25 Things On My 25th Birthday

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The day has arrived, I can’t believe I am actually 25. I’ve been dreading this since I turned 23, because 22 is the best age ever. Thankfully I am still feelin’ 22…HA I wish! To celebrate this momentous birthday, I planned on doing a 25 facts about me thing, but I have done 2 of those in the last year, so I am switching it up. I have 15 things you might or might not know about me, and then 10 of my favorite blog posts. From 2.5 years of blogging, I have shared some huge things on this here blog, and I’ve also learned exactly what I like to talk about…everything!

First, I need to thank some of the most amazing friends a gal could ask for, Annie, Megan, and Laura for the party last week. You three blew me away with how much thought was put into the entire night and I am so thankful for our friendship. Second, a huge shout out to my family for my celebration last night. I’ll miss you all this weekend!

Tonight, we are leaving for New Orleans with two of our friends to celebrate and explore a new city! I can’t wait to get there and take in all of the sites. There will be lots more about this place coming soon to TTAB.

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From traveling to blog tips to weddings, I love coming to this space and sharing what is happening in my life and what I am learning. So here it goes!

  1. The only place I have ever been able to get my name on something that wasn’t custom is at the Macy’s in New York City. Having a rare name is a blessing and a curse, I was always jealous of my sister who can find her name on absolutely anything along the boardwalk, but I could only find things with my name inside of a single store. But I love my name, so I’m fine with it.
  2. I named two of my brothers, Cody and Brody. Cody because I loved the name when I heard it from one of my classmates in middle school, except his name was spelled with a K. Brody coming from none other than Brody Jenner. Me and my mom were obsessed with The Hills and the only other option was Justin Bobby (don’t even bring up Spencer).
  3. I don’t curse. My parents never really did as I was growing up, and I’ve always thought it was easier to never cuss rather than try and filter myself. Here I am 25 years (OMG- I just said 25) later and I have maybe slipped 2 times.
  4. I love the housewives. Beverly Hills, Orange County and New York to be specific. I am not a fan of the rest of them, but BH, OC & NY are my guilty pleasure shows, to live those lives! I even met Lisa Vanderpump a few years ago at SUR, right when Vanderpump Rules started filming. I met Kourtney Kardashion on that same trip to LA, and Khloe walked in DASH as I was leaving.
  5. I used to be obsessed with my blackberry and totally hated on having an iPhone. Once my blackberry messed up like 8 times and I kept needing to get a new phone, I had 2 androids and thought my life was ending (#firstworldproblems) seriously, I don’t know how people deal with them. Then I got an iPhone and the rest is history…as I type on my macbook
  6. I played Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas, when I was 12. I loved this role! I was in a few plays growing up, but playing CB was my favorite. When I went to the “psychiatric help booth” my nickel got stuck in my glove and I had to shake it to get it out. It flew somewhere and was never found, so I flicked the can to make it sound like I put money in it.
  7. My favorite meal is either sushi or spicy chicken sandwiches with extra pickles from Chick-Fil-A. My favorite condiment would be either Chick-Fil-A sauce or yum yum sauce. In fact, my mouth is watering thinking about it.
  8. I was the Easter Bunny when the person that was supposed to be the Easter Bunny didn’t show up to the parade at the recreation center. This was another fun role to play, some kids got so excited to walk with the Easter Bunny.
  9. My favorite beverages are Dr. Pepper and a good ol’ Margarita on the rocks with plenty of salt.
  10. I love scaring people, which I absolutely get from my dad. One year for Halloween he dressed up as the Creeper from Jeepers Creepers and walked around the neighborhood scaring people. He made most of the costume and it looks identical to the movie, some of the parts were actually from the movie. Another halloween he dressed me up as a scarecrow and I sat on the front porch with candy in my lap, whenever someone went to take candy I would jump up. At one point someone dressed as a banana started attacking me.
  11. I played softball for 13 years, danced for 10 years and was a Girl Scout for 13 years. My favorite position was pitcher, my favorite dance class was jazz, and I got a gold award in Girl Scouts.
  12. I would be one happy girl if I could have avocado on everything, or an endless supply with guacamole with chips that didn’t make me fat.
  13. I learned to ski when I was 4, there was a big benefit of being the oldest grandchild going on family vacations. It was also my birthday and the first time I was actually allowed to ski on the slopes instead of the backyard of our house in Deep Creek.
  14. I love bananas, but hate banana flavoring. One time I went to take a bite of my cousins ice cream, which I thought was vanilla, and it was banana. My day was ruined.
  15. I started “working” when I was 12 at the neighborhood snowball stand. I always wanted to have a job and make my own money (my younger self was crazy) so my parents let me work 2 nights a week at the snowball stand.

Favorite Posts

Now my 10 favorite posts from the past:

  1. My all-time favorite posts are the ones about community and blogging. This started as a single post and then turned into a mini-series because I had so much to say on the topic.
  2. My very first post about our wedding…our engagement! I was so excited about this, that i posted about it the very next day!
  3. Among the people telling others how they should blog and what they should blog about, I wanted to be a voice of reason and share why I read blogs, spoiler- it isn’t because you are telling me my posts need to fit into a niche.
  4. My very first post after our wedding…we’re married! Having somewhere to share all of the details from our wedding is so much fun and I love connecting with others through Wedding Wednesday.
  5. The Instagram Efficiently series is always on-going, and I’m excited to continue adding more. I love sharing about my favorite social media tool!
  6. To Travel & Beyond turned 2 several months ago, and I put together my very first giveaway. I loved taking some photos for the blog and sharing my experiences throughout those 2 years.
  7. Travel posts are some of my favorite posts, and this list of 8 places I want to go again is no different. I have been so thankful to visit the places I have visited, and I would love to travel back to some others to dive even deeper into the atmosphere.
  8. If there are 2 things I am passionate about it is being organized and making life easier. Insert Trello. I have used this tool for a long time now and find better and easier ways to use it everyday. It is my life organizer in so many ways.
  9. Reflecting on the first few months as a wife! There are always going to be ups and downs, but I wouldn’t want to have this life with anyone else.
  10. I had to include my 101 in 1001 list because it has encouraged me to do so many things! I also love being able to go through the 1001 days with so many other amazing gals.

It was so fun traveling back in time a bit and going through old posts. It’s crazy to think that while I have only been doing this for a few years, so much has happened.

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  • Megan

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! Ok lemme comment on all these fun facts. You’re right, you don’t curse and I just now realized that. So when I’m cursing like a sailor its slightly awkward..sorry! YOU MET LISA VANDERPUMP?! Omg I’m with you, I love the same Real Housewives series. All the rest are trashy or boring. Spicy chicken sandwich with extra pickles is exactly what Chris orders at CFA…this friendship was meant to be. I can always order for you if need be ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love your favorite posts! Have a blast in NOLA! I’ll be over here stalking your ‘gram feed. :)

    • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

      It took me YEARS to realize that Macy didn’t curse–I too curse all the time in front of her but it wasn’t until a couple years ago when I realized that she wasn’t doing it along with me lol!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Hahah I don’t mind at all, after this long I’m used to other people doing it, I just never have. YES!! It was so cool, and she was super nice. She actually had my mom come into the back room with her and they chatted for a few minutes on camera. It never aired though. Chris knows what is up, we are meant to be friends!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    First…HAPPY BIRTHDAY Macy! I hope you have a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to read all about it. But what…you MET LISA?! I love her and the RH too…my favorite is the original OC crew and I can’t quite get in to Potomac…bummer. I love that you shared a little about you and your favorite posts! Enjoy your birthday!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! Lisa was SO nice, she talked to my mom for much longer than she talked to me though. I need to look for our photos! I didn’t even start watching Potomac, living so close to that area, I know how rude and mean they can be so I avoided it.

      • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

        Are they!? Oh wow, maybe that’s why I can’t get in to it. I’ve not been a fan!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Soooo much to say about this post. First of all, it makes me feel a little better about myself to know that you have slipped once or twice with the cursing…and it made me think of how you “give the finger” and I almost started chuckling at the office! Are you going to watch Real Housewives of Potomac? I may actually watch that one, since I lived near there. And YOU WERE CHARLIE BROWN lololol!!!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! Hahah I think once was in high school when I slipped because I related someone really quickly and I don’t know when the other time was. I’m not going to watch the Potomac one, just the commercials alone bothered me haha.

  • http://www.rowhouse14.com Heidi

    Happy, happy birthday!! You’re making me feel old though! Haha! 25 is nothing, lady! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m pretty sure I spent my 25th birthday closing down the house at Max’s… too old for that these days….haha. I also love having a unique name and am a huge fan of sushi and guacamole. Can’t get enough of either. I hope you’ve got something fun planned today! Enjoy it! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! I am definitely ashamed of myself for not closing down any bars on my birthday, but since I had the rest of the weekend in New Orleans, I didn’t feel too bad. Maybe I will have a spa day next year ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://www.asilvertwig.com/ Ashley LaMar

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! This was such a fun post Macy. I’m so tired of those “X lessons I’ve learned in X years of Y.” This was fun to read through and get to know you a bit better.

    BTW…embrace 25. For me, 25 – 30 were the BEST years.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I really enjoy reading facts about other bloggers, so I thought this would be a fun thing to do :) That makes me feel so good, I am really looking forward to the next few years and all they have to offer.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    Happy Birthday! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip to New Orleans and see where you end up eating! Are you sure that you’re not a native Texan? Some of your favorite things include spicy Chick-fil-a sandwiches and Dr. Pepper which are staples down here! Your Instagram posts are some of my favorites from you, and, of course, all of your travel posts too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I WISH I was from Texas, I seriously love it! I will be in Austin in 2 weeks and I can’t wait for Torchys tacos and endless Dr. Pepper. I’m so glad you enjoy those posts, you are the best!

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea Jacobs

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cheers to the best year EVER!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, Chelsea!!

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    Happy birthday!!! I agree 22 really was the best age .. oh well. We can still say we’re in our early twenties, kind of. Have an amazing weekend!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I also loved saying 22, it just flowed so well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Happy Birthday!! It’s funny how your parents really influence your language. If you’d have gone in my house growing up you probably would have thought you stumbled onto a pirate ship. My parents had no filter, now neither do my sister and I. YAY for Girl Scouts! I was one for 11 years :) Have a fantastic time in New Orleans!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you! It’s so true! I’m sure it would have been a different story if they cursed more. But my brothers don’t quite follow their suit ๐Ÿ˜‰ That is awesome!! I loved Girl Scouts, I would have loved to become a leader right away but I was working too much at the time.

  • http://www.bourbonlipstickandstilettos.com/ Bourbon & Lipstick

    Happy Birthday, girlfriend! 25 is great… talk to me when you’re 30! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loved getting to know more about you! Hope you’ve had a great day!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It was such a fun weekend celebrating.

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Happy birthday, again! I used to think I could break my iPhone addiction but I’ve tried a couple different ones and nope…iPhone all the way.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, all of your wishes mean so much to me!! I absolutely agree now, I couldn’t live without my iPhone.

  • http://alyssawithana.com Alyssa Guttendorf

    Ah happy birthday girl! You go ahead and have as many margaritas as you want today ๐Ÿ˜€

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, Alyssa!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    You met Kourtney Kardashian?! What kinda life do you have?! It’s so cute that you named your brothers (cause you have a cool mom) and sushi is my fave too. Maybe we should totally go on a sushi blate soon?! I hope you had the BEST birthday! You deserve it!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Hahah we just happened to be at their store at the right time! See, I think it’s cute too, they don’t like that I named them. YES to a sushi late!!

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    Happy birthday!!!! I was a softball pitcher all through school as well, although now I have shoulder issues from it but it was so fun. Have a great birthday!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! Ouch! I tour my quad during my last season and pushed through a few more games but couldn’t go much further. I miss it so much though.

  • http://vivianbishopxo.blogspot.com/ Vivian Bishop

    I cannot believe I didn’t see this post! I swear every time I read one of your posts, I think how much alike we are! I was obsessed with my blackberry and thought I was the coolest thing ever, I had a hard time transferring to an iPhone!

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