My 36th Birthday

I turned 36, three weeks ago. I generally try to avoid my birthday. It makes me feel bad when someone has to go out of their way for me. But, I have to admit, this birthday was awesome!

Thirty five was such a great age for me. I feel like I became more comfortable in my own skin. I learned to surround myself with positivity. In doing so, I feel more positive, myself.

I came out of my shell at thirty five. I hope thirty six has me growing a stronger one. I am far too sensitive. I need to work on that.


My mother baked me the yummiest cake I have ever had. And the week before my birthday, she sent me a package from Sephora with three boxes of my favorite facial wipes in it. I have been very gluttonous and have been using a whole wipe at night. It is awesome! She truly spoiled me. Thanks mom!


My husband’s gift to me was my huge Nordstrom Rack shopping trip. Thank you honey! He also made my day special by taking the day off to be with me. Fun! I wore my $15 Modcloth Stylish Surprise dress with a belt I got a couple of months ago on clearance from Anthropologie.

I was sick most of the day. So that was a bummer.

I spoke to my good friend Bridgette for an hour. She has been on vacation so much this summer. I have been missing her.


We ate at a local diner. I am a freak for tuna. I indulged in my favorite tuna melt. Yum!

My family (including my sweet mom again) gave me Anthropologie gift cards, which I quickly and gladly spent. Thank you family!






Some of my friends gave me money to go shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea Market (post to come about that trip). One of my friends made the money into a clothespin of origami dresses and hearts. Isn’t that fun? Thanks Holli! And they put it in this darling red tin. And one of my friends bought a cake and some yummy wine! Thanks Kerri! Some of them could not make it. Summer birthdays are hard. But, all of you girls are so wonderful. I know you were there in spirit. I am truly blessed to have such good friends.

Another great friend gave me the cutest green apron with a chevron pattern across it. I just used it last night, so it is in the wash. Pictures to come, while I am cooking. And a gift card for coffee, which I cannot wait to use with her. Thanks Kellie!

They took me out to dinner a few days after my birthday, at my favorite pizza place for wine and good conversation. Plus, yummy pizza! Thank you girls!

We later reconvened at my house for more wine and late night movie watching. We watched, “This is 40.” I did not like how it ended. I am a girl who needs a complete happy ending.

And it was not all about the presents. It was about the way everyone made me feel. Special.

Thank you!

I am very excited to see what 36 is going to bring. Thank you for the birthday wishes I received here. I appreciate them! I hope you all have wonderful birthdays in the coming year!


* The dress with the cute bear pattern is from Anthropologie. It is called Zola Shift.

12 thoughts on “My 36th Birthday

    • Hey sweet friend! I am glad I have been able to talk to you, though!

      We must get together soon! I am glad there were no natural disasters here in the last two nights. ; )

      Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Glad you had a great birthday! I love seeing all of your Anthro and other clothing purchases. I just picked up the embroidered sweater coat (it popped back in my size) and told hubby he was going to be giving that to me for my B-day! Happy 36th!

    • Hi Lorraine!

      Thank you for the wishes and nice comments! I was just thinking of you. I must get Polyvore figured out! I finally caved on the Ping skirt with my discount. So happy I did because it is now sold out in my size. How have you been wearing yours?

      I LOVE the Embroidered Coat. I allowed myself one purchase from the Archival Collection (because I had one $100 gift card left and a 20% off code to use). I splurged on the ruffle skirt. Happy I did. But, oh man, that coat is SO lovely!

      I read on the reviews, as I stalked it longingly that someone is going to wear theirs like a sweater dress with tights. Wouldn’t that be fun? I love how versatile it is. Have you gotten yours yet? I cannot wait to hear how you are going to wear it!

      Have a great weekend!


  2. I love that 35 was a great year for you and I wish you many great blessings at 36. You are such a special person and I am so glad to have celebrated your birthday with you. Xoxo

    • Thank yo Kerri! I cannot wait until we can celebrate you! Thank you so much for making my birthday so wonderful!

      Have a great weekend!


  3. Happy birthday Jenni! Never fear to let others celebrate you…! Ah, I so wish I could get my family into anthro gift cards…delightful gift that keeps on giving!
    I love the print of your black and white dress, especially with the checkerboard belt!

    • Thanks Sarah! I cannot ever decide if I like that dress because it was $15 or because it has a cool print. I think perhaps both. Maybe that is why I wear it all of the time. Too much, really. I think we own the same belt. Am I wrong that you styled yours with pink? I remember loving it.

      Anyhoo, I hope your week is fabulous! I cannot wait to see the finished project you were working on!


  4. A rather belated happy birthday to you Jenni. You’ve just got a few months on me, kind of nice to know you’re the same age somehow. I think Holli’s idea is totally wonderful, so creative and I’ve never seen anything like it. And I hope you know that letting people ‘in’ to celebrate the joy in your life – and to celebrate you – is a gift, rather than putting anyone one out. Here’s to a fantabulous year being 36.

    • Thank you Kirsten! That is cool that we are the same age! : ). I feel older now than I did a year ago, although I could not tell you why. Hmmm. It must just be the number is getting closer to 40. Ahhh! You are so sweet to say that about my birthday. It was a fun day. I am so appreciative of it.

      Thank you again for the kindness! : )


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