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Too Old For Birthdays?

by Meghann on February 8, 2012

I’m no stranger to negative comments. Trust me I’ve seen them all come through. I’ve been picked and pulled apart on everything from my grammar to my weight to my hair to my relationships to everything under the sun. I’ve read them and I’ve moved on. If I took each of them personally then they would have beat me down a long time ago. Want to be a blogger? Get a thick skin. Trust me.

Young House Love actually has a GREAT post on negative comments you should check it out HERE.

Anyways, negative comments aren’t really what I’m here to write about. What I want to talk about is this one comment in particular I received on this morning’s post.

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The self-centered comments are always the most amusing because this is essentially an online diary of my life told by me. It’s my life through food and running and that includes whatever shape that life might take. I’m a girl who has a blog – that’s it.

Ok. Again – not the point. What got me was the part about essentially being too old to celebrate my birthday or the idea that once we are out of childhood that birthdays no longer matter. That is the part I completely disagree with.

Why is it that once we reach a certain age we are required to give up any trace of childhood happiness we have left? Why can’t we celebrate the one day of the year that is special to us because that’s the day we entered the world? Why can’t we act like a kid every once in a while and just be happy? Why can’t we have an excuse to indulge in things like cake for breakfast?

I love birthdays and I always have. I get it from my mom – her and my dad still take annual birthday trips every year (it helps that her birthday falls on a long holiday weekend). It’s their excuse to get away, act like kids and be romantic. That birthday anticipation countdown? My mom does that too. She’s not afraid of getting older, she actually embraces it and is always excited to celebrate a new year. I am my mother’s daughter and I couldn’t be more thankful to her for that. She instilled that sense of joy and youthfulness that I never want to lose.

Birthdays don’t stop happening once you stop being a child and I believe you shouldn’t stop celebrating them either. It should be a happy day where using the excuse ‘but, it’s my birthday! should be completely acceptable, especially when getting out of doing the dishes. Or a day where knowing it’s your birthday is all it takes to put a smile on your face. You’ve made it another year – good for you! πŸ™‚

It’s not just our own birthday either – it’s even better when we go all out for others. Making birthday dinners, desserts, or even buying presents for the people we love on their birthdays (young or old) never gets old. My future brother-in-law’s birthday is on Sunday and last night I was asking Derek in the car what his favorite cookie was so I could make a batch for him. He’ll be 22 and I think a big batch of his favorite cookies with a side of birthday balloons, candles, and any other throwback we can think of to birthdays of his youth will be just what he needs to put a smile on his face. Yes, he has a beautiful 8 month old daughter, but he can still act like a kid too.

Birthdays are an excuse to have fun – no matter the age or circumstances. Enjoy it while you and make the most of it.

These are just my opinions. Obviously the commenter above has hers too. What are yours? Is there a time where we start being too old to celebrate our birthdays? Please share.

I’m not the only one celebrating a birthday today either.

Happy Birthday to my twin brother Josh!


You’ll never guess how old he’s turning!?!? πŸ˜‰

Three things never to ask to a set of Boy/Girl Twins:

  1. Are you guys identical?! (Think on that one and get back to me)
  2. Is it his/her birthday too? (unless there was a funky labor involved – then yes)
  3. How old is your twin turning?! (no comment)

You’d be surprised how often we’re asked those. Especially the first one. And if you’re still thinking about the answer to that one, then I’m just going to sit here and shake my head with a big goofy grin on my face until you figure it out. πŸ˜‰

And we’re not alone celebrating this week either.


This morning Maddie received an invitation to one of her doggie friend’s birthday celebrations.


Yes, Maddie was invited to a dog’s birthday party. But, like I said above, birthdays are worth celebrating no matter the age or animal. πŸ˜‰

Maddie is actually confused for Ginger a lot by neighbors. I can see the resemblance from when Ginger was a bit younger.


But at almost 14? Eh.


I hope Maddie’s getting a good glimpse into her future whenever she sees Ginger. That’ll be you in 11 years, my young Maddie. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of Maddie – she’s still at my parents house and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get her and bring her home. I miss her. Even Derek confessed to missing her today. The house isn’t the same without her.

Lunch today was a set of pretty tasty lunch meat tacos.


Each tortilla was filled with:

  • mixed greens
  • turkey
  • carrot
  • avocado
  • cheese
  • salsa
  • walnuts

They were really, really good. I think it was the salsa. Everything is better with salsa.


I have a few errands to run before the day is over. Happy hump day everyone!

1 Dana February 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I think everyone should get to do/say/act how they want on their birthday. It’s only fair πŸ™‚

2 Olivia February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Agree. To the extent that you are not a bitch to others. Which I don’t think she was. Also, yeah personal blogs can tend to be about the person who writes them. People who don’t like reading about others or think writing about your birthday means you are being the centre of attention can simply hit UNSUBSCRIBE. Or you know, not read the blog!
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3 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups February 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Life should be celebrated, and your birthday, no matter how many you’ve had, is no exception! I’m pretty sure I had birthday-related posts for my entire birthday week. I hope I never get to the point where I’m dreading my birthday or anything but excited by it!
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4 sarah February 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed – you are never too old to celebrate your birthday! If you were, then you would just stop having them, and well, we all know we have one every year! I am turning 30 this year, and I love my birthday, I usually have a count down too! now, I also have one for my daughter and my husband too, but thats because I love to celebrate the day of birth of my very favorite people, including me πŸ™‚

5 lee February 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

jane sounds like her mom forgot her birthday. You should do whatever the heck you want! I quit celebrating my birthday. I do something epic the day before (huge bike ride, run, etc) to close out the previous year, and then am exhausted on my birthday.

6 Stephanie February 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Precisely why I could not do what you do.
Hey Jane- keep it to yourself or don’t freaking read the blog to begin with.

The joy and happiness you share around your birthday reminded me of this Buddha quote:

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”

Thank you for sharing.

7 Anne P February 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Aw, I love that quote.

8 Sneakers2Sandals February 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

what a nice quote!!

9 Glenneth February 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The real world celebrates birthdays – for the young and the old. I love attending babies 1st birthday parties. They will never remember it, but the adults do. I also remember throwing my grandfather’s 90th birthday party. What an exciting time for the family.

Its your birthday – you should celebrate – in whatever form or fashion you choose. And if the commenter doesn’t want to see birthday posts, I suggest she stop reading pretty much everyone’s personal blog.

Happy Birthday! Have a fabulous day!
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10 Molly February 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Happy Birthday! I am a triplet and I get those questions every year! Along with the question of “do you guys have ESP”? Ummm seriously?

Also, I don’t know who pooped in Jane’s oatmeal, but I think celebrating birthdays…even if it’s just with a candle or a card…is important and worth it. It’s like a New Year just for you to see how far you’ve come, and what has changed. We celebrated my Grandma’s 92nd birthday last June, if that’s not something to celebrate I don’t know what is!
Hope you’re having a fabulous day πŸ™‚
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11 Nicole February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Its your birthday – so celebrate! My grandmother has a saying that sums up how I feel about those negative comments “Some people will be unhappy in heaven”

12 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I don’t think you’re ever too old to celebrate or be excited about any milestone, though as I get older, I find I just wait for people to notice and come to me. πŸ™‚
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13 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I don’t think you’re ever too old to celebrate or be excited about any milestone, though as I get older, I find I just wait for people to notice and come to me. πŸ™‚
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14 Jane February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Wow, an entire blog about my comment. I guess I’ll bite. I think that everyone should be able to celebrate their birthday, regardless of age. However, your birthday is ONE DAY. It is not a month (as you have repeatedly reminded your blog readers, this is your birthday month), it is not a week (although every day this week we’ve been reminded, yet again, that it is your birthday). Yes, at some age, you need to give up the self-centered “the day is all about MEEE” nonsense. Posting a picture montage of yourself on your birthday for every one of the last 10 years- are you seriously trying to tell me that normal people do this? Yes, you have a blog and a bunch of followers- that doesn’t make you the center of the universe and it doesn’t make your birthday any more special than someone else’s. A simple “today is my birthday so I made myself a special birthday breakfast” would be a totally appropriate way to mark your day on your blog. A week’s worth of buildup, an entire post on how excited you are to have YOUR day, a photo montage, etc etc? It is just self absorbed and juvenile.

Totally off topic- yes, you should be criticized for your grammar and spelling. Companies pay you to represent them online and you can’t even construct a simple sentence differentiating between your/you’re and their/they’re/there. These are not difficult things and you should be ashamed that you let your blog fall into such complete disarray. If I were a company, I would fire you after one look at the mess that is your writing.

15 lee February 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Really, just stop. Stop reading, stop commenting, stop taking someone else’s inventory. Just stop.

16 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm


17 Kate February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Agree 110%.

18 Kate February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Just to be clear I am agreeing with lee πŸ™‚

19 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I thought blogs were a place for conversation…? Jane is coming here leaving comments just like everyone else and should be respected. Comments do NOT always have to be sugary sweet, which Meghann noted, and she is right: bloggers need to have a thick skin. Honestly, she’s is probably thankful for readers like Jane who continue to come back day after day (whether they enjoy the content or not) because that’s more clicks and more money in her pocket. So, I guess I don’t see what’s wrong with Jane expressing an opposing opinion. By showing up here, she’s supporting Meghann.

20 Katy Widrick February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm


I’m a big believer in comments being a place for discussion and respectful debate. I tend to be on the liberal side when it comes to letting those debates go, and I agree that Jane had every right to come and share her opinion.

But the tone of her comment was mean-spirited, and didn’t add any value to the discussion. Had she phrased it as bringing up a bigger issue (like the way Meghann spun it into an entire post here), I’d be all for it. But the personal dig was out of line, and I disagree (respectfully!) that it was “conversation.”

If you so dislike the content (Jane, not you), why take the time to leave such a nasty comment rather than just clicking the X button to close it?

Meghann, kudos to you for being the bigger person, and I hope you have an amazing day.
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21 Suze February 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Whyyyyy are youuuu readdinnnnnng? Seriously, please ask yourself this question.

22 Meghann February 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I disagree with you. I believe birthdays should be celebrated through the week or month or whatever you feel like. My birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. Currently I’m sitting at home on my dining room chair working. Last night I had a small dinner at my future in-laws because they were unable to join us for dinner tonight. Tonight Derek is taking me out for a birthday dinner and on Friday I’ll be joining some girlfriends for dinner and a movie to celebrate. Technically it’s a weeklong celebration, but it’s also an excuse to hang out with friends and family. I’ve written similar montage type posts when ever my siblings, parents, or Derek had birthdays. And the montage was just for fun. I’m a scrapbooker at heart and I LOVE photos. I have over a dozen albums in my closet – a few of which are solely birthday related. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there with that. And if I had enough photos of Derek from his birthdays through the years I would make one of him in a heartbeat because it’s fun to see the changes.

23 Kristin February 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I loved the photo montage. It is interesting to see how someone changes from year to year. Happy Birthday! I’m getting excited for mine that is on the 20th, though not so excited that it is the big 3-0.

24 Krista February 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

In my family we always considered it you birthday week! I’m sorry Jane that you never had this in your life because it’s really fun. Birthdays should totally be celebrated to the fullest, we can’t take them for granted πŸ™‚

25 cathy February 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

You should not have to explain why you celebrate as you do in “your space” . Birthdays are a blessing how many people will not get to celebrate theirs in 2012, and who knows when they will celebrate their last birthday? (Not intended to be morbid) Every year that you live to see another birthday is a cause for celebration however and for as long as you choose. Happy Birthday!

26 Reenie February 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I agree ~ you don’t have to explain Meghann…..hell ~ I’d make it a birthday MONTH if I were you πŸ˜‰

27 Andrea February 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

I totally agree with Cathy. Each birthday we get to celebrate is a blessing, and everyone should celebrate the way they want to.
I turned 34 (ouch) just last week and celebrated like a little kid πŸ™‚

28 Sara@RunningInPinkProject February 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Meghann- I have also done Birthday weekend or Birthday “week” especially when the real day falls on a week night. I think its fine to go big! πŸ™‚ I hope your Birthday week/month is fabulous!

PS-Keep writing about fabulous places to dine out and grab coffee in Tampa. Im keeping a running list for when I move in a few weeks!
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29 ce February 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

For my 25 birthday (which was last august) I told all my friends and familly that it was going to be my birthweek! I had plans with differents groups of friends all week long, and even in september, to celebrate. Is it self centered? Maybe but it’s mostly about gathering with people important for you. I got very sick last year and I was glad that I was still there this year to celebrate with the ones I love. It’s your birthday, celebrate it the way YOU want.
Plus seriously if the way the author of this blogue writes or what she writes about get on your nerves… just don’t read it please. And spare us the meanness. And how mean is it to write negatives things to someone on her birthday?!?!? If so many people follow her life it might be because she’s doing something right.

30 ce February 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Sorry I’m so rude! Happy birthday! I wish you all the best!

31 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm


Hey, “Jane,” I hate to break it to you but this is a PERSONAL blog. Don’t like it? Don’t read it.

Oh, and by the way, what’s your motivation for writing these kinds of comments? Jealousy, perhaps?

32 Kristin February 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

If it is so annoying for you then stop reading Meghann’s blog. It really is just that simple.

33 Christina February 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Yes, we should all avoid reading and otherwise exposing ourselves to things we dislike.

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34 Rebecca February 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Everyone has a right to their own opinion and in this case, a right to comment and express that opinion. Meghann isn’t the center of the universe, she is the center of this blog. And if you don’t enjoy it I would suggest that you stop reading (and possible participate in an activity that would put some sunshine in your life, I think you may be lacking a bit).

35 JessicaE February 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Well I guess you wouldn’t like me either because my Husband and I both have “birthday weeks”. πŸ™‚ We love to do special things for one another for an entire week instead of just one day. The older you get, the MORE meaningful birthdays get IMO… and a bit scarier too. To each their own.

36 Heather February 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm


I say celebrate this life as much as you can. If that means enjoying love that family/friends want to shower you with for an ENTIRE BIRTHDAY MONTH, what’s the harm?

I think criticism is important in this world, but calling out someone ON THEIR BIRTHDAY for something that really shouldn’t impact you? Well, I’ll be honest, it makes you come off as rude, inconsiderate, and frankly just bitter.

37 Sneakers2Sandals February 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Jane – I would not like to be you. We all have our strengths and weaknesses in life. Obviously yours is not being classy. I’m okay with people sharing their opinion as long as they do it in a diplomatic way. Your comments are honestly just down right mean. There’s no need to be mean. I don’t think Meghann did anything to you, why do you feel the need to outlash at her just because you find something she wrote annoying or grammatically incorrect? Share your opinion but proof read it a few times before you hit submit and maybe take a cool shower to cool down…
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38 Alison February 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Wow, seriously Jane? Stop reading this blog if you have problems with it. I personally found joy in reading Meghann’s birthday post. Everyone should have a special day to feel awesome about themselves regardless of their age.

39 Rachel Wilkerson February 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

@Jane I sort of feel like most blogs are inherently self-centered. I’m not saying that’s a GOOD thing, but I think that to enjoy personal blogs, you kinda have to accept it and get over trying to change that. I mean, you could say that all of Meghann’s posts (and most bloggers’ posts) are kind of making her the center of the universe. That’s the thing about blogs. Why should a blogger believe her [triathlon, yogurt, dog] is more special than anyone else’s? I mean, Meghann’s birthday montage isn’t so different than her oatmeal montage, right? I’m not sure if you take issue with those posts as well, or there is something about the birthday thing that you find extra narcissistic, but I’m curious and I thought I’d throw that out there.
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40 Julia February 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The spelling and grammar comment? That’s constructive criticism. The birthday one just makes Jane sound like a grump. A blog about you is self centered by nature. Who cares? Her overuse of the word β€œnormal” is sad too. What exactly is β€œnormal” Jane? Don’t like it, don’t read it. A critique is one thing, no need to be rude about it.

I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m not Jewish, I have plenty of family, I did not have a terrible experience at Christmas – I just choose not to celebrate it and have done so quite happily for years. Now, if you live in America, you know, just about everyone you know is REALLY into Christmas. It completely surrounds me from October to January, and people don’t really understand my choice not to participate. But ya know what? I don’t care that others celebrate. It doesn’t bother me that they enjoy it. I am not bitter about what other people do, and if it bothers you that much that someone is happy about their birthday a lot, then that sounds like a problem that resides deep inside of you. I choose love and understanding over normal any day of the week!

41 Nadine February 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

If anything Jane… you should grow up. This is her blog, her story on her life and she can say what she wants. No one makes you read this, so you have no right to say such negative comments; especially on her birthday. Since you are going out of your way to comment on such makes you immature and maybe even a bit envious of her life. Why do you care? Stop reading it then, worry about yourself, and not how people choose to enjoy their birthdays.


42 Christina February 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Two rude, anonymous comments make a right?
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43 Ari @ Ari's Menu February 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

If you’re really that bothered by it, then why do you keep reading? Honestly, at first your whole comment made me angry as someone with very similar beliefs about birthdays as Meghann, but the more I thought about it, it made me sad that you don’t feel important enough to take the time to celebrate yourself, and that you are unhappy enough to post such negativity on someone else’s special day. I sincerely hope that something changes, and you experience the feeling of people in your life making you feel special enough that you can celebrate yourself for however long you like, because honestly, every single human being is worthy of that. We spend a lot of time doing things we *have to* in life, there is nothing wrong with taking some time out to celebrate the amazing gifts you have in your life and the incredible people around you that make your life special.

Meghann–Happy birthday! I’m glad you were born, and so often your blog brightens my day!!
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44 Isabelle February 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

If occasional spelling/grammar errors bother you, why do you not only read the blog but spend so much of your time and energy writing stupid comments? No one cares! I like reading this blog every couple weeks to see what Meghan’s up to. I can’t imagine getting emotional and angry about hearing about her birthday or her use of their instead of they’re. You have serious issues!!!! (and you’re a pathetic loser with too much time on your hands).
Love the blog Meghan- keep ignoring the haters and a very happy birthday to you!

45 Isabelle February 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

(in response to Jane -the weirdo you mentioned in your post!)

46 Tori February 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I have to disagree with you, Isabelle. I like Meghann’s blog and think she seems like a cool girl but the spelling/grammar errors honestly annoy the crap out of me sometimes. Considering she is a professional blogger and this is her job, I think the frequent errors (not just a few) make her blog seem sloppy and unprofessional. I hold professional bloggers to a higher standard and it only takes a few minutes to pop your text into spell check or give it a once over.

But I like her content and don’t think my dislike of her grammatical errors means I shouldn’t read her blog anymore. Just my two cents!

47 Rachel February 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I agree with you, Tori.

Jane’s comment about Meghann’s birthday was unnecessary. I think it is special and important to celebrate everyone’s birthdays, but I also think some people can go overboard in celebrating them. However, this is a personal life blog, and therefore, Meghann’s personal choices about how she celebrates her birthday will be featured on the blog. Jane’s comment could have been helpful if she kindly pointed out that there were other things perhaps more worthy of attention that Meghann could write about instead. However, her choice of words and sardonic tone clearly only ended up backfiring.

Correcting someone on their grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes, though, isn’t “picking or pulling apart” someone, as Meghann claims she has been. Meghann chooses to make her living as a writer, therefore, she should follow the basic rules of the English language. And yes, it does affect her audience. I used to read her blog every day, but the frequent errors really turned me off. And now I only read her blog once a week at most. Why should I give any attention to a piece of writing that the writer herself doesn’t care to give attention to?

48 Christina February 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

So it’s okay for you to be rude and offensive, but it’s not okay for Jane?
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49 Molly F. February 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

I don’t read this blog often, but for whatever reason, I looked at it today. I think it was incredibly tasteless that you singled out a reader’s comment, and not only that, you included her name with the screenshot of the comment in your post. The way a blogger treats her readers, as well as the way she allows other commenters to treat each other, speaks volume about what type of person they are in “real life.”

50 Michelle February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

This is a healthy living blog and we’ve followed Meghann’s journey from feeling unhealthy to fit and strong. Her photo montage provides a visual reminder about how far she’s come. That’s the first thing I thought when I saw it. Loved the photos, Meghann!

Your blog has been a journey from young woman to woman and what better way to celebrate healthy years on a HEALTHY LIVING BLOG, than to see photographic evidence of how well you’ve done. I loved it.

51 Caitlin February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

wow, that negative commenter must not have anyone that treats her special on her birthday! I love birthdays and love to be the center of attention for that day since I usually don’t like it otherwise. enjoy your day! and just think- that lady might have negative comments but she obviously keeps coming back to read your blog to see what you are up to-she’s the one that needs a life!

Happy birthday!

52 Kate February 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Wait, so because someone doesn’t think you should have an entire week, or month revolving around your birthday (I find it funny that for someone who spent an entire post gushing about how OMG IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! she did not mention her twin brother ONCE…) then that means that nobody treats them special?

That’s ridiculous. I think Meghann has every right to talk about her birthday, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s obnoxious to hear about it for a month straight. For the record, I do have people that treat me special on my birthday, before you throw that ORIGINAL idea of “If you have a negative thought, you must not be loved!” at me.

53 Stace February 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

To Jane (if that is your real name) and all the other people with less than nice things to say …

First, she HAS mentioned her brother and how happy she was that he was flying in to town. Also, as cool as it is for her to share her b-day as a twin.. it is still HER b-day and she deserves some of it to be about her not about her being a twin.
Second, it is her blog about her that she writes so I just don’t understand how that can be so confusing to people complaining about her talking about herself … her b-day… or whatever.
Third, Alot of people celebrate a birthday week and saying it is your birthday month is true because it was the month you were born IN. None of this is out of the ordinary in my opinion from what i experience at work, socially, and with family memebers. SO why don’t you tell it to anyone that ever mentions it’s their birthday week/month that you think they are selfish to their face and not just hiding behind the internet like a snarky faceless coward. Or, maybe you do that already bc you are the fun sucker of your office/social cirlce/family…. it is not your place to decide how other people celebrate anything in their lives.
Lastly, to all the grammar police out there…. you should not assume she or anyone does not know the difference between then/than, there/their etc… it happen’s, big deal, move on or quit reading. I am sure I have 85 mistake in this comment alone…. I am not here for English class, I am here for recipes motivation and fun(I have lost 60lbs bc of the motivation I get from HLB’S). Someone needs to give you people a hug. FO’ Real … how’s that grammar for ya?

54 Stace February 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

OH, and more importantly …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 27 is a favorite number of mine so I just know it is going to be a good year for you!

55 caitlin February 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I’m sorry, that was not correct to assume that, I’m sure you do have people that treat you special on your birthday. I did not mean to get involved in this, but it seems a little ridiculous that you frequent her blog to write negative comments. If you don’t want to see her talk about her birthday then don’t follow her on twitter or follow her blog, simple as that. If you don’t have anything nice to say, than don’t say it at all. That is all I was trying to get across.

56 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

YOU.GO.GIRL! I couldn’t have said it better myself! πŸ™‚
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57 Rachel February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Some people! Sheesh.

I’m a triplet, and LOVE the birthday questions. We’re two girls and a boy, and my sister and I are identical. But we get asked if all three of us are identical ALL THE TIME. Or, when I tell people who know me that I’m a triplet, they ask, “Oh wow! How old are your siblings?”

I think a lot of folks just don’t know how twins are ‘made’, I guess! πŸ™‚
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58 SaraRM February 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I absolutely LOVE birthdays. I love my birthday but love others birthdays just as much. I think everyone should have “their day” to celebrate. Celebrate life, celebrate friends, happiness anything under the sun. Cheesy yes but it gives us something to look forward to every year. No one needs justify it. ITS YOUR BIRTHDAY! πŸ™‚

59 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Okay, that is completely just…WRONG. You are never, ever too old to celebrate your birthday! Are you kidding me? I get giddy every night before my birthday and anxiously awake the next day, pinching my husband and eating huge portions of birthday pancakes.

It’s YOUR day. Celebrate it however the HECK you want to!

60 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt February 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

At 2:30 pm daily you are the center of the universe. That’s when I get your daily updates and I love them, I subscribe to your blog to hear about you and all that is your life, if you left out your b-day I would feel cheated, I have never understood negative comments. Happy B-day!
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61 Lauren February 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

clearly Jane has no one to celebrate her birthday with.

I love my birthday, and others birthdays. I like cake, I like pin the tail on the donkey, and I like blowing out candles. I fully plan to do those things every single year.
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62 Heather February 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Happy birthday! You are never to old to celebrate birthdays. I love the real job part…I work from home too so I get that all the time. For some reason misinformed people think that just because you work from home it’s not a “real job”. Hhhmmm.

I love going to WDW because I love acting like a kid and that’s the best place to do it. I’m 26 and we don’t have kids and we go all. the. time. πŸ™‚

I have a “birthday week” every year for my birthday.
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63 Jane February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

One more thing:

“Birthdays are an excuse to have fun – no matter the age or circumstances. Enjoy it while you and make the most of it.”

I agree with this 100%. However, you are not using your birthday as an excuse to have fun. You are using your birthday as a way to get sycophants to stroke your ego.

64 Angela February 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Just out of curiosity what is the problem if that is what she is doing?

65 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Isn’t that what the entire blog world is? Or celebrity in general?
If you don’t like it, no one is making you read it.

Additionally, calling everyone that reads this or other blogs a “sycophant” is just ridiculous. Obviously you read them, too, so in some way, you are talking about yourself.

You’re kind of an asshole.

66 Krista February 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Why are you even reading if you hate it so much? It just doesn’t make sense.

67 Chris February 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Who-wee I hope you never meet my sister – she celebrates the “Festival of Lauren” and we do stuff ALL month – and she’ll be 32 this next festival! And you know what? I love it! I love my sis, I love celebrating the day my life got infinitely better, I love that she unselfconsciously makes a huge to-do about it! It’s all in good fun, nothing to get grouchy about. I respect that everyone has their own opinion and I respect that your version of being a grown up apparently does not allow for indulgence and silliness, but I sure feel bad for the adults in your life who never get doted on what is surely the most important day in their own life history. And for the record, my mom celebrates her bday with vim, I always take the day off work but my dad and husband could give 2 hoots about their own. Everyone is entitled to spend it however they like and we all respect each others version without criticism. You should try it!

68 jane February 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm

haha I LOVE this- (btw this is a different Jane commenting-I hope that I am not always branded as a bad commenter because ANOTHER jane left a mean comment:-/) but i am FOR SURE having a Festival of Jane this coming August!!

69 chris February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

you should! we have had many good times at her festival – sky diving, spa days and just simple bar-b-ques have all made appearances over the years. i always look forward to april!!

70 Sana February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I think some people have terrible birthdays, the day has a lot of expectation and sometimes they are not met.
I cried on my 22nd because I got lost driving to the place where I was taking my friends to dinner. It happens. It’s just a day and we all move on.
Butttt Happy Birthday to you!
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71 Jamie February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The thing that I don’t understand about people snarking on blogs and creating sites like GOMI is that they are spending SO MUCH TIME hating on people. It makes me think that they have absolutely no lives whatsoever. So strange. I have a full time job, a child, hobbies, and a million other things to occupy my time. If I don’t like a person/blog/whatever, I don’t waste my time on it. There are so many other things to do.

72 Anne P February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Amen. It makes zero sense to me to spend so much time on negativity.

73 Angela February 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

GOMI is such a weird site. I really don’t understand the appeal of it but I just know the owners must be laughing all the way to the bank. A high traffic site which they don’t really have to work on to get page views and they actively ask for advertisers. I’d imagine they are making a lot more money than most bloggers.

74 Nik February 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I have no idea how much the creator of GOMI makes but I do know that instead of posting 3x a day, they post content every few days that is actually interesting and sparks some very intellectual conversations. Like most places – yeah sometimes things cross the line. People are so quick to judge how people that are “jealous haters” have no lives, yet the ones (not Meghann specifically) who post 3x a day with NOTHING to say but “here is my breakfast/lunch/dinner!” and shut down any sort of dialogue that isn’t praising them have lives? It astounds me the bubble that people live in.

75 Jamie February 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I was not saying that these 3x a day food bloggers have the most interesting lives in the world. What I am saying is that it seems like a complete waste of energy to devote time towards being negative towards people you don’t even know.

76 Angela February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Again this may just be me not understanding GOMI but the point of most HLBs is to share what they eat and do to be healthy not every single minute of their lives. How is doing exactly that in whatever format wrong?

To be honest if I was a blogger I would shut down the negative stuff as well. More often than not a lot of it is an outright attack rather than constructive criticism/concern and who needs that in their lives?

If someone wants a site full of people telling them that they are great then what is wrong with them having one? It’s exactly the same as certain members of sites like GOMI living in the bubble where it’s ok to be a bully.

77 Cindy February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Happy birthday! It is your blog. You can say whatever you want! Why people have to be so negative and demeaning is beyond me.

I hope you have a great birthday day!

78 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Since when did it become a crime to celebrate birthdays? Who the hell cares, Jane? Happy Birthday, Meghann!

79 Hannah N. February 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Oh man, I have so many issues with Ms. Jane. 1. Just like you said, this is YOUR blog! Where you write about YOUR life! If she thinks the Birthday post is self-indulgent, I’m not sure why she reads your blog at all? 2. You have a real job. Just because you don’t go to an office any more does not mean that you don’t earn your living and work hard every day. I’m also not really sure what celebrating a birthday has to do with learning how “to live in the real world” and 3. Celebrate all you want! I love birthdays and think a celebration is in order no matter the age or at what stage in your life you are. I love to celebrate others birthdays as well as my own. Why can’t we celebrate and be thankful that the ones we love were born and are in our life?

Happy Birthday Meghann and eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you feel like it!!!!

80 Dori February 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I love my birthday because it is the one day a year people have to be nice to me, have to cater to my wishes and (have to) buy me drinks!
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81 Kim February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I am 40 and I still celebrate my birthday and get excited days before. I have never heard of being too old to celebrate a birthdays. That’s ridiculous. Anyway, Happy Birthday and enjoy your day celebrating!

82 Angela February 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Sounds like someone is jealous. Maybe because Jane is such a grump nobody wants to celebrate her birthday!

Birthdays really have no more or less importance based on what age you are so celebrate them in which ever way you choose.

Happy Birthday!

83 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston February 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Uhh, I love my birthday and usually end up celebrating it more than just once. Haha. Live it up and have fun!
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84 Adrienne J February 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I love birthdays! In my husband’s house growing up birthdays were never a big deal but now that he’s married to me he gets a cake and candles every year! He’s coming around and looks forward to them now. So fun. πŸ™‚

btw, Happy Birthday!!
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85 Emily February 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Birthdays are the greatest. And happy one to you!
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86 sara February 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I just don’t understand negative comments on blogs. I mean…it’s one thing if a blogger has posted something asking for feedback/opinions/etc. or inviting a (MATURE) conversation on a topic. But to just post something negative or mean for the sake of it? You know what would take a lot less time and probably make you a happier person in general? NOT reading the blogs of people you think are “self-centered”.

And for the record, I don’t just celebrate my birthDAY – I celebrate my entire BIRTHDAY WEEKEND. And I just turned 30 last year and have a “real job” (not saying you don’t – if you can make a living doing something you love, you’ve got a real DREAM job in my opinion) and live in a very real world!

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87 Laura February 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I’m with you on you are never too old to celebrate your birthday. I pull out the “it’s my birthday” line every year and I plan on always doing it.

I hope you have a splendid birthday and enjoy every minute of your special day!

88 Leigh February 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I vote on always celebrating birthdays! It’s so much fun! And it is YOUR birthday by the way, so I say it’s your call! Have a happy one! πŸ™‚

89 Vanessa February 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I’ll be turning 27 in a few months too, and I had no idea that celebrating a birthday was a childish pursuit. Sure, I no longer wear a paper cone hat all day or give out party favors (remember those Lisa Frank pencils?) but gosh, doesn’t celebrating your birthday help soften the blow of getting older? When my mom turned 50 she had a Saturday Night Live-themed costume party, and seeing my parents & their friends dress up as SNL characters from the last 30 years was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Following in that tradition, I’m hoping to only have better and better birthdays as I get older and you should too!

90 Shannon February 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Hi Meghan,
First of alll Wish you a very Happy Birthday…
I can say one thing for sure Jane is jealous of you and she must be a English Teacher…. πŸ™‚
Yes you are the celebrity of your blog and what can you write other than your birthday when it is your birthday which comes once in a year … So keep going Enjoy your day.
With love,

91 Diana February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Meghann, I hope that you’ve had a wonderful birthday no matter what! I think the excitement of a birthday never goes away, so it makes sense to talk about your “birthday week” and how happy you are for it.
As a side note…I actually do know twins with different birthdays! One was born right before midnight and one was born right after. The younger was a little bitter when her twin went out for her 21st without her!

92 Allison February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday Meghann! I think we are never too old to celebrate birthdays and our lives. I make sure my birthday last week’s! I love celebrating others birthdays just as much as my own.

I am sorry that there are people like Jane (from above) that are trying to take the excitement out of your day and tear you apart.

I am a new reader of your blog, and am enjoying your posts. This is your spot on the web where you get to say whatever you wish. Blog away!
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93 Kathy February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I am always so shocked when I hear about negative comments on a person’s blog. It’s just that ….YOUR blog….YOUR opinions…YOUR option to post what ever you want.

We (the reader) has a choice to read or not…post a comment or not…etc…I always think why would one even take the time to leave a negative comment…instead why don’t they just quit reading? Oh, it seems so simple. πŸ˜‰ But, then again maybe I see it that way b/c I too have a birthday coming up …in 3 days…and I am going to be 43…and celebrating and talking about being the center of attention for the day!! Well, duh! It’s my day!!

(Oh, and Jennifer Aniston the exact year too. And Taylor Lautner??? Some werewolf guy with a great “Young” chest..ha! I am all for Team Edward!)

Happy ..Happy 27th!
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94 Holly February 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Ridiculous! My grandmother just turmed 89 and has already had three birthday parties!

95 Bri February 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Nothing wrong with enjoying your birthday, though I can see how your birthday post could be off-putting. It’s just a societal thing. As children, we love talking about ourselves and love any excuse to have the world revolve around us. This practice is not socially acceptable (generally speaking) as we become adults, whether it is in regard to a birthday or an accomplishment at work. This behavior rubs people the wrong way. I’m all for you embracing your birthday but just wanted to share another perspective. It’s not that people who are put off by the birthday montage are necessarily joyless birthday-haters,j but rather that they place more value on social norms. I fall into that category. My family and friends have always celebrated my birthday to the absolute max, but I would never find myself so much as mentioning in conversation that it’s my birthday.

96 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Happy Birthday, Meghann!

97 Taylor February 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Birthdays should be celebrated & fun! No matter what age.
Also, I find it somewhat amusing that the person’s negative comment about how you need to get a “real job” is actually contributing to your blog traffic. They’re basically helping support your job. πŸ™‚

98 Hillary February 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I really do love my birthday—I just do! Maybe not as much as I did when I was 12 or 13, but I definitely love feeling special (who doesn’t?!) I’m a teacher, and every year since I started teaching, my kids have gone out of the way to do something for me on my birthday—everything from homemade cakes to cards to balloons…and I love(d) it!
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99 Marisa February 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Happy Birthday! I believe in celebrating birthdays and having fun on your special day! Birthdays are for everyone no matter what your age!

100 Nat February 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm


HAPPPY HAPPPY HAPPY 27TH BIRTHDAY!!!! If I could send balloons, confetti and sweets your way, I would.

Wishing you a fun, festive and love filled birthday!

Go on with your bad-celebrating self!

101 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run February 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Some years I want to celebrate my birthday and some years I just want to have a beer at home. Depends on how I feel. But when I do want to celebrate, it needs to last ALL WEEK. Because one day a year just will not do. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Meghann!
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102 Angela February 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I love celebrating my birthday and probably always will. I actually think some people can get obnoxious about celebrating them. I have an FB friend who celebrates the whole month and constantly posts status updates about it. I think that could be considered over celebrating. But, I read your blog every day and don’t think you overdid it at all! And for the record, I am a teacher and the grammar errors that meanie commentor mentioned always bug me, but I have never noticed them on your blog. Some people just have to make other people feel bad to feel good about themselves.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy it – don’t let a silly little hater get to you!

103 Jen February 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

If “Jane” finds you annoying, that perhaps she should just not read your blog? Problem solved! I hope you have a fantastic birthday. Enjoy.

104 erica February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

eh, it’s YOUR birthday! celebrate however you want! some people love birthdays, some hate it. some have one day some celebrate the whole week or month! if you love bdays, then celebrate it to your heart’s content. it’s your blog, and your birthday.

with that said, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

don’t let a random commenter rain on your parade!
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105 JunieB February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I think that persons point was all the leading up to it. I can see where she was coming from. I follow you on Twitter and obviously see your blog when I think about it (you aren’t on my reader, but I do like to read about your running as you seem to be only one of the ‘6’ that know what a training plan is).

Anyway my point is that they were possibly talking about you hyping this birthday thing up for weeeeeeeks now. I’ve seen it on Twitter and it is annoying to some degree.

A bunch of tweets and blog posts? I can see where that can be construed as self centered, and over the top.

But to each their own.

FYI, the novelty of birthdays WILL eventually fade.
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106 Lauren February 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Yep. This was a respectful explanation, and I agree.

107 D. February 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I agree with this 100% and think it was very well written response. I do feel like there is always a lot of bragging on this blog more so than other ones and yes I read a ton of them. HTP and SR are my favorites because they don’t have to slam the readers with constant bragging about themselves. Also, I run a heck of a lot slower than SR but I never feel bad about it because of the way she writes it.

AND I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY! But a photo montage…? nah I’ll pass thanks.

108 Cat February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I have never commented before, just happily read your blog. What I really do not get, if this woman is so against your posts, your week long celebrations, your pictures, then why the hell is she logging onto your site, and obviously more than once simply by the number of posts she has written. I am guessing she is jealous, of your blog success, your life…. who knows. The number of replies on here shows she is a tiny minority!

Happy Birthday!

109 JunieB February 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oops…not to mention the collage of self portraits…that IS over the top.
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110 Kim February 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm

First of all *HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY*!!! My birthday was on Sunday. I turned 37 and I most definitely celebrated. I always joke around that it’s “birthday week” between the lunches with co-workers and dinner’s with family. “Jane” has a bug up her butt and should mind her own business. πŸ™‚
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111 Amanda February 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I have an aunt in her late 50s who celebrates birthday month. We (all her friends and family) love it because it just creates more opportunities to be together and celebrate how great life is! In a way she is giving us a gift by inviting us all to be together. We need more reasons to celebrate in this world! Happy birthday Meghann! I wish I was 27 again I’d celebrate all freaking year!

112 Rachel February 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

So on your first birthday post, you completely neglect to acknowledge your twin brother and instead post a 10-year photo collage and birthday breakfast about yourself, but once people give you negative feedback you post about him? It seems so disingenuous.

113 Amanda K February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

H Meghann! Happy Birthday, I’m 28 and feel the same way about my birthday..heck, this past year, I through myself a party at Color Me Mine in Hyde Park. My friends and I had a BLAST!

I usually don’t read through your comments (you get a TON girl πŸ™‚ ) but I never would have guessed you ever got any negative comments. I was truly shocked to read what “Jane” wrote. Jealousy is a terrible thing πŸ˜‰

I find your blog to be enjoyable and I read it daily. I don’t understand why people should be negative towards you at all…you aren’ forcing any of us to come back and read your blog posts.

Very strange and I’m sorry you had to get that type of comment — especially on your birthday!!

114 Kelsey February 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Happy Birthday!!!! You are never too old to celebrate your life! Have a fun filled day and enjoy it! I’m turning 29 for the first time this year, and I’m excited about it! I see no reason to do otherwise πŸ™‚

115 Michelle February 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

From one of my favorite DMB songs…. Celebrate we will ’cause life is short and sweet for certain!

Don’t let others bring you down. This is a special day for you and your brother — and your mom!! Here’s to another year of many blessings.
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116 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I cannot believe someone said that, why does she even read your blog!? Duh it’s self centered, that’s the point, it’s about YOU! And I say make a huge deal out of your birthday no matter how old you are. You don’t have to be a child to treat yourself as special! Have a great birthday Meghann!
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117 Lindsey February 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Good for you for addressing the comment. That is horrible you should ALWAYS celebrate your birthday no matter how old. I also think they are very special and heck I celebrate a birthday week.
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118 Silvia @ skinny jeans food February 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hmm, what nastiness by Jane Doe.
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119 Christina February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Happy Birthday Meghann!! It’s your party and you can blog if you want to — a little throw back to Lesley Gore.

I think it is absolutely grand when someone chooses to celebrate their birthday in any way. I personally believe in the anticipation and week of celebrating especially when its with people you care about who choose to celebrate with you. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate another year of life and have fun while being grateful for it!

I love pictures and had no weird thoughts at all about your photo montage.

120 Leanne @ The Skinny Architect February 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I think it’s awesome the you still celebrate your birthday, I do too. Birthdays are kind of a big deal! My mom tells me all the time how my grandparents stopped buying my dad birthday cakes when he was 10 because after that he was considered too old. HE WAS 10! Every year that I have been able to I go out and buy him his favorite cake and we celebrate, because even at 62, his birthday is something special. You only turn 27 once so live it up!! πŸ™‚
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121 Jessie February 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I am all about celebrating birthdays no matter your age. Especially as a adult (I am 28) it is important to celebrate the small things since it is so easy for life to become the mundane, hum-drum of you day to day life. Plus, the more people that celebrate the more cake there is to go around for everyone!

122 Anne P February 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I completely agree – you are NEVER too old to be silly and have fun. Keep it up. And p.s. that’s hilarious that people ask you if you and your brother are identical.
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123 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Birthdays are a celebration of life, friends, and family so I don’t think you’re ever too old to celebrate a birthday!

And the dog birthday party? So cute! I hope you are able to go and take lots of pictures!
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124 Tami February 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I don’t really get why people are negative, it’s not like you have asked “Jane” to read your blog, it’s her choice

I actually know 2 sets of twins with different birthdays!

125 Victoria February 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I’ve never been a big b-day person myself, but my husband’s family makes a HUGE deal out of birthdays for everyone. There are six children in the family and I think the “kids” (who are all in their 20s and 30s, by the way) still appreciate having a day where they get a little extra attention since they grew up in a large household. My husband’s birthday is around Halloween and we always do a family weekend at Universal for Halloween Horror Nights to celebrate. It’s a tradition. Even MY brother flies down for it now. Oh, and my husband is 32. πŸ™‚ So you have at least another five years of celebrating. πŸ˜‰
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126 Maureen February 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

You are never too old to celebrate your birthday…my birthday is ALWAYS a week long celebration between family gatherings and celebrating with friends. Since this is YOUR blog, you can mention YOUR birthday as much as you want. Am I going to read every post about it? No. But I’m not going to tell you what to post or NOT post on your blog!
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127 Susan February 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Lol to that person’s comment…. I am 31 and I can tell you EVERY year for the rest of my life my birthday will be looked forward to, celebrated and my one day to be a kid and enjoy the day! Everytime someone asks me what my favorite holiday is I reply with my birthday- it’s a day to celebrate me! πŸ™‚ Nothing wrong with enjoying your day. Happy Birthday Meghann!

128 Rebecca February 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Celebrating birthdays is celebrating LIFE! Good for you for embracing the joy of living. Celebrate that you have the good fortune and health to be having another birthday!

129 Kristi February 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Life is short! Celebrate birthdays (and everyday)! I’m guessing the person who wrote the post was having a bad day, or going through a tough time, and that’s ok, but she doesn’t need to pass her pessimism off on you!

130 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Two things: one, yes, we totally celebrate birthdays the same as your family. It’s always been a big celebration. When we were little we got to pick out whatever we wanted for dinner (usually spaghetti, maybe my mom “guided” us), and whatever cake we wanted. My brother requested peach cake one year. Hated it, and then ask for it again the next year (and got it). Whatever, it’s our birthday!

Two, my husband has a twin sister. He gets those same questions all.the.time. What’s even funnier is that he looks much more like his little sister than his twin sister. He’s 6′-3″ and his twin is 5′-3″. His other sister is 5′-10″. Oh twins . . . always an interesting fact to share with people though.
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131 Cait's Plate February 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Definitely never too old for birthdays! I say celebrate your butt off until you can no longer stand! πŸ™‚
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132 Katie February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Wow! I’m totally blown away by that comment! Just think, if she is taking the time to write a comment to “bring you down” obviously she sees something in you, that she doesn’t have. πŸ˜‰ I think celebrating Birthdays should NEVER go out of style. I turned 22 this year and you would have thought I was turning 5 πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Meghann!

133 Amy February 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’m going to be 30 in March and plan to celebrate during the whole month. Does that make me immature? haha Happy Birthday, Meghann!! I say celebrate each and every year! πŸ™‚

134 Mel February 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I LOVE my birthday, always have and always will and I’m in my mid-30’s. I just love the fact that I get to celebrate another year of living and being happy. It’s your day, dance, smile, laugh and ignore the haters!!!

135 Dani February 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Wow. Some people are just rude.

Jane – if you don’t like – STOP READING!

Happy birthday, Meghann!! πŸ™‚

136 Dani February 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Wow. Some people are just rude.

Jane – if you don’t like it – STOP READING!

Happy birthday, Meghann!! πŸ™‚

137 Kristen February 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

That Jane is such a party pooper…go on and enjoy your birthday!! 27 is an awesome year (biased since I’m 27 too). There is nothing wrong with celebrating a birthday…we all need as much celebration/joy/happiness in our lives as we can get πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday!

Ps. your lunch look delish!
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138 LeeAnn February 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Oh my, that comment! Really, lady, is someone forcing you to read this blog. I am baffled!
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139 Michelle February 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I love love love my birthday. It is a day that I don’t have to share with anyone and YES it is ALL ABOUT ME; as it should be for each of us. I will be 37 – and I am pround of that – next month. My family knows that it’s my favorite holiday. My husband calls it “queen for a month” month. I think that it is perfectly acceptable that you celebrate and hope that you do the same each and every year. We do month long celebrations for my two daughters and my husband as well. Something little each day and then something big-ish on the actual day. It’s about showing everyone how much you love and appreciate them. I chose to do that for birthdays of all my family and friends. Ney sayers be gone! Rock on Meghann, you have accomplished much this year and you SHOULD CELEBRATE. Happy Happy HAPPY Birthday!

140 Candice February 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

oh meg, you are a all star- birthdays are to be celebrated however the hell you want! I hope you HAVE a great day! and know that most of your reader got your back..
We LOVE you!
I love the collage to. I love how it shows how you have changed over the years, not just physically but mentally to!
Don’t pay attention to the bitches.

141 poptartyogini February 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

i’m sure i’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said already (so many comments) but i think as long as you get older you will have birthdays so live it up however makes you happy. you don’t have to celebrate but that doesn’t mean that there’s wrong with people who do. we celebrated my grandma’s 96th in november and it was a great celebration of an amazing life. i pray we throw another bash for her 97th!!
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142 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

This WHOLE thing makes me laugh. I guess there are people who are way too uptight and go around hating on other people’s blogs…. And don’t have a life. Hah. Seriously, this is what’s wrong with society–stop judging people, people! πŸ™‚

Happy BIRTHDAY Meghann!! You deserve to celebrate it HOW you want and in the way you want to πŸ™‚
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143 Deanna February 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

One is never too old to celebrate a birthday in whatever manner she chooses!!! Happy Birthday!!!

144 Laurie February 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Please Jane, would you just go away!!!

Happy Birthday Meghann and Josh!

145 Britt February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I haven’t been a big birthday person since I was a kid…but that’s just because I hate being the center or attention! It’s all about personal preference and more power to you for celebrating YOUR birthday the way YOU want to. πŸ™‚

146 Bec February 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Happy birthday! I feel the same way about birthdays, they are something fun in our lives to celebrate! I am sorry you had to deal with negativity on your special day. I don’t really get the pointless negative comments if you don’t like a blog don’t read it! Its a blog about you and your life so of course you will write about your birthday. As a regular reader for many years I know birthdays are a big deal for you and your family and I always live reading about how you do special things for your family members on their birthdays (like baking cars cookies for your brother)! I think you do a fantastic job of brushing off negative comments, sometimes I feel hurt by the mean comments I read on blogs. Enjoy your special day!

147 Lisa February 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Happy happy birthday!

I have to say, I am firmly on your side. I just booked my birthday Vegas trip – I’ve managed to convince four of my best girlfriends from around the country to join me in Vegas for a 4-day birthday celebration all about me! Birthday weeks are the norm in my life.

148 Angie February 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Meghann, I’m sorry you have to deal with this on your birthday. I hope you have a great day and continue to celebrate πŸ™‚ I love your blog and hope these negative comments are something you can work through. I don’t care about the grammar errors or anything else as long as you are being you. I read because you inspire me. If we were all alike, things would be so boring. Angie

149 Rachel Wilkerson February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

OK so. I’m not a birthday person and I’ve had to deal with a lot of birthday people, particularly sorority sisters. What’s hard for non-bday people to deal with is the EXPECTATION that we HAVE to give them a month-long celebration and that we are terrible people if we just don’t get that excited. I don’t think it’s a big deal for your birthday to naturally evolve into a week if you have a bunch of family/friends who want to celebrate with you. But if you got mad at me because I made other plans one night the week of your bday because “It’s my birthday week!” I’d be like, “Ummm, no.” To me, that’s really self-centered and just ridiculous.

But I think most people have SOME arbitrary day they care about and get overly-excited about. I’m not a birthday person or even a Christmas person but I’m a Valentine’s Day person (which makes people so stabby) and a Halloween person. What I’ve learned is that you can’t expect everyone else to get super-psyched about your arbitrary day, no matter what day it is. But as long as you don’t force people to plan your party and then act like a total biatch if they aren’t super=psyched, I don’t see the harm in being happy and excited about holidays/birthdays/etc.
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150 Julia February 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Very good point!

151 Bri February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I 100% agree with you, Rachel. It’s such a foreign concept for a bday person to encounter a non-bday person, and vice versa. However it’s only the first scenario that results in people getting all butthurt. HOW DARE YOU NOT LOVE MY BIRTHDAY AND FAIL TO INDULGE ME BY CELEBRATING (or tolerating the celebration) ALL WEEK LONG!!!

I have friends like that. I can’t help that I can only devote so much attention to a bday. I think it’s weird, k?

152 Ashley February 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Happy Birth Day/Week/Month Meghann!

I LOVE celebrating my birthday and those of all my family and friends. We plot and plan for weeks to determine what we’re doing, and like you often have multiple “parties” within our birthday weeks to include as many family and friends as possible. We have big parties, good food, and fantastic times together. To us, one of the greatest gifts in life is time with those you love. So, I say CELEBRATE! Eat cake, splurge on yourself, and enjoy every minute of it. It only comes one day a year (or to those like us, one month a year) so why not live it up? Enjoy your day/week/month and don’t let anyone rain on your birthday parade. Oh! That’s a really great idea! Hmmm…

153 Mama Pea February 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Happy Birthday, Meghann. Of course you deserve to celebrate YOU!
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154 Mackenzie February 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

My thought is: how unhappy must you be with yourself to be putting down others on their blogs? You aren’t being forced to read the posts, and it is just as easy to stop reading as it is to leave a rude comment.

I have a twin brother too, and we love celebrating together! We also love the crazy questions that people have for us.

Happy Birthday to you and your brother!!

155 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

You’re never too old to be excited about your birthday!! And as it is your blog–you should be able to talk about it as much as you want! Boo to the haters!!
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156 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness February 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Happy day of birth! Birthdays are limitless and just get better with age! We just celebrated my grandpa’s 90th birthday and I know it was fun for him in his ripe, old age. That commenter sounds like a bully to me…and one who definitely doesn’t have a surprise party planned!
I know it wasn’t the point of your post today, but I appreciate your positive attitude and glad to take on some of your touch “blogging skin.” Keep doing what you’re doing!
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157 janene February 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Agreed! I don’t work on Wednesdays, so I ran errands and told everyone who asked how my day was that it’s my birthday. I felt silly at first, but then thought SCREW IT! It’s my birthday and I don’t care. Everybody I told got excited and wished me a happy birthday. It made me smile, so there! πŸ™‚
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158 Not Jane February 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

If Meghann’s blog could talk, it would say two things.

1) Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching
2) Thanks, Jane.

159 Coco February 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Wow way for someone to be super negative huh? You should celebrate and write about that celebration as much as you want.. it’s YOUR blog. and funny thing about that.. if someone doesn’t want to read about it.. Move on.. Lame.. Oh well have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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160 Stacey February 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I am all for celebrating your birthday all week or all month. Whatever makes you happy! I am not a fan of people who go out of their way to bring other people down. Especially on their birthday! I hope that you have a fabulous day (week and month) despite the negativity!

161 SEC February 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm


I’m a blog frequenter and this is the first time I’m commenting because I think jane is absolutely RIDICULOUS and needs to get a life. First of all, it was an absolutely malicious comment and second of all your birthday is the only day you can call YOUR day (well I guess shared with 1/365th of the world). I’m glad you can just brush it off your shoulders.

Anyway, have a wonderful birthday! You deserve it πŸ™‚

162 Lesley February 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I agree for the most part- you are never too old to celebrate your birthday! Do what you want and enjoy the extra attention!

however, i get really annoyed when people my age (I’m 26) feel the need to celebrate OMG birthday week!! month!!! that’s ridiculous, to me. I have friends on facebook that will have statuses that say “Guess what!? 73 days until my birthday!!!!” really? come on, haha.
but happy birthday meghann! πŸ™‚ I enjoy your blog.

163 The Rhoton Family February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I never comment… But holy crap that lady is ridic! Don’t fret! She’s just jealous and lonely! If she doesn’t like what you write… Then don’t freakin’ read it Jane!
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164 Sara@RunningInPinkProject February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I love Birthdays, mine included. I always make a big deal out of them. I turned 30 at Disney world and this year (even though my Birthday has passed) my husband is throwing me an “UnBirthday dinner” at Downtown Disney when I visit in Feb since we are living apart right now and couldnt celebrate the real thing together. Not celebrating as an adult is sad…and weird. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!
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165 MelanieF February 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am really not a b-day person, but that doesn’t mean that others who are cannot express how happy they are that their b-days are coming. Isn’t a personnal blog, about your life, suppose to be about you? I thought that was the point of healthy living blogs. While I do believe that everyone is entitled to share their opinions, you don’t have to put down someone else to do it.

166 Heather Blackmon @ Better With Veggies February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Too old for birthdays? What? That’s actually sad to me – I love birthdays (I’m 32) and my hubby’s birthday is today (33) – we celebrate every one. In fact, we often stretch it out to “birthday week”. We also still celebrate birthdays of my parents who are in their 50s – are they too old?

Some people take the fun out of everything. πŸ™
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167 Laura February 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

If you want to celebrate your birthday, then freaking celebrate it.

I’ll never understand people that complain about not wanting to read about certain things. If you don’t want to read about someone’s birthday, then don’t read about it. It’s very simple.

I thought the photo montage was cute. I did a smaller version of my husband and me from 2 different USMC birthday balls. I thought it was fun to see how we grew up. Because apparently I am self-centered like that.

168 Rosey Rebecca February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

My family is big on birthdays, too. My brother is even taking the day off from work for his birthday this week, and he’s 31. We get it from my father, who always loved celebrating his birthday no matter how old he got. Sadly, he passed away in October, but my family still plans to celebrate his birthday by going to his favorite restaurant. You are NEVER too old to celebrate your birthday. Hell, I start planning my birthday celebration months in advance!
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169 Staple February 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Reading these comments sounds like every single person here (besides Jane) love being the center of attention. I find this incredibly surprising! Jane wasn’t saying that birthdays shouldn’t be celebrated, she was simply getting annoyed at Meaghann’s attempt at getting A LOT of attention for her birthday. In fact, she mentioned her birthday in almost every post for the past week and a half. I don’t know anyone who talks about their birthday that much with people they don’t know prior to the big day. Can you imagine dropping the fact that it’s your birthday into basically every conversation a week or two before the actual day? People will definitely think it’s over the top.
Personally I love birthdays, but I despise being the center of attention. So I don’t tell coworkers or students when my birthday is and I just celebrate big time with the people I love and those who are close to me. I guess to each his own, but I’m shocked by the number of hams on this blog.

170 Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Interesting set of comments here. I also find that really surprising! Perhaps this reflects the differences in our circumstances and upbringing??? Why is it so important to be the center of attention, and why does everyone seem to think this is how everyone should be???

I don’t think the original commenter meant to imply that she’s “too old” to be celebrating her birthday, or even making a huge deal out of it. I think she meant that children tend to have little self-restraint, little regard for others, and love being the center of attention…. rather than older people.

Personally, I hardly ever mention my birthday until it has passed. If people want to celebrate, then fine, but I wouldn’t go mentioning it several times. When I don’t have to worry about anemia, I donate blood on or around my birthday and really not do much else. I don’t get what so great about saying, “Look at me! It’s my birthday!” to everyone. I’d frankly be embarrassed to seem so… selfish.
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171 Julia February 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I don’t disagree at all. But do you see the difference in what you said and what Jane said?

172 Megan - Newly Wife February 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I love birthdays. In fact, we often celebrate birthday week over at our house!

Happy happy birthday to you!
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173 Susie February 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Here Here! You should be happy to be having a birthday, and if you’re not, then there is always the alternative…. And I don’t suggest that you go that route

174 Liz February 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I have to say that I agree with everything Jane said. Perhaps she said it harshly, but it was true. This blog used to be about running with a little life thrown in for good measure and now it’s entirely self serving. It’s been weeks since we have seen a good training post, everything has become incredibly formulaic and the obtuse me,me,me attitude is getting old. I do not think I will continue reading. This is not the blog it used to be and that is really sad.
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175 brianna February 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I think this just goes to show that you can never please everyone, and that’s why you have to blog about what feels real to you. Because in fact, I’m the opposite of Liz. I’m not a runner and actually stopped reading this blog for months (no hard feelings, just the regular training posts weren’t beneficial to me) and started up again when I noticed the posts more geared toward life in general. Neither way is right or wrong–just serves different purposes for different people.

176 Christie February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Happy Birthday!!

I absolutely agree with you on the birthday thing. There is no age at which birthdays should stop being exciting! What fun is life if we don’t have times to look forward to where we can celebrate being alive and being happy!! We all have a right to enjoy our birthdays. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚
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177 Cara February 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I agree with you 100%! Birthdays are worth celebrating no matter how old! As far as the self centered-ness, last time I checked this is YOUR blog about YOU it can be as self centered as you want it to because it’s a blog about YOU and YOUR life! I don’t understand why people don’t get that, they should stop reading blogs if they really have a problem with reading about someone else’s life!

Also, I have a twin brother and your comments about the questions we are asked is spot on and hilarious!
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178 Melissa February 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I rarely comment but I wanted to say that I definitely believe in celebrating every birthday, whether you are turning 5 or 95. Three years ago I was diagnosed with leukemia (I was only 23) and all of a sudden I didn’t know if I would ever even get to celebrate another birthday. Life can change really fast and I think we should all celebrate it every chance we get.

179 CaitlinHTP February 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I hope you are in remission and things are going well for you!! XOXO
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180 Susan February 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Melissa, I didn’t want to get involved in this but I just want to tell you I 100% agree. I celebrated my 26th birthday a week before I was told I was cancer-free after months of chemo for lymphoma. Living in the real world is fearing you won’t have another birthday. I could never shit on someone for celebrating theirs, no matter how ‘over-the-top’ it may seem to someone more modest. Have you heard of this campaign?
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181 Danna February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Pessimism sucks! Happy Birthday πŸ™‚

182 christine @ BookishlyB February 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Ultimately, your birthday, your decision. I’m not a fan of the whole “it’s my birthday month/weekend/week,” and don’t partake, but if someone else does it’s okay. Especially if I don’t know that person personally and am not bombarded with the pressue to happy birthday the hell out of them.

There are some totally annoying bloggers out there, and you can make the choice to either continue reading or let it go from your life. Why do people punish themselves?

What I do think is interesting is the effect that this comment has had; she called you self-absorbed, which led to a post about her comment, which led to 150+ comments that mostly stroke the birthday ego a bit more. So I guess this has totally backfired in Jane’s face.
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183 Christina February 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Yes, there are now hundreds of comments that put down Jane and build up Meghann. How nice.
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184 Summer T. February 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Love Dana’s comment! All through your life celebrate JOY, if you find joy in the small things you will always be happy. I love your attitude and love for life! HAPPY HAPPY BRITHDAY!!!!!! Oh and I too have a twin brother, he is a lifelong best friend and having him for my only sibling has been one of MY biggest joys πŸ™‚

185 Nicole February 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I think everyone should celebrate however they want! I love birthdays-all birthdays, not just my own and do my best to make sure everyone has a happy birthday.

Jane needs to realize that this is a blog about Meghann. So if you have a problem with her or the content of her blog-STOP READING. No one is making you read it, so if it bothers you so much, then stop.

186 Teacher Girl February 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Wow, wow, wow. Smh. Meghann?? I hope you have an absolutely amazing birthday and that you stay away from all these negative comments and just enjoy your birthday day, week, month… whatever you want. I have no idea why people are getting upset about you and your birthday. It is a personal blog. The nature of personal blogs are that they are about the person, so inherently they are “self centered” but that isn’t the purpose of most of them.

I’ve met you in person (FoodBuzz 2008) so I know that you are sweet as pie and that you are in no way self promoting the way people make it seem here in the comments. This comes with putting your life out there the way you have and you should be proud of yourself for having “thick skin” and leaving all these comments out there, even though they may hurt.

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187 Jasmine February 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

WOW, can’t believe someone is trying to tell you how to write your blog…keyword YOUR, it’s all yours baby you can post whatever you heart desires!
and there’s never an age that is too old for birthdays. every year is a huge milestone, heck, every DAY is a huge milestone. every second of our lives are precious and we should be enjoying them all, especially the happy ones.
when it comes to my birthday…it’s more like birthweek. Haha!
Hope you have an amazing birthday!

188 jane February 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

omg when i opened this blog post and saw a comment from someone named Jane as the center of the discussion my heart dropped! My first thought was, OH NO, my email has been hacked! hahah self centered much? so that just goes to show that we are ALL self centered, it is just natural. and while my name is not the most popular, I am certainly not the only one to have that name (although being self centered I wish i was πŸ™‚ lol) so I guess there’s another jane out there commenting as well (although she doesn’t sound nearly as nice as this Jane!) I, on the other hand, LOVE birthdays-celebrate on!

189 Ericka @ The Sweet Life February 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Adding to the chorus…I think you are great, Meghann — obviously a genuinely sweet person. Happy Birthday πŸ™‚
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190 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Happy birthday. Feel free to celebrate your birthday and yourself as long as you would like!

191 Heidi February 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Jeez, grumpy commenter! Ignore. Birthdays should be celebrated. Enjoy it. πŸ™‚

192 Marjie February 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I know you’re well able to ignore mean spirited comments but I still want to go on record agreeing w you that celebrating birthdays is fun, socially acceptable and even important, at any age. Sounds like you had a great one today. Go you!!

193 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Jane would probably punch me in the face because I’m 24 and I celebrate my half birthday. Birthdays, birthday weeks, months, etc. are fun to celebrate and absolutely should be celebrated regardless of age. Honestly, I just feel bad for people who can’t find joy in the little things in life!
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194 Lee February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

People ask you if your boy brother and you are identical? Hahaha! Happy Birthday to you both.
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195 Anne February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I’m so tired of internet trolls! Did that person go on your website just to post that comment? If she felt that way, let me direct her to the little “x” in the upper right hand corner of every window. Click it and move on.
Anyway, enjoy your birthday, you have an exciting year to come and YES IT IS OK IF IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU TODAY (personally, I celebrate an entire birthday MONTH!)

196 Elizabeth February 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This summer, was my birthday. And I was super not excited about it. I didn’t want to celebrate, I didn’t care. My boyfriend at the time and I had the same birthday and he was going away, I just moved to a new city, and I was just unexcited about the whole thing. Roughly 1 week before this dreaded day my boyfriend and I broke up. Immediately two of my best friends came up to visit, and a weekend full of festivities were planned by some of my closest friends in town. And ya know what? It felt awesome. There was cake with my name on it, funny stories, more champagne than I care to admit, and just a carefree weekend that was an escape from life. So this post got me thinking, why did I have to go through something so terrible just to be able to appreciate that warm fuzzy feelings that birthdays, birthday wishes, and good friends give you? And why did it take me until this post to realize all of this? So dear angry commenter, my birthday was one of the few reprieves I’ve had from a rough few months, and I really needed that. But even if it hadn’t been a rough few months, what’s so wrong with letting the people that are the center of your world make you feel like the center of the world once a year? Nothing, it’s probably good for you, because you realize how much people care.

197 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Well, now that comment was a bit rude doncha think? Hmmm.. I love birthdays! And I plan on getting excited about it and celebrating like crazy every single year!
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198 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Amen, sista! I’m 32 and I still celebrate my birthday like a crazy person!

199 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

It’s YOUR day, celebrate if you are turning 1 or 101!

I have boy/girl twins so I have been asked the same questions. My two favorites are they identical and are they natural? No they are made of plastic! πŸ™‚
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200 Army Amy* February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Life is to short! We should all celebrate our birthdays (or not) however we want. I spent my birthday without my husband because he is deployed. You can bet your bottom dollar that my bday next year will be huge!*
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201 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Happy birthday!
I’m personally not a big one for telling/celebrating, but it IS nice when friends/family remember and take you out to do a little celebrating.
(your brekkie pancakes look good – I’m going to have to remind the boyfriend to make those for me next year, heh).

202 Meredith February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I think the point that Jane raises is valid. I’m all for birthdays and I remind my significant other of mine a few days in advance (an annoying inside joke) but I don’t create photo collages of myself and parade myself in quite the way you do. I think the way you chose to react to this comment shows us that you’re acting like a 17 year old, not a 27 year old. I think the way to hand birthdays, as we mature, is to celebrate them but not to over do it. Say “Derek and I are going out for dinner tonight to celebrate my b-day!” or snap a photo of some fun presents or flowers you got, but now you’ve dedicated 2 posts to the fact it is YOUR BIRTHDAY. I’m sorry but no one is a special snowflake. We all have a birthday. You share it with other people…. like your twin. There is something to be said for celebrating and proclaiming engagements, weddings, and babies, but everyone in humanity has a birthday. I think that is the point of Jane’s original comment and I think you should perhaps take a look at what the critics are saying, just look through the overly mean parts and think about what we’re trying to say. We all have birthdays and we all love them, but the way you portray yourself gives people the impression that you are a narcissist. Sorry, just my two cents.
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203 sara February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I actually completely disagree with this. I’m a 30-year-old single girl – no significant other, no babies, just me. Every year, I’m expected to “get it up” for everyone else’s engagement party/bridal shower/baby shower/wedding/anniversary/baby/BABY or CHILD’S BIRTHDAY/etc. And I’m not saying I DON’T enjoy celebrating other people’s joys – I actually enjoy a good party and spreading the congratulatory love and all. But I don’t think I should feel silly or guilty or self-centered for wanting to celebrate MYSELF once a year, just because everyone else in the world has a birthday.
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204 Teacher Girl February 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Amen!!!!! Reminds me of that Sex and the City Episode…
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205 Annalisa February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Reading this discussion made me think that there is a social issue here — as a better known blogger, you do have an obligation to your readers since you have so much power to influence others. Saying your just a girl with a blog is very naive. I’m not sure how many people view your pages on a regular basis but my guess is more than a few friends and family. What you say and do does impact others.

Sure, the birthday thing is nit-picky but sometimes you can come across as immature and childish BUT you do a lot of grown-up and mature things in other areas.

You’re obviously not going to please everyone but maybe most past the idea of the ‘girl with a blog’ attitude and think about the larger picture.

206 Briana February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Happy Birthday, Meghann! I haven’t commented in a bit, but I wanted to say, I liked your photo montage- it was a great way to show how beautiful you’ve become over the years. You look fantastic!

I like that you embrace your birthday this way. It’s nice. It’s not self indulgent. I love birthdays because I love making someone feel recognized and special. I see many people did that for you, so I hope you only care for the comments that make you happy!

207 Juliet February 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

That woman sounded like a miserable b*tch. You have every right to celebrate your birthday whether you are 10 or 80!

208 Christina February 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Spread the hate!
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209 Betsy February 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Ok, I think we can all agree on two things: Meghann loves her birthday and doesn’t know how to write a simple sentence. Now let’s move on, put some applesauce on our hotdogs, and enjoy the rest of our day!

210 em February 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

i never comment. but seriously, this should just be a screenshot and everyone can keep it as their background. meghann is over the top and bubbly, some perceive it as “ditzy”. i would be too worried about being judged as a “narcissist” to make such a big deal about my own birthday, but see? that’s the point. this is a blog about what she eats everyday. i’ve been reading for 3 years. we’re ALL weirdos… just in different ways. nbd.

i hope you had a wonderful birthday, meghann! pie on your oatmeal? fuck yeah, sister.

211 Juliet February 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Oh and those two comments above are ridiculous too! People are so judgemental!

212 Mary February 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Happy birthday to you!!! NEVER stop celebrating. No one is too old to find joy in life.

213 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine February 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I think Jane’s comment was crap. Mean-spirited, unnecessary and not worthy of the argument going on here—I’m surprised anyone has agreed with her! Shame on Jane for trying to ruin Meghann’s fun day. Everyone has a right to celebrate their birthday however the heck they want. Jane can ignore her own entirely—that’s up to her. I love your upbeat attitude, Meghann—you could be all grouchy about getting older and complain about wrinkles like a million women do on their birthdays.

Life should be celebrated!
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214 Aria February 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Happy Birthday Meghann!! Don’t let anyone ruin your special day. Birthdays are a cause for celebration and you are NEVER too old to celebrate you! <3

215 Elizabeth February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Um, I love celebrating my birthday. I turned 30 this past year and my fiance and I went on a trip to Barbados for 10 days, mostly paid for by me to celebrate my birthday! LOL! I love it, and if someone tells me I am too old to celebrate my birthday, well they are just boring.

216 Maddy February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

As Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec says “I don’t like loud noises, or people making a fuss, and I especially don’t like people celebrating because they know a piece of private information about me. Plus, the whole thing in a scam. Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards”. (I’m watching this episode right now, it seemed appropriate)

What I’m trying to say is that some people just don’t get birthdays. They are awesome, celebrate yours however makes you happy.

Happy birthday!
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217 Martha February 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Ehh I didnt really mind the countdown to your birthday. The photo montage is a little much- as in if you didn’t have a blog and posted it on Facebook, I would definitely unfriend you. However, I think it’s pretty immature to devote an entire blog post to a single negative comment. I suppose this is a discussion, but come on, you KNOW everyone agrees with you. The comment section is essentially a circle jerk of white knighters

218 Martha February 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Sorry, I got cut off by my phone. Anyway, I know it sucks to get negative comments, but constructing a blog post around it to affirm your position is immature. Celebrate how you want, and own it.

219 MelanieF February 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

She didn’t devote an entire post on negative comments but on celebrating birthdays and age. I think we didn’t read the same post.

220 Martha February 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Ok, you’re right, she didn’t. I just meant that addressing it in such a large way- instead of just addressing the commenter in the comment section- is a bit much.

221 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Coming from a girl who made her Husband celebrate her birthday the day after her birthday again because 6 hours of it was spent sitting in an airport, I’m all for birthday celebrations! Sometimes I think people just want something to complain about – I don’t have a problem reading about birthday celebrations! Happy birthday to yoU!
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222 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte February 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

That’s one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard – that we should stop celebrating our birthdays once we’re no longer children. When exactly should the cut-off occur, I wonder?…..13? 16? 18?

Celebrate your birthday however you wish. Or don’t celebrate it at all if that’s your choice. But nobody has a right to dictate to another human being the way they ought to live their life – be it birthday-celebrating, which job they choose to have or the “reality” of the world they live in. It’s called free-will, we all have it. So if someone doesn’t like your posting about your birthday, they too can exercise their free-will and stop reading.

For my part I wish you a very happy birthday, Meghann! Post about all your birthday shenanigans to your heart’s content – it’s YOUR blog πŸ™‚
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223 Marina February 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Aw man! Sorry someone posted something so mean on your special day! I think that any birthday is a special day that you can celebrate one more year of happiness, health, and joy in your life, no matter what year and what age. Happy Birthday, I hope your day was as special and beautiful as you are.

224 Sarah @Blonde Bostonian February 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Wow, sounds like someone doesn’t enjoy their own birthday. There is nothing wrong with celebrating your birthday! And 27 is too OLD?!?! PPP-LEEAAASSEEEE. Get over yourself, lady. Meghann is gonna post what Meghann wants to post, and if she wants to celebrate her birthday, then she will. Happy birthday Meghann! Enjoy!!
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225 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I am the exact same way; I get so excited for my birthday and I hope that continues forever πŸ™‚ Everyone is different, but there is no need to be snarky! Hope your day was wonderful!

226 Christine February 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Happy birthday, Meghann!!!

227 Laura in Pittsburgh February 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Happy birthday Meghann! I totally loved this post and agree with you 100%! I turned 33 this year and celebrated for a week. πŸ™‚ Birthdays are fun at all ages and meant to be celebrated. Hope you had a fabulous day!!

228 Meghan R February 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I totally 100% agree with you! Why wouldn’t you celebrate the day you were born? Why wouldn’t you celebrate the fact that you made it another year and you woke up this morning? “Jane” needs to piss off πŸ™‚

229 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Celebrate your birthday! I recently wrote a blog post about my blog being an on-line diary and I didn’t care if anyone read it and if you don’t like what I’m posting, oh well. It’s your blog and it’s your birthday!
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230 Lindsay February 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My fiancΓ© is a twin and he was born before midnight while his twin was born after midnight which means they really have different birthdays l, but for some reason the hospital put the same day on their birth certificates. I always try to make him feel extra special on the “real” day he was born.

Happy birthday!

231 Aleyta February 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Happy Day!
What is funny to me is the people who post negative things never have a blog themselves. They just lurk and creep and cause problems. If they had something constructive to say, that’s different. But they hide behind a profile that doesn’t exist and say mean things. I’m sorry you had to deal with that!
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232 A February 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Just because someone doesn’t have a blog of their own doesn’t mean they’re “lurking” and “creeping” and “causing problems,” because they read other people’s blogs. If it weren’t for the people without blogs reading the blogs of people who do have them, you would all be out of business. Don’t be rude to your fans by calling them names.

233 Aleyta February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

True, but the ones who ARE negative usually don’t have a blog and don’t care to have a conversation about what they wrote. They just pop in to say something mean and be on with their day. That was my point.
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234 katherine February 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

First of all, happy birthday.

Second, I find this post to be a little bit excessive. The fact of the matter is that you run a public blog with an open comment section where people able to give their two cents on what you write. Obviously, negative comments happen. We all know that this is true of any public forum on the internet (or, hell, in life generally). If you go on twitter someone might disagree with what you say in a manner that you find not to be polite. As someone who puts herself out there on twitter, I know not to get offended when people disagree or even say threatening things (I was once told that I was a “total waste of life and education”. True story. It didn’t ruin my day.) No one likes negative comments and sometimes it even sucks to get constructive criticism but it happens. Criticism is important and I study in a field that believes push back it essential in all areas of life.

Here’s the crux of the issue to me. How you choose to celebrate your birthday is totally your choice. Hell, celebrate it all year, more power to you. I don’t really get why this negative comment required the majority of a post dedicated to it. The fact that most of the content of this post is aimed at explaining yourself and why you do what you do is really a turn off as a reader. If you do things your way then fuck what “haters” say and own it. Clearly you took offense to jane’s comment but that’s exactly the point: TO TAKE offense. Sure her comment might have been blunt but you choose to take offense. Negative comments and GOMI are not going to go away but you can choose not to let their comments rent space in your mind. Clearly this did since you felt the need to justify how you celebrate your birthday, a personal decision on your blog.

Just my 2 cents.

235 Amelia February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I don’t think she was criticizing actually celebrating your birthday. Everyone should celebrate their birthdays on their birthdays! It’s just that… we don’t need a freakin’ collage on top of the lead-up posts. Like, gurl. We are into your blog, grammatical errors and all. We’re reading. We’ll remember that it’s your birthday! It’s cool to celebrate it on your birthday. Even the GOMI haters (and I am one of them, although I wouldn’t quite say haters, really) kind of secretly love you a little bit. You can improve SO MUCH. You already have all the skills, you just need to be more careful when writing your posts. This is your main job, after all. When you took it down to one a day it was obvious you spent a little more time on your writing. Quality, not quantity, no matter what the Google Ad Publishers account reps tell you.

That said… happy birthday :).

236 Allie February 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

happy birthday! i’m also a twin (fraternal too!). um, if i had a dollar for the number of times people asked if my brother and i were identical… hahah. DUH!!!!!

237 sarahMTSBB February 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy your day! I used to be sad as each year flew by and I was still single and living in a dreary Ohio winter wonderland. Then my coworker reminded me that “birthdays are a lot better than the alternative!”. So true, and something I should never take for granted considering how many sad diagnoses I see working in a hospital lab.

I try my best to take PTO so I can do whatever I want on my birthday. I’m going to be 33 next Thursday in fact and this year it means flying from NC to OH to be with my family. My mom is taking off too, so we’ll do something fun. My dad is making me homemade crabcakes for dinner. And I’m having warm raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. πŸ™‚

I hope that you had a great day and your 27th year is the best yet (how can it not? :).

238 Erika February 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

LOL..what a funny comment by that person. I personally LOOOOOOOVE birthdays – mine or someone elses πŸ™‚ I love to celebrate and make it a special day even now that I’m *gasp* 35. Every year my birthday lands during hte week, I take the day off from work so I can truly have a “me” day..and if it lands on the weekend, sometimes I’ll even take a friday or monday off as a gift to myself πŸ™‚ Birthdays are special no matter the age – so live it up and ENJOY! Life’s too short to not celebrate. HUGS

239 Heather February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

This is what I think:
1. This is your blog and the people who think you are “self-centered” don’t have to be reading it. If people are annoyed with your previous posts mentioning your birthday, why keep reading?
2. I LOVE birthdays. I actually enjoy celebrating other people’s birthday’s more than my own. Weird? Maybe. If I was living near you on the west coast I’d buy you a beer or froyo πŸ™‚
3. I actually have a friend who gave birth to twins on two separate days. I wonder how often that actually happens.
Happy Birthday to you and your brother! Thank you for sharing your life with us. πŸ™‚

240 Casey @ OatsAndNanners February 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Meghann, if you want to talk about being self-centered, I dedicate December to being my birthday MONTH hahahah! I hope you don’t let comments get you down because it’s your BIRTHDAY – go celebrate!
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241 Reenie February 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

OMG!!! I haven’t read your entire post…I got as far as what’s-her-names comment! Are you kidding me. I’m 54 and I ALWAYS celebrate my birthday….I always have my own parties….my friends look forward to it, and expect it.

Here’s a message to you Jane……..YOU need to grow up!! And if you don’t like Meghann’s blog ~ you certainly don’t have to click on it and read it. Geez!!! Get some “happy” in your life too while you’re at it.

242 Christina @ Food.Fitness.Fun. February 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I never want to be too old to celebrate birthdays. I love celebrating my own and helping friends and family make their own birthdays extra special. Everyone should have at least one day a year to do whatever they want and celebrate themselves.

Have a great one!
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243 jv February 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Not that you need another reply on this post but I just had to join in πŸ™‚

I think life is worth celebrating — so to me, when there’s a birthday or any other holiday, it will be celebrated! It’s nice to break out of the mundane and do something different. I’m always nostalgic on birthdays — to look back on the year and see how much has changed.

My husband thinks it’s crazy to celebrate birthdays — his family really isn’t ‘into it’ — but now that we’re married he thinks birthdays are wonderful to celebrate. It’s nice to be able to give someone a little extra love to celebrate their special day.

I’m 28 and plan to celebrate each year — if it’s just me or with others.

244 Runnin4fun February 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Happy birthday! You are in the prime of your life. Enjoy life- we only get one shot. You seem like a very happy,fulfilled person. Don’t let someone else’s unhappiness get you down. I read you everyday. Have a great rest of your Bday,Bday week,whatever!

245 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Since when is it ok for criticizing someone on celebrating their bday?! Wow.
You’re NEVER too old!
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246 Kath February 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Sorry you had to take the time to write about that comment on this special day.

Three cheers for birthdays!
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247 Kath February 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

[I’m actually counting down the days to my half birthday in April!]

248 Erin February 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

The fact that you allowed Jane’s comment through moderation, and then proceeded to devote a large chunk of this post to that comment, demonstrates a complete inability to deal with this problem personally. Instead of addressing it in the comments of the previous post, where it was originally made, you draw so much attention to it so that all of your sheeple will come to bat for you, and continue to validate your opinion and tell you exactly what you want to hear. I’m not begrudging you a birthday celebration – you’re certainly entitled to one, and I do enjoy one, but the points that Jane made were completely valid, and you must have felt the need to defend those points rather clearly, as you showed them to everyone else to jump on her case. (Pooed in her cereal? Mother doesn’t love her? Really?)

249 Kelly February 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

I hate when people say that bloggers commenters are sheep. I don’t think people’s opinions and perspectives have anything to do with Meghann, I think they have those opinions anyway and want to share them. They are defending her because they can’t understand how someone can be so negative to anybody at all, not just Meghann. Jane’s comment wasn’t constructive, and when you become an adult that doesnt mean you should avoid all the little things in life. When I write a comment I am moreso defending myself not Meghann, and I think the other commenters are doing so to. We agree with Meghann because we share the same opinion that life should be celebrated, and not mundane.

250 Erin February 9, 2012 at 6:12 am

Wow, that response addressed exactly one word of my comment. Clearly, the negative comment stung, a lot, and Meghann decided to post it so people would jump to her defense and validate her opinion on birthdays, which people did.
And with that, I’m done with this blog. It used to be inspiring, and now it’s a ego-centric wedding blog about weird ways to use up leftovers.

251 Stacy February 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Don’t even waste your day dealing with this silly drama. You don’t need to justify your opinions. If one person is bothered, so what? No need for an entire point justifying how you decide to live your life.

252 Allie @Being Allie February 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Never to old to celebrate birthdays! And, don’t let anybody tell you any different!

Happy Birthday Meghann! Hope today was everything you hoped for!
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253 Marie February 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Haha, this is awesome. I think Jane was pretty spot on. Celebrate your birthday, but a birthday month? Really? Get over yourself. This is what happens when you grow up thinking that the sun sets and rises for you. I hate to see how self-centered your wedding will be after witnessing this birthday crap. Also, the grammar comments were genius. I’d be embarrassed to post most of what you write, and if I was a company that had hired you there’d be some firing going on.

254 Ange February 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’m not sure where you get the facts to say/assume that Meghann or any of these bloggers are “self-centered” or “think the sun rises and sets for them.” They do choose to write about almost everything in their life and obviously people choose to read it whether it be for entertainment, fitness and nutrition inspiration, or as in some people’s case a way to critique and insult others. While I don’t know Meghann, I do not get the impression that she thinks life revolves around her. There are a number of examples of her being a very dedicated and thoughtful friend, sister, daughter, fiance, and athlete. Family is obviously a huge part of her life, more than most people I know. Not to mention her determination and strength when it comes to her running and athleticism…she run a sub 4 hour marathon after starting out as a beginner runner…you don’t get that good from spending your time patting yourself on the back but instead from working your ass off to get there. I don’t feel she brags about her accomplishments but is instead very proud, enthusiastic, and encouraging to others. I would take her positive outlook and joy over crazy meal combinations any day over the bitterness, negativity, and jealousy that most people harbor!
PS If you care to criticize me grammar don’t bother…I am typing as fast as I can with a little one on my lap! Thanks

255 Kim February 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

ugh, so sorry you had such negativity on your birthday. i’m a firm believer in celebrating YOUR day however you choose. i’m already counting down to mine in two weeks and since it’s on a monday, you can bet that i’ll be celebrating the weekend before too. because i can. πŸ™‚ happy birthday meghann!
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256 Jane February 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Wow. Way to make Janes look bad! I am not that Jane, and I think its fabulous that you are celebrating your birthday! I am also 27, and think that you should celebrated whatever and however you want to. Happy birthday girl! It looks like you had a freaking fabulous day, have a fabulous life, and, I have a pretty good feeling, you are going to have an even more fabulous year!!
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257 Jess February 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

NEVER too old for birthdays. On my birthday I tell everyone, everywhere I go. I only get to hear happy birthday one day a year, I’m gonna milk it!

258 Stevie February 9, 2012 at 1:20 am

Happy Birthday! I don’t comment often, but I read your blog regularly and always enjoy it. Sorry to see people taking out their negativity on you. Hope you had a great day! Celebrate anything and everything you can, that’s what makes life fun.

259 Elisabeth February 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

That is such a weird comment! I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to celebrate a birthday as an adult – maybe you don’t necessarily celebrate in the same way a child would, but we definitely still celebrate them in my family! We have a small family & we either go out to dinner or have a small family party for pretty much everyone’s birthday (up to the 93 year old great aunt!). I say, celebrate your birthday however you like – if you don’t celebrate, that’s cool, but it’s not necessary to tell someone else to ‘grow up’!

260 Rebecca February 9, 2012 at 6:07 am

I’m a long time reader but don’t normally comment…. Don’t feel bad about celebrating your birthday!! I am 27 also and I still have a big dinner party every year with my girlfriends followed by dancing and I have a blast! My girlfriends do it too. I was also raised with birthdays being a big deal and it being “all about you” for one day. We have birthday parties for everyone in the family. My fiancΓ© was raised with “birthday months” and everyone in his family is “extra special” for their birth month. You should celebrate the beautiful moments in life and the day you were born most certainly falls into that category. Don’t apologize for being happy. That girl that commented should try to have a day about about her and maybe she wouldnt be so bitter.

261 Vivian February 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

First of all, you’re right! You’re never too old to celebrate you’re birthday. Life’s too short, we should celebrate it – holidays, birthdays, anniversaries – it gives us time to appreciate ourselves and our family and vice versa.

And self-centered? LOL is right! This is a chronicle of YOUR life that WE CHOOSE to read. You’re not selling anything here, just your take on how you live life. Glad you don’t take those negative comments to heart, that person was just being extra critical and grumpy.

262 Arie February 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a terrible comment. I say celebrate and keep posting! I love your blog and birthdays should be celebrated for any year you turn. Some of us celebrate all month.
You let us have a glimpse of your life which can include anything you darn well please. Its YOUR blog and some of us are all for the excitement of birthdays!

263 Kayla February 9, 2012 at 8:30 am


I enjoy your blog a lot but this is kind of ridiculous. You obviously posted Jane’s comment (instead of replying in the comments section) to provoke a response that would bolster your opinion. She shared her opinion and you set the perfect volley for everyone to spike hateful comments down her throat. Usually you seem like a really positive person but you can’t be too proud of yourself for that, can you? I actually would love a response to that question.

The fact is that yes, you can celebrate your birthday however you see fit. But you should also be prepared that celebrating it in the manner a 16 year-old does might seem immature to people, and they are entitled to that opinion and shouldn’t have to be raked over the coals by blog groupies at your urging. You are acting like a teenager in both your over-the-top celebration of yourself and in how you handled Jane’s comment.

And Kath, you are almost 30 and you celebrate half-birthdays. Just think about that for a minute.

264 ~Jessica~ February 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

That’s terrible. I am not easily shocked at all, and I’d snark on certain blog topics with the best of them, but I cannot seriously believe that someone would be so cruel as to pick you apart for celebrating your birthday. That’s really low. I actually wanted to cry a bit because it borders so closely on overt bullying. I would have been so upset to read that – I wish I was as strong as you are, and could turn such mean spirited remarks into an interesting post topic.

I think you’re only too old to celebrate when you stop enjoying the celebration. I’ve hated my birthdays for the past decade (I’m 26 now) so I just ignore them, but I love other peoples! I adore sending cards and thinking of presents to buy, and I also love it when others are happy on their birthdays. What in the heck is wrong with someone posting and showcasing their happiness? I loved your birthday post and it makes me sad that some people can be so bitter and vindictive.

Happy belated (I think?) birthday: if I were you I’d have a week’s worth of parties just to show random commenters that they can’t stop you from being joyful and at peace.

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265 Christina February 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

The definition of bullying is “using superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” Wouldn’t Meghannn be the bully here because she used her blog and her followers to intimidate Jane to stop commenting?
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266 ~Jessica~ February 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

You do have a point, and I recognise that, technically, as a ‘big’ blogger one would have a superior level of strength (in numbers of followers, for sure), and my definition of ‘bullying’ is clearly subjective and therefore not in line with that of the dictionary. For me, ‘bullying’ is an emotive issue, and criticising someone simply for posting about their birthday seems to me a little unfair: it reminds me of my experiences at school when people would use any excuse to say something hurtful, or to taint moments of happiness because they believed I didn’t deserve them. And maybe they were right.

I just don’t understand why it’s necessary to respond to a positive post in such a negative way, and if you’re willing to say something so cutting then you should be prepared to deal with the consequences, just as, I suppose, one needs to accept that with blogging negative comments will inevitably come. I appreciate that Jane will not have anticipated, nor asked for, her remarks to be made public, but at the same time the original post was not goading her to make such statements and to me they seemed unnecessary. But I do apologise if my use of the word ‘bullying’ was inappropriate.

Thanks for pulling me up on that one.
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267 ~Jessica~ February 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Also, the tone of Jane’s comment seemed very overtly aggressive, wheras the response was not. That’s what defines intimidation for me, but that’s just my personal point of view.
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268 Brita February 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

I didn’t leave a comment the other day, because it was such a random thing to say, but to even out (some) of Jane’s negativity…
Your hair has been looking GREAT recently! Seriously, the longer length is really, really pretty on you.
Happy late birthday πŸ™‚
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269 Sarah February 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

Birthdays are important! My husband is going to be away this year on his birthday and I am more bummed out about it than he is. I like taking time to celebrate someone’s awesomeness. Looks like it’ll just be a different day for him this year!
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270 MissPinkKate February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

I don’t think you’re ever too old to celebrate your own birthday. I do think that after the age of 21, it’s gauche to expect everyone you know to make a big deal out of your birthday (not that I think you’re doing that, necessarily, I’m just saying). I have friends that put on elaborate events for themselves every year and it’s just too much.

271 Nikki T February 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

Completely agree that we are NEVER too old for birthdays!!
As we get older, we get more responsibilities and have to do things that aren’t always that much fun…so if you get a kick out of making a huge deal about your birthday, I say go for it!!!
Personally, I count down to vacations and I’m going to Maui in 6 days!! πŸ˜‰
Happy belated 27th Birthday Meghann!!!

272 Amy February 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

Happy belated birthday Meghann! I hope you had an awesome time celebrating w/your family, friends and fiance πŸ™‚

273 jennie February 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

why does she even bother reading your blog if she thinks all of that… jeez. shut up no one care what “jane” thinks

274 Lauren February 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

I hope that the grumpy person that wrote that on your blog grows up and gets a life in the real world. Honestly, if I don’t like a blog or what a blogger has to say, I make the adult decision to stop reading that blog, not post ridiculous and negative comments. I think someone is confused about who the real “adult” is.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, despite other silly people!

275 J February 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Happy Birthday and also congrats on getting married
I have heard other bloggers mention negative comments but I did not know it happened so often. I understand that not everyone will agree but if it makes another person happy and does not harm then I don’t understand why say something negative? There is so much sadness in the world and so finding happiness in something is a wonderful thing.
I feel that people who say hurtful things to people have issues of their own but it is easier to focus on others. The world would be a happy and healthier place if people focused on themselves and were less critical of others.

276 Maddie February 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’m not sure how awesome life would be if we weren’t allowed to make a huge ass deal about our birthdays πŸ™‚ If I didn’t want to know more about YOU, I wouldn’t read your blog. I think that’s how a lot of people who read feel! Just keep doing what you’re doing, it’s obviously working.
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277 PaigeP February 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I am ALL for celebrating birthdays no matter the age. Hell, I celebrate the whole week of my birthday and sometimes the whole month! Life is short. Every day should be a celebration!!!!
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278 Amy @ Pinning my Pinterest February 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

First happy birthday! Next – who cares? It’s you and how YOU want to do things – each person is different…if you want a day, week, month?? It’s YOUR blog, it’s about YOUR life. We celebrate all month…but not in a serious way – I’ll say…”ahhh honey, sorry I can’t cook tonight – it’s my birthday month!” things like that – it’s all FUN!

I also saw where another person made a comment about calling this person out – so what again…..these comments are public, anyone can read them – and as most people do…..they are commented on. If she singled this one out so be it, I’m sure it was singled out in the comment section….LOOK HOW MANY were singled out in these comments, and commented on again and again. IF that person didn’t want her comment read, she should have not commented – right? Most of these bloggers write about personal life – therefore…the blogs are probably SELF centered….seriously? It’s about their life……..we do not have to read them if it gets too much – skip a few days. It’s easy a clicking on a X.
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279 Jennifer February 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Why can’t Jane silently judge like the rest of us do?

I love Meghann but there are some bloggers I can’t stand. And they have annoyed the crap out of me and I’ve had some great discussions with my friends/fellow readers about how annoying they are (in person, not online or GOMI) and have stopped reading at times. I would never post a negative comment though because I’m not THAT self centered to think that the blogger would honestly care about what I had to say. Just my two cents…

I love my birthday! And I think we should celebrate every year of life. Maybe the photo montage was too much for people but I personally LOVE seeing pictures of peoeel and seeing how they’ve changed. You should celebrate how you’ve grown in the last 10 years into the woman you are now. And if people don’t like it skip over it or stop reading…

Happy Birthday Meghann! Here’s to the next 27+ years πŸ™‚

280 Jennifer February 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

To clarify: I know bloggers CARE about what their readers say but my negative comment is not going to make them somehow change.

281 Karen February 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I guess her mother never taught her…if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. Furthermore, if she doesn’t like reading what you wrote, then there is this thing called the “Close” button in the top right hand corner. She should feel free to use it when she has had her fill. πŸ™‚

P.s. Go ahead and have a great birthday…everyone deserves their own special day!

282 Hangry Pants February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Woah! I am sure no one will see this all the way down here, but … I think birthdays are special and important to some people and to others, they are not. I guess it’s just something you’re into or think is lame. I personally like my birthday. I think it’s fun, but I am not a month-long celebrator kind of person. I think it’s fun when someone is like that though as long as they aren’t annoying and try to get me to attend 15 different birthdays events.

Hate on.

283 Lacey February 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Sorry Meghann, but I’m not here to comment in agreement with you. Jane had some very valid points, especially about your grammar (please Google the difference between the words “suppose” and “supposed”). I follow quite a few blogs and can honestly say yours is the most self-obsessed and least beneficial to others. Maybe spend less time celebrating birthdays and more time maturing? Long story short, perhaps you should look at the big picture and what your priorities really are.

284 Lisa February 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I could not believe that post that was written to you! I must say that I am 32 years old and still (without shame) organize birthday parties and celebrations with my friends. Why not, right?? We just need any excuse to go out and have a great time! That’s what life is about! It sounds like that person is just really lonely and pathetic and chooses to project their negativity out on people they will never meet. Happy Birthday to you!

285 Autumn February 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

We’re NEVER too old for birthdays! The day I’m too old for a birthday, I better be dead. I turned 30 in September and celebrated playing indoor golf with friends and cutting into the over-the-top- four-layer cake I made for myself. Live it up girl! Enjoy celebrating the day you arrived!

286 Renee February 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I’m 26, soon to be 27 and I still have SLEEP OVERS with a group of friends who are single. We order pizza, pop in a bunch of movies, crash on the floor in our sleeping bags, and talk until 3 in the morning. We definitely get made fun of but you know what? We’re having the most fun. It sounds like you had a great birthday!! wahooo!! If growing up means acting like you aren’t allowed to enjoy yourself and have fun and indulge in yourself here and there……then count me out!

287 Shauna February 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

I love birthdays. My family and I like to extend our birthday celebration for a few days. I don’t think you’re ever to old to celebrate birthdays.

I have twin babies, a girl and a boy, and get asked those exact questions. I once had a lady tell me she was sorry I had twins. I told her I was sorry she only had one baby. I love having twins.

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