What We Did for My 35th Birthday

What We Did for My 35th Birthday

So, if you recall my previous post about needing some “me” time and just wanting one day to sleep in, this is sort of related to that. That post talked about my mom’s reaction when my friend brought up the idea of me sleeping in for my birthday and how my mom acted like it would be a terrible idea.

WELL, my mom came to me just before my birthday and asked me if I’d still like to be able to sleep in for my birthday. WHAT!? Lol Yes, she did that. I was pleasantly surprised and I took her up on the offer. We initially talked about letting me sleep until around 9 am and I’d be able to get up, get my coffee and breakfast, then retreat back into my room for another hour or two to do whatever I wanted, like write. That sounded like an awesome idea to me!

But, guess what actually happened? I slept in until 8 am, so that’s pretty close. I didn’t get to relax in my room after that though. It was my idea to change the plan, so I have no complaints. I heard about a HUGE grab bag sale at the consignment shop in our area, Once Upon A Child and I wanted to go so I could get some clothes for my son. Seeing as he’s growing like a weed, he needs clothes!

It started at 10am, as soon as their doors opened and customers could fill a bag for only $15! They also had shoes for 50% off! I filled two bags AND got him 3 or 4 pairs of shoes! I did splurge just a tad and picked up a couple of things that weren’t included in the sale. Even without the grab bag sale, Once Upon A Child has great deals for gently used children’s items. I’ve found clothes there that still had the store tags on them! I spent roughly $30 on everything, but without the sale everything I bought would have been well over $100!!

When I first got there, just after 10am there was a small crowd outside already and because it’s mid-July it was already hot and gross out, and I DID NOT want to wait outside. SO, I drove over to Michael’s to do a tiny bit of crafty shopping, just for half an hour or so. I didn’t have money to spend on much, but I picked up a few small items that were on clearance.

When I got back to Once Upon A Child I was able to get inside, but it was CROWDED to say the least. I took 2 bags from the woman that greeted me and got to work filling them. Most of my time in the store was spent waiting in line of course, but I was out by about lunch time, so it wasn’t terrible.

After I got home and fed my son (he was refusing to eat for my mom), we packed up and headed to Annapolis to do a little shopping and have lunch. We stopped for lunch first since my mom and I were STARVING (by this time it was after 2pm). We went to Target and being a mom, I picked up diapers for my son, then we wandered around. Again, being a mom, I went for the toys and found a Mega Bloks dump truck for him, lol. He has the police car one and really likes it, so I decided to get the dump truck for him too. I also found him a new board book, lol. Wait, this is supposed to be MY day, right!? Don’t we all do this as moms? LOL!

I did eventually get to women’s clothing and I found a couple of tops and a pair of pants I liked and they were on clearance too. I’ll admit, about a week or so before my birthday, I got out to the Target closer to our house and spent some of my birthday money (courtesy of mom) and picked up some Bullet Journal supplies (yes, I have a BuJo). We had planned to go to Toys R Us after our Target stop (again, being a mom first!), but it was getting late and I knew my son was tired and would be hungry soon, so we made a quick stop to visit my dad at the nursing home, then came home.

In the past my mom and I would spend our birthdays together doing things like going shopping for some clothes or getting manicures and pedicures. Now however, I wouldn’t expect my one and a half year old to tolerate that for very long, especially getting our nails done. Plus, since I’ve made the switch to natural products, using the moisturizers and other products in salons will irritate my skin and the smell of the chemicals at the nail salons give me a terrible headache. I’d also much rather save the money and do my nails at home, especially since I’ve recently discovered I can use washi tape on my nails!! That will be an upcoming post soon, I’m waiting for my non-toxic clear polish to arrive from Amazon! I have some awesome washi tape that will look super cute on my nails!

The next day made me smile because I got a surprise phone call. Did I tell you I have an older sister? Probably not, but I do. She is married and they have 5 (yes 5!) kids, 4 girls and a boy (the youngest). Naturally, they keep their parents busy. My sister called the next day apologizing a bunch of times for not calling the day before, on my actual birthday. Honestly, I don’t recall calling her on her birthday, unless my mom did, so, yeah. I wasn’t upset with her at all because I know they tend to have a full schedule, especially now that it’s summer. She told me how they had softball games all day for a couple of the girls so they were out late and she slept until around 11 or 12. She said she meant to call me so many times the day before but just didn’t do it. I thought she was going to cry or something. I kept telling her that it was ok and I wasn’t upset with her about it. It really made my day, to say the least. She and I are about 15 years apart, so we’re not SUPER close, but we love each other to pieces and her kids mean the world to me.

Anyway, it was a great weekend, even if it didn’t go as planned. Heck, my dad even called me the next day and said he hadn’t realized it was my birthday the day before when we were there visiting, lol! And it was a lot of fun seeing posts from my friends on Facebook sending birthday wishes, plus I share my birthday with a few other ladies too! So, that’s how my birthday went! I’d love comments if you want to leave them, or even send me an email! I really do love feedback from my readers!!

Essential Oils and The Raindrop Technique…I’m In LOVE


If you’re not familiar with Young Living essential oils and you’re curious, send me a message. I don’t know a ton, but I have a wonderful friend who is super generous and will help anyone in any way she can. She’s the one that did the Raindrop Technique on me. She had it done once and she told me she actually grew! The technique uses a specific collection of essential oils:

  • Seven Single Oils (5ml bottles):
    • Thyme
    • Basil
    • Peppermint
    • Oregano
    • Wintergreen
    • Cypress
    • Marjoram
  • Two Oil Blends (5 ml bottles):
    • Valor®
    • Aroma Siez™

In order to perform this technique on others, especially for profit, you have to become certified, or at the very least, be trained in performing the technique so you can perform it on close friends and family. You can even do it to your pets! There is a kit that include all the oils listed above as well as an 8-oz. bottle of Ortho Ease® Aromatherapy Massage Oil  and an 8-oz. Bottle of V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to use during the technique.

There are so many benefits to this technique as it provides physical and emotional support to the body and I was even a bit taller afterwards, just like my friend was! The oils are applied to the neck, spine and feet NEAT (undiluted), however there can be a tingling sensation because some of the oils are considered HOT, meaning they may require dilution before application. However, I didn’t experience that at all.

I did however experience lots of tickling! I’m very ticklish on my feet and back, I didn’t even know I was ticklish on my back! The way the oils were applied to my spine is what tickled the most I think. There were massage aspects to it that felt AMAZING. The technique lasts about an hour and most of the time is spent on your stomach.

Here’s a link to Young Living’s site that has information about the technique. Sadly, I found out recently that the kit is currently out of stock. Gary Young is so dedicated to the quality of his oils that if the quality isn’t good enough, he won’t sell the oil, so things will go out of stock, sometimes for a long time until he can get the highest quality he expects.


By the way, if you’re interested in possibly having this done for yourself or someone you know and you live in Maryland, or nearby and don’t mind traveling a bit, let me know. The woman that did mine is always willing to have others come experience this and anything else she has to offer!

One more thing, if you’re interested in learning more don’t hesitate to contact me! Leave a comment on this post or head over to my Contact page and send a message! I love hearing from my readers!