September 18, 2013

A Birthday Giveaway!

{Little chambanachik, turning seven or eight, perhaps?
Regardless, I'm loving the scrunchy and paint-splattered jean vest.
And that my poor brother didn't quite make it into the picture- but then, he's the middle child.}

"Clearly God was in some kind of mood on my birthday."  — Jodi Picoult 

Today, I'm 29 years old! One year left before the big 3-0.

I have a thing about birthdays; even though I've now had 29 of them, I still feel like they should be a big deal. For one day, it's nice to celebrate simply existing, you know? It's a day to fill with ridiculous balloons, confetti, too much cake, and pretty, wrapped up packages full of surprises. 

Today, I'm celebrating the years I've had, what they've been filled with, and where they've led. I'm celebrating picking up Sky from the airport tonight after he's been away doing Army things, and celebrating the job he was just offered yesterday afternoon. I'm celebrating the two sweetest babies being mine. And I'm celebrating all of you in blogland, because I've found some of the greatest friendships here. You've been with me for the most significant parts of my journey, and it has been amazing.


Truthfully, I hate parties, but I would love one with all of you. Because I can't share a slice of gloriously misspelled Walmart birthday cake with all of you, though, I figured I should do the next best thing, and give away some tasty favorites of mine. The winner must promise to raise up their coffee mug and toast my 29th year! It's the least you can do, right?


What you'll win:

* A $10 Starbucks gift card {to sip}
* A Starbucks journal {to inspire}
* Biscoff cookies {to nibble}
*Chocolate covered espresso beans {to crunch}

Enjoy!
*If you don't live near a Starbucks and are chosen as the winner, 
please let me know and we will substitute the giftcard part of the prize!



56 kind comments from you:

Poe Kitten said...

I like surprises, the little things like people remembering to say Happy Birthday:)

Abby Hollinhead said...

I know it's selfish, but I love having my own day all about me :)

Jenn said...

Hands down- CAKE. :)

I hope you have a great day! Happy happy birthday Erika!! :)

Sue // As It Seems said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I love finding the perfect gift for a birthday that I just know someone will love.

erica @ to the sea said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite thing about birthdays is presents!!!

Melissa Gilliam Shaw said...
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Melissa Gilliam Shaw said...

Happy birthday!!! My favorite thing about my birthday is that it's one day of the year that's always felt especially my own.

stacyfiore said...

Happy Birthday!!!!! My favorite thing about birthdays is that it's all about me! My day...the one day that I try to put myself first over my husband and kids. I hope you have an amazing day!

greaterexp said...

It's great to have a day when at least one person wants to do something special for me, just because I exist and mean something to them.
Have the most blessed birthday, knowing that so many people love and admire you.

Mrs.B said...

Happy Birthday!!!
I am SO excited for you guys and so glad he got the job!


I wont be entering since we don't have a Starbucks anywhere near this tiny town. You should fee bad for me. ;)

reccewife said...

Birthdays Birthdays Birthdays! I tell everyone about my birthday in the week leading up so no one forgets, and then I just basically announce it everywhere I go on my day. Because if no one said anything I'd be sad so I don't let that happen :)

Julie Monroe said...

Happy birthday! I love to reflect on the past year and see all I've accomplished.

Dani said...

Happy Birthday! I agree, they are always a big deal for celebrating :)

Jamie said...

Presents!

Sidnie said...

Happy freakin' Birthday, friend!!

Can I steal your wish, too? I wish that one day you and I get to sip coffee together!!

XOXO

Katie said...

Happy Birthday! I love that birthdays can be an escape of the hussel and bussel and a time to celebrate and focus on yourself.

Mari said...

Happy Birthday!!

Alice C said...

Happy Birthday Lovely! I hope you get to enjoy every moment and those babies are sooooo adorable!! Birthdays are just magical somehow, nostalgia and hope for more wonderful future no matter the age. I love a good birthday!!

Anna Lynne said...

Happy Birthday! I love the idea of entering a fresh age. It feels like an opportunity to begin again :)

CenturionCrossfitforthood said...

Happy birthday! I love the free birthday Starbucks treats and the outpouring of love on my birthday. So happy birthday again, friend!

Jessica Lynn said...

Happy happy birthday! My favorite thing is that my husband usually takes the day off to hang out with me. i'm hoping he does that for my next birthday so that I can maybe go get a pedicure or something while he watches the baby :)

Lisa said...

Whoops commented under my gym's email!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday!! For me, I love having a day that's just MINE and about me. It may be a little silly, but when you spend all your time on someone else it's nice to have a ME day! :) Unfortunately, I had the worst birthday ever this year...so maybe next year will be better.

Lisa Fink said...

Happy happy birthday! I actually love to celebrate the birthdays of my girls the most. They are three days and 13 days apart and sometimes the celebrations last several weeks!

Jessica Gehman said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite thing about birthdays is that my husbands is just 4 days before mine! It is a great excuse to plan a big trip, and so fun to have someone else to celebrate with! We have summer birthdays, so pool parties are big on our lists too.

Stacey B said...

My favorite thing about birthdays is being here to celebrate it!!

Allison said...

My favorite thing about birthdays is getting to go ALL OUT (breakfast in bed, all their favorite foods, presents, cake, decorations, birthday cards, a trip to their favorite place) to make the birthday boy or girl feel special on their day!

Happy Birthday, Erika! I hope you have a really special day!

Brittany Sommer said...

Happy birthday! My most favorite thing about birthday is celebrating!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday! One of my favorite things about birthdays is celebrating the precious gift of life that God has blessed us with.

barefootandboots said...

Happy birthday Erika! I'm nearing my big 2-9 as well and you are celebrating exactly the way I would...with Starbucks in hand! I hope you get a wonderful day of relaxation and pampering. After all, it's all downhill after 30.... ;-)

Kaylee said...

Happy Birthday Erika! Hope you have a lovely day celebrating you! I still love birthdays too! Max thinks I'm crazy and never wants to celebrate his, but I LOVE celebrating the kids or mine or other peoples - it's just fun having a day to look back and be thankful for the years you've been given, and celebrate a person and who they are in your life! I love special treats and flowers and balloons and thoughtful gifts and simple surprises :) Although I love birthdays, I can't believe 30 is creeping up on me....still a couple of years away, but it feels like SUCH a huge deal to me! Yikes! Anyways, have a happy, happy day!!!

AubreyLaine said...

I love being able to choose what we do for the whole day :)

Mrs. Squirrel said...

Happy Birthday! I love being able to have a decadent cake, one that I don't have to bake :)

Kathryn B said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I have to agree, I think birthdays should always be celebrated! What other day every year can you celebrate just being you??? It's your special day! Enjoy it!

Cat said...

Happy birthday! My favorite thing about birthdays is probably all the freebies from restaurants I get in my email. LOL!

Oh, and cake.

The Cross Family Adventures said...

Happy Birthday!!! My birthday is coming up soon as well (: and starbucks is coming out with all the holiday drinks and I have been refraining from running down there and getting my Salted Carmel mocha latte. Oh that thing is a sin (: Hope you have a fantastic day and thanks for offering this awesome giveaway

Little Misses Kate said...

Happy Birtthday, friend! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

erin said...

Little chambanachik is so cute! :D Happy birthday dear friend; this giveaway is a testament to your beautiful spirit. I hope your day is amazing!

Jen said...

What a sweet giveaway! Happy Happy Birthday! :)

kenny hall said...

Happy birthday! Cake is the best part ;)

Whitney said...

Happy Birthday!!

amy pike said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite part, the fact that it is my day. I love the texts, phone calls and cards I receive from friends and family.

Paulena B. said...
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Chantal said...

Happy Birthday (again)!

I love birthdays, just because they are the day to feel special about yourself.

Paulena B. said...

Happy birthday! How wonderful that you get to get your honey today! My favorite part of birthdays is spending time with my loved ones.

Olivia R said...

Happy Birthday! I still like getting a present or two.

Bobbie Anne said...

Getting to have just one day for yourself!

Dianne Hall said...

Little surprises and breakfast in bed!

valinohio said...

LOOOOOOOOOVE hearing from family and friends, and special surprises... And, if it's a Friday, having an ALL WEEKEND celebration!!! :-)

ash schlax said...

all of it. seriously, i am a birthday freak. i get excited a month in advance.

i am such a (29-year-old) child.

hope your day was lovely, friend. ♥

MrsMcDancer said...

You had me at Biscoff. I still think birthdays are magical: favorite part celebrating the amazing things that have happened in that year. And cake. Lots of cake (also, you had me at Biscoff)

Allie said...

Happy birthday!!!!! I hope you had an awesome day!

My favorite thing about birthdays is that I still get the excited feeling in my stomach when it hits midnight! And the outpouring of love :)

Jodi Hall said...

The Cake!!

Hope you had a wonderful birthday :)

Fran said...

BALLOONS. Seriously. I wish people would just send me bouquets of balloons for my birthdays.

Ellen said...

Hearing from old friends. Happy Birthday!!

Ellen said...

Hearing from old friends. Happy Birthday!!

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