Weekend Reads number 3: Back from Barcelona and there’s a new Scandinavian buzzword in town

Happy Sunday everyone else!

It’s a lengthy week-end Reads recently. I missed it the other day as I was in beautiful Barcelona.

It was my first visit to Barcelona and I also booked it being a shock holiday for Sam’s birthday. We somehow been able to keep it a shock right until we got to the security gate at the airport. I became tempted to make sure he understands several times but I’m pleased I resisted – seeing his face as he saw ‘Barcelona’ on their ticket was really worth it.

We had a great time in Barcelona but I’ve got to acknowledge your climate did placed a downer on things. I’m not usually someone to let the climate influence my holiday however it had been wet and rainy all weekend and I do feel Barcelona would have been a more fulfilling town within the sunshine. But we have been in the depths of cold temperatures so I can’t actually complain!

The main highlight of this vacation had been residing at Cotton home Hotel. Oh my goodness, it absolutely was gorgeous. It was one particular hotels that was therefore posh and fancy that it was actually actually casual, however in a laid-back glamorous type of method. We adored it. Full movie review is coming soon!

I also provide some posts coming about flying by having a small baby and going to Barcelona having a infant. We took Joseph with us but left George aware of my parents. Joseph had been an absolute fantasy and I think your younger the child is, the easier and simpler it is to travel with them! Look out for those articles a few weeks.

although I happened to be in Barcelona this week, Elle jetted off to Japan for an incredible press journey. You’ll meet up with a few of the woman tweets here. I happened to be very lucky getting behind the scenes updates via Twitter Messenger during her journey. The majority of the woman messages went along the lines of, “I’ve just surely got to my space and I have no clue what to do. I’m pretty sure there’s no sleep in right here. I don’t understand what I’m permitted to touch or wear. I have directions to place on my robe.”

I was really laughing out loud at the considered Elle being in a bedless hotel room racking your brains on how to put on the woman robe! Actual lols.

However for now, I want to speak about something I’ve been seeing plenty of this week and I think it is going to be BIG!

Introducing Lagom: go over hygge, there’s a fresh Scandinavian buzzword in town

If you’re anything at all like me, your social channels are filled with ‘hygge’ throughout the festive period. Log burners and mulled wine, chunky jumpers, knitted socks, cashmere cardigans, scented candles and completely manicured hands wrapped around steaming mugs of milky coffee. It’s been hot, cosy and oh so Scandi.

If you’ve been hiding under a stone or perhaps you don’t follow a solitary life style writer (because every life style writer into the universe has showcased a guide about hygge on a minumum of one social media channel) I quickly should fill you in. Hygge actually Danish word and means the sensation of cosiness and delight you feel whenever enjoying every day moments. Enjoying one glass of wine while sat next to the fire having puppy on your lap while chatting towards best friend is extremely hygge. (i’ve no concept if I’ve used ‘hygge’ in the right context here. Do you hygge? Are you hygge? Is it hygge? I’ve no concept.)

I first discovered ‘hygge’ during a wintertime day at Copenhagen therefore really do feel it while walking through roads. Looking at the windows of shops, accommodations and houses and you see candles flickering, cosy knits and people placing down their phones and simply enjoying the moment. When I spotted it in other Scandinavian countries and ended up beingn’t certain that it had been hygge or in the event that Scandi’s just love candles and atmospheric illumination. They Are Doing offer nice lights…

We liked it in the beginning. I adored the fact there was clearly a word for this homey and reassuring feeling. Admittedly, I’dn’t realised there clearly was a gaping opening in my language but I was happy it had been finally filled.

Then hygge took over therefore ended up being flipping every where so I’ve reached admit that I’m happy there’s a brand new Scandi trend around.

Apparently, hygge is final year’s buzzword and 2017’s buzzword is Lagom. And lagom is one thing I’m quite definitely aboard with.

Lagom, pronounced ‘lar-gohm’, roughly means ‘just right’ and it is about having an even more balanced lifestyle. Goldilocks had the best concept also it’s about not having a lot of and not having inadequate, but having just the right amount. it is about everything in moderation and prioritising what’s important. It’s about residing sustainably and striking that healthier stability in every aspects of life.

Lamgom also offers an air of frugality about this and it is about keepin constantly your investing habits under control.

In my experience, lagom is mostly about spending less on specific things to be able to splash on things that really allow you to be happy. Which may mean skipping your monthly shopping spree or ditching your expensive fitness center account and spending that money on something more significant. Something which can lead to long-term happiness rather than fast hit of joy after investing in a brand new bag. You Understand, something such as travelling….

I do believe Lagom is the perfect concept for anybody whom, like me, has completely fallen off their brand new Year’s resolution wagon.

We went at it along with firearms blazing with my New Years resolutions. I happened to be likely to cut fully out chocolate, exercise 6 days weekly and get up at 6am each morning to obtain every thing on my to-do list. I was essentially about to be an overachieving saint having gym addiction.

I lasted about 4 hours before I became completely overrun and reached for the biscuit tin.

So to any extent further I’m considering being truly a bit more lagom. Am we making use of that right?

In the place of wanting to do every thing, I’m likely to attempt to perform some right amount. I won’t try and do every thing on my to-do list, I’ll pick out some things you can do daily.

I won’t try to travel every where, I’ll select the place(s) each year that I really want to head to while focusing on that. it is maybe not about using one epic, blowout getaway every year, it is about scattering the entire year with little trips – my types of travel!

Here’s what else I’ve been reading/seeing/loving this week…

The lack of the relatable writer? Lorna, Literally

As somebody who has been reading blogs for a actually number of years, i came across this post actually interesting. Blog sites used to be like publications written for normal people, by normal people. No shiny, glossy, perfect, airbrushed images. Just normal people doing normal things and spending normal levels of cash on really normal lives. Nevertheless now lots of the ‘big bloggers’ lead very aspirational everyday lives. Maybe it is due to the fact we’d instead read about people who have more glamourous lives than our personal?

5 methods for capturing each and every day moments within household’s life photography class

Capturing photos of grownups is really hard – simply because they move plus they look away in addition they pull strange faces. Catching pictures of young ones is about 100 million times harder simply because they do all of these things but quicker. This can be a actually simple photography guide but really useful for photographing anyone, not just kids. We especially like number four about making moments happen as opposed to sitting around looking forward to them.

My Minimalist Challenge Side Street design

I love this challenge Laura has set by herself to call home a ‘less is more’ sort of life style. She intends to beat 50per cent of her belongings and will also be supporting sluggish fashion and ethical brands. She’ll be streamlining and simplifying her life and I can’t wait to observe how she gets on.

Why you should start a web log within the New Year professional Blogger

okay, I’m a little bit belated sharing this but I liked this post couple of reasons. Just about everyone i am aware who checks out blog sites really wants to begin a blog of these own. If beginning a weblog in 2017 had been your New Year’s quality nevertheless nevertheless haven’t got round to it, check this out post for the extra motivation you might need.


10 family members travel blog sites that prove you can work, travel and also have children Travel Break

There are plenty awesome household travel bloggers online and listed here are 10 of the best who’re absolutely rocking it!

DIY digital camera bag bag Travel Fashion woman

When I read this I’d among those, ‘Why didn’t i do believe of this!?’ type of moments. I’ve never been planning to find the perfect camera case because they’re in either case to expensive, much too cumbersome or simply just scream, ‘I’m a case full of costly camera gear!’ But this will be a very easy solution to the age-old issue.

Just begin, what exactly are you awaiting? Younger Adventuress

This will be another one for anybody whom set themselves a New Year’s resolution and just hasn’t got their arse into gear and done it. Yes, you understand who you really are.

The end of Girl Vs Globe as you know it woman vs Globe

Here’s another about sustainability and shunning this materialistic lifestyle a lot of us have actually adopted. it is additionally about ethical travel and acknowledging the impact we’re wearing the planet by jetting to one other part of the world. A fascinating browse then one that’s been on my brain recently too.