Birthday Celebrations

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I feel like these past two weekends have been dedicated to celebrating my birthday… which selfishly I have enjoyed.  My favorite part of the celebrations was hosting a sleepover-themed birthday party.

Growing up, my favorite part of hosting birthday parties was the planning. I loved to make my party invitations with my mom and plan out what we would be doing at the party. And each birthday had a different theme. From tea parties to shopping days and sleepovers, I loved how detailed each one would be. My birthdays always included some sort of craft and lots of delicious food. To start the party, I sent out these invitations reminiscent of a sleepover.

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I also wanted to have my favorite foods at the party, including mac-and-cheese, slow cooker meatballs and spinach dip to name a few! I also made oohy-gooey dessert bars which are my absolute favorite (recipe will be posted soon).  Kevin and Katelyn also conspired with my mom to make sure we had all the things for a great party. Unknown to me, they ordered Gigi’s cupcakes, Publix subs, chicken wings and more to make the party a success.

Kate also made these spa-inspired party favors for my guests to take home! She has such a great eye for detail and takes such time to make things beautiful!

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We also had a photo booth complete with fun props, and a Spice Girls movie to get the party started!

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I have the sweetest, greatest friends, and this year my birthday made me realize how lucky I am to have them!


January Beginnings

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I have a confession: I’ve been a bit behind on blogging this month. Between the start of a new year and just life in general, I’ve been slow to share what I’ve been up to. However, with the end of January near, I wanted to make sure I shared why I absolutely love this month.

January has always held a special place in my heart because, for me, I see it as a time for new beginnings. As always, there’s reflection of the previous year and the creation of new year’s resolutions. Last year, I made a vow to take more pictures to capture our family’s memories. I made a Lowe Family Yearbook to encompass the past year’s memories, so I’ve been successful in that resolution. This year, my resolution is to feel fulfilled every day. Whether it’s something as simple as reading or having an hour-long conversation with a friend, I plan to dedicate each day to something I love.

January is also a birthday month for my mom and I. We always celebrate our birthdays together by either exploring new towns, shopping and of course, eating! This year, dad planned mom’s birthday party at a local bar in Vero Beach – The Kilted Mermaid. It was a night filled with close friends, a hard apple ale and a great band.

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This past weekend my parents came up to celebrate my birthday in Gainesville. We spent Saturday traveling to Newberry for their delicious garlic-butter, blue crabs and scrumptious cupcakes from Sugar Refined. These cupcakes are literally the best I’ve ever had, and that’s saying something because I love cupcakes. I highly recommend the key lime pie ones.

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Later we went to High Springs for their antiques and the Great Outdoors Restaurant for a birthday dinner. We weren’t able to explore the town as much as we’d like, so we definitely plan to return for another weekend. However, from the places we did explore, I can vouch that High Springs has some hidden gems. I loved the atmosphere at the Great Outdoors Restaurant – a fusion of old and new. The food was delicious and the band was amazing – I can’t wait to return.

January also brought a bridal shower for my sweet friend Janeen. With her wedding quickly approaching in March, we were so excited to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. I could spend an entire blog post talking about the shower! It was beautiful and filled with love – the perfect celebration for Janeen!

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I think that just about wraps up the month of January! If January is any indication of what this upcoming year has in store, then I know 2016 will be filled with lots of love and adventures. It is sure to be a year to remember!