Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside. Ideas to Up the Cozy Factor

One of the ingredients in a happy life is creating positive emotion, and savoring and being grateful.  On a cold, rainy/snowing/sleeting day is a great time to hunker down and get cozy.  Here are a few of my favorite and simple ways of creating a cozy atmosphere.

Turn on the fireplace if you have one.  If you don't have a fireplace, light a candle.

I love this candle from Wax & Wick.  It's 100% soy (clean burning), has a wood wick, so it crackles like a fire as it burns.  They have multiple scents and sizes.  The smell is light and not too much.  I like Forest and Black Amber.

Cozy Blanket and Pillow is a must for your spot in your favorite cozy chair or sofa.

This Relive Prose Amsterdam Nacht reversible blanket is mink velvet on one side and berber sherpa on the other, and it's washable!! A must if you cuddle with animals (two or four legged ones). I love the colors in this gray and white one.

This one is from Target (and on sale now for $18.74!) It comes in blue and tan and if you click on the Target add somewhere on this page, you get free shipping on orders over $35.00.  

A Hot Drink and a Cool Mug

Hot Chocolate is always good, but have you tried heating up Apple Cider with a couple of cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, and a dash of nutmeg?  Yum.  
This tea from Harney & Sons is deliciousness in a cup.  This is the Paris blend - vanilla, caramel with a slight hint of bergamot. Plus, the tin is so cute.  I have one holding my pens on my desk. 

The Vanilla Comoro is really good too if the Paris blend doesn't sound like your cup of tea (see what I did there ;-)) . This brand has many different flavors, from English, to Fruity flavors like Black Currant, to Cinnamon Spice.  You can't go wrong.  

And tell me this teapot by Jusalpha isn't cute and Tiffany like?  Plus there is just something that makes me feel so sophisticated about drinking out of a cup with a saucer.  It makes me feel like a grown-up.  

Don't forget some music and a good book.

Book tastes vary, so I have a hard time recommending without knowing what you may like, but if you are looking for some suggestions, go to www.Goodreads.com.  You can look up any book and see what others thought about it before committing.  There are also lists in every conceivable genre so you will never be without a suggestion again.  If you like reading from a Kindle (or other e-reader), consider www.Bookbub.  They send me a list of books in the genres I have chosen on sale mostly between free and $1.99, but never more than $3.99.  I have gotten some really great books that were on my "To read" list.  There are some stinkers in there for sure, so I always head to Goodreads first to check it out before clicking on the buy option.  

So, today, I'm curled up on my sofa in front of the fire (and a candle) reading while my Alexa plays whatever I ask her to, nature or ocean sounds, classical, Louis Armstrong.  If only my children were as responsive.........

Stay warm and cozy today!

Friday, January 12, 2018

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As you know, my New Year's Resolutions this year is to find more meaningful happiness.  When you are using your talents and strengths to accomplish something, you are happier.  When you do acts of kindness and have gratitude, you are happier.  I've been looking for a way to put more good out in the world, using my strengths and talents, and I have come up with two ideas.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

What Giving It Your Best Really Looks Like

Today I feel like poo.  I have a cold. I'm tired, have a massive headache, and it's freezing outside. Like many, I had nothing but the best of intentions for killin' it in the New Year.  I wanted to start it all off with a clean house, clean eating, etc.  Instead I stare at all the crap strewn throughout my living room.  There are Christmas gifts that need put away, my kids bathrobes are on the floor, there is never ending supply of stuffing everywhere from my dog's Christmas toy.  Seriously, how does so much stuffing come from one little stuffed animal??

I sigh and bend to pick up the bathrobes, but instead I grab a blanket and a pillow, wipe some stuffing aside, and set my butt down on the couch and turn on the fireplace.  I just don't have it in me today.  Sure, I can dig deep enough to at least get the living room presentable, but I'm not because I really don't need to.  No one is coming over.  I've got no place to be, and if it bothers anyone in the house that bad, they can pick it up, but that ain't going to happen because they are all playing or relaxing some place else right now.

Monday, January 1, 2018

How to Make a Resolution You Will Keep

I remember the first year of my marriage coming in with my list and proudly showing my husband all the things that I and we were going to accomplish this year (yes, I had my goals and couple goals).  I said, "Where's your list?"  He looked at me blankly and said, "I don't have a list."

Friday, December 29, 2017

Resolving to be Happy in 2018 (January's Assignment)

In the last two weeks I have read a ton on happiness, and it's a great timing too because I am surrounded by happy kids, love, family, time to think, good food, and no where pressing to be.  In other words, perfect conditions to consider happiness and resolutions for the upcoming year.

I find there are generally two camps of resolution makers. Ones that do (and really do) and ones that don't.  I fall firmly into the first camp.  I do, and boy do I do with charts and lists, and SMART goals, followed by eventual self-chastising over failure to meet said goals.

Looking over my resolutions for the past 7 years (yes, I've kept them all-don't judge) I found a couple of things: 1) I basically keep the same goals over and over (eating better, exercising more, try yoga, clean the house more often, etc.) and 2) I keep the same goals over and over because I have yet to achieve them.

Friday, December 15, 2017

How to Live a Life with No Regrets

A while back I listened to a TED Talk that mentioned 5 regrets of the dying, and I have been obsessing about whether or not I am living a life I will not regret later ever since.

The five regrets are:

1. I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself and not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish I had let myself be happier.

The scary thing is the stuff they mention on that list....it takes place in the tiny decisions we make every day.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Night Owl to Morning Lark Success. The One Thing That Finally Worked!

Well, I finally did it.  I have been getting up at 6:15 pretty consistently, and I didn't even realize it.  Since I survived Thanksgiving break and kept my routine, I'm calling it a success.