10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week // 08

Reflecting on gratitude and happiness each week. // dreams-etc.com

  1. RAIN! For half of the week. I loved it.
  2. Dark chocolate mochas.
  3. My nephew’s first hockey game.
  4. Reminiscing about college and one of our fave writing teachers with a coworker!
  5. A lunch date with my best friend scheduled for tomorrow. It’s been too long!
  6. Visiting my old hairstylists art studio.
  7. New jewelry on the way. (Even if it means Sparkles & Pop is closing.)
  8. The most supportive parents. They’re wonderful!
  9. Gingerbread biscotti.
  10. Starting to feel festive. I think it might be time to start swapping out fall decor for Christmas decor.



  1. Branson

    November 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    A dark chocolate mocha and gingerbread biscotti both sound perfect right now! I have been enjoying rainy fall days as well! 🙂

  2. chelsea jacobs

    November 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    It’s been raining a ton here too, and it makes me feel like winter is here! I love it!

  3. Sara Strand

    November 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Oh man, it rained ALL WEEK here and it was so depressing. Then for an hour on Wednesday, it got super sunny, no rain/wind, and 60 degrees! Penelope and I walked around the block because man, it’s not fun being cooped up in the house!

  4. Karin Rambo

    November 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    YES to number one! I’m also one of those rare people that loves rain and it rained here mon-wed and then snowed yesterday! I couldn’t be happier!

  5. Kim M

    November 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    We have a no Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Except for Christmas music lol Lunch dates are the best!

  6. Emily

    November 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I’m thankful for random invitations to dinner, sunshine after lots of rain, and you sharing my blog post!! Made my whole day! ☺️☺️

  7. Heather Serra

    November 21, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Gingerbread biscotti?! OOoooh…I’ve gotta try one of those! Cheers to wonderful parents and a great weekend ahead!

  8. Lindsay

    November 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    You like rain, too, eh? I LOVE falling asleep to rain. It’s so relaxing 🙂

    Have a great weekend Hun!!xo

  9. Chocolate mama loves vanill

    November 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    What an awesome list! I’m happy that you hand two handfuls of positive things happening in your life in a week! Those biscotti sound DELISH! Need to figure out that recipe ASAP! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Charlene

    November 23, 2015 at 2:08 am

    What a great list!! I think it’s such a wonderful idea to take the time to make a list of things that made you happy this week!
    Charlene xo
    The Frugal Fashionista


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