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Happy List: #311

Hello, hello! Welcome to the Happy List. It is a pleasure to have you here.

This week on the blog I shared a round up of my recent thrift store finds. I can make $100 stretch a long way when thrift store shopping.

I also wrote about the reason why we’re removing tree stumps from our property now rather than later. We’ve actually had serious conversations about the order in which we remove the stumps. We’ve really been into it. Ha!

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Better Homes and Gardens says Murphy doors are trending right now. I’m not too interested in decor trends but this is one I can support.

I grew up reading Nancy Drew. I’ve always wanted a secret door that leads to a secret room.

Read more about it here.

bhg secret cabinetry hidden door murphy door photo by emily followill via better homes and gardens on the happy list

(image: Emily Followill via BHG)


Have you ever thought about why different animals have different pupil shapes? I have not and that’s why this video from TEDEd was so fascinating.

Among other things, I learned goats rotate their eyeballs to keep them aligned with the horizon and a cat’s pupil can grow 135 times larger than its minimum area.

If the video does not load, you can watch it here on YouTube.


Speaking of cats, if you are planning a cat-themed birthday party for a child or yourself (I don’t judge), this is a cute idea from Hostess With The Mostess.

My cat-loving child would have loved a “mouse hunt.” Plus, this is a good way to repurpose plastic Easter eggs.

mouse hunt party game repurposing easter eggs from Hostess with The Mostess on the happy list

(image: Hostess With The Mostess)


I am deeply regretful that I didn’t end up bringing home a bunch of clam shells from the beach this summer because look what Kate from Centsational Style created using clam and other shells!

Aren’t these the prettiest trinket bowls? The DIY is so much easier than you think and utilizes our old favorite, Mod Podge. Learn how here.

DIY shell trinket trays from centsational style on the happy list

(image: Centsational Style)


This is not a corny DIY. This is a showstopper.

Yvonne from Stonegable says all you need to know how to do is use glue if you want to make this Indian Corn Wreath. I’m a believer. Get the directions here.

diy indian corn wreath using glue and a wreath form by stonegable blog on the happy list

(image: Stonegable)


Guoliang Liu, a researcher at Virginia Tech, has discovered how to convert plastic into soap. Polyethylene has a similar chemical structure to the chief fatty acid in soap.

Won’t it be interesting to see if anything comes from this discovery? Talk about literally cleaning up the planet…and ourselves!

Read more about it here.

steven mackay for virginia tech Guoliang Liu a researcher at VA Tech converts plastic to soap via good news network on the happy list

(image: Steven Mackay for Virginia Tech via Good News Network)


Here is a t-shirt that was NOT approved by my children for back-to-school but that I found to be tremendously funny because I have a stunted sense of humor.

wild bobby store all that's not a good sign t-shirt via amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)

We did just get this backpack for one of my kids though. Kids’ backpacks come with laptop sections now! The laptop sleeve in this backpack is completely separate from the rest of the sections so they can take their Chromebook out with out their disastrous mess of papers falling out.

But your kids are probably more organized than mine, so…never mind.

abshoo school backpack with separated laptop compartment via amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


Occasionally, I buy vegetables my family tolerates but doesn’t really love. Asparagus falls on that list.

This past week, I cooked some asparagus but not the entire bunch. Since I didn’t want to endure a second round of grumbling over the asparagus, I put the rest into a jar with some pickles. It took a few days but the pickle brine made that asparagus taste delicious!

You could also make your own brine using a recipe like this one from Love and Lemons.

pickled asparagus brine recipe from love and lemons on the happy list

(image: Love and Lemons)


“When someone acts in a surprising way, we can begin to understand by wondering what they might be afraid of.” – Seth Godin

Thank you for reading today’s Happy List!

Be good to yourself and others this weekend.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.


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