Undecorate a Danish Christmas tree (real candles) with me! 10 minutes of motivation – it’s hygge time! If you’re not ready to pack away any decor, go for obvious things like expired Christmas food, wrapping paper/gift boxes, empty chocolate advent calendars, spent candles, dried up foliage decorations, etc…..
Today’s video… Undecorate with me – starting to pack away Christmas 2020! I excited to announce that I’ve been asked by Dawn from The Minimal Mom channel to join in “A Clutter Free January”, woo hoo! Plus, stay tuned for my very first giveaway…
Merry Christmas from Denmark! From me and my Danish Besties, Vibeke and Helene! Thank you so much for your support this year… I have some exciting projects in store for you in January, plus stay tuned for my very first giveaway!
Not feeling “merry and bright”? In today’s YouTube video. Coping with Christmas – my 4 point checklist, tips for you and your home! A cosy chat and action plan to get you feeling positive again! Watch it here…
How to make British Christmas Crackers – takes just 2 minutes and you can use things you have lying around the house (paper offcuts, magazine pages, string/ribbon)! Low cost, sustainable, zero waste and lots of fun! There is no need to use “snaps” – they are just as much fun without! 🖐😃
Festive Lockdown? Cosy, comfy, glam Christmas and New Year outfit ideas! We may be on Lockdown but we can certainly add a little sparkle every day – in our outfit or hair and makeup. Bring on the festive spirit! I use the Dressing Your Truth system for my capsule wardrobe (energy type 1).
If you’re looking for a capsule wardrobe system, I can thoroughly recommend the Dressing Your Truth system (there is a free course on the website). Your best colours and styles are determined by your facial features/inner energy (my primary energy type is 1 with a secondary energy of 4). It has been lifechanging for me and makes getting dressed so easy! (I’ve made several YouTube videos about my wardrobe, see below.) I use the Flylady system to keep me organised and my daily routine includes choosing my outfit a day in advance (I check my diary/weather forecast to see what’s ahead). I hang my outfit on a hook on the back of our bedroom door and am ready to go the moment my feet hit the floor the next morning. I love having a morning routine which sets me up for a good day!
Today we are chatting about how to keep our spirits and energy up! Plus housekeeping dos and don’ts. What will you prioritise… Health and exercise or cleaning? Plus an update on the new Danish Lockdown, a new Christmas tree tradition for 2020 and last, but not least, a look at our Saint Lucy tradition on the bathing bridge!
Today we’re taking a look at the Royal Copenhagen Christmas tables…a real hygge Danish tradition in December! Do you own any pieces of their beautiful china? I’m happy just to window shop! More info on the Christmas tables here https://www.royalcopenhagen.com/dk/da/christmastables
Join me for my hygge Danish Christmas – today I’m enjoying a glass of hot gløgg at Nyhavn Harbour in the centre of Copenhagen! We are getting into the spirit of the season…or should that be “wine and spirits”! 🖐😃
Daily reading is one of my favourite ways to pamper and get some self-care (I prefer the term “self-preservation”)! Here’s a round-up of what I read in October. Plus I’ve now started my Christmas-themed reading!
“The Killings at Kingfisher Hill” by Sophie Hannah (in the guise of Agatha Christie – number 4 in the New Hercule Poirot Mysteries series) I had high hopes for this one (as I have read the others in the series). It started off really well and had all the “right” elements – couple of murders, stately hall, dinner parties, lots of possible suspects. But it fell flat in the second half and the motive was a bit of a dog’s breakfast. My rating: 3 out of 5
“Death Overdue” by Allison Brook (Number 1 in the Haunted Library Mysteries) I was looking for some Halloween-themed reading and this seemed to fit the bill nicely. Listened on Audiobook. I hadn’t read the blurb so it was a surprise when there was suddenly a walking-talking ghost in the story. I love cozy mysteries but avoid ones which are too twee, sugary or involve animals solving the mysteries. I’m happy to escape reality but Cat Detectives are just a jump too far! LOL! Apart from that, it was a cosy read. My rating: 3 out of 5
“Recipes for Love and Murder” by Sally Andrew (Number 1 in the Tannie Maria Mystery series) I picked up this book at our local Danish library by absolute chance. I had been browsing cookbooks for some cosy reading and then, when I went over to the crime books, “Recipes for Love and Murder” jumped right out at me. This was a fantastic surprise read by an author I didn’t know. Set in South Africa. There is quite a lot of Afrikaans jargon in the book (there’s a glossary at the back) which I really enjoyed because most of it is similar to Danish and Dutch. A quirky, fun read. Hope she writes more. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
“Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastian Faulks. Mr Faulks has written this book as an hommage to P.G. Wodehouse. Now, I absolutely adore the Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse (these books are classics) and it’s always a gamble to read a book “in the style of…” your favourite author. It started off really well, with all the usual clichés and plots you would expect to find. I really had high hopes! But second half got slower and more boring (the cricket talk and the play scene finished me off) so, alas, a bit of a damp squib. My rating: 2 out of 5 stars.
“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. I’m a big fan of Richard Osman’s tv appearances so was excited to hear that he had written a cozy crime. And even more excited to be the first in line to get it from our local Danish library! Really enjoyed this book which is set in a very upmarket retirement “village”. A great gallery of characters thrown together by fate, and very well written. Richard Osman has a real flair for intelligent low-key humour which is absolutely charming. There appears to be a sequel in the works – hooray! My rating: four out of five stars.
Currently reading: “I am half-sick of shadows” by Alan Bradley. I’ve read several in the “Flavia de Luce” series and this is a Christmas-themed one! Will let you know how it goes…
You can find my hygge books, magazines, tv programmes and music YouTube videos here…
PS: I very rarely buy books, preferring to borrow them from our wonderful Danish local libraries! I use eReolenGlobal and Libby apps to find/read books, plus Goodreads to track what I’ve read. And if you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue (formerly a book seller, now a librarian) has a great book blog! http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/
Time for a cosy break! Join me for easy, hygge Christmas planning! Less stress, more Danish hygge! A round up of Christmas prep plus…Christmas holiday reading. Books, books, books! Plus the Flylady Missions from 21 to 25…
Time for a cosy break! Join me for easy, hygge Christmas planning! Less stress, more Danish hygge! I’m checking in with you each week to let you know how we are preparing here in Copenhagen, what we are cooking, making and decorating. Plus here are the Flylady Missions from 16 to 20!