5.30.2013

Mel's Favorite Things {Massive Birthday Giveaway!}

Hey, Hey, It's my Birthday!
The Big 3-4.
Want to know what that means?
Presents for YOU!
 
{On my 4th Birthday 30 years ago rocking the Smurfette shirt. Loved her then, still love her now}
 
Are you ready for a MASSIVE Giveaway?
I have TEN of my Favorite Things that TEN of you will win!
Are you Ready? Let's Go!
It's Giveaway Time!

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Giveaway #1 - CM Handmade
Heather is the creator behind CM Handmade.
I am lucky to know Heather in real life & am blessed to have her as a friend.
She is one of the most creative people I know.
Heather is mom to 4 kiddos, party planner extraordinaire, excellent seamtress & creator of fun Burlap Banners you can find in her shop.
  I think I have 5 of her banners...I have lost track of how many of her banners I have purchased.
{See my Luke banner here & here.  Kate's birthday banner here and my Peeps banner here}
I LOVE them!  And, just ordered one for Luke's 1st birthday (sob!)

One lucky winner will win a $30 Shop Credit so you can get your own banner!

Find CM Handmade here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Instagram

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Giveaway #2 -  My Mom Snaps  Children's Book
 What does Mom do while her little ones explore the world around them? She snaps, of course. Mom stands by with her camera while kids enjoy everything from splashing in the pool and learning to ride a bike to baking a cake and snuggling up to sleep. Bright colors, cheerful illustrations and playful rhymes engage kids who’ve ever felt they’re being followed by the mom-arazzi. What's more, in heartwarming verse, Mom Snaps reveals the endearing reason why Mom snaps so much: 
To preserve childhood's sweet memories for a lifetime.

I bought this book for my girls & they love (and so do I!)
One lucky winner will win a copy of "My Mom Snaps!"
 
Find My Mom Snaps here:
Blog * Shop

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Giveaway #3 - Happy Days by Wifey Singer

Hannah is Wifey Singer. I met her at Blog Sugar 2 years ago & she is the sweetest and has such a gift of encouragement. She is a stay at home mama to her son Elijah. 
Exactly one year ago she opened up her etsy shop full of  happy, colorful jewelry!

I have 2 pair & get tons of compliments every time I wear them!

Hannah is giving away a $20 Shop Credit  to one lucky reader!
Link
Find  Wifey Singer here:
Blog * Shop  * Instagram

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Giveaway #4 - Katygirl Designs

 I met Katy at Blog Sugar 2 years ago, but we had been reading eachother's blogs since before that.
Small world...I grew up (and still go) to the same church as her Aunt, Uncle & cousins.
Katy has 2 beautiful blue eyed kiddos. She is also has an awesome Etsy shop filled with beautiful prints that she creates & designs.
We have this one:
 This is a new design....Want it!
 Truth:
Aren't her prints gorgeous?!? 
Katy is giving away an 8x10 print of your choice to one lucky reader!!!

Find Katygirl here:
Blog * Shop  * Instagram

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Giveaway #5 - A Simple Kind of Love
Beth has a fun etsy shop filled with all kinds of handmade goodies from scrappy banners, buntings, signs and my favorite...Date Jars!
This date jar has 52 dates in it. There is one date per week for an entire year!
 
Beth came up with the idea when she wanted to spend time with her husband but didn't have a whole lot of money for date nights out. These dates are geared toward spending quality time together rather than on spending money. Some dates do require a little creativity. All dates are definitely do-able. Some of the dates are "at home dates," while the others are out of the house..

The dates come already printed on paper in a silver craft jar. This jar is great for both dating and married couples! It would make a great gift for a bride and groom or just any couple looking for money saving, date night ideas!
Beth is giving away a date jar to one lucky winner!   
 Find Beth here:
Blog * Shop  * Instagram
 
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Giveaway #6 - In His Grace Art
 
In His Grace is run by Chrissie Grace. Mosaics, mixed-media art, paintings, quilts, and photography. She also makes adorable personalized pillows that I have purchased for each of my kids!
Aren't they adorable?

  One lucky person will will a  $25 Shop Credit to In His Grace Art!

Find Chrissie Grace Art here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook

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Giveaway #7 - Little Baby Bumblebee
I found this shop after Luke was born while searching for monthly onesie stickers to document each month of Luke's life.
Those adorable tie onesie stickers? Yep, this is where I got them! 
Dee is mom to a 9 year old son & she started her etsy shop in 2010 when she was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. She has had 2 surgeries to try to get rid of the cancer that spread from my thyroid to my lymph nodes. Those surgeries have been successful for the time being and she uses this creative outlet to help heal her and keep her busy while she undergos treatment.
One lucky winner is getting a Shop Credit for a package of onesie stickers of YOUR choice!

 Find Dee here:
 Shop  

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Giveaway #8 - The Printed Palette 
 The Printed Palette is a creative team from San Diego with passion for art and T-shirts. 
They hope to create wow-filled experiences with designs to inspire.
Their shirts are made from the softest cotton and have unique designs.
 I bought this shirt for Luke. LOVE it!

One lucky winner will win this shirt:

 Find The Printed Palette here:
Shop * Facebook  * Instagram

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Giveaway #9 - Six Sisters Stuff Cookbook!

Cook, craft, and create with recipes, projects, and ideas from SixSistersStuff.com.
 There are six  girls . . . no boys!
 Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra are six sisters who share their easy, affordable recipes and crafts in this collection of family favorites. These pages contain more than 90 tried-and-true recipes that use ingredients commonly found in your pantry, with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs of each dish. Charming do-it-yourself projects, such as stained Mason Jars and a Ruffles and Yarn Wreath, are fun to create and require little time or money. Suggestions for indoor activities for kids, healthy snack ideas, or an inexpensive night out are among the many lists included in the book. 

One lucky winner will get a copy of the Six Sisters Stuff Cookbook!

 Find Six Sisters here:
Blog * Facebook  * Cookbook * My Recipe Magic

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Giveaway # 10 - 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.

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. All their clothing is up-cycled.
I also bought these Lil Blue Boo dresses for my Maternity Photo Shoot when I was pregnant with Luke:
Lil Blue Boo is giving away their Beauty Salon Party Printable package.....
And a coordinating dress for the Birthday Girl!!!
 AMAZING!
Find Lil Blue Boo here:
Blog * Shop * Facebook * Instagram
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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, Facebook or Instagram about this Giveaway

I hope some of my Favorite Things become some of YOUR Favorite Things!
Giveaway ends next Friday, June 7th 
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 really Awesome! I truly love each item that is being given away! 
Be sure to support these shops if you ever need gifts for yourself or others!

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282 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! I hope you'll have the best year so far!
    I think my favorite birthday gift was the one given to my mother by my brother and I (w families) A photo shoot at a photographer including my parents, children, in laws and grandchildren! What a keepsake

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  2. Favorite gift....a gumball machine when I was 5! It was taller than I was!!!

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  3. Happy birthday! I think my favorite gift was when my husband threw me a surprise party for my 30th birthday. I really appreciated the thought and effort he put into it. I follow your blog as well.

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  4. Hey Mel!I love your blog:) Happy Birthday!
    I loooooooove the fall.. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far. I love everything about it. Anyways I turned 30 last summer in July and my husband and my brother and sister in law made me thanksgiving in the middle of the summer. They decorated the house with leaves and pilgrims and pumpkins... They had elf playing on the tv when I walked in along with a stack of local ads that were supposed to be my "black friday" ads. It was the best and so thoughtful! Oh and we had pumpkin and pecan pie instead of birthday cake:)

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  5. Oh! My! Gosh! What a fun post....and what a wonderful collection of things!
    My favorite gift? Hmmmmmmm........When I turned 30 Chris gave me a sweet little diamond drop necklace that I absolutely adore. I love it and wear it almost every day....even now 6 years later!
    Happy Birthday friend!!!!

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  6. Andrew took me on a great vacation for my 30th birthday and bought me one of my favorite handbags. Of course I follow your blog, I adore you! Happy birthday!!

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  7. Happy birthday Mel!! My favorite gift I've given was a scrapbook. It was the first birthday Aaron had after we got married and the book held all our mementos, notes, pictures, etc. from our dating years.

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  8. Happy Birthday! My favorite gift was a pearl necklace my husband gave me the 2nd year we were dating.
    heidiburnette@hotmail.com

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  9. My favorite gift I received weas a pair of real pearl earrings! Happy Birthday!
    I'm also a follower!

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  10. My favorite gift was the bible my husband gave me on my 24th birthday. It was the thought in it that made it so special. Of course, you know I follow you. I'll give you a shout out on my blog, too. :)

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  11. Happy birthday! The best gift I gave was an ipad, to my husband for his 30th birthday! :-)

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  12. My favorite birthday gift this year was my ipad mini. I love it!!

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  13. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great day!!! My favorite birthday gift was for my sixteenth birthday my parents rented a limo and blindfolded me so I didn't know what was going on or where we were and took me and my friends shopping at the mall. They gave each of my friends $10 and let us shop for an hour.
    The crazy part is since they blindfold I was paranoid and thought they were taking me to the mva to take my drivers license test in front of all my friends lol... I was nervous

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  14. I'd say my favorite thing I ever received was a pearl necklace from my then-boyfriend. I wore it on our wedding day!

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  15. Also... I follow you on blogger & bloglovin :)

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  16. My favorite gift was my piano that my husband gave me for my "big" birthday. I've always wanted to learn how to play.

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  17. I'm a long time follower to your blog.

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  18. My favorite gift I have been given was a beautiful watch from my mom. It was a few months after my dad had passed away and while it was a very sad time, there was also sweetness in knowing that things would get better. I remember just the joy in which she gave it to me. And the favorite gift I have given is actually coming up - this weekend we are buying a new play/swing set for my almost 3 year old twins. Their heads are going to explode!

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  19. My favorite birthday gift - it wasn't an actual gift, but when I was 15 my day took the day off from work (which was a big deal because he was self-employed) to spend it with me and take me to get my learner's license. That's a birthday I'll never forget.

    I follow you on Blog Lovin

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  20. Happiest Birthday to You!
    My favorite Birthday gift has been my Bestie and her family coming to visit for my 30th birthday a couple years ago! That was AWESOME!

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  21. Happy Birthday! My favorite gift was the surprise party that my husband threw for my 30th birthday this year--I was completely surprised!

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  22. My favorite gift was a Tiffany necklace my husband surprised me with. It wasn't so much the necklace, but the surprise that meant so much.

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  23. Any birthday gift that I can actually surprise my husband with is a winner! He's so tricky to buy for!

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  24. my favorite gift was the scrapbook my mom made me for my 18th birthday of pictures of my life! still love looking at it and it reminds me of her!

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  26. My favorite gift was a gift I gave. My husband's birthday last year was on 12/12/12. My boys and I went to Target and bought 12 sets of 12 things, like 12 snicker bars and a 12 pack of soda, 12 tennis balls etc. It was fun and my husband still talks about it. My birthday is next Tuesday I sure hope to win something:)

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  28. I follow your blog I love it! I also have two girls and my youngest is named Claire! Who knows maybe one day we'll add a little boy to our family too! :)

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  29. Happy birthday!!! Such a great giveaway!
    I think one of my favorite birthday gifts was the arrow tattoo I got this last year.

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  30. My favorite birthday was my 16th birthday both my parents took off from work to take me to get my drivers permit. That whole spring my Dad taught me how to drive. He was so happy when I got my license! It is a memory I cherish because my Dad passed away when I was 17.

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  31. Happiest of days to you!!! What an awesome group of items you have here!!! Love them all.
    As for favorite gift, it had to have been this year when I gave our 4 year old one of the dolls that I make and sell. She had been asking and asking for one. She was pretty excited when she opened that package.
    Hope your birthday is wonderful, your cake is sweet, and your family treats you like a queen.

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  32. My favorite birthday gift ever received was a 10-speed bike on my 10th birthday!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  33. I follow (and love) your blog!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  34. My favorite gift...that is really tough. It would probably be a trip to NYC to meet JK Rowling when I turned 30! That was epic!!

    Happy Birthday, Mel! Today is my son Cooper's birthday too-I did not know that you were birthday buddies. I asked him where he wanted to eat dinner for his special day and he replied, "Dairy Queen". Well, then. Birthday Blizzards for all! I

    Have a wonderful day!

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  35. I love following your blog! Especially all the party posts! Such great, fun, creative ideas! My favorite birthday gift was the 30th birthday party that my husband threw for me last year! :)

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  36. I am a new follower of your blog!!

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  37. My favorite gift I have received was my new car!!

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  38. I got my daughter a Melissa and Doug play castle for her 4th birthday. She plays with it all the time!

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  39. Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday gift was my dog, Chloe! I also follow your blog and instagram :)

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  40. One of the favorite birthday gifts I've give would be the annual chocolate truffles I make for my husband :)

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  41. I am so entering! What awesome shops! Let's see... my favorite gift I ever received for my birthday is my eternity circle necklace that my daughter (who was 6 at the time) picked out. My husband wanted to get me something else and Jaina kept insisting that I really wanted the necklace instead. She was right!

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  42. I follow your blog on bloglovin'!

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  43. And I just facebooked about the give away!

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  44. My favorite birthday present was our beautiful Rottweiler - Tilla I got 5 years ago for my 22nd birthday from my husband. She fills my life with so much joy and happiness. I could not imagine life without her!

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  45. My favorite gift was when I surprised my husband with a new guitar.

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  46. One year for my birthday my husband surprised me with a new car!

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  47. My favorite birthday gift was for my hubby's 30th birthday we had a big party and I surprised him by flying his dog home to live with us. (he was temporary staying with his parents in another state.)

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  48. Hmmm. Favorite birthday gift was probably my trip to St. Augustine, FL last year!
    imjustbeachy@me.com

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  49. tweet

    https://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/340112761847689216

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  50. Happy birthday! My favorite gift was a unicycle in 6th grade.

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  51. My favorite gift would be one that I have given.... I have twin daughters who are now 19. For their 13th birthday I had everyone who had a significant role in their lives (pastor, teacher, family, friend) write notecards with their advice for the teenager years and I made scrapbooks with photos of my girls with each person along with the notecards with their advice. They still love to look at those books!

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  52. my best birthday gift I received: my husband gave me 25 quarters on my 25th birthday--he found one from each year of my life. plus he gave me popular books/movies/and tapes from the year I was born :)

    floral & fudge

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  53. The best birthday present I gave was surprise concert tickets for my husband!

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  54. My daughter (she's 8) makes me cards for every holiday or occasion or even when I'm a little sick. Her birthday cards are my favorite and make me cry every time! Maybe cause I am a big ol' sentimental sap...or maybe because I know someday she'll stop making them. Probably both!

    Happy Birthday!

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  55. My favorite birthday gift was my new camera

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  56. I follow your blog! Happy Birthday!

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  57. My favorite gift that I have given was a surprise birthday party for my husband's 30th birthday. I loved that I actually pulled it off and he was 100% surprised! We had moved away from our church friends/family, so it was a sweet time of having everyone together to celebrate my husband. It was an 80s themed party- costumes and all :)

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  58. Gosh. I don't know.... I've had so many great birthdays. I think my fave was this years birthday which was last week... My husband made it possible for my grandkids and daughter to come all the way from North Carolina to celebrate with me. He couldn't have given me anything better!

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  59. And I follow hour sweet blog :). Happy Birthday!

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  60. By far my absolute favorite birthday gift was my husband coming back from deployment just in time for our oldest daughter's birth (and just a few days before my birthday!) He's my rock, best friend, and I couldn't imagine him not being there to see her born.

    I also follow your blog....Happy Birthday!

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  61. hhhmmmm, i love that every year on my oldest daughter's bday i can give her stationary, pens, pencils and journals and she is ecstatic. reminds me how alike we are. happy birthday!!!

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  62. First Happy Birthday to you! The best gift I have ever given was what me and my sister gave together to my mom. For her 50th birthday we had a HUGE surprise dinner set up and a neutral location so she would not even know what was going on. We had all of her friends from her past show up to help us celebrate! The best part was we had been working all along behind her back with Make a Wish and we were able collectively to make my mom a Fairy Godmother, and grant a wish for a kid in our area. She was presented with a "magic" wand by a Make a Wish representative. It was by far the most amazing night watching my mom spend time with friends one of her favorite things and then being able to give back another favorite of hers!

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  63. and of course i follow your blog!

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  64. I am your sister, so of course I follow your blog :)

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  65. I Wished you a happy birthday on social media, does that count? Haha

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  66. My favorite birthday gift was when you, Kev, and Elyse took me to Disneyland for my 18th birthday!

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  67. One year I had a birthday in Scotland. Surprise! That was fabulous! Happy Birthday Melissa!

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  68. One of my favorite birthday gifts was a surprise party that my husband (then boyfriend) and best friend threw me. I had no idea and it was so much fun!

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  69. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/SummerCrosbie/status/340129143003947008

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  70. My favorite birthday gift was having my son on my 25th birthday. It was the best gift I will ever receive.

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  71. My favorite birthday gift ever was my very first sewing machine! The perfect gift for me!

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  72. I follow your blog and love this giveaway. Happy Birthday by the way!

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  73. My favorite birthday present was a vintage bracelet my husband found for me ALL.BY. HIMSELF! I didn't even hint or send him the link. ha!

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  74. Happy happy birthday! What a fun giveaway! My favorite birthday present was the day we had our 20 week growth ultrasound for our baby boy ON my birthday! No better gift than a great report: healthy baby and a BOY!! :) thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  75. Love following your blog!!
    My most favorite birthday gift was the gold and diamond horseshoe necklace that my parents gave me on my 16th birthday. I believe it has only come off once since then-for my wedding when I wore pearls)

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  76. My favorite gift that I was ever given was the birth of my son on the day before my 29th birthday! Nothing will ever come close to that! I follow your blog and follow you on IG. Thanks!

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  77. It might sound cheesy, but my favorite birthday gift was a party with my friends on my 20th birthday (which seems like a lifetime ago). I was so touched that they planned a fun evening with dinner out and presents back at my house. It kind of seemed like a throwback to my childhood with a big party with friends all sitting in a circle opening presents.

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  78. I think the best gift I have ever given was San Francisco Giants tickets to my husband. We live in So Cal and are going to head up to ATT park to watch the game.

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  79. The first Christmas my hubby (then boyfriend) and I had as a couple he gave me the most thoughtful present! He hand wrote a Bible verse out on an index card for every.single.day of the coming year and had them in a wooden box for me. So every day the following year, I got to take out a card and read the verse he had written on it. He even did themes throughout the year! :)

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  80. I follow your blog, too! Happy happy happy birthday!

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  81. What a fun giveaway, love all of these items!
    My favorite gift is one that I gave to my husband for his 30th bday. He is obsessesd with Ferrari so I surprised him while we were on vacation in Las Vegas and took him to the speedway and he got to drive a Ferrari as fast as he wanted around the track. He was so surprised and excited!

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  82. Wow! I'd love to win any of these items! My favorite gift given(which really was a gift for the whole family) was a beach trip for my son'd 3rd birthday recently!

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  83. My favorite present was a suprise party thrown for me! All of my favorite people in one place at one time!

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  84. Happy birthday!!
    I think my favorite birthday gift was the bunny my mom and dad got me on my 9th birthday. I ADORED that bunny and named her Chocolate.

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  85. My favorite gift to receive was an emerald necklace from my hubby for my 30th bday, and my favorite to give was surprising him by installing a new stereo in his car!

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  86. Happy Birthday!
    We have started to give experiences rather than gifts, so for my daughter's 8th b-day we took her to the Madonna Inn for dinner and dancing. The Madonna Inn is right out of the lat 50's with a formal pink dinning room covered in white twinkling lights. We finished the night dancing with the whole family, including grandparents ...it was magical.

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  87. Happy Birthday! What a fun way to celebrate!

    My favorite gift was a "believe" bracelet that all my kids chipped in and bought me for my birthday after Nate died. Unfortunately...it broke but I still treasure it in my heart.

    Hope you have an AMAZING day!

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  88. My favorite birthday gift was an open heart Tiffany's ring that my husband got me for my 30th birthday.

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  89. Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday gift that I have given was a special night in Chicago that I planned for my boyfriend. We had an amazing time!

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  90. My favorite birthday gift was a Tiffany's necklace that my husband gave me!

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  91. My favorite birthday gift was a locket my husband gave me.

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  92. My favorite birthday gift was from my parents when I was 16--it was a hope chest and my husband and I have it our bedroom to this day!

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  93. And now I am a follower of your blog too!

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  94. My favorite birthday gift was a ring my husband gave me after our first daughter was born. She was only 5 weeks old and I still felt very "post-pregnant" and the beautiful emerald ring made me feel pretty and loved and cherished!

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  95. My favorite gift that I've given for a birthday is this year for my son. We got him a trampoline and he was so excited...I'm so glad we spent the time putting it together and giave it to him assembled instead of wrapping it and then having him itching to jump on it while we fumbled putting it together...

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  96. My favorite birthday gift was from God...A positive pregnancy test!!!:-)

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  97. My favorite gift I've ever received for my birthday would have to be my camera. I've probably gotten more use and enjoyment, and creative confidence out of than any other gift I've received.

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  98. I follow your blog on Google Reader too!

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  99. My favorite birthday gift was going to San Fran for my 30th with a bunch of couples and having an amazing weekend together. Hope you have a great 34th, Mel!

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  100. my favorite birthday gift was a limo wine tour with family! Happy Birthday Mel!!1

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  101. Happy Birthday!! What an awesome giveaway and I am so excited to enter! I have tweeted about this and will link to my blog as well. So fun! Happy Birthday!

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  102. Favorite gift received was this year when my sister gave me a Lisa Leonard charm bracelet and each month I'm surprised with a new charm.

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  103. My favorite gift was a gold watch my husband bought me! Happy Birthdday Mel.

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  104. I follow your blog and love it. I am always so happy when you have a new post! :)

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  105. Happy Birthday Mel! My favorite birthday gift I received was tickets to Phantom of the Opera- true surprise and just wonderful :)

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  106. My favorite birthday gift is something I game to someone...my husband. It was when he turned 30. He is a big Padres fan and I surprised him with a trip to San Diego to see them play. I woke him up early and told him he had the day off from work and we were getting on a plane....It was SOOOO fun!

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  107. And, my favorite birthday gift was for my 33rd birthday which didn't come until months later due to the tsunami...my 7D! But honestly, my favorite birthday gift is every year of seeing another birthday :)

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  108. My favorite gift was a great camera we gave my husband for his birthday this year!

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  109. My favorite gift was my sewing machine!

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  110. my favorite gift was my video camera I got from my hubby!

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  111. I think one of my favorite birthday gifts was a trip to Mendicino with my boyfriend, I have plenty of "stuff", I love that we got to have an adventure.

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  112. My favorite birthday gift was a trip to NYC - my hubby surprised me with it for my 31st birthday... and it was just 5 months before we had twins (babes #2 and #3 in our family) - a much needed vacation before our munchkins arrived!

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  113. When my husband surprised me with a camera bag I had told him about months ago! What a fabulous giveaway!

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  114. Happy birthday! my favorite was one I just received last night. My brother gave us a photo shoot with a photographer that I was dying to use to take family photos. such a great gift!

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  115. I actually recently gave a sweet/silly gift FROM Emeline to my dad...it was a ton of kid-like yard toys/summer stuff...and in the card I wrote a poem, "I know that this gift my seem selfish, but I promise you it's not. It's just that I really love spending time with you, a lot. I just adore making memories with you that are so fun, because you're my PopPop, my #1"-----and he cried. Over kid toys. It was so cute :)

    ANYWAY.
    :)

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  116. My favorite gift was a trip to Hawaii for my 30th birthday. Great family memories!!

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  117. My husband surprised me a few years ago with an iMac! It was a top gift! Happy Birthday, mel!!!!'

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  118. Happy Birthday Mel! My favourite gift I have ever given was for my 10 year old godson for his birthday. I collected clothing from the men in his family (father, grandfathers, uncles and even his little baby boy cousin) and used them all to make him a quilt. It's his next birthday in a week and I have no idea what to follow that with!

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  119. I also follow your blog! (and have realised we (nearly) share a birthday, I'm 34 next thursday!)

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  120. Happy Birthday! The best gift I was given was this past year finding out I was pregnant on my birthday. I'll love my angel baby forever and someday will be able to celebrate with him.

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  121. I follow your blog - it's my favorite. All 10 give aways look so awesome!

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  122. For my 40th birthday, my friends gave me a gift certificate to a fancy photographer

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  123. For my 40th birthday, my friends gave me a gift certificate to a fancy photographer

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  124. My daughter and I have birthdays very close to each other (10 days apart) - so 3 years ago, we celebrated BOTH birthdays with a huge family vacation to Hawaii! So.much.fun!

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  125. I follow your blog (and love it!)

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  126. Happy Birthday Mel! Love your favorite things! My favorite birthday gift was the awesome ipad my inlaws gave me last year. I use it all the time!

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  127. I tweeted the giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/mypinkmixerblog/status/340469870191841280

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  129. My favorite birthday gift would have to be the letters my Grandpop wrote for me each year on my birthday. He wrote them in a journal that I still cherish. It has been 14 years since his death and I still think of those letters every year on my birthday.

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  131. Happy Birthday! For one of my childhood birthdays I must have been obsessed with The Little Mermaid because we have a video of me oohing and awing over every piece of clothing that you could put The Little Mermaid on including socks, shoes, underwear, shirts, etc. Each piece of clothing was "The best present ever!" or so I said!

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  132. My favorite birthday included getting my driver's license and taking a trip to Chuck E Cheese with my girlfriends!

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  133. I took my husband to Germany and Austria for his 30th birthday. Definitely the best gift I've ever given!

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  134. You always have the best giveaways!! I wouldn't say this was my favorite birthday gift, but it's a pretty neat one....... My little brother was born on my 4th birthday. How many people can say they have the same birthday as their brother but they aren't twins.

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  135. You know I follow your blog!! Love it!!

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  136. My husband took me to Chicago for my birthday last year. That was my favorite birthday gift ever!

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  137. My favorite birthday gift given was my husband's surprise "dirty 30" birthday bbq party last year, which included a "dirty" dump truck cake, and toy dump truck to sign as a guest book!

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  138. Of course I follow your blog! I'd be crazy not to!

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  139. I received three birthstone rings from my husband from James Avery. Each one represents one of my kids!!!

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  140. Ohh my favorite birthday gift has to be either my sweet dog Petee, a gift from my hubs for my 24th birthday or my 13th birthday surprise party from my family! :)

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  141. I always LOVE the cards my children make me.

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  142. Heart diamond necklace from hubs:))

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  143. Took my hubby {then boyfriend} to NYC for his 28th b-day. The trip was a surprise, complete with amazing tickets to one of his favorite plays, a visit to Yankee stadium and several other fun surprises. The first day we were there I came down with a terrible bug and was dog sick the entire week!! I knew if we made it that week, we would make it for good - ha! We even named our little guy "Hudson" after the Hudson River, of course ;)

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  144. When I found out on my birthday that I was pregnant with our first child 16 years ago (and my birthday is May 30th :))

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