5 of the Sweetest Mom Quotes in Honor of Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms – You rock! And a very special Happy Mother’s Day shout out to my mom (I know you’re reading this)!

Here are a few other my favorite quotes about moms in honor of Mother’s Day:

#1: “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Paying it Forward at the Coffee Shop – Happy Explosion

Pay it Forward Movement- Happy ExplosionWeek 1 of the Happy Explosion has come to a close and I had such a great time paying it forward at the coffee shop. Here are the details:

Time: 8:00am on Tuesday

Location: Zumbar Coffee

Experience: I was strangely nervous walking into my small local coffee shop, Zumbar, but also excited to see how everything would unfold. Once the girls in front of me got their coffee, it was time for the main event. I ordered one coffee for Billy who was with me and once the lady gave me my change, I gave her back a $10 bill.

She was confused at first when I told her I’d like to use it to pay for the people behind me. After she gave me a funny look, I clarified that anyone who came in behind me should get free coffee until the $10 ran out. She smiled and said along the lines of “ok, great!”. I walked to the side to wait for Billy to put sugar in his coffee…

Coffee Shop - Paying it forward

and soon heard the barista ask the other employee if I just “did a pay it forward”. The other lady said yes and before I knew it THEY were giving ME a few vouchers for free cups of coffee!

Buying Someone Coffee- Pay it Forward #happyexplosion

I was shocked and so thankful. Talk about paying it forward! I never expected them to reciprocate, but I guess kindness is contageous right? I ended up giving one of the vouchers to a co-worker who loves Zumbar coffee (along with a happy note of course) to continue to pay it forward!

Paying for someone's coffee- Pay it forward - Happy Explosion

 So as you can see, paying it forward for the first week of the Happy Explosion went great. What do you think we should do next week?

Should we:

A) Send a note to a friend with a gift just to say hello

B) Bake cookies to share 

C) Grab the carts from the parking lot and take them back to the store

Let me know in the comments and I’ll do the one that’s most popular!

Did you pay it forward this week for the Happy Explosion? Did you buy someone’s coffee or do something else? If you posted about a way that you spread happiness this week, click on the link below and add in your blog post so that we can all read it! You can also let me know in the comments!

If you didn’t join in the fun this week, it’s not too late to do it next week! I’ll be posting a link up next week as well. You can grab the badge below if you want to add that to your post too.

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P.S. If you need a last minute Mother’s Day Present, check out this post: 6 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

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Awesome Things Thursday

Happy Almost Mother’s Day! We are getting together at my parent’s house for brunch. Do you have any fun plansa? Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. The Happiest Facts To Make You Smile (I always love a good BuzzFeed video)

 

2. This granola I made the other day. I got the recipe from Billy’s mom and it’s heavenly!

Delicious Granola

3. My experience paying it forward in the first week of the Happy Explosion. It gave me such an adrenaline rush. I’ll post more about it on Saturday!

Buying Someone Coffee- Pay it Forward #happyexplosion

4. Hanging with IDEA World BlogFest presenter, Gina. I haven’t blogged about BlogFest yet, but I’ve been helping to work on it behind the scenes for months. I can’t wait until it’s here! I’m especially excited to see the Keynote, Jillian Michaels :). Hope to meet you there! 

5. This new flower I got for my adorable pot that Ashleigh gave me. Thanks Ash!

Spring Flowers

6. The 25 Best Pieces Of Advice A Mom Can Give

7. @golden_budweiser on Instagram. You will not be sorry you followed this adorable pup!

Instagram Puppy

How is your week going? What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

10 Quotes That Will Help You Stop Worrying

Worrying. We all do it to some extent. While I think some of us are wired to worry more than others, all of us need a reminder every now and then to stop our monkey mind and not be so concerned about a potential outcome.

Worrying actually has negative physical effects on the body. If we excessively worry, our bodies release stress hormones which can cause us to have headaches, muscle tension, shortness of breath, and nausea. (source) Those reactions are definitely not helping us solve our problems!

Here are 10 quotes that will help you stop worrying:

1. Think Less. Live More.

Think Less. Live More.

Worry Quote #1: Think Less. Live More.

 

2. Things have a way of working out.

Things have a way of working out

Worry Quote #2: Things have a way of working out

 

3. Don’t fill your head with worries. There won’t be any room for anything else!

Don't fill your head with worries

Worry Quote #3: Don’t fill your head with worries. There won’t be any room for anything else!

 

4. It’s gonna be OK.

It's gonna be OK.

Worry Quote #4: It’s gonna be OK.

 

5. Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.

Worrying is stupid.

Worry Quote #5: Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.

 

6.  The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one.

The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one

Worry Quote #6: The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one

 

7. Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.

Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good

Worry Quote #7: Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.

 

8. Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

Worry is a misuse of your imagination

Worry Quote #8: Worry is a misuse of your imagination

 

9.  Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

Worry Quote #9: Stop being afraid of what could do wrong and think of what could go right.

 

10. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.

Worry Quote #10: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength

Worry Quote #10: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength

 

What do you catch yourself worrying about? Which quote do you relate to the most? What do you do to calm your mind? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Weekend Pics + Happy Explosion Reveal

Hi friends! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Any fun plans? We are going to lay low and maybe have a margarita or two. I was supposed to go to Chicago for the weekend, but I ended up staying home and having a really busy weekend! Funny how that happens isn’t it? It was crazy hot here in San Diego, so I ended up near the beach 90% of the weekend. Here are a few pics from the weekend:

Lunch timeLunch time


Del Mar BeachCan you believe that view?

 

MazeWe made our way through a maze! It’s a miracle that we weren’t stung by bees.

 

LouisI got to meet my friend Maggie’s cat, Louis and fell in love ♥

 

Queen Bee Market

Cute signsMaggie and I went to the Queen Bee Market where I bought lots of cute Mother’s Day presents!

 

Beach dayI went down to the beach with Billy and caught up on my SHAPE and Fitness mags.

 


Partner YogaI got to see some cool yoga moves at a festival called Yoga Disco!

 

Yoga DiscoNamaste

 

Yoga Happy NotesI had to hand out a few happy notes of course. Get yours mailed to you for free by clicking here.

 

I also wanted to thank you for all of your sweet comments about Happy Explosion! If you missed it, you can check it out here. This week, the top voted act of kindness for Happy Explosion was A) Buy the person’s coffee behind us. If you’re participating, you can choose to do that or any other act of kindness that you want. I’ll be posting about my experience buying someone coffee on Saturday and starting a link up so that you can share your post that day too. I can’t wait – I hope you’ll join me!

 

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The Ultimate Random Acts of Kindness Movement - Happy Explosion

As you may know, I created this blog in an effort to spread as much happiness as possible. The world needs more happy people!

I had this new idea while falling asleep the other night (when some of my best ideas come to me) and I got so excited that I could barely fall asleep. I’ve decided to create something called the “Happy Explosion”. Here’s how it will work:

1) Every week I’m going to spread happiness in a different way and leave it up to YOU to tell me how.

2) I’ll give you some options (you can come up with your own if you want!) and I’ll take the most popular happy act from the comments to do.

3) I’ll announce what happy act I’m going to do on Monday and then post about the experience on the next Saturday.

4) If you have a blog, I’d love for you to post your random act of happiness there.  I’ll post a link up on Saturday’s post so we can all see each other’s Happy Explosions of the week!

How does that sound? Ready for the first week?

Happy Explosion: Week 1

Should we:

A) Buy the person’s coffee behind us

B) Leave a note of gratitude for our mailman

C) Leave a sweet treat on a co-workers desk

D) You choose

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Let me know in the comments what you think we should do for the first week of “Happy Explosion”! I’ll have a post up on Monday with the winner so we can all get to spreading happiness ASAP!

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Awesome Things Thursday – May 1st

Hi there! How’s your week going? I’ve decided to start a weekly column called “Awesome Things Thursday”. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It will include things I’m loving and finding awesome this week. Hope you enjoy!

1. The Encinitas street fair with huge strawberries, to die for cookies like the Churro & Chocolate Covered Mint cookies from the Cravory, a juggling family performance, and a raffle ticket to win a car (fingers crossed!).

jugglers


Delicious Strawberries

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2. The most epic mother-son wedding dance you’ll ever see.

3. This tiny book I ordered that includes pictures from my birthday party. It’s really tiny, but I still love it!

Tiny Photo Book

Tiny Photo Book

4. No-bake energy bites like these

5. Finally updating my phone to the new iOS so I can download new apps. I just downloaded a meditation app called “Stop, Breathe & Think” as suggested by Katy. Excited to start using it!

Stop, Breathe, & Think

6. This “K” map I got from my friend, Shelley as a birthday present! You can see it on Etsy here.

Map of California

 

7. This article – 35 Things to do Instead of Spending Money. 

I’m off to work and Zumba! What are you loving this week? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 Happiest Vertical Gardens

Lately I’ve been slightly obsessed with living walls/vertical gardens. The first time I saw one on Pinterest I was hooked. Then I started noticing them around town and decided to create one in my own house!

Here are the 10 of happiest vertical gardens I’ve seen:

1. Living wall by Patrick Blanc including felt and rock wool.

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2. The B&Q vertical garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.

Top 10 Vertical GardensSource

 

3. Love this garden in Ibiza, Spain.

Top 10 Vertical GardensSource

 

4. Amazing vertical garden – Terrain At Styers – Glen Mills, PA.

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5. A pocket garden created by Jamie Durie.

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6. What a dining room!

Top 10 Vertical GardensSource

 

7. The largest living wall in North America: Semiahmoo Library.

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8. Herb wall in the kitchen.

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9. Living wall at the Carlton Residence.

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10. Vertical garden in Caixa Forum, Madrid.

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And just for fun…Here’s our living room vertical garden!

Top 10 Vertical Gardens

 

Do you have space at your house to garden? Which one of these is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Happy Weekend Pics

Hope you had a beautiful weekend! Here are a few snapshots from mine.

SurfingEnough work. Time to play.

 

Succulent Pallet GardenPallet succulent garden we made from an old pallet.

 

Beach TimeBeach fun.

 

Beach LifeBilly checking the waves – “Look at those lefts!”

 

San Diego The beach down the street from us.

 

Street FairHuge pieces of art at the Little Italy Art Fair.

 

Home Sweet HomeBought a cute “home sweet home” sign with a heart over San Diego. Now I just need to decide where to hang it!

 

Living WallCouldn’t pass up the living wall photo op.

What did you do this weekend? Did you have time to hang out with friends and family?

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Tips for a Great Morning, Every Morning

What are some of the first things you do each morning when you wake up? Recently, I’ve been really conscious of what I choose to do when I open my eyes in the morning.

I go through phases of reaching for my phone on my bedside table to see the time and then getting sucked into reading work email and checking social media while still in bed. Since I’m a social media manager, I look at the Twitter and Facebook accounts that I manage at work and then check my own personal ones. Sometimes I would center myself with some morning mantras or meditate, but it wasn’t a daily routine.

Three weeks ago I made a rule for myself that I would leave my phone in the other room and commit to some new morning rituals. Note: I am a fairly early-riser so I have about an hour of extra time before I need to get ready for work in the morning.

Tips for a great morning, every morning

Here are the rituals I try to do each morning. I get to about 5 of the 6 each day.

1. Think of 3 things I’m grateful for.

 

2. Meditate

Morning Ritual - MeditateSource

3. Read a few pages of a book. Right now I’m reading The Power of Self-Healing by Dr. Fabrizio Mancini.

Morning Rituals

4. Do some stretching exercises/yoga.

Morning RitualPhoto of me and Billy at the Wanderlust Festival

5. Go for a morning walk around my neighborhood (and sometimes down to the beach!).

Morning Rituals

 6. Eat breakfast

Morning Rituals

What does your morning routine consist of? Let me know in the comments!