1. Pharrell Williams: Happy
If this song doesn’t put a smile on your face, you better check your pulse. I love it so much it’s on repeat whenever I’m alone in my car. Why do I have to be alone? Because…
My kid is addicted.
(I might be, too.)
If Kate’s in the car we’ve got the Frozen soundtrack on repeat. If we’re at home? Well, let’s just say I think the DVD has already gotten more play than all of our other DVDs combined. As a mom to an impressionable young girl I’m pretty critical of Disney movies (actually, all media) but this one’s a winner. G and I love that the “love story” is the love between the two sisters, Kate adores the characters (okay, we all do – Olaf? Come on!), and the songs are the best.
Have you gotten your mittens on Frozen yet?
3. Kreg Jig, Jr.
I’m currently in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and my Kreg Jig Jr. (an awesome gift from Kreg Tool Company which I received at the 2012 Haven Conference) is saving my sanity! The Kreg Jig creates perfect pocket holes in seconds, which allowed me to easily install 2×4 support braces behind cement board (in between studs) for my tub surround. I don’t know what I would have done without this handy little guy!
My friend Katie introduced me to kombucha and now it’s a must in my weekly shopping cart. Kombucha is a fizzy, fermented tea made from live bacteria and yeast, and contains antioxidants and probiotics. Kombucha devotees call it a “wonder tonic” and claim it contributes to all sorts of health benefits including improving immunity and digestion, lowering cholesterol, and fighting cancer. What I love is its unique taste, and a small glass of it – think wine glass, half full (for once) – seems to give me a nice little boost in energy that doesn’t keep me up at night. I’m a fan!
Anyone else enjoying kombucha lately? What’s your favorite flavor?
5. American Family’s DreamBank:
First of all, my apologies to anyone who doesn’t live in Madison.
I could dedicate an entire post – actually, an entire blog – to how much I adore this incredible resource I’ve recently discovered in my city. Located in a gorgeous historic building in downtown Madison, Wisconsin (a building that was originally a bank!), this treasure is totally geared toward helping people make their dreams come true.
Step inside, and you’ll immediately feel inspired. A friendly “Dream Curator” greets you and asks if you’d like anything to eat or drink (they have chocolate-covered marshmallow clouds there – true story) and are available to provide help and answer questions. Once you’re done swooning over how spectacular this building is (actually, the swooning never ends) you have the opportunity to explore a variety of interactive displays and hands-on tools to help you identify your dream and discover how to attain it.
At the time of my first visit, the DreamBank was decked out in a superhero-theme, but they change their themes and exhibits often, so you’ve always got some new eye candy and fresh sources of inspiration!
As if all this wasn’t enough, the DreamBank also offers a variety of FREE events, workshops and seminars to help you achieve your dream. I’ve already been to several and not only are they informative, helpful, and inspirational, but they’ve also connected me to other dreamers and expanded my personal community.
This place is amazing. I want to live there.
You have to check it out if you’re in the Madison area. For those of you who are not – who wants to move?
Your dream is out there. Go get it. #longlivedreams