Christmas in July

by Shawnda on July 1, 2011

in Giveaways

July Givevaways

Or more accurately, Birthday in July.

I’m one of “those people.” I know it’s called a birthday, but I manage to stretch out the celebration quite a bit beyond the allotted 24 hours. July is my birthday month. And by the end of the month, “We could do ____/get _____/eat at ____ for my birthday,” is met with squinty eyes (when they’re not rolled) and pursed lips. Because by the time my real birthday (the 29th) rolls around, we’ve mini-celebrated half a dozen times. In a slow month.

And beyond the obvious annoyance, I really am a fun person :)

This year, we decided to take all those mini-celebrations and channel something a little funner… well, at least for those around me who probably want to stab themselves by mid-July.

This year, I will not be texting my sisters and brother: You have to be nice to me. It’s 17 days ’til my birthday! (It’s a long story. An inside joke. And I can’t promise that they won’t text it to me first.)

This year, I won’t feel a day older than 33 after I actually turn 33.

This year, I will not manage to have 3 different birthday dinners, 2 cakes, a birthday trip, or and a handful of self-purchased “gifts” by the end of the month… especially since The Foodie Groom clearly remembers that I played the “let’s call this my early birthday present” card back in May.

But this year, we’re still going to celebrate more than once! Every Monday in July, we’ll be giving away one of our favorite kitchen items, from a set of my favorite reusable grocery bags to The Foodie Groom’s favorite appliance (hint: it takes most of the pain out of juicing 40 limes for margaritas).

So Happy Birthday month to you. And we’ll see you Monday!


{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 1, 2011 at 4:15 am

Happy Birthday Month:-) I’m all for a month-long celebration!


2 Maureen July 1, 2011 at 4:47 am

A month long celebration at 33? Let’s see.. at my age I could probably go for 3-months ! :)


3 branny July 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

Happy Birthday Shawnda!


4 Elina (Healthy and Sane) July 1, 2011 at 5:58 am

Happy birthday month! ;)


5 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) July 1, 2011 at 6:08 am

Wait, you aren’t supposed to celebrate your birthday for the entire month? Because I do! Happy Birthmonth!!!!!


6 Rachel Plemmons July 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

Happy Birthday Month, Shawnda! Hope you get to celebrate lots! Thanks for doing the giveaways too!


7 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) July 1, 2011 at 6:30 am

I celebrate my birthday month too :D

Ofcourse, never like this!


8 Amy S July 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Happy Birthday month!


9 Karla July 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

Happy Birthday, Shawnda! Looks like you have a fun celebration planned! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! :)


10 Lauren July 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

You rock!!! I have a July birthday, too. :) I always say that the fireworks are for me.


11 Sarah R July 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

Oh I definitely stretch my birthday out too! Happy birthday month!


12 Mia July 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

That apron is SO cute…whereever is it from? :)


13 Erin July 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

Ha, don’t worry you’re not alone!! My brother and I both have our birthdays in July and we always celebrate our Birthday Month!!! In fact, last night we celebrated Birthday Month Eve, haha.


14 Jil July 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

We celebrate Birthday Chanukah no matter when the birthday is. Enjoy you’re birthday month!!


15 MartiC July 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

Happy Birthday Month!!!! It’s my birthday month too so I think July should be an all out celebration!


16 Joanne July 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

Happy birthday, gorgeous! I think the idea of celebrating a birthday month is totally and completely rational. Necessary, even.


17 Heather Herring July 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY— it is my BIRTHDAY month too! Maybe I can celebrate all month long! :)


18 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride July 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Lots of people with July birthdays – me included!! Looking forward to the giveaways!


19 MICHELE July 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm



20 Jen July 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I celebrate my birthday month too and my birthday is the day after yours… I get the SAME eye rolls, raised eyebrows, and sighs of annoyance. lol
ENJOY every single day of your BIRTHDAY MONTH, as I will be enjoying mine!
Happy Birthday!


21 Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) July 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I thought Foodie Groom’s favorite kitchen item was the pretty apron! ;) What a fun way to celebrate your birthday month. Happy early birthday, Shawnda!


22 Elsie J July 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I enjoy your blog very much! Happy Birthday to you!!!


23 Cassie July 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Happy Birthday month to you!


24 Jessica July 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm

That’s EXACTLY what I do!! haha Mine’s on the 13th and I reminded everyone via facebook today that this is the start of THE birth month. Happy birth month!! :)


25 BeckyS July 2, 2011 at 2:10 am

Happy Birthday! I hope the entire month is filled with celebrations for you! Thank you for the inspiration and beautiful site. We will raise a glass for you on the 29Th as we celebrate 4 birthdays in our family, ages ranging from 72 to 20!


26 Jen M O July 2, 2011 at 7:02 am

I hope you have a wonderful birthday month and your siblings are nice to you all month long. My mom use to say that we have to be nice to my youngest sister since she was the baby.


27 Tina July 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

Happy Birthday month to US (I told hubby that cocktail Friday has to be a different margarita every Friday this month haha)! Apparently great minds are born in July! I knew i liked you… :)


28 foodiebride July 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

That would make it the best July EVER!


29 Aubrie July 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

My birthday was yesterday and I am the exact same way. We went to dinner on Thursday…and Friday…and I have several other dates planned for the rest of the month. Hope you have a great birthday month!


30 Danelle Manship July 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

Happy Birthday. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday by giving!


31 Lexi July 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m one of those people too. My birthday is at the end of July but I normally use my birthday through out the whole month for things. Have a good month.


32 Marcia July 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Have a great birthday month!


33 Jess G. July 9, 2011 at 8:08 am

Happy Birthday and I definitely would not argue with that! I’m the same way except I use the whole month of August as my birthday and I’m sure to tell everyone that there’s x number of days left until my birthday.


34 Natalie July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

What a great idea…Birthday Month


35 Becca July 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

My mom, sister, and I are all July girls. My sister and I are at the beginning of the month, so we do a birthday week, but I’m all for a month long party. :-)

Happy Birthday!!!!


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