it isn’t about money or things, it is about creating moments of pure joy that last a lifetime.

    Many years ago, when my daughter was still rather small – I was a single parent and as a result fairly strict with her. I can’t even remember how it came about now, but I ended up in her bedroom and we started a pillow fight! I can’t remember much else, but I do remember the two of us lying on her bed in fits of giggles as she said “that was the best fun I’ve ever had”. She still reminds me of this moment to this day. It also reminded me as a parent that sometimes we do need to let loose and let our inner child out to have some fun!

    Me and little Peter created a thing we call the All-Day-Cuddle (ADC for short). Truth is it doesn’t really last all day – it can be just 5 minutes or a few hours. It usually involves us in our pyjamas, on the couch with a nice soft blanket and a film in front of the fire. The main thing is the feeling it creates. It is just us, feeling close and sharing some quality time together.

    Some of my favourite moments also involve power cuts!! A great opportunity to get some candles out and snuggle in front of the fire playing a good old fashioned board game. I would say with a nice cup of hot chocolate as well, but as we only have an electric hob, this is one treat we have to miss out on during those moments!

    All these snapshots of our time, have one thing in common….. family. Being close as a family and creating everlasting memories. We don’t remember the things as much as the feelings these moments create. These are the things that we treasure for all time.

    We would love to hear your hyggliest moments. What made them so special?

    Debbie, Caitlin and Peter x

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  2. What is Hygge?

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    What is Hygge_

    “Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness with feelings of wellness and contentment.

    But it goes further that this. It is a word difficult to explain in English, but it has to be felt.

    I spent a couple of years living in Denmark when I was in my early 20’s and it is something vey much central to their way of living. They place a lot of emphasis on family and having a friendly welcoming home. It doesn’t cost much to create a hygge atmosphere and it can create warm happy technology free family memories.

    When I think of something as being hyggelig, I think of candlelight, fluffy slippers, warm fire and hot chocolate. It is something that brings about that warm fuzzy feeling of contentment.

    It has become something of a recent phenomenon in this country in recent years, especially on the cold dark nights when people can start to feel rather blue with the lack of sunlight. Creating a hyggelig space in your home can become a winter refuge perhaps with a good book and soft blanket.

    There is lots of information on the internet to get you started, or books to inspire you, so get started this winter and start feeling hyggelig!

    Debbie x

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  3. Our Halloween Faves!

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    Halloween fave blog

    We love autumn, and especially Halloween. In fact we love any time of the year that we can celebrate the seasons, our culture and the culture and traditions of others while we come to think of it!!

    This week, I wanted to share with you some of our favourite Halloween things.

    Pumpkin carving

    Who doesn’t like to do a spot of pumpkin carving! I don’t claim to be any good at it, but we do have a lot of fun. Some of the carved pumpkins you can find on Pinterest are phenomenal! May have a go at something a little more unusual this year just for a laugh!! Watch this space!!

    Pumpkin bread

    Since I discovered this recipe five years ago, it has been a firm favourite every pumpkin season. It is very good for using up all the pumpkin flesh that is left over after your pumpkin carving session. Super easy and goes down a treat!

     

    Decorations

    We don’t tend to go over the top on the Halloween decoration side, but I do like to create a nice centrepiece for the table using seasonal fruit and leaves. They bring a little of the outside in and make me feel more connected to the seasons. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest for Autumnal centrepieces, but you can check out some of our favourites on our Pinterest board here

    Halloween baking

    Some of our other favourite recipes are also super simple like these white chocolate ghosts, or the pumpkin mummies – again Pinterest is an amazing resource for recipes.

    Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favourite Halloween activities are!

     

    Debbie x

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