This is 38 + giveaway

Today, I turn 38.

A few years ago, I would have cringed at the mere thought of turning 38.

Two years off 40, edging scarily close to mid-life with the best years of my life behind me. My boobs sagging, my body flabby, stagnant in suburbia with a mortage, a 9 to 5, and deep in the trenches of parenthood.

Instead, I feel content.

I feel like I’m exactly where I should be and where I want to be at this point in my life. 38 feels pretty damn good to me.

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I’ve been in a reflective mood lately what with my birthday coming up and being forced to rest thanks to an evil parasite, who I’ve named Joffrey, set up camp in my body making me quite unwell.

I’ve been fortunate enough to lead a very rich and blessed life. A life full of travel, adventure, family, friendship, happiness, heartache, sorrow, hard work and learning. A life full of experiences, good and bad, that have shaped me into the person I am today.

I’ve learnt so much in my 38 years. Some lessons I’ve had to learn many times over. Some lessons I’m only just working out the answers to now.

I feel that as I say goodbye to each year, I am becoming more comfortable in my own skin, respecting myself more and accepting myself for who I am.

My entire life I have been guilty of being a people pleaser worrying about what people think of me and whether or not I’m being a good enough daughter, wife, mother, worker and friend.

It’s only recently that I’ve realised that I need to switch my focus to me. By being true to myself, I will find genuine happiness and fulfillment. The people who matter in my life will be part of my life because they accept me for who I am, not someone I am trying to be.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about who I am, the person I want to become, and how I want to be remembered.

I’m doing more of what makes me happy. I’m surrounding myself with positive people and letting go of those who bring me down. I’m attempting to remind myself to not take things personally, to not hold grudges, and to not compare.

I’m a naturally sensitive soul and quite an over thinker. I spend way too much time psycho analysing people and situations and most of the time it’s just a massive head wrecker. Life is too short to get hung up on things that are quite possibly just in my head.

I’m learning to embrace my inner introvert. This is something that has weighed on me since I was a kid. As I witness my own daughter battle with shyness, I’ve realised that there’s nothing wrong with being introverted. So what if we take a little while to warm up to you and to emerge from our shells? Once we do, we’re definitely worth the wait.

These days I’m finding renewed courage to follow my dreams. I’m working hard to make them a reality, but at the same time I’m being kind to myself. There is no rush in achieving these dreams. I’m working hard, enjoying every day, and keeping my mind and heart open to possibility.

On my birthday 10 years ago, Dave and I were taking the long way home via the US and Canada from our two year stint in the UK. The two of us backpacked for two months with open minds and hearts. It was one of the happiest periods of my life. We were young and carefree lapping up everything the world had to offer. It was where we were meant to be at that time of our lives.

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Ten years on, where I’m meant to be is in my happy little home with my baby girls and gorgeous husband. Life is not as exciting as it was 10 years ago, but it makes me just as happy.

38, I think we’re going to have fun.

Now, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without presents. I’ve had my fair share, so now it’s your turn.

As you know, I absolutely adore Pink Woods, a Facebook store which specialises in earrings, brooches, scarflettes, necklaces and cheeseboards.

Today, I’m giving away this gorgeous scarflette, which includes an elk brooch and dahlia earrings, to one lucky reader.

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All you need to do is tell me in the comments about your favourite birthday, how old you were and why it was your favourite.
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Louise Harvey. Thank you to all who entered.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 25 May.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 26 May.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

106 comments on This is 38 + giveaway

  1. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    May 19, 2015 at 6:45 am (2 years ago)

    You’re a spring chicken!
    Don’t worry about 40!! 40 is the BEST DECADE EVER!!! It seriously is ….
    Happy birthday πŸ™‚
    L

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:50 am (2 years ago)

      You definitely make the forties look and sound good, Leanne!

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    May 19, 2015 at 6:52 am (2 years ago)

    Mine was this year – my friends threw a surprise birthday party (lunch) for me – I had no idea! It wasn’t even a big year, just a random one. I was so touched, I could have cried!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:51 am (2 years ago)

      Aw that’s beautiful, Lydia. What good friends you have.

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  3. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    May 19, 2015 at 7:16 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite was probably my 30th- we hired out a function room at a city karaoke bar, my husband had a cake made with a unicorn farting glitter on it, all my friends came and sang their hearts out and rally got into the spirit of it all- it was so much fun!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:52 am (2 years ago)

      I love a good karaoke session. Sounds like heaps of fun!

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  4. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side
    May 19, 2015 at 7:45 am (2 years ago)

    I’m absolutely with you on 30-something contentment. My husband handed me a birthday card this morning that said ‘Happy 35th Birthday’ and I grinned because I realised it’s the 10th time he’s been around to hand me a birthday card. And what an incredible 10 years it’s been!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:52 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome, Bec.I hope you had a lovely b’day yesterday x

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  5. Gail Mcvean
    May 19, 2015 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday wonderful girl don’t ever change.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:53 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks very much, Gail πŸ™‚

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  6. Jayne
    May 19, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

    Great blog – Happy Birthday!! xx

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  7. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    May 19, 2015 at 8:25 am (2 years ago)

    Hope you have a good birthday Renee. I’m finding as I get older I’m getting a lot more comfortable with myself too. And introverts rock!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Toni! We so do πŸ™‚

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  8. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    May 19, 2015 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

    I need to take a leaf out of your book and embrace my inner introvert. You have so much to look forward to – the forties are fabulous! My best birthday was my 40th. It was sandwiched inbetween two bouts of cancer in the same year (although I didn’t know the second one was coming) and it was all kinds of awesome. Me and my friend filled a minibus and went on a wine tour to the Hunter Valley and when we got back in the evening we met up with more friends at the pub for a big, fat party! I’ve always loved birthdays with a passion (mine and everyone else’s) but these days I am so grateful that I get to be older, it’s a privilege denied to many x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

      Sadly true, Sammie. That sounds like an epic party. I’m glad you saw the 40s in in a big way! x

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  9. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    May 19, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    Hip, hip hooray!!!!! Happy birthday lovely lady!!! Hope it’s filled with love and laughter and lots of (champagne) bubbles! Xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Erin xx

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  10. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    May 19, 2015 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Oh Renee I had tears in my eyes reading this! Happy tears! Happy birthday! What an amazing life you’ve had and it’s only going to get better!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Lucy x

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  11. Kirsten McCulloch
    May 19, 2015 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

    I think it’s wonderful when getting older can mean becoming more comfortable in ourselves. Happy Birthday Renee!

    BTW, i am just curious, why is the ACT excluded in your giveaway?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 6:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kirsten. Basically to include ACT, I would need to purchase a permit and I haven’t purchased one. ACT regulations are slightly different to the other states. Sorry.

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  12. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    May 19, 2015 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

    Oh, Renee I think this is my favourite ever post from you. I can relate so much to what you have written here and you inspire me everyday to be a better, happier person. Happy birthday my friend. Hopefully one day I can give you a big hug and thank you for your beautiful blog. Until then, take this virtual hug ((((((( )))))))))) and enjoy your birthday with those you love. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 20, 2015 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

      Ahh Jodi. Your comment has made my day. Thank you so much, my friend. Here’s a big virtual hug coming back at ya x

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  13. Caitlin
    May 19, 2015 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Renee! I love the contentment that oozes from this post!

    And for the record. I think your flab is extremely minimal. I was just looking at an everyday style photo of you the other day thinking you are so petite!

    I’m not sure if I can label an exact favourite birthday. There is nothing so exciting as a childhood birthday, but I can’t think of an exact age that stood out. Maybe when I was 9 or 10, I can’t remember, and I was at my grandparents house on the beach for my birthday and got a hot pink hairdryer? Ah, birthdays in the 80’s.

    I loved my 30th birthday. We lived in London and went to a jazz bar and partied the night away. It was a shame that except for one sister my family wasn’t there though.

    I’m approaching 40 at the end of the year. A curious mixture of anticipation and dread.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

      I can imagine! Both those birthdays sound awesome! You really can’t go wrong with a pink hairdryer πŸ™‚

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  14. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    May 19, 2015 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday gorgeous girl. I’m 45 later this year and I don’t actually have any favourite birthday memories. I was determined to actually throw a party for my 40th but we are on the other side of the country to my close friends. My mother and aunt did fly over the week before and I imagined high tea and fine dining but instead they threw me a kids party. My girls, who it was targeted at, loved it and I should have been more grateful but just once I wanted something nice, just for me that I didn’t have to organise myself.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

      I totally get that Raychael. Maybe something exciting for your 45th?!

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  15. Tonia Zemek
    May 19, 2015 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee! I really loved this post; it sounds like you have lots to celebrate. You’re right – 38 is looking pretty fine indeed. Hope you’re doing something relaxing to celebrate today xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Tonia! I worked but I had a lovely lunch with sis and bro and a relaxing night with Dave x

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  16. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 19, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    Here’s to embracing ourselves even if it’s not who we actually thought we were going to be or where we hoped we could be. Enjoying our lives and all of those in it – great advice birthday girl – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! xxxx
    Earworm for the day “It’s ma birthday it’s ma birthday I’mma spend my money”

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol! I love that earworm πŸ™‚ Thanks xx

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  17. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    May 19, 2015 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful Renee and I wish you nothing but happiness today and for the next year. As much as we don’t like to get older, the wisdom and acceptance of who we are and what’s really important make it just that little bit easier. I’m not a huge fan of my birthday for a number of reasons, but the one which stands out was (almost) two years ago when I turned 30. It wasn’t because I had reached a milestone, instead it was because I spent the day sitting with and cuddling little Aiden who was just two weeks old. Sitting there with him on my chest while attached to all the monitors and machines really helped put things into perspective for me and reminded me how lucky I was to be a Mum to this special little man.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

      What a beautiful memory, Lauren. Just beautiful.

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  18. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    May 19, 2015 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! I think my favourite is the most recent because it is in the now and like you, I am happy with everything in my life so why not celebrate it!

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  19. Simone
    May 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

    So well said darling Renee! Happy birthday lovely one! as a lover of birthdays no matetr what the age (or for who we are celebrating!) it is hard for me to choose a best birthday. But I do have fond memories of my 21st and my 30th which I am sure you will also remember (bits of!) πŸ™‚ Love ya lots xoxoxo

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you sweetheart! Yes, they both were epic birthdays. I think the first great birthday celebration I had with you was for Jen and Justine’s 18th!! xoxo

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  20. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    May 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous! 38 was lovely, I’m 39 now, and I’ve got to admit I don’t like it so much. I’m a total overthinker myself, and doing my best to shut off that not always nice voice in my head. It sure makes for a happier life! Enjoy your special day xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

      I hear you, Nicole. Shut that nasty voice off and enjoy being 39 πŸ™‚

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  21. Jennifer B.
    May 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Looking good!

    I loved my birthday itself when I started at zero!… If it hadn’t had happened, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the many birthdays that then followed!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

      Lol, Jennifer. Great answer!!

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  22. Beck
    May 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday lovely, I turned 40 last September. And it rocks lol Have the best day xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

      Woohoo! There seems to be a lot of people here singing the praises of turning 40. Bring it on!

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  23. Luisa @ Looking for mama me
    May 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad you have found your happy place! It’s so rare πŸ™‚

    My favourite birthday is probably the first I spent with my now husband, it was my 25th and had been out at the filming of a tv show with my cousin the night before. I was on the bus home when my phone rang at 12.01. It was him! He wanted to be the first person to wish me happy birthday πŸ™‚ I thought it was so sweet and I think it was when I realised he really did like me! I didn’t stop smiling the whole day!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:23 am (2 years ago)

      That is super sweet, Luisa. What a lovely memory to hold onto πŸ™‚

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  24. Louise
    May 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Loved your story Renee! My favourite birthday was my 27th birthday last year, i was traveling around Australia in a van all on my own and it was the first birthday i had ever spent completely by myself, as i am a typical extrovert and social butterfly i am used to always making my birthday all about me and having multiple parties and dinners, i usually have a countdown calendar marking down the days to my special day… but last year i woke up in Kakadu National Park to the birds singing and the sun rising through the trees, i spent the entire day walking through Kakadu and it was the best soul searching birthday i have ever had.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:24 am (2 years ago)

      That sounds absolutely amazing, Louise. Such a big thing to do to travel around Australia on your own at that age.

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  25. Bec @ The Plumbette
    May 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

    So I may have been shocked when I saw you turned 38. I honestly thought you were early 30’s like me!!! Baha! I can’t wait till your 40th now. Bring on the party!!
    I really enjoyed this post and can relate. I totally think you are meant to be where you are and I honestly believe the best is yet to come in your life. You are so amazing at what you do. You have a beautiful family and your blog is such a beautiful place to visit each week. I really hope that your 38th year will be one full of blessing and fun! Xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:25 am (2 years ago)

      Bec, as always you are way too kind. You’re such a positive influence on everyone. Thank you so much for your kind words xx

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  26. Deb @inner compass designs
    May 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Fabulous post hon. Happy birthday. The 40s are awesome and I bet the best is not behind you but still to come xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:25 am (2 years ago)

      Here’s hoping, Deb. Thank you xx

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  27. Louise
    May 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    23. I had just finished college and my housemate and I had a 2 week gap before we started working, parties movie days and pretending to be tourists in our own city!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:26 am (2 years ago)

      I loved those years after you finished study and had no work. Good times indeed πŸ™‚

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  28. Neets
    May 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday beautiful! What an awesome post. It’s amazing the older we get, the wiser we become. My favourite birthday of all time was my 30th. An 80’s dress up party. We danced the night away like no-one was watching. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

      You’ve gotta love an 80s dress up party. Sounds like super fun πŸ™‚ xx

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  29. EssentiallyJess
    May 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee!
    You make 38 sound so amazing! I’m so happy that you’re happy with it. πŸ™‚

    My best birthday was probably my 29th. I had heaps of other good birthdays, but that was the year Boatman bought me my first Mac and I felt like I finally had permission to be the writer I always wanted to be. The gift was fabulous, but what it represented was so much more.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:28 am (2 years ago)

      Now that is a special gift! I totally get why that birthday was your favourite πŸ™‚

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  30. Diana
    May 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm (2 years ago)

    My 21st Birthday. I was head over heels in love with the man I ‘thought’ was the one and he surprised me with a beautiful dinner with all our extended family and a gorgeous, teeny, tiny, Russian Blue kitten……the kitten that loved me for nearly two decades after he broke my heart. But the memories from that night were, and still are amazing. Fortunately we live and we learn πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

      Awww … we sure do, Diana. Thanks so much for sharing x

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  31. Cheryl Moulton
    May 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I was taking a short cruise around the Greek Islands when I turned 60, sadly Shirley Valentine I am not, the crew brought out a cake for me and three Greek violinists serenaded me, and then to top it all off there was a Choral group from the US and every one of them got up and sang Happy Birthday to me.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

      Oh. My. God, Cheryl. Talk about an epic birthday!!

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  32. Emily
    May 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    What gorgeous pics! It’s my birthday next week – we’re May buddies!

    My best birthday ever? My 21st is pretty hard to top. Aside from the big party which, in stark contrast to most hyped-up events which then never seem to be as good as you think they will, Cameron went all out. He booked a five-star hotel in the city, took me to see Alex Lloyd (who I was OBSESSED with), to a matinee of The Producers and to a fancy-schmancy restaurant for dinner. So fancy-schmancy we had to ask the waiter to translate the menu for us. And he bought me four beautiful musical instrument framed prints that I still adore now.

    Pretty hard to top. But all of the birthdays since the kids were born manage to top it. Can’t beat birthday snuggle cuddles with my three favourite people in the world.

    Happy birthday beautiful Renee. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2015 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

      Aww he is so considerate. Talk about going all out. Alex Lloyd would have been an epic surprise. Nice work, Cameron.

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  33. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    May 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee.. 38 is nothing… and you don’t look a day over 35.. lol I look back to where I was before kids and things are so different and I wouldn’t have it any other way. #IBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:02 am (2 years ago)

      Me either, Natalie πŸ™‚

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  34. Laney@thelaneyfiles
    May 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! I will also be 38 this year, and like you, I just feel grateful for everything I have and how happy I am. Though of course it’s really close to 40, which is a bit scary. But everyone’s saying that the 40s are great, so I’m also curious. Enjoy your birthday celebrations!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:03 am (2 years ago)

      It sounds like we’re on the exact same page, Laney. Thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

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  35. Kathy
    May 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday on the blog Renee, you spring chickie.So glad you are finding contentment. Must say you are there a few years shy of me as I think at 8 years old, I’m still not quite nailing contentment, although getting much better.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:04 am (2 years ago)

      Oh I think you’re doing a lot better than you think you are, Kathy πŸ™‚

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  36. Hugzilla
    May 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL. We’re the same age. HIGH FIVE!

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  37. Zanni
    May 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee! I kept meaning to msg you all day! Sounds like you’ll have a beautiful, rich year. I don’t know exactly which my favourite birthday was. Probably the last, because every birthday is more rich and more meaningful as I, like you, become more comfortable and more happy with who I am as a person. My daughters are now of the age where they LOVE to celebrate the person and everything about them on their birthday. There’s nothing more special than that xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

      Very true, Zanni. I love how excited they get πŸ™‚

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  38. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    May 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

    HAPPPPPPPPYYYYYY BIRTHDAY you gorgeous woman you. I was so scared of turning 40. In fact I was convinced it was all down hill from there so I threw myself head first into the most fabulous midlife crisis I could afford. Turns out the year of 40 was probably the most successful and most enjoyable year of my life so far. I hope you have had an insanely awesome day hun xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sonia. You’re such a sweetheart! You’ve got me excited about 40 now. Bring it on! xx

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  39. karina lee
    May 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    My 25th. We were all young, single and free then!

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  40. ashlee ford
    May 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

    My 21st was the best. Friends , family, all a bit tipsy and my dad ended up in my cake!! He will never live it down πŸ˜€

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

      OMG. That’s hilarious!

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  41. jlbuh
    May 20, 2015 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

    I was 8. It was my favourite birthday as I had a party with a clown, pony rides and Humphrey bear paid a visit!!! It was in conjunction with my best friend at the time. We had so much fun and its the best memory.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2015 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

      OMG! That sounds like the best party ever. What a treat to have Humphrey visit!!

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  42. Olivia
    May 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Macca’s birthdays was the best! Got to have the ice-cream cake and learn to make a cheeseburger. Plus all my friends got to take home a party bag

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

      I remember the old Macca’s birthdays! Good fun!

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  43. Phillip Cunningham
    May 21, 2015 at 10:37 am (2 years ago)

    My 50th birthday as I was lucky enough to win a holiday to the French Riviera and celebrated my 50th at a private party in Cannes with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and the cast of Inglourious Basterds..

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my God!!! That is just a little bit amazing!!! I am seriously jealous!!

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  44. Maxabella
    May 21, 2015 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

    I missed your birthday, but that just means your birthday is STILL GOING. I’m sure of it! Happy 38th to you, my dear. Long may you reign. x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

      Hooray for long birthdays! Thanks Bron x

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  45. Harriet
    May 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    This year, my 30th. The year I realised all the goals I’d set for myself in my 20s had finally come to fruition, when I woke up loving my partner, loving my life and loving myself.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

      Beautiful, Harriet!! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    May 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee you lovely lady you! Hope you had a great celebration. You sound like you are exactly where you want to be. I’m less than a year behind you in age and feel the same way – I’m finally comfortable with me and not caring about what others think (former people pleaser too!). It’s a good feeling. As for Joffrey – well he can just bugger right off! My fave birthday goes all the way back to 1985 (no surprises there, right?!). I was at my happy place – Rottnest Island – on our annual family holiday and was given for my 7th birthday my first ever radio cassette recorder. Happy times which resulted in a ridiculous number of mix tapes! xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

      Love it, Tash!! No wonder we have so much in common with us being around the same age x

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  47. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    May 22, 2015 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday darling heart for earlier in the week! Soooo good to hear how contented you are at 38! That is the best. I love this prize! How cute is that badge!

    My favorite birthday was spent on the Melbourne tram restaurant with Mr Vick. I was 26 and pregnant with Little Vick and it was very romantic trawling along through the city eating amazing food and basking in all the possibility of where our life was going to take us with a new life coming into our world. It was a special time awaiting a new chapter. xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:48 am (2 years ago)

      That sounds absolutely perfect, Vicki. I’ve never even heard of a restaurant on a tram. Sounds magical xx

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  48. Pinky Poinker
    May 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm (2 years ago)

    You are Sooo not 38! You look about 28! Happy birthday sweetie! Kick Joffrey’s butt!

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  49. Maria Stringer
    May 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    My 13th birthday, our family went out to a restaurant for dinner, I was allowed to order my own meal and I got a watch, I felt sooooo grown up!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

      I bet you did, Maria. That would have been the ultimate πŸ™‚

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  50. Dannielle
    May 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Belated Birthday wishes to you gorgeous lady!
    I’m so sorry it’s taken me all week to make it over here, life has been a little hectic in my neck of the woods Zadada has needed a little more of my attention than usual with some fairly major back issues.
    I’m so glad you’re feeling comfy with 38 I’ll be 37 in a few months and I think she and I will fit pretty well together too. It’s all about embracing life hey! xxxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      May 28, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 years ago)

      It sure is! I hope things are improving for you now and Zadada is on the mend. Sounds like you’ve had a pretty full on time lately x

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  51. Tegan
    May 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy belated birthday! I love the photos you have used in this post. you look absolutely vibrant.

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  52. Grace
    May 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Isn’t it great how the older we get, the more content we are with life? Your radiant smile says it all, Renee! Here’s to lots more happiness and contentment x

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