Weekend Of Birthday Cheer

October 28, 2013

My birthday weekend came and went so fast! But I had a lot of fun, and got in some buttercream and bourbon!


I woke up to a lovely bouquet of flowers and a wonderful gift from Mazen, Matt and Karen for a few spa treatments!! A perfect gift for a mama who needs a little pampering. I ate scrambled eggs, half a banana and some toast, most of which I shared with Mazen so I could save room for a scone at the market.


Unfortunately Matt had to work most of the day, but I filled my morning with a trip to the gym (more for alone time with Better Homes & Gardens than any kind of hard workout!) and then a visit to the city market where I met blog reader Katie and her son Henry.


Katie insisted on buying me my birthday breakfast, so we both enjoyed some scones. Chocolate chip!


We took the boys to a nearby park to play and then M and I headed home for lunch and nap.


M took a TWO hour nap, which was awesome, and I watched Nashville and had lunch.

A No Bull Burger with cheese over a salad


And some baked apples topped with the last of my toasted marshmallow ice cream!


In the afternoon we stopped into the mall where I exchanged a shirt and bought 3 more in its place – for the same price! Killer sales at the GAP yesterday. We also went by Great Harvest to visit Matt and then made our way to Linden’s First Birthday!


Rosie and Kevin did a beautiful job with the food and decor


This Skinny Taste pumpkin dip was the hit of the party!





Happy Birthday Linden! {Her actual b-day was a few days ago – too bad we don’t share 10.26!}


She was so dainty eating her cupcake


I didn’t have time to get over to Sweethaus for my birthday buttercream this year, so I was super excited to see that’s what Rosie picked out for Linden! The pumpkin cupcake with salted caramel frosting was everything I’ve ever dreamed of.


The kiddos had a great time playing around. Kevin made the play kitchen himself!





And I got some sweet photos with Maze to remember my 31st birthday


Finally, after putting M to bed and leaving him under Karen’s watch, Matt and I went to Al Dente to enjoy a few Italian appetizers and birthday Manhattens. The mussels were to die for!


On Sunday we had our final soccer game of the season, and then we wrapped up the weekend with a party at Mas for the City Schoolyard Garden and its business allies {we donate bread for some of their events}. 


Thanks for all the Insta/Twitter/KERF birthday wishes!!

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1 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac October 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like Mazen gave you a great gift of alone time for two hours — how nice of him!!! Glad to hear you had a nice day!!


2 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

Such a cute polka dot vest on you… and might I add your hair is gorgeous. What shampoo do you use? :)


3 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

Sheer Blonde – love it and the smell


4 Katie October 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

Looks like you had a wonderful Birthday Weekend! You are such a beautiful Mom :) Mazen looks so much like you!


5 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

Such a cute polka dot vest on you… looks like you had a festive, Fall/bday weekend!! :)


6 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

So lovely to be able to virtually celebrate your bdays all these years Kath. Glad it was such a great weekend!


7 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) October 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

Kath! You are getting more and more pretty every year! You look gorgeous! Happy belated birthday!


8 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

:) Thanks


9 LtotheZ October 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

Where did you get such a cute polka dot vest!?


10 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

Gap : )


11 Kimberly October 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Is the vest from this year? It’s so cute and I can’t find it on the Gap website! Not sure if I should try going to the store or if it’s old.


12 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yes, I just bought it.


13 isis October 30, 2013 at 3:35 am


I don’t know if this is a suitable comment (because of the link- hope it gets pas moderation though!) but you can find the vest there


14 Cathy October 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

Happy Belated Birthday. You had lots of fun it seems. Maze is so stinking cute!


15 Justeen October 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

Looks like you had a fabulous birthday filled with lots of your favorite things!


16 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com October 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Looks like a perfect birthday weekend. And a birthday just isn’t a birthday without frosting! And those flowers are stunning.


17 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I LOVE getting flowers on my birthday! They always brighten my day! :) That toasted marshmallow icecream sounds INCREDIBLE!


18 Katie October 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Glad you had a fun birthday weekend! Henry and I enjoyed meeting up with you and Mazen. Next time we are in Charlottesville, we will let you know!


19 Shephalli October 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Happy Birthday! Just realized that our now one year old shares his birthday with you :). I will have to inform him when he grows up!
PS – Love the vest.


20 Lauri October 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I made the same pumpkin dip for my son’s 6th birthday party this weekend. Love it!


21 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Sounds like a pretty good, low-key birthday! My birthday is this Wednesday and I actually have zero plans on my actually birthday! Everyone is really busy that day, but luckily I’ll be going out with my friends for Halloween the next night and then having a wine tasting party at my place on Saturday! I like to spread out the celebration…


22 Chelsea@TableForOne October 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had a fun weekend celebrating. I love that pumpkin dip…it’s to die for!


23 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Happy late birthday (again again)! Sounds like a great day and that spread looks amazing! That cupcake with the pumpkin on it? Salted caramel frosting?! Sign me up! :)


24 Melissa October 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Looks so fun and that pumpkin dip looks especially yummy!


25 Karen October 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

My bday weekend wasn’t quite as eventful as yours, but then again, I’m not quite the social butterfly that you are:) Anyway, glad your day was full and fun!

Mazen is looking so grown up in the set of photos..great photos of both kiddos!


26 Andrea October 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Mazen is looking like such a big boy!


27 Jesse October 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

hbd! happy mama and happy baby make the world go around.



28 Shel@PeachyPalate October 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Perfect weekend with lots of “me” time in the mix. Just what I’d want! :) Bet you’re looking forward to your spa trip now!


29 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Looks like a great weekend! Those cupcakes look sooooooo good :)

Happy Birthday!


30 Ashlee@HisnHers October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Looks like you had a great birthday weekend! You dont look a day over 25 :-)


31 Emily @ Life on Food October 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Happy happy belated birthday! Mazen’s smile is so big in that first photo. So cute!


32 Angela October 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Happy birthday!!! Looks like you had a blast


33 June October 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hi Kath, I am an aspiring blogger and I have to say I really love your website–so cute and relaxed. 😀 Just as a blogger-to-blogger thing, do you have any ideas about what makes your blog so successful? I was wondering if you would have any little words of advice or ideas about what brings readers to your posts–every day, no less! Thanks :)
~ June ~
PS I like oatmeal too if that helps.


34 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi June, thanks so much. I’m not really sure! I usually tell people to emphasize photos, as they are often more interesting than words alone. I like to think my consistency over the course of 6 years has also been helpful. And perhaps that I strive for an optimistic, cheerful attitude. I hope this space is a fun place to visit.


35 Eating 4 Balance October 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

More beautiful pictures! 😀

That pumpkin cupcake is gorgeous! I bet it was incredible.


36 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves October 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!! That pumpkin cupcake looks so delicious. Happy birthday again! :)


37 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook October 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Happy Belated Birthday blessings to you! Looks like a wonderful relaxing day.


38 Michele Sparrow October 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Love your puffer vest! I thought I recognized it as a Gap vest and went to check it out online but it is sold out! Boo! Ah well…looks cute on you! Btw, did you know tomorrow is National Oatmeal Day? :-) Thought of you when I read that!


39 Elisabeth October 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Love the first pic of you & M – such a sweet smile! 😉


40 Alexa October 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

That looks like an amazing birthday celebratory weekend :) hope you all had a blast.


41 Jackie October 29, 2013 at 3:47 am

Happy birthday! I don’t comment often, but I read regularly. Just wanted to say you have the most adorable kiddo!


42 Livi October 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

what an awesome day! happy birthday!!


43 Elizabeth October 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

What an awesome weekend of celebrations! I love the theme of the birthday you went to, the food looks very scrumptious! Happy Birthday!


44 Carrie @ Season It Already! October 29, 2013 at 8:30 am

Wait a minute. If you took that photo of your No Bull Burger and salad with the ice cream, I sure hope you ate the ice cream before the salad so that it didn’t melt! 😉


45 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

Haha it was excellent a little soft!


46 Sam October 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Happy Birthday! :) What brand is that toasted marshmallow ice cream and where did you get it!? Sorry if I missed it in a earlier post.


47 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

It’s local to Charlottesville and worth a visit here!


48 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit October 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Seems like a fantastic birthday weekend! Cheers to 31!


49 Jillian October 29, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Wow! Happy belated birthday. It’s been a while since I’ve read your blog and Kath, you look great! Lovely photos as always :)


50 Leila Dishes October 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Happy belated birthday! We had pumpkin cupcakes and salted caramel cupcakes for my daughter’s first birthday, which are my fav…but pumpkin topped with salted caramel? Oh my, that sounds insanely delicious!


51 Neil Butterfield November 4, 2013 at 6:21 am

Stunning pics, those cup cakes look divine.


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