Things That Make Me Smile

What makes you smile lately? Here is a little photo “dump” of things that make me happy.

1. My boys cuddling:


Spencer has a BUSY early season travel schedule, so Cooper and I savor the time he does have at home.

2. My Cooper. How can you not smile at this?


Cooper isn’t shy about getting his Zzzz’s!

3. Time with my mom:


I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to be back in Omaha, near my family. Especially, with a little one on the way!

Parents of the Bride
From Our Story on August 16, 2008

My mom and I like to get together for “girl time” on Fridays because we both have that day off. Last week, I made us homemade veggie pizza using Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough.

TJ's Pizza_Cooper

As you can see, Cooper approves! P.s. the pre-made pizza dough is only $1.19 so I have plenty in the freezer, ready to go!

4. The produce section.

24 weeks_eggplant

At 25 weeks, she is approximately the size of an egg plant! And, you know what? I can finally feel her. Those arms and legs are moving quite a bit. She’s obviously doing a CrossFit WOD in utero!

5. Cooper keeping Spencer’s side of the bed warm.


This is a bit ridiculous isn’t it? I mean, the pillow too, Coop?

6. Prenatal vitamins & probiotics.


I have my supplement routine down during pregnancy: GNC prenatal vitamin programΒ and probiotics. The prenatals provide iron, calcium, and DHA and the probiotics aid in optimal digestion which can be impacted when baking a baby!

7. Meal planning.


The week gets busy as I teach some late nights and early mornings, so having pre-made meals is a must! Above a chicken & veggies stir-fry topped with avocado.

On that same note, I am thankful for the opportunity to try Diet-To-Go meals, healthy eating made easy, because of my work as aΒ FitFluential ambassador.

Diet to go_catfish wasabi

I will have a review posted next week, but I am beyond please at this point!


What is something or someone that make YOU smile lately?!


  1. Aw, Cooper is too cute! I love when the pups fall asleep w/their toys curled in their paws.

    That is so exciting that you can feel her moving around! You look amazing!

    And I am sure as you get more tired with your pregnancy, all that planning/diet -to- go- meals are going to be great!

  2. My youngest seems to have gotten this whole “big girl potty” thing…. bitter sweet, my baby’s a big girl! But it does make me smile!

  3. So nice to have mom time! I bet your mom is SO excited for the little baby girl grandchild! Is this her first grandkid?

    You look so adorable, as always!

    Happy Thursday love!
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  4. Oh, I’m so jealous that you’ll have your mom nearby with the baby coming- what a blessing! We’re hoping to end up closer to our grandparents, too… sometimes I think it’s harder for them than for us. πŸ™‚
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    • I feel very blessed Laura after living away from them for 3 years in a very isolated community! So thankful now!! πŸ™‚ I bet that is SO VERY hard for your parents!!

  5. I absolutely love what you shared- thank you! So in return, my amazing stuff that is making me smile!

    1. Our little girl is a growing in so many beautiful ways!

    2. My husband is presenting his original poetry at a conference next weekend!

    3. Water! As in the “drink lots and still the body wants more” kind of water!

    4. We are loving the cloth wipes that my Mom made for us!

    5. We are thankful for the many positive opportunities that are forthcoming!
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  6. Dude, where have I been? You’re pregnant & not living in Washington anymore? Obviously, I’ve not been blogging forever! CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting for you guys.

    Making me smile lately:
    1) Enjoying running again. I was out of the groove for too long.
    2) When I kiss my five year old & he makes “smooch” sounds back to me. He’s not much of a snuggler, but he’s done it since he was an infant, & it melts me every time.
    3) That we’re going to the beach for a long weekend. Can’t wait!!!
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  7. Cooper is just positively precious πŸ™‚ I was super excited to go grab some fro-yo and catch up with a friend last night. Fun!
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  8. We have a Golden Retriever too – and he looks a lot like Cooper, except I cannot get over Cooper’s ADORABLE BIG HEAD!! Oh my god – his head is so gorgeous. Ha ha – dog love!

    • I bet your pup is a doll! Yes, Coop has a large, flat head! πŸ™‚ I think most males are larger and BOTH his parents were big goldens!

  9. My son and husband can make me smile every single day! I’m going back to school to further my nursing career (I’m a glutton for punishment at this point), and sometimes I just want to curl up in a corner and cry, but I’ll come home and they both will make me smile. It makes this journey all worth it!

    Cooper is such a cutie! I love how he is spooning his animal!
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    • You are So DEDICATED!! It WILL be worth it and that is AWESOME that you have the support of your men at home!! πŸ™‚

  10. Mike makes me smile everytime he cracks one of his corny jokes or every time that Claire gives me a “please don’t go look” when I leave for work. My family makes me very thankful- furry members included! πŸ™‚
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  11. My mom’s dogs hate me but whenever I do see them, they’re so much fun to watch.
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  12. My kids, husband and dog make me smile on a daily basis. I’ve been super happy the last few days. My son has finally taken to potty training and has been rockin’ it!!

    Love all the pics you posted.
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  13. Hi Jess, just found your blog recently and I love it. Cooper is too cute! I love how they ‘hug’ their toys when they sleep and are total pillow snatchers, mine does the same πŸ™‚
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    • Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know you’re a new reader! πŸ™‚ And, Cooper dominates our bed! Thankfully its a king! πŸ™‚

  14. Sweet Cooper! Our kids midterm report cards are making us smile. Hard work pays off!

  15. Cooper is so cute! My mom’s dogs are like that, they think they are little humans and will only sleep on their backs, heads on a pillow and a little blankie to cover them. She has a boy and girl Shih Tzu and they are ridiculous lol.
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  16. Cooper is so cute! My black lab Kate does that as well – they don’t realize that they are dogs!

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