Category Archives: Happiness

Our Favorite Fall Coffee Drink Recipes!

One of the nice things about temperatures finally coming down and scarves coming out is that we can finally drink ALL THE COFFEE WE WANT WITHOUT SWEATING IN OUR LIVING ROOM. Not that it ever stopped us before. Trolling Pinterest, we found some amazing recipes you might want to try in your own home this fall:

For the Fancy Coffee Drinkers:
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Whole & Heavenly Oven

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This involves actual pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and all the things that you would want to eat on a cheat day anyway. Even if you can’t make it look as beautiful  as the photo, it will still taste like fall perfection!

For the Egg Nog Fans:
Skinny Eggnog Latte from Peanut Butter & Peppers



This healthy version of the Eggnog Latte is a fraction of the calories you’d get from a Starbucks drink and that’s saying a lot because eggnog is not short on calories by itself.

For the Person on the Go:
Creamy Blended Frozen Mocha Coffee Drink from Happiness is Homemade



Four ingredients and you’re out the door with this frozen coffee drink made from ingredients most coffee drinkers already have in their house. Also, coffee ice cubes? Why haven’t we been making these all along.

For the Coffee Pro:
Bulletproof Coffee from Bravo for Paleo


Butter in your coffee? This recipe requires a little more equipment than your standard coffee pot but we’re interested to see what adding some healthy fats to our morning ritual might do for getting us out of bed in the morning a little faster!

For the Coffee Novice:
Easy Peppermint Mocha from DelightfulEMade


If you’re not a huge fan of strong coffee but need a little pick me up that definitely feels like the holidays, this mocha is full of everything that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

For the Person Who Can Stand The Heat:
Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha from Diethood



This delicious drink is basically an amazing hot chocolate plus coffee and cayenne pepper. Tons of traditional flavor plus a little heat sounds wonderful if you ask us!

So what are your favorite coffee drink? We want to hear!


Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness If It Took 1 Minute & Could Save 8 Lives?

organ-donor.3803807700-300x212In the happiness world, there’s a lot of talk about “committing random acts of kindness.”

As I wrote about in Happier at Home, I’m a bigger fan of non-random acts of kindness — but there is one random act of kindness that I absolutely believe in.

If you support organ donation, please speak up about it.

Take a moment to sign the donor registry. That way, everyone can easily know your wishes, should the need arise.

Also, let your family and friends know that you’d want to be an organ donor.  Post a message on Facebook or Twitter, send out a blast email, talk about it over dinner. If and when they had to make a decision on your behalf,  in a time of grief and shock, it would be a tremendous comfort to them to know what you would want. To make it easy to find what you wrote, add the hashtag #organdonor.

This issue is particularly close to my heart. For decades, my husband had hepatitis C, which attacks the liver (he got hep C from a blood transfusion during a heart operation when he was eight years old). Well, it turns out the liver is a very, very important organ to have.  A liver transplant was definitely a possibility for him, so I became very interested in this issue of organ donation.

By a miracle of modern science, my husband is now cured. Yes, CURED. Tears well up in my eyes, even just typing those words.  (If you want to read more about one of the happiest days of my life, go here.) Continue reading

7 Things I Learned About Myself, from Getting a Dog.

barnabycloseup-300x342As I may have mentioned, my family and I just got a new puppy — a cockapoo named Barnaby. He’s fourteen weeks old, and super sweet and delightful.

However, he is a dog, and even more so, he’s a puppy. I knew that his arrival in our household would mean big changes — and would also teach me a lot about myself.

So far, here’s what I’ve learned: Continue reading

From New Beginnings



Maybe you’ve heard the old myth that the cells of your body replace themselves completely every 7 years. When seeing intents about new beginnings, this fact came to mind so we decided to investigate. As it turns out, it is just a myth. The truth is the cells in our body are definitely renewing themselves but it happens much more frequently than every 7 years. Colon cells are replaced every four days. Skin cells take 2-3 weeks to complete their life cycle. Brain cells are with you for life.  Continue reading

A Lesson in Happiness and Love I Learned from Rob Lowe

rob-lowe-300x150I’m not a particular fan (or not) of Rob Lowe, but several people had recommended his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I decided to read it.

It was very interesting for many reasons, and I was particularly struck by a story Lowe told, recalling a visit to the White House during his time on the show The West Wing: Continue reading

Agree, Disagree? September is the Other January. Time for a New Start.

HappierAtHomePaperback1-300x462Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September  marks the beginning of a new year.  Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. (And yes, it’s still September, even though most schools start in August nowadays — and of course, this is true only in certain parts of the world.)

January is the official start of the new year, and I always get a burst of renewed zeal at that time, but here in the United States, for me, September also gives the same feeling of an empty calendar and a clean slate. The air seems charged with possibility and renewal.

Back-to-school is a time of self-evaluation and reflection–and also a time when I feel the urge to clean out my office.

Because of the new year feeling of September, when I wanted to do a a happier-at-home project, I decided to start it in September. Continue reading

A Simple Life


My Back-To-School Intent is to Keep It Simple.

For these last two weeks of summer, I have been in major organizing mode.

School supplies and uniforms, after-school activities, work strategy and planning, setting up speaking engagements and travel (which means coordination with my husband and mom!), cleaning closets, organizing finances, logistics galore of managing work, home, and getting my kids where they need to be from now through February!

I was laughing this morning as I read a Facebook post by my friend, Dani Modisett, author of Take My Spouse Please, about how her 2-day trip to NYC required a thesis of detailed instructions for her sitter. It’s so true! The only way for me to function sanely, while trying to work and professionally/intellectually keep growing, is to be super-organized and plan ahead.

I’ll admit my meditation practice these last two weeks has been sporadic, but when I am meditating one word seems to be popping up over and over again: Continue reading

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