Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Birthday + Happy Mail (contest closed)

Update: The winner of the giveaway is Madaline!!
Please contact me so we can get this thing started! I LOVED hearing all of your Birthday memories, they were so entertaining. Thank you for sharing! Don't be ashamed of your KFC roots Madaline-it was totally my favorite when I was younger...I would've gladly eaten mashed potatoes at that party ;).

Today marks the day I was born, a whopping twenty nine years ago! I'm not sure how it happened, but here I am in my last year of my twenties. Twenty nine with three babes and almost eight years of matrimony under my belt. Twenties, you've been good to me. I can't say that I would change any of it. Maybe thirty isn't so scary after all?

In honor of all things Birthday: confetti, cake, candles, and singing loudly in restaurants, I've decided to share the love with you. I always like it when bloggers giveaway their "favorite things," sort of like Oprah, but cheaper and possibly more compact. Plus, you know it's going to be good. 

Here's my take on it: one winner will receive a "happy mail" package from me every month for the next year, starting with April. Each month I will hand select a few goodies, just for you, and send them on their merry way. Some packages may be big, some may be small, but I can guarantee that you will love what you find in your mailbox!

How to enter: Tell me your favorite childhood Birthday memory in the comment section of this post! Follow Swoon on Facebook and Instagram and receive an extra entry for both (let me know in your comment and I will verify). Contest closes Thursday, April 11th 2013 at 12:00 am PST. Winner will be chosen at random and announced at the top of this post on Friday, April 12th.

Good luck to you my friends! I wish I could pick out something good, wrap it pretty, and send it off to all of you!

Photo One: Meg Borders for Swoon
Photo Two: Jackie Rueda


  1. I have a younger cousin whose birthday is just one day before mine. We always shared our parties and I have lots of memories of the two of us taking turns blowing out the candles on our cakes. Mine was usually a homemade German Chocolate cake:)

  2. What a wonderful giveaway!
    My favorite childhood birthday memory was when my parents threw me a costume party. I dressed up like Belle with the gorgeous gold dress, and my older brother was sweet enough to put on a costume and pretend like he was the Beast.

  3. Happy Birthday, Randi! Thirty was a great year for me -- I met AND married my husband when I was 30. :) I hope it's a good year for you too!

    I always loved the "ritual" aspects of celebrating my birthday when I was a kid -- hanging up the streamers and balloons, eating my favorite foods for dinner, posing with my two sisters for pictures before blowing out the candles on the cake, etc.

    What a fun giveaway! Also, I follow you on Facebook and Instagram!

  4. Oh my! This is the best idea for a giveaway ever. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Twenty nine, for me, has been awesome so far and I hope yours is the same!

    My favorite birthday memory would have been my 12th birthday. I was born on 12/12.... so, when I turned 12 my grandmother made a BIG deal out of it. She brought me and four of my friends out for a special meal where we all got brand new purses filled with goodies like lipgloss and nail polish. I usually have to share my birthday with family members and this was the first one that was entirely about me and my friends. It will be my favorite memory of my grandmother forever as well.

  5. My favorite childhood birthday memory is my birthday parties. My party was always on our lake community 4th of July celebration. We would play all day in the lake & then once the sun set play with sparklers and then fireworks! it was beautiful

  6. This is so much fun! And also we share a birthday month! Happy Birthday!

    When I was little we ALWAYS had my birthday party at my dads restaurant (KFC)! Classy I know! But it was always so much fun to have my friends there eating my favorite meal and enjoying being a kid! Love those memories!

    I'm looking forward to turning 26, and I'm not even afraid to turn 30! Bring. It. On!

  7. What a fun idea for a giveaway!
    I, too, will be hitting the big 2-9 this year. Seems so old sometimes...

    As kids, we always had family birthday parties, rather than big shindigs with lots of friends. However, for my 11th birthday, my mom surprised me with a party. I thought I was getting a surprise puppy, but a sleepover with several friends was probably a much better deal!

  8. My favorite birthday memory is a recent one- my husband threw me a surprise party for my 30th. My mom and little sister drove down to San Diego from Utah to be there to surprise me! It was amazing- tons of friends and lots of good food. Then he showed a slideshow... and some of the pictures were embarrassing!

    I have to say that I love being in my 30's, even more than my 20's. I miss things about being younger, but the self-confidence I've gained is so worth it. When my friends moan about turning 30, I remind them that it's the decade of awesomeness!

  9. I liked you on facebook! Love your website- it's one of my regulars!

  10. My favorite birthday memory is that when I was a kid my mom would always travel to the "far away mall" to get me my favorite Great American cookie cake! It was the BEST!

    I also follow you on instagram (I'm jbsbms)!

    Here's to hoping I'm the winner! I'm a stay at home mama to 4 littles and could use some happy mail each month! :)

  11. Happ bday!!
    A favorite childhood memory was the year my baby sister who is 12 years younger then me was born! I was completely smitten and so happy to have a baby sister!

  12. first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! please let me know how 29 feels.. i am merely a few months behind you!
    heres to you and your special day- hope its filled with love!!

    my fav childhood memory is waking up to the 'birthday chair' - complete with gifts, handmade signs, balloon and fresh flowers! we all got one, and would help make the chair special for who ever was having a birthday in the house! birthdays are still a big deal in the family- we love to celebrate! sans the actual birthday chair and sign, we keep it to fresh flowers and champagne now!!

    ps- i follow you on Fb and insta:) oh and twitter too i think! (thelane // morelane)

  13. Happy!Happy! What an awesome thing to do! My fave birthday memory is from sixth grade. I had all my girlfriends over and we watched "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," played truth or dare {I dare you to make out with my brother's picture for 5 minutes!}, and had

    I would love to recreate the party as an adult!

  14. This is a fun giveaway!
    The birthday that sticks out in my mind the most was when I was turning 6 or 7. The party was over dinnertime so we all got to make our own personal pizzas to eat. Seems so simple now but I remember as a kid LOVING any chance I got to make something in the kitchen!
    Happy birthday!

  15. happy birthday!
    when I was little my grandma used to take me to the mall and let me pick out a new dress and shoes for my birthday. I felt so special and pretty.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. oh heck yeah!
    My favorite childhood birthday memory is the cakes that my grandma would make for me-- she always constructed these elaborate animals out of sheet cake and frosting. I loved them!

  17. First, I think this is the most creative, fun giveaway I've EVER seen. :)
    My favorite childhood birthday memory is my skating party. I have a twin so it was double the fun. We even got Fruit Stripe Gum with the zebra on the pack.

    Happy last year of your 20's! I'm going to be 30 soon and mourning my 20's....but trying to anticipate the big 3-0!

  18. The year my mom threw me a surprise birthday party. That was not her style, so it was especially a surprise!

  19. wow - awesome idea. Would love to get a letter every month.
    my favourite memory is getting home from school with my friends - and mum having set up the table and decoration. It was very simple compared to parties these days, but so exciting back then.
    belinda (at)

  20. My tenth birthday started the tradition of going to San Felipe, my favorite mexican restaurant back home every year. That year the mariachi band was there and my best childhood friend came with my grandparents, brother and I. The whole restaurant sang to me and I had a tinkerbell cake that was slightly melted from being in their trunk for too long at the end of May. But it was grand!

  21. I just liked on facebook.
    (Shelby Marie Radovich)

  22. And am following on instagram!! (@Shelbyisrad)

  23. A HAPPY BIRTHDAY *wish* for you!
    This is such a generous gift you're giving! :)
    My 10th birthday was a dreamy birthday party with all my school friends surrounding me, a clown who did a show and balloon animals, and my dad running a Fishing for prizes game. My favorite part: it was videoed, so I still get to re-live that day. And now my kids get a huge kick out of it! :)

    p.s. I just started following your blog this past month, and keep up the beautiful work! xo

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  25. What a wonderful, fun & personal giveaway!

    My favorite childhood birthday memory would be when I turned 30 (long childhood I know :). My husband and I just got settled into our rooms on the cruise ship, when we heard a knock on the door and when I opened the door, my parents (from Germany) stood in front of me. I immediately started crying, I didn't know where I was and the whole situation seemed so surreal. It was indescribable, yet the best surprise ever! I love my parents so much and they mean the world to me. In they're eyes, I will always remain they're little girl.

    Thanks, Gritt

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