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Today this old bag of bones turns 26! Smile

Though birthdays are always fun, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic that another year has come and gone. Stay tuned for a fun recap of this past year later this afternoon!


This morning, I awoke to a husband singing me happy birthday and a dog showering me with birthday kisses. I’m just going to pretend that Sadie knows it’s my birthday… just like we pretend she knows when it’s her own birthday.

After quickly changing into our gym clothes, Ryan and I headed to the gym to begin our workouts with 20 minutes of cardio on the elliptical.

Then it was time for BodyPump! We did release 77 which I really enjoyed. It made my muscles buuurn!


After a walk with Sadie and a super-fast shower, it was breakfast time!

I thought about doing something totally cheesy this morning like eating a big bowl of oatmeal with a candle in it in honor of my birthday, but then I realized that I’d feel like an idiot blowing out a candle by myself and I really wanted a smoothie anyway.

Candles don’t exactly work in smoothies.

Today’s smoothie was a mocha green monster!

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I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the mix to give it a little extra chocolate flava and slurped it down like it was cool… which it was. Winking smile 

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Birthday smoothies are the j-a-m!

As I sipped on my smoothie, I started to think about birthday meals. Growing up, whenever it was my birthday, I got to select my favorite meal that my mom would then make for my birthday dinner. I don’t think I had one go-to meal, but I remember selecting corned beef and cabbage on a number of occasions as well as soft-shell crabs, clams (last year’s selection), oysters and shellfish. I’m a seafood lover at heart!

Question of the Morning

If you could pick one meal to have specially prepared for you on your birthday, what would you select?


  1. Danielle says

    Happy Birthday!

    I just realized I kept looking in my inbox for your email. I think I am becoming addicted.

    I’m not much of a cook. I rarely cook. But I do have a ‘one hit wonder’ as my hubby calls it, chicken enchiladas. So every year on my birthday I make myself enchiladas. Yes, I make it myself, cause no one can top my enchiladas. I also happen to share my birthday with a very special person, my grandfather, and he just loves my enchiladas.


  2. Vanessa says

    Happy birthday julie!! Hope it was a great day!

    We had birthday cake for one of my students. I’ll pretend it was for you too!

    Anything italian would make me happy..


  3. says

    Happy Birthday!! It’s also my best friend Kaleigh’s birthday 🙂 Mine is in exazctly 2 months.

    I would like some grilled steaks made for me on my birthday, with some grilled veggies, and a birthday cake!


  4. Kathy says

    Happy Birthday from Canada Julie… Love your blog, it is now part of my daily routine to check it out… cheers to another great year for you…


  5. Anne says

    Happy Birthday from Korea! Hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones! My favorite birthday dinner (cooked by my mom, of course) has always been seasoned chicken topped with cheese, peas with butter, and Rice-A-Roni! I miss it so much! 🙂


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