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Happy List: #254

Hello! Welcome to the last Happy List of April! Time flies, my friends.

This week on the blog we celebrated Handy Husband’s birthday and we discussed our junk drawer situation or lack thereof. So, a typical week on the blog. Ha!

If you’ve been sprucing up the outside of your house as we have been lately, we’d love to see what you’ve been working on. Maybe we can inspire each other!

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Now, here’s the Happy List!


I like how West Elm styled this bathroom so that the mirrors overhang the wall tile by a little bit.

west elm mid century double bathroom vanity on the happy list

(image: West Elm)


I did not know you could grow copper acetate crystals from scrap copper and vinegar.

Frankly, I did not know copper acetate crystals were a thing, but now I am intrigued! They look like obsidian when they are done growing.

This tutorial by Chase at Crystalverse was very detailed and would be a great months-long science project for kids.

grow copper acetate crystals by chase at crystalverse

(image: Chase at Crystalverse)


Have you heard of the Del Monte Note? It was printed with a Del Monte banana sticker attached to it.

Accident or deliberate? No one knows, but it made it into circulation and sold in 2021 for $396,000.

del monte note on the happy list

(image: Heritage Auctions via CNN)


Here’s a fun Mother’s Day gift idea.

I would wear this dainty style of ring stacked with the initials of my kids.

etsy shop meghann elyse signet ring on the happy list

(image: Etsy Shop Meghann Elyse)


If you have a burning physics theory you want to discuss with an actual physicist, there’s a hotline for that!

Sabine Hossenfelder is a theoretical physicist and research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. She details in an interesting article for Aeon the types of questions she gets on the calls and how lack of math skills and literal interpretation of over-simplified news reports plays an important role in the development of bad scientific theories.


This ice cream sundae charcuterie board idea from Heather Krout is a fun idea for a birthday party.

I may have to borrow this idea for my kids’ upcoming birthdays.

heather Krout ice cream party charcuterie board on the happy list

(image: Heather Krout)

Last year we did a cookie and candy charcuterie board for my son’s birthday since candy was the dessert he actually wanted. He was delighted!


To balance things out, here’s a salad recipe from Pinch of Yum that I want to try soon.

This Spring Quinoa Salad has bacon and feta in it along with fresh herbs. YUM!

Pinch of Yum Spring Quinoa Salad on the happy list

(image: Pinch of Yum)


If you haven’t listened to Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow’s recent speech, it is well worth 4 minutes of your time.

Here’s an excerpt:

“So who am I? I am a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom who knows that the very notion that learning about slavery or redlining or systemic racism means that children are being taught to feel bad or hate themselves because they are white is absolute nonsense.

No child alive today is responsible for slavery. No one in this room is responsible for slavery. But each and every single one of us bears responsibility for writing the next chapter of history. We decide what happens next, and how WE respond to history and the world around us.

People who are different are not the reason our roads are in bad shape, or healthcare costs are too high, or teachers are leaving the profession.

We cannot let hateful people tell you otherwise to scapegoat and deflect from the fact that they’re not doing anything to fix the real issues that impact people’s lives.”

Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow

Watch the entire speech here.


I do not know exactly what this elevated water dispenser planter situation is, but I need something like this for my house. Isn’t it cool?

More pictures of this gorgeous home by T.S. Adams Studio, Architects can be found here at Town & Country Living.

T.S. Adams Studio, Architects

(image: T.S. Adams Studio, Architects via Town & Country Living)


I can’t imagine actually using this game quilt from Anthropologie for playing games, but I still think it’s awesome.

game quilt anthropologie on the happy list

(image: Anthropologie)


“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Howard Zinn

Thanks for reading today’s Happy List!

Be good to yourself and others this weekend.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.



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