5 Cosy Home Updates for Autumn and Winter: Up The Hygge Vibes!
Maybe it's because I'm an earth sign - proud Capricorn here! - but by the time the leaves start to turn amber, I'm EVERYTHING in fall. Fiery leaves, frosty but sunny weather, and spicy coffee in hand - just a few of my fall highlights. While I love everything that goes outside during the cooler […]

Maybe it's because I'm an earth sign - proud Capricorn here! - but by the time the leaves start to turn amber, I'm EVERYTHING in fall. Fiery leaves, frosty but sunny weather, and spicy coffee in hand - just a few of my fall highlights. While I love everything that goes outside during the cooler seasons, there is so much to love about being home too - you can enhance the cozy BIG weather! Just recently I did a few home updates for fall which I share with you below. If you are also looking for a hygge upgrade, I hope you will love diving into this article!

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Cinnamon coffee ready!

~ Today's post is in collaboration with Local Heroes; as always, all opinions are mine ~

5 home updates for cozy seasons

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  1. Heater. Sure.

    As soon as the temperature drops, I turn on our heating. I love the feeling of padding around our kitchen in the morning, warm and cozy after a good night's sleep. I brew my coffee first and curl up on the couch to watch some Hallmark goodness. NB: I am rationing my Hallmark movie viewing for the fall months only. So I really looking forward to it. Soaking up the goodness of the cheesy movie is a great way to start the day. And round too! Simply swap the coffee for wine.

    If you are planning to restart your heater as well, it is so important to check your boilers. Oli and I did it a short while ago, and I'm so glad we have Boiler maintained before cold setting.

    If you are looking for your own craftsmen, I recommend you check out Local hero.

    Supported by British Gas, Local hero is a platform that allows you to match qualified and controlled local artisans to your needs. You can set up on Local Heroes and manage negotiations and time slots on the platform. SO convenient!

    Local Heroes also has a great boiler board guide, which is worth reviewing before restarting your heater. The guide includes red flags to watch out for, like your climbing bills, weird sounds, and age-old radiators to heat up.

    Do you already have your heating on?

  2. Fall decorating accents

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    If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I recently bought some decorative pumpkins. Having spent so much time at home this year, I couldn't wait to do some simple interior design updates that change the vibe of our apartment, a bit like I did for the summer.

    A change of season is the perfect excuse to mix things up!

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    I added some sweet miniature pumpkins to our mantle and moved a few decorative pieces to go with a more neutral, harvest-inspired color scheme. With pinks and blues, and with neutral earthy colors.

    Talking about that. . .

  3. Autumn flowers and dried compositions

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    Bringing fall flowers into my house is without a doubt one of my favorite ways to mark the change of seasons.

    Just recently I went to my local flower wholesaler and stocked up on a collection of harvest-inspired flowers. I created a fresh Oli bouquet and could enjoy it at home for about a week and also sprinkled some new dried flowers around which the season will last around.

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    More! I added some new pampas grass to the mix. If you love the look of flowers, but don't always want the upkeep or expense of fresh flowers, I can't recommend dried arrangements highly enough.

  4. Textile layering

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    Cushions. Blankets. Wall suspensions. Textile layering is where it's AT during the colder months. Oli and I have a large basket full of blankets next to a sofa area in our living room, and we are constantly looking for them.

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    This is a great time of year to look for textured wall hangings, which add warmth and depth to your room. I bought this wall hanging for £ 3.50 (!!!) from my local charity shop. And I like it!

    If you prefer to go a DIY route, you can even make your own wall hangings.

  5. Candles

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    There is nothing quite like soft puddles of candles to give a room a capital-C-Cozy feel! I light candles all year round, but I have my favorite scents for different seasons.

    As soon as fall arrives, I grab my spicy candles. I also love amber scents and anything that has aromatherapy oils in it.

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    Usually I light a mixture of scented and unscented candles so that the scents don't overlap too much. And of course, soon we will also be lighting our fire. Congratulated!

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This year has presented so many challenges, but a change of season is always a great excuse to start from scratch. Fall is a great time to modernize your home, get a handle on any heavy housekeeping - ahem, boiler maintenance! - and enjoy all the good warm vibrations.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?

How do you modernize your home for the balmy seasons?

Check-out Local hero for more boiler board. More! If you need a brand new boiler, Local Heroes offers free installation if you purchase your boiler from them.

Happy friends of cozy seasons!

Love, Monica x

~ Today's post is in collaboration with Local Heroes; as always, all opinions are mine ~

Photograph by Charlotte Bryer-Ash

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Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time job, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day.

Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid assimilation, enhance skin health and boost energy.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it !

A simple cheat for saine eating ( and portion control ) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal. The veggies pack in essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for health and longevity. And, because they’re rich in fiber, they help to aid digestion ( aka keep you regular ! ) and keep you feeling full longer.

Using a sport tracker ( like the Fitbit, Apple Watch or similar ) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity each day. We aim for 10, 000 steps daily, which has significant physical and mental health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour ( another important measure of health

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health ( or the health of our kids or pets ! ). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our Healthy Cleaning Guide for a complete list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing safer household cleaning products.

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products ( see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products ).

Maintaining a saine gut has significant impacts on assimilation, skin health, immunity, mental health and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water each morning is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your gut health ( which, in turn, boosts overall health in many ways too ). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics ( and all the ways to get them in your diet ), and site our favorite probiotic supplement here.

Aim to eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. ( Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry ! ) This is a little different than suggesting you eat only “health foods” ( many of which are increasingly processed ! ). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods like an apple, a cucumber, soybeans or a steak, as well as foods loosely processed from one ( or few ) real-food ingredients, like butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, aim for foods that could be reasonably made in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a lab.

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting ( like at your desk travail ) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen ( read more about that here ). Not much sunlight in the winter where you real ? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient.

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air ( sadly, it probably needs it ! ), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving !

Aim to sweat in some way each day—whether that’s running, biking, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity you enjoy. See our Fitness Guide for more workout ideas, as well as tips and tricks for building regular physical activity into your daily life and a downloadable fitness planner you can use to outline your own custom fitness plan to stay on track.

Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of healthy ( veggie-packed ! ) smoothie recipes for our favorite starter green smoothie recipe ideas.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” It’s true—mindset is everything ! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mindset resources for positive thinking.

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too ! Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

{Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else.

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