Birthday Wish List

I have officially finished another item on my 30 before 30 list! It's one I've been excited about for quite some time, but until we were out of debt I didn't feel I could pull the trigger on. Drumroll please.... After 6 long years with my Canon Rebel XSi, I retired her and upgraded!! I've got a Canon SL1 and couldn't be happier with it. It's a huuuge improvement over my previous camera and even better? I used Swagbucks earnings (via Amazon) to pay for more than half of it! I finally have a camera that can record video too- eek!
canon-rebel-sl1

So basically I annoyed Jared all night snapping photos of him and various decorations around the house. And maybe a scary selfie or two that I'll spare you all from. Since I've got this new toy, I really don't need/want much else for my birthday- but what fun would a birthday be without making a wish list?! Here a few things I'm eyeing lately.

A nice watch. The last watch I had was purchased while I was in high school. I vividly remember spending my hard earned money on a Fossil watch and I wore it constantly for years and years. It's still a cute watch- but it's pretty tiny. I'd really like a larger faceplate and I wouldn't mind a nice wallet, either. I've always bought cheap ones that end up falling apart- I believe it's time to "invest" in one that I can keep for years.
fossil-watch-and-wallet

Kitchen items and gadgets are always on my radar, but I'm trying to do better about only keeping the ones we actually need and use. Right now? I'd love a sink caddy and we could really use new measuring cups. Our previous ones had stickers on them that have all worn off and I'm tired of guessing which one's which and holding them all next to each other to figure out the one I need. Clearly not an expert chef over here!
kitchen-measuring-cups

Maxi dresses. Need I say more? I swear, I'd live in them during the summer if I could. We've got a beach vacation this summer and I'd love a few new dresses to take with me. As a fashion-challenged gal, I appreciate the simplicity of throwing a dress and sandals (maybe a necklace if I'm getting crazy) and feeling completely put-together!
summer-dresses

Other than those things? I'll take new floors in my house, a good car detailing and maybe a mani/pedi to round out my wish list ;) Now if you'll excuse me, I've got another 4 days to scream "It's almost my birthday!"

28 comments

  1. Hooray for getting a new camera! A good quality camera is definitely on my list but I can't/won't do it until I'm further out of debt. A car detailing & mani/pedi sound awesome. I'm in need of all of the above ha.

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  2. Ooh so exciting on the camera! And I love that dotted dress. Super cute. (Also, on some of these kitchen things, I've decided I've been married too long already or something... most were wedding gifts and some things are definitely needing replacing by now - can't read the numbers on most of my measuring cups or spoons either!)

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  3. Upgrading a camera is probably the BEST thing ever! Seriously!!!! Yay, so glad you pulled the trigger on that :) maxi dresses for LIFE!!!!

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  4. Oh yay a new camera, how exciting!! I LOVE Maxi dresses, you just can't go wrong with them!

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  5. Congrats on the new camera! Yay! And maxi dresses are EVERYTHING when the heat strikes.

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  6. So there's a Fossil outlet close to me! I bought my wallet there last year for $18! Originally over $80. I was so excited! Those dresses are cute. I'm thinking I might live in maxis this summer while i grow Baby Bum ;)

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  7. Are you tall? I ask because I found some adorable maxi dresses at Old Navy, reasonably priced but I swear you'd have to be all of 6 foot to pull them off. I thought about getting one but after trying it on, I would have had to had nearly 10 inches hemmed from the bottom.

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  8. LOVING your birthday list, lady! WOOOHOO! One of the best things about birthday time right?!?!? THose kitchen gadgets look cute and essential, hope they make an appearance on your bday!

    I highly suggest investing in a new watch. it's so worth the money!

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  9. Oooooh, a new camera!! That's so exciting! Good measuring cups are a legit need - hope some come your way this week :)

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  10. I can't wait to hear more about your camera... I'm due too since my last one broke! :( Love the rest of your list too!

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  11. What a fun wish list. I hope the celebration continues and that you get lots of these great gifts.

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  12. I love love love maxi dresses and skirts. They are quite awesome!!

    On a different note, Keith and I are looking into Cedar Point. Have you been and what big cities are around it?

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  13. Yay for your new camera and using swagbucks!!!

    And yes, you NEED new measuring cups. I should just give you a set of mine...I have about 5. No joke.

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  14. Hooray for the new camera! I need a new one, too, but we aren't exactly rolling in the dough with the wedding coming up. I also need new measuring cups because I do the same stupid guessing game whenever I use them. As always, a pedicure sounds like the perfect plan for this weekend. Treat yo' self, right? Happy ALMOST birthday!

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  15. Yay to a new camera! - I was trying to come up with ideas for what it was that you were gifting yourself after your post yesterday but my ideas were waaay off from the reality haha

    I've had a DSLR on my wish list for forever now since my iPhone just isn't cutting it anymore! I just took on a second job helping my friend out with her photography business as her assistant and she's going to show me the ins and outs of working her camera so at least I'll know when I finally get one that I won't be completely clueless about it!

    Besides my Fitbit I think my favourite purchase from last year was my Kitchen Aid mixer - I love buying things for the kitchen!

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  16. Congrats on the new camera!!! That is awesome :) Just go ahead and put my iPhone pictures to shame. I highly believe in buying a few investment pieces like a good wallet or a nice watch. Years of wear make it worth it :)

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  17. Yay! Congrats on the camera and on buying a lot of it with swag cash. You rock!!

    I love the rest of the stuff too. Now you have me wanting that watch which I likely won't wear and don't need. LOL

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  18. I so want a big girl camera some day! lol! Can't wait to see all the amazing photos you will take with it! Love the wishlist items too!

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  19. Awhoo hoo on the new camera! Very exciting. I also dig the dresses you have picked out. :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  20. Congrats on the camera!! I hope you love it!!! We had an appt. to get my car detailed on Saturday but then we decided it was too expensive so Matt bought a few supplies and is going to do it himself! We will see how that turns out! :)

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  21. Yay for a new camera - and a great deal on one!!! :) :) I just upgraded... I had been saving money for a Canon 7D, they were around $1200, when i randomly went to the website a couple weeks ago & it was a little over half that!! I had more than enough saved! I ordered it & it came in yesterday but it's at my mom's (i had it delivered there b/c a signature was required). So i'll get it today. YAY!

    I love everything on your wish list! :)

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  22. I could live in a Maxi dress. Loving all your birthday wish list items...and I'm so excited about your new camera!!! That is on my wish list too, please share how you decided on this one!

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  23. WOO HOO!! Happy (late) birthday!!!!! Sorry girly, I've been away from the blogging world for a few days...weeks or so and didn't get a chance to tell you on Monday!! Hope you had a wonderful day being celebrated!!!!! Totally jealous of your camera, but you 100% deserve it!!!!!! :) :)

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  24. Whyyyyyyy do you keep holding out on the spa day?! Seriously, BEST birthday pampering ever! I look forward to it every year, ha ha! It's the only time I feel like I can justify it (although, it didn't happen this year since we moved just a week after my birthday. Eric got me a Michael Kors watch instead and I do looooove it. But guess what this momma is planning for mother's day weekend? A spa day with my bff here in AZ and I don't feel guilty about it one bit, HA!)
    Yay on your new camera! That is sooooo exciting! And I love that you used your swag bucks! I keep forgetting to use that to build up points! Ugh!
    Watch Dillard's sales! They have gorgeous name brand wallets but it's painful to pay full price. Or do you live near any outlets?
    HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!! I'm so sorry I missed it, by the way! I can't wait to read about your special day!

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  25. I have the same camera!! You will LOVE it!!! :)

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  26. Congrats on the new camera! Your wish list looks great. The dresses are all wonderful. Hope you a had a lovely Birthday!

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  27. If I won the lottery I'd buy every one of these things for you and one for myself too, because, TATS.

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