Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday was my 30th birthday, and it was one that I'll treasure for many years to come. I woke up to a vase of flowers and a few gift from Andy, including these pretties!

I headed into work for a bit so that I could wrap up a few concepts for a presentation and then do a conference call with our client.


Just before I left for a lunch date with my mom, my creative team gave me a birthday card and a box filled with new bottles to add to my Essie collection! They also gifted me with this top coat, and I'm so excited to try it out -- the name of it is just so fun and clever!


Upon leaving work, I headed to the Mall of America to meet my mom at FireLake, one of my favorite restaurants. We both ordered the puffed wild rice salad (this is my favorite!), and a cup of their veggie soup. Both were so delicious and we especially enjoyed the soup -- it surprisingly had fresh ginger in it, which sounds a little out there, but it seriously made the soup! Would highly recommend it!


After lunch, walked around the mall for a bit before grabbing a coffee from Starbucks -- I had a birthday reward to redeem and went with my usual order while my mom went with a chai tea latte. 


We shopped around for a bit and I saw these adorable pajama pants at Nordstrom -- I may go back and get them because they were so cute, my favorite color, and my favorite print. Also, I got to wear my new shirt and I'm obsessed with it for spring! 


Just as we were about to leave the mall, we made a quick pitstop for some gelato -- we split a small cup of the key lime pie and wedding cake flavors and it hit the spot! 


I haven't seen my mom since my cousin's birthday party last month, so it was fun to catch up. Before we parted ways, I swung by her car to open a few birthday gifts -- she got me an adorable little succulent plant, a bottle of my favorite wine, and some candy. 


She also made me a batch of her famous homemade granola and I'm SO excited for this! This special treat was always a favorite in our house.


Upon arriving home, I worked on this blog post for a bit before Andy arrived home from work and we headed out for dinner.


I had been looking forward to this salmon dinner all day and it did not disappoint! 


We ended the evening with some Bailey's chocolate cake -- such a sweet finish to a great birthday! 

Do you usually take the day off on your birthday?
Favorite flavor of cake?


Today marks a new decade for me as I enter into my 30s! I'm heading into the studio for a bit and then taking the afternoon off to grab lunch and do some shopping with my mom before meeting up with Andy for dinner later this evening. 

I feel like I've been talking about this day with my aunt for SO long -- 20s are crazy, you guys! You're trying to figure out your career, where (and how!) you want to live, and most importantly -- who YOU are. I'm so excited to start this new season and to partake in all that it brings.

 ^ 20 year old me

^ 20 year old me

Looking back on my 20s, some of my favorite memories that come to mind are:

  •  Meeting Andy (when I was newly 20!)
  • Traveling to Rome + Florence
  • Graduating with my design degree
  • Developing my illustration style
  • Running a half marathon
  • Developing a friendship with my Auntie, who has become such a mentor to me
  • Working with the awesome creative team at Duffy
  • Traveling with Andy: Maui, Lutsen, Sedona, etc.
  • Visiting (twice!) my best friend while she lived on Oahu (and swimming with dolphins!)
  • Watching my sister become a mom to my little nieces that I love so much
  • Movie nights with Andy even if I fall asleep on the couch almost every time
  • Learning more about myself and embracing who I am
  • Becoming friends with my sister
  • Committing to weekly date nights with Andy
  • Watching my best friend get married
  • Developing friendships with my creative team at work -- they make me laugh so hard every day
  • So many girls' nights -- chatting late into the night over snacks and wine

I'm sure I'll have some more reflections on thirty real soon, but for now, I'm heading out to grab my birthday Starbucks drink! :)

How old are you?
Do you have any birthday traditions?

10 Random Facts About Me Vol. 8

My next 10 Random Facts post will be a linkup, so mark your calendars for 4/5 if you're interested in the linkup! Click here for previous posts in this series.

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1. One of my hidden talents in Hammerschlagen -- I discovered this skill that I had while working at an agency that had an annual tournament in the office. I signed up to play and eventually found myself in 2nd place out of the whole agency.

2. I love planning and hosting events such as girls nights, holidays, etc. but things like planning a wedding or a trip are definitely not my favorite. I think I prefer to plan smaller scale events! 

3. I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in high school and eventually grew out of it -- I haven't used my inhaler in years but used to need it on the regular.

4. One of my life goals is to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. I love trying to solve the puzzles before the contestants on TV do! 

5. I've had a very touchy stomach all my life and will throw up if I'm really stressed out.

6. I also used to be allergic to red dye #40 and #5 and grew out of it, which works out well since sour / fruity candy is my favorite.

7. I'm more productive between 6am and 1pm than I am all day; however, I still don't like working out in the morning. 

8. I used to run 5 miles almost every evening in high school as a way to build up endurance for my long stretches of teach dance classes -- I eventually quit dance and switched to running instead.

9. My all-time favorite color to paint my nails is light pink -- every time I get a pedicure, I choose the exact same shade. It just goes with everything! 

10. The order in which I like the seasons is Fall, Winter, Spring, and then Summer. As a person that loves change, I really enjoy living in a state that has very distinct seasons.

What are some random facts about you?
Do we have any of the above in common?

Sister Birthday Date

My sister and I are three years and two days apart, so we always try to have some sort of "sister birthday date" each year! This year, my sister suggested going out for brunch and I happily agreed! 


Andrea arrived at our house on Saturday morning and we exchanged gifts before heading out the door. She gave me a glass water bottle (definitely checking this off of my March goals), a pretty rose gold bracelet, and my favorite Easter candy! 


We headed to Birch's on the Lake and it had the prettiest views out the back windows! I'd definitely like to go back for a date night with Andy sometime! 


I saw that the pancakes came with fresh blueberries and whipped lemon ricotta and I was instantly sold. I hadn't had pancakes in forever and they hit the spot! It was so fun to catch up with my sister over brunch -- I need more brunch dates in my life! 

After brunch, we headed over to walk around downtown Wayzata -- it was a balmy 45 degrees and it felt so good to get some fresh air after being cooped up all winter. As I was writing this post, I remembered that Andy and I spent part of my birthday in Wayzata last year as well! 


Next up was some shopping -- we headed to a local outdoor mall to check out DSW, J.Crew Mercantile, and TJ Maxx. We also made a stop for froyo halfway through -- Yogurtlab never disappoints! I almost always get the same concoction: coconut or marshmallow froyo + oreos + sprinkles + coconut + whipped cream + one frosted animal cookie.


We didn't really find anything, but I did love these Kate Spade shoes -- they're so pretty and perfect for spring! 

After shopping, I came home and ended up taking a two-hour nap -- Daylight Savings time really took me for a loop this year and I feel like I've been dragging all week! I’m hoping this next week is a little easier on the adjustment front!

How do you feel about Daylight Savings?Β 

Favorite thing to order for brunch? 

A Shopping-Filled Weekend

After work on Friday evening, we headed out for a date night at the Mall of America. I was so bummed to find out that J.Crew had closed -- my friend Mandy had told me that it was closing soon, but I didn't know that it would be this quickly! 


While we were browsing around, we came across the cutest little candy shop and I just had to take a picture of the adorable Easter illustrations that were in the window! Seriously, how cute are these?!


We also saw this mug at Caribou Coffee that I designed -- it was loosely based off of an existing design (by my friend, Melodie!), so I can't take full credit, but it was fun to see something that I had worked on out in the world. 

Saturday was pretty low key -- I caught up on some shows, finished a library book, and then walked down to the library to return it and grab a new book that was on hold. I also started the show called The Resident on Fox -- I'm only an episode and a half in, but so far, so good! 


On Sunday, I headed out to do a little shopping -- I tried on a bunch of things, but wasn't super pumped about anything.


I found a few things like some basic tees at J.Crew (at another mall) and Madewell, but that's about it. Oh well! Also, since it's been a little warmer out, I'm back to my ripped jeans, which has me SO excited for spring weather! These boyfriend fit ones are one of my fave pairs for spring / summer! 


Afterwards, I headed over to The Galleria and found the cutest outfit -- I'm so excited to wear this this popover and this pair of white denim! Also, I was obsessed with the wallpaper in the dressing rooms -- I love a good pattern!


My next stop was Target -- my niece and I had an auntie date planned and I was so excited for it! Andrea dropped her off with me and we hit the art supply and toy aisles of Target for some browsing!


It was so fun to see Becca enjoying her special date -- she had a blast checking out all of the toys.


After looking around for awhile, we headed over to Starbucks for a cake pop before swinging by Barnes & Noble to read a few Easter books.


After dropping Becca off with my sister and the rest of the family, I headed over to the gym for a quick leg workout -- I've really been enjoying my new workouts! 

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After wrapping up my strength training session, I hopped on the elliptical for a bit so that I could submit our grocery order for the week. We just started using Shipt and it is THE BEST. They shop and deliver all of your groceries and any other items you may need and they text you if the store is out of anything or if there are questions. It's so slick and such a time saver!

Ever used a grocery delivery service? 
What are some things you'd like to add to your wardrobe for spring?