Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Birthday Giveaway!!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUCED TOMORROW!

Last year... I started a tradition :-) I wanted to giveaway something I loved to YOU as a Birthday gift. I love Birthdays and mine is coming up in a few short days... but why not share the LOVE with you?

Here is the story.

We all have some favorite things, right? So do I! Like... I love good Jesus music, nail polish, chai tea, and orbit mint gum. Well, my giveaway this year will include a few of my favorite things:

1. Good Jesus Music: Francesca Battistelli has always been a favorite of mine and she is pre-selling her new album "Hundred More Years" --- You will win this :D Unfortunately, you won't get it till March though... but it will be worth the wait, I promise. I am going to wait too!


Here is a sneak peek into one of the songs... ohh how it describes me at times



2. Nail Polish!!! OPI Hot Pink of course :-)
This is Pompeii Purple... one of my favorite colors!

3. Chai Tea Mix - Tastefully Simple {my mother-in-law gave one to me for Christmas... delish!}

 Nothing better than a warm chai tea in your hands!!

4. Mint (light blue) Orbit Gum :D

 Yum... I love chewing gum. It's so delicious, and perfect after any meal ;)

All of these FUN favorite things of Ria @ Life as a Wife... could be yours... {do I sound like I game show host, yet?! Ha!} The deal is this:

1. Just leave a comment (1 Entry)
2. Share your favorite birthday memory (2nd Entry)
3. Follow Life as a Wife! (3rd entry... if you are new to following here)
4. If you have NEVER ever commented before... you get 1 extra entry!!

Leave a comment for each one, PLEASE!! The winner will be announced on my birthday - Saturday - Jan 22nd! YAY!!!

65 Beautiful comments!:

Jessie Szmanda said...

I love this :) so cute! and yay for birthdays!!

Jessie Szmanda said...

My favorite birthday memory was my 21st birthday, VEGAS TRIP with our good friends Sean and Jamie!!

Jessie Szmanda said...

Already follow :)

Heidi said...

Love this... and LOVE Francesca! I heard this song the other day and can't wait for the album to come out!
My birthdays seem to all run together, but I know there have been a couple that have involved surprise parties and those are always my favorite!!

Randee said...

I love you Ria Lenzen Thurston! This is a very cute idea :)

Randee said...

I don't know what year it was (3 or 4 ago) but Trace super surprised me with a getaway weekend, put together the coolest gift basket of snacks and drinks and went all out with creative gifts. It was so fun and thoughtful, but since I always love spending time with him it made it even better :)

Anne said...

What a fun, fun giveaway! I'm in love with Francesca and am soooo excited about her new album coming out! That combination makes for a truly awesome giveaway! LOL

Anne said...

Favorite birthday memory: Probably my 16th birthday when all my best friend's brothers showed up at my house and had each died their hair in a bright neon color as a joke for me (because I was obsessed with neon tones!). My mom has a picture of my laughing and screaming as each of her four brothers (plus her dad) walked in and I saw what they had done. Classic fun.

Anne said...

I'm a follower!!

Emily said...

Happy almost birthday and I too love good Jesus Music. Relient K, Toby Mac, Addison Road...love them!

Emily said...

My favorite birthday memory is actually not from my birthday, but my husbands. When we were dating I flew from FL to IN and surprised him at his 30th Birthday dinner. All his friends and family knew the plan and we all pulled it off. It was amazing and something I will remember forever!

Emily said...

oh...and I am a follower! :)
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Kristin said...

Follower!

Kristin said...

My favorite birthday memory is probably last year! Every year just seems to get better with my hubby by my side and last year he took me to Savannah for the weekend :) Amazing!

Kristin said...

And this is just a comment to say Happy early Birthday!!!!!!!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh, great giveaway! I love Francesca Batistelli.

J and A said...

Yeah for birthday giveaways! :)

Callie Nicole said...

Hmm, my favorite birthday memory - there's been alot, but for my birthday a couple years ago Derek went all out and took me shopping, for a manicure, then out to dinner and a play! It was definitely a special birthday!

Callie Nicole said...

I'm a follower - I'm not sure if I get an entry for that since I'm not a new follower though.

Lea Liz said...

What a fun idea, a birthday giveaway! Love it!

Lea Liz said...

I have so many wonderful birthday memories, but I remember getting a trampoline for my 13th birthday after I had begged and begged for one still thinking I wouldnt get one, but I did!

Lea Liz said...

I'm a follower!

Vanessa said...

I'm leaving a comment!!! ;) I LOVE Francesca Battistelli! Her music is absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to hear her new one!

Vanessa said...

My favorite birthday memory... wow, hard to pick. :) But one is when I turned 13. :) I had two friends over, and we ate yummy food... and played Catch Phrase... and giggled over completely random things! That was fun! :)

Vanessa said...

I would follow, but I do not have a Google account.

Vanessa said...

And... I have NEVER commented before! :) Yay for me! :)

Maggie said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Maggie said...

My favorite birthday memory was a dress up party I had when I was 9! We had a ton of dress up clothes and we did our hair and nails!

Maggie said...

I follow!

Girl of The Grove said...

How sweet are you handing out gifts for your birthday!?! : )

Girl of The Grove said...

My favorite birthday memory was 2 years ago when I got proposed to. : )

Jamie Leigh said...

Yay for your upcoming Birthday!! What are you going to do to celebrate?!

Jamie Leigh said...

My favorite birthday memory actually was this past September when I turned 22. Sean surprised me with a trip to Stillwater at a bed and breakfast to celebrate my birthday and the 1 year mark to our wedding!

Jamie Leigh said...

I am already a faithful follower as you know :-)

Jenny said...

yay! love this! I have been looking forward to her new CD coming out :)

Jenny said...

My favorite birthday memory was actually my 25th birthday last year. My family through a mexican fiesta themed party and I got to wear a big sombrero and hit a pinta. :)

Jenny said...

and I am already a faithful follower ;)

tanya904 said...

Thanks for the fun giveaway and Have a Happy Birthday!
tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

Alyssa said...

Happy almost birthday Ria!! my favorite birthday was when i turned 16 because my mom threw me a surprise party and I got to go the Tobymac/Jeremy Camp concert with my parents on the day of my birthday

Mrs. Lukie said...

How fun...Happy (almost) Birthday!!

Mrs. Lukie said...

My favorite birthday memory would have to be my 6th birthday. We had a big pool party at my house, and I think I got every Barbie ever made that year ;)

Mrs. Lukie said...

Already a follower :)

Christina said...

You are really great! I am very blessed to have met you finally yay! :)

sarah joy said...

sweet ria... you know i absolutely LOVE your blog, and your heart for serving others is so abundant and contagious! bless you sweet lady!

Christina said...

And... Birthday memory, I think my favorite memory was my 4th birthday (either I remember it or I've watched the home video enough times to think I remembered it on my own:) I got a pretend kitchen with A LOT of pretend food to cook as a gift. I then proceeded to start a food fight with the piles of fake food sitting in front of me. My entire family joined in and I just sat back and watched what I had started. Ha!

Christina said...

and p.s. I already follow :)

sarah joy said...

i cant pick a favorite birthday memory, because i have SO many. but for old times sake ill say that one of the ones high up there on the list would be our infamous princess party (how old were we... 7?) with you, me, stephy, and em. i so enjoy remembering those times and i am in such awe how God has grown each of us as a CHILD of God and molded us into beautiful WOMEN of God. :)

sarah joy said...

i cant pick a FAVORITE birthday memory because i have so many. but for old times sake id have to say our infamous princess party ranks pretty high up there, with you, me, stef, and em... what were we... 7? its so much fun to look back on those fun times and i am in such awe at how God has grown us as CHILDREN of God and molded us into such beautiful WOMEN of God! :)

Sarah said...

You're sweet to host a giveaway for your own birthday! Consider me entered!

Anonymous said...

Ria, you should do a Vlog sometime! :)

(sorry, I don't have a blog yet, soon!)

Claire said...

Happy Early Birthday, Ria!

Claire said...

Ooo, and my favorite birthday memory...

On my 13th birthday my family and I went on a short term missions trip to Jamaica (it was my second time there) my birthday was the day we flew there and the pilot announced my birthday from the cockpit and the whole plane sang to me! I've never forgotten it :)

A HopeFul Romantic said...

I adore Francesca Battistelli, and I would love to enter this contest!
Thank you. = )
Oh, and Happy-soon-to-be-?-Birthday! =D

A HopeFul Romantic said...

Oh, and I already follow!

A HopeFul Romantic said...

One of my favorite Birthday Memories:

On my 15th Birthday, I desperately wanted to try what most people(and with the beauty of hindsight I can now agree with them!) would find to be a gross combination; cheese pizza topped with M&M's. I had always wanted to try it ever since I saw the scene in the first Princess Diaries movie, inwhich he opens a pizza box to find a pizza topped with just that, and reading just that!
I had been requesting it since I had seen the movie for years leading up to my 15th birthday. But at last, I opened the top pizza box(we have a BIG family!) and saw exactly that!
I was so excited and thrilled to finally get to try it, that I didn't even mind how bad it tasted!
haha

Anyways, that has been one of my favorite birthday memories for some reason! =D

VandK said...

Two favorite birthday memories (they definitely tie for the best):
1. 21st birthday when we went out to eat and I was totally worried that no one would come but we had over 20 people come out to celebrate! Such a blessing to my life!
2. Surprise 14th birthday: I had absolutely no idea and all of my friends surprised me with a big birthday party! So fun!

VandK said...

Happy birthday ria by the way! we totally gotta have dinner asap! email dates you and josh are free!!! :)

VandK said...

Followed since the beginning and so fun! :)

KT said...

I found your blog through facebook and I'm so excited. I'm a new wife and its so nice to see a blog of a Christian new wife. yay... My favorite birthday was this last year. It was just before I got married and my then fiance could not be here. I was really down. So one of my best friends took me out for the day and totally spoiled me. Then I went to another's friend house and my friends had thrown me a surprise party. I'd always wanted one and had never had one. It turned out to be a great birthday.

KT said...

and I am now following your blog and suggesting it to a friend. :)

Breanna Veth said...

YUM Chai tea! Where did you get your mix? What a fun way to celebrate your golden birthday ;)

Breanna Veth said...

My favorite birthday memory is when I got proposed to at one of my parties :)

Stephanie M. Page said...

I don't want to miss out! I am commenting!!

Stephanie M. Page said...

oh-- I love birthdays. Favorite?? umm......oohhh.....I just love spending time with my favorite people on my birthday. =)

Alyssa said...

Happy Golden birthday Ria!!!