Happy Cinco de Tia: My Favorite Things

It’s my birthday!


So instead of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, I am celebrating Cinco de Tia.


I want to thank you for following along with me and reading my blog. Today I am sharing 34 of my favorite things with you as I celebrate the beginning of my 34th year of life.


  1. FOOD! I am a foodie for real, I live to eat good food. I think I should’ve gone to culinary school.
  2. Sweets! Dessert is my weakness, especially my mother’s peach cobbler. But rich dark chocolate is a close second.
  3. Doritos are my kryptonite (spicy nacho and nacho cheese specifically)
  4. Trader Joes Cookie Butter – eaten directly out of the jar with a spoon!
  5. Tropical Smoothies (all fruit, no dairy or supplements) – I do not drink coffee or tea so this is my substitute.
  6. Music – I am a sucker for a great mix from a good DJ.
  7. The theater – there is something about a Broadway musical that makes my heart happy.
  8. Cuddles! (And soft kisses on the forehead.)
  9. Audio books – I love learning but reading has not been my thing of late, audio books however are my best friend.
  10. A physical book and an actual bookstore. Even though I usually read audio books these days, there is still something about having a bound book.
  11. Cookbooks – I read them like I used to read novels.
  12. Freebies! This frugal chic loves a good sale but free is always better.
  13. Travel – take me away and let me be with the people. I love to see the world and experience culture through food, music and my interactions with the locals.
  14. T-shirts, jeans and flip flops which would be my daily uniform if I could. (Except for when I am  at home then its amended to just T-shirt and panties)
  15. My friends and family – they keep me grounded and filled with love (and the occasional headache but I’ll take it).
  16. Sunflowers! I don’t know why but they have been my favorite flower since childhood.
  17. Anyone who washes dishes after I cook. Dishes are my least favorite chore so instant friendship for those who don’t mind.
  18. A handwritten letter.
  19. Lists – I couldn’t live life without them.
  20. Capturing that perfect image (no edits necessary)!
  21. Sweet wine – Moscato & Riesling reign supreme right now. A good sangria will hit the spot too.
  22. Seeing others smile as a result of something I have done.
  23. A good massage! The one that makes me feel so relaxed that I fall asleep and want to stay on the table for a few hours and when I wake up all of the pain is gone away.
  24. Sunrise or Sunset on the beach! It’s something about walking on the beach at that time of day that makes me feel at peace and relaxed.
  25. A trip where I am not asked to drive. I dream of having a husband one day who enjoys driving and will gladly let me be a forever passenger.
  26. Good manners – enough said right?!
  27. Good grammar! (Please note I intentionally break grammar rules for the sake of effect in my writing but I am really big stickler for grammar otherwise)
  28. Organized and clean space!
  29. Joanna Gaines, the Magnolia Mom of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. I really want to be her apprentice because she is super dope with an amazing design eye. But I especially love her relationship with her husband and dedication to her children.
  30. The aromatherapy line at Bath and Body Works.
  31. A warm bubble bath!
  32. A long chat with an old friend.
  33. Children – the purity of their hearts just makes me smile and warms mine.
  34. Purple – It is my favorite color and I love all shades.


Thank you so much for following along with my journey. I hope that I am able to share money saving tips and techniques that help you live a full life regardless of your budget.

As you would probably expect, today I will be spending time enjoying my day eating lots of birthday freebies. Follow along on instagram as I enjoy this #monthofme.



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  1. May 6, 2016 / 10:53 AM

    You celebrate in style, Girlie! Love your posts!

    • Tia
      May 7, 2016 / 10:33 AM

      Thank you!

  2. May 13, 2016 / 10:10 AM

    Happy birthday! It seems like we have quite a bit more in common other than our names! My birthday is May 23rd.

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:24 PM

      Yes we do! Do you have anything special planned for your birthday this year?

  3. May 13, 2016 / 11:33 AM

    Happy belated BDay!! I can’t keep away from those sweets either…chocolate, lol

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:23 PM

      Thank you! Sweets are my weakness and I do not discriminate.

  4. May 13, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday! I’m such a foodie myself. Don’t like to cook though, just eat. Birthday freebies are the best aren’t they!

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:23 PM

      Yes they are! I live on them the whole month long. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  5. May 13, 2016 / 6:15 PM

    My blog post today was about Cinco Saturday so great minds think alike about extending Cinco De Mayo! Happy Mothers day and you should definitely do Cinco de Tia every year!

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:22 PM

      Yes I definitely plan on making Cinco de Tia an annual event, thank you.

  6. Bijee
    May 14, 2016 / 12:04 PM

    Happy belated birthday! You sound alot like me. I am a foodie to my core and I can not pass up good dessert, even semi-good dessert… Hope you enjoyed your day!

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:20 PM

      Yes if you are a foodie with a sweet tooth, we are definitely kindred spirits. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

  7. May 14, 2016 / 3:34 PM

    Happy belated Tia! I share some similar interests to you such as a love for food, travel, and a good massage. May your 34th year be blessed! 😀

    • Tia
      May 14, 2016 / 9:19 PM

      Thank you so much!

  8. Antoinette
    May 15, 2016 / 8:02 PM

    Happy belated birthday fellow Taurean. My birthday was on the 13th. We have a few things in common, chocolate and hoping for the hubby who loves to drive. I hate driving for more than an hour, but I love to travel.

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:21 PM

      Yes Antoinette, we do have some things in common. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Where have you traveled recently?

  9. May 16, 2016 / 12:01 PM

    I hope your birthday was fantastic! I love sunflowers too. Something about them brings almost automatic happiness…

  10. May 16, 2016 / 12:20 PM

    Happy Birthday! I am a sucker for a live band. I grew up with my dad playing in a band, so I’m always ready to jam. lol

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:20 PM

      Thank you Joanna! I love live music, I wish I were a musician myself. Do you play an instrument like your dad?

  11. May 16, 2016 / 12:34 PM

    Happy Birthday, turn up! Like you I’m an old fashion gal in that I love real actual books. I can’t keep up with audio books.

    Hello food and dessert and #FatSnacks.

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:19 PM

      Yes! I am here for all of the #fatsnacks. I listen to audio books in the car in lieu of the radio during my daily commute.

  12. May 16, 2016 / 8:30 PM

    Aww happy belated birthday! Love your list. We share a few common likes/loves like peach cobbler, a good massage (I had one this weekend).

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:18 PM

      Thank you! Kim we might just be best friends and didn’t even know it. I am trying to get my mom to make me a peach cobbler as a belated birthday treat, wish me luck.

  13. May 16, 2016 / 9:35 PM

    Happy belated birthday!! This post made me all the way hungry, but so glad you are living in the moment and celebrating an amazing life!!

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:16 PM

      Thank you Valerie!

  14. May 16, 2016 / 10:00 PM

    Happy belated birthday! I agree Doritos are so addicting & we also share the same favorite color. Here’s to another year of greatness!

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:16 PM

      Thank you Kara!

  15. May 16, 2016 / 11:57 PM

    I hope you had a Happy Birthday!

    I have to try the TJ’s cookie butter. I know too many people who love it!

    • Tia
      May 23, 2016 / 2:15 PM

      Girl! That cookie butter is the truth!

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