Wednesday, December 5

the most wonderful time of the year

Nope, not Christmas.
My birthday.
But you know what? This year it's different. Maybe because I have a kid dog. Or maybe because I realize more and more every year how lucky I am to have somehow tricked Dan in to marrying me (how did I do that?!). Or maybe it's simply because I'm getting old. But I truly feel different about my birthday this year. I didn't even ask for any gifts. *gasp* Usually I present to Dan an entire notebook full of ideas because I love "free" stuff. Even though we share a bank account, it still feels like free stuff when it comes from your significant other, ya know?
So anyway, back to gifts. Anyone who has ever known me knows that I love gifts. Put a box in front of me (it doesn't even have to be wrapped) and I will giggle like a little girl and jump up and down and scream until you let me open it.
Sadly, I am not exaggerating.

But again, this year it's just a little different. Not exactly sure why.
It just is.

So, instead of asking for diamonds or a new car (yeah right- on both of those) ...
I thought I'd give instead of receive. I've been thinking about my furry friends a lot lately. I know. Shocking. I have also thought about all of my blogging friends a lot lately too. Amazing people who have helped me donate almost $500 to the animals over at Playa Animal Rescue in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Sponsors, readers, all of you. It's been a blast. And I am truly thankful.
So, because you all have been so generous, I thought I'd give a little something out of my own pocket today. But I'll need your help (don't you just love these games?). My little birthday game is this:
I will donate $1 per every one comment that is left on this blog post to PAR ...

Oh but don't think I don't know what you're thinking ...
I will donate $1 per every one comment {up to $100}.
Phew. That was close.

You can say "happy birthday" or "you are my best friend" or "I love Sherman" or "you are nuts- keep your money and go to Target".
Just follow your heart.

We'll see if I get to $5.

Oh and if I do only get to $5 ... feel free to comment more than once to make me feel better. I know that's cheating, but it's my party and I'll make up the rules if I want to. ;)

101 comments:

  1. makes my heart melt! happy birthday you amazing girl you, you're an inspiration :) i hope you have a beautiful day xo

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  2. Happy, happy birthday! I hope Sherman got a bite of the cupcake!

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  3. Happy Birthday! I love that you are so passionate about our furry friends! Kudos to you..... :)

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  4. Happy Birthday! I love your passion for animals!

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  5. sounds like a great way to spend your birthday! quick question though, why playa animal rescue? is there a bigger problem there than in the states?

    i went to thailand and vietnam a few years ago and there were stray, mangy dogs everywhere, weird-shaped, with weird-shaped tails and patchy hair... it was the saddest thing ever :(

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  6. How awesome are you! Have a very Happy Birthday!

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  7. Happy Birthday! I think you are the absolute cutest and your love for animals is so sweet and apparent!

    Hope you have an amazing day celebrating!

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  8. Your photos are so cute! You're too wonderful! Happy Birthday friend!

    Xo-L

    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  9. Happy birthday!! My birthday was just yesterday, so yay! for us Sagittarius gals!

    And this is such an amazing, generous thing to do. So thank you, for existing and being so absolutely kind to the animals. :)

    xo,
    dayna

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  10. Happy birthday! Find some free meals today for your birthday!

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  11. Happy Birthday! That first picture of you and Sherman made me laugh. He looks pretty hungry!

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  12. Happy birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate! What a great idea!

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  13. You're such an inspiration!! Happy birthday, Tiff!! Hope Sherman brings home extra-exciting trash for you today!

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  14. Happy birthday lady!! You rock btw. Amazing. Hope Sherm finds you come cute presents on you walks. :)

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  15. Happy Happy Birthday!! This is such a great way to celebrate. I have an idea...How 'bout I deliver the donation to Playa? ;)

    p.s. happy belated anniversary!

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  16. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and year to come :)

    A friend of ours sponsors dogs at the Playa Animal Rescue. When we were in Cancun, her and her husband spent a whole day at the shelter, and even brought a suitcase of toys for all of them!

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope it's the best one yet! You are doing an awesome thing here - you rock :)

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  18. Happy birthday darling, and oh, before I forget, I love SHerman too.

    I've never heard of this shelter before, I think that's amazing hun. If I go back to Mexico, I definitely have to visit this place.

    I wanted to give a link to you of awesome dog photography, specifically a chocolate lab in the link I'm giving you... Enjoy :)

    http://scruffydogphotography.com/index.php/2012/12/04/more-scruffy-faces-from-our-fabulous-summer-toronto-ontario-premier-pet-photographer/

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  19. Such a nice thing for you to do! I'll check back later but I am thinking you won't have any trouble getting to $100. Oh, and happy birthday!

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  20. and btw, you're not the only one. I, too, often wonder how I duped Jeff into marriage.... Here we are, almost 5 years in, married and together for 10.5 years. The man has the patience of a saint.

    Sherman looks adorable patiently looking at the cupcake in your hand. My boys are like vultures if you're not careful.

    I, too, also feel like I'm getting old. And I just turned 29. Thirty is on the horizon. How old are you, girl?

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  21. You're such a giver. Happy Birthday!

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  22. Happy Birthday Tiff! I love how patient Sherm is with cake right in front of him!

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  23. Happy Birthday! So wish my pups were that well mannered. I think my Lab is more than my Cocker, but maybe not...

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  24. Happy birthday from another chocolate lab loving mama!

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  25. hahah, you are the best!
    happy birthday girl!

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  26. Such a lovely thing to do on your birthday! Happiest of birthdays to you! And those cupcakes look amazing. =)

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  27. Happy Birthday!! Love you and your heart... I hope Dan at least gets you a 59 cent card ;)

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  28. Happy birthday! I saw two beautiful chocolate labs in Wal-Mart today (still not too sure why they were there...) and thought of Sherman! I'm so grateful for my doggy we were able to rescue because of organizations that rescue them first - give 'em a FAT dollar for me!

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  29. Happy Birthday generous girl! I love you(and Sherman)!

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  30. Happy birthday....since it seems I am comment number 32 I guess you have exceeded your $5 target and no, sorry no Target for you!!!

    I hope your day is filled with champagne and cupcakes (I see we can tick that one off the list) and may the year ahead bring with it a tidal wave of blessing beyond measure.

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  31. What a great idea! Hope you have a great birthday!

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  32. TIFF Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have the most wonderful day!! :)

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  33. happy birthday sweet girl!

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  34. I first saw the title of this post and thought to myself. Oh little miss Tiffany is not going to get away with not letting people know it's her birthday. BUT why in the world would I have thought that? I mean it IS your birthday WEEK I mean MONTH!! With that said. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday to you! I miss your face and I hope you have a very wonderful day! Loves!

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  35. Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are very special!

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  36. Happy Birthday lady! This is really great of you. I love Sherman and his dog picking up antics!

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  37. Happy Birthday!! I hope it's amazing! :)

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  38. Happy happy birthday!! I hope your day is special and what you're doing is incredible!

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  39. Happy Birthday! I love this post....birthdays, cupcakes, and dogs.....some of my favorite things!

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  40. 2. I love Sherm and you.
    And the look of the intent on his face with those cupcakes.

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  41. Happy Birthday and I love Sherman!!!

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  42. Happy Birthday sister! What a wonderful feeling to feel perfectly content and blessed on the big 2 something :) Love you1

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  43. Happy Birthday Tiff! I hope you have a day that is as beautiful as you are...inside and out! Thank you for sharing your life with me daily (I get kinda cranky when you don't! LOL) Love you....and love your idea of Birthday Giving! You are wise well beyond your years!!!! Enjoy your day!

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday Tiff!!! What a sweet thing you are doing. :)

    If I was a stalker, since we both live in KC, I would totes drop something off on your doorstep. ;)

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  45. Happy birthday! How many comments are you at? Awesome idea btw! =) I'm a pretty new follower, but I love your blog! I makes me smile. =)
    Alesha <3

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  46. Do you want to know what was playing through my headphones as soon as your blog page loaded? Yep, you're right..."It's the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!"

    Yep. That exact phrase played as I read your title. So, it's as if I sang/read your blog title with the perfect background music. Haha!

    Anyways, many happy birthdays to you, friend! I hope it is a wonderful day for you (and Sherm too..In all hopes that he gets those cupcakes you're holding ;)

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  47. Happy Birthday! I think it's awesome that you are are giving instead of getting for you birthday! Good idea...I probably will still opt for gifts on my birthday. So you are a better human being than myself. But seriously, I love that you have such a heart for fur babies!

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  48. Happy Birthday!
    I think its so great you are giving instead of getting on your birthday! Love that - esp to the animals! I am a proud rescue Momma, so I totally get it!
    Have a wonderful birthday!!!

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  49. happiest birthday! and what a fun little birthday idea!

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  50. Happy Birthday T-Double!! You're an amazing person and I'm so glad I met you 4 years ago!!! You always bring a smile to my face.

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  51. Oh P.S. I'll ask for diamonds for your birthday!

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  52. Your blog cracks me up every day! And it is amazing the wonderful thing you are doing for this organization! Have a wonderful birthday!!

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  53. Happy Birthday Lady...have a wonderful day! You are such a wonderful person :) Lots of love and fun to you today!

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  54. YAY! Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  55. You're such a great person! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  56. Happy Birthday! Love your blog (and Sherman too!)

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  57. Happy Birthday!! Love this idea so much.

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  58. Happy Birthday, I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  59. I think you're really awesome for giving this gift. Rescues and shelter need all the help they can get. :) Happy birthday, Tiff!

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  60. Happy Birthday, TJ!!!I hope this is a great year for you and I hope those animals know how much you love them. :)

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  61. Happy Birthday! What a awesome gift to give! Hope your day is a lovely one!

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  62. This is a wonderful idea. I was trying to think of something clever to write but my heart is too full. *Sigh* And, of course, I really do love me some Sherman.

    Cheers to your sweet birthday gift.

    xo

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  63. You are awesome. All the animals thank you, sweet animal loving friend! Happy Birthday!!!!

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  64. Happpppy Birthhhhdddaaaaaaaay! I just saw shays video. Yep. Your hair is looking quite fabulous in these photos, might I add.
    Xx

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  65. Hey birthday girl! Hope you are having a happy, happy day! Guess what? You and I are saving a dog right this very moment. Because you're a rock star like that.

    Hope Dan talked you into letting him buy you dinner or something, you frugalista, you.

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  66. You rock! I love all your posts about Sherman. I too am an animal lover, especially dogs. I love love love that you are choosing to give instead of receive! I have a heavy heart for all animal rescues and shelters. I wish there was a way to save all dogs!

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  67. Happy birthday lady! Oh and Bronx says happy birthday too!

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  68. Happy Birthday! I love your blog!

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  69. I love your photos of Sherm. What a cutie!

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  70. I just came across your blog today and I don't think I could have picked a better day! I adore fuzzy creatures!

    So Happy Birthday- you have a very sweet heart and I can't wait to begin reading your little space on the interweb! :)

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  71. I had to add!!! Happy Birthday, Pretty Lady! xoxo

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  72. You are too adorable and this is so sweet! I check your blog daily and really enjoy your posts!

    Happy Birthday!

    -Samantha
    itsallinthedeats.blogspot.com

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  73. For some reason I feel guilty for commenting because that means that one more dollar is coming out of your pocket. :/ I almost commented on the one above!
    So I haven't forgotten that we decided to be best friends ;) (remember my birthday is on the 11th!). December birthday people have to stick together, right?!!!
    Anyway, I didn't get on here yesterday (stupid) but I did remember that it was your special day, so I am wishing your a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Looks like it was pretty special! :)

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  74. What a great idea, and you are adorable with your birthday cupcakes! I know it's a day late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    ♥ Kyna

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  75. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! I think it's great what you're doing for the PAR.

    Oh, and Sherman wins the award for the Best Blog Dog. (Yep, that just became a category.) ;)

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  76. Go Tiff! Your are so sweet to GIVE presents for your birthday! And Sherm is looking as cute as ever. Here's to getting you to a nice round number! ; )

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  77. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Your pup is so adorable!!

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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  78. And I'll comment on this post here, too. Because you have such an amazing heart. Sherman is lucky to have you for a mom! Happy birthday again! xo

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  79. This is so very amazing. I have a rescue dog. They are the best! Good for you lady!! I already loved your blog, but now I am obsessed.

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  80. You know what? I wasn't sure about this whole blogging thing. But now I'm kind of thinking is pretty sweet. :) This is such a great idea!

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  81. HAPPY (late) BDAY!!! I hope you're still counting comments!

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  82. comment #2- Happy Bday from Harlow!

    ps- Sherman's younger than me?! I had no idea.

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  83. aw happy birthday to you! What a great thing to do! Love it!

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  84. happy happy birthday love!!! hope you had a great day! I love you in a headband! XO

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  85. Awww happy birthday to you and this is so very cool! Oh and I want your hair! So wish I could pull that off!!

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    1. Mary RichardsDecember 07, 2012

      Oops. Meant to let you know who it was. :)

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  86. Happy birthday! You are awesome for doing this :)

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  87. Happy Birthday! Love that you're giving to furry little animals :)

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  88. Oh friend... I am so late to tell you happy birthday! But happy birthday!! You are gorgeous. Always.

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  89. Happy belated birthday. I love your love for animals. You're so kind and I'm glad you see the importance of helping Man/woman's best friend.

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  90. Gosh I love your heart!!!

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    1. Yes, I know that I'm late and that you already donated $100 to the animals (you are my hero!) but I still wanted you to get to 100 comments. :)

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    2. Make that 101. haha. This is fun! Hope you're doing good girly.

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