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Three Simple Ways to Add a Bit More Comfort & Luxury to Your Home Life

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When you think of home, hopefully you think of peace, comfort, and a little bit of luxury too. After all, life can be full of ups and downs, and moments of stress, tension, and hardship. Insofar as possible, our homes should be an oasis that shelters us from these storms.

If your home isn’t the kind of place where you can relax, unwind, and plan for the future with a positive mindset, then something’s got to change.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be too hard or complicated to introduce a bit more comfort and luxury to your home life. In fact, here are three simple and straightforward tips to get you started;

Get some cosy towels and loungewear

Have you ever noticed just how good you feel when you get out of a hot bath and wrap yourself up in hotel quality bath towels? Or when you put some high-quality loungewear that’s so soft you can barely believe it?

It’s a simple concept, but true, that things that come into direct contact with our skin can have a pretty dramatic impact on our overall wellbeing. In fact, one of the primary ways in which people frequently define “comfort” is in terms of the physical comfort that comes from such things as enjoying soft, pre-heated towels. So buy yourself some high-quality towels and clothes, and enjoy the sensation of just feeling like you’ve wrapped in warm clouds.

Invest in a slow cooker so that a delicious dinner is always waiting for you when you get home from work

If you live alone, or if you and your partner both work, it’s likely that you frequently have to deal with the unpleasant experience of arriving home from work, tired and starving, only to then have to rally the willpower and patience to spend a while preparing dinner. In fact, impatience with this state of affairs is a major reason why so many people indulge excessively in processed snacks and ready meals — they can be prepared in minutes in the microwave, or eaten straight from the wrapper, when you find yourself hungry and unwilling to wait before eating.

A slow cooker is an excellent way of solving this problem and adding a bit of luxury to your life, simultaneously. With a slow cooker, you can set up a meal to begin cooking before you go to work, leave it cooking throughout the day, and arrive home to a delicious, beautifully prepared meal.

Sign up to an audiobook service, so that you can hear uplifting stories while you cook, relax, and perform chores

It is likely that not too many people enjoy dealing with domestic chores, yet they are an unfortunate feature of everyday life.

You can, however, make these chores significantly less irritating — and in some cases even downright fun — by signing up to an audiobook service such as Audible, so that you can listen to great stories, or be exposed to interesting ideas or debates, while cleaning up the home.

Hopefully these tips help bring a little comfort and even a touch of luxury to your home life, what tips do you incorporate into your home to give a sense of comfort?

~E xx

Hygge For Spring

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Spring is well and truly here in the UK and with it comes some very unpredictable weather but with a few sunny days sprinkled in between it is possible to bring some hygge (hue-guh) from the cold and dark autumn / winter nights into the the lighter fresher days of spring. Below is a by no means exhaustive list of some ways that you can bring the Danish concept of Hygge into spring.

Have a picnic - If the weather permits and you have the perfect spot it's worth it to get outside and chow down on some health and nutritious food whilst enjoying the sunshine

Plant something - Being green fingered at this time of year not only gives you a sense of achievement, it is therapeutic too.

Bring in some fresh flowers - On that note, getting some flowers indoors whether freshly picked or bought is a great way to bring the outside of spring indoors and helps to uplift the mood and in some cases provides a beautiful scent too.

Open windows - Let that gorgeous spring time air in it's good not just for you but for your home to to let the fresh air circulate 

Go for a walk / Ride a bike - A double whammy!, you get to go out in the beautiful spring weather and get some exercise to boot which gives you those lovely endorphins that keep you feeling good and lift the mood.

Light a candle or put up some mood lights - There's something to be said for creating a cosy atmosphere with some lights or burning a lovely scented candle, be sure to get some clean and non toxic burning candles if you do!

Get some vitamin D in the sun outside _ Just go outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine when it's available, this helps to get that all important vitamin D that is good for the bones.

Bake _ Baking some healthy treats is not only a nice nutritious way to get some much needed nutrients it also fills your home with a lovely and cosy aroma.

Journal - Putting pen to paper and writing down our thoughts is a great way to de-stress and is very therapeutic too. It can help us set intentions and give us direction toward our goals.

Listen to some uplifting music - not enough can be said for putting on some funky and uplifting music, it's a great stress buster and sets the tone for many a memorable spring moment.

What is your favourite activity to incorporate into your spring routine?

                                                      ~E xx

Preparing For Autumn

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As the weather here in the UK gets cooler, thoughts once again turn to how to adapt to the changing seasons. Autumn happens once to be one of my favourite seasons, I love getting all wrapped up and cosy and warm as the temperature outside gets colder. The memories and warmth of summer begin to fade into the background and as you look forward you start to think about the coming months and seasons of autumn and winter ahead and dare I even mention the "C" word Christmas?!  how is it that more than half the year has passed already and we are hurtling towards the final months of the year? 

I'll share some things that I like to incorporate into my routine this time of year to help with the transition into fall / autumn.

  • Wash and store my summer wardrobe and clothes, it helps not to have to deal with clothing from two different seasons.
  • As opposed to having a "spring" clean, it helps to have a little pre autumn clean and organisation session.
  • Get out what I like to call the "cosies" this includes my autumn winter wardrobe and clothes and those lovely warm and fluffy cardigans and jumpers / sweaters as well as getting some warm and fluffy home accessories like warm throws and blankets, cushions and warmer bedding for the bedroom.
  • Take more relaxing and soothing baths by adding some bath salts or essential oils to bath times
  • Creating more of a cosy home atmosphere by incorporating some mood lighting like candles or lamps around the home.
  • Go out for short or long walks in nature and get reconnected with your surroundings
  • Change up your eating habits to include more warm whole foods and beverages, such as cups of tea, hot chocolate, warm soups, porridges for breakfast and whole food baked goods.
  • Spend some more quality time with family and friends cooking and eating wholesome meals, catching up and swapping stories.
  • Start Incorporating more Hygge into your daily or seasonal routine.

What things do you like to incorporate into your routine to get you ready for the change in seasons?

                                                      ~E xx

5 Simple Ways To Inject Hygge Into Your Everyday Life

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Following on from my previous blog post as promised I am sharing five simple ways to start injecting a bit of Hygge into everyday life this season. Hygge as previously explained is a concept of creating a cosiness and a little bit of self love in your everyday experience. 

  1. Introduce a welcoming scent into your immediate environment, this can be done by diffusing some environmentally friendly essential oils or even burning an environmentally safe candle such as one made from coconut wax which is the most environmentally friendly type of candle to burn. Good scents not only make a room smell nice, they also can be good for shifting your mood and make you feel at ease and cosy.
  2. Get warm and cosy, this can be done by wrapping up in a chunky knit blanket, wearing an oversize jumper or cardigan, fluffy socks or sitting in front of a nice roaring fire if you have one with a nice warming beverage like tea or some dairy free hot chocolate.
  3. A little bit of self love goes a long way, so dress your bed space in nice bed wear and sheets, with a cosy throw or blankets and pillows. Wear some nice pyjamas, take a nice long warm bath and treat yourself to some nice bath salts or essential oils while in there. Afterward why not curl up in your nicely dressed bed with a nice warm water bottle while you drift off into a sweet Hyggelig sleep!
  4. Get baking, there's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked goods to fill your home with a warm and cosy feel, why not bake some healthy cookies like the one is this previous post. You can have yummy and guilt free treats.
  5. Wrap up warm and go for a walk in nature, take in the simple scenery of the sky, trees and local birds/ wildlife, find some cosy outdoor spots from which to take in nature.

So there you have it, five simple ways you can start to incorporate Hygge into your life today. Do you Hygge?, what are your favourite ways to bring Hygge into your life?

 

Happy New Year, Hello Hygge!

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Happy new year!  It's hard to believe we're now in 2017!, It has been a bit quiet here on the blog over the festive period as life events took over but I am glad to be back and refreshed in the new year.

With all the festivities of the holidays now behind, this is the time of year that people tend to focus on achieving some life goals although for some it can be a rather deflating time after all the excitement of recent celebrations. You can be left with a feeling of "what now?" as the tree and decorations are stored away for another year and this is the perfect time to inject some self love and Hygge into your life.

What is this Hygge thing you might ask?, well Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah!) is simply a Danish concept and art form that embraces the little rituals surrounding creating a cozy atmosphere by preparing food, drink and our surroundings in an appreciative way. Hygge is a concept of creating warmth well-being and connection in our lives, creating a sanctuary of cosiness and enjoying in a deliberate way the simple things in everyday life, whether that be alone, with dear friends or close family.

Hygge is a great concept and a good way to beat the winter blues, by deliberately slowing down and lingering on every moment that makes us feel good and cosy inside and brings a warm smile to our hearts and mouths. In my following post I will be touching on some of the ways that you can bring Hygge into your life during this winter and post festive season.

Have you heard of Hygge before?