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by Courtney on January 30, 2014

Today, I enter into a brand new decade.

I said “farewell” to my 20′s last night, and actually did so with enthusiasm. Not that there was anything wrong with my 20′s, though! In fact, my 20′s brought about some pretty amazing events…

I graduated college…I got engaged…Jay and I bought a house…we got married…and of course, the highlight of my 20′s would have to be my sweet Lucas.

So today, I will gladly take on this new era and I’m embracing it with open arms! As great as my 20′s were, they also involved a lot of uncertainty, a lot of struggle, and a lot of figuring out just who I was (am?) as a woman.

I’m excited to see just where this next decade will take me, and today, I’m starting things off the right way…

-A free birthday drink from Starbucks this morning (you know what I’m getting!)

-A pedicure at lunch time

-A special home-cooked meal courtesy of the hubs this evening (a risotto dish…I’m so impressed!)

-Some champagne. Yes, lots of bubbly. :)

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**FYI: The Baby Tooth page was updated last night with Lucas’s 6 month update!

**The pot in the DietBet game is up to $1,600!! PLUS, we also have some new BONUS prizes added to the mix: A $100 Reebok gift card and a YourReebok.com Custom Card to create your own custom pair of Reeboks!! If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out! (But please remember, this is NOT a game for everyone). 

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1 Becky@TheSavedRunner January 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you are going to have a great day! Enjoy it!

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2 Erica House January 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

Happy Birthday! I just entered into my 30′s recently and so far I’m loving it!

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3 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire January 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

Happy Birthday Courtney!! I love that picture! How cute is Lucas?!!
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4 Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle January 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Oh that Lucas is too cute, and his mama is beautiful! Happy birthday!!
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5 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

Happy birthday!!! What a sweet hubby you have :)

I always thought 30 would be a scary age for me, but when I reached the milestone in September, I welcomed it with open arms, too! I must say that so far, 30 is fabulous!
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6 Claire @ Flake and Cake January 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

Happy 30th Courtney! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating all you achieved in your second decade – and all you have to look forward to on your third!

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7 Heather Montgomery January 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

Happy bday! Hope its a great one. I love pedicures!
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8 Luci January 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

Happy happy birthday! It sounds like you have a great day planned!
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9 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine January 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

Happy, happy 30! There’s nothing like a Starbuck’s birthday drink and pedicure! (and a homecooked dinner! yum!)

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10 Jessica Molstad January 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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11 Stacey M. January 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

Happy Birthday Courtney! Wishing you all the best today, and for the coming year!

I myself will be 28 this year (in May to be exact) but I’m creeping toward the 30-year mark and can’t help but wonder how I’ll feel when I get there. Only time will tell I suppose, but I have a feeling I’ll welcome it with open arms like you. My 20s have been great, but they’ve also been full of uncertainty and difficulty. From what I hear, a lot of people (women especially) say that their 30s were/are the best … you just know who you are and are more comfortable in your own skin than ever before. I must say … I’m not yet 30 but I’m already more comfortable and accepting of myself than I was throughout my entire 20s!

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12 Sandy January 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

Happy Birthday!

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13 Nicole @ Curly Mommy January 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

Happy Birthday Courtney!!! Your 30′s are going to be amazing!
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14 Parita @ myinnershakti January 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

Happy Birthday, Courtney! I’m 1 week into my 30s and it’s pretty great. :)

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15 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 9:59 am

Aww, happy belated birthday to YOU!!

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16 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

Sounds like the PERFECT day! Enjoy every minute! Happy Birthday! (for the what, 4th time? Ha!!) xoxo
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17 Brittany January 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

Aww happy birthday! You and little Lucas look so lovely in that picture :) have an amazing day.
Bea x
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18 JENNIFER January 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY..HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!!!!!!

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19 Laura January 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

Happy Birthday!! Hope 30 is great!

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20 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life January 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

Happy happy birthday Courtney! I hope you have a most amazing 30th birthday! xo

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21 Amber S. January 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

Happy bday! Sounds like you have some fun stuff planned!

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22 Heather @fitncookies January 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

Happy Birthday, Courtney!! It looks like it’s going to be a great day! The 20s were pretty great to you, and I can only imagine what the 30s have in store :)
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23 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

Happy Birthday Courtney!! I love that you’re embracing your 30′s with such grace. Age is just a number, after all. I’ll be 30 this year as well but I’m just now getting married. A little late but I’m hoping my 30′s are even better than my 20′s.
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24 Shel@PeachyPalate January 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

Happy Birthday missus!!!! Here’s to another fun filled decade!!!

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25 Brigitt January 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

Happy, happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. Enjoy all your special bday treats!!
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26 Kelly January 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

Happy B-day! I just love reading your blog!

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27 Presley @ Run Pretty January 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

Happy Birthday!

YAY for champagne :)
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28 Caitlin January 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

Happy birthday girl! Cheers to your first full year as a momma, your first year in your 30′s, and just another year as wonderful you!
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29 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

Yay…Happy Birthday Courtney!!! :-) Hope you have a wonderful day!
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30 Ruthie Hart January 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

Happy birthday friend! There better be some cake eating squeezed in somewhere today

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31 Nala January 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

Glad to see your happily anticipating your 30′s – may they bring even more accomplishments, good memories and highlights than your 20′s day. Hope you have a great day!!

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32 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

Happy 30th, Court! <3

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33 cait @pieceofcait January 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

Happy birthday!!!!!

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34 Marie January 30, 2014 at 11:18 am

Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you. I wasn’t sure, like you, how my thirties would be. You are right, though, they are way better than the twenties, in my opinion! Have a wonderful week!

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35 Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely January 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

Happy Birthday pretty lady! Sounds like you’ve got an awesome line-up going for your big day. I hope your men treat you like a princess! Here’s to your 30s being as fab as your 20s!
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36 Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers January 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

Happy Birthday! I hope your 30s are just as good to you. :)

PS – As I said on IG, that’s a really great pic!
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37 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

happy birthday girl! hope this year is the best one yet :)
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38 Lyric January 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

Happy Birthday Courtney!!!

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39 Gracie January 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xoxoxo
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40 Kate January 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

Happy Birthday!! 30s are GREAT- you’ll enjoy them!

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41 Betsy January 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day and that you’re able to celebrate with Jay this weekend.

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42 Dayna January 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! sounds like a fabulous day ahead :) You have accomplished so much in your 20′s. Be proud of yourself! Hope your 30′s bring you love, happiness and success.

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43 Lauren January 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

Happy Birthday pretty lady!

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44 Lindsay January 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

Happy GOLDEN birthday, Courtney!!

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45 april January 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

happy birthday! hope you have fun celebrating with your boys! =)

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46 Ashley January 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

Happy birthday!!! It sounds like you are going to have a fabulous day today! Enjoy!
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47 Jennifer January 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Happy Birthday! Welcome to 30!

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48 Diana @sosmallsostrong January 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY!!!
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49 Nicole January 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Happy Birthday Courtney!! Cheers to a memorable year ahead! :D

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50 Melissa @ For Love and Travel January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Happy Birthday Courtney!! I just celebrated mine on Tuesday, and it was an over all great day. Hope your day is wonderful!!
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51 Sarah January 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Happy birthday!

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52 Danica @ It's Progression January 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Happy Happy Birthday, Courtney!!! Enjoy your day!
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53 Kim January 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Happy Birthday! Hope your day is wonderful!

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54 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats January 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I bet your 30s are going to be even more amazing than your 20s, especially since you just seem so happy in your life right now :) Wishing you all the best!!
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55 Jessica January 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

My 20s were all about trying to figure out my career goals according to others’ expectations, and my 30s have been about doing what I know is right for me. I didn’t meet my fiance until I was 30 and we’re getting married in the spring (3.5 years later)! So far, my 30s have been about settling in to who I am and not trying to conform to anyone else’s vision.

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56 Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner January 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
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57 erin m. January 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Happy birthday! !!!

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58 Shawna January 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

happy birthday! here’s to hoping your 30s are spectacular and bring you many wonderful surprises. personally, i’m loving this decade so far. :) ps — adorable pic!

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59 Laura January 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

What a gorgeous picture of you and Lucas. Happy Birthday!! 30 is going to be amazing for you. Thank you for your blog. I read you every day and appreciate your honesty and humor. I am pregnant and also like looking at your pregnancy posts. You are the best!!

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60 Jen January 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday!! I’ll be turning 30 in August myself and have decided to embrace it rather than dread it, which even led to the start of my current blog! Enjoy your day!
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61 Jamie @ Dishing Out Health January 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I always hear women feel most confident in their 30′s. One of the things I look forward to :) Happy, Happy Birthday, girl! Hope it’s fantastic and filled with lots of good eats!
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62 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life January 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Happy birthday Courtney! :)
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63 Leigha @ Minougirl January 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COURTNEY! I hope your day is as wonderful as you are :)
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64 Nicole January 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Wishing you a very happy 30th birthday!!

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65 Beth January 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Happy Birthday! I so enjoy reading your blog. And that photo of you and Lucas with his little tongue sticking out is just the cutest! Enjoy your day!!

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66 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples January 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Happy Birthday!! :) That picture w/Lucas is the cutest.. and I feel ya: I’m sitting at 29.5 and I can’t wait for 30 – my twenties were tumultuous to say the least! lol Enjoy your bubbly :)
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67 Kelly January 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

What a wonderful way to spend your birthday! Happy Birthday!!
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68 Barb Morse January 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Happy, happy Birthday!!!

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69 Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Happy 30th birthday Courtney!!
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70 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Happy Birthday! May your 30s be filled with even more wonderful memories and milestones! :)
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71 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life January 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday!!
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72 Regan January 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Happy golden 30 th birthday!….sounds like a wonderful day:)

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73 Natalie January 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Happy Birthday Sweet Courntey! You are so gorgeous inside and out! Enjoy your bubbles and Lucas Cuddles xxx

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74 Ellie@Fit for the soul January 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Ohhh sounds like such a great day! Hopefully there will be updates on your birthday? :D God bless you and your beautiful family~
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75 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Happy Birthday!!!
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76 Lisa January 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Happy Birthday!!!!!!! :-)

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77 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Courtney :) I hope it was a great one!
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78 Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty January 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Haaaaaaapppy Birthday, Courtney! Enjoy your special day and spread the birthday joy out for the next few weeks!
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79 Alli January 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Happy 30th Birthday, Courtney! I’m so glad you are embracing it! So many people dread getting older..I love that you are so positive!

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80 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope 30 is all that you wish and MORE!
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81 Jude January 31, 2014 at 7:30 am

Happy Birthday! We share the same birthday! However I turned 60! Which is wonderful. I never fear age. I only embrace it. Enjoy your 30′s. They will be very eventful as well.

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82 Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne January 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

I had no idea you were even close to 30! You look so young! Well you are still young, but you know what I mean :). Happy Birthday :)
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83 meredith January 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hey Courtney- What camera are you using for Lucas’s pictures? They come out great!

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84 Courtney January 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Meredith! We have a Canon Rebel T3, but we use a 50mm lens which we LOVE. Bought it from Best Buy and was definitely a great purchase! :)

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85 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

A belated happy birthday to my fellow Aquarius! I turned the big 3-0 last year and will be another year older in a few days. Aside from the injuries (I joke my parents only got the 30 year warranty on me and that is why so many parts on me broke last year), I have loved being 30 and have no problem being 31. Don’t get me wrong, there are times I feel old because of the way our culture seems to be obsessed with youth, but I wouldn’t trade the knowledge and confidence I’ve gained for anything. Enjoy!
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