It’s My Birthday Today So Why Not Celebrate with a Giveaway?!

November 17, 2012 in Categories: by

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It’s my birthday today.  The big three six.  It’s a neat number because it’s how old my grandmother was for years and years and years.  I even remember as a kid that she was 36-years old.  I guess she got to 36 and decided that enough was enough.  Either that or it was early dementia that took another 50 years to manifest completely.  Funnily enough, my mother skipped 36 completely.  The whole year she was 36 years old, she thought she was 37.  I remember figuring out the math with her on her 37th birthday and how funny it was for her to realize she’s spent an entire year believing she was a year older than she actually was (those kinds of things are hysterically funny to teenagers).  So here I am.  Thirty-six.  Not quite sure how I feel about it. The math geek in me thinks it’s cool that 36 has so many denominators.  Oh, and being three dozen is kinda cool.  I think I will both be 36 for a year and also limit it to one year (but I totally reserve the right to change my mind a year from now!).

What am I doing to celebrate my birthday?  I will go to the Farmer’s Market this morning and stock up on vegetables for Thanksgiving Dinner.  I am playing with a new cake recipe.  The first attempt was pretty darned tasty, so I’m very optimistic that a few tweaks will yield a pretty great birthday cake.  I will spend a good part of the day preparing for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow (she’s going to be THREE!  And as a quick aside, yes I got to labor the entire day on my birthday and then the little monkey had the nerve to be born at 3am the next day).  So, this afternoon I will be baking my own cake and also cupcakes for her birthday party tomorrow.  I enjoy baking, so this isn’t a hardship.  I am going to barbecue some grass-fed New York striploin steaks that I bought from Tropical Traditions (on sale for 60% off!) for dinner.  And then my husband and I are actually going to go to a movie tonight since my mother-in-law is visiting and can babysit.  What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a little shirtless Daniel Craig!

What else am I doing to celebrate my birthday?  Why another giveaway of course!  I had so much fun celebrating my blog anniversary with a week of giveaways, that I decided I should do another one for my birthday!  So, if you missed out a couple of weeks ago, here’s another one for you to enter!

To celebrate my birthday, I am giving away:

A copy of Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
A $25 Gift Certificate to
Massa Natural Meats
A jar of
NaturAlmond Almond Butter
A $50 Gift Certificate to
Tropical Traditions
(This giveaway only applies to US residents, but I’ll try and make the next giveaway international)

In case you missed my Week of Giveaways and these products are not ones you are familiar with, here’s a recap:

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites fame is my all-time favorite paleo resource book.  You can read my review of this masterpiece here.  There’s a reason this book has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for the last 5 weeks straight!

Massa Natural Meats is a family-owned and operated farm raising purely grass-fed beef in the valley and foothills of Northern California.  Massa Natural Meats and the Massa Ranch in rural Glenn County is an active participant in numerous conservation efforts geared towards agricultural sustainability.  For large orders (i.e.: 1/4 or 1/2 beef) that are going to be shipped a long distance, Massa Natural Meats is now able to ship “airport to airport” via airline at VERY reasonable rates.  They do not have a minimum purchase of any sort and are now offering free shipping for “by the cut” orders over $100 with code “FreeShip100”.  This gift certificate can be used toward your meat order and/or shipping expenses.

NaturAlmond is a family-owned small food business based in Atlanta, GA that makes the best almond butter I’ve ever tasted.  It’s crazy good!  NaturAlmond hand selects the highest quality of almonds from California.  Their almond butter is handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness and flavor.  By slow roasting the almonds, the essential oils are released to maximize the taste and then ground to the ideal consistency. A touch of natural sea salt is then added to each batch. By not outsourcing production, they personally monitor each step in the process and guarantee quality in a peanut free environment.

I love Tropical Traditions.  The only coconut oil I buy their Gold Label Coconut Oil (organic, virgin), but I also buy shredded coconut, coconut chips, coconut cream concentrate, red palm oil, palm shortening, and various household cleaners (I especially like their multipurpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, and liquid hand soap).  They also carry a ton of baking supplies, including spices.  I also buy their grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and chicken.  Tropical Traditions is a family-owned business that puts quality, sustainability, and ethics first.  They have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards.

I would like to thank Diane Sanfilippo, Massa Natural Meat and NaturAlmond for sponsoring this giveaway.  You guys rock!

To enter this giveaway, please:

1. Check out Diane Sanfilippo’s awesome website, listen to the Balanced Bites podcast, like her Facebook and/or follow her Twitter.

2. Check out Massa Natural Meats’ website and/or like them on Facebook.

3. Check out NaturAlmond’s website and/or like them on Facebook.

4. Connect/share/support me somehow!  Here are some ideas:

  • Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or Pinterest, or subscribe to my RSS Feed (to get my posts e-mailed to you).
  • Share my blog with your friends, however you want to accomplish that (Facebook share, tweet, pin, call them on the phone, send an e-mail, mention it in person… you decide!)
  • Support me by linking through the links on the sidebar of my page any time you make a purchase from Amazon, Tropical Traditions or US Wellness Meats (you don’t need to buy the item you link from with any of these sellers).
  • Support me by buying and wearing The Paleo Mom swag.
  • Support me by making a donation of any amount through Paypal.

Now, simply comment on this post and let me know that you would love to win!  A winner will be chosen at random from the commenters below.  Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact the winner!


This contest is now closed.


A very happy belated birthday to my absolutely favorite Paleo blogger! I was getting pretty disenchanted with the paleo movement before you came along (although I had no plans to change my diet). Your blog posts are such a wealth of information! Thanks for all your effort, we greatly appreciate it!
And of course I’d love to win! Who wouldn’t! All great prizes 😀

Happy Birthday! I would LOVE to win the fabulous prizes! I’ve shared your Facebook posts & Pinterest items. Really enjoy reading & trying the recipes!!

Happy Birthday, love your site! I told my son for several years that I was ’29’ when I had my birthday. Last year he figured out that since I was ’29’ then I must have been turning ’30’! I have now been ’30’ for over a year! I actually turned 39 in September! I love my kids, they are 8 & 6, they keep me young. Now, thanks to paleo, I feel good enough to keep up with them!

Pick me, please! I admire you so much!! Your blog, your Facebook posts, and most recently your podcast with Stacy from Paleo Parents are so inspirational and educational! I would love to win your birthday give away. And, your recommendation of Practical Paleo on the Paleo View has totally led me to probably the best resource in my GF/Paleo cooking for my own girls. I would love to share a copy of it with my mother who has several Auto Immune issues, but doesn’t know how to go GF. Thank you!

Happy birthday!! It would be a toss up, have the book (wonderful ) and love almond butter and grass fed meat!

Happy Birthday and thanks for all that you do. I love your blog and your podcast! Your recipes make convincing my other half that paleo can be tasty. We enjoyed your apple crisp Thanksgiving morning! I would love to win the tropical traditions gift card. I have been dying to order from them.

I would love to win the practical paleo book or the tropical traditions gift certificate!! Happy Birthday!!

Pick me pick me. I subscribe to all of your stuff and all of the facebook pages if the companies you like.

I am 6 months new to the Paleo/SCD world and plan on never turning back! I am learning so much from your blog and excited to try some recipes. Would love to win your contest, it seems like a great “sampler” for the Paleo/SCD goer :) Happy Birthday by the way! Hope you made yourself an amazing Paleo cake 😉

Happy Birthday! The first time I read your blog I fell in love with the Paleo Lifestye on another level. With hope for my entire family to change as a whole. I read your about Sara tab (the whole thing) and felt like you were my new best friend( that you have never met ; )! I was immediately encouraged and determined. I came across your blog looking for ways to influience my husband and 4 children. I have several friends and friends with children, with all sorts of health issues and I always mention your blog. I Loved your book review for Practical Paleo and have wanted to get it so I put it on my Christmas list. Thank you for your diligence to this wonderful blog! Wishing you a wonderful year!

I love almond butter, meat, and the balanced bites podcast! I am also fairly new to paleo (2 months). Practical paleo would be a welcome addition to my reading list, as would great meat and almond butter. Thanks for giving on your birthday! I admire all you have accomplished and continue to do. Thanks.

Happy, happy, happy birthday! Thank you so much, for all that you do on this site. I would love to be picked, but I am so grateful regardless for having come across your brilliance. My son and I think you from the bottoms of our hearts!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I would love to win! I already like everyones facebook pages. Good luck to everyone and happy holidays!!!

Happy birthday!!!! and thanks for having yet another fantastic giveaway!!! (this would be an awesome early christmas gift for MEEEEE!!!!)….. Hope you are having a great day and may your forever 36 be as good as my forever 29 :)

Happy Happy Birthday! How wonderful to be turning 36! I have been 36 all year…until my 8 year old son enlightened me that I turned 35 this past year…NOT 36. Thank you for all you have been doing to sharing resources and such concerning Paleo. I am somewhat new to Paleo, but not new to “clean eating” or “grain free” eating. I have read many articles that Paleo assists with the reduction of inflammation with auto-immune diseases and am hoping Paleo will help with getting my normal, every day life back. I would love to win your giveaway, which would assist in my knowledge of new products. I have not had the pleasure of reading “Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo” and feel this would be a great opportunity to receive the book. Also….Almond butter is my absolute favorite!! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

I did all the above. I would love to win one of your giveaway. Love your blog!! Thank you for your generosity.

I love all of your articles. I tell all of my patients and clients to read your site. I would love to win and continue to share ALL the amazing info you generously provide. Thank you and Happy Birthday! So seems like you where everyone wins!

Happy Birthday! I’d love to win the Tropical Traditions gift card. I love their products and use them all the time!

Happy Birthday! I started paleotwo weeks ago. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on. I have the autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis and am disabled. I so desperately want to feel better. Your giveaway would be a great push! Please include me!

Happy Birthday Sarah! Hope you had a lovely day! And as I am a Canadian living in Germany, here it is in German for good measure: Alles gute zum Geburtstag!

I hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend. I already follow all on FB and you on Pinterest all the time and share your recipes with my family – my mom just sent me (currently deployed) your pumpkin pie in mini mason jars and they were amazing! Any of the prizes would be a blessing but the Massa Natural Meat would be my favorite! I can’t wait to be home in just a few weeks to make more of your recipes.

I admire you for giving back on a day when you could get away with being totally self – absorbed. Bravo & Happy Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday! I’ll be right there at 36 in another month myself! Love reading your blog, from one former scientist turned Paleo-Mom to another! :)

Just “liked” you on FB after I tried your Plantain Pancakes for the first time. They are amazing. I am excited to check out the rest of your blog and try some of your other recipes! This give-away is amazing

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