Monday, September 26, 2016

A Happy 30th Birthday!

Yesterday I turned 30! It feels so surreal when I think about my life at 30 years old. I have two wonderful babies, a job I like, a home I love, the very best friends, a husband I fall deeper in love with every day and I'm healthy. I honestly could not ask for more. Here's how I celebrated my milestone birthday ALL weekend...
On Friday afternoon my birthday twin bestie and I dipped out of work early for mani/pedis!
Afterwards I arrived home with just enough time to refresh my makeup and change for my birthday dinner before the kids got home with Matt. Ms. Jamie arrived right behind them and we promptly exited the house for our first stop of the night -- drinks at Baku!
Matt picked Baku for our cocktails stop because it was the location of our very first date night after we had Caroline. After a passion fruit bellini for me and a bourbon cocktail for Matt we called our uber drive back and drove .3 miles away to our final dinner destination - Dogwood Southern Table.
We arrived to our dinner table where 4 of my very best friends and their hubbys were gathered and shouting "SURPRISE!" at me. I was honestly so overwhelmed. I know I say this all.the.time. but I really do have the greatest friends in the world. For the next 3 hours we sipped on cocktails, enjoyed incredible food and closed the night with one last surprise - a beautiful birthday cake! 
 
ALSO! The girls surprised me with the very, very, very, VERY best gift too -- a gift card for a massage at the Ritz!! I am so spoiled!!
 
Saturday morning all the ladies got back together for Lisa's baby sprinkle! Afterwards I took a long nap to recover from my birthday dinner the previous night. Later that afternoon Lisa and John hosted us, Sara and Wyn over for a delicious steak dinner while the kiddos ran around and demolished popsicles.The minis were so wiped out that they crashed into bed and gifted me with the most perfect night of birthday sleep. 
Sunday morning we slept in until 7:50 am (THANK YOU LISA & JOHN)! We dressed the kiddos in their Sunday football best and headed to breakfast!
We went to Little Spoon Eatery for breakfast and I had the largest cup of coffee ever. The coffee cups at this place are so big that they require two hands and don't have handles. A ginormous cup of coffee (and donuts) is pretty much my perfect way to kick off my first day in my 30's.
I had the most delicious pork belly bacon, egg and cheese sandwich and Matt had chicken biscuits.
During breakfast the kiddos surprised me with a birthday card. And inside was a hilarious note with a gift card for a massage. They are so thoughtful. Matt wasn't supposed to get me anything but I can never trust him at special occasions. In typical Matt fashion his card contained a super sweet message and ended with "now accept my calendar invite" which he had sent while I was reading my card. The invite was for a trip to the mountains together. THE BEST!
After breakfast we made a trip to Walmart to let the kids pick out their Halloween costumes. Caroline was clearly indecisive so we bought all six costumes for her. Kidding. It was a tough call but she ultimately decided to be a bumble bee. And Thomas picked the Superman costume in about 8 seconds.
The rest of the day we lounged, grocery shopped and ate cupcakes. It was pretty much the perfect 30th birthday weekend. Thank you all so much for the birthday love!

Previous Birthday Celebrations
29th Birthday
28th Birthday
27th Birthday
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Five on Friday!

This is definitely a happy Friday for me! It's my birthday weekend and tonight Matt is taking me out for dinner (location is a surprise) to celebrate! On Sunday I turn the big 3-0 and I honestly cannot believe it! But then I catch my wrinkles in the mirror and totally can.
Happy 4 year friendship anniversary and 31st birthday, Laura!!
To kick off the birthday celebrations my birthday twin bestie and I are getting pedicures this afternoon. Funny short story - Laura and I met through blogging 208 weeks ago. We were loyal blog readers of each others for awhile before we ever met in person. Then one special birthday 4 years ago we ran into each other while celebrating our birthday dinners at our favorite restaurant - Cowfish. And we were wearing the exact same dress. It was then that we knew we were destined to be besties. Fast forward 4 years later, Laura and Andrew are some of our very best friends now!

Okay, I know, I know I promised a five!

My sister was in town earlier this week for a night! Prior to her arrival she shipped my birthday present down early so she wouldn't have to check a bag. Anyway, I am so obsessed with the new products she added to my skincare collection that I must share!
So this is my current line up of favorite face products. And it just so happens that I love all 5 equally. Some of these I've mentioned before and two of them are my new birthday prezzies. However, they all deserve a shout out for being amazing. If your skin starts to freak out a little bit during the cooler temps you should consider trying some (or ALL) of these...

one // Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Not new to the blog but definitely worthy of mentioning again. This refreshing facial spray contains aloe, herbs and rose water and makes for a perfect setting spray! And it's only $7!

two // Mindful Minerals Get Dirty Mud Mask. My sister has been using this for awhile and surprised me with a bottle for one of my birthday gifts. I am loving it. It's tingly after it sets in and feels SOOO good when you wash it off. You all know I have major skin woes and this stuff clears away all my dead skin and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

three. Clinique Moisture Surge. Hands down, the best moisturizer I've ever used and I've tried a LOT.  

four. Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap. Another gift from my seester (she's been using for over a year) and I am obsessed with how refreshing this daily cleansing soap is. Also, it smells heavenly. Mario Badescu just doesn't disappoint!

five. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I use this on top of my moisturizer at night. It adds an additional silky layer of moisturizer to my face and in the morning I can totally tell a difference. This is definitely a product to have on hand for winter!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall: 5 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes


Happy first day of fall! To celebrate this amazing season I'm sharing five of my favorite pumpkin recipes!
one. No surprise here - Pumpkin Dip coming in at #1! This pumpkin recipe is one of my top blog posts of ALL TIME with more than 370,000 page views! It is SO good though and is definitely a crowd pleaser. Make it ASAP! 
 
two. Easy Pumpkin Bread. So this recipe is so dang fantastic because it calls for TWO ingredients.


three.  Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies. My kids flip when I make these. And I kind of do too. This festive twist on muddy buddies makes this snack perfect for fall!

four.  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Don't toss your seeds this year while carving your pumpkins!

five. Sparkling Pumpkin Beertail. A boozy finale to my round up, this cocktail contains all the best flavors of fall.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? 
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