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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Weekend Recap: Mother's Day 2021

My daughter's plate (mine had more eggs and no toast)

Mother's Day in a pandemic is about the same as it was pre-pandemic....and I wouldn't have it any other way. From waking up and enjoying the first cup of coffee from the comfort of my bed, to hearing the kids making me a yummy breakfast, some traditions were just not meant to be broken or altered! 

We had our super amazing breakfast, then hubby went to bed (he had just come off a night shift and had to be back at work later that evening), and I had some quiet time which is always a bonus in my books. 

I can't say I did anything exciting during my time alone, but sometimes making a homemade detox tea and watching some HGTV are all I need to relax and unwind. What's in my detox tea you ask? Well usually it's just some hot water, fresh lemon juice, a chunk of fresh ginger, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper OR a small dollop honey. But this time I nixed the cayenne and honey, and added a mint leaf. It didn't taste great (too strong with boiled water) so I'll save the mint leaves for cold water instead.

Quiet Time and Detox Tea After a Large Breakfast

In the afternoon I convinced the kids to go on a nature walk with me...I had to bribe them with hot chocolate from Starbucks. It worked, they indulged me in some family time and it felt so nice to get out of the house. I'm finding that now that I work from home, and we're in a lockdown, I never leave my house. I didn't realize how much I needed to get out! Anyone else feel that way?

My kiddos...they're growing way too fast!

We finished off the day with some homemade pan pizza (and wine for me). Sooo good, and now we're obsessed with making pizza! I am sure homemade pizza will now be a staple at our house from now on!

Who knew pizza baked in a cast iron skillet would be so tasty!?


How was your mother's day this year? Did you have to alter your traditions due to COVID-19?

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