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Happy List: #344

Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. It is SO fun to have you here. I hope you enjoy exploring the items on this list that inspired me.

Before we jump into that, a quick reminder of this week’s blog posts. On Monday I wrote about the new handles we made for our very old fridge. On Wednesday I shared the not-so-obvious reasons why we are clearing brush on our property. Of course, we want it to look better around here, but there are longer-term goals in place too.

As always, thank you for being here. One of the perks of blogging is being able to connect with you. I’ve made the best online friends through this website. If you want to connect, and I hope you do, you can always comment on this blog post or send an email here. You can also reach out on Instagram or Facebook.

Enjoy this week’s Happy List!


Who wants to move to France and live in a chateau? *raises hand*

The decorating looks a little like a Zillow Gone Wild situation, but that’s easily remedied. What caught my eye were the upstairs terraces. Is that real grass?

All this can be yours for roughly $1.4 million. See more pictures and get listing info here.

chateau for sale in palaise france via desire to inspire on the happy list

(image: via Desire to Inspire)


I love a pretty shirt with a subtle meaning. This one can be customized with the birth flowers of your kids. This would make a sweet, sentimental gift.

This shirt is screen printed. I may be inspired to try to make my own with embroidery. That could be a fun challenge.

customized birth flower t-shirt from etsy shop signaturetshirtz on the happy list

(image: SignatureTShirtz via Etsy)

As a side note, I do like a basic t-shirt styled with the sleeves rolled up.


I was just introduced to Dudi Ben Simon’s work through This Is Colossal and it is pure entertainment.

Go check out Instagram or the This Is Colossal article to see more photos that will make you smile. You’ll never look at a pair of yellow dish gloves or a wine bottle the same again.

dudi ben simon visual pun photography chocolate croissant with leather belt via this is colossal on the happy list

(image: Dudi Ben Simon via This Is Colossal)


Do any of you have a tabletop firepit? I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one or making one.

Handy Husband loves his Solo Stove but I’m not a huge fan of my clothes smelling like a campfire. A nice compromise might be the option to have the ambiance of a flame without the smell with a tabletop firepit. The flame comes from one of those gel cans.

I’ve seen people making concrete bowls, adding stones, and using them for tabletop firepits. Could be a good little side hustle for a crafty person. This one is $55, so there’s some profit margin built in.

vizayo tabletop fire pit via amazon

(image: Amazon)


Have you traveled to see the Northern Lights? It’s on our bucket list of things to experience.

This timelapse of the lights in action is mesmerizing and makes me want to bump this trip up on the priority list.

If the video doesn’t load, watch it directly on YouTube here.


Lucy from Craftberry Bush always has the most stunning crafts. This does not look like a wreath made with flowers from The Dollar Store. Get the details here.

I haven’t even been in a Dollar Store in so long. I may be missing out.

spring magnolia wreath with dollar store flowers from craftberry bush on the happy list

(image: Craftberry Bush)


Guistina from Domestically Blissful just made my version of the ideal cake. Yes, I would choose a watermelon cake over a real cake any day of the year. 75% of my diet is probably fruit. It’s so good!

See how she secured it here.

watermelon cake recipe from domestically blissful on the happy list

(image: Domestically Blissful)

P.S. I’m not even joking about fruit. My idea of a crisis is when the grocery store doesn’t have crunchy grapes. They cannot be mushy.


Like You by Roque Dalton | translated by Jack Hirschman

Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky-blue
landscape of January days.

And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.

I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.

And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
little things,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.

Thank you for reading today’s Happy List.

Be good to yourself and others this weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.


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