What is Hygge Living?

what is hygge living?

Everyone is talking about Hygge living, but what is this Danish concept that we all need in our lives?

Hygge pronounced ‘hoo-gah’ in English simply translates as ‘cosiness’ although it means so much more. Think, cosy home, candles, soft lighting, lots of natural materials, wood, wool and leather. The Danish are known as some of the happiest people, they believe it is down to their firm belief in Hygge living. Believing it contributes to their psychical and mental well being.

what is hygge living?

The concept behind Hygge is to make the ordinary things, such as a cup of tea, special or meaningful. Enjoying your surroundings and the company around you. For you to benefit from Hygge you need to disconnect from your phone or lap-top and turn off the TV and other electronic distractions  Start to enjoy and embrace the simple things. Things that happen around you everyday yet you just don’t enjoy or see. Light some candles to create a cosy atmosphere, purchase some flowers to bring the outside in, or drink some tea from lovely china cups. All very simple things that help to lead to happiness.

Hygge is all about simplifying your life, a feeling of comfort and cosiness. Being aware of the good moments as they happen. Enjoying time with friends and family. Stopping and thinking about the simple pleasures in life.

what is hygge living?

With all of the cosiness that comes with Hygge, it would seem very much like a something to get through the winter months. Which I guess it is designed to do, as in Denmark their winters are long and very dark. However, the concept of Hygge can be applied through the rest of the year. Grab a bike and head out into the countryside and enjoy the sounds and scents that are all around you.

what is hygge living?

Helen Russell moved to Denmark from the UK, she wrote the book ‘The Year of Living Danishly’. She describes Hygge as ‘Complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming’ with ‘a focus on togetherness and prioritising the people in your life’ Sounds so simple when you think about it. It’s what we should all be doing, with busy lifestyles it’s not always easy.

Your Hygge living essentials

  • candles
  • open fire
  • warm socks
  • books
  • hot tea
  • cosy blanket
  • snug bedding
  • calming colour scheme

Having these few items in your life, will lead you on the way to a happier more relaxed lifestyle. Or so the world of Hygge believes. On a Sunday evening we light the log burner, get a nice hot drink and sit together reading. It is just lovely. It helps us both to relax after a busy weekend. So perhaps Hygge living is a style that suits us. So grab a cup of tea, light some candles and snuggle down with a good book.

What are your thoughts about Hygge living?

 

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Stunning wedding cakes by the Bath Cake Company

stunning wedding cake from the Bath Cake Company

Recently I spotted a semi-naked cake by Bath Cake Company flash up on my Facebook time line. I was instantly in love with it. ‘Naked’ wedding cakes have become very popular over the last couple of years, often seen at the centre of rustic and vintage style weddings. I can see why, they simple yet stunning.

I started to look at the Bath Cake Company a bit more and discovered they are an awarding winning company owned by Celia Adams. Celia set up the company in 2010 with her amazing team of creatives.

They are recommended by many wedding venues across the South West of England. Arranging an appointment with Celia and her team couldn’t be easier just ring 01225 446094 or send them an email.

Bath Cake Company wedding cakes

Your consultation

At your consultation appointment they will discuss any ideas you have, what flavours you would like and discuss how the cake will fit with your wedding style. Of course you then get to sample some cake flavours. Your consultation room will have various wedding cakes on display to help inspire you. Celia and her creative team will work closely with you to create the perfect wedding cake.

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The Cakes

All of the cakes from the Bath Cake Company are made with local ingredients using free range eggs and real butter. The bakers are more than happy to use organic products, when requested.

If you require alternative cakes, they are able to cater for gluten free, dairy free, vegan or egg free requirements. Which means your still able to have a stunning cake even if your diet is restricting. So no one has to go without a wedding cake.

 

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Top Flavours

Celia and her team make flavours for every taste but these are their most popular:-

  • Vanilla sponge with buttercream
  • Chocolate sponge with chocolate or vanilla butter cream
  • Lemon sponge with lemon butter cream and lemon curd
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Chocolate truffle torte with salted caramel and chocolate ganache
  • White chocolate and raspberry cake
  • Cherry Bakewell cake
  • Pistachio and coconut cake
  • Champagne infused cake
  • Rich fruit cake
  • Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
Bath Cake CompanyCake courses

Not only does the Bath Cake Company make stunning wedding and occasion cakes, they also offer cake decorating classes in their decorating school. So if you are wanting to learn more about cupcake decorating, piping or even how to stack cakes, then Celia and her team can help. The creative team love hosting private parties for children and adults. So you could consider a weekend in Bath for your hen party and take part in some cake decorating.

Whether your planning your wedding, a hen party, a birthday party or wanting to learn about cake decorating, then the Bath Cake Company is the place to be.

TravelShades for travel sickness relief

travel sickness relief

As a child I, along with my younger sister, experienced travel sickness. Unfortunately she still suffers now. Like most childhood motion sickness cases I grew out of it. For adults it can cause concern when travelling in everyday circumstances but also when wanting to travel on holiday. Cars, boats, planes and trains can all be a struggle for suffers.

TravelShades travel sickness relief

We all know someone that can read whilst travelling as a passenger in a car, with no ill effect. Yet others suffer terribly. It is thought that motion sickness occurs when there is a conflict between what your eyes see and your inner ear balance. Both sending different confused messages to the brain, leaving that feeling of motion sickness.

It can be caused when:-

  • Motion is felt but not seen
  • Motion is seen and not felt
  • Both seen and felt but detected by the brain in different ways.

Motion sickness can give the sufferer many different symptoms: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweating, headaches, extreme tiredness, increased saliva and rapid, shallow breathing. So dealing with this is not a pleasant thought when planning a holiday, especially your honeymoon.

Imagine planning your honeymoon around your motion sickness or never being able to go on a plane to your dream destination. Well, TravelShades are a new product that are designed to help relieve or in some cases cure your travel sickness. It means no more travel sickness drugs to take.

TravelShades

travelshades

TravelShades are a sunglasses style product that has one translucent lens. It allows light illumination but you are unable to see movement. The TravelShades are also designed so they can be flipped upside down to allow for the other eye to be covered. By doing this it can help to prevent symptoms of motion sickness. Sounds very simple when you think about it.

TravelShades advise you to try them out for 2-3 days at home, before going on your journey. Putting them on for 3-5 minutes at a time, several times a day. This will allow you to get used to having the reduced sight but giving you the best chance of getting results.

There are 3 different TravelShades available to buy:-

  • Horizon and Horizon Junior models can be worn over your own glasses.
  • LoLight are designed for low light travel conditions, like night time.

TravelShades also provide protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, but as with most eyewear they should not be used to view the sun directly.

TravelShades

While wearing these glasses your vision will be restricted so no driving is allowed. It is recommended that you do not walk or run, consume hot drinks or hot food, be careful when handling fragile or breakable items and make sure you take care when judging distances.

TravelShades have an rrp of £39.99 for the adult models and rrp of £29.99 for the junior. With a 30 day money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose.

My sister is looking forward to trying these out on her next trip away, to see how they help with her travel sickness.

travelshades

So, with these new travel sickness glasses launching February 28th it will allow people to make more exciting travel plans. Planning your honeymoon now may not be quite so restricting. The world is your oyster. Full of fabulous destinations, with a travel sickness free journey!

Where will you travel to?

*Thank you for sending me out some TravelShades in exchange for this post*

Valentines date with Just Us Box

Just Us Box

‘Just Us Box’ is a monthly subscription date night box company. They are revolutionising date nights. Just Us Box want you to spent some quality time with your partner each month. Where you both put down your phones and spend some time reconnecting with each other. Each month Just Us Box will send you a themed date night box straight to your door. So, all you have to do is pick a night that suits you and enjoy a date. I have been working with Just Us Box over on Each Peach Pear Plum since they first started back in July 2016.

Our date night

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Our ‘Lovology’ date night box arrived in perfect time for Valentine’s day. This box was all about cocktails and gin, two things we both love. It contained 3 mini bottles of gin, a cocktail shaker, a spin the bottle game, a small hip flask and various herbs and flavourings for the cocktails.

As the Hubby and I met while working in a bar that specialised in cocktails, I already had an idea of how to mix a mean cocktail.

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Luckily I had opened up the box before the date night and had a read of of the date night plan. If I had not have done, I wouldn’t of known about infusing the dry gin or making up sugar syrups. Having read how to do this in the date night plan, I found the sugar hiding in the cupboard and made up the thyme sugar syrup and the lady grey sugar syrup. Leaving them both in the fridge overnight to infuse. I then opened up the dry gin and added the lady grey tea leaves and left to infuse over night.

On Valentines day we started our date by cooking a meal. It’s something we do every Valentines day. I set about making the first cocktail while our starters were cooking.The first one we sampled was a ‘Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni’. Reading the recipe, I wasn’t too keen when I saw I needed to use the white of an egg. I have a thing about stuff not being cooked properly. Particularly eggs… haha! However I made it up as per the recipe:-

Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni

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Ingredients

  • 50 ml of Lady Grey infused Anno Distillery Gin. (I had infused the Gin over night, basically just tipped the lady grey tea leaves into the Gin and let it infuse for a good couple of hours)
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml simple syrup (which I made up the night before)
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  • combine your lady grey gin with lemon juice, sugar syrup and the egg white in your shaker.
  • shake well
  • add ice and shake again – this will chill the cocktail down.
  • strain into your cocktail glass. We used Martini glasses but if you don’t have any then any glass would do.
  • add lemon peel to garnish.
  • ENJOY

It was a yummy sweet cocktail, with hints of bergamot and citrus flavours. Followed by the warming feeling of gin. I wish I had enough to make another. We had this along side our starters of seafood.

While the main course was cooking I made up the ‘Cranberry and Thyme G&T’.

Cranberry and Thyme G & T

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Ingredients

  • 50ml of Anno Distillery Cranberry Gin (this smelt amazing on it’s own)
  • 25ml of thyme sugar syrup (made up the night before using the instruction booklet)
  • Tonic water
  • Cranberry sugar
  • Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Rim your glasses with cranberry sugar and fill it up with ice.
  • place the gin and thyme sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker.
  • add ice and shake
  • add in the tonic water
  • strain into your glass.
  • ENJOY

I made this up in a martini glass as, just because I love they way cocktails look in these glasses, although a long glass would have been perfect.

First tasting this cocktail at first was very very sweet, but delicious. That cold sweet cranberry flavour which a hint of thyme was really lovely. Quite a surprisingly nice combination. We had this along side our main course of turkey poulets and vegetables.

On to the final cocktail, which I have to say I only made for the hubby as I don’t like the flavour of cloves, it reminds me too much of mulled wine which I cannot stand.

Gin Skin

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Ingredients

  • 50ml of Anno Distillery Sloe Gin
  • Long squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3 cloves
  • spoonful of honey
  • boiling water

Instructions

  • place your honey into a warm heatproof glass or mug (this is IMPORTANT)
  • add the cloves and lemon juice
  • top with boiling water and stir until the honey is dissolved.
  • allow to cool before adding the the sloe gin.
  • stir and add your garnish
  • ENJOY

I followed the instructions, more or less, however disaster struck when I heard a crack and my lovely glass mason jar split in two. The honey and hot water went everywhere. Clearly, my glass jars are not heat resistant like I thought. Luckily I had some more honey in the cupboard and hadn’t used any of the sloe gin already. The hubby loved the ‘Gin Skin’ cocktail said it reminded him of winter nights in front of the fire.

Sloe Gin and Prosecco Cocktail

I’m a Prosecco lover, so with the left over sloe gin (I wasn’t giving my half up for the hubby) I made up a lovely Prosecco cocktail. It’s simple, just put the sloe gin in the bottom of a champagne flute and float the the Prosecco over the top. Using a little tip I learnt in the bar; Pour the Prosecco over the back of a teaspoon which is held just above the Gin.  The Prosecco floats on top, giving you a lovely layered effect.  It tasted amazing!

just us box reviewWe didn’t play the spin the bottle game that was included, we opted for an early valentines night instead……

As we both love cocktails this was a great date night for us. I enjoyed that I made up all of the cocktails and the Hubby enjoyed drinking them. He did help clear up the mess I made when the glass broke though. I usually make a mess so i think he was prepared!

This month Just Us Box helped with a marriage proposal, so if you have any special requirements they will go out of their way to help out as much as possible. The March date night box is ‘Wilderness’ I have no idea what to expect but I can’t wait for it to arrive.

If you fancy trying next months ‘Wilderness‘ box, then make sure you place your order by 15th March, you can use the code EACH10 to give you a 10% discount on your subscription.

*Thank you Just Us Box for sending me out this fabulous date night box!*