Celebrating Twenty Five Years

Mike's 25th birthday

Wednesday was Mike’s 25th birthday – and I wanted to make the day special & show him just how much I love him ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s my best friend and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.ย So what’s a girl to do? Here are just a few of the surprises I came up with:

First, I picked up Mike’s favorite bagel from Panera – Cinnamon Crunch – for him to have before work ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday Panera Bagel Cinnamon CrunchThen I decided to get a little crafty/mushy, so I made an “Alphabet of our Love” mini-book… Awwww, right?

Alphabet of our Love book craft

I know, it’s so cheesy but it’s still super cute! It was fun thinking of funny things to put for each letter that represented something about our relationship. We have so many inside jokes, so it wasn’t hard to fill up the pages! Some of the words I used were generic, but still meaningful too. Mike absolutely loved it – and I love every opportunity to remind him how much he means to me and how much I love him. Plus I love that we can keep it forever and look back on it years from now ๐Ÿ™‚ [Yep, call me confident or crazy – but I believe in us.]

I also stopped at Pure DeLite Cupcakes in Strongsville and got a half-dozen sweet treats! I forget what the flavors were, but here’s a picture of them:

Pure DeLite Cupcakes Strongsville Ohio Birthday
Mmm, don’t they look delicious?

I got a little dressed up for the evening, too. Here’s a picture of my outfit:

Fashion Outfit Night Out Cleveland Birthday

Then I made Mike take a couple of pictures with me (he really should be used to this by now, haha). I take a lot of pictures, in case you haven’t noticed.

Boyfriend and I celebrating his 25th birthday

For dinner, I took Mike to Shinto Japanese Hibachi in Strongsville, and surprised him with a few special guests (my friend Bri and her boyfriend Tony, our friend Arielle, and Mike’s friend Johannes). It was a perfect night, full of amazing food & lots of laughter:

Mike's 25th Birthday at Shinto Japanese Hibachi in Strongsville Cleveland Ohio

Bri & I split a bottle of Moscato D’Asti Dulcis – and it was SO good. Probably one of the best wine’s I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to get it again!

Shinto Strongsville Cleveland Ohio Wine San Silvestro Dulcis Moscato d'AstiOur hibachi chef’s name was Yoshi, so we had fun called him Master Yoshi – and he was absolutely hilarious. Oh and since it was late on a Wednesday night – we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Mike got a spicy tuna roll, I had a regular tuna roll, and Bri and Tony had something that was like rare beef? Not sure what it was – but I tasted it and it was good! You honestly can’t go wrong with anything at Shinto though. I know I’ve mentioned them a lot, but I’m not kidding when I say it’s one of our favorite restaurants.

Then for the main course, I got steak & shrimp hibachi (with extra “yum” sauce – always get extra) and my tummy was very satisfied by the end. I was actually not able to finish all of it, so I took a little bit of leftovers to go. A couple of us also got to try a little sake, from a squirt bottle. Hilarious!

Shinto Japanese Hibachi Sushi Strongsville Cleveland Ohio
My AMAZING meal – I’m getting hungry just looking at it ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am a fried rice FIEND. Seriously, I am obsessed. That and the yum sauce – I don’t think I can ever get enough. Yoshi was poking fun and saying I should just drink it… ha! After dinner, we said goodbye to our friends and thanked them for coming. Mike had such a great night and was so surprised (what can I say, I’m sneaky) so I think it was a successful night! When we got home, it was time for Mike to open his presents from me!

Mike's Presents Collage
Yes, I did make him pose with his presents. #bloggerprobz

I got him a sweater, a shirt, and a hat storage container that he desperately needs because his hat collection is huge and he’s on a first-name basis with the Lids employees, haha! Then I just took a random picture of him for fun (and because he’s adorable…).

So, that was our night & the day that Mike turned 25! Wow, he’s officially a quarter of a century old. I’ve still got another 6 months before I even turn 24…

We’re doing a Round 2 celebration tomorrow with my mom and Mike’s friend John, where we’ll be heading to Columbus for the Blue Jackets game versus Colorado! We’re also going to Joe’s Crab Shack beforehand to get our crab on… couldn’t be more excited!

Hope you are having a great weekend!


  • I love Pure Delite cupcakes!!! I still can’t believe they’re “healthy” but since I love them so much I really don’t mind either way :). Glad you enjoyed the celebrations!

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