Birthday Week

happy birthday!

I said goodbye to 22 and hello to 23 on my birthday last Wednesday (you guys, where does the time go?), and thanks to my family and friends, I had a great day celebrating! I’m a big supporter of the idea of “birthday week” now that I’m getting further into my 20’s, because somehow after you turn 21 birthdays don’t feel like that much of a big deal anymore. “Birthday week” lasts the whole week that your birthday falls into, and basically you just treat yourself to little things all week long (and continually remind your family that *hint, hint* it is your special week, ha!).

Here are some of my photos from “birthday week.” I’m absolutely kicking myself for not taking any pictures of my cake, which was from Costco and had these pretty musical notes on it, because it was really the only thing I wanted for my birthday. Which tells you where my priorities are in life (;

birthday donuts

It wouldn’t be birthday week without some birthday doughnuts! (It totally still would, but I really really love doughnuts.) I got them on sale after the 4th of July weekend was over — leftover doughnuts for the win!

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I hung this adorable banner in our dining room the whole week. A couple of my friends gave it to me a couple of years ago as a surprise when we coached swim team together, and I’ve held on to it to bring out for birthday celebrations! It sounds kind of silly, but it made me feel special all week.

starbucks

If you ever get a Starbucks giftcard, register it through their app, and then keep a little money on the card until your birthday so you can get a free birthday drink! I love that Starbucks does that, it’s really a huge treat for me since I almost never go out for coffee. I tried their cold brew coffee (with a touch of soy milk and no sweetener) and it was really good, I’d recommend it!

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I think my cat has finally accepted me as her own again (it only took her 3 weeks *eye roll*). She hung out with me a lot during birthday week, and I snapped this picture of her in a new box she got this week.

spa day at home

On my birthday, I pulled out my old foot bath/home spa set and gave myself a “stay-at-home spa day.” It was so relaxing and felt like a really special treat to myself. I’m going to have to use that thing a few more times this summer!

Anyway, I had a great “birthday week.” Now that the celebrations are over, I’m starting to embrace being 23 and getting excited for what this year will bring. There are so many things to look forwards to, and I think it’s going to be a great year.

xo

Personal Pizza Party

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!

Since I wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving this year, I invited a couple of my friends over (they also were stuck in Pittsburgh for the holiday). None of us are big turkey eaters, and rather than spending a lot of time and money preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us, I decided to have a “Make-Your-Own Pizza Bar.”

It was a really fun time! I prepped the dough to rise before my friends came over, and when they arrived each of us formed our little pizzas. One of my friends made her pizza into a little rectangle, which I thought was pretty clever! We baked the dough for a few minutes before adding sauce + toppings, and popped them back in the oven to bake while we watched all of the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes.

Here’s the set-up:

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We had marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, green peppers, mushrooms, ham slices, canned pineapple, and turkey pepperoni on the table, and it worked out great because everybody could take as much (or as little!) of any ingredients that they wanted. I appreciate that, being lactose intolerant, because I can sprinkle less cheese on and not disappoint my fellow dinner-mates.

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Our pretty little pizzas, all lined up in a row, ready to bake!

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My pizza, before and after baking (sorry the after shot is so dark, we got really hungry and I almost forgot to take a picture before demolishing it!).

If you’re having a little dinner party and aren’t sure what to make, I would recommend having a little personal pizza party! The setup is really easy, and everyone can personalize their own meal. Invite guests to bring their own toppings to share with the rest of the group — you might get some pretty fun combinations that you hadn’t expected!

Lastly, a little personal note: this week has been a really tough week for me. As a grad student, we get 3 days off from school for Thanksgiving break, and almost everyone in my class went home to spend the time off with family. I’ve been struggling with being homesick for a while, and it’s been pretty hard scrolling through my Facebook feed seeing so many people home with their families. I’m not going to lie to you, I had a couple several meltdowns this week. I’ve felt myself getting a little bit jealous and upset that everyone else was at home, while I was stuck in PA. It’s been an emotionally taxing week. But having my friends over for Thanksgiving was a really nice way to distract myself and have some fun, and I’m so glad that I had them to spend the holiday with. I’m counting down the days until I’m back in Colorado for winter break – only 16 days to go!

An Angry Kitty and White Elephant

We had a couple of inches of snow overnight! My cat thought it would be a good idea for her to get out there in the 18 degree weather! and I snapped this photo of her begging to go out. I caught her mid-meow, and I just had to share her angry face!

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My mom and I went to a wonderful white elephant regifting party last night. It was a fun girls night out, we ate tasty appetizers and little desserts (think mini cupcakes), and laughed about all of the bad gifts people had received. One of the gifts was a slimming belt–can you imagine getting that for Christmas?

Anyway, it’s time to start hitting the gym and cutting back on all of the cookies and chocolates lying around our house. Happy (almost) new year!