Today is my birthday and it never fails that every time it rolls around there’s always a snow storm. And by snow storm, I don’t mean a little duster. I mean SNOW. Feets and feets of snow.

I’m serious, this is like the 5th year or more in a row. It’s to the point where I stopped planning shit cause I refuse to put money down and then I have to reschedule. It’s a complete and utter downer for me.

While I should be grateful because I have breath in my body to even celebrate my born day, I can’t help but be bitter. I look at most of my friends with their birthday’s that are complete with bare legs, mini’s and spaghetti straps. While mine is met with 5 layers of clothing, a skully cap, goose down coat and furry boots. The hate is strong and I’m not ashamed to admit that. lol

So to combat my utter disgust for mother nature this time of year, I’m gonna perk myself all the way up with 35 Things That Make Me Smile, regardless of the current temperature.

1. Family – No matter what at the end of the day I love these people and they love me, therefore nothing else matters.

2. Being alone
3. Fashion
4. Going to the movies
5. Sunrises & sunsets – There is something so calming about witnessing the dawn of a new day or the close of one. It let’s you know fresh starts are always possible.

6. Planes
7. Trash tv
8. Tanning
9. Flowers
10. Alcohol – Because liquor is so beautiful I can’t help but to smile when it’s nearby.

11. Palm trees
12. Puppies & kittens
13. Balloons
14. Rainbows
15. Books – I love reading about various topics and being transported to different times in the universe, whether it’s fiction or non.

16. Friends
17. Ice cream
18. Tea
19. Swings
20. Food – I’m always hungry. I just enjoy food and trying new things.

21. Getting money
22. Napping
23. Kids laughing
24. Kids sleeping
25. Blogging – Putting myself out there with tips I give, ideas I have and the stories I share.

26. Seeing people help one another
27. Road trips
28. Toes in the sand
29. Waterfalls
30. Cruising – I am a cruise nut I’ve been on 3 and each one was better than the last. I love the idea of getting on a ship and letting it take me wherever she pleases. And the unlimited buffet don’t hurt either.

31. South Beach
32. Idris Elba
33. Taking strolls
34. Surprises
35. New York City – I’ve called this city home for 15 years and no matter how much I think I know it or when I proclaim that I’m over it and ready to move back to New Jersey she always manages to show me something new to make me fall in love with her all over again.

*Edited to add – This is what I mean by the awesome shit that will only been seen in NYC

Making this list actually made me feel better than I thought it would. Reflecting on all of these things allowed me to enjoy memories and just laugh to myself, which is a perfect way to celebrate arriving at your mid-thirties…talking and laughing to yourself. =)

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.


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15 thoughts on “35 THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

  1. Hello fellow introvert! I am not a coffee drinker either!

    Posted on January 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm
  2. puppies do it for me – they’re ALWAYS so cute – no matter what they’re doing 🙂

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  3. Thank you for posting this…I feel happier already! 🙂


    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  4. Happy Belated Birthday. Mini me’s birthday is 1/23 and the weather definitely depressed me when I had to cancel her party but like you I found things to smile about. Hope your day was magic.

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm
  5. Happy belated Birthday! I especially like #1 Family and 5 Sunrises and sunsets. Your words so true.

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm
  6. That’s a great list. And Happy Belated Birthday. Yes, you definitely got a lot of snow. So happy that we missed this snow storm this time around, but I am sure us Michiganders will be getting a snow storm soon.

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm
  7. From reading your list I realize we have a TON in common! Happy belated birthday, lady. 🙂

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  8. Being alone- I enjoy that too 🙂

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  9. This is a great list. I haven’t been on a cruise, but the beach always makes me smile.

    Posted on January 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  10. Girl, I feel you on that winter weather. My husband’s birthday is in February and there is ALWAYS snow. I spend every year consoling him when people flake on our plans.

    You should just get away! Go someplace warm and awesome!

    Posted on January 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  11. Such a great list, with most being the ones that brings smile on my face too. Belated Birthday wishes to you. Family first for sure, then add those Fashion, Flowers, those delicious Ice Creams & of course people helping one another are my top priorities in your list.

    Posted on January 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm
  12. Aww. Yeah my birthday fell on a rainy day for many years I would be so much more upset if it was snow. Love your list of likes. Children sleeping and alcohol! I will take that too.

    Posted on January 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  13. I am lucky to have a June birthday. I left New York over 25 years ago and never looked back. I do love to see other people fall in love with my city. Next year, plan to be snowed in.. stock up on goodies and throw yourself a party with the family.

    Posted on January 28, 2016 at 11:56 am
  14. I have a March birthday and Mother Nature usually effs up my plans, too. She’s such a hater!

    Posted on February 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  15. You have lots of good reasons to smile. I also like some alone time. Need more of that.

    Posted on February 2, 2016 at 8:08 am