Our house is in full holiday swing. We’ve got the tree trimmed, the lights on the house and the Elf of the Shelf making us curse the day we got sucked into that tradition. Something strange happens to me when the decorations start going up- I get major house envy. I pine after Pinterest home decor images of gorgeous Scandinavian Christmas trees and perfectly set tables with hand lettered name plates. Our house is suddenly too small,

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Time and time and time again, we’ve heard that gratitude is the cure for what ails us. Gratitude cures the commercialism and materialism we find ourselves being drawn toward this time of year. Gratitude improves marriages, friendships and self esteem. It’s powerful. So in that spirit, here are three things that made me happy this week because feeling happy is something I’m grateful for.

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These things,

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“The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.” – Shauna Niequist from Present Over Perfect



Finn saved his birthday money to buy a skateboard. He’d been talking about it for weeks and had his heart set on one.

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