my 30th | a giveaway for you

**ETA: 11/12: giveaway is now closed and a winner will be posted soon!**

A sweet new lens, an Epiphanie bag, a Broadway show & new boots equals a happy birthday weekend. It also included a few new Yankee tarts, a cute top, new jeans and the cutest most comfiest scrunchy gloves that Vin thinks are absolutely hideous. They look like leg warmers for your arms and I can’t wait to wear them all Winter in his presence, just on principle.

This morning I woke up to three neatly wrapped packages of homemade drawings from my kiddies. <3 They did such a great job on them! Grace drew me a fish, Andrew drew me and him holding hands and Emily drew the whole family. She also helped each kid mat their work and hopped on my MAC this morning and typed little labels for everyone’s package. The best part were the cards. In one, Emily wished that I would have “great cake and get my new lens” In another, I almost cried.

Dear Mom,

I hope your birthday is filled with joy. I love you as always. You know that. I love you.

Love,
Emily (signed in the neatest, girliest little kid script)

Tonight we’re having a family dinner at Olive Garden and I promised Andrew that yes, he could wear his black velour blazer to the restaurant (he already wore his tie to school in honor of my special day).

I suppose, maybe, just maybe turning 30 isn’t so terrible.

Now how about a present for one of YOU? This Blog is generous like that.

My friend Meredith is the owner of Everyday Keepsakes, a wonderful shop specializing in handmade jewelry.

A little bit about Everyday Keepsakes…

Hi! I’m Meredith Fenwick, owner and designer here at Everyday Keepsakes. I started making jewelry in September of 2008 and opened my Etsy shop selling handmade jewelry pieces in January of 2009. Originally, I mostly made and sold gemstone and crystal jewelry. As the business grew, I wanted to work more with custom and personalized pieces. Also a graphic designer, I began designing and making my own fine silver charms and selling those through my Etsy shop. Combining two of my favorite things – cool design and sparkly stuff, this was finally the thing that I had been looking for as a business. In October of 2010, Everyday Keepsakes opens its virtual doors and the new adventure begins.

I am wearing one of her monogram necklaces now and I just love it (I am also sort of loving the brag tag necklace she made for herself with her sons’ names on it (top-right)).  Meredith mixed a whole bunch of ideas with mine and it turned out very eclectic – just the way I like it. : ) My round mom charm is shiny while my rectangle ‘g’ monogram is oxidized. There’s also a little pearl droplet hanging down. Isn’t it pretty?

So how does this tie in to today’s Blog entry? Simple. Meredith is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers! Isn’t that awesome? You can get something for yourself or even use it to purchase a special gift for someone else now that the holidays are fast approaching.

How can you grab an entry or two?

– Make sure you are a fan of GinaRaeMillerPhotography on Facebook by clicking HERE. (one entry)

– Make sure you are a fan of Everyday Keepsakes on Facebook by clicking HERE. (one entry)

– Facebook about this giveaway by using the direct link HERE. (one entry, can be done daily)

– Blog about this giveaway by using the direct link HERE. (one entry, can be done daily)

This giveaway will run from Monday through Thursday so if you do all of the above each day, you can get a max of TEN entries. Leave a separate comment to this Blog entry for every task you complete.

Have a lovely day!

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