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7 EASY WAYS TO COZY!

7 Easy ways to get cozy even on the most cold of winter days.

Wintertime can be a season of warmth. Just wrap up in a blanket and get cozy! These are 7 easy ways to get cozy, even on the coldest winter days.

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Easy Ways to Cozy

  1. Wrap up in a blanket
  2. Make a hot beverage
  3. Bake Cookies
  4. Add some light
  5. Redecorate
  6. Read a light-hearted story
  7. Snuggle with a friend

Wrap up in a Blanket

There is nothing more cozy to me than to wrap up in a warm, fleece blanket. It’s that extra warmth that I need and that wrapped up feeling that I enjoy. It helps me to focus and enjoy what I’m doing. Instead of feeling a chill, I’m awake and ready to mingle.

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Make a hot beverage

A warm drink like hot cocoa or tea can really warm me up quickly. Just holding a warm mug can help warm up my hands and help me reenergize.

Bake Cookies

What better way to warm up the house than to bake something tasty in the oven? Cookies are a delight to eat and they are a wonderful snack to have for friends and family. And I like to eat them with a warm hot cocoa in my hands too.

Add Some Light

Dark days can be brightened up with some accent lights or a simple light bulb change to full spectrum light. Interior spaces are important to light just right to be cozy. Keep the shadows at bay, and use soft lighting for that warm feeling.

Redecorate and Clean

It’s ok to feel like the space you’re in is not big enough. All it takes is a little bit of cleaning, organizing, and redecorating to feel like it is better again. I enjoy making my space warm and cozy with plants, animals, and flowers. Paintings and decorations can be changed out seasonally too!

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Read a light-hearted story

Transporting to another world through imagination is important to get to that cozy feeling inside. I enjoy finding happy-feel-good stories that take me to the beach or to the tropics. It is enjoyable to read books that help bring the warm, cozy feelings.

Snuggle with a Friend

A warm furry friend is something that really helps make a place more cozy in the wintertime! They can provide comfort and joy during the darkest of days.

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MAKING VEGGIE NOODLES!

Trying new recipes with healthier veggies and fruits. I tried making veggie noodles for the first time, and this is what happened.

Recently, I’ve been trying to help incorporate new recipes and healthier foods into my meal plans. So far, I have tried making veggie noodles with a spiralizer. These are some of the things I have liked so far.

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Using a Veggie Spiralizer

I found a weekly meal plan that uses a spiralizer with sweet potatoes and zucchini to make veggie noodles. I’ve never used a spiralizer before, and decided to get one at the store to try out the recipes.

The spiralizer I found works ok, but is not the best. I am left-handed, and the machine is meant only for right-handed spiralizing. But it works for making veggie noodles.It was easy to figure out how to put the equipment together and make the noodles from it.

The first time I used the spiralizer, I used a bowl, and that was not working to catch the noodles. My husband used a plate, and that worked much better! The base part of it gets pushed out as the veggie gets sliced.

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Making veggie noodles

Sweet potatoes are easy to cook if they are sauteed in a pan. My pan is thin and can burn food easily. So I keep it on medium heat, add oil, then add noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes before turning the temperature down. I put a lid on the pan and let it sit at the lower temperature for up to 10 minutes until the noodles are soft.

For the zucchini, they are very watery! Zucchini is harder to maintain the structure of the noodle when it gets cooked, so it is better to flash heat them for a short amount of time at a higher temp and eat right away. I did figure out how to make pesto zucchini noodles that tastes delicious! I just need to figure out the texture for them.

Making noodles for Meal Prep

If you want to eat healthier and are looking for solutions for meal prep, I really like the sweet potato noodles. They were easy to store in an airtight bag with a paper towel for a week. I didn’t notice them getting too soggy or gross. The temp in my refrigerator is at a very cool temp to prevent food from spoiling.

I’m not sure how long the zucchini noodles would hold their shape or structure for meal prep.

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Have you ever eaten or made veggie noodles? What vegetable to you enjoy?

EASY WAY TO SIMPLIFY LIFE!

Do you wish you had more time to do things you want to do instead of paperwork sorting? This simple trick helps me organize my incoming mail and paperwork!

I discovered an easy way to simplify life a few years ago with this simple trick. It was to organize what was coming into my household right at the front door.

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Mail Sorting

This simple trick really saved me time and helped me stay on top of the incoming mail. I use three sorting bins at my front door.

1.Shred

2. To Do

3. To File

And that is it.

When the paperwork comes into the house, it has a place to go, and that really simplifies life quickly.

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5 THINGS I WISH I KNEW 5 YEARS AGO!

Personal Growth takes time. These are 5 things I wish I knew 5 years ago

5 years ago, I didn’t know as much as I know now. These are a few things I’ve learned, and what I wish I knew then.

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Sushi is delicious

The first time I tried sushi, I was hooked! For so many years, I convinced myself that it was GROSS! But, I found out it was DELICIOUS the first time I tried it at an all-you-could eat buffet. Now, I crave it and can’t get enough.

How to Paint

I didn’t know all the techniques of how to paint, so I decided to take some classes at the local art museum. What an awesome time. I ended up painting a beautiful painting and putting it on display at the student show.

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How to Manage Tasks

Project management is an important skill to have both in life and work. I discovered this when I learned about bullet journaling. I wanted to find out more ways to make my life more balanced. There are many methods for personal task management out there, it is up to me to utilize them as I see fit.

How to Journal

Journaling is important for growth, and I always thought there was only one way to journal as I grew up, but there are different ways to do it. And I also learned that it is incredible to do.

Meditation is Powerful

Healing through meditation can happen. It has helped me rediscover strength within myself through affirmations and positive thinking. When I was stuck on old thoughts, I listened to some guided meditations to get me through to begin anew.

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What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know now?

SELF CARE ON SNOW DAYS!❄

Self Care on Snow Days. Ideas that are not social media that can be relaxing, enjoyable, reduce stress, and easy to do.

As a child, I’ve always loved snow days. I can too as an adult with self care on snow days. These are a few of my favorite ways to relax and do activities that I’ve wanted to do that aren’t social media.

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Self Care on Snow Days

  1. Read a fulfilling wholesome message or devotional in a personal development book.
  2. Read a fun book
  3. Journal how you are feeling
  4. Meditate
  5. Write down your gratitudes
  6. Sit and watch the snow fall or blow in the wind
  7. Listen to spotify
  8. Listen to a podcast
  9. Do a Craft project with items you have on hand
  10. Call a friend
  11. Do the dishes
  12. Catch up on Paperwork
  13. Do a mini workout
  14. Stretch
  15. Color, sketch, or draw
  16. Watch people driving in the snow
  17. Cook a meal to warm up the house
  18. Bake Cookies
  19. Play a board or card game
  20. Fold Laundry while watching a movie

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FOUND AN AWESOME SNACK!

How do I take my coffee? Seriously. Very seriously. Have you ever needed a snack that helps keep you going through the day? I found one that works for me! Find out what I think of the Caramel Macchiato Clif Bar in this post from More Lifestyle Living

This awesome snack is excellent for my hygge morning routine. It has a little bit of energy, and packs a lot of nutrients. And it includes coffee!

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Tasty Energy Bar

One of the things I like to include in my hygge morning routine is Clif Bars, and this new flavor really goes well in the morning. I enjoy trying new things, and this clif bar, I think, is my new favorite. It has a sweet and energizing flavor that is good to eat.

If I’m running short on time, or just want to pack it in my lunch for a mid morning snack it is easy to do. With as much caffeine in it as a cup of coffee, I think this energy bar is awesome.

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What is it?

It is the Caramel Macchiato Clif Bar from their Coffee Collection. The beans intermixed with the sweetly flavored oats help give it a little crunch and flavor. The top of the bar is drizzled with sweet cream as well.

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BEST HYGGE BOOK LIST!

best hygge book list for hygge lovers. This List is a must read if you are looking to create a cozy life!

This hygge book list will leave you cozy! Discover new reads to enjoy during a quiet moment or learn a new way to do something fun. I’ve rounded up my most favorite hygge books and most popular books to read.

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Best Hygge Book List

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Hygge Recipe Books

Nothing is quite as cozy as a home cooked meal or tasty treat that was baked at home. The recipe books in this collection feature some of my favorite go-to books when I want to whip up something delicious in my hygge home.

  • How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen
  • The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson
  • East Clermont Lutheran Church Cookbook (My Family’s recipes)
  • Smorgasbord: Deliciously Simple modern Scandinavian Recipes

Hygge Home Decor Books

The feeling of being home is such a cozy feeling. These home decor books help show how to create a living space that is personal, cozy, and charming. Get inspired to design your own hygge minimalist home wherever your home may be.

  • Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life by Christiana Coop, Aimee Lagos and James Carriere
  • Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith
  • Home Body: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
  • Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book: How to Plan Colors and Furnishings That Reflect the Personality of Your Family by BH &G
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Hygge Lifestyle Books

Discover what the hygge lifestyle trend is all about with these popular books. Find out the secrets to living a fulfilling and cozy life through creating an atmosphere of happiness and hygge.

  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (The Happiness Institute Series by Meik Wiking
  • The Art of Hygge: How to Bring Danish Coziness Into Your Life by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen
  • The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy by Jennifer McCartney
  • How to be Content: An inspired Guide to Happiness by Arlene Unger and Jo Parry

Hygge Coffee Table Books

Take your mind off of things and relax with these entertaining book. Color, read poetry, dream about cozy cabins and vacations with these coffee table hygge books.

  • Woodland Wonder: Cozy Forest Animals Coloring Book by Jen Racine
  • Coffee Poems: reflections on life with coffee by Lorraine Healy
  • Cozy Cabins and Rustic Retreats by Jo Denbury
  • Rick Steves Scandinavia by Rick Steves
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Hygge Spa Books

Discover more ways to help make your home a place to relax. These books cover a variety of hygge life essentials for creating a cozy space.

  • Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, and Introductiory Guide: More Than 300 Recipes for Health, Home and Beauty by Sonoma Press
  • Candle Making for Beginners: The definitive step by step guide to creating incredible homemade candles with different fragrances, essential oils, herbs, spices and colors by Ella Diamond
  • The Home Lighting Effects Bible: Ideas and know-How for Better Lighting in Every Part of Your Home
  • Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans-24 Quick & Easy Solid-Color Wraps by Leisure Arts
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Hygge Personal Development Books

Create your own happiness by devouring these must read books. Get ideas on creating better relationships, living fully, thinking positively, and managing your time.

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

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DRY SKIN HOME REMEDIES!

Dry Skin Home Remedies you should be trying today! You won't believe number two! These dry skin home remedies are helpful to get you through the dry winter. Prevent your skin from flaking, keep natural oils on the skin, and stop the itch from dry skin.

These dry skin home remedies are helpful to get you through the dry winter. Prevent your skin from flaking, keep natural oils on the skin, and stop the itch from dry skin.

Dry Skin Home Remedies

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Drink plenty of water

One of the first things to do to prevent dry skin is to drink plenty of water. It may seem like a bother in the wintertime to drink plenty of fluids, but it is an important thing to do.

Buy fruits and veggies

Eat and buy fresh fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients for your skin cells as they grow. On the plus side, they can also be used for at home skin care DIY recipes.

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Use Sunblock

Use Sunblock, even in the winter this is very important. It’s not just for the summer time. Wind and sun are things that can dry out your skin any time of the year.

Get Hygge

Be gentle. And at home winter hygge spa is a nice practice for yourself and your skin. Be cozy, snuggle up under a soft blanket, and put on fuzzy socks and lotion.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid alcohol in skin care products. Alcohol can dry skin out very easily. So check the label. I noticed that my Yoga Mat DIY recipe calls for witch hazel, and I was glad I found a kind without alcohol in it.

These home remedies for dry winter skin can help keep your skin healthy. Find out the essentials for healthy skincare.

Warm up your Lotion

Find a lotion that you like, and warm it up in your hands before applying. It’s easier to apply lotion to your skin in the winter when it is warm. My least part about winter skin care is the cold shock feeling from cold lotion!

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IS IT WORTH IT? Living Life Debt Free

Is Debt Free Living Worth it? See the lessons I've learned while getting debt free using the Dave Ramsey Snowball Plan.

Is debt free living worth it? Absolutely.

Getting out of debt from student loans was one of the biggest challenges I’ve overcome in my financial life. And that has taught me more lessons about finances than any other. By following Dave Ramsey’s plan, I’ve found myself more content, more independent, and more flexible with my time. These are the biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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Quality products do not mean Brand Name.

What are the basic needs in life? Food, shelter, clothing, safety, and space. That is all that is required for animals that live in nature. While I don’t mean to burst a bubble from that fancy schmancy $50 bottle, a $1 bottle of soap will do. When your in debt, be frugal, buy used, use coupons, purchase wisely. When your out of debt, THEN you can choose if you want the fancy schmancy stuff. By then, there will be another hot brand name product that you’ll just NEEEEEED.

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Aldi is the best place for groceries

If you are lucky enough to have an Aldi, you are lucky enough. I have always loved their minimalist style of shopping compared to Trader Joe’s or other grocery stores. Each time I go in the store, I know what I want, where it’s at, and can trust that it’s a good quality product. And I go to Aldi because I like their food , prices, and atmosphere.

Old habits die hard

Budgeting for getting out of debt was EASY, sticking to it was full of ups and downs. BUT I stuck to the plan, because it WORKS! If the system works, don’t try to change it, tweak it, or modify it. Dave has already done that part. Just stick with the plan! You may need to change your habits to fit to the plan though, that’s the hard part. It’s much less work to plan ahead than to always feel like you’re trying to catch up.

Have an accountability partner

The day I brought up finances with my partner was the day we became a TEAM. As the saying goes, “Team work makes the dream work.” Work together, and you’ll go much further, faster. And once you get through the longest, hardest game toward debt free living in your life, you’ll still have that partner by your side. Don’t push each other away, build each other up. Stay focused on the goal, and know your WHY. It’s a game, and you don’t want the debt to win. Dave ramsey is your coach, and your budget is your ref. If you don’t have a spouse, find a trustworthy accountability partner to help you out.

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FAILED AT MY GOALS!

I’m not perfect, and I’ve failed at my goals. These are the biggest childhood lessons I’ve learned about failure on my way to reaching my goals.


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Failure is trying something you’ve never done before

Have you tried something new and succeeded at it the first time with grace, ease, and perfection? I know I have not done that. I’ve failed at many things the first time I tried doing them. When I learned to walk, I also learned to fall before I could be stable enough to move on my own two feet. Learning is a part of failure that is an important part of growing along the way to success.

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Failure made me smarter

The path toward your goals can be full of distractions and opportunities to learn from prioritization. When I learned that I am the one in charge of my time, I recognized that it can either help or hurt me depending how I use my time.

Failure taught me lessons I would have never known if I didn’t try. The first time I try playing a new song on the piano, I’m not sure what the song is supposed to be. But through practice, I heard when I knew the key was not correct. I kept trying over and over again until my tempo, loudness, and finger placement was correct.

It’s s easy to fail and give up

There is a reason that successful people are successful. They don’t give up and stay focused on their dreams. What keeps them going? Endurance, passion, and determination to succeed. It’s an energy that comes from within. Circumstances around you may continually change, but if you’re deeply, subconsciously focused, you will have more willpower to continue. Starting your day with a focused meditation and a vision board is an excellent way to build that inner willpower.

Failing fast is the quickest way to grow

When trying new things, its important not to give up and wait to get back in. Try to get back toward reaching your goals as soon as possible.

I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 8 or 9 years old, because I was afraid to get back on the bike when I was five. My own fears kept me back from moving forward. Until finally one day I was determined enough to learn to ride. And it has been a joy to ride the bike so many places and see so many things!

If you are afraid of failure, ask yourself, “What do I gain by keeping myself from moving forward?” You may need to practice self care, love, and affirmations to get back toward reaching your goal. You might even choose to find a mentor or coach to help you out. But when you get back out there, you’ve learned a few new tactics for self talk, learned how to use your resources better, and discovered more about yourself.

Lessons along the way

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