The Hygge Life, a book review

The Hygge Life, a book review

Hello lovely friends,

My family put away our Christmas decorations yesterday, on St Knut's Day.  A day we have been celebrating for about five years.

Our tradition was to keep the tree up until the weekend after New Years Day until a Swedish runner and her family moved in next door.  She introduced me to modern Swedish traditions celebrated in her childhood home. This aspect of our friendship has shaken up the old world traditions that my family observed.  A welcome shake.

Nordic is a region but the people believe in a blend of Viking customs and Christianity. For Swede's, Lagom the daily practice. For the Dane's, Hygge.  Hygge is having its moment!  When asked to review THE HYGGE LIFE, and flipping through the pages, I knew I wanted to read it.  My lifelong passion for design and the recent discovery of cooking made this a great choice.

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Adventuring on a whim

Adventuring on a whim

When was the last time you did something spontaneous? 

One of my favorite travel memories began on a leap of faith. We had driven through Chaminox (France) several times over the years but had yet to plan a winter weekend there. With parasailing at the top of our list, we tend to call ahead, and the wind isn't cooperating, so we make alternative plans. 

On this three week stay, we were in the area and decided to plan a weekend getaway.  It was early December, so I started researching outdoor ideas. That's how I stumbled on a travel company specializing in outdoor adventures near Chamonix, Happy Tracks.

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Happy Merry Meraki

Happy Merry Meraki

Hello lovely friends,

Happy New Year.  It's a day that is celebrated around the globe, with cheers to new beginnings, prosperity and good health.  I hope you look back on 2017 with fondness, and are ready for a joyous 2018. 

Do you set new year resolutions, or intentions? Or maybe take inventory of your current self and focus on exploration/personal growth?  When I was fourteen I gave up chocolate for a year, except for green M&M's (I can't explain why, let's just go with it).  In July I was gifted a coffee mug full of green M&M's on my birthday... I was told it took pounds of chocolate to fill the mug. Can you believe I managed to eat only one coffee mug of green M&M's for an entire year?

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2018 in one word (plus a giveaway)

2018 in one word (plus a giveaway)

Hello lovely friends,

2018 is going to be a good year... so good that I have several giveaways planned in January! 

But first, can you believe 2017 is coming to a close?

It was a memorable year. Possibly a great year.  Last January I reconnected with my childhood pen-pal.  A second or third cousin who lives in Sweden.  I had been looking for her for over decade, and we met in person last March.  In July, I stepped into a new decade, and... in October I stood on Mount Everest. 

If I described the year in one word... I might say it was a year of ABUNDANCE.

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A glimpse of our experience on the trail

A glimpse of our experience on the trail

Hello all,

We have been home from our trip to Nepal for a month; this hardly seems possible.  Getting to Everest Base Camp was the last physical challenge/adventure on my bucket list.  Added in the late 90's, you can imagine what it feels like to cross this off my list.  The experience has exceeded all expectations.

I was in awe every minute of every day. From simply standing in the Himalaya's, to drinking in nature's beauty, the local life, and feeling the Buddhist faith.

It's surreal to think I have been to Base Camp.  A month later its still all we talk about (at home).

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The dessert everyone asks for when visiting Pioneers Lane

The dessert everyone asks for when visiting Pioneers Lane

Hello friends,

Do you remember life before Pinterest? When you had to be invited to join? It was like entering a secret society. I was SO excited when my invitation arrived. Today it's my go-to place for recipes, design ideas, and travel inspiration.

About a year after moving to Pioneers Lane I became friends with someone who inspired me to try baking from scratch. She suggested starting with a crumble, 'they are easy enough.' It was the push I needed to leap into making vs. buying from the local baker. 

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