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8 Resolutions For My 35th Year

Today I turned 35 years old. Whoa! Cue Joey Lawrence sound effect. (Which, by the way, if you are 35ish you might have totally loved the show Blossom like I did.) As I was saying, today is my 35th birthday – otherwise known as the 6th anniversary of my 29th birthday. Up until this point, I haven’t gotten terribly worked up about passing birthdays, but 35 does have a little bit of a different feel to it because the finish line of the next 5 year segment is 40. Yoinks. (Do I have any Scooby Doo fans out there? 35?)

I’m participating in Jeff Goins’ Intentional Blogging Challenge and today’s assignment is to write and publish a list post. I couldn’t think of a topic that I could possibly write 35 things about, so instead I’m giving you a list of 8 things. Why 8? 3+5=8. Duh! So, here are my resolutions for my 35th year:

1. There are a million ways to say it, but there’s no time like the present. For a long time I’ve talked about what I want to do/be when I grow up, when I have the time, when I have the stability, when I have the resources, etc. Suddenly I’ve found myself in a very fortunate place. Not entirely by accident of course. We’ve worked hard to get to this place where I can be home with my kids, spending some of my time carving out my niche in the nutrition communications world. However, now that I’m here, I don’t want to get stuck in a cycle of planning my future. News flash, Kate…this is the future.


2. Get more sleep. With 2 small kids, this one is sometimes very much out of my control. However, we are blessed with good sleepers (I better not jinx myself by putting this in writing) and more often than not, I am solely responsible for my exhaustion. There’s this thing called sleep procrastination and I’m a major offender.

3. Call my family and friends more often. I already talk with a select group of people fairly regularly, but I want to keep up with more people more often. As of 10 pm, I received 91 birthday messages on Facebook. Facebook is great for what its worth, but I really need to call a good number of those folks.

Google knew today is my birthday. Cool or creepy?

Google knew today is my birthday. Cool or creepy?

4. Get cards and gifts in the mail on time. Oh. My. Word. Based on my track record for the last 3-4 years, you’d never guess that I’m a total “card person”. I LOVE getting snail mail and care packages and I used to be pretty good about sending them. I could totally blame this on having kids, but…well, wait, yeah, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

5. Hire a cleaning lady. Ok, before you throw rocks at me, this one is really my way of saying, “Cut Yourself Some Slack”. I’ve been getting really anxious lately about how messy (dirty?) my house is and feeling like a bit of a failure that I don’t get around to cleaning it during the day. But the thing is, I’m a full-time mom (and all the job duties that go with that title), part-time nutrition communications consultant and aspiring writer/blogger. When I worked full-time, we called this delegating. Since I can’t delegate most housework to a 3.5 year old or 8 month old, I think I need to consider outsourcing.

6. Step away from the technology. This one is going to be hard. Particularly because technology gets more prevalent and pervasive every moment that passes by. But, I do want to spend more time taking mental snap shots and less time seeing how many pictures & videos fit on my phone before it starts spitting smoke. (I finally downloaded 2,463 items last week – I don’t even remember taking half of them!)

7. 10 + 10. The Pastor of my church has challenged us all to spend 10 minutes reading the Bible and 10 minutes in prayer every day. I’ve never had this kind of discipline related to developing my relationship with God, but I know only amazing things can come from it, so I need to figure out how to make this second nature.

8. Use every item in my kitchen before I turn 36. Do you have things in your kitchen that you’ve never used? I do. Springform pan anyone? O.k, you cheesecake-making people, not you. Christmas-tree shaped cake pans? Note to self: better make a Christmas cake. Or, when is Arbor Day?

So, how about you? Any resolutions you want to publicly declare?

Two Years Old and Purple All Over

Hailey-bear turned 2 years old last Thursday. Two. Years. Old! We had a small celebration on the evening of her actual birthday that involved brownies we made together earlier in the day as well as ice cream. She seemed quite pleased to get to have “choc-ic” and “I-ceam” and sang her own rendition of the Happy Birthday Song as we enjoyed our dessert.

Bday Brownies

On Saturday we celebrated with friends and family and every shade of purple you can imagine. Purple is, by far, Hailey’s favorite color. She’s pretty good with all her colors, but she’s known purple for quite some time. If she’s feeling silly, the answer to any question is usually, “purple.” So, purple it was!

We started the day by painting our fingernails and toenails in Essie “Play Date”.

B-day Nails

I purchased some purple serving bowls/spoons, plastic tablecloths, and napkins at Party City. Costco had a huge package of plastic cups in 4 colors – purple among them. My crowning achievement was the “Happy Birthday Hailey” balloon banner that I made after seeing inspiration in the April 2013 edition of Real Simple. The linked instructions are fairly easy to follow, but my key learnings include: Don’t try to get fancy and use your paper shredder to make the confetti. The shredder won’t like the weight of the tissue paper and the resulting crinkled mess isn’t light enough to stick to the inside of the balloon with static. If you know someone who has a Cricut (or other die cutting machine) ask them to make the letters using full-sheet labels. My mom made the letters using her Cricut and we were able to test a few different sizes. Consider coloring the letters with a crayon before sticking them to the balloons (or forgo the whole clear w/ confetti thing and use colored balloons.) The white letters can be hard to see if you have light colored walls. (I suppose we could have painted the house purple…) Buy a balloon pump…‘nuf said. And, finally, this is definitely a do-ahead project. I was worried that the balloons might deflate so I talked myself into waiting until the morning of the party to put this together. As I sit here 48 hours later, it still looks just fine.

Purple decor

The menu for the party included purple grape and watermelon skewers, purple potato salad and purple cabbage cole slaw as well as a number of other summer BBQ foods that were tasty, but alas, not purple in color! The dessert buffet, however, was entirely purple! We ordered the cake, cupcakes and cookies from nearby Lovin Oven Cakery. Hailey’s great aunts made the chocolate dipped pretzels and Rice Krispies treats and we had a variety of purple candies purchased at Party City as well.

Dessert Buffet

The birthday girl had a wonderful day and was showered with love (and of course presents too!) Hailey makes us laugh every day – her personality is larger than life, her smile and laugh are contagious and her hugs and kisses make you melt. We love you Hailey-bear and hope all your birthday wishes come true!


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