my birthday ‘party’

This is the second birthday I’m celebrating while with Danny…And the second one he missed because of the Marines.
At least this year he’s in the same country as me!

So since he was going to be gone for the whole weekend I decided to have a little
birthday get together with my girlfriends.


I had a lot of fun and I’m so glad I got to see them – it’s been months!

Annabel of course had a ton of fun and was completely worn out.

I can’t wait for Danny to get home from drill!

23 favorite things

here are the things that made 23 great (small & large) and cheers to 24!

1. graduating college

2. danny coming home safe from deployment

3. bringing annabel into our family

4. getting engaged

5. getting a new job

6. buying a new car

7. moving in with danny

8. starting project life

9. using pinterest like crazy for wedding planning 

10. decorating the whole house for christmas

11. crafts – project life, blankets and mini books

12. seafood pasta – crab meat, angel hair pasta, butter, garlic powder and sea salt

13. my new canon printer

14. Gillian Flynn’s novels

15. printable wall art

16. dunkin donuts coffee & of course their donuts

17. curly hair + mark anthony curl booster

18. discovering and exploring my new local library + ebooks from there

19. a beautiful mess app

20. various girls nights

21. $1 bins at craft stores

22. choosing a hall for the wedding reception

23. lots of family time

24 years old

Today I am 24 years old.

It feels like just yesterday I was 16-I was graduating high school-I was starting college.

When you’re young, 24 years old seems so … old.
I do not feel completely like an adult and at the same time I feel like life is going too quickly.

My life has changed so much and I have become a different person.
I have grown into the person that I am today and I believe that I am fully changed into
the person I am meant to be.

I have started my career and my life separate from my parents.
I have begun my own family with my own traditions.
I have created my own routine, established goals and plans.


And speaking of goals and plans …
I will set a goal of doing 25 things before I turn 25 … (holy shit! 25 is next!)

1. Start running again.

2. Read at least 14 books for 2014.

3. Book a wedding hall.

4. Create ‘love’ bookshelf with Danny for Valentine’s Day.

5. Take more art photographs.

6. Create a large black and white photo for living room wall space.

7. Save money!

8. Continue with my 5 year diary – every day.

9. Get table decorations for wedding reception.

10. Pay off a certain amount of student loans.

11. Create more Project Life spreads.

12. Take Annabel on a hike.

13. Paint pots.

14. Don’t let Danny’s absence get me down.

15. Get a wedding dress – at least pick it out.

16. Complete Danny’s wedding gift. (super excited for this)

17. Finish our first home mini book.

18. Make a summer mini book.

19. Stop biting my nails.

20. Buy a new couch.

21. Grow out hair for wedding.

22. Try something new.

23. Find a church.

24. Get custom rubber stamp for Danny and I

25. Enjoy life.

24 random things about me!

Since I’m about to be 24 years old (in two weeks) – here’s 24 random facts about me:

1. Hoodies are my favorite clothing.

2. I love painting my nails – but I always pick off the polish.

3. I must sleep with a light or the television on.

4. I am addicted to pop.

5. I am a list fanatic.

6. I have to have cream and sugar in my coffee.

7. I’m lactose-intolerant, but ice cream and cheese are some of my favorite foods.

8. Children make me anxious.

9. I’m terrified of deep water/swimming.
(I can’t go under water without plugging my nose!)

10. I don’t like cake or pie.

11. Halloween is my favorite holiday.

12. I am a book collector of sorts.

13. I don’t like the number thirteen.

14. One of my long term goals is to live in the country.

15. I love scary movies, but I get scared so easily.

16. I could watch Law and Order: SVU for hours even if I’ve already seen the episodes multiple times.
(To be honest I do this all the time).

17. I get cravings for cold food.

18. I HATE mornings but yet still like to get up early to get things done.

19. McDonald’s hotcakes are one of my guilty pleasures.

20. I always have to be covered up when sleeping.

21. I cried during the new Budweiser – puppy commercial.

22. I still wear clothes from when I was 16 years old.

23. I hit my snooze at least three times every morning my alarm is set.

24. I have curly hair which I used to hate, so I would straighten it all the time.
I have now embraced the curly hair and life is easier!