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Monday, October 19, 2015

How Birthday Celebrations In Your 30's Differ From Your 20's

When you're in your 20's, and likely still if you're in your 30's and don't have children, the thing to do for a birthday is gather up your friends and go out. Go out to dinner, go out to bars, perhaps go out dancing. I remember those days! Now my friends, the best thing that can happen to a girl is ALONE time. No toddler eating most of my lunch, nobody else's needs to come before my own, take as long as I want without the fear of an impending meltdown - quality alone time. This is how I celebrated turning 31.

The actual bouquet hubs got me - looks like a stock photo huh? Nope!

Henry went to preschool in the morning so I hit up a yoga class. I chatted with friends afterwards for as long as I wanted without needing to get back to the child care center before my appointment ran out. I blogged a bit. And hubby, who was working from home, made me breakfast upon my return.

I don't even look pregnant here! Top: Lululemon // Leggings: Pea in the Pod
Then in the afternoon, I headed over to Hiatus Spa. I got a prenatal massage, a facial, and a manicure/pedicure. The whole afternoon, not a diaper was changed nor a cry was heard! So relaxing. If you live in Dallas, check them out over in Park Cities. It's the third time I've been and I have yet to be disappointed!

Waiting parlor at Hiatus Spa

After five hours (!!!) at the spa, I raced home to try to make it before Henry's bedtime. I was late, but I walked in to all my boys standing by a lit cake with balloons and flowers and they sang me "Happy Birthday"! Well... The dogs wagged their tails for a handout, Henry kept darting his eyes between the flames and me and saying, "Mommy!" and hubs held down the tune solo.

So I promptly ate a huge piece of cake for dinner - yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I got the mix for hubs to make because he's... Errr... Not a chef. But he did great with the cake mix! We then relaxed on the couch and I fell asleep watching a movie so that I could get up the next morning with little man at 6am while hubby went to present at a conference. Why do toddlers think it's cool to wake up that early on a weekend, and why do companies think it's cool to host a conference on a Saturday? Toddlers and companies are jerks, y'all.

I can remember birthday's when getting huge groups of friends together to "go out" was just what you did. If you spent the day alone or not going out, you felt like a "loser" of sorts. It's so different when you're in your 30's! I want nothing to do with "going out." Do you know how tired that would make me? I'd need a nanny for the night out and the whole day after. That's insanity. No, I'll take my calmed down birthdays and leave the crazy nights out for you youngun's in your 20's!

16 comments:

  1. It is funny how different birthday are depending on your decade. I agree, a quiet night in with those that care about me or a dinner out is all I need. Why invite people I don't really care for just get drunk when I don't care to drink much anymore? Times do change, glad you enjoyed your spa day. And yellow cake and chocolate icing is the BEST!

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  2. Amending because my comp ATE part of my post *why invite people I don't really hang out with to pump up my numbers for a party when I don't really care to get crunk anymore?

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful birthday to me! If you are doing exactly what you want - that's what it's all about!! Happy belated birthday, girl!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful day!! I'm glasyoubwere able to enjoy yourself, momma. :)

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  5. What an amazing day! I'm still in my 20s (and sans children) but I still like low-key birthdays and that's what I typically have. This year, however, I had big plans to throw a big beer party because I'm turning the big 2-5. But, we're still in an apartment, so that's not happening. Oh well, I'll still enjoy the low-key birthday I always do.

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  6. Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing day. Having kids sure does change birthday celebrations, so I'm going to enjoy being able to go out while I can. But I'm sure I'll love the more low-key birthdays that are to come as well.

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  7. That sounds like an ideal day to me! Seriously isn't alone time the best? Nobody asking you where the strainer or measuring cup is? ;-) I'm so glad you were spoiled and pampered accordingly. Also, that cake looks amazing. p.s is that yoga picture taken currently? You don't even look the tiniest bit pregnant in it!

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  8. Paige, First can I say happy birthday! This is really ironic that I ran across this post, I just turned 28 on October 17th and I acted more like a 30 year old than a 20 something. I have a small confession to make, I didn't "run across your blog." You actually linked to our blog in one of your articles, this was the website you linked too (dscience.co/how-to-grow-your-instagram-following/). I am one of the site owners and I just wanted to reach out and say thank you so much. It is always a great feeling when a blog links to your website :). I hope you have an amazing day and keep being awesome!!!

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  9. Happy belated birthday girl!! I'm so happy you were able to enjoy the day like you wanted to and got to eat cake too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. hahahahaha 'er.. not a chef'. right? KC buys me a blizzard for my birthday for the same reason. hilarious. men. you totally do not look pregnant in that pic!
    i remember big birthdays and going out.. now i just want to like, go to dinner and not have anyone judge me for all the food i'm gonna eat, you know? it's my birthday, let me order 2 sushi rolls and fried rice and yes I am getting dessert. hahaha!

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful birthday (esp the spa part)! Going out is overrated anyway :)

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  12. It is funny how birthdays change as you get older. I too love relaxing quite birthdays! What a cute surprise your boys gave you!! So nice to have such a wonderful family, you are so blessed!

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  13. OMG that sounds like the perfect birthday to me! And I'm so jealous you got a massage, facial AND mani/pedi! What a perfect way to end your birthday.

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  14. Yeah right...I wish could get my hubby to go dancing with me! :-p I'd choose a spa day over going out any day! Glad yours was relaxing, Paige!

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  15. So true!! I just turned 30 and the days of "going out to celebrate" are turned into "what is the fastest restaurant that our toddler won't go nuts in...

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