Happy birthday to me

I turn 25 on Tuesday. I’m not that excited about it. A few years ago, a few of my friends were turning 25 and they were telling me how they were dreading it and I just did not get it. I told them, “It’s just a birthday, you should be excited.” But one friend was telling me how she hasn’t accomplished everything she thought she would by 25 and it’s weird to be growing up. Now I get it.

But, instead of thinking negative, I’m trying to think positive and be excited about my birthday. I got another year on this earth with some amazing people whom I love very much.

To celebrate, I got myself some presents that I thought I would share with you all here.

Birthday gifts 2

I bought these gifts for myself to inspire me to go out and do great things.

The planner is, of course, so I can plan better. I get one just about every year and this year I splurged on a big, pretty planner.

I don’t have that many pairs of nice jeans. This year, I’ve bought a few pairs of what I consider to be expensive jeans at thrift stores because that way I’m getting good quality for a low price. The problem with that is that they wear out fast because they’re already used when I get them.

Take, for example, the J Brand jeans I bought from Salvation Army for $20 that I absolutely love, but feel slightly embarrased to wear because the hole in the knee just keeps expanding. So, new jeans should make me feel more inclined to leave the apartment. I bought the Madewell jeans last week when there was an extra discount on sale items but it looks like that ended.

I threw away an old pair of running shoes about 6 months ago and I’m just now replacing them. I want to be a runner. Something in me loves running.

The books are by two inspiring women who I hope to learn from. I ordered them as audiobooks last night.

I’ve never listened to an audiobook before. Scratch that. I did listen to a Harry Potter book as an audiobook when I was staying with my brother’s family one time.

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading a book? Very important question. I want to know if I can fulfill my book quota for the year. My older sister and a two of our friends are doing this 2016 book challenge from the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog.

Now that I think about it, I guess I’m ready for 25, and not because of these new gifts I got myself. I’m ready because I have some amazing people at my side and I’ve grown in the past year. It’s time to celebrate that.

Bring it on, February 2nd!

Inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift guide

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Have you ever heard of the Five Love Languages? Well, I think one of the ways I like to show love is by giving gifts. I actually like giving gifts more than I enjoy getting them. There’s something special about picking something out that will be just perfect for a loved one. It can be even better if the gift is homemade.

Since I enjoy gifting, I like looking at gift guides too, although I don’t think I have ever bought something from one. I often find the items are too expensive for my budget. For that reason, I decided to put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide for cheap folk like myself. These items could be great for a girl or a guy. They’re approved by my guy, who isn’t a super manly man and therefore wouldn’t like a lot of the things I’ve been seeing in gift guides.

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What’s on my wish list

What's on my wishlist

This isn’t some kind of gift guide and I’m not suggesting you all by these things, but I thought I’d just share some things that are on my Christmas wishlist. I feel like this board pretty much says me in a nut shell. Books. Pink. Black. TV show reference. Cutesy, angsty stuff.

If you still need to shop for a hipster like me, definitely take these suggestions into account. Also, Humans of New York is good for anyone who loves humans and black sweatshirts are all always in style for all ages. Not all of these things are actually on the written list I made for my family and I may just treat my self to one of two after achieving something awesome, like getting that job I’ve been wanting.

1) Humans of New York book, 2) “Treat Yo Self” embroidery hoop, 3) Black Hoodie from Target , 4) Pink strappy shoe, 5) Hand drawn wooden heart brooch, 6) Rookie Yearbook 2

Winter wishlist

1.Floral infinity scarf- Target 2. Touchscreen glove- Urban Outfitters  3. Zip up sweatshirt from American Apparel 4. Ferris Wheel iPhone Case on Etsy5. Xavier Rudd Spirit Bird vinyl on SideOneDummy6. Pumpkin Spice Hat on ModCloth 7. Auburn Brigade Tights- ModCloth

Just a little while ago I sent my sister my Christmas wish list after she gave me hers. I’m a little low on winter items and the rest are just desires. Some how all the scarves I used to own and a few pairs of gloves have gone missing. That may have something to do with my moving twice last year. It’s getting colder all the time in California, so I’m going to need some help keeping warm. I’ve been wanting a good sweatshirt, even though that’s not that fashionable. I’m also wanting a new iPhone case, since mine is getting scratched. Records, beanies and tights are always much appreciated.
My wishlist:

1. Woven Floral Infinity Scarf– Target

2. Basic Touchscreen Glove– Urban Outfitters

3.  Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie– American Apparel

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