All posts filed under: Happiness at Home

The Possibility of Happy

I just LOVED the Oscars last night.  This made me laugh.  Did you watch?  Ellen, the host, walked into the audience half way through the show and tried to take a selfie with Meryl Streep.  This is what happened next.  People where diving, running, and jumping to get into the shot.  What cracks me up about this picture, apart from the idea of it, the photo bombing, and the fact that they are having so much fun, is Lupita Nyongo’o’s  (Best Actress for 12 Year’s a Slave) brother, Peter.  He’s one of the most prominent people in the picture!  He’s an 18 year old college kid.  So there is Ellen, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Peter, the brother.  Hilarious. Then there was Edgar the pizza guy. Edgar was just a guy that came to deliver pizza back stage and look what happened… He said he had no idea what was about to happen when he showed up to deliver the pizzas. The whole …

Hearts To You

sarah & bendrix sarah & bendrix Birmingham Landscape Architects & Designers Troy Rhone Garden Design sarah & bendrix  EM DESIGN INTERIORS CM Glover Bedroom by Toronto Photographers Stephani Buchman Photography Family Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators arthurmclaughlin Bedroom by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators The Cross Design Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Photographers Alex Amend Photography Happy Valentine’s Day~Jen

Emotional Toolbox Prep…Why I Decided to Stop Shoving Everything Into My Refrigerator.

I’m too embarrassed to show you a before picture of my refrigerator and really, do you care to see it?  This post is going to start serious and end with, well, about why I decided to stop shoving everything into my refrigerator. I think I unconsciously live in fear of something happening and I won’t be prepared.  And when I say something happening, I mean, anything that creates chaos/confusion/emotional distress.  Example, my child gets the stomach flu and I am out of laundry soap.  So I tend to stock up on laundry soap.  But there are also the more intense situations.  Any military wife can figure out what I’m talking about.  We get 72 hours notice in an emergency to prepare for sudden deployments and that is IF you are lucky.  And then when they are deployed there is all the repressed worrying.  Of course you are now a “single” mom so there is no back-up.  The day your husband leaves for 6 months is the day your child gets the stomach flu and you …

Decorating Trends 2014. What’s In…What’s Out.

  My Pop loves newspapers.  He sends me articles from all over on decorating.  I got a laugh over a few recently as they are proclaiming what’s in and what’s out. Ikat prints are OUT.  My pillows are out.  Ikat is no good.  And I quote Designer Sheldon Harte:  “You know it’s over when it’s showing up on paper plates in CVS.” My Mom’s macrame she made in the 70’s? 60’s? is IN.  I bet she is beaming as she reads this.   Woodland creatures are OUT.  Oh thank God.  I hated the damn owls.  No more blinky owls, foxes or timid deer. Of course what if it is made out of macrame?  Does it become IN again?  I really hope not.   All white kitchens are OUT. Kitchen by South Hamilton Interior Designers & Decorators SLC Interiors I do NOT agree.  This is just lovely. Dark blue and charcoal is In. Living Room by Berkeley Interior Designers & Decorators Urban Orchard Interiors Faux painted walls are OUT. Wallpaper is IN.  Remember my post about Why …

Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Or…Decorating with Purple.

  Kitchen by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder If you want to keep up with what is trending in 2014–the “it” color is RADIANT ORCHID–pinkish-purple-fuchsia.  Pantone, a global authority on color, picks a color each year, and this color will appear everywhere in home decor, fashion, and more.  Here’s some inspiration. Living Room by Philadelphia Home Stagers Busybee Design Porch by Toronto Architects & Designers post Architecture Kitchen by Simi Valley Kitchen & Bath Designers Kitchens Etc. of Ventura County Living Room by Los Angeles Media & Bloggers Dabito Bedroom by Austin Interior Designers & Decorators Blink.is Design Living Room by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Emily Ruddo Beach Style Bedroom by Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Munger Interiors Living Room by Honolulu Interior Designers & Decorators CIH Design houzz.com  Home Office by Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms Design Manifest Austin Photographers Robert K. Chambers www.houzz.com

Yellow. The Happiest Color. Or Decorating with Yellow.

    Home Office www.madebygirl.blogspot.com Family Room by Tiburon Interior Designers & Decorators Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc. Living Room by Chilliwack Interior Designers & Decorators Maria Killam Family Room by Owings Mills Interior Designers & Decorators JBM DESIGNS LLC Landscape by Wayland Landscape Architects & Designers a Blade of Grass Beach Style Entry by Los Altos Interior Designers & Decorators Viscusi Elson Interior Design – Gina Viscusi Elson Home Office by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Jeffers Design Group Kitchen JAS Design-Build Seattle via Houzz Craftsman Exterior by Austin General Contractors Avenue B Development  Kitchen by Los Gatos Architects & Designers Louie Leu Architect, Inc. Landscape by Seattle Architects & Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects Kitchen by San Francisco Media & Bloggers California Home + Design Traditional Kitchen by Pittsburgh Interior Designers & Decorators alisha gwen interior design Bathroom by Athens Photographers Corynne Pless Mediterranean Entry by San Rafael Interior Designers & Decorators Jane Ellison Interior design by Melanie Turner www.melanieturnerinteriors.com/ Rustic Kitchen by Vancouver General Contractors Oakwood Projects Ltd. Atlanta Photographers Erica George Dines …

It’s Thursday. Thank someone already….and here’s some shopping ideas.

Oh for crying out loud.  I missed Thankful Thursday last week.  Now it’s here again.  I’m not prepared.  The days are going so fast and there’s so much to do.  I want to stop and enjoy the moments. Gentle Reader, let’s stop for a moment and smell the poinsettias.  I love calling you Gentle Reader. I’ve got the Today Show on, which I love.  There’s a fire in the fireplace, which is good since it’s 21 degrees outside.  I’ve got coffee, which is AWESOME.  I’ve accomplished some of my morning chores and I’m somewhat organized as to what I need to do today, another plus.  Oh! And my house is clean–a gift from my Pop, thank you Pop.  This is huge. HUGE.  (We’ll omit the part about the dried cat puke, the fact that I forgot about Thursdays mean NO PARKING on my side of the street—curse you parking ticket woman in the orange body parka and matching hat with ear flaps who saw me running to my car and gave me a ticket ANYWAY, …

Thankful Thursday #4 out of 8. Aka Thanksgiving.

Hi!  Hey Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m glad we are together right now! It’s good to be thankful for now.  And that’s all there is to it. Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.  Tennessee Williams      

Thankful Thursday #3 of 8: Shop Local–Small Business Saturday

  A new study finds that money you spend at chain stores quickly leaves the community, while money you spend at local businesses helps make the neighborhood better. Independent stores recirculate 55.2% of revenues compared to 13.6% for big retailers. (via www.fastcoexist.com).  If you want stats. When you shop at the small businesses in your neighborhood, you help support the things that make your community great! Nov 30 is Small Business Saturday, so get out and Shop Small. Dan Buettner, the author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way, set out to find the happiest places on earth, and he thinks he’s discovered four contenders on four different continents. What makes residents in these places so glad to be living the lives they do? Here’s a hint: It has nothing to do with their material wealth, intelligence, or attractiveness.  Instead, Buettner found that members of these communities, which span the globe from Denmark to Mexico, give priority to social networks and health and well-being above all—and they make choices that reflect those values. So if you’re …