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Happy List: #305

Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m so happy you are here.

This week on the blog I shared the story about how I remembered that we have an outlet in a place that really needs a light.

I also shared how to update a plain metal door with PVC trim. It’s really pretty easy!

In addition, thank you for all of your comments, support, likes, shares, etc. here and on social media. Your engagement really does matter to us! If you want to connect with us, you can always comment on this blog post or send an email here. You can also reach out on Instagram or Facebook.

Now, here’s the Happy List!


This subtle spin on a patriotic wreath by My Family Thyme is so pretty. Directions here.

patriotic floral summer wreath created by my family thyme on the happy list

(image: My Family Thyme)

P.S. The picture at the top of this Happy List is my take on a 4th of July wreath using an old metal sifter. If you like it, you can get the DIY directions here.


Young House Love had the best idea for kids – a summer reading spot bracket. The bracket is not about the best book but about the best places to read a book.

There’s a bracket for inside and outside locations. The best part? You can print it out for free on their website.

summer reading spot bracket free printable by young house love on the happy list

(image: Young House Love)


We used to have narrow shoe storage cabinets from IKEA that were the best ever. I thought this dressed-up version of that idea on Amazon was pretty neat.

These cabinets also come in white and black.

narrow shoe storage cabinet angel sar store on amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


If you like numbers games, The New York Times has a new daily online game called Digits. It’s free.

You use the numbers provided to get to the indicated prime number. You don’t have to do the math in your head, it will calculate and show you on the screen as you play.

Here’s a screenshot from when I played earlier this week. It was a fun brain challenge!

NY TIMES digits game free on the happy list

(image: The New York Times)


Donna from Funky Junk Interiors has turned basic outdoor cushions into something that looks entirely custom with a stenciled grain sack stripe. *jaw drop*

Get the directions on how to make this upgrade look like a professional did it, even if you’re not a experienced stenciler, here. Can you imagine the possibilities?

how to stencil a grain sack stripe on a fabric chair cushion via Funky Junk Interiors on the happy list

(image: Funky Junk Interiors)


My parents sent me a picture of the hummingbird nest they found at their house. I don’t think I’ve ever seen baby hummingbirds in a nest. Before you know it, I’m googling all sorts of hummingbird facts. They are fascinating creatures.

Did you know that hummingbirds live, on average, 3 – 5 years? They can also fly 23 miles per day when they are migrating. However, the birds migrating from Florida to the Yucatan can make the 500 mile journey in one day if the winds are in their favor.

Learn more about hummingbirds over at Hummingbird Central. There’s even a map where you can report sightings!

trinidad and tobago hummingbirds taken by charles j sharp via wikimedia on the happy list
(image: Charles J. Sharp via Wikimedia)


I loved the recent blog post on A Cup Of Jo about fun things to do with friends. The comments section of this blog is always the best.

Here’s one idea that I think you all might like:

Says CC19 on 13 fun things to do with friends: “My friends and I will do a ‘Green Elephant’ party where we take something from our home that we aren’t using and think someone else might enjoy, and do a gift exchange. We wrap everything in newspaper or old grocery bags, and you’re allowed to ‘steal’ (exchange) a gift with someone else’s. It’s an absolute riot.”

I love this idea because it isn’t wasteful. You’re not spending money. Plus, you get to hang out with friends!


I haven’t had strawberry shortcake in forever. I need to rectify that. This recipe from TidyMom uses drop biscuits in lieu of shortcakes. One of the biscuit ingredients is orange juice.

I can see how that would be delicious. Get the recipe here.

strawberry shortcake recipe using drop biscuits from TidyMom on the happy list

(image: TidyMom)


“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thank you 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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