Monday, November 28, 2011

Happiness Is...


"No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life."

--Barbara de Angelis

...sleeping in fresh sheets.

...the smell of chocolate chip cookies.

...a smiling child.

...a warm cup of tea & a good book. organized desk.

...a stargazing date.

...the twinkle of Christmas lights.

...the chirp of happy birds.

...a tickle war.

...your favorite song coming on shuffle randomly.

...a home cooked meal.

...a fuzzy puppy fast asleep in your lap.

...eating cinnamon toast under the covers.

...sharing a smile with a stranger.

...when someone brings you a coffee just the way you like it.

...the rewarding feeling after a workout.

...a long nap.

...watching re-runs of your favorite shows.

...reading a book, magazine, or newspaper from cover to cover in one sitting.

...when you haven't seen any of the previews at the movie theater.

What is your idea of happiness??

Lots of positive vibes & warm fuzzies,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving Edition!


Oh, Hello!!  It's a very lovely November evening here in Texas. I've just come inside after spending several quiet & serene moments stargazing outside. I'm listening to Nat King Cole and sipping on a chai tea latte while composing this blog. For me, Thanksgiving is the start of a very magical time of the year.  We've already started watching our favorite holiday movies, all while baking a wide assortment of goodies. The house is warm & cozy, smelling of cinnamon and vanilla. It's the perfect time to reflect on all of the wonderful things in our lives. Of course, I think we should be thankful year-round! 

Wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving. I've just returned from Austin a few minutes ago. My clan met up and had a very lovely Thanksgiving feast together around lunch time. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is seeing my family...that and the pies!


This year I'm thankful for...

My Zeth... 

The best part of my year so far has been all of those little moments with Zeth. Holding hands, driving around & singing along to our favorite tunes, laughing until we cry, late night study dates, stressed out breakdowns, shared expressions, our inside jokes, and a million other moments. He's my best friend in the whole world, and I'm so incredibly thankful that he's mine. 

George, Apollo, Orlando, and Angel...

My fur babies who fill up my life with endless amounts of love and snuggles. They always know how to cheer me up with a nose nudge or a smooch on the cheek. My life would be incomplete without each of them and their unconditional love.

My sis...

Laurie is my sister & bestest bud! She is moving away next week, and I'm sort of a mess about it. We've been through so much together throughout the years. She's the perfect person to cheer me up when things are crummy and the person I fight with the most (but we never stay mad at each other for longer than 5 seconds). We've been to Europe together twice, been on countless adventures together, made up a million stupid songs, laughed uncontrollably, and shared a gazillion inside jokes. She's also the only person who speaks Jacque the best (even when I'm brushing my teeth or talking with a full mouth of food)! Love ya, sissy!

My Beautiful & Talented Friends...

I seriously have the best friends in the whole wide world!! They fill up my heart with happiness and make everyday sunny. I love each of them with my whole heart. I'm such a lucky girl to have such amazing people in my life!

I feel like there are million other things in my life to be thankful for. These are just the biggies. I cannot express how thankful I am for all of the people in my life and all of the experiences I have had so far. My life is truly overflowing with blessings.

"If 'thank you' is the only prayer you say, that will be enough." -- Meister Eckhart

What are you most thankful for,


Tons of 
warm fuzzies & pumpkin pie flavored kisses!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Peek Into My Life Via Instagram!!

 I'm obsessed with Instagram for iPhone!
I absolutely love to snap adorable pictures of the little bits and bobs in my daily life. My user name is happytobequirky if you want to follow me. I usually follow blog friends back right away.

1. Iced chai tea latte from Starbucks.
2. Enjoying my Saturday.
3. An assortment of colorful roses from Zeth.
4. Strawberry milkshakes are my favorite.
5. George, all curled up and ready for a nap.
6. Pup-sitting for my sister.
7. The inspiration board above my desk.
8. Home-baked cinnamon rolls.
9. Midnight cupcake parties at Trina's.
10. A clean wired hair fox terrier home from the groomers. 
11. Pin up girl hair & red lipstick.
12. Stress bake-a-thon in my kitchen.

What have you been up to lately??

Warm Fuzzies!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Little Reminder!

"People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered.
Love them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you've got anyway."

--Mother Teresa

Happy Sunday, Lovely Friend!

Lots of love & positivity!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday (Late!): Confetti Sprinkles & Fresh Roses!


I know I'm a little bit late for Thankful Thursday, but Thankful Friday just doesn't have the same ring. Whoo, My week has been very busy! What about you, Lovely Friend? I feel like we are all getting anxious for the holidays and life's pace seems to be going at lightning speed. I cannot believe that November is already half-way through. What kind of lovely plans do you have for the tale end of autumn?

My Little List of Thankfulness

My family...They are all so different & unique in their own way, and some of them live a little too far away to visit, but I love my family. Mostly, I just feel like they are a part of me. I wish I was closer to some of my family, especially my Pop's family, but we all live some far apart. I just hope they know that I love them so because they're mine.

Finally driving...My adventures in driving are getting more and more wonderful everyday. I need a few more weeks of practice and some help with my parallel parking before I go take my test and get licensed to drive. I have developed a sense of independence ever since I got my learning license. I cannot wait to be able to hop in the car and drive without having another driver in the car with me.

Late night phone conversations...Zeth and I spent nearly two hours on the phone last night just talking about this and that. I'm really thankful for him, too. He's my best friend and he fills up my life with a million reasons to smile.

Tiny Bursts of Loveliness 

Hot cups of chai tea, fresh apples, Sara Bareilles's Kaleidoscope Heart, warm & purring kitties, Coach's Poppy, my bright pink Victoria's Secret tote, combat boots, patterned tights, fresh roses from Zeth, reading my favorite fashion blogs: Elsie & Gala Darling, vintage cameras, strawberry twizzlers, secondhand jewelry, rose scented candles, manicotti from one of my favorite restaurants, beehive hairdos, glitter nailpolish, biscuits with honey, adoption day at Petco, baking cupcakes for the cast & crew of The Foreigner, confetti sprinkles, cleaning sprees, running errands with Zeth, and George home from the groomers

What are you thankful for today?

Lots of positive vibes & warm fuzzies,
p.s. all images from pinterest

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Top 5 Wishlist: What I'm Obsessing Over At The Moment!

I'm listening to John Rutter's Christmas Album and sipping on a hot cup of chai tea while composing this blog. While doodling flowers, mermaids, and unicorns in my journal, I realized that the holidays are approaching fast. I have a tendency to let the holidays sneak up on me. That usually leads to me buying all of my gifts at the last minute and stressing out about all of our holiday plans. This year, I made some tentative holiday lists and even bought my wrappings, baking supplies, and after-holiday-feast tupperware in advance. During all of these holiday preparations, I started thinking about a few of the things I'm hoping might be under the tree this year for me. 

Top 5 Wishlist: What I'm Obsessing Over at the Moment!!

 Red Velvet's Mod Chevron Clutch

♥  Anything from Alicia's adorable etsy shop!! I love her cute crochet critters!

♥ The Adelphi Personal Filofax in magenta, Filofax pens, and other accessories! I've already outgrown my Metropol!

What's on your wishlist?

Many positive vibes & warm fuzzies!