• My 34th Birthday

    June 20, 2014

    I celebrated my 34th birthday yesterday! The day ended up being pretty low-key, but it was exactly what I wanted.

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    I started my day with a delicious glass of Marylou’s white chocolate chip iced coffee with iced coffee cubes and chocolate almond milk in the mix. This flavor combo = AMAZING.

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    Mal, Q, and Murphy were all sound asleep when I woke up, so I snuck into my office to do some work. A couple of hours later, everyone woke up and my birthday celebration began. Woohoo! (Llama = Napoleon Dynamite)


    The celebration started with presents. Mal bought me a gift certificate to a local spa. (Best husband ever!)


    And then he said he had something else for me and kept saying: “I hope you have a cool birthday” over and over again like a weirdo. I eventually caught on and opened the refrigerator to find present #2.

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    Honest Tea Half & Half!

    Ever since I tried it last week (the folks from Honest Tea recently sent me a bottle to sample), I’ve been obsessed with it. It’s so frickin’ good. It was also on sale at Whole Foods this week, which is why Mal picked up a couple more bottles for me. What a guy.

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    While I opened my presents, Mal (and Murphy) cooked breakfast for me.



    Murphy and I played a quick game of “Pac Pug” while we waited.

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    Mal made a batch of his special blueberry pancakes for my birthday breakfast and, boy, were they delicious!

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    I’ll share the recipe with you guys soon. It’s incredible! Mal’s pancakes are so light, fluffy, and cake-y.

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    After breakfast, I hung out around the house—chilling with my boys and doing some chores.

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    I ended up getting really tired in the early afternoon, so Mal encouraged me to take a nap. Hey, it was my birthday and all, so he took over the baby duties while I snoozed for about an hour or so with my favorite pug.

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    It’s crazy how a nap is now a highlight of my birthday celebration. Haha!

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    I felt a lot more energized when I woke up from my nap, so Mal and I headed out with Q and Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood.

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    It felt great to get moving and soak in the sunshine!

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    Murphy was pooped after our walk! That face! Haha!

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    It was almost dinnertime when we got home from our walk, so Mal suggested that we order sushi, which, of course, was the best idea ever. I haven’t had “real” sushi since before I was pregnant (just California rolls), so I was especially pumped. And it tasted as wonderful as I remember!

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    After dinner, there was singing and birthday cake. We didn’t have birthday candles, so Mal improvised with a long Duraflame match. Haha! He’s so resourceful!


    The cake flavor was a dark, fudge-y chocolate with a cheesecake layer on the inside. Holy yum!


    And, finally, my birthday ended with baby snuggles in bed. Best birthday ever.

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    P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a Fitbit Flex along with some other health-inspired goodies! I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

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    { 94 comments… read them below or add one }

    Olivia @ Liv Lives Life June 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m glad you had a great day!


    Alex @ Kenzie Life June 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Aww Happy Birthday, Tina! That’s so cool that your, Q, and Mal’s birthdays are all so close together! Hope it was an awesome day! (And you’re looking amazing btw)


    Sarah June 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Happy Birthday! I love Oasis Day Spa – if you never been there… Kathleen is the best. I love deep tissue massages and she has the hands of god.


    Tina June 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for the recommendation! I was actually thinking about getting a massage! 😄


    Britters June 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    That birthday candle was genius! 10 points for Mal!


    Nicole June 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a fabulous day :)


    Megan @ The Skinny-Life June 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Happy belated Birthday! I bet it was even more special now with baby Q.


    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I, too, had take-out sushi for dinner last night for my b-day dinner :)


    Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry June 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hope you had a great day! The pancakes do look delicious, and that cake sounds right up my alley! :)


    Sarah @ Sweet Miles June 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Glad you had a great birthday! Loving seeing your family walks!


    Marlene June 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm


    I can’t believe all FOUR of you have Birthdays so close together. Wow! What a fun (and busy!) time of year. :)


    Jess June 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Happy birthday, Tina! So glad to see you had such a great day. The term “birthday” must be a little more special to you now that you’ve given birth to a little one. And a huge high-five to Mal for all the special little birthday touches! You are one lucky girl!


    Robin B June 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Happy birthday! You look amazing!


    Polly @ Tasty Food Project June 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Happy birthday!! Looks like you had a great day!


    kyla June 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Wait, so you’re all Geminis?! How are the 8 of you getting along now??? :)


    Tina June 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I knowwwww! It’s madness! Haha! 😄


    Holly, Social Media Consultant June 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tina! Glad to see that you had a fantastic day. That chocolate cake looks seriously delicious, and cookie dough iced coffee!? Must have!


    Shel@PeachyPalate June 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Dinner and cake looks INCREDIBLE!!! Love chilled out birthdays, there can be so much hype and sure you’ve have lots of excitement of late :)


    meghan @ struggle muffins June 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!


    Rita June 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    My husband is a Gemini, his birthday is the 18th. SO are my in-laws and my daughter. I LOVE Gemini’s obviously :)

    Hope you had a great birthday!!


    Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye June 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day! You look great!


    purelytwins June 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!! You look beautiful!! And so happy for you and your family. Wishing you all the best!!


    Shawna June 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    happy happy birthday, fellow June baby. :)


    Tina June 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks! You too!


    Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens June 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds like a great first birthday as a mom! That cake too…where was it from?


    Katherine June 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    happy birthday! i cant believe you had a baby a week ago — you look AMAZING!


    Erika B June 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Mama!


    Jody - Fit at 56 June 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Happy bday!! I can’t get enough of Murphy & all his looks & love – adorable along with new baby!!!!!!


    Ashley June 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm
    Alyssa June 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Sometimes low-key birthdays are the best ones. :)


    Lauren June 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Happy Birthday Tina! Looks like you had a great day.


    Ella June 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Tina I am just so impressed with you :) Not that you HAVE to be doing wonderfully, but you really seem to be doing great adjusting to your new life! Love the Pea in the Pod nursing tank. I bought all 5 colors they had before I giving birth my second baby in October, and now they are ratty as heck after 8 months of nursing her, haha. They are the workhorses of the boob world! And I can’t believe how much you’re posting given how young your little man is. ‘Attagirl. And happy birthday :)


    Amelia @Eating Made Easy June 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    It’s amazing how our birthday desires change over time. This sounds like an ideal day to me too…but my 24 year old self would have been horrified 😉
    Happy Birthday!


    Jessica June 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Happiest birthday to you! Baby snuggles are the best. Enjoy your boys!


    cindy June 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday!! My tip: Work out in the morning! You never know how your day will unfold, so it is best to get your work out in before the chaos begins.


    LJ June 23, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Happy (belated) birthday! You know you are a mom when a nap is the highlight of your (birth)day (BTDT).


    Carol T. June 23, 2014 at 7:02 am


    Happy belated birthday… wishing you the best!!!.


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday! Looks like a great little day! And you are looking fabulous! A happy, healthy mom! That cake looks incredible and I can’t imagine how excited you must have been to have the sushi! I know I’d miss that, especially in the summer when it’s a nice, cool dinner.


    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More June 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I need that cake in my life! Where’s it from?


    Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff June 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family. :)


    janetha June 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    happy belated bday! looks like it was a good one. holy shit, i love the pac-pug. i am gonna try that haha.


    Jen June 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    What kind of roll is that in the bottom? Looks amazing and made me super hungry!


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