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July 3, 2011

… chocolate in the morning…


… and again as a mid-morning snack…

… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . – .

… picking up fresh flowers…


… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . – .

… enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon…

… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . – .

… enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon treat


… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . – .

… going back for a little bit extra…


… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . –

… rockin’ out in some crazy heels…

… just because it makes me smile.

. – . – . – .

… picking up my mom from the airport…

. . .

… just because I had to.

Just kidding- It definitely made me smile, especially because she came bearing gifts 😉


My heart is melted…

. – . – . – .

I’m off to spend some time with my mom, and hear about how her trip went, but I just wanted to remind you guys to be good to yourselves and make sure to do something that makes you smile every day – no matter how small it might seem.

. – . – . – .

Your turn: _______ … just because it makes me smile 😀

72 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2011 5:43 pm

    Reading your post twice since you picked great “things that make [you] smile”… just because it makes me smile 😀

    Love this post. Thank you for it.

    Have fun with your mom!

  2. July 3, 2011 5:43 pm

    I READ YOUR BLOG because it makes me smile. Does that count? 🙂

    And I am SO on board with the chocolate thing! Chocolate for breakfast and just anytime makes me SMILE big time!! 🙂

    Aww that gift is so sweet!! Have a great time with your momma! ❤

  3. July 3, 2011 5:44 pm

    I love to smile, smiling’s my favorite!

    ^^ name that movie 😉

    another lovely post, my dear. Chocolate, ice cream, fabulous shoes, and family – the essentials to any happy life, no?

    Oh! and aren’t Pandora’s the best? They are such a full proof and special gift, always guaranteed to make the recipient, well, SMILE!

    On that note, I think i’ll read this post again… just because it makes me smile 🙂

    • July 3, 2011 6:36 pm

      Elfffffff 😀 Brilliant! And I totally love it when I know people who own a Pandora bracelet, because it makes gift shopping so much easier 😉

  4. July 3, 2011 5:44 pm

    Aww what a cute post. I definitely have chocolate in the morning and at night just because it makes me smile. Love the ice cream, I had some today too! Yummm 😀
    I read your blog just because it makes me smile 🙂

  5. July 3, 2011 5:45 pm

    I wake up each day and look over at Mike sleeping ..just because it makes me smile : )

    Yay for your mom being back! I hope she had a wonderful trip!

    Love ice cream on a cone, I LOVE waffle cones the best!!

    xoxo ❤

  6. July 3, 2011 5:45 pm

    Have a great time catching up with your mom!

    Took an extra long shower…just because it makes me smile
    Used my best quality expensive hair conditioner…just because it makes me smile 🙂

  7. VanessaG permalink
    July 3, 2011 5:45 pm

    Taking a bubble bath with my 2yr old neice’s bubble bath that I bought her to use for this weekend just because it makes me smile. 🙂

  8. July 3, 2011 5:46 pm

    I think we had the same Sunday… I chocolatefied my day and went out and bought a gallon of ice cream! Obviously didn’t eat the whole gallon, but definitely went back for seconds 🙂 AND topped it with a choco vita top. Other than that, I’ve been mega lazy. Love it!

  9. July 3, 2011 5:48 pm

    What a cute post! 🙂 It actually made me smile!
    I like to go back for second bowls of cereal just because it makes me smile

  10. July 3, 2011 5:58 pm

    Aw, this was such a great post 🙂 I’m with Alexis up there, I was actually smiling while reading it!

  11. July 3, 2011 6:01 pm

    Love love love this post!
    Chocolate in the mornings makes me smile too. It just makes my day that much better 🙂
    And that scoop of ice cream looks so fluffy and delicious!
    Eating breakfast for dinner…just because it makes me smile.
    Enjoy your time with your momma! 🙂

  12. July 3, 2011 6:08 pm

    dark chocolate peanut butter for breakfast defs make me smile! also passing my national lifeguard recertification 🙂

  13. July 3, 2011 6:08 pm

    Making cornrbead just because it makes me smile. And I love cornbread. (:

    What’s the Room about? I keep seeing it every where.

    • July 3, 2011 6:59 pm

      I only just started it, but the synopsis issss:

      To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.

      Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it’s not enough for either of them. Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s desperation — and Room can’t contain either of them for much longer…

      Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

      It’s a good’un so far 😀

  14. July 3, 2011 6:11 pm

    Reading this post…just because it makes me smile. SO much. I loved every bit of it!
    Speaking of ice cream, the very last bite of soggy cone filled with the very last lick of melty ice cream always always makes me smile. The perfect bite.

    I hope your mom had an awesome trip! And what an adorable little gift she brought back 🙂

    • July 3, 2011 6:54 pm

      I was thinking that exact same thing when I was eating the last bite of my cone! It was like I wish I could just eat a million of these without having to go through the whole thing… although, the rest isn’t anything to complain about either 😉

  15. July 3, 2011 6:11 pm

    I ate chocolate for breakfast and dinner… just because it makes me smile!

    Boy, do I love me some chocolate. Chocolate mocha, chocolate raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chocolate- the list goes on!

    I really need a good book to read! I’ve never been much of a reader, but if I find a good book I read like crazy until it’s finished!

  16. July 3, 2011 6:18 pm

    Aw, that is so cute… that airplane! (Uh, it is an airplane, right?!)

    That book was awesome. I loved it.

    ❤ ❤

  17. July 3, 2011 6:24 pm

    Reading a novel in one sitting – just because it makes me smile.

  18. July 3, 2011 6:26 pm

    I want to read that book…I’m on the waiting list at the library.
    Library books make me smile.
    I love the “bottomless” ice cream cone (0:

  19. July 3, 2011 6:29 pm

    I gotta say, this post was amazing. I love making crafts and eating buttloads of cottage cheese with nut butter just because it makes me smile 😀
    Have fun with your mommy!!

  20. July 3, 2011 6:48 pm

    Darn, mine was already taken!!
    “I read your blog…just because it makes me smile :)”

  21. Aimee permalink
    July 3, 2011 6:50 pm

    I absolutely loved this post and brought a huge smile to my face! Reading your blog everyday always makes me smile!
    Picking fresh herbs from my garden today made me smile!
    Have a great night with your mom!

  22. July 3, 2011 6:58 pm

    Listened to the Spice Girls while taking a bath…just because it made me smile
    Cooked a batch of baba ghanouj for my family…just because it made me smile

  23. July 3, 2011 6:59 pm

    your post made me smile 🙂 hope you have a wonderful evening dear!

  24. July 3, 2011 6:59 pm

    I bought cream cheese today … just because it makes me smile.
    That’s a lie. I bought cream cheese so I could make the chocolate cheesecake bites you posted yesterday!

    Anyway, LOVE this post. So funny how our posts coincide.. first the magazines, now the smile! The one that I’m posting is more of a negative post about not smiling, but still.. I think we might have some sort of telepathy thing going on. And I absolutely adore those heels. When my toe heals, the first thing I’m doing is rocking a sassy pair of pumps!

  25. July 3, 2011 7:32 pm


    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks, and thought it about time I comment 🙂
    You are so inspirational. I really appreciate your approach to food and health; you are honest, and you know how to eat sanely (aka, not piling up a bunch of lettuce and veggies and calling it a meal), actually eating in a balanced, healthy manner, eating carbs, protein, veggies, and fats. When I’m having a rough day, I look to your blog for encouragement to take care of myself and reassurance that it’s okay to eat.


    I spend hours reading blogs, just because it makes me smile.

    Check out my blog! I’ve just recently started it up again after a bit of a hiatus, and I’m hoping I can dedicate some time to it this summer.

  26. July 3, 2011 7:32 pm

    I LOVE your blog! I just started reading it today. I really like your outlook on food, nutrition, and exercise…it really makes me realize how skewed my mind is right now, haha.

  27. Lilly permalink
    July 3, 2011 7:54 pm

    your blog makes me smile, that may not original but SO true 🙂 also talking to my madre on the phone and then having her “put my dog on the phone” by hold it up to his ear, shes crazy but I lover her and she makes me smile!

  28. July 3, 2011 8:01 pm

    Ecstatically riding bikes through my Grandpa’s store after closing like I did when I was a kid, just because it makes me smile 🙂

  29. sunshinevegan permalink
    July 3, 2011 8:09 pm

    This post totally made me simile 🙂
    Eating spons of maple almond butter straight from the jar.. Just because it makes me smile!

  30. July 3, 2011 8:37 pm

    That book, “Room.” It is AMAZING!

  31. July 3, 2011 8:38 pm

    Aw, reading this post made me smile! You are so awesome :). I like to “car dance” when an awesome song comes on, just because it makes me smile!

  32. July 3, 2011 8:48 pm

    I love to go back for second and third helpings of cake and cupcakes because it REALLY makes me smile 😀

    I also like to since really loudly to 90’s pop music on a daily basis because it makes me smile.

    Loved this post!


  33. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    July 3, 2011 9:16 pm

    I read this post….just because YOU make me smile! And so did the post! I loove everything about this!

    And let me just say…you should work at an icecream parlor…you are a pro icecream scooper!

  34. July 3, 2011 9:18 pm

    Awww, seriously love this post!!!
    I drink wine, just because it makes me smile 🙂

  35. July 3, 2011 9:46 pm

    Aww yay for smiling! I read over the text he sent me a few months ago that says, “You’re amazing” just because it makes me smile. In fact it makes me more than smile. I think squeal would be the appropriate word 😛


  36. July 3, 2011 10:00 pm

    I didn’t do the dishes tonight…just because I wanted to “keep” smiling 🙂 haha.

    Cuuuute post!

  37. July 3, 2011 10:05 pm

    Those shoes rock! I have some that look similar. Anything that makes you smile is worth it.

    Going out for the ingredients for chickpea burgers and picking up some natural soda because the 4th of July just screams burgers and soda and they make me smile 🙂

  38. July 3, 2011 10:27 pm

    I EAT bananas and pb a lot JUSt becuz it makes me smile.. I workout just becuz it makes me smile.. i like to party just becuz it makes me smile..
    and i LOVE YOUR BLOG- becuz it MAKES ME SMILE!!!!!

  39. Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go permalink
    July 3, 2011 10:41 pm

    I excitedly browse new cookbooks at Barnes & Noble despite the fact I already have so many at home . . . just because it makes me smile. Wonderful post! 🙂

  40. July 4, 2011 12:36 am

    I think it’s so important to smile every day 🙂 🙂

  41. July 4, 2011 12:37 am

    First of all YOU and this post makes me smile 🙂 It is so filled with examples of how we can find happiness in the things we do everyday.

    A lot makes me smile these days. Feeling sun on my skin, a warm hug, being surrounded by amazing people and listen to their wisdom, having a heart that is beating with optimism and strength . . . and a new cheese in my refrigerator 😉

    Is that a Pandora? I love Pandora 😀 My mum bought the cutest little Buddha and an angel for me yesterday ^^

  42. July 4, 2011 1:40 am

    I’m going to be completely unoriginal…but only because it’s TRUE: reading this post (several times!)…just because it makes me smile! As do all of your posts. 😀

    I love your new Pandora plane charm. My mom and German “sister” (former exchange student with my family) bought our bracelets at the same time, and now gift each other charms every birthday and Christmas. It’s a fun and very special tradition. (And it makes gift-giving easy peasy!).

    Enjoy the mother-daughter time with your mom! xoxo

  43. July 4, 2011 2:36 am

    Booking a spa day with my sis- just because it makes me smile!

  44. July 4, 2011 3:45 am

    Every single post that you do makes me smile..I don’t want to say this just because people do, but your blog is honestly my favorite 🙂
    I eat squash, lots of fresh fruit and muffins/cookies everyday because they make me smile!
    Oooh and I’m intrigued by the ‘apple juice’ on your it just a background or a program??
    Hope you have a lovely time with your mom! 🙂

  45. July 4, 2011 4:38 am

    Oh where do I start! Red lipstick for every day, big mugs of coffee, 4 tbsp of pb in my smoothies, lunch break walks in the sunshine, I could go on and on! 🙂

  46. July 4, 2011 5:40 am

    Wow for the crazy heels! If I guess right you are a pretty tall girl and wearing these shoes you just can’t stay unnoticed 🙂 .

    Playing with strangers’ pets just because it makes me smile.

  47. July 4, 2011 5:56 am

    Love those shoes! And thanks for the uplifting post girl. I had a pretty crummy day yesterday, so I needed this! 🙂

    But yesterday I did sit out on my deck with an iced peppermint tea and my book, which made me smile!

  48. July 4, 2011 7:06 am

    Ah, beautiful post Amanda!
    I eat chocolate every single day, just because it makes me smile!
    And as Emma also says almost on the top. I read your blog because it makes me smile! And because I get motivated. And because I learn new things. And because you are amazing, and write posts like this! Thank you ❤

  49. littlemissminny permalink
    July 4, 2011 7:46 am

    Cooking and dancing and singing, just because it makes me smile.
    Eating more lunch after I’ve eaten my portion, just because it makes me smile and stops my tummy rumbling.
    Having chocolate every day, just because it makes me smile 🙂
    I could go forever like this 😀 …just because it makes me smile 😉

    You’re awesome

  50. July 4, 2011 7:51 am

    Painting my nails lilac & silver just because it makes me smile. 🙂

    Mouth-watering post, Amanda. I love your background (apple juice). Where did you download it? So cute.

  51. July 4, 2011 8:03 am

    Eating frozen yogurt – straight out of the container and potato chips – straight out of the bag, just because it makes me smile 🙂

  52. July 4, 2011 8:42 am

    I’m sure you’ll appreciate this one: Breakfast for dinner…because it makes me smile!

    Love you girl! Hope you are having a great Monday!

  53. July 4, 2011 8:59 am

    Beautiful flowers…

    Baking chocolate chip cookie dough brownies with my mom…because it makes me smile

  54. July 4, 2011 9:41 am

    I notice that you are reading “Room!” What an amazing book. Hard to read and yet impossible to put down. I loved it. Let me know what you think!

    And I’m excited to catch up on my DVR…because after not watching TV for 7 days I know it’ll make me smile.

  55. July 4, 2011 9:57 am

    Love this post! … and the eats.. and the shoes… and your mom being back!

  56. July 4, 2011 11:51 am

    Wearing a big fancy hat that’s not really my style is making me smile today!! Your post also makes me smile 🙂 Have a Happy Happy day!!

  57. July 4, 2011 3:34 pm

    I ate my weight in chocolate today..because it made my belly smile 🙂

  58. July 4, 2011 5:56 pm

    Cute! I loved this post. 🙂 Doing things just to make us smile every day isso important. 🙂 Happy 4th!

  59. July 4, 2011 6:24 pm

    ❤ Enjoying a snack, just because it makes me smile 🙂

  60. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:01 pm

    I love this! Such a good reminder to enjoy the small things in life!


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