10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week // 16 (+ a GIVEAWAY!)


Reflecting on the little joys each week. // dreams-etc.com

1 // Inspiring writing workshops at the Palmer House Hotel this weekend. What’s more inspiring than sitting in an old, creepy basementΒ next to this guy with a supportive and talented group of writers and artists.

2 // Writing a poem that’s been on my mind for… oh, almost a year. Poetry has really been calling out to me these days.

3 // Seeing Little One running and jumping again. She’s been back to her usual activity level for a few weeks, but since she wasn’t at this activity level for almost two months I’m still so grateful when I see her running and jumping.

4 // French historical fiction in book form and on TV.

5 // Dinner with my best friend. It’s our last dinner before she gets married!

6 // Dinner with my parents. They’re the best.

7 // Looking forward to a concert this weekend.

8 // And a concert coming up in May. My fave Harry Connick Jr. is coming to Minneapolis for my birthday! I don’t know how he knew my birthday is coming in May, but somehow he did and he scheduled a concert just a few days before it, so I’m going!

9 // A coworker said she wants talk about writing sometime. Writing is one of my favorite things to talk about and just the idea of having someone to talk to about it makes me happy.

10 // Listening to an AMAZING audiobook! I can’t wait to talk about it here when I’m finished!


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ps – last week’s 10 things.

>> Link up with Krysten & Lindsay to share your happy thoughts for the week!

Also, I’ve gotten together with 7 other bloggers to give you the opportunity to win a lovely bundle of prizes!

We’re giving away a Caribou Coffee “Adventure” mug, a beautiful altered journal (of the winner’s choosing) from the December Caravan Etsy shop, and a lovely English Teas & Cakes cookbook!


These prizes are the perfect stepping stone from cozier winter months into the refreshing spring season! It’s always fun to throw a tea party or try out a new dessert recipe – AND, you can never go wrong with another beautiful mug. πŸ™‚ And a December Caravan journal is the perfect product to jumpstart your journaling as we transition into spring!



This giveaway is simple to enter and the prizes are oh-so-fun – good luck!! You can enter below. In the meantime, stop by these lovely ladies’ blogs and say hi!

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Hannah from Just Bee // Rebecca from Caravan Sonnet (+ December Caravan on Etsy) // Nelle from simply love
Olya from The Siberian American // Crystal from Dreams, etc. // Justine from Charm City Ciemny’s
Kendra from Open Spaces // Christie from Sparkles of Sunshine // Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

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  • Reply
    March 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Glad that Little One is feeling better! I also have to ask – French historical fiction? I would love that.

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    March 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Great post I love that you are reflecting on the things that made you happy. This week I was pretty happy to start lifting heavy again. It makes me feel strong and feel in tune with my body. Great giveaway.

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    That sounds like an awesome week and a lot to look forward to. Enjoy!!

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I love being able to get together with my girlfriend for dinner. Those are always great times! And of course dinner with the parents. So glad little one is doing better! It sucks when fur babies aren’t doing well. My birthday is also in May! Gotta love May birthdays! I hope you have a great weekend!

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    March 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    So fun! I just love when my writing feels inspired, easy and like I’m finally saying the words I’ve been struggling to put out there!

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    March 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

    So glad to hear your little one is feeling better! Such a giant sigh of relief, eh?

    Also, that is SO thoughtful of Harry Connick to come to town just for your birthday πŸ™‚ Mmmmmmm… what a looker he is, huh? Le sigh.

    Great giveaway! on my way to enter now πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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    March 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Oooo, going to read that poem now!

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    Crazy shenanigans
    March 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Harry connick is great live! His piano skills are on point! That will be a great concert!

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    March 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I love this idea of thinking of things that made me happy throughout the week. So many times I get into a negative frame of mind and I think this is a great way to stay positive. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    Shann Eva
    March 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I didn’t know you were in MN…or are you just going to Minneapolis for the concert? Either way, I’m sure it will be super fun. I’m glad Little one is doing better. Have a great weekend!

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    March 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Gonna read your peom now. Glad Mina is feeling more herself. πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend love. xo

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    Jessica Bradshaw
    March 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Love your weekly gratitude lists! So sweet.

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    Rachel G
    March 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Aww, all sorts of happy things here! πŸ™‚ Love having good dinners with good people.

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    March 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Aw, how bittersweet to have a last dinner with your best friend! That’s so exciting that she’s getting married πŸ™‚

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    March 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I love this post. It’s so positive and concerts are always fun!!!

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    March 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Yay for a good week and great giveaway πŸ™‚

    xoxo, Jenny

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    March 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Yay for writing the poem you’ve wanted to! Are you going to share it?!?!? πŸ™‚

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love reading these happy posts! Sounds like a really good week! Finding someone who is just as passionate about writing is an amazing connection.

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    March 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    How much do you LOVE Harry Connick Jr. Amazing. I love this post theme, such a great idea to make a list weekly of what you’re happy about.

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

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    March 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Writing workshops can be so much fun! Nice that you finally got that poem out of your head!

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    March 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Any time with parents is always good!

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    Keith Alfred Wynn
    March 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I hope you enjoy the concert. I have tried to get into audio books, but for some reason I just cannot πŸ™‚

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