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Hygge

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Have you ever of the Danish concept of Hygge? Grab some coffee and a comfy blanket and read the following article! To view the original article, please visit: http://apartment-living.avaloncommunities.com/avalon/what-is-hygge-and-how-do-i-get-in-on-it/

 

What is it? By all accounts, it’s a non-specific, catchall phrase for all things cozy. It encompasses a feeling of contentment through the simple things in life, like curling up under a blanket with a book on a rainy day or drinking hot cocoa in front of a fireplace when it’s snowing outside. It’s a key part of Danish culture, much like how freedom is part of the national DNA to Americans. Winters in Denmark are long and harsh, with up to 17 hours of darkness per day, so residents put a strong focus on making the home as comfortable and inviting as possible. Hygge can describe an experience, a meal or even home decor.

How do you pronounce it? It’s most commonly pronounced as “hoo-gah.” It’s derived from the Norwegian term for “well-being” and can be used as both a noun, adjective and verb.

Why is it trending now? It’s been part of the Danish culture since the early 1800s, when the word first appeared in the written language. In 2016 it caught on as a lifestyle trend in the United Kingdom after several books were written on it, and now it’s the Americans’ turn to obsess over the concept. Activity on Pinterest about hygge increased more than 280 percent in 2016, and more than 1.5 million posts on Instagram use the #hygge hashtag.

What can the term be applied to? Practically anything. For example, the Danish term “hyggebukser” refers to a comfortable pair of pants you’d never wear in public, but wear constantly around the house in the evenings and on weekends. Candles and fireplaces are key elements to hygge, as well as anything knitted (socks, throw blankets, oversized sweaters), Togetherness is also a key element. An example of a hygge scenario would be a group of friends playing board games with blankets over their knees, drinking mulled wine, and eating comfort food in front of a fire while snow falls outside.

Is it just a wintertime thing? Not at all! While that’s the most obvious time to practice hygge (the Christmas season in particular), you can do hygge things all year round, even during summer. Some examples include eating a dish of homemade ice cream in the shade of a tree, taking a nap in a hammock, curling up on a daybed or couch with a glass of lemonade while the air conditioning blasts, and eating a meal with your loved ones outdoors with ingredients grown in a home garden.

How can I get in on it? Appreciate the simple stuff in life and be mindful of the moments that make you happy. Take pleasure in gentle, soothing things and the company of friends and family. Turn off your cell phone, be present, treat yourself to something you enjoy and share it with others, be grateful for everything you have, be humble and don’t engage in drama, get comfortable and create a safe, cozy haven.

 

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How to Have a Green Thumb

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Have you tried to have plants in your apartment and they die every time? Use these tips to keep them alive! Article at: http://apartment-living.avaloncommunities.com/ava/7-things-need-know-keep-indoor-plants-alive/

 

7 things you need to know to keep indoor plants alive

Indoor Plant Care

Houseplants are a great way to liven up any living space. Studies show they can purify the air as well, making them helpful inhabitants of your home. But what if you’re not much of a green thumb? If you’re new to taking care of plants, the good news is that it doesn’t take a degree in botany to get them to thrive in your environment. There are seven main things to keep in mind when taking care of indoor plants, and we’ve compiled them below.

  1. Understand your plant’s needs. Every houseplant comes with its own set of instructions. These can be found on the little tab in the soil in the pot you bought it in. Read this, as well as any other advice you might find on the internet about your plant, before doing anything else (even actually buying it). If you feel you can take care of the plant the way it needs to be, should you bring it home.
  1. Know when and how to water. Every plant is unique, which means each one has its own set of watering guidelines. Start by following the instructions on the tab, then adjust according to your plant’s appearance. It helps to know the signs of under- and overwatering. If you’ve under-watered, the soil will appear dry and crumbly. If you’ve watered too much, the soil will still be wet, even after a few days. Strike a balance to make sure your plant is getting just the right amount.
  1. Be careful about location. Some plants need more sunlight than others. It’s a balancing act — too much sun can burn it, while too little can make it look wilted. Pay attention to how much sun it gets every day, and adjust as needed. As always, the instructions are a good baseline to start with.
  1. Keep an eye on appearance. Besides checking the soil, it is important to make sure your plant looks healthy. If the leaves begin to look dry, it may be time to move the plant out of any direct sunlight. If the plant isn’t growing, or looks like it’s trying to grow towards where the sun shines, you need to move it into the sun. Any brown or yellow spots are a concern and may require that you increase the humidity of their environment.
  1. Repot when necessary. You can repot at any time during a plant’s cycle, but there are four signs that your plant truly needs it. When new leaves grow slowly and are smaller than older leaves, when the soil dries out more quickly than it used to, or when the roots are either overgrown or tightly wound, you know it is time. Move your plant to a new pot just before the plant’s growth period to ensure its health.
  1. Watch out for temperature changes. Keep your plants in a space with a moderate, consistent temperature. That, in part, means keeping them away from any heating vents or air conditioners.
  1. Feed them the good stuff. Remember that plants need food, too. Fertilize your plants when repotting, or when they seem to stop growing. Always remember to give them just enough, because too much fertilization can harm growth.

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