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Happy Things Jar + A Free Printable!

by vickybarone

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more present in the moment so that I can fully experience each day.  Sometimes time seems to fly by and I don’t want to miss a second of it.  This year, to better capture some of the highlights, I’ve created a “Happy Things” jar.  When something happens that makes me smile, I’m going to write it down so that when 2014 has come to pass, I can look back at the memories and treasure them always.

Happy Things Memory Jar + A Free PrintableMaterials: A decorative glass jar (we got ours at Marshall’s for $3.99!), colorful paper, a marker or pen, scissors, and my free “Happy Things | 2014” printable!


1. Download the Happy Things free printable and print!
2. Cut out the circular printable and attach to the jar. We used double stick tape so we can easily re-use the jar for something else, but you could also print the printable on adhesive label paper.
3. Cut squares out of colorful paper to make your jar look extra happy! We used a paper cutter and made 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares our of scrapbook paper.
4. Using a marker or pen, write happy things on pieces of paper, fold up, and place in your jar.

Happy Things Memory Jar + A Free PrintableLet your kids write their own memories if they can, or ask them what their favorite part of the week was! Their answers, milestones, and cute phrases will make perfect memories for the Happy Things jar.

Click here or on the image below to download your own “Happy Things | 2014” label!

Happy Things Memory Jar FREE PRINTABLE by Vicky Barone

This memory jar is perfect for the whole family. Open the jar at the end of the year and reminisce over all of the wonderful times you all had together!

If you make your own memory jar, please send us a picture or a link! We’d absolutely love to see it. Enjoy!


Each year we hear more requests for an updated Happy Things Printable and we are here to deliver! Click below to download the newest printables!


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Wendy Jennings November 30, 2014 - 4:03 pm

I love this! Can you update for 2015?

vickybarone December 3, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Hi, Wendy! Thanks so much for visiting the blog! I am SO glad you like this! I have created an updated printable with the year 2015: https://vbblog.mystagingwebsite.com/printables/VickyBarone_HappyThings_2015.pdf

bcg18 November 25, 2015 - 3:18 pm

hi, is there going to be a 2016 version?

vickybarone December 8, 2015 - 8:14 am

Hi there! Yes! Here is the updated 2016 version: https://vbblog.mystagingwebsite.com/printables/VickyBarone_HappyThings_2016.pdf
So glad you like it!

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Kara Percy November 26, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Is there anyway I can change the printable to 2016??

vickybarone December 8, 2015 - 8:15 am

Hi, Kara! Thanks so much for visiting the blog! I just made an updated pdf for 2016 if you’d like to see: https://vbblog.mystagingwebsite.com/printables/VickyBarone_HappyThings_2016.pdf
Happy Holidays!!

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Krista December 1, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Will there be a 2017 label? I LOVED filling my jar this year and can hardly wait to read through them at the end of 2016! Thanks for this great idea!

vickybarone December 2, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Hi, Krista! We are SO glad you liked this!! Here is an updated printable for 2017: https://vbblog.mystagingwebsite.com/printables/VickyBarone_HappyThings_2017.pdf

Thanks so much for reading! If you share your Happy Things jar on social media, we’d love to see! You can tag @vicky_barone or use #vickybaroneblog on Instagram if you’d like. Thanks so much and happy almost-2017!

Corissa December 27, 2016 - 11:07 am

I was just looking for a 2017 label! Thank you so much!

vickybarone January 2, 2017 - 11:10 am

Hi there! Here is a link to the 2017 version! Enjoy!! And thanks so much for reading! https://vbblog.mystagingwebsite.com/printables/VickyBarone_HappyThings_2017.pdf

Kerri January 25, 2017 - 8:17 am

Thank you so much for the yearly updates!! My family loves adding their memories to the jar and then reading them all on New Years Eve. Love this idea and, again, thank you so much for updating for 2017!!

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