“Tell em that it’s my birthday. They don’t know so it’s ok. Every night is my birthday.” ~Selena Gomez

It was my birthday 10 days ago. I’m officially 28, aka OLD….

Anyways, I had a great birthday this year! Basically, I had a 4-part birthday.

Here’s part one.

My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came into town the weekend before my birthday. We celebrated with a delicious dinner consisting of turkey tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus. Dessert was my absolute favorite thing…..french macarons. Yum!!

The best part about the weekend was that I got to see my nephew! Since I started my Saturday class, I haven’t been able to go to Dallas to visit, so I was really excited they came here!

Here’s my favorite little man!

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He loves his favorite aunt Lindsay. 🙂

Here he is with my dad! So cute!

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Part-2 of my birthday was on my actual birthday, the 13th.

My BFF, Megan, had me over to her house and she made me an appetizer, dinner, and an amazing cake! We had beer cheese dip, peppered steak over rice, and lemon/strawberry cake.

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How awesome is that cake?! She does a really fantastic job on her cakes and I thought it was so sweet of her to make me a fancy cake. 🙂

Part-3 of my birthday was the weekend after my birthday.

My dad and step-mom took me out for a Thai dinner and then we went to my favorite bakery and had pies for dessert. This bakery has “Pie Night” a couple times a week and they make really unique pies. I had the blackberry pie with graham cracker crust, orange scented goat cheese cream, topped with honeycomb crumble. Amazing! Seriously, so good! My dad had the mile high chocolate pie, and my step-mom had the rhubarb/strawberry cobbler pie.

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Not the fanciest of pics, but taste is all that matters!

Part-4 of my birthday consisted of a road trip.

My BFF got us tickets to go see Selena Gomez in Kansas City, so we took an overnight road trip.

We drove up to Kansas City last Sunday morning, got there around 12:00, and went directly to this fried chicken place Megan had seen on The Food Network. It was delicious! I stuffed myself. 🙂

After lunch, we hit up a few stops we’d never been to before. My favorite place we went to was called The Better Cheddar. I love cheese, obviously, if you couldn’t already tell from my birthday cake. I got this super unique and yummy brown cheese. It’s brown and sweet because it’s cooked until it caramelizes.

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This place had lots of cheese to sample, lots of imported products from Italy, and just some really unique food items. Cool store!

Sunday night, we went to the Selena Gomez concert and had a great time! Our seats were really good and the concert was fun! Here’s a few pics from the concert.

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We stayed the night in KC and the next morning we headed back to Tulsa. On our way home though, we HAD to go to Trader Joe’s of course. I stocked up on some good stuff from TJs. I got some bacon cheddar, speculoos cookie butter with cocoa, pumpkin soup, frozen stuffed acorn squash dinner, frozen french macarons, marinara, taco seasoning, frozen Chinese orange chicken, heat and eat corn pudding, and more!

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I love trying TJs products and reviewing them! So far, the corn pudding is out of this world, good! Rich, creamy, and decadent. I’ll report back with the other product reviews soon.

The last place that we went to was this coffee shop called The Roasterie. The coffee shop sells assorted french macarons from a KC bakery called Milk and Honey. They had 7 different flavors and I got one of each flavor to try them all.

I ate them before I could get a picture but here’s the last 3 before they were consumed.

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The flavors were fig and goat cheese, raspberry, lemon, mocha, pistachio, salted caramel, and pumpkin. I love french macarons. One day, I’m going to finally make them and blog about it. I’m thinking I’d like to make a matcha green tea macaron with a honey/orange filling. Yummmmmm!!

So, that concludes my birthday this year. Until next year!

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My 27 Goals

My BFF recently told me about this idea she read about where on your birthday every year, you make a list of goals you want to accomplish that year. The number of goals you make is based off of how old you are. Even though my birthday is in November, I still thought it was a cool idea and I wanted to participate. Better late than never!

The BFF posted her goals on her blog recently and it inspired me to make my own list (I had been procrastinating). Here’s a link to see her 26 goals.
Megan’s Blog

So here goes MY list of 27 goals.

1. Start a blog- Well that was easy. I can mark this off of my list.

2. Compete in the Color Run 5k- I participated in the Glow Run, which was fun, but the color run looks like even more of a good time. My mom and I are going to do it together in April!

3. Lose 60 Pounds- The last weigh in I did was on Sunday and I weighed in at 335 pounds. That’s a 37 pound weight loss! I’m already over halfway there. Of course I’m going to keep going after 60 pounds, but this is a nice small stepping stone to a larger goal.

4. Go to New York for a weekend with my mom- My mom travels a lot and goes to New Jersey often. She mentioned me possibly flying out to NYC and having a fun weekend together since she’ll be in that area already. I’m excited and hope we get to do this because I’ve always wanted to go to NYC!

5. Go to Church more often- I’ve already accomplished this one as well. I’ve been to a church function, a Sunday night church service, and I’m going to Sunday morning service this Sunday. And I have been doing Bible study every Tuesday for the past 3 Tuesday’s.

6. Try a new restaurant- I always say there are tons of restaurants I wanna try but I usually end up going to the same places. Since I’m not eating out hardly at all, this would be a nice treat to do once.

7. Make new friends- I’ve got some great friends, so I’m not trying to replace any of them. It can never hurt to meet new people though. Did you ever know someone who had too many friends?

8. Clean my apartment- Like a deep clean. If you know me, you know I’m messy. And I’d like to actually have people over, which leads me to my next goal…

9. Have people over to my apartment- I never have anyone over because my apartment is messy. I’m determined to get it clean and keep it that way so that I can have people over and feel comfortable with it.

10. Meet my nephew- My only sibling is having her first baby and I’m soooo excited! He’s due in May and I plan on going to Dallas after he’s born to meet him. He’s going to be the cutest thing ever and I plan to spoil him and be the best aunt I can be!

11. Make another super healthy dessert- I enjoyed the banana chocolate blueberry muffins so much that I’d like to make another healthy dessert. It was just so cool to me that they turned out like a cupcake even though there was no butter, oil, or sugar. Crazy!

12. Get my teeth whitened- Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? I feel like mine could use a little whitening so why not?

13. Make a killer playlist to workout to- Pretty self explanatory. Rhapsody is amazing and I’m sure I can create a great playlist from all their song selections.

14. Go to a meseum- I haven’t been to a museum in forever! I’ve been talking about wanting to go to one so I put it on my list. Now I’ll have to make time for it. 🙂

15. Take my grandma out for a day of fun- I don’t see my grandma often enough so I should make an effort to spend some quality time with her. You never know, it could be her time to go tomorrow, and I don’t want to regret not spending time with her.

16. Read 3 books- I need to start reading again. I just don’t make time for it and I should. Three books isn’t that many, I can do it!

17. Go to Trader Joes- When I go down to Dallas next time, I’m going to visit Trader Joes. I hear it’s pretty great and that they’ve got good prices. I wish they’d bring one to Tulsa.

18. Light my candles more often- I love candles and I buy them pretty often, but I don’t light them that often and I don’t know why. They smell so great.

19. Watch the sun set- This one is simple and it happens every single day but I never pay attention to it.

20. Exercise with my sister- I can already imagine what this will look like. I’ll be a biggest loser contestant and she’ll be Jillian. Haha. I remember back in the day my sister and I used to do Tae Bo together and then go eat spam sandwiches. It was a lot of fun! Except this time, no spam.

21. Change the lightbulbs in my apartment- Some of them have gone out and I still haven’t changed them out. It’s getting darker in my apartment…haha.

22. Buy a lunch box- I need something besides a Reasors sack to bring my lunch in. I also need a reusable ice pack so I can keep it cold.

23. Paint something at Pinot’s Palette- I’ve been dying to go and paint a picture there! I hope to do this one soon with my momma.

24. Go to the farmers market on Saturday morning- Now that I’m eating more vegetables, it’d be nice to get some local fresh veggies from the farmers market.

25. Give up diet pop for a week- This one might be hard. I’m hoping that if I can give it up for a week, then I can try to cut it out completely. We shall see!

26. Cook together with my dad- This one is easy because I do it often, but it’s something I enjoy and I’d love to keep it up. We make a lot of healthy stir-frys in the wok I got him for Christmas. It’s become part of our Sunday ritual and I cherish that father daughter time together.

27. Make homemade doggy treats for my dog- I don’t buy treats often for my dog. She’s getting older and I think her stomach doesn’t tolerate them as well as it used to. I’ve heard that pumpkin is good to soothe a dogs stomach so I’d love to make her a treat that’s good for her.

Well, that’s my list of 27 goals I’d like to accomplish before November 13th 2013. I’ll update you on my progress as I complete them. I really like this idea of making goals. It gives you something to look forward to doing and it gives you a sense of accomplishment after you complete a goal. You should try it too!