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

Daily Inspiration, Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday- Work

This week I have picked a somewhat odd theme for Flashback Friday. Work. A bit of a flyer really but I got to thinking that for most of us, Work has played a major part in our lives. So this week I am asking you to flashback to your working days. Maybe a FIRST day… Continue reading Flashback Friday- Work

Daily Inspiration

Tell me about your comfort zone

While we are all working hard and focusing on the good things in life, let's face reality as well while we're at it! There are hard times, times where we feel down, times where we want to crawl under the duvet, times where we just want to start the day over and erase what's gone… Continue reading Tell me about your comfort zone

Daily Inspiration

Share Embrace Happy Tuesday

Every Tuesday, since the end of October of last year, I have been travelling into London for my "in office" day as a social media community manager. I actually love Tuesdays now. I drop both Ella and Sam at school and preschool respectively, hop in my car, drive 12-15 minutes to town and hop on… Continue reading Share Embrace Happy Tuesday

Daily Inspiration, Embrace Happy Snail Mail

Happy Mail- February 2015

One of the original goals of Embrace Happy when I started it in April of 2014 was to get people sending sunshine through the post more frequently. In the first month of Embrace Happy I threw out a challenge to get people to sign up for my Embrace Happy Snail Mail programme. Anyone could sign… Continue reading Happy Mail- February 2015

Daily Inspiration

Celebrate the Week that Was!

How was your week? For many of us in the UK this week involved the return to school after a glorious 2+ weeks of Christmas holiday time. Some of us were gleeful as we waved goodbye at the school gate. Others of us were tearful and already beginning the countdown to the February half term!… Continue reading Celebrate the Week that Was!

Daily Inspiration

Make It Happen in 2015

As 2014 draws to a close (in the next 9 hours to be exact), it's time to start looking forward. I hate the idea of RESOLUTIONS. They are doomed from the start and quite unoriginal in their wording most of the time. Instead of writing down 5-10 sentences about what I aim to achieve, I… Continue reading Make It Happen in 2015

Daily Inspiration

How to cope with stress

There are TEN DAYS until Christmas!!! T. E. N. While I am thoroughly excited about THE BIG DAY, there's a lot to be done before then. And the fact that there is an ever widening Black Hole in our bank account makes me stress more than a little bit. We are down to the final… Continue reading How to cope with stress

3 Good Things, Daily Inspiration

#25daysofembracehappy

The Advent season is full swing now. In fact, we're half-way to the BIG DAY which is starting to make be just a bit jumpy at the moment. I still need to sort out presents for family abroad, a few things for my husband and local family and the dreaded Teacher's gifts! But do you… Continue reading #25daysofembracehappy

3 Good Things, Daily Inspiration

Today I am grateful for…my Husband

Yesterday I sat and watched my husband Mark make calculation after calculation to plot out the course for our new patio. He measured and measured, tapped numbers onto the calculator, got out graph paper and made a map for the pattern. Where I would have just plopped slabs into place and made adjustments for the… Continue reading Today I am grateful for…my Husband

Daily Inspiration

Make It Happen

Hello Lovelies! When was the last time you made something happen? I mean, thought of an idea, created a plan, set up steps and goals to make it happen and then actually MADE IT HAPPEN! Never? Last month? Last year? How do we keep moving forward, onward, upward? You make it happen, that's how! The… Continue reading Make It Happen

Daily Inspiration

#beautifulme

Hello Lovelies! I've been a reluctant blogger lately! I have been wrapped up in living life, wanting to write a lot and not entirely knowing how for some reason. Sometimes I feel like I have so much to say and nothing to say in the same thought! Is that possible? A wise blogger once said,… Continue reading #beautifulme

Casual Friday, Daily Inspiration

Happy 4th of July!

Today is July 4! Also known as American Independence Day. Yes, we'll gloss over the fact that it was England whom America declared independence from and I am now a permanent resident in England. I am still American, however, and still celebrate the 4th of July. The last two years, I spent the afternoon in… Continue reading Happy 4th of July!

Daily Inspiration

It’s time to smile

The world can be a challenging place can't it? We can get down, depressed, angry, grumpy, shouty and nasty. Footballers are biting each other, families are being stressed and torn apart, life is not fair sometimes. But then, there is beauty all around us. There is beauty in the quiet moments, there is beauty in… Continue reading It’s time to smile

Savour Our Weekend

Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

This past weekend was filled with inspiration, freedom, revitalisation and reunions. What an amazing weekend and one that I truly have savoured. I returned, for the first time in 2 years, to BritMums Live in London on Friday and Saturday. The largest blogging conference in the UK, BritMums Live brings together bloggers from all over… Continue reading Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

3 Good Things, Daily Inspiration

Ups and Downs

Hello Lovelies! This past week has had a lot of Ups and Downs for me! We finally had some proper brilliant sunshine which has made it feel like the Summer could be a very good thing indeed. I got some amazing news about an exciting holiday after Ella finishes school and feel extremely grateful for… Continue reading Ups and Downs

Daily Inspiration

Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun

Friday is the start of the weekend for me. We got off to a brilliant start when Ella came out of school and showed me the gap where her bottom front tooth had been. Her wobbly tooth from a month or so ago had finally given up and fallen out in the middle of Ella's… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun