Girlfriends are a necessity and I’ve been fortunate to have a core group of friends built in since high school, and one of those girls has been my best friend since elementary school. I also found an equally amazing group of fun-loving girls in college that I’ve continued to be close to even though we’re all scattered across the country. Since 2017 was a milestone year as most of us turned thirty, I thought it would be fun to reflect on what a great trip around the sun it was and how much I love these girls.
(The picture above is actually from the kick-off party to our wedding weekend! It was so much fun having my friends, old and “new”, together by my side for all of our wedding events. This picture was taken almost four an a half years ago and I’m happy to report that each of these women are still dear friends. I am just so grateful for my squad.)
I recently started reading the 5 Love Languages and although I’m not very far into the book, I’m wondering if there is a “Making A Big Deal Out of Milestones, Events and Parties” love language?! Because if so, that’s me to a T. I live to celebrate the special occasions in life… baby showers, birthday parties, bachelorette parties… sign me up! I will pin ideas, craft decorations, and be the first one there.
Carter’s first birthday party was no exception, and actually my inner party-planner took over and relished in the experience.
To ring in my thirtieth birthday, and the birthdays of several of my best girlfriends, we planned a trip to Napa. It was my first time visiting the valley and it did not disappoint!
This past weekend one of my best girlfriends turned thirty and we celebrated her next decade in roaring twenties style. I’ve been friends with most of these girls since high school (one of them since first grade), so it’s really special to celebrate all of our important milestones together!
Fourth of July is just two weeks away!!! The Fourth is my favorite holiday, not only because it’s my birthday but also because I love everything the day entails. Freedom to do whatever it is you want to do… and what I want to do is lounge at the pool, BBQ with friends and watch the fireworks while laying on a blanket in the grass. Red, white and blue is a classic combination that can be worn all season long and in preparation for my favorite day of the year, I wanted to share my Independence Day Wish List! See my selections for everything you need to show your patriotism this Fourth of July.
In celebration of my Grammy’s birthday tomorrow, and since I can’t be with her in Tucson to celebrate I’m writing a post including some of the wisdom she’s quietly bestowed over the years.
Let me first just put this out there, my grandmother is one of my very favorite people and I simply adore her. She is 80-something years old (according to her, a lady never reveals her exact age) and claims to be born on a Leap Day which would make her a quarter of her true age. She lives in the house my grandfather built during the summers and “snowbirds” in Arizona during the colder months. Grammy remains very stylish, drives a convertible, enjoys being the hostess at a local pizza parlor when in Denver and loves a good margarita. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with my grandmother and have picked up on a few things along the way:
- Dress up for any occasion. Backyard barbeques are no excuse to look underdressed.
- Bailey’s Irish Cream can be enjoyed year-round, and must be refrigerated. Yes, refrigeration was in question at one point and my dear husband had to ingest some curdled Bailey’s to appease Grammy. Yuck!
- Put cream on your neck and always, always rub it upwards. This I’ve been told time and time again prevents wrinkles.
- Make more food than your guests can possibly eat, and then send the leftovers home with them as parting gifts.
- Scrub your elbows. There is no excuse for an ashy elbow.
- Homemade popcorn and an old movie is the perfect way to spend a night.
- Learn how to make at least one good pie for special occasions. (Lemon meringue is one of Grammy’s specialties and it’s heavenly.)
- Spend time outdoors walking or simply sitting on your back porch soaking up the beauty of nature.
- If you don’t love your first name, go by your middle.
- In writing this post, I’ve made a note to self: Take more pictures with your grandmother so you can cherish them forever.
Happy Birthday Grammy. I love you and can’t wait for you to come back to Colorado!
Here’s to all of the strong, wise women in the world from who we can learn a thing or two. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them.
We had a weekend full of birthday celebrations! One of those parties was for a good friend’s 30th birthday, so we wined and dined at Elway’s.