Life Lately: My Birthday, Snow, Valentine's Day, and Kitchen Updates

Hi All!  Sorry I've been MIA for the past week or so.  Between moving back into our house, baby teething, and constant snow our schedule has been all screwed up.  

I got to celebrate with my family on my actual birthday this year since it fell on a Saturday.  I started my day with a Carlson's glazed donut just like I wanted, they seriously are the best donuts ever.  The rest of the day was spent doing kitchen stuff to get it all finalized followed by dinner.  We kept it low key with dinner at the Annapolis Yacht Club.  Unfortunately poor Miller was miserable all day because he wouldn't nap and was teething so it was hard to enjoy my night since my little guy was so unhappy. :(   My family tried so hard to help me relax and enjoy my night but it's tough to do that when you're baby's unhappy.  Still I wouldn't have wanted it any other way then spending it with them, happy or unhappy baby.

I know it looks gross but it really is the best donut ever... 

Me and my sister at AYC

Miller with my Dad at dinner

Chocolate Fudge Bundt cake from Whole Foods

Birthday Dinner Outfit

I'm loving the new J.Crew Merino tunic- go buy yourself one if you haven't yet! 

My parents and sister gifted me with Black Hunter Boots and they are perfect! I got to test them out last week in the snow and with two pairs of socks on they kept my feet warm.  They are a little awkward to walk in but I think that will just take some getting used to 

Snow Snow Snow! Y'all I hate snow.  A lot.  We have gotten so much of it this winter. I'm over it.  The only plus side was that Kyle didn't have to travel last week and got to stay home with us for a snow day- which is very rare in his book.  The snow day did provide us with time to get the kitchen unpacked and organized too which really helped me feel more settled.

We celebrated Valentine's day at home this year with fajitas and sangria which is pretty much the perfect meal for us.  Since my birthday is so close we really don't make a big to-do of Valentine's day but it's still fun to have a night to celebrate love.   I found an adorable heart shaped cake mold at Target so I had to buy it make a cake with it.  I took the easy way out and just used boxed cake mix- yellow cake with chocolate icing and it was delicious!  I think the heart shaped cake is going to be a new V-day tradition in our house.


The kitchen is almost finished!! I am working on a post right now with all the before and after pictures and full details on everything we picked and how we did it.  We are back living here but there are still a few punch list items that need to be taken care of.  The backsplash went in yesterday so once we take care of a few more things it will be finished.  I cannot wait to have all the contractors out of our house and be back on our normal schedule.

Dining table and new light 

 We moved back in on Tuesday Feb 11 and celebrated with some champagne

The backsplash went in yesterday



  1. The backsplash is delightful. That donut looks killer.

  2. i love the heart cake tradition - i think i may have to steal it :) kitchen is looking fantastic, too!!!

  3. Agh that kitchen sure would make me enjoy a snowday! So gorgeous!

  4. I love the J. Crew sweater. Did you have to size down? I'm extremely pregnant so I can't try it on but I've heard that it runs a bit big. Would appreciate your help!

  5. The kitchen is looking beautiful!! So glad you had a happy birthday.

  6. Love love love your new kitchen!!! Great job! Happy belated birthday!

  7. The new kitchen is GORGEOUS! Love, love, love. I need one of those tunic sweaters but I fear we're pretty much done with cold weather here. Maybe I can stash it away for next year.

  8. So many delicious treats in this post! Sangria, donuts, cakes....now I need something sweet!

  9. I have those Hunter boots! I agree they are difficult to walk in.. I have to take them off if I have to drive anywhere but they're so darn cute it's worth it imo. Your kitchen is Gorg!!! Love love love it!!

  10. Happy belated Birthday!! I'm such a donut lover, and yours sounds fantastic!
    Your kitchen is gorgeous!! LOVE it!

  11. I am drooling over your gorgeous kitchen! And that donut. And the cake. And the sangria. And Miller because even though he is teething he is soooo adorable! Where is your necklace from? I LOVE it!

  12. Your kitchen is gorgeous!! Glad you had a great birthday!

  13. I can't wait to see the finished kitchen, it looks awesome so far! Happy belated birthday!

  14. Gah! I'm so jealous of your awesome kitchen makeover. I'd kill to have that kitchen. Happy birthday, a bit belated. That donut looks amazing. Love the purple tunic! I might have to get one of those.

  15. Your kitchen looks fantastic!!!! I'm so ready to gut ours back home!!! You looked absolutely beautiful on your Birthday dinner.....there is something nice about spending Birthdays/Holidays with Family!!!!

    For the record....I HATE THE SNOW....not because of how much we got this year (which surprisingly, it's been mild here in Blacksburg - except last week when we got 21". But generally...I hate it...I hate the feeling of being trapped at home.

  16. What a fun weekend! The floors in your kitchen are gorgeous -- I love them!


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