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

Yummy Dessertness…

I have been deemed “Official Taste Tester” for House of Madison Dessert Boutique.  🙂

My oh my — this could mean trouble!  I love sweets, any and all kind!  Cookies, pies, cupcakes, ice cream, cake pops, pies — oh I already said that. 😉

Maisha Cottman is the brains behind this operation.  House of Madison website.

As some of you know, I host organizing seminars with different groups around the region.  Each person who attends receives a goodie bag as part of the seminar.  Inside the bags are coupons for different local businesses.  Maisha decided to make some cookies as her advertisement.  All but one — or two — made it in the goodie bags.  Those cookies were out of this world!  I am not sure if the dough had lemon in it, but it was SO delicious.

Her cake pops are amazing as well.  Just sayin! 😉

Check her out if you are looking for someone to make a delicious cake for a party — or cake pops — or cookies! 🙂

Until next time…