Monday, February 8, 2016

Things that are: HAPPY!

I love this quote.  Click here to read more of Daily Makeover's Brilliant Beauty Quotes :).

Well, apparently, I've started a series.

Back in the fall, I wrote a post called Things that are: COZY.  And then over Christmas, I wrote one called Things that are: SPARKLY and today, it's Things that are: HAPPY.

Because happy is good, right?

I like to be happy.  Life is short...and sometimes, it sucks...but boy, when we chose happy...even the sucky stuff is a little better.

I was pinning the way the other night while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta (something that makes me happy), and as I was pinning to one of my oldest boards, I got this post idea.  Back years ago when Sheaffer forced me made me encouraged me to get on Pinterest, one of the first boards I created was "things that make me happy" because sometimes, you see something that doesn't quite fit into any category...but it just makes you happy.  So, I have a board for that:

Today, I'm sharing random things that just make me happy.  It's a bunch of silly little nonsense that just makes me smile...

Ha!  There are five things in this one picture that make me happy.  

First, my One Year Bible.  Friends, you should start this!  The Bible is divided into 365 sections for you to read once a day.  Now, they're labeled January 1 through December 31, but you could totally get one and just start on January 1 even though it's February 8.  No matter what date you start, start on January 1 (at the beginning).  If reading the Bible through has ever been on your to-do list, then I highly recommend this!  I use the One Year Study Bible in the NLT version.

And...I couldn't read my Bible first thing in the morning without my little light.  I have several of these around my house for reading.  Once you have a little light, you can't go back.

And of course, a cozy blanket, warm pajamas and nail polish all make me happy.  If I could stay in my chair all day long in my pjs, under my blanket while holding God's word, I would :).

Netflix makes me happy.  How on earth did we live before Netflix?  I don't know who created this bundle of happiness, but if I ever meet Mr./Mrs. Netflix, I'm going to kiss them. xo

Every single night after dinner.

This makes me so happy.

I don't drink lattes very much anymore, but on occasion, I'll make myself one at home for a mid-afternoon pick me up.  Latte plus workout pants plus slippers makes me happy.

My heart mug makes me happy too.

 The dog is not allowed on our furniture.  That is our Andrew's rule.  That being said, every morning when Andrew leaves for the gym, she hops up on the back of the couch and snoozes until the minute she hears the garage door open and then she hops right off and doesn't get back on the rest of the day.  This little ritual makes me happy.  It's like an inside secret between the dog and me.  I know she's breaking the rule, she knows I know...and yet, I let her get away with it because...I'm a softie.

Erika and I try to walk around our neighborhood once a week.  It starts off as a strong walk and then somewhere down the road it turns into either Starbucks or the grocery store (because they sell made to order breakfast burritos)...and this really makes me happy.

And these two squirts are along for the ride...and they make me happy too.

So, these are just a few little things that make me happy.  They're not big, they're not extraordinary, but they're appreciated.

What makes you happy?  Happy girls are the prettiest. xo


One last thing that makes me happy...

...a good weekly meal plan.  I have yours today!  

Click here to see my Meal Planning Monday.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites

Today, I'm linking up with NarciErika and Andrea and sharing some of my favorite things from this week.  

Hope you have something fun planned this weekend!

On Monday, I asked you ladies this question...

And the overwhelming response were these three things:

1. Drink lots of water.
2. Wash your face every night before bed.
3. Wear sunscreen.

Seriously, these three things were on almost everyone's list! 

To see other really good advice, check the comment section here

Speaking of Monday...

...I told you that thanks to your recommendations, I have been using this Moisture Surge mask twice a week before bed and LOVE it!  You apply this cream after you finish your nightly beauty routine.  It rubs on clear and isn't too thick or greasy.  Then, you go to bed and wake up with very moisturized skin.  Bye bye dry skin.  Don't care to see you any more.

I told you that this was the first time for me to buy Clinique since the 8th grade and that I was super pleased with the results.  Well, Nicole N. emailed me and told me to check out this sunscreen here...

...because it doubles as a makeup primer. Yes!  So, I ordered this and will let you know what I think.  I do use a makeup primer every day along with sunscreen, so if this eliminates a step, I'm in!

Look what I found this week online... wedges are back in stock!  I bought these exact wedges last spring and they were out of stock in a hot minute.  I wore them all summer long (because they're really comfy) and every time you ladies would ask me about them, I'd have to say they were out of stock.  Well, they're back.  I love these and plan on wearing them a lot this season too!  Am I the only one ready for wedge season?!

And pssssst: my jeans are still in stock.  You can see them here.

My sweet friend Trista Sutter is taking the world by storm with her The Value of You talk that she gave a few weeks ago for TedxVail.  The Youtube video has been all over Instagram and she asked me if I would share it with you ladies too. #heckya  

Trista's message is very inspiring and encouraging...especially for moms.  What you're doing right now at home might seem so small and insignificant, but IT IS SO IMPORTANT!  I hope you all take time to watch it!

 And how could this not be one of my favorites this week?!  Showing up in the cookbook department of my local bookstore and finding my little books on the shelf.  That was one cool moment.  If you haven't bought yours yet, click here to get them online.  Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, support, encouragement and love through this process.  You girls are my favorite.

And finally...

...if you're looking for some easy and quick Valentine's Day treats to share with your hubby, your kids or a classroom full of students, I have you covered!  

See all of my yummy and simple treats here.

Happy Friday friends!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life lately.

Life lately has been all about hula hooping, the number 100, books and dates.  It's been a random week friends :).

Last week, Kensington participated in her school's variety show with Ebby Lee and Molly.  These three first graders hula hooped in front of the entire school and their families.  Here's the deal...Kensington is very shy, so when she said she wanted to try out for the variety show, we were very encouraging but also very surprised.  This was completely out of character for her...and we were so proud!!  This was last Thursday at dress rehearsal.

 Three cheers for Friday.  Okay, two cheers and one "why are we up so early?" for Friday!

 Friday night at the variety show.  Woohoo!!  These girls did an amazing job!!

Post show glow!

On Saturday morning, the girls watched Andrew coach and Smith play basketball.

 After the game, we went to our town square for lunch.  I tried to get a good picture of my oldest two...

 This sums them up.

 After lunch, we drove over to Papa Jay and Lovie's house for some car driving.  That's Kensington in the back with the blanket over her head.  She was a bride and that's her veil :).

We went to Papa Jay and Lovie's town next for dinner.  As we were walking, K asked if we'd take her picture...

...and then Smith asked for a picture with me.  Oh Smith, please don't grow up.  I just love how sweet you are right now!

After church on Sunday, both kids had little projects to celebrate their 100th day of school.  Kensington painted 100 polka dots on a shirt...

...and Smith counted out 100 elbow noodles.

Next, I had some help in the kitchen for a recipe I was working on.  This girl loves to bake!

And then on Sunday night, it was my turn to take Smith on a date.  (Remember when Andrew took Kensington on one two weeks ago?)  Smith picked PF Changs for dinner, so here we are holding up our fortunes.

 On Monday, my books hit shores nationwide!  Woohoo!  After the gym, Ashby and I met Andrew, my parents and Sean at Barnes and Noble to celebrate followed by lunch after.  

And then Ashby came home and asked for a nap in my bed.  How can I resist that face?!  I can't :).

This kid would sit here and work on Legos all day long if I let him.  After school, we hit the park, did homework and then he worked, worked, worked the rest of the night...only pausing for dinner :).

While Smith worked on Legos, the girls worked on their "library".

So, that's life lately!

On my foodie blog's not a recipe, it's a reminder...

Enjoy your Thursday!
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