Belligerence + Shenanigans + Love + Fun

All those things and more were included in my past few days of life. I didn’t get a chance to check in until this morning over here on this bloggy thingy because my life has been a whirlwind of LOVE.

On the fourth of July I ran a 10K (the biggest one in the nation) and it was so cool to watch some of the fastest people in the world finish around 28 minutes. INSANE. They don’t even look like they’re running. It was more like skimming the ground.


Very patriotic and the large crowds were a ton of fun.


That was followed by a lot of indulgence and some homemade pancakes from my roomie/bestie/co-bloggie! They are Paleo pancakes and they are the Yeah, that phrase was necessary.


This weekend kicked off my 25th birthday, so there were TONS of surprises that everyone in my life participated in scheming. 🙂 I am so incredibly lucky and I have some of the best friends/best boyfriend in the world.

I started it off with a 25 mile bike ride for my 25 years of life. Though it was raining, it was so peaceful and relaxing to just be out on some beautiful trails.


And when I got home later that night, Rebekah planned a huge surprise – SHE FLEW IN LESLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! And Leslee’s boyfriend came too!!!! I won’t lie, I started to cry. It was cute. Or pathetic. Whichever viewpoint you’d like to take is fine with me.

I have a ton of fabulous photos from the obviously amazing weekend I shared with my friends so here is a photo dump with minimized chatter because words won’t come close to describing how truly wonderful and magical my birthday weekend was.


the gang at dinner




Initially, when planning my birthday, I wanted to run a 5K. Of course, with my luck, there were none this past weekend. So what did my friends do? They planned one FOR ME. Still a little worked up over the thoughtfulness of everyone. Good grief. Anyway, it was officially the Senator Sprint 5K, in honor of, duh, THE SENATOR! The lovely fan-glamorous SARA THE BEAUTIFUL at Fit.Fun.Femme joined as well – and the ‘sponsors’ were all the bloggers that were present, including my bestie – the FABULOUS MOLLIE HANNAH! 🙂

Senator Sprint



The Senator was truly honored to have a 5K named after him and solidified that excitement throughout the race. 🙂


Loving all the sweat. Truly indicative of that Georgia heat! And heyyyyy Leslee’s tongue! 🙂

And this just makes me LOL every time.

Mollz n CA

After a lot of cleaning up and some collecting of ourselves, we went out for another night full of surprises – dinner with allllllll my wonderful friends + salsa dancing lessons + club time. Amazing.

cola n isaac



All I wanted for my birthday was fish n chips! WIN!

And, of course, red velvet cake that Rebekah brought me!! So wonderful.


and we danced

Nadir and meeee




And Sunday was a sad day of goodbyes – but it was absolutely the most AMAZING birthday I have ever had. It was so fabulous to feel the love from everyone and I couldn’t believe how truly wonderful my bloggy besty and her man were! They were so gracious and it was everything I could have wanted it to be! This weekend was so hard to let go of as it was literally the best weekend of my entire life.

None of it would have been possible without each and every single one of my friends and my boyfriend and thinking about this weekend and everyone’s contributions only solidifies my undying love for the ones I care about in my life. The thoughtfulness, the planning, the attending – everything was just so much more than I could have dreamed. I’m forever grateful for everyone in my life. 🙂

I know I’m super behind, but how was your weekend?

What’s your favorite birthday memory? Do you like surprises? I don’t, normally, but this was the best surprise weekend ever. I mean, flying in a friend and my own 5K? And dinners out? And dancing? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

What’s your favorite cake? Red Velvet! FTW!


25 thoughts on “Belligerence + Shenanigans + Love + Fun

  1. stop it stop it stop it, every part of this is awesome!!! so glad you had a great bday weekend. obsessed with the 5K and the shirts. seriously obsessed. HAPPY BELATED 🙂

  2. You seriously have the greatest friends ever! Such an amazing b-day weekend (you’re so lucky it falls on a holiday weekend too!)…and I love that they organized a 5k for you…so cool!!

  3. Ahhh HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMACITA!! wow you have the most amazing group of friends!! and i love that i feel like i “know” everyone there!!! omg happy happy happy birthday, i’m so glad your 25th was so amazing!! also- i love everyone’s outfits from race time to party time. and the senator sprint is the best name for a 5k i’ve ever heard. have a magnificent tuesday!!

  4. Oh God, I really need to stop making faces hahaha! In my head I think, Oh everyone will do something stupid, but alas it is just me…always.

    I LOVE YOUUUUUUU! is that too much? I don’t think so. And Rebekah and your man and Mollie! It was legitimately the BEST first experience of Atlanta anyone has had ever. And being a part of such a big birthday with you makes me so happy inside I can’t even handle it! You are so loved and it is so obvious to see why that is! 🙂 Of course, you are belligerant 😉 but I think it’s great. I loved how everything felt so relaxed and comfortable and I cannot wait to see you beautiful face again!!!! It was an AMAZING weekend, and now we know each other IRL!!! Come to Philadelphia nowwwww <3333

  5. Happy belated Bday! Looks like you had an awesome weekend! I really wanted to do a 10k. I’m doing a 5k in August, then I’m hoping to get stronger in order to do a 10k. I love chocolate cake!

  6. OMG! Your friends are seriously the best!!! So happy for you right now! Love the 25 miles for 25 years 🙂 Glad to hear you had such a great birthday weekend 🙂 I usually am not too big on my birthday, I like to forget about it. I just don’t like attention on me. My weekend was good, nice and relaxing with a little bit of work 🙂 I don’t think any other birthday will ever compare to this one now 😉

  7. People can finish a 10k in 28 minutes?! Seriously?! That’s cray cray! And your friends are the bomb–it sounds like a FANTASTIC birthday! And I’d totally love to have my own 5k. Glad you enjoyed yourself, and happy belated birthday!

  8. Oh my gosh talk about a perfect birthday weekend celebration! That is SO COOL that your friends created your own 5k for you and that it was one big blogger party! If only I lived closer to Atlanta, then I’d get in on that fun too! So excited for you and red velvet cake IS the!!

  9. Oh. My. Gosh. THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER!!! What an AWESOME birthday weekend. I have a thing for birthdays done right, and girl… this was a birthday done right! How awesome. Looks like a fantastic weekend of amazing-ness. What a lucky lady with such awesome friends… so cool. I want my own 5K! Or I’d settle for running the Senator’s 5K. Can we make this a yearly thing?? I’m in next year! 😉

  10. Happy Birthday!!!!! 25 was such a fun (read: drunk) birthday for me! I’m so sad that I couldn’t run in your amazing 5k- what an amazing group of friends you have – not that I’m surprised 🙂 I’m so glad that it was a weekend you will always remember!!!!

  11. OMG!!!!! How fun!!! I so wish I could have celebrated with you!!! Love all of these pictures and so glad you got to spend time with your friends!!

  12. Ok, I’m pretty sure you had the best birthday weekend ever!!! Can I put in a request that you all come to Pittsburgh for my 25th birthday in September?? There’s a 5K/10K race that Sunday that Joe and I are doing…you guys can do it too…and we’ll have a blast getting into shenanigans all over Pittsburgh….and Joe will make us challah french toast for breakfast….have I convinced you yet??

  13. Happy 25th birthday!!!!! When was your exact bday? So glad you had a great bday celebration!! Man, you make me feel old, I am going to be 30 this year, yikes! Have a great day!!

  14. The senator sprint is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard of. Best friends ever! And red velvet cake is pretty much the only cake in my mind.

  15. What an awesome birthday! OMG I can only imagine how surprised and happy you were! I am so glad you all had such a great time – I love that Leslee came! So great. So so great.And the runners that run a 10K in 28 minutes will forever blow my mind lol

  16. The Senator Spring 5K needs to be a yearly occurrence, no? It had a blast and your friends were sooooo nice! Rebekah is amazing for planning this all – seriously! I am so glad I got to help make your birthday special :).

    Favorite cake – chocolate mousse. I die.

  17. In my head it sounded like Oprah introducing a new guest when you mentioned “SHE FLEW IN LESLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! “, “THE SENATOR”, and “SARA THE BEAUTIFUL” and “the FABULOUS MOLLIE HANNAH!”

    Great post and great weekend, thoroughly enjoyed them both!

  18. I’m so glad you had the best birthday! The Senator race should definitely be a yearly thing because it is seriously so awesome! I love the T-shirts. And I love red velvet cake, but I love carrot cake more. Without raisins, though.

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