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!

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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A Harmony of Color

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Come to my house for dinner! That's what this photo screams. The color combination is so inviting and the combination of patterns are in perfect harmony. We're totally in love with this bright rug! We've just discovered this company Fab Habitat, who is dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint on the environment. Fab Habitat is a proud supporter of Navjeevan Society, a charity in India involved in the betterment of individuals with special needs. Great products for a great cause!  

Suckers for Succulents

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How cool are these hanging, mixed metal address plaques with a place for succulents?! We're in love. They're from the UrbanMettle shop on Etsy. She has a bunch of different options, so be sure to make it to her page! This is a fantastic greeter when you unlock your door into happiness. A simple and easy reminder that happy starts at home.

Hobbit Holes

I wish they had these when I was growing up! I stumbled upon this company Wooden Wonders and fell in love with their creative workmanship and their take on outdoor play structures.  This one was built into the landscape to fully integrate into an outdoor space.

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The inside is equaly well crafted and offers a unique version to the old school fort.  Mom can now take a break as her kids play for endless hours in their hobbit hole! Now that's happy!

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