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:

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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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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Kick back with Wine

Wine Barrel Adironack Chair by Hipcycle at Outdoor Trunk - made from recycled wine barrels!

We've been following Hipcycle for a long time now and it's one of our favorite places to find unique treasures. Their mission is to offer upcycled alternatives to traditional home decor - we definitely think they accomplished their mission! Check out this Adirondack Chair made of upcycled wine barrels. It makes us want to kick back and sip some wine, how about you?

Grad Parties That Glow

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Who doesn’t love a glow in the dark party? I think this is such a fun idea for a graduation party. It is great for all age groups and adds a bit of playful excitement to your graduation festivities.  From party favors to getting your guests to interact, here are a few crafty ideas to get your party started.

1. PARTY FAVORS-  You are headed for a bright future! Pick up a light bulb container at a local crafts store, Michael’s is my favorite. Fill up the light bulb with some neon skittles or M&M’s, any neon candy will do.  Make a fun sign with neon ink and attach to the light bulb with baker’s twine.  A festive and easy party favor for your graduation party.

Top 10 Graduation Ideas

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We are in the season of Graduation, it does not matter if it is college, high school or even preschool, it is always a special time to celebrate the achievements of hardworking individuals. This year I have two graduates, my daughter from junior high and my son from preschool. I am getting very familiar with graduation parties as last year my oldest son graduated from high school and my other daughter from junior high. So, I thought I’d share a few ideas to help make your graduation festivities a little more memorable.

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