My Birthday & a Baby blue dress

May 18, 2016

Today I am 31! Wow! I was thinking on Sunday that being 30 was probably the best age for me yet, however I am hopeful that this new age and ones to come will be even better.



I choose to celebrate my Birthday with this lovely eyelet detailed baby blue dress I got on clearance at Target for $7. ( I wore another blue eyelet dress for my 30th Birthday as well, what can I say I love blue).   The fit, detail, color and price are perfect for this 31 year old mama and so I couldn’t wait to share it with you.


I wore this outfit to church and to a baby shower for a baby girl (ironically and I am in blue HA) and can’t wait to wear it out with my hubby on my Birthday dinner date (tomorrow). WAHOO! Now if I can only make up my mind on where I want to eat that would be a miracle.



I want to end this post with 31 things I have learned over the years:

1). Just because somebody doesn’t talk to you much like they used to doesn’t mean they dislike you

2). Trust in God to provide

3). Cleaning a house filled with kids is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing

4). Sometimes the things we pray for come in ways we never expected

5). It’s ok to ask for help, or provide people with ways to help

6). Leave the judging to God

7). Drink warm lemon water each day & lots of water for the matter

8). It’s ok to spoil ourselves (women/moms) every once in awhile

9). Shop (wish a purpose and budget)

10). Pray specifically for something and often or almost always it happens in God’s timing

11). Tithe 10% or more of any income

12). You don’t have to be friends with everyone

13). If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say it at all

14). Learn your boundaries

15). Stick to what you are good at

16). Be the change you want to see (a recent thing in my life)

17). Write thank you notes often

18). Love your husband and pray and respect him often

19). Celebrate and acknowlege the littlest successes

20). Support local businesses or businesses of friends

21). Love and cherish the moments you have with your children no matter what stage and age in life they are in

22). 2 Timothy 1:7- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”

23). Forgive others

24). “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” 2 Corinthians 12:9

25). Realize your strengths and use those for God

26). “Worrying solves nothing. It doesn’t change the past, nor determine the future”-my hubby (Chantry Garay)

27). Wear something or a color that makes you feel confident to be confident

28). Don’t refer to children or people with special needs as “retarded” or “down syndrome child (man or woman)” or “handicap” instead refer to them as a person first then the need such as “a person with Down Syndome” etc.

29). Pray on all occasions and no matter where you are at

30). When God promises you something or a blessing be on guard as you draw near to that blessing or promise as this is when the enemy comes to try to steal that blessing from your life. Pray again on all occasions and no matter what stage of life you are at.

31). Enjoy each age as it comes

What resonates with you from the list above and what have you personally been learning in life over the years?

What do you like to wear on your Birthday?

Outfit details: Dress: Target, similar//Wedges: c/0 Target via Brandzaffair, similar//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms//Purse:Michael Kors, same//Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique//

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  • Abby May 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Happy birthday! That dress is so pretty – love the eyelet details!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Victoria Fox May 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Age is just a number the most important thing is that you wake up and feel fabulous! Hope you have such a wonderful day! Obsessing over that gorgeous blue dress on you!

  • Ada May 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Happiest of Birthday Rachel! I loved this post so much, pretty lady – don’t forget to link it up tomorrow. That dress is adorable. Target has the best dresses this Spring and I have been buying several. I just got a new eyelet one too. Blue is lovely on you and those wedges are so cute. I love how this outfit is so reasonable too and most of it is c/o.

    Loved reading these 31 life lessons and tips. I agree with almost every single one. It is like you are reading my mind. Enjoy your special birthday dinner date with your husband, pretty mamma! You deserve it!

  • Becky @ bybmg May 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Happy Birthday! #3 and 4 resonate with me a ton! Hope your day is special!

  • Alissa May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Happy, happy, happy, happy birthday gorgeous lady! You are just the most fabulous, encouraging person that I know!

    The Adored Life

  • Jess May 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday Rachael! I love your 31 points of reflection. Love them all , but 13 and 14 especially.
    Love the blue on you, and I am a big fan of eyelet!
    jess xx

  • Shea May 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Happy birthday Rachel! I hope you have a wonderful day. You look gorgeous in that blue dress, and I hope you enjoy your birthday dinner date, wherever you decide to go!

  • Dana May 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I also have birthday today… BUT I turned 51 today!! 🙂

    Happy birthday dear, best wishis for you. Stay happy, healthy and lovely as you already are!

    Dana 🙂

  • Edye May 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!! You look stunning in that blue dress =)

    Edye |

  • Sarah @ Bows & Clothes May 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I love 25, 25, and 27! I hope your birthday is a great as you are! I so enjoy reading your blog, sweet friend!


  • Shannon May 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Yay!!! Happy Birthday!!! Absolutely love this dress on you! It’s so cute and I can’t believe you got it for $7!! Have fun tomorrow for your bday dinner!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Whitney 'Nic' james May 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Such great lessons; #’s 10, 19 & 22 are among my faves! I wish you an amazing and blessed year…XO!!!


  • Michelle May 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Happy birthday! I Hope you enjoyed your day! Your dress looks fab on you

  • Brooke May 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Happy birthday!!! You are gorgeous in blue! #3 alllll the way! haha

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Kathleen May 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Happy birthday!! You look gorgeous! Love your dress — such a beautiful piece, it looks great on you!

  • OOTD Channel May 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday dear.

  • Laura May 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    First, happiest of birthdays! 2nd, there is so much to love about this post – your 31 things are amazing!! Also, your dress is perfect and you look amazing – you’ll get so much wear out of that this summer!


  • Rania May 21, 2016 at 12:34 am

    These are all great things to keep in mind. Happy belated! Would love if you can link up to

  • Tif May 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Rachel, you look STUNNING in this dress! I can’t believe you found it for $7–definitely an awesome buy! The color is beautiful and the fit is perfect. Also, I hope your birthday ended up turning out great, and I love your list of 31 things. And I’m stumbling this too.


  • Oh to Be a Muse May 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I love the perforated details on your dress. Happy 31st!

  • Amy Arnold May 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Happy birthday! You look so lovely in blue. I cannot believe that you got it for $7!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shelbee on the Edge May 26, 2016 at 6:39 am

    This particular color blue is absolutely stunning on you! I can see why you wear blues often. And I really like how the eyelet pattern on your dress is different on the top and the skirt. I love your list of 31 lessons for your birthday post. My birthday is Monday so I suppose I need to think of a special outfit and a special post to honor myself!!! Yay for May birthdays! It is the best month for birthdays, isn’t it?! (We have three out of four in my house in May.)


  • Emily Green May 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    First, you look gorgeous. This shade of blue is your color, no doubt! It’s lovely. Second, everything on that lists resonates with me, how could I even begin to narrow it down?! Really though, they are all such great words of wisdom. I think 25 is hitting home with me right now… Actually taking the time to realize what I have a strength in, and fully using that to the glory of God. Love this post!

  • Michelle June 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Happy Happy birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day!