Happy birthday to me. In honor of my big day, I thought I’d share some favorites that were discovered from this past year. Disclaimer: this past year was not filled with clam bakes with the Kardashians and trips to the Cape. It was a low-key year. I had Annie and Ellie on July 8, so once my birthday arrived, it was all about them. Then it was all about moving from Arkansas to Georgia. Then it was all Mark starting his new job with the Air Force Reserves as well as an airline. Then it was all Covid. So, A LOT of my time was spent at home, and my favorites from the year reflect that. Also, because it’s my big day, I’m doing a little giveaway. So, keep on reading.
Do y’all say “tennis shoe”? I do, and my husband thinks I’m dumb because I’m not actually playing tennis in them. He calls them “sneakers”, but he’s also from the north and thinks a lot things I do are weird. Anyways, these TENNIS shoes are a favorite from the year. They are comfy and cute.
I discovered my favorite cookie recipe this year. They are somewhat healthy and taste like a dream. You can find the recipe on this post.
Since we’re already talking desserts, let’s keep it going. Jeni’s ice cream is my next favorite. Y’all. This ice cream is truly made by cherubs. Some grocery stores carry it now, so if you seem some next time you’re strolling the aisles donning your mask, treat yo self. It also makes a fun gift to send someone who needs a little happy that’s peanut butter flavored.
This is appropriately my next favorite after the last two.
I realize this has been around a while, but I just jumped on board this year. I’m one of those weirdos who enjoys going to the dentist. So, this is the next best thing between cleanings. It feels like I’ve run my teeth through a car wash after each brush, and I appreciate that.
Kat had been telling me to watch Parks and Rec for a while, and I was being an idiot and just didn’t feel like it. Well, after the twins were born, I needed some laughter during the middle of the night parties they were having. I decided to give it a try. Why had I not been enjoying this brilliance before? It’s absurd and hilarious, and I laugh out loud every episode. If you’re one of the few like me who never watched it, give it a try. Ron Swanson is gold with a perfectly groomed mustache.
Something triggered inside my brain and/or taste buds after the twins were born. Ever since they joined the world, I want any and everything basil related. Before them, it tasted like soap to me. Look at them; they’ve brought joy and basil into my life. This salad dressing is simple and delicious.
Anytime Mark turns the TV on, it immediately goes to the news. Anytime I turn the TV on, it immediately goes to Food Network. I’d much rather watch someone make hollandaise sauce than hear about the crazy going on in the world. Trisha and Ree are my best gals, and they are always on my DVR. I watch a lot of other shows but don’t feel a strong connection to record them. Recently, The Kitchen has peeked my interested enough to get a top spot in my DVR collection. You should try them too.
Honestly, the fact that I have a full head of hair this year earns a spot on this list. If you weren’t with us to read all about the trials and tribulations of my locks, you can here. I mentioned my silk pillowcase in that post, and it deserves more recognition. Yes, it’s more than I’d care to spend on a pillowcase, but please go back and look at the pictures of my hair. I would have slept on a pile of rocks if it would have helped my situation.
This one is going to seem really dumb, but walking has become a favorite this year. I’ll do yoga or other workouts throughout the week as well, but almost every day I take an hour and go on a walk by myself, and it’s heaven. I listen to a podcast while I go, and it’s basically the equivalent of a vacation. Walk this way, walk like an Egyptian, walk the line, walk 500 miles. You’ll feel better.
It goes without saying, but the addition of Annie and Ellie has been the most favorite this year.
PRIZE TIME. Since one of my favorites is Jeni’s Ice Cream, I’d love to giveaway some for my birthday. Comment below with your most memorable birthday present (sentimental, hilarious, ridiculous, etc.) I’ll pick my favorite response on Monday and send you a gift card to have some delivered.
I take birthday gifts in the form of all-expense paid trips to Aruba. Let me know if you’d like to get me that.
Thanks for reading,