Sunday, November 21, 2010

Giveaway!! It’s all about the (Birthday) Presents!!

First of all, HAPPIEST OF ALL HAPPY BIRTHDAYS TO MY BEAUTIFUL ALEXANDRA!!  My only daughter is a teenager today!!  OMG – a teenager?!!?  (Heaven help me now!!)  Yesterday, we had a chance to experience a “Private Penguin Encounter” at the Living Planet Aquarium as one of her special birthday weekend activities.  Check out these cool pics:
There's my cute girl - right in the middle of it all (as usual...)!
Three in a row
Aren't they CUTE!!?
This girly bird had a thing for my husband...
But her boyfriend was having none of that!!  "Look, look - I'm bowing.  I'm clealy AWESOME!  Pick me, pick me!!"
Penguins bow to their mating interest...a fun little fact for you all!  These are Gentoo penguins, by the way.  So adorable.  They even gave my daughter a birthday present of their own:
Penguin ART!  :)
Totally awesome, right? We’re off later today for MORE fun, as today is her actually birth date. But, I thought I’d present this little post first:

My first EVER Giveaway!!! (aka – random generosity, or shameless ploy for more followers, or what have you…) Since today, my daughter’s birthday, is all about the presents and I’m in this generous mood – and we’re also on the heels of Thanksgiving (thank you!) and Christmas (more presents!) – here’s what I’m offering today:

#1 - A $30 gift card to your choice of or Barnes and Noble (OR a Mrs. Field’s gift card, because I’m looking at their Holiday catalog right now and drooling…YUM!)

But, wait! There’s MORE! (I can’t write that without channeling my inner-infomercial voice)

#2 – I will also dig deep into the bloggy archives of the winner and read/consider/mull over to determine the PERFECT Christmas ornament for you! (which I will mail along with your gift card) **for any winner who doesn’t celebrate Christmas or put up a tree (or have a blog...), please feel free to suggest an alternate Holiday treat.

Interested? Here’s what you have to do:

1 – be a current follower and comment on this post = 2 entries

2 – become a follower and comment on this post = 1 entry

3 – Bonus entries for: blogging about my Giveaway (+3), linking my Giveaway on your sidebar (+2) (*please note in comments if you do either/both)

That’s it! Easy enough, right? I hope this is something that appeals to all of you. It will be FUN for me!! I LOVE ornaments!!

And I’m going to go old-school and actually pick my winner from a hat. From this hat:

So, please spread the word, comment away and GOOD LUCK! *I’ll be running this for two weeks from today. Contest will conclude and winner chosen on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  Woo hoo!! :)


Jess said...
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Jess said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! I've got a stepson who will turn the big 1-3 in just a month...they grow up so fast :)

Yay for giveaways! I'm already a follower and linked to your contest in my sidebar (, so that's four entries for me.

I'm really excited about the possibility of winning an X-Mas ornament (and the gift card too, of course). Thanks for the contest!

Shayda Bakhshi said...

Awww, happy birthday to your daughter!

Erm...I started following a few days ago, so I suppose I'm a current follower. :)


Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Also, penguins? SO CUTE. I want one. Although I don't think my dog would like that.

Colene Murphy said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!

Count me in for 4. Comment and sidebaring!

Elliot Grace said...

...I'm in:)
Glad I stopped by. (hilarious penguins)

deannamorse said...

How in the world are you the mom of a teenager? It doesn't seem possible. Weren't we just teenagers not that long ago? lol

What a fun birthday present/outing to get to see the penguins like that. They're my mom's favorite animal. She does a whole Christmas tree in only penguin ornaments. Thanks for sharing those pics :o)

Jen Daiker said...

Yay! I'm so about this!!! I really need to add more books to my pile (okay I don't need to, I want to!)

I'm a follower +2
I'm commenting +1
I'm blogging (tomorrrow) +3
I'm sidebaring +2
I'm tweeting (brownie points)

Totaling +8!!! Woohoo!!! Hopefully it's enough for the win!

Happy Bday to the daughter and what a fun day with penguins! I'm jealous!

Abby Minard said...

Sweet, Donea! I'll comment and sidebar it!! I'll try to remember to put it in my blog tomorrow. Great giveaway!

Abby Minard said...

Oh yeah, and happy birthday to your daughter! And those penguins are SO cute.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss donea! first i gotta say a BIG happy birthday to alexandra! i got two more years til i get that old. i got here from my friend miss jen. if she says someones cool then its so. wow i love those penguins. their sooo cool! i love contests so for sure im gonna be in yours and you got some really neat prizes. im a new follower for you so thats 1 point and i got it on my blog sidebar so thats 2 more points. so i got 3 big points to get dropped in that strange looking hat. ha ha. i hope you have a really happy thanksgiving!
...smiles from lenny

Nicole Zoltack said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! New follower. :)

Llehn said...

Happy birthday to Alexandra :D

New follower.


Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter! What a cool present from the penguins...Lenny sent me over to meet you. He's someone very special to me so when he says to check someone out, I listen. :)

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Hi Donea! Happy birthday to your daughter! A teenager... so exciting! (My girls are 8 and 3... I know the time is flying!)

I'm a new follower and I put your contest on my sidebar. :) Thanks for the opportunity, awesome contest!

Lindsey :)

Donea Lee said...

Welcome to my new followers (Lenny Lee, Nicole, Lindsey, Llehn, Sharon and Elliot)! So happy to have you aboard ~ :) And big, squishy hugs to all of my blog friends. Looks likes I've gotten a great response to my giveaway so far. I appreciate the links, comments and bloggy shout-outs. Best of Luck to you all!!!

Joanna St. James said...

Happy Birthday to the new Teenager in your life and thanks for following my blog, I shall put this on my side bar now

CaitandRoy said...

:o) Lol...I had to make a new one!

erica and christy said...

Thanks for calling us "current" followers and not "old" followers! My oldest hits double-digits this winter, how did that happen?? Fun penguin party! And fun hat! I'll sidebar this right now.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Thanks for the contest:

I'm a new follower, so that makes me +1

beth said...

This is a cool contest. I'm a follower. I'll sidebar u as soon as I figure it out!...any bloggers want to teach me?


Donea Lee said...

Mucho luck everyone!! I've just written down all qualifying entries and I'll pick the winner here in a minute. Announcement on today's blog post! Thanks, again!! You guys ROCK!