I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' 22...

Yes. That is right.  I just had my 22nd birthday.  Yay!  No, I don't feel any different from 21.  No, I didn't "get too crazy"..  But I had a whole heck of a good day, that's for sure.

I recently became a Starbucks rewards member, which means a free birthday drink of any size.  That's right.  ANY. SIZE.  Naturally, I had to get the largest size and get a extra stuff mixed in, because why not.  It's my birthday - I can get a little bit crazy (lol) if I want too.  I opted for a venti  iced caramel macchiato with soy milk and it was so so so delicious.  It was definitely the way to start the morning and the best part was that it was free (normally that would cost like $7, and even though I love coffee, I'm not planning on spending that much for a cup of coffee).
(I mean just look at that beauty...*caffeinated heart eyes*)

Next, I found out that people were touring our townhome because they might lease it after we leave this year.  They were to arrive at 11am, and needless to say, our home wasn't in ANY shape to show people, let alone potential renters.  Basically, we rush-cleaned our entire place - from the bathroom, to the kitchen floor, to our front door mats.  After we lit our Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside (YAS.) candle, the house was spotless, and smelled frickin' delicious!, with 10 minutes to spare.  Clean houses makes me happy.  Makes me feel organized and just better feeling, if you know what I mean.  The tour literally took 2 minutes, which is funny considering how long it took to clean, but at least it gave us a good excuse to kick our butts and deep clean the entire house.

Afterwards, my parents and sister made the trek up to Duluth, and we decided to go out to lunch because I was STARVING, as the only thing I had consumed was my then-watery coffee goodness.  We went to Grizzly's, which is just like your standard American restaurant that served everything from salads, to burgers, to pasta.  I opted for the chicken, avocado, bacon sandwich on a ciabbata roll.  It was so tasty I ate the entire thing!

After that, we hit up the mall that was literally right next door.  I also happen to be a Sephora rewards member, and you can also get a free product.  Gotta love free stuff!  I got the fresh soy face cleanser and fresh rose face mask (review of products on the way!)  It was nice because there wasn't any place that we had to be, so we just sort of meandered through the mall, looking at stuff that peaked our interest, including: Bath&Body Works (obvi), Victoria's Secret (30% off sports bras, HOLLA!), and Barnes & Noble.  It was nice to just get to see my family in person and not just on facetime.  I appreciate it a lot.

We got tired and came back to my place to eat cake and ice cream, and open presents.  My mom always buys this special triple chocolate cake with chocolate chips and a glaze from Sam's Club and it is like my favorite thing ever.  It is rich though so one small slice is just the perfect amount and it makes the cake last longer.  Also not the healthiest, but that's okay because BIRTHDAY.

Finally, my parents had to leave to go back home because they, rightfully so, don't like driving in the dark and it was starting to snow.  After they left, I pretty much stayed in, hung out with my roommates/BFFLs and worked on homework that I procrastinated on until 11 pm, then went to bed.

Sorry for this really long post, but I thought it would be nice to give more of a "diary" feel to this blog post, so hopefully you enjoyed reading it (let me know if you want more diary type blog posts!)  But overall, I had such a nice day, and even though it wasn't filled with "getting wasted" or other stereotypical 22 yo things, I had such a fun time hanging out with my family and friends and just doing whatever.  That's all I can ever ask for.

Also,  THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes on twitter, facebook, instagram, tumblr - I see all of it and it makes me feel really loved and appreciated and all warm and fuzzy on the inside.  Thank you for being a part of my day. I will talk to you soon!