Who else loves autumn time?
Although hygge is something you can practice all year long, for most people autumn is the start of the most hyggelig season. Because the days are getting shorter and colder it is important to have something to look forward to, and I think this is why hygge and the thought of enjoying the little things is so popular now. To help you prepare and get cozy for the upcoming months, I have teamed up with the talented Pernille from Grand Stories Design to give you your own autumn hygge list.
Pernille has designed and illustrated this cute list exclusively for you, and the best part – you can download it for free through the links below. The list comes in two versions, one pre-filled and one empty for you to add your own things on.
Packed full of fun and cozy ideas, this is a great way to welcome autumn. What are you most excited about this season?
>> Bake cinnamon buns
I have yet to meet anyone who does not love cinnamon buns, and they are to me the perfect little treat when you want something sweet to go with your coffee. If you are planning to do some baking, I recommend setting off enough time for the dough to rise as long as possible to ensure the buns gets a nice and fluffy texture.
Advice; you might already have your favorite recipe, but if not try this one from the book ‘ScandiKitchen Fika & Hygge’ which also shows you how to make the perfect twisted cinnamon bun. Yum!
>> Take a walk in the woods
>> Enjoy your favourite hot drink
May it be coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever your heart desire, make sure you take a moment out of your busy day to sit down and enjoy it.
Advice; if you are like me and love a nice pumpkin spiced latte but can’t find it anywhere, why not make the syrup yourself? This is the recipe I use:
1,7 dl water
64 g sugar
32 g brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
Combine the water and sugars in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring. Turn the heat down and stir in the spices & pumpkin puree. (If you can’t find pumpkin puree, make this by baking pieces of pumpkin in the oven for about 90 min, cool down before mixing it in a food processor or blender.) Simmer for 5 min, let it cool and store in the fridge. When you want a pumpkin spiced latte, mix together your preferred milk, espresso, and syrup in your favourite mug, top with whipped cream and enjoy!
>> Make a list of what you are grateful for
If you feel a bit down and need a pick-me-up this is a great way to remember all the good things you might have forgotten. You can write them down in this cute Lovely Notes notebook by Grand Stories Design.
>> Print out photos from your phone and hang up
>> Snuggle up with a book
In our busy schedules, many of us tend to forget how nice it is to unwind with a good book to escape. So grab a new book, get comfy and start reading.
Advice; check out this post from the archives with a selection of 9 books to get you into the Nordic mood.
>> Jump in a pile of leafs
I still have fond memories of jumping into a massive pile of leaves and throwing them up in the air with a group of my bestest girlfriends in a park in London a few years ago… Sometimes, being a bit childish is the best way to feel joy.
>> Make homemade soup
>> Wear knitted socks
When I think cozy, I think knitted socks! I am lucky to have a mum who loves knitting, so I have a huge selection of soft, amazing woolen socks that I just can’t wait to wear. It creates comfort and reminds me of home, oh and it keeps you warm and snuggly on chilly days.
>> Meet up with friends at a cafe
>> Go for a bike-ride
Hygge and friluftsliv go hand in hand, and a nice way to get out in the fresh air is to go on a bike ride. Take a longer ride to explore somewhere new or simply ride through your own neighborhood for a quick trip. But always remember to wear a helmet.
>> Have a lazy breakfast in bed
>> Have a candlelight dinner
Advice; need inspiration? Check out Nordicnotes blog and her list of Scandinavian cookbooks.
>> Go for a cinema date with popcorn
A trip to the cinema with your friend or partner is a nice treat, and especially when popcorn is involved. Autumn time means a lot of new, exciting films coming out so head to the movie theatre and escape the cold outside.
Advice; You can also create a movie night at home with homemade popcorn. A great way to save some cash too.
>> Treat yourself to a new pyjamas
As soon as autumn start creeping up, the urge to get a pair of new pyjamas comes to me. Anyone else? It is the perfect companion on those chilly autumn evenings at home on the sofa.
>> Plan a weekend getaway in the mountains
>> Hunt for cozy autumn decor for your home in the nature
Why spend lots of money on seasonal home decor when you can find so many pretty things out in nature? If you have a forest or park nearby, bring a basket and go for a little hunt for things like pine cones, leaves, chestnuts and wildflowers. Then once home, you can decorate your table, windowsill or mantlepiece with your treasures.
>> Start a new crafting project
As we tend to spend more time at home during autumn time, it is the perfect excuse to start a new crafting project and do some DIY projects. With so many great craft blogs and online tutorials available, there are no ends to what you can learn to create.
>> Take a foggy morning walk
What better way to start the day and clear your head than a nice foggy morning walk? Enjoy the silence and be at one with your nature, while breathing in the fresh air. Aaahhh…
>> Perfect your hot chocolate recipe
Advice; a healthy option is this Refined Sugar Free Hot Chocolate recipe by Peta.
>> Wrap yourself up in a giant scarf
Autumn means giant scarfs, and the bigger the better. I have quite a large selection of these in different colours which I wear non-stop during the colder months. Another plus about a large scarf is that it can opt for a blanket too, so if you are at work or out and about and feel chilly – just wrap it around you!
>> Roast marshmallows on a bonﬁre
…or at home in your fireplace if you are lucky to have one!
>> Go apple picking
What will be on your list?
A little bit about the company: Grand Stories Design is a stationery studio, run from the countryside of Denmark by Pernille Ryttergaard Rønn. Her products are carefully designed for your life and they all have a purpose whether that is to get all your ideas out of your head and into a notebook, help you stay organized, plan your week and your family’s meals, or make you remember to slow down & enjoy the little thing. Browse all of her products here.
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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad
// Design credit: Grand Stories Design