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This morning, I am enjoying the little things (before I dive head-first into the big, scary, complicated work-related things).  Ahhhh.


Weeding makes me happy.  Weeding means I have something tangible to take care of.  Weeding means I haven’t killed my flowers and given up on my flowerbed yet.


Also, tea kettles that emit a low, soft hiss instead of a high-pitched SCREAM make me happy.  I can’t tell you how many mornings I found myself running to the tea kettle to turn it off before it woke up the Husband.  This new tea kettle (I got it at Marshall’s) is soft and gentle.


Flowers make me happy.  Thanks, Mom.  🙂


And last, but not least, a quick + healthy breakfast makes me happy.  I know I just blogged that I typically don’t mind spending time on breakfast, but I wasn’t up for it today.


In the bowl:  raw oatmeal, Greek yogurt, flax, and a sliced organic banana (which, by the way, taste so much better than conventional bananas).


You know what else makes me happy?  Being productive!  So, I’m outta here!


What little things are making you happy today?



  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 21, 2010, 8:53 am

    My coffee (much needed!) is making me very happy right now! I am slo breaking in new shoes while I sit at my desk and new shoes always give me something to smile about.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 21, 2010, 8:56 am

    Today I’m happy to be jumping on the trend train that is wordless Wednesday… I feel like you, girl. Too much to do! But it’s good stuff 🙂

    PS- I have about 10 billion weeds in my yard. Want to come visit me?

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) July 21, 2010, 8:57 am

    This morning I took my dog Niko for a walk, and the weather reminded me of an early morning in Florida (I like in Illinois.) So I closed my eyes, and imagined that the air had a twinge of saltiness in it and that to my left, instead of rows of houses, was the massive ocean. THAT made me happy 🙂

  • Jenny July 21, 2010, 8:58 am

    I’m happy today because Friday is my last day at my current job (and my current career). My coworkers are having a happy hour to see me off today, and it is nice to leave a job on a high note. I’m going to Business School in the fall.

    • caitlin July 21, 2010, 9:48 pm

      Happy leaving your job!

      • Jenny July 21, 2010, 10:18 pm

        Thanks Caitlin!

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real) July 21, 2010, 9:04 am

    I love productive mornings, too!

  • Therese July 21, 2010, 9:06 am

    It’s my birthday today so I’m pretty happy about that! 😛 I always love an opportunity to be thankfully for living another year!

    Have you seen those kettle that sing songs when ready instead of whistling? As long as it was a soft, sweet song I think I’d be all over that!

    • caitlin July 21, 2010, 9:09 am


  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 21, 2010, 9:09 am

    I have today off so I get to spend my morning being a little lazy instead of immediately running to the gym and starting my day!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance......after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss! July 21, 2010, 9:11 am

    1) The smell and feel of the “early morning”. It always makes me feel good when I take the dog out for a walk no matter what mood I am in or how tired I may be.
    2) Watching the “Food Network” always makes me happy.
    3) Rain……love the smell after!
    4) A good cup of coffee always makes my morning.
    5) A smile from my daughter or watching her sleep is the most amazing thing in the world.
    6) A squeeze from my husband.

    There are so many more. Great topic! =)

  • Orla July 21, 2010, 9:11 am

    I have had a R-O-U-G-H day so far so I am looking forward to heading home from the office in a couple hours, sitting on the love seat in the sun room with my beau and my dog, and then heading for a 6 mile run. I will leave every negative thought that I have had in each and every step. Thanks for making me regroup!
    Also – i have a whistler kettle but it takes way too long so bought an electric one. the old one now looks pretty on the top of my cabinets!!! 🙂

  • Morgan July 21, 2010, 9:11 am

    Leaving PA today and moving back to Boston (and stopping in NJ on the way today, then Boston tomorrow) make me sooooo happy!
    The little boy growing strong and healthy in my belly makes me happy too!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 21, 2010, 9:11 am

    Doesn’t weeding make you feel empowered? I weeded my driveway on Monday (it was getting a bit out of hand) and felt so good about myself afterward

  • Kimberly Lee July 21, 2010, 9:12 am

    Here are the 3 things that have had me smiling all morning:

    1. Waking up to the sounds of my daughter laughing in her crib.

    2. Wet, slobbery baby kisses

    3. Sweet text messages from my husband.

    • HTP Dad' July 21, 2010, 9:18 am

      lucky you three!

    • Jaya July 21, 2010, 9:19 am

      Oh my gosh, slobbery baby kisses are amazing! Good call.

      • Kimberly Lee July 21, 2010, 10:32 am

        You are right, they are amazing. They can cure bad days, stress, and bring about spontaneous laughter.

  • Megan July 21, 2010, 9:14 am

    Being up before the beginning of the news made me happy this morning 🙂 I slept so solid and soundly that I was bright eyed before the coffee finished brewing!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) July 21, 2010, 9:15 am

    I have a week off from work! Granted, it’s a furlough week so it stinks I’m not getting paid. But I’m focusing on how much time I have to focus on my freelance work, as well as some much needed time off!

    • Kimberly Lee July 21, 2010, 10:32 am

      I love how you are choosing to view a negative situation in a positive light.

  • Shannon July 21, 2010, 9:16 am

    What’s making me happy today was my early (5:30 am!) run without my ipod. I tend to run with music but today to feel the heat on my skin and hear the birds as the sun came up was something to be happy about! A good way to start off the day 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 21, 2010, 9:17 am

    Today the participants in my spin class made me happy! They always give me so much energy and leave me feeling great after class. My post-workout shake also made me happy. 🙂
    Have a productive day!

  • Jaya July 21, 2010, 9:19 am

    My husband usually gets up at 4am to work out, but he stayed home this morning just so we could snuggle and “sleep in” (I use that term loosely).
    I love the tea I’m drinking right now. Every morning, I drink my tea without any distractions and today it was particularly delicious.
    Arcade Fire – what I’m listening to right now – is one of the best things a living being can experience.
    Great post, Caitlin!

    • Kimberly Lee July 21, 2010, 10:33 am

      Jaya, it sounds as if you had a wonderful start to your day. I love the mornings when my hubby hits the snooze button for extra cuddles. 🙂

      • Anne July 21, 2010, 11:16 am

        I LOVE Arcade Fire!

  • Jo July 21, 2010, 9:19 am

    Today I’m liking my sore tummy muscles, after a good pilates session yesterday 🙂

  • Vicky @ eat live sweat July 21, 2010, 9:20 am

    When my dog, Dakota, buries her head in my lap makes me happy. Also going to spin class with my favorite instructors!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 21, 2010, 9:20 am

    Taking walks with my husband in the morning really makes me happy! My kids laughter really makes my day. I am glad you are taking a minute to enjoy the morning. I hope it is a great one for you!

  • Heather July 21, 2010, 9:22 am

    getting a smoothie from smoothie king after a great gym workout (hopefully!)

  • sirenjess July 21, 2010, 9:23 am

    Today what makes me happy is going to lunch with my mom and niece. What also makes me happy is realizing that I can take a break from running for one day and do some yoga.

  • Kathleen July 21, 2010, 9:25 am

    I hurt my back yesterday, moving a barbell, so I’d be happy if my back would get better fast so I can exercise again.

  • Julie @SavvyEats July 21, 2010, 9:25 am

    Three things making me happy right now:

    Feeling more energetic than I have all week today.
    Making curry tonight…yum!
    Fresh-picked blueberries.

  • katie July 21, 2010, 9:32 am

    Your apartment looks so put together and grownup behind those flowers! Today I’m happy about sunshine, fun things on my to-do list, and the walking break I’m about to take.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing July 21, 2010, 9:36 am

    My awesome new Samsung Vibrant phone makes me happy. 🙂

  • sweetersalt July 21, 2010, 9:37 am

    I feel ya’ on weeding / gardening. My cucumber and tomato plants are producing some delicious veggies, and I feel like I’ve reared children to adulthood! Such a great feeling.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 21, 2010, 9:41 am

    Being up early while it is still cool on a summer day 🙂 And sunny, blue skies! And a day off with my husband! So many things to find joy in.

  • Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 21, 2010, 9:44 am

    Up and at em, getting in an early run, and rewarding myself with a huge cup of dunkin donuts coffee makes me happy! 🙂

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 21, 2010, 9:46 am

    Walking to the subway and a 3-4 year old little dude smiled at me … Totally made my day 🙂

  • Allie July 21, 2010, 9:54 am

    the first time i had an organic banana i was so suprised by HOW MUCH better it tasted! it was like i tasted a real banana for the first time. this morning, sleeping in a half hour longer made me so incredibly happy!!

  • Megan @ The Daily Sweat July 21, 2010, 9:55 am

    The little things count so much! I’ve realized that it is okay to spend a couple dollars on an Americano if it makes me a little happier.

  • emily July 21, 2010, 9:57 am

    Diet coke with ice and a straw makes me happy. The fact that I’m moving to a new apartment on my 25th birthday on Saturday and thus getting a double fresh start makes me happy.

    Also, a question – when you eat your oats raw does it ever make your tummy feel funny? I tried a similar bowl the other day and got super bloated.

    • Caitlin July 21, 2010, 9:59 am

      hmmm weird! it does not give me issues but seriously, i can eat 50 grams of fiber a day and it doesn’t phase me. i have a stomach of steel.

    • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 21, 2010, 12:46 pm

      I had a similar issue. I didn’t realize what was making me uncomfortable until I realized I’d eaten raw oats each day that I felt bloated. It’s too bad, too, because I really like them! 🙁

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 21, 2010, 10:00 am

    Fresh flowers always make me happy!!! Yours are lovely!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething July 21, 2010, 10:04 am

    Laying in bed reading blogs is making me happy! Small joys 🙂

  • tanyasdaily July 21, 2010, 10:12 am

    I eat my oatmeal that way also…raw…I like the texture better with my yougurt.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat July 21, 2010, 10:14 am

    I’ve never tried organic bananas but I know how much other organic fruit tastes better so I may have to give it a shot 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 21, 2010, 10:15 am

    the fresh air, seeing the mountains as i drive into work, a kiss from my husband, and laughing with friends. LOVE 🙂

  • Kelly July 21, 2010, 10:21 am

    I love being productive! My husband knows I love this too. I got home from being out of town last weekend.. and about an hour later he asked me if I wanted to go plant some hostas… in almost 90 degree heat 🙂 It sucked, but was fun because we were getting something done!! 🙂

  • Holly @ July 21, 2010, 10:25 am

    I love waking up feeling rested and heading downstairs for a delicious smoothie for breakfast.

    I am happy that my coffee break at work just started!

  • Angela July 21, 2010, 10:30 am

    Somthings that are making me smile today:

    A work-day lunch date 🙂
    My breakfast bowl of “healthy” cereal.
    Walking to work.

  • Camille July 21, 2010, 10:32 am

    Beautiful flowers! Lying in bed and reading my new book is making me happy today!

  • Holly July 21, 2010, 10:34 am

    Things that are making my happy today:
    – my pets
    – a good morning workout
    – starting a new blog!

  • AngelaOSG July 21, 2010, 10:35 am

    I haaaate weeding! LOL. Our garden is redic right now. Its sad. I need you to come visit and give me a boot in my butt.

    My cat is making me really happy today. He loves jumping into the Lululemon bag and I pick it up by the handle and carry him around the house. He sticks his cute little head out and loves it so much. He is hilarious. He’s sleeping in the bag beside me as I type this!

    • Marie July 21, 2010, 2:24 pm

      Haha my cat did the same thing on Sunday, so cute! I was surprised that she liked being carried around in it, good to know I wasn’t harassing her or anything 😉

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 21, 2010, 10:38 am

    I love that you love raw oatmeal. I always used to put in on my vanilla ice cream as a kid (with chocolate sauce too of course!). I love the texture.

    And my puppy waking me up at 545 to go pee makes me happy. Why you may ask? At least she doesn’t just pee in the house like some other dogs do! She’s well trained 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L July 21, 2010, 10:39 am

    The fact that my husband found my lost diamond earring makes me happy.

    The fact that it is Wednesday makes me happy.

    My grandmother’s scarf that I am wearing today makes me happy.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story July 21, 2010, 10:42 am

    Hearing a great song on the radio on the drive to work this morning made me happy.

    Being able to help someone this morning and make them smile, made me happy.

    My boss’s kids have offered to make me a new running playlist. This makes me happy and a little terrified. 🙂

  • ActiveEggplant July 21, 2010, 10:45 am

    The fact that I’ve lost the last lb of the 6 lbs that I gained on vacation makes me happy today!

    And I’m still basking in the glory of an awesome speed work session last night!

    I agree – sliced bananas (organic or “regular”) always taste better than a “whole” banana!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 21, 2010, 10:48 am

    Can I put you on a plane to MA?? I have a flower bed that needs your help 😉

  • Candice July 21, 2010, 10:48 am

    The little things that make me happy are fresh juice, Piyo and Yoga, blogging and my husband coming home after work!

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    You can come over and do my weeding any time you please 😉 that would make me happy!

    today, just the thought of going home from work, walking the dog, and reading a good book makes me happy 🙂 I’m in need of a new book soon though, any one read anything good lately??

    • Caitlin July 21, 2010, 10:56 am

      I loved Sarah’s Key

      • Maura July 21, 2010, 11:55 am

        I second this!

        • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 21, 2010, 11:59 am

          well if you both like it then i’m sold 🙂 I’ll be on the lookout for it and read it next!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    5 PM makes me very, very happy during the work week.

  • Wei-Wei July 21, 2010, 10:54 am

    The people I’m surrounded by at camp make me feel happy. I haven’t been myself for a while and I had the opportunity to make new friends… camp really is making me really happy. 🙂


  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 21, 2010, 10:57 am

    Flowers too make me happy. Singing birds. Just having some time off for peace and relaxation. Reading.


  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 21, 2010, 11:00 am

    The flowers are beautiful!! We can’t keep flowers in the house because our cat will eat them. He eats everything.

  • Chelsey July 21, 2010, 11:02 am

    Playing in the sprinkler with a couple of kiddos is going to make me happy in about 30 minutes! 🙂

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness July 21, 2010, 11:03 am

    So far today: My morning routine of eating a delicious breakfast with hot coffee and reading blogs 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 21, 2010, 11:04 am

    I started my half marathon training this week. Getting my run out the way this morning made me very happy indeed :).

  • Julz @ freshman5k July 21, 2010, 11:10 am

    I’m happy for good songs playing on the radio on my way to the gym and for having a happy dog to come home to.

  • Krystina July 21, 2010, 11:22 am

    The smell of the candle I just lit is making me happy. Cleaning is making me happy because the house needs a good scrub down!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 21, 2010, 11:39 am

    Eating falafel as I type this is making me happy. It’s been way too long since I had some! Glad your day is off to a great start 🙂

  • Fallon July 21, 2010, 11:43 am

    Organic bananas are amazing! I’m so use to them that when I eat a non-organic banana it has no sweetness or flavor. Organic bananas spoil me!

  • Wendy July 21, 2010, 11:55 am

    My children waking up in a good mood always sets a good tone for the day. 🙂

  • Lisa July 21, 2010, 11:55 am

    Sometimes I like weeding because I can see the progress but other times it just makes me MAD! They grow back so fast!!

  • Maura July 21, 2010, 11:57 am

    Having a good day at work is making me happy! (The past two days were terrible.) Also, a date night tonight with an old friend is making me very happy! I haven’t seen them in 2 years!!

  • Nan July 21, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Hmm.. thinking about what makes me happy makes me feel happy! Coffee outside in the morning, picking up a much anticipated book from the library, farmers markets, a good jog in the park, a bath with a stack of magazines to be read, and cuddling up with my fiance. I feel just so much better even reflecting on all these happy things!
    Thanks Caitlin for encouraging this!

  • Samantha July 21, 2010, 12:16 pm

    The thing that makes me happiest is a simple, sweet, goodnight kiss – every night – from the man I love.

  • Kelly July 21, 2010, 12:34 pm

    My new MacBook and a bunch of other fun Apple products being delivered!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 21, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I love American kettles that sit on the stove like that, they look so classy! Lovely flowers too! Today I am happy because there are only two more work days until I am off for two weeks – roll on Friday!!

  • marie July 21, 2010, 12:37 pm

    aww what a nice morning! i actually smiled. my happiness is that the trash can didn’t get knocked over last night at the curb (great success!) and i didn’t oversleep. little things : )

  • Jolene ( July 21, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Having time in the morning to read blogs makes me happy. Meeting friends for lunch makes me happy. Having the summer off makes me happiest!!

  • Heather July 21, 2010, 12:44 pm

    The little thing that made me happy so far today is hearing a Lady Gaga song on the radio because it reminded me that I’m going to her concert next week! And my day is just getting started, so hopefully more good stuff is on the way!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! July 21, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Eating a nutritious, delicious breakfast makes me happy! I hope you’re having a lovely day!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I love having fresh flowers in my house. And I love how my room looks when I make my bed (which isn’t often). It makes the room so inviting! I really should do it more…

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 21, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I didn’t know you could taste the difference in organic versus conventional bananas. They taste the same to me.

  • Ellen@FIrednFabulous July 21, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Love the flowers, you deserve it! Those oatmeal pics are so pretty, but I’m STILL not sure about eating them dry. Maybe one day 😉 Anyway, simple things like going to Starbucks makes me happy. I swear, they have some sort of feel-good chemicals floating around that place! I’m instantly happier when I step foot inside. Movie nights make me happy too. This Friday I’m seeing Inception with my sis and the bf and I can’t WAIT!

    • Sarah July 21, 2010, 2:31 pm

      I agree that they must have feel-good chemicals! I used to be ADDICTED to frappuccinos before developing lactose intolerance. I called them “crack-uccinos” because there was something that called to me day after day from that place and if I answered the call, I was way happier…haha

  • Rachael July 21, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Sleeping in a bed last night made me happy. And waking up to a room decorated by sunlight and beautiful, old quilts.
    Libraries = happiness, too.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 21, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I am super happy today because my best friend is coming over. Since I’m still stuck at my apartment, people have to come see me! lol

    But it should be a fun day of lots of RICE, well I’ve been doing rest, compression and elevation. I just can’t convince myself to endure the cold of ice!

  • Sarah July 21, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Seeing that your dad comments on your blog and twitters under the name “HTPdad” is a little thing making me smile today! My dad loves me and we have a great relationship, but he doesn’t read my blog and refuses to join Facebook or Twitter. I actually wish he would so we could have more little interactions throughout the day instead of a weekly Skype or phone chat. My mom and I text all day long most days and it really does make my day better. There’s something fun about connecting in those ways throughout the day that makes me forget that I live 1200 miles away from my mom; I still feel far from my dad. Okay, this is getting deep and probably too personal. Anyway, good job HTPdad and lucky you, Caitlin!

    • caitlin July 21, 2010, 9:57 pm

      thanks for this sweet comment 🙂 it made me happy.

      • Sarah July 21, 2010, 10:17 pm

        Your dad sent me an email which made me cry (in a good, therapeutic way.) It was really thoughtful of him and I’m going to take his advice. Thanks for passing on my contact information.

  • Rosey Rebecca July 21, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Oatmeal makes me happy. The fact that the bf is home today and not working makes me happy. Completing my column for the newspaper before 2 p.m. made me happy!

    Leaving this comment makes me happy!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 21, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Tomatoes turning red on our plant, larabar in my belly, and anticipation of a glass of sauvignon blanc with my husband tonight!

  • Emily July 21, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Do you ground your flax before you eat it or buy it pre-ground?

    • caitlin July 21, 2010, 9:58 pm

      pre-ground and then i freeze it!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 21, 2010, 5:48 pm

    That is one of my favorite breakfasts, too. It’s so easy, but really filling for me.

  • Danielle July 21, 2010, 7:50 pm

    You know what’s funny? Bananas are one of the fruits that they say doesn’t need to be purchased organic because the thick skin protects it from the pesticides (just like avocados, watermelon, etc.) so I’ve never bought them organic b/c I figured they’d taste the same. Now I’m gonna have to try though!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 21, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I generally think of colorful meals as being the healthiest, but your colorless brex is 100% healthy. mmmm! I heart being productive, too.

  • hemp jogger July 21, 2010, 8:58 pm

    my birthday! and all the love i felt from my family and friends. i’m a lucky chic 🙂

  • Julia @ Brit Bride July 22, 2010, 4:39 am

    Little things making me happy today:
    – my freshly squeezed OJ
    – that I got up and went for a run this morning in the fresh rainy weather
    – future hubby just being lovely (and looking forward to an evening in with him tonight)
    – that I am picking up my altered bridesmaid dress for my friend’s wedding next week tonight

    J x

    p.s. thanks for your comments re the 26 by 26. I think I might just keep signing up for races and see how it goes – if I can do 30 by 30 all the better!

    J xxx

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