So much has been going on in the last few weeks that I almost neglected to mention that this blog is officially 1 year old! Wow, has it really been a whole year?! I remember going back and forth with S about whether we should start a blog, what we would post about, and what we would even call it! In fact, finding a name and domain was surprisingly the hardest part! Simple Smiles has been a great creative outlet for me. A lot has been happening in my personal life in the last 2+ years and this blog has acted as somewhat of a constant. I may not have posted on here as often as I would have liked to and there may not be a singular theme or subject, but I’m okay with that. This is just a little corner of the internet that S and I can call our own and I love that. The WordPress community is pretty amazing, too! There are so many great blogs that I follow and admire from people all over the country and world! Looking back, I am so glad that we decided to start this blog and I’m excited for another year of adventures and new experiences!








Myrtle Beach

This past week I was in Myrtle Beach, SC with family for a little getaway before the Fall semester of school begins. Although it rained every afternoon while we were there, we managed to find some time in between showers to hit the beach, pools and other attractions. While Myrtle Beach is a great vacation spot for families with kids, it’s a little too touristy for my liking. Nevertheless, I enjoyed spending time with my crazy little cousins. There is literally NEVER a dull moment with them!

Here are some iPhone pics from the trip. I didn’t take my Nikon with me this time because as past beach trips have taught me, sand + electronics = no good.




Have a great weekend, everyone!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

For this week’s photo challenge, I decided to go with the SkyWheel on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. I’ve been here in South Carolina for the past few days with family just enjoying the ocean and taking it easy. We were exploring the boardwalk right around sunset yesterday and I had to get a picture of the SkyWheel! More pics from the trip to come soon :)

Until Next Time…

IMG_4868.JPGAlas, our week together has come to a close and S is back at home. We had a great time together and I can’t wait for our next little reunion. Although she is one of my younger cousins, we have been through so much together and have so much in common that age doesn’t ever really phase me. I will always cherish our special bond and hope that it only gets stronger as the years go on.

Here are a few of the MANY pictures we took last week:











Love you, S and thanks for visiting!! <3


Good Eats

Whenever H and I get together, there is usually a lot of cooking, baking and eating going on. A few days ago we made Eggo waffle french toast, which I introduced to H for the first time! You just defrost some waffles, mix eggs with cinnamon and vanilla extract, and dip the waffles in. Fry them up on a pan and they’re ready to eat! It’s one of my favorite breakfasts to make when I’m at home. I prefer using waffles to bread because it seems to absorb the flavor more.DSC_1364



DSC_1378Last night we went to dinner at What Crepe downtown and it was amazing!! We ordered 2 savory crepes and 1 sweet one. I’m still full from last night!



DSC_1432So if you need us, we’ll be in food comas till next week.


S is here!

So, S is up here visiting for the week and I’m really excited about it! Summer is almost over and I wanted her to visit before she has to start school again. So far we have taken some cool pictures, made some good food and watched every episode of The Mindy Project. Pretty exciting stuff :) I’ll post about some of our adventures in the next few days!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

20140728-220150-79310199.jpgGeez, I’ve been slacking big time on Weekly Photo Challenges lately. The weeks of summer are just flying by so quickly that by the time I begin thinking about the current theme, it’s already time for the next week’s photo challenge! But anyways, this week’s photo is of my lovely little sis from our sailing adventure a few weeks ago. That day was definitely a highlight of this summer!


Sailing Adventure

20140708-114126-42086113.jpgLast week I got to go sailing for the first time and it was an experience I won’t soon forget! I never really realized how much hard work went into sailing a boat, granted I just got to sit back and enjoy the ride. And yet for some reason, I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day so hats off to anybody who sails! It was a moderately windy day out on the water which made for great sailing conditions. Aside from the fact that my pants got completely soaked with water by the end of the ride, I had a great time! After docking, we got to dry off and eat lunch while recapping our little adventure. Overall, it was a great day and an awesome experience!












Long Exposure

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend! Yesterday I learned how to take long exposure shots with my Nikon (thanks to YouTube!), which of course meant I had to make everyone jump around with sparklers so I could capture it. Here are some of my favorite shots….


20140705-141135-51095829.jpg ^^Let’s pretend that “S” isn’t backwards :P





Summer Playlist


… because I strongly believe that no summer is complete without one! Whether you’re listening on-the-go in your car, at home, or on vacation, summer is so much better when it has its own soundtrack. And I have no shame in admitting that I sometimes still burn CDs to listen to in the car (I guess 90’s kids habits die hard :P). Some of my favorite songs are forever connected to great memories from summers past and I always get that nostalgic feeling when I listen to them.

Here are some of my recent favorites that I will definitely be listening to all summer long:

1. A Sky Full of Stars- Coldplay
2. Happy- Pharrell
3. Not a Bad Thing- Justin Timberlake
4. Hourglass (feat. LIZ) -Zedd
5. Coming of Age- Foster the People
6. Best Friend- Foster the People
7. Slave to the Rhythm (Remastered)- Michael Jackson
8. Spectrum (Feat. Matthew Koma)- Zedd

Happy Listening!