the happy list

I woke up this morning feeling like I needed to rest. Not physically… goodness knows we’ve all had more downtime than usual. But emotionally. I just needed a day to think of normal, lighthearted, fun and happy things.

So, I ventured out for the first time since last week to pick up my favorite donuts from a local food truck here in Gainesville (where I and the one other patron there kept a safe 6 feet distance between us), came home to make a cup of coffee, and am now sitting down to hunt for lots of happy things to share with you today before signing off for a weekend of social distancing with my lil’ fam right here in this house.

I recognize that not everyone needs lighthearted right now. There’s a lot of seriousness and heavy things happening all around, and I don’t want to downplay that by any means. But if you find yourself in the same boat that I do this Friday, I hope you enjoy this little roundup… something I’m calling “The Happy List.”

shirt // skirt (old, linked similar) // shoes // headband (old, linked similar) // self tanner (use with this mitt)


the happy list


  • This Instagram account, @GoodNews_Movement, will lift your spirits in the midst of everything going on.
  • The new adaption of Emma, currently in theaters, has been released early! Rent it today on Amazon, Apple, and many other platforms.
  • Texas restaurants are now permitted to offer alcoholic beverages to-go in an effort to boost the restaurant economy. What I wouldn’t give for a Mambo Taxi to-go, ya feel?
  • New hobby alert! I ordered my first needlepoint canvas (you Friday Night Light fans may recognize this) and am excited to try my hand at something new.
  • Scribd is offering free access to their huge selection of books, audiobooks, magazines and more for thirty days, no credit card required!
  • If you’re in need of retail therapy, there are some great sales going on right now: Nordstrom is 25% off site-wide, Anthropologie is 25% off everything + free shipping over $50, Tuckernuck is 20% off site-wide with code TNUCK20N, Verishop is 10-25% off everything
  • I’m looking forward to making this guac recipe when Andrew gets home from work today!
  • Did you know you can Facetime more than one friend at once? While Facetiming a friend, swipe up from the bottom of your screen and tap “add person.”
  • Country music fan? Kelsea Ballerini just released a new album!
  • A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new nail color on a whim and I’m now obsessed. This shade is the perfect light-almost-white pink color and best of all, it’s not sheer. Highly recommend!
  • Set your alarms! Mi Golondrina will be restocking their beautiful, hand embroidered headbands (see mine here) tomorrow morning at 10am CDT!

If you have a happy you’d like to add to this list, leave a note in the comments below! I think we could all use a little extra dose of it today.

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Liz said:

    Finishing knitting and sewing projects that were started long ago, like the beautiful poncho I started 10 years ago! I will be so happy if I can finally finish it and wear it.

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  2. Maureen said:

    Pennsylvania is allowing alcohol to be sold with take out and pick up orders during this time too. I think it’s genius! Thanks for sharing Kate :)

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  3. Olga said:

    I love this, thanks for compiling this list! So happy to see a lot of retailers and brands like Scribd stepping up now to help.


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  4. Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    Love this list! Keep these happy posts coming!

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  5. Terrsa said:

    Just picked up tortilla soup and a margarita on this rainy day from our neighborhood Mexican restaurant 🤙 Houston TX!

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  6. Katherine said:

    Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show at Home edition! Check them out if you haven’t watched yet. So funny!

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  7. I love Kelsea Ballerini’s new album! It’s so good!

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  8. Grace Andrews said:

    Woke up feeling EXACTLY the same this morning! You basically took the thoughts out of my head so thank you for sharing your happy list! Highly recommend coloring or painting with a great playlist in the background.😍

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