Category Archives: smile

simple things

Sometimes life gets busy and stressful. And in those times its nice to stop and find a few simple things that make your heart smile. Here are a few of mine from this past week.

Baby with bubbles in the bath

When company brings delicious treats from Canada

Spring flowers

Refreshing spring colors that encourage us that summer IS coming! Oh! and learning how to do a ‘sock bun’…Hello! Where have you been all my thin-haired life!?

Being the funniest person in the world…to one little person.

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What makes us smile – west coast winter edition

Nothing beats the fresh winter fruit in Northern California.  I don’t even know what you call that stuff I ate while growing up in Saskatchewan?!  This household loves our fruit, so what’s better than picking it straight from the tree?

My latest obsession is the chocolate, caramel, sea salt and coffee combo and it doesn’t have to be in that specific order!   Ahhhh…all is ok in my world when I have a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha in my hand or a helping of Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato or nibble on some Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels or…maybe you have one that I haven’t tried?  I am VERY open to suggestions!

So I’m going to be honest.  I don’t always smile at the idea of school breaks.  Come on, cut me some slack.  I’m a stay at home mom of some pretty intense boys.   But I recently read that a baby smiles between fifty and seventy times a day, and a toddler approximately six hundred times.   And the question was asked “What has robbed us of our smile?”  And with that I decided I was going to work hard each day at bringing smiles to the faces of my boys and in return I was going to LOVE this Christmas break.

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What makes us smile – east coast winter edition

Just when you thought baby clothes couldn’t get any cuter….Harajuku mini at Target has arrived…cutest baby clothes ever! I am loving the mishmash of textures, prints and colors.

Heading to the gym has never been my favorite pastime…but now 45 minutes of uninterrupted “ME” time is high on the list of things that make me smile! Nothing like a spin class to clear your mind, get motivated and lose those last 5 pounds.

I love waking up to a foggy foggy morning in New York. Some mornings it is so thick you could eat it with a spoon. Mornings like this I love to sit by the window with my morning coffee…but that lasts about 5 minutes before ‘someone’ needs my attention.  This morning I was able to run out and snap a few pictures just before the fog began to lift. 

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What makes us smile – west coast

We thought it would be fun to occasionally share what has made us smile in hopes of making you smile too: )

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.”


This kills me…  “Mom, why is there a mirror in our backyard?” as he proceeds to check himself out.  And how do you not notice that your bum is eating your shorts?!  Russia, our dog, appears to be puzzled as well.  Just not sure if it’s about Noah or the mirror?

Russia, our chihuahua mix, is such a skittish dog that it’s next to impossible to get a photo of her.  I look at this picture and I can smell her dog breath!

ahhhh…sleeping babies.  Loving the books surrounding him.

Happy Mother’s Day!  The Cooke boys know how to spoil their mom! Guess where I’m headed come September?!

According to Noah’s drawing I should probably look into getting my ears pinned back??!!

What makes us smile – eastcoast

Along my travels I tend to find things that bring a smile to my face. Maybe its the smiley face I see in my cappuccino foam or something random or shocking I’ve seen in the streets of New York….I’ve learnt to never leave the house without some type of camera on me (yay for phone cams). Here’s a few that made my week:

I love it when people leave notes in their library books (intentionally or unintentionally). I’ve come across letters, sticky notes, post secret type confessions…..One time a person had a book list…and it had the exact 3 other novels I was looking for too!

We were down at Seaport Village in Manhattan….and look at what I saw!!
Seriously…Regina!? Random.

The campus here is stunning…hundreds of flowers, trees and huge lawns. Most of the flowers and trees are labeled…I guess someone on the research campus has a sense of humor….tee hee.

Every time I look at my plant I smile. (If you know my dad you will understand why the next part is funny) When I bought my aloe vera plant my dad said, “Okay…now every morning you have to say, ‘allo vera! allo!'”
ha ha ha

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