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34 Things For My 34th Year

You guys. I turn 34 today. Well, 30. The 4 is silent. Obviously. The thing is, my thirties have been my favorite years yet. I feel much more comfortable in my own skin, I care less and less of others opinions, I know what is important to me, Chris and I have found a good balance in our life, and of course…Zoe has brought more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined and I am so thankful everyday for our sweet sweet family.

Shout out to my birthday twin, Kate!!! We were born on the exact same day in the exact same year. How cool is that? We almost managed to have birthday twin daughters, Zoe is just a few weeks younger than S!

I thought I would share 34 things about me. I always like learning new facts about people, and who doesn’t like a list? Danielle shared her 34 things about her recently too.

1.I am originally from Pennsylvania. I have also lived in Missouri and Georgia. I lived in Atlanta the longest and felt most myself there, but Birmingham is feeling more and more like home these days.

2. My Spotify playlists are all over the board. More often than not, you will find me listening to music that is at least 10 years old or more. Isn’t the music from whenever you were in high school/college  your favorite?

3. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with my BBA in Real Estate. I still work in the real estate field today.

4. My first memory is of when I was two and walking in my grandmother’s yard barefoot, getting stung by a bee. Still traumatized today, as I tend to run anytime a bee flies near me.

5. My favorite toy growing up was my Care Bear. Love-a-Lot to be more specific. She went everywhere with me. True story, I slept with her in my bed until I was 22 and brought Gracie home. I was afraid that she would try to eat her, so she stayed in my closet after that.

6. On my 18th birthday, my parents present to me is the butterfly tattoo that is on my right shoulder blade. My dad drew it for me. There are two hearts, one on each wing, that are in memory of my Grandma Jerry and Grandpa Carl.

7. The only bone in my body that I have ever broken is my big toe.

8. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast.

9. My first car was a bright red 1993 Jeep Cherokee.

10. I played the flute all through middle and high school.

11. My favorite colors are pink and purple.

12. The only country I have visited is Canada when I was ten years old. My sister was five.

13. I have been to 19 states: Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

14. I never went to prom. In fact, my senior year I worked on prom night.

15. My first job was at Kirkland’s. I started at the one located at Mall of Georgia and worked for the company until my first “real job” after college. I am still friends with my boss who hired me.

16. When I was a freshman in high school, my dad won tickets to a Matchbox 20 concert for me. It was my very first concert, and to this day, Hang is still one of my most favorite songs.

 

17. I have young parents. My mom always says that we grew up together. I have no clue how she did it, since I am nearly twice the age she was when she had me. She did such an amazing job with Tracy and I. I hope that I can have a close relationship with Zoe. One of my main worries is that I am an “old” parent.

18. My absolute favorite food is my mom’s homemade pierogies. She makes them every year for Christmas.

19. My favorite season is fall. There is something special about that first fall morning. You know the one….where it has a little crisp in the air and you can literally smell fall. All the gorgeous leaves, the cooler temperatures, the jewel toned clothing, football season. I am a fall girl!

20. Chris and I met on a dating site. We prove that they can have a happy ending!!! Today that isn’t so uncommon, but some people gave us a hard time about it back then.

21. For NCAA, I am an Alabama fan all the way. My second favorite team is Georgia. I cheer for the Steelers and the Falcons in NFL.

22. I prefer cookie cake to actual cake. In fact, I don’t like actual cake except for the icing.

23. Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip are my favorite ice cream flavors.

24. We all collect something, don’t we? My collections include antique character glasses and Chris and I have a pretty large vintage video game collection going. Also, I love designer purses and sunglasses and have a little stash of each. Treat yo self, I say.

25. I am an INFJ.I have taken the test several times over the years and always end up with the same outcome.

26. I can decide pretty easily on big life decisions if I like a car or a house, but please don’t ask me to pick where to eat.

27. When I was little, my dad worked two jobs and was a volunteer fire fighter. One of this two jobs was a paramedic. I loved when he would take me for ambulance rides. Anytime we were in downtown Greensburg, I would start saying Angel II Angel II and he would drive me by Angel II, the medical helicopter.

28. My first dog was a Dalmatian that my sister and I named Lucky, after our favorite Dalmatian in the 101 Dalmatian movie. My dad was actually excited that is what we wanted, as he had a Dalmatian named Sparky when he worked as a fire fighter.

29. I have always been shy. So much so, that my Kindergarten teacher tried to hold me back telling my mom that I wasn’t emotionally ready for first grade. My mom thought that was total crap and pushed me on anyways. I excelled all through school with my grades, so she made the right choice.

30. I can’t swim. My mom took me to swimming lessons at the YMCA in the second grade and part of the training was being thrown into the 12 foot end of the pool to do jumping jacks. That scared me for life. I made such a fuss and was so scared, my mom was embarrassed and we quit my lessons.

31. Chris proposed to me at Stone Mountain a little over a month after we started dating. I said yes and here we are over seven years later. Sometimes you just know what you want.

32. My little sister is the strongest person I know. I am thankful for her every. single. day.

33. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

34. I have never been to Disney World. I have been at a resort inside the park for work and got to see the fireworks show at night, but never actually got to visit the park. Now that we have Zoe, we are so going!!!!!!!!! If it is the only place I get to cross off my bucket list places to visit, I will be happy.

In honor of my birthday, treat yoself to something today. Since it is my birthday, the calories don’t count!

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Birthday Wish List and TBB Asks

We are already knee deep in August and you know what August is? My birthday month!!! I do like to treat myself to a few things throughout the month and create a wish list for funsies. Here are a few things I wouldn’t mind having wrapped up just for me!

This Rose Gold Gorjana Lariat necklace has been on my wish list for nearly a year. I think it would go with so many things in my closet and be such a staple piece!!! It would also layer nicely with my beloved Kendra Scott necklace I wear nearly every day!

I am also obsessed with this BaubleBar Aimee Layered chain. Since it is gold, thicker and layered…it gives a completely different look than the Gorjana one!

How cute are these mules in blush??? I am in need of some new work shoes for the fall/winter and these would be perfect!

I want to get a purse that is a little easier to tote around with baby. I love don’t need to carry as much now that she is a little older and I want something I can take to work too without having to take things in and out of her current diaper bag. I think a backpack style like this or a larger tote like maybe this would be better.

How pretty is this Skippy Dip Lip Topper by Jouer?

I am obsessed with slides and these are a classic!

This shirt looks crazy cozy for the fall weekends! I could use a pop of color in my wardrobe.

Cole Haan is the only brand of flats I have found that I can wear for more than a few hours without wanting to throw my shoes in the trash. I have a pair of black ones, and I really want to get a pair of nude to wear as well. These look perfect!

I would love a fancier band for my apple watch, this rose gold one would be perfect! Love the price too!

When Andrea emailed me about TBB link up, I knew I had to participate! These are fun questions to get to know someone better and I got right to drafting my post! But then I forgot all about it when I posted about my weekend on Monday. Better late than never, I always say!

Pool, Lake or Ocean?

My favorite place is the beach, I love to listen to the ocean crashing into the shore. But from the pool. I rarely get in the ocean. If I do, it is maybe ankle to knee deep. Never more. The pool is more my jam.

Camping, cottage or hotel?

I am so not an outdoor person. I never say never, but I seriously cant see myself ever thinking that camping sounds like a good idea. Give me all the indoor amenities and air conditioning. Please and thank you! A cottage or hotel suits me fine.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookie Dough

Pj’s, Nightgown, T-Shirt/Shorts or Birthday Suit?

Usually shorts and a tshirt or short cotton nightgowns.

Fave Summer Beverage

Fruity beers and ciders or a mojito. At the beach, I do love a good pina colada! Cant believe I didn’t even have one this year.

Would you rather be hot or cold?

Cold cold cold. Please give me the cold! For someone who lives in the deep south, you would think I would be used to the heat. I hate it! You can always add layers, but you can only take so many off. I am a fall/winter girl.

Sandals with heels or flats?

These days you will find me in flats 98% of the time. I also appreciate a good wedge.

Shorts or skirts?

Neither! I were dresses in the spring and summer or pants in the winter.

Sit in the sun or the shade?

Unless it is in the upper 60’s or low 70’s, you will find me in the shade. See above. I hate sweating.

Water, tea or soda?

water

Fave summer fruit, vegetable?

Pineapple! Nothing beats a pineapple in peak season! I also love fresh ears of corn.

Sunrise or sunset?

I love both, but if I have to pick….sunset. Alabama has some of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen.

Bike, ride or walk?

Alabama is not so not walkable. Not even our downtown area, so ride it is.

Winery or brewery?

brewery

Garden or no garden?

I do not have a green thumb, nor do I have the time.

Big summer concert or music in the park?

Music in the park, I hate crowds.

Fave cookout food?

Filet or burgers

Dine indoors or patio?

Patio, as long as it is shaded if it is too hot!

Fave summer destination? 

Our annual trip to Gulf Shores

Big theme park or local carnival?

Again, I hate crowds. I don’t really care for either. Though I really really really want to go to Disney World!

Drinks blended or on the rocks?

blended

Popsicle or freezie flavour of choice

You know what I miss? Pudding pops!

Hot Dog or Hamburger?

Hamburger

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Currently

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch for a little What’s New With You currently post!

Reading: I just finished Brew or Die and will have the review in the next book link up! I am now on to Dashing Through the Snow. A little Christmas in July/August anyone?

Dashing Through the Snow

Watching:Chris and I just finished watching Ozark on Tuesday night. Get on it!!! SO good!!!

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I also catch episodes of Young and Hungry here and there. It’s a cute show that doesn’t make you think and you might have a laugh or two. We are talking about starting Game of Thrones. We have resisted this long but everyone watches it. Maybe we are missing out? We’ve never given it a chance. I can’t wait for fall TV to start back up!

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Snacking:Carrots and blue cheese, Italian Roll Ups and cherries. I love when cherries go to $1.99 per pound. I take full advantage!

Working: We need to baby proof the house!!! Zoe started arming crawling this week! Not full on crawling, but couple that with the fact that she can pull up on things around the house, it is time to get serious! I rearranged her room yesterday so that she cant knock over her book shelf or side table. I also removed her swing and then cried for like 10 minutes. She is getting so big and she changes every day!

I also started filling in Zoe’s baby book this week. I don’t know why I have waited for almost 8 months to do it, but we are caught up to current on it now. I really want to make photo books for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months. I have yet to start any of that, so we shall see how that goes. I was going to do one book for each month the first year of her life but that sounds a little excessive to me now. Though, I have thousands of pictures and I have a feeling I am going to have a hard time narrowing them down for the four books I want to do. Who knows. Mom’ out there, did you do either?

Purchasing: My Sephora order came last night. I repurchased the Murad Time Release Acne face wash and my coveted Clinique Moisture Surge Intense moisturizer. You guys, both of these are seriously amazing. I have been using the moisturizer for almost a year now, and I started the face wash a few months after I had Zoe. My face is the clearest it has been in a long time and it feels super soft! This is my second bottle of face wash and my third or fourth jar of the moisturizer.

 

Excited: The solar eclipse is this month! It is also my birthday month! Though, turning 34 isn’t anything to get too excited over. It sounds so old, doesn’t it?

What are you up to?

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Five on Friday

Oh hey there, June. What??? Seriously, someone please tell me how it is June?? Anyways, I am watching my nephews today. Crazy how the school year is over, right?? Zoe loves getting to spend time with her cousins! She got to see another one of her cousins at her grandmothers house earlier this week. It was really cute, because when we came home that night she kept pointing to his picture on the refrigerator. My sister and I also plan to see my mom tomorrow for lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. She was at the beach that weekend and we haven’t gotten to see her since. Someone asked me how she was doing since her surgery on her shoulder, and she is doing well. She is in physical therapy right now and told me just the other day that she road her bike at the beach every night, so clearly she is feeling a little better! Other than that, I am not sure what else is on the agenda for this weekend. Definitely grass cutting at some point too. It is never ending over here. Since I just did an add it to your list and currently post this week, I wanted to share some moments and thoughts this Friday instead of doing favorites.

  1. Memorial Day was full of memories in more than one way. Zoe got her first taste of solids!!! We started on pureed sweet potatoes, but I plan to do a mix of purees and baby led weaning style foods. Zoe licked the spoon a few times and didn’t spit any out, so we are calling it a win. She still isn’t sure what to think about it though, we have tried twice since and she only had a few licks and is over it. She stares very contently at anything we are eating though. I think that is why baby led weaning is going to be the better option.

2. I am trying to get back on the healthy wagon. I don’t know why it has been such a struggle for me after having Zoe. I am sitting here 5 months postpartum and completely unhappy and disgusted with my body, and yet lack the motivation to do something about it. I haven’t been eating too terribly bad 100% if the time, but it hasn’t been good either. And the workouts. I just cant seem to make it a priority to fit them in right now. It will require me to wake up super early and get them done before Zoe wakes up. The problem is, I have an hour and a half window of her usual wake up time, so I need to wake up and get that work out in and be done before the earliest that she could be up. And that is really freaking early and mommy is tried from working full time and raising an infant. And life in general.

Having the Apple Watch has helped, because I make sure I at least hit my stand goals for the day. And I try to get at least 50% of my move goal and at least 10 minutes of an accelerated heart rate to be considered a “work out”, but I need to do better. Sooooo this is what my lunches have been looking like. I dont hate it.

What I am trying to say is, I need to make this a priority again and stop bitching about it in my head. So I am putting it out there today to hold myself accountable. Amy posted about doing a midyear reset of sorts yesterday and it was perfect to hear because it is where I am too. If anyone has any tips on how to squeeze a workout in to a jam packed day, let me know! My only option is to workout from home and I have weights and a step and a treadmill and I do YouTube workouts a lot. I need to whip Jillian back out and let her kick my ass too. Woof.

3. Snuggle time is my favorite time. While it can be super frustrating that Zoe fights her naps and sometimes sleep at night, that is when she gives her best snuggles.

4. Target has been killing it lately with their clothes, for both adults and kids. I shared the items I ordered during the dress sale this week. Which, memorial day they were offering an additional 20% off!!!  I went to a different Target near my office on Monday and scored some major deals on kids clearance! They grow like weeds and I feel like every two or three months I am on the search to complete the next size up for her wardrobe. I like to do it all on clearance if I can! How cute is that mermaid rash guard swimsuit? She has an red/white/blue anchor swimsuit in a smaller size to wear at the beach too. Cant wait to see those on!

5. People are always commenting on how Zoe looks just like Chris. Which she does. But my mom reminded me this week that she does look very similar to me at that age too. I think she might be on to something….

What do you have planned for this weekend?

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Never Say Never

I have learned over the years to never say never. Because life is crazy, and messy and unpredictable. And honestly, we all change and evolve over time. I am pretty sure that if you would have asked me 10 years ago, I could have told you with 100% certainty that I would never live in Alabama. Yet, here I am seven years in.

If you would have asked me just a year ago my thoughts on being a full time working mom, I would have told you that was what would make me the happiest. I couldn’t fathom the idea of staying home all day every day with a kid and no adult interaction. I thought it would be maddening. Turns out that working from home and getting to see Zoe all the time has made me feel so fulfilled and so very happy. I cant tell you how many times I have cried in the last week because I know that I am having to return to the office full time and will be putting her in day care soon.

You you could have told me that I would do a month of Whole 30 two years ago and I would have thought you were crazy. Me give up dairy, and grains, and sugar and alcohol for an entire month? Eat that strict? Nope, no faith in myself on that. And yet, in January 2016 I did just that and it was awesome.

When skinny jeans came out several years back, I thought to myself…yeah…not for me. Now? I am pretty sure the only jeans I have worn in the last two years have been exclusively skinny ones.

In high school and college I was a silver only kind of girl. Never even thought of gold as an option. Now, half my jewelry box is gold or rose gold. Still love silver, but I have expanded my collection to be more versatile. I even have some gold things around the house. gasp

I used to be a fast paced city living girl. I lived in downtown Atlanta for years. I thrived there and knew my way around the city and loved that life. Now we live 35 minutes outside of Birmingham in a quiet little town that pretty much no one outside of the county we live in has even heard of. You know what? I love it. Have you ever really seen the stars? You can see them at our house at night without all the city lights. We have lived there 5 years and it still takes my breath away single time. Driving the back roads gives your mind time to wind down. The slow paced life where you enjoy a cold beer on your back deck on a spring day is the life for me.

I mean, I have a pretty good idea of some things I will never do. Like sky dive? Yeah, no. Hike one of the tallest mountains? Probably not. But you know, whose to say what I will be in to and what kind of priorities I will have in ten years, five years, next month. What are some things that you thought you would never do and were dead wrong about it?