Happy Thoughts Thursday


Life is so busy.  We go from one thing to the next to the next.  We think hard all day about a lot of things.  However, sometimes we need reminded about the little things that are the most important.  I am practicing all the following in 2014.  Today, I am going to dive back into reading.  What will you be focusing on?



Happy Thoughts Thursday

I love the weekly posts that other fellow bloggers have on their blog regularly.  I want to become more consistent with that kind of stuff on top of my culinary adventures.  Thursday’s are a nice day of the week because it is almost, ALMOST Friday.  Therefore, in order to get through the last leg of the week I am presenting to you HAPPY THOUGHTS THURSDAY!

A little something for you to read to inspire, smile, regular laugh, nose laugh, motivate and think.

Today’s happy thought is by one of my all time favorite buds (yeah we are bff), A.A. Milne.  I think you have seen him float around this blog a few times & Mr. Winnie the Pooh was featured in my Maid of Honor Speech at my sister’s wedding.  Today’s happy thought is about living in the moment – it is a gift, a present, the present, that we are here so enjoy it, savor it & be happy.

May your present be happy.

Do you have a happy thought today?  Share it in the comments!



three years ago…

this wonderful man & I ate pizza and chatted the night away on our first date… via facetime


it was one of many previous and future facetime dates.  However, it was the one in which we confessed our not so secret interest in one another.  It was the one that is considered our first “date”.  Our first conversation about the future.  Our first us.


The typical phrase to insert here is “and the rest is history”.  But it’s not history because this date feels like yesterday.  It is memories of three years of something great.  No. I did not say three years of endless bliss.  God certainly has thrown several hurdles our way, but together we get through each one and grow more & more, individually and as a couple.


My heart races & I smile as I write this post, a feeling I hope to have 50 years from now.  It is especially fun to look at the pictures of our past.  They literally all feel like yesterday.  It is so hard to imagine THREE years have passed since that cold, wintery pizza date.  Even harder to imagine life without Bryan.


We met in the most random of times & I never ever imagined three years later I would be where I am today.  As I sit here today, missing Bryan while he is in California, I am counting my blessings.  I am lucky to have found such a selfless, loving, fun, dorky, comforting, & good looking guy.


Thanks for standing by my side, cheering me on, letting me complain, being my taste-tester, shutting all the cabinets I forget to close, holding my hand, tolerating my cat obsession, growing with me, buying me snacks at movies, sharing the last bit of your Drumstick that is so amazing, being pretty awesome parents together, and loving me unconditionally.  So Bryan, I look forward to sharing yet another pizza via facetime with you tonight & to many more memories & years to come.




#Elf4Health Day 3


Today’s challenge was to Pay It Forward. I was really looking forward to this day because so often we forget that random acts of kindness make the world of a difference. The challenge reminded me of my freshman year of high school. In my English class, one of our projects centered around the movie Pay It Forward. My teacher was the kind of lady that wanted to change the world. Her words and excitement about this project really caused me to think my small English class was going to start a train of events that would forever change our class, school, community, city, state, country, and world. I am pretty sure I thought the world was my oyster and I was going to change it for the better. We watched the movie and then had to create our own pay it forward acts of kindness and create a report. Well, obviously I didn’t change the world or anything because I cannot even remember the deeds I did for the project. However, I do remember feeling good about myself and thinking I was actually enjoying freshman year English.

I am so ashamed to say that today was the first time I participated in an event like this since that year [2001].  Now don’t get me wrong I am not a selfish Grinch and participated in charity events, fundraisers etc since.  However, Pay It Forward (to me) isn’t about the big events it is about the small random acts of kindness.  They restore our faith in humanity and can impact one’s day or life significantly.  Last night, I spent some time researching ideas for the day.  Right now things are a bit tight due to the holidays so I couldn’t go out and adopt a family or something outrageous so I decided to reel it in and stick to those simple acts.

I started the morning by brewing Bryan some coffee to take on his way to work.  He usually is the one to make the coffee, but today before I left I got a pot going for him.  I didn’t take my usual to-go cup because I wanted my first Pay It Forward act to be at Starbucks.  The one by work has a drive through which worked perfectly for my plan to buy someone their order.  I got in line and right away a lady in a mini-van pulled up behind me.  Now I am probably judging, but she looked a bit rushed & stressed.  When I pulled up to the window I asked the gentleman to charge my card for my coffee & the lady’s behind me.  He smiled and said absolutely!  I handed him a piece of paper to give to the woman to wish her a Happy Holidays.  I lingered ahead of her car for a minute to watch and I saw the man wave off her card, point to my car, and hand her the paper.  I am not kidding, but I felt like the Grinch having my heart grow.  It really felt great.


I wanted to do something nice for all my coworkers because lately everyone has been in a bit of a funk.  Awhile ago, I got some “Happy Notes” at Francesca’s boutique.  They are simple post-it size notes with various thoughts, sayings, quotes, and happy sweet nothings.  I placed one on each of my coworkers desks.  They were well received and it made work (at least for me) seem a bit more manageable today.

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I didn’t stop there as my colleague and I headed off to Einstein’s to grab a bagel sandwich for lunch.  She ordered ahead of me and then cashier asked if we were ordering together.  At first, we both said no, but then I said yes and bought her lunch for her.  As I was grabbing my coffee, I noticed she was paying for the beverages being ordered by two gentleman behind us.  They were also very grateful and we talked about paying it forward.  The two men said they would be sure to participate and would find a way to pay it forward themselves.

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Today my acts of kindness were not life-changing, but they certainly made me feel good.  I hoped to inspire some of my readers by posting what I was doing on my facebook earlier today.  Hopefully some of you readers were able to participate.  If not, try it out tomorrow or the following day or the following.  There is no time or reason needed to remember small acts of kindness make a world of a difference.

Keep Smiling :)