Family Dinner

Last Friday was my sister’s birthday so we decided to go out to dinner as a family. I’ve noticed as we all get older, we spend less and less time together so when it’s someone’s birthday, we make it a point to do something together. My sister was in the mood for seafood, which led us to the Real Seafood Co. restaurant downtown.

DSC_0419It’s been years since I’ve been to Real Seafood and apparently iPad menus are the cool thing now! DSC_0427Our coconut shrimp appetizer was DELICIOUS! (Partially because we were all starving and it was a late dinner for us)DSC_0432Dad’s salmon and sweet potato dishDSC_0449With the Birthday Girl!!DSC_0463Lovely candid courtesy of dad :)DSC_0475I love going downtown this time of year! Christmas lights are my favorite!!DSC_0501Happy Birthday little sis!!


Magnificent Fall

Fall is without a doubt the most gorgeous and breathtaking season of them all. But turn away for too long and it’s gone before you know it! Last Sunday was one of those perfect autumn days where the sun was shining bright and the air was crisp, so I went to one of my favorite parks in the area to get some pictures of the changing leaves. This week some of those trees have already lost their leaves and have assumed their usual lifeless winter positions. But let’s not dwell on that rather depressing visual. Right now I’m excited to share some of the amazing fall colors with you all!









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DSC_0407Autumn is always so fleeting that I try my hardest to appreciate all of its beauty while I can!

Have a great weekend!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

When I think of something dreamy I think of my beach trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL back in April. Everything about those few days was perfect, especially the view of the Atlantic Ocean from our hotel room. I swear we spent half of that trip just sitting on the balcony and staring at the ocean! **sigh** What a great trip!


Birthday Weekend!

Well, another birthday has come and gone and I definitely enjoyed myself this weekend. I went out with friends the night before my bday and had an amazing time! But waking up the next morning was a little rough as I found myself thinking “I’m getting too old for this sh*t” and kinda just laughed a little. I spent the rest of the day relaxing with a little homework sprinkled in between (thank you, grad school). That night, I went to dinner with my family at a Thai restaurant in town followed by some yummy chocolate cake for dessert. I had a great birthday and I’m so thankful to all of my family and friends for making it so special! Cheers to another year!

Indian Summer


I love Indian summer because it’s officially fall but Mother Nature hasn’t quite caught on yet. The days are still long and sunny and the trees are barely starting to change color. I kinda just love everything about this time of year! I’m reaching a milestone birthday on Friday and I’m looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Also, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to cross an item off my bucket list this month, but more on that later :)


Sick Bed

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Can I just say that being sick sucks! I don’t get sick often but I’ve been fighting a fever and congestion for the last 4 days (although it feels like its been forever) and I’ve been pretty miserable. I don’t particularly enjoy sleeping next to a box of tissues at night and sneezing a million times a day but thank goodness for Netflix or I might have gone crazy by now. I just started watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and it’s hilarious!

Well, it just started storming outside so…sick+thunderstorm = LAZY H!

Hope your weekend is better than mine!


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!