photo of the night sky with gold fireworks and a sign that reads Happy new Year

What Would You Like to Talk About in 2021?

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good holiday. It’s my first work day of the year and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get back into the groove of post-holiday life. Give me my mug of caffeinated tea and I’ll be rearing to go here in a few minutes. I think…
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Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix Jars

Great Gift Idea: Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix Jars

Do you have one of those friends who always has the best creative ideas?  My good friend Salve has the best projects going (I’ll be writing a separate post about how she single-handedly transformed her backyard including pouring her own concrete – now that’s a DIY for you). Last weekend we got together in her…
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Top Tips for Mailing Holiday Cookies

One of my favorite gifts to make for family and friends during the holidays is a cookie box full of their favorite homemade treats. It’s so fun to decide which cookies I’ll bake and how I’ll wrap the whole thing up to look festive and enticing.  When my cookie boxes are going to friends who…
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Keeping My Head Above Water

Welcome to Joy Worth Having...

I’m Rachel - a wife, mom and school psychologist turned blogger living it up in Southern California.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that joy can be found in the simple pleasures of life that make us happy and nourish the spirit. For me, those pleasures are found in family, relationships, travel, food, and creativity.

Please join me on my adventures, and in the process I hope you reconnect with the pleasures that bring you joy worth having.

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