Thursday, August 2, 2012

Things that make me Happy, August Edition

It's about that time again! I believe we should all take the time daily to reflect on what makes us happy, celebrate the little things that bring us joy (even if it is for just a second or two). I really try hard to do that, but it is a conscious effort. Life moves so fast these days and I think it is more important than ever to really rejoice in these special moments. The following snippets are just a small collection of some of the glorious moments I have stopped to observe of things really make me happy!

{ Ice Cream. Or anything ice cream related really... }
these cute little marshmallows ($2/bag, London Drugs) are a good mess-free alternative, and way less calories I am guessing too!

{ PINK. 'nuff said }
It is fair to say Wren and I are girlie girls, and we love ourselves some pink. I added a little to my office recently and I am happier just thinking about working in there.

{ tarnished silver trays }
I have a theory that one can never have enough old silver trays. Big, small, medium... simple, ornate, unique any and all kinds are welcome in my house. There are pieces I've had for quite some time that are just now getting use, but that is the beauty of them: you never know when or how you will use them. But you do!
This one was a $1.50 find at goodwill and will end up in one of our future bathroom renos, but for now it holds my collection of listerine bottles.

{ play time }
Don't have a reason to throw a fancy party? Consider having one with your little person(s). Pretty plates, a few decorations and a couple snacks really make an afternoon go by in the blink of an eye. And it is a good opportunity to teach manners and etiquette in a fun way!

{ a good beauty routine }
I have spent a lot of time, effort and money on beauty products over the years but always go back to my staples. It is unhealthy how much I enjoy using Dr. Hauschka cleansers every morning and night. Loading up on new bottles makes my heart flutter, but the best side effect is how awesome my skin looks and feels. It is a weird adjustment at first because they don't strip your skin so that tight feeling is missing (which I used to associate with 'clean skin') but after a year I have learned how much a little effort can pay off when it comes to skin care. And if you need a good exfoliator, the Green Apple Peel will change your life, no matter what else you use on your skin. It is super strong but once a week I do it and my skin seems to thank me for it.
(and no, I am not paid or given these products, in fact I wish I was!!! )
{ freebies }
Who doesn't love a freebie?? I love when Murale does theirs and I always wait to stock up on the above products when they have this promo. No strings attached or minimum purchase, they just give you moola for your next splurge!

{ Ice Cream... again }
Ikea has the cutest set of cookies, cake and ice cream cones (pictured here and above) that really look cute enough to eat! We have had lots of fun with these in the last few months.

What special moments have you been savoring? 


Brie said...

Aw, I love all your photos! You really have a great eye for it. I've been collecting silver trays from thrift stores too - they're great on counter tops for little glass containers and the soap pump.
Do you keep your silver cutlery tarnished always, or do you polish them once in awhile?

Lovey Dovey Darling said...

The photo of you in the pink dress holding the ice cream cone is absolutely adorable! I bet you and Wren throw an awesome tea party. :)


Jennifer said...

love all the photos . very sweet. I have to know what color you have on your nails...I love it.

Eryn Ebaugh said...

i would love to know what polish you are wearing too. so cute!

Sarah said...

I've been loving my quiet afternoon cup of coffee while my two kiddos are napping. {Starbucks blonde from the Keurig with fat free french vanilla cream}

Also Moroccan hair oil to sooth summertime fly aways. It even does wonders for my 2 year old's frizz and tangles. I just put a little dab in her wet hair fresh out of the bath tub.

I'm going to check out those skin care products- thank you for sharing!

April said...

Love your pics, Holly! I don't know what those little marshmallows are but they sure look good!!

AllyH said...

I also love Dr.Hauschka and love that they sell it at Shopper's Drug Mart. Always stock up when they have their points events because it counts as a beauty product purchase.

Holly and Sean said...

Brie, I am guilty of never cleaning them. Eeek, my mother would not approve LOL.

Jennifer and Eryn, it was just a super cheap one in silver from Sally Beauty (so cheap it doesn't even have a name, how sad is that?). It looks almost like chrome in person which I find very interesting because it feel like I have robot hands.

Holly and Sean said...

April, I must have had an ice cream focused mind because Wren just told me they are in fact cupcakes. Well, duh! Now that I look again they definitely are.

Holly and Sean said...

Ally, my local one doesn't have it, but I am so happy that Murale gives the points too! In January I stocked up and got 40times the points... Then I had my wallet stolen with my shopper optimum card!

I'm just glad I'm not alone in my obsession (Sean doesn't get it)

Jennifer said...

Still love it Holly! I bought Essie "no place like chrome". It's not as shiny as yours but you still get the effect. Thanks for always inspiring!

Tracy bobinac said...

I love your pink dress... Where did you get it?

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