My New Happy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Complimentary Dresses

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Sarah, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

The theme for today is to share a piece that gets tons of compliments.  Weeeelllll...I work from home, mostly by myself.  Very few people see what I'm wearing, unless I put it on Instagram.  Plus, I live in a house of men, and unless I were to show up in hunting gear, I don't think they pay any attention to what I have on.  All of that to say, there aren't a lot of outfit compliments flying around over here!

However, one thing that has been getting lots of comments on IG is my decision to wear more dresses this winter.  I really enjoy wearing dresses the rest of the year, so why not now?  

I pair them with a jacket or sweater, tights or leggings, and boots.  Unless the day is super cold, I'm pretty comfortable.  And even though no one else may notice, I always feel better if I put on some pretty clothes!

What do you think?  Dresses in winter - yay or nay?

Be sure to link up with us, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.  Next week we're styling the oldest piece in our closet.  Hmm...may have to go into the archives!

Monday, February 18, 2019

40 Days Of Kindness

In the words of Taylor Swift, "why you gotta be so mean?"

Doesn't it feel like the world is awfully mean these days?  People are mean to each other face to face, especially mean behind their computer screens, and there's a whole lot of passive aggressive meanness going on too.

Sometimes it gets to be overwhelming, and it seems like mean is taking over the world.  But it's not.  Kind people still rule, but maybe we're just not as vocal.  Every day, in ways both big and small, we have to make ourselves heard above the mean, and move forward with kindness.  It's time to step up and share our hearts.  It's time for a kindness revolution.

Sunday was Random Acts of Kindness Day, and today at The Blended Blog, we're sharing ways we can show others we care.

There are so many ways to be kind.  Even small gestures can mean a lot to someone on the receiving end.

-Leave a book somewhere with a note inside, sharing what you enjoyed about it.
-Write kind notes on post its and leave them around a store or on windshields.
-Keep lunch bags in your car with water and snacks to hand out when you come across a homeless person.
-Share random compliments - to sales clerks, your family and friends, anyone around you.
-When you're out, smile at everybody.  This is one of my favorites.  Some people look at me like I'm crazy, but most everyone smiles back.

Being intentionally kind is important to me, but I want to up my game.  This year, during Lent, I've decided to spend the forty days between March 6th and April 18th being extra kind.  Instead of giving something up, I'm giving something back - a little kindness.

Want to join me?  Let's be vocal, let's drown out the mean, and let's start a kindness revolution.  I've got a list of ideas, do you have others?  

P.S. If you're feeling kind today, could you help me with a little favor?  My younger son, Thomas, is working on his Honors Thesis, and he has created a short survey about dog behavior.  If you have time, go to this link.  It should only take a few minutes.  Thank you so much!

Friday, February 15, 2019

For Ladies Celebrating Ladies

Thank you, Leslie Knope, for making Galentine's Day a thing. 

I've loved seeing  all the posts this week of women celebrating their friendships.  Having a group of people in your life that will support you, love on you, and lift you up is so important.

And so much harder to maintain as we get older.

When I was younger, it was easy to make friends.  There were more opportunities to gather with those who shared the same interests.  As the boys grew, there was time to get to know each other as we chatted through play dates, sports events, birthday parties.

But the older we get, they can start to drift away.  Things get busy, interests change, life moves on.

Don't let them drift.  Make the time.  Do the things.

I recently read a study that found that women should go out with their girlfriends twice a week for better health.  Being with friends allows you to vent, laugh, and share things that only other women will understand. 

I mean, I love my husband with all my heart, and he's my best friend.  But sometimes (okay, most of the time) he doesn't want to hear about hot flashes, shopping, or how much I miss the boys.  We need our girlfriends for that.

And while you're at it, make some new friends too.  I know it's still scary, asking someone if they want to sit at the table with you.  But do it for the laughter, the love, and a healthier you.

Do it for Leslie Knope.  For ladies celebrating ladies.  Happy Galentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Friends At Salt And Light

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Deena, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

Today the theme is REMIX, and the idea is to choose a blogger and recreate an outfit they've posted.  Except I couldn't make a decision about who to pick, and then it snowed eighty feet, and I was afraid if I went outside to take a picture I'd get lost in the blizzard.  Phew.

So instead, I want to share the fabulous new business my friends have started, called Salt and Light Lifestyle.  I'm so excited for Deena and Abbie, who are partnering with Rachel, and I know they will be a huge success!

I'm wearing a sweater from their newly curated collection.  Their shop includes both consignment pieces and new items, and these ladies have fantastic style and taste.  So far they've only released a few things, but I want them all!  

In addition to clothing, they also have a podcast and are coordinating fun events in the Saskatchewan, Canada area.  I just love that they took a leap of faith, decided to be brave, and have created this amazing venture.  Be sure to check them out and follow along!

Don't forget to link up with us, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hopping With Kindness And Love

Happy Monday and welcome to TBB Blog Hop!  We haven't done one of these in a while, but since we're all about community and friendship, this seemed like the perfect time for one.  What better way to celebrate Valentine's week than to let your friends know how amazing they are!

Before we get to that, today I'm also linking up with the lovely Laura at The Horton Family blog for her new series, 3 Things.  This month her questions tie in perfectly with love and kindness.

1/ Since the beginning of the year, I've increased the amount of time that I volunteer for Operation School Bell.  This national program provides school clothes for local children in need.  I love being around kids, and spending the day with them while they shop for their very own new clothes and shoes puts everything else in perspective.

2/ "Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly".  The empty nest felt like the end, but I'm learning that it's not.  It's the beginning of a whole lot of wonderfulness.

3/ Kindness.  Things would be so much better if everyone could be a little kinder to one another.

Now on to the hop!  The best part about blogging is the people.  While I haven't had the chance to meet Shelly at The Queen In Between, I feel like we're already friends.  I love her style, both in fashion and the way she decorates her Texas home.  She's a working mama with an awesome family, and I admire the way she handles her busy schedule with such grace.  Someday we'll meet face to face, and I know she'll be just as lovely in person.  

Be sure to hop over to Shelly's blog to see how she's sharing the love.  And don't forget to link up with us at The Blended Blog.  You can also join in on IG @tbblog with #TBBLoveLoop.

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Healthy Revelation

Three months ago, I had a revelation.  Who knew that was still a thing at my age?   Granted, it happened because of a health scare, and not because I suddenly became wise and intuitive, but still.

The revelation was this:  healthy does not equal thin.  And healthy is the goal.  Also, I'm not getting any younger, but I already knew that.

Seems pretty obvious, in hindsight.  But I've spent my whole adult life eating a certain way, and exercising a certain way, trying to lose weight so I could be thin.  Healthy didn't enter my mind.

It's what I was taught growing up.  We just assumed that skinny people were healthy people, back in the 70's and 80's.  I remember a friend in college whose dad was a long distance runner.  One day he went out for a jog and died of a heart attack.  I was shocked, although I shouldn't have been.  He might have been thin, but he also smoked and ate like crap.

As a child, a teenager, and a young adult, I wasn't just skinny - I was scrawny.  Genetics were my friend, I guess.  Then I had two difficult pregnancies, gained a lot of weight, and never quite bounced back.

For the past 21 years, I've tried countless "diets" and exercise programs.  I'd lose weight, then gain it back.  Always trying to fit into those old jeans.  But never thinking about being healthy.  

Last October, my doctor told me that I needed to make some changes, or else.  I went home and spent the next few days mad and sad and cursing those genetics I used to be so happy about.

I was in the middle of a cookie binge when the revelation hit (because I figured I'd start changing tomorrow, AFTER a thousand cookies).  I needed to focus on being healthy.  And strong.  And the rest would fall into place, whatever that place might be.

So I adjusted my mindset, the way I eat, and how I workout.  I'm proud to say I'm almost to my goal, and we'll see what the doctor has to say when I go in for follow up blood work.  Do I still have a treat now and again?  Yes.  Do I mess up some days?  Yup.  It's all about progress, progress, progress.

I've learned so much over the last few months, and I plan to share it here.  Most of it is common sense, but yet, there I was.  Not healthy.

If I age like Grandpa Ed, I've got fifty years left to live, and I want them to be as healthy as possible.  He's always believed "mind over matter" and I have to agree.  Healthy is the goal.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

All The Hearts

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  This is my second fashion post this week - who am I?  If you missed yesterday, be sure to go check out my dressed up puffer vest with the fashionable ladies of Ageless Style.

Today we're sharing Valentine's Day looks.  As previously mentioned, we don't do Valentine's Day at my house.  But I'm always a sucker for a good heart sweater!

I actually picked this one up at the Gap while Christmas shopping (oops).  You can't tell in the picture, but the heart is sparkly and fuzzy and fun.  The outfit needed a little red, so I added a buffalo plaid shirt underneath.  And my white jeans.  Every year I have good intentions to wear these white jeans all winter, and then I forget.  Black might have been better, but the white went with the 12 inches of snow we currently have.  Yay.

Speaking of Valentine's Day attire, George recently mentioned that he really likes red dresses.  We've been together for 37 years - how did I not know this until now?  I checked my closet, and nope, no red dress.  Clearly, he was trying to say that he wants me to go shopping for a new red dress.  Any suggestions?

Our hostess this week is Andrea, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up, or join us with #theblendedblogstyle.

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