7 Simple Things That Make Me Smile

Often times happiness can be found in the simplest (and most frugal) of things. Here are a few recent photos that made me smile, and I hope they bring a smile to your face too!!

1. Treating stuffed animals to a fun swing ride.


2. Impromptu trips to the candy store with rather difficult decisions to make.


3. Hugs that are SO BIG they almost knock you over!!


4. Spotting clever puns on the highway.


5. Painting AND singing at the same time.


6. Walking under a tree branch that’s just tall enough.


7. Kids who run to me with open arms.


Wishing you and your family a fun day filled with simple pleasures!!


  1. Oh my that look as she walked under the tree branch……

  2. Dear Valerie,

    8. Awesome husbands who leave prompt, witty, insightful and humorous comments?


  3. gorgeous, we should all stop and look for things like this from time to time!

  4. Thank u for the interesting projects I can do with my daughter. Its the end of the summer and its hard to think of things to do before my daughter starts preschool.
    Is there a way I can get projects and any of ur good ideas sent to me, weekly or monthly?
    Thanks Jackie, P.A.

    • Hi Jackie!

      The closest thing I can think of would be to try subscribing to our feed via email and you’ll get a message every time there’s a new post. There isn’t a weekly or monthly email that’s sent, but I’ll work on putting one together. Hope this helps & welcome to FFFB! 🙂


  5. Beautiful photos. It’s little moments like these that make everyday life!

  6. LOVE this post!!!! Such sweet photos of your girls!!!

  7. Need photo of Awesome husband leaving prompt, witty, insightful and humorous comments. Teehee.

  8. Love this! Those little things are the best, aren’t they?

  9. So sweet and great photos!!

  10. I vote to add Mark as number 8 🙂

  11. These are the cutest pictures and they do make me smile!! YOur kids are a hoot!

  12. Valerie it’s my 40th birthday next week and my brothers and sister are buying me a good (better then the cheapy we have) camera for my birthday. I said I wanted to take better pictures of my girls and your shots are the inspiration. I asked for lovely fabric for tablecloths but they just ignored that request 🙂

  13. What a fantastic post! Love, love, LOVE!