Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Guest Post: Finding Hygge

Jennifer warned you there would be a guest post within guest posting, Here's a post from one of Jennifer's dearest friends, Michele.  Enjoy!

“The Danes have a word that's hard to translate, and no foreigner can hope to pronounce, but it's as Danish as pork roast and cold beer. It's hygge, and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. The closest we can come phonetically is "hooga," if we try forming our mouths for "ee" while saying "oo." It doesn’t translate directly into any other language but we can illustrate it in action.”

“Gather the family and invite over a couple of good friends. Push the sofas and chairs up close to the coffee table. Douse the electricity and light some candles. Better yet, light a fire in the hearth.
Serve plenty of food and drink. Raise a toast or two, or three, and feel the warmth flow around the table. Look at each other until you see the candlelight shimmering in each other’s eyes. You've got hygge”


The above comments come from the site Visit Denmark.com.   I first learned about Hygge while reading the book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way http://www.bluezones.com/live-happier/thrive-book/ by Dan Buettner.  It is an outstanding book documenting some of the happiest places in the world.   These are not people without challenges, hardships and sadness, but rather people that view things differently than most of us.  They find happiness in very simple things.

The idea of hygge spoke to me in a very personal way.  It identified the feeling I want in my home.  What I have been striving for since our family was created.  I want that coziness, warmth and comfort.  I wasn't looking for designer furniture or expensive knick knacks.  I wanted a home that spoke to me in a very personal way.  I would rather have less, but have the things in my home mean something special.  Knowing that everything in my home serves a purpose even if that purpose is just to make me happy.

I want my home to be a sanctuary for my family and our friends.  I want my family to breathe a sigh of relief when they enter our doors knowing they are safe.

I think this time of year really brings out that feeling.  The days get dark early and it is cold outside. We spend so much of our time in our home that it should be a place we feel great about.  It should be our little cocoon keeping us protected from the outside.

So as the wind and snow blow this winter go through your home and follow this checklist to create the spirit of hygge in your own home:

1.  Go through your home and get rid of anything that isn't useful or tied to you in an emotional way.

2.  Get a big basket for the living room and pile afghans, quilts and blankets for the winter.

3.  Pull out some of your favorite family games or if you don't have any buy some this Christmas with those gift cards you receive.

4.  Stock up on candles.  They don't have to be fancy expensive scented candles.  I love browsing Goodwill and finding some great taper candles.  

5.  Turn down the thermostat and lights so you can use your quilts and candles.  This also saves on your energy bill.

6.  Turn off the TV, video games, computers, and iPods and create some warm and cozy family memories.

To learn more please check out Visit Denmark.  http://www.visitdenmark.com/usa/en-us/menu/turist/nyheder/nyheder/kunstenathyggesig.htm

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