This and That

I am tired tonight. I got home from the city feeling worn out and grumpy. But the house is quiet, I’m starting to unwind, and there are a few things making me happy right now:

1) I’m sitting here listening to my new favorite happy music.

2) I’m wearing a new Smart Set turtleneck sweater. All is right with the world once more.

I have loved Smart Set turtleneck sweaters since turtlenecks made a comeback a few years ago, and have always had at least two of them in my closet. But then two winters ago, I thought to myself, “Maybe it’s time for a change….I need to stop buying the same sweaters over and over.” So I went and bought a turtleneck  from a different store.

And I’ve never liked it.

It just didn’t fit right, it didn’t have the right amount of stretch, it just wasn’t comfortable enough.

But today I took my Smart Set gift card, given to me by my sweet sister-in-law for Christmas, and I went to Smart Set in search of a turtleneck sweater. The second I put it on, it felt like I’d had it forever. And the color is making me very happy. I ripped the tags off, went to pay for it, and wore it out of the store.

It’s good to be reunited.

3) I decided to take a peak through the pictures on our camera, and found these that Ben took the other day:

Under these circumstances, who can stay grumpy for long??

Favorite Things Right Now Part 3

…And here’s the last batch!

13) Green Ginger Tea

I’ve never like tea, and anyone who knows me knows that I drink water. Water. Nothing else. But this last year, Ben convinced me to try tea. I am in need of new ways to treat myself, since I can no longer eat most of the things I used to love, so it was time to find new loves. So I drank tea every day until I made myself like it. And now, I really, really love sitting down to relax and enjoy my tea! Weird. That still doesn’t sound right to me… Proof that you can get used to anything!


I love it because it combines my love of writing and photography. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but today I read an interview of one of my favorite bloggers, who has written books, and she said that her blog is her greatest book yet. So, maybe these days I am writing a book!

15) Smart Set

Most of my clothes come from Smart Set. I try to buy stuff elsewhere, just to have some variety, but when I just can’t find what I’m looking for, I always end up back at Smart Set.

16) Yoga and Pilates

I’ve been doing yoga for a long time, and love, love, love it. It is so incredibly relaxing, and makes you feel good from head to toe. But recently, I was encouraged to try pilates because of my hips, and it’s been really great, as well. (That’s a picture of my yoga mat, by the way. I don’t have a picture of me doing yoga!)


I am loving my girls. Anika can be wild and crazy, and stretch my parenting abilities, and Kaylia can eat most of the sand on the beach, and keep me running, but I still really love being a mom. And I love this stage of my life – I love being content, and not carrying around that weight any longer of wanting a baby and not being able to have one. I love just feeling happy and content. I love seeing how much our girls love each other.

18) Times Together

I love any time I get to spend with Ben. One of my favorite times is when we have to drive into the city, and we have almost 4 hours of driving time just to talk. I am so very thankful to have such a wonderful husband!