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.

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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! 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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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?