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Something Fun: A Book Giveaway

A few weeks ago I gave away a few copies of my new book, You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap). I was blown away by your comments because they were so awesome!

Since I have extra books sitting on my shelf, I thought it would be fun to giveaway three more signed and stamped copies of You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap). To participate in the giveaway, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post and tell me about three tiny pleasures that make you happy. For example, I love sitting on my front porch drinking coffee in the morning, taking an evening bike ride, and reading a new book.

I’ll announce the winners on Monday, October 8th.

Have a great day!

P. S. In addition to my real life book tour, I’ve been touring the virtual world too. It’s been a lot of fun writing articles and participating in interviews. Check out the tour by clicking here.

Update: Comments are closed. I’ll pick the winners on Sunday evening, through random.org, and announce them on Monday.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Lisa M October 3, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Walking in our pasture in the evenings with my hubby; eating all the chocolate chip cookie dough my stomach can hold; inhaling the fragrance of a newborn baby.

  • Yvonne Davila October 3, 2012, 3:11 pm

    My little pleasure is looking at the starts on my early morning walks. Awesome!

  • Kath Phelps October 3, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy…
    * Waking before the sun opens the sky for the morning, and watching it unfold
    * Feeling the soft warm breezes of Autumn
    * Lying under an open window, looking up into the star-filled night and realizing that it’s the perfect illuminated blanket for the depth of darkness of the night sky.

    Thank you for helping me remember some of these many gifts I’ve been given in my life.

    Many thanks,

  • Annie October 3, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Three of the tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    1. Walking in the field with my dogs.
    2. Waking up to silence in the mornings.
    3. Sitting at the kitchen table with my daughter as she tells me about her day.

    Congratulations on your book!
    Annie at Annienygma.com

  • Lynne October 3, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy – looking out my window with my hands wrapped around my first cup of green tea in the morning, seeing the happy dance my dogs do when I feed them, and telling my husband I love him. (wow, that last one was sappy. but true).

  • Shannon Herring October 3, 2012, 3:17 pm

    1. Of course, my daily coffee in any type of weather as long as I’m on my front porch swing.
    2. The sound of my wind chimes.
    3. The fact that we’re sacrificing much right now, to have MORE in the near future and lead our simpler lifestyle that we’re striving for!

  • sally cummings October 3, 2012, 3:18 pm

    I love breakfast with my husband, watching the birds at the feeders and fresh baked bread

  • Mary October 3, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    3 tiny pleasures. Makes me happy just thinking about them. I love looking at beautiful blue sky and feeling a light breeze blowing through my hair (very precious since I live in the pacific northwest). I love reading a good book, especially mystery novels. I love taking walks, alone or with someone else.

  • Leslie Lawson October 3, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Three simple pleasures in my life include going on a hike in nature, playing with my daughter, and dreaming about the tiny house in the country we will have one day. 🙂

  • Jinxi October 3, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Watching the sunset on Saturday nights with my husband.
    Peppermint tea.
    Planting new cacti in my garden.

  • Brenden October 3, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    Dinner on the deck on a not-too-hot and not-too-cool evening
    My wife curling up under my arm while we watch a movie
    Watching my dog run around the back yard

  • Sandra October 3, 2012, 3:19 pm

    This week I realized that there are several simple pleasures that make my life easier, more relaxing, and put a smile on my face. I love the way my dog wakes me up each morning, watching the sun rise and set from my porch, and seeing & enjoying the change of seasons. I think it’s important to stop and appreciate the simple things in our lives….we miss so much if we don’t!

  • Laurie October 3, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I just got your book delivered by the UPS man about 10 minutes ago. I can’t wait to get dinner cooked, my cow milked, chickens fed and sit down to read it! Just the title itself makes me smile! Thanks so much for all your effort! I love reading your blog!

  • Elizabeth Gentry October 3, 2012, 3:20 pm

    1. Drinking hot chocolate on a cool evening
    2. Sitting by the fireplace
    3. Watching it rain or thunderstorm

  • meg October 3, 2012, 3:20 pm

    three tiny pleasures for me are taking long walks with my husband, meeting a friend for lunch, and snuggling with our cocker spaniel after a long day at work

  • kaitlyn October 3, 2012, 3:21 pm

    3 tiny pleasures:

    1)the warmth of the morning sun in Portland on a fall morning
    2)the sound my yoga mat makes when i unroll it to practice
    3)lighting a fire in the fire place when it is raining outside and just listening

  • kindness first October 3, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Three small delights: Nuzzling my daughter, the snap of dry kindling as my partner prepares a fire, the fuschia stain on my hands from cutting beets to roast. My favorite time of year!

  • Fabian | The Friendly Anarchist October 3, 2012, 3:21 pm

    This is a nice task for a give-away, as I love to remember the tiny pleasures I enjoy in life. In that sense, I’d say that all participators win, even if not all of them can get a book! 🙂

    So here are three tiny pleasures of mine:

    1. Eating ice-cream, whether at a new spot or at one of my favorite parlors.
    2. Having a couple of Hugos with my girlfriend. OR with my mum. (Hugo has become a trend drink here, and it’s made of sparkling wine, elderflower syrup, peppermint leaves, lime, and sparkling water. Delicious!)
    3. Reading my favorite blogs in the morning with a good cup of coffee.

    Have a great day, Tammy!

  • Deidre October 3, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Three of my favorite simple pleasures are; canoeing down the creek, sitting on my deck looking up at the stars, and walking along the beach looking for shells.

  • Tomyann Guenther October 3, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Three tiny pleasures for me: Having the time to watch the squirrels collecting nuts.
    Knowing that I can move with only 6 tubs of belongings.
    Using my library card rather than owning every book or movie!

  • Graylee S October 3, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Here in Seattle, we don’t really get enough sunshine, so lately, while the weather is STILL Amazing, I have made it my simple pleasure to dine outside, morning, afternoon and evening.
    I also LOVE hot baths in a soaking tub. (A rare treat for me since we live in a small house with no tub) Hotel stays with soaking tubs are a must!
    My secret passion is watching NFL football on Sunday! From 10am into the evening! LOVE Football season (My husband likes the fact he can be a “BUM” and I am sitting right along with him (~_~) HA… Go Seahawks!

  • Alicia October 3, 2012, 3:22 pm

    my favorite tiny pleasures are when my usually ornery cat decides to cuddle with me on the couch, being able to laugh with a stranger when something strange happens out in public (SF), and listening to new music 🙂

  • hollykate October 3, 2012, 3:22 pm

    family time in the morning, doggy cuddles at night, uninhibited soul-cleansing belly laughs

  • Penney dickey October 3, 2012, 3:22 pm

    drinking hot tea on my porchswing : )

    hearing my Dad tell me every little detail about what Jazlyn (his great granddaughter, my granddaughter) did, said while he was babysitting her. He loves her so much and he is a quiet guy, but can go on and on about his great granddaughter!

    I love seeing the pictures of the different “tiny houses” on facebook, they are so cute and let me dream about having one of my own, in the woods, how cute it would be, how wonderful the simple life could be!

  • Diana McIntosh October 3, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I suppose it’s too late to enter. I’d like to get a copy in any case. Is it available as an eBook?

  • Lesley Bryce October 3, 2012, 3:24 pm

    1. Being able to do something nice for somebody else, without even having to think about it – or better still, without even knowing about it.
    2. Being able to give away something that I have been hanging onto for WAY TOO LONG.
    3. Cooking something for family or friends – it’s a very simple two way give.

  • Betsy October 3, 2012, 3:25 pm

    I love re-reading books, finding something used (at thrift stores or yard sales) that I’ve needed and have been looking for, and spending time with my husband and children. I also love cooking with fresh, whole ingredients!

  • Elizabeth October 3, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Three tiny pleasures? A homemade latte, a hot shower, and some great music on the radio for my drive in to work.

    Thank you for this giveaway! I’d love to win a copy of your book!

  • Kristen Sullivan October 3, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Three tiny pleasures:
    Building a fire in the morning and slipping back into bed while my coffee brews and I hear the fire crackling, taking a shower at home when I didn’t used to have one, and taking the dogs on a walk on the trails by my house and seeing no one else.

    I am so excited for your book!
    Kristen Sullivan

  • Rennie Fisher October 3, 2012, 3:26 pm

    ~ The Smell of the Air after the RAIN..
    ~ The Steamed Up Window Panes in the Fall while cooking and enjoying being inside.. with family.
    ~ Finding just the right tree.. in the perfect combination of Sunshine, Shade and Breeze.. and fresh air..
    while spending some time reading and enjoying nature sounds around me..

  • Phillip Harvey October 3, 2012, 3:26 pm

    i love watching the sun set on the sound, drives over the ocean parkway on Long Island, and the sound of my children’s laughter when we play. Thanks so much Tammy for sharing your journey, and for showing the way to a better, simpler, more beautiful life!

  • Melissa October 3, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Hi Tammy
    Walking my dog never ceases to make me happy (he is a cavalier king charles spaniel that trots like a tiny dressage horse!), a fresh hot coffee and eating my porridge and berries for breakfast while looking out the window (rain or shine!).

  • Suzi October 3, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Oh! I need to simplify!!!!
    Hanging clothes on the line…sleeping on clean sheets…hearing my rooster(s) crow in the morning (not so much at 3 a.m. though…)

  • Kay Sarginson October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I’d love to win a copy of your book.

  • Vicki October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I have almost finished reading the library copy of your book and I want to say that your book is AWESOME! I say this because I love the content, writing style and your journey reflects some of mine therefore it totally resonates with me. It is kind of ironic how much of your story reflects where I am at. I also like the resources, many of which I have put on hold at the library. I would like to own a copy to pass on to a few of my friends as I have been telling them for a week now how much I am loving this book 🙂
    My 3 tiny pleasures are: 1. weekends where I wake up and my life is so uncluttered that I turn to my husband and baby and say “what shall we do today”?…every single day of the weekend and Monday too!
    2. The hour between 5 and 6 a.m where I am alone to read, meditate and ponder how grateful I am for my life and the abundance in it.
    3.Every pay day where I pay a little bit more off debt knowing that it will be gone very, very, soon ( and forever)!!!

    Thank you!

    • Signa October 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

      Oh, Vicki, these are such cool pleasures! I can completely empathize with them, as they are very, very similar to the ones I have. Our days sound very much alike. It’s so nice to meet kindred spirits! Thanks for sharing!!! <3

  • Laura N. October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I enjoy sitting on my couch with good book in my lap, cuddly cats nearby, a steaming cup of tea, and lighted candles; I love the refreshing crisp fall air when I step outdoors; I love taking photos of little details that people don’t usually stop to notice.

  • Teri Knipe October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Three things are:
    People laughing
    Children laughing
    Kittens playing
    All these things make me smile and they are free!

    • Penney dickey October 3, 2012, 7:14 pm

      Oh, I miss kittens playing. We have 3 older cats. I really miss kittens at Christmastime, they way they climb the tree and sleep in the branches 🙂

  • Nicholas Chill October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I love:
    Watching birds
    The smell of flowers
    Clouds billowing in the sky

  • Peggy Mauro October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Hi Tammy, Your stories, photos and blog have been inspiring. I am having a wee Irish cottage built and have found a place to park it when it is done. I live on San Juan Island in WA state and it has been a beautiful journey prepping for tiny living. I currently live/camping in a square outbuilding (my office) with no plumbing. The “motherland” as I call the island, has brought me so much joy and the community up here is already self sustaining. There is so much sharing, bartering, growing organic food, and with many like minded spirits, I can hardly wait to show off my little dwelling. I think there might be a parade to the site, when the house wheels off the ferry, hopefully, but the end of October! I would love your book. I would share it with many…

  • Sarah P October 3, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I think I would like a signed copy even better than a regular copy!

    1.) Sitting in the sun on my patio with my puppy and breathing in the cool fall air.
    2.) Talking with my Nana over Skype.
    3.) Smelling a tea rose someone brought in to work for us to enjoy. It’s heavenly!

  • Rhainy Carter October 3, 2012, 3:30 pm

    1) Sitting on the retaining wall at the beach during sunset
    2) Cuddling with my furkids (2 Chi’s and a Black Persian) watching the sunset fade into starshine
    3) Sketching/designing my tiny retirement home,(based on a Gypsy Vardo) coffee in hand in the early morning mist of the beach

    Can you tell I love my furkids, simply natural things and live by the beach! ;0)

  • Nicole October 3, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Three Simple Pleasures

    Curling up with my cat and a new book
    Writing poetry
    Enjoying a cup of tea while watching the sun rise

  • Todd October 3, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Hi Tammy,
    Once I started thinking of what to write,
    it took a little while to whittle it down,
    but I think these are my top 3.

    1) Making home movies of my Family
    2) Tucking in my 2 little boys at night
    3) Watching a Sunrise on a cool morning with a Great Cup of Coffee

  • Rebecca October 3, 2012, 3:30 pm

    My greatest small pleasure is my twenty minute commute to work. Between my full time job and my infant son, the commute is one of the few times I can enjoy some alone time. I also always have a really delicious cup of coffee!

  • Kay Sarginson October 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Oops, I hit “return” too quickly. I love to spend time with my family (not so tiny, actually). How about sitting in a porch swing at sunset, reading a book with my little dog on my lap. Yep,that’ll do it. Pure bliss.

  • Kate October 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Three tiny pleasures of mine are coffee (anytime, anyplace), the sound my cat makes when he’s reaalllllly happy (kind of a high pitch squeal purr), and snuggling down with my hunny and reading books together!

  • Chessa October 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Cool giveaway!

    My tiny pleasures:
    1) the smell of my coffee brewing
    2) the sound of my sons giggling
    3) funky, warm socks

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  • Cristyn October 3, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Three tiny pleasures…. 1. Reading is a big one for me…love to read!! 2. Watching my daughter (3) learning ballet. 3. Hearing my son’s (6) excited howl as he flys by the house on his bike.

  • Clark October 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

    3 tiny pleasures that make me happy are
    1. Looking out big windows at greenery & the sky in all weather
    2. When my cat curls up to sleep against my belly
    3. Easy access to a vegan cafeteria

  • Neens October 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

    I’ve already read the book (and it made me happy!), but I just had to comment and say how much I love the stamp! What a brilliant idea! :oD

  • Tonie Sheeley October 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

    1. Lying on the floor in the dark REALLY listening to music

    2. Teaching friends and family How to purge

    3. Reciting Poetry.

  • Roxanne October 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

    My 3 tiny pleasures are the yard early morning when the sun is comming up and the birds begin to chirp.. A clean bed after a hot shower and eating something I’ve craved for a few days

  • Lori Paup October 3, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I love sitting in the sun, taking a walk with my kids, and playing with the horses.

  • Kat October 3, 2012, 3:34 pm

    The tiny pleasures in my life are:
    1) Homeschooling my child so my husband and I can spend lots of time with our son and each other.
    2.) Bike rides with our son around the neighborhood in the evening as a family.
    3.)Time spent with other like-minded mothers interested in getting back to nature and to a simpler way of living.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a free copy of your book. I love your posts and photos (I am such a visual person…lol)

  • kerry collinson October 3, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Three simple pleasures :

    fresh not sweet tea.
    Holding my husbands hand.
    My dog falling asleep on my chest and not growing at me 😉

    These are beautiful things and i love them all….if i had to choose one of course it would be the dog. NO!!! the hubby…..NO! agh!!!…tea!!!!….ok…i cant choose 😉

    x kerry

  • Estey October 3, 2012, 3:35 pm

    1. Feeling my baby move (I’m due in April!)
    2. Silent prayer
    3. laying in child’s pose in yoga (so simple, humbling, and relaxing – plus a nice stretch!)

  • Thomas Polen October 3, 2012, 3:35 pm

    We have started simplifying our lives by using less expensive items for everyday use around the house. Since finding out about pintrest and seeing all the easy ways to make simple household items from everyday products we have enjoyed the reduction in our spending.

  • Karen Fisher October 3, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I love walking and talking with a friend early in the morning, eating fresh peas straight from the pod, and listening to a young child read.

  • Leah October 3, 2012, 3:36 pm

    What fun! 🙂 I’ve been checking out your blog for a while, and I just want to thank you for the inspiration. We are a family of 4 in an 850sf home and living small can be fun! Your even smaller footprint gives me hope that we can always make it work 🙂

  • Aileen October 3, 2012, 3:37 pm

    I love the smell of clothes straight off the clothesline, eating dinner as a family & bonfires in the backyard.

  • Barbara October 3, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Being with my horse, having afternoon cheese and crackers with my dog and cat (yes I know I shouldn’t give them cheese, but it’s such a pleasure spending this time with them and having a snack), and finally watching my hens eat leftover rice. They make such happy peepy noises that you just want to make them more rice.

  • Audrey October 3, 2012, 3:38 pm

    The best three happiness providing tiny pleasures I know are: A square of chocolate in the afternoon at work. Being welcomed by my dogs when I get home. Taking some time to look at the stars in the evening.

    It has been so fun seeing your book take off!

  • Suzanne October 3, 2012, 3:40 pm

    I love walking my dogs, chasing our new kitten, and shopping at my friend’s charity yard sale.

  • Suzy Tims October 3, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I love seeing a mountain out my front door, clean crisp air and the people in my town.

  • Louise Maine October 3, 2012, 3:41 pm

    3 tiny pleasures that make me happy?:
    1. Hugs from my kids. Free, easy to get, and provide immeasurable happiness. (even if they are both now out of high school)
    2. Sipping espresso each morning from my Aeropress. Focusing on a small thing and not worrying about the biggest or the best.
    3. Walking anywhere in the Fall, my favorite season. Nature is wonderful how it regroups and it makes me happy to view the changes and shuffle through the leaves and taking in all the smells.

  • kristin haskins October 3, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Watching my children smile, watching the sun set, singing hymns on Sunday morning!

  • Cathy Adrian October 3, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Would be thrilled to win one of these. Unemployed and stressed and this may help.

  • Kim Masden October 3, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Three tiny pleasures in my life are coffee in the morning (since Im addicted), my loving fur babies, and getting creative, making things with my hands.

  • Ashley October 3, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Snuggling each night with my dog who sleeps completely submerged under the covers.
    When my god son tells me he loves me “To the moon…and back!”
    Enjoying a beer after a session of hot yoga.

  • Jill Salahub October 3, 2012, 3:44 pm

    A cold glass of clean water.
    When my dogs sigh.
    Love notes from my husband.

    P.S. I already have a copy of your book, and am loving it, feeling so inspired (again) to clear out the clutter, live my priorities more directly, and “smartsize” my life.

  • Susanne October 3, 2012, 3:44 pm

    1. Sitting in the warm rays of the sun
    2. Savoring a cup of hot chocolate
    3. Eating veggies I have nourished from seed

  • Heather October 3, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Three tiny pleasures… that is a tough one, I have a long list.
    So, top three then.
    1.Being able to work from home while helping others in our home based massage studio.
    2.Time in my garden, whether weeding or simply soaking it all in with a glass of wine.
    3.Being able to have the windows open with a fresh breeze coming in.

  • Jenn Kliese October 3, 2012, 3:44 pm

    I love to cycle a shortcut through the forested city park on my way to work. The quiet shade of tall trees looms. I zoom down a steep hill which at then end opens up to a blaze of sunlight on a busy street.

    I love to watch my cat explore the apple orchard in our yard. When I call her name she comes bounding over, her license jingling and spiderwebs stuck to her nose.

    I love doing maintenance on the exterior of my tiny house. It is the perfect way to keep me outside to experience the whole day from sunrise to sunset and away from my computer.

  • Anonymous October 3, 2012, 3:44 pm

    I live making my own yogurt, canning applesause & applebutter and walking in the fall cool crisp air!

  • Marla October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    1. spending time with my family/friends
    2. chainsawing wood
    3. riding my motorbike

  • Carleton Newell October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    My three simple pleasures-sweet tea and my hammock on a summer’s day, cuddling with the wife in front of a good movie, and a beautiful hike with nice views in the fall! It really is the simple things that make life worthwhile!

  • Jan October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    My three tiny pleasures that make me happy….
    1. Watching my little yorkie play gleefully with her little tiny bouncing balls.
    2. Being greeted by my two little dogs whenever I come home with smiles and unconditional love no matter how long I have been gone.
    3. The wind blowing through my hair when I ride my bicycle.

  • Ellie October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    1) the turning of the seasons….the second you know.
    2) when you go camping and put your hands in the hot soapy dishwater.
    3) when I declare I’m “D.O.N.E.” with whatever project I’m working on.

    I don’t get to say done often enough….that’s what fascinates me about a tiny house=a simpler life= done more often. 🙂

  • LORI ROSE October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    MY FAVORITE MUG filled with tea! ,MY DOG DODGER snoring by my side,A GREAT BOOK( to wake up to,take with you for a walk in the park or to go to bed with!)

  • Mary Scattergood October 3, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I saw your link on Facebook, Tiny houses. I dream of a Tiny house. Your book looks interesting and I would love to read it,
    Tiny Pleasure #1 My dog Little Buddy! He make me smile each and every day.
    Tiny Pleasure #2 Looking at the Tiny House link on Facebook’s posts.
    Tiny Pleasure #3 Dreaming of the Tiny House I will build with my own hands some day.

    I wish you the best in what ever you do. Thank you, Mary

  • HEATHER October 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    1) Hearing the call of a Chicadee
    2) Taking a nap on a rainy or stormy day
    3) Sipping hot chocolate , with a fleece blanket on my legs and listening to podcasts on a winters day.

  • stephanie October 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Sunny walks with my dog by the Sandy River, tickling my 9 year old boy, and kitty rolling on the front porch in the warm sun!

  • Janine October 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    1. the little hint of a bleach smell when I clime into bed on a summer’s night.

    2. The look in my dog’s eye when he catches the ball.

    3.sunrise or set it’s always my favorite part of the day.
    new beginning or putting the day to rest.

  • Michelle October 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    1.) smelling breakfast cooking that my husband has booked outside while camping
    2.) watching the cats chase after a falling leave on a cool fall day
    3.) watching hummingbirds feed at a bird feeder

  • shellie October 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    1. finding the beloved back scratcher under the couch
    2. fresh sheets on the bed
    3. watching my favorite show after waiting all season for it to start

  • Anna October 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    My three things:

    My cat head-butting me in the morning to wake me up.
    Finishing a pair of knitted wool socks.

  • Mistie Lanterman October 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I love going out to my tiny back yard and picking up the apples from my tiny little apple tree and making tiny apple pies, which you can see (all of them) if you go to my facebook page. Love your houses. My husband and I are considering one since we want to retire and travel and they are almost perfect. I would add a place for our three parrots (two of which are tiny). Good luck with your endevours and may God bless and keep you.

  • Angie Lovell October 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    The sound of my girls (aged 2 and 3) laughing and enjoying being sisters and best friends, the snuggle of my pups sitting next to me, and the way my honey kisses me when he comes home at the end of his day.

  • Joseph Hollon October 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I enjoy the few brief moments right before twilight emerges from its cocoon as a new dawn.
    I enjoy the concerned look I get from my puggle Owen after I let out a deep sigh.
    I enjoy the passion my wife puts into making our meals. (And of course the meals)

  • Ellie October 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Ohhhh, and

    1) winning your book
    2) reading your book
    3) putting your book into practice

  • Sandy October 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

    My three tiny pleasures are watching the birds, walking on the beach, and talking to friends.

    Congrats on your book!

  • Macy Miller October 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Ahhhh, one of my favorite questions!
    #1 – Q-tips after a long hot shower
    #2 – A cat sleeping on my legs on top of a down comforter
    #3 – Bike rides to the grocery store

    I can’t wait to read your book!
    Macy 🙂

  • Mary Lou Leavitt October 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I love taking the paper or a book out to my screen house early in the morning, so I can enjoy the quiet before a hectic day teaching teenagers Spanish. Love listening to the birds with the windows open in the summer. And I love watching my kitten in front of the fire in the living room.. they didn’t have that at the animal shelter!

  • Dorothy October 3, 2012, 3:48 pm

    1 – coming home to my husband/BFF after a day of work.
    2 – chiminea fire in our side yard.
    3 – dark chocolate!

  • Tracy Caraker October 3, 2012, 3:49 pm

    1. watching the different birds at my feeder
    2. looking at the Rocky Mountains from my deck
    3. the exhausted, elated feeling I get when reaching a summit

  • Michele October 3, 2012, 3:50 pm

    My three things are:
    Sitting in the sun; on my back steps; drinking a cold beer!

  • Vickie Walker October 3, 2012, 3:51 pm

    My three tiny pleasures is
    1- Waking up and still be alive!
    2- Enjoying what life has to offer.
    3- Thinking of what a wonderful day I had that day!

  • Lisa October 3, 2012, 3:51 pm

    tiny pleasures are the spice of life!
    -meditating early when all is still.
    -laying, talking, and laughing with my son before going to bed.
    -reading your blog- uplifting, interesting, makes me smile. (I’m not trying to score extra points here :))

  • Amy October 3, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Hello- my three tiny pleasures

    1. Watching my daughter take horse back riding lessons. She is small and the horse is big. Beautiful to watch animal and child work together.

    2. Feeling the sun on my back on crisp fall days.

    3. Fresh apple cider!


  • Laurie Buchanan October 3, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Three small pleasures that make me happy are wiggling my toes against freshly washed sheets, the smell of fresh baked bread right out of the oven, and curling up in a comfortable over-stuffed chair and reading a good book during a thunderstorm.

  • Sandra Vungi October 3, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Dear Tammy,

    I love cooking food for my love, crispy autumn air and singing loudly when I´m home alone:)


  • Christine October 3, 2012, 3:53 pm

    In no particular order: watching the rain from my front porch with a cup of tea, feeling the pages of an old book, and listening to wind chimes. 🙂

  • Dee Carver October 3, 2012, 3:53 pm

    A good cup of coffee and some laughs at the kitchen table with my best friend of 34 years …priceless.

  • Noni October 3, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Hugs from my kids, a kind word from my husband and a perfectly brewed pot of tea. There is nothing that cannot be fixed by the power of those three things 🙂

  • Gayatri Kelford October 3, 2012, 3:53 pm

    My three tiny pleasures are:
    conversations in the peace garden we built at work
    Listening to my best friend play guitar
    A cup of tea on the windowsill looking up at the moon
    Thanks for this giveaway, you are heaps cool!

  • LaDonna October 3, 2012, 3:54 pm

    I love windows wide open during spring – fall days/evenings…a great book to read with a cup of tea or healthy coffee in my hands…visiting with my family!

  • Andee October 3, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Good friends, good food, Portland sunrises.

  • Carla October 3, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Three small pleasures: snuggling with my little boy, the way the milk dips and swirls when I add it to my hot tea, and the sound of a good rain on a tin roof.

  • Pat Maddox October 3, 2012, 3:55 pm

    It really doesnt take much to make me happy. A hot cup of tea in my favorite cup, starting one of those books that i cant put down, seeing geraniums in someones window or porch. Life is full of these tiny pleasures.

  • Mariah October 3, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Walking to the nearby Botanic Gardens in my town (I call it my backyard, as I live in an apt.) with my lunch and my Kindle.
    Taking ten minutes out of my workday to go outside to the pocket park by my office building to walk and soak up some sun.
    Reading in the bathtub after a long day.

  • Janet October 3, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Hi Tammy! I have been reading your blog for so long and following your life so much that I feel like I actually know you! You have been an inspiration to me. My partner and I are in the planning stages of building our tiny house. So of course right now my favorite tiny pleasures are: Not necessarily in order…depends on the day… : )
    1. My partner and I surfing the internet for all the tiny house owners and reading their stories and looking at their layouts.-we never get tired of it!
    2. Reading every book we can get our hands on regarding a minimalist life and purging unneeded clutter.
    3. Spending time with our family and friends as much as possible, especially around a fire with marshmallows on a stick!

    Keep writing Tammy!

  • Sindbad October 3, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Three simple, but incredibly lovely pleasures:

    Rocking in my antique rocking chair on my front porch.
    Reading local news from my hometown, 700 miles away.
    Turning on the radio in the morning.

    Three simple, but incredibly pleasureful activities. Thanks Tammy! I love your story and your tiny home.

  • Tonjua Walker October 3, 2012, 3:57 pm

    I love the feeling that my whole house is useable space with nothing wasted. A beautiful window to bring in the light of the day and cozy reading nook:) That’s all I need…….oh, and a garden!!!

  • Laura October 3, 2012, 3:57 pm

    1. A quick trip to 7-11 to pick up a Big Gulp on triple-digit summer days. Or double-digit winter days.
    2. Listening to Christmas music and anticipating the holidays.
    3. Getting home decor ideas from IKEA.

  • Mark Owen-Ward October 3, 2012, 3:57 pm

    My 3 tiny pleasures are

    – listening to rain falling on the plastic roof of my porch
    – cuddling my kids in my chair on a Saturday evening
    – the sound of my 25 year old espresso pot finishing brewing my coffee (sounds like a steam train)

  • Erica October 3, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Sipping coffee (with cream) or tea (with milk) in the morning, feeling the cool morning air each day, seeing the moon wax and wane each night. I feel comforted and protected by the moon, for some reason.

  • Barb Dawson October 3, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Quiet time with GOD
    Cuddling & reading to my grandsons
    hand embroidery, quilting, scrap booking & reading!

  • Anna Podris October 3, 2012, 3:59 pm

    1.Walking with my dog, husband and daughter around the neighborhood.
    2. Stargazing.
    3. Casual sketchbook drawings of my surroundings and from my imagination.

  • Caitlin Al-Ansari October 3, 2012, 3:59 pm

    1. Sitting at my favorite park and knitting on a cool fall day. 2. Smelling my favorite cookies baking in the oven. 3. Drinking coffee with my best friend.

  • Dorothy Mayer October 3, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Watching birds & most any wildlife, petting a cat, knowing I can clean up every day before going to bed. Seeing someone respond to a smile.

  • Denise October 3, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Cup of tea while sitting in the nook of my writing tree with my journal. 🙂

    Also, hanging laundry out to dry, crockpot cooking, and watching home movies my boys make.

  • Julie October 3, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I love riding my adult tricycle in the rain – here in TX it’s a rare occasion, so you can imagine how fun it is!
    Reading and gardening… BLISS!

  • Jfritz October 3, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Loving on my mini dachshund, drinking green tea lemonades, and canoeing on perfectly still days.

  • Gina October 3, 2012, 4:01 pm

    1. The feeling after you give away belongings
    2. Any time a child hands me their artwork
    3. a warm cup of tea in the morning at work

    I would love to win a copy of your book!!!


  • manda October 3, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Sitting on my back porch drinking a cup of tea in the early mornings, going for bike rides with my son, and knitting.

  • Nancy October 3, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I am happiest when I have dirt underneath my fingernails.
    Worms make me smile as does eating things that I’ve grown in my garden.

    Tammy your house and lifestyle are truly inspiring. I am dreaming of a tiny house and drooling over plans.

  • Georgia Clark October 3, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Sipping the dew from my fragrant roses, subtle but divine flavour.
    Smelling the sunshine in my washing when I take it off the line.
    Sitting so still and quiet that birds come and do their work right up close.
    Thankyou for asking this question.

  • Julia Kemp October 3, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Autumn leave blowing in the wind, endless Sunday morning coffees, extended hugs!

  • Carol Barta October 3, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Tiny pleasures:
    1. Having a chicken roost on my leg as I st outside reading (If I was inside, it would be the cat)
    2. the colors of the fruits and vegi’s in rows of jars that are waiting for winter feasts
    3. cooking for friends and then spending hours at the table savoring each other as much as the meal

  • Becky October 3, 2012, 4:05 pm

    A purring kitty nestled on my lap, a cup of coffee with a good book, and watching the birds, bees, and butterflies in my front flower garden.

  • Mary October 3, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Thongs, wine, picnic, setting sun and friends to share the moment.

  • mariah October 3, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Kissing my kids cheeks when they are sleeping (and most chubby), getting rid of one more thing and watching the kitten trying to sneek up on the big cats. 🙂

  • Kim October 3, 2012, 4:07 pm

    My three little pleasures:

    Finding an interesting color of plastic to incorporate into a sculpture.
    Watching Jeopardy with my father and having us both know the final answer.
    Curling up with my favorite blankets

  • l brenner October 3, 2012, 4:08 pm

    1.making a person with a disability smile
    2.smelling a flower
    3.ridig my bike with no shoes and a dress on a sunny day

  • Jennie Walker Knoot October 3, 2012, 4:08 pm

    3 Tiny Pleasures that Cause Gigantic Happiness:
    1. Catching my first glimpse of my little house every afternoon as I walk home from work
    2. Curling up to watch an episode of X-Files with my husband on stormy/cold evenings
    3. Singing a beautiful hymn at church – or just singing a song I love at home

  • Elissa October 3, 2012, 4:08 pm

    -Sitting with a cat on my lap (purring optional)
    -Cutting the first slice off a loaf of homemade bread
    -Sitting in shafts of sunlight between trees

  • LuAnn October 3, 2012, 4:08 pm

    Three mini-pleasures— 1) the feeling of Fall in the air; 2) sending off my final car payment; 3) discovering Almond milk.

  • Bill Winterburn October 3, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Eating lemon cucumbers in the the garden in my underwear..
    Sitting under the oak trees in the evening with friends while drinking a beer and wearing hard hats. Whoever gets hit in the head by the most acorns wins… We laugh a lot

  • Siobhan October 3, 2012, 4:09 pm

    1) Having one of my foster cats snuggle against me, purring (they started out feral).
    2) Walking/biking over crunchy dead leaves.
    3) Drinking tea of almost any sort.

    Thanks for making me think of those! 😀

  • Patricia Tyrrell October 3, 2012, 4:09 pm

    My 3 little pleasures are: My wee kitties all snuggled around me when I wake up, watching the variety of birds enjoying lunch at my feeders, and playing my bagpipes in the quiet of the local cemetery….I like to think I’m honouring those who’ve passed, and no one complains if I make a mistake! 😉

  • Signa October 3, 2012, 4:09 pm

    I love the title of your book — I’ve been saying something similar for a couple of years, so I’m now dying to read your book. So…..3 of my simple pleasures:

    1. Owning my tiny home with no mortgage. It is 780 sq. feet of pure, unadulterated, comfy pleasure.
    2. Knowing my husband embraces the simple life as much as I do. We are such kindred spirits, it is comforting to know that we have such common goals and values.
    3. Inspiring others to live simply. My mother-in-law wrote the other day to say that we’d inspired her. She is going to sell her house and move back to her childhood town where she’s wanted to be for many years. After watching us, she’s decided she doesn’t want to wait to love where she is. And our friends all agree that they could live like this — and some have begun sharing with us how they are downsizing, and making changes (career changes, spending changes, belief changes). It’s so exciting!

  • Holly October 3, 2012, 4:09 pm

    ~Every time I eat anything its like the first thing I ever ate and it’s awesome.
    ~My six year old eats two giant bowls of cereal EVERY morning and that is non negotiable.

  • Frank | Modern Monkey Mind October 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Reading a good novel

    Walking with my mom in the morning before the sun comes up

    The crunch of leaves underfoot in the fall.

  • Bessie Wilson October 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

    My Three Tiny Pleasures are 1. Chatting with friends via text or chat 2. Creating something either by sewing or scrapbooking 3. Writing letters to friends.

  • Robin October 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Three tiny things . . .

    ~~Feeling my cat curled up against the small of my back on a cold morning.
    ~~Learning a new tune on my mandolin–always makes for a light heart.
    ~~A friend’s face bright with laughter.

    Hope all is well with you and yours. Looking forward to reading your book, however it comes into my hands 🙂

  • Lydia October 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

    1. Holding hands with my husband of 26 years.
    2. Listening to the rain and thunder while safe inside.
    3. Sitting on the back deck watching the hummingbirds feed and whizz around the pine trees.

  • Jean Lowe October 3, 2012, 4:12 pm

    1. Seeing the delight on a child who has just adopted a dog that I rescued.
    2. Getting into bed with fresh clean sheets.
    3. Starting to read a book I just got from the library.

    Isn’t life grand when we can enjoy small pleasures. One small quote from William Henry Channing:
    “The one who knows he or she has enough is rich.”

  • Mary Ann Freeman October 3, 2012, 4:14 pm

    My three little pleasures,
    Knitting while listening to an audiobook.
    A call from my grandson.
    Watching the sunset with my five sisters.

  • Wendy Phraner October 3, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Three tiny pleasures – fun!
    1) Writing in my gratitude journal each night.
    2) Seeing the leaves change colors (Fall is my favorite time of year!)
    3) Volunteering at my local library. It makes me (and them) happy! 🙂

  • sue October 3, 2012, 4:15 pm

    playing piano, riding my horse, kayaking 🙂

  • Erin October 3, 2012, 4:16 pm

    1. Life Coaches that just get it
    2. Comfy sweaters
    3. Spiced soy chai

  • Sherri Dunham October 3, 2012, 4:17 pm

    My tiny pleasures:
    – Eskimo kisses with my baby boy
    – Early evening walks
    – A good cup of coffee

    Also, congrats on all of your success!

  • Traci Wright October 3, 2012, 4:18 pm

    1. Reading a good book
    2. Drinking my coffee
    3. Just snuggling with my husband.

  • Rodger Jackson October 3, 2012, 4:19 pm

    i have to say that the three things that give me the most pleasure are as follows: 1. morning coffee with my mother and neice on the patio, sometimes with goodies i have made for everyone. 2. greeting my neighbors on the way to work and on the way home, and playing with their pets. 3. the thing that gives me the most joy is volunteering to feed and clothe the homeless at our local mission and soup kitchen. to see the smiles on their faces and getting kind comments from these people is the most heartwarming feeling. i have witnessed some pretty horrible things happening to my homeless friends and i need to fight every day to make sure it doesn’t continue. sometimes i feel overwhelmed, but then i stop, breathe, and remember how easy my life is compared to theirs. if they can walk for hours and hours in the harsh elements with all they own, i can walk to the laundromat to wash their clothes or walk to the store to make sure they are fed. keeps me young. 😉

  • Amanda October 3, 2012, 4:20 pm

    My 3 tiny pleasures:
    1. Listening to my two young boys play imaginary games together.
    2. Sitting by the lake watching Bald Eagles catch fish.
    3. The feeling of warmth that comes from wood-heat on a cold day.

  • Paula Smith October 3, 2012, 4:20 pm

    I love the smell of driving through the salt marsh.
    I love Earl Grey tea in the evening, and I enjoy watching a sad movie and having a good cry.

  • karin kamb October 3, 2012, 4:21 pm

    3 little pleasures:
    1) seeing my garden hummingbirds feeding right before my eyes
    2) my dog Applejack’s smile
    3) the smell of fresh cut grass

    Happy Day to all! Karin

  • Christian Burns October 3, 2012, 4:21 pm

    1. Laughing with my wife and kids
    2. Sitting on the front porch while kids are playing (it’s covered and we have a bench from our old minivan so it’s comfy and room for two or four 🙂
    3. Being able to walk around our property dreaming about what we could build.

  • Sarah October 3, 2012, 4:24 pm

    1. dressing up on Christmas Day in whatever makes me happy/comfortable (whether I look like a bag lady or not) and going out into the world to see who else is alone. Everyone is so nice that day.
    2. giving up a cell phone and enjoying the pure freedom it avails.
    3. watching ants work.

  • CindySue Kolbe October 3, 2012, 4:24 pm

    ONLY 3, tiny pleasures, huh? Could name so many more, but here goes:
    1. An early morning run
    2. Watching my dog roll around in the grass
    3. Falling asleep at night dreaming of a Tiny House of my own

  • Jackie October 3, 2012, 4:25 pm

    1. Planting vegetables.
    2. Snuggling with my dog on a cool morning.
    3. Driving at night with the windows rolled down.

  • tammy October 3, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I Love my morning coffee while the house is quiet,,,,walking my 2 little dogs while the world is waking up,,,watching my grandchildren sleep,,,nothing sweeter,,,,

  • Lydia October 3, 2012, 4:26 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about your book and I have to say, I cannot wait to read it! Here are my three tiny pleasures in life:

    1) Getting lost! I love the adventures (or misadventures) of getting lost with my partner when we are lucky enough to travel. We laugh throughout the process and enjoy all the moments of getting lost and having no expectations.

    2) Bird watching to enjoy what is around you all the time, and the pleasure of hearing all the different sounds and tunes that each bird has. Also teaches you lots of patience when looking for a new call or bird!

    3) I love to coach my female friends about living simpler lives and starting their entrepreneurship ventures. Watching the results and how their lives has changed with more control over their own lives is definitely fulfilling for me.

  • Toni Moslemi October 3, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Tammy, you already listed three of my favorites so here are three more:
    When hubby comes home from a week away with chocolate and other goodies just for me.
    Getting caught in the rain when leaving the beach with my daughters and we laugh and dance all the way home.
    Being the first to wake in the morning, leaving all the little warm bodies safe in bed with hubby and taking our dog for a sunrise walk and returning to find hubby in the kitchen and the smell of bacon, coffee and pancakes!

  • Renee Eberle October 3, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Playing music (banjo) with my friends, a beautiful fall day, sitting out on the beautiful deck of my tiny cabin– or all 3 at once! Congrats on your book- can’t wait to read it!

  • Mellissa Manzagol October 3, 2012, 4:30 pm

    – fresh coffee with a nice sunrise.
    – bonfires with friends on chilly fall evenings.
    – riding my horse out under the tall pines.

  • Phil Huffstatler October 3, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Wow Tammy this is great. I had to move from Portland too.

    I hope the best for you and Logan and hope I get a book for free so I can give my bought copy away!! 🙂

  • Amanda Babcock October 3, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Three simple pleasures…

    Holding my children’s hands.
    Good quality ice cream.
    Cold pillowcases.

    (In that order!)

  • Patty October 3, 2012, 4:31 pm

    -fresh eggs each morning from my cute chickens
    -a few minutes alone with my diet coke
    -laughing till it hurts with a girlfriend.

  • Carolyn B October 3, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Books; chocolate of any variety-cookies, candies, ice cream, pudding; wearing hot pink blouses and skirts–my favorite color.

  • susanna October 3, 2012, 4:34 pm

    my tiny pleasures and treasures in my life
    1.Holding my cat (who is my angel) in my arms and listening to him purr as I kiss his face softly, every morning I wake up.
    2. Going for a walk with my husband in the evening, looking up at the sunlight glistening through the leaves.
    3. Sitting outside at night, holding my husband’s hand as we watch the stars, dream, and wait for shooting stars.

  • Jess M October 3, 2012, 4:35 pm

    1- Digging in the beach sand with my toes….
    2- Saturday morning breakfasts at home…
    3- Giving things away…

  • Anonymous October 3, 2012, 4:36 pm

    1. Feeling my cat, Cloudy, snuggle up next to me in the morning to let me bury my face in his fragrant fur.
    2. Sprinkling chocolate chips over my soygurt. I’m a chocoholic, and it makes me feel like I’m getting away with a second dessert.
    3. Unexpected smiles from complete strangers. 🙂

  • Paul Nolan October 3, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Three tiny pleasures:
    1) Unexpectedly running into a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile.
    2) A beautiful day when the forecast was for bad weather.
    3) Cherry cheesecake yogurt. Yum!

  • Tara Morin October 3, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Three tiny (and yet great) pleasures,

    The wise words of a child. A friend’s daughter recently said after visiting my tiny attic apartment for a tea and craft party, “This house is perfect. There’s nothing extra in it.”

    Putting back something you were just about to buy and feeling relieved instead of disappointed.

    Watching the color palette of the farm stand produce displays change from summer to autumn.

  • Louise October 3, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Simple pleasure #1 – a child’s smile, the kind with the twinkle of their eyes. #2 – watching butterflies fly. #3 smelling the ocean after being landlocked for the winter. That’s my top 3 tiny pleasures!

  • Rose Lynn October 3, 2012, 4:40 pm

    1. Blackberry cocoa
    2. Watching deer out my living room window.
    3. Christmas trees.

  • Tracey Lisi October 3, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Tiny pleasures –

    1)Waking up in my ripstop nylon hammock with one dog curled behind my knees, the other curled at my tummy.
    (I’ve slept in a hammock for the last five years – lovely)
    2)Making home made soup on a chilly, dreary day
    3)The smell of autumn leaves and pine needles

    I can’t wait to read the book, I hope you pick me 🙂


  • Daiva October 3, 2012, 4:43 pm

    How cool!
    My favorite things:
    1. Play guitar and piano.
    2. Go hiking in a beautiful nature place with family and friends.
    3. Eat berries right away from the bush. I also like to eat fresh myshrooms, especially chanterelles.

  • Shirlene October 3, 2012, 4:43 pm

    I recently moved into the house my grandpa built just after the depression. My 3 little pleasures are:

    1. Having my morning tea sitting in the same kitchen chair I used to have breakfast in as a child.

    2. Looking out the same window and doing my dishes by hand in the same sink my grandma used.

    3. Looking out any window in the house and thanking my grandparents for the beautiful place they picked to pass down in the family.

  • Hannah Aleshnick October 3, 2012, 4:43 pm

    1. Orange flowers scattered throughout a vegetable garden.
    2. Artful timberframe.
    3. Folds and creases in skin.


  • Vicki Meath October 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Three simple pleasure….sitting on a porch swing with a good friend, rainy day naps, and my mountain view on my way home from work.

  • Becky Heatherman October 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    -a luxurious afternoon nap while my babies are sleeping
    -a good book and a lot of blankets
    -a cup of tea while learning French at night while my babies are again sleeping
    -stepping outside for any amount of time, breathing in deep, and enjoying no walls around me

  • Leslie October 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    3 tiny pleasures: going to the library =– love those books!
    walking in the fall leaves, swish swish

    smelling fresh coffee smell

    thanks for the reminder to pay attention —


  • Teresa Dickey October 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    The 3 tiny pleasures that I so enjoy is: spending time with my 3 grandchildren, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee out on the porch when the sun is going down, and lastly reading inspirational stories like yours that encouraging me to seriously think about making tiny, positive changes in my life!
    Thank you for sharing your life with all of us!

  • melissa October 3, 2012, 4:46 pm

    reading a good book

  • terry shapiro October 3, 2012, 4:46 pm

    only 3?
    1. a hot cup of coffee on a chilly weekend morning.
    2. my rescued cats curling up with me at night.
    3. children i don’t know smiling at me when i go to the market (or anywhere- i’m a kid magnet 🙂

  • Linda October 3, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Three tiny pleasures:
    1. Curled up with my 4-legged kids, Pepper and Dublin.
    2. Spending a rainy day inside with a good book.
    3. Talking to my stepdad on the phone, whether it’s about something or nothing!

  • Nina October 3, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Tiny Pleasures
    1. Secret plans with my husband.
    2. The sweet smell of grandbaby’s toes.
    3. Sipping espresso in the semi-dark, semi-light of the quiet morning.

  • georgina October 3, 2012, 4:51 pm

    I enjoy the smell of coffee brewing in the morning

    I enjoy watching my little dog follow me around

    I enjoy watching the sunrise while sipping my brew

  • Margina October 3, 2012, 4:53 pm

    * catching lighting bugs with my cousin this summer ( brings back childhood memories of when we were kids)
    * camping with my husband
    * playing with my dogs

  • Dana Stein October 3, 2012, 4:54 pm

    1. deadheading rose bushes.
    2. walking to the back yard and picking fruit from a fruit tree and eating it.
    3. petting my dog ‘Forty’ and whispering I love u in his ear.

  • Mo Nebe October 3, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Simple pleasures….traveling to a new place & seeing amazing things for the first time…hiking to magical view overlooking endless mountains…the simple joy of the wind in my face bike riding down a hill.

    Enjoying your blog & posts. So inspiring. Planning to build a tiny house!!

  • Brian Plumhoff October 3, 2012, 4:57 pm

    I enjoy cuddling with my 3 month old son, a warm cup of hot chocolate after being outside in the snow and evening walks with my wife and son.

  • WendyB October 3, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I was so cranky this morning. Walking out to my studio, a little yellow and black garter snake slithered across the path and made me smile.
    Wisps of fog drifting across the garden on “little cat feet”, reminds me of my mother, who died 18 years ago, and always quoted that poem when the fog came in.
    A shy toddler who looks up while holding onto her mother’s knees in line in front of me at the post office, and then smiles a pure beaming smile- always makes me happy.

  • Greg Watson October 3, 2012, 5:01 pm

    1. As the sun rises, it’s rays slowly flood down the mountains opposite the valley. I love to stand with a cup of coffee warming my hands and watch, as the Homer put it in the Illiad, ‘the rosy fingers of dawn’ massage the gentle hills…

    2.When I am hot and covered in sweat and sawdust, I like to mosey, yes, mosey, down to the creek and dive in, then just stand there as the swallows dart overhead and feel the current of the water slowly taking the heat from my body, until I am just a bit chilled, and I can face again the heat of mid-day.

    3. At the end of the day, after rinsing in the creek, I take a beer and my lover to the porch and watch the sun slip behind the mountains that it has warmed all day, and I bury my face in my lover’s hair and take in her scent, something that never ceases to stir my soul…..

  • Diane October 3, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Playing cards with my daughter every night before we tuck in for bed.
    Opening the door in the mornings and smelling the fresh air.
    Listening to my dog snore on the pillow as I fall asleep.

  • Adele Geard October 3, 2012, 5:02 pm

    watching my dog and cat play
    the smell of freshly cut grass
    waking up and realizing you can sleep in on a weekend !

  • Kim G October 3, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Three tiny pleasures–

    Rocking my three-year-old son to sleep
    Nursing my one-year-old daughter while playing peek-a-boo games and laughing
    Drinking earl grey loose-leaf tea every morning

  • Melanie Ballard October 3, 2012, 5:03 pm

    So enjoy reading everyone’s else’s enjoyments & reveling in the commonality of what creates individual peace and serenity.
    My list:
    1) just-washed laundry on the line, billowing in a breeze
    2) 2 happy dogs dancing around me when I come home from work
    3) curling up with a book and a cup of hot tea on a rainy Saturday afternoon

  • Edie October 3, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Lingering over the morning newspaper with a home made iced capp.
    Riding my bike to the library.
    Hanging out at said library, until I bring home as many books as I can carry on said bike!

    Thanks, Tammy!

  • Kathy Alexander October 3, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Three tiny, simple pleasures I love:
    1. Sitting on a river bank watching my grandson fish, while I just enjoy the day outdoors with him.
    2. Hand-watering my plants early in the morning.
    3. Watching water…the ocean waves, a sparkling lake, or burbling river….just watching and breathing …alone….

    I so need your book …I am beginning to move forward in my own journey to downsize, simplify, and live debt free…I am stressed and stretched (financially) to the max…and can’t wait to be free and happy!

  • minky October 3, 2012, 5:08 pm

    My three greatest tiny pleasures are:
    1. Watching the butterflies in our garden and counting how many different kinds visit us, blessing us with their beauty each day.
    2. In the mornings, hubby and I stand in the kitchen and decide which type of tea we are going to brew, then drinking it together while reading the paper or watching the morning news.
    3. Absolute fav tiny pleasure, cuddling up with my hubby and our fluffy pooches on our couch at night,..we call it family snuggle time :).
    Tiny pleasures, are almost always free (or at least pretty cheap) and the ones that warm the heart the most!

  • Deborah Auen October 3, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Thank~you for such a wonderful give away,it makes us all stop for a second to be Thankful for our pleasures…I would Love to read your book….I love the big hugs from the little arms of my 3 grandsons(10 months~2~4)&
    I love to sit in the back yard looking at the beautiful fall leaves and watching them dance across the yard &
    I love the taste of the first ripe tomato of the season

  • Elizabeth October 3, 2012, 5:09 pm

    *Giving stuff away to people who need it….
    *Realizing that it’s people who matter and not the stuff…
    *Giving 10 pesos to the woman with her baby on the subway steps because she’s hungry…and I’m not

  • connie curtis October 3, 2012, 5:09 pm

    I love seeing my cat play in the morning, seeing my husbands wonderful smile, hiking on a nice fall day

  • Melanie October 3, 2012, 5:09 pm

    3 pleasures:
    1) having a husband instead of an alarm clock to wake me in the morning
    2) talking to the farmer who harvested my apples at the market
    3) putting on my wool socks after my workday

  • Derek October 3, 2012, 5:09 pm

    The beauty of horse chestnut seeds (conkers) strewn across the pathway.
    My miniature Dachshund cuddling up to me in bed beneath the eiderdown.
    The delight of newly hatched goslings following me across the meadow.

  • connie curtis October 3, 2012, 5:10 pm

    hiking on a cool fall day, watching my black cat play in the morning, seeing my husbands smile everyday

  • Frank October 3, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Three small pleasures:

    1. being able to set my own schedule
    2. Hot cocoa on a cold winter morning
    3. Listening to the rain bounce off our metal roof

  • Amy Dwarika October 3, 2012, 5:11 pm

    *Deeply breathing in the fresh crisp mountain air.
    *Collecting each unique work of art, commonly known as leaves.
    *Sitting at the edge of my favorite place, watching the water pass through the rocks, wondering where it will end up.
    Ahhhhhh, see makes me smile just thinking about it! Life is good! 🙂

  • The Frugal Ecologist October 3, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Coffee in the morning, running with my pup, reading in bed with my husband before bed

  • Kat Pedersen October 3, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Easy. Reading in a big comfy chair, baking for friends and walking on a nice day with no specific destination. 🙂

  • Laura October 3, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Wandering through the woods picking wild mushrooms, cooking something from my garden, learning something new.

  • Lisa Freeman October 3, 2012, 5:16 pm

    We have been living small (392 sf)for the past 6 years, so I was happy to find your website and get your take on the ‘lifestyle’. We would never go back and our simple pleasures have to do with our simple life:
    Sleeping in the loft with the summer rain on our metal roof.
    Spending 1 hour to clean the entire house, making more time to really live.
    Feeling hugely satisfied with so much less.


  • Louise October 3, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Teaching my exercise classes each day and enjoying my amazing students. Walking with my love of my life every night after dinner(still my madly in love true love after 25 years) Serving lunch to my ladies at Women’s lunch place homeless shelter. I have a lucky life. Everything I do is a tiny pleasure and it happens every day. Your book was great. Thanks!

  • Lisa D October 3, 2012, 5:17 pm

    My three tiny pleasures:
    1) early evening fishing with my hubby as he winds down from his insane/busy day at work and watching the stress melt away from his face.
    2) Walking along the sea wall and looking for sea glass.
    3) Watching the sun come up, across the bay, as the fog rolls out and the shadows of the birds on the bay
    become real birds.

  • Vanessa Welch October 3, 2012, 5:19 pm

    eating fresh veggies out of our garden
    a nice hot shower without interruption or company ( I threee kiddos)

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  • Karen October 3, 2012, 5:22 pm

    I wake up every day and find something to be thankful for in my life….even if it’s only to be thankful for clean socks !! This is what makes me happy:
    1-Seeing someone very short tempered and being able to make them laugh and forget why they are crabby.
    2-Helping a stranger, even if it’s to hold the door open for them
    3-Sunshine on my face

  • Lorri Richey October 3, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I love grooming my paint mare till her eyes droop and she is asleep, love cuddling with my 11 year old daughter while watching movies, love relaxing while writing next to an open window during a rain storm.

  • Norma Newton October 3, 2012, 5:25 pm

    I love petting my cats and feeling their gentle purrs; holding my granddaughter’s soft hand when we walk together; and talking to God outside in the stillnes of night.

  • Buffy October 3, 2012, 5:25 pm

    My three tiny pleasures are
    1) walks along the ocean shore
    2) reading blogs (especially this one!)
    3) spending time with my family, playing board games or just laughing and talking

  • Jeanine October 3, 2012, 5:26 pm

    1. Seeing my cat waiting for me in the window and hearing her purr…
    2. playing outside in my herb garden
    3. reading a good book with a cup of tea…
    simple but they feed my soul.. 🙂

  • Lindy October 3, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    My 3 tiny pleasures are:

    My first cup of fragrant coffee in the morning
    Looking out over my backyard bush garden from my computer
    Seeing my daughter smile

  • Richard Hodsdon October 3, 2012, 5:28 pm


    2.Friends and family.

    3.Good music.

    The simplest pleasures are the ones that make people the happiest!

  • Dr. Art Waltz October 3, 2012, 5:29 pm

    1) Interacting with our two grown children (31 and 28 years old) on a daily basis.
    2) Being retired and really having the time now with my wife to really smell the roses:)
    3) Driving our 1951 Pontiac Chieftan V8 on a cool summer night or early fall morning.

  • Kathy Schwarz October 3, 2012, 5:30 pm

    • watching golden sunlight illuminate green leaves
    • holding a sweet sleeping baby and listening the the happy little noises of contentment
    • the exhilaration of taking off in a 172 Cessna

  • Kathleen October 3, 2012, 5:33 pm

    I love waking up early (before the sun) and doing sun salutations by candlelight. I love to sit on my back porch drinking a cup of tea when the sun sets. I love watching my children sleep.

  • Sarah Wolf October 3, 2012, 5:35 pm

    I love snuggling with my dogs after a day’s work, getting a foot rub from my husband, and soaking in a lavender-scented bath.

  • Katie Beaumont October 3, 2012, 5:36 pm


    1. Quiet mornings with the cat
    2. Ukulele
    3. Getting through an entire Jazzercise routine without messing up.

  • Lauren Giannullo October 3, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Going for a run on a day with no humidity; the day’s first cup of coffee or tea; sunset with someone you love.

  • Melody Reynolds October 3, 2012, 5:40 pm

    1) When my dog greets me, she’s always happy to see me no matter what!
    2) Getting to take an afternoon nap!
    3) Sitting by a campfire with my hubby 🙂

  • Dawn October 3, 2012, 5:40 pm

    My Tiny Pleasures at this moment in time consists of a dream:
    The dream of simplicity,
    The dream of SELF Sustainability,
    To Live Life GOOD…

  • Sandy N October 3, 2012, 5:44 pm

    My simply pleasures…

    ~ watching documentaries with my daughter, and discussing them after. It brings us so close, and she learns so much!

    ~ reading a book with a warm cup of herbal tea

    ~ laying in bed with hubby while a cool breeze blows through the window

  • M.K. Hawley October 3, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Oh, so many tiny pleasures to surprise and delight! But here goes….
    1. Petting my rescued buddy dog Rascal….and enjoying that moment of connectedness and seeing that unconditional love in his eyes.
    2. Hearing the crickets and cicaedas sing the last songs of summer each evening.
    3. Snuggling under a favorite blanket reading a special book and knowing that in October it is a gentle comfort against fall’s teasing breezes.

  • Cathy Jelencovich October 3, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Taking fresh laundry off the line.

    Sitting around the fire pit on a crisp fall night and drinking cold beer with my closest friends and laughing about old times.

    Enjoying a good cup of tea early in the morning when no one else in the house is up yet.

  • Cathy Jelencovich October 3, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Taking fresh laundry off the line.

    Sitting around the fire pit on a crisp fall night and drinking cold beer with my closest friends and laughing about old times.

    Enjoying a good cup of tea early in the morning when no one else in the house is up yet.

  • Cathy Jelencovich October 3, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Taking fresh laundry off the line.

    Sitting around the fire pit on a crisp fall night and drinking cold beer with my closest friends and laughing about old times.

    Enjoying a good cup of tea early in the morning when no one else in the house is up yet.

  • Jeff October 3, 2012, 5:50 pm

    1. Spending time with my wife (an 11 year breast cancer survivor)
    2. Community and charity Volunteerism (what serves us best is serving others)
    3. Helping and working with children (they’ve taught me as much if not more…go figure!)

  • Dennis October 3, 2012, 5:51 pm

    My favorite pleasure….. I get to enjoy, is the sun rise at Key West. My daughter and I go there once or twice a year. All the tourism is about the sunset, but the intensity and beauty of the sun rises is no where near the views of the sunsets. A bike ride to the White Street Pier to view the sunrise is pretty much a perfect morning.

  • flowersgal October 3, 2012, 5:53 pm

    A hot cup of freshly brewed coffee made for me by my husband.
    Sunshine outside my window.
    Reading a new blog post from my daughter.

  • Tara October 3, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Tiny pleasures are the best! Some of my very favorite are sitting outside during the warm months and watching lightening bugs floating through the sky, snuggling under my favorite blanket in the autumn and flipping through a new magazine, and listening to some of my favorite music when the house is empty.

  • Sara October 3, 2012, 5:56 pm

    1. Sharing a pop tart with my dog every morning.
    2. Talking to my mom every day.
    3. Going to bed every night with my hubby.

  • joanne October 3, 2012, 5:57 pm

    napping with my two cats curled up on the bed.
    listening to my horse as he munches his hay and feeling the warmth of the sun.
    talking to a friend and feeling connected no matter how long it has been since we have seen each other.

  • cristina October 3, 2012, 5:57 pm

    Watching Sunsets on a porch
    When the trees change color
    and crisp morning air!

  • Fred Hall October 3, 2012, 5:57 pm

    sitting on the back porch watching the sunrise and the morning come alive.
    taking a slow motorcycle ride through the backroads of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    A cold beer on a hot day after working in my herb garden.

  • Harmony October 3, 2012, 5:58 pm

    3 Tiny pleasures:

    * watching our pooch Luna (a springer spaniel) catch the ball on a bounce
    * getting to work 5 minutes early- so that I’m at my desk working when my boss comes in.
    * kisses from a clean shaven hubs- he uses lavender as his aftershave.

  • Carley October 3, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Snuggling with my dog on the couch, cooking something new, sipping a cup of tea

  • Angela Cook October 3, 2012, 5:58 pm

    *Shopping at the local farmers’ market with my husband on Saturdays
    *Sipping hot spiced cider when it’s cold outside
    *Snuggling with my husband and our two doggies.

  • MissMOE October 3, 2012, 6:00 pm

    Three tiny pleasures in my life are: my garden, my kitty, and talking to my children. 🙂 Life is good.

  • Kathy October 3, 2012, 6:05 pm

    3 tiny pleasures
    snuggling with my 3 dogs
    watching the birds at the birdfeeder outside my kitchen window
    knitting a few rows

  • Marcia Bonk October 3, 2012, 6:06 pm

    This sounds nuts to some people, but seeing an empty drawer or shelf makes me realize I don’t have to cram every available inch of space with stuff…liberating!

  • Cat October 3, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Petting my doggies, smelling the food in the slow cooker, porch sittin’

  • Lindsay October 3, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Horses, cats and red wine.

  • maggi October 3, 2012, 6:12 pm

    my favorite things:
    a hot cup of tea on a cool evening
    a fat warm kitty curled up in my lap while im drinking that cup of tea
    and a beautiful sunset at the beach

  • Sue Rick October 3, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I love the smell of fall leaves smells like heaven. I love kisses from my dog and grandbaby, a gift from heaven. And I love baking cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, a scent of heaven

  • Anu October 3, 2012, 6:21 pm

    petting my dog after a long day
    working on my art with just a pencil and copy paper
    a cup of hot tea

  • Pamylla Mar October 3, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Three tiny pleasures: Waking up at dawn on a summer’s morning and walking around barefoot on the still-cool floor before the heat settles in…going out to water my potted vegetable garden and seeing the “fruits of my labor” starting to sprout (tiny radishes and cucumbers!)….seeing my husband in his pajamas making me coffee in the morning. These are pleasures I wouldn’t trade the world for!

  • Janaile October 3, 2012, 6:26 pm

    The smell of dirt. The pigeons that live on my kitchen windowsill. Picking up and moving earthworms off the pavement in the rain.

  • Sharon October 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Listening to Louise Hay, eating homemade apple crisp from our apple trees, and snuggling with the love of my life!

  • Eric October 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Oops! I think I clicked the wrong link in your recent email the first time around, so I posted my 3 tiny pleasures on the wrong page of this blog! Just to make sure I’m participating in this contest, am reposting here on the correct page verbatim what I typed before:

    Ok, 3 tiny pleasures from me!
    1) sleeping in without any alarm clock
    2) walking around barefoot indoors
    3) when I’m working at my desk, turning on and experiencing the delicious feel of refreshing air gently and continuously blowing onto my face from the mini fan that’s almost always on my desk

  • Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School October 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

    three tiny pleasures:

    1 waking before my daughter. it so rarely happens that i truly cherish it when it does.

    2 afternoon yoga classes – ending when most people are leaving work.

    3 long walks in the morning with a friend and our adopted babies. such comfort.

  • Jo October 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Sitting in the soft sunlight of a spring morning, feeling the warmth on my skin, watching the birds and tiny lizards, seeing the branches and leaves move in the breeze. Forgetting everything and being in the moment.

  • Sarah October 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

    My kiddies laughing
    Hot soy chai latte on a chilly morning
    The smell of fresh cut grass in the afternoon.

  • Carly October 3, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I love simple pleasures! Here are my 3: a mug of tea in the morning, a big bowl full of berries in the summer, and listening to a thunderstorm.

  • Christy flaws October 3, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Being upside down, making collage postcards out of cardboard and scraps of pictures and watching them disappear into a post box, too much butter on a crumpet with jam or honey YUMMMMM

    • Alicia October 3, 2012, 8:13 pm

      : ) : ) : )

      I’m pretty sure you and I would be friends : )

  • Shanna Schultz October 3, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Hmmm, simple pleasures. The smell of fresh made bread filling your house. Freshly picked tomatoes turned into pasta sauce the other night. The joy of not setting the alarm on Sunday morning.

  • Cassandra October 3, 2012, 6:35 pm

    my little pleasures are sitting on the patio drinking coffee with my hubby, walking my dogs, and saturday mornings when my family gets to wake up together.

  • Ellen Hoover October 3, 2012, 6:40 pm

    Three pleasures:
    1. I fix a family meal every Friday for my daughter, son in law, and 3 yr. old grand-daughter and whoever else is around, and we never miss enjoying each other and lots of conversation.
    2. I am blessed by my very handicapped brother, who cannot talk. But he can communicate and he’s taught me so very much about what is important about life.
    3. Coffee, newspaper, reading, and music every single morning before I face my day.

  • Alice Minton October 3, 2012, 6:45 pm

    – reading to my children
    – driving and listening to music
    – running with my husband

  • Mary Margaret Ripley October 3, 2012, 6:46 pm

    1. I moved my main street bakery back into my home and every morning my husband gives me a kiss and hug before he leaves for work. I love how all the rest of the day as I bake I get to smell his aftershave he left on me from his hug.

    2. I love snuggling in bed with my ten year old son and both of us reading our books and drinking hot cocoa when the weather gets cold.

    3. I love when i am in the middle of baking and I hear our kitty meow at the back door and after i let him in we both enjoy a lively conversation of how he is doing and the mice and other kitties he chased away today.

  • Bob October 3, 2012, 6:47 pm


  • Monica October 3, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Music! Running in the woods! Helping others realize another facet of their inherent value!!!

  • Rebecca LaFave October 3, 2012, 6:52 pm

    My three favorite tiny pleasures:
    1) Hot Baths
    2) with a good book to read
    3) cuddling with my cat Tuff

  • Kerowyn October 3, 2012, 6:55 pm

    I take a lot of pleasure in seeing what others have done with small homes … My family of 4 lives in less than 500 square feet and seeing how others organize their space inspires me to improve upon what we can do to better utilize our space.

    I take a lot of pleasure in de-cluttering / moving things on to new homes. I started this well before living in 500 square feet and I am always amazed how passing things along is so satisifying.

    I take a lot of pleasure stepping outside my front door to … the night sky … the autumn leaves … the spring flowers … the glorious summer day. I know this sounds dorky, but I live in the country so that I can appreciate the simplicity of nature instead of the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Through the years we have worked hard at simplifying our life. I am always looking for other ways to simplify more and I am inspired when I see other people on similar paths.

  • Jessica October 3, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Hugging my horse, holding my toy poople and, spending time with my family in the great outdoors.

  • Cheri October 3, 2012, 6:58 pm

    Strawberries!, sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in and snuggling with my hubby by the fire on a cold night!

  • Brandi October 3, 2012, 6:59 pm

    Hearing my kids laugh,
    Watching/hearing the birds outside,
    Spending time with family and friends…

  • Candice October 3, 2012, 7:01 pm

    Listening to Agnes Obel’s “Avenue”.
    Eating a home-cooked meal from scratch on our apartment’s balcony.
    Our yearly drive to the gorgeous fall orchards in Hood River, OR, to stock up on luscious apples, pears, and cider.

  • Carla McDougle October 3, 2012, 7:04 pm

    i love going to the fiver and sitting on the side ,listening to the rushing waters. so peaceful.
    i love being with my 8 mth. old granddaughter, she makes my heart smile real big.
    i love sitting outside in the mornings, drinking my coffee, reading my Melody Beattie book and listening to the birds sing.

  • Julie October 3, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway!
    Three tiny pleasures are….
    1. A cup of coffee in the morning in blissful silence.
    2. Fresh pressed apple cider at lunch enjoyed amidst the constant talking of my two little boys….
    3. A glass of red wine at dinnertime savored with my husband whilst talking about our day.

  • Jane andersen October 3, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Three tiny joys…
    1) a day where smiling dominates, laughter is heard everywhere and wealth is happiness in the soul
    2) observing the nuances of the weather a stormy day…a bright happy one and the joy of the alliteration
    3) our husky’s howl when we are moments late for our twice daily walk, either sounding like a foghorn alerting the neighbourhood or an imitation of our own voices saying “hurry up mum”

  • Garnet Ryder October 3, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Going for a walk & geocaching with my wife Shelly and our two little dogs Lola & Charlie.
    Playing my ukulele.
    Making a long distance contact on my ham radio, VE7GNR.

  • Robin October 3, 2012, 7:25 pm

    1. coming home at the end of the day

    2. the beach, any time of day or night

    3. a good book

  • tracynicholrose October 3, 2012, 7:32 pm

    falling asleep to my son’s laughter, morning coffee in the outdoors, and singing loudly in my car

  • C D Harris October 3, 2012, 7:36 pm

    I like to curl up with a good book & a glass of iced tea, or have a cup of coffee while watching my cats play.

  • Sandi October 3, 2012, 7:36 pm

    1. watching the autumn leaves sparkle in the sunlight and dance across the street with the wind.
    2. my morning cup of coffee with my doggy by my side.
    3. anything that makes me smile.

  • Joan Groe October 3, 2012, 7:40 pm

    watching a rainbow, admiring the beautiful fall colors of nature, serving others at the nursing/retirement home

  • Cathie October 3, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Three simple pleasures:

    1: When my husband and I are out and I feel his hand resting softly on the small of my back.The gentle love in that touch always makes me smile.
    2: Swaying in my hammock in the deep shade of the maple tree and looking up through the leaves at the bright blue sky.
    3: Walking in the dark just before the dawn and smelling the sweetness of the trees.

    There’s three out of my list of a gazillion or more. . .

  • Christie Primeaux October 3, 2012, 7:54 pm

    When my step mom died she left about 10,000 books behind. That is not an exaggeration. I got a couple 100 of them. My simple pleasure was realizing she would want me to be happen and out of debt. I sold all but the ones I could see her holding in my head and now I’m one step closer to my dream of a tiny home.

  • Mama Minou October 3, 2012, 7:55 pm

    My three favorite small pleasures are…
    Having my husband brush my hair while we watch a movie (ahh…social grooming)
    Hot, strong coffee in the morning on a fall day (or any day)
    Cuddling up to read a novel aloud with my younger son

  • Anonymous October 3, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I love watching birds, looking for cool shells and sea glass at the beach, and feeding bread to the hundreds of tiny fish in the pond near my house.

  • R G H October 3, 2012, 7:56 pm

    Three tiny liquid pleasures…..time of day dependent…with the time to savore …..
    ….a terrific drink; hot freshly-ground coffee and cream in the morning in a mug my daughter made, tea in a Mason jar in the late afternoon after work with my dog at my side, and finally, a nice glass of red wine in the evening while taking a hot bath with a scented lavender candle, just before hopping into bed.

  • Tin Alejandro October 3, 2012, 8:00 pm

    I love taking pictures using my plastic cameras, listening to good music and visiting a library/bookstore or museum.

  • Niki October 3, 2012, 8:03 pm

    * Writing letters to loved ones and dropping them in the mail.
    * Listening to Luca (kitty) purr next to my pillow at night.
    * The clinking noise of wine glasses toasting at dinner.

  • Claudia Lorenz October 3, 2012, 8:05 pm

    -practicing music
    -going to sleep in line dried bed sheets
    -handmade wool socks on chilly mornings

  • Curt Lyons October 3, 2012, 8:06 pm

    My tiny pleasures include: listening to my daughter’s breathing when she is asleep, and thinking what a miracle she is,or when she unexpectedly comes up to me and gives me a hug saying she loves me, a cup of hot coffee while sitting around a morning camp fire, and a beautiful, genuine unexpected smile from a stranger.

  • Alicia October 3, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Hello! I would love a copy of your book (really really really would). Here are three little pleasures for me:

    1. Crisp fall mornings (along with crunchy leaves underfoot)
    2. The smell of a horse barn
    3. My daughter’s kisses (should have been #1)

  • Alicia October 3, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Wait, I have more!

    4. Thunder storms (before, during, & after)

    5. Quiet

    6. Socks just out of the dryer

  • Alicia October 3, 2012, 8:12 pm

    More : )

    7. The smell of cedar

    8. The satisfaction of finishing a knitting project

    9. The joy of giving a great gift to the right person

    10. Delphiniums

    11. Rain on a window (or a tent)

    12. Floating down a river

    ………………….I’ll leave it at that : )

  • Denise October 3, 2012, 8:14 pm

    – Taking my 12-year-old dog, Toni, on rides in the van. She loves to ride so whenever the weather is cool enough she gets to go. It’s so lovely to see how excited she gets when I ask her to go and to see her blissed out in the backseat as we tool around town.
    – When any of my kids 16, 17, and 21, crawl into bed with me and just chill.
    – Long talks with the man of my dreams and the light of my life for the past 24 years.

  • Cheryl October 3, 2012, 8:16 pm

    *Taking a hot relaxing bath

    *Watching/hearing the birds in our backyard and being reminded that God will always provide for us

    *A pure and simple hearty laugh

  • franz ryerson October 3, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Listening to JS Bach
    Hot water
    a good swim

  • Linda October 3, 2012, 8:19 pm

    1. Cuddling with my granddog
    2. My first cup of morning coffee
    3. Sitting on my back patio

  • MicheleStitches October 3, 2012, 8:20 pm

    –I love wearing my hand-knit wool socks once the weather gets cool. They keep my feet warm and make me smile.
    –Since my hubby is allergic, we have no cats of our own, but I enjoy it when the neighbor’s calico cat stops by for a friendly visit with me on my patio.
    –After a hot, humid summer, opening the windows and letting the fresh, cooler, autumn air in my house gives me great pleasure!

  • Louise Schreiber October 3, 2012, 8:22 pm

    3 tiny joys would be
    Going on a car ride with my son in law and daughter after a long day at work.
    Seeing my grandchildren and children’s faces as they come through the front door.
    A good book.

  • Rita Chard October 3, 2012, 8:25 pm

    I like the way the sun moves through my house during bthe course of the day.
    I like cold milk with the occasional chocolate cake.
    I like the sounds of birds calling.

  • Anne Camille October 3, 2012, 8:38 pm

    1. Sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, watching hummingbirds at the feeders.

    2. Walking along the trail that is along the creekbank near my house.

    3. Photographing nature, particularly flowers, and noticing the intricacies of the natural world

  • Crystal G October 3, 2012, 8:43 pm

    1. Climbing then sitting in trees
    2. Walking in the rain
    3. Sitting still and watching the world move around me

  • Amanda C October 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

    I’m a new reader – loving the message and vibe of your blog!
    My little pleasures:
    – browsing library shelves
    – watching my baby girl as she crawls and explores
    – chillin’ with my sweet Corgi pup

  • Jeff Smith October 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

    My three tiny pleasures…

    1. Taking Sunset Photos

    2. Seeing my nieces and nephew smile

    3. A Payday Candy Bar

  • Debra October 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

    –a purring cat on my chest

    –a honeycrisp apple

    –oreo cookies dipped in milk

  • Cathie October 3, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Well, let’s see, three tiny pleasures, sitting in my back yard, with a big glass of cold water, and a good book, with Ralph the community cat sitting in my lap, and watching the birds, squirrells and chipmunks race from tree to tree, watching the clouds… Oh wait, you said only three…sorry…I seldom do things only in threes. My relaxing is multi-tasking. Multi-laxing, I guess!

  • Yvonne Stroud October 3, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Hugging my 100+ pound yellow lab Willie, walking on the farmland trails behind my house, and making my patients’ smile at 2 am, and feeling ever -so happy, when they are happy -for a simple favor I do for them-it can be a drink of water, administering a pain med, or simply telling them things are ok and holding their hand for awhile. The best pleasures in my book come from seeing suffering relieved in another being.

  • Kiersten October 3, 2012, 8:53 pm

    1. The view of the mountains from my breakfast table and driveway.
    2. Driving to a birth with my daughter in the middle of the night. In my quiet car…..
    3. dry warm clothes from the laundry!

  • Kate October 3, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Sitting on my front porch swing, evening walks with my kids and root beer floats. : )

  • Stephen October 3, 2012, 9:11 pm

    1. Sitting in the morning or evening cool reading a good book outdoors.
    2. Watching my children play.
    3. Does it GET any better than a bike ride (oh yes,when the kids ride with me!)?

  • Dawn Hibbard October 3, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Tammy, I read your book on Kindle when it became available. LOVED! Thank you! I will be reading it again. Your giveaways are great fun and the STAMPED edition is brilliant and adorable. I’m definitely still running on the wheel work wise and looking for what is next – not the least of which is spending most of the day with my dog- my baby.

    1) Reading a book in bed while my dog, Mallie (chihuahua), is curled up at my side sucking on her blanket

    2) Going for coffee with Mallie. Each time we take special, bite sized cookies for her. She knows when I get my coffee, she gets a couple cookies. If I’m not quick enough on delivering she reminds me 🙂

    3) I love to take photos of Mallie and each year make a scrapbook on blurb.com.

  • Jill King October 3, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Three tiny pleasures:
    -fall leaves
    -kisses from my 14 month old

    Love your website! Can’t wait to read your book.

  • Tabetha Doherty October 3, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Three things I enjoy huh?
    Picking up my 5 year old nephew from school on Friday afternoon & “breathing him in” untill Sunday night.
    Couponing & donating the “extras”
    Trying to learn something new every day about other cultures.

  • Debbie October 3, 2012, 9:45 pm

    3 simple pleasures that bring me joy:
    1) Sitting on my porch and looking at the big sycamore tree;
    2) Snuggling up to the kitty cat (Zoe) on breaks from working at home;
    3) Seeing the sights of a town for the first time. 🙂

  • Alexa F. October 3, 2012, 9:54 pm

    A few tiny pleasures: hugs from Negs (one of our pet ducks), the early morning light and stillness when no one else is awake and birds are just beginning their morning calls, the second going from paddling to standing on my surfboard on a wave.

  • Paula October 3, 2012, 9:54 pm

    – Squeezy cuddles with my kids and husband.
    – Sitting on the beach in the warm sun and cool breeze.
    – Snuggling in bed with a good book.

    All the simple things!

  • Kevin October 3, 2012, 9:59 pm

    Kissing my wife each morning before she goes to work.
    My daughter coming home for a visit from college.
    Walking my dog Diamond every night at 10 p.m.

  • kimberly smith :) October 3, 2012, 10:04 pm

    1. the sound of my sons giggling when they were little
    2. the feeling i get when i wake up in the middle of the night and after 21 years i finally get to feel the love of my life in my arms again and i am home.
    3. reading books on those who have simplified their life and I am inspired again !

  • Elodie October 3, 2012, 10:07 pm

    3 true little moments of pure bliss:
    Bedtime with my daughters as my oldest falls asleep sucking her tongue while the youngest nurses
    Going to bed at night and thinking I am now able to just completely fully relax and let my mind wander freely
    Waking up in the morning and falling right back to sleep because I just realize I can!

  • Michael October 3, 2012, 10:08 pm

    3 tiny pleasures that make me happy?
    Walking in the rain (yes I use an umbrella)
    hugging my children
    seeing how someone’s face brightens up when you ask “how can I help?”

    If I’m selected can you donate the book to your local library please?

  • Rie October 3, 2012, 10:10 pm

    I have lots of small simple pleasures but these are new ones: reading with my students who are naturally so funny; off-grid living (shall I include a hot shower and lights with that?!) My man’s attention (that definitely includes massages and his excellent organic cooking!).

  • Ekta October 3, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Namaste Tammy,
    Congratulation of your book. My blessings are with you.

    Three of the tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    1. Waking up early morning with Bhajans.
    I am from India, Bhajans are Indian devotional song. It’s beautiful to start my day with God and positive affirmation.
    2. When i sleep there is no noise from outside. Peace, silent and still.
    3. My pet dog, Coco. He passed away on 3rd Jan, 2010. He still brings me joy and profound happiness.
    One look at his picture all worries and tensions melts away. It’s going to be 3 years this January. I still find reasons to love him more.

    Love and Peace

  • Ember October 3, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Kissing my two year old daughter’s belly. Snuggeling with my son while reading. Sleeping with my husband on one side of me and my dog between my legs making it impossible to turn but yet so comforting! :~}

  • Roanne October 3, 2012, 11:01 pm

    1 – kneading bread dough
    2 – a nap
    3 – the smell of freshly ground coffee beans

  • Chris October 3, 2012, 11:08 pm

    My 3 tiny pleasures are:
    1. A very warm, nearly hot, washcloth at the end of the day, scented with essential oil, and placed over my entire face. I lay down and relax for 2 minutes, breathing in the calming scent, and as it cools, clear my mind of thought.
    2. Journaling every morning with coffee before I turn on the computer. Since taking your class I’m finding that by giving myself permission to begin my day with pen and notebook, my days are less stressful and I’m able to keep and find all those bits later in the day when I need them. I write about story ideas and the weather, the day before’s simple pleasures and knitting patterns to create, recipes and tasks to attempt, goals accomplished and random thoughts that make me smile.
    3. Setting my timer for 5 minutes. It seems silly, and not much time, but as soon as I reach for my timer I get a thrill of anticipation. When I start the timer I race through doing one thing I’ve been putting off, challenging myself to get as much done as I can as fast as I can. As soon as the timer goes off I stop. That’s when the smiles start as I see just how much I can accomplish when I set to a task with a will and focused energy.

  • Joanne M October 3, 2012, 11:29 pm

    1. My family
    2. Still, my family
    3. Dreaming of digging out of this rental house in the concrete jungle and what our simpler life is going to look and feel like when we get there 🙂

  • Guannella Williamson October 3, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Waking up beside the person I love.
    Spending time with my dog Coco.

  • stacey October 3, 2012, 11:39 pm

    – a hug from my best friend
    – my grandfather whistling
    – sleeping in


  • Roger October 3, 2012, 11:40 pm

    My tiny pleasures:
    – Walking on the side of the beach when its dark .
    – Drinking a hot tea in the cold winter
    – Play in the park with my son

  • sonsiris October 3, 2012, 11:47 pm

    3 tiny pleasures
    * watching syfy over dinner with my husband
    * eating really good dark chocolate with almonds
    * a warm heart-felt hug from a friend

  • adam October 4, 2012, 12:00 am

    the smile on my little boys face every morning when i wake him up, the smell of freshly mown grass heralding the start of spring, living in the UK- the sun after a cloudy few days!

  • Alexey October 4, 2012, 12:01 am

    1. Walking in the park and enjoying autumn colors and smells.
    2. Watching sunrise and sunset.
    3. Looking at the sky, any time.

  • Merry Fortune October 4, 2012, 12:25 am

    Music, optimism, and quiet moments given to the art of continuing!

  • Abra October 4, 2012, 12:47 am

    I asked my local library to buy a copy – I’m still keeping an eye out on the catalog to see it crop up if I’m lucky!

    1) Little rat kisses (from my favorite senior lady who gave us a real scare tonight.)

    2) A jug of fresh blueberry lemonade from the farmer’s market.

    3) Leaving the screen door open letting crisp evening air in.

  • Marlies October 4, 2012, 12:52 am

    Wow, what a great chance! My three tiny pleasures are:
    1. Walking the dog at night and seeing the moon shine through the clouds, full moon gives me shivers (positive!) but any moon is wonderful.
    2. Hearing my almost 9 year old son telling me I am the best mom in the whole world.
    3. Noticing my 4-month old Dalmatian is not so jumpy to my old cats anymore, he learns they don’t appreciate that.

  • Lynn @wanderlynn October 4, 2012, 12:55 am


    1. a quiet cup of Earl Grey on a rainy afternoon
    2. snail mail from a friend
    3. when the dog curls up against me under the covers

  • Simon Baxter October 4, 2012, 1:23 am

    1: Walking at night when nobody is around.
    2: Riding my motorbike round twisty roads.
    3: Winning things…

  • Max October 4, 2012, 1:25 am

    My small things :
    – watching sunrise on my early morning jogging sessions
    – watching my 8-month pregnant wife taking care of her growing belly, talking to our future son
    – playing our daily, ritual board / card game with my 2 daughters (15-20 minutes of smiles and laughters)
    Have a nice day.

  • Katie October 4, 2012, 1:36 am

    Hey Tammy, glad your book tours are going so well, and that the response to your book has been so overwhelmingly great positive! I would LOVE to tuck into a signed and stamped copy of your book, so here are my 3 simple pleasures:

    1) drinking earl grey tea (milk and sugar please!) in the morning (and all the rest of the day – I am English after all!) with my sweet boyfriend Toby.

    2) Watching the dazzling colours of autumn sweep over the forest and the mountain, making it seem ablaze. Reds, oranges, yellows, golds….every rich colour you could imagine.

    3) Knitting and crocheting with my crafty lady friends, catching up, making stitches, having thoughts, completing orders 🙂 It’s nice to know that people like our art so much that they want to purchase it from us – that’s the biggest complement!

    Katie. XXX

  • Matthias Southwick October 4, 2012, 1:50 am

    I hand carve old wood, I love to turn other peoples trashed wood into treasure.

  • Jenni K October 4, 2012, 1:59 am

    My three tiny pleasures: 1. picking herbs from my garden to make a fragrant cup of herbal tea 2. watching my cat play with twigs, leaves, stones in the garden 3. curling up with a book or just to look out from my very own small window seat made to my specifications. Each one gives me a cameo of bliss.

  • Charlotta Larsen October 4, 2012, 2:28 am

    Three tiny pleasures of mine …

    1) Eating breakfast early in the morning on my own, starting the day as I choose, without influence from others
    2) At the airport with my boyfriend, sitting in-between countries, feeling completely connected and disconnected from the world at the same time, calm and content.
    3) The moment when I’ve finished writing a song and I feel that a bit of me is set to melody

    Thanks for an excellent blog. You are incredibly inspiring and have helped to motivate me to think about living differently. All the best in all possible ways, CL

  • Amanda October 4, 2012, 2:35 am

    1. Playing scrabble with my 9 year old son when he starts to make up words to win. So funny!
    2. Going to the beach with my family makes me smile every time, especially when they get better and better in the surf every time.
    3. Skateboarding again after 30 years and impressing my kids that I can still do it. ‘Go Mum’, they scream. Loving it all!

  • Ginger October 4, 2012, 2:38 am

    Tammy, I would love to receive a copy of your book! I’ve taken many if your essays to heart. My three tiny pleasures are:

    1. Taking walks through local trails in the morning and relishing the cool forest air.

    2. Petting the soft hair of my kitties after a long day of work.

    3. Listening to the joyful noise of my two boys laughing as they play together.


  • Anne-Mie Carpentier October 4, 2012, 2:49 am

    1. While making orange juice: imagening the tree and the landscape that orange grew in…. Hmmm
    2. Feeling the tiny toes and nails of my dog when he is relaxing on my lap….Hmmm
    3. The smell of my husbands hair when I kiss him awake in the morning…. Hmmm

  • Pattie October 4, 2012, 3:10 am

    -going out for coffee with my husband
    -a welcome home greeting from my dog
    -watching the fire in our wood stove

  • Viola October 4, 2012, 3:19 am

    I love walking through Brussels (the city where I live) on a Sunday morning. Usually the city is crowded, noisy and filled with car fumes, but on Sunday mornings it’s quiet, I can hear the birds, and I can walk the streets by myself enjoying the chilly morning air. That, and coming home after a busy day and drinking a cup of hot tea in my pajamas with the cat purring on my lap 🙂

  • Jen October 4, 2012, 3:27 am

    Kissing my sons head
    My morning cup of Coffee
    Seeing my favorite bloggers be successful

  • Tammy Zelker October 4, 2012, 3:31 am

    Three of the most simple and precious things I love to do are:
    1. Walking barefoot through the early morning dew. The feeling of the cool wet grass between your toes is the best way to relax and begin a new day.
    2. Watching the sun set along the lake shore, as it appears that you may actually are the steam rise as the water engulfs the sun.
    3. Watching my children, and now my grandchildren, grow and wonder where they will end up in this life.

  • Debbie Isaacson October 4, 2012, 3:42 am

    A cup of tea in the afternoon.
    Watching the big oak tree change through the seasons.
    Cat curled up on my lap, purring.

  • Mark Adam Douglass (@MADouglass) October 4, 2012, 3:43 am

    1. Snuggling with my fiancee on our new couch (We haven’t had one for 6 months)

    2. Walking around the house or the streets reading an book or e-book.

    3. Walking down the street, iPod blaring, singing out loud.

  • amadeus, Salzburg October 4, 2012, 3:53 am

    three tiny pleasures?
    hm hm indeed, pleasures seam to be tiny some times 😉
    but there are really almost always the same answers
    I have to share:
    1) my pot of tea & milk; some nice background stuff (music)
    2) my lamp on with some good books to read and to recommend to others
    3) having dialogue and exchange per mail with bibliophile friends

    (unfortunately there is not plenty of room with us to have a dog
    or cats like yours …)
    Have a nice day & sunshine
    within & outside

  • Fleur October 4, 2012, 4:05 am

    I love listening to the nightjar signing in the summer evening, seeing the smile on a friend’s face when we meet again after a long time apart and taking a nap at my parents’ place :-).

  • Tiffany October 4, 2012, 4:16 am

    1. Coffee – Juan Valdez instant
    2. Simple, nutritious food – oatmeal with nut butter stirred in
    3. Mornings with my husband before he goes to work

  • kyana October 4, 2012, 4:27 am

    love your blog but never commented. your photos are beautiful.
    waking up at the weekend and having a lazy morning with a good book
    walking with my boyfriend and holding hands
    a text from a far-away best friend

  • Elaine Shanks October 4, 2012, 4:27 am

    Thanks for the second chance to win one of your books. My three treasures are:
    1. All three of my grand dogs snoring by my side on the couch.
    2. Creating empty space in a place where previously there was clutter.
    3. Listening to the rain while I sit quietly in my house.

  • Shannon October 4, 2012, 4:40 am

    Three little things that make me happy are watching my daughters and niece laughing and playing, watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders, and waking up to the quiet in the mornings.
    Congratulations on your book, and the life you are living!

  • Sara October 4, 2012, 4:42 am

    These tiny (or big 🙂 pleasures make me happy: listening to the rain on our balcony, walking outside enjoying the autumn colors and holding our lundehund in my lap.

  • Sherry October 4, 2012, 4:46 am

    playing with my two black mini schaunzers

    drinking a good cup of coffee

    a hot bath at night by candlelight with lavender bath salts and silence.

  • Luann October 4, 2012, 4:49 am

    Let’s see…..three tiny pleasures: driving thru the park on my way to work, holding my big cat while he purrrrr’s, and peanut butter toast with hot chocolate before bed !!

  • Tracey D. October 4, 2012, 4:49 am

    Three tiny joys:
    1. Hitting the “Publish” button on another post.
    2. Remembering my Grandfather’s face the couple of times I saw him laugh until he tears rolled down his face.
    3. Watching the passion radiate from my daughter whenever she is sharing a story with me that she finds important. In those moments, I give her my love by directing all my awareness on her.

  • Jessica October 4, 2012, 4:52 am

    1. A warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie
    2. Watching my daughters play in the yard.
    3. A really good, smart horror movie (a very rare pleasure!)

  • Thera October 4, 2012, 4:59 am

    1. The sound of my children’s laughter
    2. The weight, softness and warmth of my cat curling up on my lap
    3. The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning

  • Mark October 4, 2012, 5:11 am

    I love making my family laugh.

  • michelle October 4, 2012, 5:13 am

    Sunday morning bike rides around the nature conservancy near my house

    Epic improvised breakfasts and crossword puzzles after a sunday bike ride

    Pumpkin Pie!

  • Debbie October 4, 2012, 5:13 am

    Hi Tammy,

    My three little pleasures are:
    -Listening to my dog snoring on the couch.
    -The morning sky when I go for an early walk.
    -My grandchildren snuggling with me on the couch.


  • Arianne October 4, 2012, 5:32 am

    Three tiny pleasures…
    The smell of coffee when my husband makes me a fresh pot.
    Funky socks!
    My pooch sprawled out on the bed, taking up as much space as physically possible.

  • Rebecca October 4, 2012, 5:39 am

    Taking a walk, cutting up vegetables, sharing a meal I’ve made with friends (there’s something meditative about preparing food, and something joyful about sharing it with others)

  • Rachael October 4, 2012, 5:40 am

    Rubbing the dog’s belly in bed when we first wake up; sitting by the woodstove knitting during a cold winter day; sitting on the dock at camp on a weekday morning before anyone gets up and before the lake is busy with boaters.

  • Beaming October 4, 2012, 5:50 am

    Financial freedom is true freedom. It costs in choices but it’s purposeful and making purposeful choices are true freedom. It’s living our ethic–what we truly believe!

    So for me three things made me very happy but they’re based upon purposeful choices
    financial freedom
    living my life to bless others because now i can
    making choices which align with priorities which I have chosen.

    Purposeful living is where it’s at!!! It’s simplified but only because it’s on purpose!

  • Carole October 4, 2012, 5:55 am

    Three tiny pleasures for me: just being with the ones I love, enjoying a quiet morning drinking coffee, walking with my friends..those are the moments that make my life special.

  • sherri October 4, 2012, 5:58 am

    Tall glass of cold iced tea, a really hot shower, and long hugs from my kiddos.

  • Kristie October 4, 2012, 6:04 am

    1. watching my cat meticulously bathe herself.
    2. sitting on the porch at our mountain cabin and taking in the long range view.
    3. getting up before anyone else and having a cup of coffee alone on the sofa in the dark.

    thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • Mike Dixon October 4, 2012, 6:07 am

    Going for a nice trail run.

    Going to the dinner with friends after a long weekend run.

    A nice nap.

  • Christine October 4, 2012, 6:10 am

    Three of the tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    1. Sleeping in on Sunday mornings
    2. Reading a good book
    3. Crossing something off my to do list

    Congratulations on your book!

  • Kimberly Green October 4, 2012, 6:20 am

    3 tiny pleasures:

    1) I love listening to the sounds of ‘morning’ all by myself, as the sun is rising.
    2) watching a storm roll in, with lightning for a great light show.
    3) taking a hike through the woods with my 16mo old and hubby, taking in all that nature has to offer us that day.

  • Shadlyn Wolfe October 4, 2012, 6:21 am

    Tiny pleasures:

    1. Cat claws lightly gripping the shoulder seam of my shirt for balance as he presses his head against my neck and purrs.

    2.. A journal and my favorite pen, the one with ink that flows smooth and glossy.

    3. Settling in to read on a chilly night, wrapped in a real silk kimono and loving the sensation as the material shifts from smoothly icy to silky warm against my skin.

  • Lauren B October 4, 2012, 6:23 am

    I love snuggling with my 7 year old son while he reads me books, warm pajamas straight from the dryer, and worshiping the Lord.

  • Sarah W October 4, 2012, 6:24 am

    1- Birdies at the bird feeder
    2- Doggie kisses
    3- Sunrise

  • Jaime Mazza October 4, 2012, 6:25 am

    1. Dreaming about tiny houses as I’m mailing in my over sized rent check
    2. Dreaming about magical far away places as I sit behind my office desk
    3….just dreaming

  • Torie October 4, 2012, 6:33 am

    3 simple pleasure:

    1. my chickens
    2. morning coffee
    3. walking outside in the morning sun

  • Heather October 4, 2012, 6:36 am

    3 little things that give me joy: My son’s bare feet peeking out from under the covers, a really good Friedrich’s (local) mocha in the morning, and the fact that there’s a vintage car lot/restoration shop across the street from my day job, entitling me to look at old Camaros, Chevelles and Mustangs every day!

  • Kit October 4, 2012, 6:39 am

    Three simple things I love to do is take my girls for ice cream, take the dog on a walk & commute by bike

  • Lisa Jahn-Hight October 4, 2012, 6:39 am

    Finding Grace In Small Things each day, sharing information with people that might make their life better, snuggling with animals or kids. Thanks for doing what you do and this opportunity for us to remind ourselves about the simple things in life that are special. 🙂

  • Gina October 4, 2012, 6:45 am

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy are: a baby’s giggle, taking a picture of a beautiful sunset, eating a nice warm homemade chocolate chip cookie. 🙂

  • Benny Rebergen October 4, 2012, 6:46 am

    Giving a bodybalance class makes me happy. Being close to myself and share that with others.

  • Lindsey UK October 4, 2012, 6:48 am

    1. My first cup of tea each morning.

    2. Going to the cinema during the day to watch a film alone.

    3. Spending a whole morning/afternoon in a coffee shop reading 🙂

  • Todd October 4, 2012, 6:49 am

    1.) Watching my kids sleep.
    2.) Evening walks with my wife.
    3.) The first sip of a really cold beer.

  • susan October 4, 2012, 6:52 am

    Sitting on the back deck watching the hummingbirds “fight” with each other.
    Rubbing my dogs belly while he lays on the grass.
    Taking a walk through the neighborhood.

  • Yannick October 4, 2012, 6:53 am

    Chosing just three pleasures was tough, but here goes:

    Walking along the beach, feeling the sand between my toes
    Smelling filter coffee brewing first thing in the morning
    Singing along with Andrea Bocelli while preparing a meal for my family

  • Geoff S. October 4, 2012, 7:01 am

    Hi Tammy,
    Love your work!
    For me three tiny pleasures would be:
    A really good cup of coffee
    A hot shower
    Reading in bed

  • ww October 4, 2012, 7:04 am

    one of my cats purring beside my head
    my dogs’ enthusiastic greating when I get home
    sipping “warm lemonade” at the start of the day

  • Suzy October 4, 2012, 7:21 am

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy…

    – baking (cookies, bread, cakes…anything!)
    – walking off the metro train each evening, looking up and seeing my sweetie waiting for me in the car
    – downloading a new book to my Kindle

  • Krista October 4, 2012, 7:23 am

    A slow ‘ease into the day’ cup of tea in the morning overlooking the water, a weekend with no obligations or items to check off the to-do list, and group yoga class!

  • Willow Shields October 4, 2012, 7:25 am

    After 5 years of very hard work, my husband and I are debt free and love our downsized and upscaled life! We live by a little river and a big garden. Three of my favorite little pleasures are eating my fresh veggies, a beer on the deck at 5 , and waking up without an alarm. Thank you for sharing your small is beautiful passion.

  • Margaret October 4, 2012, 7:31 am

    Thank you – I would love to win a copy of the book!
    Three pleasures: lying in bed cuddling my cat, feeling a cool breeze blowing over my face, and being part of my local volunteer fire department.

  • Mary P. October 4, 2012, 7:35 am

    1. eating chocolate 🙂
    2. sitting around the fire pit on a cool evening
    3. Leaving work on a friday afternoon.

  • Pablo October 4, 2012, 7:37 am

    My Tiny Pleasures:
    1. Staring up from under our maple tree and seeing the autumn yellows arrive.
    2. Belly laughs from my 4 year old when I tickle her neck.
    3. Early morning quiet when I am the only one awake in our house.

  • Christina October 4, 2012, 7:42 am

    A freshly opened bottle of my favorite beer
    A dip in a cold lake on a hot day
    Complimenting someone else


  • Kiera October 4, 2012, 7:44 am

    3 Tiny pleasure that make me happy…camping, my dog on my lap, a hot cup of tea on a cold windy day. I would love a copy of this book…lately, I’ve been called to simplify, that’s how I came across your lovely blog.

  • R.E. October 4, 2012, 7:50 am

    Three of my tiny pleasures are:

    1. Sitting close to the ocean at that golden time of day before dusk, when everyone else is gone.
    2. Watching my granddaughter sleep
    3. Seeing the birds, who had been waiting patiently, swoop down for food when our resident “St. Frances” feeds them in the morning

  • Josiah October 4, 2012, 7:52 am

    I love watching movies with my wife.

    I love sitting on the porch watching any body of water.

    I love reading my Bible.

    I also, love the daily emails from Rowdy Kittens : )

  • Roland Stolfa October 4, 2012, 7:52 am

    Love your books. I have a couple of them (as e-books), and would love to get this one as a coffee table book to share with visitors.

  • Fred Pitts October 4, 2012, 8:01 am

    Waking up just before dawn to enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee and a piece of dark chocolate while the sunrise bathes the room in vibrant colors. Writing and drawing with a fountain pen that is itself a work of art, enjoying the smooth, glistening lines on fine paper. Listening to the sounds of early morning, the songs from birds outside the window, the gentle snoring of the dog at my feet, and the crackle of a new fire driving away the chill of the night.

  • Joelle October 4, 2012, 8:03 am

    My three bits of happiness:
    – strolling by the lake on a beautiful day
    – having a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in at night
    – sharing a joke with a person I’ve just met

  • Jennifer October 4, 2012, 8:11 am

    I llove getting a new book on one of my favoite subjects.
    I love early spring mornings.
    I love seeing how happy my dogs get when I get home.

  • Amy Levesque October 4, 2012, 8:14 am

    I love the feeling of my breath catching and my heart skipping a beat because of a beautiful sight, sound, or experience.

    I love getting the chills as I close my eyes and lean back on a swing.

    I love the silence of dawn creeping over the horizon, giving me a moment to settle into the day and give thanks.

    Thanks for this opportunity – I hope your book makes it big! I’ll put it on my wishlist!

    -Amy from Operation: Wanderlust

  • Malika October 4, 2012, 8:16 am

    I love taking a walk with my tiny dog to our lovely vegatable co-op, I love learning how to jog, and I love to watch a free movie in a park!

  • Sonja October 4, 2012, 8:16 am

    1. My child’s hugs
    2. A good book from the library
    3. A bubble bath

    It’s all the little things that make my day worthwhile. Congrats on the book

  • Leann October 4, 2012, 8:17 am

    When a child holds my hand

    A voicemail left by my sweet grannie

    blueberry pickin

  • Esther C October 4, 2012, 8:20 am

    My 3 tiny pleasures…
    1. biking my son to school
    2. going to get my baby as she’s just waking up
    3. reading bedtime stories to my kids while snuggling

  • Drew October 4, 2012, 8:20 am

    Simple pleasures-

    waking up knowing I’m in control of my destiny each day
    the smell of coffee beans I just roasted
    Tracking down the perfect smaller home for myself through images and plans

  • Sera October 4, 2012, 8:21 am

    3 small pleasures:
    1. taking my dogs for a hike
    2. the smell of the first cup of freshly brewed coffee each day
    3. volunteering my time to do community service with Girl Scouts.

    On a related note – ran a community service event where we had thirteen 14-year old Girl Scouts working with younger girls teaching them about ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Best part was when one of the teen girls said that donating her time made her feel so good and this was ‘the best meeting of the year’

  • Vanessa October 4, 2012, 8:28 am

    My small pleasures are:
    Cooking a meal at home
    Writing in my journal
    Calling my family

  • Carrie October 4, 2012, 8:33 am

    *Mint hot chocolate
    *Unexpected laughter
    *Smiles of gratitude

  • Monique October 4, 2012, 8:34 am

    3 small pleasures:
    Green tea
    Waking up when everything is still quiet
    Freshly washed sheets

  • Mariah October 4, 2012, 8:36 am

    *Looking at the night sky..especially in Arizona where I grew up. Breathtaking!
    *Good hot coffee waiting for me when I get up (thank you programmable coffee maker!)
    *Sleeping in on Saturdays.

  • bethany October 4, 2012, 8:37 am

    My first thoughts of tiny pleasures were all simple delights that I enjoy seasonally (while backpacking, when we get the once-a-year snow, etc) but I really like the idea of cultivating and appreciating the tiny pleasures in everyday life. So, in that spirit:
    1. exchanging the same first words with my husband every day (“good morning, beautiful girl” and “good morning, sunshine”)
    2. a square of dark chocolate
    3. hand-knit wool socks

  • Tamara October 4, 2012, 8:37 am

    Love the site and your name (-:

    Three small pleasures:
    1. The quiet in the early morning, before everyone gets up.
    2. Watching my kids play outside.
    3. Exchanging a smile and a few kind words with the clerk at the grocery store.

  • Hillary October 4, 2012, 8:37 am

    1) Quietly watching the koi fish swim in my boyfriend’s pond.
    2) Pausing during a trail race or hike to catch and appreciate the views.
    3) Staying in bed just a few minutes longer on a hectic weekday morning to savor the crisp morning air and early morning sunlight wafting in through my window.

  • D October 4, 2012, 8:44 am

    -Tickling my cat’s tummies
    -hot showers
    -pumpkin beer!

  • Anne October 4, 2012, 8:48 am

    It’s hard to pick just three, but here goes:

    1. Being welcomed home with a hug from my lovely husband and a delighted victory welcome-tour of the hall by my wonderful old dog.
    2. Finding an unexpected rainbow breaking through the clouds.
    3. Receiving a letter from a friend.

    Congratulations on your book!

  • Victoria October 4, 2012, 8:50 am

    My three simple pleasures are easy to list as my two young children and I start our lives over together after life changing events.
    1. Watching nature with my two young children
    2. The sights and smells of fall (woodsmoke on the first cold morning, apple cider, pumpkin anything, the beautiful colors of nature, turkeys and deer in my yard, the new musty smell of the woods 🙂
    3. Dreaming, saving and planning for a tiny home for me and my children to build together and call home!

  • L J S October 4, 2012, 9:09 am

    My three tiny pleasures
    1. Listening to my son tell me what he thinks
    2. Watching my children devoure something I cooked
    3. Pillow talk with my husband

  • Sunny October 4, 2012, 9:17 am

    1. Watching my babies sleep.

    2. Walking through crunchy, dry leaves.

    3. Splashing through wet mud puddles on my bike.

  • Michele Couture October 4, 2012, 9:27 am

    There are so many small pleasures…I picked three related to our little garden in the city.

    1 – Finding small and large toads hopping around our little garden.
    2 – Seeing chipmunks in the wood pile.
    3 – The smell of the herbs and tomato plants after the rain.

  • Melanie October 4, 2012, 9:44 am

    My son’s bare feet on my legs when sleeping, watching a baby being born into loving arms, ( I’m a doula and student midwife), that first hour in the morning when everyone is still asleep.

  • Kelly October 4, 2012, 9:49 am

    Three of the very many things that make me happy:

    Burying my nose into my horses long black mane and taking a deep whiff – smells just like my pony Toby did 40 years ago, taking me back to my childhood days. Thank you Toby & Dyno.

    My Corgi’s wet, cold nose and her soft, soft fur.

    The wonderful damp, earthy, leafy, fresh-air smell I enjoy when riding horseback in the woods on rainy Fall Days.

  • Leonard October 4, 2012, 9:50 am

    1. When I’m feeling down and the cat comes by and rubs his face against you and starts purring.
    2. Walking along and finding a penny.
    3. After what seems like forever, the avocado seed finally sprouts.

  • Sandi October 4, 2012, 9:56 am

    I LOVE the tiny pleasures! So many to choose from…

    1. The crunch of leaves under my feet on a crisp Fall morning.
    2. Laughing with a dear friend over a good cup of coffee.
    3. Hearing a favorite song at just the right moment (okay, anytime).

    Just writing this makes me smile. I can’t wait to read your book!!!!!

  • Amy October 4, 2012, 9:59 am

    -waking up to a rainy morning and hoping it stays that way…
    -morning coffee
    -when the breeze is strong and steady and then I get a little burst of cold wind mixed in there. never fails to make me smile…

  • Mary Kerns October 4, 2012, 10:09 am

    sitting in the park with a friend, watching the birds at the feeder, listening to my cat purr.

  • Tagati October 4, 2012, 10:14 am

    The three tiny pleasures of life that I’m now enjoying are:

    1. Smelling freshly ground espresso beans and making French Press coffee
    2. Spying the neighboring owl gliding through the dusk and landing in one of the trees
    3. Hearing the faint sounds of the foghorn in Port Townsend in the early morning.

  • Kelli M. October 4, 2012, 10:26 am

    Some of my tiny pleasures are: waking up with my dog Jake pressed against my side, that first swallow of milk cold milk out of a brand new carton, and receiving a handwritten letter.

  • Margaret October 4, 2012, 10:29 am

    Three tiny pleasures…
    -knitting a gift for a friend (obviously while drinking tea!)
    -going for a nice long bike ride
    -stepping on crunchy fall leaves

  • Corey October 4, 2012, 10:31 am

    Three simple pleasures:
    – cuddling up in blankets I made
    – a head bump with my cat Saki
    – water when I’m really thirsty


  • Amber Huggenberger October 4, 2012, 10:33 am

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    coffee ready and made for me when I wake up in the morning
    listening to a book on tape in the car on the way to work
    my students telling me they love my class

  • Tim October 4, 2012, 10:37 am

    1. eating the same breakfast of medium decaf coffee, muesli, and a bunch of already peeled red grapes at the coffee shop before work every weekday morning
    2. delighting in finding a heretofore unknown book in the new release section of the library (and thinking what a cool job the librarian who gets to stock that section must have)
    3. watching NCIS because it reminds me of my deceased WWII Navy veteran father who told me about the show

  • Heather October 4, 2012, 10:38 am

    My three small pleasures are laughing with my husband and daughter, reading a good book, and going for walks along the water. Thanks.

  • Marissa October 4, 2012, 10:44 am

    Here are my three tiny pleasures:
    *The silence of walking around my neighborhood in the evening.
    *Having my purring kitten jump up onto my lap to keep me company.
    *Smiling at a stranger and having them smile back.

  • Peter October 4, 2012, 10:48 am

    Simple pleasures include watching a chickadee dart to my feeder, watching the waves roll on to the beach and
    reading a “page turner” mystery.

  • Lindsay October 4, 2012, 11:09 am

    Three small pleasures:
    1. A nice bath
    2. Hugs from my son
    3. Chatting with my husband at the end of the day snuggled in bed

  • Leah October 4, 2012, 11:12 am

    3 tiny pleasures:

    feeling the sun in my face
    walking to town
    listening to the early morning birds

  • Kristann M October 4, 2012, 11:13 am

    Simple pleasures:
    * Having a slice of toast slathered with butter and my homemade raspberry freezer jam, made from local berries I picked myself (WAY better than store bought jam), along with a cup of hot cocoa in my favorite china cup. Best breakfast ever!
    * Lying on the floor petting my two pet rabbits, Toffee and Jewlie, feeling their soft fur and listening to them “munch” their teeth (the rabbit equivalent of a purr).
    * Reading a good book with one of my cats on my lap and my husband nearby reading his book with another cat on his lap.

    I don’t need a copy of the book as I already bought it (and loved it!) but I thought I would share my simple pleasures anyway, since it brought me a lot of pleasure to read the other entries.

  • Anonymous October 4, 2012, 11:21 am

    Falling Leaves, the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven, cuddly kittens

  • Lauralee L. October 4, 2012, 11:21 am

    Falling Leaves, the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven, cuddly kittens

  • Barbie October 4, 2012, 11:30 am

    1. A good stretch.
    2. A strong cup of tea.
    3. Watching my hubs come out of the water dripping, and smiling.

    Thanks for asking!

  • Diane October 4, 2012, 11:48 am

    Dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt mixed in.

    My cat sleeping on my lap.

    The way I feel after exercise of any sort.

  • Jen October 4, 2012, 11:52 am

    1. Kissing my kids when they sleep
    2. Petting my dogs on the soft bridge of their noses
    3. Spooning my husband as I fall asleep

  • Stephanie Wilson October 4, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I love waking up in the morning with my dog Jack by my side, I’m comforted when my husband brings me coffee in the morning with a smile, and I love that my life is so much better without so much stuff in it!

  • Jenny October 4, 2012, 12:29 pm

    3 small pleasures:
    1. The laughter of friends.
    2. The clicking of my knitting needles.
    3. Flying down a hill on my bike.

  • Al Butzer October 4, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Happy babies, happy teen agers, happy elderly.

  • Tracey Starr October 4, 2012, 12:57 pm

    1. Rolling around on the carpet with my two little boys
    2. Going to a coffee house with my wife and just talking about life.
    3. Sitting under the shade reading a good book.
    PS. I already purchased your book on Sept. 11 ??, got it on my kindle fire the first day it was offered to e-readers. BTY, it was awesome and I enjoyed reading it while drinking my coffee under the old oak tree.
    God Bless, Tracey

  • Collin October 4, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Three tiny pleasures?

    Seeing a student finally understand something they’ve had trouble understanding. Waking up early while camping and enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning light, while everything is still covered in dew. And last but most definitely not least, going rock climbing. Any time, any place.

  • nancy hale October 4, 2012, 1:09 pm

    3 tiny pleasures

    being a wife
    being a mother
    being a grandmother!

  • Claire October 4, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Three tiny pleasures:

    Singing along to Beatles songs, no make-up days and the smell of lavender.

  • E.B. October 4, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Three simple pleasures:

    1) Feeding the birds. Right outside the living room windows I have a feeder, and I’ll also place seeds along the porch railing; it makes me happy to see a line of chickadees, finches, tufted titmouses (titmice?) and other birds lined up in a row enjoying the seeds.

    2) Cleaning the windows with a non-toxic mix of vinegar and water. Might sound ridiculous, but having a clear view to the outside while I’m at my computer is a pleasure (and makes it all the easier to see the birds).

    3) I’m a night owl; if the sky is clear I’ll spend some time outside trying to learn the constellations in the night sky.

  • Meredith October 4, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Three tiny pleasures that make me happy:
    1. A warm mug of tea
    2. Good music
    3. Fuzzy socks on a chilly night

  • Kim Fortin October 4, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Three (Not So) Tiny Pleasures
    1. The bright colors of fall leaves here in Minnesota leave me invigorated (and I was doubly happy since they were all brown last year).
    2. Reading books, blogs, and magazines that get me up off my butt and growing towards my dreams (Rowdy Kittens, Be More with Less, Yes! Magazine)
    3. When I meet a new dog who’s straining eagerly against their leash to say hello 🙂

  • Tony Mindling October 4, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Wow, this will be the 426th comment to this post, and it is only the 4th of October! Tammy, you will have a big job choosing. And I’m not even expecting this to be read, let alone being one of the chosen three comments – I see it as an opportunity to express those things I am hugely grateful for during a trying time. You see, five weeks ago my wife and I acquired two Shih Tzu puppies – 8-week-old brothers Joey and Mickey. For nearly a month we enjoyed their exuberant joy as they explored all aspects of their expanding world, through all of their senses. The greatest joy was seeing how they shared that joy together, as if they were a single creature under one skin. But tragedy struck – “dietary indiscretion”, said the vet – a twig or other object that created internal bleeding, and we lost Mickey Tuesday after three days in the hospital. We are thunderstruck with grief, but nevertheless immediately decided that Joey needed a buddy. And so 8-week old “Buddy” entered out lives. Although grief for Mickey is deep, these small pleasures are helping me along:
    1. Opening their kennel in the morning to watch them burst out and continue embracing the joy of life;
    2. Watching the sweet and gently pleasure that Joey takes in his new “brother”; and,
    3. Watching the joy my wife takes in 1. and 2.

    • Tammy Strobel October 4, 2012, 4:18 pm

      @Tony – I’m reading all the comments. They are wonderful! I’m going to choose the winners through random.org.

      Also, I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy. I’m glad that you got Joey a new buddy. 🙂


  • Danielle October 4, 2012, 2:59 pm

    1. Grooming my horse.
    2. Silence.
    3. Watching the clouds.
    Thank you for having this giveaway! Would love to win. I just discovered your blog, and you’ve inspired me to completely change my life.

  • Maria October 4, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Simple things:

    Finding great used books for next to nothing.
    Watching the rain from my window.
    Looking at treetops sway in the breeze.

  • Brenda October 4, 2012, 3:45 pm

    1. Watching the waves at the ocean
    2. Getting lost in a great book
    3. Listening to live music

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

  • adrian October 4, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Yay for another giveaway! Our lives are chaotic right now (fortunately only for a season), so these 3 tiny pleasures have become so special to me:

    * Friday night movie nights with my hubby
    * Early Sunday morning hikes with my pup
    * Saturday morning yoga

  • Jan White October 4, 2012, 4:05 pm

    My little doggy
    Spending time with loved ones
    A clean and tidy house

  • Mary Jane October 4, 2012, 4:13 pm

    3 small pleasures:
    An early morning walk with my 2 corgis
    Knitting anything
    Sampling every pumpkin beer ever brewed

  • Jason October 4, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Hello Tammy, I like the ideas and the excerpts I have seen. Thanks for taking the time to write this out. I bet it has to be kind of exciting to see all of the people you are reaching.
    My three things:
    A round of golf before everyone else gets out.
    A great new draft beer with a friend who can appreciate
    A conversation with a kindred spirit that lasts for hours and seems like minutes.
    Once again, thanks for the book!

  • Tiffany October 4, 2012, 4:35 pm

    – Reading to my daughter, all snuggled up on the couch.
    – Cooking old family recipes with the hubby.
    – Walking the dog through our neighborhood park.

  • Wayne Turner October 4, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Cold day, warm blanket, hot tea.

  • Nancy Cramer October 4, 2012, 5:16 pm

    *Enjoying a cup of coffee, basking in a new day, contemplating what it will bring.
    *Undertaking one of many awaiting tasks/repurposing a thrift find/in leu of buying new.
    *Relishing the look on the friends face when presented with the unique, original find that
    he/she trusted me with, to redo, to fit their personality.

  • Leslie, the home maker October 4, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Three things I love?
    1. Playing with my daughter’s hair, while we chat about her day.
    2. Singing at the top of my lungs to the shuffling iPod songs when no one else is home.
    3. Hearing birds singing sweetly from the top of my neighbor’s house, EVERY morning.
    I am so excited about your book!
    (I just finished reading your book’s reviews on Amazon and in one of the reviews someone mentions your blog, so I had to pop over and see it/you for myself, since I am also a blogger!)
    We have been staging (simplifying/decluttering/organizing) to sell our 3300 square foot house. I have my eye on the Tumbleweed Enesti floorplan (900-ish square feet), and have started daydreaming about it (I’m so sick I made a Pinterest board for it), so even if I don’t win a copy that you give away, I am ordering one on Amazon!
    Many blessings to you as you make your home!

  • brad October 4, 2012, 5:57 pm

    my pillow, freshly shaven head and face, time with my family & without technology.

  • Katie October 4, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Snuggling while reading books with my baby boy; a cup of coffee on my deck in the morning; fresh line-dried sheets

  • Iveth October 4, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Once everybody has left the house for the day. I sit on the couch, my dog curl next to me and then I slowly sip and savor a big cup of coffee. It’s like the world is a better and calm place in an instant, and If I’m lucky there are some finches by the bird-feeder.

  • Robin Muff October 4, 2012, 7:26 pm

    Little things that make us happy are often the things we take for granted. Sometimes the little things are what enable us to make it through the tough times. Little things can be big things! Some “little things” that are very important to my happiness are: 1. when my husband comes home (he always honks the horn to announce his arrival because he is happy too) 2. when my teenage daughter comes home from her job 3) being able to pet our cats and dogs and enjoy our chickens that always bring a smile to my face 4) and, of course, my complete rest in God!

    I am so pleased for you that you got your tiny house. I have been busy planning our own downsizing lifestyle and freedom and recently attended a workshop with Deek. Yippppppeeeeee! Go, Tiny, Go!

    P.S. Of course I really hope you pick me to get a free book!

  • Patty October 4, 2012, 7:45 pm

    -I love the feeling of Winter coming.
    -I love watching nature.
    -I love laughing with my fiance.

  • Kim October 4, 2012, 8:06 pm

    I love a glass of red wine on a quiet evening, cuddling with my boys on a rainy day and wet nose kisses from my sweet lab.


  • Candice Vega October 4, 2012, 8:27 pm

    3 simple pleasures- coffee before the kids wake up, sleeping on clean sheets, walks with my husband on cool nights

  • Stephanie October 4, 2012, 8:32 pm

    I love walking my dog, the smell of baking bread, and laughing ’till I snort.

  • Joy October 4, 2012, 9:20 pm

    1. savoring a dark chocolate bar
    2. listening to old “mix tapes”
    3. listening to the crickets at night

  • Ronda October 4, 2012, 9:24 pm

    1. My wiener dog snoring in bed beside me 🙂
    2. That first cool breeze of the fall – I live in Texas and I wait a LONG TIME for this every year!
    3. My first sip of morning coffee – every single day, no matter what.

  • Chrystal October 4, 2012, 9:41 pm

    * hearing my kids laughter throughout the house
    * the quiet of early mornings
    * the trees on campus slowly turning to red

  • The Tasty Companion October 4, 2012, 10:56 pm

    My 3 Things:
    -Morning swims at my local beach, just hanging in the water before the crowds arrive
    -Being able to nap in the afternoon
    -A cup of strong green tea any time of day

  • Jill October 4, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Ooh, this was fun to think about! Three of my tiny pleasures are hearing my son giggle, looking for sea glass “treasure” at the beach, gently swinging in the hammock while lost in a good book.

    Thank you for the opportunity to revisit some happy memories – the best tiny treasures of all!

  • Elizabeth October 4, 2012, 11:31 pm

    My three simple pleasures are :
    Cuddle feast with my feline friends.
    Metaphysical Adventure Novels
    Cooking for family and friends

  • Elizabeth October 4, 2012, 11:41 pm

    My three tiny simple pleasures are:
    Thriftstore shopping ,and finding a treasure for someone I LOVE knowing the gift fits or suits them to a “T”.!
    Rainy afternoon’s in autumm sipping hot coco, and reading a Metaphysicial Adventure Novel, or a marathon on TV.!
    Making art with Children and helping them develop their sense of creativity and imagination!

    • Elizabeth October 4, 2012, 11:43 pm

      I don’t understand why this isn’t posting but the second one is the REAL entry. After giving it more thought!

  • Jeffrey! October 5, 2012, 12:17 am

    My tiny pleasures are:
    * Slowly learning the banjo
    * Watching the sun climb up above the red rocks of Moab, Utah, every morning
    * Finding a comfy space and curling up with a book.

    Thank you so much

  • Sophie October 5, 2012, 12:18 am

    1. baking
    2. going to the library with my toddler girl
    3. reading

    All the best with the book!

  • Roland October 5, 2012, 1:12 am

    Hi Tammy,
    Nice of you to give away a copy of your book. It feels a little bit embarrassing to me that you receive so many comments this time. I will buy a copy myself. And there are too many tiny pleasures anyway.

  • Joyce October 5, 2012, 1:25 am

    1. cuddling with my husband
    2. laughing over a good joke
    3. reading a good book

  • Deb October 5, 2012, 3:59 am

    Tammy, Thanks for the idea, thinking of simple pleasures is in itself a pleasure:
    1. Since I bought my parent’s home the oak tree in the front yard and I grew up together. I enjoy laying under it watching the leaves move with the wind and the birds fly in and out.
    2. Breathing in my husband’s natural smell during a hug.
    3. Catching up with an old friend on the phone.


  • Jane October 5, 2012, 4:41 am

    Hello there – what a great competition, I have loved reading everyone’s tiny pleasures. I think mine would have to be
    – swimming (in the pool or the sea, I love the feel of moving through the water)
    – blackberry picking, especially with my kids
    – sitting by the fire with a hot cup of tea and a great book

  • Patraq October 5, 2012, 4:50 am

    I would love to win a copy of your book!

    Three of my most enjoyed tiny pleasures lately are:
    1. My quiet time in the morning to read and drink coffee before anyone else wakes up
    2. Watching my daughters run and play chase with their new puppy
    3. The cool weekend we’re about to have after a summer of brutally hot temps. I can’t wait for some quinoa chili!

  • Liesl Schick October 5, 2012, 4:54 am

    Three simple pleasures of mine
    1. Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning and reading before the 4 kids wake up.
    2. Walking the nature trails at the park with my family and dog.
    3. Biting into a juicy Honey-crisp apple – a true treat of the season.

  • renay October 5, 2012, 5:24 am

    Watching my 5y/o old daughter “teach” my 2y/o grandson reading and math (Yes, yes, I know! But she’s worth every extra lb on my middle aged body!) 🙂

    Baby goats!

    Those brief rare moments when absolutely everything in the world is perfect because I’m still enough and aware enough to appreciate what’s around me.

  • Phillip Adams October 5, 2012, 5:41 am

    The tiniest, yet most rewarding feeling is when my 12 year old daughter still holds my hand when walking thru a parking lot or store.

  • Josie October 5, 2012, 6:05 am

    A good book
    A soft blanket
    A good cup of Tea.

  • Karina October 5, 2012, 6:12 am

    Hi Tammy
    My three things (in no particular order!) would be:
    ~ my first cup of coffee in the morning
    ~ walks in the countryside with my husband
    ~ chilling out with friends over a meal and glass of wine
    All the best with your book
    Best wishes

  • Gina October 5, 2012, 7:34 am

    Star-gazing with my husband on a crisp,cool autumn evening, the warm,welcoming nicker of my horse as I enter the barn, taking three young grandchildren (all under the age of three!) apple-picking … tiny pleasures of life that are true treasures.

  • Carolina October 5, 2012, 7:37 am

    1. drinking an iced chai latte in the mornings to get my day started
    2. watching a swan family swim around the isle that we live
    3. crossfitting. moving my body makes me feel healthy and alive.

  • Kevin Closson October 5, 2012, 7:39 am

    #1 – Spending mindless time watching Sponge Bob with my two darling daughters of the tender age of three and four. One demands that I tickle her belly while the other insists that I tickle her back. Through all of this, they explain the complex world of Bikini-bottom.

    #2 – Practicing football one-on-one with my 10 year old son. My eyes well up as my heart fills with pride (I warmly keep the secret that he may be the worst football player on the planet).

    #3 – When you fight with yourself to give or extend something that you really can’t afford whether it be financial or emotional. Then after the exchange, relearning the life lesson “that it was the right thing to do” by experiencing the wave of emotional gratification. My soul again has been reset :).

  • 1. Watching my cats nuzzle and snuggle together.
    2. Seeing my son when he comes home from college.
    2. Being held by my husband.

  • Terri October 5, 2012, 8:07 am

    Three tiny pleasures for me: hiking through the woods in the Fall taking in all the smells and sights around me; brushing my dog….he gets so relaxed that it also relaxes me; sipping a nice, hot cup of coffee on a chilly morning and looking out my patio door-wall to the sights beyond.

  • Meredith October 5, 2012, 8:23 am

    Early morning runs in the morning with my dog, first cup of coffee in the morning, reading the cartoons first in The New Yorker.

  • Cathy October 5, 2012, 8:41 am

    Clean sheets, a warm cat, and foot rubs from my husband.

  • Caitlin October 5, 2012, 8:58 am

    My tiny pleasures are: the feel of wool in my hands as I’m knitting; a cup of warm tea with honey, especially on a cold or rainy afternoon; when my dog snuggles up next to me; early morning walks with my dog; my husband’s smile; the changing fall leaves; the smell of crisp fall air.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenny October 5, 2012, 10:05 am

    The tiny pleasure that’s keeping me going at the moment: the first breath of fresh air as I leave the house in the morning. Even as it gets colder, I love being outside!

  • Gwen October 5, 2012, 10:25 am

    A run – anytime and anywhere, a twinkle in someone’s eye, and my dogs wagging their tails. These always bring a smile and joy to my heart.

  • pacasha October 5, 2012, 11:09 am

    Hugs from my sweet 5 year old, knitting or spinning on the porch with hummingbirds buzzing around my head, quiet moments daydreaming before everyone else wakes up in the morning.

    I get these things every day- except the hummingbirds. They are seasonal.

    And I am so blessed!

  • Rose October 5, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Some of my tiny pleasures include:

    1. The chorus sound of locusts on a summer evening.
    2. An undisturbed nap on a Saturday afternoon.
    3. Having time to lay in bed and read a National Geographic from cover to cover while enjoying endless cups of coffee.

    These things make me happy 🙂

  • maria constantino October 5, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Taking a walk in the woods, feeling the breeze on my face, and watching a beautiful sunset.

  • Norman October 5, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Landscaping for free by starting plants from cuttings or seed or rescuing discarded plants
    Turning a mini-space into a mini-oaisis.

  • Lisa October 5, 2012, 7:33 pm

    My simple, tiny pleasures: Fresh air with big starry skies, warm showers and dark chocolate mint anything! Thank you for sharing so much and inspiring all of us to live life fully!

  • susan October 5, 2012, 8:08 pm

    would love a copy of your book little things that make me in aw and happy seeing my besties little guy Reid he lights up a room always happy just to see him hold him get a laugh hug always cheers my day, hummmm what else looking out at the beautiful colour of the trees im up here in northern ontario out past Kakabeka Falls they call it the little Niagra of the North love Fall. Going out spending a day with one of my besties wether just broke and go for a ride coffee lunch always laughs love my friends Happy Thanksgiving all

  • Clara October 5, 2012, 8:34 pm

    3 little things that bring me happiness:
    A spontaneous hug, kiss, and “I love you, Mommy!” from my daughter; a cup of tea in a pretty mug; a silly joke told by my husband just to make me laugh.

  • Maria Wilsey October 5, 2012, 9:02 pm

    My cup of tea in the morning, the moon as it follows me when driving, my 3 cats that know me. (you know there is so much to be thankful for, limiting it to 3 is not easy. Children or babies, all animals, innocence, kindness, sun rise, sun sets, stars, rainbows, beaches, mountains, rain, rivers, oceans, the beauty of flowers, insects, birds so much to be grateful for, thank you for the reminder).

  • Betty Spooner October 5, 2012, 9:14 pm

    holding my newborn grandson in my arms while he sleeps
    watching a summer rain from the front porch
    the crunch of fall leaves in an autumn wood

  • Hazel October 5, 2012, 9:16 pm

    i love hot tea on cold days, the smell of freshly-cut grass, and the feel of clean sheets neatly tucked into the bed!

  • Anna P October 5, 2012, 11:44 pm

    MTPs: (my tiny pleasures)

    * drinking freshly brewed Rooibos tea
    * discussing happiness and other inspiring things with loved ones
    * listening to John Coltrane’s blissed jazz playing.

  • Yujing October 6, 2012, 12:27 am

    Baking bread.
    Eating bread.
    Sharing bread.

  • maria pilar conn October 6, 2012, 1:21 am

    waking up, rolling over in the bed and feeling myself sink into my very soft mattress
    going out to my balcony, in my bare feet and nightgown, freezing and saying good morning to my “jacaranda” tree
    my sunday morning looking at coffee table books about tiny houses, eco friendly houses, etc in total silence

  • Terez October 6, 2012, 7:04 am

    A few of my favorie, simple things are

    1. Listening to the sound of children laughing at play

    2. Paying someone a sincere compliment and seeing the smile on their face

    3. Seeing trees crowned with brilliant, vibrant color during the Fall

  • Tasha October 6, 2012, 8:52 am

    eating s’mores with my family, watching my dog sleep & snore, and waking up to the sound of birds <3

  • Myriam October 6, 2012, 10:09 am

    Morning Tammy!
    Three of my favorite simple pleasures:
    – Taking an afternoon nap with my cat;
    – Sharing freshly baked scones and a cup of tea with a good friend;
    – Feasting my eyes and fingers on soft and colorful yarn.
    Thank you for your insight and inspiration Tammy! Cheers!

  • m.l. October 6, 2012, 11:03 am

    3 of my favorite little slices of happy:

    Exuberant, heartfelt hugs!
    Waking up to dappled light filtering through leaves.
    A 4 year old’s sincere hollerings of “I love you!” as I walk away down the street.

    There’s just so much love, and so much to love in the world!

  • catharine geiges October 6, 2012, 11:22 am

    First…my favorite little pleasure is named Zoey…my only grandaughter.
    Second…after years of disconnect…I love long phone chats with my Mother.
    Third…I love every single one of my little Facebook pages likes.

    You are so right; relationships trump “stuff” every time.

  • Grace Van Dam October 6, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I love cooking for my family and friends. I love visiting with them in my garden. I love playing with my cats. There are so many simple pleasures in life. Like waking up in the morning knowing it’s a brand new day and making it the best one ever.

  • Bethany October 6, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I loved reading your book! Just finished and would love to own it.

    I love my family.

    I love when it finally gets to under 60 degrees here in Texas!!!

  • Diana October 6, 2012, 1:25 pm

    1) Balancing our bank accounts–seriously! It is not scary anymore.
    2) Watching my cats enjoy their sunroom.
    3) The feeling I have after a great workout.

  • Bethany October 6, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Picking huckleberries, laughing with my best friend, and waking up each day sober and healthy.

  • W. Hall October 6, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Hi there!
    My three tiny pleasures are:
    Doing things that make me happy
    Finding different ways to save $-homemade natural products; joining a food co-op; free stuff & things to do
    Creating ways to simplify my life
    I’m sure your book will help me in these areas! Thank you

  • Kiana October 6, 2012, 7:52 pm

    My simple pleasures!

    A kiss on the cheek
    Children’s laughter
    Going to sleep and waking up everyday, a mini “life cycle” of practicing death and rebirth.

  • Steve October 6, 2012, 10:10 pm

    1. Black Coffee – Extra Hot
    2. Summer Rain
    3. Open Windows

  • Amy October 7, 2012, 8:20 am

    Snuggling with my cats.
    Reading my favourite blogs while my husband sleeps in on Sunday morning.
    Taking an autumn walk in the woods.

  • Cate October 7, 2012, 8:44 am

    My be-here-now zen master..Riley my beautiful pooch and fun loving companion
    Peace and quiet of my small sanctuary home on a small Salish Sea island
    Greeting each day with gratitude and wonder in a natural setting of trees, ocean, wildlife, skies, fresh air, beauty!!

    Read your wonderful book, couldn’t put it down..well written and researched, a must-read for everyone I know.
    Thanks for being so inspiring Tammy!!!

  • jane October 7, 2012, 9:16 am

    Three tiny pleasures:
    1. Warm sun
    2. Full coffee cup
    3. A great book

  • Karyn Machler October 7, 2012, 9:39 am

    my three tiny pleasures:

    *inhaling the scent of wet earth after it rains
    *being on the receiving end of an infant’s smile
    *lying on my porch, gazing at stars

  • Jeane George Weigel October 7, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I live in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Every day I get up before sunrise and walk in the forest with a friend and my two dogs. As the sun rises, we curl into cups of good Italian coffee and interesting conversation. Can’t think of any pleasures I love more than these.

  • Susan October 7, 2012, 1:38 pm

    1. Pancakes on a lazy morning with friends
    2. Sunset kiteboarding sessions
    3. Curling up with a good book

  • Shana October 7, 2012, 2:36 pm

    1) I love sitting outside (in the fall especially) watching people in their daily lives while drinking a foamy, rich latte.
    2) I love to watch my chickens be chickens. Their antics and personalities are fun and fascinating.
    3) I love it when my honey-bunny looks at me with loving, kind eyes (which is often).

    I would love a copy of your book. 🙂

  • Chandra October 7, 2012, 3:01 pm

    1. Cuddling with my kitties
    2. Reading a book
    3. Relaxing in a cozy bed on a cold morning


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