Many of us have been to the beach countless times. I’ve felt the sand underneath my soles, have had to wash them off my surfboard, and it has collectively made me wiggle my feet (Elaine-dance style!) in efforts to dust them off flip-flops after a glorious day at the beach. Yet I found myself in awe when I saw Dr. Gary Greenberg’s series of microscopic photos of sand grains. Just look at that! They’re beautiful and I had to share with the world! More photos in SandGrains.com
I found this photo on Pinterest and it brought a gigantic smile to my heart and my dry winter cheeks. I could almost hear the little guy’s laughter through his radiant face in this photograph … and the banana leaf is just priceless. Photo Credit: Kendisan Seruyan
Recently, I came across Sara Bareilles’ Brave video and something about it made me pause. The fearless dancers, the lightness + brightness that each section was shot in, and of course, the earnest message of the song, simply struck a chord in me. I was smiling the whole way through. On a side note: Have you ever found yourself alone in the house with nothing to do? Turn the radio on and dance your heart out. It is so. much. fun. Don’t forget to crank up the volume.
There are few things that are more adorable than pandas playing on a slide. This completely brought a smile to my face. :)
Tomorrow, I’m going to my very first hockey game, courtesy of our landlord who gave us extra tickets for free. I’m so excited and grateful! While thinking of the Thank You note we’re going to send him, it reminded me of this funny Thank You note written by a kid named Flint to a local weatherman. It mentioned doughnuts, unicorns, castles, lightsabers, cyborgs, and more. It’s pretty darn epic. Check it out … Photo Credit: npr.org, Google Images
If you’re a self-proclaimed cheeseball like me, then you must have a special place in your heart for Journey and their heartfelt songs such as Don’t Stop Believin’. It makes me smile every time I hear it, and I welcome it anytime, anyplace. I will crank that radio UP! The fact that Journey found their new frontman in Philippines via YouTube — a man who was homeless at one point — is a story worth hearing. I heard the news in 2008 and it still warms my heart to this day. It’s a combination of many things I enjoy: Journey, an inspiring story about a person from a third world country, internet’s positive role in connecting people, Filipino talent, and great ballads. It’s about time someone made a documentary on Arnel Pineda’s Cinderella story, and I am VERY excited to see it. For more movie info: http://www.everymansjourney.com/ Another trailer from Ellen’s show. **UPDATE 3/17: I saw the movie and I LOVED it! Tears fell =] **
This colorful image in steamykitchen.com inspired me. Although the original idea is about memories, I thought this would be a good (and cute) method for counting blessings this year. When something makes you smile or when something good happens, write it down, and drop the note in your recycled jar. “Upcycled” if you’re fancy. ;) On New Year’s Eve, read about all the amazing things from your 2013 Happy Jar!
I’m not a super crafty person, but seeing this photo made me go straight to Michael’s especially since my 3-year old nephew could not use carving tools just yet. Although I did most of the work, he had a blast painting a mini pumpkin black, determining the shape of the eyes, and admiring his masterpiece when it was all done. To me, it was a fun way to spend the Halloween afternoon with the family. Wanna make bat pumpkins too? View the full set of instructions on FamilyFun.com Photo Credit: FamilyFun.com
There is nothing like seeing a photo of cute little bunnies to make you smile. Even if it’s just for a fleeting moment, the day’s troubles are forgotten. And for that, I am thankful. How about you? What is your kryptonite? Here’s an entire challenge presented by BuzzFeed: Can You Make it Through This Post Without Squealing? FYI: I didn’t even make it past the first post without “aww”-ing.
If you have 11 minutes to spare, watch this super fun video. Heartwarming, inspiring, and just plain fun.