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November 10, 2015

You guys, I turned 40.  4-0!!!!!  I know they say 40 is the new – whatever, but there is a strange psychological aversion to turning 40.  Everyone I talk to over the age of 40 says the same thing.  

To help with my general horrible attitude directed toward my birthday (that lasted for months leading up to the actual day), amazing Tamara and the ever talented, Christy Parker conspired with my crazy friend Uriah and ever-patient husband to throw the most beautiful birthday dinner ever at one of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants, Sama Sama Kitchen.

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Christy Parker went above and beyond – hand-dying napkins to match the hues of the most incredibly gorgeous flowers.   I had recently returned from a trip to Bali with my family, so tropical goodness topped all the tables.  Hibiscus and orchids made perfect partners for dahlias and garden roses.  Pineapple printed menus (created by CP of course) were set at each place setting.  

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Tamara, Uriah and CP transitioned the back patio at Sama Sama in record time to welcome my closest friends.  It was an exquisite evening surrounded by my favorite people in the whole world.  My boys even showed up as a surprise to give Mom a special toast and of course, just in time for cake.  I don’t know where Amber over at Enjoy Cupcakes comes up with her cake flavors, but the Cucumber Lime cake is phenomenal.

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Thank you, my crazy, dearest friends, for such a sweet celebration.  I loved every last detail and more importantly loved sharing my birthday with you.

P.S.   40 isn’t so bad, well, except when I am trying to go for a run.

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