Happiness Is...

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Hold on to your Jimmy Choos, I'm getting all pensive and whatnot today.Okay, not really. I mean this is A Blonde Ambition and we don't take ourselves too seriously around here. But I had a conversation with a friend yesterday that got me to thinking...

I honestly feel like we don't celebrate the happy things in life enough. We all lead busy and stressful lives and it's so easy to get caught up in ourselves and our little "bubble" (at least for me it's easy to get caught up in all that.) In fact, I caught myself griping about the fact that it was taking a while on the phone to get my new debit card activated yesterday. And suddenly I realized, "Wow. I'm a jerk."

I'm lucky to have a debit card that links to a bank account with money in it. Money that pays for our bills and keeps food in our fridge. Money that keeps my feet in cute shoes and yummy pizza on nights when we don't feel like cooking.

So instead of focusing on stuff that irks us or wasting ten minutes venting about minor inconveniences (which I find WAY too many blogs focusing on - but that's for another post entirely), I just wanted to celebrate happiness today.

1. This oh-so-adorable commercial from White House | Black Market featuring the tap dancing model, a.k.a. Coco Rocha. #HappinessIs

2. The wonderful, quiet date night that my husband treated me to this past weekend. I'm lucky to have a guy that remembers special occasions, like 7 month anniversaries. #HappinessIs

3. A boat ride on Sunday that ended up more like a scene out of The Perfect Storm. We packed a book, some great tunes, a blanket and two perfect little monogrammed glasses of iced tea. About five minutes out of the marina, all heck broke loose. Wind started blowing 50 mph, the boat was rocking violently, iced tea spilled everywhere and my perfectly poofed hair was destroyed.

At first we were ticked, but then we just started laughing hysterically at the lovely boat ride gone awry. We had envisioned a blissful, relaxing lake day. Instead, we got....a mess. And it was one of the most fun days we've had in a long time.

Sometimes the best plans are the ones that don't work out at all. #HappinessIs

4. M&M ice cream sandwiches. MARS makes them. You can buy them at Walmart or Kroger. They have made my life exponentially sweeter this week. #HappinessIs

5. Finding a pair of pants online that I didn't have to get hemmed, taken in or altered to kingdom come. #HappinessIs

6. We get to take a mini-vacay to St. Louis to see one of our little nephews for his 1st birthday next month. We're getting a hotel in the downtown area and turning into a romantic getaway/ mini vacation. We decided that after the surgery and all that nonsense, we deserved a weekend out of town.
This. Makes. Me. So. Excited. #HappinessIs

7. Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Swamp People. If you don't know what these titles mean, then I suggest you start watching more pointless reality TV. #HappinessIs

8. I watched an old man open the car door for his wife at the grocery store the other day. They must have been in their eighties. Nice to know romance can live forever, if we try hard enough. #HappinessIs

9. An ice-cold Coca-Cola. The real kind. Which I enjoy a couple of times a week. #HappinessIs


Life isn't always sunshine and petunias, but maybe if we take a sec a few times a week and count our "happys", life could be a little more petunia-filled.

Or chocolate-filled.

Or puppy-filled.

Or whatever makes you happy-filled.

P.S.- If you want to use the hashtag #HappinessIs this week, I'd love to hear what makes you happy on Twitter! I'll be tweeting a few of my own throughout the week, too : )

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. Hey! I live near STL! If you like sushi hit up the drunken fish downtown! And Soulard is a fun place to go!!

  2. Kudos for keeping things happy and fun!

    Happiness is having fun blogs to read! :)


  3. Love all of these happy things!

  4. I LOVE this. This post might just be the subject of a post on my own blog this week. I love celebrating the little things that make us happy.

    Also, Swamp People has both seasons on Netflix. No commercials and non-stop "Choot 'ums". #HappinessIs

  5. I was totally inspired by this post and I had to do one of my own linking back to you. What great idea, girl!

  6. I hear ya on altering pants...it's sooo nice when you can just get the right fit the first time around!! I seriously need to find some pants like that, ha!

    #HappinessIs Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp bars. 110 calories, and better than a KitKat IMO.

    Bravo for a post on happiness, rather than one on venting!! <3

  7. Thank you so much for that! I needed it!

  8. Love this! Sometimes it really is easy to let the negatives get us down instead of allowing the positives to lift us up. We are all so blessed in so many different ways! And #9 made me want to go grab and icy Coke right this minute. I enjoy a couple a week as well. The real kind only:)

  9. Love this, Leslie!! So perfect. I totally agree about getting too caught up in life and overlooking little happinesses. Have you read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp? It's about this topic and I really enjoyed it!


  10. A Coke sounds so good right now. I may have to hit up Sonic Happy Hour this afternoon! I love Storage Wars! It amazes me what they find!

  11. Love this. This is something we all need to do more often!

  12. absolutely love this! You are right, we don't celebrate the happy things in life as much anymore...you should make this a link up! If you do too many, I would be happy to host on your behalf :)

    I think I am going to post my own list of happy things also-thanks for the great idea!

  13. #HappinessIs finding a blog that focuses on the happy things in life.

    & I'm midly obsessed with Pawn Stars, Storage Wars & Tanked. Check it out. ;)

    Have a HAPPY week, sweet lady!

  14. i love this post! i totally agree with you. we need to focus on the positive and remember the little things that make us happy. i just may have to write my own happiness is post. :)

  15. I love the toe stand she did! Hard to do in heels.



  16. your last one sealed it for me - we are partial soul mates I am a girl that absolutely adores ice cold coca cola classics - always will. It's my "crack".

    #happiness thank you for these warm fuzzies! ox

  17. I'm just catching up on my fave blog reads after a blog hiatus this week. LOVE this post.

    We're planning a nice little roadtrip getaway in June, after all of the weddings we're in have wrapped... so excited! :)

  18. Have you seen duck dynasty? It. Is. So. Entertaining!

  19. Hi Leslie,

    I've stopped by your blog before but never left a comment. I loved this post though, I thought it was really inspiring.

    We've had a pretty depressing week in our house - the shower is broken, the internet is down until September and everyone is stressing over exams. It's been all too easy to be negative, but your post really motivated me to concentrate on the positives, like the fact that we went to see the avengers, we've had cheap nights in as a house and we've had some real fun trying out recipes.

    I just wanted to say thanks for such a fun, positive post. It inspired me to write one on my own blog (http://studentspyglass.com/2012/04/30/happiness-is/) and more importantly, it cheered me up on a gloomy Monday!


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