A Low-Key Birthday, Some Gifts & A Collective Haul

Hello again lovess!

How I’ve missed you all! Again, I must apologize for leaving for a while there but I’m back today to share with you a “lifestyle” post which I haven’t done in a while? So I want to share a little bit of what I was up to for my birthday and what I got as gifts as well as another collective “birthday” haul.

I realize I’ve splurged a lot for my birthday so I’ve cut back a ton since, I promise lol. Anyway, I felt ALL the love from my family and friends that very day and I was kind of taken aback by all of it. Their love was very overwhelming but I think I was just happy to have my mother here for it too. โค I just love her so much! โค

Ok, let’s start with what I did and I will show you some gifts along the way and end with the haul stuff, so how about it? ๐Ÿ™‚

This picture was actually taken the night before and I was doing so well for Sober October up UNTIL the night before my bday so I nearly made it all the way but failed LMAO. I didn’t get drunk or anything, but I do love some Boone’s Farm wine, especially now that we found a place that sells them. ๐Ÿ˜€


You guys have already seen my Panda onesie in full, I was wearing it that night. I love that my boys were willing to take pictures together, haven’t done that in a while it feels like.

The following morning I woke up to Alex bringing me something. I had told him “I want this bday to be low-key, nothing fancy, let’s just do nothing” but of course he doesn’t listen to me. He’s just too sweet, I don’t deserve him lol.


Be brought me a birthday card saying what I had told him haha, tiramisu (one of my favorite desserts) and a very beautiful galaxy rose. (He just knows me too well!)

Here’s that rose up close. Isn’t it beautiful?? I still have no idea where I want to put it.


My auntie was also in town and she walked in with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Sadly they died but I loved the sentiment and I love my auntie so much too!


My mom and auntie gave me more stuff as well. My auntie bought me this gorgeous ruffle cold-shoulder top and a mascara (not pictured). She told me the mascara was like super amazing so maybe that one will be my next one? I will let you all know if it is.


My mom got me those beautiful makeup brushes and she also bought me those heeled boots from Walmart a few days later when I was gushing about them. She knows I love those kinds of shoes and she felt like she hadn’t “given me anything”. She also gave me a bracelet I’m wearing right now, she said it’s for protection from bad energy, evil eye etc.

After unwrapping some of these wonderful gifts, Alex, CL and I headed out for brunch while my mom and auntie stayed home to catch up. Alex treated me to some waffles from The Waffle Window (one of my favorite places) and I just HAD to get their Pear Nutella waffle.


It had a bit too much nutella for my liking, but the pear was amazing nonetheless. I cannot believe I never thought about putting pears on top of my waffles at home lol.

It was a nice, sunny day out, and the leaves looked amazing as well! I just had to get a picture of my awesome Kakashi Hatake Jounin Hoodie (from Naruto Shippuden, he’s one of my favorite characters, lol).


Shortly after we headed to the mall for CL to burn some of his crazy energy and to buy a few more things which I’ll show you in a bit. I think we were there for a good two hours before we headed back home to get ready for dinner with the family.

We went to Olive Garden to have dinner with my dad and his wife, my brother also came along and of course my boys too. It was so nice having both of my parents here for my bday because this doesn’t happen often.


The waiter brought my piece of cheesecake out with a little candle which I thought was super thoughtful of him. My dad and his wife insisted on singing “Happy Birthday” and yes, I was embarrassed but still very sweet of them lol.


I got to take some photos with both my parents and CL because he also insisted on being in the photo haha. He’s so cute when he asks “can I see the picture?” โค


And then we just went back home to relax. I wanted a chill, low-key birthday and that’s exactly what I got. I was very thankful to have my parents celebrating my birthday with me and also very thankful of all the love I got that day from family and friends! โค ๐Ÿ™‚


Tried so hard to get Sophie to take a photo with me to prove she loves me but nope lol. Just kidding, she does love me… CONDITIONALLY!

Now, onto the haul! ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’ll start off with a few more gifts from my besties! ๐Ÿ™‚

First one is from Hunida. She’s an amazing person, totally go follow her blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s a bunch of Asian beauty products with some of her favorite candies which my boys and I completely devoured lol. I was so surprised when I saw this package at my door, she’s so sweet.


I didn’t take a picture of the card but it was very cute, it had a cat in the front that said “This is Murray. Murray loves to be treated, pampered, and be the center of attention. Be like Murray.” It just made me giggle and I found it cute because she has cats too.

Next one is from Courtney, who is also like super duper nice and so down to earth. We’ve been keeping in touch a lot lately on IG and replying to each other’s stories, lol. You should follow her too if you haven’t yet.


So Courtney and I both love Harry Potter so she asked me what kind of things I liked and she settled on these super cute keychains. I was honestly so stoked that I got Harry Potter and Alex was loving the fact that I also received Voldemort hahaha. I love all three, I will need to keep them safe, wouldn’t want to break them.

Next are some more gifts from my husband, except for the socks, those are from my neighbor because he knows I love The Office. Funny because Alex had gotten me the DM shirt too on my bday when we went to the mall. Can’t wait to wear them together XD


We also found an Ichiraku Ramen tshirt (also from Naruto) and I just had to get it. On a totally different day before my bday he got me the Jounin Hoodie I wore above, I’ve been wearing the heck out of it lately!!

I did forget one thing here (not pictured). It was a vinyl figure from Funko’s Five Star collection. Another Naruto character I love, Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Fox ๐Ÿ™‚ He looks so cute!

I don’t know if this next one counts as a birthday gift but I did get it days before my bday so….??? LOL

If anyone is into cars, you might have seen Hyperdrive on Netflix and one of the drivers we loved, Fielding Shredder, was selling limited edition poster with “pieces of his heart” (his car).


I was SO STOKED that I was able to get one. We also got a tshirt for Alex and some stickers and a keychain for me. Some items are signed, yay!

Lastly some stuff from Sephora, Ulta and other places:

From Sephora I went to buy The Inkey List’s Vitamin C Cream and I was also looking for The Ordinary but the store I went to didn’t have the brand. So I settled on that one item and got a few freebies with my points and some masks for my auntie and mom.


I did also get the Invisi Bobble thingies for my hair, I haven’t tried them yet but I hope they work. From Ulta I got the 1″ styling iron, the NYX brow pencil, and the birthday freebie.


The cherry blossom lotions (my fave) I found at Walmart when my mom and I went together. Yes, they’re CF I’m so happy!! And the mouse I got from Amazon, it’s noiseles so it doesn’t click so much which is awesome for when I’m working on my laptop after my boys fall asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s it you guys! I didn’t do much for my birthday, like I said, low-key. Loved all the gifts I got from friends and family. I seriously love everyone, and special shout-outs to Hunida and Courtney, I love you gorgeous ladies!!

Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to know what you guys have been up to lately?
Have a lovely Wednesday!!!


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30 thoughts on “A Low-Key Birthday, Some Gifts & A Collective Haul

  1. Happy birthday Rossy! I love a chill, relaxing birthday time too. You got so much lovely stuff as well, that galaxy rose is so gorgeous!
    I’ve been AWOL for aaages, so it’s great to see what you’ve been up to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Aww, I LOVE that black & white photo of you 3, your smile looks so big & genuine. I’m not a big fan of wine but, I’m gonna have to try the Boone’s farm stuff now. So happy that your mom & auntie were there for your special day. You deserved all the love!! ๐Ÿ’—

    That galaxy rose is soooo gorgeous. Wow!! Go Alex for picking that out. It’s perfect for you. โค

    Were those the boots you were wearing while you were here? They are adorable. I love that top, too! You’ll have to let us know about the mascara you got. ๐Ÿ˜Š Love what the bracelet stands for!

    That pear nutella waffle looks amazing!! Mmm!!!

    Aww, & your dad was there, too!! Yay!! How special both of your parents were able to spend time with you. โค Glad they embarrassed you with the singing, hehe. ๐Ÿฅณ I def would’ve too! & that cheesecake looks yummy.

    I am soso happy you liked that card & that the box came as a surprise! The flatlay photo you took of everything looks so good. ๐Ÿ˜ I hope everything works out for you. ๐Ÿ’— Those keychains Courtney sent you are adorable!!!

    I feel so stupid now because I didn’t realize that the ramen shirt was from a show. I thought it was from a restaurant. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I know nothing about that car series either but super cool you found some signed stuff!!

    Let me know if those Drunk Elephant minis work for you. They both broke me out so bad. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I never got my Ulta freebie though & that little mouse you got is sooo cute. Love the color!!

    Your birthday sounds like it was so full love, Rossy!! You deserved every amount of attention. โค

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    1. Awh thanks! Photos of all three of us actually posing are rare because sometimes one of them don’t want photos. LOL. And I’m not a fan of wine either but Boones wine doesn’t taste like normal wines, more like a fruity alcoholic drink ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe you would like it. I only recommend the peach one and the blue one (I forget what it’s called). Never, I repeat, NEVER, get the strawberry one, It’s disgusting lol. If you happen to find it and try it, let me know if you like it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yeah he really did so good. I’m getting shit from him right now (joking of course) because he said it was easy to shop for my bday, meanwhile I’m like “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GET YOU!!” xD His bday is coming up next weekend, this weekend it’s Ciel’s lol.
      YES! I took both the boots and the top to Vegas because I wanted to rock something new for a change ๐Ÿ˜› thank youu!!
      It was such a treat having both of my parents around. I’m sure they must have felt awkward at first but things went well once we started eating ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks so much for my lovely bday box! I so appreciate you!! โค โค I couldn't figure out the best angle for photos but I'm glad you liked this flat lay. I feel sad I forgot to show the card because it was honestly my favorite LOL.
      haha you couldn't have known though, don't beat yourself up about it! I actually kind of like that you mistook it for an actual restaurant because it makes me less of a nerd LOL jk. It's one of those things that unless you watch anime, you won't know where it's from. Oh gosh yeah, I'm so glad the guy signed my stuff, I was emailing with him back and forth like "could you add this to the order please?" and "could you add my name somewhere in there too?" xD I was FANGIRLING. That guy is gonna do big things in the car community. โค
      Ah yeah I remember you told me that they broke you out. I guess we will see how it goes for me.
      Speaking of Ulta freebies, I literally got the same thing as last year, which pissed me off, sooo….I'm just gonna send you the new one ๐Ÿ™‚ it's the Lancome mascara. I'll be sure to pick out a few more things to send to you. I also want to put together a package for Courtney.
      Yeah my bday was pretty amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ everyone made it so, i"m very grateful for everyone including you โค

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      1. Oooh my gosh, yum, I love fruity wine drinks. Definitely will look for the Boones next time we go to Total Wine. I would have def chose Strawberry so thank you for the warning lol. Have you ever had a sangria??

        Oh my gosh, tell them both Happy Birthday from me & Alex!!! โค Men are super hard to shop for but, I know you will figure out something perfect!!

        Ohh!! Those boots looked so good!! I may have to pick myself up a pair if they're at my Walmart lol.

        My parents would probably not ever be able to do that. It would be too awkward for everyone. So happy that things went well for your dinner โค

        Heheh, when I picked up that cat card & read it, I knew it was the one for you!!

        I wish you guys would have corrected me about the ramen shirt lol!! I'm such a goof.

        That's so awesome you were able to e-mail him & personalize your order!! Sounds like such a cool guy. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Oh really?? That's really lame Ulta still has the same birthday gift. I must have not gotten it last year either because I don't remember the mascara. You are so sweet, babe, thank you!!!! โค & of course, you deserved it all!!! โค

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        1. Go for the peach one, the best one haha. Alex and I have been drinking them for three days straight, we are actually playing a drinking game as we watch each Harry Potter movie. Tomorrow is #4, Goblet of Fire lmao
          I don’t think I’ve ever had sangria, and since I’ve never had it I wouldn’t even know which brand to get. Is it sold in stores or liquor stores?
          Will do! The weekend was crazy with Ciel’s bday and this weekend Alex’s is coming up.Still shopping for him xD I’m also getting your stuff together, I cannot wait to put it together and send it ๐Ÿ™‚
          Haha nah I think it’s cute you thought it was an actual restaurant, like I said, made me feel less of a nerd ๐Ÿ˜›
          โค โค I'm trying to catch up on reading and replying to messages oh my gosshhh when I get so close I get behind again LOL

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          1. Oh my gosh, I love you guys. That sounds so freakin’ fun. How does the game go?? We have all the films, too, so we could maybe try it lol. Boyfriend doesn’t like watching them as much though… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

            They do have a lot of bottled Sangria. Some of it is nasty but I really like the Carlos Rossi stuff. It’s really easy to make your own though!

            Oh my gosh, can’t wait to hear how Ciel’s birthday went & to find out what you get for Alex’s bday. ๐Ÿ™‚ I already bought a little something for you, I saw it on Etsy & couldn’t resist but, I sent it straight to you so I’m sad I couldn’t include a personal card– I’m probably gonna put another little something together to send you still, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope the gift gets to you safe & on time!!! I can’t wait for you to get it. โค & if it's early, you have to wait until Christmas to open it, okay?!

            Awww I love that we are both into sort of "nerdy" stuff though!! โค I am doing the same tonight, gonna spend the rest of tonight reading blogs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          2. I found a site that has a master list for literally ALL of the movies LOL. Each movie has its own set of rules or you can do just one set of rules for all the movies. We are doing different ones for each movie because it’s fun that way. The list is pretty short for some but holy shit it gets intense! We just watched the 3rd, and we literally had to drink up like three or four times in a row plus a chug in ONE scene. Haha. Its great, LOL
            And maybe he may like it better if you guys drink? haha idk but it’s very very fun and entertaining
            Okay, I’ll take a look at Fred Meyer and see if they have it. I’ll write it down on my phone ๐Ÿ™‚ I will buy it first and see if I like it, and then maybe I will make it myself if I do.
            His bday went well, we had people filtering in and out because not everyone could stay unfortunately but it was great because it meant that the house wasn’t full the entire time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually didn’t get to take many pictures but I will do a recap at some point this month and show a few pictures from his bday ๐Ÿ™‚
            OMG did you really??? You’re the sweetest! If you happen to have the tracking, please send it my way, I get really paranoid about people stealing boxes/packages from our door especially at this time of year. I am STILL working on yours, I am hoping I can get it sent out to you no later than this upcoming week so you can get it on time. ๐Ÿ™‚
            And Etsy is such a good idea, I totally forgot about it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ LOL thanks so much doll!! โค

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          3. Oh my gosh, what’s the site for all the drinking rules?? Please send it my way, I’m gonna see if boyfriend wants to play on Christmas day or something. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds like you guys are having so much fun with it!!

            Or you could order a cup of the sangria at a restaurant, too! I like red ones the best but boyfriend likes the white ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

            Aw yay!! I can’t wait to see the pictures & read the recap!! โค

            I still put another small package together for you, too, because I really wanted to write you a card. I'm gonna send this one out on Monday, if I get a tracking code, I'll send it to you but, I can't send the one from Etsy because it says the name of the shop it was packed by!! I'll keep an eye on it & text you each time it moves. โค They just messaged me that it's going to be shipped out tomorrow, only the label has been made so far. I cannot wait for you to get it!! There were SO many things to choose from on Etsy but, lucky I ordered yours early because most shops are saying they won't be able to get their stuff out on time anymore.

            โค โค

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          4. I’m so sorry I havent replied! But here’s that site:


            Let me know if you guys end up playing lololol
            Oh they have both red and white sangria? Interesting. Is there a difference in taste? Like is one sweeter than the other? More bitter?
            Awwh I cant wait to get your package. I believe you said you had already sent it but no tracking right? I got sick Tuesday night and yesterday I spent my day in a panic so I’m not completely better yet. So I havent gotten the chance to get your package put together but I will do that today and make sure to send it hopefully today if I’m able to. I may have to take the stuff with me to Ciel’s therapy appointment so I can work on it and put it together so it fits lmao. I dont go in with him anyway and I spend an hour out in the lobby by myself. I did have a book I was reading but I had to return it unfinished ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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          5. Oh my gosh, those rules are really fun. I am definitely gonna see if boyfriend will play on Christmas Eve/Day! I’ll let you know how it goes if we do lol. I was so hungover yesterday though, I am bit scared of drinking.

            Yeah, the white wine is a little more sweet & the red one is a bit more bitter but they are both infused with fruits so, still yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

            I really can’t wait for you get it all, too! โค That's totally okay if your package comes a little late but, I think it will make it here before the 25th. Thanks so much for spending so much time on it, Rossy! You are the sweetest, most bestest friend ever. โค

            I HATE when I have a book that I can't finish because it's due. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That just happened to me, too but I told myself I didn't really like it anyways lol.

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          6. Well tomorrow is xmas eve, I hope it’s chill. the last two weeks have been hellish for me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ it makes me not look forward to the holidays but I’m hoping tha tomorrow goes well LOL and we will be opening all of our gifts wednesday morning ๐Ÿ˜€
            aah okay that makes sense, i hope i find it someday and try it. i want to see what other wines are out there because i’m sure i don’t like it but i just want to make sure ๐Ÿ™‚
            i might have said this already, but due to returning the book i was unable to read the 5 books i wanted before winter LOL


  3. Aww thank you so much for the lovely shoutouts, Rossy!! โค I'm sooo far behind, it's awful. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer but just been having a hard time and feeling overwhelmed and blog reading took a back seat. I love blogging & reading but these days it has felt like I can only either post regularly or read regularly.
    Anyway, what a lovely lovely birthday! It sounds like you had an incredible day. Relaxed, but so nice that you got to see so many family members!!
    That galaxy rose is probably the prettiest thing I've ever seen. It's absolutely gorgeous!! Way to go, Alex!
    I'm so glad you love the keychains still, and I love that you got three different ones. I was hoping they would all be different. Yay!
    Also how sweet of Hunida to send you that box with all the goodies!!!

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    1. No problem doll, and don’t even worry about it! It happens ๐Ÿ™‚ take all the time you need to set the blog aside for a bit and focus on you ๐Ÿ™‚ the blog will be here anyway ๐Ÿ™‚
      I did have an amazing day, I’m so thankful for everyone (including you) xx
      The galaxy rose was gorgeous, I agree, Alex snuck out to the post office to get it LOL. I never noticed when he went to get it haha
      I still have the key chains on my dresser, I so badly want to use them but at the same time I don’t because I don’t want to either break them or lose them ;(

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      1. Thank you so much! You’re so sweet & understanding. โค โค I definitely want to catch up on reading as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Wow, that's awesome that Alex was able to go get it without you even knowing!! That probably made the surprise even better. That rose really is so gorgeous.
        Aw I hope you can use the keychains, but I definitely understand not wanting them to break. Maybe you could just hang them up somewhere as decor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. I would love to catch up as well lol.
          I know I was surprised too. He is good at keeping secrets ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ
          I actually do want to hang them up as decor as I get more and more HP stuff. I don’t have much at the moment but if I could have an HP specific section somewhere in my home, that would be great. I also am trying to find those clear ornaments where I can put stuff inside and maybe they can become ornaments lol


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