10 Random Things, Sharing Happy

10 Random Things- February

The end of February is nearly upon us. This has been a hard week for me. I have a feeling that everyone thinks that because I run Embrace Happy, that my life is all sunshine and light. It most certainly is not but what I do is CHOOSE to focus on what sunshine and light… Continue reading 10 Random Things- February

40 #embracehappy Acts, Daily Inspiration

40 #embracehappy Acts: Day Eight- Cut Out Complaining!

Could you Cut out Complaining for one WHOLE day? It's harder than you think. But hold on, don't dismiss the idea straightaway. There's actually a far more constructive way to complain and that's what I'm hoping you'll take on board. But let's set the scene for some fairly traditional complaining situations: You're having coffee or… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts: Day Eight- Cut Out Complaining!

40 #embracehappy Acts, Daily Inspiration

40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Three to Day Six

How are you doing on your #embracehappy adventure this Lent? As I am not giving anything up, per se, I am doing pretty well! I very much like the idea of focusing on giving and reaching out versus giving something up. It's certainly a more positive approach to changing habits and improving yourself! We started… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Three to Day Six

40 #embracehappy Acts, Daily Inspiration, Sharing Happy

40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Two

Yesterday I experienced some site difficulties. Someone was able to hack into Embrace Happy! My only hope is that they are now thoroughly happy but I kind of doubt it! At any rate, if you were unable to access Embrace Happy yesterday, I do apologise (watches tumbleweeds blow by). We should be back at full-strength… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Two

Daily Inspiration

How #3goodthings can change your outlook on life

Just over a year ago I began challenging myself to find three good things to celebrate at the end of each day. Inspired by an email which my Dad shared with me, I thought I would give it a go. The challenge was simply, at the end of each day, look back over your day… Continue reading How #3goodthings can change your outlook on life

Daily Inspiration

An everyday kind of love

Yesterday was Valentines Day. The ONE day every year where we are bashed over the head¬†gently prodded to remember to buy something show how much we love those precious to us. I am from America. America does an excellent job of over-commercialising the little holidays in between New Year's and Christmas. We can thank Hallmark… Continue reading An everyday kind of love

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday- Friends

Today's Flashback Friday theme, Friends, came to me when I was thinking this week about how long I have been friends with a local friend of mine. Six and a half years ago, I met a lovely Mum and Daughter at a Sure Start Children's Centre Baby Beans music class. We chatted a bit in… Continue reading Flashback Friday- Friends

Daily Inspiration, Happiness Challenges

Happiness Challenge- Bring Flowers

It's the middle of February and while Spring is starting to show in the UK, the skies are still pretty grey, the temperature still requires coats, hats, scarves and gloves and the Sun lacks true warmth. One of my favourite ways to brighten our house is to buy flowers. More often than not, we are… Continue reading Happiness Challenge- Bring Flowers

Daily Inspiration, Happiness Challenges

Smell the Roses

Yesterday I went to Paris for the day. Yes, that sounds rather decadent and probably annoying to some. I went to a blogger event for the purpose of learning about SMELLS! It was rather fascinating what we learned and I was even able to turn it into some pretty amazing #embracehappy moments. The biggest things… Continue reading Smell the Roses

Daily Inspiration, Happiness Challenges

Positive Words Only Please

One of the tasks I have worked on over the last year of embracing happy, is to be far more conscious of my words. I am more aware of what I say, the words I choose and most importantly, how I say them. My Mom always used to say "Tone of voice!" when she found… Continue reading Positive Words Only Please

Savour Our Weekend, Sunday Best

Celebrate the Week that Was – February 2-8, 2015

This week has been filled with new plans, To Do Lists, Dance lessons, Swimming lessons, Anniversaries, good news, disappointments, dance steps, Me Time and Birthday parties. Sometimes I wonder how we manage to fit it all in! The one thing that tends to go out the window these days is my cooking. My motivation is… Continue reading Celebrate the Week that Was – February 2-8, 2015

Daily Inspiration, Savour Our Weekend

Slow Down & #embracehappy

It's Saturday. Usually I like to lounge in bed on Saturday mornings while Mark gets up with the kids. This morning I was the gracious wife and got up with Ella and Sam and made pancakes. Pancakes are good for the soul you know? Especially with Nutella and marshmallows on top! I did decide, however,… Continue reading Slow Down & #embracehappy

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday- Firsts

For today's Flashback Friday I thought I would go with the general theme of Firsts mainly for selfish reasons. I shared a picture on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday of this week as it was the 10th anniversary of the first day that Mark and I met. We met at Luton Airport which led a… Continue reading Flashback Friday- Firsts

Embrace Happy Snail Mail, Happiness Challenges, Sharing Happy

Send some Happy Mail

This week, being the first week of February, I have been gradually sending out Happy Mail cards to the 40 people who signed up for the Happy Mail programme. We have UK residents, a participant from Spain, South Africa, Canada and several from the United States. It's awesome! I am writing out their cards by… Continue reading Send some Happy Mail

Daily Inspiration, Happiness Challenges

Live It!

It's February. You've (hopefully) been joining in with Embrace Happy and practising fairly regularly your #3goodthings and are feeling a teeny bit more positive in general. But when it comes right down to it, you're not LIVING IT! You're trying to Embrace Happy, making an effort to look at the good things in your life… Continue reading Live It!

Daily Inspiration, Happiness Challenges

Happiness Challenges-January

Every day, on our Embrace Happy Facebook group, I start the day with a challenge. The members are welcome to join in publicly or privately in their own journals/notebooks or not at all! I'm not big on "YOU MUST DO" when it comes to embracing happy. Do or Do Not...the choice is entirely up to… Continue reading Happiness Challenges-January

3 Good Things, Sharing Happy

The Green Gables- Happy Paper Club

The internet is an amazingly wonderful place sometimes! It brings people together who would never have found each other otherwise. About a month ago, a fellow blogging friend alerted me to The Green Gables as one of the featured products was all about "Happy Post". Genius! Gabrielle Treanor, the creative genius behind The Green Gables… Continue reading The Green Gables- Happy Paper Club

Daily Inspiration, Savour Our Weekend, Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Sunday is one of my favourite days of the week. Friday is my first favourite.¬† Never mind that I'm a Mum and work from home so it's not like Friday signifies a major change in my daily life. Friday for me means the start of family time, the beginning of shared parenting and less-stressed time… Continue reading Sunday Best