Archive for November, 2011

Christmas, Peppermint & Other Good Things

November 28, 2011


I love the holidays for pretty much all of the reasons that everybody else does.  This time of year makes me entirely happy to be alive.  It also makes me love the Internet.  There are so many delightful things out there just waiting to be tried!! Here are a few I’m hoping to try out this month.  Especially the food.  Ohmyyum.

Festive Christmas Wreath

Mercury Glass Ornaments

Old Book Mistletoe

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Macarons

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

And if that won’t keep you busy, there are TONS of Christmas goodies and recipes waiting on your eyes to find them.  Just click here! I’m going to go eat something now.  Whoa.


You Should Read This: The Happiness Project

November 27, 2011

{via google image}

I’m a traveler and a bookworm, which means I spend a good chunk of change on airport reading material.  If I’m about to get on a flight without at least two books to read I go into panic mode.  It’s weird, I know.  I’ll work it out later.  I was browsing the bookstore in some random city airport when I stumbled onto The Happiness Project.  I’m working with a 50/50 chance of random book purchases being worth it when I buy blindly, without knowledge of what’s inside.  THIS was a great purchase!  I LOVED it.  Maybe because I’m a pretty happy person and maybe because it’s about a lady who studied the theories and principles of happiness for an entire year or because it’s full of great quotes or because Gretchen Rubin is a blogger.  Whatever it was, she had me at the first page.

{print on Etsy, found here}

Here are a few of my most favorite lines from the book:

-The days are long, but the years are short.
-Studies show that each common interest between people boosts the chances of a lasting relationship and also brings about a 2 percent increase in life satisfaction.
-What you enjoyed as a ten-year-old is probably something you’d enjoy now.
-Fun is energizing.
-I can do anything I want, but I can’t do everything I want.
-Taking the time to be silly means that we’re infecting one another with good cheer, and people who enjoy silliness are one third more likely to be happy.
-Everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness.  

Intrigued yet?
You can purchase the book here!
You can also check out Gretchen’s blog, The Happiness Project, here.
An entire study on happiness.  I like.

Etsy Jingle Bash

November 26, 2011

A group of us crashed the Dallas Etsy Jingle Bash to scout out the locally made goodies.  Then we found the photo-booth.

My friends are special.  Yes, indeed.


Fall Is Pretty

November 25, 2011

Glimpses of fall so far.

{Medford, OR/ sent to me from a dear friend}

{taken in Portland, OR}

{taken outside my office in Plano, TX}

{love note from the tree outside my window}

{new fall kicks}

{pretty park in my hometown}

{rainbow trees}

{my childhood backyard}
*photos taken on my iPhone 3GS

Give Thanks

November 24, 2011

{photo by InkedFingers}

There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for.
Here are a few at the top of my list:
-a wonderful and supportive family
-friends that aren’t afraid of deep conversation and authenticity
-a God who never ever gives up on me
-relationships with people I love all over the world and across the USofA
-the crazy cats in my internet community (twitter, instagram, blogging, facebook)
-magic (it’s real, ya know?)
-music, music and more pretty music
-the ability to see in color
-waterfalls, mountains, clouds, flowers and sunsets
-pretty dresses
-good health for me and my family
-a j.o.b
-dreams to pursue and the nervous feeling that accompanies the pursuit
-dirty hippies
-good hair days
-cute boys in flannel
-handwritten notes in my mailbox
-chilly mornings and the process of making coffee
-books with extremely marked up pages
-giggling (lots and lots of giggling)

What are YOU thankful for?

Lately via Instagram

November 23, 2011

I’m still loving my Instagram app!  Although I’m rockin’ an iPhone 3GS, I can still get fun photos along the way!  Here are a few of my latest pics:

{up in the air}

{fall in the city}

{good coffee/better convo}

{my dear friend, Carli}

{pretty fall colors}


{fun wigs}

Feel free to find me on Instagram (laura_elizabeth) and join the madness.  Crazily, I just hit 52,000 followers on IG.  Yea, that many people can get a tiny bit overwhelming but I’m just thankful for the support and great community found through that sweet little photo app.  Happiness can be found anywhere…even in an old iPhone.

Lonely Boy

November 22, 2011

I know I’ve been gone a while but decided to come back with something fantastic. THIS video has kept me dancing in my living room for about 30 minutes straight. I figured everybody needed an easy and fun way to shake off the holiday pounds so here ya go! Get your groove on, baby. It’s impossible not to smile and dance along.