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Half-Birthday Bash: Take Two - Day 3

Today marks Hump Day which means we must have something different, so we shall have a book review and give away a couple of books AND for those of you who need a little something for when you read, there are a dozen gourmet cupcakes on today's menu. 

First Things First: The Review

Running Into the Wind: Bronco Mendenhall - 5 Strategies for Building a Successful TeamRunning Into the Wind: Bronco Mendenhall - 5 Strategies for Building a Successful Team by Paul Gustavson and Alyson Von Feldt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A uniquely informative and surprisingly applicable book. Bronco Mendenhall has a story worth telling and reading. The strategies outlined within these pages are not just for football or business, but for anyone wanting to reach out to others and be successful. It has an over-arching theme of positivity.

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Last But NOT Least: The Gourmet Cupcakes

Last year, I had four giveaways. This year, I have six, and half of them are from The Firsties. The celebration just feels more complete now with the announcement that Darcy of My Artistic Ventures is bringing her fabulicious creativity to the party for Wednesday. When I got her message that she was in, I knew the week's festivities were now complete. I'm truly grateful for her generosity.

And just so you know--I have this thing for tradition and as long as this ray of creative sunshine wants to participate in these half-birthday shenanigans, she will always have a spot on Wednesdays. It's only right.

* The book giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. *

There are TWO hardbound copies to give away!

* The cupcake giveaway is only open to residents of the Salt Lake or Utah Counties *

It's not too late to join in the previous giveaways!
Enter here:

DAY ONE: free photography session 

DAY TWO: Tag Templates (crafty downloads) 


  1. What fun giveaways!! Nick Newman sent me your way!!

  2. My most favorite dessert of all time is Strawberry Shortcake with home made whipped cream!

  3. Oh and my favorite non-fiction book is "The Complete Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey...changed my life!

  4. Favorite Non-Fiction book is The Book of Mormon *halo*

  5. My favorite non-fiction book is The Diary of Anne Frank.

  6. This is so much fun! My favorite dessert is anything with dark chocolate!

  7. Cheesecake is my favorite dessert.

  8. Carrot cake! eclairre(AT)ymail(DOT)com

  9. Cupcakes, the perfect little guilty pleasure.


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