Category: Tips & Tricks

10 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Life

10 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Life

Hygge – the Danish not-so-easy-to-define word for happiness, coziness, nostalgia, and contentment – is a big part of why Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world.  We, as Americans, on the other hand,  seem to be on a constant pursuit of happiness, yet don’t rank anywhere close to the Danes.  What gives?

Maybe – just maybe – instead of pursuing the classic American dream, minimalism, capitalism, or whatever new fad is trending, we should instead pursue the tried-and-true notion of hygge.  We know it works, so why not?  We’ve got nothing to lose.

Luckily, incorporating aspects of hygge into your life is easy because you get instant gratification.  That’s because one of the most important principles of hygge is living in the moment.  So all of these things will make you feel good right now.

Ready to embrace hygge and live like the Danish do??  Here are 10 things you can do to add hygge to your life:

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How to Get Rid of Your Eczema

How to Treat Your Eczema

Ok, guys, weird topic coming to you: eczema treatment! But I’m doing this because I know I’m not the only one out there that’s putting obscene amounts of lotion on their hands in this cold, dry weather.  

And if you’ve ever had eczema before (and if you have, then I’m willing to bet your lovely kids inherited the miserableness!), then you’re probably dreading what’s inevitably ahead of you this season: a horrid case of eczema…that just doesn’t. go. away.

I’ve had it, my son had it, and with my daughter’s first winter has come her first case of eczema.

Which brings me to this post…because last year, I FINALLY found a cure for our eczema. I’m not kidding. And this year, I’ve already had a chance to test it out once again…and AGAIN, IT WORKED.

I started using our secret weapon on my daughter a week ago and…voila! Her stint as an eczema sufferer is looking to be the shortest this family has ever experienced.  And my son’s (and my) eczema still hasn’t come back.

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50 Ways to Be a Happier Stay-at-Home Mom

How to Be a Happier Stay-at-Home Mom

Being a stay-at-home mom is a blessing…that can sometimes feel like a curse.  You get to experience every beautiful moment of your child’s life…along with every miserable one.  You get to create the home of your dreams…and witness its daily destruction and resurrection.

It’s fulfilling, inspiring, and exciting…but it’s also thankless, degrading, and lonely.  So sometimes you just need something to help you be a happier SAHM.

So when you’re having one of those moments where you just need to hit the reset button, try one of these ideas!  They will help you refresh, perk up, and be a happier you.

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How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Forever Keepsakes

How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Keepsake Magnets

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is opening up Christmas cards from family and friends…especially the photo ones!

So each and every year I am twisted apart trying to figure out what to do with them when the holiday season ends.  Throwing them away seems awful, saving them seems pointless.

So I end up making a choice – some stay on the fridge permanently, some sadly head to the trash.

Until this year.

Finally, I came up with a way to not only save them, but actually give them a practical purpose!

Ready for it???

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How to Get a Picky Eater to Eat More Food

Strategies to Get a Picky Eater Eating More Food

My son is a seriously, seriously picky eater.  He has been for…well, basically forever.  The agony of trying to get new foods in him is something I never imagined!  And for every hour I spend trying to get him to eat new foods, I spend another hour convincing myself that pretzels might actually be nutritious.

I don’t like forcing him, which is fine because that never works anyways.  So over the past few years I have tried tons of strategies to get him to eat more.  Some have worked, some have failed.  What I can tell you is that I have yet to find a magic bullet that can transform my picky eater into a foodie.  So don’t beat yourself up if your child only eats goldfish and bread.  It’s not ideal, but it’s also not unusual.  You’re not alone!

So the strategies that you’re about to read are what have worked for a picky eater who is still a picky eater – but with a little more variety.  Because this is reality!  

Give these strategies a try to see if you can add even just one or two new things to your picky eater’s diet:

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The Best Bath Toys for 1-Year Old Girls

The Best Bath Toys for 1-Year Old Girls

Without a doubt, one of my favorite times of day is bath time.  Maybe it’s the lack of technologically-enhanced toys or maybe it’s just that bedtime is approaching, but I find it very soothing.  Luckily, my daughter loves bath time as much as I do, so it’s always a happy time!  And since bath toys really only last a couple years before they just start getting gross, I’ve been able to buy her new girly bath toys (as opposed to the hand-me-downs from her brother) totally guilt-free.  It’s been great! 😉

So if you’re on the lookout for gift ideas for a 1-year old girl or just want to make bath time more enjoyable in your own home, give some of these bath toys a try:

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5 Brilliant Solutions for Saving Your Child’s Artwork

What to Do with Your Child's Artwork

I’ll be honest. When my son started preschool this year, the last thing on my mind was what the heck I’d do with all his artwork.  In fact, I couldn’t wait to see what he’d bring home!  I had the magnets ready and oo’ed and ah’ed at his initial creations.

Then they kept coming.

And coming and coming.

I swear, he has 4 art classes a day!

So it wasn’t long before my husband confronted me.  The artwork had to find a home.  One that wasn’t the kitchen table, kitchen counter, or family room end table.

And he was right. Within weeks, the artwork had taken over the house.  I wasn’t willing to part with it (obviously). So that left one option – figure out what to do with it.

 

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What to Do if Your Child Hates Bath Time

What to Do When Your Child Hates the Bath

Bath time in my house has been an up and down roller coaster ride from Day 1.  In the beginning, my newborn son screamed like a banshee when I tried bathing him.  I had to resort to wearing him in a water sling while I showered!

The water sling did, however, gave me a chance to get him used to the water and the next couple of years were total bliss. He fell in love with bath time and it become a fun, bonding, and dare I say, even educational part of the day.

Fast forward to age 3 ½. I have no idea why it happened or what triggered it, but my son decided that he HATED baths.  The banshee screams returned, only this time with the strength of a 3 year old, and bath time became a nightmare.

Obviously, this was a problem.  Our kids need to bathe!

At first, I fought him and forced him because…well…like I said, kids need to bathe.

Finally, I got savvy. I researched, I tried different things, I became obsessed with making bath time fun again.

And finally, it worked!  

So if you’ve got a child that hates to take a bath, give some of these strategies a try to see if you can turn the situation around and make bath time fun again.

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Your Next Baby Shower Gift: A Fully-Loaded Diaper Caddy

How to Create the Perfect Diaper Caddy

When I had my first baby I quickly grew attached to parenting devices that I just couldn’t live without (our water sling, the Ergo, and the Rock ‘N Play to name a few).  So when baby #2 was on her way, I had all of those items ready and waiting.

But of course, as you’d expect, I didn’t end up needing them because she had her own ideas and her own needs.

So I started the discovery process all over again and for her, one of the greatest creations I came across was the diaper caddy.  

It’s basically a diaper bag that doesn’t need to be unzipped, is more easily accessible, and can be anywhere in your home that you need it. It was an alternative to having a dedicated diaper changing table and ended up making travel a breeze. (more…)