Making Me Smile

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Sometimes we go through our day-to-day routine and don’t stop to acknowledge the little things in our lives that make us happy.

I know that I often get so caught up in my daily rush, that I often forget to do this. So, here are a few things in my life that are currently making me smile:


Snail Mail


I love the feeling of coming home and finding a letter in the mail that isn’t a bill or flyer. Recently, I’ve been getting lots of mail, like thank you notes and St. Patrick’s Day cards, and I love it! What the senders of these cards don’t know is that I always save their mail. For as long as I can remember, I’ve saved hand-written notes that have a special sentiment inside. I love holding on to these memories and they are really nice to revisit now and then.




We’ve had Bessie, our current foster dog, for almost three months now! People always ask us if we get attached, and the big, fat answer is YES. I believe every dog is special, but when you foster a dog for so many months, it is impossible not to grow attached. Bessie is also, by far, the happiest dog we’ve had, so she constantly makes me laugh and smile.

Every dog we’ve fostered had a little routine to show they were excited when we came home. Wally grabbed his favorite toy and ran in circles. Woody leaped over two feet in the air. Bessie dances! She lifts her little paws up and down in a motion that, I swear, looks just like she is doing a happy dance. It is the sweetest thing.

I can’t believe she hasn’t been adopted yet, but I am not complaining because I love having her around!


Extra Daylight


I can’t express enough how much I love daylight savings in the spring. During winter, I feel like I never see daylight because by the time I leave work at night it is already dark. I also always bring my lunch to work, so I rarely go outside in the middle of the day. Now that we moved the clocks one hour ahead, I have an extra hour of sunshine at the end of the day. I’ve been taking advantage of this by going on short evening runs after work, when I have the time. I’ve always loved running along the ocean and watching the sunset, but recently my favorite thing to do is take a new route each run and explore different streets in my neighborhood. I’ve discovered so many beautiful houses along the way.


The sightseeing way makes my runs fly by, and I find that I barely check my watch.


Long Distance Friendship


One of my New Year’s resolutions was to stay in better touch with my friends on the East coast. With the time difference and all of our different schedules, it can be so easy to fall out of touch, but I am really trying to fix that. I generally try to call a different friend on my way home from work each night, even if it is just for a quick chat.

Last week, when I got home from work, there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers at my doorstep. I thought it was a mistake because it wasn’t my birthday or a holiday. I checked the card, and it was addressed to me from my best friend from Boston, Amanda! She sent me the flowers “just because!”


How many people do you know who would do something like that? Amanda and I have been through so much together over the past 10 years. She is the most thoughtful friend, and I am truly lucky to have her in my life. The world needs more Amandas.


Now it’s your turn! What is currently making you happy?






  • Rich Huhn
    March 31, 2014 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Little Chef…
    Your blog is helpful, healthful, inspirational and wonderful!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      March 31, 2014 - 9:41 am | Permalink

      Rich, thank you so much for your kind words!

  • April 22, 2014 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Aw this post made me smile! Beautiful pics, and I wish I had snail mail to look forward to on such a regular basis:)

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      April 23, 2014 - 7:32 am | Permalink

      Christine, isn’t it the best!?

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