Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Different Kind of Present

Today is my 34th Birthday.
This also happens to be my 700th post here at Bringing Up Burns!

I've been trying to think of a fun, creative way to commemorate these two events, without making it too much about ME. I love to party as much as the next girl (really, it's the planning of the party that I thrive on!) But as I grow up (yes I'm still doing that) I find that celebrating being another year older loses it's allure unless there is something sweet to balance out the sour. I don't feel old by any means. But what's there to hoot and holler about over turning 34?

35, maybe.
40...for sure there will be a BASH.

But 34? Yawn.

So here's what I've come up with. 
A reason we ALL can party!


I have some very generous (and crafty) friends who have helped me put together a fabulous "Birthday Bundle" to giveaway! All the items are handmade with love and total more than $150!! To win the bundle, you are going to have to make my Number One Birthday Wish come true...give me a "different kind of present..."

I wish for 34 people to donate $13.10 to PCRF in honor of my half marathon efforts (13.1 miles) at age 34!

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. If you've read Bringing Up Burns for awhile, you may remember some of my previous posts. My involvement with PCRF was sparked by Erin Vallely and her fight (that she eventually lost at age 12) with pediatric cancer. Erin's been in Heaven now longer than she was with us...but I am still close with her family and her memory is very much alive!

I'm running the PCRF Cinco de Mayo half-marathon on May 2nd. It will be my first 13.1 mile race! It's my hope, that my half marathon efforts and "Very Merry UN-Birthday Party for the Kids Giveaway" will help raise $$ for PCRF, so that kids like Erin can enjoy many more Birthdays to come!  Want to help me?

Here's what you might win!!




















A celebratory Hooray! chalkboard from Joy's Hope.

A Cupcake Connoisseuer hand stamped sterling silver necklace from Angel Face Designs

An adorable Cupcake birthday bunting from Handmade By Heather.

Two tattered rose "Lollipop" bobbie pins from Polkadotmoon.

Your choice of 6 favor buckets from Haus of Girls

A "Cupcakes & Bling" peasant top from Haute Tots (that's me!)

So...how bad do you want to win right now?

Well here is how.

First:
Donate HERE.
For each $13.10 you donate you will get one entry into the Giveaway.
If you donate $26.20 you get 2 entries....$131.00 you get 10 entries.
1 entry = one comment.

Second:
Come back and leave a comment on this post for each entry.
You don't have to have a blog to enter.
You do need to leave your first and last name as well as your email address.
Here is an example:

Comments will close next Tuesday at 8PM and I will have Random.org pick a winner.
After donation verification, the Winner will be announced here at Bringing Up Burns next Wednesday, April 7th.
Be sure to check back and see if you are the happy winner!
(Giveaway winners must reside in the US.)

Thank You in advance for helping PCRF and making my 34th Birthday the best yet! I have already been surprised today with gorgeous wrapped gifts, pots of lavender for my garden, new running clothes (in BLUE...my next Nike+ color!) and a gorgeous sunrise as Kim & I pounded the pavement this morning.

Tonight Mateo's skipping his softball game to take me out to dinner and to see Miley in The Last Song.
That's.True.Love.

I'm Happy! Happy!

17 comments:

Katherine said...

A very happy birthday to you! Wish I could be there to celebrate, but I know you are surrounded by love. See in just 2wks. So proud of your running goals, keep it up!

LauraC said...

Happy birthday! As a present to you, I donated but you do not need to enter me in the giveaway.

Cara said...

Happy Birthday! This was the easiest gift ever! Some friends just lost their 5 year old daughter/niece after a long battle with neuroblastoma. Thank you for running to find a cure. Next year, I think I need to run with you!
cara.weichman@gmail.com

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Happy Birthday! I just donated, but of course, dont enter me the raffle :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea Erin! Happy birthday & much love...
TIffany Moran
tiffany.moran@dwellinglive.com

(i really want that cupcake banner)!
HEHE
xo

Melissa said...

Erin was in my grade in school. Hers was the first funeral I attended. I can't say I understood the gravity of the situation at age 12, but now that I am a mother, my heart breaks for her parents. I hope these donations can make a difference.

Peters said...

With 4 minutes left to go...Happy Birthday Auntie Erin. We planned to call and sing, but I never had all 3 home at the same time today until it was too late.
As always, love your creativity. We donated x3-once for each of our beautiful blessings. Thanks for the opportunity. xoxoxo

Peters said...

Oh...almost forgot...40 is Fabulous!!! Count me in on helping you celebrate!!!
Midnight now. Gotta go wish my sweetie a Happy Birthday now 37 for him)

The de Vengoecheas said...

Happy B-Day Erin! I made a donation in your name. You always think of others even on your birthday. Hope your evening out with Matt was fun.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday EGB!!!
You inspire me every day to be a better Mom, Wife, Sister, Friend & Woman! Thanks for sharing all your energy with the world! Love ya!
MM
millerellison@yahoo.com

Monique said...

Happy Belated 34th! Such a great idea to do this.. and congrats on your running achievements, it has been fun 'following' your training on FB :) You will rock 13.1 miles!!

Monique Alvino

Monique said...

ps: if I happen to win, please offer up these sweet gifts to the Kipp Family (who I 'met virtually' through your blog) or other deserving kiddos :)

love said...

i'm in girl! in honor of the little boy of one of my college housemates. what a great birthday celebration!!! love you.

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

I gave you a little donation love. I ran this race with my Lululemon Run Club last year. It's a great charity. I wish that I could do it this year, but I will be in Arizona for a blog conference.

Joy Springer said...

Happy Birthday Big Sis!
Sooooo proud of you!
xoxoxo

Joy Springer
seth.joy@roadrunner.com

Timery said...

Happy 'late' Birthday Erin! I hope you had a great day. You look fantastic!
Love Timery

Domestic Diva said...

Happy birthday!

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