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!


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!!


happy {day 100}, little blog! and my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!

my little blog is 100 days old! Holy cow!!
To celebrate, we’re going to have a little contest!
Okay, here’s the back story: the last few times that I had surgery I had a friend that would “kidnap” me towards the end of my recovery and take me out to help combat the stir craziness that overwhelms me by day 8 (or sometimes 2) of recovery. We usually went to a movie but now that I work at a theater, that seems a little bit less appealing. So I need your help!
You folks get to help pick what my sweet hubs will take me to do when I need to get out the house! Keep in mind, I will have just had surgery on my chest, so keep it calm (and pg…), folks.
I will let sweet hubs pick the winner, and then I will send that person 3 of my favorite recovery comforts….my fave aromatherapy scent from bath and body works, a starbucks gift card, and some delicious chocolate (a recovery essential for every ailment)!
The contest will run through noon on Friday, November 23. The winner will be announced by noon Saturday.
So, friends, get creative! I need a jailbreak date! 🙂