I like to keep a little list in my bullet journal of the little, everyday, and inexpensive things that are bringing me a disproportionate amount of happy.
It’s been a while since I shared that list with you, so here goes …
1. Keep Cup. Will and I stumbled upon this unusual travel “mug” at a Southern coffee shop this summer and instantly fell in love. I haven’t used travel mugs much in the past, because the mug quickly takes on the smell (and worse, the taste!) of whatever’s been in it, no matter how carefully I wash it. The Keep Cup is glass, which makes it easy to wash. It’s also easy to drink out of.
We got ours back in August, which would be more than enough time for most travel mugs to take on a funky smell, but ours is still scent-free.
2. Grey pens. Apparently I gushed about grey pens for a full two minutes in my Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers class! I hadn’t intended to—I just got carried away with how much I love them!
For my bullet journal (and pretty much all my other writing) I’ll take a pen over a pencil any day. But I do love how a pencil doesn’t “ghost” in my bullet journal—that is, you can’t see any traces of your writing on the back side of the page. But a good fine grey pen feels like a pen in my hand, but looks like a pencil on the page. And it doesn’t ghost.
If you want to try the grey pens without buying a giant multi-pack, keep an eye out at Target. My local store sells a Staedtler 4-pack of “nature colors” for less than $8. You get burgundy, mustard, forest green, and dark grey.
3. Genius Scan for IOS. In February we bought a house; in March we’re selling a house. Both transactions involved an enormous amount of paperwork. This free mobile app made my life so much easier, by letting me sign and scan the parade of documents that came my way on the go. I’ve loved this app for a long time but the recent update made it even better—now it’s easier to get crisper, cleaner scans without as much effort.
4. Bare Minerals mascara. I’m a sucker for a good makeup kit. You know the kind: the ones who’s packaging says “$98 worth of product for $19!!” I recently stumbled upon a great little set online at Ulta. (It was One Hot Mama, but I can no longer find it available anywhere!)
I bought it because the kit included the Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener, a product I’ve used off and on for over a decade. I’d never tried Bare Minerals mascara before, but the Flawless Definition mascara included in the kit was a winner.
I’m not a huge makeup person—I don’t own a lot because I don’t wear a lot. But I wear mascara close to every day, and this one works for me.
5. Coral. Spring is here—according to the calendar, if not necessarily the forecast—and nothing says spring to me like this cheerful color. (I tried to order a coral sweater though, which made me realize that I may love the color, but that doesn’t mean I want to wear that much of it. That sweater, though lovely, has been returned, and in its place I found this perky, pretty pop of color.)
6. Good coffee. A few weeks ago, our newish coffee grinder broke, which suddenly meant no more freshly-ground, freshly brewed coffee at home. We were only grinder-less for two or three weeks, but that experience has renewed my appreciation for great coffee at home. (Another thing I’m loving right now: a good warranty!)
7. Deodorant in a jar. I know, I know, this sounds totally weird, and maybe TMI. I’m a longtime fan of Dove Clinical, except that it makes my skin super irritated after wearing it two or three days in a row. So I went searching for gentler alternatives and am really happy with one of my finds: Schmidt’s deodorant jar. Mine is lavender and sage, and I found it at Grove Collaborative. Putting it on is a tiny bit of a pain but it’s a much more pleasant experience over all.
8. Good tea. I’ve been drinking a lot more of the stuff lately, and am really enjoying it. My little wire mesh tea balls all broke at the same time, so I spent a whopping $15 on this little Rishi tea maker. One of the reasons I’m drinking more is that it’s so easy to brew.
I’m a longtime fan of Rishi—I especially love their turmeric ginger—and I’ve also been drinking a ton of new-to-me Plum Deluxe. I found them when they reached out to sponsor the podcast, and have been drinking multiple cups a day of Meadow Walk, a caffeine-free blend. I also like their Self-Care and Reading Nook (I mean, obviously).
Because they are a podcast sponsor, they created a special offer for you guys: try the $10/month Plum Deluxe tea of the month subscription by April 6th and get a free Reading Nook blend tea (or any other kind you’d like to try). Just enter “Friend of Modern Mrs Darcy” in the “how did you hear about us” box when you join and your bonus will be applied after your signup is processed.
March is also Caffeine Awareness Month. All month long, when you add $28 or more worth of low caffeine teas to your cart and use the code DECAF, they’ll take $7 off your order. You can even combine these promotions so order before the month is out!
(I’m not obligated to mention this here; I’m sharing as a fan and tea-drinker.)
9. OK Go. A few weeks ago, my 7-year-old was losing his mind in the waiting room of an after-school appointment gone horribly, horribly wrong. (When I scheduled they assured me we’d be out of there by 4:30, and at 6pm he was melting into a puddle, poor kid.)
I had a burst of inspiration and loaded a random OK Go video on my phone … and it was magic. (Airplane + zero gravity + paintballs.) And then we watched it again. And again and again. No matter your age, this is super cool, and to really appreciate it don’t miss the behind the scenes video. Incredible.
What little, not-hugely-significant things are bringing YOU a disproportionate amount of happy lately? I’d love to hear in comments.