Getting an Artist to Read

I’m researching comic books/graphic novels for my niece’s birthday. I have until the end of July to make my choice (her birthday is the first week of August), but I want to find something artsy, easy to read, and super fun. She’s getting less self-conscious about reading in front of people (she’s better at it than she thinks), but it’s a slow process. She IS, however, an artist–her artwork is on display at her city hall–and that’s what made me think of comic books. Any ideas on which titles to get a soon-to-be 8 year old? I’m starting with Babymouse. It’s very princess-y. Anyone know of a superhero-style comic book that would be appropriate? Maybe something like Wonder Woman or Super Girl? If I can find something she likes, I’ll get her a subscription for Christmas. I’m not an expert on graphic novels, so I’ll take any advice I can get!





Smile Report: 2nd Edition!!

Hello, all! Here is your Official Smile Report: 2nd Edition! (Finally!)  For those first time readers, this is a little thing I post to make you think, laugh, and smile. This one is all about the warm weather FINALLY arriving! Read it fast and go outside! Enjoy!

Party Fact:

(Share this fun, random fact with people you know, or the stranger behind you in the line at Starbucks.)

Sunshine helps your body produce Vitamin D, which can prevent cancer, heart disease, and bone disease!

Happy People, Happy Places:

(The first person to post the person who said it and where they said it, will get to choose the next quote! Post the answer in the comment section or on our Facebook page!)

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”


Post-It Quotes:

(Happy quotes to add to your Post-It Notes on the mirror collection! Don’t have one? Get one! It’s a great way to inspire you first thing in the morning, or distract you from you massive bed-head and gritty eyes.)

“The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” ~Unknown

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri Nouwen

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is.” ~Unknown

Happy Thought:

(Getting you pumped up to start that challenge!)

Being with nature can invigorate you. Sunshine gives you vitamins you need to be healthy. Seeing beauty (or really anything outside the four walls of home) makes you smile. Sharing these joys with loved ones is a great way to break up the monotony of being stuck indoors–especially after one of the longest winters for generations…

Happy Honey-Do:

Grab your sunscreen and get outside! What should you do? Here are some suggestions:

  • hula hoop
  • ride your bike
  • take up archery
  • start your dream garden
  • take pictures
  • have a picnic
  • blow bubbles
  • chase bubbles
  • walk the dog (honestly, he’s getting chunky…)
  • go camping
  • run in circles
  • play tag (or TV tag)
  • meet someone famous
  • meet someone not famous
  • be geektastic

Remember to tell everyone about your fun-good times! If you post pictures or blogs, share your grins and giggles by linking the page in the comment section below! (I bet you already forgot about the Happy People, Happy Places contest…..)

Be someone’s sunshine on a cloudy day, someone’s warmth in the cold. You are special, you are important. Own it.


We Love

Smile Report: 1st Edition

Here is the 1st Official Edition of We Love’s Smile Report!  It’s a fun way to put positivity into the world. We’ve added an explanation for each section for those who’ve never seen this before. Enjoy!

Party Fact:  This is a random, usually little-known fact that you can use to impress your friends and family (or snooty know-it-alls) at parties…hence the “party” in the name.

The Guinness Book of Records was originally published by Guinness Breweries as a reference for settling bar arguments. (

People and Places:  This is a question, usually related to a book, movie, or song, which we ask you to answer.  There’s a twist: The first person to answer correctly and in-full gets to choose the next question!

Name the character and the movie: “A dream is a wish your heart makes.”

Post-It Quotes:  These are funny or inspirational quotes that make us grin.  Why “Post-It”? Write them on your favorite sticky notes and put them where you can see them!

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” –Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

“Smile and you’ll go far in life.” –A stranger at Chicken Express

“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” — Ron White

Happy News:  Every time you watch or read the news, you see evil-doings. Some days, it seems there’s only bad things happening. These are positive current events that are overlooked by most media.  Hopefully, this will remind you to seek out the good things.

Finally, one step closer to curing cancer!  Check out this link:

Happy Thought:  We’re hoping this section inspires you.  It inevitably has something to do with the next section.

Sometimes all it takes to save a life is acknowledging that life exists.

Happy Honey-Do:  This is the challenge. This is something we want you to do throughout the next week, and then tell us all about your progress!  We love reading others’ blogs and posts, so send us a link showing what you’ve done!

This week, we want you to acknowledge people.  Talk to someone while you wait for coffee. Hold the door for a stranger.  Take some time to share a joke with a stranger.  Better yet, try to get to know someone at work.  You might save a life, make a new friend, or at the very least, make another person smile.

Go forth and spread the love!  Comment here or on Facebook to tell us about your progress!