7/18/13

The day I turned 29 for the first time...

So some of you may already know that my birthday was a few days ago.
Before I get this post rollin' I've got to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who sent along sweet birthday messages to me. It made me feel so warm n' fuzzy inside! :)
Truthfully, It was probably one of the most relaxing days I've had in quite some time.  I decided to take the day "off".  However, when you do what I do (blogging/YouTube) on the internet, you never truly have a day off. While it's great that I can make my own hours, I'm usually checking my channel, comments, posts, filming, editing, planning, emailing, communicating with companies I'm collaborating with, etc.  Weekends, late at night... all throughout the day, basically. It's truly more work than when I taught full-time (and was in school full-time). Wasn't meaning to get into all that, but that's what happens when I blog sometimes. Whatever comes into my mind sometimes just comes out onto the page.
I LOVE what I do, though. I always have loved the quote, "Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life." So true.

Anyway, my point is, while I was taking the day "off" (not really), I decided to go to our neighborhood pool for the first time. I felt like I was on vacation and the weather was absolutely beautiful.


While I was there, I got a message from a friend telling me the sad news about Talia's passing. It absolutely broke my heart. The rest of the time I was there, I remembered happy memories about our few brief moments we actually were able to spend together when we met at IMATS in LA this past January. She was seriously larger than life. Her personality and positivity were so huge that you didn't really notice she was just a small child. It's so unbelievable what she went through battling cancer at such a young age when kids shouldn't have to worry about life's heavier things like that.  When I was talking to her, I never even thought about that, though. She was so happy and sweet and I had so much fun talking to her, even for just a little while.


While thinking about what she endured, it's so inspiring to see how she handled it and turned it into something positive. Reaching out to so many people, bringing so much awareness to childhood cancer, and touching so many people's lives through YouTube.  We're seriously so blessed to have gotten to know her, even if only through the internet.  She'll always have a special place in my heart.



After the pool, with a heavy heart, I headed back to our house and did some cleaning.  
House cleaning. I know, birthday awesomeness.
I got ready for dinner, Brad came home from work, and we headed out to one of my favorite spots, Stoney River.
As we headed out the door, Brad gave me one of my birthday gifts...


It's by Michael Kors. It's bright gold. It has a chunky chain link band. I'm in love with it!  I had really been wanting a new and fun watch. This one is the perfect mix of being fun, classic, and stylish. 

This is us heading out the door...


Isn't he presh? I've got to make him crash my out-the-door ootd pics more often. ;)

Here's a better shot of my outfit.

details:
Ted Baker Dress, Target shoes, Michael Kors watch, cuffs from thecurrentcustom.com, Louis Vuitton Lumineuse PM

You may remember this dress from my post about my recent trip to New York.  It's so comfortable! I knew it had to be my birthday dress. :)

So off we went to Stoney River... Here's a few shots of our delicious noms.

This salad was unbelievably good. Sort of like a "caprese" salad, but with the little peas and fried onions (which Brad mostly ate), it was amazing.

 This was my meal. A filet mignon with mashed sweet potato casserole. These sweet potatoes are basically my favorite thing ever.

 This was Brad's. His steak was crazy huge with some yummy mashed potatoes with shallots. Delish as well.


And finally, Stoney River is awesome and brings you free chocolate cake on your birthday. It was yummy and fudge-y and delicious.


When we got home, Brad gave me the sweetest birthday card ever and these little Kate Spade elephant salt and pepper shakers.

Crazy cute, right?  They look perfect on our kitchen table.

Crappy iPhone pic, but they still look presh.
We then spent a relaxing night at home and watched The Big Lebowski... lol. I can't help it, it's one of my favorites.

So again, thank you all for making my day extra special! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

43 comments:

  1. Aw, happy birthday Tiffany! I love your dress with the black shoes and bag. And, Brad is a cutie - we should def see more of you 2 together. Man has good taste - good job on the gifts! Ooh - also, I can't wait to see the videos from your recent shoot! So fun!

    Gretchen
    http://afitfashionista.blogspot.com

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  2. That sounds like a perfect birthday, and what beautiful gifts! <3

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  3. Glad you had a great birthday! Love Stoney River! There are so many great restaurants in Atlanta! You have to try Antico Pizza, delish!!!! You won't be disappointed! :)

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  4. Happy birthday! I love your watch and the elephant salt/pepper shakers!

    http://modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/

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  5. We haven't been to Stoney River but I hear good things. We have McKendrick's with the Flintstone sized steaks. Too funny. Gonna have to try Stoney (and Antico from above -- which I also hear is GREAT). Hope you had a great day. It's been a few years since my 29th....LOL!! Enjoy!

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  6. Happy belated Birthday! Such good photos, I am very jealous. I absolutly love the Kate Spade Salt and Pepper shakers! They are going straight on my wish list!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  7. Happy birthday!

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  8. Happy belated Birthday Tiffany! Looks like you had an amazing time. Your boy is indeed very presh! And clearly he knows you very well, that watch is 100% you. Love.
    God bless Talia. What a sweet soul.

    erinbulger.blogspot.ca

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  9. Happy belated birthday and enjoy all your blessings! I recently turned 39 for the first time so I know how you feel. I'm excited to be 40 because I feel wiser than I did at 30 and I feel I can accomplish so much more. So you know what....I hope I don't stay 39 too long! ;)

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  10. Sounds like you had a great day!! & I love the dress!!

    Check out what I got up to yesterday @ emgeorgias.blogspot.com

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  11. Happy Birthday! You and Brad look so happy together...and so in love. That's a beautiful thing to see.

    I'm so glad your birthday was fun. And know that like Talia, you've touched a lot of people over Youtube over the years, myself included.

    Cathy
    Xo

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  12. Will you be turning 29 again next year?

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    1. We'll see how I feel, but yes, that's the plan ;)

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  13. Happy Birthday! The dinners looked awesome! I love sweet potatoes too!

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  14. Tuesday was my birthday too! Turned 26. Spent my birthday at work then quietly at home with my family.
    Happy birthday to you too!

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  15. Happy Birthday Tiffany! Gorgeous watch, you guys are the cutest and it was so touching that you took the time to focus on beautiful Talia. <3

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday, Tiffany!! Your outfit looks gorgeous!

    -Susan (BoxofSusan.blogspot.ca)

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  17. That dress looks beautiful on you!

    Happy Birthday!!!

    http://justabigcitygirl.wordpress.com/

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  18. Sounds like you had a pretty great first 29th birthday!

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  19. Happy birthday to you. It must have been so incredibly difficult to leave the pool and go back to clean after learning about the death of Talia. Perhaps she has taught women that the real beauty in life is about love of each other not the latest watch or meal we have received.




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  20. This has to be the most self absorbed post ever. It was self serving to post the picture of you and Talia. Had to be so difficult to leave the pool.
    So very insensitive.



















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  21. Happy Birthday! Your blog and youtube channel are always inspirational. Best wishes.

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  22. Looks like you had an amazing birthday! Lovin' the salt and pepper shakers hun <3 xx.

    www.beautyandlouise.com

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  23. Happy birthday Tiffany. I hope you have had an amazing day. By the way, the july 16th is by Bday too. I'm sure we are blessed people! :)

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  24. Your husband is adorable and knows how to shop for his woman! 2 thumbs way up!

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  25. Happy birthday!
    Love the dress!
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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  26. Belated happy birthday Tiffany :) You are one of my fav youtubers :D

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  27. Very nice post about Talia Tiffany!!! you expressed very well what so many of us feel! Glad you had a nice bday!!

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  28. Happy birthday!! Looks like you had a lovely day :)
    Emma x
    emandthem.blogspot.com

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  29. Happy belated birthday! You look gorgeous!
    Laura x
    cosysaturdaynight.blogspot.com

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  30. Aww, how sweet! Happy Happy Birthday, looks like you enjoyed it!
    xoxo,
    kk

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  31. Belated Happy b'day Tiffany !! It seems to had a lovely b'day :)

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  32. You are so relatable. I love reading your blog posts :) Happy birthday! So glad it was a wonderful day, despite the sad news of Talia's passing. Also, I totally caught myself smiling when looking at your "out the door" pics with Brad. You guys are adorable. xo

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  33. Aw, your kiss pic is so sweet! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  34. Happy birthday! The "peas" in your salad are edamame, yum!!!!

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  35. So good post and congrats with bithday)Happy bithday

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  36. You looked beautiful! You and Brad look so great together, looked and sounded like a perfect birthday :)

    makeuponadime.blogspot.com

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  37. Happy birthday! I love the salt and pepper shakers :-)

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  38. What is the model number for you MK watch please it is gorgeous!

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  39. Those were not little peas. They were edamame.

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