Looking Back: My 24th Year

In my new-found old age, I think I’m becoming one smart food-combo  cookie, because this lunch was totally random and basically the jam!!!

I present to you, the ravioli sandwich!

Ravioli Sandwich

I made the sandwich by topping a toasted Arnold whole wheat sandwich thin with Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese, spinach and two large ravioli poofs, which were leftover from last night’s dinner.

Laughing Cow

Ravioli Sandwich and Steamed Broccoli

On the side I also ate steamed broccoli, sprinkled with garlic salt, for some added nutrients.


For dessert, I had a small bowl of butterscotch chips and roasted peanuts.

Butterscotch Chips + Roasted Peanuts

Ryan and I also enjoyed this little combination after dinner last night. Ryan said it tastes like a peanut butter bar. It’s a winner!

Looking Back

I wanted to take a little trip down memory lane of my 24th year through pictures. I love birthdays but also always feel a little sad that another year is gone, so looking back over the fun times of the past year of my life helps make me smile!

I hope you enjoy this little flashback!

The Day After Our Engagement

My Mom, Me & My Sister Before Wicked

Celebrating My Friend Laurel's Birthday

On the Yellowbird (aka a Booze Cruise)

Before the UCF Bowl Game

With My Cousins, Celebrating My Grandma's 80th Birthday

'80s Formal Night on a Cruise with Our Friends

Boating with My Family, Ryan & Sadie

Me & My Dad, The Night of Our Engagement

With Ryan and Sadie After Sadie Won the Doggie Derby

Celebrating Sadie's Doggie Derby Win Downtown

Surprised By Our Families After Ryan's Proposal

Visiting High School Friends in Arizona

With My Sister at Her Sorority's Family Weekend

How does your birthday make you feel? Excited? Happy? Sad? A mix of emotions?

35 Responses

  1. The picture of Sadie with his tongue out after her won the doggie derby is the CUTEST picture ever!!!

    what an amazing year you had! and keep them coming!

  2. I love the picture of your surprised by your family and hugging your dad! They both gave me chills. 🙂

  3. What a fun recap! Birthdays make me happy. I’m not gonna lie…I’m glad I was born! 🙂 Ha!

  4. i love birthdays! i haven’t had one yet where i feel old or sad or anything…but i haven’t turned 30 yet 😉

  5. What a great year!!! I absolutely love birthdays – I used to cry right before going to bed on my birthday because my special day was over 🙂

  6. I LOVED this post!!! Glad you had a wonderful year! 🙂

  7. looks likes its been a GREAT year!! Whoohoo!

  8. I love the photots! You’ve had a phenomenal year! 🙂
    I LOVE birthdays! I like them so much, I try to get everyone to celebrate birthday WEEK with me (although I’m having a really hard time getting the hubby to buy into it! 😉

  9. love the photos! you seem like you just enjoy life..:) i love it.

    the sandwich looks great, but dessert looks better lol. love the combo!!! i like dark or white chocolate chips and almonds too, yum!

  10. You and your family are gorgeous!! Love the pics. Hmmm… your still young…I’ll be 30 in a couple of years – and that is freaking me out…I’d like to stay like 25 forever I think…oh, how I wish 🙂

  11. what a fun year 🙂

    Birthdays always make me happy!

  12. Loved your flashback- so cute! 🙂
    & by the way, your hair looks PERFECT in everyone of them, I couldn’t help but notice!
    & all of the pictures from your engagement are adorable- you look like the happiest girl on earth 🙂
    Happy Birthday again- enjoy your day 🙂

  13. Happy Birthday!!! im sorry this is my first time commenting, i love love your blog (i’ve been following for about 2-3 weeks now)! im just about to turn 18 and live in Michigan. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, filled with all the things that make you happy!

  14. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just now catching up on all your bday posts!! What a great idea to look back on the previous year. I hope this one is EVEN better for ya!! 🙂

  15. I love this flashback! My birthday pumps me up, I hate that it only last one day though! I may start changing my mind as I enter further into my 20’s. I had a pb finger yesterday 🙂

  16. Loved the flashback via pictures! Adorable! I HATE birthdays because now that I am getting older (29!?!?!?!) they just aren’t fun anymore!:(


    Hope your day is as special as you are! 🙂

    Love your little 24 recap!!!

  18. I just found your blog through Kelly (my healthy passion) and I love it! Congrats on getting engaged and I loved your 24 recap, being engaged is so fun and special 🙂

  19. What beautiful pictures, hope for many more wonderful moments on your 25th year of life!

  20. First off, Happy Birthday! Secondly, I love reading your blog. It is very enlightening =) And thirdly, when I saw you went on the “Yellow Bird” I had to comment. I went on that same booze cruise during my visit to Nassau in September! Wow, what a crazy time we had haha!!!

    • whoa, whoa, whoa! when in sept. did you go on the yellowbird?? we went on it in sept. over labor day wknd!

      • We went on a cruise that left labor day, so we went on the yellow bird sometime that week! Small world =]

  21. my birthday is may 3rd, and honestly i’ve never been a huge celebrater! I just enjoy a nice dinner ( of my choice of course!) and the comforts of my family! Nothing too crazy !! I love to think about how many ppl share the birthday with me!

    anyways! hope you had a great one! and im’ truly enjoying being a new reader!

    btw- your hair curly is amazing! 🙂 ( and straight too!)

  22. You’ve had quite the year girl! You are the happiest person I know seriously! I hope your 25th year will be filled with as much joy and fun like in all your awesome pics.

    PS. Goooo Sadie for wining the derby 🙂

    Bdays don’t mean much to me. I dont like the focused attention so I dont really like celebrating it. I didn’t even want a party for my 21st bday but my friend made me do it with him at a bar in Chicago. We did a double 21st bday celebration. It turned out to be a lot of fun – at least that’s what my pictures tell me 🙂 I enjoy a quieter celebration with really close friends and family. This makes me truly happy on my birthday.

  23. Love the 24 re-cap. It looks like it’s been an amazing year for you 🙂 Hopefully it just keeps getting better! I love all the wedding stuff on the blog, because it reminds me of the things I have to do 😉

  24. Happy Birthday to you! Looks like you had a great year, and I hope this coming one is even better!

  25. Your photos and your family are gorgeous!!! I love birthdays – they kind of make me a little sad sometimes because they tend to imply having to take on more responsibility (like car insurance, bills, and all those other lovely expenses!!) but they’re also fun and exciting because they mean loads of opportunities too! i hope you had a great day! 🙂

  26. I LOVE how you are getting so creative with your meals & snacks! That ravioli sandwich idea is ingenious! Also, I like how you are eating more nuts and blogging about them…such a great source of heart-healthy fats! 🙂

    24 certainly was an eventful (& fun) year for you!! I look forward to see what amazing things 25 brings! 😀

  27. What is Doggie Derby?? It sounds fabulous and I think my crazy vizsla would like a new way to get rid of some energy! 🙂

  28. Hahahaha I love that pic of you, Ryan, and I at The Lodge-classic! Glad you had a great b-day Jul! XOXO

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