Snow Much Fun

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We received a lot of snow the other day and Lily was really excited and had a lot of fun in the snow.

Luckily, I was able to find her snow pants and boots from last winter, which thankfully still fit from last year.

Our favorite thing to do was kick snow and just grab handfuls of it and throw it. Not make snowballs to throw, just fist fulls of snow.

Do you have a hard time getting your little one out in the snow, or is it harder to get them back inside? Leave your comments below.

Hygge-What?

For me, one of my favorite parts about Christmas is just the feeling you get when your home is all decorated for the holidays.

Candles are lit, your Christmas tree is sparkling and you find yourself drinking a lot more hot chocolate.

But, when the holiday season is gone, and the decorations are put away and you have a long, cold, dark January staring at you in the face, you really start to miss the feeling your home had during the holidays.

Don’t you wish you could feel that all year (especially winter) along?

Well, now you can, thanks to hygge! (I know this sounds like an infomercial.)

Hygge (pronounced -Hoo-ga) is the Danish art of comfort and happiness.

It is really hard to describe because the word cozy doesn’t cover it.

Picture this: you just came inside from playing or shoveling show outside. You change your clothes to something really warm including nice woolen socks, put a fire in the fireplace, drink your favorite hot beverage and situate yourself so you can watch the snow fall gently outside while you are safe and warm inside. That is hygge.

You can accomplish some hygge things at home that are simple to do.

I found these great battery operated candles at Ikea that are seriously the best because of the slight flicker they give and the warmth of the light.

But hygge doesn’t have to be relegated to just the home.

How to Hygge #InfographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan

If you would like to learn more about various rug options to make your house extra Hygge, as well as other interior design tips,  make sure to check out Modern Rugs Blog who created the awesome Hygge infographic above.

To better understand the concept of hygge, and would like to read the most adorable book on the subject, you will want to pick up

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It really gives you a lot of background as to why the Danes are considered one of the happiest people and how this can have an impact on your life, as well as recipes, ideas for Christmas and more.

Do you find yourself struggling with the winter weather? Leave a comment below.

Bringing the Outside In

In our neck of the woods we were dumped (or blessed depending on how you look at it) with a bunch of snow. (I am not a big fan of the snow and I constantly threaten to move to Florida to avoid our harsh winters.)

Since we are stuck inside, we had the opportunity to use one of our new Christmas presents: an indoor smore maker.

Thanks to my Dad who picked it out for us, we received this really cute smore maker from the company nostalgia.

The maker is composed of a metal section that has a coil that heats when you plug it in. There is a protective grate over the coil that will prevent you from getting burned on the coil directly, but the top of the grate does get hot so you will want to watch your Mousekatots around the actual maker.

Surrounding the maker is a lazy Susan that has four compartments to hold your graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.

The kit also comes with four marshmallow roasting forks, which I wish would have been a little longer, but they still work great.

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Sorry about the grainy photos. The lighting wasn’t the greatest. You can see that we have this sitting on our large ottoman with a beach towel over it to prevent any spills. 

The smore maker really puts a nice crust on the marshmallow. However, if you are a fan of letting your marshmallow catch on fire and then blow it out, this won’t achieve that level of doneness. (That will only happen with an open flame which can be super dangerous in the house.)

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I also highly recommend that you buy the flat marshmallows that are made for smores. They fit nicely on the grahm cracker and smoosh really nice when they are toasted.

The end result is a nice and gooey smore.

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Terribly blurry photo, but you get the idea.

I would highly recommend this smore maker. It is a lot of fun for the family it really makes a nice and cozy treat for everyone to enjoy.

Do you and your family have any cozy treats that you like to make or enjoy when it is cold outside? Leave your comments below.

All opinions in this review are mine. I was not compensated for them in any manner.