Birthday Spoils

A night out downtown

Basil, Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese Pizza.  Their Pizza is sooooo good.
Yes, I'm an April Fool's Day Baby.  My Birthday was on Sunday but I actually started celebrating last weekend.  It's a big one.  Why not?  Mj and I met up with a bunch of his friends downtown at a cool loft like urban bar called Basic that basically only serves Pizza and salad.  They provide paper plates to eat it on.  You know, Basic.  But their Pizza is anything but.  Who knew that Mashed Potato Pizza would actually taste good?   We ordered three different kinds and each one was just as tasty as the one before it.  Every time they brought a pie out it was literally gone in minutes because we snatched them up so fast.  Afterward we went dancing downtown where all the hoochie mama's in their tight short dresses made me feel ancient.  I swear, I was never THAT bad!  I personally am too old to freeze my ass off in my cute LBD that I bought a while ago and still haven't had a chance to wear so I stuck with my standard leggings and boots.  We stayed out later then we have in a long time.  We were party animals!  We didn't get home until about 1:30am.

Friday night I met up with a bunch of my girlfriends and one of our favorite happy hour spots.  It's cheap, low key and we all love to go there.  We've been going there for years.  Not much has changed and that's how I like it.   They have free cheese, tortilla chips, veggies, ranch and salsa out back.  What more could I ever want?  I don't even order food when I go there.  I can get a glass of wine for $3.00 and then after that I can get it for $5.00.  It makes for a fun cheap night out.

I got a free ice cream scoop
Saturday afternoon I met up with my mom at a little mall at the half way point between where we live for some mother daughter bonding time.  She took me shopping!  I found two really cute tops and then we stopped for coffee before heading over to Spa Gregorie's.  This place is so nice.  I normally just get my pedicures at the strip mall nail shop down the street.  Those places are mills.  There is no ambiance and they massage your feet for about 2 minutes if you are lucky.  Well, when you go to a spa it's totally different.  My pedicure took one full hour which included a full on foot massage and relaxing music.  It was heaven.  They definitely charge more but like everything else you usually get what you pay for.  Mj (the sweetheart that he is) bought us both Spa Gregorie's Groupon's so we'll definitely be going back.  After that we walked over to a really nice restaurant in that same mall and had a nice dinner at Paradise Grill.  I'm in their Club so I got a free entree coupon for by Birthday.  It was such a nice day out with mom.  Oh my goodness did I ever feel spoiled; and there was more of it to come the next day.
My big sis and her husband

I love their Lasagna!! I've heard it's frozen but I don't care.

My new fav wine

I asked my family to come to us so I wouldn't have to travel anywhere for the day.  I woke up pretty early and did an exercise video.  Then I took a shower and put my robe on and watched some TV.  I got sleepy so then I took a  nap and woke up just in time to get dressed and ready.  It was a perfect relaxing start to my Birthday and then before too long it was time to chow down because I wanted us to do an early dinner.  I haven't been to Olive Garden in forever so that's the spot I chose for my Birthday dinner.  Oh Lasagna Classico how I adore you... it was just as good as I remembered.  I found my new favorite wine too.  It's called Roscato and it's basically the perfect wine for me.  It's sweet, fruity and I had my fill of it because we got a bottle for the table.  We came back to my house and lounged around a bit and then it was time for Cake.  Or should I say Cupcakes.

My nephew couldn't wait to get his hands on 'em

Mom, Dad and Nephew

Mj surprised me by making four different kinds of cupcakes from scratch three of which had Peanut Butter Frosting which he knows is my favorite.  The funny thing is that I didn't even notice that he made them.  He made Cinnamon Pound cake, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Strawberry Jelly cup cakes.  I ate the Peanut Butter Cup and it was so delicious.  We each brought some to work but still I'll be eating cupcakes for days!!  Then, it was time for presents.  My little sis sent me a pretty necklace with a little wishbone on it.  My older sis got me a Pink water bottle and Pink ear buds for the gym.  Mj got me the perfect pink and black work out bag. It's so cute and stylish.  He knew I didn't want a boxy old gym bag and picked out the perfect one with plenty of extra pockets.  He also got me Under Armour work out gear and pink work out socks.  I go to the gym enough now that people actually by me work out related gifts...and I actually want them!  I was tired as heck after work but actually excited about going so I could show off use my new stuff.
Can you guess what my favorite color is? Right down to the toe nails.
I'm normally not into making much to do about by Birthday.  Half the time I beg Mj not to buy me anything and I'll often look for the cheapest place for dinner so no one has to spend too much money on my account but I must say it was nice to feel totally spoiled.  Overall I'd have to say that the agony of turning 35 was well worth it. 


Kari@ Small Budget Big Dreams said...

Happy happy birthday! Those cupcakes look delicious, hubby sounds like a real keeper. I need to teach the bf how to cook. Last week I made HIM cupcakes.

Michelle P said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a good weekend.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Happy birthday CC! Looks like an awesome weekend!

Natalie said...

Happy birthday! You have such a sweet hubby. And you look much younger than 35 :)

Mrs. Williams said...

Happy Birthday!! You look awesome for 35!!! I would have never guessed you were that young-lol!! Looks like you had a blast of a birthday.

The Sweetest Thing said...

You are SO beautiful! How do you do it???? 35????? WHATTTT! April Fools joke, huh???? Ps that food looks DELISH. shame on you for posting!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

it sounds like you had a great weekend! that pizza looks DELISH!


Steph said...

Sounds like a great birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday!

Brown Girl said...

That sounds like an awesome birthday, happy belated birthday! Love your new workout bag, I need to get a new one, mine is ugly and manly.

WhisperingWriter said...

Happy belated birthday!

All that food looks amazing. Especially that pizza.

LWLH said...

Happy Belated Birthday beautiful....and your 35??
I can't believe that, you look so freakin' young, I would have guessed you were still in your 20's....woot woot sexy lady

Ameena said...

Happy Happy Belated Birthday! I can't believe you are just one year younger than me...I look like an old hag compared to you. :)

What a fantastic day. A entire hour for a pedicure? Fabulous cupcakes? It sounds like a day from heaven.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Faith said...

you had the best birthday! so exciting to be spoiled by your family and husband!

and seriously, those cupcakes look divine! and so pretty! i want one.

glad you had an incredible birthday ... my best friend is also an April fool's birthday gal!

Janna Renee said...

I am a bad blog friend, just now telling you Happy Birthday :( Well, I'm SO GLAD that you had a good Birthday!!!!! PS. Your age doesn't matter, because you don't look a day over 22. Age ain't nothin' but a number!!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Wandered over by way of Ameena's blog and I'm so glad I did! I loved your birthday run down, especially since we were too exhausted to do anything special for my birthday last year. This year will definitely involve peanut butter cupcakes :)