Turning the big 3-0…

Forewarning: this is a long post.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! 

I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  I. Love. My. Birthday.  It is my favorite day out of every year.  Okay that might be an exaggeration but I love my birthday.  Always have.

My dad jokes that I have the Stanley Burnham gene in me.  My grandpaw turned 70-something this year.  He loves his birthday as much as a 4 year old kid.  And so do I.  No shame in my game! 😉

I have to agree with this post that turning 30 is something that everyone has an opinion about.  My opinion?  Bring on the 30’s!  My 20’s were a fairly typical laundry list of do’s and dont’s.  I think your 20’s are for finding yourself.  For exploring.  For understanding what life is about .. and can be about.   I’m ready for more exploring and more challenges in the 30’s.  I might be a little nervous about aging gracefully which is why I wear Mary Kay, workout, and drink water (see this post about January’s resolutions)!

Before going on to what I did for my birthday this year, I thought I would share these:

The Minimalists {30 Life Lessons From 30 years}

  • My favorite is #3:  Happiness is not for sale in any store.
  • #4 is also a favorite.  Success means something different to everyone.  Define what it means to you.  Is it money?  Is it happiness?  Is it love?  Is it the zest for life?
  • Don’t skip over #8 either! .. goodness the whole list is awesome!

Forbes {I’m Excited About Turning 30, And Here’s Why}

Great quote from that post:

“To me, the more experiences we accumulate, the greater clarity we can have about the life we really want to live. If each day, we take just one bold step towards what we truly want, eventually it is possible to create the life of our dreams.”

Agreed!

Okay — so what did I do for my birthday?  Well I had big plans for Saturday like hot yoga at 8am, estate sale afterwards, shopping for the Charlotte Today show appearance, picking up my birthday cupcakes, then dinner with Mom & Dad.  The first 2 did not happen.  Oh well 😉

The cupcakes from House of Madison were delish!  I’m still eating them.  Not exactly in line with my January resolution. :/  I met my parents at Mac’s Speed Shop in Lake Norman for a low key birthday dinner.  I had never been.  It was very cool, but I’m not sure I will go back for anything other than the mac n cheese.  Afterwards was a trip back to the apartment for some surprise birthday cake from Jenn’s Sugarlicious Bakery.  Yes that is right.  I had a dozen cupcakes and a large 3 layer cake to enjoy.  Yep January Resolution is moving farther and farther away. 😛

Mom & I having some fun at the Birthday Dinner :)

Mom & I having some fun at the Birthday Dinner 🙂

My wonderful surprise birthday cake!

My wonderful surprise birthday cake!

Sunday was my birthday and I wanted to do something different.  Raymond and I love our Sunday Scavenger hunts but this time we decided to head up to Chapel Hill & Carrboro.

King Cody has all the essentials for the road trip.  Blanket Bed.  Bone.  Baby Cow.  Who's birthday was it again?

King Cody has all the essentials for the road trip. Blanket Bed. Bone. Baby Cow. Who’s birthday was it again?

"Are We There Yet?"

“Are We There Yet?”

The infamous well at The University of North Carolina.

The infamous well at The University of North Carolina.

Looking cute as pie :P

Looking cute as pie 😛

Cody was thirsty -- drinking for the well at UNC

Cody was thirsty — drinking for the well at UNC

This place was awesome!  $25 cowboy boots?!

This place was awesome! $25 cowboy boots?!

The weather was perfect for a day out!  70+ degrees — I wore flip flops!  Super fun day full of walking and exploring.  Slight foodie tour and plenty of pictures.  I was exhausted when we got home.

Monday rounded out the weekend of fun with my Charlotte Today show appearance.  I was a little nervous about Live TV.  My 3M videos were filmed with “help” (aka a script and several takes).  I had a great time and hope to do more appearances! 😉

Ramona Holloway, Me, Colleen Odegaard :)

Ramona Holloway, Me, Colleen Odegaard 🙂

I returned to the land of the living yesterday and had a slight meltdown.  Piles and piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and to-do lists.  Welcome back Jennifer. 😉

What is your opinion on turning the big 3-0?  

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

Happy Birthday … to Raymond

Happy Friday everyone — and a Happy Birthday to Raymond! 🙂

Williamsburg Winery, Oct 2011

What can I say about Raymond?  Well to start, he is my best friend! 🙂  Without him, I would have given up on my business and myself long ago.  He is my words of wisdom, words of advice, business manager, best friend, the list goes on and on.  He and I can have the best conversations on any given day.  I like big talk (aka stimulating conversation).  He can cook like no one’s business.  We all know I like to cook, and am pretty darn good at it if I say so myself.  He is a different kind of chef — a resourceful one.  He can make gourmet out of pasta-in-a-box and veggies.  He can flip eggs and pancakes in the skillet.  I cannot — mine ends up in the floor.  He is — my favorite person in the world. 🙂 ♥ You Raymond!

Our 10 Year High School Reunion – yes we went to high school together. 🙂

Now, we all know I love my birthday.  It baffles me sometimes when other people don’t love their birthday as much as I love mine.  Raymond is somewhere in the middle of “love love” and “it’s just another day”.  He is spending the day at the golf course — just another day at the office for him.  We are heading to Alive After Five at Piedmont Row this evening.  Live music, good food (hello Del Friscos), and a good time.  His birthday present:  the beginning of his brand.  I am having his logo digitized and business cards made.  More to come on this later.

Until next time…

 

How To Plan A Birthday Party {Adult style}…

We {insert: society} can get engrossed with planning children’s birthday parties.  So much so that we tend to forget all about our birthday {or friends, spouse, parents, etc}.  Well, I think we all secretly love our birthdays.  It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE my birthday. 🙂

I hope this post inspires you to plan your own birthday shindig or just as fabulous of one for your friends or spouse.  😉

HOW TO PLAN A BIRTHDAY PARTY {ADULT STYLE}

  • Mail invitations.  Yes – MAIL THEM! 🙂  I love receiving cute invitations in the mail!  We are a little too techie these days.  Lets take it back old school style with snail mail!
  • Add a childhood photo of the guest of honor to the invitation.  This might take some secret digging if you are planning for someone other than yourself.  
  • Ask guests to RSVP (duh)….with a song that reminds them of the person you will be toasting.  
    • Example: If said party was for me, all my friends would reply with “______”.  Go ahead ladies, leave it in the replies.  Lets see if Im right! 😉
    • The songs will become the party playlist. 
  • Have a cake made or catered for the event.  Not a sheet cake people! Go to a local bakery and find out what their specialty is.  
  • Serve a signature cocktail.  My personal faves: sangria and/or champagne.  Find out if there is a special drink that your guest of honor prefers.  Make that! 
    • Set up a cocktail area.  No Solo cups!  This is adult style, not cheap.  😉 
  • Add some flowers and balloons.  Keep it simple with a color scheme.  Blue, Yellow, Cream.    Pink, Black, White.   Turquoise, Coral, Cream.  You get what Im sayin…
  • Say cheese.  Photo booths are SO much fun!  Either (A) hire a local photographer or (B) set up a booth on your own.  I prefer the photographer route. 🙂
    • If you do it yourself… Gather a few playful props, tri-pod, camera, and lightweight bedspread or sheet to use as a backdrop.  
    • Two photographers that I :
  • Serve some delicious food.  I like “shower style” food.  It looks pretty and (if done right) is very yummy!
  • Gifts:  Im a fan of leaving the gifts at the store, and gift a “fun time”.  Memories are worth far more than any sweater or gift card. 🙂 
  • Have a good time! 🙂  
Drop a line with your fave party ideas!
Until next time…

Happy Birthday….To Me

As I mentioned earlier this week, I love my birthday!  As the day gets closer, I find reason in everything to say “I deserve that because it is my very special birthday eve”..or day.

Well that day is finally here!  I’m taking today “off” to spend it with my wonderful boyfriend. We have a few ideas in mind but, in essence, it really doesn’t matter what we do, so long as we have fun doing it!  My parents are coming up this evening for dinner and {hopefully} dessert! 🙂  BTW..birthday dessert #2 also resulted in disaster.  No more cupcake recipes for me!

Happy Friday … the 13th! 🙂  Check back with you on Tuesday.  I have a few fun activities planned for the weekend: Biltmore and Rockbarn Spa, anyone? 🙂