Guess who’s turning…how old??


See how I used a graphic that didn’t make you do math?  That’s how much I LOVE you guys!

That’s right ya’ll…I am 43 years old today!

Last year I let my birthday slip quietly by, but this year I decided to shout it from the rooftops, or at least in a little post on this here blog of mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought it would be a great way to share a little more about me. I mean if you are going to be hanging out in my house and all, wouldn’t it be nice to know a little more about me?

Today I am sharing 43 random facts you may or may not already know…

in no particular order.

{I really do LOVE you guys and it’s the BEST gift of all when show up, enjoy, and cheer me on. Thank you!!!}


I am the lucky Mom of two beautiful boys, 12 and 4.

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If I could change one thing about me, I would wish that I could sing.


I’m a hugger.


My favorite season is Fall.


I am a Registered Nurse.

It’s the best feeling in the world to know that you’ve made a difference.


When I was in the fourth grade, my teacher had local college students come to our classroom to paint our faces. Mine was painted black and made to look scary. The student thought I was a boy.

My best friend got to be Wonder Woman.


My fourth-grade teacher was Connie Hindmarsh, the teacher from Romper Room.

She was my favorite teacher.


I was a girly girl growing up, even though local college students thought I was a boy.


I am divorced and remarried.

My husband is my best friend. I didn’t think I would have any more children.

I am so blessed.

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Our anniversary is the day after Christmas.


I love to read.


Before I became an RN, I ran a surf shop for 10 years.


I live a mile from the beach.

And sometimes we still get weather like this.



I am a diet Dr. Pepper drinker.

I only have one a day though.


I prefer cats to dogs.

My kitty will be 18 years old next month.


I love football.

Hail to the Redskins!

(Don’t give me grief about that one, it’s hard enough being a fan.)


I love to dance.

(Not saying that I can, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


I could live on she-crab soup, chili, shrimp alfredo, and birthday cake.

I probably wouldn’t live very long though.


I have always taken a million pictures. People keep telling me no one will want all those pictures.

I will ๐Ÿ™‚


I love Halloween.

Every Halloween, each of us gets to pick out one new thing to add to our display.



My favorite flowers are Hydrangeas.


My sister’s birthday is tomorrow.

She was born in Australia, so actually if she were born in the US, we would have the same birthday!


We lived in Australia for two years when I was a young child.

I had a thick Australian accent.


My Dad is from Australia. My Mom is from Scotland.

Calling our house growing up was always fun.

Every friend tried to imitate them.


I would choose the thrift store over the mall any day.


I love my down comforter, even in the Summer.


My biggest pet peeve is someone who chews with their mouth open.

That’s about the only one I have.


I love roller coasters!



My favorite ice cream flavor is banana.


My maiden name is “Kink”. I kept it as my middle name.

Kink is my middle name, for real.

It replaced “Rochelle”.

Do you know what it’s like having people sing Rick James to you all the time?


I am terrible at arranging flowers.


I used to do the radio commercials for the surf shop I ran.

When I became a nurse, I did several infomercials for the hospital where I worked.


Every year for the last 16 years I have hosted a party for my family on Christmas Eve.

It is a family tradition that my son already says he will keep when he grows up.

We’ll have to see what his wife thinks about that.


The only bone I have broken is my finger while snowboarding.


We do not own a microwave.

I know, crazy.


Christy is not short for anything.


I used to make and sell dolls.

I made a LOT of dolls, ya’ll.


I went to five elementary schools and three middle schools.

(My Dad was in the military.)


I have lived in Virginia Beach since I was 12.


I have three brothers and two sisters.


I get my creativity from my Mom.


I love to give hand-made gifts.


My oldest son had craniofacial surgery when he was eight months old.

That’s why I became a nurse.



How about you? Did you have a Mom that dressed you in plaid and flannel and made you wear a Dorothy Hamill haircut so that people thought you were a boy?

Hope you have a fantastic day!

Mine will end with birthday cake. ๐Ÿ™‚




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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    Happy Birthday.
    Consider special people
    Who love you, and who care,
    And others who have enriched your life
    Just by being there.
    Think about the memories
    Passing years can never mar,
    Experiences great and small
    That have made you who you are.
    Another year is a happy gift,
    So cut your cake, and say,
    “Instead of counting birthdays,
    I count blessings every day!”

    A thing to always remember. The more candles you have, the Bigger your cake gets to be. :}
    Enjoy your day

  2. I think we all had the Dorothy haircut! I have one picture of me with that haircut and my favorite faux leather boots that zipped up in the back. I thought I was all that! Thanks for the fun facts and Happy Birthday!

  3. Carolyn Price says

    Happy Birthday, Christy!!
    Thanks for the fun facts. How cute!! I enjoyed them very much. : )
    (Somewhere in there you should have added: Master Landscaper!)
    I can go you one better on the “gender confusion.” I graduated from high school the year you were born. (Yes โ€ฆ I am old.) Shortly after graduation, I was shopping for some shoes I’d had my eyes on at a “women’s” shoe store. I was very thin at the time, had a short, Twiggy-type haircut โ€ฆ the 60’s were just barely in the rear-view mirror then โ€ฆ and God hadn’t endowed me with much above the waist.
    Walking into the women’s shoe store with my boyfriend/now hubby, the salesman asked, “What can I do for you fellas today?” : /
    Better to be confused with a boy at age 10 than 18!
    Have a blessed birthday!!

    • Oh no! That’s funny! The poor guy probably felt awful if he realized you were a girl. Thanks for the birthday wishes and the sweet Landscaper part. You are one of those that cheers me on from the sidelines and I am very grateful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Have a great birthday!!

  5. Hi Christy,

    Happy Birthday! enjoy your day and your cake!
    Love your blog. I follow you daily! I love how you turn ordinary pieces into works of art and with little effort! Keep inspiring us!!


  6. Charlene in SC says

    Hey, Christy.
    I’ve enjoyed stopping by to see what you’re up to for a while — and now I feel I know you a little better. By the way — still have a ‘version’ of the Dorothy Hamill. Just cut from shoulder length a month ago! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Happy Birthday. Have a wonderful day. I just subscribed to your website. I love all the great things you do at home. I consider my self a do-it yourself too. Come to find out, you are about 20 minutes away from my daughter in Virginia. Small world.. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  8. Happy Birthday Christy! Your talents have never ceased to amaze me but learning here that you’re also an RN and mother to two boys I am baffled and more than impressed at how you do it all and run this blog so successfully. Lucky you to have been taught by Connie Hindmarsh! I watched that show every stink’n day waiting for that dang magic mirror to see me. Hope you have a great birthday and enjoy lots of cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Happy Birthday sweet lady!! This was so fun to read…:) Hope you have a really special day!!

  10. My oldest child (who lives in Chesapeake!) was born in 1971. Apparently that was a good year for producing talented, helpful, good looking, Jesus loving folks! Happy Birthday!!

  11. Happy birthday! I am a year older then you. I have 2 kids; 17 and 9 yrs old. I am intrigued by the fact that you don’t own a microwave. We had a German exchange student and his parents did not have a microwave either. He said his mom felt the food didn’t taste as good and for fear of getting cancer. Anyway, enjoy your day!

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes, Christine! When I married my husband, I sold my house. The microwave was attached to the wall above the stove. My husband never owned one and we just never bought one. Honestly. I don’t really miss it at all. Crazy, I know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Happy Birthday!!

  13. Happy Birthday my dear! I can not fathom not owning a mircrowave!

    • Ha ha. When I met my hubby, I sold my house and moved into his. My microwave was above my stove attached to the wall an he never owned one, so we just never bought one. Crazy, I know ๐Ÿ™‚ Thx for the bday wishes! XO

  14. Happy Birthday, God Bless & wishing U many more. I am new to your Blog. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects. I can’t wait to see & follow whats coming up next. Thanks for your time & wisdom. Have a BLESSED WONDERFUL DAY

  15. Happy Birthday!!! Where did you get that cute shirt? I want one!! I love, love, love Virginia Beach!! I graduated from Granby High School in 1971!! I know, I’m old, don’t laugh!! I met my husband in Norfolk and when he got out of the Navy, we moved to Texas. Even though Virginia is my home state (born in Winchester), I have not lived there since 1973. Too much snow and cold weather!! I love reading your posts!!! Have a Happy, Happy, Happy Day!!! Hugs!!

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jennie! The shirt is just a pic I found online…I want one too though! You’re right, we have more cold weather in recent years than ever. Hope you get to come back and visit every once in a while (when it’s not cold of course!). Thanks for taking a minute to say hello!! XO

  16. Happy Birthday! I loved reading your fun facts and especially love that you ran a surf shop. I’ll bet your boys love that.

    • Thanks, Paula! Funny story…the surf shop I ran was called 17th Street Surf Shop and when my oldest was around 9, I replaced the bearings in his skateboard wheels, and then I overheard him tell his buddy, ‘Yeah my mom changed my bearings, she used to work at 7-11.” It was so funny!

  17. Christa Peachy says

    I don’t know why, but I am sitting here teary-eyed as I read this…perhaps it’s because I’m so proud of you…and proud to call you my friend! You are an awesome multi-talented woman and I love you so much.

  18. I love posts liek this Christy, where you get to find out things that don’t just pop up in ordinary posts. Now I’m intrigued… where did you live in Australia? I spent 45 years in Melbourne and now live in Port Macquarie on the NSW mid north coast. At least if we met, you’d understand my accent and Aussie slang ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy birthday xx

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Kerryanne. We lived on the NW Cape in Exmouth. The closest city at the time was Perth. My dad was born and raised in Sydney, then joined the US Navy when he turned 18. He went back for the Navy. We moved there when I was four and I completely picked up the accent, but lost it when we moved back to the states, as kids can be cruel and I remember being teased for it. I wish I still had it now lol. My dad still does, and when people ask where he’s from he says, “The South…the deep deep South.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Joanne Boulter says

    Happy Birthday young lady! Yep, that’s what I said young lady! Your post today was really fun, getting to see your darling family. I hop you have a really fun birthday week!
    ((HUGS)) Jo from Anne’s Attic – design blog

  20. Aww..I loved reading more about you! Thank you for sharing. Do you have an American accent? I ask since each parent is from another country. How cool! I love different languages. Did you learn a second one? My son started developing a British accent cause he like to watch Kipper (kids cartoon). lol We are big on language in our home – proper usage, enunciation, and vast vocabulary.

    Happy Birthday, beautiful lady! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed that post, Julie! I had an Australian accent when I was little because we lived there, and I played side by side daily with Australian kids. I’ve lost it though, I have an American accent. My youngest was picking up a lot of British inflection too from watching Peppa Pig lol. Funny how that happens. Have a great week! XO

  21. Awwwww….GREAT post!!!! And happy belated! Only one more year and you’ll catch up to me! Well, that’s only if I die in the meantime…cuz otherwise I guess I’d be a year older then, too.

    Okay, that turned weirdly morbid.

    Happy birthday!


  22. Christy!! I SOO loved reading more about you!! Fun! And Happy Birthday again! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    That was so much fun to read I may have to steal the idea myself for mine! lol
    Hope you had a great birthday!!

    • Aww I’m glad you enjoyed it! I decided at about 9:00 at night…how about writing a birthday post? lol. Your readers will NOT believe you when you tell them how old you are. Not that you’re so old lol, but because you look so amazing! XO

  23. My Mom totally made me have short hair growing up much to my chagrin…I wanted long beautiful barbie doll locks. That is awesome that you ran a surf shop:) And you sure can dance girl! I have seen it!! Happy (be-lated) birthday friend:)

  24. Happy belated 43rd b’day – you’re exactly 8 days younger than me! This is so random/funny (well, to me anyway). I discovered your site today and it’s FANTASTIC! We have a lot of the same taste. More interesting (again, to me anyway) is that my name is also Christy – spelled the same way and not short for anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ People have spelled my name wrong my entire life.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I admire your talent and all the great DIY projects you’ve created.

    All the best,

    ~Christy H.

    • Hi Christy H.! I’ve had my name spelled so many ways! I have a friend named Christy also, spelled like ours and when I text, I use the microphone feature on my iPhone…when I say the name “Christy”, it spells it differently every time! Its so funny. Welcome to my blog, thrilled to have you here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Aww to cool christy thanks for sharing your accomplishments, values, and life changing experiences/moments with us! Kudos to you and your family for all you do for your fans and followers. Happy happy birthday to you …your in prime time now!, 43 and thriving! Enjoy your day Liz ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Sandi Biquet says

    Happy Birthday Christie!

    Thank you for sharing that with us and for sharing 43 things about you! You sound like a wonderful person, someone who I would enjoy knowing if I lived in your town. You are blessed to have your family live close-by, your brothers & sisters and parents. I hope you had a very special birthday.


  27. Love this and your blog!!!! What was the name of the surf shop you ran? My college roommate’s family owned a surf shop company in Virgina Beach and it was so fun to visit there!