Monday, April 23, 2012


Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they
  ~Anäis Nin

Twenty nine years ago today
I became a mother for the
first time. In celebration of
my daughter's birthday I
thought it would be nice to
have a giveaway to celebrate
not only her birth, but that of 
the friendships I have made
the world over. Celebrations
are always so much nicer if
you can share them with
friends, don't you think?
Each of you has enriched
my life, inspired me, and
made my days brighter,
happier and fuller than I
ever thought possible and
I thought it was way overdue
to offer something in return.
It's just a little something in
comparison to the friendships
I have made here, but please
know that I love you all.

I am giving away a ceramic tea
carafe that I picked up on
my trip to World Market,
a jar of tea honey from the
Savannah Bee Company,
and five - one  cup servings
of Harney & Sons Chocolate Black Tea
in a little love envelop I made.

If you would like a chance to
win, just leave a comment.
I will leave the giveaway
open for one week and
announce a randomly
picked winner next Monday.

Update: This giveaway is opened
to everyone, no matter where you
live in the world! :)


  1. I believe it best to always say Happy Birthing Day to the mama of a babe with a birthday. I am so with you, and feel that the friendships formed here and in other places of kind words and lovely prose/pictures is so valuable. Happy week ahead. xoxo

  2. happy birthday to your baby, and to you sweet tracey, happy 'birth' day. i hope you have a wonderful day together and eat lots of cake! i am so grateful for blogland too, such a blessing i could have never imagined. it's so nice of you to offer this giveaway.

  3. I am just so happy to have met you Tracey. Wishing you and your daughter the loveliest of days.
    (Please don't enter me here, as your beautiful gift would be far to heavy to post overseas - I feel the love from your words and that is enough xxx.

  4. Happy Birthday to your first born. And to you happy Birth day. I also have found many friendships and lovely support from bloggers. And such a generous giveaway. Love to you and your daughter, dear Tracey. xxxx

  5. You do wonder where the years go. Funny how we remember all the details of a birth - time weight, trip to the hospital etc. Your baby is a big girl now! Happy Birthday to you and her. Your give aways look beautiful and interesting.

  6. This is so sweet! My birthday was yesterday, so happy birthday to your daughter! This community on the internet is so inspiring, and needed. Thank you for this opportunity!

  7. Happy birthday to you daughter Tracey and thank you so much for your kind comment over on my blog. Yesterday was a little scary and crazy, but the whole day did turn out well in the end. I would love to sit with you and knit, to have a little calm around here:) I do hope you son's foot heals quickly.

    Thank you so much for this very generous giveaway you are offering, it is so beautiful. Thank you for your friendship Tracey from halfway across the world, I really appreciate it.

  8. Tell Erin Happy Birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday to your daughter! What a lovely little way to celebrate on here. Isn't it amazing the friendships and connections that can be made in "blogland"? That tea carafe is too sweet. I could see myself using it on afternoon trips to the beach :)

  10. Loving daughters born in April [mine on the 30th]. She will be 36 this year! If, I perchance win the tea gifts, they will be a birthday gift to her.

    Thank you so much for your sweetness.

  11. I live ages away and the cost of sending would probably be prohibitive, so I don't mind about the giveaway (lovely as it is) - however, I didn't want to read and run without wishing your daughter a very Happy Birthday! (And how the time does fly by!)

  12. What a generous gift...wishing your daughter a Happy Birthday!...and you a lovely day!

  13. Oh Tracey you are so generous! I've only been reading your blog for a few months now but it's one of my first stops each morning. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  14. Such a lovely thoughtful giveaway! Happy birthday to your sweet daughter!!!

  15. Oh, you are the sweetest! I have found the blogging community to be one of the kindest, most supportive places. I have been so enriched by you and everyone else I've met as well. Your words touched me. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  16. Happiest of birthdays to your daughter. They are our riches aren't they- motherhood is a beautiful thing.

  17. Happy birthday to you and your daughter! (:
    (I recently discovered chocolate hazelnut tea by Stash - it's so good I can forgive it for being decaf!)

  18. Oh so sweet! Happy Birthing day to you! What an amazing journey.

  19. Tracey, your friendship has enriched my life far beyond measure.
    hugs 'n ♥ ♥ ♥'s

  20. Happy Birthing Day to you, dear Tracey! And a Happy Birthday to your oldest daughter. What a wonderful week you are having.

  21. Happy birthday to your daughter and happy birthing day to you Tracey.

    Such a lovely way to celebrate, thank you.

  22. What a beautiful way to celebrate! Happy Birthday to you both! Much love, E

  23. what a sweet ceramic container! so cheerful!

    and happy birthday to your sweet girl and of course, happy birth day to you mama...enjoy the trip down memory lane that birthdays always lead you on :)

  24. what a lovely touching post..happy birthday to your daughter...Anäis Nin is a favorite of mine :)

  25. Such a beautiful celebration! Tracey, I've learned so much from you & I so enjoy your daily posts. I am a tea lover, especially Harney & Sons (have you tried their Thai green tea w/coconut, vanilla, ginger and lemongrass? It's divine)

    Thank you for such a sweet gesture!

  26. Hoping your daughter has a wonderful birthday! You are too sweet for your own good sometimes, Tracey! It's been so nice getting to know you through blogging!
    The best giveaway of all.... your kind words. :)

  27. Tracey you are so tender-hearted. Your daughter has a wonderful mother. Happy Birth Day to your daughter and to you! Wow! Thanks for the sweet giveaway opportunity-so kind.

  28. Oh T- what a wonderful idea. Your daughter is very lucky to have a Mother like you. Happy Birthday to both you and your daughter.

  29. Happy birthday to your daughter! What a wonderful way to celebrate.

  30. Happy Birthday to your dear daughter!
    What a beautiful idea Tracey. You are so genorous!
    Please don't put my name down though, I live far too far away :)
    I hope your girl has the most wonderful day. I'm sure she will.

  31. Oh you are so lovely...
    Happy Birthday to your daughter, I hope she has a lovely day.
    Much love to you both.

  32. How nice of you to do ~ what a sweet gift and a sweet thought. Thank you!

  33. What a lovely giveaway, Tracey! What a generous way to celebrate the anniversary of your daughter's birth and your re-birth as a mother. You're the inspiration. :)

  34. What a thoughtful thing to do. Happy Birthday to your daugther.

  35. Congratulations to you Tracey, as you celebrate your daughter's birthday and your mama-hood! This is a lovely giveaway. Thank you!

  36. What a perfectly beautiful reason for a giveaway. Happy 29 years being a mama, and happy birthday to your first-born!

  37. You are an inspiring mama, Tracey! Happy birthday to your daughter and happy birthing day to you. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway!

  38. this is so wondeful! you are always a bright spot in my day and i am so thankful for YOU! you gave me some advice once, that i think of every single day....i'm writing about it soon, so beware! but all that is to say thank you for all the life touching you do with your words of kindness and wisdom! happy day and hope you are feeling better!

  39. Oh I cant believe I missed this - my daughters 29th birthday was on April 7th! there is nothing I like better than to share a cup of tea with her. She lives in the US and I live in Australia so that doesn't happen too often. World Market used to be our favourite place to shop - gosh I would love to wander through those aisles again! Hope you feel better soon!

  40. oh so sweet!

    Happy Birthday to your lovely lady!

  41. Happy birthday to your babe of 29 years and to you. I wish we could share a cup of tea. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift to share. XO

  42. What a precious gift our children are. Happy 29 years of mothering to you. Here's to you lovely mama. Jacinta

  43. Happy happy day! (for mama and daughter!) Such a nice, thoughtful way to celebrate!!!

  44. What a happy dayfor both you and your were blessed with a gift 29 years ago to care for and nurtue....what joy to watch them grow and become the young lady or young man. Blessings to both of you! What a lovely giveaway, please enter me!

  45. My daughter will turn 31 May 11, so we are just about in the same place as far as mothering goes. Hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday. Just found your blog today and am now following. Love your photographs and positive posts.