The Happy Collection ~ Winter

Happy Spring and September! It’s been a little while since I’ve written a Happy Collection post, February to be exact. I’ve been a little more active on the blog again these last few months and so thought I’d do a collection of things that made me happy over the winter.

Getting Creative:

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At the beginning of August I made some happy little inspiration cards. One of my happy places is sitting cross legged in my room with craft supplies all around me feeling like I can completely let go and allow the creative magic to flow. I’m yet to find a purpose for the cute little cards I made but I loved the process of creating. This is something I want to include a little bit more of in my weeks.

Happy Eats:

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen in during Winter, more than I have the entire time I’ve lived in my flat. Baking in the kitchen for me has been a creative outlet and something I founds so much joy in. I have made many batches of muffins, choc chip biscuits and pancakes. None of which were particularly healthy but were tasty comfort food for winter. The muffins and biscuits I shared with family and friends which were greatly enjoyed. For someone who has never had much luck in the kitchen it was lovely to succeed at different recipes I made from scratch. There is something about baking from scratch, watching everything come together, making it with love while dancing to good music then getting to eat the results. If you’re after a tasty biscuit recipe check this one out.

Happy Reads:

I read two lovely novels over Winter

The Bee Keepers Secret by Josephine Moon and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The Bee Keepers Secret was set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast (somewhere I am very familiar with) at a gorgeous little retreat I would love to visit if it was real. The story features beautiful characters and reminds you how important family, telling the truth and bees are.

Truly Madly Guilty had me hooked from the start and is a story about life and it’s messiness at times. In terms of mystery novels Liane Moriarty’s are about as dramatic I get and really they aren’t even that dramatic.

Quotes To Inspire:

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Happy Watching:

If you are looking for a little inspiration any of Prince Ea’s videos are beautiful and powerful.

Happy Songs:

This one is for dancing in your lounge room…

This one I played many many times at work before opening…

Making Me Happy:

I am so grateful for many things this Winter of 2016 has bought. One being that we were blessed with such beautiful mild weather for most of winter. I am grateful for

~ The time I spent with my family ~ My Rainbow Umbrella (read about it here) ~ Lessons on how to be gentle with myself ~ Nights to chill on the couch watching a good show ~ Spending time in mother nature ~ A beautiful new laptop ~ Lessons in gratitude (read them here) ~ Simple Joys and sweet Days (read them here) ~ Teamwork and Leadership ~ Sister Circles ~ Manifesto writing ~ Home baking ~ Snapchat stories ~Melissa Ambrosini’s Goddess Group and Goddess Group on Demand ~ All the little adventures and stories that have made up the winter of 2016.

Final Thoughts:

In some ways I feel like I was just going through the motions a fair bit of the time in Winter. Now that Spring is here I’m ready to make a more conscious effort to set some intention for my days, get creative, spend time in nature, bake more but experiment with nourishing foods. Do more things that fill my cup up and take stock of the simple joys and little things in life. I feel a few more blog posts will be written in the coming month.

Wishing you a beautiful happy spring and September.

Love Caitlin xx

The Happy Collection : February

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Hey There You 🙂

How was your February? What did you do to make it a happy month? Did you take time to do things for you?

I’ve got to say February is one of my favourite months. To begin with it’s my birthday month, yay 🙂 . Being in the southern hemisphere February is the last official month of summer, which means the weather is still nice and warm, the days are still long and early mornings and late afternoons are glorious. Where January is where you do all the planning, dreaming and feeling into a new year, February for me is the month of making things happen.

On Make Today Happy I was doing a little semi monthly review where I’d share things I was loving from the month that had passed. I haven’t done one for a little while now but I’m back for February sharing a slightly refreshed version, The Happy Collection. This is going to be a collection of Happy little things you can come back to during the next month if you feel like a little happy boost. So here’s the things that made me happy in February.

Getting Creative:

I rediscovered how much I need to find creative outlets in order to fill up my cup. It wasn’t like I hadn’t been doing anything creative at all because I had, I was writing on here, colouring in and taking pics for Instagram but nothing I lost huge amounts of time doing. That was until I opened up my Adobe creative programs and lost myself for quite a while just playing around designi things. Stay tuned for some happy little pri tables I’ve created. Another little craft I spent an afternoon doing was creating happy rocks, I’m going to be doing a blog post on them too so stay tuned for that.

The whole process of loosing myself in creativity made me realise the mean girl chatter that had stopped me from creating in the first place. The voice that was saying I’m not creative, imaginative or good enough to design and make. Well I say stuff that, it makes me happy so I’m just going to do it anyway. Let me ask you, how often do you create, play and imagine? What do you like doing? What’s a creative hobby you’ve let slip? How can you be more creative in March?

Food to Nourish:

I saw Lola Berry speak at the 2015 Utopia Women’s Wellness event, prior to that I’d only heard of her a little. Hearing her speak that day you couldn’t help but smile and be inspired about living a happy and nourishing life style. Since then I bought one of her cookbooks and received another two for my birthday. Of all the cookbooks I own, I’ve made the most recipes out of the Lola Berry ones. The recipes are tasty, allow for adaptation and seem to work (my poor oven causes a bit of a problem). My favourite from February was for a Banana/Raspberry loaf, yummo. Grab her book or search for Banana loaf recipes to make today.

Happy Reads:

I’ve been loving Melissa Ambrosini’s book – Mastering Your Mean Girl, I’m about half way through and loving every bit of it. I also loved these reads from some lovely bloggers. On Valentines day the lovely ladies at Violet Gray ran their second instagram flash mob #imperfectlymevg This was the second year I took part in the flash mob which encourages ladies to share an authentic and real photo of themselves and talk about the ways in which their imperfections make them perfect. I loved reading everyone’s beautiful captions and I particularly loved this post by Erin at In Our Stillness.

Quotes To Inspire:

“You are a beautiful, talented and brilliant human. Don’t you forget it.”

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know”

Happy Watching:

For a bit of a laugh I went to the movies to see ‘How to Be Single’ on my own. There were plenty of laughs but also a nice little reminder that it’s ok to be single, you have to learn how to be you on your own before that changes. I’ve also been enjoying the Soulpancake series 1-100, sweet little videos to bring a little happiness to your day.

Music to make you Smile:

A song to chill to (really been loving this one):

A song for dancing in your lounge room to:


Well lovely, that’s a wrap on February. I have to say February presented plenty of opportunities for me to practice filling my cup up, taking time for the things I love and returning to love. March is going to be about Shining, shining bright by nourishing and caring for me and showing what I’m made of.

Love Caitlin xx

 

Making August Happy

 

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Hello to you on this beautiful Spring day. I’ve been a little quite here on Make Today Happy. It’s been a very full few months since May. To begin with I spent 5 weeks on a big beautiful adventure exploring Ireland and England, which you can check out here, and after coming home I’ve had a busy few months at work. But I felt called to come back to this little happy project of mine today as I’ve missed writing on my travel blog and sharing beautiful things here. Today I thought I’d share the little things that made me happy in the month of August.

What I’m making:

This month any chance I get I’ve been compiling all my travel photos into a big beautiful photo book. I have been using Blurb because their program Booksmart is super easy to use and the quality of books is amazing. In a couple of weeks I’m about to make a very exciting move into my first little. I’ve been browsing loads of Pinterest boards for little DIY projects to make and add a warm touch to my new home. Keep your eyes out as I plan to put some tutorials/crafty projects on the blog.

Food To Nourish:

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I have been loving having yoghurt, fresh fruit and granola for my breakfasts. Even better is I’ve been making my own granola and OMG it’s amazing if I do say so myself. I follow a very loose recipe I found on Pinterest but below is My Super Yummy Granola recipe.

Ingredients Dry:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups puffed millet
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup each of crushed nuts, seeds (sunflower, pepita), bukins, puffed quinoa, chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • pinch of salt

Ingredients Wet:

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rice malt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Method:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a bow
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix together
  4. Spread on a lined baking tray
  5. Toast in an oven on 180’C for 30 minutes, run a fork through and shake mix every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool and enjoy.

There really is limitless combinations with this granola, you can add whatever ingredients you like in whatever quantities. I like to have mine with yoghurt and fruit and it keeps well in an airtight container.

What I’m reading:

August had its fair share of wintery days which I made the most of by delving into two lighthearted girly novels by Josephine Moon. In search of a little inspiration I’ve also been checking out the Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe site which is loaded with recipes I’m keen to try and little inspirational posts. Reading is such a beautiful thing to do and I have loved loosing myself in the middle of a good book something I don’t often do.

Quotes I’m loving:

‘ The original definition of courage, (from the Latin word cur, meaning heart)
was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.’
~ Brene Brown

Happy Little Video:

I came across this little video on a night I needed a little pep talk and even though it’s related to footy it still put a smile on my face.

All it takes to be successful is an attitude.

Songs I’m loving:

I’ve really been loving Spotify this month. A couple of my favourite songs on my playlist in August were.

A month in review:

August has been a big month in many ways. I had the busiest month at work and there’s been lots of little changes in my home life. Through it all I learnt just how big an impact your energy and vibes can affect others. It really is important to stay positive and try your best to keep your vibes high. I was also reminded that sometimes you just have to keep going when you don’t really feel like it and that change is a good thing. Looking forward I’m taking part in Life With Che’s #365daystohappiness challenge in September. It’s a beautiful way to add a little happy yo your days and you can check it out here.


Sending you loads of love and sweetness on this beautiful spring day.

Love Caitlin xx

Making April Happy

Hello Beautiful you! Welcome to May! April 1st feels like a long time ago, but at the same time how is it already May? I loved writing a little review about March and thought I’d gather some of my April favourites to share with you. April has been a month full of many beautiful experiences and lessons.

What I’m making:

Happy Little Wall Art: Earlier in the month I shared a post on how to create your very own piece of art to brighten your space. You can read about it here.

 

Food To Nourish:

I love having a supply of bliss balls in the fridge for when the munchies strike. My favourite recipe for bliss balls is from Angela Simpson’s (The Gratitude Project) cookbook Treat Your Tastebuds. It’s seriously worth the $9, I’ve made many of the recipes and like I said the bliss balls are my favourite. You can find the book here.

What I’m reading:

With an upcoming solo adventure this blog post on Four Reasons You Should Travel Solo really connected with me. It completely summed up how I feel about solo travel. 

Quotes I’m loving:

At the start of the month I really needed this reminder. 

 

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”

 

Happy Little Video:

When I first saw this video I thought how true it was, it really hit home about loving yourself and the power of choice. I hope to keep choosing the beautiful door.

Songs I’m loving:

I’ve had this song on repeat throughout the month.

I also really enjoy some of the message behind this song.

And one more, I think I like this song because to me it’s about enjoying simple things. 

 

A month in review:

Looking back on April I can see it had some pretty important themes for me. Self Care being one of them. The start of this year has been busy with working full time and I struggled to find balance between working and doing things I loved and looking after myself. Easter at work was especially full on and left me feeling run down in many ways. The next weekend though was the perfect reset. I spent a weekend with all my family on my Dads side (27 of us in total) in a little cabin in the mountains. It was a beautiful weekend of family time, unplugging, getting in touch with nature and laughter. I had some beautiful days off after that where I started some beautiful little morning and evening rituals. 

  • Morning journalling, meditation, unplugging and smoothies.
  • A lot more being gentle on myself
  • Evening gratitude journalling and meditation.

I think I’ve learnt that you have to find balance, time to enjoy little things that light you up and time for your family and friends. That you really need to be gentle on yourself, you’re doing the best you can, you don’t have to be it all or do it all. That sometimes getting sick is a message to slow it down and stop for a bit. And that you need to be present and trust things will fall into place.


So on this beautiful rainy day on the First of May, I say thank you April for your beautiful lessons and moments and Hello May for all the new adventures that are to come.

Love Caitlin xx

Making March Happy

Hey there you! Wow it’s the first of April, can you believe it? Pinch and a punch. I’m currently cozzied up under the blankets enjoying the cooler weather and days off reflecting on the month that’s been. I feel like March has flown by but it’s been full of some beautiful simple joys and many things that have made me happy. I thought the best way to farewell March was to gather some of my favourites from the month and share them with you, a collection of little things some to make, read, watch and sing.

What I’m making:

I’ve been making little ‘Grateful for…’ pictures for a while now. Whenever I’m out and about and feeling in the moment and grateful I’ll stop and snap a pic then using a photo editing app I add the 5 or so most beautiful things or what I’m most grateful for in that moment. I don’t usually share these but I’ll add a date to the pic and save it to come back to later and read.
This month I’ve been using the FatMumSlim Little Moments App from the app store and I love it.

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I also updated my vision board for 2015 in March, and I’m loving how it turned out. My Guiding words for 2015 are Joy, Nourish, Balance and Grace, the pictures and quotes I’ve chosen all reflect these words in some way. If you want to make a cool inspiration board check out the tutorial I did here: Inspiration Board

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Food To Nourish:

Almond, Raspberry, Coconut Muffins
These muffins are absolutely delicious (even better with lots of raspberries), I came home after work one night and my Grandma had made some to share with me, yumo!

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What I’m reading:

This post really got me thinking on what I’d share with my younger self.
http://oneinfinitelife.com/nuggets-of-wisdom-i-would-share-with-my-younger-self/

Quote I’m loving:

I’m loving this quote at the moment, there have been quite a few nights after work where the best cure for a long day has been a good laugh and getting some sleep.

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Happy Little Video:

This video makes me want to get my groove on, I’ve listened and watched it many times 🙂

Song I’m loving:

Nothing like a good song to belt out when driving

What I’m dreaming up:

In 32 days I will be flying to Ireland!!! I will be heading off on a 5 week solo trip around Ireland and plan on spending some time in England, I’m a tad excited. I adventured in Canada in 2013 and blogged about my adventures, I’ll be doing the same this trip on my travel blog lifeis1bigadventure.wordpress.com so check out my adventures there, plenty of pics I promise.

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So that’s my little happy collection, the blog has been pretty quite recently but I hope to share more in the coming month.
On that note, how will you be making April a joyful month? Happy April Everyone.

Love Caitlin xx