A Birthday Weekend Meet & Greet Party!

HAPPYYYYY FRI-YAY!!!!!! Today I turn the big 2-3, which may not be such my luck considering it’s Friday the 1-3!


But this got me thinking…I’ve noticed there are a lot of birthdays going on right now & at the same time I realized I don’t know when most of YOUR birthdays are!!!!! SO, what better way to find out than host a Meet & Greet!!!! No worries, I won’t ask your age… but I do have one request that you either post your birthday or birthday month in the comments 😉 Also just tell us all a little about  yourself/your blog, leave links to your social media page(s), and meet some new friends 🙂

So, let us have one big collective birthday party for all those that have past and all those to come!!!! So thankful for you all!!!!

For those that love science as much as I do…


For all my optimists…


For my dog lovers (I know there are a lot of you 😉 )…


For those that like the other furry creature…


For my GF folks…


For everyone else….


Let’s Party!


139 thoughts on “A Birthday Weekend Meet & Greet Party!

  1. Happy birthday. You are young, beautiful and alive, make this a year to remember.
    My birthday is Christmas Eve. On my birthday I celebrate getting to live another year. I have done this for years as a practice of gratitude. Thanks for inviting me to the party and for providing treats for everyone.

    1. Oh thank you so much, Ali. This was such a heartfelt birthday wish and I appreciate it very much <3 I love your perspective too. Getting to live another year is a miracle in and of itself. Each day is really, but it's easy to take for granted. Thank you! I hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend!

  2. Happy birthday, have a great day! My birthday is 13 August, which annoyed me as a child as it meant I didn’t get homework off for my birthday at school!

    My name is Niall (sounds like “Nile”), I’m Irish but spending most of this year in Belgium.
    I work in the English-language teaching business, and my blog is all about English.

    1. Oh a fellow 13th birthday !!!!Thanks for stopping by, Niall!!!! Ahhh I bet that would be frustrating during school years! I know it bothered me too when I would sometimes have to go back my birthday week too! I am so glad to meet you and look forward to checking out your blog more !!!!

  3. Cute idea! Happy, happy birthday to you! I’m a March baby myself.
    My blog is https://letusruntherace.net where I blog about whatever God teaches me through His word and through creation, parenting, hardships, and other experiences. When possible, I use my own photography to enhance the posts.

    I have debated about tossing some recipes on there, especially dealing with wheat allergy, but a lot of what I cook are things I just make up as I go along and I rarely actually measure my ingredients so I just haven’t taken the time. But who knows? Maybe someday…

    1. Aww thanks, H. 🙂 Your birthday is not too far away then!!!! Woohoo! I love your blog and how genuine you are. It just shines through! And oh I so understand about the measuring ingredients- sometimes you have to add a bit here and there so it’s hard to know! But I’m sure we would all love a recipe if you ever do post one 🙂 Happy weekend!!!! ❤️🤗

  4. Aw MACK!!!! Happy 23rd Birthday to you sweet girl! Gosh knowing you’re 23 makes me feel old lol BUT I must say that I refer to my 23rd year as being one of the best years- so I’m wishing that yours is just the same….that is, until you turn 24 and then I hope that that’s your best year 😉 Not only are you the cooking/baking queen but totally the meme queen now too!!! Those are hilarious. Any big plans for the day/weekend/week? Bc after all you are allotted to celebrate the whole weekend,week,month….
    As for me, I’m a summer baby, August 24th! And everyone can come over and visit @ sitbackandjustlive.wordpress.com

    xo, JJ

    1. Hehe you are the sweetest!!!!!!!! Thank you for the bday wishes 😘🎉 OoooOoOoo sounds like I’m in for a treat for 23 :)! I have always been slightly jealous of summer babies! My birthday is always so cold- even now! It’s still pretty chilly here! Thank you for stopping by and leaving the SWEETEST words, JJ!!! Makes me feel so loved 🤗 💕💕

    2. Oh and we have a couple small things scheduled — I think we are trying to plan a trip to LA for a big bday celebration in a few weeks!!!!!! I’ve never been and am dying to just see it! Have such a great weekend, darlin’!!!! Xoxoxo

  5. Happy birthday Mack! Friday the 13th is actually my lucky day so I think you’re going to have a smashing 23rd birthday! And since I have a couple of years (cough cough) on you, thanks for not asking age hahaha! July 29! All the best to you today 🙂

    1. Thank you SO much, Samantha!!!!!!!! Oooooooo I am in luck then if the Friday the 13th is a good one for ya!! 🤗 WOOT WOOT! Thanks for passing on that luck over here 😉 Haha I’m sure it can’t be that many years on me! Not possible! And oh summer bday!!!! I always thought those sounded like the most fun 🎉🎉🎉 Have such a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!!!! 💕

    1. Thanks for stopping by, J!!!! Love your blog!!! And wooohoooo your birthday is SO soon!!!!! Hope you are starting to make plans to celebrate 🎉🎉 Have a fantastic weekend !!

    1. Thank you sooo much, Myra !!! 💕 OOOooOoO it looks like your birthday is right around the corner ! Woot woot!!!! I will not forget 😉 🎉I hope you have a fabulous weekend !!

  6. Ahh thanks for this Mack! Amazing idea! And happy 23!!! Great age! I turn 30 next month 🙂 whoop whoop! Hello meeters and greeters, I’m Laura and my blog is theditzymummy.wordpress.com and it’s a bit of everything really: the odd review here and there (I love makeup so there’ll be some reviews from time to time), mummy-ing, general life observations, no specific genre I guess. 🙂

  7. Wow, your birthday is on a 13th also! Mine is September 13th. 😉 Happy birthday, by the way! I hope you have a fabulous day!
    A little bit about me… My name is Courtney Newman, but I blog under the name Tialla Rising because that’s my pen name (created from my middle name (Tialla) + my maiden name (Rising). I’m an author of two published novels and I’m currently working on my third. I’m a Christian, I love reading, writing (obviously), Harry Potter, Michael Jackson, running, all things biology, my adoring husband (*blushes*), and our kitten named Zelda. My favorite moments are usually any moment spent with my husband!

    Again, happy birthday!

    1. Awww Courtney thank you so much for stopping by!!! I love your pen name too- it’s so pretty!!!!! Your birthday will be easy for me to remember 😉 I have got to order those books you wrote! Is there a link somewhere to purchase? I’m in the middle of the Harry Potter series for the first time and am regretting not reading them sooner!!!!! We are so similar with the rest of your interests too- MJ to running to biology! I just showed my husband this and he was like, “she’s describing you” 😂 Thank you again for stopping in and I hope people check out your fabulous blog ❤️

      1. Aw, thank you! I rather like my pen name too, though sometimes it gets confusing in whether I should go by Tialla or Courtney in different situations, haha! Thanks for being interested in my books. 🙂 They are on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com as well as Kindle and Nook. You can learn more about them if you want, on my website: http://www.therubyvial.com . 😉 I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until starting in 2015 and I definitely wished I had read them growing up as well! They’re just so great. Have you watched the movies? I waited until after I finished the books to watch any of the movies, haha. I love that we have so many similar interests! I have definitely been slacking off in my running game in 2016, but I’m determined to pick it up this year! 🙂 Aw, thanks! I’m definitely enjoying your blog!

      2. I have seen a few of the movies but when they came out SOOO long ago! So I definitely have a ways to catch up! Can’t wait to check out your site and your books! Woohoo!

  8. Just dropping in to wish you the happiest of birthdays – your birthday bash for one and all is hard to resist, I hope everyone here has a wonderful new birthday year! Mine is coming up in May…I hope you’ll drop by to read a note or two!

    1. Aww thank you so much, Kimberlee!!!!! I am glad you could not resist the party 😉 Not too much long until it’s spring and you will be celebrating yours!!!!! I hope everyone stops by to check out your AWESOME writing! <3

  9. Happy birthday!! I hope it’s amazing!! My birthday is July 30th and I love it! Warm sunny weather and produce a plenty coming my way for my birthday season!
    Hello everyone! I blog about my life, (mama-to-be & wife!) food, travels, and healthy living! Can’t wait to check out some of these other bloggers on here!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Heather and the birthday wishes 🤗🤗 I wish my birthday was in the summer most years- the cold weather tends to be just a touch limiting (and in the Midwest driving in the snow was always an unknown for planning things!). I hope soooo many people stop by your blog- you know I’m a BIG fan!!!! 💕

  10. Happy birthday Mack! 🎈🍕🍾 What a gorgeous post and I hope you’re having/had a fantastic day. Wishing you lots of love and laughter today and in the year ahead. ❤️
    Apparently I was a “surprise” and an unexpected (but I like to think very wanted!😊) Christmas present, being born right on time on 25 September! My birthday always falls on the school holidays which is great as I get to spend it with my kids.
    Happy birthday again Mack. Have fun. 😊🎈🍰

    1. Oh sweet Miriam!!! Thank you for stopping by and the birthday wishes!!!!! <3 OOOoooOOoo even if you were a "surprise", I bet you were the most pleasant surprise 😉 A fall birthday!!! I haven't seen many of those around here. There aren't a ton of BIG festivities that time of year, so I feel like that is the most perfect time for a birthday when your kids have off too! How fun!! Hope your weekend has been beautiful so far 🙂 Thank you again for stopping in!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly!!!!! What a beautiful time for birthday celebrations! That’s close to our anniversary and I love that time of the summer. It just feels peaceful. And Valentine’s Day you should get spoiled a bit extra in my opinion, right?!? 😉 Half birthdays really should be celebrated! There’s a lot to tackle in a 6 mo. span! Lol. Have such a beautiful weekend!!!!!

    1. Lathi!!!! Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words!!! Oh it is so good to hear from you! Well I would say you never grew beyond 23 too!!!! AND March 23— now I won’t forget 😉 <3 <3 Thank you for stopping by!!!

  11. Happy Birthday to Mack and to everyone else who is here at the party. Remember- you deserve the sprinkles. I don’t have birthdays anymore because I can’t remember how old I am. If you really want to know- I am an Aquarian- totally! Happiness and joy to everyone and especially sweet Mack!

  12. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day! 23 was a great year! I hope you enjoy it! My birthday is June 15th! I’m a little older than 23, but not too much. LOL 😉

    My blog is runandlivehappy.com. I write about healthy living, and all things running!

    1. Thank you SOO much for the sweet birthday wishes and stopping by, Tara!!!! I’m excited to see what this year holds!!! Ooooo another summer baby! What a fun time to celebrate!!! Love your blog, I hope others stop by it soon! <3

  13. Happy Birthday Beautiful!!!!! My birthday is coming up shortly – feb 9th! I can’t believe I’m going to be 28. EEK! But I know it will be my best year yet!

    1. Ahhh thank you, lovely!!!!!! WOWZA – yours is coming up soo soon. I hope you have some BIG celebration plans in the making 😉 And heck yes- 28 sounds like an amazing year to live it up! Here is to us both making this next year of life the bestttt! <3

    1. Thank you, thank you sweet Kristin!!!!!!! And YES! That most definitely does! I love that hahah. And ahhhh your birthday is SOOO close. I will not forget 😉 <3 <3

  14. Happpppy Birthday Beautiful!!! Oh to be young again! hehe!! I wish you many great years of happiness and blessings to come! Always smile that beautiful smile of yours! <3

    1. Thank you SOOOOO much, love!!!!!!! Ahhh you have such a kind heart <3 <3 Thank you for stopping in !!!! I hope your weekend has been amazing so far!

  15. Happy birthday love!! I want to leave this as my first blog comment.

    Your true fan and friend! Hahah

    Cheers to turning another year!!

    Wine and ice cream after the fast 🙂

    1. Ahhhh oh my goodness, Kimanh!!!!!! THIS MADE MY LIFE! I just got so excited to see a comment from you <3 Best birthday gift EVER. LOVE YOU!!!!!!

  16. Many many happy returns of the day dear Sister Mackenzie🎉🎉🎂. ..may all your dreams and ambitions turn true …by the time I have finished writing my comment hope you might have enjoyed your birthday a lot…again it’s the time factor…the time when you write I am in deep sleep.
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    To my “Sis,” from “Lil Sis,”
    On her birthday far away:
    Maybe life will separate us,
    Yet we’ll always be best friends.
    So may love, until life ends,
    In joy or sorrow not forsake us,
    Sunshine on the darkest day.
    Though there’s a frequency I miss,
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    Recalls a bond time can’t betray.

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    1. Oh sweet, sweet, Kiran!!! This was the most beautiful birthday wish <3 I absolutely love that song. I am beyond touched that you shared it with me. You have the kindest, most gentle heart. I hope one day we truly can meet! Sending big hugs to you! <3 <3 And no worries at all with the time— I totally understand, I am the same way with responding late to your lovely comments too! Hope this weekend is beautiful for you

    1. Thank you big time for the bday wishes! LOVE the idea of a summer birthday!!! July is such a good month!!!! Hope your weekend has been perfect so far! Thank you for stopping in!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Nikki!!!!! There are a LOT of July birthdays here! I love that- “an early birthday present” 😉 . Although I’m fairly new to your blog, I’ve loved following it! Hope this weekend has been wonderful, and thank you for stopping by!

      1. Great weekend so far! We made a quick trip to Maryland (left NY Friday and came home last night). I wrote a post about it if you want to check it out.

    1. Thank you tons, Sijo!!!!! You are the first April birthday in here I believe, so I will have no trouble remembering!!! And yes- this post is definitely one of the shorter ones haha. It’s a rare sighting- a short post around these parts. I LOVE your photography, as you know, and I hope people do themselves a favor and follow your blog!!!! Thanks for stopping in- I hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful!

      1. Thank you Mack. Your blog is always a nice place to visit, full of positive vibes. I would like to call it a happy corner. I was busy with work this weekend.

      2. Aw those are the kindest words someone could say about my little place here. I appreciate that beyond words!! I hope you are able to rest up a little after working so hard!

  17. Happy Belated Birthday (or you can just spend the whole weekend celebrating)! I love the memes! The dog one is, of course, my favorite. Totally something my dogs would think!
    My birthday is in June and, fun fact, it is the half-birthday of my dad (and it was on Father’s Day. I was a daddy’s girl from the start!).
    As for my blog, it’s a bit of this and that, although mostly it is about our journey of pregnancy loss and trying again. There are also a lot of posts about dogs since I’m obsessed with them and I volunteer with the local SPCA. My blog link is katyslifestory.com Also, my facebook page is Facebook.com/katyslifestory and Instagram is @katyslifestory

    1. Hehe- thanks, it’s not every year that your actual birthday day falls on a weekend, so I had to take full advantage 😉 Lot’s of summer bdays here! I always say I think those would be the best- nice weather, lots to do outside if you wish, people are in a generally good mood, etc.!!! That’s so fun that it landed on your dad’s half-birthday- that’s precious! I truly am honored to follow your blog and have “met” you here, Katy! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

    1. Thank you sooo much for stopping by! We have a few birthdays that fall on December 6th in our family too! So this will be easy for me to remember! Happy belated 😉 And I am new to your blog, but I have read a few posts and am honored that you would share your journey with us. I am a nurse (licensed, not yet working), and know very little about IIH. I look forward to getting to know you and your lovely family better through your posts! I hope you have such a wonderful rest of your weekend!

  18. Hey Kenzie, happy late bday! Are you on Twitter too? I shared your Christmas meet & greet a little while ago on Twitter, but couldn’t find you on there to tag you in it! Anyway, I’m sure your 23rd year will be a great one :))

    1. Hey Jess!!!! Ah, so good to hear from you 🙂 I actually do not- I need to get on that boat though!!! My husband loves Twitter and always tries to convince me. Maybe I’ll get it started up soon! Thank you again for sharing the last meet & greet! That was SO kind of you. Hope you are doing amazing and everything is going well!!!! Thank you for stopping in 🙂

      1. Aww it was nothin!! Lol I loved it – it was too creative & genius not to share :)) Yayyy lmk if you get Twitter & we’ll be friends there too :)) it has actually been insanely beneficial in my professional/academic life so I’m all about it. Hope you’re doing well too! Hope all your husband’s shirts are doing okay and not too messy :)) loll jk jk

      2. That’s sooo good to know- I will definitely let you know if I do!! And HAHAHA! This just made me laugh out loud. They are doing good thus far. Still can’t get the darn stain out of the last one though! Hahah.

      3. Right!! UHHH, OH MY GOODNESS! I just realized I’m not following you!??! What is this travesty! I could have sworn I was. OK, ok…I’m following… all is right in the world now. Momentary freak-out.

  19. Happy birthday sweetie!! I hope you had and awesome day 🙂
    My birthday isn’t until June 3rd so I’m far away! I’d love to follow you on social media, my twitter & instagram & snapchat are all Miranda3lyn 😉

    1. Aww thank you, Miranda!!!! <3 The summer has a funny way of sneaking up on us super fast though- so I'm sure your birthday will be here before you know it! I hope people give you a follow- I just adore your blog! Happy rest of the weekend, lovely! Now I'm gonna go find ya on Insta 😉

      1. Hahahhaha yes you’re right it’s always like winter straight into summer (& bikini season) lol & you’re so nice thank you!! I’ll try and add you too!

  20. MacKenzie, Happiest of Birthdays!!!!! I didn’t realize your Birthday was so soon after Christmas!! I hope you had a very special and lovely day for your 23rd ( and that it continued into a wonderful weekend)!! What a great idea for a blog post. I just love reading your posts 😀 I just celebrated my 49th Birthday on December 26th. 2017 is the BIG 50 ( Wow I feel so old, 23 was a LONG time ago lol) Have a great week xo

    1. Thank you, Anna!!!!! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I still CANNOT believe you are going to be 50, but I’ll guess I’ll take your word for it 😉 hehe. Thank you again for stopping on in, hope this week treats you well!!!!! <3 *HUGS*

  21. Happy belated birthday to you, gorgeous! My birthday isn’t until August 12th and growing up I always wished I had a summer birthday as it’s winter here in Australia in August 😉

    My blog is http://www.southerninlaw.com < started when I first met my Southern gentleman Jesse (originally from Louisiana) and now sharing our healthy recipes, travel stories and adventures at home together in Sydney Australia!

    1. Thank you, sweet girl!!!!!!!! I have some friends from Australia and I realized how the seasons are basically opposite- SO weird to wrap my head around. Is that strange for you to hear that January is a winter month here and August is summer!?!? LOVE YOUR BLOG. I hope people go check it out 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, love! xo

    1. Awwww thank you so much, Marcia 🙂 I appreciate that TONS! AHHH happy belated!!!!!! Thanks for stopping in ! I hope this week is MARVELOUS for you! <3

  22. Happy belated birthday Mack! I hope your special day and birthday weekend was great! Hugs! <3 My birthday is September 11. Yea, a lot of people usually remember it after 2001. 🙂 I turned 20 when it happened. It's one of those days everyone seems to remember exactly where they were. Yikes, I will be 36 this year! Lol.

    1. Thank you, thank you, Lisa!!!! <3 Oh wow-I don't know if I've met anyone with a 9/11 bday, but you can bet I won't forget either this year!! It's crazy how much time has passed…. wow. But no"yikes" necessary!!!!!!- 36- still SO young, sounds like a great age to me! 😉 Hope this week treats you SO well!!!!!! Thank you again for stopping by and the birthday wishes!!!! It wouldn't have been a "party" without ya 😉 <3

    1. Awwww thanks, Michael!!! Hey, I think belated birthday wishes are sometimes even more special because it just keeps the birthday going, ya know?!? So no worries- I super appreciate it tons!!!! When is yours?!?

      1. So true!! Haha keep the celebration going!! Mine’s February 7th! Coming up soonish. I just wish my birthday were in a warmer month! 😑

      2. SO soon! How exciting!!!! Yes I totally agree on the warmer thing…it really limits the options for celebrating! Oh well- hope your week has been a good one!!

  23. Happy Happy belated beauty! FYI Friday the 13 IS super lucky! My birthday is June 13. When I was little I use to hate it. My brother’s would tease me and say it wasn’t lucky. (What did they know?) But as I got older (and my sister told me so, and she DID know stuff 😉 I realized it was super lucky! 🙂 I am glad you had such an amazing day and weekend and I hope your birthday month is equally special! xoxo <3

    1. THANK YOU :)! Ohhhh good to know it’s lucky! I am definitely taking your sister’s word for it 😉 <3 Thank you for the super sweet words, K. Hope this weekend to come is amazing for youuuuu! xoxo

      1. You are very welcome sweets! Haha you definitely should! Everyone else is just jealous they weren’t born on such a cool number😉💗

    1. Aww! Thank you, dear!!!!! <3 I always say it'd be fun to be a summer baby- seems like such a fun time to celebrate your bday!!!!! Thanks for stopping by, Allie! xo

  24. Happy Birthday Mack! *hugs* I’m sorry I’m over a month late!!

    I see you’ve updated the look of your blog a bit – I love what you’ve done!!

    Looking forward to catching up on your posts! <3

    1. AWWWWW!!!! This just made my whole day <3 So So SO good to hear from you- no worries on the belated wishes! Keeps the party going, right? Hehe. Thank you so much <3 !!! I hope you are doing soooo well!

  25. Happy Birthday sweetie!!! Mine is next week! the 21st of April! I’ll jump on the 3… train! I’m ready for it!! I’ve just finished catching up with your posts! When I read all about what you do, it’s so incredibly inspiring! I find it crazy how you manage to do so much! It’s true that when life is tough and hard, writing it down gives you a sense of control and you get to console yourself and give yourself courage to continue! I think that when we experience change, it is always hard. I’m sure that in the upcoming weeks, when you’ve learned more, you’ll ease into it. Right now, you want to do everything right, badly. So you push yourself even more. It’s true what the nurse said, that you have to forgive yourself. Give yourself more credit! You’re doing great!! xoxo Sarah

    1. Awwww! Thank you, gorgeous girl!!!!! HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! Yayayayy! Thank you for blessing this earth with your sweet self <3 And, oh my, thank you for reading through my posts- what a rollercoaster it has been! I am so thankful for WP, blogging, and this community. It's been such a highlight during my hard days and now that things are slowing down (a tiiiiny bit), I am hoping to have more time to read blogs! WOOHOOO! The withdrawal is so real. You have no idea how much this comment encouraged me. I may need to come back and read this on some hard days. *Big Hugs* XOXO

      1. Awww, thank you girl!!! I’ve also been really late with commenting back and catching up! But yeah, life is life! Sometimes we have to focus more on certain things… Wishing you a great week!! *Big hugs back at you* xoxo Sarah

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