My New Happy

Monday, December 17, 2018

Jingle All The Way: The Christmas Things


Happy Monday!  Hope it was a great weekend.  I had big plans to bake and wrap...but college boy came home, and Conner and his girlfriend were here, so I enjoyed their company instead.  The rest will get done eventually, right?

And yes, our poor tree has been tied up this year, because we've got a little Mt. Crumpet thing going on and I'm afraid it might tip over.  This one is almost 15 years old, and I think it's time for something new.  Best place to buy an artificial tree?

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share favorite Christmas movies, music, and decor.  Be sure to head over and link up your favorites too!

You've seen my Christmas decor many times on the blog, so I thought I'd highlight a few different pieces, starting with this cross-stitch Santa and Mrs. Claus that I made in high school.


My mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was 7 or 8, and I loved it.  Although it looks simple, this one took hours and hours to complete and I remember being so proud of myself when it was done.

I found this cute snowman at Big Lots after Thanksgiving, and he's the perfect centerpiece for our kitchen table.  I kind of want his whole outfit.


I shared this ornament on IG last week.  We bought it at the Louvre when we were in Paris, and it brings back great memories from our trip.  Do you buy ornaments when you travel?


I love all the Christmas music, and as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I tune every channel on my car radio to Christmas stations.  This year we discovered Gwen Stefani's album "You Make It Feel Like Christmas".  It's a good one!


There's only one Christmas movie that I watch every year, no matter what...Elf.  Other favorites are Serendipity (not exactly a Christmas movie, but a lot of it takes place during Christmas), and Miracle on 34th Street (which I saw for the first time last year.  Clearly I was deprived as a child).  Also A Christmas Story, Holiday Inn, and Meet Me In St. Louis (Judy Garland sings the original Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and it makes me cry every time).

Have a wonderful week, and be sure to come back on Wednesday for some Christmas PJ's.   I'm off to wrap presents!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Merry and Bright and Mixing Patterns

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Holiday Style with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Lisa's blog to see what she's up to!

Today we're sharing an outfit that makes us happy.  And I think we all know by now that what really makes me happy is a sweater.  Or two.   But I feel like I need to branch out, so today I'm sharing pattern mixing times three.


I started with the shirts, then decided to go crazy and add one more pattern via a scarf.  And the part that made me most happy?  With all those layers on, I was actually kind of warm.  Until the wind started blowing and the heavens opened up.


No problem - just add another layer, with a hood!  What kind of outfit makes you happy?

Be sure to hop around and visit my TBB Style Sisters to see what they're wearing this week.


Monday, December 10, 2018

What Brings Me Joy This Holiday


Happy Monday, blog world friends!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share what brings me joy this holiday season.

I thought and thought about what I wanted to say.  I'm very blessed, and there are endless things that bring me joy.  But the one that kept coming around today was...time.

This will be my 51st Christmas.  51!!! That's a whole lot of trimming the tree, eating all the cookies, wrapping and unwrapping presents, waiting for Santa Claus, and love.  Mostly love.

I'm joyful when I think back on all the holiday memories.  I miss the ones I've lost, but feel joy for the time we got to share.  And joyful for a little more time with those that are still here.  I'm looking at you, Grandpa Ed.

Time with my boys makes me so joyful, although maybe there's a touch of sadness.  Conner spent Thanksgiving with his girlfriend in another state, and I realized that the time for our little family of four's Christmas chapter is coming to a close.  Before I know it there will be in laws and grandchildren, bringing more joy, and hopefully lots more time.



A whole different kind of time with my husband makes me especially joyful.  We're making new holiday traditions with just the two of us, and it's exciting to think about where time will take us now that there's more, well, time.


What brings you joy this holiday season?  Hope over to The Blended Blog and link up with us!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy Holiday Friday


Happy Friday!  It's been a busy week, but mom and I managed to squeeze in a visit with Santa himself.  Gotta get those requests in early!

I'm at The Blended Blog today, sharing our Friday Favorites.  Hop over and join us, and link up your favorite post from the week.

And be sure to come back on Monday for Merry and Bright - What Brings You Joy?


Happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Everyday Sparkle

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Holiday Style with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Whitney's blog to see how she sparkles and shines.

Today we're sharing sequins and sparkles and things that shine.  I bought this Zara top last year in Vegas to wear to the Britney show.  You can't hang with Britney without a little bling!



And...I haven't worn it since.  So I thought I'd try it with a more casual look for fun.  I added pearls and this Jacquard Bomber Jacket from Old Navy, and even my sneakers have a little silver thread in them.  I got a few funny looks while I was out running errands, but I've decided I don't care!  Everyone needs a little sparkle in their day, especially during the holidays.  

And I left plenty of "shine" everywhere I went, because this shirt sheds sequins like crazy!  How do you sparkle for the Holidays?

Be sure to hop around and visit my TBB Style Sisters to see what they're wearing this week.

Monday, December 3, 2018

TBB Asks - It's The Holidays


Happy Monday!  I can't believe it's the last TBB Asks of the year.  Are you ready for the holidays?  I did a little shopping over the weekend, but there's still so much left to do.  Every year I swear I'll be more prepared, but December always sneaks up on me!  Can't wait to read everyone answers...

1/ I guess?  I don't dislike them, but they're kind of boring.

2/ Early riser.  I loved getting up before the boys so I could see their reaction to Santa's gifts.  Now I can't seem to sleep in no matter what day it is.

3/ Nope.  My years in retail ruined Black Friday for me, and it's gotten even more out of control since then.  I feel so sorry for the employees, especially when "Black Friday" starts on Thanksgiving.  It's ridiculous.

4/ I feel strongly about giving Thanksgiving it's time in the Holiday rotation, so I wait until the weekend after.  Which is generally in November, so yes!


5/ I can't remember the last time I was on Pinterest.  Definitely on my to do list for 2019 - figure out Pinterest.

6/ I'm not much of a glam gal, and I love sweaters so...


7/ Unwrapped.  The less I have to wrap, the better.  Geez, I sound like the Grinch!

8/ ALL the Christmas songs are my favorite!

9/ No.  Yucch.  Ack.  Gross.

10/ Sadly, not even close.  But I do have a list, so that counts, right?

11/ Sometimes.  Snow is hard to come by in Seattle, because the close by ocean keeps things temperate.  Occasionally we get a white Christmas, although it's rare.  Last year was one of them!


12/ Hard to pick, but Charlie Brown is so special.  I tear up every time Linus explains the meaning of Christmas. 

Be sure to hop over to The Blended Blog to link up your posts, and come back on Wednesday for Holiday Style with The Blended Blog.


Friday, November 30, 2018

On Meditation And Mindfulness


I love the idea of meditation, and I've "tried" it several times in the past.  I say try, because I never put much effort into it, and the most I ever lasted was about a week.

Then I met davidji, and my entire perception changed.  He is a meditation master who apprenticed under Deepak Chopra, and was a lead educator and dean of the Chopra Center.  Last month I was fortunate enough to attend an hour long meditation with davidji at FierceCon 2018.  Afterwards, he spoke with us about the importance of meditation, and I decided to give it another try.  

davidji's mantra is RPM - Rise, Pee, Meditate.  He explained that starting the morning with quiet reflection creates a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes.  He threw out some numbers, that I've already forgotten - oops, about the positive impact of peaceful stillness rather than negativity and stress (hello, checking email and social media first thing).

"Starting our day in stillness and silence sets our course for every single moment that will unfold throughout the day.When silence is the seed that we plant to begin our morning, then we move through each interaction, each conversation, each scenario with a bit more patience, a bit more acceptance, a bit more tolerance, and a bit more peace of mind." 
- davidji


God knows I can use more patience and peace of mind.  So armed with this new knowledge, I decided to make a commitment to meditate every single morning for a month.  I signed up for the Headspace app because I knew I'd need help and guidance.  (Great news - you can sign up for a free 30 day trial to see if it's right for you).

The first week was hard.  I'm practicing breathing meditation, rather than mantra meditation, and most days I found myself drifting into thoughts during most of the practice.  But I'd promised myself to stick with it, so I pressed on, and each day got a little bit better.

I'm happy to report that just this morning, I finished day 30 of consistent, daily meditation.  And you know what?  It works.  It really, really works.

Generally, I'm a stress ball. "Hold on, I've got to overthink about it" pretty much sums me up.  And this last week was way up there on the stress scale.  But I was cool, calm and collected.  I stayed positive, I took cleansing breaths when things got too much, and not once did I dissolve into a puddle on the floor.

I've surprised myself with the difference meditation has made.  Even though I'm getting up a little earlier, I feel more energized and focused.  I'm coming at things from a positive place rather than the negative.  I'm mindful of my thoughts, emotions, and how I impact others.  And after only 30 days, I can't imagine stopping.  I'm excited to see what 60, 120, 365 days might bring.  Ha - you probably won't even recognize me anymore.

Do you meditate?  Any tips, tricks?  And if you don't, what's stopping you?

Be sure to join us on Monday for TBB Asks: Holiday Edition.


And the rest of the month for our Monday Linkups.


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