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Entries in birthday (15)


A Perfectly Inappropriate Birthday Card for Grandma

This is the card one of my now 9 year old twins picked out for my mom for her 70th birthday.

She ran over to me with the card and of course I said,


And Grandma love it.



What's Your Sweetest or Sauciest Dining Out Experience? is celebrating dining out with a Sweet vs. Saucy contest


We all know that big things can happen when you are out to dinner. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other big life moments with our family. We also experience blind dates, connections with lost loves, and a few moments we'd rather not have captured on film.

If you are brave enough to share your Sweetest or Sauciest dining out moment, you just might be rewarded. Visit the Facebook page to share your Sweet or Saucy dining moment and you might win $1,000! Hurry though - you have to have your story uploaded by October 21, 2011.

Check out the Sweet vs Saucy how-to video here:

My Sweet Dining Out Story

I did my own video to capture my sweet dining out story that I'm going to enter. What do you think?

Share your own and share the prize if you win...with me of course!

Disclosure: as a thank you for spreading the word about the contest I am going to be compensated with a gift card and movie tickets. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. I purchase certificates on my own and my sweet story is a true story and if I win $1000 I will be sure to share the news with you!


A Letter to my Daughters on their 8th Birthday

Dear E and E:

This past weekend you turned 8.


How did that happen?

All I keep thinking about is that if the next eight years fly by even half as quickly, I will have two 16-year olds in the blink of an eye. Oh I hope we are all still friends then.

You Are Amazing

I love watching you excel in school, with friends, and in the way you challenge Daddy and I.

You are two smart little cookies. But you are also very loving, respectful, and all-around GOOD kids.

And that's not just me saying it. Other people go out of their way to tell me!

I see you separating from me as our drop off point for school has slowly moved farther and farther back.

I'm trying to remember the "no-kisses-at-school" rule.

I'm working on letting you go farther on your own...on your bikes, on your choice of books, on your idea of fashion or a "reasonable" breakfast.

I'm trying to choose my battles wisely. And I think you both are too.

I'm asking you do more. I know you don't like it, but you "get" it.

The thing I am most proud of?

You. Have. A. Voice.

And you use it.

When I'm overly tired and yelling you calmly ask me to stop.

When you have had an issue with someone at school, you have confronted them.

You have defended those weaker and smaller than you.

You are learning to set boundaries.

You are learning that the only person you can really control is you, and your own actions or reactions.

And, you LIKE yourselves. A lot.

As you get older and relationships get more complicated, I promise to try and keep doing whatever I can to help you stay sure of yourself, loving yourself, and knowing your self-worth... both inside and out.

That is my birthday promise.


Love, Mom aka: Mommy


Take your child to work day means watching a foal take its first steps

Call it fate, coincidence, or God's will but somehow this year's take-your-child-to-work-day just happens to be the same day that The Mister's horse gave birth!

He has a little race horse called Seeking Options who has been settled in Delaware for her maternity.

The past few days she's been "ready to go" but you just never know when. All you know, according to the horse folk, is that it happens late at night into early morning. It never happens during the day.

Seeking Options pregnant and ready for birth

So knowing the girls could take today off for take-your-child-to-work-day, The Mister packed them up last night and headed to the farm to sit and wait.

Amazingly she went into labor at around 11:30 pm and 15 minutes later had a brand new baby foal.

 baby foal just a few minutes old

baby foal and mother nuzzling 

And the girls watched the whole thing!

El is still sleeping (they decided to come home and arrived around 3:30 am) but according to Em it was "cool and gross!".

Wait! El just got up and she said, "it was really yucky when it came out but isn't the foal soooo cuuuute?".

I'd say they put in a good day at work, and learned that some things are worth laboring for.

They need a day just to process what they saw, and ask a gajillion questions about it.

Good thing The Mister is here cause I'm heading off to a day of meetings!

UPDATE: Here's the full video!



5 Ways to Celebrate Your 40th Birthday

I keep hearing "40 is the new 20!" but I'm not feeling it. I'm not feeling 20. I feel old and wrinkly. Like one of my good friends said recently abou her upcoming 40th, "I wish I could just ignore it."

Why is it that some of us plan a celebration and some of us reject the idea that this is some major milestone?

Everyone has their own idea of what a 40th birthday celebration looks like. Here are 5 that vary from extravagant to mundane. Which one appeals to you?

1) Weekend getaway with friends


image of Muholland Brothers Safari Bag via Skyepeale on Flickr

This was how my group of girlfriends decided to celebrate. We figured with everyone turning 40 within months of each other, we could either travel all over to everyone's 40th birthday party or...all go away together! We are leaving for Meh-hee-co on Thursday!!

Other popular destinations as polled on Facebook and Twitter: Vegas Baby (you have to say 'Baby' after's a law), a cruise, Paris (not just for lovers), and Miami.


2) Professional photo shoot

photography by Melissa Arroyo Photography

A neighbor of mine did this with her 4 girlfriends and the photos are so great. We are not talking Glamour Shots here either. Is that place still around? We are talking PRO fessional!


3) Buy yourself something nice...REALLY nice

image of 5th Avenue Apple Store via bearroast on Flickr

Had we not planned a trip I was trying to think of something I've always wanted that I could treat myself to. There's the Cartier Tank watch I love, the Bulgari ring, and the convertible Audi TT that still calls out to me as I pick crayons out from underneath the seats in my minivan. My photog friends would get a really nice lense - and this is what The Mister did. What would you buy?


4) Nip, tuck and botox

Here is where I draw the the sand (not with permanent marker)...and then I causually erase that line with my foot. I realize the irony that I will invest in 1/10 of an organic grass-fed cow, yet I am not above injecting botulism into my face. I haven't done it yet, but those 'lines' seem to be getting deeper every day and the $500 I spent on airfare to Mexico would also have smoothed out a few of my rough spots.

If it's any consolation (mom) the nipping and tucking are totally out of the question.


5) Party like you are 29 and it's the 90's

image of a Rolls-Royce via Wikipedia

While my friends decided to ditch the big parties this year, other friends of mine are coming back from extravagant weekends where they were flown, hoteled, wined and dined by the 40th birthday boy/girl. It sounds like the 90s again when everyone had their stock options, talked IPOs, and spent money like crazy cause we were all turning 30 and had a strong economy at our back and zero kids climbing on it. These weekends usually include limos, clubs, and lots and lots of mixing of drinks that a 40-year old stomach just can't handle.

So tell me...

How did you (or how do you plan to) celebrate your 40th or 50th or 60th birthday?