Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reason #7 to Be Happy: Why and The Tiny Bee Giveaway!

It's Wednesday! The best day EVER! Well, maybe not but that doesn't mean that it can't be a good day. :)

I have another giveaway to begin today but first I want to tell you a little story. I want to tell you a little about why I have decided to start blogging. Hopefully you already know that it's because I want to help you to be happy. But, there is a little more to it than that. That is, my personal drive behind blogging.

Ever since I was about 12 years old I have battled with depression and anxiety. It's not really my favorite thing to shout out to the world. However, I want you to understand me a little more so that we can really connect.

As I have dealt with these things I have learned a simple but really important concept. Have you ever heard the saying that not every day is a good day but that every day has a good part? I strongly believe that there is something good to be found in every single day. It has taken me years to learn that. It is still something that I have to work on at times. But, because I know this is true it is something that I want to share with others.

This morning I found a great quote on pinterest. I love pinterest. :)

This pretty much sums it up. I encourage you to find the smaller things to be happy about. After all, in the long run, it is the small things that make up the big things. Please share your reasons to be happy with me and with others! We may be very different from each other but we all want to be happy. :)

Now, for the giveaways! I have been able to get to know Melissa Walsh a little in the past few weeks. Who is Melissa? She is the great lady behind the shop, The Tiny Bee. She is awesome! Her Etsy store is super cute too! She even sent me a pair of one of my favorite pairs of earrings in her shop! 

How cute are these earrings! I love studs. They are perfect for every day wearing. These studs are extra special because of the care that Melissa puts into them. They are made from fabric. I don't know how she does it but they are very well designed. I love the bright green clovers. It's hard to look at these earrings and not smile. They just brighten up my day!

Before you get too jealous, you can get the same pair for yourself! You can even get them for free! All you have to do is enter the giveaway and be the lucky winner. Enter below! Thanks Melissa! :) 

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Thanks for visiting! Good luck! :)
<3 Maddie Rose

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Reason #6 to Be Happy: Your Happy Place

Hello friends! So you know how when you go to the doctor or dentist or whatever they tell you to go to your happy place? Well, I want to talk about my happy place today. Luckily, there won't be any pain to go along with it this time!There's one reason to smile! :)

 My husband, Brad and I went on our honeymoon to Oahu. We went in November when things were starting to get cold and unpleasant where we live. I had been to Hawaii before but it was even better with my best friend. We were there over Thanksgiving. Instead of having turkey (which I wouldn't have had anyway since I'm a vegetarian)we had pineapple! I thought it was a great trade!

We are both really easy going so it was nice to have such a relaxing holiday. Hardly a day goes by that we don't talk about Hawaii in some way. We are always talking about how our dream house in Hawaii will be someday, what we would do to live in Hawaii, how people we know who moved here from Hawaii are slightly crazy, and lots of other Hawaii related things. 

Our happy place is really wherever we are together. But, Hawaii is what I consider our happy place. 

Now, I have a question for you! What/where is your happy place??

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Reason to Be Happy #5: Clorox and Ranae

Happy day everyone! So, I know that my blog post has the strangest name again. But, if you know me you know that I don't claim to be completely normal. In fact, I think being a little weird makes someone much more interesting.

Anyway, one thing that I have learned in my eight months being married is that I am less domestic than I thought. I always thought I would like cooking and not mind cleaning. But, honestly, there are usually things that I would much rather do. Okay, let's be honest. About 99% of the time I would rather be doing something other than cooking or cleaning. If cookies, brownies, and baked treats were good meals then I would be super domestic. Unfortunately, they are not. I also believe that my wonderful husband deserves a good dinner. 

My point is that I am grateful for things that make the chores of a wife a lot easier. Today I had to clean our bathrooms. It was not an option. I am creative and live with clutter. But, I can only handle so much. When things get to a certain point I am done and they are no longer okay the way that they are. That is where clorox comes in. I can not explain how much I love clorox wipes. Just about every single time I clean anything I use them. It is one of those items that is permanent on our Costco shopping list. 

Oh, how I love those colorful plastic containers. Do you have favorite things that make life a little easier for you? I would love to know!

Now for the second part of today's blog post, Ranae. Those of you who don't know who Ranae Christine is you should. She is becoming one of my favorite blog people. She is hilarious and great! You can check out her site at

She reviews items and gives tips to entrepreneurs/ business owners. One thing that I love about Ranae, besides how funny she is, is that family is really important to her. She has a youtube channel and even includes her daughters in doing a lot of her vlogs! How cool is that? You can check out her youtube channel at .They are helpful, really entertaining, and sweet and short. 

Ranae actually did a vlog for my shop on here channel today! You can watch it right here!

Hopefully something here has reminded you of a reason to smile. Here are a few more ideas to help you have a day full of smiles...

Thanks! Remember to comment! I would love to hear from you and know your reasons to smile!

<3 Maddie Rose

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Reason #4 to Be Happy: Giveaway!

Hello! Hello! Hello! I am happy to say that I have found other awesome shops who want to do giveaways on my blog. First, I want to do a giveaway of my own to kick things off. I will be giving away 3 prints to 3 lucky winners! I would love it if you wanted to enter. I wish you all the best luck. Thanks! :)

Visit to decide what you would win if you happen to be a lucky winner.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Reason to Be Happy #3: Cute Etsy Shops

Hello! It's Friday again and time for me to give you a few more reasons to be happy!

I don't know about you but I love to shop. I especially love shopping at little boutiques or other unique places. The only thing better than shopping is being able to hang out with my husband, drink an ice cold Diet Coke, and relax at home while shopping. Etsy is a perfect place to do this.

I actually just started putting items in a shop of my own about a month ago. Feel free to take a look at

I want to introduce you to two shops that I love. One is If Only Lola Lee and the other is Some Kind of Pretty.

If Only Lola Lee is a darling shop to help you celebrate special moments. You can find birthday invitations, wedding announcements, baby announcements, and other fun things. Just go to

My very favorite item in Mattie Tomasik's (shop owner's) shop is this:

This is one of Mattie's shower invations. I love the roses (of course) and the color combination. Take a look at her other items too!

Another shop that is super cute is Some Kind of Pretty. I am a huge fan of jewelry. I especially love affordable necklaces and earrings. Catheryn Dallenbach's (store owner's) shop is full of things like that.  She has lots of items. One of my favorite items is this:

This has flowers too! I might like flowers a little bit... ha :) Anyway, I LOVE the colors! It is such a fun piece and is totally affordable. If you love jewelry like I do you will definitely want to have a look at Some Kind of Pretty.

Thanks for letting me show these shops to you! Etsy is a great place to even just do some window shopping. As Etsy shop owners we love when a person favorites something and especially when they favorite our shop! So if you don't have money to spend but love a shop you can still show them some love. That's part of the fun of Etsy!

One last thought...

Let's share the happiness and help others to smile too! Have a great day! 

<3 Maddie Rose

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Reason to Be Happy #2: Fruit and Minions

Could I have come up with a stranger blog post title? I doubt it!

So, it's Wednesday. I'm sure you woke up wanting to jump for joy. It's the middle of the week! That's the best thing ever, right? Okay, maybe not. But, I am here to give you a few reasons to smile.

First, fruit. Not just fruit but delicious strawberries, raspberries, and bananas with cool whip, cottage cheese, and jello powder. Seriously! That's it! It's that simple. My husband and I had this with dinner last night. It took less than ten minutes to throw together and I had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl. (I finished it for lunch today.) ha ha :)

I found this recipe on pinterest. It's an awesome recipe from My Recipe Magic. I definitely recommend trying it. I would have shared it with you but... I ate it all.

Their recipe actually doesn't call for raspberries but raspberries and my favorite so I thought, "Why not?" We also bought lite cool whip to make it a little healthier.

Okay, here's the recipe! Just try it! :)

Click above for the recipe!

Now, for the minions! Have you seen the new Despicable Me movie?? If not you HAVE to see it! It's so cute and hilarious. It made us laugh several times. If you have seen it you will understand this video a little more. If you haven't you won't. But, there's not really a lot to understand anyway. Just enjoy some short silliness! :)

One last thought...


Have a splendid day! <3

Friday, July 12, 2013

Reason to Be Happy #1: Craft Swap

I changed my blog name! I know! I know! It's the second post and I already changed it. Well, here is why... I don't really want to be blogging about my etsy shop all of the time. It's super fun but there is more to life. I want to share with you what makes me smile. Every Friday I am going to post about something that has recently made me super happy. Hopefully it will make you happy too! That way every Saturday we will both have at least one thing to smile about.

So, a while ago I started following +Linda Gardner from Craftaholics Anonymous on Pinterest. I actually can't remember how I heard about her. I think was through another awesome blogger. Anyway, I found out that she does an awesome craft swap twice a year. Of course, I HAD to join. I'm glad that I did! First, I want to show you what my awesome new friend, Kathy, at gave me! I was super excited about this!

Seriously, this lady is awesome! She gave me three pairs of earrings, two necklaces, four hair clips, AND a super cute salmon chevron infinity scarf! I am wearing the scarf and one of the hair clips as I write this. I love all of it. She did an amazing job.

Now, for what I gave. I hope she likes it! Here it is...

I hope she likes it! :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hello World!

So I really have no idea how I'm supposed to do this. So, I have decided that I'm just going to write like me. If people want to read it then awesome if not... well that's just too bad. I mean that in the nicest way possible. But, really. I want people to know that there is a real face and even a real person with personality behind my business. I am Maddie Rose and this is my blog. I will share with you the things that I love, the things that make jump for joy, and also a few things that might make me shed a tear or two. Welcome to a taste of my little world! :)