How To Celebrate Your 30th Birthday in San Diego – The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

I’m Officially 30!!

Another year around the sun and I am so grateful! It feels so surreal to enter a new decade of my life. I have a feeling my 30s are going to be AMAZING, so I wanted to do something ultra special. I’ve been in California for 5 years, and I still haven’t spent the weekend in San Diego. So I decided on the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. It is in the PERFECT location to all of the hot spots in downtown San Diego. We walked or rode bikes everywhere we went.

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter offers a Destination Amenity Fee for only $25 a day. This pass grants you access to enriching local experiences:

  • Hotel Bike Rental for 2
  • Paddleboard or Kayak Rental on The Bay
  • 1 Hour Flagship Cruises for 2
  • Your Choice of 2 glasses of Craft Beer or Wine
  • Premium In-room Internet access
  • Special Discounts for Attractions and Dining

This pass is truly a game changer, and makes your stay that much more special! Which is what we all want to feel on our birthday, right?!

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter Makes You Feel So Special on Your Birthday

I am not exaggerating when I say that the Westin Gaslamp Quarter makes you feel like a QUEEN on your birthday. The hotel staff is telling you happy birthday all weekend. Whether you are in the lobby grabbing a drink, renting bikes, or just calling down to the lobby from your room, they are immediately wishing you a happy birthday! I have never felt so special on my birthday!

I had my birthday dinner at the Bronze Bird, a delicious aesthetically pleasing restaurant in the hotel lobby! There is an outdoor patio with a fire pit, and indoor dining. If you are a craft connoisseur, this is your place! The cocktails were phenomenal. To eat I got the Spiced Cauliflower Bowl and Roasted Jidori Chicken, both were mouthwatering! My favorite was definitely the Spiced Cauliflower Bowl.

Girl time at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter is essential for your birthday!

Sunny Skies & San Diego Vibes

I definitely have a new favorite roof top pool! From the downtown views, to the aesthetically pleasing corners, and the double outdoor shower, the Westin Gaslamp Quarter has it all! The entire roof top area has such a classy vibe, and the decor is on point! The San Diego sunshine really does hit differently. We had the best pool day ever!

I love a hotel that has a full length mirror!

My friends and I did not stop smiling the entire weekend and will definitely be planning a trip back! The hotel staff was extremely accommodating and helpful, the beds feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, and the cleanest glass door shower with the best shower head. On top of that, the Westin Gaslamp Quarter has the most amazing gym I’ve ever seen in a hotel! They even offer Peloton’s and massage guns. Something I’ve never seen in a hotel gym before. On the garden terrace, there is giant connect four, giant yard pong, and corn hole!

Stepping Into Spring with AKK Shoe Shop

I am so excited to be stepping into spring in these classic comfy sneakers from AKK Shoe Company. These are the most stylish and comfortable shoes I have worn!

These classic black sneakers look so good with everything! I love how breathable and light weight they are. I truly notice a difference when walking/running in these versus another pair of sneakers!

These white ones are such a staple and look good with everything! I love the simple design and how comfy they are. I can run miles in these and not feel a thing! It’s like I have clouds on my feet.

All of the styles AKK has are also so stylish! They even have styles for men and kids. You can match with the whole family!

5 Ways to Start The New Year Off Right

The post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

I love getting refocused on my goals at the beginning of each year. I can’t believe it’s already 2022! I’m beyond ready to kick this year off on the right foot, and with the right products. I’m going to share 5 habits that I know will help start your year off the right way!

O N E – Journaling in the Morning

Starting this habit has changed my life for the better. It is so important to take time for ourselves, and reflect on what we are feeling!

I love using these quick dry ink pens from Zebra Pen! I am obsessed with this journaling set! It comes with complimentary colors that will be sure to stand out and help you get creative. I love that the sarasa clip pens are non-smudge and water resistant, such a game changer. The highlighters are dual ended and excellent for layering! This set of gel pens and double ended highlighters would make as a GREAT gift. Use code RESOLUTION15 for 15% off Midliner Highlighter, Midliner Brush, & Sarasa clip.

T W O – Using Supplements

When I started using supplements I truly began to notice a difference in my complexion, hair, nails, mood, and so much more!

I was not eating super healthy last year, and I really wanted to make sure I started eating more nutritious meals in 2022! Being a mom to a 5 year old, it can be hard to prepare 3 healthy meals a day. So I replaced one with a Life Shake Soy Protein, a meal replacer with 20 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 24 essential vitamins & minerals. Shaklee is a natural nutrition company founded by Dr. Shaklee, who invented the first multivitamin over 100 years ago! Shaklee products are backed by over 110 published clinical studies proving safety and efficacy.

Just blend or shake 2 scoops of this vegan protein powder into 8oz of your favorite morning drink! I like to add strawberries and bananas into mine, but any fruit or vegetables will pair well. You can join the Shaklee Ambassador Program and receive 40% commission on your sales!

If you aren’t adding collagen to your coffee, you are missing out! Adding collagen to your diet will promote hair and nail growth, healthy skin, and take care of your joints. This Collagen-9 from Shaklee includes ALL 9 essential amino acids required by the body to support protein synthesis! It is unflavored and pairs so perfectly with just about any beverage! You can join the Shaklee Ambassador Program and receive 40% commission on your sales.

T H R E E – Dry January

This is definitely a popular one for most at the beginning of the year. Dry January means you do not drink alcohol for the entire month to make up for all the splurging during the holidays. I know for most this is a tough one! Thank goodness for Monday, an alcohol free beverage made here in California! From the packaging, to the taste, this company really thought of it all. Monday Zero Alcohol Gin is a bold, aromatic blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices that tastes like a classic spirit.

I love that Monday has zero calories, zero sugar, zero carbs, and is gluten free. Talk about waking up with next morning feeling amazing and with zero guilt! Use code shelby15 for 15% off anything on their site except subscriptions. One use per customer only. Expires Jan. 31st 2022!

F O U R – Using Quality Skin Care Products

It is so important to moisturize right after you get out of the shower! It is even more important to to make sure whatever you are putting on your body is made out of high quality ingredients. That is why Tree Hut believes that all of their products should be made with exceptional quality so everyone can receive self-care without compromise.

Their Vitamin C Whipped Body Butter is heaven in a jar! Did you know that vitamin c is a powerhouse antioxidant that is known to help boost skin for a brighter, firmer, and even tone appearance? Vitamin C is a must for the entire body. This butter also includes AHA and natural shea butter, that will leave your skin improve skin texture and elasticity.

F I V E – Drinking Juice

I basically only drank water and coffee in 2021, and I’m excited to change that this year! I’ve always wanted to try beets ever since I watched The Office (one of the main characters owns a beet farm!) No need for a blender when Beetology can do the juicing for you! Their beet juices are 100% organic, cold pressed, and made with all natural ingredients. They offer 5 flavors that are all under 110 calories!

Beets are good for your heart, blood pressure, and brain! I’ve noticed a difference in my attention span after drinking just one. Click here to shop now.

The Perfect Holiday Activity with Tailored Twig

Have you ever taken a luxury floral design class? Tailored Twig has curated the PERFECT one-of-a-kind experience that brings high-end floral design classes directly to your doorstep every month. With three options to choose from, there are countless ways to join in the fun. 

Tailored Twig is not your average florist! They blend layers of floral textures with foraged architectural elements to create a style that speaks to all of these senses. This florist combines age-old design principles and a modern, dynamic approach to floral artistry, and the results speak for themselves!! I absolutely loved how informative and fun the class was from beginning to end.

Darin Bahl teaches the class and is such a pleasure to learn from! He is more than a wedding florist; he is the visionary behind the Tailored Twig brand. Sought after by clients and respected by fellow designers for his fresh approach to floral design, Darin can often be found foraging for natural materials to create the hand-crafted look for which he has become well-known.

Nowhere in the market will you be able to find a virtual design floral class like this one. I was blown away by the quality of the flowers, the packaging, and that they send you EVERYTHING you need to create a luxury floral arrangement. From conceptualization, to prepping the vessel, to placement of each stem, you will learn Darin’s unique method and Tailored Twig’s approach to varied styles and professional techniques. Plus, you will have a beautiful arrangement to display or gift to a loved one!

All at home designers will receive their all-inclusive design kit the day before the scheduled live virtual workshop. Each Floral Design Kit is thoughtfully curated and carefully delivered with you in mind. Your Design Kit includes a recipe of freshly cut stems and composition necessities to accomplish the styled arrangement.

When I received my design kit I was truly blown away by the quality, and beyond excited to get to work on my floral piece! I really loved the pace that the class was taught, and how the techniques were explained/shown on camera. I had never designed a floral piece before, and I was really getting into it! I felt like a real floral designer, and I was truly impressed by my masterpiece!

The Virtual Design Studio has options for everyone! Each class streams live via a member portal. and is accessible by clicking the unique link sent to your email. If you are unable to attend the live experience, no worries! Each class is recorded and is immediately available for you to watch at your leisure.

I absolutely adored this experience and now have a real lasting beautiful floral piece to show off to everyone! Tailored Twig’s Floral Design kit would make as the most perfect and unique gift!! Use code SHELBY25 for a discount at check out!