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Birthday + 10 million pictures


Cookie ice cream sandwich the size of my FACE.



We hit up all of the AZ favorites for free birthday food! Not pictured was breakfast at Joe's Farm and Grill. If there's free food to be had, we had it on my birthday. Because like, free food you guys. Does that even need explaining?? Did I gain 20 pounds? Probably. Do I care? Not even a little bit. 
We went to the mall after breakfast and J let me buy an outfit :')))))). He freaking knows the way to my <3 . I bought that hat ^ and some wedges and that's basically all I wanted! 


Jason surprised me with a new lens! Tamron 24-70mm!!! (omgomgomgomg)  I've been coveting it since like forever. One of my favorite bloggers mentioned she uses this lens and ever since I've saved like 100 ebay listings of this lens hoping one day to convince myself that the investment was worth it haha I even had talked to J about saving a little percentage of each pallet sign I sell to go towards this thing. And then there it was in real life. And it's mine. I was so excited that I made J model for me as I snapped his picture away trying to practice. Jason was even really excited about it which made me even more happy! Because we were both excited and just being excited together is the best. 
(also Jason beat me to the punch and got me a new computer for my birthday/anniversary gift. You sneaky husband, you!! xoxox)
ps this lens IS the size of a small child.

Classic camera in mirror picture. So fierce.


Jason's parents took us to the Diamond Backs game! We were in like the 8th row (aka really close) which is the closest I've ever been at a MLB game! Did I keep cheering for the wrong team? Of course. Because whenever I heard cheering I just assumed it was my people (aka Diamondbacks fans) so I didn't want to miss out on celebrating something cool that probably happened. Needless to say I'm really good at being a fan. I probably cheered for both teams equally on accident. Love you dbacks!!! I love sporting events for the social part but my attention span usually gets used on trying to make it on the jumbo tron or kiss cam. Any other things that happen (like I dunno, the GAME) are missed. Sorry not sorry.


I asked a random guy to take this picture. Please notice the 100 ft above our heads! Guysss when you take a picture, always get from feet up. Please. But thank you random guy, you helped us preserve the memories and that's all that matters, am I right? 



Love hats but like really? Shadows on my face? Awh geeze hat. ps I still love you though.



Mini photoshoot session ft. all the people awkwardly being polite and waiting for me to stop taking pictures so they could cross the hallway. Sorry guys. 


TAYLOR SWIFT THEMED FIREWORKS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After the game they had a mashup of all of the finest Taylor Swift songs. (ps she's been my favorite singer since forever) (ps don't hate) So yeah. Heaven.


Jason (aka sneakiest/best/sexiest husband ever) surprised me with a room at the Hotel Valley Ho Resort .  We drove straight there after the baseball game and he made me stare at my phone the whole time so I wouldn't know where we were going. We went here on our wedding night and he even booked the SAME room we stayed in! Like seriously how? It was gorgeous and our room was on the first level with a patio and pool view. THIS GUY.  







Oh you KNOW we got ourselves some virgin Miami Vice dranks. And sat poolside the next day. And tanned (me) and probably developed skin cancer. But so worth it. 
Basically best birthday of my entire life. Love you Jason, you're literally the best ever. MUAH!!

xo
Candace

75 comments

  1. Awww Happy Birthday!! What a blast!! And I'm loving the new lens!! Totally been craving it forever as well!! haha! Hope you had a great one!

    xx Olivia

    www.hellooliviablog.com

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    1. Thank you soooo much, Olivia!! It was seriously such a great day! I can't wait to learn how to use the lens to its full extent :) xo

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  2. What a wonderful birthday celebration and you both make such a beautiful couple! Happy birthday to you again!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you sooo much again Shireen! You are seriously always so kind and I am so appreciative of your nice comments :) I hope you have a great day!

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  3. Happy Birthday! Wow what a jam packed birthday celebrations that is definitely how birthdays should be done. Food, sports, alcohol, tanning and good company! All the talk and pictures of food is making me so hungry, I want that ice cream. I love Taylor Swift too so I won't hate!

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    1. Thank you!!! haha we did everything except the alcohol, we don't drink ;) But we loved our virgin Miami Vices' for sure! Yay another T swift fan, she is my favorite ever!! Thanks so much Courtney!!

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  4. Happy birthdayyyy! What an incredible birthday your husband planned for you! You basically had every single good thing possible!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Susie!! He really outdid himself, I was like I can never compete with this haha

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  5. Happy birthdayyyy! What an incredible birthday your husband planned for you! You basically had every single good thing possible!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  6. Uh yeah TSwift is my favorite ever too and I'm in my 30s. Don't care!! And happy birthday! I love that your hubby booked the same room from your wedding night!!

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    1. yayyyy T swift fans unite! :) She's the best!! And thank you so much!! Seriously I don't know how he did it :)

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  7. Wow love your birthday surprises!!! That was a perfect birthday! Happy late birthday!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah!!! It was a great birthday for sure :) xo

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  8. Who doesn't love a ice cream sandwich the size of their face?! Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Oh it was soooo yummy, too :) haha Thank you so much, Robyn!!!

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  9. Can a cookie be too big? Haha. I don't think so. ;-) Those pool lights look so romantic. I'm not sure I've ever seen something like that!

    http://ashortblonde.com

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    1. NEVER haha a cookie can and never will be too big :) The pool was so cool! I wish I had one like it at my house haha

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  10. Happy happy birthday Candace!! And seriously, WHAT is the deal with people not understanding how to take someone else's picture?! I just had that happen to me last month and I was like, really, this is what you did?...
    Also, I want that ice cream cookie sandwich SO badly!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Justine!! and THANK YOU haha you understand!! I feel like whenever I ask a stranger to take a picture they usually pick the weirdest angle or something. Girl you NEED that ice cream sandwich, so good and so BIG!

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  11. Happy Birthday!! What a fun time you two had and man, your hubs sounds like such a wonderful man! I will have to have mine read this and get some tips lol Great pictures, too!! And the cookie...wow!!

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    1. Thank you!!! haha I usually have to give big hints but he really outdid himself! Wish me luck on ever topping it haha Gotta loveeee a big cookie :)

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  12. Oh my gosh, what an amazing birthday! Your husband did soooo well! Time to make my fiance read this post before my next birthday. ;)

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    1. Thank you! It was really the best day ever! I dunno how he got all these surprised in without me finding out!! When is your birthday, girl?!

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  13. That sounds like the sweetest birthday EVER! Props to your husband for making it so special. I have been eyeing different lenses for my camera for awhile and it is definitely going on my Christmas list (yes you can make them in July lol!). Also, that hotel is so pretty! I used to walk by it all the time when I was in nursing school in Phoenix and never got the chance to go in. Happy belated Birthday!!! XO, Kelly

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    1. Thank you!!! I love the lens so far! I need to take a class on it or something though haha it's got so many little things going on with it that I need to learn more about! Oh girl my Christmas list starts right on January 1st ;) totally acceptable! Where did you go to nursing school?! That's so cool!!

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  14. What an amazing birthday!! I can't believe he got you the lens and a laptop--he's a good gift giver!! I don't blame you one bit for eating all that food--20 extra pounds is definitely worth it! I can't believe you didn't video the fireworks--I want to see a Taylor swift themed fireworks show! I wasn't a big fan of hers as a country singer...I liked a few songs but now that she went pop I'm in love. I listen to bad blood at least once a day. So romantic that he got you the exact same room as your wedding night!!

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    1. I was so surpised he got both, too! We decided this Christmas will be our "poor" Christmas haha because we both kind of went all out for each others birthdays. I actually did video them! But I decided not to post it on my blog because they don't look that great in a video. I just posted it to my snapchat instead haha I love her country and pop! I'm basically obsessed :)

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  15. Looks like you had the best birthday ever. All that free food, plus the sweet surprises from the mister! How lucky! I love all the photos! You guys are so adorable! Belated happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you so much!! You are SO nice!! Free food is like the highlight of having a birthday haha that and having a cute husband to celebrate with :)

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  16. Um okay, I'll just admit it, I am SO JEALOUS of all of this!!! I don't think I have ever had a birthday like that lol. On my 24th birthday, we went to a Japanese restaurant and we both got food poisoning later on haha. (I just remembered that when I was trying to think of my birthdays) Your husband sounds so thoughtful. Mine does not do surprises. Which is fine, it's just who he is, but how wonderful!! You are lucky my friend! I am going to ramble a bit now. Right away I noticed these photos were AMAZING! You are really making me want to save every penny I get to buy a nice camera. But I don't know about carrying around a small baby sized one lol. If I ever go to AZ I am going to need to know where I can get an ice cream sandwich the size of my head. When I saw your instagram the other day I wanted to say "whats a diamond back" so I feel you on baseball. I actually love baseball games because they are usually in the summer, and I can eat hot dogs, and they play music sometimes, but I have no idea what's going on. Did Jason plan the Taylor Swift themed firework show too?!?! (I wouldn't be surprised) I love that picture that the stranger took. It looks like all of my wedding day photos haha. And seriously, he booked the exact same hotel room?! What a romantic. Please have Jason call my husband next year around the beginning of May to plan my bday. Thanks.

    xo. Morgan

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    1. Hiiii! K first of all THANK YOU!!!!!!! I just love surprises so much and I think I've probably told him enough times that he knows that surprises are the way to my heart haha Ahhh thank you! I was so freaking stoked about this lens! I need to learn all about it and get familiar with the features and stuff! The 50mm one I have is like $100 and still awesome though!! (in case you're looking into getting a lens anytime soon, but i love your pictures so it's whateves haha) Not IF you ever come to AZ, it's when you come hahah Seriously those ice cream sandwiches should be enough of an incentive :) Yeah poor Jason, he love love loves sports soooooo much and then he married someone who barely knows what the word inning means. I love the food and people, though! It was just dumb luck with the T swift fire works show! Best dumb luck ever! And i was surprised he got the SAME room (and even remembered the room because me, being a good wife, would have never remembered what room we stayed in.) ps have you done a wedding post? You guys eloped to Vegas and I wanna read the entire story and see pictures like asap!!! xo

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    2. I didn't even think about that part, HOW did he remember the room number?!! Or maybe the hotel told him? haha either way, 1,000,000,00 points for Jason. And I haven't yet...I think I will for our 1 year in October..maybe a two part story because we had a home "reception" afterwards too with tons of pics. But I just feel like our whole wedding story is so boring, and I wasn't blogging then so I didn't think much about pictures so there's like no more than 20 on my phone. But I guess around October 11th look for a post about it ;) And I know your anniversary is coming up too..so can't wait to see what surprises happen then. I bet he takes you to Disneyland.

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    3. I don't even know, he is just so good at remembering stuff!! YESSS can't wait to read it! i bet it will be the best wedding story ever :) haha I wish Disneyland but probably not haha, I can't wait though!

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  17. Looks SO FUN!!! A cookie ice cream sandwich?! YES PLEASE!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thank you! Ohhh I am craving that ice cream sandwich rn. The struggle!! haha

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  18. Happy birthday Candace!! Your hubby sounds so sweet and made it super special!
    Also - they closed the Firehouse Subs near my house and I am devastated. I have no idea where the nearest one is anymore :( I will love you forever if you send me a turkey cranberry one!! <3

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh no, are you serious?!!! Why would they close it??? That's so lame! haha one turkey cranberry coming right up!

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  19. New lenses are the best. Your husband pretty much wins at birthdays.

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    1. Thank you Alicia!! Can't even wait to learn more about using the lens :)

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  20. The food and drinks looks amazing, and you both look so happy. Great photos!

    xx Falasha
    Bite My Fashion ll Instagram ll Bloglovin'

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  21. Goodness girl! Your hubby is a definite keeper!! I'm glad you had such a great birthday. Such great memories were made.

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    1. Thank you Jess! He seriously outdid anything I could have ever imagined!! Have a great day, girl! :)

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  22. I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday and were spoiled because you deserve it!! That hotel looks amazing! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Thank you so much!! It was the best birthday I've ever had :) xo

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  23. Aw! Happy birthday!! It sounds like you have a seriously great day! I'm super jealous of your new lens!!! I'm in love with that same one... haha I'll just have to keep dreaming for now tho :)

    Chelcy
    www.chelcymotes.com

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    1. Thank youuuu Chelcy!! Ps I love how you spell your name!! I need to learn more about the features but I am so excited about it! If you get one we can learn together :)

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  24. That cookie ice-cream looks amazing!! HBD :)

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    1. Thank you, Bev!! Oh it was sooooo yummy!! :)

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  25. That cookie looks amazing!! I also love how you pictures look natural and not over-edited-- keepin it real!

    etb

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    1. Awh thank you!! I've been trying to keep them as natural looking as possible :) The cookie was SO good!!

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  26. Sounds/looks like an amazing birthday celebration. I really like the shots of you in your cute lil hat in the hallway. :)

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

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    1. Thank you, Mandie!! It was seriously the best day :) hehe the shots we got before i decided to stop blocking hallway traffic ;) Thank you!! have a great day, M!!

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  27. Happy belated! The food photos are making me drool, while I'm here at work :x

    www.sexandgrand.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!!! haha I miss the food already :)

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  28. Taking advantage of the free birthday food is the best! The Taylor Swift themed fireworks sound amazing, and how sweet is your husband? You've got a keeper! Glad you had a good birthday!

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    1. I totally agree!! Nothin better :) Thank you so much!! He is the best :)

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  29. Holy cow that swimming pool looks amazing! Happy birthday to you, it sounds like it was a fun one... and your commentary about the dbacks game was cracking me up! Love it.

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    1. I wish I had a pool like that, it was so pretty! and thank you!! It was so fun! I wish I liked sports but I can't help it, I just can't pay attention :) haha

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  30. Dear Mrs. Shiflet:
    My name is Miles Twogo, and I am president and CEO of a famous and highly successful modeling agency in New York City. You are truly a beautiful young girl. However, I must say that my greater curiosity is in regard to your father, who must be a ridiculously handsome man to have produced offspring such as yourself.
    My best wishes to you and your delightful Husband.
    Miles Twogo

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    1. Wow! Thank you Mr Twogo! I got my personality and looks all from my dad. I own him everything!! ;)

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  31. I stopped at that huge cookie sandwich....heaven on earth. Jason's a good man, sounds like he gave you a wonderful birthday

    At least your close to Jason's height :) Whenever Kyle and I take pictures and a stranger takes them, you see Kyle's torso, and my head.... -_-

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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    1. haha It seriously way heaven!! He is seriously the best, he wins at birthdays for sure! how far apart in height are you guys? That's so funny!!

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  32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That looks like such an amazing time!!!!! And now your photos have made me incredibly hungry haha. I can't believe how large that ice cream sandwich is. At first I thought it was just a huge cookie and then you said it was an ice cream sandwich... like that's so much!! Haha

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    1. Thank YOU so much!!!! It was the perfect day!! Seriously I want another ice cream sandwich right now, it was sooo yummy!!

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  33. Aaaww!! Sounds like you had such a great time!! That ice cream sandwich is big!! Wow!! Happy Belated Birthday!!

    Danielle

    http://www.blushblossom.com

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    1. Thank you sooo much!! It seriously was the best day ever :)

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  34. Ummm BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!! Not sure where to start but all of it (including that cookie)!!! What a romantic surprise with the hotel!! Can he talk to my husband??? :)

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    1. ahhh seriously he is the best!!! Thank you!!! hahah the trick is to just throw out really obvious hints ;)

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  35. Happy belated birthday! Do you worship Amber's blog like I do? I am always trying to figure out how to grow my blog/social media accounts and everything like she has hers. David mentioned they use that lens recently in a comment to me on instagram and I've been eyeing it up too. A brand new one is really pricey though. Ebay is a great idea. Your most recent post- those photos are from the new lens, right? Have you figured out any other editing techniques similar to what David uses? We should start a private group for everyone to chat about this stuff and collab on ideas, tips and tricks. I've definitely learned a ton over the past two months about things and can only imagine what tips and tricks I could learn from others!

    Liz (http://www.blissfulinblue.com)

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    1. Thank you!!! Yeah, I love her blog, I actually like her blogspot one better haha but her new one is still amazing with such good pictures! She seriously is a social media queen! I wish she'd share her secrets :) My most recent post was shot on our 50mm lens (Also love that lens and it's pretty inexpensive!) What lens do you use?? So the 24-70mm one is brand new but you can find them new for a good deal on ebay, I love it! I just use photoshop to edit but I've been trying different stuff to see what I like and all that jazz. Yeah totally! Email me and we should chat :) ps what lens do you use? Love your photos!

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  36. That foooood! It looks like you had an awesome time, Happy belated Birthday!! =)

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    1. I love food way too much haha thank you so much, Addie!!!

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  37. What a great blog post!! I love how you took the reader through your journey, and that cookie!!!

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    1. Awh thank you Jenny! I want another huge cookie ice cream sandwich!

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