Happy Friday friends, and happy birthday to me!

I’ve shared my birthdays here on Friday Faves for what seems forever. Actually, It’s been 6 years since I started the blog. WTF? I’ve also shared that German Chocolate Cake and my MIL’s Turkey Pot Pie are my birthday faves.

Well, my friends, tomorrow marks a milestone birthday.

And I have to admit, I’m a little shy about sharing the fact that I’m turning the BIG 50, only because of the same reason most everyone who is over 40 is reluctant to admit they are too.

Because we don’t want to appear old.

Or wait…Is what’s old new again? And then when we question ourselves, are we…

Outdated.

Past our prime.

Reliving the past like it’s new again (enter mohawk dude above.)

No longer hip. Or cool. Or fly. Or dope. Or whatever word is urban-dictionary-of-the-moment.

No longer relevant.

Becoming our parents. Hey, I love you mom, but you know the saying…

Past our born on date???

Oh sweet baby. Fill my wine glass to the top again, will you?

But you know what? I wouldn’t exchange even one of my hard-earned 50 years to go back to being 20, 30, or even 40 again.

Because…

I have all of this.

Years past on milestone birthdays I was still figuring out who I was and who I wanted to become. Climbing the corporate ladder. Or at least trying to figure out how to. Still thinking that people actually looked at me and how I dressed/looked/acted and thinking they actually cared enough to judge. And guess what? They didn’t. All the worrying of what others were thinking of me when all they thought of was themselves. Wondering if I’d ever have the family/home/life I had envisioned for myself?

The fine lines and my ever-deepening cavern of a worry line between my brows (now plumped up with Botox thank you very much and not gonna apologize for it either) plus the extra lbs I never thought I’d have, have only moved me into a more relaxed, more caring of others position in my life.

I’m so happy at this point in my life. So grateful for the ones I love. For the life my man and I have created for ourselves. For our family. Our home. For the job I love. And to share it all with so many faces I know, and with a whole bunch of you I wouldn’t recognize from Adam.

Because guess what? My life isn’t just about me.

This is why I love the age I am…as of tomorrow. 50. FIFTY. The BIG 5-0! And I’m proud to say that yes, I’m older than you thought I was. Or at least that’s the conversation between you and me that’s going through my head :). Because I’m still living life to the fullest no matter what the digit mark.

Now…my mom might have a different side of the story.

The realization that she has a 50 year old daughter? I mean, she acts and feels like she did at the same age she birthed me. And I can’t disagree, because where did time go? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Hell. I feel the same way she did, but now with my sweet Smudge as a 12 year old!

As the years have gone by, I’ve slowly come to understand what she means when she says she doesn’t FEEL any older, but she just FEELS OLDER.

And just like her, I’m a firm believer that you are only as old as you THINK you are. And because I have so much living to do…oh, honey…I’ll always be young.

So…I want to know…What’s your secret to feeling, acting, being forever young? Because I am open ears. If you’ve gotten this far through this ode, grant me this birthday wish by sharing your keeping it young philosophies in the comments below.

But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves.

Yes! Yes! Yes! They’re coming back! #justjack and the crew are returning come fall 2017 !!!! Sorry guys, but this is so much better than Gilmore Girls. And nothing is more apropos in my eyes for today’s DC festivities than a watch of this video. The writing. Oh, the writing is SO GOOD.


We’re running low for 2017! Have you gotten yours? If you haven’t, enter BIRTHDAY at checkout for 30% off your entire order. Happy birthday to you too!

Are you kidding me right now with this AMAZING cake? Happy birthday to ME! And the tip on cake flour is spot on.

Loved this article on cooking mindfully. #6 is especially important!

Can’t wait to roast some bananas and make these little babies!

speaking of bananas…

How insane does this banana bread look?!

This savory breakfast bowl! Oh my yes.

Digging this overnight breakfast smoothie.

To all of my Instant Pot converts (you have one, right???), you need this guide that shares which button to use for every Instant Pot cooking situation.

and…

Here’s an Instant Pot soup you gotta try.

Going nuts for this granola.

This skillet pizza is calling my name.

Nachos for breakfast? This is living right.

This burger gets me.

100 food trends for 2017 according to Pinterest. So THAT’s what jackfruit is used for!

Here are the best-selling cookbooks of 2016, and two of my friends—here and here—made the list! SO PROUD of these blogging entrepreneurs!

These lemons are helping women detect breast cancer. Smart!

Back when I was a server there were things I saw and overheard that would shock the pants off you, but thankfully I was never on the receiving end of this list of the worst breakups servers have ever seen.

And on the other end of the spectrum…

#Couple goals! I can’t get enough of her.

photo: @hannahlbright

This weekend is the beginning of the Sundance Film Fest in Park City. WOOT WOOT! Last year I Snapchatted my way around Park City asking people, “HEY! ARE YOU FAMOUS???” This year I’ll be searching for celebs on my Instagram storiesI’m coming for ‘ya Jennifer (on my birthday no less!) Follow me to see the rich and famous we do indeed find, and who just THINKS they’re famous.

more Sundancing stargazing opps:

Chelsea Handler is leading the Park City women’s march down Main Street on Saturday. I bet Jen will be right at her side. Hot dang! That’s the same time as Smudge’s basketball game. Crap.

The hottest parties at Sundance.

but…

The biggest party won’t be on Main Street.

Here’s the list of celebs I hope to be spying upon. Man! I’m gonna be busy!

What celebs wear at Sundance—in case you want to impersonate one so I think you’re a celeb and get you on my Instastory and you suddenly become FAMOUS!

and if you can’t make it to Park City…

5 girl-power documentaries to screen on Netflix now.

Calling all Lin-Manuel Miranda and West Wing fans! You’re gonna love this mashup

This Insta account is cracking me up! And this one is still my favorite.

This patio makeover is pretty dreamy.

but if you’re in the mood for something a bit…ahem…larger…

A peek inside the most expensive home for sale in the U.S. for a cool $250 mil. And if you can afford this, please invite me over.

I’m all about skin care (hello, anti-aging!) and after seeing this on The Today Show as one of the best anti-agers, I’m giving it a try.

and…

Smudge is getting this gel to combat those pesky teen breakouts. It’s supposed to be the newest, greatest thing and was previously only available with prescription.

Did I tell you about my new favorite highlighter? I LOVE IT!

This would be a cute transition piece, plus it’s on sale.

And this cute dress (add inexpensive too) has me excited about spring. Wait. What? Already?

Recipes I Pinned This Week

Here are three mouthwatering recipes I’ve pinned this week that I definitely think you should pin as well!

Cheesy Garlic Bread and Meatball Rolls from Cooking for Keeps on foodiecrush.com

Cheesy Garlic Bread and Meatball Rolls

Who’s ready to make the Superbowl even super-er?

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Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl from sharedappetite.com on foodiecrush.com

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl

I could seriously eat this for lunch every single day.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie from bakerbynature.com on foodiecrush.com

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie

I’m all about a no-bake pie, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this velvety dark chocolate goodness.

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Have an amazing and yummy weekend, fabulous friends!

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