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33 Things in 33 Years

Today is my 33rd birthday. I can’t even believe it! For those of you twenty somethings out there reading this, while 33 sounds really old and scary to you….don’t let it be. To be honest, I have enjoyed my 30’s much much more than my 20’s. Now that I am in my 30’s, I feel like I can impart some wisdom on you. Here are 33 things in the 33 years I have been around!


  1. Attitude is everything.
  2. When people say sleep when you’re dead, they don’t really mean it. Everyone needs a good night’s sleep to be at their best!
  3. Friends will come and go from your life. Hold on dearly to the ones that are there for you at your worst. They are keepers and you will be so thankful for them.
  4. You do actually need to know your fractions. How else are you supposed to figure out sales in a store? Duh!
  5. People can really suck. There are so many negative, miserable people out there that just want to bring you down to make themselves feel better. They are toxic and you don’t need them in your life.
  6. People can also be amazing. When horrible tragedies happen in your community, look around. I bet there is a stranger helping another stranger. Remember those kind faces when life gets you down.
  7. We are all going through something, the world doesn’t revolve around you.
  8. Never let go of your dreams. It is never too late to start working towards them, no matter how crazy they seem.
  9. Just buy the crock pot liners. Life is too short to wash that shit.
  10. Any human that can be cruel to an animal doesn’t deserve your time.
  11. Never, ever take the beauty of nature for granted.
  12. The beach is good for your soul.
  13. Never pay retail full price.
  14. Never let someone dull your sparkle or tell you your worth.
  15. Feelings are hard. Those of us who have them wish we could rid them, and those who feel nothing have no happiness.
  16. You can never be over-educated.
  17. Be careful with your words, they cut deeper than any weapon.
  18. When someone is being difficult to love, they need your love the most.
  19. Chocolate has antioxidants, just eat it.
  20. YOLO
  21. You will never regret being kind.
  22. Nothing smells better than an infant or a puppy.
  23. Laugh every day. Laughter cures so many things.
  24. If you notice on your way home that you are going to need to get gas the next morning, just get it now. Your future self will thank you.
  25. Marry someone you can laugh with. Beauty and money can come and go, but laughter you will have forever!
  26. Your mom was right.
  27. Spend time looking at the stars at night. Nothing can put things in perspective more than realizing there are galaxies that we don’t even know about among the stars that we can see.
  28. Do something charitable at least every year. The more often the better.
  29. Let go of things in the past. Just forgive, forget and move on. It doesn’t help anyone to hold a grudge or anger towards something/someone. Or to use the past in a current argument.
  30. Never say never.
  31. Treat yo’ self.
  32. Do something that makes you feel like a kid. It’s good for the soul!
  33. Growing a human is the coolest thing I have ever done.


Shout out to my birthday twin Kate!!! Happy Birthday!!!  Not only do we share the exact same birthday, but we are pregnant at the same time!! How cool is that?

And shout out to Andrea for the sweet sweet birthday surprise I received last night. I am so thankful that blogging has brought so many amazing people in to my life. I appreciate each and every single one of your comments and exchanges I have with you through email.

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  • Reply Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1 August 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! and Amen to getting the gas the night before. I still fail at that one often! – Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer August 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have the best day! These are some damn good lessons, friend. I hope 33 is your best year yet!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine August 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

    K I’m singing Happy Birthday to you right now but you don’t wanna hear it, lol. You are welcome sweet pea and I hope this day is amazing for such an amazing woman!! I try to live by so many of these and find the older I get the more important things like treating yourself and eating chocolate really are. 😉 Love and Birthday hugs to you my friend!!

  • Reply kristen August 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

    i am so fucking sick of washing my goddamn crockpot. why haven’t i bought liners yet?
    lol @ your mom was right. right?!
    and yes to never regretting being kind.
    that first photo is precious. well both of them are. you’re the cutest.
    all of these are spot on – you’re the smartest cookie nadiney (yep, did it again).
    happy birthday!! hope this year is the best.

  • Reply Laura August 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    That first picture of you is sooooo cute!!!!! Ummmm, there’s crockpot liners? What have I been doing my whole life? Getting gas is the most necessary evil in the entire world – and a million times yes to laughter in a marriage. Happy birthday bestie!! I lurve you to death.

  • Reply Katie Elizabeth August 17, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love love love this! Happy Birthday, friend!!! Hope it’s your best year yet!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter August 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Happy Birthday Love! Your 33 points above are fabulous! I, too, am 33 and love it. I feel so much more secure in myself at this age than I did when I was younger. This is going to be your best year yet as a Mama! I know you are going to love it! Best present you will ever receive!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots August 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Love the throwback pics! And omg yes crockpot liners are the best invention ever! Happy birthday!! Treat yo self!!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky August 17, 2016 at 10:42 am

    happy birthday!! love that cute pic of you blowing out your candles 🙂

    next year, you’ll be a mom and celebrating your little one’s bday too!!

  • Reply ADRIENNE August 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Happy Birthday …..and still as cute as a button! =)

  • Reply Audrey August 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Yes yes yes to #10. And I need some crock pot liners in my life…

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista August 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hey there birthday twin! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Fabulous list, and I’d love to co-sign all of it especially the beach being good for the soul, needing to know fractions, never paying full retail price, and growing a tiny human being the coolest thing we’ve ever done. As much as I dislike getting older, I definitely am loving my 30’s more than my 20’s. Have a fantabulous day sweet friend <3

  • Reply Rebecca Jo August 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are so right – I never use my crockpot if I dont have one of those liners.
    Laughter cures so much – amen to that!

  • Reply Amy Getz August 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    OMG! I LOVED these! Everyone was just on point! Happiest of birthday wishes to you – may today and always be fabulous!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Happy happy birthday friend! I hope that you have the best day celebrating! You had so many good things on your list, but I especially love the ones about toxic people and the fact that mom is right. I’m dealing with some toxic people right now, and I know that cutting them out of my life is going to be the best thing!

  • Reply Erika August 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This entire list is amazing. Especially 9. And 19 and 25. Have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! August 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love this list, and I’m totally buying crock pot liners tonight because of it!

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World August 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Happy birthday!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph August 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Sierra August 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love all of these! I’m cracking up at the crock pot liners. Hope your Birthday is a fabulous one 🙂 Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Stephanie August 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! 33 is my favorite number 🙂

  • Reply Jen August 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    “Just buy the crock pot liners. Life is too short to wash that shit.” Quite possibly the wisest words ever spoken.

  • Reply Emelia August 17, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I LOVE THIS! You’re the best. I hope you have the best birthday.
    *Friends will come and go from your life. Hold on dearly to the ones that are there for you at your worst. They are keepers and you will be so thankful for them.—-SO SO SO true…the ones through the ugliest shit last the longest 🙂
    I spit out my water reading the crockpot liner one. So. Damn. True.
    and yes yes yes to marrying the one you’ll laugh with…I’m glad we got some funny men to keep us happy! Enjoy your birthday girlfriend!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis August 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Happy birthday pretty lady! Sorry so late to comment. I hope you have a wonderful birthday week/month and I know you will with Chris being the comedy kicker he is

  • Reply texerinsydney August 17, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    So many great nuggets of wisdom!
    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply ellesees.net August 18, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I hope you had an amazing birthday!! The gas one–I literally need to do that today and work on it in general. All great advice. May 33 be your best year yet!

  • Reply Teh Megan August 18, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  • Reply mandie August 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I hope that you had a wonderful day! 🙂

    I love this list, I especially love the one about getting crock pot liners, that made me giggle. Tee hee!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family August 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Yes yes yes to this whole list!! Love it! I just used a crock pot liner today in fact. 😉 Happy (belated) birthday, Nadine!!

  • Reply katie August 23, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Happy (very belated) Birthday! Um, I didn’t know crock pot liners existed!! Thanks! And yes, mom is ALWAYS right. Love “You will never regret being kind” xoxo

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