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10 ways to hygge your life

coffee hygge
Have you heard of this "hygge trend" that's all over the internet? I have been seeing it all over social media, people sharing pics of their coffee and candles and blankets and I'm over here like "WTF is hygge?"

Basically hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish way of living. The word itself means "well-being" in Norwegian. For the Danes, hygge is a way to take time to slow down, enjoy the simple things and time with loved ones.  If you didn't read my first post of 2018, my word for this year is "intentional" - being mindful in all that you do and paying attention to what makes us feel good". Seriously, life is so stressful these days so naturally, I totally had to jump on this "hygge" bandwagon.

I have gathered up some of the best ideas on ways you can add more hygge to your life:
 Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links


hygge home life


 1.) Set the ambiance. We're talking candles, candles, everywhere. And when in doubt, light more candles and string some fairy lights.

2.)  Curl up with comfy socks and blankets, a warm beverage and read a book for pleasure. Or order some takeout and binge on your favorite Netflix series.

3.) Bake your favorite homemade treats. The smell will make the house smell amazing and spark some memories.

4.) Buy yourself some nice fresh cut flowers or add some greenery to your inside space.

5.) Put away your phones and have a game night with family and friends.

6.) Take time to linger. Whether it be linger in bed in the morning and just take a few extra minutes to yourself or after a meal with friends.

7.) Light a fire and take some time to write down a few things that you are grateful for.

8.) Light those candles, play some soft music and do something creative like knit a scarf or do some scrapbooking.

9.) Make a comforting meal and dine with your family or have some of your closest friends over. Reminisce about some of your favorite memories together.

10.) Indulge yourself. Whether it be a mental health day from work, or a spa day at home. Do what makes your soul happy!


Check out these must-have hygge essentials

1.) Book of hygge









 2.) Twinkly fairy lights
string lights
 













3.) Textured blankets
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4.) Cup of Hygge
hygge

So go ahead and use this post for inspiration and pin it for later. Have you tried the hygge trend?



















Best Valentine's Day Ideas for your Valentine Celebration!

Valentine's Day is almost a week away and I have teamed up with some of my favorite blogger mamas to share some of my favorite ideas for your Valentine's Day celebration this year!

I have to admit, this is one holiday I never really got into but seeing all of these ideas has inspired me to get a little festive this year.  Usually the hubs and I would just have a nice dinner, with champagne and chocolates of course! But this year I've decided we're going to celebrate all week long and I'm looking forward to doing some fun things with my little mini heartthrob too!

Check out these awesome ideas:

I've been searching for something cute that I could make to hand out to some of Maxwell's friends at daycare. I decided to make these cute little Valentine Teddy Grahams.  To make you will need:
  • Teddy grahams
  • Conversation hearts
  • Some frosting
So it's super easy. I just took a dab of frosting, put it on the back of the conversation heart and placed it on the teddy graham. How adorable are they?


Make these strawberry cheesecake sweetheart truffles from Dana at Mama Needs Cake.  They look almost too pretty to eat! Put some in a cute box with a bow and you've got yourself a nice homemade Valentine's treat to gift your loved ones.

valentines day truffles

 I love love love these printables from my favorite Babbling Blondes Lindsay and Carley! Make them for your kid's teachers, friends, your coworkers, or anyone else you want to share some love to! Check out their collection.


Throw a donut party for the kids like Sarah from Sugar Maple Notes. It's such a sweet way to kick off your morning!


If you're looking for something different for your kids to bring to their classroom party then check out these lip balm favors from Dena at Sunshine and Rollercoasters. They are the balm! (haha sorry I had to)
You're the balm valentine

 Ok ya'll know oils are my love language! I am obsessed with these homemade bath bombs from Ashley Solberg. They're fun and safe for bathtime with the kiddos or a nice bath with your main squeeze ;)

DIY Bath Bomb





Since becoming a mama I truly have learned to appreciate how important your girlfriends are! I absolutely adore this idea from JeeYoung at Simply Every Blog. Make a little Valentine Box for your Soul Sisters.

Valentine's Care Package

And last but certainly not least, make your Valentine's Day complete with your own waffle bar! Check out this delicious spread from The Okayest Moms!
Valentine Waffle Bar


Hope you all have an awesome Valentine's Day celebration with all of your littles and loved ones. Share some of your own favorite ideas below!







Friday favorites - Hearth & Hand farmhouse wreath, best bronzer and more

Happy FRI-YAYYYY! I can't believe another week gone by and its already the last weekend of January! We are officially in the coldest months of winter and it makes me want to just do all things cozy a la curl up with a big blanket, drink a warm beverage and watch crime documentaries all day. 

Yesterday my sister and I went on a little shopping outing to some of our favorite places, Hobby Lobby and Ulta - seriously we were like kids in a candy shop. And while I was strolling the aisles testing out all the different cosmetics and lathering myself with various lotions, a thought hit me - why not start a "Friday Favorites" post where every few weeks I share some of my favorite things that I am crushing on at the moment.  So without further adieu lets get to it...

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 Favorite beauty find
IT cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow blushing bronzer 
I am all about beauty products that are natural looking and give me a healthy glow to hide how tired I look #momlife. But what I love even more is that it's paraben, talc and cruelty free.
best blush bronzer

Favorite decor trend
Hearth and Hand Eucalyptus Wreath 
Who doesn't love some farmhouse decor by Chip & Jo? I love eucalyptus I think it so classic and clean and would look cute for the front door or mantle. And it could go for any season.

 hearth and hand

Favorite Winter Must Have
True Grit Pullover 
I mean I just want to curl up around the fire in this sweatshirt with some comfy socks and a good book. 

hoodie

Favorite Sip
Coffee & Hot Cocoa - the perfect afternoon pick me up on a chilly day.

















Favorite New Jam

"Filthy" by Justin Timberlake - This song just makes me want to dance and I literally can not wait for the Superbowl Halftime Show. And I won't object at all if there happens to be an NSYNC/Britney Spears reunion circa 2001.
 

Justin Timberlake - Filthy from saxell on Vimeo.


Hope you all have a great weekend!  What are some of your favorites this week?

4 Reasons You'll love Float Therapy

self care
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Requiescent Float Center however all thoughts are my own. 

Last week I tried something totally new and hung out in a float tank at Requiescent Float Center in Ballston Spa.  If you haven't heard of float therapy, it's also referred to as sensory deprivation therapy. Basically you float in a dark tank of water filled over with 1,000 lbs of epsom salts and are forced to relax and shut out the outside world for awhile.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and is a constant worry wart, I have tried several cognitive behavioral techniques whenever I feel myself getting stressed.  I have to admit, when I saw the tank I was very skeptical, what was I going to do for an hour while I floated? I totally unplugged and it was the most relaxing experience I ever had.  Here are 4 reasons you will love float therapy:

1.) Eases sore, tense muscles - Thanks to the epsom salt, your body is totally weightless, taking pressure off of any tense or painful areas.  It also helps to promote circulation and reduce inflammation.  Many athletes swear by floating to help their muscles recover.  My body felt like jello afterwards.

2.) Detoxes the body -The magnesium and elements from the epsom salt are absorbed into the body and help draw out any toxins allowing your body to heal itself.

3.) Relaxation - It has been said that floating helps the brain get to the "theta state" which is a state of deep meditation and relaxation.  The first few minutes into my session I was beginning to think I was going to have a hard time shutting off my mind, but once I got into it, I completely got in the zone. It was the most relaxed I've been in a long long time.  I slept like a baby that night and felt much calmer for the next few days.

4.) Me time - This year one of my intentions was to practice self-care and make time for myself each day (read more about my intentions).  Once in the tank, it is dark, except for some twinkling lights on the ceiling that you can shut off if you choose. The temperature of the water and the air is the same temperature as your body and it is pure quiet.  So quiet in fact all I could hear was my own heartbeat.  I was totally in tune to my body and my thoughts.

Overall I had a great experience floating. If you haven't tried it, I encourage you to check it out for yourself.  It's a nice change of pace from all of the sensory overload we experience on a daily basis and a great way to get in touch with yourself.   Thanks for an awesome experience Eric at Requiescent! I will definitely be back!



 

2018 - a year of intentional living

2018 intentions goals
Happy 2018! I don't know about you all but I am thankful for a fresh start! This year I've decided to ditch those resolutions and instead focus on a word or theme for the year. 

For me, 2017 was a year of becoming mom - a whirlwind of diapers, laundry, dealing with mom guilt and postpartum anxiety, learning how to balance motherhood with my career and relationships.  I learned alot my first year of motherhood (you can read about those lessons here), but one of the most important things I learned was to SLOW DOWN.

So for 2018, this year my word/theme is intentional - being purposeful and living by one's values and beliefs.

So here are my 2018 intentions:

1.) Spend more time on loved ones and experiences. - Focusing more on having meaningful and intentional interactions with my loved ones and making memorable experiences.

2.) Do one thing for myself each day and practice self care. - Whether it be a a walk to feel the sunshine on my face or curling up with a blanket and enjoying a cup of coffee, I'm going to allow myself 30 minutes each day for self-reflection and me time.

3.) Nourish and be kind to my mind and body -Being mindful of things I put into my body, being forgiving to myself, knowing my worth and allowing my mind time to rest.

4.) Focus on the positive - and let go of anything negative or that brings me down.

What is your word/theme or some of your intentions for 2018?

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, intentional year!


self care, goals, intentions, positive vibes

Millennial Mamas and how we are redefining motherhood

Millennial Mamas redefining motherhood
Millennial mamas are changing the face of motherhood as we know it.  By definition a millennial is anyone born from the early 1980s-early 2000s. We have been described as being self-involved (let me take a selfie), lazy and entitled but when it comes to motherhood we can teach the other generations a thing or two.

Here are some of the ways millennial mamas prove we are the generation that kicks ass.

1.) We are educated - According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, more millennials have a college education compared to any other generation.  And you know what they say, knowledge is power.

2.) We are independent- Due to all that education, more and more mamas are bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan! In fact, many moms say that working gives them a sense of identity in addition to mom, but we are always mom first. And now more than ever there are more single moms raising kids by themselves, balancing that work and homelife. Our generation was taught how to take care of ourselves and we don't do it because we have to but because we choose to.

3.) We're technologically savvy - From the good old days of the original Oregon Trail on those big clunky computers to macbook pros, Siri, and Alexa, we have watched the face of technology change right before our very eyes. So it's no wonder we are the most technologically sound. It has been estimated that we spend on average about 17.4 hours per week on social media.  We are connected and informed and it allows us to make educated choices. Where our parents turned to their families for advice, we have Google and mom blogs. We also have a huge support system across all of our feeds where we inspire and empower each other #communityovercompetition #werisebyliftingothers.

4.) We value family - Maybe it's because we are busier more than ever and we don't all work a traditional 9-5 job, but we look forward to family dinners and spending time together on the weekends. In fact it has been found that millennial parents are spending more time with their children than parents did in the 50's and 60's. And what's even more, millennial moms enjoy motherhood.

5.) We are health conscious and care about a company's values - Our kids eat organic pureed kale, we love our essential oils and we shop local. The reality is, there are more and more chronic comorbidities and we want our families to be healthy and they deserve the best quality.  And we know it's important to teach our children about recycling, sustainable living and taking care of our bodies.

6.) We are real - Think of Pink's selfie where she was breastfeeding her son while getting her makeup done before doing a concert (All the praise hands!) We are raw. And we embrace imperfecton. We know it's ok if we can't shower every day, the kids have too much screen time so we can clean the house, or we're walking around with spit up on our sweater. We're all human and we've all been there.

So there ya have it. Millennial mamas - we are smart, multitasking, powerful women who embrace #momlife and can truly have it all. So instead of cringing, I couldn't be more proud to be lumped into the category of "milennial" right about now. 

So go ahead and share this post with your mom tribe!

millennial mama

DIY dehydrated fruit Christmas garland

diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland
I love the look of a dehydrated fruit garland, they make such gorgeous, minimalistic Christmas decor. So last week I played a little Michael Buble Christmas and made my own. It was super easy and fun!

You'll need:

Some citrus fruits - I chose oranges, grapefruits and lemons.
Cranberries
Bay leaves
Fishing line or twine
Needle

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven on lowest setting. I set mine to 200 degrees F.
2.) Slice citrus fruits thinly, about 1/4 inches thick.
citrus fruit diy christmas garland
3.) Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
4.) Bake in oven for 5-7 hours flipping each slice over every 2 hours or so.
5.) Let fruit cool
6.) Using a thin needle, thread the fruit, bay leaves and cranberries onto fishing line (I originally tried twine but I couldn't get the cranberries to thread) in whatever pattern you choose.
7.) Tie the ends and hang wherever you like!

diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland

Feel free to share your pictures of how yours came out!
diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland