After a pretty mild autumn, it’s really started to feel more like winter is upon us this week with shorter days and cooler temperatures. As much as I love summer, I’ve always embraced the autumn months and love the excuse of curling up under a blanket with a good book – even if moments like these are few and far between with two young kids!
Fortunately we managed to get a good dose of sun this month on our holiday to the UAE – and I’m now ready to throw myself into winter with pumpkin carving and all things Hygge…
A winter holiday in the UAE
We spent an amazing ten days in the UAE on our annual family holiday. We first stayed in Dubai at my sister’s house before relaxing at a resort in Ras Al Khaimah for seven days. My parents were staying with my sister at the same time and it was so nice to have the whole family together. It was our first holiday with Harry and we made memories I’ll treasure forever.
Saying goodbye to my big sis at the airport was pretty emotional since I’m not going to see her again until July. But I also love how the times our families spend together are pretty special – and at least we get to visit Dubai on the cheap!
A healthier lifestyle?
The hubby and I have decided it’s time we started to take more responsibility of our health. Having young children definitely makes gym going and keeping fit more of a challenge, but it’s probably time to stop using it as an excuse for ‘letting ourselves go’…We are currently researching local health clubs with creches for Harry, and those that have a pool, since we really need to start teaching Taylor to swim.
It’s difficult finding the perfect combination for our family and we’re mindful that we don’t want the gym to replace the times we spend with the kids, or with each other – we want it to be a lifestyle choice we can all enjoy together.
A lazy half-term
We’ve had a really relaxing half-term this week. Usually I would plan lots of activities for Taylor, but with us just returning from our holidays, I was happy to just keep things chilled. Plus she’s been a little under the weather with a bad chest and a cold. We spent a lovely couple of days at my parents and have spent most of our days relaxing indoors, aside from dog walks and a couple of trips to the park.
I still feel a little guilty when Taylor watches too much television, but leaving the house isn’t always that simple around the routines that come with a three month old. I’ve learnt to just accept that I can’t always be all things to all people and as long as my kids are happy and healthy, I’m doing a good job.
After a picking up a copy of The Little Book of Hygge, I’ve become a little obsessed with the concept. I first heard of it last year, but never looked too much into it. As an autumn loving, family orientated home maker, Hygge basically embraces everything that makes me happy. It’s no surprise that the Danes (who invented the term), are the happiest people in the world…
From snuggling up in front of the fire with a good book, to cooking homely winter stews and creating a home that’s more cosy, I’m on a mission to make our lives more Hyggeligt than ever this season!