Spring has sprung Scandinavian-style with April’s Norlii Box

Spring has been slow to arrive here in Ottawa (we had snow just last night!) but according to the forecast it’s going to turn around this week with a mix of sunshine and rain to help all the good things grow. πŸ™Œ In the meantime Scandinavian home and lifestyle box Norlii Box has inspired me to get our indoor garden going with April’s lovely Spring theme. Every other month the subscription delivers a thoughtfully curated selection of Scandinavian home decor and accessories designed to help you create a hygge home trademarked by simple clean lines, muted colours and soft natural textures.

Nature plays a significant role in Scandi style. In addition indoor gardening is more popular than ever; houseplants are a great way to invite nature indoors and soften the minimalist home.

— Norlii

Let’s take a closer look. (Psst! April’s box is still shipping so if you like what you see you can order it up!)

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Coziness and connection, indoors and out: the Hygge Day Box from Hygge in a Box πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

While so many of us associate hygge with being cozy at home, just as important is getting outside in nature. Which admittedly I don’t do often enough, but I’ve been trying to do more. So I was proud of myself yesterday when I bundled up to walk to a drug store about 30 minutes away, instead of my go-to just up the street. I dressed for the weather (around 0 Β°C, much more civilized than late) and kept my earphones in my pocket to take in the sounds and sights on the way, even pausing on a bridge for a minute to watch the geese waddling along the river’s edge below.

I was so relaxed by the time I arrived at the drug store that I didn’t flinch at the long line to ring my purchases through. I waited patiently as the five people in front of me inched to the cash, including one with a walker and another hard-of-hearing who shouted at the cashier through the plexiglass with his mask around his chin.

Finally my turn to check out, I’d barely put my purchases on the till when the cashier looked at me and asked, “Are you a senior? Did you want the discount?”

A senior?!! 😲 I’m in my forties! (Late forties, but still!) And I just did my roots!

“I didn’t know you could smoke weed during working hours,” I said.

No of course I didn’t say that. I didn’t think of it ’til much later, as is the way. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Instead I laughed and said no, and under my breath, cheeky young whippersnapper.

So much for getting out. I should have stayed in. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚

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Artisanal candles monthly: Vellabox February 2022

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πŸ˜†πŸ˜¬ Hello hello! Thanks for joining me here. It’s been too long! I’ve been slower than a snail in molasses for weeks now. And clearly my jokes haven’t improved. πŸ˜†πŸ˜¬ And yet, here we are. You and me and a box that proves good things come in small packages. It’s called Vellabox, and it’s an artisanal candle subscription that delivers small-batch candles made with 100% soy or coconut wax, top-of-the-line fragrance oils and lead-free cotton wicks. You’ll get one each month (chosen with your favourite fragrances in mind) plus a surprise gift from a natural lifestyle brand. Here’s a look at mine for February.

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