Here goes the inevitable "half-term essentials" blog. Yes, I am doing it, I shall add my tuppence to the mass array of mums-at-home blogs. It is true, I am one of them. To be honest, I’m not really going to do a list of stuff. Partly because I can’t really be bothered but mostly because I’m pretty sure that if you’re a parent reading this, you probably know more than me. I will however share my “hygge” moments or small pleasures that make staying indoors more enjoyable and thus low budget school holidays fun for grown-ups and children.
I did hope to get us a place in that cool holiday club that my “minime” loved so much when we went last year. A couple of years ago, I complained that there were not enough options for working parents during the school holidays, these last few months however, I notice that there are lots of options, just not enough money to pay for them. This is a time when it helps to have two parents who both work and get an adequate wage.
So here we are, I have taken a (much needed) couple of days off work and must entertain as mums must do. I am a great cheerleader for the small pleasures in life so we never actually feel like we lack but make the most of even the smallest joys. Today our “joy” moment of the days was rediscovering the back garden. Today the sun shone after a couple of super cold days and snow, sleet and freezing cold rain. The February half-term is always so hopeful, it may be cold but it allows us a little hope of the coming spring. The days are getting longer and the evenings brighter. One thing we love is our end of day movie marathons that we both enjoy. Kind of a "Netflix and chill" but in a family-friendly kinda way.
I am so glad that my “Heat Holders” socks have arrived too. They are soft, cosy and so warm, perfect for an evening on the sofa. As I’m currently between house slippers, it works out a treat. I am a great follower of “Hygge” the Danish definition of cosy at home. Pronounced “hue-gah,” www.hyggehouse.com have a great definition of the current trend; “a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every-day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.” The corner of my living-room is dedicated to that which is soft and cosy. My blankets and throws are more than knitted wool, they must feel super soft. I light the candles that make the room smell of soft vanilla and musk, we have our mugs of warm milk and tea ready and the light dimmed slightly. This settles us both down for an evening. I’d love to hear some suggestions from readers; what’s your hygge favourite item?
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