Birthday Bonanza {Giveaway}

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The prizes in this giveaway are sponsored, but this post is of my own doing. No one paid me to announce to the world that I turn 37 this week.

I turn 37 on Saturday, the 17th.

I am uncomfortable with the number. Not because I’m afraid of aging – quite the opposite. I am grateful to be alive, to live another year, to be here to watch my boys grow up.

No, I’m uncomfortable with 37 because it is a very odd, odd number. I don’t like the number seven. It’s pointy and all angles, like elbows and knees in your ribs. And 37 just doesn’t look as nice and rounded like 36 or 38. It doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly.

Now that you know my weirdness with numbers, let me tell you about a couple more eccentricities.

I like very tiny, miniature things. Like mini M&M’s, mini cupcakes, teeny-weeny gummy bears – miniaturize anything, I’m all over it.

I also like very exaggerated objects. Like giant inflatable swans and large pencils.

My husband is constantly amused and bewildered by this.

I often wonder about things like: why do some people go barefoot outside, but wear shoes in the house?

I learn visually. I cannot read instruction manuals that do not have pictures. I don’t understand them.

Both of my boys were born on a Tuesday. So was I. I love this fact.

I love giving gifts.

Which brings me to…. the birthday bonanza giveaway!

Birthday giveaway

Thank you to the generosity of my prize sponsors, Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy, Simply Om, Bright Eyes, MakeMine Bodycare and Alma Boheme. 

If you haven’t read Jill‘s second book, Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies), you must. Jill writes frankly about all that motherhood is…. and isn’t, with her signature honest wit. Along with the book, are 4 awesome limited edition decals designed by Jill for Kidecals. You can use it as a traditional bumper sticker, or rock it on your laptop or iPad!

My gorgeous friend, Kiran, recently launched her fair trade yoga-inspired jewelry company, Simply Om. What I love about Simply Om is, each piece of jewelry tells a story. Each piece gives back to the community and environment it came from. And you will love the gorgeous Nichole Bib necklace, made from organically shaped tagua chips, held together by a leather tie. Simply gorgeous.

Do you know that black and white objects encourage a baby’s visual development? That is the idea behind Bright Eyes Blankets, a company specializing in handmade black and white baby blankets. Completely unique with adorable designs, and handmade in Bali, this makes for a great gift. I love the zebra jersey knit.

I’m such a big fan of MakeMine Body Care. Started by two women with a passion for all things natural, MakeMine has a wonderful, affordable range of fresh, pure and simple body care products. One of their bestsellers is the Get Your Glow On Body Oil – get a glow and smell good? Yes please!

I love handmade goods. I love handmade goods made with love, and that is exactly what my bloggy friend Alma offers in her etsy shop, Alma Boheme. Knit and crochet items that range from bags to scarves to purses, each item is unique and gorgeous. I’m so happy that one lucky winner will be carrying the cowboy satchel, designed by Alma and inspired by the woven bags of India and Peru. They’re lined with vintage fabric, and finished with a leather handle. So pretty.

Five lucky people will win one of these items each! What are you waiting for? Enter from August 12 to 17, by telling me in the comments when YOUR birthday is!

Giveaway is only open to US residents. Winners will be picked via Rafflecopter, and prizes will be assigned randomly. 

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the worldโ€™s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Womenโ€™s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesnโ€™t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 12, 2013 Kerstin

    Those are fabulous prizes, Alison (would even be better if it was open to Canadian residents as well. Ahem).
    Also: I love Alma and I think everyone should go and like her site. Her stuff is just gorgeous!
    What a great idea for a birthday bash (btw. your and Ado’s birthday link-up for your first blogoversaries is still one of my favourite link-ups of all time).
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  • August 12, 2013 Andrea Kem

    Happy (early) Birthday! My bday is October 21st.

  • August 12, 2013 Melonie

    I turn the very same odd, odd number later this year. My b-day is exactly nine months after Valentine’s Day (do the math on that one!) ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  • August 12, 2013 Kimberly

    My birthday is Pi day — March 14 — and a very sweet happy birthday to you, sweet one! xoxo

  • August 12, 2013 Kerry

    Happy early bday! I’m approaching that odd year of 37 as well. I agree – it’s just weird. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My bday is Feb. 1. Love that you are in the giving spirit this bday season. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 12, 2013 tracy

    Happy happy early birthday!! My bday is December 22. xo
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  • August 12, 2013 Jennifer

    Happy Birthday to you soon! I am April 13th. And I really like the number 13. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 12, 2013 Amy

    My birthday is the 17th of next month. I was born on a Tuesday too. I love the giveaways – such a great assortment and such talent! Happy Birthday to you.
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  • August 12, 2013 Alma

    Oh Alison I feel so honored to be paired with such great talented ladies in your giveaway. Many happy wishes from this Libra born on October 6 and 37 was a great year for me. It was when I left my corporate job do end up doing what I love.
    Also, i love Kerstin and I think everyone should love her page. I need to make that lady a special gift too.. just because.
    Thanks again sweet lady for all you do ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 12, 2013 Robin

    Happy almost birthday! I know what you mean about 37, although I never actually thought about it while I was 37…
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  • August 12, 2013 Bames

    Happy Birthday in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mine is on the 12th of October.
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  • August 12, 2013 Lori

    Happy birthday! Mine is May 25th ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 12, 2013 Christine

    June 30! And I just turned 37. It is a weird number, isn’t it? I’m mostly OK with the age thing but sometimes I do a double take and can’t believe that I am the age I am. Such a fun birthday bonanza! Totally worth breaking my blog/social media sabbatical. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 12, 2013 Stasha

    I say : let’s stick with 36! No point turning into a number you don’t like ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  • August 12, 2013 Michelle

    My birthday is in July. I had to ask my husband how old I was. I am so terrible with remembering things like that. I can remember how old my kids are but I mix up the dates a lot because they are all 2 days from the end of the month…how bizarre is that? But I can’t remember how old I am. Silly, I know.
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  • August 12, 2013 Brittany

    Such awesome prizes, my birthday is on May 12th.
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  • August 12, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    Happy Birthday! I’m 47 now, soon to be 48 at the end of October. Thanks for some fun facts about you and thanks for the chance to win such fun prizes! I love birthday parties!!! Wishing you a wonderful, albeit odd, year! xo
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  • August 12, 2013 vanita

    Happy Birthday girlfriend! Hubby and I both turn 37 this year too, though he swears he’s turning 32, men, go figure. i actually like how 37 looks. makes me feel like i’ve slimmed down. when i hit 38, i’ll be all round again. darn. this is a great giveaway, so kind of you and the sponsors. have a great birthday!
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  • August 12, 2013 Onica {MommyFactor}

    I’m 37, Will be 38 in September ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday!
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  • August 12, 2013 Felicia

    Is it sad that I knew why you were uncomfortable with turning 37 before I got to where you actually said it? Haha, I have a small issue with uneven numbers for some reason. Either way, happy early birthday! You’re offering some really wonderful prizes and I can’t wait to see who wins!

    My birthday is on October 27th.
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  • August 12, 2013 Blond Duck

    Happy early birthday!
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  • August 12, 2013 Ilene

    Yay for birthdays! And yay for this awesome giveaway! I”m in!
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  • August 12, 2013 melissa

    I am totally with you on the exaggerated or gigantic. My bday is June 17th!
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  • August 12, 2013 Heather

    July 17 : ) Great prizes!!!
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  • August 12, 2013 Nicole

    Yay for August birthdays! You share the same birthday as my mom, and my birthday is a week later, August 24. My grandmother was born on August 20, my uncle August 14, and my FIL August 25. So, August is always full of lots of celebrations and CAKE in our family. Happy, happy (early) birthday!
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  • August 12, 2013 Tamara

    My birthday is July 25. I also love more even numbers. I like 32, but 33 is yuck. And then 34 sounds younger than 33 because of the round ages. And I love teeny, mini anythings. I also loves things that are freakishly large – like blue whales. Speaking of inflatable swans, have you seen my experience?
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  • August 12, 2013 Arminda

    I LOVE Kiran and all she’s doing at Simply Om, which is how I found you ๐Ÿ™‚ I have an awesome birthday on April 1 ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 37 to you, Alison!
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  • August 12, 2013 Lady Jennie

    Oh, oh, OH. What a great birthday bonanza that I can’t enter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But even more important, happy birthday, friend!
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  • August 12, 2013 Andrea

    Well happy early birthday. I’m big on celebrating birthdays so hooray to your 37th!
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  • August 12, 2013 Tonya

    How fun!! And what a giver you are… it’s YOUR birthday and you are giving stuff away and such great stuff at that! So thoughtful. Happy early birthday, my sweet friend!xoxo
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  • August 13, 2013 steph

    I will be 37 too, on Sept 19!

  • August 13, 2013 MomChalant

    Happy early birthday! I think 37 is a good number. I love odd numbers, though. And you definitely don’t look your age, so that’s a plus as well.

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of the black and white baby blankets for their visuals. Very smart. All of the giveaway items are so lovely, thank you to all that contributed!
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  • August 13, 2013 MomChalant

    Happy early birthday! I think 37 is a good number. I love odd numbers, though. And you definitely don’t look your age, so that’s a plus as well.

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of the black and white baby blankets for their visuals. Very smart. All of the giveaway items are so lovely, thank you to all that contributed!

    And my birthday is May 9th : )
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  • August 13, 2013 Jennifer

    Happy birthday! And I totally agree that seven is the oddest of the odd numbers.
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  • August 13, 2013 Katie

    Yay! Happy birthday to you, friend!!! You’re just a year and a half older than I am. My birthday is the end of March and I turned 35 this year. My weirdness is that I consider numbers that end in 5 to be nice and even, even though I know they are not. Numbers that end in 0 and 5 are the best.
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  • August 13, 2013 My Inner Chick

    I need your address, please. AGAIN!

    I want to send you a proper card.

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  • August 13, 2013 Stevie

    How funny, 7 is my favorite number. I don’t know why. Happy almost Birthday, Tuesday’s child, full of grace.
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  • August 13, 2013 Dana

    Happy almost birthday, Alison! I totally get the number thing – my favorite is eight. Endless curves, not a point in sight. My birthday is October 30th, and I will not be 37 ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 13, 2013 Greta

    You don’t look a day over 27! My birthday is in October…can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 13, 2013 Andrea

    Ooooh, a birthday weekend – how fun! I loved 37, because it wasn’t 40. My day is May 19. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 13, 2013 Leah Davidson

    I’m not a US resident so can’t participate in this giveaway – but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m the opposite to you – I hate the even numbers. I love number 7. But I love mini everything too:)
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  • August 13, 2013 Cindy Aiton

    Happy (early) Birthday! My birthday is in May.

  • August 13, 2013 Jenn

    What a fun way to celebrate your birthday! Happy early birthday. Enjoy your adorable family and your special day. I hope it’s filled with lots of minis and giants. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 13, 2013 Leslie

    Well Happy Birthday to you! I find your discomfort with the number 7 interesting, as it is one of the numbers in your birthdayโ€ฆbut I suppose each of us has our own discomforts. (for me itโ€™s anything near my belly button) I read Jillโ€™s first book on maternity leave last year and LOVED it. I canโ€™t wait to read her next book.
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  • August 13, 2013 keely

    Mine’s June 6th- and I’m totally with you on the “weird” number thing. I’m so very glad you were born!
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  • August 13, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Feb 11th baby! Aquarius love
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  • August 13, 2013 Elaine A.

    Happy early Birthday, my friend! You’re so sweet to celebrate this way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I totally agree, I’m not a fan of super odd numbers either, especially when not divisible by anything. Is that weird?? Oh well, too bad if it is!

    Enjoy celebrating the anniversary of your birth!!
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    • August 13, 2013 Elaine A.

      OH and my b-day is March 26h! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • August 13, 2013 Shana Norris

    At first I thought you were going to say you didn’t like odd numbers. Here’s an eccentricity for you: my husband doesn’t like even numbers. He’ll set his alarm for 7:01 but never 7:00. He’ll put something in the microwave for 1 minute, 59 seconds, but never two minutes.

    I find all our little eccentricities fascinating!
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  • August 13, 2013 MomWithaDot

    Love the prize mix ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a rockin’ time ahead on your day and always! Mine is 24th Dec. I know, I know……spent many years boasting the whole world celebrates it ๐Ÿ˜€ !!
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  • August 14, 2013 Carolyn Y

    March 3. 03/03! Pretty cool eh?
    I love the prizes.

    Happy Birthday!
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  • August 14, 2013 Natalie

    That is so funny about the #7 because I have always loved that number b/c my b-day is on the 7th…and many times in my life the number has come up. Happy early birthday friend and what wonderful prizes!
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  • August 14, 2013 julie gardner

    Oh my goodness – 37 was the ONLY year I had a problem with in my life of birthdays – something else we have in common.

    Of course now that I’m facing down 45, 37 sounds pretty darn awesome. But yeah – as a lover of even things (and balance – I’m a Libra after all) I, too, felt like 37 was odd and angular and rough.

    In fact, I have loved 44. A lot.
    But I’d better get ready to say goodbye to it.
    And to accept that 45 is officially middle aged.

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  • August 14, 2013 Amy

    Hahaha! Well first off, happy early birthday. Second, I LOVE exaggerated things too!! In fact, I have an oversized pencil Christmas ornament that practically makes me squeal with joy every time I pull it out and see it. Love that you shared these little quirks. Quirks are what make us interesting!
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  • August 14, 2013 Anna Urquhart

    My birthday is September 11 (and it was a day of celebration for me before it was a day of national mourning, so I cling tightly to that.) And I love the idea of a birthday giveaway–I love giving gifts, so I think I’m gonna try this out on my blog! Thanks for the idea! And hope your birthday is the happiest ever!
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  • August 15, 2013 karen

    Love the reason why you don’t like 37…I was going to empower you to love your age before I read the reason, LOL. HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    I love the number 5…. and due to Dino the numbers 3, 6, 9… funny how numbers can mean more than just their numeric value…

    what a great giveaway…thanks
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  • August 15, 2013 Johannas Mama

    Happy birthday! What fabulous prizes!

  • August 16, 2013 Nina

    Happy birthday! What a fun idea for a post. I”m Dec 30.
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