The happiness journal

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Happiness is an awesome, crazy feeling that we deserve to feel every day!  I'm fortunate that I do get to feel the sensation of happiness every day, through my husband, through my son, through my friends and even through really simple, little things like getting a phone call from a friend or a clean house.

Unfortunately, sometimes, we hit a rough patch where we forget to see or feel the happiness around us. Once, when I ran into one of those times my best friend suggested that I take a moment every day to write down two good things that happened.  I kept them in a journal and over time I was reminded that no matter what, something good happens every day.  I called it my "happiness journal."

It's a simple practice that has the potential to yield huge results.

I've given happiness journals to friends - friends that were going through hard times and friends that were experiencing exciting times. It works the same and is a neat way to record different seasons of our lives.

I challenge each of you to give it a try.  If you need a new journal to get started, you can find these in my shop.  Otherwise grab any old journal, or notebook - it will have the same effect!


High five for Friday

Friday, November 14, 2014

Blogger isn't working today so I don't have any pictures to share.  Bummer because I had a picture of two really cute kids to include. :( Have a super weekend!!

one. Colton and I made a trip to Minnesota to spend the weekend with my parents.  (More like so my parents could spend the weekend with him...) It was fun to be there - they love him SO much!

two. During our trip to Minnesota my good friend Melissa came over to visit and brought her sweet little girl.  In the short time we spent together I learned the following three things: babies are funny together, it's impossible to get a picture where they both look at the camera at the same time, boys are very different than girls (Colton is like a bull in a china shop, while this sweet girl plays, and sits, so nice.)

three. I got to do a little shopping in at a couple of stores I've been dying to shop at in New Ulm, MN.  I love them both - Semblance and Gallery 512 Boutique.  Check them out!

four. Family day! Adam, Colton, and I got to spend a whole day together, just us. We had so much fun doing a little shopping and having a little lunch.

five. I found this at the grocery store. I took a chance on it and was pleasantly surprised!

Bump day: an introduction to baby food

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We recently introduced Colton to baby food.  Our doctor mentioned that for the first couple of weeks starting food was all about discovery.  So, why not let him play with his own spoon?!




Fortunately Colton loves food and is already starting to get full when he eats.  We always have a bottle on standby though.  We've also progressed to the highchair!

Here are a few things I've learned in these first few weeks of introducing baby food:
- I feed him when he's hungry.  If he's not hungry, he wont eat.
- I avoid feeding him when he's getting tired.  If he's tired, he wont eat.
- I try to feed him between 5-7:00pm to keep some consistency.
- If we are in a new place, he doesn't eat that well because there is SO much to look at.
- If he still wants more food after he's eaten what I made, I make more.
- I always follow up with a bottle, just in case.
- I've tried a fruit and a vegetable. He likes them better than rice cereal so I always start with the cereal since that's probably still easiest on his little belly.

The most important thing our doctor told me as we started him on food was that baby food was not his primary source of nutrition at this point, his formula still is.  Over the past week or so we've started to make the transition more baby food and less bottle during his early evening feeding time.

As a first-time mom, the thought of starting him on baby food was a little scary because I had no idea what I was doing but it's actually REALLY fun!

Living room art change-up

Monday, November 3, 2014

I have a hard time letting things be...especially as it relates to decorating our home.

Probably my worst quality, according to my husband.

Just when I thought I was satisfied with some of the artwork I had hung in the living room, I decided to change it. Of course I changed it while my husband was no where in sight so he couldn't tell me no! :)

Before...


After...

While I liked the two pieces of Gallery Wall Art that I had hung here before, I really like this simple artwork better.  I'm learning that my style can be defined as "less is more." 

Item Sources
Before artwork: Gallery Wall Art
After artwork: Allison Long Hardy (move 1)
Curtains: Nate Burkus
Yellow Pillow: West Elm (similar) 

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