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Happy November gang!

As it’s the first of November today, I wanted to post something super cosy and seasonal, without bombarding you with Christmassy posts just yet. (Although get ready for a whole ton of festive goodness over the next couple of months.)

And with the arrival of Winter, I feel like that means one of two things in this outdoorsy country and equestrian world. Either you’ve had a flat out summer and are starting to wind down into your quieter period right now, or you’re going to be working out in the freezing temperatures a lot over the colder months.

Either way, I figured you could use some hygge in your life.

Definition of hygge in English:
hygge

NOUN
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)
Pronounced “HUE-gah”

 

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So that’s the crux of it. Cosiness, contentment and well-being.

The latter is certainly something that we often don’t focus on enough and if this post achieves nothing else, I hope that it inspires you to carve out some time, from your busy schedule, to concentrate on your well-being and take some well deserved me-time.

So, how do we create that hygge feeling?

Well, here’s my fail-safe recipe…

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Grab yourself a yummy drink. At this time of year, something hot is perfect. I’ve gone for a hot chocolate with all of the trimmings.

We are loving these gorgeous luxury hot chocolates from Whittard of Chelsea, which we actually picked up in Homesense. Mine is the white hot chocolate and Sam’s is the salted caramel flavour.

And of course, my Doris & Co. mug is the only one for the job.

Don’t forget to include something yummy to eat, too, whether it’s a hearty, home cooked meal, or your favourite snack. Hygge is all about cosy indulgence, so no guilt allowed and the calories don’t count!

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You’re going to need all the comfies, for this exercise, so cushions, blankets, fluffy socks, robes, slippers are all necessary.

I’m using this stunning, super soft Mackellar Tartan lambswool blanket, from the Tartan Blanket Co., which is the snuggliest blanket I’ve ever come across and goes perfectly with my very greige colour scheme. And I’ve got the very apt Let’s Stay Home cushion from Next Home.

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Lighting is a huge part of making your home cosy. Dim the main lights and add fairy lights to little nooks  and corners in your house. We’ve just recently added some to our fireplace and I’m so pleased with the way they look.

Our fireplace sadly can’t be used, because obviously an open fire is the ultimate in hygge. But these fairy lights have a very slight flicker to them and in the evenings, it almost feels like we can pretend we have our own fire burning.

I’m also obsessed with candles (I’ve mentioned this before. See my country candles blog post here.) so our home is littered with them. Some of my favourites include the White Company, Jo Malone, Hanrose and the new Aldi range are fab and super low budget, too.

On the subject of candles, scent is super important. I love my home to smell amazing when I walk through the door and the right smell can really lift your mood.

When the nights draw in and the weather turns cold, I am completely addicted to the White Company’s Winter scent. It’s a mixture of cinnamon, clove and orange. To me, it’s winter cosiness in a fragrance! It seriously gives me the warm and fuzzies, and I want my whole house to smell like it all winter long. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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And lastly, you’re going to want some entertainment.

Whether you want to curl up with a good book or lose yourself in your favourite movie, the choice is yours. But whatever you choose, make sure it’s super relaxing and uninterrupted.

 

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So there you have it. How to hygge in your home this winter. I hope that some of you will be inspired to have an evening to yourselves, after reading this post.

It’s so important that we achieve that work-life-balance that everyone talks about. It’s incredibly easy to bury our heads in work or other commitments and by the time we look up from whatever we’re doing, a whole week has passed and we haven’t had any quality time, to just relax and enjoy being. And that’s totally not what life is about.

I’m making a concerted effort to not work all the time. And I hope this inspires you to do the same.

Whether it’s looking after the kids, your job, the animals or anything else, that’s running you ragged, take some time out and work on your well-being. You can’t pour from an empty cup, after all.

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