Prevent lolly worries at Halloween + a colourful giveaway

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by The Allen’s Team

Growing up we never celebrated Halloween, it just wasn’t a thing in my family and I wasn’t going to make a big fuss about it with my kids.  However Halloween is a growing celebration here in Australia with many of the kids in our neighbourhood dressing up and knocking on doors asking for treats.  This year it falls on a Friday, we will be home and have decided that we will participate this year.  Yes ‘decided’, because I am still torn between celebrating or not I just don’t like the idea of my kids knocking on the door of neighbours who we don’t usually talk to asking for lollies.  Usually the lollies received are unwrapped and I’m not comfortable with that, questioning how old are they, where have they been stored, are they coated with anything.  Ok, last one is a little too far, lolly tampering, but my mind thinks about things like that and makes me worried.

When we participate in Halloween I give out packaged lollies. This year I have created a little area near our front door ready for the celebration.  It has helped me get into the spirit.

{The Organised Housewife} Happy Halloween Sign - Design 1

Allen’s Fruity Craze Jelly Beans are now available at Coles and other independent supermarkets in fun size packs, you can find them in the lolly aisle with the other multipacks.  The fun size packs are a great treat for the kids, and being that there are only 9 jelly beans in each pack, I am confident they won’t over indulge!  The Halloween lollies don’t have to be eaten on Halloween night, they can be saved for a treat at sports or school for the kids, or have in your purse for something sweet while driving.

{The Organised Housewife} Allens Jelly Bean Fun Packs

Fruity Craze packs come with 8 out of the 9 original Allen’s Jelly Bean flavours, black aniseed is missing as most kids don’t like them.

{The Organised Housewife} Individual Allens Jelly Bean Flavours

Download these Happy Halloween prints for FREE from my shop.  I created two designs, one a little spooky for the older kids and a cute one for the younger ones.

{The Organised Housewife} Happy Halloween Signscoupon code expires 31st October 2014.

allens free download halloween sign

Do you celebrate Halloween?

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This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Sarah Byrnes

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Win some colourful accessories for your home

One lucky reader can win some colourful accessories for their home, valued at $250.  The pack includes a Watermelon Art Print, Trio of large succulent planter and two tealight candle holders, vintage hand painted &, Allen’s Mini Jelly Beans, Neon Pop Candle in green and pink, Paper confetti circles and a yellow chevron cushion.

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Simply tell me in the comments below

What in your home helps brighten your day?

This giveaway ends 11.59pm AEST Thursday 30th October 2014.

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GIVEAWAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This post/giveaway was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below

Terms and Conditions:  1. Entries must be made via the commenting system below to qualify, entries on facebook are not valid).  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Thursday 30th October 2014.  3. One entry per household, open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. The prize is valued at $250, includes postage  6. One winner will be chosen.  7. The winner will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  8. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  9.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners. 10. Allen’s will send the jelly beans separately to the other prize items.

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301 comments

Megan gavel October 15, 2014 - 6:17 AM

Too cute not to try and win 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:55 AM

I agree Megan.:)

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stephanie woolley October 15, 2014 - 6:27 AM

Opening all the blinds In the morning. I love the sun streaming in and warming the house after a cold night

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Yes I real favourite of mine too, Stephanie! ~ Kate

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Hayley hitchings October 15, 2014 - 6:28 AM

My 2 beautiful girls brighten my day
whether it be them or their photos

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Love this!.:)

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Emma October 26, 2014 - 6:52 AM

My four year old singing all day always makes it brighter.

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Cass Purden October 15, 2014 - 6:33 AM

A beautiful clean house brightens my day! ????????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:58 AM

It most certainly helps, i agree with you Cass! ~ Kate

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Suzie October 15, 2014 - 6:36 AM

Bright colours help brighten my day. Whether it be cushions, wall art or my daughter’s craft projects. Bright colours make me happy.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Lovely.:)

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Sharnee Snowden October 15, 2014 - 6:36 AM

My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerful

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Cute!.:)

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Sally Frith October 15, 2014 - 6:41 AM

Being able to open all my windows and doors on a warm spring day and let the fresh country air in:)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Ooh lovely.:)

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Philippa Brock October 15, 2014 - 6:50 AM

My daughter’s laughter coming through the baby monitor in the morning. Best alarm noise ever created!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Ooh so cute!! Makes me smile reading your comment.:) ~ Kate

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Karina Wood October 15, 2014 - 7:05 AM

sitting outside on the deck watching the boats go by with a hot cuppa and my hubby before the kids get up in the morning always brightens my day. Getting to spend those first few minutes together is pretty awesome. I would give this prize to my brother and sister in law who live in Blackwater to brighten their day and I’m sure my niece and nephews will love the lollies too!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Beautiful!

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Lisa October 15, 2014 - 7:17 AM

Waking up to a clean and tidy house
Brightens my day. I’m doing the the
20 day challenge.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Wonderful Lisa.:)

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Monique McDonald October 15, 2014 - 7:17 AM

This prize pack looks awesome!! I’d love it! When my housework is all done and I have some ‘me time’ to do some drawing or journalling brightens my day. ????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Sure does Monique!.:)

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Laurel Corless October 15, 2014 - 8:21 AM

My sunny sun room always brightens my day

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Ooh how lovely.:)

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Tab October 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

My beautifully organised wardrobe and dresser brightens my day by making it a breeze to pick my outfit for the day rather than the previous searching through washing baskets! Thankyou Organised Housewife!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Wonderful, glad to hear your wardrobe is lovely and organised.

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Marina Dousset October 15, 2014 - 9:02 AM

I have a bright red LOVE sign in the kids playroom. I bought it on a Mothers Group Night away & it always makes me smile.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Beautiful.:)

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Angelina October 15, 2014 - 9:20 AM

The constant company from my cat always brightens my day 🙂 he is the best thing in my home! At the moment I am preparing to do some painting to brighten up the rooms in this house, something I have dreamed of for years to brighten the house and my mood! Some new colourful accessories would be purrfect for my new clean white rooms! 😉 <3 thanks for the chance to win!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)

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Eva Lavelle October 15, 2014 - 11:05 AM

What brightens my day I hear you ask
Well waking up in the sunshine to bask
Like my stretchy old tabby cat
I roll, stretch and yawn
Before rising to greet the beautiful dawn

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 15, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Lovely poem Eva!

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Eva October 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Cheers Katrina….any excuse for a good old rhyming poem 🙂

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Lauren October 15, 2014 - 11:59 AM

My four beautiful children’s smiles 🙂 and a cup of tea in my large yellow chevron tea cup

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Jade October 15, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Fresh colourful linen and the sun shining in on a warm Spring day. Just gorgeous.

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Lauren October 15, 2014 - 1:13 PM

Near the kitchen I have a large frame with assorted photos of my girls as babies. Looking at these photos always brightens my day 🙂

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Jane Caputi October 15, 2014 - 1:16 PM

What brightens my day? The view through my windows overlooking our backyard. Also the Bird of Paradise flowers brought home from his Dads after doing his gardening for him ????

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Angela Milesi October 15, 2014 - 1:33 PM

I love seeing my house clean and tidy. It helps me relaxing!!

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Nicole October 15, 2014 - 1:56 PM

The sound of my coffee machine makes any day brighter!!

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Leanne - Lime & Mortar October 15, 2014 - 1:58 PM

The rainbow of colours in my study. Brightful cheerful colours, you cant help but smile <3

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Marelize October 15, 2014 - 1:59 PM

My day is gloomy and I am irritated if I don’t start my day with a glass of water, Bible-study and prayer – with only the sound of birds as company. Only then do I feel up to a new day’s challenges, I light up when I see my children coming in with still sleepy faces, and then I open the curtains to let in the day.

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sonja October 15, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Opening all the blinds in the morning and making some coffee!! ????

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Di October 15, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Our indoor cat who still thinks he’s a kitten, chasing me around playfully like a little dog. A spark of life that brightens the house and my days 🙂

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DIANA O October 15, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The big skylight we recently had put in, brightens my day on so many levels. I hate darkness and gloom.

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Linda October 15, 2014 - 3:19 PM

My potted Fern…I smile every time I see it and can’t believe I haven’t managed to kill it yet! I have it 2 full weeks now

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Sharon C October 15, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Warm hugs from my children, especially the unexpected ones. They always make my day brighter, as family is home.

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Sharon C October 15, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Sorry Katrina I wrote the wrong email on my last entry. Thanks

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Sarah Byrnes October 15, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Hearing the child they said would probably never talk say ‘Good morning mum.’ This brightens my day, every day.

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Cathy Bailey October 15, 2014 - 6:11 PM

I love opening the blinds in my kitchen to see all my flowers in bloom. This is the first house I have had with a garden & it fills my heart with joy.

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Christie-Childhood 101 October 15, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Sharing our home with friends brightens my day and makes my heart sing!

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Emma October 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Things of bright colours, brighten up our day. My son loves fruit salad and crayons. When we spot a rainbow we say “hooray!”.

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Sue October 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

My white long stemmed artificial flowers in a glass vase on our coffee table which I would love to have some matching accessories for.

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kathryn Horne October 15, 2014 - 8:28 PM

My kids brighten my day when they talk enthusiastically about their day at school after i ask how was your day and finally that red red wine at the end of the day!

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Robyn Amott October 15, 2014 - 8:31 PM

My children’s big smiles and big warm hugs as they wake to a brand new day, filled with new adventures and possibilities.

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Amanda Rossetto October 15, 2014 - 8:34 PM

My children who can perform a rendition of “Let it go” or have a boogie to “I like to move it” all before breakfast has even hit the table. How can that not brighten my day.

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Michelle Evans October 15, 2014 - 8:37 PM

i recently treated myself to a beautiful bespoke painting for my lounge room. It looks stunning on the wall above my leather couch and the beautiful bright colours on the painting really brighten my day.

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Dawn October 15, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Open blinds to let light in and have a clean house!

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karina l October 15, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Nice big windows that lets in plenty of light and fresh air! There’s nothing worse than living in a dark dingy home like a vampire.

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Stacey Fagan October 15, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The same thing each morning… My sunshine girls smiling faces ~ always
so happy!

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Melissa October 15, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Cuddling in bed with my daughter in the morning before we start our day, and hearing her sleepy, smiling voice say “good morning mummy”

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Mandy henley October 15, 2014 - 9:21 PM

My daughter climbing into bed with me for a morning cuddle.

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Patricia reynolds October 15, 2014 - 9:25 PM

The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.

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Nicola herring October 15, 2014 - 9:44 PM

My daughter’s drawings on the fridge! First thing as I walk bleary eyed to the fridge after bub’s been awake all night, I smile at her pictures of us all! Really adds a sparkle to my day!

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Meg October 15, 2014 - 9:58 PM

Baking yummy treats for family and friends in our kitchen on our new farm which has beautiful country views. Brightens my mood and makes me feel just that little bit happier every day 🙂

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Jacinta October 15, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Lights!
And the fact that they turn on.
That when I come home at night I can turn on the tap and a hot steamy shower appears, that the kettle hisses, the fridge is still cold, and I know my door locks. My roof is not damaged from the rains or the photo albums haven’t been destroyed by flames.
Call me old fashion or even a little simple, but what brightens my day is the fact that I can come home to a safe house, regardless of its cleanliness or the weather outside, and that all those who dwell within it are safe and healthy.

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natasha Horsham October 15, 2014 - 10:42 PM

i was trying to think and couldn’t get past my first thought was my 3 kids and second was the 3 cats. So family. But I’m not sure if that’s what you actually meant
If taking about household things it’s hopping into bed with freshly made clean sheets

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Helena Leung October 15, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Cranking up the Temptations and belting out “My Girl” to speed up the housework. “I GOT SUNSHINNEEEEE, ON A CLOUDDDDY DAYYYYY!!”

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Sarah Ring October 15, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Well, the question was “what in your home brightens up your day”. My hubby does FIFO, so when he is home, everything is brighter!!

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Lisa d October 16, 2014 - 7:57 AM

waking up with the sun shining on the sun catcher, casting a rainbow on my bedroom wall.

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Jane October 16, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Talking to our little Grandson by phone never fails to brighten my day.

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Mary Preston October 16, 2014 - 10:28 AM

Family brightens my day. The sound of laughter & conversation. All freshly bathed and smelling like home. Cheeky smiles & eyes wide in wonder. Makes my heart gladden even now.

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Gina October 16, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Finding five surprise minutes to myself to be still and grateful for all that makes me so busy brightens my day.

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leeanne Gooch October 16, 2014 - 12:23 PM

my son 😉

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Mandy October 16, 2014 - 12:41 PM

It’s not really in the house but…outside the kitchen window I have a bird feeder and watching the rosellas have their breakfast whilst drinking my coffee brightens my day!

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Nerissa Stott October 16, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Having fresh flowers around are always so cheerful with their bright colours smiling at me, especially ones from my garden 😀

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Astrid October 17, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Fresh flowers and a sea breeze

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Jo Deller October 17, 2014 - 10:15 AM

My 4 children and their various artworks and crafts totally brighten my day! I never thought I would have children and lost 8 babies to miscarriage for years so their presence in my life is a miracle that warms my heart and soul everyday. When they may leave one day, I will still always have some of their artworks to hang on to!

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Rach Whittaker October 17, 2014 - 10:15 AM

my large collection of bright, patterned, perfectly placed lounge cushions brightens my day every morning! A little bit of colour brings out a smile in everyone, and always spikes a comment or two from guests! i would love to add more colour to my home – what better way than winning a selection made by the organised housewife 🙂 x

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Sherryl October 17, 2014 - 10:19 AM

Flowers and colour. Pretty down at the moment but if I push and put sunlight flowers and colour it helps

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Anne October 17, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The smile on my twins faces when I get home from work. Its beautiful to see how happy they are to see me

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Amanda Hemetsberger October 17, 2014 - 10:24 AM

My son’s sleepy eyes when I wake him up for school always makes me smile

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Sonia October 17, 2014 - 10:33 AM

Fresh flowers always make the world of difference! Especially if they are grown in my very own garden.

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Kirsty October 17, 2014 - 10:35 AM

A photo from our wedding day 18 years ago with our son who was 18 months old at the time….I look at it every single day and it always, always makes me smile 🙂

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Suzanne October 17, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Photos of our family and friends brighten our day 🙂

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Lisa October 17, 2014 - 10:48 AM

After the crazy breakfast, lunch, bed making and dropping my kids off to school run, I come home and light all my tea lights in my soy melts. I have one in every room. I love just sitting, having a coffee and smelling the lovely scents throughout my house. Aahhh!

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Donna Germon October 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

The bright happy faces of my 5 children always brightens my day (even if they have left a massive trail of destruction behind them!!!)

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Amanda October 17, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Obviously my kids bring the happiness. But having the windows and doors open, letting that breeze flow through the house feels like its blows the troubles/worries etc away. Like a fresh start. 🙂

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Meredith October 17, 2014 - 10:59 AM

My baby girl with her happy go lucky nature brightens up what ever room she is in. My little ray of sunshine has taught me that happiness is a mind set and you can find the joy in any situation

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Melinda October 17, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Colourful pink and purple post-it note reminders brighten up my day and keep me organised too!

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Irene October 17, 2014 - 11:29 AM

What brightens my day? After I am dressed, we have made the bed, & I whipped over the bathroom, I am ready for anything, let the day begin. Then having brekkie that my wonderful hubby of 48 years, that he has made starts the day off real well.

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Stephanie Dooley October 17, 2014 - 11:36 AM

The sound and marks of my children! Whether that be laughing, fighting, crying, or their wacky childcare art work – sensing their presence brightens up our home that without them, is silent and boring!

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Melissa October 17, 2014 - 11:36 AM

The laughter of my three boys playing together is always sure to brighten my day

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Annette October 17, 2014 - 11:37 AM

My kids laughter…..sunshine flooding through the windows, putting some fresh lipstick on, that moment when you have the house clean for 5 minutes before the kids come home, the silence after the kids go to bed and you can sit down and breathe!! These are just a few of the things in my house that help to brighten my day! Oh and when that all fails, singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow” never fails to put a smile on your face – even just because it is so ridiculous 🙂

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Rachel Kriss-Newell October 17, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Putting on some boppy music in the morning as we get ready really brightens my mood. It pulls me out of my early morning tiredness and after a quick sing a long, albeit sounding atrocious, and a funny dance with the kidlets, it seems to restore some vigour for the day ahead.

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Emma October 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM

My family, my yellow bedroom, the beautiful gumtree outside my bedroom window!

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Bec sullivan October 17, 2014 - 12:21 PM

When my husband pulls up the driveway, even after 14 years and 3 children it still brightens my day when he comes home 🙂

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Lindy Dowell October 17, 2014 - 12:22 PM

My son & husband laughing and playing together brightens my day, every day.

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michelle wright October 17, 2014 - 12:39 PM

A clean house especially clean kitchen and coffee in my double wall glass cup.

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Stephanie Veljanovska October 17, 2014 - 1:09 PM

I love at night when I read to my 3 year old and 6 month old and they listen excitedly exchanging smiles with each other when I say or do something funny.It really makes every other worry disappear in that moment.

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Amy Pilkington October 17, 2014 - 1:10 PM

I know it has been said before, but the early morning sun streaming into my kitchen where I spend the majority of the morning getting beakfast and preparing lunches for four kids, that is what my brightens my home!

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Lisa bonner October 17, 2014 - 1:15 PM

My kitchen window faces east, I love opening the curtains in the morning and having the sun stream through the prisms being held by fairies, dragons butterflies etc., They make rainbows all over my kitchen/dinning area

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SallyD October 17, 2014 - 1:25 PM

A clean kitchen bench to sit at in the morning for breakfast and watch the birds in the tree outside.

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Emma October 17, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Sitting on the patio eating breakfast with our family and watching and listening to the birds in the backyard. It’s a morning ritual for us.

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Kim October 17, 2014 - 2:23 PM

My son and husband smiling, Saturday mornings, baking, a clean home, the sun.

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Debbie B October 17, 2014 - 2:30 PM

My boys finding our cat first thing in the morning to play with her, brightens up my home and day.

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nadia stuart October 17, 2014 - 2:33 PM

Waking up with the sun streaming in through my blinds, next to the best friend and husband. I thank god for this everyday as it makes me truely happy.

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Jasmine October 17, 2014 - 3:22 PM

My girls brighten my day. I don’t know how they wake up so cheery but it sure helps on those early mornings! 🙂

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Sharon October 17, 2014 - 3:37 PM

My strawberries growing in hanging pots on the verandah, this year the slugs can’t get them and it’s lovely picking and eating them

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Melissa October 17, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Hearing my daughter waking up and saying ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’ repeatEdly, followed by ‘BOO!’ when I open her door!! 🙂

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Laura Amos October 17, 2014 - 4:49 PM

My husband bringing me breakfast in bed every morning for the last nine weeks to help combat my morning sickness really brightens my day. Just like the growing little human inside me does (and will do even better when it joins us on the outside!). 🙂

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Kasey Evans October 17, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Other than my children it would have to be my morning iced coffee, it gets me started for the day & I miss it terribly if I don’t have it (abit addicted I think hehe)

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Alison Fidler October 17, 2014 - 7:31 PM

Fresh flowers. I try to have them in the house as much as possible. They make the room feel bright and cheerful.

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Hana Simes October 17, 2014 - 8:39 PM

A little bunch if fresh flowers next to my bed! Waking up to fresh flowers always brightens my day!

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Kim October 17, 2014 - 9:21 PM

I have some of those over door hooks, I found that when I hang them on the top of the shower screen, that towels get hung up on them and they don’t stay on the floor anymore. It brightens every single day for me!!????

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Debra Shields October 17, 2014 - 9:36 PM

Green, I wake up to a forest of trees inside and out, they make me feel uplifted straight away. I have green, orange, blue, yellow, red, purple,pink everywhere and I’m smiling now because I probably should have said colour makes me happy!

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Susie V October 17, 2014 - 9:45 PM

My white kitchen – with red stools, red desk chairs, red lights and a red appliance pantry roller door. Happiness! Plus my mum sometimes gives me some waratahs or proteas to go on the kitchen table. Oooh AND I have a lovely portrait of my grandmother and a painting of Sydney Harbour, paid for by my Mother’s Group for my 40th b’day! Awwww

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Jewel Thames October 17, 2014 - 10:56 PM

I love to see my families pictures to start my day off.

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Tenneille October 17, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Going into my girls room in the morning
to wake them up, to find they have climbed into bed together through the night and they wake up cuddling. That brightens my day by warming my heart.

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Alison October 17, 2014 - 11:54 PM

I have a string line on a wall where I peg up photos of my favorite people and places. Every time I walk past it it evokes a happy memory of a past experience or moment in time and just seeing a picture of a little face smiling at me brightens my day.

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Nikita Collier October 18, 2014 - 2:12 AM

The wine on the counter, the bible on my coffee table, and my bookshelf STUFFED with books. You can never have too many books, even when you run out of space! 🙂

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Pauline Stewart October 18, 2014 - 5:19 AM

I kept dropping hints for my hubby to buy me flowers….he never got the hint so now I spoil myself & buy myself a bunch of flowers each & every week. They really brighten up the house & make me happy every time I look at them

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Anastasia October 18, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Seeing my 18 month old walk up to me and say mum is the best kind of brightness. After months of hard work with physio and speech (after drs telling me he wouldn’t walk or talk) makes my day so much brighter every second of the day!

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Kayla October 18, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Love the morning & afternoon sun filtering through the blinds, the sounds of my kids laughing, fresh cut flowers through the house, the smell of freshly baked cookies and the beautiful pops of colour from my cushions in the living areas are just a few things that brighten my days!!

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Leanne October 18, 2014 - 8:53 AM

No matter what the weather is like outside, my family brightens my day and night.

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Rachael Maddock October 18, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Simply knowing that all the washing has been done, folded and put away makes me happy at home. And beds that are made. xxx

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Naomi October 18, 2014 - 12:18 PM

I have an enormous bunch of silk flowers in the living room that my daughter and I chose together. It is bright and full of colour and is a reminder of the fun we had together choosing the flowers.

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Stephanie October 18, 2014 - 12:31 PM

My big yellow tea cup! I wake up 10 mins before the rest of the household and make a lovely hot cup of tea in it. A little spark to start the day.

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Maddie October 18, 2014 - 12:33 PM

My 2 boys brighten my my home- if I’m home alone, the house just doesn’t feel the same…..great prize pack 🙂

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Nicole Beattie October 18, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Sunshine , streaming through my front windows of a morning! There is nothing like sunshine to make you feel good

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Vicki October 18, 2014 - 1:08 PM

My family brighten my day along with my doggies.

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Karin Allan October 18, 2014 - 1:24 PM

My late husbands smiling photo,frame, encouraging me to keep going! I do need some new brightness!

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Louise Vasey October 18, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latte

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Phillip Cunningham October 18, 2014 - 4:18 PM

A good morning kiss from my wife Jackie as her kiss starts off my day brightly.

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Shelly W October 18, 2014 - 8:04 PM

Everything in our home was brown when we purchased it. Brown is very boring. My husband loves coordinated things but I am very eclectic. So any little pop of color makes me smile. For example a hot pink vase with bright flowers. The chalk board painted hall with crazy colored stenciled border.

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Kate October 18, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Dancing round the living room with my children to Pharell Williams ‘Happy’, not caring if the neighbours can see through the open bifolds at the front of the house. Just great fun.

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Mick G October 18, 2014 - 8:46 PM

watching all the beautiful rainbows of refracted colour from all my crystal ornaments as the morning light springs them to life

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Deborah Hill October 18, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Seeing all the mess, scratches and dings, they are all made with love from my 3 boys, usually with lots of laughter, cheekiness and love, and often memories in the making. It’s the feelings and emotions of what surrounds me in my home that brightens my day

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Inese October 19, 2014 - 5:07 AM

It is good cup of Latte and 30 min quiet time before everyone is up in the morning.

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Katrina October 19, 2014 - 6:48 AM

The sound of true laughter from children. When they let go that real belly laugh and you know they are truly happy and carefree, just as children should be! Knowing that we must be doing something right to protect them and raise happy, healthy kids. Priceless!

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Gerri Briggs October 19, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Looking at my garden through clean windows!

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Kylie Raven October 19, 2014 - 7:26 AM

Love Laughter & Tantrums is what I love and brightens my day cause then I know we are family and no matter what happens in our lives we are alive and we are family and that makes me smile

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Annie Bourne October 19, 2014 - 1:28 PM

My family brightens my day.The laughter from the girls or even something as simple as sitting down to a meal together.

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Cheryl Moulton October 19, 2014 - 3:46 PM

I would love to say that the decor in my home brightens my day, but most days I feel cramped, and would love to have the money ditch everything and start again. and so it is my BFFF(best feline friend forever) who really brightens my day, except when she wants to be fed at 5.00am

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mumoffive October 19, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Nothing in my house brightens my day, as it is a constant mess. But my son making me a cup of coffee in the morning makes me smile!

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Jenai October 20, 2014 - 8:54 AM

A bright smile and morning cuddles from my little boys;
And sunlight streaming through my window brings me joy.
Pictures on our walls, happy photos of our favourite days;
Drawings done by my children in a brightly colourful craze …
The delicious smell of freshly brewing coffee;
And the perfumed aroma of flowers my sons’ picked for me.
But the number one thing which brightens my day;
Is my alarm being turned off, and having lots of time for play!

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Cyndie October 20, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The accent colour my living room is yellow! I love my yellow cushions, they are like a ray of sunshine on my sofa!

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Kylie Grayda October 20, 2014 - 11:30 AM

My daughter’s beautiful smile

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Lauren October 20, 2014 - 1:08 PM

The thing that brightens my day is seeing my 22 month old daughter so in love with her newborn baby brother.. She makes me giggle when she tells him to sit & stay like she’s talking to our dog 🙂

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frances October 20, 2014 - 1:24 PM

Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my garden

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Annaliese October 20, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Sipping hot tea outside in the sunshine (usually when the kids are napping).

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Tracy October 20, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Making a coffee and waiting to receive your email at 6.17am Monday -Friday. Honestly, until I read your daily post whilst enjoying a cup of coffee I feel that my day can’t begin and then reading your email brightens my mood. Even my 11 year old daughter says mum, what was on the organised housewife email today lol. I know you need to have a weekend, however I do miss the emails on the weekends!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 12:44 PM

ooh that is lovely Tracy!.:) x

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Clare October 20, 2014 - 4:48 PM

My four gorgeous children – love that first half an hour of the day with them.

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Melissa Jones October 20, 2014 - 5:03 PM

My kids’ innocent laugh, which is clear like water, makes me forget worries and sadness, and feel my life is full of sunshine everyday.

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SHARON JOHNSON October 20, 2014 - 7:04 PM

A well organised wardrobe spilling with colour and choice to brighten my mood. Before giving to the many I help each day.

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Amy October 20, 2014 - 7:05 PM

I am in desperate need of colour in my home. We renovated and painted the one colour throughout, nice colour called hog bristle, or beige. So very beige in this house! The only colour I have is the blur of my toddler who runs past! He brightens my day…. well. Most days.

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Erin horton October 20, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Open all the curtains letting the morning light in and picking my baby up from his bed after he greats me with a beautiful smile.

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Emily October 20, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Open the blinds, up go the windows, light a scented candle and kiss the kids!

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Megan October 20, 2014 - 7:16 PM

I love my lovely green living plants, so much so they have names and when it rains they go outside to play. They clear the air and brighten my day.

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Danielle Breust October 20, 2014 - 7:52 PM

Waking up to the beautiful face of my newborn son brightens my day. Being able to provide an amazing home for him is what I am most proud of.

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Emma Gibbons October 20, 2014 - 8:08 PM

A clean house, a good coffee, a happy child and a dippy egg ?????????????????

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Kristie Young October 20, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Receiving that first morning hug and kiss from my two gorgeous children. I love that at almost 11 my son races so he can have the first hug and kiss of the day. How could this not brighten my day 🙂

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Sally October 20, 2014 - 8:25 PM

My home is an eclectic mix of items that I have made, been given and collected. It would never make the pages of a magazine but is a place where my family make memories and is filled with kids laughter, pre school art and colour. It is my sanctuary!

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Trish October 20, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Aside from my kids I would have to say fresh flowers. The house feels sad without them!!!

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Jodie Lane October 20, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Waking up knowing that my day will be filled with love and laughter with my gorgeous family always makes my home and day shine brightly!!

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Tracy Saad October 20, 2014 - 9:43 PM

The smiles on my two beautiful kids and my new sheets and quilt cover .

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Mascha October 21, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Waking up in my ‘own’ little studio, my own little piece of light, bright and colourful heaven! Full with secondhand and free furniture and decorations. They are cleaned, loved and upcycled!! Can’t get better then that 🙂
I can definitely do with some amazing new colourful accessories to spruce it all up a bit!!

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Kimberly October 21, 2014 - 4:48 AM

Watching my husband bond with our new baby and seeing him be silly. Our Sunday mornings have become “Sunday dance parties”. How can watching your husband and 10 week old baby dance around the living room not brighten up your day!

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Amanda Gorton October 21, 2014 - 6:02 AM

I absolutely believe in the power of accessories in the home to change the mindset and benefit mood. One of the most important things to me is decorative photo frames with pictures of family and happy memories – nothing puts a bigger smile on my face!

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Cathy Gritter October 21, 2014 - 6:33 AM

My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !

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Jena October 21, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Right now I have a day off! And while my daughter is home sick, I have made a day bed for her with books and snacks on the trampoline so she is happy and on the mend. So often I have to work on days she is ill so it makes me very happy to be able to be here, working inside but occasionally popping out to snuggle her on the trampoline. I have the Moving House free printables and am so excited to be organised as I prepare to leave our home of 10 years & move just down the road to a home with more light and more room. Loving life and really feeling on top of things. Didn’t seem possible just a few months back.

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Melanie October 21, 2014 - 3:43 PM

My new white and most importantly – uncluttered – kitchen. So nice and bright and with gorgeous timber benchtops that I can actually SEE!

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myesha...mom of 3 Girls October 22, 2014 - 2:34 AM

Beautifully scented candles in a clean house! I feel so accomplished and Happy!

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Caitlyn October 23, 2014 - 9:28 AM

My daughters smile brightens my day after a long hard day and knowing she it’s truly happy regardless of weather the house is clean or not. Spending precious time with her rather than cleaning, the cleaning will wait her growing up won’t ??

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Leah October 23, 2014 - 3:34 PM

A clean kitchen sink, as simple as it would have been to leave a the dishes or a cup the night before, the 10min spent before bed putting away and cleaning the sink is the pay off for the next day

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Maureen Willans October 23, 2014 - 7:24 PM

What makes me really happy is waking up every morning knowing I don’t have to go to work anymore. I retired in July after 50 years in the workforce.

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Christina October 24, 2014 - 9:03 AM

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. Not to mention the beautiful family that not only brighten my home but brighten my world.

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JFKAZZ October 24, 2014 - 9:20 AM

The sound of my four children laughing. Nothing makes my day any brighter than that.

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Susan October 24, 2014 - 9:23 AM

I love to see pops of colour with fruit, especially crisp green apples piled high in a bowl, the white bench top.

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Antonietta October 24, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Seeing my children happy! Simple yet brightens my life, not just my day and I just think, they’re mine, I am truly blessed 🙂

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Lesley Needham October 24, 2014 - 9:59 AM

As a single mum I now can decorate how I like. No complaining partner putting limitations on my style so I now have created a bright colourful bedroom for myself. I wake up seeing pretty colours and feel happy with the world. My Mum spent 6 months knitting me a bright colourful blanket to match the room. My 4 boys love my room so much that they like hanging out in there. Usually I find them playing games on my bed or hogging my bright orange chair.

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Cecilia Warrick October 24, 2014 - 10:20 AM

Clearing one small space of all its clutter,
really sets my heart a-flutter!
That may sound nutty but I must confess,
I’ve had a long battle dealing with mess,
at 55 I finally have clutter out of the way,
I feel brightened that I can now seize the day!

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petra chaplin October 24, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Fresh flowers always brighten my day. The children’s artworks around the house, a cup of herbal tea in a porcelain cup, nice music , the curtains/blinds flung open, a clean and tidy house and something baking in the oven……..marvellous!

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Sonya October 24, 2014 - 12:56 PM

The laughter and smiles of my kids. But it’s not the done thing to hang them up on the wall. 😉

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Nic T. October 24, 2014 - 12:58 PM

My kids’ paintings on the wall. They have such fun doing it and I love seeing their colourful art every day, and it makes them feel proud that it’s their art on the wall and not something I’ve bought from the shops.

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Tamara Lamb October 24, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Photo’s of loved one’s everywhere I look 😀

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Charisse Childs October 24, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Other than the family and pets that live here with their laughter and smiles, I would say the leadlight welcome sign inside our front door, it’s the first thing you see when you come home and the last thing you see as you shut the door and it always brings a smile to my face.

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Lesleigh S October 24, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Waking up healthy and happy

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Caroline Kelly October 24, 2014 - 1:58 PM

I have a number of different hot beverage mugs with bright cheerful pictures on them. Each of them are used depending upon my disposition at that time.

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Amy Murphy October 24, 2014 - 2:52 PM

What brightens my day is rolling over in the morning to see my 3yo sons face standing next to me saying – “get out of bed mummy….. Can you make my breakfast please”.

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Lani Kennedy October 24, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Seeing a bowl of ruby red organic tomatoes, that I have grown myself, brightens my day no end !!!!

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Jayne K October 24, 2014 - 3:19 PM

My little round table next to the window where I enjoy a cup of tea while gazing out at the trees. It’s a moment’s pause that gives me a lift to carry on with the day.

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corinne cambridge October 24, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The smell of toast and freshly brewed coffee always brightens up my morning!

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Mel S October 24, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Having the time to mindfully wash the dishes with my hands in the soapy water as i am able to look around and admire the beautiful things in my house. Taking the time to appreciate and enjoy

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Chloe October 24, 2014 - 4:50 PM

The scent of my favourite essential oils 🙂

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James Kav October 24, 2014 - 4:57 PM

My bookshelf!

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Laura Scriven October 24, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The fresh veg in the garden makes me smile every day,
Love how herbs can be used in so many ways!

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Chris A October 24, 2014 - 7:49 PM

Being followed from room to room by my loving & loyal spaniel dog always makes me smile. She is like my own little shadow 🙂

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Prema October 24, 2014 - 8:22 PM

My 2 beautiful dogs… because they love me unconditionally no matter what! Even when I’ve had a busy day at work having left them all day and I look (and feel) like something you’d scrape off the side of an alleyway bin, they still LOVE me. 🙂

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Janice Campbell October 24, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Seeing my kitchen bench clear each morning, I start the day off ready.

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Aya Smith October 24, 2014 - 9:13 PM

My day is brightened by the smiles of my boys digging into pancakes.

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Courtney October 24, 2014 - 9:27 PM

My windows to the outside world are what brighten my day. They are my passage into the light and beauty of the world.

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Isabel October 24, 2014 - 9:54 PM

Witnessing kindness among family members warms my soul and brightens my day. We are usually kind to strangers and friends but we often forget to be kind to family members. So when I see kindness at home, it really makes me happy.

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Roma Paterson October 25, 2014 - 4:50 AM

My first cup of tea for the day

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Sue October 25, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Happy healthy hubby and kids

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Joanna October 25, 2014 - 6:16 AM

My beautiful aqua peacock Bed Head has inspired a diy splash of aqua painted accessories and art which brings me gentle waves of happiness!

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elle October 25, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Having fresh flowers in my kitchen brightens my day

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Anna-Marie O'Rourke October 25, 2014 - 8:22 AM

Waking up to find Molly (My dog) sleeping soundly next to me.

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tracy procter October 25, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Our crazy lorikeet creeping up on me by very slowly rolling her call across the floor when I am not looking. Then when I look she stops, puts her claw on the balls and just moves it back and forth pretending to be innocent. Makes me laugh every time!

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Sharon Markwell October 25, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Poppy, my wonder dog and soul mate, makes us laugh constantly and is the best purchase we have ever made. Thanks RSPCA!

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Rianna October 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM

Being able to have the house kept clean for one day without the little ones messing it all up again would really brighten my day. But I love my little ones of course! 🙂

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CELINE October 25, 2014 - 10:38 AM

All my family photos and paintings that I have done over the years, displayed and hung around my home never fails to brighten up my day.

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Lee October 25, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Swimming lessons with my daughter really brightens my day and keeps me going. She loves the water and splashes and giggles so much it is infectious. Something I hope we have fond memories of for years to come.

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Narelle Rock October 25, 2014 - 1:45 PM

When I walk into the kids bedrooms and their beds have been made, no toys on the floor and all their dirty clothes are in the washing basket!

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hadil b October 25, 2014 - 2:20 PM

a good cup of coffee alone….I seem the grumpiest of the bunch:)

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Kirsten W October 25, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Finding a packet of TimTams in the pantry!

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Maria P October 25, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Waking up to hubby wearing an apron and preparing bacon and eggs. Well, it did happen once! 🙂

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Jessica Ashbrooke October 25, 2014 - 5:32 PM

My family and animals surely brighten my household and also mess it too

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claire evans October 25, 2014 - 6:23 PM

the kids artwork on my kitchen wall, it makes me remember when they were little and how much they make me smile

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jayne October 25, 2014 - 7:18 PM

candles because they always make the house smell so very nice. fresh and appealing.

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Nicole M October 25, 2014 - 8:09 PM

A new addition this week – house plants! My gorgeous new maiden hair fern has made me smile every time I see it.

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Gillian Ling October 25, 2014 - 9:43 PM

A flickering Jack-O-Lantern smiley pumpkin is brightening my day.

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Judith October 25, 2014 - 10:54 PM

My cat. An old friend who understands the joys of a sleep-in, and doesn’t judge, unless I buy her the wrong food.

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Melissa K October 26, 2014 - 8:15 AM

A house full of laughter and smiles from my gorgeous children.

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Linda Courtney October 26, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Satisfaction and pride in a successful day of housework, brightens my day and feels amazing.

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christine williams October 26, 2014 - 10:42 AM

My amazing husband who makes it his mission to make me laugh every day.

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Lauren Pratt October 26, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Music, all kinds it opens up my babies eyes to the world and creates fun and movement.

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Kerryanne B October 26, 2014 - 2:38 PM

A hug from our 2 children! especially our little man who isnt too affectionate it brightens our world when he gives a hug and a raspberry (which secretly is a kiss!!)

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Sue Bell October 26, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Connecting with family members everyday, including the cat who always meows a greeting whenever we pass and relaxing with the TV or listening to music after a busy day

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Jennie D October 26, 2014 - 4:30 PM

A CLEANER! Being a working mum with 2 school age kids something had to give

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Neva Wethereld October 26, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Three things in my home brighten my day every morning. Firstly my brand new baby girl who gives me the biggest smiles and giggles when I pick her up out of her cot, secondly the hot tea and ‘goodbye kiss’ from my husband before he leaves for work and finally my puppy dog Koko who is so excited and wags her tail like a maniac when she sees me get out of bed!

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Toondi Hillen October 26, 2014 - 5:44 PM

My bathroom heat light first thing in the morning as I hiss at it, like a vampire to the sun, until my eyes adjust.

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Karen Turner October 26, 2014 - 9:15 PM

My Minnie Pwerle painting, it’s amazing colours help brighten my day.

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Jodie October 27, 2014 - 12:03 AM

when my 5 year old daughter wakes up with her bed hair and the first thing she does is come and give her Mum a big cuddle and a good morning.

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Adrienne Harries October 27, 2014 - 6:46 AM

Waking up in our incredible country we truly are blessed I am grateful and brightened each and every day

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Jessica Watters October 27, 2014 - 7:52 AM

The thing that brightens my day is my concrete chooks perched on my kitchen window sill, eveytime I am up to my arms in washing up they some how brighten my soul and make me “cackle”.

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Janine Gardiner October 27, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Back neighbours chooks cackling away,
Next doors kids screaming in play,
My pots of flowers bright and pretty,
All these things brighten my day.

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Moira October 27, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Our wall to wall kitchen windows, they give me an unobstructed view of our backyard, with all the stages of the garden in my sights as I start each day, bird life and bees going about the start to the day brings a positive cheer to my mornings.

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Natalie Stoute October 27, 2014 - 1:01 PM

Fresh flowers. It’s my weekly treat and I love going to the deli each Sunday or to the flower markets if I have time, and choosing what flowers will be on my dining table for the next week.

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Anita Maller October 27, 2014 - 3:12 PM

my sugar skull form mexico (7 bucks)

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Kelly Ryan October 27, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Toddler antics of my 18 month old ensures no one in the house is ever glum!

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Monique October 27, 2014 - 5:36 PM

What in my home helps brighten my day? My cats. With the kids grown up having furry smiles greet you first thing in the morning is delightful!

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Courtney B October 27, 2014 - 6:50 PM

My coffee machine- the only thing that can get a smile from me in the morning.

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Kristy Nicholson October 27, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Colourful feature walls, brightening up even the most MELONcholic guest, and imPRINTing happiness on my heart too!

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Mun Keong Lee October 27, 2014 - 8:52 PM

A decorating paint on the wall with “To succeed, you must first fight!”..

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Kate Dvornik October 27, 2014 - 8:52 PM

No washing in the washing basket brightens my day…and my 2 little people 🙂

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Sheryl Brown October 27, 2014 - 8:55 PM

It’s not the pile of washing in the laundry or the notes on the fridge, it’s the dog who is always there, loyal and ready to play and my cheery toddler, wandering balanced at last around the house needing a feed and practising saying the word, “Mum.”

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Julie October 27, 2014 - 11:11 PM

The solar lights that I stuck to the hedge outside my kitchen window last Christmas. I never took them down, and every evening they light up my day for an extra couple of hours.

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Leanne White October 28, 2014 - 8:56 AM

Just having my husband and son waking up every morning under the same roof is enough to brighten any day.
The best feeling any mother/wife could ask for.

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Leah October 28, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Leaving it on time and not in a panicked rush!

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Lizi October 28, 2014 - 6:09 PM

Fresh flowers, with their natural burst of colour, guaranteed to put a smile on my face!

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Kristy October 28, 2014 - 8:06 PM

Having my husband come home from work earlier than expected always brightens my day!

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Natasha Andrews October 28, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Miss 5 when she tries to creep into bed at 6 am – she is so sweet about trying not to wake me up that I cannot help but smile – she brightens up every morning (and on those mornings that she comes in before 6am my first 2 coffees of the day REALLY brighten up my day)

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Kylie October 28, 2014 - 8:55 PM

My dog! She’s always super excited to see me and her madly wagging tail brightens my day without fail 🙂

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Sheree Pallis October 29, 2014 - 8:55 AM

Mealtimes that are spent with my family,
To enjoy in conversation, brightens the day for me,
Our lives are so busy, it’s the only time,
That we’re all together and it’s so divine.

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NATASHA October 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM

I have just painted my front door sky blue. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

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daniela barbaro October 29, 2014 - 10:28 AM

the laughter of my kids, it brightens up my day as its like a ray of sunshine

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Ebaney Espinoza October 29, 2014 - 12:26 PM

A bucket full of coffee brightens my day

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Jackie @ Hippie Mumma October 29, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Ohhh where do I start?! The sun rising (yes im up that early!), my dog, feeling the thats under my feet, camomile tea, my 2 year old daughter (err sometimes hehe), fresh flowers, colour in my home, leaving nice comments on people’s blogs… On and on!

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Brittany October 29, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Fresh flowers in the house, getting the beds made early and pics of my kids around the house brighten my day and put me in a good mood for the rest of the day

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jane October 29, 2014 - 12:44 PM

my 2 gorgeous kids, sleepy cuddles & kisses 😉

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Belinda October 29, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Knowing that I have the opportunity to go out and enjoy the day as best I can with my little girl

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Natalie October 29, 2014 - 1:02 PM

A big squeeze from Miss 9 and Miss 16

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Lizzie P October 29, 2014 - 1:12 PM

They say only happiness comes from within, I tell you what though a nice tidy house with four little ones under 6 wouldn’t go astray!

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Sallyann Silver October 29, 2014 - 1:21 PM

Wow, there are some gorgeous answers here, how will you choose just one???
My day is brighten by having a cup of tea to start the day, crossing things off my never ending to do list, my kids (Miss 10 and Miss 6) coming in for snuggles in the morning, hearing hubby’s car pull up after a long day in the truck, long lunches with friends, our friendly small community, volunteering, freshly washed sheets, the smell of a clean house and a piece or two of chocolate before bed!!

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Becky Downey October 29, 2014 - 1:30 PM

My beautiful hibiscus. It’s ROOT to TIP BLOOMIN’ beautiful and encourages me to get up and GROW!

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Taryne Walters October 29, 2014 - 3:00 PM

I have a beautiful black and white picture of my grandparents wedding day. Every time I look at it I smile. It makes my day!

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Lisa Griffith October 29, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Marking the passing days in my calendar as we count down the arrival of our first little baby due at Christmas!

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Jennifer B. October 29, 2014 - 4:47 PM

MUSIC always cheer the soul, so I love my stereo through which I can run Spotify playlists of my own choosing!

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Nikki Sims-Chilton October 29, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Laughter, laughter and more laughter

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Paula Fitzpatrick October 29, 2014 - 7:37 PM

The smile in my little ones faces when their puppy gives them a morning lick and cuddle.

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Micaela Tomalin October 29, 2014 - 9:27 PM

Outside our bedroom window is pretty bleak, it looks straight onto a fence, so my gorgeous Husband put up a trellis with all greenery and divine pots with roses, now they are blooming i open the window, i can almost smell them too

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Belinda B October 29, 2014 - 9:30 PM

The Rainbow Lorikeets nesting under my verandah roof? Not only do they brighten my day but my kids, the postman and anyone else who knocks on my front door!

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Allira Middlebrook October 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Waking up to chatter from my 3.5yr old and huge smiles from my 8mth old and grins of pride and happiness from my husband and head butts from both of my Burmese cats when we are all piled into bed for a cuddle before getting up to start the day. Big crowd, big happy!

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Renee Ballantyne October 29, 2014 - 10:21 PM

waking up and realizing I don’t have to go to work and the kids don’t have to go to school

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Emma M October 30, 2014 - 12:26 AM

I always get a little spring in my step when I open a cupboard I had forgotten I had decluttered.

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Tali October 30, 2014 - 7:40 AM

I bought a huge wall quilt in India which is draped over an entire wall that is beaming of colour, creativity, embroidery and magic. My house guests constantly marvel at it’s beauty.

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Teresa Jackson October 30, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Fresh flowers in a stylish but down to earth vase, a colourful bowl or two of seasonal fruit and vegetables surrounded by black and white photos of my kids framed in simple, yet stunning designs. A clean, organised beautiful home full of nature’s gifts and a welcoming atmosphere that just feels like home.

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tracy wedding October 30, 2014 - 8:46 AM

My day is always a little brighter when my husband comes home and first thing he does is hug me and says “I LOve You”

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Nicola Philp October 30, 2014 - 9:32 AM

the sound of my chooks as they cluck their way out of their house (Hensington Palace) in the morning ready to lay eggs for our brekkie.

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judith fasshauer October 30, 2014 - 9:50 AM

My relaxing Mornings when kids are at school and husband and work and I indulgence in the back yard with a cup of coffee reading a book this is priceless and bright my days

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Frederique Blunden October 30, 2014 - 9:54 AM

What truly brightens my day is that every morning I get to wake up in a house filled with family, love, laughter (some days more than others), the love of friends, health and peace. We live in such a free country, free of war, filled with possibilities and rights for all including women and children. I never take that for granted as home to me is more than our 4 walls: it’s community. Thanks for making the online community a brighter place too.

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Karen October 30, 2014 - 11:53 AM

My record player. I can pop on some 80’s to dance and clean to, or some 90’s to drink gin to, or something classic to relax too

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Riley Marmo October 30, 2014 - 12:02 PM

What brightens my day, and also my mood,
is to open the cupboard and finding food!

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Joanne Alexander-Wynne October 30, 2014 - 12:04 PM

My children running through the house giggling as they chase each other, or smiling as they dance and sing… I must admit though, my day always gets a little brighter once they’re sound asleep at night and I can put my feet up with a glass of wine and a bit of adult tv 🙂

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Hannah October 30, 2014 - 12:10 PM

In my bedroom I have a beautiful big tree decal on my wall with lush green leaves and vines hanging down, which I have then stuck family photos on to. Waking up in my little sanctuary brightens my day every day!

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julianne zozworek October 30, 2014 - 12:13 PM

currently its my orange deer !!!
then a very close second is when my DD notices the whiteboard on our fridge updated almost everyday with a positive thought – she loves it and writes up her own thoughts too!

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Laura October 30, 2014 - 12:37 PM

The view of our block of land that we will very soon own…makes me smile with the thought of building a new house to fill and a new home with my brand new husband!

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avanthi arabolu October 30, 2014 - 1:21 PM

Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers…

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avanthi arabolu October 30, 2014 - 1:25 PM

Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers and warm sunlight in the morning…

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Tammy Wendt October 30, 2014 - 2:06 PM

My day is always brightened by the smile and love of my daughter and partner and as we live in the country the promise of some rain over the weekend is always cause for a joy.

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Tatum Freeman October 30, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Our Fish Tank, full of like and always colourful

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Alison October 30, 2014 - 2:44 PM

Having my daughters whom are 5 & 3 wake me
up in the morning with a kiss and good morning mummy…… then by jumping on my bed ofcourse 🙂

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Megan H October 30, 2014 - 2:47 PM

My 2 year old, never a dull moment with him around 😉

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Crystal Donohue October 30, 2014 - 4:32 PM

Having beautiful flowers adds a pop of colour around the home in decorative vases and brightens my day with the lovely scent they provide!

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Anna October 30, 2014 - 4:52 PM

When it comes to deciding what in my home helps brighten my day
It’s not an easy task, I have to say.
There are so many things which make me smile
So here they are, stick around awhile.
I love to cook recipes that are my Italian and Greek family’s
My Yiayia’s spanakopita is one that’s sure to please.
Seeing pops of colour in special corners of the house
Is a feast on the eye, even to a sneaky little mouse.
Scattering beautiful trinkets and treasures from trips abroad
Bring back glorious memories that will be forever adored.
But there are three special who, in their own special way
Definitely have the most impact on brightening my day.
First of all, there’s hubby, my one true love
Who I honestly believe, was sent from above.
He is my rock, my soul mate, and my best friend most of all
Always there to pick me up, whenever I fall.
Then there are our darling two boys, Master M and Master A
Who fill our lives with endless joy every single day.
I feel so fortunate to be a mother of two and a wife
These beautiful people enrich every day of my life.

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Alicia Lollo October 30, 2014 - 5:09 PM

My bedspread is bold, bright and colourful and lifts my mood whenever I walk into my bedroom! Now if only my dog wouldn’t love it so much …

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Rachel Kriss-Newell October 30, 2014 - 7:49 PM

A sink that is not full of dirty dishes, toys not strewn all over the floor from the kids early rising from bed, no spilled cornflakes over the kitchen bench and floor, big smiles and cuddles from the kids, the sun shining through our open front windows and best of all – the realisation when it’s the weekend and I race the children back into our bedroom as they all pile on for cuddles and laughs.

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Jenny Newstead October 30, 2014 - 8:03 PM

My vintage souvenir tea towels I have made into curtains for my kitchen windows! Nothing brightens my day like reminiscing about all the wonderful places I have holidayed!

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Carolyn Wrigley October 30, 2014 - 8:06 PM

ffee to start and then my beautiful boy’s faces. There is nothing that makes my day better than hearing my boys get excited about what we are going to do that day. I never though someone calling me mumma would make me so complete.

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