Simple Joys

Simple Joys

Like the rest of the world, I watched the video of the “Happy Chewbacca” and laughed until tears poured out of my eyes. If you missed it or just want to enjoy it again, I’ve added it below.



Besides how hysterically funny she is, I think her delight in that silly mask struck a chord with so many of us because sometimes our days can feel stressful or we are so busy running around trying to keep up with demands on our time, we don’t often enough slow down to take a deep breath and let ourselves delight in anything!

When we are always so distracted and stressed by too many things, we aren’t likely to look for an opportunity to create, experience or share the simple joys of this moment.

Creating a simple joy can be something as easy as taking a moment to cut spring flowers from the yard (or grab a inexpensive bouquet from the grocery store) and set them in an empty pitcher on the table. It’s such a little thing, but when I have flowers on the table I find myself shutting out the distractions and just lingering on their beauty many times a day. I can’t help but feel more joy in their presence.

A bouquet is a gift you can give yourself that will keep bringing you back to the present to remind you to embrace and enjoy what’s beautiful in your world right now. They perk up the mood and bring delight to even a dreary day.

Simple joys are contagious and multiply, they make you want to share or create more of it around you. They are worth EVERY PENNY!

Simple Joys
What is one thing you could make room for in your home or life, even right this moment, that would inspire you to be present and embrace more joy? How could you share that joy with someone else?

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}This post created in partnership with TIKI Brand

When we moved to Seattle last fall, our biggest priority was to have more family time. Even though we knew there would be a need for some remodeling, we were certain that the location and many of the features of this house would make family togetherness an enjoyable and frequent experience.

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

One of our favorite things about this house is the backyard. It is like a park, with plenty of open space for the dogs to run and play and room for family to get together! We are so looking forward to summer time when we can gather in our new backyard for family time.

We are pretty excited about creating special destinations to relax, so we can leave all of our electronic gadgets inside on summer evenings and spend face to face time together.

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

While we had made good progress in setting up our old backyard to be a great destination for family times, (and as much as I miss my special secret garden and our gravel patio with the fire pit) I just know this yard is going to be even more wonderful for our family. Not only is it closer to our family, but it already had such a great head start with privacy and mature plants. We’ll have plenty of places to garden and add our own touches, too.

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

Our dream is to find a cool looking croquet set, maybe get a big hammock or two and then set up all of our patio furniture for a summer full of festive parties and meaningful family get togethers. As soon as we had a bit of sunshine this spring, we pulled together one small area with our old bench, Adirondack chairs and the secondhand teak cart we love to use for entertaining. We already love it!

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

Do you know the number one thing you need in your backyard or any area to make it an inviting destination you’ll be excited to use? You need ambience. You’ve got to set the mood! The most important way to create ambience in any room, big or small, is through lighting.

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

We love how easy it is to light our TIKI Brand torches and tabletop firepieces for a warm glow so we can invite the family outside and pull the chairs around close for enjoy an evening of togetherness.

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

I love the new TIKI Brand products because they really do make any area of the yard an inviting place day or night. TIKI Brand Clean Burn tabletop firepieces feature a bright flame that provides light and ambience for your gatherings. When paired with Clean Burn Torch Fuel, they emit dramatically less soot and smoke than regular torches.

We put two small silver firepieces on our cart and I think they look great and set just the right mood. Also, the reusable Roundwick burner-system provides up to three hours of burn time with every fill (4oz). The firepieces are available in a variety of colors, textures and sizes to fit any tabletop or backyard style (outdoor use only). We also put a large TIKI Brand Clean Burn firepiece on our teal side table next an Island King Large Flame Torch. We think it really completes the space!

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

Make the most of whatever space you have and create a memorable place for family to gather this summer! And speaking of gathering with friends and family, we’re joining TIKI Brand for The Night of the Power Down on June 26. We hope you will be, as well! Pledge to power down here: TIKIBrand.com/Power-Down.

We are so excited to be able to make wonderful new memories together as a family in our own backyard! 

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}
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