5.30.2011

Mel's Favorite Things Birthday Giveaway!

It's my Birthday!
Which means it's time for:
{me on my 5th Birthday}

So, what are some of my Favorite Things?
Let's see......

Giveaway # 1 - Lil Blue BooLil Blue Boo is all about encouraging others to find their creative streak through our DIY Blog, Sewing Patterns and Clothing Line.
The Lil Blue Boo blog is where a love of sewing, painting, printing, power tools, recycling and motherhood all collide. This is where you will find a wide variety of tutorials, free downloads, business and photography tips, and so much more.
The pattern line grew out of a love of new and reclaimed knits. Sewing patterns by Lil Blue Boo are easy enough for a beginner, but include a variety of options for advanced sewers.
I love Lil Blue Boo. I first found out about Ashley & her clothing in 2009. My first purchase from her was a dress for Kate (see below) it was for Kate's 3rd Birthday Photo Shoot and was one of the first purple items I bought for Kate. I also had them custom design a ladybug dress for Claire's 2nd Birthday Ladybug Party last year. All their clothing is up-cycled.
Lil Blue Boo is giving away their ENTIRE pattern collection (12 patterns!!!!) to one lucky reader!
If you can sew, this giveaway is perfect for you!!!
Find Lil Blue Boo here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook

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Giveaway #2 - Totally Desperate Mom

My friend Wendy (aka the Totally Desperate Mom)
wrote a book & it came out last year!
I read it last summer & it is a must read for all mom's out there!
It will make you laugh, make you cry & make you feel better about yourself.
Wendy is also one of my favorite people & I am so thankful for her friendship
(and for her girls that are buddies with my girls)
Wendy will send one lucky person a signed copy of her book!

Find Wendy here:
Blog * Book * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway #3 - Funky Vintage Lovely

I won a giveaway on April's blog a few weeks ago & I won one of her super cute Keep Calm & Carry On necklaces. (I also have a pair of her adorable mum earrings)
April's shop is full of funky & lovely jewelry (and other products) which are vintage inspired. She is inspired by color and texture. She only create items she would personally wear, use or decorate her home with.
The necklace came at the perfect time, right after I wrote Claire's Terrible Two's post.
But, I must Keep Calm & Carry On! And, you can too!
April is giving away a Keep Calm & Carry On necklace to one of my readers!
In your choice of green or aqua!

April is also offering my readers a 10% off discount on purchases in her shop which is full of fun earrings, rings, necklaces, bobbie pins, pillows & more!
Use code: HAPPY10

Find Funky Vintage Lovely here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway #4 - Gussy Sews

Do you like ruffles? I LOVE ruffles & I love Gussy.
I have one of her laptop bags, but her shop is full of other fun ruffley goodness.
Tote Bags, Zippered Pouches, Ipad covers, Headbands & more!
All with that signature Gussy ruffle!
Gussy is giving away a $40 store credit to her shop!
Find Gussy here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway # 5 - Primele Studios

Primele is the design studio of sisters Patricia, Rachel, and Kim Mumau.
They create calligraphy stationery stamps, custom wedding invitations and addressing.
I have one of their return address stamps & I LOVE it.
They just developed a new stationery line called Fawnsberg.
Fawnsberg is the product of our enthusiasm and home of our new stationery papers. in the spirit of our love for letter writing, we are devoting the debut of our line solely to boxed letter sheet sets. our hope is that these designs will bring your most delightful everyday reflections, your most affectionate thoughts, and your coziest words of warmth to paper for those you love.
They will be giving away a boxed set of Cora Boquet, one of their new stationary sets.
Boxed set contains 20 printed and 30 blank letter sheets, 20 tissue lined rose envelopes, and a convenient line guide for those who like to write neat notes. 6.125 x 7.625 inches.

Find Primele here:
Stamps * Stationary * Website

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Giveaway #6 - Shabby Apple

Have you heard of Shabby Apple?
I am in love with Shabby Apple Dresses.
They are an online dress boutique selling women’s dresses, casual dresses, skirts, and women’s apparel. They recognize that finding the perfect dress can sometimes be challenging, which is why strive to design highly fashionable dresses for all types of women.
Shabby Apple now has a jewelry line & they are giving away their Key to my Heart Necklace to one of you!
They are also offering a 10% off code for all my readers!
Use code larsonlingo10off which is good for the next 30 days!
Find Shabby Apple here:
Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway #7 - Baby be Blessed

Baby be Blessed is a doll ministry, spreading the Word of God...one handmade doll at a time.
They offer personalized dolls for boys & girls and have personalized stuffed animals.

Baby be Blessed is a doll ministry. We are a family of stay at home Christian Moms who love the Lord and desire to share His hope and truth! Each handmade doll has the child's name on it & a verse printed on a patch & sewn to their belly. Our mission and deepest desire is for each child to know, understand and live for Jesus Christ.
LibbyLouis
Last Easter, I bought my girls personalized dolls from Baby be Blessed.
Each doll is handmade & personalized by you!
You get to pick hair color & you get to personalize the font, the name & the scripture you want on the doll. The scripture I picked for my girls was the ones that we read at their dedications.
My girls love that their dolls have their names on them!
Baby Be Blessed is giving away a $56 gift certificate to their shop, which is the price of a personalized doll of your choice!

Visit Baby be Blessed here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway #8 - Ruffled Sunshine

Meet Jen of Ruffled Sunshine:
My shop has become my way to contribute to raising money for our adoption expenses. It is one of the best ways for me to be a stay at home Mama to Ivy and feel like I'm helping out. I have several styles of shopping bags along with a few other things. The best part about each one of the bags that is sold, I'll be donating a book to the Joyful Life Library. It's a triple win. Babies get books, I get a baby, you get a bag!

Jen is giving away one of her handmade tote bags!
I love her cute bags and I love that for every bag that is purchased she donates a book to my friend Heather's Joyful Life Library that I support!
I love people who do things for other people out of the goodness of their hearts!
Find Ruffled Sunshine here:

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Giveaway #9 - Allora Handmade
Allora Handmade
Please tell me you have heard of Allora Handmade!
If you haven't, you are missing out!
Allora Handmade is known for their rosette necklaces, like this one that I have:
But she also makes a variety of handmade fabric rosette accessories like earrings, bracelets & headbands for women & little girls!
I love the wide diversity of gorgeous colors and products offered! Just look at all these lovely colors to choose from! These colors make me happy!
One lucky person will get $25 gift certificate to Allora Handmade!
Find Allora Handmade here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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Giveaway #10 - The Pleated Poppy

the pleated poppy blog
Meet Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy:
I am married to an incredibly supportive husband and am mom to 3 littles, 7 and under. my days are full of sewing, trying to enjoy home schooling, crafting, snuggling, avoiding the laundry, sneaking bites of chocolate, and wondering “is it naptime yet?”. I am also the fabric-hoarding, late-night working girl behind the pleated poppy, my little online shop where i get to create bits of goodness and send them out to customers far and wide.

Lindsey also hosts the weekly, "What I Wore Wednesdays" party.
Her shop is full of fun handmade products....bags, purses, pouches, pins, ipad cases, covered notebooks & more!
Love her petal pusher pins:
And, my favorite thing, her ruffled scarves!
I have one of Lindsey's adorable ruffled scarves in mustard. I wore it so much this Spring.
I LOVE it!
Guess what?
Lindsey is giving away one of her Ruffled Scarves to one of you!
Look at all the beautiful colors you can choose from:
Find The Pleated Poppy here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Twitter

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I'm so excited for this massive giveaway of my favorite things and hope you are too!
10 giveaways & 10 lucky winners!

Here is how you can enter:
1. Mandatory Entry:
Tell me your favorite birthday gift that you have ever received OR given.
{My favorite birthday gift that I gave was when I surprised Kevin with a puppy (our yellow lab Boulder) for his 30th birthday}

Additional Entries:
2. Follow my blog
3. Tweet, Blog or Facebook about this giveaway

I hope some of my Favorite Things become some of YOUR Favorite Things!
Giveaway ends next Sunday, June 5th and winners will be announced Monday, June 6th.
Winners will be chosen via www.random.org
This is not a sponsored post.
All of the people hosting giveaways are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts because they are Awesome! Be sure to support these shops if you ever need gifts for yourself or others!

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Winners will be Announced June 6, 2011

380 comments:

  1. My favorite gift that I ever got was last year when my husband bought me my own laptop. Happy bday:)

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  2. This might sound a tad cheesy or cliche - but my favorite birthday gift (came a bit early), was my little sister. She was born near my 2nd birthday & I couldn't feel more blessed having such a wonderful sister & best friend!

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  3. Blog follower, too! {happy birthday!!!}

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  4. Favorite birthday gift given was the weekend away with my hubby a few weeks ago. So nice to relax sans kiddos!!

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  5. I follow your blog (and love this giveaway!!).

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  6. My favorite birthday gift has to be the cake----sure I get it every year, but who doesn't love cake?

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  7. My favorite birthday gift given was also a puppy. I had no idea I'd love it as much as (or more than) he does.

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  8. I'm a follower. Happy happy birthday.

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  9. Happy Birthday - it's mine too!!! However, at 41 today, I have you beat by a few years... My favorite birthday gift ever was last year for my 40th birthday when my husband planned a day for me of all my favorite things... I am hoping today is another great one!!!

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  10. My favorite birthday gift was a necklace from my mom with a quote by Anne Frank on it.
    :)

    Happy BIrthday!

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  11. My favorite birthday gift is when my hubby and I treated ourselves to a trip to Costa Rica (we had travel vouchers so that helped!)

    Happy Birthday!! :)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  12. Happy Birthday! I so enjoy reading your blog. I am a teacher as well and the craft ideas, etc you post are just wonderful.

    My favorite birthday gift that I have ever given was giving my husband a trip to The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. It was amazing for him and he just loved it!

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  13. I'm your newest follower!

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  14. I also follow your blog as well!

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  15. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/75178099628716032

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  16. Oh my gosh, that is one wonderfully long list of fabulous giveaways!!! So excited.
    My favorite birthday gift ever is my daughter, Lauren. She was originally scheduled to be delivered on my birthday, but the doctor decided that we each needed our own special day, so he delivered her three days earlier. We still celebrate our birthdays together any way.

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  17. I'm a devoted follower of your blog. It still remains one of my absolute favorites!

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  18. Happy Birthday, Melissa!!!! Hope your day is full of fun and laughter!

    These giveaways are SUPER FUN!!! How awesome to do that on YOUR birthday.

    My b'day was yesterday and I got an iPhone so right now that's my favorite gift ever!

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  19. My favorite birthday had to be my 30th. I had just given birth to my first child and was blessed out. It was amazing!

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  20. My favorite gift I received was a puppy as well for my tenth birthday! He was my first love :)

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  21. I tweeted about your giveaway! @huddyma

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  22. My favorite gift was given to me this month for my birthday. My mom gave me my Grandma's birthstone ring which was her favorite.

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  23. We got a puppy one year. It wasn't for a birthday, but for christmas, and my parents told us we "had to fold laundry" and the puppy was covered up under some underwear (hehe), and we found him and he poked his head out. The excitement to us kids was endless. Such a fun memory in every way.

    Now, holy cow. WHAT A GIVEAWAY. I am loving everything here.

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  24. just tweeted about it!! :) (username:lovesoflife)

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  25. The best gift I've ever received was a German Shepherd puppy for my 25th birthday =)

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  26. Tweeted the giveaway!

    @jennifrmtheblog

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  27. My favorite birthday present was my son! I had him on my 25th birthday!

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  28. My favorite birthday gift is my Canon T2i Rebel camera that my sweet husband bought for me this year! LOVE it!

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  29. best gift i ever received was a sewing machine on my 29th birthday from the hubs and my kids...ow if i could only earn to use it like a pro?!

    happy birthday!

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  30. blog follower!!!

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. is it bad that I don't have a favorite birthday gift. . . So I'm going to use the favorite gift I have ever given. . . i gave my husband custom made boots last year and he loved them! :-)

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  32. my favorite birthday gift ever was going to a boston celtics game for my 16th birthday!

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  33. i just tweeted about this giveaway: twitter.com/britsy4

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  34. My favorite gift that I gave was to my hubby a few years back. I took him to a Chicago Cubs game...he had never been and loved it!

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  35. My fav gift was a perm written for me by two of my youth group girls when I was a leader! :)

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  36. I love this!~
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    My favorite gift is a Lisa Lenoard necklace from my momma with my little man's name on it.
    This year I might get two babies for my birthday WAHT A BLESSING and a wonderful 30th birthday gift. (The twins are due a week after my birthday).

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  37. OF COURSE I FOLLOW! I also have your button on my page!

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  38. I don't tweet- but I am still equally as excited for all the fun stuff! :)

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  39. my favorite birthday = a surprise weekend away with my man! :)

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  40. Happy Birthday!! My birthday is this week too! My favorite gift is that my birthday is often the last day of school/first day of summer!!

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  41. My favorite present is always the little notes I get from my little ones (and hubby too for that matter)- you know the ones, that are decorated by hand (with crayons usually) and have lots of hearts on them :)

    candy at fiber dot net

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  42. My favorite birthday gift was my Nikon D3000 that I got last year from my husband. LOVE!

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  43. Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/butterfly1979_/status/75203790659260417

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  44. I tweeted (lightning bugz) :) Happy DAy!!

    candy at fiber dot net

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  45. I follow your blog :) yipee!!

    candy at fiber dot net

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  46. My favorite gift ever, was this year, my mom paid my tuition deposit for college. Since I live out of state she sent me a huge box for my birthday and it it, it was a receipt for the deposit. I love my mom! :)

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  47. I'm turning 35 this year and my favorite gift will be one that I give to myself, a trip to Vegas with my two besties!! Can't wait!!

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  48. My favorite birthday present was my new DSLR camera that I bought this year with my families generous gift of money for my birthday.

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  49. my favorite birthday gift was a necklace my mom gave me this year with my boys names stamped on it...loves

    happy birthday girl!!!

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  50. My favorite birthday gift was the Tiffany necklace my husband surprised me with. I think the fact that he actually surprised me was better than the necklace!

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  51. happiest birthday to you, sweet mel!

    i got engaged on my 25th birthday-pretty sure that's my fave:)

    xo

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  52. Hi Mel!
    Great giveaway you got going on!
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    My favorite birthday gift might just be from this year, I just bought the new nikon d7000 with amazon bday gift cards!!!

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  53. This year I got a great birthday gift from my brother. He came with us on my birthday weekend trip to Napa and watched Aurora who is three. We even got to go out to have dinner with friends.

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  54. My favorite birthday gift ever received was a Vera Bradley purse that both of my teenage daughters went to in on together to buy for me with THEIR OWN hard earned money shortly after they both started working at a local cafe.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

    -missy-

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  55. My favorite birthday gift was my first pair of real Uggs. They began an obsession.

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  56. I tweeted (user name namastebyday)

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  57. Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday gift was from my husband a few years ago - it was a few weeks before our wedding and we snuck away to a bed and breakfast for a night to celebrate my birthday and relax before our upcoming nuptuals!

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  58. My favorite gift was a KitchenAide Pro Mixer a year ago! We actually can't always afford to buy bday gifts so hubs was extra extravagant and sneaky to pull it off! Love it!

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  59. What an awesome giveaway! My bday is tomorrow and I so hopeto win one of these goodies to celebrate with :) my favorite gift has been my new camera my husband gave me early this year. Happy birthday to you :)

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  60. Happy Birthday to you!!
    I think my favorite birthday gift I ever gave was to my husband...I suprised hime with a trip to San Diego to see the Padres play the Giants...his two favorite teams. So fun!!

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  61. And I tweeted about it: kdailysips :)

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  62. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I am a follower!!

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  63. ok such a fun giveaway! i really feel like you are oprah giving away SO. MUCH. STUFF. :) hahaah.

    favorite birthday gift? such a toughie.
    last year, my parents gave me an anchor tiffany necklace, while we were on a cruise. simple and perfect for the occasion. :)

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  64. Oh my goodness, Mel! I kept scrolling thinking, this is so much stuff! How awesome!

    First off, happy birthday!!!

    Second, my favorite birthday gift might be this year's... the trip to Yosemite at the end of the month to climb Half Dome. :)

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  65. and a tweet! <3

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! :)

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  66. for my 24th bday last year my husband got me a puppy!!! he is a precious malti-poo named Petee! :)

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  67. oh and i follow your blog, happy birthday! :)

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  68. Favorite gift...my Hubby is s good w/ bday gifts, it's hard to pick! one year he got me an awesome Lindhaus vacuum. Practical, but still a treat!

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  69. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/okiebelle/status/75242766417936385

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  70. My favorite gift was a 3D painting of a fountain in Paris. I saw it while I was there and didn't buy it, my boyfriend went back a month later while studying abroad just to buy it for me.

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  71. My favorite birthday present was my pink Kitchen Aid stand mixer my husband bought for me years ago...I didn't even ask for it, it was a complete surprise!
    Hope Your Day is Fantastic!

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  72. I of course follow your blog! Love it!

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  73. My favorite gift I gave was when my brother, sister and I surprised my mother with a piano for her 69th birthday. She recently started taking piano lessons. We snuck into her house while she was at church, rearranged her living room and set the piano up with a red bow and a balloon. We anxiously awaited her to come home and see her surprise. It made us feel good to hear the excitement in her voice when she called and to say thank you.

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  74. Happy birthday! My favorite birthday present was the roadtrip I got to take last year on and around my birthday to Des Moines, Chicago, Washington DC, Chapel Hill, Charleston, and Orlando. Such an awesome experience!

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  75. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/Hannah0032

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  76. Wow Mel- this is AWESOME! Happy happy birthday!
    Too many favorites given and received. But a few that top the list:
    -gave a quilt that had squares made by friends and family around the edge to my parents for their 50th birthdays.
    -a scrapbook made for my 30th birthday from my family with letters from everyone I love.

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  77. Happy Birthday!!

    My favorite gift to give will be in a few weeks. I ordered a hand stamped necklace for my niece that she has been wanting forever! I cannot wait to see the look on her face when she opens it!

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  78. My favorite birthday gift was getting my puppy Fritz for my birthday. He is now 3 1/2 and nothing was better than taking him home!

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  79. I tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/30daysblog/status/75257572030038017

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  80. And just posted to my 30days FB page.
    Hope your birthday is great Mel! xo, Mique

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  81. My favorite birthday gift was a trip that the hubs & I took to a quaint little town. We stayed in an inn on main street, went to the farmer's market, shopped at the little shops, and had breakfast at a cute little coffee shop. :) It was PERFECTION.

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  82. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/mamamarchand/status/75262611469512704

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  83. My favorite gift was a pair of ski boots from my hubby! :) Thanks!

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  84. My favorite gifts I received was on my 25th birthday. My husband gave me all of my favorite things and celebrated me each day for a week. It was very special!

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  85. My favorite birthday gift was my wedding... ok almost. We got married the day after my 21st birthday. Best ever!

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  86. I absolutely love your favorite things! My favorite birthday gift ever was in 2009. We received our referral for our youngest daughter and I spent my birthday planning our trip to go get her from Colombia! :)

    Happy Birthday!

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  87. My husband gave me my very favorite birthday gift two months after our daughter was born. He surprised me with a white gold ring with her birthstone. It made me feel pretty even though I was a brand new mom and none of my clothes were fitting right yet. So thoughtful.

    blythegirl1 at gmail dot com

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  88. My favorite birthday gift was probably my Nutrimill! Lame, I know, but I make the yummiest bread ever now!

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  89. My favorite birthday gift I ever got was a heart Tiffany's ring from my hubbie on my 30th. I wear it almost every day.

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  90. My favorite birthday gift I ever got was a heart Tiffany's ring from my hubbie on my 30th. I wear it almost every day.

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  91. Gosh, best gift I've received? Probably my daughter, Sophie, born three days after my birthday.

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  92. I'm now following your blog.

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  93. I didn't read anything in the rules about neighbors being ineligible to win prizes. Or those who are on the list being ineligible to win. Just don't pick me for the Totally Desperate Mom book. I'm kind of sick of that book :)
    Favorite bday present was when Shiloh surprised me for my 34th bday - flew friends in from out of town. Had surprise party and then sent us to Jon Foreman concert in SF.

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  94. You know I follow your blog and your trash can habits.

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  95. My favorite birthday gift is the most recent- my son wanted to use his own money to buy me a gift- I got a delightful necklace from the dollar store. :)

    Happy Birthday, great giveaway!
    ~Amy

    shaferfamily15 at yahoo dot com

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  96. My favorite birthday was the one that I received a life size doll of myself! My mom made it for me all in secret and surprised me with it. The pictures of me opening it are hilarious! Happy Birthday!

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  97. Woah! Happy birthday to you...and ME!! Not really my birthday, but your amazing giveaway makes me feel like it is!!!
    My favorite birthday present ever was my daughter...she came right before my bday!

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  98. I am one of your followers too!! :0)
    Happy bday, Mel!

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  99. My favorite gift was a trip to NYC with my dad, just the two of us, for my 13th birthday. We stayed in a penthouse, went to a show on Broadway, had a picnic in central park and just chilled in Times Square (:
    I hope your birthday was all you hoped and dreamed it would be!

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  100. My favorite gift was my pottery wheel that I got when I was in fifth grade.

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  101. The best b-day gift I ever received was a a patchwork fish made up of scraps from all the costumes we used at a drama-team, a boy sewed it for me, and even today, 20 years later I remember the people in the play looking at the scraps in the fish. Tone

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  102. I am following your blog as well. :)

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  103. ANd do I want to follow your blog... I love it - and I also love Jesus. Tone

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  104. Happy birthday, Mel!! My favorite gift I've ever received were tickets to a George Michael concert - love him!!

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  105. My favorite was a trip to Germany with my sister! We had a blast! Happy Birthday!

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  106. May favorite birthday gift was when my husband took me on shopping sprees to my favorite craft and fabric stores,and let me buy so many of the things I wanted/needed. I like giving gifts that are specifically for the b-day person. Happy Birthday to you Mel! Arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  107. I am also following your blog and tweeted. Arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  108. My favorite birthday gift was my ice cream maker from my husband.

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  109. Oh my, good giveaway Mel!! Happy Birthday :)

    My favorite birthday gift was when I turned 16 and my Grandparents gave me 16 ten dollar bills rolled up and placed in a dozen pink roses ~ something I've never forgotten...

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  110. What a fun giveaway!! My favorite birthday gift was given to me this past year for my 27th birthday. She gave me these fantastically pink sparkly TOMS. I love them :)

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  111. My favorite birthday gift was getting engaged to my high school sweetheart when I turned 18 :)

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  112. I tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/#!/DonnaONeil/status/75313041637511170

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  113. Hey Mel...Happy Birthday...we actually share the same birthday and I swear I have the same picture of me and my cake!!! My favorite birthday present was my Digital DSLR camera from my husband...so many wonderful memories captured because of it!! Have a great day!!

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  114. My favorite birthday gift ever given was last year in March, I received my engagement ring from my now husband! It was the the meaning of it that meant so much! It was the best birthday ever because he is the best gift in the world!
    Heather

    heatherdmullin@gmail.com

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  115. I follow your blog.

    heatherdmullin@gmail.com


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

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  116. I tweeted about the giveaway. My twitter name is HeatherStokes2

    heatherdmullin@gmail.com

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  117. My favorite was my puppy when I was 9!!!!

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  118. Happy Birthday!!! I am a follower : )

    My favorite gift was my zoom lense. love it!

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  119. Hi Mel- Happy Birthday! My favorite gift that I ever gave was the surprise 40th party I threw for my hubby- he was in shock and enjoyed every minute of the shindig- it was a gift to me to see how happy he was!

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  120. My favorite gift that I've ever received was my "Mommy ring". It was really for my first Mother's Day, but it was the best gift! My husband had a sapphire (the color of our daughter's eyes) put into my engagement ring setting (we had the diamond put into a different setting when we got married).

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  121. My favorite gift was from my daughter, it was a card that she made ...

    :)

    Happy Birthday mel!

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  122. The best gift I ever received was a rawhide bone and a notecard. My mom wrapped up the bone for my 10th birthday, and the note said we were getting a dog. I literally jumped up and down for the rest of the night, I was so excited. Dakota was the best dog I could have ever wished for, and we had 9 great years together.

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  123. Awesome giveaway! So many great things!!

    My favorite birthday gift was a Big Girl DSLR Camera!
    Favorite gift to date. Now I have my own part time photography biz.

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  124. I follow you!

    The best birthday gift I've ever given was to my dad. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my dad and we developed a similar taste in music. When I was a junior in college, Billy Joel was doing his farewell (solo) tour. One of the stops on his tour was my college town. I got two tickets and told my dad to just come and see me that weekend. He didn't know what we were doing until he got there. (a 4 hour drive for him). It was an awesome concert and one of my favorite memories!

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  125. My favorite birthday gift I ever received was a pair of silver earrings from Tiffany's that my husband gave me while in NYC (my favorite city!) I wear them every single day! :)

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

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  126. What a great giveaway!! My husband has given me so many great gifts, its hard for me to decide. I think a trip to Vegas for my 30th was the best :)

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  127. Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a day of sunshine and rainbows. It's so sweet of you to share your favorite things with us. Last year my hubby got me a Shark steam mop for my birthday. I know it makes me lame but it's one of my favorite gifts.

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  128. My favorite gift was a trip to Disney World for my 40th birthday. We spent the day in Magic Kingdom and ended the night watching Wishes!

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  129. My favorite gift I gave was a pink teddy bear I bought for my niece on the way to the hospital right after she was born, I was so excited that she was here! I can't really think about what my all time favorite gift was, but the one from this year is a weekend in Mendicino from my boyfriend, we are going next weekend!

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  130. my fav birthday gift was tickets to see my favorite band The Early November with my Best friend!

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  131. My most favorite gift Ive ever gotten I still think has to have been my Cabbage Patch Doll when I was 6... her name was Nora! :) I had EVERYTHING for her!!!!!! One day if I ever have a little girl, Nora will go to her :)

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  132. Favorite birthday gift: Cowboy boots and rodeo tickets! Opened up a whole new world to me!

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  133. My favorite gift was when my Hubby and 2 girls took me out for dinner at an upscale restaurant and they were all on their best behavior and used their best manners :)

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  134. I have shared your link on facebook!

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  135. My favorite birthday gifts are memories. Last year my husband surprised me with a hot air balloon ride. It was so fun!

    Oh, and I LOVE the birthday pictures of you!

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  136. I'm a follower.
    (Sounds so creepy.)

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  137. My all time favorite bday gift ever given to me was a poem written from each letter of my first and last name. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  138. This year my husband set-up a hair appt for me for my birthday which I have been thinking about and wanting for about a year plus brought me doughnuts, flowers and starbucks :)

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  139. my favorite gift would probably be my FANCY dinner at the herbfarm last year. or maybe this is simply the only one that i an remember right now...

    and, i REALLY need that "keep calm" necklace after my post a few days ago!

    i follow you and am going to facebook your giveaway now.

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  140. My favorite birthday gift is the gift of my beautiful son, born the day before my birthday in November of 2005. How could you ask for more????

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