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  1. What is Hygge_

    “Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness with feelings of wellness and contentment.

    But it goes further that this. It is a word difficult to explain in English, but it has to be felt.

    I spent a couple of years living in Denmark when I was in my early 20’s and it is something vey much central to their way of living. They place a lot of emphasis on family and having a friendly welcoming home. It doesn’t cost much to create a hygge atmosphere and it can create warm happy technology free family memories.

    When I think of something as being hyggelig, I think of candlelight, fluffy slippers, warm fire and hot chocolate. It is something that brings about that warm fuzzy feeling of contentment.

    It has become something of a recent phenomenon in this country in recent years, especially on the cold dark nights when people can start to feel rather blue with the lack of sunlight. Creating a hyggelig space in your home can become a winter refuge perhaps with a good book and soft blanket.

    There is lots of information on the internet to get you started, or books to inspire you, so get started this winter and start feeling hyggelig!

    Debbie x

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  2. Halloween fave blog

    We love autumn, and especially Halloween. In fact we love any time of the year that we can celebrate the seasons, our culture and the culture and traditions of others while we come to think of it!!

    This week, I wanted to share with you some of our favourite Halloween things.

    Pumpkin carving

    Who doesn’t like to do a spot of pumpkin carving! I don’t claim to be any good at it, but we do have a lot of fun. Some of the carved pumpkins you can find on Pinterest are phenomenal! May have a go at something a little more unusual this year just for a laugh!! Watch this space!!

    Pumpkin bread

    Since I discovered this recipe five years ago, it has been a firm favourite every pumpkin season. It is very good for using up all the pumpkin flesh that is left over after your pumpkin carving session. Super easy and goes down a treat!



    We don’t tend to go over the top on the Halloween decoration side, but I do like to create a nice centrepiece for the table using seasonal fruit and leaves. They bring a little of the outside in and make me feel more connected to the seasons. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest for Autumnal centrepieces, but you can check out some of our favourites on our Pinterest board here

    Halloween baking

    Some of our other favourite recipes are also super simple like these white chocolate ghosts, or the pumpkin mummies – again Pinterest is an amazing resource for recipes.

    Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favourite Halloween activities are!


    Debbie x

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  3. big changes blog

    This year has seen a lot of personal changes around here, the big one being the decision to home educate the smallest member of the PlayBag Team!

    This decision took a while to come to but it has definitely been the right one for us. We are lucky in that this can fit around business, and there is a huge Home School community in our area so he doesn’t miss out on the social side of things.

    We made this decision simply because little fella was not happy at school and was losing his love of learning. This was certainly not a reflection of the school or the teachers, it just didn’t seem to suit him or his style of learning.

    I have to say, things have been so much happier and calmer since we started this in September, and we are totally loving it. It also means that he can play a bigger part in the family business and learn entrepreneurial skills alongside his regular studies.

    So how does this affect the PlayBag Company?

    Well, it just means I have to be super organised! As we start home school at 7.30am, he gets some time off in the afternoon so I can catch up on business. I am also utilising evenings and weekends more. He comes with me to business meetings, where the PlayBag sure comes in handy when he is not busy helping me!

    It is a very exciting time for us, and he has already come up with some fab ideas for new designs and improvements, so watch this space!

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    Bye for now,

    Debbie x

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