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Hi everyone!

Well its official, I'm crossed over the midway mark of the 20s and am officially closer to 30 than I am to 21. Haha thank God for that, 21 was a year I couldn't possibly do again. 😉

26 man, it feels good. Also, can I tell you how excited I am to turn 26 on the 26th?! For someone who has a weird thing about even numbers, it makes my OCD heart sing.

What's changed since 25?

  • Rob and I moved in to Midtown together. (We moved in a few days after my 25th birthday)
  • We ended up adopting not 1, but 2 dogs together. Our Shay and Hunter.
  • Had the best bachelorette night ever in Vegas. Epic.
  • I started my first management position at work.
  • I took my first overnight work trip and had a hotel room solo for the first time ever.
  • I met the Backstreet Boys, fulfilling my 12 year old dreams.
  • After 8 years together, Rob and I finally tied the knot.
  • Then we took our first international trip together to Cabo.
  • I feel madly, passionately, deeply in love with Cabo. (ha)
  • Rob started a live-in law enforcement training academy.

It's been a busy year, and a BIG one for major life transitions. For someone who's not keen on change, this year has been ALL about change and 26 isn't looking any different!

So for my 26th birthday, I've decided to give myself a new yearly challenge, largely based on my new obsession with Gordon Ramsay and the desire to be a skilled wife in the kitchen. For the next 365 days, I will challenge myself to cook 1 gourmet meal a week. Gourmet is up to interpretation, since some weeks will be lamb chops with balsamic reduction and others might be a simple go-to mashed potato recipe (that can become a staple on our Thanksgiving table) but I'm looking to improve my skills in the kitchen, learn how to work with more unique ingredients but also find some signature dishes that I'll make forever. I'm also on the hunt for a Le Creuset (thanks to Rima, Melissa and Gordon) to help me achieve my goal so let me know if you spot any for a good price!

I am so lucky to have lived such a blessed life, largely thanks to my wonderful parents. How they raised a child (as crazy as me) at 19 is utterly beyond me and everything good in my life, I owe to them. Thanks for eating oranges for dinner when all you could afford was baby formula, I love you Mommy and Daddy!

My First birthday

 My first birthday party!


A now aged and old Evani


Soooo I know it's February 5th and I'm running a bit late but it feels like February just began! Starting with some goals:

February Goals via Simply Evani

If you love making goals like me, Link up with Melissa too!

Yesterday was my Mommy's 25th birthday. 😉 My Mom is not only my mother, but she's one of my best friends and my role model too. I love you Mama!

Tomorrow is the beginning of the February Let's Get Physical Link up ! If you've got health or fitness goals you're working on, and you'd like some bloggers to relate to, Let's Get Physical is perfect for you. 🙂

Simply Evani
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Here's the how-to and a sample of January's LGP! We've love to have you join in!

The good news about the monster flu is that it's basically over now. The bad news is that symptoms take about 2 full weeks to go away. If you've had the monster flu, I feel for you, sending you all my love! I highly recommend Parenthood on Netflix if you're stuck at home running a fever. 😉

Any February goals you're working on? Any fitness related?

Are there other Parenthood fans out there?

New Sig


Happy Friday everyone!

So I was going to take today off from blogging but then I realized it was a special day....

Photo Source

Please stop by my dear friend Melissa's blog Insert Sarcastic Remark Here and show her some love! Not only is Melissa unbelievably nice but she is one of my readers who never misses a day commenting on my blog. I love reading hers for the hilarious sarcastic commentary, overall I just adore her.

And Melissa, it'll be late but a birthday package is headed your way 😉

Since I'm already here, I might as well give ya something to look at today!

I have NO idea what you do with this but it is AWESOME.

I've been in love with the galaxy nail trend lately!

Such an incredible DIY of stamps!

Love the simplicity of this quote.

This photo alone is going to stop me from spending my tax return.

Stop by on Monday for a super simple costume just in time for Halloween!

What are your plans this weekend?

Have a great weekend everyone!


Hi there everyone!

So I was trying to be real cool about missing a blog post today because Rob and I stayed up until an unreasonable hour catching up with Grey's Anatomy on Netflix (On a brand new HD TV Rob bought me for my birthday! I <3 love it!) . I mean it was my birthday after all so I tried to justify it to myself, but honestly it's just giving me anxiety.  Plus, I can't pass up a Thankfulness Thursday the day after my birthday! Linking up with Ashley from Domestic Fashionista.

I'm thankful for...

...My family celebrating my birthday with me and making it a very special day...

...My Mom's never ending excitement that it was indeed my birthday...

...Waking up to strings of ribbon hanging from the balloons covering my bedroom ceiling...

...The bouquet of (teal) birthday balloons sitting at my desk when I arrived at work from Rob...

...The endless swarm of birthday wishes on Facebook from friends, family and those I haven't talked to in ages. I know it's not cool to admit this but Facebook greetings did bring a smile to my face...

...The kind and warm wishes I received on my blog, twitter, facebook and instagram from my blog friends and readers. Thank you all so much!...

...The thought my close friends put in their birthday greetings. Those greetings speak volumes about our friendship...

...The Michael Kors laptop bag coming my way! Thanks Mom, Dad, Sis and Bro! Lol 1 superficial one had to make it in people...

Most of all, I'm thankful for the opportunity to live everyday in good health with such wonderful people in my life (both in person and over the web!). I'm so blessed.

Haha have I ever told you guys I'm a balloon girl? I LOVE balloons. And cake. Lots of cake.

I can't let the cake go unnoticed. It's from the BEST cake shop in Sacramento, Ettore's. This cake was their Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse cake but I DIE for their Chocolate Mousse cake too. If you come visit me in Sacramento for long enough, I will bring you here, promise.

Thank you all for reading, commenting and being part of this crazy journey I call my life! Here's to another great year!