Smile & Laugh

Give It All You Got! {Fun Friday}

Woo it’s the weekend!! I am late with my post again this week. Sorry! It was my first week at work, and I was exhausted when I got home yesterday. I stayed late at work to sit it on a family meeting. One of the tougher, but very important, parts of my job will be participating in meetings with families to discuss changing the goals of care from cure or recovery to comfort. The social worker and team of physicians I shadowed yesterday did a wonderful job in the meeting. They explained everything in a way that was easy to understand, and they really took their time and encouraged the family to ask questions and express concerns. The whole week made me excited about working alongside such compassionate people and caring for veterans and their families.

Enough about work, on to this weeks’ fun Friday (technically Saturday) post!

During the summer between my junior and senior year of college I interned at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. I helped coordinate all kinds of wishes, which was an amazing experience. MAW is such a special organization to me, and I loved a wish story that I saw this week. Hailey Bretzius, 9, decided that her wish was to have author R.J. Palacio visit her school. Palacio wrote the novel WonderWonder is about a fifth grade boy who has a facial deformity. The novel’s message centers on choosing kindness. Hailey, who has a benign tumor that’s been growing between the muscles on the left side of her face, identified with the main character. Though Hailey originally considered going to New York to meet her favorite author, she decided to share her wish with her classmates by inviting Palacio to come to her school. If your interested in reading more about the wish or seeing pictures, follow this link to the article.

The video below is so sweet! When the son in this video was 8 years old, he promised his father he would get him a 57 Chevy on his 57th birthday. Many years later, the son followed through on his promise and surprised his father with the car.

Do you ever have trouble waking up in the morning? This Great Dane puppy has some serious issues with waking up early. The video is adorable and pitiful in the best way.

I tend to post a lot of dog videos, but I decided to wrap things up with a goat video. It’s a whopping 7 seconds long. Give it all you got!

Have a fun and relaxing weekend!!


Anything For Love {Fun Friday}

First of all, I apologize for posting late this week. Our wedding pictures finally came in the mail yesterday, so I spent the afternoon working on an online gallery for them instead of finishing my fun Friday post. The pictures are fantastic! We had a blast re-living our wedding day when we looked at them. I will be working on a few wedding recap posts to share on BNP soon. Anyway, on to some videos, pictures, and stories that made me laugh or smile this week!

First up this week is a video about what it’s like to be out of shape at the gym (aka my experience right now).

I’m also motivated by tacos, so I can relate. 🙂 Next up is a sweet video that I saw about what one woman’s friends did to show their support while she undergoes cancer treatment.


What an extraordinary group of women! If you are looking for more sources of inspiration, I also found a link to the 22 best TED talks for fitness, health, and happiness inspiration. I’m a fan of TED talks, and I’ve seen a handful of the ones on that list. If you only have time to watch one, I recommend 16. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. Brené Brown is a social work researcher and a wonderful speaker. Her message is one that everyone needs to hear over and over.

Finally, I’ll end with two videos that made me laugh. The first is an old Sprite commercial.

I always think about how weird it would be if mascots actually talked to you. I love the dog’s reaction. 🙂 That commercial somehow led me to these Japanese McDonald’s commercials, which are insanely creepy but also funny.

What in the world?? Commercials from other countries are always entertaining.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to smile and laugh!

I Wish I Was 4 Again {Fun Friday}

It’s fun Friday at Brown is the New Pink! Check out the pictures and links below if you need to smile or laugh.

To kick things off, I want to share an excerpt from John Legend’s graduation speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s commencement ceremony:

Professor Cornel West gives us a word for what this kind of love looks like in public. That word is justice. If you’re committed to loving in public, it requires you opening your eyes to injustice, to see the world through the eyes of another. This is not a passive activity. You have to read. You have to travel to other neighborhoods, other parts of the world. You may have to get your hands dirty. You have to allow people to love you, and you have to love them back

If you have time, the full speech is definitely worth reading.

Have you ever struggled with making an important decision in your love life? Perhaps you can relate to the kiddo in the video below. He is adorable. 🙂

Here’s another cool story from Humans of New York. It shows that just 15 seconds of courage can change your life.


“We’ve been married 31 years.”
“How’d you meet?”
“I saw her on a bus, put my watch in my pocket, sat down next to her, and asked her for the time.”

Finally, Jimmy Fallon– er, I mean Gary Frick’s advertisement for dog treats was cute and funny. What a sweet dog!

Have a great weekend!

An Alternative Ending {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday! As you may already know, Fridays at Brown is the New Pink are all about smiles and laughter. Below are few funny things I saw this week.

I’m definitely a dog person, and I can’t wait to have one of my own. Derek and I frequently come up with names for our future dog. Stark, Charles, Shadowfax, Winston, and Reginald are some of our more recent picks. (Apparently we like rich, old white-dude names for dogs. Weird.)  I can only hope that little Shadowfax will be half as funny and adorable as this border collie at the bowling alley.

I think all of the athletes out there will appreciate these pictures. A woman posted two pictures from a Spartan Race: one of her and one of her boyfriend. The comparison is hilarious. I’ve definitely been there with awkward racing pictures. I couldn’t find any of my terrible race photos to share; they somehow “got lost.” I will, however, share the awkward outtakes from our engagement pictures last year. Enjoy!

For those of you fancy people out there with the iPhone 5, have you ever used the slow motion camera feature? Derek has one, and we’ve messed around with it a few times. While we were at the beach this week, Derek decided it was a good time to put the camera and the strong wind to good use. Obviously, I was really psyched to flip my hair around; please excuse the cheesy, bordering on creepy, smiling. Also take note of Derek’s crazy-sounding slow mo voice.

My final entry this week is for all of the Game of Thrones fans. (Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the most recent episode on 5/11!) I present the alternative ending to Tyrion’s speech in the most recent episode:

Have a wonderful weekend!!


Don’t Be A Psycho {Fun Friday}

I can’t believe it’s finally here; I graduate tomorrow! I’m so excited to spend the weekend celebrating with my family and friends. I will write more about the end of this chapter of my life next week, but for now I want to continue with Smile & Laugh Fridays. If your interested, the two previous posts are Smile, It’s the Weekend and It’s Gonna Be May.

Let’s kick things off with a little grammar humor.

I like cooking


Have you seen Jimmy Fallon’s hashtag segments? They always make me laugh. In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to share the segment from this week. #MomQuotes

I saw this sweet post from Humans of New York:


“One day a crazy looking homeless guy came to the door, and we were about to close the door on him, but my mother saw him and shouted: ‘Hey Eugene!’ She knew his name! Then she ran around the kitchen putting all sorts of food into tupperware, and brought it out to him. After he left, we asked my mom why she gave him so much food. She told us: ‘You never know how Jesus is going to look when he shows up.’ She was always saying that– it was a spiritual thing. Then you know what happened? Two months later, that same man showed up on the door step, clean shaven, and wearing a suit. And he had an envelope with money for my mother. ‘Ms. Rosa always believed in me,’ he said. I’ll never forget it! Eugene was his name.”

Finally, I frequently watch The Colbert Report, and I loved one of his recent openers. Colbert satirizes “Watters’ World,” a segment on The O’Reilly Factor. As a young person who cares about politics and my government representation, I much prefer “Tad’s Turf.” 🙂

Have a great weekend!


It’s Gonna Be May {Fun Friday}

If you didn’t see my post from last Saturday, I am posting things that make me laugh or smile every Friday. It is my way of separating myself from my work and transitioning into the weekend. Right now it’s not much of a transition since I’m finished with school and don’t start work until May 19th, but I want to get into the habit of doing it. I also hope that it will make someone else smile, especially if it’s been a rough week.


I keep seeing this lovely picture of JT floating around on Facebook, and it cracked me up. If your wondering what the heck this is referring to, it’s from this NSYNC song.


I shared this with my friends on Facebook already, but I found a really neat story/cookbook when I was browsing reddit. Leanne Brown, a grad student at NYU, created a cookbook called Good and Cheap. It is “a collection of recipes for folks with limited income, particularly those on SNAP benefits (formerly the Food Stamp program).” It’s free, and it’s made for those trying to live on $4/day. Delicious food AND social justice?!? I’m in love.

For all of the Harry Potter/Star Wars/Lord of the Rings people out there, you may enjoy this video. The power of magic is pitted against the force. What’s not to love? The end is the best part, so make sure to watch it all the way through.

Finally, I can’t remember where I saw this, but it makes me laugh and sums up how I feel right now as a graduate starting my first job. I know it’s not entirely true, but it’s how I feel sometimes.



Smile, It’s the Weekend

As my previous posts indicate, I am a soon-to-be social worker. I love what I do, and I know that it is what I am meant to be doing. That being said, it is really difficult work sometimes. While I see some great moments for people, I am more often present for moments of struggle, loss, or death. It is fulfilling work, but it is also draining. By the time I get to Friday afternoon I usually need something lighthearted, touching, or funny to separate myself from work. From now on, I will be posting things on Friday afternoon that make me smile or laugh. I think it will help me transition into the weekend, and I hope that it will help anyone else who just needs to see a little bit of good in the world.

I didn’t think of this idea until late last night, so I’m going to cheat and post today instead. 🙂

Remember this moment from Miss Congeniality . . .

perfect date

So awkwardly awesome.

Yesterday, I saw this adorable video of a man finding out he’s going to be a grandfather. The look of pure joy on his face is priceless.

I LOVE Parks & Rec. It’s probably my favorite show on TV right now. All of the characters make me laugh for different reasons, and I appreciate that the show can be touching without being corny. This is a little old now, but it still makes me laugh:


Finally, I recently became a big Jimmy Fallon fan, and this video of jokes for a depressed panda cracked me up. I believe one of his writers is actually dancing around in that suit.

Now I’m off to Brewgaloo for a fun afternoon with friends. Have a great weekend!

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