Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to me, a reward and a giveaway!!

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And that's proof that no matter how old I get, I'm still a kid inside :)

Yes, it's my Birthday today!! I turned 31, and I'm loving it. I had a great day today with beautiful cards (Thank you, Cindy :) and flowers, yummy food and lots of fun. I feel truly loved! And in case you were wondering, that's what Hubby made for dinner for us today:
 
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Doesn't it look delicious?? It was so good (for the recipe, click HERE). He used white mushrooms and forgot scallions but, other than that, he did a great job. I didn't know the man can cook...Hmmm, it makes me think...

A few days ago sweet Kim nominated me for a reward:


Thank you, my dear friend!! I'm honored :) One of the "requirements" for this reward is to tell you 7 things about myself. I decided that my Birthday is the perfect day for it :)

1. I share my Birthday with Jerry Springer and Peter Tork (don't you all love "The Monkeys"...Oh, come on, be honest :)

2. This year Hubby and I decided not to give each other Birthday gifts. You wonder why? Well, last November we bought some expensive concert tickets to go see this handsome guy:


I think my heart just skipped a beat...Love me some Bon Jovi:) The thing is, both Hubby and I have reached the age when we prefer to have experiences instead of things.

3. I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. I know it's a silly thing but it always amazes my husband. What can I say...I have a long tongue. Did you notice already that I love to talk?:)

4. I have dust bunnies living permanently in our house. No matter how hard I try to get rid of them, they always come back...

5. I have NEVER texted while driving. I think I'm terrified of driving as it is. I'm not about to try to kill myself or somebody else because I can't wait for ten minutes to text.

6. My favorite type of transportation is a train. Especially for longer trips. Nothing lulls me better to sleep than the sound of the train wheels...Yawn...

7. I've never watched "Jersey shore"...And I don't think I lost anything!

So here we go!! One of the other requirements was to nominate other blogs for this reward. Honestly, I'm not good at this. First, it's because it's too hard for me to narrow down to the certain blogs. Second, every time I start making my list of bloggers to honor,  I notice on their blogs that lots of them have already received that award once or twice or more.

So, because, I feel especially generous today, I nominate all of you!! Use this opportunity to share something about yourself that your readers don't know yet. And even more, share something random about yourself as an entry into my giveaway today!!

Yes, I told you I feel generous! Because you all give me so much, I want to give something to you!

So what can you win?? Well, you know that I'm all about planning and organizing. I constantly write a to-do list and have more notebooks than you can imagine. And I want to share some awesome products with you. So one winner will receive a MEAD home organizing package (a $25 value).

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It includes:

1 Mead Home Organizer for Mom. It has a 12-month calendar and budget tracking. Space for meal planning and contact lists. Storage pockets for receipts, loyalty cards, stamps and more! The perfect tool to track your family's schedule, finances, and important information.Organizer and repositionable bookmark. Zip pouch for gift cards, stamps, and coupons. Notepad. Sticker tabs to quickly reference pages. 3-year reference calendar. 12 monthly, undated calendar pages--start any time of the year! Storage pocket folder for bills and receipts. 12 monthly expense tracking and budgeting worksheets. Important phone number pages.

1 Mead Daily planner. 365 days of planning. Space for daily lists. Undated- start any time of the year (I LOVE it for blogging planning!!)

1 Mead Magnetic to-do list planner. Great way to track to-do lists.Track by person or project. Magnet on the back for hanging. 60 sheets of lined paper. Errand, task and notes sections. Size: 5" x 9-1/2".

It's really easy to enter! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open worldwide. It will end on February 22 at noon. I will announce the winners later that Friday. Good luck, everyone!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
And because I talk about giveaways and being generous today, be sure to enter Carla's giveaway for her new creation of fun spring-colored key chain :)

102 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! The food looks delicious!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Lena! I hope that you have a marvelous day!

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  3. Happy birthday! The dinner sounds delicious, and I love Mead quality stuff. Great for long-term note takings! It's funny (and good) about the texting while driving... I cannot even talk on the phone while I'm driving. My mother is the mother of all while-driving multitasking, and let me tell you, it's scary to be in her back seat. I've 'tried' to talk, but normally have to tell people I can't talk, I'm driving, and I'll call them when I get to where I'm going. As you said, nothing is that important to jeopardize yourself or other people.

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    1. Now that you said it...I hardly ever talk and drive. I can multitask at home big time but not behind the wheel :)

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  4. happy birthday! I liked reading your facts...and thanks for the fun give way.
    I have never watched Jersey Show either.

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  5. Happy Big 31 Bday to you Lena! Any day your man cooks for you is a special day. lol
    I was a big Mickey Dolenz fan back in the day....yes, I am so old I watched The Monkees when they originally aired on tv and I had all their record albums. ;-)
    I can do your #3 too.....we should have a "tongue off" some day.....oh, that sounded bad, didn't it? lol
    And if you've never watched Jersey Shore, you haven't missed anything, including loosing brain cells!!!

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    1. I know, especially if it's my man cooking :) He tries to stay away from kitchen as far as possible until I call for everybody to come eat :)

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  6. I also love to travel by train and adore Bon Jovi; have fun at the concert! I have seen them twice, totally amazing! Happy Birthday, hope your year is like your day; full of love and cake.

    PS My mom can touch the tip of her nose with her tongue. It is amazing, every time. :)

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    1. Oh, lucky you!! It's my first time to go their life concert. Can't wait till April!! And I'd love to have a year full of love. Cakes...ummm, NO!! I can't fit in my favorite skirt already :)

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  7. Happy Birthday! I loved your list. I've never watched Jersey Shore either and think it would be a waste of time!

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  8. Happy Birthday Lena! I can touch my nose with my tongue too - freaks my husband out!

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  9. ♫ ♪ Happy Birthday dear Lena, Happy Birthday to you! ♪ ♫

    Enjoy your birthday gift when the day comes 'round. Love Bon Jovi. Love your random info list too. :)

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  10. Oh sweet girl you are so deserving of a wonderful Birthday & it sounds like it was amazing even down to that fabulous looking meal you had made for you. Quirky? what could possibly quirky about me? You might see me at any given time driving by in my nightie in the wee hours of the morning out with any one of my Aussies. :) I LOVE Bon Jovi too. I share 5 out of 7 of your random list; my tongue must be long too as much as I talk. xx (tweeted & shared on FB)

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  11. Happy birthday Lena! How nice of your hubby to cook dinner :) I pinched the recipe, will try it in the crockpot.

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  12. Hi Lena.
    Happy Birthday. Hope you had a fab day. Your dinner looked tasty.
    I used to love watching the Monkeys first time round from when I was quite young(I'm not that old now nearly 50 yrs young)Not sean any reruns here in the uk. (don't have sky)
    Carolx

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  13. Happy belated birthday! My sister and I are going to go watch Bon Jovi this weekend as well in Toronto. I love Bon Jovi so much, i named my dog Jovi!

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  14. Happy Birthday! :-)

    Quirky? I personify quirky... ;-) I've been working on writing a novel since high school. I'm hoping to have it finished in time for the grandkids to proofread for me. (My oldest is only 8!)

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  15. Happy Belated Birthday! I like to collect rocks from places I've traveled to. I suppose that's a bit quirky?! At least my family thinks so!

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  16. Happy Bday!!

    I'm trying to learn Chinese!

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  17. Happy Birthday! How funny as I was reading about you it could have been about me--except I was born in Wisconsin. I'm a thrift shopper, penny pincher, diy decorator, list maker & I love me some Bon Jovi too.

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  18. Happy Birthday!

    hmm...i can't ride a bike?!?

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  19. Happy Belated birthday Lena. It sounds as if you have been totally spoilt....and why not!!! :-)
    I very much like your giveaway so I think I've entered for it by giving my email details and here goes my comment about myself:
    Talking about pop stars....The Beatles filmed part of their film a Hard Days night in my town,Minehead ,Somerset in the Uk. That was 1969 and I was 10 years old at the time. I saw the Beatles in the flesh as they were filming at the railway station. I saw them but I didn't take any notice and they were right beside me! In Fact at that moment I just couldn't have cared less, you see I had been dragged through fields by my big sisters,who were running like mad to get to the railway platform...everyone started screaming and yelling as these men on this platform appeared and I was feeling totally miserable and didn't want to be there. You see I was only 10. LOL!!!

    and there you have my comment about myself.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  20. I am an extrovert. I love computers & donating to toys for tots this will be my 7th year.

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  21. im a stay at home mom that coupons and takes surveys and contests for money and prizes :)

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  22. Quirky?? I love writing lists - way too many of them. sweetbettysue at gmail dot com

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  23. I'm so old I was around when the MONKEES started out (they didn't spell it with a "y" on the end! My favorite Monkee was the bass player - Mike Nesmith. I used to go to my gramma's every Sunday night to watch them on their TV show - we couldn't get that channel on my TV :)

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  24. Happy Birthday! Hmm, let's see... I'm an a cappella nut.

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  25. Quirky about me - I love The Bachelor :)

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  26. Quirky me--I tend to learn jingles after only hearing them once. I often sing these commercial jingles to my family.

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  27. I teach an exercise class for senior adults. Most are in there 80's but I have 2 students in their 90's.
    scrappin_sis02 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Happy Birthday and my quirky is that i cannot stand socks only wear them when i have to with my boots in the winter :) if i only lived in flip flop weather all year i'd be set!

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  29. I love trivia especially pop culture !

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  30. Hope you had a great birthday! I follow via GFC: MeganP
    I am obsessed with Ford Mustangs!!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  31. I am runner. I can run 10.5 miles without a walk break. Two years ago I was smoking almost 2 packs a day and weighed in at 220lbs. Now I am smoke free and 145lbs with a wonderful family. Funny how things change!

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  32. I am a proud mom to four boys and married to a wonderful man for 26 yrs! I am also hooked on coupons and giveaways

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  33. Happy Belated Birthday Lena!!! Glad it was a good one!!

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  34. I have never ridden on a train, but I would love to.

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  35. I have a car hood hanging on my bedroom wall, so I suppose my quirkiness is my odd taste in decor!

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  36. Happy birthday! I was born on Veteran's Day.

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  37. my birthday is exactly nine months from now

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  38. mmm quirky...me...I would have to say it is my almost obsession with terra cotta lol. No seriously I was born on Easter Sunday, My youngest was born on Good Friday, Middle one was born on Memorial Day and my oldest was born on Labor day....quirky or weird Im not sure

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  39. something unique about me is that I have 2 metal plates and 17 screws in my left arm (due to an accident when I was 16 ~ my elbow had to be rebuilt). :)

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  40. Happy Birthday! My quirky fact is that I can only wink one eye, can't wink my right eye at all.

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  41. I was born on Fathers Day :) I also have flat feet lol

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  42. I dont know, I like older music, like Bill Withers and Otis Redding
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  43. I only turn the radios or Televisions volume to even numbers. Cantonbrandy@yahoo.com

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  44. Happy Birthday:) I can't touch the tip of my nose with my tongue:( Something about myself? I am trying to convert to an all vegan diet but I'm having a hard time cuz I don't want to give up my whipped cream on my chai:)

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  45. https://www.facebook.com/#!/anne.dall.9/posts/447588535312327 link to my post on fb

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  46. Hope it was a fab birthday! Quirky fun fact about me ? I gave a kidney to my husband as a living donor. (Bernice Mattila Garcia funnygarcia at yahoo dot com)

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  47. FB post https://www.facebook.com/bmattilagarcia/posts/154063848082590

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  48. I love dogs, mostly the big ones. I have 2 black labs and previously owned an Alaskian Malumute.

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  49. I share my birthday with Mark Twain and i am obsessed with bacon.

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  50. I was Utah county dairy princess
    xo

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  51. Happy birthday! I was once asked (in all seriousness) if Pig Latin was my national language ( this was while living in a foreign country, speaking pig latin with my brothers ). Funny!

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  52. Happy "belated" Birthday. I can fold my tongue together and stick it in and out. Thanks for the opportunity. I have to write Everything down or I will forget it.
    Amy D
    msplaced42day at yahoo dot com

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  53. I enter sweepstakes and complete surveys for extra money.

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  54. Happy Birthday! A fun or quirky fact about me- I won't eat food that touches on my plate. Yes, I know it all mixes in my stomach and I like each food individually, but I just cannot get past the revulsion of the flavors mixing!

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  55. I have a twin brother and we are definitely not your typical twins! We are great friends and love each other but we do not have "twin moments" we are opposite in every way!

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  56. i sweep so much that my dog no longer talks to me!

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  57. I have been obsessed with organizing since I was a little girl!

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  58. WooHoo!! Happy Birthday! Let's see something fun or quirky about me...well I love to eat dill pickles with ketchup on them. My husband and son think I am nuts!!

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  59. i am a couponing college student lol

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  60. I too can touch my tongue to the end of my nose ;) Thanks for the great giveaway; I could use some organization in my life.

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  61. Quirky fact about me: I've completed a marathon !

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. I was born on New Years Day at 5 AM and was not the first New Year baby born in our state. I am an only child and I also have a daughter who is an only child. My mother was the oldest of 10 children and her mother ( my grandmother) died young and my mother had to raise the 3 youngest of her siblings ages 5 - 9 and I was 8 and all of a sudden I wasn't an only child.

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  63. Happy birthday! I, too, can touch my nose with my tongue!!

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  64. My birthday, December 5, is either the same day Walt Disney was born or the day he died. I can never remember which one...

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  65. I love playing the guitar and singing loud, with a little bit of dancing
    kimberlysummer40@aol.com

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  66. I love love Bon Jovi and I won a signed poster of them.I'm single and 48,but yep it's going on my bdrm wall.LOL!!! Happy Birthday :)
    tigers3450@att.net

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  67. I shared your giveaway on twitter
    https://twitter.com/tigers3450/status/304080200185024512
    Follow you GFC
    Sue Hull

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  68. Quirky?? I love saltines with my chocolate ice cream! Yum! I shared giveaway on facebook.

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  69. hmmm I love to slide in the kitchen with socks on lol catokayyou21@gmail.com

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  70. Something about myself. I like to read, eat chocolate, and have 2 sons.

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  71. I'm clutzy like run into walls trip over my own feet daily. 2 of my 3 kids inherited the clumsiness

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  72. Happy Birthday! Thank You So Much for the giveaway on Your special day! I truly appreciate it!
    I shared this giveaway on twitter: https://twitter.com/ciao6211/status/304366392352833537
    and one of facts about me is: I'm a night owl who usually stay up late for studying and hunting freebies from all awesome bloggers! I love them all!
    Thank You again!

    Fiona N

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  73. Happy Belated Birthday! On my MP3 player I have everything from Motley Crue to Billy Joel to Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Tim McGraw. Quite eclectic I am.

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  74. I hate making the bed but do it for my husband.

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  75. I suppose I'd have to say it is that when I'm doing the dishes or cooking (while my husband is still gone) I sing and dance like a fool in my kitchen...my dogs look at me like I'm crazy!

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  76. I suppose I'd have to say it is that when I'm doing the dishes or cooking (while my husband is still gone) I sing and dance like a fool in my kitchen...my dogs look at me like I'm crazy!

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  77. I love to "fight" with my granddaughters, Ninja Style!

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  78. I have Bachelors Degree in psychology and history but I teach high school math(and I love it). Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. My idea of a FUN day is to lay in bed and watch tv!

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  80. I'm afraid of mice and snakes, but spiders don't freak me out at all.

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  81. Happy birthday! I love to take public transportation to travel around the city, and see the sights.

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  82. Happy belated Birthday!
    I love to shop with coupons and always check the clearance racks first when shopping!
    Thanks!

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  83. Nice post, I bought my sister some bits from. I got her a tangy blanket and a baby vest and hat. They offer a great personalization service, which we will use once baby is born Personalised baby gifts

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