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    Happy List: #109

    Hello everyone! Today we are celebrating Read Across America Day! I have a 9 a.m. appointment at my son’s school to read to his class. I *think* I am going to read Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. This is going to be a last minute decision. Read Across America is an event established in honor of Dr. Seuss (his birthday is March 2). Many Barnes & Noble and Target stores will be having events tomorrow. For a full list of Read Across America events and activities, click here. This week on the blog as been fun! I’m biased, but that’s the kind of editorial license you get to…

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    Happy List: #108

    Hello! It has come to my attention that a large number of people in New England and along the East Coast spend part of February in Florida, Mexico or The Caribbean. I need to remember how smart these people are for next year because we just had ANOTHER snow day and a 2-hour delay this week. At this rate, my kids will be going to school until July. On Monday I shared an update on a very important situation: the type of bath towels we use. I’m not sure how you went so long without me updating you on the towel situation in our lives. On Wednesday I shared another…

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    Happy List: #107

    Hello, hello! I celebrated Valentine’s Day at my son’s elementary school with about 18 third graders for a class party. It was fun and chaotic. For some reason it was called a Friendship Party, not a Valentine’s Day party though. I don’t even bother asking why anymore. This is the first time in two years that we’ve had to think about Valentine’s Day cards because Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated in school in Ireland. Are you sitting down for this next revelation? For the first time ever I did not make homemade cards. I know! Who am I?!? My son just isn’t into it like my daughter was, so we bought…

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    Happy List: #106

    Well, how is February treating you so far? My most burning question is have you bought and eaten any Valentine’s Day candy yet? I plead the fifth. This week I did a comprehensive review of how we like the sofa we purchased on Amazon. I also shared my gallery of thrifting regrets from Facebook Marketplace. In other news, I did not watch Sunday’s “big game.” Not even the commercials! I did make some “big game” food though. It seemed like I should somehow participate in the day’s activities and food is the best part! Here’s the Happy List! RESIN GEODE ART Leave it to Pinterest to let me stumble upon…

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    Happy List: #105

    Happy first day of February! Nice to see you here again. I hope everyone is staying warm. Our temps have been downright frigid this week (but not as cold as Chicago) with a little dose of snow thrown in and I’m scared to get our heating bill. Ha! This week I shared how we are enjoying our winter backyard. Thank you so much for your kind comments on that post. It seems that so many of you have fond memories of ice skating as a kid! I’m pleased to report that both kids are making more progress on the ice skating front. I also shared the creative way I hung…

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    Happy List: #104

    Hello, friends! I’m a little late to the ‘new year, new you’ thing, but I started my January diet this week. It’s super effective and definitely curbs your appetite. But it does have several limitations – especially where physical mobility and pain are concerned. Have you heard of it? It’s the ever dreaded stomach bug. I don’t think I’ve been that violently ill since I was pregnant with my first child. Thankfully, the worst of my stomach woes occurred on Sunday and into Monday which everyone had off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Did you know Monday was also National Banana Bread Day, National Museum Selfie Day, National Hugging…

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    Happy List: #103

    Fancy meeting you here again! I hope the week has treated you well. We are crossing our fingers for snow this weekend. Well, my kids are crossing their fingers. I’m a little more ambivalent about it since I’m secretly longing for spring now that Christmas is over. However, I stocked up on eggs, bread and milk because isn’t that what you are supposed to do with a storm on the way? This week I shared a tutorial for how to cinch in the waistband of your jeans without using a sewing machine. If you missed it, don’t expect a picture of the final product on my body. There are some…

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    Happy List: #102

    Hello, friends! I know you are busy and I’m thankful you are here today. This week I shared a recipe for biscotti that will change your life. Perhaps also your pants size, but I’m not responsible for that. I also wrote about one of my favorite new towns called Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. It has a little something for everyone and it is worth a visit. Now, let’s get on to The Happy List! POTTERY BARN INSPIRED BASKETS I love this clever idea from Angelica at Once Again, My Dear Irene to add handles to a regular basket. The idea was inspired by a Pottery Barn basket she knew she could…

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    Happy List: #101

    Happy New Year! It’s so nice to be back here yakking your ear off after the Christmas break. Did you miss me? I thought so. Our Christmas break was a blur! We spent a few days adventuring, but other than that we spent our time close to home. We didn’t know what day it was and my kids stayed in their pajamas most of the time. Handy Husband kept asking me if it was garbage day and after I looked at my phone I would say, “No! It’s Sunday!” Or Saturday. Or any other day that wasn’t garbage day. Then on the actual garbage day…we forgot. This week I shared…

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    Happy List: #100

    Holy cow! I’ve done 100 of these Happy Lists. Time sure does fly by! We are in hardcore countdown to Christmas around these parts. My kids have a half day of school today and then they’ll be home through January 1. I’m getting ready to head off to a class party with the sweetest bunch of 3rd graders, so wish me luck! This was basically Christmas week on the blog. I shared some DIY ornaments and how I’ve decorated our living room and kitchen for the holidays. Here’s the Happy List! WARMER IN THE WINTER If any of you Dancing With the Stars fans miss Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas,…