Happy Monday, Friends! On Friday I celebrated my 36th birthday. I'm just going to go ahead and tell you that I'm including ages 36 to 38 in the "mid-thirties" range and that I'm not going to jump to the "late thirties" age classification until 39. Can we all just agree that that makes total sense?!
You know when you are a mom that your birthday is pretty much like any other day. Only on this day I actually put on a real outfit instead of my typical athleisure. Because I always feel better when I have on real clothes.
I stayed busy with running errands, getting ready for my mom to come in town, and volunteering at the school. I came home from the grocery store to see this gorgeous poinsettia sitting on my front porch from a dear friend. It is so beautiful and was such a sweet surprise.
It was accompanied with this card and it totally made me laugh out loud. Funny because it is so true!
Blondie's BFF and I share the same birthday and her party was that evening. They had a big girls night out planned with some friends and I laughed when I realized there is nothing to make you feel older than when your 7 year old is dressed cuter than you and headed out for a GNO to celebrate her bestie's birthday.
Seriously though, I had fun helping her get ready and seeing how excited she was for a big night out. And how cute are those leggings?!?!? I need a pair in my size.
After dropping her off I enjoyed relaxing on the porch with my favorite little guy and waiting on my brother's family to come over for dinner.
Oh, and the most beautiful flower arrangement was delivered right about this time from my Dad. They are so pretty and are bringing some serious gorgeous color to my kitchen!
We went to dinner and then came back home for dessert, I opened a few gifts and I was in bed earlier than I have been in a long time.
I was super excited about my electric wine opener. Such a fun gift and a total game changer when it comes to opening wine bottles. My family knows me well and knows my love of wine!
Really though, if you don't have one of these, you don't know what you are missing. This is going to be my new favorite gift to give for all my fellow wine loving friends!
I don't know why, but this birthday hit me a little harder than any other that I have had. Over the past few months I've been trying to really take time to take care of myself. One night the Mr. walked in and saw me with a mask on my face, my teeth whitening trays in and I was painting my nails. He just laughed and asked what in the world I was getting ready for and my response was, "36!"
I have definitely noticed a difference in my looks, my health, my skin, my outlook on life... everything! I want to take care of myself and do some "preventative maintenance" now so that when I do hit my 40's I'm not wishing I had started sooner.
That got me thinking and I decided I would start a little series here on the blog to share with all the other mamas the steps I'm taking to help me look AND feel my best. Basically a reminder to be sure to take care of you. Because as moms, if we don't take care of ourselves, there is no one else that is going to do it for us.
I'm planning to share on topics from skincare to working out and everything in-between. And listen...I totally get it! I am the worst about putting everyone else's needs in front of my own. When my kids were younger taking care of myself meant remembering to eat and trying to find time to shower. However, my youngest is 5 now and I am finally to a point where I can take a little time to put myself first. I'm hoping this series will just serve as a reminder to all moms to take a little time for yourself now and then, no matter what stage you are at and no matter how old your kids are. I'm excited to share some fun products and tips so be sure to be on the lookout for the first post in the series coming very soon!