Hello! My name is Jo, but I usually go by my initials Jem. On WordPress I’m down as HyggeJem. I’m a wife, mother, Office Ninja, quizzer, reader, crafter, lover of all things comfortable and a seeker after truths. And now I’m seeking to curate a hyggelig life. I want to make sure that the things I do and the way I run my life help me to create oases (yes, that’s the plural of oasis) where I can breathe, recharge and be hygge.
Big Thanks Must Go to my husband and employer Peter Kneale Solicitor. If he didn’t employ me and let me sit in front of a computer, I wouldn’t have the time to run my blog and the Facebook community that has grown out of it, The Hygge Nook.
How to Hygge the British Way is my blog about being hyggely, that’s the Danish word for feeling safe, secure and happy with life, but in a British way. So I’ll be looking at the things that the Danes (and other scandi and nordic people do) and trying to find the British equivalent. Sometimes I just talk about things we do in Britain anyway.
I write for the blog, for the Facebook page and also publish books. The book contents are completely new, not recycled blog posts. Presently, I have seven books:
My latest book, Cosy Happy Hygge is available as an ebook or a paperback on Amazon now. As you know, I do the whole kit and caboodle myself, from writing to proofreading to designing and I’m very proud of this one. It’s about using rhythm and ritual to make your life a gentler, kinder place. Writing it has been an important part of my mental health recovery.
50 Ways to Hygge the British Way was my first book, and is available in Paperback and Kindle version. It’s a simple look at ways to feel more hyggely in life and at home even though we’re not Danish and don’t have it in our DNA.
Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version. It looks at keeping the Christmas season warm and cosy, with ideas for activities and routines to keep Christmas happy.
Happier is my fourth book. It’s about how I boost my own happiness levels. It’s full of hints, tips and ideas for you to use and adapt to suit your own situation. It is available in ebook and paperback version from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
A (Hygge) Christmas Carol is my look at Dickens’ immortal classic and the many lessons we still learn from it today. It contains the full text of the book as well as hyggely thoughts on the story.
Enjoying a Self Care Christmas is only available in ebook version. It’s about keeping Christmas simple enough and healthy enough to keep you sane in the process.
If you purchase anything through the links on this blog, I get a couple of pence extra per copy, and if you’ve already read my books and enjoyed them, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
To find your way about the blog go to the home page and scroll up and down the posts there. They’re about lots of interesting things and ideas to help you hygge happily. There’s recipes, books, articles and more besides.
If you know what you’re looking for, try the resources menu. There are short cuts to all the posts on books, homemaking, recipes and articles. These pages get added to all the time, so keep coming back to see what’s new.
And connect with me on social media!
You can join The Hygge Nook on Facebook as well, it’s a closed group dedicated to living hygge in ordinary everyday lives.
****How to Hygge the British Way Blog isn’t monetised. I have taken the decision that I want to remain neutral and not to promote things just because. I will only ever review items that I have bought myself, or that I think will help to promote hygge in a busy life. To do this, I need support. Even just the price of a coffee adds up to a book over time, and it means I can stay independent. Would you help?
I have a Patreon Page that (I think) means you can pay me for products you have enjoyed. You can find me at https://www.patreon.com/hyggejem. I think you click through and then you can pay per blog post or page content. I’m still getting to grips with it, so please be patient.
If you’d rather make a one-off donation, please consider clicking through to my Paypal donation page, paypal.me/HyggeJem and leaving even a small amount. I’d be very grateful. Every penny I make from the blog and books goes towards books, films and homemaking to create a hygge home for me, the guinea pigs and the kids. Thank you.***