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