Monday, October 22, 2012

The Little Things

Sometimes the best things in life may be the simplest but the feeling of joy they create are unmatched. These are Life's Little Pleasures, which we often overlook. Instead of focusing our energy on achieving something bigger and better, let's take the time to appreciate the little things that make us smile everyday.

There's Nothing Quite Like....

*Sleep-in Sundays
*That first sumptuous sip of coffee in the morning
*The smell of freshly baked bread
*Ice Cream on a scorching hot day
*And hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows) in front of a fireplace on a cold one
*Sitting on a swing with the wind in your hair
*Finishing a good book
*Candy Floss
*The feeling you get after doing a good, charitable deed
*Finding that perfect shade of lipstick
*Giving someone a gift you knew they really wanted
*Feel-good movies
*Being appreciated
*Finding a parking space closest to the entrance...on your first try
*Receiving a bunch of flowers when you least expect it
*Vanilla scented candles
*A hug when you really need one
*Trying something new and discovering that you really like it
*Family weekends and home cooked meals
*Girl's nights out
*Ordering your cappuccino with cream, not foam...just this one time
*Spending time with your pets, or if you have a cat - serving him or her ;)
*The adorable and very funny things that kids, nieces, nephews or little cousins say
*The Pantene perfect way your hair looks after having a great salon cut and style
*Cracking the top off a creme brûlée (a la Amelie)
*Trying on a pair of jeans in the change room...and realizing you need a smaller size.
*Rainbows after rainstorms
*The feeling of relief when you've learnt you've passed an exam
*The anticipation of watching the first episode of the new season of your favourite tv series. On my list is Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Revenge and Once Upon a Time.
*Receiving a thoughtful letter in the post (and not an email) from a long lost friend
*The scent of an uplifting fragrance - mine would be Davidoff Cool Waters
*Staying up to watch a sunrise 
*The romance of a beautiful sunset over the ocean 
*Finding something you thought you had lost
*Hearing your favorite song on the radio while you're stuck in traffic
*Going to pay for something at the counter and discovering it's on sale
*Reading an inspiring blog post 
*Eating something sinfully delicious...without the calorie-ridden guilt
*Trying on a Cinderella worthy pair of heels...and it perfectly fits
*Receiving a great compliment and graciously accepting it

What are some of your life's little pleasures, I would love to hear it.


Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

That's such a gorgeous picture and a charming list. It's definitely sleeping in for me. Gelato and ice cream in freshly made waffle cones. When your hair behaves and looks fantastic without too much effort. Pajamas :) So many little things - a nice, warm sunny day! Wishing you a great week Sam xoxox

The Clothierin said...

I'm totally agree with you. great list!
signed! ;)

Greetings from Berlin

Elisabeth. said...

You have reason dear!
Great post and nice pics ! (:

xx from

Allison said...

Loved reading this! Especially love finding out things are on sale, and rediscovering lost things...oh, and sleeping in on sundays, too! :)
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Adeola Naomi said...

Well said dear and I love love this!
My race was awesome, I won!!!
I will share pictures as soon as I get them in hand!
Have a wonderful week dear!

Well... said...

Haha, I love this list - it sums up all the wonderful little things that are so fantastic in life! :)

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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Aaah, I loved reading this post!! My faves would be the sunsets, scented candles and coffee.

Have a brilliant week Sam!xo

The Chic Sheet said...

I love Sleep in Sundays!


MOSAMUSE said...

i love staying up to watch the sunrise :) and sleep in sundays r always great!!

sonia de macedo said...

Beautiful post to start my Monday, definitely taking a step back and looking more at what to be grateful for rather than complaining about another hum-drum Monday!


jamie-lee said...

Oh my gosh, yes yes yes. For me, things like receiving a compliment or a sweet note from someone at the end of a hard day, coming home to a delicious cooked meal by your loved one, and the simple pleasures of having a chocolate just becuase I feel like it.

trishie said...

LOVE your list of little things. You're absolutely right, it is the little things that matters.

Rahul Bhatia said...

There is nothing quite like reading such a lovely post on a Monday morning to charge you up for the rest of the week, Sam:)

Joyce said...

This post made me smile! I love all these little things in life. I especially can't wait for the hot chocolate in front of the fireplace on a cold (and even better if it's rainy) day :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ahh hugs, good deeds, and fresh baked goods are definitely on my list! A kind word (whether it is a compliment or thanks) is lovely too!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

erica marie said...

Love this post. I really want to write a few friends/relatives and just send them happy mail. It seems that the only kind of mail we get are bills...a fun letter and surprises would be a nice change.

xo erica

Borjana said...

Such a great post,honey!;)

Chris Ed said...

Hi Sam, lovely list of your little things in life! I also love Gossip girl, the first two episodes of season 6 made me happy:)I like the first 3 things on your list as well!
kisses chris

Kelinha said...

Nice blog. Would you like to follow each other? =)

Valentina Coco said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! Of course I follow you back!
If you want we can follow also with bloglovin, google+, twitter and facebook?
Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!
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Gill said...

*That first sumptuous sip of coffee in the morning - so true!!!

Simple things for me: Spending time with my dogs and my man, not matter what we end up doing! ;)

Hanna & Christel said...

lovely post!


Asmira said...

most of the things you listed are one of my little pleasures in life! :D
but I'd like to add:
seeing a piece of cloth you really like and realize the last piece is your size!
the moment the cute guy on the train sitting across of you smiles at you!

have a lovely day! :D

Lilli said...

Hi Sam! What a wonderful post! I so agree on everything you said!:) Little things make you happier..we often should keep it in mind:) yum I want a huge cappuccino with cream now:P Kisses my dear and have a happy monday!:*

Anthea Lau said...

thanks for the love hon, I'm already following!

Daniella said...

Hi Sam, Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

This is such a lovely and heartwarming post. It's so important to take notice, remember and embrace the little things that make you smile, as it can be easy to take those beautiful things for granted. I live in the country side and I love taking the doggies out every evening with my family and seeing the sun set, feeling the peace and the fresh air. I treasure those moments :)

Take care,

Daniella xox

Demi Mist said...

I feel like you read my thoughts. I agree on everything!
Thank you for the comment!

Patricia Ayuso said...

i agree with you!!! great post
kisses pretty

Fathima Ameen said...

So true.. We always overlook n take these little things for granted..

Punctuation Mark said...

I know this is ambiguous but mine are random serendipitous moments... Ha!

bridechic said...

Sam you don't realize how much I needed this inspiration! Thank you ...

mochaccinoland said...

yup, we shouldn't take for granted the little things in life. i love it when i get to spend the day with my love ones, eating my favourite food and sleeping in :)


CutestPrincess said...

reading this post makes me wanna do all in the list... sleep in Sundays is my fave.

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

Yes on so many of these, including the sleep-in Sundays, finishing a good book, sitting on a swing, the first episode of a new season, inspiring blog post, etc.

charlene chiong said...

hi! i hope we can follow each others blog :)) please let me know :))

Ivana said...

Oh, Sam, this is such a lovely and heartwarming post! I think I love every single thing on your list, and I need to incorporate them to my daily routine more often! Thanks for the inspiration!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Great post Sam. Some of my pleasures are:
* seeing my luggage coming off the carousel at the airport first ;-)
*listening to the rain whilst snuggled up in bed
*unconditional love
Have a lovely week Sweets xx

Anonymous said...

I also love vanilla scented candles (mmmmmm..) and when photos come out nice within the first try (although that never happens)


Sakuranko said...

I want sleeep for many and many hours i know is something weird but it´s my pleasure...


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Fashion and Tea Maniac said...

Aww such a cute and great post! Currently I love enjoying the fall colors, so pretty!
I love autumn^^

Victoria West said...

You're so right, many times we fail to see the little wonderful things in our life, thinking that only the big ones count. Wrong! Your today's post made me remember 2 books that I read last year, "The Book of Awesome" and "The Book of Even More Awesome" by blogger Neil Pasricha. There is also a third book from this series "The Book of Holiday Awesome", but I haven't had the chance to read it yet (I hope I'll get around it soon). This is exactly what Neil Pasricha says in his books -- enjoy the little beautiful things that happen to you every day. The books are based on his blog,, check it out, it's truly inspiring.

Anonymous said...

... eating a Nutella crepe!


Beauty Follower said...

Lovely post!

Pop Champagne said...

freshly baked bread= yummm. and sleeping in sunday morning is the best!

Sabrina said...

I adore this adorable list. :) Sometimes it's good to just kick back, not worry, and learn to just appreciate the little things in life. Thank you so much for posting this!

With love from San Francisco, California,

Francesca said...

Those are lovely things! Crisp falling leaves in Autumn :) and winning a game!

Emma Litton said...

All of those things are simply wonderful. I really love sleeping in on a chilly fall day and have a wonderful brunch. Mmm, just lovely.


Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

Oh my! What a perfect list! Love these "little" things... they're what make life fun and worth living.

Marsa said...

yay to the little things in life that make your heart melt <3

Rebecca said...

Totally beautiful post! I think everyone needs to stop and enjoy the small things! I love to see a shooting star!


Johlet said...

I completely agree with your list! Love it!

Margaret Cruzemark said...

Not that many : sleeping 24 hours straight, eating chocolate, eye contact with handsome guys and shoppin.
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Elisabeth said...

I loved this post, it's so true! I guess the best moments are when one can truly cherish the moment one is in and not long for the past or plan for the future but live in the moment.
Yeah I actually did take the panorama photos that I posted :) We live in an apartment building with 14 floors now (our apartment is on the second floor), so the view from the rooftop is truly breathtaking!

E from Helsinki

Je ne sais quoi said...

Its very touching Sam! I couldn't help but really have the feeling or better yet the smell of the fresh baked bread ! and well reading your blog almost everyday is my little secret inspiration / pleasure!

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

This is such a great list. Mine would also include warm pups sleeping on my lap, the smell of my husband when he gives me a hug, not having any plans on a Saturday....


Marina H said...

I love the list and couldn't agreed more.

<3 Marina