fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

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tulips and contest winner! {day 203}

today is one of those dreary, grey, cold Chicago winter days that makes you wish you were on a beach somewhere, or that you were a bird and could fly south for the winter. it’s days like these when the winter feels endless.
so today I’m grateful for these beauties

that remind me that spring is coming, that winter is not endless, and that sunshine and warmth are not too far away.

A big congratulations to Erin Raske, winner of the gratitude journal!

send me an email with your mailing address and I will get it on it’s way to you. Thanks to those who entered! it was fun to hear what you’re grateful for!

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happy {day 200}, little blog!

200 days!
my goodness! I can’t really think of anything I’ve done consistently for 200 days!
I’m grateful for the ways this blog has reminded me to look for the ways that gratitude makes everything enough.

what’s the best habit you’ve developed recently?


giveaway #2 {day 194}

friends, I am very excited about the giveaway I have for you!






Thanks to I love it all for giving me a good deal on this giveaway. I got one for myself and one to give. it’s a “things I am grateful for in 2013” journal that goes from March-December. Who wants to join me in finding one thing a day to be grateful for?

Alright, here’s how it’s going to work: the contest will run from today to Monday, February 25 at 11:59 pm (my 200th day of blogging!!)
Ways to enter:
1. follow my blog! you can do this through wordpress if you have one, or you can subscribe to have the posts sent to your email. once you’ve done that, comment below and let me know that you’re signed up! you have to complete this step to be entered.
the others are all optional.
2. (second entry) comment below and tell me what you’ve been most grateful for lately.
3. pin this (or your favorite post) to Pinterest (and then comment with the link).
4. Share this contest on your Facebook and send me the link. 🙂

I cannot wait to share this journal with one of you sweet friends. It’s beautiful, and finding reasons to be grateful changes everything. Have fun, friends!!

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case of the Mondays {day 185}

I don’t know about you, but we’ve got a pretty serious case of the Mondays over here. Sweet hubs came home sick and my stomach was being crazy today.


I spent the evening resting and covered in puppies. nothing cuter than puppies snuggling each other and you.

also got to spend some time with my sweet friend claire at chick-fil-a. (maybe not the world’s wisest choice considering how crappy I was feeling, but definitely good for the soul).

so tonight I’m grateful for waffle fries, giggles, and being covered in puppies.

what are YOU grateful for today?

p.s. I’ve got an awesome giveaway coming up soon…hopefully the end of this week or beginning of next. stay tuned, you won’t want to miss it!!

jailbreak date (finally) {day 120}



we finally had time and felt up to our contest winning “jailbreak” date, so we enjoyed our delicious (gluten-free) breakfast at Egg Haven.


then we were off to Blumen Gardens, which is a winter wonderland! it got me in the Christmas spirit, so I’ve been slowly working on getting our house decorated. I even decorated my first wreath!




grateful for conversation and time shared with my hubby, getting into the Christmas spirit, and time to decorate our house.