When I turned 29 a year ago, I’m not gonna lie, I felt a little bit panicky that my 20′s were coming to a close. I think something about the age of 30 just signifies true adulthood. There is nothing about you that is a kid at that point. The 20′s on the other hand, are a time for testing the waters, soaking up crazy life experiences, and figuring the whole adult-thing out. Or, that’s what I was made to believe and feel for some reason.
Well, I’m throwing all that crap out the window. Today I turned 30 and I feel great! What a year ago I thought would be a depressing birthday, was actually wonderful. I’m over the 20′s. I’ve learned some life lessons, I’ve accomplished some things, I’ve settled into adulthood (somewhat), and I’m still clueless about a whole lot of the rest. But, I’m ready for the 30′s. I’m ready to see what they have in store for me. Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to in this new decade of my life…
…another child to complete our family
…a larger home
…a new career
…a trip to Bora Bora
…continuing to explore my passions
Life doesn’t end with your 20′s. Fun doesn’t end with your 20′s. I really believe it is all just beginning for me. If anything, I’m older and wiser and I have more potential to deal with all that is thrown my way. Bring it on world!
An honest, unashamed self-portrait. Me at thirty.
As for my special day? I am beyond blessed to have spent it getting pampered at a spa with some of my favorite ladies. Sure, it wasn’t the 30th birthday vacation I always imagined, but it was perfect nonetheless. Instead of a trip, I opted to splurge on a new fancy camera and lens which I am beyond excited about. I can’t wait to continue to play with photography, continue to write, and continue to explore. See, thirty isn’t so bad?
While I’ve fallen into quite the blogging rut lately (honestly, I just really have no motivation to blog right now), I do want to take some time to continue my tradition of posting 100 things I’m thankful for. I love doing this every year around Thanksgiving because it helps me feel centered as to the true meaning of the holidays. If you haven’t already done so, feel free to join me!
Obviously, I could fill my whole list up with the names of the people in my life who mean something to me, but I won’t. Instead there will be a whole lot of clumping going on.
- My family
- My friends
- My co-workers
- A cozy home that we own
- Our cars
- My Billy dog
- Peppermint mochas
- Infinity scarves
- The prospect of the future
- Pizza (particularly stuffed crust from Pizza Hut – yum!)
- My health
- The Bar Method
- Honey crisp apples
- My girls at Daily Mom
- Turning 30
- My camera
- My blog
- The blogosphere of all you fine people!
- Good fictional books to escape with
- Hulu & Netflix
- The Internet
- My macbook
- My phone!
- Social media
- Christmas music
- This holiday season
- Snuggles with my babies
- My hubby’s cooking skills
- Falling in love
- Ugg boots & sweatshirts
- Our fireplace
- Monthly beauty boxes
- Cloth diapers
- Curious George & Super Why (my kiddos’ favorites!)
- Weekends off with my family
- A job with great benefits
- Statement jewelry
- My beautiful engagement ring
- Our cozy bed
- Lightroom & Photoshop
- Experiencing the 4 seasons here
- Kisses & Hugs
- Chocolate covered gummy bears
- The brave, strong people in our military
- The leaders of our country
- Feeling safe
- Growing older and wiser and more confident in myself
- Three-day weekends
- Being creative
- Continuing to learn new things
- A hubby that loves to shop with me
- Girls’ nights
- Date nights
- Family nights
- Hot showers
- The Oil Cleansing Method
- Trying new things
- Cozy mittens & hats
- Pillows & blankets
- Air conditioning
- Seltzer water
- Living close-ish to both sets of grandparents
- Where I grew up
- Where I live
- Nail polish
- Shopping trips with my daughter
- Seeing my mom every weekend
- Growing up with Andy
- Living my dream, exactly where I want to be
Ahhhhhh, such a great reminder of how blessed I truly am. Sometimes life feels rough, but I know that it’s just an illusion. In reality, the number of things I’m grateful for far outweigh the number of things I wish I could change. I hope you feel the same. And I REALLY hope you have the most wonderful Thanksgiving day today, surrounded by family and/or friends you love the most.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m addicted to monthly subscription beauty boxes. It is just too much fun to have a surprise to look forward to each month. While I’m too cheap to subscribe to them all, I can easily afford $10/month for one.
For several months I was a HUGE fan of Ipsy. I loved the cute, reusable bags stocked full of fun and funky makeup to play around with. However, over time I started getting some of the same items over and over again and I realized that my junk makeup bag was quickly filling up with things I may never even put on my face. Now, I did discover a couple of my new favorite products via Ipsy (like Josie Maran Argan Oil and Pacifica Body Butter), so I definitely enjoyed my time with them. But, I was ready for a change.
After researching the MANY subscription beauty boxes out there, I decided to return to Birchbox because I didn’t want to spend more than $10/month. Birchbox was the one who originally broke my beauty box cherry, but after a few months I wasn’t thrilled with the type of product I kept receiving. I wanted more makeup! That’s why I originally switched to Ipsy. BUT, now that I’m thouroughly stocked in mass quantities of sparkly eye shadows and black eyeliners, I’m ready for more variety. So, back to Birchbox it is.
I just received my first Birchbox and I’m happy to be back. I absolutely loved everything I received this month. Here’s a quick rundown of what I got:
>>> Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. OMG, love this! I was totally in the market for a good exfolient and this may just be it. I’ve only used it once, but I loved the way it made my skin feel.
>>> Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. So, funny thing is that I actually received this EXACT same pencil from Ipsy a few months ago! Ha! Good thing it was one of my favorite products. I highly recommend. I use it at the inner corners of my eyes, my brow bone, and even as a lip gloss base! Very versatile product.
>>> TOCCA Hand Creme (Grapefruit Cucumber). Great consistency, but I don’t love the smell. It’s fine, but nothing I want to eat. I do love that this is the perfect size to throw in my purse, though! And God knows I need more lotion with this dry winter weather!
>>> Chuao Honey Comb Dark Chocolate. YUM. Enough said.
>>> Color Club Polish in Top Shelf. Love. Such a pretty light gold color. Perfect for the season and so far it is 4 days on my nails without a chip in sight.
So, who knows if I’ll stick with Birchbox for the long haul, but I do know I’ll probably always have some sort of monthly beauty subscription going on. For someone like me who’s had the same makeup routine since high school, it really helps to open up the possibilities.
What about you? Are you a beauty box addict, too? Do ya have a fave?
Sometimes I feel weak, but miraculously I find the strength just when I need it. It comes from being a mother. My ability to put on a happy face and fight through pain and discomfort has multiplied since becoming a mom. It’s an amazing thing.
I remember being pregnant with Leila, feeling nauseaus during those initial months and doing nothing but coming home on lunch breaks and taking naps, and getting home at the end of the day and lounging for hours on the couch watching TV. Never could I even have imagined at the time what it would feel like to have real responsibilities while feeling ill.
Last weekend I got struck with a nasty, feverish cold. Andy worked Friday-Sunday, 9am-7pm, and it was just the kiddos and I during that time. There were moments when I prayed to God for both kids to nap for 3 hours so that I could, too. It took every ounce of strength just to prepare lunch and dinner for them. But, I did. The strength just appears because it HAS TO.
Sunday was the worst ever. We all stayed in PJs until 4pm when I rallied to take the kids to Disney On Ice. Leila was looking forward to it so much even though it was the last place I wanted to be. We went (just the 2 kids and I to meet up with a friend and her family) and ended up having the best time. Once I was dressed and medicated and out of the house in fresh air I felt so much better.
On Monday I stayed home from work to recover some more and Andy and I got in a ridiculous fight. I wanted to break down and go to sleep and disappear from all of them for a while, but I didn’t. I held my kids, I played puzzles, I made snacks, we snuggled, I smiled.
Being a mother gives you a super power: the ability to push aside your own issues and pains for the comfort and happiness of your children. It’s true that it is one of the hardest jobs imagineable. But, it truly is an amazing feat.
Come say hi to me on Instagram ( @dreamstodo)! I feel like I’m more active there these days than my beloved blog.
For being such a serious, deep thinker, I really am so easy to please. The littlest of things can make me giddy. Take labels for example. No, not labels as in names for people and things, I’m talking physical labels that you can print off and stick to stuff. I love the organization labels provide, but mainly I love the personalized touch they add. I may or may not have created a label for my notepad at work that says “Ariel’s To Do List.”
I recently discovered the company Kidecals that specializes in awesome personalized labels and stickers for kids and babies. BUT, their label options go far beyond kids and babies. They have everything from waterproof, ultra-sticky labels for your kiddos’ coats and water bottles to fun labels for your computer keyboard or home canning project. I’m actually thinking that instead of spending a boatload on Christmas gifts for extended family, I’m going to fix up some of those cookie in a jar mixes and order these customized labels for them. Love them!
So, I just got some Kidecals labels in the mail and let me tell you about them. First of all, I ordered labels for both Leila and Landon to stick to all of the things that regularly get left behind at daycare (coats, sweat shirts, lunch box, etc.). Not only were there a TON of adorable designs for both boys and girls, but these labels are top notch quality. I haven’t washed any clothing items with them adhered yet, but the labels are made from a thick vinyl that is supposed to stay on even through the wash. And the colors are bright and vibrant!
Anyway, if you’re a label lover like me you may just want to check out Kidecals. Gah, now I want to organize my kitchen with these chalkboard labels!
Use code kidecals15 to get 15% off your order!
I was sent one sheet of labels in exchange for this review and purchased another sheet on my own because I love them. Love them!