Birthday Recap & A Giveaway!

One of the other highlights of fall is celebrating my birthday! I don’t like celebrating my age (creeping towards the mid-30’s category scares the crap out of me) but I am definitely one to stretch things out and try to celebrate over the course of a week! At least a week! More if I play my cards right :)

This year John had to play guitar in a wedding on my birthday for one of our former youth (which seems to be happening a lot lately and making me feel even older!) so we had a little family celebration the weekend before. We had a family day and went out to do a little shopping and of course eating! One of my new favorite, favorite places to eat out is Brixx Pizza. I absolutely love pizza and could probably eat it every day of the week but when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2010, I never thought I would be able to enjoy pizza out again until I discovered Brixx! They offer a gluten-free menu and the pizza is amazing! John and Abby also give the gluten-free pizza two thumbs up which doesn’t always happen! If only I can talk John into liking pineapple on our pizza! I have already converted Abby onto Team Pepperoni & Pineapple but can’t seem to bring John over to the other side!

Another awesome thing about Brixx is there patio terrance which provides a beautiful backdrop to a gorgeous fall day:

Birthday Celebration Recap


The following Saturday (the 18th) was my actual birthday and since John had to be elsewhere, I had to find a partner-in-crime to celebrate with! We have an honorary member of our family named Taylor (more affectionally known as TT) and it just so happens that her birthday is four days later! She is most definitely my partner-in-crime in all things beauty related and we can find just about every excuse in the book to make a trek to Ulta so we decided to enjoy a birthday girls’ night out!

Who doesn’t love to buy a new dress and get all dolled up? And of course, you have to rock the Birthday Girl sash:

Birthday Celebration Recap

Thankfully I was able to snag a picture with John before he had to scoot out for the wedding! We don’t have a lot around here (we do only have one stoplight after all) but we headed out to Outback (their gluten-free selection is also amazing) and ended the night with Cookout milkshakes.

Five Friday Favorites will be making a return next week so I will share my five favorite things from my birthday outfit which I adored:

Dress: Attention Women’s Studded Fit & Flare Dress

Heels: Abbey Dawn (purchased on Poshmark)

Bracelets: Also purchased on Postmark

Ring: (Similar)

Makeup Tutorial: Midnight Blue by GoldieStarling

In honor of my favorites and my birthday, I am going to be giving away some of my beauty favorites to one of YOU! Look at these goodies:

Birthday Favorites Giveaway

Giveaway box includes:

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum in Ultra Black

Foundation Pump by BeautyMP (fits Revlon Colorstay)

Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette 5 Pan by Wet N Wild

Daily Brush Cleaner from ELF

Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips by Sally Hanson

Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss by Milani in Rose Blush

Matte Lip Crayon by Ulta in Hazy Pink

Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel by Bath & Body Works in Coconut Cabana

Ready for the Rules?

1-Leave a comment letting me know your top 3 beauty favorites that I need to check out.

For an additional entry:

2-Tweet about this giveaway and leave me an additional comment letting me know you did (including the link to your tweet).

Giveaway will run until Friday, November 28! Good luck!

Disclosure: I am hosting this giveaway and all products included in today’s giveaway box were purchased by moi! Honesty and transparency are always a priority! I hope you enjoy!

Shop Globally With Novica! {Giveaway} *Closed*

Thank you for everyone’s participation! Congratulations to the winner, Emily!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift certificate by Novica in order to facilitate this review and host this giveaway. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.


In the last several months, I have been very deliberate in trying to change the way I shop. Not only have I sort of changed the rules I have set for myself but going on disability has made an obvious impact on my shopping habits. It has definitely been a challenge to reframe the way I think but I feel really good about it.

I have had the opportunity to work with Novica several times over the last couple years and have always had an amazing experience so I was really excited when they contacted me about hosting another giveaway for my wonderful readers!

Novica is a fair trade organization that works to provide artisans all over the world a platform to share their products and creativity! When you purchase an item through Novica, you are able to see the face of the artist that created it which is a completely unique and amazing experience! You can find everything from hand crafted jewelry to dresses to belts and accessories to home decor. Novica has it all!

I have shopped with Novica on many occasions and have always been thrilled with beauty and craftsmanship of the product and had  great customer service. It means more to me now than ever to know that I am supporting a fair trade organization and know that not only am I receiving a quality hand crafted product but to be able to see the face who created it.

Some of my current favorites:

Novica - Fair Trade Global Artisans

 amazonite pendant/ silver heart necklace / onyx choker

For this giveaway, Novica has offered one lucky reader a $50 Gift Certificate to do some shopping of their own!

To enter:

1) Visit Novica and come back telling me what you would purchase with your gift certificate if you win! (mandatory)

2) Tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did!

Winner will be drawn on Monday May 27th! Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift certificate by Novica in order to facilitate this review and host this giveaway. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.