20 Questions + 11 Things = Turning 31!

Friday, September 18, 2015

With my 31st birthday coming quickly (tomorrow! eek!), I thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A session. Last year I did a little 30 things about me on my 30th birthday post and so this year, here is a sort of spin on that.

I stole the 20 Questions idea from various people and then was nominated for 11 things by Mariangelica from Chasing Littles so I thought I'd combine the two for a total of 31 things before my 31st birthday. See what I did there? 20+11=31. Clever, huh? No? Just me? Not funny... moving on :)

1 // Favorite food
I'm SO bad at picking favorites. I feel like it's so much pressure to pick one thing. But I guess if I had to choose one thing I couldn't live without if I could never eat it again, it would be chocolate. I like to have at least one small piece a day.

2 // Flip flops or high heels
Flip flops for sure. I'd wear them year round if I could (which I almost can in California). Now that I have a more laid back work dress code, I pretty much wear flip flops everyday. However, when it's colder or if it rains, I usually wear flats. I almost never wear heels and haven't in years, mainly because I am almost the same height as Seth and if I wear them, it makes me taller and I don't like that, but also because I probably can't even walk in them now since I haven't worn them in so long lol.

3 // Favorite places to shop for yourself
I feel like I haven't shopped for myself in forever. For clothes though, I'd say Target or Old Navy/Gap. Sometimes if I have a gift card or want to splurge, I'll go to Nordstrom. Right now I'm loving all these little boutiques I follow on IG, but I just can't justify the cost of the items. For other stuff? Definitely Target or Amazon.

4 // Standard Coffee order
Decaf Non-Fat Vanilla Latte. It used to be a regular Non-Fat Vanilla Latte but after cutting out coffee for a month (since I couldn't have creamer) for the Whole30, I can't drink regular caffeine anymore, I have to get decaf. (And, in case you were wondering, my standard tea order, which I'm sure you all probably know by now, Peach Green Tea Lemonade. I hope they keep it all year round and it's not just a summer drink!)

5 // Road trip must have snack
Depends on how long the road trip is. For a short road trip (like 1-2 hours), just some sort of drink (water or maybe a drive thru to Starbucks to get an iced tea) and pretzels. If it's longer, then waters, maybe some fruit, something crunchy, something sweet, and I've been really into those nut/cheese/dried fruit packs from Sargento lately.

6 // DIY or hire it out?
Depends on the occasion. We've been doing a couple easy DIY things around the house and we did an  IKEA Hack for their LATT Table (herehere, and here) and a couple other things. But anything big and for the house, we'd definitely hire out. In terms of birthday parties, depending on what it is, we try to DIY as much as possible, but have hired out for certain things as well.

7 // Top 5 TV shows
Fixer Upper, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, NCIS, and Flip or Flop.

8 // Favorite Book
Books? What are books? But in all seriousness, I really don't even remember the last time I read a book. But when I had time to read, I really liked Emily Giffin's books.

9 // Favorite Form of Exercising
Ummmmmmmm.........walking around the mall? (I think Kary said it best!)

10 // How tall are you?

11 // Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?
Stick to my favorite for sure! I've occasionally branched out and ordered something different and either not liked it or wished I ordered my favorite so I tend to stick to the tried and true.

12 // One make up item you can't live without
Chapstick. Does that count? If not, mascara.

13 // What's on your nightstand?
The baby monitor, my phone, a battery operated alarm clock (I'm paranoid and set two alarms JUST in case I accidentally turn my phone alarm off and snooze forever), a light, my perfume, and a pad of paper and a pen.

14 // What's one thing motherhood has taught you?
That I'm much more emotional than I thought. Everything effects me so much more now! I used to never cry (unless something was really sad obviously but I'd never cry at a movie or tv show) and now I find that if I can relate to a situation that's sad or if it involves kids, I'll for sure tear up.

15 // Music that reminds you of high school
Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, Michelle Branch (LOVED her!), Hanson, TLC, Brandy and so many more! Early 2000's pop all the way!

16 // If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?
You know, I don't really know. I feel like I haven't really been enough places to say that I'd want to move there. I'd definitely like to live somewhere cheaper where I could afford a house, but (unfortunately) I'm pretty partial to California.

17 // Tell us something about you we might not know
I hate talking on the phone. I don't know when this hate came about but I'd much rather text or email than talk on the phone.

18 // Websites you read/browse (besides blogs)
It's pretty much just blogs and email. Sometimes Pinterest and Facebook also. And then various store websites if I'm looking to buy something.

19 // Morning person or Night owl?
Morning for sure. I used to hate getting up early (and still do if given the opportunity to sleep in) but I love what you can get accomplished when your house is still sleeping and you're awake. That and I pretty much fall asleep on the couch every night around 9-9:30pm so I definitely an not a night owl anymore.

20 // Favorite Breakfast meal
Challah bread french toast! Yum. But really, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day (and we often have breakfast for dinner!) so I really love it all.

21 // What is your favorite quality in others?

22 // If you were an animal what would you be?
Oh gosh, this is a hard one. I'd like to be a fly so I could "be a fly on the wall" and eavesdrop and hear people's conversations (lol). I'd love to be a bird to be able to fly wherever I wanted and not have to sit in traffic everywhere. And I'd love to be a cat because I love getting my feet rubbed or my back rubbed or my hair brushed and cats have it easy where they just sit on someone's lap and get petted all day.

23 // What is the last nice thing someone did for you?
You know, oddly enough, it was Mason! He did the cutest, nicest thing ever the other day when I dropped him off at school. We got buzzed in through the main gate to go to the side door of the school and the handle is a little high for him to reach so I started to open the door and he pushed on the part of the door that he could reach and opened the rest of the door for me. There was another family behind us and he full on held the door open for them (all 3 of them!) and then me to go inside. I was shocked and my heart nearly burst with pride that he was so sweet and thoughtful!

24 // What was your favorite subject in high school?
Lunch time? Haha. Umm, seriously, I'd probably say math because it came pretty easy to me or ceramics or yearbook because I got to be creative.

25 // If you could travel somewhere for free where would you go?
Bora Bora. I've only ever seen pictures but it looks GORGEOUS. I'd love to stay in one of those little huts about that beautiful crystal clear blue water.

26 // What would you tell your 18 year old self?
I guess it would be more my 17 year old self since I started college when I was 17 (and then quickly turned 18 a few weeks later)... don't go to such an expensive college. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED college and I am so happy I went there and made such great friends. But what I don't love is that I've been paying off my student loans for almost 10 years now... and I still have probably that many to go. I definitely could have gotten the same education at a state/public school instead of private. #ihatestudentloans

ain't that the truth - born before social media was invented!

27 // What is your favorite hobby?
Blogging. It used to be scrapbooking but that's kind of been put on the back burner (though I really need to do something, even if it's just an online scrapbook. so. many. pictures). I guess you can say blogging has replaced scrapbooking as this little online journal is kind of like my online scrapbook.

28 // If you wrote an ebook what would the title be?
Ebook, wow, that's very specific, not a regular book? lol. Honestly, I have no clue!

29 // Why did you start blogging?
I originally started blogging back in 2012, just a couple weeks after Mason was born, as a space to document Mason and our lives with a new baby for friends and family that lived far away. And for a long time, I wrote and wrote and am not even sure if anyone read it. And then, somehow, it evolved into what it is today and has kept evolving! I've met so many people through blogging, made so many friends (and some that I've met in real life too!), gotten some amazing opportunities (beyond my wildest dreams), and just learned so much. It's my hobby and I love this little space of mine. I can't wait to see where the future takes me.

30 // What color would your hair be if upkeep wasn’t an issue?
Honestly? I really like my hair color! When I was in high school, I added some reddish highlights to accentuate the natural hair lights that I'd get from the sun, but it really required a lot of upkeep. But even if that wasn't an issue, I think I like my natural hair color anyway!

31 // What’s your favorite store? What’s the last thing you bought there?
I guess this kind of goes along with #3. I'd definitely say my favorite store is Target and oddly enough, the last thing I bought there were some window clings and a prescription! I was with Seth and he didn't really let me look around as much as I wanted to. I plan to go soon to pick up a couple things and look at all the Halloween stuff they have out!

And there you have it! 31 things about me on the eve of my 31st birthday. The next time you hear from me, I'll be an old lady :) Happy weekending!


  1. Happy Birthday! You can tell math was your favorite subject with all your 20+11=31 lol. I was gonna joke that it's complicated math for this early in the morning, but math was my favorite subject in school too! Ooh and doesn't bora bora look amazing! Those huts over the water seem so cool! You, me, and Kerry could totally start a walk around the mall exercise group... I feel like that's all I do now too lol!

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of warm wishes, laughter, words of affirmation and tears-tears of joy! After all, you are more emotional now that you are "30 something." :)

  3. 31 is now old lady status? lol. I do remember when I thought 30 was pretty ancient though. Happy Birthday eve!
    I was on yearbook too, high five.
    I think I'd go darker on my hair. I enjoy dark hair. I've been blonde and red too. Just for kicks. I was a terrible blonde lol.
    That I was terrified or 30 but now 20 years old is too funny. Those 20 year olds are cray!
    I probably had something to comment on on each of these but I forgot. And oh look here's Aria awake! Running into the room...it's green!! it's green!!!

  4. Clearly you have not met my cats. Happy Birthday!!

  5. Happy Birthday weekend!! Have a blast -

  6. So many fun facts. 31 is the new 21! Happy Birthday!

  7. Very clever, friend! Loved reading this and learning more about you. We have SO, so much in common. Like a crazy lot. Hope you have a great birthday (tomorrow)!! I'm sure your boys have something special planned for you!

  8. Loved getting to know more about you! These are always so fun to read! I hope you have a great birthday! Tomorrow is our 6th wedding anniversary, too. :)

  9. Happy almost birthday! 31 is awesome, your gonna love it. I hope you have the best weekend celebrating friend.

    P.S. Chap-stick TOTALLY counts!

  10. Walking around the mall is legit exercise. especially if you have a kid with you. And lunch time was my favorite period of the day too :)

    Happy birthday Liz!
    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

  11. HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY to you!
    Love that Mason held the door for others. That is THE sweetest.
    Realness? YES!! (insert praise hand emoji)
    Talking on the phone is just a big fat no. Please send me a text or an email. Idle chit chat is not for me.
    See you tomorrow!!!!

  12. I haaaaate the phone! And how didn't the bachelor franchise not make it into your top 5 ;)

    Have the best birthday ever!!

  13. Chapstick is a beauty must have! Mason is quite the little gentleman, so sweet. You brought me back with the early 2000's pop lol. Hope you have a fantastic birthday!!!

  14. I'm totally with you on the chocolate every day thing! And walking around the mall is for SURE the best exercise! :)

  15. So fun to read! I am so with you on student loans - UGH! I chose a private school and while I liked it, the cost wasn't worth it to me. Yes to chocolate, the favorite stores, and 90s/2000 music! I get so many flashbacks when I hear all that older music. Hope you had a great birthday!!

  16. Love these..!! :) I especially love the little ecards in between - girl, 20 year olds..!! Seems so far away. Haha!! I think it's pretty fun being a 30-something.

  17. Oh my gosh how did I miss your birthday!!! I hope you had a great day filled with Mason cuddles, cake and fun presents! Happy belated birthday!


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