I’ve been out of the hospital for about a month, and it has not always been easy. Thankfully, I have amazing friends and family who have kept a smile on my face this December. They are what truly make me happy.
A few other small things have buoyed my spirits:
Cozy Hugs Plush Animals
We’re in the midst of a major cold snap where I live and my Cozy Hugs dog is making it so much more bearable. Cozy Hugs are stuffed animals with a special insert that can be either heated by microwave or cooled in the freezer. Obviously, I’ve been heating mine and have enjoyed cuddling with my super soft and warm dog (he’s on my lap as I write this!). Thank you to my wonderful stepbrother for giving this to me for Christmas! If you run cold like I do and need a warm, furry friend to keep you warm, give one of these stuffies a go.
I feel I’m a little behind when it comes to learning about ThredUp, but I’m so glad I finally checked it out. It’s an online consignment site that sells tons of clothing brands (including some my absolute faves like Anthropologie and Banana Republic) at really low prices. I know I sound like a commercial, but I have been genuinely impressed by what I’ve purchased. I went on an online shopping binge while I was in the hospital a month ago (there’s only so much you can do in a hospital bed and shopping online is one of them!) and may have bought a little more than I should have, but I kept it all and it still wasn’t too painful for my bank account 🙂
The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons
I was a ‘90s kid and this coloring book really brought me back! There’s nothing like a little nostalgia to make you smile. My first coloring masterpiece from the book was the “You quiero Taco Bell” chihuahua and I can’t wait to get to some of the others. Clueless, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Ross Perot…there are so many gems! If the ‘90s weren’t your formative years, there are coloring books for all the decades. The trip down memory lane is lots of fun 🙂
NY Times Crossword and CW Pencil Enterprise Crossword Puzzle Set
My dad and I love doing the NY Times Crossword (well, at least the Monday – Wednesday ones), so when I heard about the Crossword Puzzle Set from CW Pencil Enterprise on Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next? podcast, I had to get him a set as a Christmas gift. We get a little competitive with the crosswording, so I realized I HAD to get a set for myself as well. I couldn’t give dad an upper hand. The set comes with six pencils that are perfect for crosswords (e.g. they don’t smudge, the erasers are extra eraser-y) and an informational brochure describing the features of each. It’s good ol’ fashioned nerdy fun!
I am notorious for killing any houseplant I attempt to care for, so when I heard how easy air plants are to take care of, I had to give them a try. I got mine at Trader Joes 3 weeks ago, and they haven’t died yet – woohoo! Air plants don’t require soil and very little watering, so I think they are my dream plant. Let’s see if I can keep mine alive for at least a year!
What’s been making you happy recently? Share in the comments below!
A saysJanuary 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm
I need one of those Cozy Hugs animals in my life. I’ve made a bunch of hot/cold rice packs with different essential oils, but putting it inside a stuffed animal makes it even better! Hope 2018 is a great year for you!
Kristen saysJanuary 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm
I like the rice idea! But my dog is a little cuter 🙂 I hope you have a great year too!
Rachel @ Never Enough Novels saysJanuary 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm
I have the NY Times daily crossword puzzle calendar in my Amazon cart right now : ) Hoping it goes half off soon haha.
Kristen saysJanuary 5, 2018 at 7:30 am
If it does go half-off, let me know, and I’ll probably get it too! 🙂