The Happiness Report #23

The Happiness Report on Things I've found around the web that make me happy!


Would you like to know what doesn’t make me happy? The fact that I haven’t shared a Happiness Report since March. That’s ridiculous. What else is ridiculous is the fact that I have let the things that I love most about blogging… Happiness Reports, Project 365, Connect Through Reading Posts, etc. slide while I focused on things that I like but don’t love. What the heck is wrong with me that all the great things get pushed to the bottom of my to do list while other, less meaningful things take over? Ugh!

Anyway, this isn’t an unhappiness report… it’s a happiness report. So without further ado. here are a few awesome things making me happy lately!



We just got back from the most wonderful family vacation in Holland, Michigan. I can’t wait to blog about it soon and tell you all about it because you all NEED to put the upper part of #PureMichigan on your vacation bucket list. It was such a wonderful vacation!

Spiceologist block


It makes me really happy when friends take chances and work really hard on making dreams come true! Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet has a Kickstarter campaign happening right now that could really use some backing and support from all of us! The Spiceologist Block is the coolest solution for storing all of our herbs and spices!  There are 10 days left in her campaign and I know she would really love a push to get this project funded. If you could contribute financially, great. If not, if you could at least tweet about it and share it with your friends on facebook, I know she’d be happy. And that would make me happy!

Adam Levine ShirtMy friend Kelly and I are heading to St Louis tomorrow to see Adam Levine up close! We have VIP tickets to the Maroon 5 concert with Kelly Clarkson. I’m a bit of a fan, if you didn’t know that already, so I’m pretty happy about this opportunity! Plus, don’t you just love that t-shirt?

wine in here coffee cupIf you follow Dine & Dish on Facebook, you’ve already seen this mug from the Chantilly Stay Etsy store. I know a few people who would love one of these!




This post from Handle the Heat comparing how different ingredients and techniques change the end result of your chocolate chip cookies is one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in awhile!

What this family is doing is a bit insane, but so brave. I really love reading about their adventures! (& their photography is amazing, to boot!)

I’ve gotten so many great ideas from this MAKE pinterest board lately!

If you love dogs, you’ve got to watch this precious video! It’ll make you smile real big!

My friend Kelly from Foxen Media wrote an incredibly informative book about creating a media kit. I’m so happy for her – and you’ll be happy if you buy it because you’ll learn a TON!

I’m training for a half marathon (which I love and hate) and am using this app. It’s so great and the money they raise to purchase it goes to a great cause!

That’s it for me… now it’s your turn…




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  1. says

    If it’s any comfort at all.. you aren’t alone. In January I started a #1000 gifts post each week. I was daily making a list of at least 3 things that I was thankful for and then posting my list weekly. I did it for 4 straight months and I was so, so enjoying it – really starting to make a habit of looking for things to be thankful for and focusing on the positive instead of the negative. And then one day… I didn’t do it, and then another and another and now it’s August and I haven’t done it again. But you’ve inspired me to get back to it… I may not have 1000 things on my list at the end of the year, but I’ll certainly have more than if I had just quit and not tried again! xx

    • says

      It’s easy to get behind, for sure, and then because it’s no longer “perfect” to just stop. Let’s get back to doing what we love! Can’t wait to see your posts resume :)

    • says

      Everyone should take stock of their happiness, for sure. It’s amazing how blessed we are when we really stop to take stock :)
      I do need that shirt… desperately!

  2. says

    Loved your picture of Michigan! I am a big fan of Pure Michigan. Your right, it should be on everyone’s “to visit” list. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. It’s beautiful.

  3. says

    Love the return of the happiness report! The photos from your summer vacation were just amazing. Can’t wait for the full report!

    What’s making me happy? That I have a few more precious weeks of summer with the kids. Today I decreed that we will eat ice cream every day for the rest of the summer. 😉

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