Birthday Blog Party WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who helped make my birthday special by reading my blog or commenting on my post ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m excited to announce the winner of my first ever Birthday Blog Party Giveaway! The winner will be getting some delicious spices and fabulous loose leaf teas from my favorite shop Wonderland Teas & Spices (Bellingham WA). I decided to opt out of sending chocolate because… well… it would melt :-/

And the winner IS… Meg S. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations! (I’ll be sending you an e-mail soon – if you don’t see it let me know!)

Thanks again for all of the birthday wishes and fun birthday tradition ideas! I had fun “planning” this party and picking out the teas and spices I was going to give away! Can’t wait to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚


27th Birthday Blog Party!

It’s my birthday! Twenty-seven years ago today I was born in Portland Oregon to the best parents on earth!

Birthdays are interesting things. When I was younger I always thought I would wake up feeling different somehow… Older maybe. I always felt the same – although I usually felt pretty special ๐Ÿ™‚ My family has some great birthday traditions… When I was little we would wake up to a bedroom completely covered in crepe paper! We would have to climb out of it like a spy through laser beams or rip our way through in order to get to the door. As I got older my parents decided that toilet paper was cheaper, so from then on we just got our room “toilet-papered”. One year (when I was either 21 or 22) my dad called up my neighbors/good friends and (easily) talked them into toilet-papering my entire apartment! This year I won’t be waking up to a room strewn with toilet paper. I will instead be waking up at 5:00 am to go to work and cook for 10.5 hours. I’m not complaining. I’m grateful to have a job! I’ll be celebrating my birthday with my sisters on Sunday when we go camping! And next week I’ll be able to see my family and have a little family party…

With my brother at my birthday last year!

Another family tradition that we have is that the birthday person always gets to pick what they want to have for dinner. And when I was little we had “moneyย  cakes” that were just traditional style cakes with coins stuck in them! (Don’t worry, the coins were thoroughly washed.) We always got really excited if we got anything bigger then a penny ๐Ÿ™‚

This year I want to start a new tradition! I want to celebrate with all of you by hosting a little blog party/giveaway! I’m going to give away a gift box filled with stuff from a couple of my favorite local shops (spices, teas, possibly chocolate), simply because it’s my birthday! In order to be entered to receive this gift box of foodie goodies you need to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite birthday tradition is!

It would make my day if I got a whole bunch of comments – so spread the word!

And the Winner Is…

The winning commenter of Eye of the Sword is… Caroline Rose Farris! Congratulations Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess it’s good for you that you were the ONLY person to leave a comment within the required time frame. Come ON people! Time to give these family members of mine a run for their money…

You can read my review of the book that Rosie just won here, and after reading the review you can vow to enter the next book give away I have ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can also check out my sisters blog –ย  The Writing Challenge. Enjoy!

Givin’ It Away…

It’s that time again! A book has been reviewed and now a book will be given away (we hope). Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley. Don’t delay! There are three ways to enter… Leave a comment anywhere on this blog, share on facebook or tweet/re-tweet on twitter. In a week or so (when I remember) my littlest brother will draw a name out of a box and I’ll announce the winner!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Book Giveaway!

I’m giving away this excellent job hunters guide! Check out my review in the previous post. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that this book is last years model – it is still a great reference book for anyone interested in finding that new source of income!
Just comment, share or re-tweet in order to be entered. Good luck and good hunting!

And The Winner Is…

As promised – I am giving away the book “Love Food & Live Well” by Chantel Hobbs!
It was a tough decision considering that only ONE person other then my mother re-posted or commented in order to be entered into this giveaway.

So thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to Annika! You win!!!

(Stay tuned for another giveaway in the near future!)

Book Giveaway!

I am going to give away this book that I just reviewed (see my last post) in the next two weeks! The winner of said book will be chosen via the very scientific method of drawing a name out of a hat. In order to get your name in the hat you need to either leave a comment on a post anywhere on this blog or share one of my posts via Twitter or Facebook! (You’ll need to mention the share to me so I know it happened.) Considering that there are very few comments on this blog – I’m thinking this will be an easy win for anyone who does decide to comment or share! Thank you in advance… And good luck!

(I am able to give this book away because it was given to me by Blogging for Books)