Today Officially Starts…

Well good morning! I’m a little bit behind schedule this morning, due to almost a full hour of hitting the snooze button. The scary part is that I only remember hitting the button twice…woops.

First, let’s get you caught up on what you may have missed this weekend:



So I don’t really know what my deal was this morning? I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have anywhere I need to go right away this morning (I think my subconscious must have been telling me to snooze). Either way, as soon as I eventually got my rear outta bed, it was time for a workout!

Over the weekend, I came across Tina’s upper body workout that she had put together. I really liked how it incorporated all moves using a stability ball, so I decided to use it in today’s plan:

It was definitely a great Monday workout!


So by the time I came up from the basement this morning, Jay had already left for work, but as I went into the bathroom to take a shower, I noticed a very special something on the mirror. That’s right my friends, today officially starts…


Birthday Week!

I’ve long been a huge proponent of celebrating for one full week leading up to the main birthday (January 30th). Jay hasn’t always been on board with birthday week, but it looks like my incessant hounding has finally gotten him to change his ways. Woot! Smile


Since I went the eggs route both Saturday & Sunday this past weekend, I decided to switch it up and go with some oatmeal.


Today’s batch of voluminous pumpkin oats, topped with diced apple and some Love Grown Foods granola, seriously felt like it was never going to end. It was a foodie’s dream.


The coffee I’m currently sipping on is sort of “meh” because I totally forgot that we were still out of coffee and had to brew up some of our “emergency decaf” stash.


Any guesses where my first stop will be while out running errands today? Winking smile


I’ve got a few things on the agenda today, but stay tuned for later this afternoon…I’ve got another giveaway headed your way that I’m pretty confident is going to be a good one!

Question for the Morning:

Do you think birthdays should be celebrated for more than one day (such as birthday week) or just kept to the one special day?


  1. says

    birthdays should ALWAYS be drawn out. 😉 since my parents are in Florida for the entire month, I actually haven’t even celebrated mine with my family yet!

    therefore, it’s birthday month. hop on, Court. I’ll bring you wasa cracker-oat-vitatop cupcakes.

    ..or maybe hold all the above and I’ll bring actual cupcakes. but I’m making you decorate them since you’re the pro. 😉
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    • Courtney says

      As tempting as your cracker-oat-vitatop offer sounds, I think I’d rather take you up on the cupcakes.
      Don’t worry…I’ll take care of the frosting 😉

  2. says

    Oh my Gosh I had to comment! We totally celebrate birthday week in our house too! And mine is coming up as well on January 27th! I think birthdays are the single best day of the year and totally deserve a whole week to celebrate! So sweet Jay put up a note for you…melt. Happy Birthday Week!

  3. Marykate says

    Happy Birthday Week, Court!
    I’ve been celebrating my bday week for as long as I can remember–mine was last week–I think everyones used to it by now. Glad Jay is now on board 😉

  4. says

    Yes I totally do! I was just thinking about this…:) My birthday is Friday and I am going to do one super cool thing for myself everyday this week. Even if it’s just standing in front of the mirror and saying one nice thing about myself. This sounds selfish, but it’s something that I have been working on for a while now. Confidence. Plus, Friday I am going to enjoy CAKE!

    Ok, how do you get your oatmeal to look so pretty??? Every time I take a snapshot of mine it looks like mush. :)

    Can’t wait for the giveaway news later!! Have a great day! And get some coffee for the love of Pete! :)
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  5. says

    Happy Birthday week! Had to comment on the pics of the oats…lovely and clear and I also had to ask do you use/have daylight lamps or is that natural light? (Lack of natural light is my current and only blogging gripe!)
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  6. says

    I have a friend who celebrates his birth month! Any day in June, if we are deciding what to do for the day he says “well its my birth month so i want to…”. I usually go for it though since i am so indecisive in general!
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  7. says

    happy birthday week!
    my bday just passed and sadly was only one day and even that wasn’t anything ‘big’… dinner out with my daughter…but no gifts, no nothing…so yes bdays should be drawn out as long as possible…week or how about a MONTH 😉

  8. Nicole says

    Love the idea of birthday week! As such, it must be appropriate to wish you a “Happy first day” in your special week! :)

  9. Lily says

    I always celebrate my birthday weekend. My birthday is may 27th, so it usually falls around memorial day weekend, so I spend the whole weekend celebrating! I think a week is fun too, it only comes once a year!!!

  10. says

    This year I decided that it needed at least two days. One to go out to dinner and the other to go out for some dessert. There is never enough room to eat both in the same night, so spacing it out spoiled me twice! It only took me 26 years to figure that out! :)
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  11. says

    I think Birthdays should be drawn out, but my hubby does not think that. My birthday is the 31st (day after yours!) :)

    I have done the same thing with the snooze button, thankfully on days I did not have to work. It is scary when you do not even realize you are doing it.

    Have a great day!
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  12. says

    I love that you are still using pumpkin. I just picked up a bag of pumpkin spice coffee (it was on clearance…umm hello), I couldn’t resist it though – you only get pumpkin stuff for so long and I wanted to stretch it out a bit!
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  13. says

    I am 100% about birthday weeks! My long-time boyfriend’s birthday is January 25 (it’s our 8th birthday of his we’ve celebrated-we too were 16 when we got together) so I have tons of stuff going on all week starting last night. I really like any reason to celebrate and I think birthdays should always be a big deal. :) I’m excited to read about your birthday week! Also, I totally have an emergency decaf coffee stash too. :)
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