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!? 🙂 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!


Day 15, the big Valentine’s day. Such an interesting holiday it is. I love reading facebook on Vday, there is always a very 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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂 Happy weekend everyone! I promise not to wait until next week to post again! ❤


happy REAL birthday…


Well, yesterday was my actual birthday. And it was a great day! ❤ But first let me get you caught up on days 9 and 10.

Day 9. I was browsing amazon tonight for random things and came across this STL Cardinals license plate cover! If you are unaware I LOVE the cardinals. Live and die by Cardinal baseball really. And I figured that this chrome cover will be the perfect edition to my new car. New car, which was not a birthday gift, for those of you briefly stricken by overwhelming jealousy. 🙂 I’m excited for it to come in!

Dias Diez. I’m super excited about this gift. While it was a much more expensive one, it’s one I’ve been wanting for a while! I finally signed up for a membership at Gold’s Gym and started personal training. I had my first session on day 10 and it went great! I was super nervous but it was awesome and I can’t wait for my next workout!

Finally, yesterday. It was a GREAT day! I worked out first thing in the morning (funny story: showed up for Body Pump @ 5:30am…and there is no Body Pump on Fridays. Duh!) and then came back home for a nap. I got a birthday Starbucks Iced Tea and went to class. After that, enter birthday gift numero uno: I got an amazing massage at BJ Grand Salon. It was so relaxing! I also got some new shampoo and conditioner! I know that sounds boring but I’m totally a shampoo snob and I was very excited about it! It’s a new line made by BJ for girls who work out a lot. It’s a special formula to keep your hair from doing that stringy workout thing. Plus it’s all natural: no chemicals, etc. They are trying to go green too; so if you save the bottles and take them back in, they will refill them! And most importantly it smells awesome! Plus, I got a free water bottle! Who doesn’t love free!? I haven’t tried the shampoo yet, but I’ll be sure to report back. After my massage I got to have lunch with my daddy. We went to Lake Pointe Grill and I broke my diet for the first time since Christmas. It was delicious, but I was SO full! I also got a few amazing gifts fresh from Paris thanks to Daddy and Therese! ❤ Finally, I had a little time to relax before my last but certainly not least gift to myself for the day…Twist N Swirlz. Mmmm!! For those of you who are not familiar it is UH-MAZ-ING self-serve yogurt with every conceivable topping known to man. Seriously, too many flavors to choose!! But I did…sort of…Verdict: Banana Fro-Yo with fresh strawberries, hot fudge and a little granola to top it off. Banana Split. OH SO GOOD…oh ya, and a small side of Peach Ginger because it’s so amazing but I just like it plain. Yes, I got two. They were small people! Hence my ‘sort of’ decision. 🙂 YUM!