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The Happy List

Hello again, Dear Readers.

It must be the impending holiday season, but it’s getting easier to find great stuff for this list. Enjoy, and don’t forget to tell me what’s making you happy. I wanna know! Or if something on this list made you happy, feel free to leave me a comment.

The African animal egglet.

1) Egglets. You meet the coolest people on Twitter. I connected with this tumbling writer who also happens to be an amazing artist! One of her Hunger Games fan art drawings currently has the top position in a Google search. And as if this girl wasn’t talented enough, she also makes these adorable little egglets. These wooden owls are custom-made and hand-painted to represent any hobby, career, or passion you can dream up. Best of all, she’s having an egglet giveaway. Click here to enter, but hurry! The contest ends November 18th. Her Etsy store is closed, but you can still enter the giveaway. She is taking custom orders as well. To order your own egglet, send her a message on her Facebook page here.

2) Do big cats like catnip? It’s the eternal question, isn’t it? Watch the video to find out.

3) LUSH Christmas Stuff. I have to confess–I haven’t always been the biggest fan of LUSH. I once swore I’d never darken their doors again. Then The Boy converted me one Christmas and I discovered they have a wonderful online store! Yay, a way to get my hands on those luscious goodies without being attacked by commission-hungry salespeople. Since then, I’ve eagerly anticipated Lush’s annual release of holiday products. They never disappoint. From their melting snowman bath melt to their magic bubble wand and Father Christmas bath bomb, if you know someone who could use a little down time, treat them to a really nice gift from Lush. (I still don’t like that they use sulphates in their products, though—grr. I don’t recommend their stuff for those with really sensitive skin.)

4) Jim C. Hines: Covergirl. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but on the off-chance someone else hasn’t discovered Jim’s famous cover poses, you can find them here. Jim feels very strongly about the sexist nature of fantasy and sci-fi book covers, but instead of getting preachy about it, he decided to make his point with humour. Hilarity ensues, and I love him for trying to change the world, one book at a time.

5) Stress Reliever. Feeling rushed today? Planning to gobble down a quick lunch while surfing the net and filling out those TPS reports? I challenge you to take a deep breath, watch this video, and discover the way food was meant to be enjoyed. Bon appetit!

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  1. Elle

    Those egglets are adorable! And I’m glad you found the Jim Hines cover poses. He makes a good point in an entertaining way.

  2. Holli Moncrieff

    Thanks for the comment, Elle. Aren’t they the best? I hope this post gives her lots of orders, because it’s such a great idea.

    As for Jim, it’s always cool when someone decides to speak up in a way that people notice.

  3. Mystic_Mom

    I like how Jim gets his point across 🙂 and those egglets are so cute! Love the cowboy one!

  4. TAH

    Aw, thank you so much for featuring Egglets!!!!! I am so excited they made your happy list!:-) The store’s been picking up steam lately, and it’s all thanks to people like you! I am honored!
    I can’t wait to post the new owls!

    Thank you!<3
    P.S. I am loving #4! Those poses are spot on!:-)

  5. Holli Moncrieff

    Thanks for your comments, ladies!

    @ MM – Figures you would like the cowboy! 😉 I think you should ask Santa for it.

    @ Tah – You are very welcome. I was planning to feature them even before I discovered what an amazing person you are. I see big things coming your way!

    • TAH

      <3<3<3 =-)

  6. phylcampbell.com

    Great things making your happy list! Glad you are well.

  7. Holli Moncrieff

    Thanks, Phyl! I appreciate the comment and support.

  8. Michelle D. Argyle

    I have an egg like that from 1988 that someone painted for my baptism. It’s such a beautiful thing, and it makes me want to do one for my daughter next year when she turns eight. Gosh, I’m old …

  9. Holli Moncrieff

    Really, Michelle? That’s amazing–I’ve never seen anything like them before. You should totally get a cowboy egglet in honour of your latest project. 🙂

    Thanks for being here.


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