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Things are Beautiful if You Love Them…

Great quote today from Simply Stated – from Real Simple…

Things are beautiful if you love them

I loved this when I came across it today. You can sign up for the daily quote updates from Real Simple too – I love these little bits of pretty motivation each day. If you’re a quote lover like me too, check out my Quotes I Love board on Pinterest.

What’s YOUR favorite quote?


Daily Mom-ivation Quote: Making Mistakes is Good

Daily Motivational Quote: All moms need a little encouragement each day, right? Just a few words of motivation, to help us keep folding that laundry, washing those dishes, changing those diapers, and cooking those dinners… So, here’s your daily dose of inspiration. I call it Mom-ivation:

man who makes no mistakes quote

{Credit: Real Simple Magazine Daily Quotes}


10 Ways to Nurture Your Happiness Today

I want to share an awesome post today, from one of my very favorite websites – – “Practical Tips for Productive Living”. It’s called 50 Ways to Nurture Your Happiness. Seriously take a minute to sign up for their email updates – every post is so inspirational, motivating, and moving. Today’s post is about how to nurture your happiness – which as busy moms, is something we tend to forget about. Yes, you are a mom, and your family is your top priority. But you’re still “you”, too. And we all know, that in any home, if momma ain’t happy, no one’s happy, lol. Read more, and start your day energized and ready to take on the world….

50 ways to nurture your happiness

Decide to be happy. It’s good for your health.

The happiest people I know appreciate what they have, keep an open mind to new ideas and ventures, use their leisure time as a means of self development, and love good music, good books, good pictures, good company and good conversation. In other words, they do small things every day to nurture their happiness. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. Anything that helps you feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. The result? A happier, healthier you. Here are 50 simple ideas to get you started with nurturing your happiness.

  1. Act like today is already an awesome day. – Do so, and it will be. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel, in fact we often feel because of the way we act. A great attitude always leads to great experiences. Read The How of Happiness.
  2. Make yourself smile first thing in the morning. – It’s difficult to feel down when your face is happy. Fill your bathroom or bedroom mirror with post-it notes of your favorite quotes, goals, mantras, photos, etc., and then reflect on them for a minute or two when you first wake up.
  3. Spend time with people who make you smile. – Who nourishes and supports you? Surround yourself with these people. Spend time with those who reflect the person you want to be – people who do good things and make your life a little brighter simply by being in it.

Love it? There are 47 more amazing tips in this post – find the rest in the original article, 50 Ways to Nurture Your Happiness. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too, for daily doses of inspiration.

10 Ways I Will Nurture My Happiness Today

Inspired by this article, I made a list of 10 things that I will commit to doing today, to bring some sunshine into my life. I encourage you to make a quick list today too – heck, why not make one every day! – and I’d love to hear what you come up with. Post a comment below, or on my Facebook page, letting me know what 10 things you come up with!

  1. Take a deep breath. I’ve been up, working at the computer, since 6am. I didn’t go to bed until almost 1am. I’m tired. Very tired. But – I will go outside, to the garden, and take a few big deep breaths. I will shake off that tired, grumpy feeling, and energize myself for the work I have to accomplish today.
  2. Practice gratitude. It’s so easy, when life is stressful, to forget about all of the amazing things in life to be happy about. Each hour today I will find one thing to be grateful for, and take a moment to appreciate it.
  3. I will use the “good” creamer. I’m on the Nutrisystem plan, and love it. I’m seeing some success already, which motivates me to work harder. But today, I will give myself a little treat – instead of coffee with only skim milk, I will use the super yummy Cinnamon Bun creamer in the fridge. {A little treat won’t hurt!}
  4. I will read the whole newspaper. I usually rush through it, in a hurry to get back to work and household tasks. Today I will give myself enough time to read the articles that interest me, let them inspire and educate me, and just relax for a little bit. I work too much most days.
  5. I will take play-breaks. I work from home, which is an awesome blessing, since I have a 20-month old little girl. But sometimes, it’s a struggle finding balance between being a mom all day, and being the boss all day. I will make sure to take more mini-breaks today for silly dance parties and building with blocks. It makes me smile, which will make my workload easier.
  6. I will bring in flowers. We have a few early spring buds blooming in my garden. I will cut just a couple, put them in a small vase, and set them on my desk. Flowers make me happy.
  7. I will put on lip gloss and accessories. I hate that I get into such a frump-mom rut sometimes. Since I work here at home, I don’t even need pants to go to work if I don’t want to, lol. But getting pretty, even if it’s only the fam who sees me, makes me feel better. Who feels glum with sparkly earrings, right?
  8. I will light some candles. The house is a bit of mess, but lighting some candles somehow makes everything seem a little better. It smells fresher, the dancing light – even during the day – makes things a little more festive. And I love festive.
  9. I will take a bubble bath. This is my favorite thing, and we have a big jacuzzi tub too. I always feel like I don’t have enough time to enjoy a bath – but today, I will grab my little one, and let her indulge her love of “baaa-bubbles” in a fun bedtime bath with momma.
  10. I will give hugs and kisses. A nighttime snuggle from my little girl is the best-est thing in my world. Tonight I will make sure to be fully present, and appreciate that moment that ends my day.

Make sure to share your list with me – whether it’s 3 things you’ll do today, 20, or just one simple change you’ll commit to, to make your day brighter – I would LOVE to hear them! Share in a comment or on Facebook – and have a wonderful day!

Life is good. And it’s good to remember that….

{Photo credit to: Scarleth White. Original post by Tips, thoughts, and opinions inspired by the post are 100% my own.}


Friendship Comes in All Shapes and Sizes…

Funny Picture of Dogs

Friendship Comes in All Shapes and Sizes…

My little girl is almost 18 months old now – and since she was just a couple of months old, her best-est little buddy in the world is our dog Deuce. They’re little explorers together, they share snacks {gross!}, take naps on the beanbag chair together. So, friendship definitely comes in many shapes and sizes.

My Favorite Quotes on Friendship

“A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.” – Fr. Jerome Cummings


“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.” – Swedish proverb


“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” – Edgar Watson Howe


“A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.” – Frances Ward Weller


“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson




Remember that it’s worth it….

Winter Scene

Merry Christmas…

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald Westlake 


My Favorite Quotes About Love..

Love, Beach, Sunset
I Love Quotes About Love…

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” – Marilyn Monroe


“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” – Michael Leunig


“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard


“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

And my All Time Very Favorite Quote About Love…

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” – Robert Fulghum

Do you have a favorite quotes board on Pinterest too? Leave me your link in the comments – I’d love to follow yours too!

Diamond Ring Selection

Something Special for Your Someone Special…

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{Disclosure: Photo Credit on main photo – Marley Grosz, lower photo, This article is written in behalf of Seventy Seven Diamonds.}


The Importance of Family Photos at the Holidays…

Watching holiday parade

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

This quote is so true for me – and looking at my favorite family photo’s can make those great moments totally fresh in my mind. Photos become especially important to me at the holidays – to remember people who are no longer with us, to reminisce over pictures of Christmas when I was a kid, and to cherish the memories that I’m now making with my own little family. A picture can totally capture those moments worth remembering – so I wanted to put together a whole series of posts over the next week that will focus on holiday photos!

Holiday Lighted Parade

“She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.”  – Frank Deford

Yesterday we took Abby to the annual Holiday Lighted Parade downtown. Last year she was just a baby, only 5 months old, and I’m not sure that she shared my holiday enthusiasm from her bundled up spot in her car seat. But this year she loved it. She loved having Daddy boost her up high so she could see the lighted trucks and tractors, the horses pulling carriages, and especially the parade of dogs in lighted vests. {She’s a HUGE fan of doggies. A seriously huge fan.} I forgot to bring my camera, so thank goodness for my iPhone. The pictures weren’t great, since I had no flash – but I’m so glad to have captured the evening in photos.

Abby and Daddy

“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” – From the movie An Affair to Remember

So, over the course of the next week, watch for tons of great photo related posts! The amazingly talented Amber Miller will be sharing some great photo tips. I’m going to search out some great deals and discount codes that you can use to print favorite family photos, create memorable holiday cards, or make other fun photo-themed gifts. I have a few reviews and giveaways I’m pretty excited about too! So watch for more “Holiday Photo Week” posts from now until the 12th.

A few of my favorite holiday posts:

  • Holiday Card Freebies: Use this resource to get up to 50 different holiday cards for free. I posted this last week – so I can’t guarantee that all of the offers and codes are still available!
  • Family Photo Day: This is a super fun new idea from Shutterfly that I think is so cool. Check it out, learn how to get some discounts, and set up your own “Family Photo Day” event!
  • Elf Yourself Video: Use your favorite family photos to create a totally free – and totally funny! – video.
  • 10 Tips to Get Ready for the Holidays: Yep, that’s exactly what this post is about. I share 10 holiday-prep tips – Because it’s only 20 days until Christmas!!
  • DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 8 cool ideas for DIY Christmas gifts to make this year, that people will actually want to receive!
  • Holiday Baking Deals: Some of my very favorite holiday baking items, at big discounts!