I don’t know about you, but some days I just need to hunker down in my safe space and get cosy alone. At times like this, I reach for my comfort kit. I keep it all in a handmade bag at the side of my usual chair, but I have at times kept it in a basket by my bed, in a box under the … Continue reading Creating a Comfortable Space Wherever you are.
**Disclosure!!! I was sent an advanced copy of The Little Book of Lykke by the publishers. It won’t actually be available until 7th September, but you can pre-order from any decent bookshop or online outlet now.** Last year’s publishing sensation was The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, and boy was it big. So many people I know … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking
I’d like to think that title is not the only time chic and hygge have been put together in a sentence. Can one hygge and be chic? Well, yes. If you see chic as a state of being and hygge as the emotion surrounding events full of love, comfort and enjoyment, then it must be possible. A chic hyggerer would probably prefer her tea in … Continue reading Hygge Book: How to be Chic in the Winter by Fiona Ferris
Is it still only August? I don’t know about you, but I find once I’ve been away on holidays then my brain naturally turns to thoughts of Christmas and my favourite seasons, Autumn and Winter. I love hygge as a principle because it aims to take little moments in life and make them pleasurable. It looks for the small details and covers them with love … Continue reading Hygge Book: Scandi Christmas by Christiane Bellstedt Myers
Subscription boxes are big business now, and you can buy them for nearly every thing imaginable. My daughter gets a monthly Birchbox, because at 15 make up is a big part of her life. I’ve personally loved the Hygge boxes available from Living Hygge and Hyggebox (review here) and I love the idea of happy mail popping through the letterbox now and again. When I … Continue reading Hands up who likes crochet? Now, who likes reading?
I am sadly old enough to remember the book, big in the 80s, called Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. Throughout my childhood I never knew what quiche was, always regarding it as ‘otherworldly’, ‘foreign’, ‘not for the likes of us’. I lived in St Helens; seriously, it was not a very outward-looking place at that time. However, I knew on a Sunday that my Mum … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Cheese Quiche
Linnea Dunne is a Swede living in Dublin. I am predisposed to like her already. Anybody who tries to preach balance and abstinence to the Irish is a brave, brave woman. And that is what she does in her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. Lagom, as any scandi fan or nordic nerd will know, is the Swedish word for a life lived … Continue reading Hygge Book: Lagom by Linnea Dunne
Doner kebab is my takeaway of choice. Despite the fact I know it’s packed with fat and probably has bits of the animal in that I don’t even want to think about, I love the spices and the cooking that results in a charred, rippable meat. In one of my occasional body cleansing moments I decided I had to find a way of making it … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Homemade Doner Meat