My Favorites: Halloween Decorations

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Every October I like to decorate my home with festive Halloween accents! This in addition to the 13 Nights of Halloween really gets me in the holiday spirit! Right now, I’m loving my spooky decor!

My Favorites: All the Smells

FavoritesMy favorites this week are both scents! First in a nontraditional sense. My washing machine was smelling HORRIBLE! So I decided to figure out how to clean it. Turns out, front loading washing machines get really moldy/mildewy. Gross. I found this amazing article on Pinterest to help me clean up mine and now it smells fresh, clean and like bleach (which is a good thing)! Not just that, I bought new laundry detergent that smells fantastic so my bathroom (where the laundry is) is very fragrant now in a good way!

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Image from cleanandscentsible.com

 

Secondly, I broke out the fall Scentsy scents this weekend with some Carrot Cake scented wax and my apartment now smells amazing. Between these great smells and the nice weather that had my windows open all weekend, I’m a happy camper.

I’m also still in the throws of Veronica Mars and am obsessed. I love it and I can’t wait to watch the movie when I’m caught up with the series. I have been good and haven’t caught too many spoilers, but I’m Team Logan all the way!

My Favorites: Veronica Mars & French Cooking

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So many small things were making me happy last week but this past weekend was another great one! I’ve been trying to get my hands on the first season of Veronica Mars. It seems like a show I would be into so I thought I’d give it a try. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have it, Hulu Plus doesn’t have it and Amazon Prime does have it but I don’t have that so I was out of luck. I didn’t want to buy the seasons because I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like the show enough re-watch over and over again?

Lucky for me, the public library has all of the seasons.Unlucky for me the first season was checked out so I had to get on the waiting list. I only had to wait about a week and I picked it up on Saturday. Turns out, I’m loving it! I’m already about halfway through the first season!

Another thing making me happy this week is French food! Last week while doing my meal planning I realized that I didn’t have much going on this past weekend and it was a perfect opportunity to try something a little more involved. I love cooking and find being in the kitchen very relaxing. So I decided to try making Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon. Then later in the week I found a recipe for crepes and realized I had all the ingredients so I decided to make Sunday a French cooking day! I made lemon crepes for breakfast (I adapted this recipe to make it more lemony) and spent the afternoon making a delectable Boeuf Bourguignon and both were a smashing success! I have a feeling I’ll be coming up with more ways to incorporate crepes into my weekly routine. My husband approved of both. It’s always nice when you hear a lot of “mmmms” when people eat your food.

Here are a couple pictures I captured of the delicious French meals:

Bouef Borguignon Lemon Crepes

So that’s what’s been making me happy, until next week everyone!

My Favorites – Perfect Balanced Weekend

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This weekend was full of friend gatherings and family time; and I even managed to sneak in some relaxation to recharge for the week ahead. In other words, it was a perfectly balanced weekend and it made me very happy.

I’m what’s considered an extroverted introvert. Meaning, among people that I know and feel comfortable around I’m an extroverted person but if not, I tend toward introversion. For this reason, I need to recharge my batteries with alone time on a regular basis. But there come times where I crave spending time with good friends. As it happens, I usually end up planning or participating in multiple friend gatherings in one week. Which might seem overwhelming but that’s how like it!

It’s oddly invigorating and feeds the soul to have a jam packed weekend full of love from friends and family. Generally when this happens though, the relaxation goes by the wayside but this weekend because of the timing of each event I was able to squeeze in reading, vegging, and my favorite from last week “Bachelor in Paradise”.

To top it all off, I was able to wake up early this morning and be productive before work which is a great start to the week!

And that’s what’s making me happy this week.

My Favorites: Book Lovers Day & Bachelor In Paradise

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Two of my favorite podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour and The Simple Show, as well as one of my new favorite blogs to follow, Modern Mrs. Darcy, have segments that are basically about what’s making them happy that week, or month. This is one of my favorite segments because I get tons of ideas for things to read, watch, listen to, or do from what is making these awesome people happy at that particular moment. So because imitation is the highest form of flattery, I’ve decided to adopt this segment for Happy Heather and post weekly about my favorite things. I’d like to start by doing this weekly because I think that will help me be in the moment and keep the things that are making me happy top of mind.

So what’s making me happy this week?

Last Sunday was Book Lovers Day and as a book lover myself I decided to treat myself to a trip to the bookstore to get a new book and spend the afternoon reading. I ended up with the book How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman. This turned out to be the perfect book for an all afternoon, and evening, and night reading session. I read this book in just over 24 hours, reading more than half of it in one sitting on Sunday, a little more on my lunch break Monday, and finishing it shortly after I got off work on Monday evening. The story is a psychological thriller about a woman who begins to see things and the reader is left to figure out if these visions are true memories that she has suppressed for years or if she is hallucinating from mental illness. Great read, that made me very happy this week. I’ll talk more about this in my monthly Reading Challenge update.

Another thing making me happy this week is Bachelor in Paradise. I love everything about the Bachelor franchise and in this second season, I have not yet been disappointed. Here is the premise if you are not familiar. Previous Bachelor/Bachelorette hopefuls who were not so lucky in love their first time around (or second if they’ve been on BIP or Bachelor Pad before) come to an island and live in a house together. Each week selected individuals to get the opportunity to go on romantic Bachelor style dates, while the rest are free to make connections back at the house. At the end of the week, either the men or the women (they alternate every week) hand out a rose to someone they feel a romantic connection with. If you don’t get a rose that week, you have to go home. My favorite ladies of the season (so far because new ones are added all the time) are Clare Crawley, Tenley Molzahn, and Ashley Salter and my favorite guys are JJ Lane (surprisingly) and Jared Haibon. I’ve also enjoyed Joe this week because he’s completely crazy but I have a feeling I’ll be over that really quickly.

So those are my favorite things this week and I’ll continue to keep you posted as the weeks go on!