a lot of catching up to do…

Allow me to apologize for slacking in blog updates! I have an entire week of gifts to brag about!! So let’s get started…

Day 12. For my birthday a dear friend and I went to Chicago. On Friday we spoiled ourselves with facials and manicures! It was so relaxing; especially after my massage the previous day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so pampered! After our spa time and checking into the hotel we went out for an amazing Fondue dinner. Neither of us had ever been to a fondue restaurant; and let me tell you, I’m glad there are not a surplus of them in the Springfield area, because I would honestly want to go every night! We had a cheddar cheese fondue appetizer with bread, apples, and veggies; soybean oil dinner fondue with beef, chicken, potatoes, and veggies + tons of different dipping sauces; and of course a chocolate fudge fondue dessert with a platter full of fresh fruit, graham crackers, angel food cake, marshmallows, and tons and tons more! It was sooo good! The facial was my intended gift to myself but between that and the fondue, I really spoiled myself that day!

Day 13 started with a gift bright and early! Enter: GIANT WHOOPIE PIE! This was my breakfast and close to the only thing I ate the entire day! It took me about 3 hours to finish, it was sooo big and rich and delicious! Plus it was vegan so thatkindameans healthy right!? ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM!

Day 14 I was perusing etsy (bad idea!) and came across this awesome scarf:

I told you I was obsessed with scarves, and yes I already have two red scarves at home but they arevery different from this one! Plus, can’t you just see me wearing this to numerous Cardinal games this summer!? I can. It’s perfect!

Yummy!

Day 15, the big Valentine’s day. Such an interesting holiday it is. I love reading facebook on Vday, there is always a veryย entertaining spread of pro vs. anti- VDay comments. One of my favs: “just woke up to my children and wife making me heart shaped pancackes. fighting back the tears in front of them, I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Ok, so I’m not one for vday, romance is not high on my list this year; but I’m still a sap at heart and it touches me to see old friends happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I ‘romanced’ myself this year with one of my favorite Valentine’s Day treat…chocolate covered strawberries. Ok, so really that’s one of my favorite anytime treats!

Moving on to Day 16. I took my Kindle with me to Chicago this weekend, and I realized how badly I needed to get a case for it. So I found this super cute one on Etsy (It’s almost as addictive as pinterest, but it costs you money…don’t start!). The outside is all that bright paisley pattern. Plus, the fabric and stuffing is wrapped around a plastic piece so it offers some safety too. Pretty excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last, but certainly not least, Day 17. I discovered something very exciting a couple weeks ago at a trivia night I did; and I have been waiting to try it ever since. Allow me to introduce you to Pink Moscato. No you did not read that wrong…moscato that is pink! I was thrilled! I love moscato and obviously I love pink! How can it get any better!? I’m really not sure that it tastes any different. It’s very possible that the brilliant marketing minds decided to add dye to my moscato and increase the price. And I’m ok with that! I am going to enjoy my pink moscato with a smile! I’ll let you know if it tastes different!

Wow it has been an exciting week! I am going to try to promise myself no more food gifts! I’m getting my diet back on track after this week!!! I can’t believe another 30 days is over halfway gone! 13 more days of gifts and then I will have to come up with another idea! I should start thinking on that now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend everyone! I promise not to wait until next week to post again! โค

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On the 4th day of birthday gifts…

Boyce Avenue.

Enough Said. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been wanting this CD forrrrrever. ((It’s Boyce Avenue New Acoustic Sessions, Vol 2 in case you can’t see in the pic)) But it is only available in an mp3 download. I’ve been debating over this since pre-Christmas days because I LOVE LOVE LOVE his voice and covers; but I really want to be able to listen to it in my car and it is such a hassle to have to download it, transfer it, burn it, etc. If you haven’t heard them before watch below. Like now. Seriously, I’ll wait. Go ahead….::whistlingWAITINGwhistling::

See?? I was right, huh…Amazing! โ™ฅ So finally, I decided to go ahead and buy the full album in an mp3. The great thing? I figured out how to get it on my computer, kindle, AND phone all without a mess of cables, transferring, time, etc. Oh, technology these days!

One happy girl…

Day 1, All Over Again.

It is time for my next 30 day adventure. Being that February is my birthday month, I decided to celebrate all month long…so:

30 Birthday Gifts in 30 Days!

Yes, I intend to treat myself 30 times in the next 30 days….I know totally selfish, right!? But I don’t do that often; and I feel like I deserve a little something special..err, 30 somethings special! Besides, my daddy would totally tell me I deserve it! ::big-spoiled-daddy’s-girl-smile::

So, today, I fully intended to treat myself with a day off from working out; but then Kim wanted to do body pump…so I went. (AND THEN SHE DITCHED ME! Just Sayin!) I did weigh in though, and over my 30 days of working out I lost 11.5 pounds and 7% body fat…not too shabby! That’s a good gift right there! I also got a bag full of amazing, organic fruit from my dad!! DELICIOUS…does that count!? Welllllll….I didn’t technically get that for myself…. ๐Ÿ™‚

So after much consideration I decided to buy myself a book on my NEW Kindle Fire! No, the kindle wasn’t my gift to myself; I got that from an accumulation of gift cards! But, I just received it a couple weeks ago and literally have been so busy I haven’t had a chance to do anything with it! So tonight, I bought my first ebook AND learned how to get it onto my Kindle…which was a very confusing process! Thank you Sai from Kindle Live Chat Support!

Don’t make fun….if you know me, you know that I am EPICALLY bad at decision making. It’s true, World’s Worst Decision Maker-It’s something I really need to work on! Anyway, this caught my eye somewhere…most likely pinterest….and I read the first couple pages online. It actually seems really interesting so I’m excited to read it. I know, I know…when do I have time to read!? Well perhaps by the end of the month I will have finished it…or perhaps I’ll gift myself with a ::coughcough:: call in sick day and just read on my porch all day! ๐Ÿ˜‰