Have you ever spent a day smiling?

Just because.

Nothing extra-special happened.

No spectacular or over-the-top events.

You didn’t win the lottery or the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes or come in first place in the US Open….

….or land on the moon.


But it was a brand new day.

And the sun was peeking through the clouds.

And it smelled like freshly cut grass.

And you found this amazing movie called, “The Ultimate Gift.”

And the mix was absolutely perfect on the diet coke.


And you were wearing red lipstick and your favorite pair of extra large turquoise earrings and your nose actually looked cute when you looked in the mirror and you were having a really good hair day and you were so totally thankful that you never acted on the rash impulsive idea to cut your hair with bangs.


And then….from somewhere deep within the very center of your heart….

….a smile bubbled up to the top.


It was almost like you couldn’t help it.

Your mouth smiled for you.

You smiled through Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby and the gas station and the stop light and the drive-through.

You smiled at random people.

Just because.

People with pets and people in line buying oreos and people who just discovered burlap ribbon and people in the frozen food aisle and people who were frowning because the checker was really slow and people who looked a little sad….

….like they truly needed a smile.


And do you know what happens when you spend the day smiling?

It’s an amazing thing.


People actually smile back.


And when they do….it’s incredible and wonderful and joyful and life-changing….

….almost like you walked on the moon. 🙂


In the middle of all that smiling I was busy working on the Gatehouse.

Wonder what’s been going on over there?

Well….we finished the kitchen and the craft room….

….and here’s a sneek peek of the front room.


Lamps Plus Giveaway

And now here’s one more amazing thing to make you smile.

Lamps Plus is giving away….not one….but TWO of  the Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendants

(like the one in the kitchen of the Gatehouse)

 to two lucky Thistlewood readers!

All you have to do is enter below through Rafflecopter and tell me what makes you smile!

Good luck and may the smiles be with you. 🙂

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    1. Image for Lisa Dunbar Lisa Dunbar

      My ex stepkids! Yep, I'm not with their father anymore, but the kids and I never stopped our love. We're very blessed with a wonderful relationship. Most of my smiles seem to always involve those three kiddos that weasled their way into my heart!

    2. Image for Jenny Danielson Jenny Danielson

      Life makes me smile!! Blooming flowers and chirping birds, little babies and doggies, pretty rocks and acts of kindness all make me smile!! My husband, kids and grandson make me have a "tooth showing" smile, though!! I love to smile!!

  1. Image for gina gina

    I am always smiling when I read your blog! I'm also the one smiling in the check out lane at random people, especially babies. :)

  2. Image for Cherie Cherie

    I am always smiling. I live with chronic pain everyday. So everyday I get up, do my hair, makeup, and dress with care and put a smile on my face. I then find something creative to do to feed my spirit and keep my smile real. Everyone is always surprised that I am always able to smile at them, but life is too short to waste in regret and sadness. Pain just makes the smile more important. :')

  3. Image for Lisa Masse Lisa Masse

    I'm happy when I can hear my kids working together on something, I'm happy when my husband drives up the driveway at the end of the day...I'm happy when the sun shines in my kitchen window just right, and it hits the glass plate I have hanging there and beautiful reflections dance on my counter top. And,I have a hot cup of yummy coffee to watch the dance with :)

  4. Image for Amy Seward Amy Seward

    Remembering end of summer at my Pa and Grammas house "out in the country" and the sounds of cicadas take me back!

  5. Image for Cathy Johnson Cathy Johnson

    My daughter just found out that she's pregnant with TWINS!!! Our first grandbabies!!! I haven't quit smiling yet!

    1. Image for carla carla

      I had to reply because I'll never forget the call when my daughter told me she was pregnant with twins! My first grandkids as well. They just turned 2 and just thinking about them makes me smile. I live 15 minutes away and I'm not sure if my life has ever been as sweet! Those precious girls are the light of my life!

  6. Image for Sharon Sharon

    YOU make me smile! And what an awesome giveaway!!! I have this light fixture in my daughter's teen lounge and it totally makes the room. Love Lamps Plus.

  7. Image for Judi Judi

    smiling is contagious ! Love the pops of bright colors in the gatehouse kitchen..they make me smile too. ;) Please tell the where or how on the window shade with monogram..this may be perfect for our shop windows!

  8. Image for dianne anderson dianne anderson

    I smiled a lot last weekend listening to my 3 and 11 year old grandsons talking while they were playing dinosaurs, they didn't know I was listening. Such sweetness that makes me smile from deep in my heart.

  9. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    Spaces like your gatehouse and bloggy friends like YOU make me smile! Thank you for starting my day that way, Kari! xo Heidi PS: I have a giveaway going on too: would love it if you'd stop by! xo hm

  10. Image for jean jean

    Your blog, my grandson, little children making first discoveries, old songs (the good ones) that stick in your head for days; forecast for cooler temps and possibly rain. Planning my retirement in a few years.

  11. Image for Vicki Vicki

    What makes me smile is to wake up every morning and know that the good Lord has a plan for me for this day,he wants me to go out and make someone else smile.They may be going through really bad times but when you smile at them they may begin to realize that their day will be better with hope from the Lord.Always be a blessing to someone else and you will be richely blessed.

  12. Image for Gina Gina

    It always makes me smile when I throw a palmful of fish food into the pond and watch the fish scurry towards it. Amazes me how they sense it from the other end of the pond and zig-zag towards the food.

  13. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    Babies make me smile. And elderly couples, holding hands, and still in love after all these years make me smile. And you blog always makes me smile.

  14. Image for Rhonda R. Rhonda R.

    What makes me smile? My 2 year old learning how to water the garden and flower beds with the hose....and quickly learning how to turn the hose to spray mommy!! Haha!!! He sure is a quick learner...and a feisty one too! The "I gotchya mom" laugh that he rolled out as he soaked me made my entire night.

  15. Image for tammigirl tammigirl

    I go around smiling like it's my job. Here's what happened: A few years ago we lost a very precious girl. It was 2.5 weeks until her 17th birthday, and she got into a terrible car accident. On a beautiful sunny day in the middle of a harsh winter. A day when the roads were clear and safe. She was like a third daughter to me. I planned on dancing at her wedding, sharing her babies, and her whole life. And she was just gone. It was extra hard for my youngest son, who had dated her for about a year. They seemed to be coming back together when it happened. That girl, our Victoria, was always smiling at everyone. And I knew how much we were all going to miss her smile. So every day I tell myself it's my job to put back some of the sweetness the world is missing without her. It's a big part of how I got through it... going around smiling at everyone. Because the ones close to me needed it, and the people out in the world? They probably needed it too.

  16. Image for Mary Ann Mary Ann

    Every morning when I take my dog for a hike in the woods, I just have to smile and thank God for the wonderful world he has created!

  17. Image for Sharon Sharon

    When I see you have posted a new blog I smile and then smile some more after I have read it. Every time. And last night when I got to facetime my three children who are all away to school and got together to talk to me at the same time I smiled the biggest smile ever!

  18. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    The Gatehouse can make anyone smile....but what makes me smile?...When I wake up in the morning, see the sunrise and get my good morning kiss from hubby...or when my granddaughter runs up to me and gives me a hug...or when you do that little gesture to someone who needs a smile...those are the great gifts in life that make you smile...Love the light fixture Kari..perfect in the room!...Would make anyone smile.

  19. Image for Babette Babette

    I smile when my twins are doing their Duck Dynasty impressions! I smile when I see my beautiful daughter's face on Skype (We live in Florida and she lives in Virginia now), I smile when I see the bluejay who stopped by this morning. I smile when I see my mom and dad who do so much for us. I not only smile but laugh out loud many times because of your blog. But most of all, I smile because Jesus has put a peace in my heart and that his amazing love and grace is available to all who will accept him. Thank you for the giveaway and for your place in blogworld! :)

  20. Image for Kelly Kelly

    What makes me smile? Good health, family and friends, random acts of kindness, receiving a letter in the mail from my little niece along with her artwork, a good song on the car radio, coffee and watching sunsets.......

  21. Image for Sheila Moore Sheila Moore

    I re-connected with an old friend recently and everytime I think of them I smile....I love the way the Gatehouse is coming fun and smiley...

  22. Image for Suzi Suzi

    this may sound weird but when i am out and about, young adults with handicaps make me smile. they are so kind and pure and ready to engage in conversation with you and boy do they smile back! they understand what is important...and being wonderfully happy about things like 9 weeks of independent living and standing in line with your mom getting your first bank account is what is truly important! and they bring a smile to everyone standing in line waiting their turn and suddenly even the grouch who is annoyed is smiling too. i just love them for their infectious joy.

  23. Image for Colleen Wilkins Colleen Wilkins

    Being with my daughter makes me smile. My husband coming in from work with "how was your day" makes me smile and my crazy husky dog who loves to lay outside when it 95degrees out makes me smile! Thank you for the smiles...

  24. Image for Carol Carol

    I love the house numbers where did you find those? Also how did you paint the words on the wall, did you stencil them?

  25. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    So many things make me smile..... Seeing my husband walking up the driveway as he returns from a work trip away from home....that's special. A cute puppy, or kitten, or any baby animal doing what they do just because they can! Family memories are always sweet. And, as a Behavioral Health (psych) nurse, watching a patient finally "get it"....very rewarding. And then there's your blog....never fails to bring a smile to my face!

  26. Image for Janice Janice

    I get to celebrate my mom's 89th birthday with her tomorrow, Sept 12. That's something to smile about .. along with SO MANY other things, thankfully. :-)

  27. Image for Erin Buchanan Erin Buchanan

    The five hours once a week when I have a day off and all three boys are at school and the house is clean and tidy, that's one thing that makes me smile...

  28. Image for Heidi Heidi

    A cool breeze and the barely pink sunrise on an early-morning walk starts my day with a smile! And YOU always make me smile when I read your blog!

  29. Image for Stacy Stacy

    Your blog posts make me smile! This morning I read it to my husband and he said, "that sounds like you!" There are so many things in my life that make me smile!

  30. Image for Susan M. Susan M.

    Beautiful Fall days, my girls and their girls, and having just found out that one of them going to be adding another little wren to my nest... what's not to smile about?

  31. Image for Paula Collins Paula Collins

    When my husband has a good few hours and we are able to get out of the house. He is disable with gastro paresis and fights continuous nausea. That's what makes me smile!

  32. Image for Justine Justine

    Finding just the right gift for a friend!! Recently I was browsing an antique store when I found an old (1989) small cross-stitched picture of a boxer (dog) in a carved wood frame - the perfect gift for a friend who'd just lost her beloved pet!! I smiled so big because I knew she would love it - & she did!!

  33. Image for Pat Pat

    Watching my kids pick the bounty from the garden they helped plant this summer! The are so excited to see that carrots grow beneath the dirt!

  34. Image for SuzyMcQ SuzyMcQ

    Your blog and your orange and grey cottage color scheme and red lipstick, they all make me smile! Oh, yes, and gas station pizza really makes me smile. I live in PA and have no idea of the whole concept and, one day, if possible perhaps you might be able to do a post on in ins and outs of GSP, complete with photos. That would make me grin from ear to ear. Where I live most folks do their best to stay out of gas stations. We like to pump the gas ourselves and zoom off to a pizza shop or restaurant for our pizzas. Not saying there is anything wrong with GSP, I'm just confused and can't find any real info online. I've tried!

  35. Image for Kim Osburn Kim Osburn

    What makes me smile. My grandkids and nieces and nephew and hearing a baby giggle and my Cowboy that way he looks at me sometimes. Well yanno. and YOU. Thanks for sharing this post and the chance to win and for making me smile at 8:05 am. <3 Kim

  36. Image for Susan Susan

    What makes me smile is my wonderful husband, my amazing children and life in general. You have to enjoy every day like its your last...and your site makes me smile too!!! thank you for sharing.... Susan

  37. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    I smile when I roll over in bed in the morning and every muscle in my body is aching and it's because I went to my weight training class the day before. I smile when I look around my house and see all the amazing changes I have made because I follow the most amazing women on blogs that show me how to be a DIY'er and make a truly unique home on a very tiny budget. I smile when I realize that I am retired and loving it every single day.

  38. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    I just love the little wooden hinged houses in the Gatehouse Kitchen. Do you have a source or are they a DIY project that you may soon have a tutorial on?

  39. Image for Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home I smile the biggest, and I'm the happiest, when I'm with my family. My heart smiles with delight and amazement when all four of my children are in the same room together playing nicely, laughing, and having fun. I have my fingers crossed, and hope I win :0) Have a beautiful week, KariAnne! Suzanne

  40. Image for Becky J Becky J

    Oh, I smile from the bottom of my toes when my precious family love on me...when the corners of my hubby's mouth curl in that sweet way and my 21 year old girl hugs me tight and my 18 year old boy kisses my forehead and my baby, who is 14 says, "I love you more than anything Momma, except for God"...oh yeah, I am smiling just thinking on it and blinking back the tears...have a blessed, blessed day! Thanks for all the encouragement you bring on your blog :)

  41. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne! This should be easy for me because I smile all time. I even caught myself smiling while I was vacuuming the living room. I smile at people in the store and say hi ALL the time to strangers. I got this habit from my Dad, he would always make a comment about the weather to people we passed on the street. 'Beautiful day today!' I'm not sure what makes me smile, maybe all our wonderful blessings. Pass it on! xox

  42. Image for Erin Erin

    A walk through my garden with my little girls always makes me smile. Their wonder at the world reminds me to look for the joy in the little things in life.

  43. Image for Mary Stewart Mary Stewart

    Waking up each morning - Thank you God! My crazy borderline dysfunctional family and reading blogs like yours!

  44. Image for Teri Teri

    Dogs, cats, babies and the elderly, just to name a few. I smile a lot and I always smile when I read your blog posts! Thanks for making me smile! :)

  45. Image for Jessica Nielsen Jessica Nielsen

    We just sold our house! What an AMAZING feeling (talk about smiling)!!! We're on to new adventures and are ready to take on some fresh DIY projects and keep on blogging them along the way at Thanks for your daily inspiration!

  46. Image for Sally Sally

    My daughters' warm bodies when I wake them up at 6am for school...and waving to them like any good embarrassing mom would when they climb aboard the school bus. :)

  47. Image for amy watson amy watson

    Awwww...My brand new kitty.......Ginny, We lost our beloved cat George, after 16 yrs. Last year in October, and I was beginning to think we would never be ready for another one, low and behold, I was paying my umpteenth visit to our animal rescue shelter and there she was.....she had just had surgery 1 week before and she was so tiny with a big old surgery cone on her head, laying in her cage :( asleep, I walked over to her and she woke up and looked at me, something in her eyes were so sad and I smiled at her and she got up and walked to me......I was DONE,she had me heart and soul. She is 3 months old and we have had her a little over a week....I promised her, I would nurse her back to health, and l will.....she has brought us so much joy...she is soooo funny and makes us laugh and smile all the time!!!!! Sorry this is so long....l am not real good with one word I

  48. Image for Mary Mary

    Every day when I drive home, there is a house where they have free range chickens and they are all along the side of the road. Makes me smile. (Someday I will have my own chickens!)

  49. Image for Tamra B Tamra B

    I smile when I see the momma ducks with their baby ducklings making sure they are all around her, when my daughter sings to herself or I catch her dancing to music when she thinks no one is watching, when my dog Sophie does the "Snoopy dance" when we are coming thru the door, when my husband whistles while he is showering or sneaks up behind me to nuzzle my neck, when my daughter describes her day to her friends on Facetimeand they are all giggling. I also smile every single time I read one of your posts...seriously. You are the first stop on my morning trek thru blogs. You never fail to make my day when I see you've posted new material. Thanks for asking this question. It made me realize anew how blessed I am and it truly is the little things that happen everyday that are the most important.

  50. Image for deborah deborah

    Fresh peaches to eat and tomatoes from my sister-in-law's garden to make into juice are making me smile today! A new decor sign on my bedroom rosebushes blooming...days that aren't windy...watching my kiddos on the trampoline...

  51. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Driving to work this morning made me smile. Not because I was going to work, but there was a beautiful low misty fog today and it was just gorgeous. Then I spotted a fawn playing in the mist in a field and it made me happy.

  52. Image for Kathy Ann Kathy Ann

    A smile...sitting by the lake in Michigan, reading, talking to God and just enjoying the peace of the day...nothing makes me happier!

  53. Image for Cheryl @ Living Design Cheryl @ Living Design

    Some things that always make me smile: my cat rolling on her back like an otter; the smiles on the faces of the girls I babysit when I pick them up from school; when my husband comes home for work and the first thing he does is walk over to kiss me. Also, I love your pegboard wall! I have a pegboard over my drafting table that changed my life, I can only imagine how amazing a full wall of it would be!

  54. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    I had to smile today when I was out walking. I went behind the strip mall because it was shady and there was this huge buff guy, with a mouth full of dip, carrying something heavy into the back of a shop. He looked at me, smiled and said, "You gettin' in a walk?" I replied a petite "Yes," and he said "That's good." And I kept walking. I have no idea why being encouraged about my walking by Buff Dip Man made my day, but it totally did. It makes me smile just thinking about it. I am always surprised at the positive impact strangers can have on me. So yeah for you for making all those smiled at people's lives better. And the Gatehouse looks A-Ma-Zing BTW. Good work lady. Smooches from the Other Marian

  55. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    What a great post which made me smile. The three things that make me smile everyday are my two adorable puppies and my husband coming home safe and sound from NYC from work. EVERYDAY that makes me smile!!!! Cynthia

  56. Image for KWolff KWolff

    Lots of things make me smile - watching my first kiddo get excited telling me about high school, listening to my second kiddo gasp as she figures out I was a lot like her at 12, seeing my third kiddo working diligently on a craft project all by herself, having my fourth kiddo walk into my bedroom in the morning with his blankie and the need to have momma hold him. Those things are some of the best. The other is when my hubby greets me at the door with an ice cold adult beverage and a hug after a particularly long day.

  57. Image for jennifer farnes jennifer farnes

    aside from grandbabies.....because everyone knows they make us was picking two bushels of beets and turning them into 38 pints of pickled beets and 7 quarts of just plain old beets. i was so happy doing that. and i loved hearing the snap-thwack of the lids as they sealed. i smiled each and every time that happened. i was completely content....utterly happy....and you should have been able to hear me purr all the way to where you are.

  58. Image for Chris Q Chris Q

    what makes me smile? ........ a loving lingering thought about my love, seeing children laugh, watching older couples hold hands and cuddle (the sign of a happy life together) see people laughing, and enjoying each others company.... there are so many things. Think about it, it's easier to smile than to frown ! :)

  59. Image for Melissa K Melissa K

    Watching my kids wrestle and giggle with each other makes me smile :) Seeing my husband at the end of our workdays.

  60. Image for Regina Regina

    I call those moments my "Main Street USA" moments . . . It's exhilarating, isn't it? I hope you smile ALL DAY LONG! Here's one from ME! :)

  61. Image for Cheryl B Cheryl B

    One of the guys at work nicknamed me "Smiley" so you can guess I'm pretty much always what...I don't always know...although you might have explained it for just bubbles up from my happy heart. p.s. My smile erupted into laughter when I read your disclaimer "all opinions on smiling and light fixtures are completely my own"!

  62. Image for Brenda Brenda

    My hubby, skyping with our daughter & her husband (too far away :( ), our fur babies, a good homemade pumpkin spice latte first thing in the morning, and of course, my Jesus!

  63. Image for Cindy @ dig beautify Cindy @ dig beautify

    I smile when my kids are getting along and enjoying one another, when we are together as a family playing games and laughing, when I get the awesome news (this morning) that my good friend's sweet daughter may NOT have the ugly diagnosis they first predicted, when I drive through McDonald's and YES, they now serve Coke Zero and a large is only a buck :-) And I always smile when I read your blog - you just have a gift that brings cheerfulness out in others ...thank you for that!!

  64. Image for Ann A Ann A

    Reading your blog makes me smile. Also, looking out my new kitchen windows at my park-like backyard gardens. Enjoy your day!

  65. Image for Robin W. Robin W.

    Today - it was reading this blog post!! Thank you for that!! My son makes me smile - everytime I think about him which is a lot!!! He is in the Marine Corps so I don't get to see him too often - so thinking about him is my instant trigger for a smile!! Thanks for asking!!!

  66. Image for Kathy Nielsen Kathy Nielsen

    I smile each morning when I get my first cup of coffee and the sun is shinning and I start to read all my favorite blogs. I say "Inspiration Day"!.

  67. Image for Dianne Buquet Dianne Buquet

    I smile when I stop to think that after raising 7 kids for the last 39 years, my husband and I are going to retire in 2014 and build our little retirement house. We are so excited to reconnect after all these years of parenting, almost like being newlyweds. We are fortunate to be able to do this for ourselves at last.

  68. Image for Shannon Shannon

    When I hear my favorite song by Louis Armstrong, What a wonderful gets me every time. I always look like a goober because I start grinning from ear to ear...and I think to myself...what a wonderful have to have love and hope. Thank you for the give away..I LOVE the lamps, and Hope I win!!!

  69. Image for KarenH KarenH

    My two dogs always make me smile. When I come home from work they come flying out of the doggie door! They are so silly and loving!

  70. Image for Amber E Amber E

    My two sweet and naughty boys make me smile most days. My wonderful husband makes me smile on the days that my boys don't.

  71. Image for Rory Reding Rory Reding

    My children make me smile. Especially when I watch my 9 year old perfect his football touchdown dance in the living room, for when he makes his first touchdown! Love that little guy....

  72. Image for Pamela from Flower Patch Farmhouse Pamela from Flower Patch Farmhouse

    I am a smiling fool. Life is too short not to. And painting flowers, animals and stuff just makes me smile even more and I am going to start a series of tutorials so others can share the joy. I just shared how I learned to paint, come on over and see how horrible I was at first. :)

  73. Image for Karen Karen

    I smile whenever I see a baby, on TV in stores wherever they always make me think about the hope for the future and the possibilities of a new life, and they're just plain cute.

  74. Image for Amy Amy

    Feeling truly loved makes me smile :) Great post-The Ultimate Gift is one of my favorites...can't wait to go see The Ultimate Life!

  75. Image for Laura Van Scott Laura Van Scott

    The fact that Jesus loves me and He saved me makes me smile. He gave me a beautiful family and that makes me smile. We have fun together and that makes me smile. :)

  76. Image for Lisa Huff Kroll Lisa Huff Kroll

    Hi Karianne, What makes me smile?? My daughter laughing hard, my husband calling just to say he wanted to hear my voice, my dogs playing, diet pepsi and hot tamales. Have a great day!

  77. Image for Jeanne B Jeanne B

    My first smile of EVERY morning is knocking on my daughter's bedroom door and telling her "it's time to wake up honey".....and the smiles keep coming after that. Loved your post!

  78. Image for Linda Thenhaus Linda Thenhaus

    Reading blogs:), BOTH of my middle schoolers auditioning and making it into jazz band this week and getting ready for autumn:)

  79. Image for Stephanie DuCharme Stephanie DuCharme

    Working hard to make something old new again and loving the results. That's what makes me smile. Therapy for my soul :)

  80. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

    You make me smile because of all your enthusiasm! Winning that gorgeous lamp would make me laugh outloud!! Maybe this will be my lucky day.

  81. Image for Jennifer Dipasupil Jennifer Dipasupil

    The thing the makes me smile is my 3 kids. I could be having the worst Monday ever, and their tiny smile or little laugh always makes me smile.... My days usually get better from that point!

  82. Image for susan b susan b

    Smile when I come home at night and see all the bunnies sitting in my yard - THAT"s why I don't use chemicals on my lawn :)

  83. Image for Tracy Tracy

    I smile when I get to visit my friend and her dogs. Her dogs love me and can't get enough of me when I come over!

  84. Image for Shirl' Anderson Shirl' Anderson

    I smile everytime I read your blog. I love your stories! Working in the public I have to be the one to decide whether it is going to be a smiley day or a frowny day. Smiley makes life so much easier. Thank you Karianne for making me smile today!

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    My girls, Emmett ( my dog ), Peter, my roses, seeing a hummingbird, little kids whose back packs are bigger than them, flowers that come up through the cracks in the sidewalk, a yard sale sign, swinging on a swing,....I think I will stop now & give someone else a turn. Oh, and of course you! xo, Kelly

  86. Image for Sharon Sharon

    When my DH drives into the garage each evening after work - best part of my day!!! Well...and of course reading your blog - which starts off the day!! :-)

  87. Image for C Darlene C Darlene

    I smile when I think of my babies, long grown, cuddling, blowing bubbles on tummies, kissing little pink feet and sweet smelling little heads. Puppies, kittens, chicks, colts newborn calves and all other kinds of babies always bring smiles. Of course your blog brings smiles and chuckles.

  88. Image for Jennie B Jennie B

    When one of our kids pull in the driveway, the new kitten reminding the other animals what being young was like, the smell of garlic and rosemary simmering in olive oil, a quiet house first thing in the morning with my coffee and bible.

  89. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Hearing my children's voices when they call (they are grown and far away), watching my elderly parents have a heated debate over everyday trivia, hearing my husband talk to the dog in the morning when he thinks I can't hear...

  90. Image for Jennifer Reynolds Jennifer Reynolds

    My mother and my son make me smile. I celebrate my mother's life and the memories that she created for me. To remember her laughter as we chatted about various things from the weather to what things were going on in my life – especially the joys of new motherhood. Wishing that I could hear her voice once more, for only just a minute. We used to talk for hours on end about just anything and nothing. I remember her as she was – strong, brave, loving…special. She may be gone from this physical earth, but she lives within me every day, every moment, every second. My son reminds me of my mom, but so much of his personality is clearly me. He’s at the perfect age right now for exploring and for new adventures -- and I know my mother is watching from above and that makes my heart smile!

  91. Image for Airyckah Airyckah

    A lot of things make me smile but especially when my girls fight like siblings do and then one caves to the other and they hug and actually thank each other.... Makes me proud... They're only 19 months and turning 4 and already understand sharing, compromise and thnkfulness... Usually

  92. Image for Denise from Savannah Denise from Savannah

    What makes me smile is learning new things. I really like it when I spend time with my very young Great Nieces and Nephew, and I see the world through their eyes.

  93. Image for Lisa G Lisa G

    Gosh, so many things make me smile - my family makes me smile; funny You Tube videos - like the viral one from this week with the man waking from surgery to find out that the "eye candy" woman holding vigil by his side (and videoing him) was his wife (: the shock and awe that he was so lucky to have such a beautiful wife with perfect teeth; my crazy dog; people I work with; life in general brings a smile to my face.

  94. Image for Karen Karen

    Two things: 1) surprise visits from my 28 year old son who moved from our hometown in Oklahoma to Baltimore in early June. He has shown up twice as a total surprise and I miss that kid like crazy. While he's here - one constant smile on my face. 2) as a school principal, my fourth and fifth graders hugging me everyday and telling me how much they love school! Does my heart good!

  95. Image for pam clark pam clark

    I smile when I get through my entire lesson plan with my 7th period 8th graders!! (They're a bit talkative, but a lot of fun)!

  96. Image for brenda brenda

    it makes me smile overhearing my hsb. helping our grand daughter who has an extra chromosome pronounce some multi-syllable words properly and their laughter when they get it right.!!!!!

  97. Image for Pam Ballard Pam Ballard

    So many things make me smile. Waking up each day with a cup of coffee I am blessed to have time to read my morning blogs which starts the day off great. I love my family, friends, customers. My granddaughter Londyn makes me happy beyond belief. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway and inspiring me each day!

  98. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    Every day I smile at my four dogs. We call the three male dogs "The Lads" and our girl (Gracie Lou Freebush) is the "Lone Lass". They brighten our every day. Of course my husband is just as silly as I am, so we laugh together everyday. I have to also admit that I am blessed to work with a crew of the best nurses ever! It would be a rare shift for me not to laugh out loud! I thank my lucky stars for all of these things. Every. Day.

  99. Image for Kelly B Kelly B

    I smile when one of my boys cracks themselves (and us) up with a remark or made-up joke that is completely nonsense! :)

  100. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Thinking about my 90 year old mom who passed away in March. I miss her so, but thinking about her brings a smile because she was so content with her life, loved people, and always had a smile and good word for everyone. She was thankful for each day that the Lord gave her and kept going. I can still see her all bundled up in her coat and farmer's hat, mowing on her Dixon mower last fall!

  101. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    What makes me smile is hearing my kids laughing in the other room when they are playing nicely together! (Love what you have done so far to the Gatehouse!!)

  102. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    My Fur Babies playing. They are Sugar Maine Coon boy kitty, Sapphire black short hair kitty, Sadie, short hair funny color kitty, Shaymus my orange grand boy kitty & Siara my black SHD grand girl kitty. Then there is Sunshine Maltese Mommy, her husband Shadow Poodle & our little newest boy from December rescue off the street is Speedy The Chihuahua and I think he has a touch of Jack Russell too.

  103. Image for Dot Dot

    This might sound soooo ordinary, but doing things for other people makes me smile! And, when someone smiles at me, for no particular reason (just like you mentioned in your post), this makes me smile some more! Happy Day to You! Dotti

  104. Image for Annette Annette

    Simple things make me the innocence of children, the kindness of strangers, and the silly antics of my kitties.

  105. Image for Susan T Susan T

    My bouncy random funny 10 year old, puppies, surprises, a beautiful day, friends, and just 10 year olds in general. :-)

  106. Image for lynda lynda

    what makes me smile? Roller coasters and fireworks and cute black and white fuzzy kittens and when my daughters say mommie you are the best mommie in the whole wide world! Now that is the best!

  107. Image for Christine Schenk Christine Schenk

    Waking up to another beautiful day that God has given me! And of course, when I see another blog post from YOU!

  108. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    Watching my dog play the hunter when we are on our walk in the neighborhood. She is on a leash and goes into stalk mode when she sees a squirrel in a yard we are passing. She knows which houses have dogs that usually bark when we pass and she pauses to make sure they see her. I smile and get such a kick out of her. Our animals are golden!

  109. Image for Patty O Patty O

    Well, since you mention 'the bang cutting''s my latest mishap! I hope you enjoy!

  110. Image for Jill Jill

    Spending time with my family, friends, and puppies makes me smile. I'm loving the hot pink pillow on the black and white chair. I've noticed that you use way more color in the outbuildings than you do in your main residence. Why is that?

  111. Image for Judy Clark Judy Clark

    My precious great granddaughter's face lighting up when she sees me and holds out her hands saying "JuJu". Now, that would make anybody smile! Thanks for the giveaway. Judy

  112. Image for Priscilla Priscilla

    Time with my family makes me smile...the laugh of a baby (It's one of my favorite sounds in the world). Puppies, enjoying simple pleasures, counting my blessings, and I'm not saying this to score brownie points, but your blog posts make me smile. They make me laugh sometimes too. I love your writing style and how you're able to take me on a little journey with you. Thank you for what you do!

  113. Image for samantha light samantha light

    I to, am always smiling, I enjoy making others happy and it is contagious. I have a lot to smile about, many many good things in my life! I once told a friend that there are two kinds of people,tiggers and eeors and I would much better be a tigger, they are a lot more fun to be around!

  114. Image for Tori Tori

    Being outside on a glorious day like this one; singing in church; fun times with my husband and daughters; actually, just thinking about those things! :D

  115. Image for Leisa Leisa

    These few crisp nights we've had in Carolina, sleeping with the windows favorite time of the year has arrived :)

  116. Image for Stacey@ Cottage Industry Stacey@ Cottage Industry

    Hi Karianne, your craft room turned out so is so very organized! I was wondering if you might tell me where you got the peg board jars from? I have a pegboard in my craft room and those would be handy. Sorry I have neglected visiting your blog in so long...I just have been very busy with my toddler at home and my shop. I'm not actually blogging at A Sort Of Fairytale anymore, but am doing a bit of blogging on my shop website, Cottage Industry (, if you ever want to stop by. I know you have been up to great things though over the past couple of years though, congratulations to you on the success of your ever growing, fabulous blog! Take Care, Stacey

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