Friday, March 24, 2017

Peace, happiness, and supporting a good cause

How's that for a "Happy Friday" post title??

I joined a blog group on facebook.  I've never been in a blog group.  Lindsay is one of the administrators, and she is my homegirl.  Plus, they promote peace (hence, the name) and positivity.  Those are things I like to support as well.  I have no idea what I plan to get from the blog group.  After all, I don't even have a facebook page for my own blog.  But, it seems to be a group of supportive, encouraging folks, and I'm all about surrounding myself with those kinds of peeps.  If you'd like to check 'em out, it's called The Peaceful Posse

The 3 administrators are kicking off and hosting a weekly link-up.  I'm not the most consistent gal when it comes to weekly link-ups, but after forgetting about (or just not having time to get myself together) for Kristin's Stuff & Things this week, I thought I'd jump into this inaugural link-up "What's Up, Weekend?" hosted by Lindsay, Charlotte, and Chrissy.

Why not let you know about ten things that made me happy this week?  Here we go...

1.  Audrey mail ~ I offered to send books that I'd already read and was happy to pass along to other book lovin' bloggers.  I asked other bloggers to "pay it forward" or pass along books of their own.  Audrey offered up some books, I opted for one, and it arrived this week.  Who doesn't enjoy receiving snail mail?! 

2.  The idea of reading the above book ~ I'm not much into "classics", yet my favorite book of all time is indeed a "classic" in Children's Literature (The Secret Garden).  So, when Audrey offered this book, I thought "hey, maybe I need to try another children's lit classic", so I'm happy to give it a go.

3.  Haribo Bears ~ some days I need a little something sweet and a little something sour.  For some reason, I can actually eat these in moderation.  I can eat 2 or 3 and instantly be happier.

4.  Sending a care package ~ I often say it.  You may have already heard me say it.  Multiple times.  But, it is worth repeating.  The world needs more care packages.  And, I always feel so good about sending a little box of goodies that someone may not be expecting. 

5.  First paycheck ~ you know something awesome about starting a new job?  Receiving a first paycheck.

6.  Employment happiness ~ I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying my new job.  I'd decided not to talk about work here, so I won't go into details, but I'm really, really enjoying it.

7.  My nephew is 16 ~ my heart is so full with what an amazing kid he is.  He is smart, funny, thoughtful, dedicated, and compassionate.  Oh, and he's adorable too.

8.  Pictures all over social media in honor of National Puppy Day ~ who doesn't love puppy pics?  Well, don't answer that.  I don't want to know the person who doesn't love puppy pics.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of my darling girls when they were puppies.

9.  Friday night dinner ~ the husband cooked steaks on the grill and homemade beer-battered onion rings, and they were goooooooood.

10.  The best for last ~ Support and donations for the Starlight Children's Foundation ~ I agreed to walk (read that...walk, not run) a 10K.  It's my first 10K ever.  A good friend has been encouraging me to participate in one with her for a little while, and she got me on this one...there's food, craft beer, and wine at the end, spectacular views of Sydney along the way, AND it benefits a charity that I support wholeheartedly.  All I've done is share a link online a few times encouraging anyone to give anything they may choose.  I set my goal to raise $500.  I did it, so I bumped it up to $750.  Typing this right now, I've raised $1,035.85 for the Starlight Children's Foundation.  I am thrilled.  If you are interested in reading more about it or donating to a worthy cause, see my link here

I've just realized that I've structured this sorta kinda like my personal weekly posts "Sunday's Seven Snapshots".  Oops.  Good thing I'm walking the 10K on Sunday.  I'll try to remember to take lots of pics so I have something to share in my post!

So, What's Up with Your Weekend?


  1. national puppy day = best. i dont have a dog but i spent a good amount of time looking at pics of other dogs.

    so happy that you're enjoying your new job!

  2. I was loving all the puppy pictures yesterday too! Yours are adorable. So glad that the new job is going well - that first paycheck is a good one!!! :) Hope your walk goes well this weekend!

  3. I keep thinking about starting a Facebook page for my blog, but I'm not sure it'll do anything besides make more work for myself. Haha! Keep us posted on how the blog group goes! I love that picture of your pups. Good luck and have fun doing your 10k!

  4. I cant believe I missed posting a pic of my babies for Puppy Day. I'll have to overload it for the weekend then ;)
    YIPEEE for paychecks!!!

  5. Wow! I haven't even done a 10k before, I am super impressed with you! I hope it goes well! And I love that it's for a good cause too! I loved all the puppy pictures yesterday too, I wish we had a dog sometimes!

  6. Congratulations on raising the $$! That's awesome!

  7. Aww, Those puppies!
    I picked up one of Audrey's books too. I need to get on the ball & post my own giveaway books.
    Congratulations with raising so much $$ for the 10K - That is awesome! I hope it goes well with weekend.

  8. wow, erin. i am REALLY stoked about those fundraising results. that's amazing. nice work!

  9. I love when you start a new job and it just feels right, plus the paycheck doesn't hurt either! Good luck in the 10K this weekend!

  10. Puppies are the best! Aren't they? Also, I MISS gummy bears. I went vegetarian and those are off the list and the vegetarian ones aren't the same!

  11. I'm so glad you're enjoying your new job! First paychecks are the BEST. I need to try those sweet and sour gummy bears. i love the Haribo originals (they're pretty good soaked with vodka too...)

  12. Yay! I'm glad it arrived :) I was just thinking about it this morning!

    Want a fun, disgusting fact? If you eat a large serving of the sugar-free Haribo gummy bears it will give you ridiculous diarrhea. That's not from experience. That's according to the reviews on this product:
    Lol! I always die laughing when I read through these. Ha
    Your puppies!!! <3 <3 <3

  13. Your dogs are just too cute!!! And the paycheck does remind you of why you are showing up to work in the first place, right? I will have to check out that facebook group! And find some gummy bears asap.

  14. Congrats on the new job!! I really need to get back into reading. I used to read several a week but in the past couple years I have stopped.
    Your pups are so cute by the way!!
    I love the new group.

  15. Im new around here and am so glad to have found you in the group! Steak and onion rings, yes please! Major props on the fundraising and good luck on the walk!!

  16. You're always so good to me, you know? I love you girlfriend.
    Good luck on your walk my dear. :)
    Your steak looks DELISH!!
    OMFG @ Audrey's comment. Lol

  17. Glad to hear you're enjoying your new job! The steak looks amazing! :) Have a great weekend :)

  18. I totally dig this post . . . so many good things! So glad you like your new job . . . enjoying what you do makes life so much better! And yes, the world does need more care packages . . . I need to remind myself of this and send out more! Those puppy pics - I die of the cuteness!! And good luck on your walk!

  19. I love the peaceful posse! It's been a great place to meet new ladies like yourself. Also I love that you love care packages. Snail mail is so much fun! And those gummies.. I am a 5 year old in a 30 year old body. They get me every time! Good luck on your 10K!

  20. I loved The Wind in the Willows as a child. I haven't read it since I was about 10 though.

    The world definitely needs more care packages!

    I am also behind on blog reading. Last week was very full and loooong!

  21. Dawwwww the puppiiiieesssss... :)
    Culinary successes are a great source of joy for us too.

  22. sorry i am late but i hope your 10k went well! good job on the fundraising. you go girl!
    onion rings?! YUM.
    who doesn't like puppy pics for real. hashtag weirdos.
    i agree about care packages. makes me all sorts of emotional.

  23. My last comment disappeared so I apologize if you are getting essentially the same one twice!

    So glad to have you in our Peaceful Posse--always love to see your name come up, and loved having you link up with us!

    Awwww, your pups are so cute in that throwback pic :) I loved seeing all those dog pictures, too.

    Hope you had a great weekend, and congrats on killing your charity goal! That's incredible, momma!

  24. Love the picture of your dogs when they were pups! So sweet! I think it's fascinating how there are some things I cannot eat in moderation and some that I can, much like your gummy bears. I've had to really steer clear of the things I go crazy with and only keep the things around that I can eat in moderation.


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