It’s one of my best friends birthdays today- happy birthday Lindsay!

We have so so many fun and meaningful memories together that it’s hard to sum up the past 5 years in words, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves :)

happy birthday collage

Big photo: Celebrating the holidays in tacky Christmas apparel (not sure who that guy is…)

Clockwise: Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia //

A few fond memories: hanging out with our Shelton Vineyards friend, apparently plucking Constable’s nose hairs, popping an awkward squat last birthday, hanging out with Sue and Larry, duct taping a piece of the car back on, playing dress up at the fire station, goofing around with our cousins, and more!

Our friend Colette is always telling me to post more pictures of people (as opposed to just landscapes and food) on my blog. Well, Colette, this one is for you :)

“I have three beautiful ladies in my car. That’s all.”

“10-4 Wendy.”

“Aren’t you going to give Chuckles a free piece of cheese?!”

“Call-A-Cab is a really good name…” “…For a person?!”

“They’re like an act, the three of them.”

“Where did you get them? You’re my hero.”

“Pump your way off.”

“I feel like I am vodka soda.”

“It’s a real treat.”

Here’s to many more trips (including cruises, Nashville, Hollymead, Savannah) & tons more Raleigh fun!

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In other news, it’s my birthday weekend!

On our birthdays, society rewards us for basically accomplishing nothing except making it to another year. One such benefit is companies giving us free things and I plan to milk it for all its worth this year. Here’s what I plan to enjoy on and around my birthday:

  • Free coffee from Starbucks [must have

Finishing up taxes

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In spite of the fact that I hate managing financials {or I suppose because I hate managing financials} I felt incredibly empowered going through the process, learning about income and deductions, and mailing off my forms.

Blog group potluck

The blog girls and I are having a group potluck on Thursday! Laura of Taking Back My Twenties graciously offered to host, so we’re having the potluck in her chic Durham apartment {I know what it looks like from her blog, of course!}. The theme is Around the World, so I’m excited to see what a group that includes a few food bloggers can come up with!

My stepdad’s birthday

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Remember when I complained about

A brunette and a blonde with an inseparable bond

Here’s to many more years of

ridiculous memories,

For my sister’s birthday present, I put together several small gifts, including: spice mixes; homemade hand scrubs; apple cider for our K cup machine at work; a display of postcards from the cities we’ve visited recently; a photo book of awkward pictures of me {to make her laugh!}; and a few other small things.

I wanted to share the “recipe” for the easy homemade hand scrubs, which are an affordable gift with a personal touch.

Homemade Hand Scrubs

  • One part brown sugar
  • One part white sugar
  • One part salt
  • Enough olive oil to moisten all other ingredients
  • Several drops of essential oils

Combine the above in a Mason jar and tie with a pretty ribbon :)

For the essential oils, I used Chill Pill

I am finally getting around to posting some long overdue photos. On my sister’s birthday, part of her surprise scavenger hunt was a trip to a vineyard in Pine Level, North Carolina called Hinnant Family Vineyards. We had a blast sampling the muscadine wines {which I recently discovered are my favorite kind of grape!} for only $5. And we got wine glasses to take home- I added mine to my growing collection {which includes

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