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It’s my birthday! {Giveaway!} #NouvelleBirthday

So guys, I’m alive.

I’m alive and I’m now 30 years old.

Remember when you were young and you knew people who were 30 and you thought “Oh my goodness, they’re so old!” Well, I’m that old lady now.

Honestly, I’m fine with it. I’m fine with being done with the silliness and bad decisions that come with the 20s. I’m ready for some new, hopefully less-bad decisions that will come with my 30s!

So the week before last, my husband and parents threw me a little party. And by little, I actually mean big (just low key) because I have a super big and awesome and amazing family/friend support system.

Case in point: my older brother lives in Oregon. Because of that and the fact that I’m on and off Β between here and France, I don’t see him as often as I’d like. Well Thursday night, my husband had to ‘pick a friend up from the airport’ and pulled up to the house with him! He flew in to surprise me for my 30th! What a super cool dude!

Oh and he’s super smart and thoughtful and owns his own (successful) business and is an all around great guy. Bonus – ladies, he’s single! πŸ™‚

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My pseudo in-laws came out. I can’t tell you how much I love these people. There is absolutely no replacing my true in-laws who I love to death, but man, these two people have to be some of my favorite in the world. They took my husband in as a little (sort of) 17 year-old boy when he first came here for college and acted as his home-away-from-home family for the duration of his college career. Amazing people.

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And my daddy. I’m a big daddy’s girl. There isn’t enough space on this blog for the wonderfulness that is my father. Good thing I was the only girl, I don’t think I could have shared him!

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My husband had to leave the morning after my party (BOO!) to go back to France. We are following shortly — two and a half weeks — but definitely miss him.

We left for Yosemite a couple days later and that’s where we celebrated my actual birthday which is August 9th. Yosemite is a long standing (like over 50 years!) tradition in our family and I love passing that onto my boys. They thrive outdoors and are on a high all week.

This all was happening just after returning from the mind-blowing trip that was Chicago. I still haven’t processed it all. Needless to say, I didn’t have time to post. But you’d be proud of me, instead of put pressure on myself to come up with something and not enjoy myself on vacation, I just didn’t. I didn’t post on Facebook or Instagram or even Twitter! I took a little break. And while I was in the mountains of Yosemite, reveling in God’s beauty, I didn’t check statuses, or worry about page views, or followers. I just was. And it was wonderful.

You guys forgive me right? I hope so! Just in case you’re a little leery, I have something for you. A giveaway!!

I don’t do a ton of giveaways, but I thought it’d be fun to celebrate my 30th here on the blog! Instagram is also always fun, so I thought we’d do it there too!

If you’re here on the blog, just enter using the Rafflecopter. If you want to enter on Instagram, just repost this picture, follow & tag me in it! Super easy!

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Thank you for celebrating my big 3-0 with me!! Here’s to making it the best year yet! *lifts glass to toast*

 

122 Responses to It’s my birthday! {Giveaway!} #NouvelleBirthday

  1. Breenah August 13, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  2. Tamara @ The Workout Mama August 13, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Happy Birthday! That is awesome you got to see your brother. My family loves going to Yosemite too! My Dad and I have hike up Half Dome together and it is so fun to have those memories as a family!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      We love Yosemite! Family trip every year since I can remember, and my dad too, since he was a baby! I can probably count on one hand the summers we didn’t go. And yes, my brother is a super cool guy, so happy to see him! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  3. Betsy August 13, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Happy, happy birthday to you! Sounds like you had a great celebration!
    Thanks for the chance at that awesome giveaway, too! xo

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      No problem, I thought it would be fun! And I love hearing from everyone! Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  4. Robin August 13, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Sania Wasif August 13, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    ?thanks for giveaway , is it open worldwide

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Yes, worldwide. I’ll just send an e-card if someone international wins!

  6. Dawn August 13, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Happy Birthday pretty lady!! Welcome to your 30’s, it’s wonderful time!!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you! I was hoping so! πŸ™‚

  7. Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe August 13, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Such beautiful pictures with all your family! Glad you had a wonderful party and are already enjoying your 30’s. They are pretty great by the way. Your summer sounds very exciting!
    ~FringeGirl

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      It was a bit crazy but it was fun! I love to travel and see new places or experience old ones again, so it fit in perfectly! Thanks!

  8. Kim Bohn August 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I could really use a make up update! New make up would be fun to use to get new looks!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Anytime, that would be really fun! πŸ™‚

  9. Wani August 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Happy 30th!!! Relax and enjoy your 30s! πŸ˜‰

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      I’ll do my best! Thanks!

  10. Rachel August 13, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I have no advice for turning 30 because I’m not there yet, but have a very happy birthday!

  11. Cherie Montorio August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Your only a year older so just breathe and relax. You’re still a beautiful woman 30 years old or not. So smile..

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      Thank you, I’m doing my best. I am actually really excited about it!

      • Cherie Montorio August 18, 2013 at 10:01 am #

        That’s great. You should be!!!!

  12. Kimberly August 13, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Have a wonderful birthday! Love life! =)

  13. MaryBeth August 13, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Happy birthday! I’m still have 6 years until I turn 30, so I don’t have any advice to offer. But I think 30 will be awesome! I’m excited for that time in my life. By 30 I feel like who you are has kind of consolidated and you’re more stable in so many ways. We’ll see if it’s like that in reality when I get there. πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Sounds great, I’ll have to let you know if it works out that way! Thirty, flirty & thriving, right? (name that movie!)

  14. Breenah August 13, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Oh, and I have no advice because I just turned 24. But I’d say that while it’s a milestone you’ve survived for three decades being 30 isn’t that life altering. You’re not anywhere NEAR old πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank you! I sure don’t feel old, weird!

  15. Erin August 13, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I actually just ran across your blog today, lucky me! I’m 33 and I have to say, the past 3 years have been the best in my life. Everything that I’ve worked for and wanted has come together for me and life is good! I would say the best advice I could give would be to live life to the absolute fullest, enjoy your family and friends and take care of yourself! Happy Birthday!!!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      I love this, thank you! I am hoping/counting on these being the best of my life! For all of those reasons too. And I love your advice too, perfect! Thank you!

  16. Vero Et August 13, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    advice: keep having fun!!!
    πŸ™‚
    happy birthday

  17. Jessica August 13, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    NO WAY you share a birthday with my husband !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Well he must be a fabulous guy! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to him as well! πŸ™‚

  18. gigi August 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Happy birthday, friend! And if you think 30 is old….:) I hope you had a fab day and you KNOW I’m entering this giveaway because I love Ulta!!!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Who doesn’t love ULTA?? I knew it would be a good one! You look super fabulous, so you could totally pass for 30 easily!! Sexy mama!

  19. Janet Klein August 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I love your blog and I loved turning 30 too! Happy birthday!

    • Natalia August 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you! I think 30 is gonna be great, looking forward to it! πŸ™‚

  20. Joy August 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Happy birthday!

  21. Lanie August 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Looks like you had an amazing birthday bash. My best advice is life only gets better! When I turned 30 I cried. I thought I was an old maid and my days being a “young lady” were over. Im 34 now and things have only gotten better. I have really matured a lot and learned not to sweat the small stuff. I guess what they say is true. Woman age like a fine wine πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      I love it! I have heard from people it was hard, but I’m trying to just move forward & embrace it! Thanks for your encouragement!

  22. Karrie Harper August 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Don’t stress over it! 30 can be a fabulous year!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      I am hoping it will be!! Thank you!

  23. Miss Angie August 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Love yourself and age gracefully!

    • Miss Angie August 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      Oh and Happy birthday!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      I am so trying to age graciously! I just don’t know if my skin is getting the memo! And thank you!

  24. Waco Bayless August 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I was more devested when I turned 25 than when I turned 30 now, 50, that one was the worst!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      Actually 25 was pretty hard for me too! Weird! But maybe that’s why I’m doing my best to embrace 30.

  25. Dori August 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Mine was the 8th.

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      Happy birthday to you too! What a great month to have a birthday! πŸ™‚

  26. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard August 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Thirty is nothing – wait till you turn 45 πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      whooooaaa hey– one year at a time!! πŸ™‚

  27. ellen casper August 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Be thankful for every day!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Great advice, thanks!

  28. rosenny August 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!
    I’m turning 20 next month. (So scared yet so excited at the same time.)
    Love your blog! To many more… Xo

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Happy birthday (in a month)!! You are in a great time of life, enjoy it! And thank you!

  29. Jelli August 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Many congrats on your milestone birthday. I’ll be there with you next year…29 is coming up in 8 days for me. Hope you continue to enjoy your birthday month and that the days pass quickly for you before you get to be reunited with your man. Blessings!

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      It will pass quickly, life seems to be doing that lately! But I am doing my best to just enjoy every minute. Thank you!

  30. MC Chau August 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I hit the big 30 myself last year… but I still feel like I’m 25 πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Me too! When do you ever feel old, really? I hope not soon!

      • MC Chau August 15, 2013 at 4:22 am #

        Happy Belated Birthday! πŸ™‚

  31. Cynthia G August 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Honey, I turned 30 (2 years) ago on August 10th I dreaded it but then I realized I a more confident in my 30’s then I ever was in my 20’s even after having 2 kids. Trust me it is just a number πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      I feel the same way! I haven’t dreaded it really, I am excited to be older & hopefully wiser. Thanks!

  32. Samara Overturff August 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Happy birthday! It looks like you had a great one! I’m only 20 so I’m not sure if my advice will help, but I think it’s best to enjoy every day! =)

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      I think that’s great advice, thank you!

  33. DB August 14, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Happy birthday! I don’t have any advice for turning 30, but happy birthday none-the-less! I love your hair, the color is great and so shiny! <3

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      Thank you! You probably can’t tell, I’m in desperate need of a touch up!! But thank you!

  34. Lisa Brown August 14, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Happy Birthday. Advice, none really needed, just enjoy it πŸ™‚

  35. Niki August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Woo hoo! Happy 30th pretty lady! My best advice is not to let age be a number. I know it sounds cheezy, but you don’t have to change anything just because you’ve reached a certain age. Continue to live well and live life to the fullest! xoxo

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      LOVE this advice! I play volleyball with some women who are quite a bit older than me and they still rock! I want that to be me! Great advice, Thank you!

  36. Bri August 14, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Happy Birthday!! I always wanted to go to Yosemite when I lived in CA. Never made it πŸ™

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Thank you! I love it up there, it’s so beautiful! If you ever get a chance, you should check it out!

  37. Macey August 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Natalia!! It sounds like you had a great birthday. I’m so happy for you, just saw your cute French home on FB. πŸ™‚
    What part of Oregon does your brother live in?
    Also, 40 is the new 30. I think. We’ll see what I say when I hit that one. LOL

    • Natalia August 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      You know what, I don’t know! Is it really that big up there anyway? lol Next summer want to make a trip up there, I’ll have to let you know when I’m coming!

  38. Autumn August 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I turned 30 in January, and I don’t really care! It’s just a number! I’m still me! πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Yep, that’s a good way to look at it!

  39. Jennifer August 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    You don’t look 30 at all! My advice since I’ve been 30 8 times now is to exercise your brain! I used to could remember important dates, where I stored something, etc. Not as easy anymore! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday girl!

    • Natalia August 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Oh gosh, I feel like that waved bye bye to me long ago!! LOL

  40. Katie Pidge August 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Amen to 30 and being out of the 20s!!! You’re gonna rock the 30s!

    • Natalia August 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank you lady!! πŸ™‚

  41. Tian A. August 15, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    I haven’t been there so I just wish you the happiest birthday, have a blast and enjoy! Being 30 is not always being old!

    • Natalia August 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      I sure don’t feel old, so hopefully not! Thank you!

  42. rachel August 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m turning 30 this year so I’ll just take your advice and embrace it! Life is good. πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Yes, let’s embrace it and rock it!! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  43. CeCe @Pink Sunshine August 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    The best thing I could say is that it only gets better! My 20’s were rough. By 30’s you are so much more settled into yourself.

    • Natalia August 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      This is what I’m counting on! My 20s weren’t totally rough, but it seems like the 30s are more settled! Thanks!

  44. Laura Carneiro de Azevedo August 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    happy birthday!

  45. Lisa August 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday (a little late)!!

  46. Sara August 17, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Stay true to yourself πŸ™‚

  47. Caitlin Chapman August 17, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    GIRL! You are rockin it! You spoke at blogher you have a ton of subscribers that eagerly await what tutorial you will do next. You have a beautiful family. You are doing awesome! I just turned 26 and now have two babies and hubby (my third child sometimes.) don’t even worry about anything. I’m sure it is hard going between France and the US but it is such an INCREDIBLE opportunity that most people never get. Happy happy birthday from me to you!

    • Natalia August 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Oh you are so sweet, thank you! You really lifted my spirits today, I appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  48. Kristine @the foley fam August 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Happy Happy birthday beautiful friend!! Cheers to the dirty 30 πŸ™‚ XOXOO

  49. kolpin August 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    the best is ahead!

    rafflecopter: daniel

  50. Maria August 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Happy Birthday hun! Surrounded with so much love on your special day–what more could a gal ask for?! I love that you’re embracing 30 so well. It looks great on you πŸ™‚

    • Maria August 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Oh, and my little piece of advice to you is to just keep on loving yourself xo

  51. Audrey @ Putting Me Together August 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I’m a little behind on blog reading, but I still wanted to wish you a happy birthday! Happy birthweek? πŸ™‚ I turned 30 a few months ago and absolutely LOVE it. May your 30s be full of everything the Lord has for you!

    • Natalia August 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks so much Audrey! It’s been great so much & I’m excited about it!

  52. Lisette August 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Happy happy birthday! I turn 30 in a few months. You just made me realize that. Holy cow.

    Thank goodness for giveaways for I just stumbled across your blog.

    I am in dire need of makeup. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Natalia August 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      LOL glad you found me too!

  53. Jenna O August 18, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    Just keep calm and have fun :PP

  54. Amanda Hoffman August 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    happy birthday and try to relax when you can

  55. Sara August 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Happy birthday! I just turned 29. Weird to think about almost being thirty, but it’s really just a number!

    • Natalia August 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      I know, crazy, right?!

  56. tammigirl August 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Enjoy life today. Then enjoy it again tomorrow. πŸ™‚

    • Natalia August 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Great advice! πŸ™‚

  57. Tiffany B. August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Happy happy birthday to you! My advice to you is to remind yourself of how much wiser and self-assured you are at 30 than you were at 20. Enjoy!

    • Natalia August 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Love it, will do! πŸ™‚

  58. Valerie August 20, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    enjoy your thirties! they can be the best years yet. I would know, this year I turn 40! :O thirty seems like a long time ago, but it gets better and better!

    • Natalia August 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank you! That’s what I’m counting on! πŸ™‚

  59. Sharon August 20, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Happy birthday! I just turned 30 in July and my only advice is to embrace it πŸ™‚

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Target Giveaway!

    • Natalia August 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      That’s what I’m going with! πŸ™‚

  60. nicoletalexandra August 20, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Happy Birthdayyyy!

  61. Pomereta August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Ohh, Natalia, sorry for being this late!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL!!! Embrace your thirties, is the best age ever ;O)

    • Natalia August 21, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      Thank you! I will, I am looking forward to it actually!

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