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Lots of Birthday Fun

by Courtney on August 1, 2012

Suuuuuch a great time last night!


I was lucky enough to be able to spend my entire evening with some of (but not all!) my favorite people in the world last night.



After Jay got home from work, we headed on over to Sarah & Jeff’s house for a little birthday gathering to celebrate the birthday buds.


Since it was such a nice evening, we all ended up spending the majority of the evening outside having a couple beverages, having some dinner, and just having plain ‘ol fun. Smile

Before dinner, I ended up snacking a bit on this crazy awesome white bean dip that Kate made. I’ll tell ya…she makes some mean dips!


For dinner, we (err, they) fired up the grill…turkey burger with some waffle fries and some sort of buffalo-flavored rice that was spicy but quite yummy.


Last night was also super awesome because I actually got some time to hang out with the little bro. Even though I’ve seen him at softball a couple of times, I really haven’t had a chance to hang out with him since our softball party, and I was missing him lots. I’m very lucky that he offered to take this picture with me…


…because before that, he was being a super tool. Winking smile


A little while after dinner, we all headed back inside to sing our happy birthdays and have some cupcakes. We were a little unprepared and didn’t have any birthday candles, so we made the two of them each blow out a regular jar candle.


Hey, it works, right?

I snacked on 1-1/2 cupcakes for the evening, both of which were thoroughly enjoyed…with Oreo being my favorite for sure.


We all ended up hanging out watching the Olympics gymnastics and swimming until almost 11:30pm, but Jay and I had to rush home and make sure that we were back by midnight…

I know I’ve mentioned The Chive to you all before, which is a website that the husband (as well as the rest of the boys in the group, now) is currently in love with. The Chive makes t-shirts that are apparently some hot ticket items which end up getting sold out within minutes of being back in stock.

Jay found out that they were going to be back on sale last night at midnight, so we had to rush home to make sure we were both sitting at our computers by 11:55pm to try and order one.

chive on

Jay had no such luck on his end (I guess he’s not quick enough on that keyboard!) but I, on the other hand…


I made it happen. Winking smile

So now Jay can enjoy his birthday as an old 29-year old with two Chive t-shirts on the way…but we can’t forget about the other birthday boy today!


Cody turns three today! (well, at least that’s what we guess) My little guy is growing up so fast on me…


Breakfast was quick and easy this morning.


A cereal combo made with Kashi Go Lean, Special K Oats ‘n Honey, strawberries, blueberries, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.


And now, as soon as I finish up a few quick things here, me and the birthday boy (the human one) are headed off for another Ikea road trip…this time to New Jersey! I’m determined to get that furniture today…wish us luck!!

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1 Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Are those sweet potato waffle fries? omg.
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2 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux August 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

Those cupcakes are seriously amazing! Thanks for sharing your struggles with HA…it really got me thinking about my own body and definition of health. Also, we do a monthly “Thank you blog world” post over on our site, and I wanted to let you know I mentioned your english muffin, egg, cheese, and jam breakfast sandwich today :-) Thanks for the inspiration!
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3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

There’s an Ikea in Pittsburgh too if you get really desperate! ;)
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4 Miranda @ Biting Life August 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

Yum! That bowl of cereal looks delicious. That shirt is so funny!! Now I want one.
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5 pat August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

I just LOVE that black and white picture of you and Dan! And the one of Cody is priceless!!!!


6 Courtney August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

Haha, yeah Mom…the black and white pic was with Dan posing trying to look like a toolbag ;)


7 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

Haha that is the most random shirt! I wish I lived near an Ikea – they are too much fun and have such good deals!
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8 Linz @ Itz Linz August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

This post made me laugh because it’s always such a big deal when my lil bro decides to pose for a pic with my sister and I too! My hubbies birthday is coming up and I don’t know what to get him… I’ll have to check out that tshirt site! haha
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9 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Happy Birthday to ur Hubby and Cody! That picture of Cody is awesome!


10 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

Hahah my husband is OBSESSED with The Chive (I actually think it’s pretty funny, too). Great bday gift for him, best wife ever award?? ;)
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11 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Glad you had such a good time! Happy birthday Jay and Cody! (Love the pic of cody :) )
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12 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

Looks like such a fun night celebrating birthdays! Those cupcakes just look so good. I definitely have to make some :)
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13 Khushboo August 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

Happy birthday, Jay :)
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14 Traci August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Haha awesome, I’m guessing you’re visiting Paramus, that’s right near my neck of the woods. There’s a table I’ve been trying to get that they’ve been sold out of in both Paramus and New Haven, so I’m in the same situation as you. FYI – you can go on their website and it will tell you if the item is in stock there (so you don’t waste a trip down), but I don’t think they hold or presell items.


15 Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

I LOVE The Chive. Official Chivette over here. I even was able to snag one of the new PINK KCCO shirts when they went on sale. I just couldn’t stay up until midnight last night to get a green KCCO or BFM shirt, haha. #grandmaproblems
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16 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

The t-shirt cracks me up! Too funny . . . and nice work on snagging a couple for him!
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17 Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee August 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

Happy Birthday to Jay and Cody!! And I love your “birthday” candles :P
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18 Danica @ It's Progression August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

Those cupcakes look amazing! I hope you get the furniture you want today! Reading about your ‘adventures’ there makes me want to make the trip to the one nearest us…We do need new bedroom furniture, so hopefully I can convince the husband to check it out again soon : )


19 Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

Which New Jersey location?????
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20 Courtney August 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

Paramus! On our way there now…is that close to you??? :)


21 Shannon August 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’m so glad you had a great time yesterday. Happy Birthday to Jay & Cody (cute picture of Cody, by the way).

Those cupcakes look delicious. If I tried both, it’d be tough to choose a favorite. I LOVE Oreos and I LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and peanut butter.

Yes, getting those t-shirts does qualify you as the “best wife ever”.


22 Yellow Haired Girl August 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love The Chive! Those shirts are a hot commodity!

Happy Birthday Jay!
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23 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

Good luck furniture shopping!
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24 Renee August 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

Sounds like y’all had a fun evening!
Happy birthday to Cody! My favorite internet cat ;)
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25 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

Good luck with the IKEA trip! And happy birthday to Cody! :)
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26 Rachel August 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

aww Happy Birthday Cody! He’s the same age as my cat Mimi lol sounds like you had a fun night! love your hair color btw lol I’ve been thinking about going darker myself
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27 Elaine August 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

Too funny that your husband is obsessed with And go you for snagging a t-shirt for him! Good luck with your trip to Ikea :)
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28 Jeanine August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Looks like a blast!!! Those fries look AMAZING!!!
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29 Jeanine August 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

I am new to wordpress, not sure why a link posted with my comment…!! :0 I will learn soon hehe :)
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30 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine August 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

That’s awesome you got him the shirts! They must have sold out really quickly.
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31 amy August 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

go team USA…..loving the Olympics!
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32 Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

I literally cried at the gymnastics final… pathetic.
Happy Birthday to little Cody!
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33 Ashley August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

Soy can mess with hormones. I think processed soy (Kashi) is worse than fermented or whole food forms… Have you thought about cutting it out for now in light of the HA situation? I am sure it’s not the “cause” but it couldn’t hurt kwim?


34 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

What a fun night! The cupcakes look so tastey and Cody looks adorable!!
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35 Cristin August 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

OMG I laughed so hard at the picture of Cody! Happy Birthday to Jay & Cody! Good luck with your furniture trip!!


36 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

Aw! Happy Birthday to the boys in your life! …Cody looks pumped in his birthday hat— tooooooo cute! :)
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37 Alysha @Shesontherun August 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

mmmm cupcakes :) Happy Birthday to Jay!
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38 Kim@hungryhealthygirl August 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Happy b-day to Jay & Cody! That picture of Cody is so cute! Good luck at Ikea today.
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39 Carol @ Lucky Zucca August 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Happy birthday to all!!
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40 Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Good luck with the Ikea trip!!!! Happy birthday to Jay and Cody!
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41 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Happy birthday to Jay and Cody! We never have birthday candles in the house (or at my parents’), so we always use jar candles, too!

Good luck furniture shopping! Hope it’s a successful trip!
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42 Suzanne August 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

My head is going to explode from all that yummy food porn. Cupcakes = my fave. Waffle fries…are those sweet potato ones??

So you’re in Jersey! I live about 20 minutes from that Ikea (Paramus). How neat! Are you going to hit up any other place while you’re here?


43 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Looks like Jay had an awesome birthday!
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44 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake August 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Love the picture of Cody! He definitely looks ready to celebrate!
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45 Leslie August 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Good Luck!!! I hope you find what you’re looking for! Happy Birthday, Jay!


46 Lydia @HappyHealthyConfident August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Totally have done the ‘blow the jar candle’ out instead trick ;) Hope you get your furniture and no rain this time!!
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47 erica August 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

happy birthday cody! love that picture of him too!
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48 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Happy Birthday to Jay and Cody!!! :) I love that picture of Cody … absolutel hilarious!


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