What the Heck is Hygee?

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I am obsessed with this danish word taking the world by storm! As soon as I learned about Hygee (pronounced 'hoo-ga') I had to share with my happy tribe. I am a total "wordy" so discovering a word that completely describes my mission for Unlock Home, ultimately my purpose in life, has me smiling ear to ear.

 Hygee is the danish concept for coziness, but really it's much more than that.

Dinner Time Should Be HAPPY Time

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During this time of year my calendar fills up with many dinner parties. I loosen my belt and dive into the festivities! I enjoy the long dinners, great conversation and the festive table settings. It truly fills my heart with happiness.

I started thinking, how can we make every dinner this enjoyable? Many of you who know me know that my life is CRAZY with 4 kids, a business and two dogs. We live the daily grind! How could be possibly make dinner fun every night?

I decided to test out a few ideas, here's what I came up with:

Thanksgiving Conversation Starter-Giving Garland

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I am so in love with my giving garland, I had to bring it back again this year. It's the perfect peacemaker for this year's Thanksgiving dinner.  Loaded with happy questions, it promotes positive conversation and good vibes to keep everyone in the right frame of mind.The giving garland is made of jute twine, tied at both ends and simply attached with different questions to the twine. String the giving garland through your Thanksgiving centerpiece and ignite the happiness during your holiday feast.

Simple. Easy. Happy.

Here are a few sample questions for your garland:

1. What is something that always makes you happy?

2. If you could have a super hero power what would it be?

3. What's your most happy childhood memory?

4. What's your favorite song and why?

5. What famous person would make the best friend?

Be Creative. Keep it Positive. Have Fun. And most of all BE HAPPY.

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The Power of a Gratitude Jar

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This week my thoughts have been focused on gratitude. I love this season This week my thoughts have been focused on gratitude. I love this season because it makes us more aware of what we are grateful for in our lives. I believe this is something that we should practice daily to help us stay connected and ultimately create a happy home. This is one of my favorite rituals in my home, The Gratitude Jar! It is a heartwarming ritual that can truly create miracles. We have fun with this all year long, but as we move into November, the month for being thankful, it might be the perfect time to introduce the gratitude jar into your home

10 Steps to Decorate Happy this Fall

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Last night I got a touch of Fall Fever.  The decorating bug took over as I climbed in the attic and pulled down those orange and black boxes labeled fall decor and went to town on my house. I laughed, I danced, I sang, I was in the zone-the decorating zone. So much fun I had to share.

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME HAPPY -UNLOCK IT.

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1. Make your Bed. Start off on the right foot, when you make your bed you’ll crave a little more organization in your life because you’ll appreciate how good it makes you feel. And if we feel good, we are happy. Don’t you just want to jump into that nicely made bed!

How to Repot Your Store-Bought Orchids

Always wondered how the florists make their arrangements look so perfect? Well, I have a few tips for you today that will turn your ordinary store-bought orchids into floral masterpieces in just a few easy steps. So, let’s get to it:

1.  First, select your orchids, I usually pick mine up during my weekly shopping visit to Trader Joes, they are inexpensive and great quality.  I choose three orchids this trip, all small in size, I like to arrange flowers in odd numbers as it gives a balance to the arrangement.

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Happy Outdoor Fabric

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Link Outdoor has some of the happiest outdoor fabrics on the market!  We have used Link Outdoor fabrics on multiple custom projects at Melton Design Group and can not get enough of their vibrant colors! Link Outdoor designs and manufactures both furniture and fabric collections that are truly happy. We especially love their folding chair collection. A cheerful accent to your outdoor patio.

 

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Let Your Star Shine this 4th of July

Hey friends, I received an overwhelming response to my White Wine Sangria with Star-Shaped Pineapple recipe so I decided to give you a few more playful ways to let your STAR shine in your foods. All these ideas add that personal twist to your 4th of July festivities and a unique touch that leaves yours guests thinking your the next Martha Stewart :)

Do you remember the star-shaped tortilla chips I talked about for your Oscar party? They also work great for 4th of July.

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Happy Trailer

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Sometimes we come across things that are just a bit random that we love! We think this old vintage trailer is Unlock Home style and it happens to be rockin' one of our favorite colors, TEAL! Can't think of a happier way to explore the great outdoors.

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