3.20.2015

5 Things That Make Me Happy

TGIF! This was my first week back at work since recent events, and it was a doozy. On one hand, it was nice to get back into routine, but on the other, I am still not feeling like myself. To cheer myself up, and to really focus on the good things, I am starting this series called 5 Things That Make Me Happy. I might do this weekly, I might do it monthly. There will be beauty products as well as things you can't buy. I hope you join in.

Fresh Flowers
I received several plants and flower arrangements from friends and family after my Daddy died. I decided to break a few of them up and make smaller arrangements. Having fresh flowers in every room is an instant mood-lifter. I might have to splurge for a small arrangement every week! Happy first day of spring! PS: Pictured were my St. Patrick's Day nails.

Masks
I haven't been sleeping well since my Dad's death, which was 2 weeks ago tomorrow. I was hoping once I was back home it would get better and it has, a little. I also have a nasty cold (hence the radio silence yesterday), which I know is contributing to the not sleeping. I have been relying on using face masks like these from Le Mieux in the morning. They wake me up and keep my face hydrated. Decongestants just dry me out, so I need all the moisture my skin can get. I'm wearing one right now as I type this!


Getting My Hair Done
Ok, this one is actually happening today, but getting my hair done always, always makes me happy. I just feel lighter. I get bored sitting anywhere for a while, but will happily do so when it comes to my hair. Expect a pic of my hair on Instagram! Hey, are you following me on there?


Charlie
In case you missed it, I recently had the worst week ever. My Dad passed away one week after we got the news he had 6 months to live, and then my fur baby Charlie was attacked by another dog. The dog just snapped for some reason. They knew each other. I still don't understand how it happened. It was so fast. After she let go of him, she threw Charlie about 10 feet and the impact caused him to lose most of his top teeth. He has 1 tooth left up there! I am so thankful he is ok and is back to normal! I don't think my heart could take much more! He turns 5 next month. You can't tell me he isn't a cutie!

You
Thank you once again for the support through comments, messages, emails, and more. I've been a little out of it these past couple of weeks, and I fear I haven't thanked everyone properly, individually, or enough.  I wanted to give a special thank you to LaNae, Tiffany, Jessica & Tracy for the sweet cards. Thank you for Kara Renee for the Starbucks gift card. Thank you to Parker for the card and mani goodies. I appreciate everyone who took the time to check on me and offer condolences. Y'all totally made me cry! Happy tears, that is! Love y'all.

What's making YOU happy this week?

PS: Internet has been spotty, and I'm not sure my comments are going through on your blogs. 
Let me know if I need to visit you! :)

74 comments:

  1. I hope you are coping well after your dad's death... fresh flowers and music makes me happy :)

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  2. So happy to hear you are doing ok, I was worried about you. I really admire your strength. xoxo

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  3. I believe in the powers of flowers and haircuts :)

    I have a cold too, you're not alone!

    I do hope you are finding a little peace! Keep on living the way your daddy would want you to--the fullest!

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  4. I agree, fresh flowers always brightens up a day! And your hair looks SO good! I don't think I've ever seen it that straight before. So pretty!! I'm so happy that Charlie is back to his normal self. I know that must have been so scary and I can't believe another dog he knew did that. Hope you never have to go through that again. Have a good weekend girl, you deserve it.

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. (((BIG HUGS)))) After what happened to your dad, it's good to see you trying to get back into the swing of things. I know it's not easy:( And so sorry again about Charlie too! I can't believe that happened to him:( Good to see he hasn't lost his cuteness:)

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  6. Your hair looks flawless...good hair days make me happy too!!! Hope you have a great weekend! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  7. Fresh flowers always make me happy too and it's always a great feeling after you get your haircut! Charlie looks adorable! So scary that he was attacked and I'm glad he is okay! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  8. Your pic with Charlie is so cute.
    Love fresh flowers too
    they just make a space look brighter
    and me happier ♥

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com

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  9. Finding joy in little things is so important! Flowers really have a way of lifting spirits! We should all treat ourselves to a bouquet once a week!

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  10. What a sweet positive post after all that you've been through and I feel so bad for little Charlie. You look beautiful.

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  11. I am glad to see you are bouncing back Elle. Enjoy getting your hair done and relaxing today! Susan

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  12. Oh your poor poor sweet little baby Charlie! I am glad he is okay - I started tearing up when I read what happened to him. I have three dogs and one of them is a little chihuahua - I hate seeing my little man hurt. Just thank goodness he is okay! I am glad you are able to find something during this tough time to make you smile and that you have your little partner with you :)

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  13. Hugs from the peaches! Getting my hair done always makes me happy! If you can't feel good look good!


    xoxo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  14. I love fresh flowers, they make such a difference in a home, right?? I love picking up a cheap bouquet at the store.

    Oh sweet lady, I'm so sorry about Charlie, that's so awful :(!

    Thinking of you, sending you hugs and praying for your family! <3

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  15. All that stuff makes me happy too, especially flowers and face masks! And like Charlie, my pets make me happier than ever! I'm sorry your still not feeling like yourself, and I hope you fell better soon I have a bad cold right now too! We both seem to have had a lot of them this year already!! I would definitely like to see more of these post, I might do some myself!

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  16. Finding joy in the little things is one way to deal with the big things. Your nails are as fabulous as always, and I will be stalking you on Instagram for your new hair! I'm desperately in need of a haircut myself, but now that I live so close to my parents, I want to just wait it out until I can get home again and see my preferred stylist.

    You and your family are still in my prayers. An unexpected death in the family isn't something that will stop hurting right away. *hugs*

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  17. That's a very nice post that I so much needed today! Lately it made me happy seeing my brothers. I love flowers as well and I should have some masks, so it as good to read it here to remind me! Oh no, poor Charlie! It is so unpredictable how dogs will react, even though they knew each other. I hope he now eats properly with one tooth, sweet baby! He is absolutely a sweetie, so cute!!!! You two look amazing together!
    DenisesPlanet,com

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  18. Good for you for finding the joys in little things. I can't even imagine what you're going through or feeling, but at least a few things are bringing a smile to your face! Hooray for hair appointments and pretty flowers, and I hope your little pup is feeling better!

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  19. getting my hair done always makes me happy!! have fun tonight ;) that picture above of your hair is absolutely gorgeous - your hair always looks fabulous!! have a good weekend darl.

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  20. I am so glad to hear that Charlie is going to be okay. I always get nervous when I see dogs off their leashes, as I'm worried they'll snap and attack my dog, Jake. They may have fur, but they're like babies to us, right?

    Can't wait to see your new hair lovely!

    xx

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  21. I love all of these! Your dog is so adorable I'm glad to hear he's okay!

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  22. Aww I love this series!! Fresh flowers definitely do that to me too, oh and I can't forget getting my hair done, you are right it is just the best... getting mine done next Thursday!! :)

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  23. Hugs, Elle. I'm sorry that it hasn't been the easiest 2 weeks for you but am glad that you're trying to look at the bright side of things. Poor Charlie but glad to know that he is okay. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  24. I'm glad you're able to find things that make you happy. It's important you take care of your mental health right now.

    There are few things a dog and great hair can't cheer up. And glad to hear Charlie is doing okay!

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  25. Aww this is so sweet! I couldn't agree with all of them more! Getting your hair done is the best! And just seeing Charlie's cute little face makes me happy! I hope you have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  26. Hi Elle, I'm so sorry for your loss and your traumatic experience with Charlie. I love your post and all the beautiful things that bring a smile to your face, especially during difficult times. I'm so happy Charlie is okay, poor baby!
    hugs,
    Monica
    GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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  27. I also love having my hair done, getting rid of split ends and just feeling lighter and "tidier" in general. hehe Your hair looks lovely on the photo you're holding the phone in front of a mirror, by the way. Love the layers and the length really suits you. :) xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  28. OH no! I can not believe what happened to Charlie! I am so happy he is OK! xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  29. Poor Charlie :( :( :(
    I love fresh flowers. We still have a flowering plant from my brother in laws funeral a month ago & I am reminded how much I love blooming things in my home too.

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  30. We're definitely on the same wave length when it comes to mood-lifters! I had some fresh roses in my kitchen when my grandpa died and they made me think of the good memories I had with him. Hope you get some good sleep soon, though. It makes a big difference. Hugs!

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  31. Once again, Elle, I am so very sorry about the loss of your father. My heart is with you, and I'm sending you a big hug and warm thoughts. I'm also so sorry Charlie was injured. I am glad he is OK now! I hope you get over your cold soon, too.

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  32. Aw how could anyone not be cheered up by Charlie? So cute!

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  33. Hi dear, I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I am glad to see you still staying inspired though. What an uplifting post. I also love fresh flowers, especially tulips and hydrangeas.
    Fringe Style

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  34. I think I need to do something like this too. Not a blog post but just think daily about things that make me happy...my dog Jax is #1 on my list..and it does feel great when you get your hair done! Thanks for sharing these...I hope you are doing ok. xoxo

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  35. Please accept my condolences regarding your dad. I am so sorry but your strength in focusing on these things that make you happy is inspiring. I would love to follow your "Things That Make You Happy" series. Also, sorry about your fur baby... he really is adorable. I hope he is recovering well.

    Have a great weekend!

    Jill @capriandcoblog.com

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  36. Fresh flowers are always a nice way to perk up the day. Charlie is so adorable it is hard to be sad around so much cuteness. Glad he is on the mend!

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  37. Glad you're finding ways to soothe yourself after your recent loss Elle! fresh flowers and facial masks cheer me up as well.

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  38. OMG I've been MIA for the last few weeks and had no idea about all of this - I'm so sorry to hear about your terrible week, and I am so so glad Charlie is ok! Prayers and good vibes your way!

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  39. It really is wonderful to have those happy little moments in life, especially when everything seems to be going so horribly wrong. Sending you a big hug to somehow compensate the sadness of loss (though this never ever goes away, that feeling of emptiness - I just hope there will be more and more happy moment in your life as it goes...) and am also shocked to hear about Charlie, poor little boy (and poor you - it's so horrible... :( )
    x

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  40. Wonderful post. My dog also makes me happy every day, I'm so glad to have a dog at my side. ;-) Wish you a wonderful weekend and big hugs...

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  41. You have been through so much, girl. Beyond glad Charlie will be ok! You're such an amazing, strong woman and I can't imagine what you are going through. We're all here for you! xx

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  42. I'm so, so sorry to hear about what you're going through, but glad that you are finding some small comforts. Sending hugs and happy vibes!

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  43. It's important to see the good even when you're right in the middle of the bad. Hang in there girlfriend.

    Fresh flowers are the best.

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  44. Fresh flowers and getting my hair done makes me happy as well. This was such a fun post Elle, and I absolutely loved these photos.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  45. Seriously your hair is stunning! Getting my hair done always makes me feel like a beast for a day. (; So happy to hear little Charlie is well. I can't even imagine the week you had. You are so strong and this post proves it. It takes a special kind of person to reflect on all the good when there is so much bad. I can't even to begin to thank you for bringing light into my own life of all the things I need to be thankful for today. <3

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  46. What a great idea to share what makes you happy! Reading your blog makes me SO happy; drug store finds, splurge and save items and all your fantastic DIY ideas! Happy Spring to you and Charlie!!

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  47. I'm glad you're feeling better, Elle. Fresh flowers are a great mood-lifter.

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  48. It really is the little things, isn't it? Lots of those same things make me happy too.

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  49. What a fun post, I love your floral arrangement balled in your hand and yes flowers do wonders in our house too. I hope you get some sleep well in your house this weekend!
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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  50. Oh, Elle! I'm so very sorry for your loss! It's not easy dealing with a loss, especially one like that, but I love your attitude. It's so important to stay positive! Thank you for this post! Everyone- no matter the circumstance- should make a list like this.

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    www.theclosetbychristie.com

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  51. I always run to Starbucks when I'm having a bad day and it just makes everything better lol!!

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  52. Your dog is adorable, sorry to hear about what had happened hope you are doing ok xx

    Florals&Smiles
    Twitter

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  53. These make me so happy too!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  54. I am glad you are finding little joys to make you happy Elle! And I am glad Charlie is okay!! That is SO scary!! I would have been besides myself. You are incredibly strong and graceful and you are in my thoughts!

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  55. Elle,

    I am so, so, so sorry to hear of your recent loss and the attack on Charlie but I love that you can see see the sun beyond the dark clouds and find things that bring you happiness.

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  56. Poor pup...glad he's okay but holy cow...I hate when that happens, and sadly, we can never fully understand why dogs do that. :( Fresh flowers are always fun, no matter how you received them. Their freshness, their colors, and their scent are just so uplifting. :) I'll get my hair done next week so I totally get you...it's a happy place!

    Hugs sent your

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  57. and i don't know what happened but it cut me off before i could push publish. not sure why it published...anyways,

    hugs sent your way {is what i wanted to write earlier}

    xoxo

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  58. I love this series! What a great idea to break up larger arrangements into smaller ones so you can have flowers throughout the house. And yes, getting my hair done always makes me feel better too! Still sending prayers and love your way friend!

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  59. I think this is a great series. I sometimes do Five things on Friday but I think considering 5 things I love is even better. Please remember to take care of yourself. Sleeping is probably the number one issues most people have after a death. Do what you can to help yourself sleep and know that your sleeping patterns will eventually come back. (This will simply take longer than you want.) So glad that Charlie is OK, he's adorable. XOXO

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  60. I love this post. PS you look beautiful! And dont worry about saying thank you to everyone or visiting blogs. You're grieving. Take your time and regroup. I know the feeling but taking care of you is what is most important at this time. We can wait :)

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  61. I'm glad you're doing well! But don't feel like you need to fake that you're okay. It's better to let it out than keep it all bottled up. We're all here for you! I'm sorry that Charlie was attacked! I hope that cute little guy is okay!
    ~Sara

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  62. So sorry about your bad week! Hugs! Flowers always make me feel better, too. Your hair looks great!

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  63. So sorry about your bad week! Hugs! Flowers always make me feel better, too. Your hair looks great!

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  64. Your hair looks fantastic! Going to the salon is a great way to cheer up. Hope you and your family are doing okay.

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  65. Oh my god, sweetie... I've been so off the grid lately that I didn't know about your Dad. I feel terrible! I wish I was there right now to give you a big hug... I know how hard this time is. :/ I'm glad that you're taking the time to recognize the GOOD things in life still.

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  66. Elle,

    So glad Charlie's recovered! I agree, getting your hair done is wonderful. Hope this week goes great for you-- sending hugs your way!

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  67. Oh no, poor Charlie. I'm so glad he is OK. 10 feet? That must have been scary for you. I'm glad that he is there to provide some measure of comfort to you during this time. One day at a time, sweetie. You are in my thoughts. xo

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  68. Oh my goodness! I can't believe that I missed the news about Charlie too. I have been so out of touch. I'm so sorry for everything you've been going through lately. I'm so glad that you are focusing on the good. And that you are doing things that make you happy. *hugs*

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  69. I love that after everything that you have been through the last few weeks you come here and share what makes you happy. I am glad to hear that Charlie is back to normal. Poor baby!!! He is such a cutie!!! And fresh flowers and fresh hair always make me happy!!! What mask would you recommend for broken out/angry skin? Have you tried an of the charcoal stuff?I need something! I hope that you continue to feel better and find the little happies :) Hugs girl!

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  70. Oh my gosh, your poor pup! I'm happy to hear he's ok. And yay for new hair! I set my next appointment for the end of May, but just might have to move it up.

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  71. Girl I agree I love fresh flowers too.

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  72. Fresh flowers brighten my days, too! So glad Charlie is back to normal and praying you have a better week!

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  73. AWWW you look SO CUTE with the dog dear haha :) I wish you a cosy and fun weekend.

    Check out my new post...10 cute easy easter ideas:)


    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  74. Great post series idea, Elle! Fresh flowers are always a mood booster, I agree. And getting your hair done in a salon; there's nothing like the feeling of loving your new hair and walking out of the door feeling like a vibrant supermodel! ;)

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