its my birthdayI love my birthday! I seriously think it’s the best birthday in the world and I’m so happy it’s mine. It’s not rational, so don’t ask me questions about it, just accept it. In good news, you can totally celebrate with me! I’m having a birthday giveaway! Details at the end of the post…

Naturally, since I am turning 28 (which means that I’m almost 40), I’m being really introspective. What have I done right so far?  In the simplest of terms: I’ve got an awesome husband and kids and I fulfilled a life-long dream of opening my own store and being my own boss.

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What do I want to do better? I want to be better about setting boundaries for when I work so I can be more present for my family. It can be really hard to stop since if I don’t do something it just doesn’t happen and no one cares more about the success of the Bannerie than I do. But I think it’s important that when I’m with the kids and Tuvia, I’m with them. And maybe I’ll do the dishes more often. Maybe. It’s my birthday so probably not today.

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What are my goals? Oh so many. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, I love that I have goals and I love working towards them. I’ll share them with you as I go :) *cough* Italy with Tuvia before I’m 30 *cough*

Anyway, you know how as people we evolve and change with the times (hopefully)? Blogs are the same way (again, hopefully). And mine has changed a lot in the past two years.

Did you know that I constantly write posts in my head? Like all the time. About everything. My grandfather once told me that when I wake up thinking about something, that’s when I’ve found my passion. I usually wake up to a little head of curls bobbing up and down at the end of my bed where she stores my necklaces or a lanky four year old body slamming into me. But after that the first thing I think of every morning is the Bannerie and Shoes Off Please.

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I love the topics I’ve written about in the past: DIY, decor, and parties are my favorite things ever and I could do/read/learn about them all day every day. But recently the blog has felt a little unfocused and it’s left me uninspired. I still think about it all the time but not with the excitement that I used to. I had all these plans for how I was going to make it all interior design focused and do these awesome roundups and it’s really hard for me to step away from that but it’s the right decision for me right now. So, there are still a lot of cosmetic changes to come (hopefully), it needs a major organization overhaul and I’ve been wanting to give it a makeover for some time, but the main change will be the content focus.

Shoes Off Please will now be almost exclusively party-focused!

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I’ve considered changing the name and it’s not out of the question, but for now it will remain “Shoes Off Please”, a place where you feel comfortable and kick off your shoes. Plus… aren’t the best parties the ones where you can’t find your shoes by the end? *wink*

I still have a few room tours and other posts lined up that I’m excited about, but after that it’s party central including a wedding I am super excited about!

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On that note, if you want to submit any of those things (a party, wedding, baby shower, party project, roundup etc), please e-mail me at shoesoffpls(at)gmail(com) with 5-10 high resolution photos and tell me about your party/project! I am accepting from anyone, professional or not, but no spammers please :)

This week is also my blog’s two year anniversary! To celebrate, and because it is July, the best month ever (the best day ever being July 7th…have I mentioned that?), I’m having a giveaway of pretty things I love!

Birthday Giveaway of Pretty Things I Love!

The winner will receive one custom letter banner from me, a white tulle skirt from the Porter Rose Shop (site coming soon!), a bag of “Let Them Eat Cake” confetti from the Confetti Bar, and a midi ring from the Glo-Shop! It’s like a party in a box!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You’ve got one week to enter for the chance to win all these goodies! Good luck dollfaces!!

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*It’s My Birthday graphic was made using my custom Confetti Bar mix, Parties, Party DIYs, & Party Roundups graphic was made using “Let Them Eat Cake” mix, Call for Submissions was made using my fringe tassel garland