Another weekend of traveling is here!

We are leaving around 12:00 pm to head to Washington D.C. so that Wes can run the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. I can’t believe how quick of a turn around it was this year between Chicago and Marine Corps.

I am excited not only to watch him again, but also because we have several family members coming in town to do so as well. Wes’ parents will be there again and my brother and his wife!

I have a busy morning planned: Finish packing, take my pup to the boarders (is it sad that I almost cry every time I have to leave her there), 1 mile swim, pool running, shower, AND finally getting on the road!

I wanted to make sure I got one more workout in before traveling begins.

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I have some great posts coming for you this weekend INCLUDING a new giveaway! Stay tuned!


Friday is here again! It’s getting harder and harder to come up with new topics now!

I decided to focus on the simple joys in life in todays post: Five Simple Things that Bring Me Joy.

As you all know it’s been a tough couple weeks, but sometimes it is most important to focus on the SIMPLE things in life. The little tiny things that you may normally pass up, but when you really stop and think they bring joy to your life!


1. Clean Laundry

I have to say one perk of now being unemployed is I actually keep up with the laundry!

I used to have baskets overflowing, but now as soon as I see the laundry basket is nearing the top I throw it in the wash.

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I always love to take the laundry right out of the dryer and hold it up to my face. The warmth and “laundry” smell always makes me happy – ESPECIALLY when the weather is cooling down!


2. BIG comfy sweatshirts 

I live in sweatshirts in the winter.  I seriously feel bad for my husband because MAYBE one day out of the week I’ll actually put on some sort of presentable clothing.

I have a collection of HUGE, comfy sweatshirts that just make life better.


I mean they are quick, simple, and so wonderfully warm – what is not to love!?


3. Holiday Scented Candles

These are my obsession.

Wes and I always go to the discount stores and search for holiday scented candles – especially around this time of the year!


These are two of my favorites right now: Pine Branch (which smells like a Christmas Tree) and Holiday Treats.


4. Holding Hands

The other day the husband and I were walking into the dollar store (big spenders right!?).

We held hands as we walked in not really thinking anything about it.

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We shopped around and then went to check out. The cashier at the front said:

“You two are so cute together. I saw you holding hands as you were walking in.  You really don’t see that much anymore, it’s so nice to see!”

It was a simple comment, but it made me think. Sometimes the simplest signs of affection can really bring a lot of joy.  After almost 8 years together the husband and I still hold hands all the time.  It’s a simple, small symbol but it means so much!


5. Scarves

I have so many scarves and am always looking for new ones.


I love wearing them to dress up an outfit or just a big comfy warm scarf (as seen in picture 2) for the really cold days!

They rank right up there with sweatshirts for me, they just give me that sense of comfort and warmth!


I know some of these seem silly, but sometimes we go so caught up in life that we forget the little things that are so fun to enjoy.

Sometimes when the weather is changing towards winter I get so frustrated knowing the weather that is to come, but I forget some of the few joys it brings me.

My challenge to you today is to find 5 things that are small but that truly bring you JOY and focus on those!

What are 5 simple things that bring you joy?