Oh Hello, 28

For the sake of full disclosure, I received complimentary products to review. Obviously, everything I share is honest and my own opinion!

On the 20th, I'll be celebrating turning 28. Is that old? 16-year-old me would die of embarrassment at all these ridiculous self-timer photos but 28-year-old me does. not. care. ðŸ˜‰ I've got water in my cup because I'm perpetually thirsty (#pregnantlife), and I'm in comfy clothes, enjoying the fall weather while my little ones nap. This is what my birthday month looks like this year! Lowkey, laid back. I do have some things planned like a birthday date night, dinner with a friend, another beach day, and coffee + crepes with mom friends at a local spot while Aiden's in preschool! And that's my kind of jam. I will shamelessly use my birthday as a reason to meet up with the people I love (even if those hangouts would happen anyway, calling it a "birthday" event makes it feel even more fun). 

Birthdays in review: turning 27 | turning 26 | turning 25 | turning 24

One thing I'm loving this birthday are my brand new hypo-allergenic earrings from Blomdahl. Over the past few years, my body has developed an allergy to nickel, which I originally discovered because I couldn't wear my white gold wedding rings for more than one day at a time without breaking out in a rash on my ring finger! Talk about a disappointment, since I love my engagement and wedding rings so much and don't want to replace them with anything else. While I still haven't figured out what to do on the wedding ring front, I'm totally covered when it comes to nickel-free stud earrings, thanks to Blomdahl

They create high-quality, hypoallergenic earrings from other materials like titanium and medical-grade plastic. I got their pluck hollow earrings and light gray pearl titanium, and I genuinely love both so much! They don't bother my ears at all, and both pairs are easy to wear with dressy or casual outfits. Plus, the packaging is just so cute that you could order a pair for a friend and ship them directly to her without having to gift-wrap. (And shipping is free on all orders!) Use code HOOD10 to get 10% off your order. 

On the subject of birthdays, I am 100% not freaking out about getting closer to 30. I've actually been planning an epic 30th birthday party for myself (years in advance) that is going to include a bounce house for me + all the other adults because KIDS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO LOVE THEM. 

Getting older doesn't worry me. Each year, it's incredible to see what God's done in my life and how he's at work in my heart, making me more like him. I have really strong, godly women in my life who are in their 40s and 50s who make aging seem like no big deal because they have still have fun, do things with their friends, and make a difference in the lives of others. 

Plus I already have some gray hairs. And veryyy pronounced laugh lines. 

So there's no use worrying about when those will show up. ðŸ˜‰

Last year around my birthday, I shared how I don't know when I'll go back to teaching, where we'll move, or how many kids we'll have. And this year? We've moved into our new house (still waiting for the old one to sell, but still!). I'm pregnant for what might be the last time. I still don't know what God has in store for my teaching career, but it's incredible to see the huge ways he's given us direction in other categories like housing and growing our family. (What's changed in your life from a year ago? I'd love to hear what God is up to in your life!)

Now let's talk "birthday month." Are you big into celebrating birthdays? Do you do something huge to celebrate, or lots of little things the whole week/month? 

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