Videos That Make Me Smile

We’ve all been there. Days that seem to drag on FOREVER. Your kids just don’t hear anything you say. The person in front of you at the bakery took the last chocolate glazed doughnut with sprinkles. Sometimes it feels like the universe just isn’t on your side.

And that’s when I cue up these videos. They make me feel so happy that I actually smile when I watch them. Total truth. Just ask my daughters.

Sugar – Maroon 5
I LOVE the couples’ reactions when the curtain comes down!

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
My dancing skills are akin to Ballerina Taylor.

Brave – Sara Bareilles
Joy. Pure joy exudes from these people when they start dancing.

Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson
Lots of lip syncing fun.

Keep Fishin’ – Weezer

So tell me, what videos make your bad day do a complete 180?

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Grace in Small Things No. 48

1. Community is back! #sixseasonsandamovie

2. Splurging on dinner at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.

3. Making all-purpose orange cleaner. I added a cinnamon stick and some cloves to make it smell even better.

4. Fresh strawberries with homemade whipped cream.

5. I’m in the middle of planning a family trip and I’ve been stressing over something that I have no control over. But then I remember all of the people we’re going to see and all of the fun things we’re going to do. That helps me feel better.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Butterscotch + Toffee Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hello there loves! Are ya’ll sick of ice cream sandwiches yet? I hope not.

These are composed of very familiar flavors. Nothing out of the ordinary but ones that I’ve never put together before. Which is weird, because really, what goes better with chocolate than more chocolate?

Not much actually.

Except for maybe bacon.

And sprinkles.

Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Butterscotch + Toffee Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 30 cookies / 15 ice cream sandwiches


  • For cookies
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup toffee bits
  • For ice cream
  • 3 ¾ cups chocolate ice cream


  1. To a large bowl add granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX. Fold in butterscotch chips and toffee bits. Refrigerate dough 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator. Scoop 1 tablespoon portions of dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 1 ½-2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan for one minute. Remove cookies from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Scoop ¼ cup of ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie and lightly press together. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
  8. Place sandwiches on a tray in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
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A Blog Revelation

Holy smokes guys.

In a couple of months my blog turns four.


Even though I’ve been blogging for a bit, I never knew what to tell people when they asked what my blog was about. I didn’t have a niche. Nothing that really tied everything all together.

Until now.

The idea came to me one night just as I laid my head on my pillow. It’s not super profound but definitely a game changer for me. Something that I absolutely believe in.

So, what’s my blog about?

Finding the awesome in the everyday*.

And what is that exactly?

It’s laughing with your family at the dinner table.

It’s growing an herb garden on your balcony.

It’s watching Netflix while unapologetically eating ice cream-donut-nacho fries.

It’s dancing around your kitchen while making cookies with your kids.

It’s coupon clipping to save up for that amazing trip.

It’s texting silly things to your sisters.

It’s actually cooking something you added to your Pinterest food board.

It’s having a quiet moment all to yourself.

No matter how ordinary you think your life is, there is always something awesome to be found.

You just have to look.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Grace in Small Things No. 47

1. Doing a REFIT workout. Haven’t done one in a while. They’re so much fun.

2. Disneybounding as Woody from Toy Story.

3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Oh my glob you guys it’s so funny! And I totally read The Baby-Sitters Club books.


5. When I’m a creative slump, knowing that I’ll break through it. Maybe not right away, but I will.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here.

Photo by Marcus Hoapili