Saturday Smiles.

5 presents in the present: 1. Sweet new kicks. ‘Nuff said. 2. Mixing two of the best foods ever created: homemade mac ‘n cheese and (wait for it…) bacon. Kaboom! {Perhaps a good reason to break in the new sneakers?!} 3. This amazing salad today, to counteract the “mistake” above. 4. My husband, who spent…

Saturday Smiles.

7 presents in the present: 1. A broken dishwasher, meaning fried wires didn’t burn down our house. (And, I get a pretty new one next week.) 2. That my kitchen paint is no longer this lime green color we discovered behind our dishwasher. Lovely, huh? 3. That, even though blizzards bite, we’re not dealing with…

Satur{Sun}day Smiles.

9 gifts from yesterday that I’m still smiling about in the present: 1. Sleeping in. 2. Rising and shining to this sunny, snow-free view: 3. Awakening and Kindling. 4. A white chocolate peppermint mocha delivered bedside. 5. Together time over coffee. Both serious… 6. …and playful. 7. Delectable Thai + sushi lunch. 8. Spending the…

Saturday Smiles.

I’ve found that it’s impossible not to be happy when giving thanks. Finding things to be thankful for isn’t always easy, but it’s always possible. Here are 14 things I’m smiling about today: 1. This stage of life. 2. Breakfast at 3 a.m. 3. A no-longer-sore throat. 4. Friends having babies. 5. Spring on the…

Groceries & gratitude.

Grocery shopping was fun in college. For one, my parents helped me out (a lot), so I didn’t pay that much attention to prices. Convenience was my top priority. Until my last year of college, the most cooking I ever did was blue box mac ‘n cheese. Grocery shopping primarily consisted of midnight Wal-mart runs…