Exciting Adventures in Boston are Here!

The next chapter begins

Things have been pretty busy over here.

How busy, you ask?

As busy as it can be when THIS happens while on vacation in beautiful Portland, Oregon over the summer!

engagement ring - Portland Japanese Garden
There’s a new bride-to-be in town!

We are very very very very very very happy on this special sixth anniversary of being together ‚̧ūüíć

A photo posted by Kelsey BaRoss (@kelseybaross) on


I’m sure there will be more to come about our trip to Portland down the road!

In addition to our engagement, we also decided to embark on a brand new adventure in a brand new place.¬†We’ve both lived in New Jersey for our whole lives (minus college), and it was time for a change. So, we packed up our belongings and puggle last weekend and headed up north to begin our next chapter in the Boston area!

Our new apartment is big, beautiful and filled with natural light. I can’t wait to get my crafty on and decorate… there’s nothing like making a space your own. And I need to¬†pick a¬†wall to display our¬†photo frame collage, of course!

Here are some pictures of the new digs, before we moved¬†in the furniture: Continue reading “Exciting Adventures in Boston are Here!”

This is a Construction Site!

Please excuse the mess!

Hi everyone!

I’m in the middle of a theme transition and am playing around with some Custom CSS to get things lookin’ the way¬†I’d like.

While this is underway, things may look a little messy.

If you know me, you know that I’m a perfectionist and that this is only temporary. So, please excuse anything that looks a little wonky — I’m working on it!

Thanks so much, and thanks for reading!


Optimism is a Muscular Attitude

A quote from Dr. Ned Hallowell

“Optimism, by the way, is¬†not a superficial attitude. It’s a very muscular attitude. It’s a bold attitude that says no matter what, I can find a way. I can find the resources¬†to deal with this.”

— Dr. Ned Hallowell
Best-selling author and psychiatrist

Optimism is a muscular attitude - quote by Dr. Ned Hallowell | The Cheerful Times

Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!

An exciting look at what’s been and what’s to come

Is it too late to wish you a happy 2016? Nah.

I’ve seen far too many blog posts commemorating the new year, but there was no way I couldn’t partake when thinking about how much crazy growth The Cheerful Times underwent in 2015!

I’m over the moon and humbled by¬†your dedicated readership and generous feedback, and that so many of you have shared my posts with your friends, family, and followers. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Although I’ve been seriously slackin’ on the blog (I published a grand total of 8¬†posts in 2015… #womp), I was so amazed to see that The Cheerful Times had a huge influx of visitors over the past year.¬†You guys are the best!

Here’s a round-up of some 2015 metrics & accomplishments!

  • Blog traffic increased over 300%
  • Subscribers increased by 40%
  • Viewers came from 99 countries!¬†(with US, Canada, and UK taking the lead)
  • Posts were¬†featured on several¬†cool sites, like Diply and All Created
  • The Cheerful Times¬†took over Pinterest! I was shocked to see that my blog posts were pinned¬†thousands¬†of times. DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar¬†alone¬†has over 3,000 pins and repins. It even comes up as a top result when searching¬†Pinterest for dog crafts or dog gifts — very cool!
DIY upcycled dog dress shirt collar craft: Super easy, no-sew, and the perfect gift! | The Cheerful Times
“DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar” was the big kahuna of 2015

I’m so thankful for everyone who made these accomplishments possible, and I hope that I won’t let you down¬†in 2016!

The Big Ole One-Six

As is usual with the start of a new year, everyone seems to be either making resolutions or complaining about how everyone is making resolutions.

Goodness gracious.¬†Don’t you know how many things there are in this world that are more deserving of your hatred and social media ranting than people trying to better themselves? Imagine how much you can accomplish if you put that energy into something else. It’s a little ridiculous.

I’m not a resolution hater. The start of a new year can be a good check point to evaluate where you are and what you’re doing in life, and compare it to where you want to be and what you’d rather¬†be doing. And then you can map¬†out efforts to correct course (AKA¬†resolutions).

But I’d much rather refer to resolutions as¬†goals.¬†Goals are friendlier, like¬†helpful guides… rather than stressful, out-of-reach standards¬†with fear and failure seeping through every crack like impenetrable smog. The term “goals”¬†makes my anxiety senses tingle a little less.ūüėČ

Like many others, I envisaged my ideal 2016 and developed some on- and off-blog goals.

Sharing them with others is the first step toward making ’em happen!

Blogging Goals for 2016

1. Redesign.¬†That’s right, I’m overhauling the look of Continue reading “Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!”

Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!

‘Tis the season for some fun family photos

Happy holidays, everyone!

My sister Rochelle decided to start a pet photography side business! For Christmas, she¬†offered to do a photo shoot with me, Malcolm and Abby. Well… mostly just AbbyūüėČ

Rochelle recently¬†shared her favorite shots with us. I can’t wait to see the others!

Without further ado, here we are with our favorite little reindeer: Continue reading “Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!”