Smiles are everywhere. They really are, you just have to look for them. I am dedicating this blog to finding those smiles out in the world and posting them on here. If you have smiles to share, email me at smilesareeverywhere@gmail.com and remember that if you want credited, include your name.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cord Smile

Here is just another smile in and around my workplace. It's a cable cord to hook up a tv. I took the picture from far off because this smile is right outside the big boss' office. I hope you can see it ok.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Smiley Hanging Out

Mary C. from New Hampshire spotted this smile hanging from the cables for the buses while on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland. I love how it's just hanging out being all happy! Thank you so much Mary!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hole Punch Smile

Here is a smile I found on a 2-hole punch. Just another smile hanging out in my office!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Filing cabinet smile

Here is just another smile hanging out in my office! This comes complete with the whole face.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hole smile

It's kind of a hole in the wall but it's smiling!

Three cheers for the blogger app! I can post now!

Friday, April 20, 2012


Unfortunately, Blogger has updated to a new version that isn't supported by my browser. I am unable to upgrade seeing as how this is a work computer and I don't have a personal one. They have to do the upgrades. Last time this happened, I didn't get to post anything for over a month before I was able to switch back. This time, however, there is no option for me to switch back to the old version. I can write on here, but I cannot post videos or pictures, which is the main features I take advantage of on this site. I will let this pass today, but if I cannot access this to the full extent soon, I will be moving my blogs to another site. Possibly WordPress. I have sent Blogger my feedback, telling them I want the old version back. We'll see if they listen.
In the meantime, you can check out http://1000awesomefriends.org/ Its a site that we are putting together in honor of http://1000awesomethings.com/

Thursday, April 19, 2012

For Neil

So, I want to take today to honor the man to inspired me to start this blog. Neil Pasricha, the man behind the Awesome Blog and the author of The Book of Awesome, The Book of (Even More) Awesome, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome and the 2012 Calendar of Awesome. I use my blog to help spread the happy and I like to, from time to time, put up articles of people that are doing just that-spreading the happy. Well... today, I don't have an article, even though Mr. Pasricha has been in many. I want to write my own little something for him instead of featuring an article.
For the past 4 years, Neil has diligently posted an awesome thing every week day. It ranges from your favorite pair of underwear to ducks to a stranger helping you parallel park to snow days to crying to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel to the perfect milk to cereal ratio to high fiving babies to school science projects to illegal naps to seeing an old couple holding hands and many, many more. Many times Neil has mad me laugh and many times he's made me cry. Every day he's made me think about the things that he posts and it makes me realize that there is a little bit of awesome everywhere. Sadly, his countdown reached 1000 today. When I got to his blog to see what #1 could be, I opened the page to over 200 comments already and the post Anything you want it to be. What a very fitting ending to such a wonderful blog.
Neil has helped many people in hard times. He's helped them open their eyes to the little joys life brings us all and the realization that they are not alone. Most of us grew up playing on dangerous playground equipment and find a bit of comfort in ugly actors, fat baseball players and yellow teeth. I learned that there is a such thing as ordering off the menu, ya know... when you order something that isn't actually listed on the menu at a restaurant...
He has given me my morning dose of happiness for 4 years and I'm sad to see it end. Its been so much fun going on his blog and sharing stories with the other commenters. We are all a part of the awesome community. Without Neil, I wouldn't have gotten to know these wonderful people and their stories. We wouldn't have gotten to joke around and share our undying love for Nutella. Neil's even tricked us a few times on April Fool's Day with things like when you're drowning and then a dolphin comes to your rescue and when you're being chased by zombies and suddenly find a hidden stash of guns and ammo. And then on April 1, 2011 between posts 276 and 275 he didn't really post anything... just said this, "Hi everyone, It’s been a great few years but we finally ran out of awesome things. Thanks so much for reading.Neil" With a link to April Fool's Day wiki page.
He's been fun to 'hang out' with and its been great getting a view into his own life. He's talked to us about that teacher, sisters, hanging out with your mom, your mom's love, dads, and his own hardships. He's shared his life with us. We shared ours with him. I feel like I really know him and most of the people that comment on there. We are kind of like a family. One very awesome family.
Many people have thanked Neil for what he's done, many people are grateful to have stumbled across his blog. I know I am. I can't remember how I found it, but I am sooo glad that I did. No words can express my joy and my gratitude and my admiration for Neil and his awesome movement. I feel like I am forever in debt to this man. He's helped me put the past behind me and appreciate today. I've let bad feelings melt away and I love myself more today than I did 4 years ago. Through this change that I've experienced in myself because of Neil, my marriage is stronger and my love for my children are greater than I could have ever imagined. I know some of you might think that is silly, but in order to love others to the fullest, you must first love yourself.
So Neil... I just wanted you to know that every time I am typing in my user name and password at the speed of light, or when the thing I was going to buy is already on sale, or whenever I have rain hair, or taking illegal naps, I will always think of you and the joy that you brought to my life. I hope you enjoy that you finally got to cross off the last item on your list. I am looking forward to seeing more works from you and I hope you keep finding awesome things... I know I will.
PS... thanks for sharing the bedhead baby one last time on #2!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Packing Box Smile

Wendy from BC, Canada found this happy box while helping build a house. Thanks Wendy and keep on spreading the happy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Toy Smile

This odd little smile is on one of my son's toy firetrucks. The mouth is full of teeth......... or something.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ball Smile

This is the bottom of a little toy called Zoobles. This one is for a boy, it pops out into a dragon when you push the button on the bottom that I'm using that the mouth.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Car Reflection Smile

While on one of my favorite blogs... http://www.failblog.org/ (in the wins) I saw this happy reflection and just had to have it. Check it out for yourself here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Metal Smile

My uncle Bill showed me this smile in my grandpa's wood shop. Its a brace on a work bench. Thanks Bill!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jewerly Smile

I found this smile a loooooong time ago. I believe it was on Black Friday while I was out shopping. I looked over while I was waiting in line and saw earrings and a necklace smiling up at me. Maybe it was wanting me to buy it... I didn't... I just snapped a picture and ran.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mail Basket Smile

Here's a cute little smile that I found on the side of one of those mail baskets, its the handle. It seems to be very excited about something.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mustard Smile

Wendy from BC, Canada found this smiley face when she opened a new jar of mustard. Thanks so much Wendy!! I always love food smiles.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Screws and Hole Smile

I titled this picture on my computer "kinda looks like a shark smile" because it kinda does look like a shark...or something. This is the bottom of the binding machine at work. Screws for eyes, the long tab for a nose and that hole for a mouth complete with teeth.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bolt Smile

Gordon D. from Michigan found this smile in a stair case. I don't know what it is, but it makes a smile! Thanks so much, Gordon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Peep Hole View Smile

Here is what it looks like outside the peephole of my office/room at work. See how the 2 doors are the eyes with the door knowbs as the actual eye part... and the rug is the smiling mouth? The peep hole makes everything round, so it makes the rug into a smile.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pretzle Smile

Ok, its more of a face saying, "AHHHHHH" than a smile, but I'll take it. Faces/smiles on food is one of my favorites. Chocolate covered pretzles....another one of my favorites!