Happy List #7: Let’s Not Stress Out

How are you? It’s December! Or, as my kids put it, time to start the chocolate advent calendar! They’ve been counting down the days until they can start counting down the days until Christmas, so this has been an exciting week.

Here’s what’s on my Happy List today:

POSITIVE FASHION FOR KIDS

Free To Be Kids is a Seattle-based company and I love what they stand for.

From their site: “We celebrate intelligence and grit in our girls because their worth is based on so much more than just their cuteness. We celebrate kindness in our boys because they’re more than just troublemakers and athletes…At Free to Be Kids, we believe passionately that both boys and girls deserve to see, hear, and wear better messages.”

And all the people say, “AMEN!”

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Math rules everything around me shirt

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I love my thighs onesie

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DON’T DRIVE YOURSELF NUTS THIS CHRISTMAS

This article on ScaryMommy.com about not doing all the things this holiday season is kind of my mantra all the time, but it is a good reminder especially during the holidays. The things I think we “have to do” to make Christmas festive and memorable is rarely what my kids remember. For instance, do they remember baking sugar cookies for Santa? No. They only remember frosting the cookies. I don’t need to kill myself with the baking when plain, store bought cookies will serve the purpose and take needless stress off my plate.

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THIS SONG REDUCES STRESS UP TO 65%

To that end of reducing stress this holiday season, I read an article on Inc.com that says according to a study done by neuroscientists in the U.K., listening to the below song resulted in a “65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.”

Then there was me. I couldn’t even listen to the entire song it irritated me so much. I had no patience for it. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Perhaps it would have had a different effect if I was trying to solve a difficult puzzle while listening to the song as in the actual study.


SWIMMING POOL ON THE EDGE

Would this swimming pool freak you out or would you dive right in? It’s definitely a bold design choice.

The pool is located at the Hotel Hubertus in South Tyrol, Italy. I would swim in it. I would also like to visit Italy. Who wants to join me?

Read the full story here.

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‘FULL HOUSE’ CREATOR BUYS THE ‘FULL HOUSE’ HOUSE

In news you cannot live without, here’s a doozy. The creator of the ‘Full House’ tv series recently purchased the iconic Victorian home on which the show was set for a cool $4 million. Talk about coming full circle.

The show paid around $500 in 1987 to the owners of the home for pictures and footage of the house. Fans annoyed those owners and all subsequent owners of the home so much that they all refused to allow the show to take any new photos or video of the home.
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The first thing the show’s creator, Jeff Franklin, did after purchasing the home was paint the front door back to its iconic red color. The home, built in the late 1800s, is going to be undergoing some major structural renovations. When they are complete, it sounds like Franklin is open to the idea of renting the home out to fans. AirBnB perhaps???


GIANT CORKBOARD AND ORNAMENT TREE

This ornament tree from Ballard Designs looks like something I’d do.

Also, I need a gigantic cork board with a fancy frame. STAT!

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This weekend we will start decorating for Christmas! I’m kind of excited to open the Christmas boxes because I can’t remember what I decided to bring to Ireland. I hope you have a happy, stress free weekend!

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