Jan 10, 2008

My 50th Birthday Surprise Party & GIVEAWAY!

You might be scratching your head at this moment. Perhaps I can help... Yes, I am turning 50 on January 29th. Yes, I am throwing my own surprise party. Yes, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY. No, I have not lost my marbles. (I still have 2...) You see, unlike this little girl in the picture, I don't want to keep the goodies all to myself. Hence, I am hosting an online party with a Giveaway, and YOU will be posting the surprises!

First of all, there will be 2 prizes! Abby Kerr of Lettres from the Blissful, will be launching her new online shop, The Blissful, toward the end of February 2008. Abby is already the owner of a charming Canton, Ohio treasure trove called The Blissful, which offers an array of "French-Inspired Finds & Furnishings". I will be giving away a $25.00 GIFT CARD that can be used by phoning your order directly to Abby once the online shop is operative. If long distance charges are an issue, she might be able to handle the card-code and order via email. The second prize will be a $15.00 gift card to St. Arbucks (Starbucks). Entry guidelines are at the end of this post.

Let's peek into Abby's store:
[All images used are with the express permission of Abby Kerr at The Blissful. Unauthorized use is prohibited.]

  1. This Giveaway is more favorable to residents of the United States and Canada. Other countries are welcome to enter as long as the winner is willing to pay shipping expenses.
  3. You may post up to 3 comments and it must be contained under this heading. Anything beyond 3 posts will be disqualified.
  4. Since I love poetry, you will receive 2 entries for original poetry that is personalized for my 50th Birthday. Be sure to reference yourself as the author.
  5. I welcome referrals! You will receive one additional entry for each person that you refer to this Giveaway. They must mention your name in the post.
  6. The Deadline to post is: my birthday, January 29th, 2008 at Midnight PST.
If you live near Canton, Ohio I urge you to make a visit to The Blissful.

4605 Fulton Drive,

NW Canton, Ohio 44718
Tel 330.492.2500 Fax 330.492.2551

Also, there are more posts below pertaining to my 50th; including a "revealing" photo...


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hmm...gotta think on this one

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Karen June! So nice to see your face :) You don't look a day over 25!!! (Do I get extra points for that?) Brock is a cutie and I've got a wee boy to match him exactly!
So nice of you to give away the shop for your celebration!!!

Andi said...

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

Rosemary said...

Love that shop!! Wish I lived nearby.
I will have to think about how to do a post for you.
Rosemary said...

I love it that you are surprising your self!! Isn't 50 going to be a fun year??? I'm hitting it too, and posted this today on my blog:

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old (Kafka)

It was on a gift I received today and I decided to keep it as a motto for my 50th birthday.

Happy birthday to you, too! I added a note about your surprise party in my post.

Mary Isabella said...

You know you are aging gracefully when you are standing in line at a resturant to eat and they give your husband the senior discount and complitment him on marring a younger woman.(We are both seniors) LOL

Joyce said...

I think you look great! Your little boy is very cuuuute too.
Turning 50....I only have a few more years to go and I am there as well. I think having a party for yourself is a GRAND ideal. I hope I can remember to do that! HA! Here is a funny quote I came across regarding turning "50"...
"Maybe it's true that life begins at 50... but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out."
- Phyllis Diller
I'm sort of feeling that way already.
Happy Birthday wishes from me and....Be blessed!
Joyce M.

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Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh my! I gotta in on this one. Sounds like fun. I'll let you know when I post. Birthday Blessings... Polly

Tea Time and Roses said...

Beautiful Karen! Turning 50, well that was almost four years ago for me, but I tell you I have been having the time of my life!! I like this age, I must admit I cannot run faster than a speeding bullet, and cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound! But I can hear them all shout aloud, who is that fifty woman who walks as though on a cloud! Her face is of beauty, her style is of grace...hail to the fifty woman as she gently takes her place!

An original by me!!



Kerri N said...

Remember 50 is the new 40!

Kerri N

Lady N said...

Oh Happy early Birthday! I love this quote about age:

"You don't stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop
laughing." I don't know who said it.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

She's talented and smart,
blogs from her heart,
loves a marine man Barry,
a lovely tune she can carry,
when her voice takes wing,
like an angel she sings.
Let's loudly say
to eye-dyllic KJ

I've posted about you & your birthday giveaway.

hugs, DebraK

Genevieve Olsen said...

You are like me I always try to do something for others on my birthday! One of my favorite things to do is donate blood! Happy Birthday! O.k. Here goes:
"Age only Matters if you are Cheese"
I will put a link on my blog for your giveaway so other can come and wish you a Happy Birthday and have a shot at the fabulous prizes!
Have a great weekend!

Andi said...

Fifty and Fabulous!!! Love that you're having a surprise party!!!

Wish I was poetic...

Roses Are Red
Violets Are Blue
Birthdays Are Fun
And They Look Great On You!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

hopetreestudio said...

Hi Its me Denise hopetreestudio.
Come visit my blog I'm doing a giveaway. :) Birthday Blessings Denise

OKGardners said...

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ site referred me to your site.

Remember this -- FIFTY is NIFTY, so don't be afraid.

Tip: To hide the "lines" (aka wrinkles) on your face, just SMILE and they don't show as much.

Thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY soon!

Betty in Oklahoma

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, KJ! What a great photo of you & your son & what a fun thing to host your own 50th birthday party. Mine was last year & it wasn't all that exciting, although several of my friends remembered & honored me, so it was nice. You look great, BTW, so you must be doing something right. I'm sure having a baby in your 40's will do that for ya! LOL

OK, for aging..."you're as young as you feel", well, ok...maybe not, somedays I feel about 80, LOL. Really the best thing I can suggest to anyone to slow the clock down is exercise. I have been faithfully working out for 1/2 my life now & it truly has slowed down the process somewhat. My friends that do not exercise have picked up the lbs. & thankfully, I have not. So, here's to 50 more years of working out!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, here's one I gave to my sister when she turned 50 (she's 2 years older than me). Gave her this big ole' sucker that said:

50 Sucks!

I had to laugh at that one & she actually did too!


P.S. Debra, great poem, girl!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

50 is just a number~
I'm about to reach it too.
It doesnt need to be a bummer.
Something on our list to do.

Happy birthday!

Steph said...

My most favorite is "Growing old is not a curse, it is a privilege!"
Happy 50th!

NAME: CIELO said...

Good morning dear KJ..;.. and a very happy birthday to you on the 29th!

Life is a magic vase filled to the brim; anjoy it, and live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.

Have a lovely day


Peggy said...

To turn fifty is a blessing
and not a curse
I'm turning 64...isn't that
so much worse?

Not really...I love this age of retirement and enjoying each minute. One thing I have discovered that makes my day is reading those great blogs. There are so many creative and talented gals out there who are willing to share their lives. I feel I have a whole lot of internet friends.
Happy birthday!

Carol said...

Hello Karen,
Just passing through, from another blogger?? I am visiting again as I decided to write you a poem about age. Birthday Blessings to you soon for your 50th! I am a bit newer, since end of December. Still working things out, and enjoying meeting others!

In my youth I did not ponder,
what the ancients always knew,
Living in the moment, never caring..not a clue.

I had not experienced the wisdom
that a longer life produced,
I was young, and oh so foolish
yes, when I was in my youth.

Now I am getting older
and relaxing in my style,
feeling a bit more confident
even, accepting of my smile.

Age is just a number,
that my mind can't comprehend
It tries to close your dreams
pretending you're at the end.

But I know of an aspiring artist
of whom age did not deter
She became a well-known painter in her 80's
in her older years, she never swerved.

So, when there's a whisper in my ear....
"your life's escaping and dreams, too late",
I think of all the others
who would give up, or sit and wait.

And, while I am treading through the years
and glimpse all the things that I was missing,
I bow my head and utter thanks
and focus...on my blessings.

Hugs & Blessings
*you can visit me at:

Deborah said...

Ah!...50! That would 13 years ago for me. I began to get desperate when I turned 60 and I wrote this for myself. Feel free to either bid or jump in there and put something up for bid yourself!

~eBay Search for Body Parts~

I’m putting up for bid some parts that I no longer need.
I have parts from head to toe - make an offer please.
Search for what you want. This could be your day!
You know you can find most anything on dot com eBay.

Up for bid first I offer this gray in my hair.
It once was glorious red - it’s true, I do declare!
You may also find use for these bags under my eyes.
They are considered antiques now - I wouldn’t lie!

Type in “turkey neck” and what will come up?
Why it’s another of my parts that you can ‘win’ with a little luck.
For "Saggin’ and Draggin'" could you find a use?
I am a serious seller - this is no ruse!

A carpel-tunnel hand and a tennis elbow.
This stuff should go fast - don't be slow!
Short little fingers with tightened up joints...
I aim to please - I will not disappoint!

Let’s move this merchandise!
With words I am trying to entice.
Look at this waist - it’s enough for two.
That’s a bargain. Yes, that is true!

Bursitis comes with this vintage right hip.
It once was used in a hop and a skip.
Here’s two stiff creaky old knees
Buy one now - the other is FREE!

Make your bid on a set of achy swollen ankles.
They have never been confined with manacles.
They come attached to two bone-spurred feet
Of which I am currently trying to delete.

Bid now! Don’t delay!
No photo shown - don’t want to scare bidders away!
Two minutes left to bid on these body parts so splendid…

Hugs and Happy Birthday!

Now you said you are partial to poetry!

Ruth Welter said...

Hey JK, what a nice thing to do for your birthday.. I hope you plan to do something special on your big day. Your friend has a beautiful shop by the way.

Ok , here is what I truly believe about age, simple but true in my book..... age is only a number, never get hung up on it.

Mary said...

You will enjoy 50 - I remember it well! This year I can't believe I will turn 65! I still feel 50, perhaps even 45 - whatever age we are doesn't matter when one considers the alternative!!

I say ~ "You are as young as you feel".

The secret is taking care of your health, physical and emotional. Enjoy what life offers......and that adorable, handsome young man in your life will always keep you young at heart!

Enjoy the remainder of 49 - going, going, almost gone!

Jerusalem said...

Happy Birthday to come! My sisters birthday is Dec. 29 and mine is Sept. 29. 29 IS Divine!! (does that count as a poem??)
ps- I love that shop!! Her stuff is soo delightful!

LZ Blogger said...

KJ ~ Just wanted to stop by and say, "THANKS for the Birthday wishes!" ~ I'll try to remember to stop by on the 29th and reciprocate! By the way... I spent the first 50 years of my life living in Orange County. In fact our kids grew up in the same house we had for 25 years in the city of Orange. ~ jb///

Rosemary said...

Hi again KJ,
To answer your question, yes those are my handmade boxes in the store Garden Memories. Thanks for asking.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

OH, you are such a sweet dear for having a giveaway and look at you at 50! What a great surprise party. You are gorgeous and your son is adorable. When I was younger I couldn't wait to be 30 because this was the age I thought a woman could really be glamorous. 30 came and went and I think it skipped my by, now when I see pics of people like you. I think 50 is the new glam age!

Judy said...

Here are two quotations I like about aging:

"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
Emily Dickinson

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
Mark Twain

Wishing you all good things as you prepare for your birthday!! What a wonderful giveaway!!!!

Jill said...

This is a quote that I gave to my husband when he turned 50 a few years ago, then he gave it back to me when I hit the same milestone...

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand Who saith,
"A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half;
trust God: see all, not be afraid!"

Robert Browning

Rosemary said...

OK, I finally wrote you a poem for your birthday. Here goes,
Nifty Fifty oh what fun
Half way to 100,but not nearly done
Have a great party
Dance and Sing
Hope you get presents,and some bling
Enjoy 50,have fun,fun,fun, it's only a year to 51
By Rosemary (I don't normally write poems)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I see I didn't leave a hint about aging gracefully! Okay here is mine: I have been admiring something on the faces of older people...those wonderful happy lines around the eyes! Lots of smiling makes us youthful I think and shows that we have been enjoying other people too.

KJ said...




brenda bliss said...

Aging gracefully--hmmmm,,,I thought I was doing ok--I'll be 50 in July--things were cruisin along just fine--then 3 weeks ago tonight I fell down the stairs-resulting in an ambulance ride and surgery--I can't walk or drive for at least 3 more weeks---but I have a lovely pink cast.a sporty wheelchair, a walker with a nice bag on front--because you always need your cellphone in reach and a potty chair-'cause it is elevated and has handles--My wonderful husband asked me last night if I wanted a clapper--for the lights--None of this is aging gracefully-but I have learned that I must exercise and get very healthy --because if I can prevent it I do not care to spend anymore of my life with all of these "tools"...Please take care of yourself..
Happy Birthday,
brenda bliss

Julie Marie said...

What a beautiful shop. I wish we had one like that here or anywhere close.

I love your illustration - just like me and my (two) dogs every day.


Carol said...

Hello again Karen,
hope you enjoyed my poem, you made me really ponder what it means to get dwell on the advantages only widsom and time can bring.

May you be full of wisdom and grace,
again a Happy Day to you soon.
I posted about you on my blog, you can find it at


Becky K. said...

KJ’s Special Day
By Becky K.

With a passion for the arts
KJ rules with best of hearts
Caring for the ones around her
With tender love and a soft whisper.

KJ loves to sing and dance
Her abilities didn’t come by chance
She was blessed by One who knows
Her well, and that talent really shows.

There’s a big day coming soon
We will sing a birthday tune.
For one who’s been here fifty years
Blessing, sharing, wiping tears.

On this earth, I may never meet
This talented lady with dancing feet
But up in Heaven we’ll have time
To share some celestial verse in rhyme.

I’m thankful for this bloggy friend
And that her message she did send
To those of us who cared to look
And are watching for that coming book!

Happy Birthday KJ!!!!

CONNIE W said...

When I think of aging, I ALWAYS think of this quote by (I believe) actress Bette Davis: "Aging is not for sissies." Some days it is my mantra as I celebrated my big 60 in December.
Have a spectacular 50th!

Jeanie said...

turning fifty is so sublime
you actually forget to tell the time!
when some tries to rush your day
You simply tell them to go AWAY!

hAPPY 50TH!!

Jeanie said...

Some say that growing older is fun
I'll be they must be twenty one!
For this chick growing older is GREAT
It means I don't have to watch my weight!

okay- well that one was pushing it...but it kind works ;0

Jeanie said...

Some say that growing older is fun
I'll be they must be twenty one!
For this chick growing older is GREAT
It means I don't have to watch my weight!

okay- well that one was pushing it...but it kind works ;0

Sandy said...

WOW! 50 years young!
I've seen so many posts on blogs about this store and would love to visit it.

Hope you have a wonderful week.
Sandy :)

Deborah said...

Just a few more days! I know your 50th will be blessed.

Are you getting excited?!!!!

A glance at my world said...

Hey, I found you through Carol's site. Thought I'd share a little joke with you...You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don't even remember being on top of it.

Have a happy Birthday!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

What a great idea--at our age (I'm only a few years behind you) it's easy to throw a surprise party. The hard part is remembering that I did. ;-)

Hope yours is wonderful!


Sharon said...

Happy birthday KJ from a woman in her 6th decade. You look so beautiful and young in the photo with your son, I can see the pure joy your experiencing. Keep that forever.

KJ said...


Thanks for stopping by! I tried to leave a comment on your 50th birthday post but Blogger was acting up and told me that I had made a "duplicate action error". Huh! Anyway, Happy Birthday to you! I'll be 50 in two years and I hope I will be as graceful about it. I had already decided I would be kicking and screaming and having a full out tantrum about it. I think however I might try doing it your way instead. Oscar Wilde said, "One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything." I'm pretty sure he was wrong! LOL

RobinBirdsNest said...

Here's wishing you a very happy birthday! I'm turning 51 next month, and actually 50 hasn't been bad at all!
My 7 year old grandaughter, Lauren has helped me with a few poems for you. Here is one of them.

So you're turning 50?
Well, that's pretty nifty.

Fifty's really fun,
Cause you don't have to get much done.

Robin and Lauren

RobinBirdsNest said...

Hope your birthday is really great.
Although for 50 I'm sure you could wait!

But I'm here to say, It really is just another day.

Happy b-day!

Robin & Lauren

RobinBirdsNest said...

Here's wishing you all the very best.
And hoping that you will be very blessed.

Thank you for having this great giveaway.
I hope I'm a winner on that day!

Happy Birthday, KJ!

Robin & Lauren

Kristin said...

We are visitors just passing through,
But 50 years probably seems like a long time to you.
May the Lord bless your birthday with friends, family, and love....
Every good thing is a gift from above!
Happy Birthday! Love, Kristin

Julie said...

I wish I was twenty,
when there were boys alpenty.

..or maybe thirty,
when my figure was still curvey...

Even at forty,
I was still quite sporty..

..but now at 50...
my boobs just need a lifty!

(can you tell I wrote this one myself!...snicker snicker)

I hope your birthday and your new year of life is wonderful! I just happened upon your blog and found it very entertaining - to say the least!
Julie Size

NeereAnDear said...

First off age is just a state of mind... you can be 50 and young or 40 and old...

secondly I am not aging gracefully I am gracefully aging



Judy said...

Hi KJ,
Here's a poem I wrote for you:

There's an art to aging gracefully,
It takes so little to do it!
Just gather the joyfulness of youth,
Remember it and renew it.

Then add the wisdom of the years,
And a dash of faith and love,
And sprinkle humor over all
The things you think most of.

And, KJ, remember that 50 is sweet -
"the new forty" is what they say -
So here's wishing you all fabulous things
And a very wonderful day!!!

Happy Birthday!!
Big hugs,

Sassafras & LuLu said...


birthday blessings

geekbearinggifts said...

Happy birthday! I had a landmark birthday this month, too. All I can think of is, well now I have an excuse for my absent-minded way of wending through life...

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi KJ, if you are what 50 looks like, I'm there! Forget the numbers, it's each day of life and what you do with it that counts! Happy 50th:>)