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Happy List: #315

Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I hope you enjoy being here so much that you come back again.

This week on the blog I shared our dining room mantel all decorated for fall with my leaf-stamped wood rounds. I love that this mantel will take me all the way through the end of November.

I also wrote about our quest (dramatic much?) to find a new bluetooth speaker that looked good and sounded good. We only need our speaker to play music or podcasts. I don’t need it to run my life, so that’s why we don’t have a voice assistant like Alexa.

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Here’s the Happy List!


These fabric acorns by DIY Beautify are the best looking acorns using plastic eggs that I’ve seen in a long time. I think the fabric choice really makes this craft.

Get the tutorial here.

easy rustic primitive fabric acorns using plastic eggs tutorial by DIY Beautify on the happy list

(image: DIY Beautify)

P.S. I found this craft over at Funky Junk Interior’s weekly feature of upcycled ideas. You should check it out.

P.P.S. You could turn these acorns into place cards for Thanksgiving or a fall event by attaching a strip of paper to the stem with the person’s name.


Setting aside the lack of handrail, I love the photo of this Italian home. You should check out the rest of the pictures. All the stone walls are amazing.

Photo by Женя Жданова italian county home with stone walls via town and country living on the happy list

(image: Photo by Женя Жданова via Town and Country Living)


Walmart has really upped their decor game, don’t you think? These ceramic canisters are cute and only $12.

ceramic pumpkin jar from walmart on the happy list

(image: Walmart)


In Ireland, two foot bridges have been built using decommissioned wind turbine blades. A third is being built in Atlanta, Georgia.

Decommissioned wind turbines are non-recyclable waste and risk ending up in landfills. A transatlantic research network headed up by Queen’s University Belfast was created to find ways to reuse turbine blades. “Bladebridges” are the result. Isn’t that neat?

Learn more about this effort here and here. The engineering that went into this to make sure it was a strong design is really interesting.

draperstown blade bridge via new civil engineer on the happy list

(image: via New Civil Engineer)


I love the colorful, happy style of The Handmade Home. I’ve read their blog for years because the ideas are fun and they always make me laugh.

This idea for ghost candlestick holders is so cute and something you could do with kids. Get the tutorial here.

diy ghost candlestick holders using sculpty clay from the handmade home on the happy list

(image: The Handmade Home)


I just learned we don’t breathe out of our nostrils equally and that’s on purpose. There’s a nasal cycle, which means your body switches which nostril is dominant throughout the day. For example, you might be breathing 75% out of one nostril and 25% out of the other at any given time.

According to Live Science and BBC Science Focus the reason the body does this is not entirely clear but it could be so that we don’t get too dried up.

medical animation of a nose from scientific animations via wikimedia commons on the happy list

(image: Scientific Animations via Wikimedia Commons)


My family would LOVE this Toffee Apple Dip make with Heath Toffee Bits. Get the recipe over at I Heart Naptime.

toffee apple dip recipe made with heath toffee bits at I heart naptime on the happy list

(image: I Heart Naptime)

P.S. We really do like Heath Toffee Bits in desserts. Handy Husband and I almost always order the Heath Blizzard at Dairy Queen when we go there for ice cream.

I’ve also published (a long time ago) an anise biscotti recipe that includes Heath bits and that recipe would probably win you awards. I’ve never NOT received compliments when I make the recipe. Just don’t bake it until it’s hard. It’s way better softer like a cookie.


My son has, by his own choice, worn the same puffer jacket brand for 3 years now. I have to get him a new one each year because he grows out of it but it’s the same brand.

It’s the lightweight one from Amazon Essentials and it’s around $30 – $35. He’s now in the men sizes but they make them for kids and they are really well reviewed. They come in a lot of fun colors but my son always picks black.

He likes it because it’s “not too hot.” So, if you know someone who has that same concern, here’s your jacket. Haha.

amazon essentials mens puffer jacket with hood great for kids who don't like to be too hot on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


This craft made me smile with its whimsy. Jennifer Rizzo shares on her site how to paint a ghost into a cheap thrift store painting.

Get the directions here.

how to paint a ghost into a thrift store painting tutorial by jennifer rizzo on the happy list

(image: Jennifer Rizzo)


I loved the blog post from A Cup of Jo written by Joanna Goddard titled “Bad Cook, Great Mom.” Read it if you need some encouragement. Here are a couple of excerpts.

“When I think about my children leaving the nest and looking back on their childhoods, I know they won’t picture epic homemade meals because I did not serve many. We eat simply, and pizza is regularly ordered. But there are SO MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS they will remember:…”

“It makes zero difference if you’re a good or terrible cook, if you’re crafty or handy or athletic, if your house is neat or messy, if you are *fill in the blank*… who cares? If you love your child, you are doing a great job. FEELING LOVED is what matters. That’s all.”

Amen, Joanna. Amen.

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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