All I want for my birthday is….

I am famous for writing mile long wishlists for birthdays and Christmas. I also usually produce wishlists for holidays that are not typically gift giving holidays. Generally, I’ll create a mile-long list, hand it to my mother and then cry with disappointment when she can’t possibly purchase all the items on the list. I don’t know why I always expect so many gifts for birthdays. Truly I wasn’t spoiled as a kid as we typically think of ‘spoiled’. I mean like I told you in my note to my mother, I was for sure spoiled in the love department, so maybe I just assumed anyone who loved me that much would never want me to go without something I wanted so desperately (all of a sudden). I just usually have a bunch of things I suddenly can’t live without come August 31. I also have a very specific way I want to celebrate my birthday, but it usually involves donuts, ice cream cake and exactly what I want to eat for dinner. When I was growing up that was pork chops, mashed potatoes and applesauce.


This is the Colorado view from where my parents live and where we’ll be shakin’ it up for my birthday.

This year I will be 38. I am really excited to close out my 37th year. This is my new beginning and I can’t wait.THIS. IS. IT! (More on that later)! I’m throwing an impromptu party at my parent’s house and I couldn’t be more excited. We’re inviting all the people we know. However, the party is tomorrow and I still haven’t invited anyone. So how’s that for unlike me? Anyway, I figured since I was having a party I had best let everyone see my impossible-to-supply wish list.

See you tomorrow and don’t worry about wrapping anything, in typical Celina fashion since I always produce such a specific list I’ll know exactly what I’m getting! WATERCOLOR LEAVES - 2

A Giving Key

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 7.38.03 AMGiving Keys have such a cool story and as you know, I love a good story.

“This story begins with a New York hotel room key. Actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that, in a way, we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again.”
The company has a passion to help those who have been affected by homelessness. The idea is that once you are done with your key you give it to someone else who needs inspiration. I don’t know what word I want on mine. I want the giver to decide for me.
A Face Cleaning Brush
mia1_box_beautyApparently, washing your face with a washcloth just isn’t enough these days. Amanda introduced me to these little miracles in NYC when she offered to let me use hers (unhygienic?). It really did make my face feel so much cleaner. I’m obsessed with my face now that I am getting older and I’m desperate to preserve my youth.  Just kidding. I like getting old.
Workout clothes (Oh and a gym membership)
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I’ve heard when you are ready to give up bad habits you need to form new ones. Apparently that means I should join a gym and attend it regularly. In order to that I’m going to need some work out clothes. This is the mom version of “if you give a mouse a cookie”. In order to get started, I’ll probably be good with a pair of leggings, a sports bra (that fits and holds it all together) and a shirt or two. I hear Zella is the best, so just run to Nordstrom’s and grab a couple things.
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Speaker and music
I’ve been listening to music these days and I’m getting into the podcast lifestyle (which is what exactly?). We have literally no stereo equipment in our house. This will do just fine and it’s only $27.99.
If that is out of budget for you then please go ahead and just get me a $10 iTunes card. That way I can increase my collection of music I can’t live without.
Weekender Tunic
Finally, I feel as though I really can’t live another day without this tunic. If you buy this for me, rest assured, I will wear it and I will never take it off. It will be with love and affection that I think of you when I am quickly washing this tunic so I can wear it again. While I am washing it, I will go completely naked since I own nothing as comfortable as this.
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Gift Cards
I’ve mentioned this above, but it bears repeating for my gift-giving friends: gift cards are always welcome. I don’t want to make life hard for my gift-givers. If you are simply exhausted at the idea of running around to all these places to get me what I want, then by all means, go ahead and get me a gift card! This is easy to do online, and you can simply email the gift card right to my inbox! My email is and all of my accounts are directly connected with this email, so it shouldn’t be any problem for you!
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Happy birthday to me. And if I get only the company of my best people at my impromptu birthday party this year, that’s really the best gift, so I’m good. This is the last year I’ll make a list.
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Things We’re Into Today…

Here are some of the things we are loving, that if you don’t know about already, you might want to look into! What can we say, we’re trendsetters. Or not. You probably already have all these things. No problem. Show your friends this post so you can prove you were into it first.

From Amanda:

  1. Indoor Swings.

Do you have one? Indoor swings are like heaven. In my perfect house, my breakfast bar would look like this:


But until I can convince my husband that this is a brilliant idea with five children and tile floors, we’ve settled on this swing in our play room. It really is essential in your life. Swings are known to help calm and reorganize the brain. They are magic, for rambunctious kids, or anxious adults. And we have both. This swing is at ikea for $40. There are cooler ones out there, but if you don’t have an indoor swing, you need one. Trust me. Winter is coming. This will help.


2. This one is more than $40…

But we just put in a steam room in our master bathroom. The first time I indulged, I looked at David and said, “It doesn’t matter if this thing cost us 1 million dollars, it was worth every single penny.”

I know that’s not realistic, but honestly, we LOVE it! All of us. The benefits of steam saunas are numerous, but include helping to extract impurities and toxins, help with breathing and alleviating asthma symptoms, and most importantly, RELAXATION. I know it isn’t practical to go put one in if you aren’t already planning a renovation, BUT if you are a part of a gym or YMCA that has a steam room, GO RELAX!

I have even started buying books at Goodwill for $0.50 and then I can go in a read, it is the perfect way to relax before bed.

The boys after football, trying to relieve their

The boys after football, trying to relieve their “aching muscles”!

3. These pants. They’re the bomb dot com.

Yup, I said it.

My friend Amber at Beautiful and Beloved, a boutique that empowers global job creation for survivors of slavery, gifted them to me for my birthday. They are perfection, they’re like Aladdin pants meet skirt, meet pajamas. I wear them to church, and to do yard work, and in new york city, because you can wear them ANytime! They’re heaven, with a waist band. Trust me.

This is a really terrible picture, but the pants STILL look awesome!

This is a really terrible picture, but the pants STILL look awesome!


  1. These pants. She’s not kidding. They are so awesome. Honestly, I don’t really think they are that flattering, but they are the kind of pants you can really say, “who cares how they look? they feel awesome”. They are PERFECT for a travel day. Either in the car or on a plane. Perfect for spring, summer or fall. Based on comments I’ve gotten I’m pretty sure they look terrible. From a hairstylist: “I could never wear those!” (AKA Those look like crap. I wouldn’t do that to myself). From D: “Are you wearing your pajamas?” Me: “No. And your mom has the same pants. But I could easily sleep in these.”


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  2. Dermaplaning. Have you heard of this? Dermaplaning is a nice way of saying: shave your face. It’s truly the latest (as far as I know ‘latest’ to be which means it could be quite outdated) in beauty treatments. My sister in law, Katie, introduced me to it with these little razors. dermsShe told me it’s what she uses to control her upper lip hair (mustache). I was skeptical- as I am sure you are- but since Katie is flawless I decided to give it a try. I read all about this process before I took one of these razors to my face.  Believe me the last thing my Italian- self needed was to have any hair (facial or otherwise) growing back thicker and darker. So I did what any intelligent person seeking information does and I googled it. Then I shaved away. Uncle Google taught me the hair on your face is not like the hair on your legs. The hair on your face is called vellous hair. When vellous hair is removed it grows back the same texture and color as it was before you removed it. Therefore, removing it has no unwanted side effects. I started with my ‘stache and these little razors with great results. And then I got addicted. Having no mustache was like….amazing. When I started reading about removing my mustache hair with a razor, it led me to the whole dermaplane thing. Dermaplaning is performed using a sterile surgical blade. Basically you lay down and a esthetician takes her trained and careful hands and surgical blade to your face and neck and removes all traces of hair. dermaplane.89122230_stdIt is amazing. It feels amazing. Afterward, your make up goes on smoothly and your face looks younger and brighter. I know it sounds scary. I’ve had it done twice by a professional and this is my total recommendation: pay a professional to shave your face. I do NOT recommend going the cheap way and using your husband’s #1 razor to shave your own face. However, full disclosure here: I do not see a professional for this anymore. I make sure everyone in my house is asleep and I get one of Andy’s super sharp razors and I shave my face. These are like German engineered single blades. We don’t use a Bic for this kind of thing, nor do you use moisture or shaving cream. It’s a dry process.  And sometimes I look like this if it’s too dark. So if you want to try this, it’s about $30-$80 here in Denver and you won’t regret it! Trust me: you look younger and brighter. Dermaplaning helps with dry skin, superficial skin problems, and acne scars. And dermaplaning at home helps with pride and feelings of grandeur. shaving-cuts
  3. Blanket Scarves! You’ve probably seen the trend. Giant, blanket-like scarves. Plaid. I’ve always loved scarves and I’ve always loved plaid. I’m like a trendy farmer. See my previous post on my overall obsession. Screen-Shot-2014-09-26-at-7.47.47-AMI love these scarves because in Colorado it gets super cold but warms up because of the bright sunshine even on the coldest day. So wear it like an actual blanket if needed or like a scarf. Anyway, looks like you can get this scarf for around $25. Shabby Alpaca will be selling them September 12 &13 at the Denver Flea, but ours are geometric patterned and solid and being alpaca they are not in the $25 range, but if you like having something no one else has that is super high quality and SOFT, then you need to come check out our stock of scarves! And hats. And gloves. And arm warmers.)  Plaid-Blanket-Scarf-Zara-Style-Asos-36

What are you into that we need to know about?


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