101 Ways to be Happy

Friends, my heart hurts. My heart is often heavy, but it’s positively crushed lately with all of the bad news that’s going on. What makes it even worse is how everyone treats the news – all of a sudden, everyone is an expert on what should be done to fix the problem, which leads to more anger and frustration when people don’t see eye to eye. We’ve forgotten how to sit and have civil discourse, or how to use empathy, or just to acknowledge that others have opinions and are just as allowed to have them as we are. I don’t think social media has helped us get better, but worse. But, it’s not going anywhere, and I think it is used for good from time to time…

Anger is a living thing – if you feed it, it gets bigger and badder. But happiness is the same way – if you feed into it, it will get bigger and better and overtake other emotions. This is why one of my goals in life is to put happiness out there (especially after making the mistake of sharing an opinion on facebook – one that I will not be making again).

I was inspired by a recent post on the Happiest Little Pixel’s blog here that challenged everyone to come up with a list of 101 things that make them happy. This is great for me, because every once in a while, I need a reminder of the good things out there to pull me back from the horrible news that takes place daily. So here is my list of things to focus on in life:

101 things that make me happy:

  • 1 – my family
  • 2 – being a mom
  • 3 – being a wife
  • 4 – Loess Hills based wines
  • 5 – music
  • 6 – coloring
  • 7 – sleeping in
  • 8 – a good walk in cool weather
  • 9 – coffee
  • 10 – a clean home
  • 11 – cherries
  • 12 – Iced tea & lemonade
  • 13 – bomb pops
  • 14 – kitties
  • 15 – hedgies
  • 16 – pictures/videos of adorable animals doing adorable things
  • 17 – reading
  • 18 – looking at photographs
  • 19 – getting packages in the mail
  • 20 – the scalp massage you get when you get your hair washed at the salon


  • 31 – road trips
  • 32 – finding a new fun restaurant
  • 33 – seeing my daughter laugh
  • 34 – soft serve ice cream
  • 36 – Monet
  • 37 – flying a kite
  • 38 – bubbles!
  • 39 – other people’s puppies
  • 40 – putting on flip flops for the first time after winter
  • 41 – London
  • 42 – champagne
  • 43 – pretty handwriting
  • 44 – good book to movie adaptations
  • 45 – reading the book before the movie adaptation
  • 46 – book covers that are NOT the movie adaptation
  • 47 – crock pot cooking
  • 48 – internet memes
  • 49 – gardens
  • 50 – making things myself
  • 51 – throwing parties
  • 52 – THEME parties!
  • 53 – Kawaii
  • 54 – puns
  • 55 – finding a perfect gift for someone
  • 56 – when people are thinking of me
  • 57 – Harry Potter
  • 58 – mythology/folklore
  • 59 – traditions
  • 60 – tiny baby head smells (you know what I mean if you’ve held a little tiny baby and gave their head a good sniff)
  • 61 – manners
  • 62 – good grammar
  • 63 – an empty email inbox
  • 64 – things that are color coded/sorted
  • 65 – mittens & hats in the winter
  • 66 – finding constellations
  • 67 – apple cider
  • 68 – good makeup days
  • 69 – messy hair days
  • 70 – taking a really, really, really hot bath
  • 71 – with a really, really, really yummy smelling bath bomb in it
  • 72 – making a meal from scratch for others
  • 73 – organizing a space
  • 74 – dessert
  • 75 – handwritten letters
  • 76 – shopping local & supporting local businesses
  • 77 – junkin (antiquing)
  • 78 – when I have more recyclables than trash for the weekly pickup
  • 79 – finding the perfect pair of shoes on sale
  • 80 – cute purses
  • 81 – that feeling you get when you leave the office Friday afternoon
  • 82 – learning new skills
  • 83 – carnivals
  • 84 – carnival games
  • 85 – bonfires
  • 86 – costumes
  • 87 – planning trips
  • 88 – before & after home shows
  • 89 – vintage ads
  • 90 – learning about strong women in history
  • 91 – finishing a project
  • 92 – fresh pastries from French bakeries
  • 93 – nature walks (though they are rare since I am like crack to mosquitos and can get 100 bites while the people with me get none)
  • 94 – decluttering
  • 95 – getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets and fluffy pillows
  • 96 – wedding cake
  • 97 – playing card games
  • 98 – listening to my daughter learn how to read
  • 99 – getting a song un-stuck from my head
  • 100 – being in a class – which is why I’m happy to announce that I’ll be starting courses to finish my bachelor’s degree at the end of August. I will be getting my degree in GRAPHIC DESIGN, which is a change from what I’ve worked toward in the past, but after a lot of self reflection, I feel is more in line with what I want to be doing
  • 101 – when people read my blog (even if most of you only come here looking for a coupon for a planner – I hope you stay!)

There you have it! 101 things that make me happy to reflect back on when I’m getting too sad from current events.

Spread the happiness – create your own list and encourage others to do the same. Even just trying to come up with the list will lighten your mood!


Beauty from the Kitchen – strengthen your hair with a quick trip to the fridge

Hair Mask Titled

I blinked, and it’s nearly the middle of June – meaning more than half of 2016 has passed (nearly). Holy cow! Why is summer always the busiest month?

My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary at the beginning of the month. 10 years of marriage, and 14 years of being together. Sheesh! So we decided to go big and went to Jamaica!


Like that photo? I hope so – I had to pay the resort $15 for it (ugh).

This is the first time I’ve gone to a resort/beach vacation like this, unless you count the time that we drove across the country to spend a day in the frigid Atlantic ocean. Or the time I was 13 and spent 2 days in Florida with my church’s youth group. It was nice to spend some days just lying on the beach in the sun, but I was glad to come home. I missed my kiddo, and if I had to spend another day with sand everywhere – including my hotel room bed – I was going to freak out.

Beach Bound

Ahh – my little trip to paradise. I may have enjoyed the sun and the salt water and the ocean breezes, but my hair did not. My hair wasn’t in the best of shape from being colored, but it was absolutely wretched after that trip. I would brush it and hear all of the strands snap as my brush got stuck in the snags. My hair is thin enough as it is – I can’t afford to lose any hair to unnecessary breakage! Even using my deep conditioner and Olaplex formula did not help.

I was pleased last night to try out this hair mask I’ve had on my to-do list, and was so happy with the results! My hair is soft again, and I can brush it with minimal tangles and breaks. The protein helps to build stronger hairs, and the oil is so moisturizing. The best thing is that this took about 3 minutes to prepare using ingredients I had in the kitchen.

Hair Mask Titled


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey


Whisk these ingredients together and apply them to wet hair. Leave in for 30 minutes, and then wash out and follow up with your normal conditioning ritual.

That’s it. It truly is that simple & easy. My husband would point out that while I was letting it rest, not only had I put a grocery bag over my hair to keep it all contained, but I was unaware that the receipt was still in the bag and didn’t realize it until seconds before getting into the shower… You may choose to leave the receipt out of your mix – it is optional 😉

If you have long hair, or very thick hair, I would recommend doubling the batch. I used the amounts above, and for my thin, mid-back length hair, it worked out well.

I will definitely be making this a part of my hair care routine – anything that is as natural and simple as this really makes my day!

As for life in general, I like to say I’m going through a 1/3rd life crisis. Look for some changes to happen – including an option to shop for some of the homemade bath & body products I’ve been having a blast making lately!