Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Makes Me Happy {simply lkj}

It's Wednesday and time for What Makes Me Happy. Today, Lauren of simplylkj will share her "happy things." Lauren is a great blogger friend who is friendly, caring, and compassionate. Let's show Lauren some LOVE.

Hi Y'all.  My name is Lauren, and I blog over at SimplyLKJ.  I was flattered when Ron asked me to participate in his new series, "What Makes Me Happy."

I met Ron through his bestie and fellow Atlantan, Amanda of Dixie Delights, who has already shared her What Makes Me Happy post with you all.  Both Ron and Amanda are the epitome of Southern Charm.

I adore Ron's sense of humor, design sense, swoon worthy holiday, and man oh man can he create an amazing cocktail.

As I share what Makes Me Happy, you will find it truly is the "simple things" in life that make me smile.

Number one, always, these three. My sweet hubby and best friend of almost 29 years (May 21) and these, "I don't know how I got so blessed to be your momma" girls, Elie and Kate.

Second, and with a very heavy sweet Mother In Law.  Sadly, we had to say our goodbyes recently.  You can read more about this "gem" here.  Knowing goodbye is not forever, makes me happy.

Springtime in Atlanta.  I will be honest, not everything about spring in Atlanta makes me happy.  The pollen is intolerable and the weather is all over the place.  80 today, storms coming this week and 50 later in the week.  But, the hint of what's to come is what makes me happy.

Ferns in the pots by the front door signal Spring has arrived.

As do begonias and caladiums in the flower bed.

 Our Encore azaleas are in full bloom. Love their vibrant pink color.

Our peonies are just waiting to burst open. Now if someone could only figure out how to make them last longer than a couple weeks.

And, our garden has been tilled and planted for the season. We love cooking with fresh herbs during the summer months.

Those of you who follow my blog know that we LOVE to cook. Creating gluten free/dairy free/egg free/soy free and nut free meals and desserts make us ALL happy campers.

And lastly, unconditional love...

Toby, Golden/Bordie Collie mix...afraid of his own shadow.

Kylee, Cairn Terrier, aka "the Princess".

Koda Bear, Corgi mix, Toby's best bud.

And, the newest addition...our youngest's daughter's "grad school puppy", Henley. Golden Retriever.  Came home weighing 11 lbs, 2/11/17, now weighs 25 lbs 4/2/17.

Thank you for allowing me to share what makes me happy.

Thanks, Lauren!

You can see more of my What Makes Me Happy posts HERE.

What Makes simplylkj Happy, y'all!


  1. Great post! Atlanta seems pretty great to me. We can't start planting til the end of May. I agree about the peonies - I wish they would last all summer. You have great guests, Ron. I really enjoy this series. Hope you both have a good week.

  2. Love this post, Lauren. I have followed you for a long time and have always loved your blog...and you....and share a special bond because of your direction to a blog that most likely saved our little CJK's life.
    Gotta love that Ron, too! xo Diana

  3. Hello Ron,
    I am visiting from Lauren's lovely blog.
    I love this series!
    And Lauren, I enjoyed so very much the things that make you happy...
    Your beautiful family, including those precious pups and your amazing garden are happiness for sure.: )
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for having me Ron. I enjoyed sharing What Makes Me Happy with your wonderful readers.

  5. Lauren, it is nice to meet you and read about what makes you happy. Yes, I agree that it's the simple things in life that bring most the most happiness. You have a beautiful family and obviously losts of puppy love in your home. Happy Spring and happy gardening. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lauren is such a sweet person and I love reading what makes her happy! I have enjoyed watching the adventures of baby Henley on her Instagram lately too!

  7. I love reading Lauren's blog, so I was thrilled to see her appear over here talking about what makes her happy! It looks like our Houston azaleas are a few weeks ahead of Atlanta's. Our peak blooms were about a month ago! Thanks for featuring simplylkj today!

  8. I enjoy reading what makes people happy. Being blessed with family, good food, gardening and pets makes for a wonderful life!

  9. Good morning, Ron! Loved reading Lauren's blog on what makes her happy! Have a great day! xoxo

  10. Thank you for sharing Lauren with your blogging community! She is my dearest friend and I loved seeing her featured somewhere other than her blog!


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