I always felt like I was born in the wrong part of the world, as if I really had meant to be born on a tropical island rather than in the cold upper Midwest. Beach, sun, water, warmth, and me—we just belong together! However, after I recently read The Little Book of Hygge, I concluded that I must have Danish blood in me. Not just a little, but a whole mess of a lot! It must be just about all Danish blood pumping through my veins, because I could’ve just about written the book. Not so eloquently or cohesively, but I’m telling you, there isn’t anything in the book that I can’t identify with. Well, anything except eating pickled herring. Perhaps that indicates a tiny bit of blood of some other heritage.

The Little Book of Hygge is easy and fun to read. It begins by explaining the meaning and the origin of hygge. The rest of the book is examples of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). From creating a reading nook filled with comfy pillows and lit candles to sitting by the fireplace sipping coffee to keeping happy family traditions, this book details everything that describes A Beautiful Pause. I mean, seriously—picnics, bike rides, warm blankets, thermoses filled with hot beverages, upcycling, an appreciation for all things vintage, journaling, time spent with family and friends—it’s all in there, and it’s all what I love!

Ladies, you can use the book as a launch to a funny date night by reading bits of the hygge dictionary located at the beginning of the book to your husband and then making up your own silly hygge words. The activity surely must be Danish-approved because it creates closeness, laughter, and good memories.

I had so much fun reading this book that I would like to give a copy away. To win a copy for yourself, go like our Facebook page and share the Facebook post of this article. For a second entry into the drawing, in the Facebook comments or in the comments here on the blog, tell what you like to do for a pause. On Friday (January 12, 2018) we’ll have a drawing at 7 pm Central Time. One person who has done the things indicated will be randomly selected to receive a copy from A Beautiful Pause.

You must be 18 or older and have a US address to be eligible for the drawing.