Gratitude #8

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“I would maintain that thanks is the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– G.K. Chesterton

I thought that quote introduces my weekly gratitude list nicely. I can’t believe it, 8 weeks of gratitude lists! This week, I’m grateful for:

  • My new blog design. I love it, I truly do. I finally feel at home. This is ME.
  • With that, I’m so thankful I made the right decision to work with Cynthia of NW Designs. She was patient, flexible, and clearly a design genius! I told her what I liked, what I wanted and within days, she gave me this beautiful look. I know, I’m so in love with my own blog, I should be embarrassed!
  • I said this last week, I’ll say it again. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made through blogging. I want to give a shout out to Kimberly of Mama’s Monologues. She’s my Twitter buddy (she makes me laugh, lends me an ear, and helped me out with WordPress!), my bloggy friend/ ‘twin’ (we even changed our blog looks at the same time) and she makes me want to fly to the US so I can meet her and hug her face off.
  • I always include food in my list because I love food. So this week, I am so grateful for my mother-in-law’s pasta salad. Yum.
  • I rely on the Internet SO much. I am grateful for our super fast connection (thank you to my tech savvy husband!).
  • I love Think Geek. LOVE. Look, they have this awesome monkey! It’s a plush, pillow and blanket! Perfect for me! I mean, for my Monkey!

  • I also love this site, Chow. It has amazing recipes. I’m making this tonight for dinner: Buttermilk Chicken with Peach-Tomato Salsa.
  • I admit – I do quite enjoy Pinterest. *ahem* I’ve had great fun this week pinning some summer clothes I love and want to own.
  • My Monkey is talking more, saying more words. For that, I am grateful. He’s just too cute.
  • What’s a gratitude post without another shout out to one of my favorite cakes? I really enjoyed this red velvet cake.

What were you grateful for this week?

Linking up with Adventures in Mommyhood’s Sunday FundayΒ andΒ The Good Life: Monday Listicles!





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  • July 10, 2011 Julie

    I am grateful for air conditioning, being able to have time to goof around on Pinterest and Google+, and motherfrunking brownies, for without them, I would surely spend my days in sadness.
    Julie recently wrote…I think spiders are reading my blogMy Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Oh hell yes, A/C! Brownies make everything better, for sure.

  • July 10, 2011 Ann

    Your blog IS beautiful and I’m thrilled you’re happy with it! I’m grateful my sister is having a birthday and I can bake coconut cupcakes for her. I’m grateful my husband is such a great guy. I’m grateful that my puppy has the waggliest tail I’ve ever seen.
    Ann recently wrote…Call the Fire Department! My Chicken is on Fire!My Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Love coconut cupcakes! Happy birthday to your sister!

  • July 10, 2011 Leigh Ann

    OMG that red velvet cake looks delicious! Love your new blog look. Isn’t WP great?
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…Canadian for a dayMy Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, and yes it is!!

  • July 10, 2011 Elena

    I love your new blog design, too! I’m going to have to check out Chow. I love foodie sites!
    Elena recently wrote…Seared Scallops AppetizerMy Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Chow is chockful of beautiful and easy recipes! Let me know if you find some gems πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2011 Ado

    Oh you and your new blog design are even MORE adorable now!
    Things I am grateful for this week: Your gratitude list b/c it inspired me.
    Things I would’ve been grateful for this week IF SOMEONE HAD SAVED A BITE FOR ME (ahem): That scrumptuous red velvet cake!

    Thanks for your comments on my blog and your awesome supportiveness & friendship. Seriously – big thing I am grateful for.

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you, thank you and thank you. You know I love ya and your blog. And your friendship too.

      I did save some cake for you, it’s sitting in your fridge, did you not see? πŸ˜‰

  • July 10, 2011 Kimberly

    I am thankful for you. You’ve listened to me, been there for me and made me laugh. You’ve shown me a wonderful friendship in you and I’m so thankful. I’d love to see you to hug your face off too! xoxo
    Kimberly recently wrote…Cookies For DinnerMy Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      See, even your comments make me all sniffly and emotional. Love you. xoxo

  • July 10, 2011 C

    The new design does look wonderful, right down to your signature at the end of the post.
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    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, I love the signature too! πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2011 Jessica

    I’m thinking if you hug Kim’s face off she might look kind of funny.

    New design looks good. Have fun with it.
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    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Haha yes she would. Thank you, and thank you for your continuous help with WP!

  • July 10, 2011 Kir

    OH I love your new blog design, it’s awesome!!!! Really, I just adore it. (That’s how I felt about my new blog design earlier this year too….like I should be ashamed of how giddy it made me…)

    love all the things to be grateful for this week too..that monkey is adorable, I might have to snag one myself. πŸ™‚
    and Red Velvet Cake….yummy.
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    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kir!! I really want to get the Monkey…..

  • July 10, 2011 Erica

    Great list Alison, love the new look and I’m grateful my hubby wks so damn hard for our family. Today, we leave for Disney, FL and I’m beyond grateful. It’ll be for the Twinadoes 6th bday. Overjoyed here.

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Erica. Have a safe flight and a wonderful trip! Happy 6th birthday to the twins!

  • July 10, 2011 dramaqueensmum

    Hi. I’m visiting from SITS. Love your blog. I’m hoping to follow you, but gfc doesn’t seem to be working right now.
    dramaqueensmum recently wrote…Everygirl’s Guide to Life.My Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Hi Kimberly, thanks for stopping by! Do come back when GFC is working πŸ™‚ In the meantime, see you on Twitter, I usually tweet new posts, so keep an eye out for that! (totally blog pimping sorry!)

  • July 10, 2011 Natalie

    I love the new blog design! Good choice! And yes red velvet cake is AWESOME πŸ™‚
    Natalie recently wrote…Life’s Lessons: Holiday Week EditionMy Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I love red velvet cake a little too much πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2011 Sandra

    I do really love your new blog design!
    I’m grateful for people like you in the blog universe. You really are getting a rep out there for being the kindest and most devoted bloggy friend.
    Sandra recently wrote…I have never played cards with my husband…EVER!My Profile

    • July 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Sandra! And for your very kind sweet comment, it means so much to me that you see me that way πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2011 Kim

    Your new design convinced me! I just sent Cynthia an email asking if she’d makeover my blog πŸ™‚

    And I too am grateful for the Internet. As much as I wish my girls could experience life before all of the technological gadgets and changes due to the Internet, it sure makes my life easier in some ways.
    Kim recently wrote…What If Everyone Blogged?My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Yay, Cynthia is great, can’t wait what she comes up with for you! The Internet? Is awesomesauce!

  • July 11, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Did you make that cake? I love food too! Especially sweets.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Haha no I’m not that talented. I only make one layer cakes πŸ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 Stasha

    Your lists always make me stop and be thankful for the great life we have. And make me want cake. Love the signature on your post, adorable.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Stasha, so glad my list does that for someone. Yes, isn’t the signature just adorable? I love it.

  • July 11, 2011 tracy

    I love your new design! I also love Cyn! Great choice – she is amazing.
    tracy recently wrote…Excess Baggage…My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!!! I saw your blog on her site so that made me sure she was right for me πŸ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 Karen

    I am obsessed, er, um, love Pinterest! It is perfectly wonderful seeing so many different ideas in one place. I’m grateful that someone thought enough of something I hand created (an art journal page) to pin it to pinterst…I literally squealed! :> I’m grateful that the weather has begun to cool (still in the nineties in the afternoon, but not triple digits & the mornings are cool) this weekend. And I’m grateful for such a rockin’ awesome (to borrow my kidlet’s favorite term) community amongst bloggers!! Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Karen recently wrote…Friday Fun with Lego!My Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Rockin’ awesome is a great term! Pinterest can totally steal time, doesn’t it? I was just pinning clothes and next thing you know, my whole afternoon was gone! Have a great week too Karen.

  • July 11, 2011 Alexandra

    Ig iuyfheu

    Dud euskhiw ss

    Did you think I had a stroke?

    that always happens to me when I see CAKE!

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee! Funny you.

  • July 11, 2011 kim sisto robinson

    The Cake Looks OUT OF THIS WORLD. Sinful.
    Thanks is also the highest form of Prayer…(at least, that’s what I used to think.)

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      It was sinful – which is why I’m glad I shared it with my husband πŸ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 MamaRobinJ

    I love that you love your blog design. I want to redo mine as well. This totally does feel like you.

    Did you eat that cake? Oh my. Divine.

    Really, really like that quote too.
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, I can’t wait to see your redesign!

      I did eat that cake, but I did share it too πŸ™‚

      It is a fabulous quote, I saw it and knew I had to use it.

  • July 11, 2011 mom2kiddos

    How come I didn’t know you had already moved? Congrats!! Nice design indeed. Like the little teddy next to your name. Now how do I subscribe to your replies?
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I like the signature too!

      Do you see the bottom of the comment box? There’s a box you can check if you want to be notified of replies πŸ™‚

  • July 11, 2011 Theresa

    Hmm, now I want cake, but its after midnight. Is that allowed?
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    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      Cake is allowed ALL THE TIME.

  • July 11, 2011 Dana K

    I have no idea what you wrote about because I got distracted by my favorite cake in the whole wide world. πŸ˜‰
    Dana K recently wrote…vanity is a strange thingMy Profile

    • July 11, 2011 Alison

      I don’t blame you one bit!

  • July 11, 2011 Suniverse

    Is it embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to get here? YES.

    I’m grateful that you’re awesome and have not let my angsty craziness put you off.

    Suniverse recently wrote…Week in Review – It’s Friday I’m in LoveMy Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Oh Suniverse!!! You’re too sweet!! You’re pretty awesome too. And I love your angsty craziness πŸ™‚

  • July 12, 2011 Janice

    Love the list. My favorite? The little monkey pillow/blanket thing. So cute!

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      I know, right?? I want one!

  • July 12, 2011 Heather

    Aww, I wouldn’t be embarrassed of how much you love your new layout… I think it’s great! Also I love thinkgeek too, there are too many nifty things on that site! I’m grateful they don’t have a thinkgeek QVC channel.

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      If they read my blog and saw that comment, they’d be like, We need to get on air people! I can’t believe they haven’t gone there yet.

  • July 12, 2011 Blue Cotton Memory

    That cake is Awesome Yum looking! It’s about 3 p.m. – and I need that piece with a good cup of coffee! I’ve enjoyed stopping by and visiting today (even though I couldn’t taste the cake)!!LOL
    Blue Cotton Memory recently wrote…Blue Cotton Sham!My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      The cake tasted as good as it looked! It was perfect with coffee. Thank you so much for visiting, I hope to get to know you better. πŸ™‚

  • July 12, 2011 Lex

    The blog design that is totally you feels so good, doesn’t it? It looks wonderful!

    I think “grateful” lists are great, if only to remind myself of the things that I should appreciate in my life. Something to think about for next week. Thanks!

    I wish I had a super fast internet connection…*sigh*
    Lex recently wrote…Monday Listicles – New meme, Types of women for young men to avoidMy Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lex! Yes, I find that doing gratitude lists ground me in some way.

      We worked hard at getting the Internet to be speedy! Lots of technical shenanigans involved πŸ™‚

  • July 12, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    Love that GKC quote and I love the new blog design too! Plus, I want that cake! …And the monkey!
    Cookie’s Mom recently wrote…Life’s Lessons: July 7, 2011My Profile

    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! They’re all fabulous hehe

  • July 12, 2011 Fabulosokids Bruce

    There’s a certain sweetness when you’re able to describe to an artist what you want and then have it come out that way, or even better, isn’t there? Your love of your site design will make everything that much more fulfilling, and I’m glad you appreciate that. Great list all the way around!
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    • July 12, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Bruce, yes, you’re right, to be able to see the final result of the vision that previously only existed in my head? Totally fulfilling. Thanks for stopping by!

  • July 13, 2011 Carri

    YUMMMMMM. I want that cake.
    Carri recently wrote…Things I Thought I’d Never SayMy Profile

    • July 13, 2011 Alison

      It was delish!

  • July 19, 2011 Angela

    I love the Monkey stuffed animal from Think Geek too! It is so cute and has a variety of purposes for me and the boy!

    I’m thankful for a memory foam pillow and mattress. Really thankful.

    • July 19, 2011 Alison

      It is gorgeous! I haven’t made the plunge yet to buy it, but the temptation is still there!

      Pillows & mattresses – so important!

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