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    Happy List: #59

    Hello, Hello! And welcome back! I hope you had a good Valentine’s week if that’s your thing. My kids have been off school all week, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. The good kind though! And in case you were wondering – nope – my dear children do not know how to sleep in when they get a week off from school. On Monday I shared the books the kids and I have been reading together this winter. Then on Wednesday I gave you a little update on the whereabouts of St. Valentine. Well, his earthly remains. As you can see, I like to mix the topics up…

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    Happy List: #58

    Hello! Fancy meeting you here again! Did you catch my post about the cheese tea? Are you going to try it? I made that tea in my kitchen and on Monday I shared the behind-the-scenes of that swanky place. Kidding – it’s not swanky, but I’m thankful we have it! This week’s Happy List is random – per usual! Consider it a look inside my brain. WEIRD RESERVOIR This is a picture of the Pontsticill Reservoir in Wales by a fantastic photographer, Matt Thomas. It’s actually not weird. You’re looking at a bell-mouth spillway, which releases water from the dam. I love it when an interesting picture prompts me to actually do…

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    Happy List: #57

    There are people on social media complaining about “47 days of January” and I’m thinking to myself “how did January fly by so fast?” I think I’ll stick with my perception of reality because even if I don’t like it, it will be over quick! This week I shared the mention this blog received in a Buzzfeed article. Thanks for all of your support of this blog and my random ramblings – I appreciate you all so much. On Wednesday I wrote about our experience visiting The Louvre in Paris. It was busy – so busy. However, it was amazing to be in the presence of such masterpieces. Here is…

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    Happy List: #56

    “Friday is the BEST day of the week!” said my son. “We have P.E. at school and the weekend is almost here.” I like Fridays too! For 50% of those reasons. This week – because I like to stick with the tough subjects – I shared my thoughts on the great vodka sauce debate. I also told you all I learned about visiting the Eiffel Tower. If you like to know what to expect when going someplace new, this post will probably in certain circumstances definitely help you out. I also post pretty regularly on Instagram. If you haven’t seen this week’s photos, click here. On this week’s Happy List,…

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    Happy List: #55

    Hello, again! This week I shared our day in Luxembourg over the holidays. There was snow, beanbag chairs and Mexican food. Totally not what I expected from Luxembourg and it was fun to be surprised. I also wrote about the denim pennants I made for a gift topper. Honest to goodness, it took less time to make the pennants than it will to actually get the pennants and the gifts in the mail to their recipients. Why is that? Two words. Post. Office. Here’s what’s on this week’s Happy List! BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION The U.K. website Humphrey and Grace is full of beautiful photography and inspiration. Or check out their Instagram…

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    Happy List: #54

    We are approaching mid-January! How’s 2018 treating you so far? My kids resumed school this week. I was ready to get back to a routine. Then I remembered that routine involves homework 4 nights a week. *sigh* This week I shared our trip to Barcelona with you! I had never been to Spain, so it was fun to see a completely new place. We tried to practice our Spanish language skills while we were there and it really makes me wish I would have studied abroad while in high school. On Wednesday I asked for your advice on what to do with my latest junky find. Thank you for joining in…

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    Happy List: #53, Happy Birthday Dad

    Hello, hello! You are joining me on a very special day. It’s my dad’s birthday! If you know him, feel free to give him a call today. By “call” I mean leave a message without any expectation of a call back – that’s a true gift.  Or honk when you drive by his house. The neighbors will love that! Or maybe just bake him a pie. That’s what he REALLY likes. Now on to some other things making me happy today! PUZZLE TIME This was just too fun not to share. Can you spot the bear among the reindeer? Here’s the original image by Budapest-based illustrator Gergely Dudás . Here’s the solution.…

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    Happy List: #52

    Merry (almost) Christmas! How are you? I hope you are enjoying this season. Me? I am! I just can’t believe 2017 is almost over. There were hours and days that seemed so. darn. long, but the year flew by. On Monday, I wrote about how our Christmas tree went from bringing me no joy to all the joy. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I experienced mental drama over a tree though. Sheesh. On Wednesday, I shared some far less dramatic Christmas snapshots from around our home. Here’s this week’s moment of distraction, aka The Happy List. PLAYHOUSE DESIGN Playhouse designs have really changed over the years, haven’t they?…

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    Happy List: #51

    10 days until Christmas! Are you ready? Or are you fa-la-la-la-frazzled? I’m feeling pretty solid. Or as solid as I can be hoping the items I ordered show up on time! This week I finally (a whole 11 days into the month) shared something Christmas-y with you. On Monday it was window shopping in Ireland to see how Irish retailers get in the Christmas spirit. Spoiler alert: no grinches here! On Wednesday I shared the ornaments I made out of my son’s wood blocks. Apparently, nothing is safe in this house from one of my crafty ideas. I’ve got some good stuff for you on today’s Happy List! I do…

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    Happy List: #50

    Does anyone else still have holiday boxes and decor strewn EVERYWHERE around their home? I’m seeing homes beautifully decorated for Christmas ALL OVER social media and I’m like, “Hey! Is this a candy cane from last year?” *sigh* The tree is up though. It’s halfway decorated. As is the mantel. I made some wreaths and I keep moving them around because I can’t decide where I want them. I just liked making them! So, basically, I’ve totally got it together in the holiday decorating department. On a less melodramatic note, on Monday I shared our trip to Blarney Castle! I’m glad we finally made it over there. On Wednesday I…