Saturday, April 2

AmyK's Birthday Giveaway

Hello, hello, lovely readers! Have I got a special surprise for you! Next Tuesday (April 5th) is my birthday, but that's not all -- as I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan and have always dreamt of living in my own cozy hobbit hole, I'm following in the tradition of those generous little halflings of Middle Earth and giving away a gift to celebrate my growing one year wiser.

This year's prize is a lovely monocle necklace from the Etsy seller Regina of Chain Chain Chained Jewelry. Her creations are sublimely whimsical, and after stumbling on this monocle necklace that resembled my own much-loved piece of jewelry, I knew it would make a perfect birthday giveaway prize.

Here is her description:

Long, delicate and chunky chain necklace topped with a dainty bow charm and finished with a working eye glass pendant. Lobster clasp. Chain measures about 20 inches. Give it to someone you love or keep just for you!

It's a lariat style chain, but I can see it easily being adjusted to resemble a more "traditional" necklace. In addition, I'll be tossing in a delicious s'mores flavored chocolate from Dylan's Candy Bar! Because really, who doesn't love chocolate?

Entering is easy. Just follow these rules:
  1. Be a follower of this blog by clicking the "follow" button on the left side menu.

  2. Leave a comment with your name and e-mail.

  3. Tell me in that same comment what you love most about birthdays (in general).
And that's it! One entry per person (multiples will be deleted) and please make sure you include that last point or else your entry will be removed. International entries welcome. Entries will close next Friday at midnight CST. Good luck!


  1. Happy {early} birthday, Amy! I'm a follower and I love the necklace you're giving away. I think my favorite thing about birthdays is how friendly, caring, and full of smiles everyone is. It's great that everyone can come together to make sure that someone has a wonderful day.

    Michelle K.

  2. AmyK, happy early birthday to you!! This is such a sweet and cute giveaway, love the necklace! The best thing about birthdays is having an excuse to party and celebrate with my friends!, and of course I follow.

  3. Happy birthday! My favorite thing about birthdays is that it's a great reminder to take time to do things that make you happy., and I'm a follower.

  4. Happy Birthday, Amy K!
    You KNOW I follow, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday. I love making birthdays special for my friends, because it is your own special day!

  5. Hi Amy,

    I am a follower. I love reading your blog but I rarely comment - it's a "time" thing. I love the necklace - thanks for offering the give-away and Happy Birthday! The thing I love most about birthday's is that I made it to another one. I am a cancer survivor - so the alternative of HAVING a birthday is much better than the alternative - not having one! I spend the day with friends and family being thankful for them! So, I love birthdays!


  6. Happy almost birthday, Amyk! When it's a friend's birthday, I love seeing him/her having fun and just enjoying time with their favorite people :) When it's my own... (brain totally blanking) um, I'll have to get back to you!

    Hope your weekend is going swell!

    scleung (at) ufl (dot) edu

    And yes, I'm a follower!

  7. Happy early birthday Amy K!

    Oh gosh, what don't I love about birthdays? I love seeing how happy other people get when they open their presents. I love surprising people. And I love eating cake!


  8. Happy early Birthday!

    Every year I get a huge cake and I LOVE as long as I have my little family with me and some cake, it is golden!

    I am a follower!


  9. Happy almost birthday- I know you're not eleventy-one! (if only we could all reach that lovely, funny number...)
    My favourite thing about birthdays, besides the sugary breakfast cereal I get to eat all week (a family tradition) is that sense of communing with your past selves, who you were every year at this point through the years...

  10. Hi Amy! Happy birthday, and thanks for the giveaway! I love birthdays because they give me an excuse to buy myself or someone else something pretty. =D

  11. Oh fun!! I just had my bday, now it's your turn lady! Thanks for a great giveaway! I am a follower of course. My name is Peggy at peghinds@gmail dot com. I love indulging in ways I normally wouldn't - food wise and spending wise!! Yeah for birthdays!

  12. happy birthday Amy!! wishing you a wonderful wonderful birthday. in general one of my favorite things about birthdays and I'm just going to keep it real is cake frosting. i do not discriminate - buttercream, cream cheese, whipped cream - i love them all equally. there's just something so fun and nostalgic about birthday cakes so i always bake one for all my friends. i use my own recipe 2 parts frosting to 1 part cake

    dianna : potbelliedpiggie (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I love April Birthdays! Mine is actually just a day before yours, on Monday :) I love birthdays because they bring friends and family together.

    Happy Birthday!


  14. Happy early birthday! I am a follower. What I love most about birthdays is birthday cake!!!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway:)


  15. What a generous person you are to be giving away a gift on your birthday! Happy early one!

    What I love most about birthdays is that they are another excuse to get together with friends and family!

    I am a follower :)

  16. Happy Birthday to you...
    Happy Birthday to you...
    Happy Birthday you cute little peanut...
    Happy Birthday to you!

    The hubs birthday is Monday the 4th.
    No wonder I like you so're an Aries too!

    Great giveaway...just one question,you'd pass on those Hobbit toes though right???


    P.S. I love birthdays because it is awesome to treat (and be treated) so specially for a whole day!

  17. Makes me so happy to be a part of this giveaway! I just had a birthday last Thursday! I'll be following you by giving away something next year! Cheers! Regina

  18. let's see... something i like about birthdays: dessert for breakfast!! :D

    commonwealth.girl [at] gmail

  19. Happy early birthday!!

    What I love about birthdays is it's the one time where you can garner all the attention and not feel guilty about it! Who doesn't love being able to say, "It's my birthday!". Well, that and the free drinks that usually accompany a birthday ;-)

    Pamela at Ginger Girl

  20. How nice of you to give something away on your birthday!! I hope you have lots of fun on your special day. :)

    What I love most about birthdays is the cake and I enjoy wearing something special. The presents are pretty nice too.

  21. Thanks! So sweet of you to host a giveaway for your birthday. :) I hope that you have an incredible weekend. What I love most about birthdays is getting to spend time with people I love. :)

    kkellyjj at gmail

  22. Awwwh happy birthday! My favorite thing about birthdays is celebrating life in general with the people closest to me. and I'm a follower!

  23. Happy birthday! I'm a follower and I LOVE birthdays! I threw myself a prom this year :)

  24. happy bday Amy! i'm a follower and love your blog! I love birthdays because it usually involves a delicous dinner!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mkt386 at gmail dot com

  25. Aw, you are too cute! Giving away something for your birthday AND adding yummy smores.

    What I love most about birthdays is the fact that people are coming together to celebrate! And I love when people you haven't seen in a while show up. I love catching up. =)

    -Erin (

  26. happy birthday (early!)

    I follow you and my favorite thing about birthdays is how all my friends and family call me and come over to celebrate with me:)

    kbeth99 at gamail dot ocom

  27. Happy Birthday!

    I'm a follower and I think my favorite thing about birthdays is hearing from people you haven't had the chance to catch up with in awhile. It's a special day and I like to make people feel special on their birthdays.

    tambo_sarah (at)

  28. Enter me please! I'm already a follower =).
    From birthdays, I love to see the presents! I'm a little curious :P.

    Ana Belén R.M

  29. Happy (early) Birthday!

    I'm a follower ( :D

    I really like getting to hang out with my family and friends on my birthday. I don't really have parties anymore, but generally my family will plan an awesome day of going out to lunch and the movies or something special. :D

  30. Happy Birthday (it's never to early to start celebrating)!

    I'm a follower and have been wanting a monocle necklace ever since I saw yours.

    My favorite part about birthdays are the parties. Everyone seems to make an effort to come out for them so it's a good time to catch up. Plus there's cake!

  31. Happy Birthday!

    I love birthdays because it's an excuse to spoil yourself - eat whatever you want, buy frivolous items, drink champagne, etc.


  32. Happy birthday (soon)!! thanks for the giveaway.
    I am of course a follower and my email is
    I love that birthdays can extend to one month after the date!

  33. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway - I LOVE the monocle necklace!

    I am a follower, and what I love most about birthdays is the cocktails! :)

    LLgators1 (at) aol (dot) com

  34. Happy birthday! I'm a follower, Carolyn carolyn(dot)rawr(at)gmail(dot)com.

    My favorite part about birthdays are party dresses! My own birthday is at the end of April, and I'm looking forward to the celebration

  35. Happy early birthday! I follow your blog (love your outfits!) My name is Audrey, my email is And I love birthdays, because it gives you an excuse to get your way! You can ask someone "Can I have the rest of your french fries?" - "No." "But it's my birthday." "Ugh, fine."

  36. Happy Birthday Week Amy! I believe you should celebrate the whole week at least. I love birthdays, they give you a reason celebrate what you have accomplished through out (x) years.
    My name is Jessica; email addy:

  37. I am a follower, and I LOVE that necklace. As for birthdays, I love the cake. Mmmm....caaaakkkke.

  38. Happy Birthday Amy! I'm a new follower and love the monocle necklace, especially because you have shown that it can be worn with many different outfits. I love my birthday because I see it as more of a New Year's Day than Jan. 1st. My birthday marks a real new year for me.

  39. I love all birthday except my own. I just love to give gifts!

    I am a followers, and my address is

  40. Happy birthday! I'm a following, and I love birthdays because it's a holiday that's all your own!


  41. Happy Birthday! Wish you the very best. Best part about birthdays, is being reminded you are loved by many :)


  42. Happy Birthday! :)

    I love my birthday because its a day thats always sunny (my birthday is in summer). And I get cake!

    I love other people's birthdays because its a day where I can celebrate with them that with all the crazy, random things that happen in life, they are still here.

  43. Happy, happy, happy birthday!!!!! I love birthdays- mine and others- it is always so much fun to celebrate with those I love! I think that is my favorite thing about birthdays, having a special day to celebrate that is all about "you" (whoever that may be! haha). Making memories and having fun is what it is all about!!!

  44. happy belated! love your outfits! favorite part of birthdays? picking out a new birthday dress :)


  45. Nice! I am a follower via google reader. (gmail email sonjanakhurana)
    I like wearing new birthday clothes while being with friends and family the best about birthdays.

  46. Happy Birthday! Did you know we have the same birthday? :) My favourite part of birthdays are getting together with friends, and just having fun and eating good food.


  47. Happy birthday, and I'm a follower! :D My email address is Azelma (dot) Roark (at) gmail (dot) com. What I love about birthdays is the opportunity to have a fresh start at becoming the person you want to be. You can make the next year of your life anything you want, and I love the sense of possibility and new beginnings.

  48. happy birthday! thanks for holding such a lovely giveaway. i'm a follower and my email is chiangangie (at) gmail (dot) com. i love birthdays because it's the opportunity to take a look back at everything that you've learned over the past year and taking those lessons into the new year.

  49. I love that you don't have to make any excuses to do whatever the heck YOU want...whether that's something random and crazy or whether it's just sitting at home on the couch with some popcorn.

  50. Happy Birthday (late). I love your blog. I'm a follower! And my favorite thing about birthdays is that they are like a new beginning - on my birthday (which is tomorrow) I always make a decision to do a few specific things for myself that year. It's a great tradition - and it keeps me from worrying about what my age is that year.

    my e-mail is: margaret(underscore)hartingbreen (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  51. I'm a follower~
    happy late birthday. hahaha
    hmmm...what i like most about birthdays?
    i like the fact that i'm one year closer to
    reaching my goal and seeing how much i have
    grown as a person throughout the years~

  52. I subscribe through my google reader. I love birthdays cause its a blessing to live another year.

  53. the best thing about birthdays is having that one day to give/get just that extra bit of attention, one special day to recognize a person for who they are and show them what they mean to you. it's something special that everyone has, and no ones is any better than anyone any other persons. equally special, and that's nice.


  54. Happy Birthday two days late! I am a follower and I love the monocle necklace. I have been looking for one since seeing it on you. My favorite part of Birthdays is the cake and ice cream(mostly ice cream). Thanks for doing this giveaway!


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