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A Notebook of Happy // Vol 1

One of my favourite questions right now is ‘what is making you happy?’. I’m a fan of this question because it focuses on the little (or big) things in our lives that bring a little extra sparkle. And in these early weeks of roller coaster hormones and emotions, I need a little extra sparkle.


Here’s my short list of what’s making me happy during these marathon nursing sessions and cozy winter days:

  •   a new podcast by one of my favourite bloggers, What Should I Read Next. It answers the questions that every reader asks, introduces new titles and thoughts about old favourites and I always head to my library’s website after finishing an episode. I love it.
  •  a new cookbook called Date Night In. We’ve already declared this the year of date nights at home (hello new baby!) and this book is tailored made for that purpose. Ashley has done all the work of planning out menus, timelines and shopping lists because as a mother of three she knows the reality of making date nights work. It’s a beautiful book with essays about their marriage that made me tear up, more then just post partum emotions. She’s from Seattle and for the personality geeks, Ashley shares the same Ennegram as me which was super fun. I can’t wait to start cooking from this book.
  • a new (to me) Netflix show, I have become enamoured with Gilmore Girls. It hits the sweet spot of an engaging story without too much of anything and is the perfect companion to evening nursing sessions. I also want coffee every time I hear the opening music.


  • a family book club– I love the idea of focused reading as an addition to our homeschool and was delighted when Jessica approached me about joining in this endeavour. Each month has a theme and three books to read along for various age groups. The titles are great and I’m excited to explore along with my girls through reading. Join in on discussions, reviews and activities with our Facebook group . I’ll be posting more about this in the months to come
  • hoodies, leggings and top knots, I would never leave the house in this uniform but for cozy days around home, comfy clothes that fit my post baby body and make me feel somewhat pulled together make me happy.
  • coffee and chocolate – coffee always makes any short list of happiness but right now I’m especially enjoying a hot mug of husband made coffee. I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and it was challenging. I’m enjoying being able to eat sweets again and not think about every morsel of food I put in my mouth.

I’d love to hear what things are adding a little extra sparkle to your days!


{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Krista February 16, 2016, 7:26 pm

    So many good things!! Every one of them would make me happy too. 🙂 My happy things during this season are: breakfast on the veranda with Bear, morning walks in my gardens and around the farm with Luna and our little lamb, homemade bread with butter and honey. 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment February 16, 2016, 8:54 pm

      Oh gracious, those sound delightful! I can’t wait for breakfast on the veranda here. =) I love that your lamb is friends with Luna.

  • mirari February 17, 2016, 6:22 am

    i loved gilmore girls, but they aren’t on netflix here in belgium…

    • thisvintagemoment February 17, 2016, 8:53 pm

      Aw, man.

  • Rachel February 18, 2016, 6:34 pm

    That date night book sounds fabulous! My husband and I have had the odd date night in, but we usually just get take-out. The times we’ve made our own, we either end up with something uncomplicated but mundane or go overboard and spend too much of our evening in the kitchen. I love the idea of finding a balance between keeping it easy and making it special. I’ll have to find myself a copy 🙂

    Recent sparkle around here includes open windows, Liane Moriarty, and JoJo Moyes. Glad to see you writing a little again too 🙂 Enjoy your babymoon!

    • thisvintagemoment February 27, 2016, 9:47 am

      You should look this book up, it’s so good for taking the work out of date night in and it’s been fun! Love Liane Moriarty and JoJo Moyes-so curiously excited about the Me before You movie. =)

  • Aneta February 18, 2016, 10:29 pm

    Love your ‘happy’ list. I love the new podcast, as well! I challenged myself not to purchase any new books (hard copy or Kindle) this year (unless I have a gift card), but I still have to hear about what’s out there! I’m using the library a lot more and although I have about a kajillion books on my eReader, it seems there’s always another book I hear about that I want to read!

    • thisvintagemoment February 27, 2016, 9:46 am

      I pretty much have to have the library website open when I listen to the podcast! So glad you’re enjoying it as well!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites February 25, 2016, 8:40 pm

    Ashley’s book is a gem. I love it and the recipes are really solid. I’m hooked on her carrot salad; it’s perfect for winter.

    I’ve never seen an episode of GG, but I AM looking for a new Netflix series…so who knows!

    • thisvintagemoment February 27, 2016, 9:45 am

      It took me half a season to get into GG but it’s a fun one. The Mindy Project is another favourite.
      I have yet to try the carrot salad but it’s on my radar because we have so many carrots in the winter!

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