Birthday Lurve Makes Life Happy!


As many of y’all know, yesterday was my birthday and it was kind of a huge deal!!! I friggen love birthdays. I know, everybody does– but seriously. They are so special and magical and I always try to make a huge deal about mine (and the b-days of those around me), so I had a blast yesterday. What did I do? Nothing. Where did I go? Nowhere. Except to the nail salon. And I had a blast. Because it was my friggen birthday, lol! Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of y’all for making it really special with all those comments on the super-sweet post Trent wrote for me, and to share a few pics from my awesome day. Click inside for more!

You guys know I try to respond to as many comments as I can but the birthday lurve poured in so heavy! So I didn’t get to respond to everyone individually. I was actually getting a birthday mani/pedi in downtown Nyack when I saw the post, and may or may not have started tearing up like a weirdo while my nail technician looked on in confusion. It was awesome. If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw me showing off some of my fancy gifts from the day. But allow me to just reintroduce these shoes:


If you love Miranda Kerr’s airport fashion and have a babydaddy and/or husband and/or significant other, I highly recommend showing that person alllll of the many photos we have of Miranda out and about, just to give them an idea of the look you’re going for in 2013. It works, lol!

I don’t know if any of y’all had those belgian waffle makers in your college dining hall, but OMG I’ve been wanting one of these since freshman year at Sarah Lawrence and finally, glory is mine:


I also did my hair, which was a big deal because that doesn’t always happen:


A few other gifts were showered upon me, including this amazing eye shadow kit I’d been obsessing over at Sephora and some new sunglasses that totally, kinda look like the ones BeyoncĂ© is wearing HERE, lol. I didn’t have to go anywhere, because we’d decided to watch Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe (a very good time) and I’d decided that I reeeeallly wanted to finish Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (almost finished). Plus, I really am one of those people who has the most fun at home:


The best part about my b-day was that I really felt one of those rare moments of total peace of mind. I’ve been working hard to get more organized in my household and in my work over the last few weeks and it is truly starting to pay off. I’ve always kept a journal but this is the first time in years where I’m waking up earlier just so I can do some personal writing every day. Making what feels like a real effort to connect with my thoughts and with my god has been really making my life happy; fancy shoes help too but they feel so much better when your head is in a good place :)

Again, I have to say THANK YOU to my boo Trent and all of you PITNBrs who sent me well-wishes on the birthday post and on my Instagram. I laughed, cried, and– for all of you who made references to either Scandal or Revengeyes. My day was just as fabulous as Olivia Pope’s wardrobe and/or Victoria Grayson’s living room decor. Thanks again to all of y’all for making this year– seriously– one of the best ever. So excited to be starting 28 off here with you guys :)

  • Joanna

    I’m so glad you had an amazing birthday yesterday. I too think birthdays are glorious. My boyfriend, on the other hand can’t stand to talk about the subject. He has even convinced himself he’s a year younger than he really is just so that the reality of him about to be turing another year (in 2.5 months to be exact) older doesn’t hit him and he gets all upset. He wants to pretend that it’s just another day on the calendar. Whether or not he wants to do anything big that day, of course I always do a little something. Anyway Shannon, a very happy belated birthday. I’m glad you’re embracing your age rather than running away from it.

    • Shannon

      Joanna, I think I remember being weirded out about getting older when I started hitting my mid-twenties, but it’s so not like that for me anymore. I hope your bf can enjoy his birthday this year– it helps when the people around you help make it a special day :)

  • Jennifer Lowery Shepard

    Finally! Someone besides Chris O’Donnel shares my birthday!!! (mega excited, it seems everyone elses bday is June 28, lol).
    Hope you had a great one!!!

    • Shannon

      Jennifer Lowery Shepard, happy belated! We share our birthday with a few other PITNBrs, so don’t worry– you’re in good company.

  • Ria

    Happy belated birthday! Your shoes are AH-MAZING and so is your hair. And your kids are adorable. :) Glad to hear you had a great day!

    • Shannon

      Ria, thank you!!!

  • nicole

    glad you had such a great day! the picture of you and your babies is adorable! :)

    • Shannon

      nicole thank you– and thanks for all the love on IG <3

  • Melissa

    New to the blog – Happy Birthday! Also, what shoes are those?! I LOVE them!!!

  • Thomas

    SO GLAD you had a good bday Shannon cause you so deserve it! LOVE your hair, love the pic of your boys and love the shoes – Emily Thorne & Olivia Pope would be jealous!

    • Shannon

      Thomas, thank you love!

  • Rus

    Happy to hear you had a wonderful day. Your hair looks beautiful. I’ve seen them shoes before and now I want a pair too ..I have the hair and shoe envy :-)

    Hope u birthdays are better and better every year. :-)

    • Shannon

      Rus, thank you so much! Those shoes are so fun, and sooo pretty in person– I highly recommend :)

  • ClaireMichelle

    I missed wishing you a happy birthday on the blog! So happy belated birthday here! :) I’m gonna say it again, Miranda would be SO jealous of those shoes! I know I am!

  • Serenity

    Happy belated birthday, hot stuff!