Tuesday, January 29

Ain't it Nifty? I Made it to Fifty!

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I used to be a bit of a wimp about hitting birthday milestones.
Thirty? Horrid! Forty? Unbearable!

Then a loved one helped me with a 
"paradigm shift".
This special someone is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
She taught me that 
each year of life is a celebration!
So my dear "Sis" helped me do just that.
{Disclaimer: my actual birthday is in December, 
but we didn't have time to get together until now!}

Sis made me QUEEN FOR THE DAY.

We started out with Cheesecake Factory.
{And loved our dulce de leche cheesecake so much
we went back for more the next day - plus we had a 
strawberry frappuccino - please don't judge.}
Then we were off for a day of "retail therapy".
If you've ever been to Las Vegas, you know they 
have the BEST shopping!
{And despite my protests, Sis provided the cash
with notes like "you have 50 minutes to spend this $50". WHAT?!}
- If the crown fits . . .trying on tiaras at Charming Charlie's -

We enjoyed the beautiful Tivoli Village . . . 

We especially loved a little shop called
Charming Charlie's where all the merchandise 
is organized by color . . .
The prices were awesome & we found some great accessories.
- Darling Sis in her new hat -

Thank you for indulging me while I reminisced about the 
Best. Day. Ever!

- Thrilled when we saw this license plate on the car in front of us -

Thank you Dear Sis - YOU are the best gift.

PS - "Sis" is actually my sister-in-law, but she couldn't mean more to me if we were blood-related. We say we're 
"Sis's from another Mrs."

25 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I'm close behind you. :)

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    1. Thank you Julie. Remember to CELEBRATE 50 years of a great life!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  2. Happy Birthday! sisters and the best aren't they?? and you don't like 50 at all ;)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Claudia. Hope you are doing well.

      Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Thanks Tara - always great to hear from you!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  4. Aww I love this so much.
    First of all, Happy Birthday!!!
    You don't look even close to 50.
    Not even close to 40.
    But you are definitely making 50 less scary for me in almost 7 years.
    Second, you have an amazing sister.
    AHMAAAAZING.
    I love the queen for a day idea and I may just have to use that on a special female in my life someday.
    Big hugs, my friend!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Kari for the sweet compliment. You have kind eyes. And yes - AHMAAAZING is the perfect way to put it!

      Warmly, Michelle
      PS - 43? You're just a baby!

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  5. Wow, I'm so happy for you and your sister. I have two sisters, and they are the most fantastic thing in the world, and they are one of the very long list of blessings God has shared with me. So, I'm so happy that you celebrated your 50th birthday!!! Enjoy your time together and never loose contact. BTW, congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you, darling Gaby. I need to pop over & see what deliciousness you have cooking!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  6. What a great way to celebrate!
    I'm getting closer to the 5-0 & haven't been feeling very happy about it~ thanks for the words of wisdom! ;)

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    1. Yes, Valerie - we surely need to celebrate our wonderful lives. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  7. Happy Happy Happy Belated Birthday. I agree with you ... celebrate every single moment. {And when you look as fabulous as you do ... celebrate some more!} I loved seeing your fun. Loved the crowns, and the food and the shopping... How fun to get $50 to spend on WHATEVER! What a great reminder that every day should be a pixie dusted celebration. xoxo jules

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    1. As usual, you have such kind eyes Jules!And what a compliment coming from such a sweet young thing like you. Thank you for your birthday wishes. I wish you could have been with us! {I'll bet you have Charming Charlies in Cali though!}

      Warmly, Michelle

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  8. Happy Belated Birthday, Michelle! You both look fabulous, what a fun way to celebrate!!

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    1. Thank you, darling Pam. I so appreciate you for stopping by.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  9. Now that is about as great of a 50th birthday bash there is I'd say. What a great day. And oh my, all that delicious food (not judging)
    Funny how each decade kiinda makes us quiver a little bit ...about entering a new decade.
    When I turned 60 I was totally OK with it. Kinda excited (sorta)
    but....last year turning 61 was a bummer. I was like. Oh man, I'm diving into the 60's and that's just getting older.
    But, as you mentioned, we must embrace life, as we never know how long we get.

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    1. Well Wendy, we can all only HOPE to look half as good as you do at 60. {ESPECIALLY if "no botox is allowed"}. You are an inspiration to me of how true beauty endures.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  10. Happiest of happy belated birthdays!! Cheesecake Factory is my FAVE...yum! As I see more and more women look and feel fabulous well past 50, I'm thinking it won't be too bad! A few years away still, but we all get there someday!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Come with us to Cheesecake next time! And enjoy your last few years being able to say you're in your 40's. {Jealous!}

      Warmly, Michelle

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  11. Happy Belated birthday!!!! Glad you had so much fun! Sister are the best:)

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    1. Adorable Rylee, Happy birthday to you too. Thank you for showing me a great new pizza place today. I so enjoyed the food & your company! You're a treasured friend.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  12. Happy Birthday Michelle!
    With the first picture you posted with your sis, I thought, "oh my, they look just like sisters!"...funny that she is your sis-in-law! What a fun way to celebrate, I'm not one for wimping out on the birthday celebrations--yet! :)
    Missing my sisters.

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    1. You're not one for wimping out because you are still just a baby, dear Nat! Lots of years to go before you have to worry about your age you lucky duck. Thanks for your birthday wishes. Hope you are doing well!

      Warmly, Michelle
      PS - Come to the BYB conference!

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  13. Charming Charlie is one of my favorite stores! It kills me that there isn't one in Utah. Although, my wallet is fine with it...

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