My Life: What’s Up

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happy halloween!

This past weekend Dan and I went to a Halloween party at his sister’s house. It was so much fun! We dressed up, ate a lot of food, shared stories, played Catchphrase and The Game of Things, and laughed until we cried. Overall, it was a fantastic evening. Thanks Cate!


I LOVED our costume! We bought Madison’s bee costume at Petsmart. We bought paint coveralls and gardening gloves at Home Depot, bee scrapbooking stickers and black tulle at JoAnn Fabrics, and on sale camping hats at Meijer. Many scissor cuts staples, and safety pins later, we were beekeepers!

photo 3 Madison loved her costume. I know a lot of dogs don’t enjoy dressing up, but Madison does! Lucky thing since she looks so darn cute! ; )


Honey – I mean, Happy Halloween!

Love, the Dailys


31 Day Blog Challenge: Days 2 & 3

I recently discovered and joined the 31 Day Blog Challenge. Here are (yesterday) Day 2: Favorite Quote(s) and (today) Day 3: What makes you happy?


Day 2: Favorite Quotes

I LOVE quotes. I keep a quote journal, I have an extensive Pinterest quote collection, I follow multiple Twitter accounts that exist solely to tweet quotes, etc. So there are a great deal of quotes that inspire me or have been especially meaningful to me throughout the years. However, over the past year or so – a time in which I have been trying to get sure footing in my career and life post-college while also learning how to better manage my anxiety – the quotes that have been especially inspirational and guiding to me have been the following two:


Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest



Day 4: What makes you happy?

At this point in my life, I could write a great deal on this prompt. I am about 2/3 of the way through The Happiness Project, just purchased Happier at Home and Daring Greatly, and have been bookmarking articles on happiness and balance left and right. I guess the best answer I have to this question at this moment is this: Thinking about what I’m grateful for and brightens my life makes me happy. Morning coffee, cuddles and walks and playing with Madison, baking, reading a really good book, listening to history podcasts, watching a funny TV show, sharing a meal with my family, trivia with my friends, painting my nails, spending all day in sweatpants, helping and laughing and teaching my students and athletes, working out until I am dripping with sweat and feel on fire, listening to my mom play the piano, playing cards with my grandma, seeing a beautiful sunset or sunrise, and so much more.


What quotes do you love? What makes you happy?

things that are making me happy

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

  1. The adorable photo above
  2. The Indians’ win over Kansas City Monday night
  3. Reading awesome new books
  4. Visiting Dan in Columbus and having fun at our favorite places
  5. Pinterest’s iPhone app
  6. Yummy pasta dishes made by my sister
  7. Watching Cheers on Netflix
  8. Meeting new people who are friendly and have a great sense of humor
  9. People‘s issue that’s all about Pippa Middleton
  10. Summer fun with friends
What things are making you happy as of late?

weekly gems

Hello, everyone! How was your week? Mine was extremely busy, filled with lesson planning and trying to catch up on grading since I was sick all last week. I actually had to go to the doctor’s again – turns out I have an ear and a sinus infection! I should finally be getting better over the next few days, which is good because this weekend I have to take an exam for my teaching license. I’m also having dinner with friends and resting a lot. What are you doing this weekend?

Some lovely links for you…
Image source: my Pinterest

weekly gems

the view outside my window
How was everyone’s week this week? Mine has been full of ups and downs. I’m looking forward to a weekend of chilling at home, getting a lot of planning done, baking, and catching up on sleep. How about you?
  • Adore everything about what it means to be a Matchbook girl. Can’t wait to devour the first issue of the magazine this weekend!
  • Have you seen Up? Check out this “premake” trailer of it. Awesome!
  • A fascinating article on dogs’ understanding of language.
  • Love this photo & quotes post.
  • While I do occasionally see movies in 3D, I totally prefer 2D & thus cheered at this article.
  • This tumblr makes me want to travel Europe for years.
  • Have you heard of or played the app/game Angry Birds? I’m addicted to it, & thus adore this cake.
  • I smiled so big when Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld talked about a supportive teacher : )
  • Interested in fashion and fashion journalism? Check out The Coveted.
  • The photos and accompanying stories to all three of these weddings made my heart swell: one, two, three.
  • This week brought big up-and-coming movie news…Willow Smith as Annie, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and Beyonce in a remake of A Star is Born