My (Low-Key) Birthday Bash

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Today’s my birthday. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it all that much. A lot of my friends live out of town, Tom’s on the other side of the country in the middle of the woods and I’m turning 24 on a Monday. Not exactly exciting stuff.

But, thanks to my FABULOUS friends and family, it turned out pretty great after all.

My mom’s birthday was on Friday. While our birthdays are always a few days apart, this was the first time in my memory they so nicely capped either side of the weekend.

So, on Saturday we decided to first head to MAK Nail Bar and Organic Spa for some pedicures to celebrate, followed by a day of shopping and, of course, eating.

If you haven’t been to MAK yet — and are looking for a cute, clean and just overall great place to get your nails done — I strongly, strongly urge you to try it. The place, by far, is my favorite, and is actually the only place I will go to get my nails done.

The women who work there are so incredibly nice and do great work, plus they offer a whole menu of organic product options. My lady, Sam, even insisted on taking a photo of mom and me when she heard why we were there so we could have it “for the memories”:

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The pedicures here are out of this world. If you go for a Glam pedicure ($5 more than the basic one and soooo worth it), they spend a good half hour soaking your feet in a whirlpool connected to an amazing, big, comfy massage chair. That’s followed up with a warm brown sugar scrub, foot massage and — the best part — a hot stone massage.

Plus, you get a free mimosa (they have, like, 6 flavors including peach and watermelon) or other drink, and my toes always look good for at least a month. I hate paying $30+ for a cheap pedicure that lasts only a week or two. MAK charges $35 for a glam pedicure, and it is worth every. single. penny.

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After the pedicures, we headed next door to the Wyomissing Farmer’s Market. It was the first time either of us went there, but it was great! Super small compared to other markets, but the prices were very affordable and there are a lot of options for lunch. We stopped by the soft pretzel stand for a snack, and ended up each getting a GIANT stuffed soft pretzel. Mom got buffalo chicken, I got the steak and cheese. Both were amazing and so filling — especially for less than $4 each.

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Then it was a stop at the liquor store (because, why not?) before we started doing the real shopping. We hit up Ulta and DSW, snagging some new makeup and shoes in the process.

Check out my new Tevas, which I’m obsessed with.

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Afterwards, we met up with Dad at Azteca for dinner. I love Azteca. The Mexican food is always so, so good and they give you huge portions. The margaritas are great too 😉

The three of us split some cheese dip, and I settled on the chicken chimichangas dinner (and by settled, I mean I got the same thing I always do). Mom and Dad had a shrimp appetizer followed by shrimp fajitas, because they’re crazy and like that stuff. By the end of the meal, our table looked like it could feed 8 instead of 3.

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Then we stopped by Vanity Fair for a little more bargain shopping — I just really wanted a new Eagles shirt. We went home to watch the game and sip cocktails, and my new shirt must have worked, because the birds crushed the Packers. We’re going to the Super Bowl this year, I can feel it! (just kidding… maybe.)

Sunday I spent the day lounging by the pool, soaking up the last bit of summer. Then I ordered a massive amount of Thai food from Thaiwat and ate (almost) all of it. Thai seems to be a type of food nearly impossible to find in the Lancaster/Reading area, but Thaiwat — tucked unsuspectingly in a corner of a strip mall in Wyomissing — is a great find (thanks Aunt Kathy!).

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And now today, my actual birthday, I was expecting to just go to work and come home. Instead, I’ve been bombarded with wonderful messages from friends and family, and I came home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and chocolates from Tom. They were perfect and made me miss him even more.

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Plus, my mom got me a chocolate tart and Dad picked up some lottery tickets (if I win, I promised him a cool million). Tonight I went to Bube’s Brewery with Hannah and Jordan for an absolutely amazing birthday dinner (to be detailed in my next post!). If I’m being cheesily honest for a minute, today really made me realize how #blessed I really am.

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24 is shaping up to be a great year.

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