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My high for today would definitely have to be the quality time I got to spend with each of my kiddos after they got out of school. We decided to make a homemade birthday cake for Ayden, my just turned 8-year-old son. I always make sure to bake a homemade cake with my kiddos for each of their birthdays. I just think there’s something special about made-from-scratch birthday cake, not to mention that it’s so darn good! Ayden’s real birthday was last Friday and we had a birthday party with store-bought birthday cake the weekend before… BUT, better late than never, right?

I even let the kiddos crack eggs… ya, it was a little scary. However, I was very impressed with my daughter Piper’s egg-cracking skills. She is gonna be quite the baker unlike her mother!

My low today occurred the moment my husband turned on the news and we learned of the bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon. My heart literally aches for the families of the 3 people killed (one of them just a child) and all of the wounded spectators. I am so incredibly sad. It is times like these when I am reminded to treasure the highs in my life and to never take them for granted.


[h2s_box]Every Monday-Thursday, I share my high(s) and low(s) for the day and I encourage you to do the same in the comment section below. My high(s) will simply be the best or most exciting thing that happened to me today and my low(s) will be something not so great that took place. [/h2s_box]

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  1. Jennifer

    What a sad, sad day. My prayers go out to everyone involved.

  2. Kayla G

    As a Boston resident my low today was the bombings. I was working less than a ten minute walk away. It was devastating to hear about. Things got scary when phone service went down and reaching loved ones became hard.

    My high is that I’m okay. So many are hurt and three are dead. Today is one of those days where you count your blessings. As silly as it sounds being able to call my Mom and tell her that I wasn’t hurt and that I’m okay was my biggest high.

    • Shirley

      Not silly at all. A blessing any mother would love to receive!! Glad you are okay!!

      • Kayla G

        Thank you Shirley!

  3. Elaine

    My high was when my three kids and husband came inside from playing in the yard with hand picked wild flowers for me. What a great family I have.

    I pray that everyone with loved ones in Boston could get a hold of their families and are well.

  4. Mitchell

    My high for the day was making blueberry pie bars with my mom. They are SO good!! I also went to the mall to get my 200 walk-in points on ShopKick and stopped at Walgreens on my way home.

    My low was also finding out about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I just couldn’t believe what I was reading and seeing! It really made me sad when I found out one of the people who died was an 8 year old. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  5. deborah

    my high today was after 8 years of fishing i finally caught a Crappie my lows when i came home and found out what happen at Boston them cowards

  6. Jessica

    My high was going out and spending the afternoon at the mall with my 5 year old son. No complaints as he watched mom try on clothes for an hour. I treated him to ice cream for lunch! Then we went and petted all the puppies at the puppy store. My only low would be it raining today, not bad right?

  7. Allicia

    My high today was starting couch to 5k week 2 of running and my fiance joining me to support me on my weight loss surgery journey my low was getting home from running to watching the news of the marathon bombing. I am so saddened my the people hurt, the children hurt and one killed as a mother myself my heart goes out to everyone affected by this crime.

  8. Ashley

    My high today was kinda silly but when I got my mail this morning I found out I won the glamour magazine constest you posted about and got my prize today! I also got alot of work done today. My low was hearing about the Boston bombings ๐Ÿ™ It really makes you wonder with all these man made tragedies what in the world is going on? ๐Ÿ™

  9. Priscilla

    My high for today was watching my 4 1/2 year old daughter give her 9minth old baby sister her comfort blanket, it was such a innocent loving moment that I happened to witness while cleaning upstairs.

    My low was watching the Boston bombing coverage on the news. So heartbreaking ;( and as the wife of a first responder this is a reminder of what my husband would be called to do if this sort of incident happened locally #prayforboston

  10. NANCI

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AYDEN!

  11. adam

    You are such a fantastic person Collin. Thank you for being you.

  12. Lisa W

    As someone who lives in the Boston area, what happened today was my low. Unfortunately tragedies like these happen way to often and we always send love and prayers out to those affected. But when it happens in your backyard, it really takes things to a whole new level and the feeling is just surreal.

    My high is definitely seeing all of the good Samaritans helping each other out in the wake of this tragedy and all of the love and support pouring in from all over the country and the world by people showing that they will stand with us in this time of need. If you can describe Bostonians in a phrase it would be that we are proud of where we’re from, surrounded by such rich history. It just warms my heart to see the country rallying around us. <3

  13. Katie

    Today was my 23rd birthday – it was great until the news. We live in NH but I was born and raised just outside of Boston, as was my husband. It has been a very hard day. Losing cell phone service was the worst – my mom works outside Boston and her cell phone was affected, not knowing if she was safe was hard. Seeing the streets we grew up on destroyed by terror is hard. Thoughts and prayers for our beloved city and all the people affected.

  14. Laura

    My high today was sitting on the couch after supper sharing strawberries and angelfood cake with my daughters. Hugged them a little extra hard before they went to bed. Prayers for the people hurt and the families of those killed. I have several close family and friends that are marathon runners and I can only imagine.

  15. Joy

    My high was knowing that my husband’s good friend who ran the Boston Marathon is okay. My low is that my husband is out of town (not in Boston) and he forgot his phone charger. He was out of town when 9/11 happened as well. Worried sick when he travels on business when things like this happen. No sleep for me tonight. ๐Ÿ™

  16. Shelley @ FamilySavings.com

    Today was indeed a rough day….it started off with my high – finally finishing my taxes….and quickly faded to the low of today’s explosions. I’ve had a heavy heart ever since. I pray for those lives forever changed by today’s events. One important thing to note as well….even though so much pain and heart was felt today, it’s good to see MORE compassion and human kindness. The heroes, the caretakers, and the prayers whispered by so many….goodness of strangers shows so much stronger than the evil by cowards!

  17. Laura

    My low was I made one of the worst dinners ever! I got the recipe from a friend…well, I probably shouldn’t take her recommendations anymore haha. My high was getting my daughter an adorable outfit (FREE) from Sears Outlet today!

  18. Ketsy

    Geek Squad couldn’t fix my laptop but I got value towards a brand new Imac for the kiddos and me ๐Ÿ˜€

    I dont watch tv all day so I wait until husband comes home to turn on the tv for me etc. and he told me what did I do today and where I was this afternoon. I was at the playground safe and happy with the kids when many families in Boston can not say the same ๐Ÿ™ Vey sad day, the news depress me of the evil that has spread through the world. Hate spreads quicker than love.

  19. paula

    My high today was seeing how much money I earned at the just between friends sale that ended yesterday, the staying up until 3am ironing was worth it and I thought my low was receiving a bill for $4,383 in the mail for my husbands sleep study a couple of months ago until….. some stray dogs came into my yard and starting attacking my dogs, I got bit by the pit bull when I stepped in to save my 6 month puppy from being mauled, It was literally a nightmare, long story but everyone is fine including my dogs I love so much and after I got home from the emergency room saw the story of the bombing and am thanking my blessings I do have, sooooooo sad!

    • antoinette smiley

      Hi Paula,
      My husband recently got bit by a pit bull you hear of those dogs killing people all the time. He has had nightmares for weeks. I wanted to let you know that the compensation for a pit bull bite it very high if you do not mind going after the owners.

      • paula

        Thank you for the advice, it was a nightmare by far, my 5 year old had nightmares last night and I am still in shock, unfortunately we live in the country so the leash rule is not in effect out here but there is still the bite law and the dog is in quarantine, especially since the dog is a year behind on her shots. I am just so exhausted mentally and physically by the whole thing and just glad it is over, still can not use my finger but hopefully will heal in time. I am such an animal lover and do not want anything bad to happen to the other dog, the owners should have been in more control of their dogs getting out, especially with that breed. Unfortunately we see dogs running loose ALL the time out here because no city laws in the country. My husband is out of town of course and that makes things all the more difficult with 6 kids. I am overwhelmed! I will let him deal with at least getting compensated for the $75 hospital fee. Thank you for your advice though:)

        • carolyn

          Paula – we have a pit bull next door whose owner lets him out with an invisible fence. We live in the country too. I called the county and our county has a leash law. So he was required to put up a real fence. Maybe your county has the same thing? I got bit by a pit bull when I was trying to pull one off a boy I was babysitting for. I had nightmares too and I couldn’t use my hand for a week. I hope everything works out for you.

  20. Emily

    My low, of course, was the news of the bombing. Broke my heart but as I watched the footage, I saw the first responders, runners, spectators and military members running toward the explosion. They didn’t know what was happening, if it was over or whatever, they simply saw people in need and they ran toward it. They reminded me that good will always win over evil and there are far more good people in this world. Days like today make all of your problems seems small… so what if our brand new car is still in the shop getting something fixed and our old one keeps stalling. So what if the mortgage person doesn’t work on Saturday so we have to take a day off to go talk to him about financing so we can buy a house. So what, they are small problems that we won’t even remember a year from now. Tonight, I pray and I thank God for the reminder in the face of evil that good will triumph.

  21. Grace

    It’s funny, I spent most of the day with my newborn son, wondering how to get thru one of his cranky and crabby day. As I turned give him his last bottle and watch the news, I realize that even on his worst days, I need to be thankful that he is safe in my arms. Hug your babies an extra few seconds tonight

    • Ketsy

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    • Amber

      I have a newborn son too and I can completely relate. Thanks for putting things into perspective! My thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston.

    • Laura

      I have a newborn daughter and I agree.

  22. mary

    Collin you should share the recipe for that cake, looks delicious!!
    My high was having a good day with my 2 yr old (we are going through the terrible 2’s ๐Ÿ™‚
    My low was hearing of the bombings in Boston, i am horrified by the images shown on tv, my prayers go out to all the people affected.

  23. Darcie

    My high was recent news that I’m not only pregnant for the first time, but also I’m having identical twins!!!! How am I so blessed?
    I’m so sorry for the tragedy in Boston today. Lots of prayers for those many innocent victims and all who witnessed.

    • C

      Congratulations Darcie!! What great news.

      I am just horrified by what happened in Boston. My heart aches for all those people.

    • Laura

      Congrats. That is fantastic news. They will be best friends! So fun!

  24. justme

    My Low was this Boston Marathon tragedy. It’s so sad and my heart just goes out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy today. It’s just so senseless and horrific.

    My high today is that I won the JCPenney Docker Kahki’s for my husband thanks to Hip2Save! I also got a $20 Walmart giftcard in the mail from another Hip2Save contest thru lunchbox. Lastly I got my skinny cow free candy coupon. A few weeks ago I came back from vacation and the mailman literally had to deliver my mail in a postal service large plastic bin. I know I might sound crazy but it’s so fun (like winning a lottery) and I love giving away the stuff I can’t use. So that’s my ‘high’ lately! Thank you Collin and team!

  25. cynthia

    My high today was when my five year old son told me he wanted to sing I’m in the lords army at church on Sunday in front of everyone and he wants to talk to our pastor about getting baptized. I’m one proud n happy momma. My low was hearing about Boston n having to try m explain why people do this to my children. I pray to our Lord he keeps everyone safe n helps everyone affected by this get thru this

    • Laura

      What a blessing Cynthia! I sing that song to my baby girl (3 month old). I look forward to the day she tells me she wants to be baptized.

      • cynthia

        It is a blessing! He has had a hard life already with a lot of health issues but is a strong boy and has always kept hit faith n tells me God knows what he’s doing

  26. Sarah

    My high was my 3 1/2 year old randomly coming up to me and giving me lots of hugs and kisses and saying “I love you Mommy!!” over and over. Then my 2 year old decided that he need to copy his big brother so he started doing it too. Another part of my high was finding out that my cousin and his wife decided NOT to go to the Boston Marathon this year and were safe (my mom’s entire family lives just a few miles from Boston). My low was being worried about my cousin and his wife until they finally let everyone know they were safe.

  27. JEM

    In trying to find a high for the day, I find it very difficult. The one I am always greatful for is seeing my three year old daughter happily playing.

    My low, which I know I should just pick one, but has been very difficult for me, is actually more of a list. I am dealing with tomorrow being one month sense my father passed away suddenly. I am still having to deal with all of the mourning process sense I haven’t been able to process it due to some legal issues that aren’t related, but happened two days before and I haven’t been able to separate the pain of these two issues. Then having to deal with being short staffed at work in my department I manage and looking for someone who I can train to do my reports in my absence. Then there is dealing with the financial and emotional strain of dealing with insurance about my husband totaling his car about two weeks ago and finding a replacement vehicle. Then three days ago my indoor cat got out during the worst part of a severe storm and hasn’t come back home. Then today the news of the Boston marathon bombing. Is it possible to not be emotionally captible of processing any more sadness? I’m sorry to not exactly follow the “rules” ๐Ÿ˜‰ of this post, but I needed to clear my mind before I lose it.

    • Amanda

      I’m sorry you have so much on your plate right now. Hopefully that just means that you have a whole lot of happiness coming your way soon!

  28. Tilla Ham

    my low today is the realization that we may never rid ourselves of the hate, evil and hurt that is in this world. my high was 5 hours of cranking the music and singing along with my daughters (well the two that aren’t tone deaf) music is the only way to get through a monday like today!

  29. Lucy

    My high today was being able to hug my children. We live just outside of Boston and are greatly saddened by what has happened. My low is what happened at the marathon. My heart is breaking for the families of the victims. Horrible, senseless violence.

  30. karen

    My high was hearing my son got $1,340 in TAP grant, hey at least its something and my low was definitely the Boston sadness. Was just there last April enjoying their beautiful city and the Freedom Trail.

  31. kim

    my high for yesterday was starting school vacation week, I am a para at a public school and my low was also the boston marathon bombing, it is only and hour and a half away from us. I am sick of these senseless tragedy’s!

  32. Lana

    My low was a text from our oldest son asking if our middle son and his wife had gone to the marathon. I texted back-“WHY”? Then he told me. Our middle son is right outside of Boston so a flurry of texts and calls later we finally found out they were both safe and at work. My high was my oldest daughter saying she wants to have a birthday party for me–could have knocked me over with a feather!

  33. karen

    My high for Monday was my son turned 20, I can’t believe it. The low is what happened in Boston, I live in Massachusetts, 30 minutes from Boston. I don’t understand why people do these terrible things, heartless, souless people!

  34. Fabiola

    It saddens me to know that there are people in this world that are willing to hurt another living personwith no regrets. Its sad that ourbasic freedom of safety is taken away by these horrible people and that we live with a fear of going to any public event fearing that things like this can happen. My prayers for all the people who had to endure this trying time.

  35. Shalah

    High of day was sitting on side of a mountain with my wonderful husband.
    Low of day was checking the news at the end of day. My prayers to all in Boston.

  36. Elizabeth

    Our high and low were both Boston. Low that (as we phrased it with our almost-5-yo) some people just can’t be nice. Our high was watching the news coverage with him and noting all the good people – the first responders and also regular civilians – who went out of their way to help others. We discussed how there will always be some bad people, but there will always be more good people.

    I later saw this very fitting and comforting quote from Fred Rogers:
    “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.”

  37. Ariana

    Thank you for a positive and needed message on this very sad day!

  38. J

    My low was Boston, for sure. So senseless…I am a huge sports fan and a wanna-be runner and a mom of an 8 y/o. This hits me on a couple different levels.
    My high would be getting picked to chaperone my kid’s field trip next week…in the big city that I love, which kinda sounds terrifying at the moment.

  39. Maria C

    My high yesterday 04/15/13 was when by some force of the universe and I guess luck I ended up going to the gas station and bought a 7-11-21 scratch off ticket. I was amazed when I saw I had won $100 dollars, then another $50, and in the final playing spot another $50. I won $200 dollars, wow I did not expect that, I’ve never won more than $20. This was my high.

  40. susan

    I am from the Boston area. I just learned that the family of the 8 year old boy who died also had a daughter that lost her leg and the mom is in critical condition…sick sick people….I don’t get it!!!!

  41. laura

    I’m a day late, but better late than never. My high yesterday was having a GREAT swagbucks day. My low (besides the boston bombing) was finding out a dear friend had a second miscarriage. ๐Ÿ™

  42. Heather

    4/15/13 – High.. My son got straight A’s on his report card – he brought it home today. <3
    Low – Just a terrible day at work. A Director is placing the blame on me for something that was in reality his fault. It's all documented on my end, but you know how far word of mouth can go in an office. ::sighs:: I did make sure to alert my boss on the situation.

    4/16/13 – High (so far today).. In a meeting early, I was really praised for some work I've recently done. Unsuspected, and very grateful for it.

    Low – When I got out of the meeting, I have snickery coworkers who needed some invoices that I don' t have. They automatically talked bad about my job performance thinking I just wasn't giving them what they needed.. when in reality I DON'T HAVE what they need. Again, word of mouth in an office.. when they don't even see the reality. Blah.

    I work full time (incredible company), a single mother of 2 children and I am in nursing school full time (no one in the office knows).. I just need to remember anytime something happens.. "One week from now, this situation won't even be on my mind.. so I don't need to make a big deal about it now!" Plus, in 2 more years, I will have beat all odds. I'll leave this company, travel in Europe for 2 months and move to the coast to be near family. None of these work-hardships will have mattered. This too shall pass.

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