ten happy things

It’s been a heavy couple of weeks, y’all. I don’t need to go into a long, rambling paragraph to explain… my best guess is many of us are feeling a mix of some pretty similar emotions. I found myself reflecting last night on the craziness of it all, and realized I could just use a good dose of happy. Couldn’t y’all?

So that’s what this post is going to be today. Links to a few fun, uplifting, and/or silly things that have put a smile on my face, and I hope do the same for you as we dive into a new week ahead!


1. This unbelievable playlist.

2. This moment that recently happened in Dallas.

3. This collection of pretty, encouraging phone screen savers. (I love the site that produces these… awesome reading plans if you’re looking to spend more time in the word!)

4. The most beautiful cookies you’ve ever seen.

5. #MomGoals… (In serious love with this family.) And #DadGoals while we’re at it.

6. This recipe for the most delicious, easy, healthy popcorn you’ll ever eat. I make it all the time!

7. The fact that these exist in baby sizes.

8. Perhaps the best motivational speech our generation has ever witnessed.

9. If you haven’t read it yet, this book. Trust, y’all. SO good.

10. This Google Chrome extension that automatically fills in promo codes for online purchases!

In the midst of what seems like ever-repetitive darkness, this is my prayer for each of you today!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

I am thankful for a God who cares, who loves, and who is bigger.

Love from Texas,


Join in on the fun!


  1. L.M. said:

    i entered

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  2. I entered!

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  3. Sophia Q said:

    I love your blog! I entered :)

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  4. Julianna Corbin said:

    This post was so inspiring and lovely! I entered :)

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  5. Katy Mason said:

    I loved this post. Thank you for reminding us to find happiness in the smallest things. I entered for the adorable swan! You’ve gotten the cutest items at the #nsale ?

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  6. Reina Datta said:

    You’re an inspiration! I entered :)

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  7. Ashlynn said:

    So uplifting and so needed!

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  8. Your blog and Instagram makes me happy because it’s such a nice refresher on a daily basis. So pretty always

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  9. Kate Thill said:

    I love how you can go from fashion to tough topics! You’re amazing! And we share the same name! :)

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  10. Kristina said:

    I love your blog!!! You got everything I need covered! ??

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  11. Samantha Francesconi said:

    Love the popcorn recipe and the mini quilted jacket, so cute!

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  12. Morgan Ann Hardison said:

    With all this world’s craziness, a fun post is just what we all needed! ?

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  13. Becca H said:

    You’re the cutest!!!! Absolutely love looking at your blog.? PS. I NEED that flamingo!!!

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  14. Kassidy Korczynski said:

    This post couldn’t be any more perfect!? Just what we need, a little bit of what makes us smile and a whole lot of Jesus! (And maybe a flamingo floatie, yeah that too!)

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  15. Tori said:

    Awesome post! That playlist is giving me life.

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  16. Layla said:

    Your style is so unique. I love how you follow the trends but still do your own thing. Your faith inspires me, and you have such a great happy spirit. I hope you will do a meet and greet of some sort in Dallas because I would definitely attend. ;)

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  17. Laura said:

    I entered!

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  18. Taylor said:

    I entered! ?

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  19. vLc said:

    OMG I love the Ponder family!!!! Loved this little glimpse of positivity!

    xoxo Veronica

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  20. Janelle said:

    I entered! ???

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  21. Jessica Sheely said:

    Thanks so much for sharing these!

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  22. Emma said:

    I entered!! You are the cutest with that flamingo!! I don’t even have a pool but I would totally pop it on top of my car to bring to my friends pools! hahaha

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  23. Cynthia said:

    I love this list! Thanks for sharing some positivity :)

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  24. peytonaf said:

    OMG The Google Chrome extension!! THANK YOU!!! P.S. I entered <3

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  25. Michaela Dorsey said:

    I love this post and I adore your blog!! A positive post is always so uplifting!

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  26. Emma said:

    Kate, this is exactly what I needed this week. I’ve had some life changing things on my heart these last few weeks and I’m finally starting to open up about them! #smallwins! SheReadsTruth is my FAVE! I’m currently doing their (free!) Sermon On The Mount 20-day devotional and I’m finding it so helpful getting though those rough days.
    With love from Texas,
    Emma ?

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  27. Kristi King said:

    You are such a peanut. I follow you on snappy snap and Insta and I feel that we would be friends in real life!! ???

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  28. Sarah Essler said:

    Came here to enter the giveaway and found this list. Thank you for the pick me up after a tough day and long week. I really needed this ❤️

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  29. Lauren said:

    That was so cute!

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  30. That Honey chrome extension is so cool!! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Taylor B said:

    Love this post! You’re always so happy and uplifting :) and I love that you’re so strong in your faith! I entered!

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  32. Hannah Gosney said:

    I love this post! p.s. I entered

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  33. Christy Lee said:

    It’s so great to be reminded of the things that make us happy and that God will give us comfort! This inspired me to make a list of my own! I just recently started following your website and social media and you are a breath of fresh air! I live in Oklahoma so it’s fun to see a southern girl do a fashion blog! ???
    Ps! I entered!

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  34. Jaime Lee said:

    This is great! I LOVE that you always seen to see the sunny side… the world needs more of that!

    PS: I entered!!!

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  35. Lindsey said:

    Love your blog so much!! You are the definition of perfection.

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  36. I entered!

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  37. Manny Pardo said:

    Love this post :) that playlist is filled with joy! Thank you for reminding us that there are still reasons to smile.
    I entered!

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  38. Lauren Gaetano said:

    I just want to tell you and I have before on Instagram and probably will again, but I admire you more than you know! I love how your style is so beautiful and fashionable, but modest at the same time. I love the way you shine for God and are unashamed to share His word! We need more godly women like you to set examples for the young women of our nation! You inspire me!

    P.S. Loving the Spotify playlist you suggested! MMMbop just came on and in reliving my childhood love of the Hanson brothers in the midst of a coffee shop!

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    • Lauren Gaetano said:

      I’m reliving* my coffee clearly hasn’t hit yet!

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  39. Soph Schrader said:

    Um number 10 is genius! PS if you post to Australia then enter me to win the pool float – in love!

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  40. Sadie said:

    Those cookies on Etsy are gorgeous! How is that even edible?!
    I downloaded and installed the Google Chrome extension – hope it helps next time I’m online shopping.

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  41. southernmomof2 said:

    This is a great post! We need all the positivity we can get in life. I entered! Thank you sweetheart!

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  42. Emily L said:

    I entered!!! These floats are the absolute best.

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