a big birthday weekend

July 25, 2011

This was one huge, crazy, long, fun weekend that was all about celebrating Matthew's big birthday! On Friday morning I surprised Matthew by telling him to pack him bags for a mini getaway. We drove up to Cambria, stopping in Santa Barbara for lunch, Los Olivos for cupcakes and Cayucos for cookies and thrift shopping.  It was so nice to get away for a few days and explore these awesome areas. To say we ate a lot this weekend would be a big understatement!

and now for my favorite photo...
He's thirty, flirty and thriving! 

I love my birthday husband!! 

I hope you all had a great weekend!
xox
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77 comments:

  1. Hahaha that photo is so funny!!! Looks like a fun trip with fantastic food!!!

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  2. That antique shop looks like a gold mine! Happy birthday to Matthew. Isn't doing wife things for your husbands birthday the greatest? Being married is the best, and it sure seems to fit you both perfectly.

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  3. Awww what a sweet wife you are to plan this amazing weekend for Matthew! Looks like you guys had an amazing time.

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  4. You husband is one lucky guy! Looks like a great birthday celebration!

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  5. aww how sweet :) surprise getaways are the best. actually, all getaways are the best. but i'm glad you guys had a wonderful weekend and he probably felt so loved. hence the thirty, flirty, and thriving picture. you guys are a hot couple!

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  6. The last photo is great!! And this weekend seems to be perfect!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

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  7. What a great birthday weekend for you both!! I loved the last photo :-)

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  8. The last photo is the best thing I've seen ALL DAY! Is it weird that I want his shirt? I've been looking for a gingham shirt that isn't $80 dollars at J.Crew and it's like they have this deal that no one else can sell a nice gingham shirt. Maybe I should head to the boys dept. It looks like you had such a lovely time!

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  9. wow! all of this looks like so much fun! and the food...yumm... i hope he had a great birthday! love the last photo! so hilarious.

    xx elanor

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  10. Such a wonderful surprise! I love that and I love that last photos of him- absolutely priceless!

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  11. That last photo is hilarious! Little getaways are fun huh :D

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  12. Hehehe.. that last photo is hilarious! This sounds like such a fun birthday weekend!

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  13. Awww this looks like so much fun!
    and haha! That last picture is perfection!!! :D :D (yay for the 13 going on 30 reference too)
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  14. Bahaha! That last photo is awesome! I love silly husbands! I'm glad you guys had a great getaway birthday weekend! It sounds (and looks) like a great trip!

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  15. This makes my heart happy! I love the central coast!!!

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  16. what a fun weekend! and the cupcakes look so yummy!!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  17. Aww looks like you had a great time! Love your crocheted top! Those cupcakes look yummy.

    Erin
    www.simplyjustlovelyblog.com

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  18. The last picture is great...he certainly doesn't seem to be experiencing any anxiety at turning the big 30 :) I love your crochet top and red lipstick. And the food looks yummy :)

    www.theheadlessmannequin.blogspot.com

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  19. The food looks great and the weather beautiful!

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  20. DYING at that photo! So damn funny! He's a keeper for sure.

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  21. Cute photos! Happy Birthday Matthew!

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  22. What a perfect birthday celebration- happy birthday (belatedly) to Matthew!

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  23. What a perfect birthday celebration- happy birthday (belatedly) to Matthew!

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  24. 30, flirty & thriving- hilarious! You two are just too cute! And all that food looks delicious!!! Mmm. The cupcake place seems so cool- hole in the wall places are usually so good! :)

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  25. This looks like an awesome weekend! Love your white sweater in the first couple of photographs. Happy Birthday to the Hubby!


    Fashionable Collections

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  26. Happy Birthday Matthew!!
    Glad your weekend was great.

    I finished The Help this weekend!

    And I remember that post you had about The Help/Chocolate Pie.

    I just wrote a little mini book review!

    The Help is soooooo good you HAVE to read it!! I promise you will love it :D !

    Anyway, if you're interested:

    http://mypersonaldaydream.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-help.html

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  27. I love surprise get away weekends! What a perfect way to spend a birthday!

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  28. What a wonderful birthday celebration!! It looks like you enjoyed a wonderful time together! And hmmm, eating too much sounds perfect for such an occasion, that brie sandwich looks fabulous. And you both look adorable -of course! Have a great week pretty lady. xx veronika

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  29. what an awesome birthday trip! love the last photo and his "tag line"

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  30. That's a great birthday surprise. What better gift than to get away and have some time together. All that food looks amazing as well! Glad it was a successful 30th birthday!

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  31. haha i love that line from 13 going on 30! hilarious! ooh that sign about 19th century new england in cali? love it!

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  32. haha the last photo almost made me choke on my cranberry juice from laughing so hard. How cute!!

    Happy Birthday to him, it seems like you had a great time :)

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  33. SO cute!!!! the last picture is amazing! hahaha

    xoxo
    b

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  34. See, Mara, this posting is why I always enjoy coming back to your blog! <3

    Also: Happy belated Birthday to Matthew!!!

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  35. haha such a great photo!!! looks like you had a great time! i love celebrating my husbands bday almost as much as i love my own...it's so fun to plan. looks like you spoiled him!

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  36. That last photo is great! All that food is making me soo hungry! Looks like you pulled off a great 30th weekend celebration!

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  37. happy birthday to the hubby!!!! love these pictures, too.

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  38. haha, I love that last photo :)
    All your food looks so delicious!
    Sounds like you guys had a nice relaxing fun weekend :) We did too :)
    Happy Birthday M!
    xoxo,Laura

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  39. haha love the 13 going on 30 reference :)

    looks like an awesome weekend!


    -B

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  40. omoo what a cute post! i can imagine Mathew singing I feel pretty, oh so pretty! I feel pretty and witty! omg! that last photo just cracks me up! you guys are so in love! it makes me happy! <3

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  41. I loooved that last picture! So fun. Happy belated birthday to him. :)

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  42. I love how you both know how to celebrate and have a fun and fabulous time while still being silly at times...love it!!! Happy Birthday again to Matthew and I can promise him that the 30's really are wonderful! Glad you had fun in sunny Santa Barbara...one of my favorite places!

    Liesl :)

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  43. Sounds like so much fun!!! Look at that adorable cupcake van awww =)
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  44. Sounds like so much fun!!! Look at that adorable cupcake van awww =)
    xenlau.blogspot.com

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  45. Sounds like so much fun!!! Look at that adorable cupcake van awww =)
    xenlau.blogspot.com

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  46. Happy birthday to Matthew!

    Hi Mara :)
    finally i have a blogger account
    to comment your posts.

    I am really happy with my blog
    and i hope it gets as good as yours!


    XooXoo <3

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  47. I bet your husband was really excited that you posted that photo! Thirty, flirty and thriving--classic, love that movie! Looks like you guys had a great weekend!

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  48. This is so sweet! It looks like you made his day super special =) Love the pics!

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  49. Lovely pictures, Mara.

    Emily http://www.mywordsinterestslife.blogspot.com

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  50. i laughed out loud to the "thirty, flirty and thriving!" caption and picture! and you drove right by me in Thousand oaks :)

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  51. Hi there! I found your blog just the other day, and it's really lovely. :) It looks like you and your husband had a wonderful weekend - you are so sweet to plan a such a great surprise trip!

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  52. i totally cracked up at the last photo! how sweet of you to steal him away for a getaway. everywhere you went just looks so fun. the cupcake place in the blue trailer is adorable!

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  53. Nor Cal vacations with restaurants, oceans and antiquing are my favorite kind of vacations. Hope you had fun! Happy 30th to your man. I'm right behind you on Dec 8th! Hooray for thirty-somethings :)

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  54. just found your blog, and i'm in love. you two are so darling!

    and what a beautiful trip you planned :)

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  55. you got me on the last photo.
    love the surprise birthday mini getaway plan

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  56. I think you're the only person in the world who can get away with a 13 Going On 30 reference ;)

    Happy birthday, Matthew!

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  57. This looks like a BLAST! Happy birthday to him!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  58. adorable blog my dear.ahh you two, can't get enough i am in love. hope you'll take a minute to look at my blog & follow if you'd like.

    love m.
    acupofm.blogspot.com
    keep in touch

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  59. Awww how cute! Love that last pic:-) And what a fun trip too. Miss you blog my dear sorry I have been MIA!!!

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  60. HAHA loveeee the photo of Matthew! You are so sweet, what great surprises! Did you go wine tasting at Cambria?? It's my favorite-- we have a couple bottles of theirs in our fridge!

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  61. hahahaha Love the last picture and the term "birthday husband"! Happy Birthday, Matthew! :)

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  62. Oh that looks like such a fun weekend! There's some tasty looking food going down there.

    Happy Birthday to your husband!

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  63. What a great way to spend a birthday! Especially exploring new areas around you. I love to do that.
    And the last photo is a classic, and must be used in the future, by you, as a bribing weapon. Or just a funny weapon.

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  64. Sounds like you and Matthew had a great time celebrating his bday! I was just in Cambria about two weeks ago! Did you guys go to Hearst Castle?! I just loved it! :D

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  65. yuum! you've made me so hungry now. that last picture is fantastic. happy birthday to your hubs! xoxo missy.

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  66. Oh my gosh, that picture is hilarious! Looks like you two had a great time. Happy birthday to Matthew!

    xo Kirby

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  67. I love that wooden door! So fun and inviting.

    http://dailydoseofsunlight.blogspot.com/

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  68. panino! miss that place. so good. sounds like an awesome mini-vacation. love cambria.

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  69. how fun!?! i love your adorable crochet shirt and that last picture is amazing!! love it!!

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  70. It looks like it was such a great time! Happy Birthday to Matthew!

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  71. Oh my gosh look at all of that marvelous food! glad you both had a lovely time and ha ha, love that pic of Matthew - happy b-day to him!

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  72. great photos!! and that last line (from 13 going on 30) is awesome!
    -kel

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  73. Such a fantastic bunch of pictures! And your sweater - Love it!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

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  74. You guys are too cute!!! Having too much fun. Glad you where able to spend some time together. Those times are the best!! Hey, I am having a Cheese & Wine Party at home. Do you guys have any ideas or suggetions? Thanks a lot!

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