The Happy List-Crystal



Leslie, thank you for letting me take over your beautiful space today. I am excited to share a bit of what is making me happy right now. But, before we get to that list I should probably introduce myself. Hi y'all! My name is Crystal and I blog over at Hall Around Texas. I started blogging a little over 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my son Mason. It became my pregnancy journal of sorts and has now evolved to a mom/lifestyle blog. However, I share a little bit of everything. My passions are Jesus, my boys, traveling, camping, adventures, photography, crafting, and reading. Stop by and say hi sometime. I'd love to meet you!



Now, for a few things that are making me happy right now.







1.) My Happy Life planner by Create 365. This is my 2nd year in a row to use the planner and I love it. This planner is around $30 dollars, but if you buy it at Hobby Lobby you can use a 45% off coupon and it comes out to about $18. It's well worth it! I also love all of the sticker and embellishment options they offer. I chose the Hello Life color because I loved the mint and gold together. Our Hobby Lobby had 4 or 5 different ones to choose from and even sold packages of different covers.



2.) Black and White Create 365 Happy Planner pens and highlighter crayon from the Target dollar spot. I use both the pens and the highlighter crayon in both my Happy Planner and in my bible. I love the fine tip on the pens. And the highlighter crayon goes on like butter and doesn't bleed through the pages. I went back and stocked up on these highlighter crayons! You can't beat $1 buck for them.



3.) To Do List also found in the Target dollar spot. For some reason I am unable to find the dollar spot items on Target's website. Leslie actually introduced me to this cute little note pad. I've used it almost every day since I got it. I actually bought three of these because they're not that thick of a note pad. Making lists and crossing items off just makes my heart so happy!



4.) NYX Double Stack mascara. I bought this at Target (see a pattern here??) for $14.99 and it was worth every penny. I've always wanted to try a fiber lash mascara, but couldn't pull the trigger at $30+ dollars. I was so happy to find this one. I have tiny baby lashes and this mascara does wonders for me. I even love the mascara without the fibers. My lashes tend to lump up when I put on mascara, but not with this one. It separates my lashes perfectly! I'm in love.



5.) My Quest Study Bible. I've had it a few years now and love it. It's my favorite bible to use for bible studies and at church too. I mark and take notes in this bible and there is plenty of room to do so. I added these colorful bible tabs a couple of years ago. I will say, just like with most bibles these pages are very thin. After using my bible daily the tabs wanted to tear off. I reinforced them with clear tape and it now it's perfect. I always get asked about this bible and where I got it.



6.) She Reads Truth. This is one of my favorite ways to study the bible. You can do so from their online site, but my favorite is through the app. That way I can do the study from anywhere and not tied down to my computer. I also love that they give a couple of phone lock screens with almost every new study. Right now we are in the book of John and it's good y'all! The book of John is packed with so much about Jesus and I have been loving it. The app itself is free, but they do charge for some of their studies. It's usually around $2.



7.) This turquoise Rtic cup. Y'all, I admit I was a Yeti snob until a few weeks ago. My dad got me this Rtic and now I am a convert. It works just as well as my Yeti does and keeps ice for over 12 hours. I see absolutely no differences between the two when it comes to keeping drinks cold or hot. A Yeti tumbler costs $39.99 for this size and then an arm and a leg to get it powder-coated a different color. You can get this Rtic in a pretty teal color for only $10.99 total. Ridiculous, right? If you haven't tried the Rtic I highly recommend it.



8.) My iPhone 7 plus. I finally upgraded from my regular iPhone 6 to an iPhone 7 plus. I remember when the 6 plus came out and I thought there was no way in the world I could carry a phone that big. But then the pretty little 7 plus rolled around with its fancy camera and I was sold. When I first got it I kept thinking this thing is huge, but now it's normal to me. I love the bigger screen, the bigger memory and of course the awesome camera. There is a portrait mode on the 7 plus that knocks my socks off! I'm trying to convince Nate to get one.



And that's it for today! My list of things that are making me happy right now (besides the obvious)! Hope you have an amazing day!!

Life Lately



Hi Sweet Friends! I'm back with another Life Lately post. I thought these would be fun to start doing at the end of each month, just to catch up so grab a cup of coffee, get snuggled in with me and let's have some girly chat.


+Life Lately+

- I started co-hosting a link up on Wednesdays. It has been very rewarding, not only to be a part of this amazing link up but because it's challenged me to learn coding and i've made some really amazing new friends, too.

- We celebrated my mom's birthday with a low key family cook out a couple weekends ago. There was lots of laughter and snuggles with my sweet baby nephew.

- Our son just turned 14! FOURTEEN!!! I'm still trying to figure out how that's possible.

- We started picking out floor plans for our new home. Building begins soon.

- I started The Happy List. A weekly post that features a blogger who shares six things that are making them happy currently. If you'd like to be featured the instructions are in The Happy List post.

-I became part of the Jeep club over the weekend when my hubby bought me a 2009 Jeep Compass. It's the first car i've ever owned that's truly mine and it's been my dream vehicle since we started dating and he bought his Jeep Wrangler. I'm in love.



+Currently+


-Enjoying...the quiet morning.
-Wishing For...a beach vacation. It's been too long since i've smelled the salty air and swam in the ocean.
-Loving...my new Jeep Compass.
-Looking Forward To...getting to drive my new Jeep around town today!
-Smelling...my morning coffee.
-Wearing...black Under Armour pants and a gray tank.
-Feeling...not fully awake but excited.
-Bookmarking...

-Reading...Boss Girl by Sophia Amoruso & Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
-Watching...Good Morning America.
-Listening (to)...the dog eat a fig bar.
-Eating...the fig bar (before I gave it to the dog).
-Cooking...pancakes for my son.
-Drinking...Donut Shop Morning Coffee.
-Texting...No one. It's only 7:15 in the morning.
-Pinning...

-Instagramming...

-Snapchatting...I've been quiet on snapchat this weekend.
-Tweeting...blog posts.
-Starting... to get ready to take my buddy to school.
-Finishing...my coffee.
-Loving these purchases...NYX Frou Frou Mascara.
-Using these essential oils...peppermint is always a go to in our house. We've been really loving renew in the shower, too.
-This Is My Jam...Anything off Miranda Lamber's new album but especially Pink Sunglasses and We Should Be Friends.

+Coffee & Blog Posts+

2017 Goals//Prioritize//January Goals//The Happy List//Monday Morning Coffee Talk//How To Create a Vision Board//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #74//Mieroglyphs//Oh Hey, Friday! //Monday Morning Coffee Talk//The Happy List-Betsy//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #75//On Wednesdays We Confess//Oh Hey, Friday!//Monday Morning Coffee Talk//The happy List-Kayla//January//Guys Behind the Blog//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #76//Oh Hey, Friday!


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Oh Hey, Friday!


Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Friday! It's finally the weekend, y'all. I hope you have wonderful plans for the next couple days. Our son is turning 14 tomorrow. FOURTEEN!!! And we have a couple celebrations planned. While I drown my feelings of having a fourteen year old away in my coffee mug this morning I thought i'd share my Oh Hey, Friday with the sweetest Karli from September Farm.


Oh Hey, Friday!

1. Fun Fact

I talk in my sleep and apparently sometimes it's hilarious. The other night I asked my hubby where the purple panties were and if our son had his pancakes on his head?!? I couldn't make this stuff up, ya'll.



2. Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week- I've been doing the Welcome Home Wednesday link up for three weeks now and it's been fun but stressful because I was having to learn coding. At one point I considered quitting but I wasn't raised a quitter so I kept at it. This week I coded the post with little help and I did it in an hour instead of three!

Bad Week- I've felt off this week and I don't know why. I've been so grouchy and tired and the return of the cold, miserable weather doesn't help either. I tried yesterday to ignore the cold and enjoy some time outside. I really tried and it was nice until I couldn't feel my hands 10 minutes later.




3. Happy Mail

I got more Happy Mail this week from Ashlen from Catherine Mason this week and I am seriously swooning over everything! Be sure to check out Urban Oreganics too. Their raw cacao face mask is to die for. It smells like chocolate and leaves your skin so smooth.



4. Italian Beef Sandwiches

These are a favorite of mine and my hubby's. It's a recipe my Aunt shared with us so I don't know if it's on Pinterest but i've made a pin-able recipe for you.



5. Blog Posts & Coffee Talk
Monday Morning Coffee Talk//The Happy List-Kayla//January//Guys Behind the Blog//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #76

Happy Friday Loves. I hope you all have an amazing day and an incredible weekend.
Xo




Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #76



Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 76!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We've been hanging out with y'all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y'all!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!



Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Just the Woods @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
That Sweet Tea Life @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Peaches & Willow @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram


The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!











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The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week!
5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites



8 Gals, 8 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 5 Amazing Blogs!




Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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January//Guys Behind the Blog



Hi Sweet Friends! It's time for January's Guys Behind the Blog. My husband is so much more than the guy behind the blog. He's the guy responsible for everything good in my life. That's why I love getting to feature him in these posts. We always have so much fun laughing and talking when we do these questions together so get ready for some serious hubby awesomeness.



1. Are you a New Year's resolution person? Why or why not?
-Nope because 95% of New Year's Resolutions always fail. I don't set myself up for failure.

2. Do you like colder months or do you prefer the warmer months? Why?
Well, if it actually got cold in Georgia i'd prefer the cold because I like being snuggly and drinking coffee all the time.


3, Have you been skiing or snowboarding? If so, did you enjoy it?
Actually, i've never been.


4. Where is your favourite winter vacation you've ever taken?
It was a staycation at home when it snowed because I get to dress up in hoodies, snuggle, drink hot chocolate, read a book.


5. If you were paid $100,000 to stay in a cabin in the mountains (in the winter) with not internet or TV for a month, could you do it?
How would you spend your time?
Done. Where do I sign up? I would enjoy my time reading, bush crafting, sharpening my hunting skills, meditating, and sleeping.
(y'all, i've never seen him meditate a day in his life but I guess there's always time to start, right?)


I hope y'all enjoyed reading his answers. He's all about winter but here in Georgia we aren't really having much of a winter but he would totally enjoy that cabin in the woods without tv or internet. Actually, I would, too. I'm with him, where do we sign up? I'm not much of a winter fan like he is so i'd be totally fine in a cabin in the woods, hibernating.


I'd love to hear your guys answers so feel free to ask him and leave his answers in the comments below or hop on over to my sweet friend Crystal's blog and link up with us.

The Happy List-Kayla

Hi Sweet Friends! Today is a special day because, not only do I have two posts for you, I also get to feature one of my sweet blogging friends, Kayla from Polished and Bubbly. So let's get cozy and learn all about what makes Kayla happy.



Hi dolls! I'm Kayla and I run the lifestyle blog polished & bubbly I like to describe myself as the girliest tomboy you'll ever met. I'm obsessed with makeup & all things beauty and a sports fanatic, I'm even the reigning champ of my fantasy football league. I'm so excited to be sharing some of the things that add to my happiness today on Peaches & Willow! Let's not waste anymore time and get started :)

My 5 year old Pomeranian, Zoey, is absolutely my very best friend. She brings joy to any day with just a wiggle of her tail. I can be across the room and smile in her direction and her tail will instantly wag! She's definitely my spirit animal. We have a special bond and I'm so blessed to be her mom!


Another thing that adds to my day to day happiness is my family & friends. I love nothing more than just hanging out on the couch with my girlfriends or my family. I know every one says they have the best family, but I can honestly say mine is the family that everyone says they wishes they were apart of. We are a tight-knit bunch and the love between us is endless.


I read every single day. Reading makes me so happy, I can't even put it into words. Being able to put myself in a book is not only therapeutic, but it's something I crave at the end of the day. I'm currently reading my 9th book of the year and I couldn't be happier. Aven Ellis and Sophie Kinsella are two authors that will always make my heart happy!


Hockey makes me equally happy, angry, & sad. I know, I know this is a happy list, but I have to keep it real. The New York Rangers make me happy every single time they take the ice. Even tho sometimes they leave the ice and I'm down right livid. But when the Blueshirts are on, I feel most at home no matter where I watch.


The last thing that makes me happy is blogging and being able to share my thoughts with each of you. I'm thankful everyday that I decided to start a blog. Not only is it a good outlet, but the friends I've made through the blog world are some of the best I have.


A huge thanks to Leslie who is the sweetest for having me today! I hope to see all of you again soon over on p&b, xo!

Thank you sweet friends for stopping by and visiting with Kayla and I today.

Keep up with Kayla
twitter | @polishedandbubbly
instagram | @polishedandbubbly
facebook.com/polishedandbubbly
polishedandbubbly.blogspot.com




Monday Morning Coffee Talk


Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday. I know Mondays are hard but wouldn't they be so much more enjoyable if they started out with a coffee date with a girlfriend? I thought so so let's get cozy with our favorite mugs full of coffee and chat.

If you and I were on a coffee date we'd be cozy at my favorite donut shop. I'd order a red velvet donut and an Irish Cream Espresso.
I would tell you...


How much I enjoyed the weekend. Saturday my son had an interview at one of the local high schools for their IB gifted program. While he was there my husband & I grabbed breakfast then drove around town then we enjoyed some time at our sweet friend/hairdressers shop.
After that we went home and enjoyed a wonderful day in our office. I cleaned up my desk and made some things with my cricut. Sunday was spent at my brother and sister in laws house, celebrating my mom's birthday and getting lots of love from my nephew.


I am glad the election is over but I fear for our country's future. Not because of who the president is but because of how divided the nation is. It truly hurts my heart to see friends feuding with each other over their beliefs. We can all choose to believe what we want and we should be respectful of our fellow man for their choices, too.


I believe we should all through kindness around like confetti. I also believe that life would be so much better if pinatas were strategically placed around and when we come across one we could take a whack at it. When it busted open it would be full of things like make up and coffee shop gift cards. Like, hey, you had a bad day, here's a new mascara and go buy yourself a coffee.


I started this year out strong. I was on top of the world and my blogging game but I quickly remembered my word of the year; prioritize; and realized that, while I love my blog, I need to focus on my family and friends, too so I decided not to post on Thursdays and I truly enjoyed it. I even attempted to take a nap. The dog had other plans but I still loved it! I'm trying to find my magical unicorn of balance.

I'm probably going to have to turn in my southern card for this one but i'll admit, i'm not much of a football fan but I did watch last night's game at my brother and sister in law's. It was an awesome game and i'm happy for the Falcons.


Next weekend my son turns 14!!!! FOURTEEN! And my husband & I agreed to let him invite a few friends over to spend the night. I might be crazy. If not now I will be by next Sunday.

I won a book called Womanskills from a blog I read sometimes. I'm pretty excited because the book sounds like it's full of amazing info but also because I WON!


I have enjoyed ignoring all my chores and social media this weekend but now it's time to be an adult and do adult things, like laundry and renewing my tag. Have a Happy Monday.

Oh Hey, Friday!



Happy Friday Sweet Friends! It's time for Oh Hey, Friday with the sweetest Karli from September Farm.
It's been kind of a bleak week but I'm not letting that rain on my parade so here I am ready for my Oh, Hey Friday!


1. Fun Fact

I love alone time more than anything. It's not that I don't have family or friends but I actually enjoy being alone. I like having time to think about things and doing whatever I'm doing on my own time.



2. Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week-I officially launched my new series The Happy List this week! You can check out Betsy's feature in the link at the end of the post.


Bad Week-My car broke down again yesterday. Luckily I was at my parent's house when it happened and my husband came to my rescue. He got my car back up and running, I just have to drive it 50 miles today.


3. Happy Mail made me smile this week. I love this new coffee sleeve from Heartmade By Emily on Etsy. It was 50% of my Instagram posts this week.




4. Banana Bread Granola
I found this recipe through the Welcome Home Wednesday link up I co-hosted last week. I knew I had to make it soon so I did yesterday. I must say, it doesn't disappoint. It's seriously the best granola i've ever tasted and I am obsessed with almost any granola.
banana bread granola



5. Blog Posts and Coffee

Monday Morning Coffee Talk//The Happy List-Betsy//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #75//On Wednesdays We Confess









On Wednesdays We Confess




Hi Sweet Friends! Ohhhh...we're half way there, ohhhh...livin' on a prayer. But really we're half way to the weekend and that's something to celebrate. I'm also back today with my sweet friend Mistle from Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas for some Wednesday confessions so get cozy, it's confession time.


I Confess I haven't done a confessions post since the start of the New Year because I became one of the co-hosts of the Welcome Home Wednesday link up but I missed confessions so much I decided to do both this week.


I Confess I made these Greek Turkey Meatballs for dinner last night and they were amazing! I could eat them every.single.day because they are just that good.


I Confess my son hasn't had a full of week of school since Christmas break, because of that i'm struggling to get back on track but I am loving my quiet mornings and our morning drives to school.


I Confess i've been tackling my goals for the new year and am so exhilirated by that but my health and fitness has taken a back seat. It's all about to change though because my sweet friend Courtney has invited me to be a part of her beach body fitness group.


I Confess I need healthy, clean eating recipes. If you have any favorites would you please send them my way?


I Confess i'm in love with rose gold hair currently. I'm really playing around with the idea of adding some to my hair.


I Confess i'm a horrible niece. I still haven't gotten my Aunt, Uncle and cousin's Christmas gifts in the mail yet.


I Confess i'm so excited about the new Beauty & the Beast movie coming out in March. Girls date anyone?


I Confess my new obsession is knitted coffee sleeves. I got one in the mail yesterday and have a few more on the way!


I Confess i'm trying to figure out the perfect amount of times a week to post on the blog. I'm doing 5 days a week but I don't have a post for tomorrow and that stresses me out a bit. I'm thinking about cutting it back to 3-4 days a week and spending more time sharing the love on all my sweet friend's posts, too.


I Confess I used Insta Stories the other day and loved it. Now i'm wondering if I should quit Snap Chat and just focus on Insta Stories.
Do you like Snap Chat or Insta Stories more? What kind of posts do you like to watch?


I Confess i'm trying not to spend money on things that aren't necessary. I'm going on a week by week basis at this point though. It's so hard to resist the urge sometimes.


I Confess my hubby & I looked at floor plans to build our new home last night. It was definitely fun and i'm ready to get the ball rolling on this!


I Confess Studio DIY is my favorite blog currently. I want to be her BFF and do all the DIY projects! All happiness. All the time.


I Confess I discovered my love of Italian Cream Espresso last week. Now it's all I want. I'm obsessed.


I hope you all have an amazing day loves. What do you want to confess?




Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #75



Welcome Home Wednesdays number 75!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We've been hanging out with y'all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y'all!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!



Meet your Fabulous Hosts!


href="http://happilyeverafteretc.com" target="_blank">Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Just the Woods @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
That Sweet Tea Life @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Peaches & Willow @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram


The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!







The Rules are there ain't no Rules! We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week!
5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites



8 Gals, 8 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 5 Amazing Blogs!






Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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The Happy List-Betsy



Hi Sweet Friends! Welcome to The Happy List feature. If you missed my first feature you can check that out here for a list of all the things that are making me happy and details on how to be featured.

Today i'm so excited to show off my new friend Betsy from Happily Ever After etc. So let's get cozy with out favorite mugs full of your favorite drink (whatcha having, anyway?) and get ready for some girly amazingness with Betsy.


Hey Y'all. It's so nice to be here! I'm Betsy home decor enthusiast, yorkie mama, crafter, blogger, picky eater, happy planner, newlywed, chief mess maker, antique hoarder, graphic designer and I blog over at Happily Ever After, Etc!

You can generally find me working on (attacking with a paintbrush) the 3 bed, 2 bath home we are currently renting. Our home might not be perfect but it is ours & if you hang out long enough you'll see that what we lack in know-how we make up for in passion!

I'm so excited that Leslie invited me to be part of her Happy List series... mainly because I've been soooo happy lately! I am having a blast in my life and can't wait to share a few of my favorite things with all of you.



1 Our Anniversary Photos

This past year we finalllly had our anniversary photos taken! The hubs and I are still newlyweds and for our second anniversary we broke out the wedding duds to take photos. It was so much fun getting dressed up in my wedding dress for a second time, instead of staying locked away in a box we were able to really enjoy it.

Plus there were very few moments the hubs and I actually spent together on our wedding day so it was fun to spend a few hours with just him reliving the memories. Our anniversary was actually last May but I'm still loving the photos... I don't think I'll stop anytime soon!

2 Inside the Paint Can

Y'all I wrote an eBook! I still can't really believe it so you'll have to excuse the excitement! Writing an eBook has been at the top of my to-do list for several years and in 2016 I actually accomplished my goal. Hitting that milestone makes me want to achieve even more goals... so I'm planning 3 product launches for 2017! Wish me luck!

Of course, I think I'll always be fondest of my first little eBook... it's like my first child. It's all about painting and will help you pick your paint colors, pick the right paint tool for any job and basically walk you through painting your entire home.

Score!

3 Calligraphy

Okay so maybe it's more playing with markers than calligraphy but I'm having a blast learning all the in's and outs of hand lettering! I would love to buy a few actual calligraphy pens and give this thing a go for real but one crazy hobby at a time.

4 Happy Planner by Create 365

Which leads me to my current crazy hobby... my Happy Planner. I am firmly entrenched in my rose gold obsession and my 2017 planner is no exception. I am loooving planning each and every week with all the pretty stickers and accessories.

Especially the rose gold stickers! I actually bought a rose gold paper pack to make fun accessories for my planner (like the pretty dashboard in the photo up above) and I absolutely love it. I think I'm actually doing a blog post next Monday on how to make that exact dashboard! Of course, you'll have to become an obsessive planner girl like me (and Leslie!) first.

Join us on the dark side won't you, we have cookies!

5 My Rose Gold Accessories

I have a brand new rose gold iPhone... and after two years with my last phone, it was time for an upgrade. The new iPhone was definitely an opening flood gate... now I have a brand new laptop case (in rose gold), pencil case, Happy Planner... basically everything I can possibly get.

It's amazing.

6 Twinkie Tush

Okay so this one's a little weird but cloth diapers are my secret obsession and Twinkie Tush is literally the best thing ever. The weird part is that I don't have kids yet... but we're definitely getting close and in the meantime, the fluffy clouds that are Twinkie Tush keep me happy and sedated.

Of course, there's the slight problem that I may be addicted and there's only so many cloth diapers a girl truly needs... but I'm actively working to replace my cloth diaper addiction with a Happy Planner addiction.

So you know, I've got it handled.

7 My Blog

I think it goes without saying that my absolute favorite thing is my blog. I absolutely love doing projects, working on posts and seeing it grow. Every time I sit down and think "but I'm not the biggest blogger, I'll never get to where some of those girls are" I remember where I've been.

I've come so far since this time last year! My blogiversary is in September and I'm meeting my yearly goal this month (in January) which is months ahead of where I thought I'd be. Not to mention I've met the absolute best people. I have true friends that I've only ever met online... although I'm hoping to meet my blog bestie at two conferences this year!

Blogging is soooo much work but it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done, I can't wait to see where it takes me in the next year.

The End!

I have had an absolute blast thinking about all the things I'm loving at the moment, it reminds me of all the things I have to be grateful for. Which was sorely needed today after spending the last twenty-four hours picking up my husband in Florida after our car broke down... it's been a long day y'all.

I was feeling very down in the dumps but Leslie helped remind me of all the things on my Happy List and I am very grateful for her tonight. Thanks for having me y'all!

Monday Morning Coffee Talk




Good Morning Sweet Friends. Happy Monday. I know how much we all dread Mondays but what if we could start Mondays off with a coffee date? That would make everything better, right? So this morning i'm going to share some coffee talk with you. So get cozy with your favorite mug full of coffee and let's have a date.

If you and I were on a coffee date right now, we'd be at my favorite local Farmer's Market/Cafe and I'd be drinking an Irish Cream Espresso.


I'd tell you how much this little market/cafe means to me and my family. It's more than a place to shop or have lunch. It's where my husband & I buy our Christmas tree from every year on Black Friday. It's also where we finalized the deal when we bought our land. It's been a place my husband & I come on the weekends for lunch and talking about dreams and it's hosted many girl's days for me and my friends. Everyone in here is super sweet and they support local crafters and farmers. This place has a piece of my heart.


I would tell you i'm loving this new year. It's already been so good to me and i've already crushed some of my goals; especially when it comes to the blog. I've already hosted a link up this year and my bloglovin' and Instagram followings have grown so much. I have a new affiliate that i'm about to bring on board and a new series The Happy List starting up tomorrow. I'm also featuring small businesses on the blog, too. Last week I featured Mieroglyphs. I have another small business feature coming soon.


I've been on a cleaning binge lately. I really want to clean this house out and get rid of clutter. Friday I spent an hour and a 1/2 in our tiny bathroom cleaning from top to bottom and ended up throwing away an entire trash bag full of old beauty and make up products. It was therapeutic. Unfortunately, my cleaning binge made my family ill with me yesterday because I had enough and I kinda snapped on them and made everyone get up and work, military mama style; something I never do but I just couldn't take the mess anymore. I feel like a big jerk today but my house and car are clean(er).


I want to shake 2017 up and step out of my comfort zone. I want more adventures and less just sitting home on the weekends so I am going to step out on a limb and enter a cupcake contest and my mama and I are going to set up a booth at this festival and sell all our homemade crafty goodies this spring. I've already been scheming ideas for the cupcake booth and my mama and I talked crafty yesterday. I really don't have any details yet but when I do i'll be sure to let y'all know.


Speaking of adventures, yesterday (before I went military mama) my hubby & I spent the day scouring flea markets. He bought me some shirts to decorate with my new cricut and a bag to store it all in. It was nice to step away from everything else and just be together. I still feel new to this marriage thing (we celebrated our one year in September) and sometimes I wonder if i'm doing it right but it's just like motherhood. In 13 years of being a parent i've often asked myself and God if i'm doing it right. You never stop asking that question but I think the fact that you do ask it means you care enough to know when you need to work on something. I know I need more adventures with my hubby in order to fully enjoy each other and to stop focusing on everything else.


I would tell you that i'm so in love with this spring like weather we've been having. My soul needs more sunshine and less cloudy gloomy mess. It really does affect my mood. I did an entire Insta Story sitting on my front porch the other day, eating lunch and enjoying the sunshine with Willow pup because it was sunny and my heart and soul needed it.

Speaking of Insta Stories, what kinda things do you like to see on there? Are you more of an Insta Girl or Snap Chat Girl?




Well lovelies, it's been a truly wonderful start to my Monday. I enjoyed chatting with you.

What's something you would tell me if we were on a coffee date?

Oh Hey, Friday!



Hi Sweet Friends. TGIF. Amiright? This week has been such a strange but enjoyable week. Monday we had a 2 hour delay to the start of school because of ice on the ground. Tuesday my son was sick and stayed home all day and last night my husband worked an overnight (something he rarely does) so all that has me so ready for this three day weekend but the plus side is that I've really been able to take the time to really dedicate to my blog this week and it's really paid off.

Fridays also mean it's time to bring back Oh Hey, Friday with the always sweet and adorable Karli from September Farm. I'm going to incorporate something fun into these Friday posts. There is no real rhyme or reason to these posts but I am going to incorporate a fun fact about me + good week/bad week. I got the inspiration from the Lady Gang podcast; they always open their podcast with these fun little segments and I just find them so real and hilarious and honest.


So here goes, ladies...

1. Fun Fact

I was a beauty pageant baby. When I was under a year old my parent's entered me into a pageant at the local park and I won. I still have the trophy in the closet of my old bedroom at my parent's house. I thank my mama for letting that be my one and only pageant.



2. Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week-I cleaned my bathroom out and threw away an entire bag of old make up and beauty products. There's nothing more I love than throwing things away. Okay. Except espresso, cupcakes, happy mail, kitty snuggles, and hubby time.


Bad Week-{{Girl Talk}} Speaking of hubby time; Aunt Flo came, I got sick and my hubby had to work an overnight this week. I'm needing some hubby time.



3. Happy Mail is always a good thing. I got two boxes this week loaded with goodies that I treated myself to.



4. Studio DIY's Free Printable Wall Calendar

Have y'all seen this adorable, fun calendar yet? It's loaded with cuteness and super fun days worthy of celebrating all year! I want this hanging on my wall, like yesterday! Oh! And those fun dates?? You can bet they'll be marked in my Happy Planner.



5. Blog Posts upon Blog Posts upon Blog Posts

I've been my own boss from home this week and slaying my blog goals.
Come read my posts and leave some love.

The Happy List//Monday Morning Coffee Talk//How to Create a Vision Board//Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party #74//Mieroglyphs

Happy Friday loves! What's your good week/bad week? Or a fun fact about yourself?