Day 10 Birthday Celebration Giveaway - The Big One!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tomorrow is the big day! I will have circled the sun 40 times.  Hopefully I've gained some wisdom during the those years, made a few lives brighter and shared all I could with those I love and cherish. 

The best thing about a birthday is it's a personal New Year - another 365 days to create the life you want, a fresh start, another chance to chase after your dreams.  

Today we are celebrating. My dear auntie has arranged an Over the HIll party for me.  I'm looking forward to some good-natured teasing. I can't wait to spend the day with my family - they are my favorite peeps on the planet!

So it's been 10 days of birthday giveaways here on the blog.  You can still enter each one, just scroll down the blog and make a comment on each day to enter.  Tomorrow I'll be drawing all the winners. 

Today's prize: a $40 gift certificate to 

Shopping spree! Awesome right?  I thought you'd be excited.

Now, let's put you to work for this prize. It's my party, so I'm going to ask for two gifts.

1. Share your best words of wisdom for my next 40 years.

2. Share my giveaway online: tweet, facebook or pin it. 

Okay, I'm off to get spiffy for my shin-dig.  See you all back here tomorrow!!!


Cheers to....

An AWESOME 40 Heather !

And may you and the humblebeads family continue to CREATE, INNOVATE, INSPIRE and GROW :)

Have a rocking birthday party ....


Words of wisdom

Don't look back in anger, only cherish the good memories.
Don't look to far in the future, 'cause you can't predict what's coming.
Look in the present. Live today on it's fullest. Love the closest people around you and love yourself!
Love to live and live to love :)

Oh, and use sunscreen ;)

x Ellen

Enjoy every day it is a gift!

Enjoy every day it is a gift!

Birthday Giveaway

Have fun at your party Heather.
My words of wisdom came from my Grandmother. And it is not necessarily some sage advice that will make all your decisions easier or cast some light upon all things. It was just an offhand remark that made a lightbulb go off in my head.
I was in my room & my Grandmother came in. I was listening to Grand Funk Railroad, I turned down the stereo. This bluesy song called Time Machine (how appropriate) started playing. My Grandmother started tapping her foot. I just sat that looking. I finally said "Grandma...that's rock & roll...what are you doing tapping your foot?" She looked at me and said " It has a good beat...besides I still feel young inside my head". I realized then that she actually did always seem young at heart so that is something I have always tried to be. Yoing at heart and to feel young inside my head. It is why at almost 58 I still bodyboard, dance, ride a bike, play video games and I am always up for learning something new.

May you always feel young inside your head Heather.

Birthday Giveaway

Please excuse my typos and incorrect word usage. It is very hard to edit on my phone.
I shared this on Facebook.


Happy birthday, Heather! I can only give you words of wisdom for the next 10 years, since I have no idea what happens after that, but here's my best stuff. 1. SUNSCREEN. (do your face a favor.) 2. YOGA. (try it. seriously. Everyone gets something different out of it, but its all good. Mind, body, spirit.) 3. EAT HEALTHY. (that doesn't mean you need to lose weight or be on some crazy restrictive diet or give up the foods you love. It simply means everything in moderation. Eat lots of the good stuff and lay off the junk.)

Boy that sounds preachy. But hey, you asked.

day 10 birthday giveaway

WOW! that is really generous giveaway and I would love to be the winner.
Thank you for this opportunity!

Happy Birthday!

Advise for the next 40 years? Slow down. Enjoy family, sunsets and life. Find something beautiful every day. The next 40 will FLY by.


I shared your giveaway on twitter here:

Live, laugh, and love like

Live, laugh, and love like there is no tomorrow!

Shared on facebook!

Birthday giveaway

Take time to take care of yourself. It's a gift to your loved ones. Do something nice for someone everyday, it lifts your spirits. Remind yourself there is something to be thankful for everyday, no matter how good or bad the day is. Happy birthday Heather, hope it's a great day!


Shared on Facebook

Happy Birthday!

I'm a few years ahead of you and this has been a challenging year in many respects with more big changes still ahead. I've learned to take a deep breath, figure out what I can and cannot change, breathe again and then choose to accept and enjoy what just got handed to me. Hoping 40 is your best year yet!! Sharing this on FB :)

Don't sweat the small stuff!

Don't sweat the small stuff!

“The most beautiful things in

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Shared on Twitter:
and on Pinterest:

Happy Birthday!

I just turned 40 this year as well. I won't lie, it's a tough one to swallow...but it's a great reason to sit back and take stock of your life. My advice is to move on from the things that hold you back for whatever reason. Move forward and embrace the changes that will surely come your way with children growing up and moving into a new stage of life yourself. Enjoy your celebration!

Pinned this post!

Don't put off doing something

Don't put off doing something that you really want to do. A very happy birthday to you.

Shared on Facebook

Shared on Facebook

My advice to you is to keep

My advice to you is to keep doing what you love, and it looks like you are already doing a good job at that. Trust your instincts and cherish your loved ones (especially your children! They grow up so fast). I turned 50 this year, so all my fear of turning 40 seems silly to me now, everything is relevant. Just remember it's just a number, and as women that create we can keep recreating what that number means. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and fun with your family tonight!

I pined this here: love your bracelet cuffs by the way ;-).

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! I don't have any profound advice, but I do believe that like wine, we get better with age. Have a great day!

Here's to another 40 years

Have a listen to the son Sunscreen by Baz Luhrman, its ace and live every day as if you don't have a care in the world xx

Happy birthday Heather- i

Happy birthday Heather-
i shared your giveaway on Pinterest at
And on my bay moon design Facebook page

Heather what I would like to tell you is that the first forty years are just practice, now it starts for real. Just think how wonderful your creations will be in another 40 years.


Words of Wisdom

My favorite words of wisdom were from my mother to me when I was a young woman. She told me to follow my dreams and not live my life based on what someone else wanted me to do - even her! I think following that advice has helped me have the happy life I have today!

I pinned the giveaway:

Have a wonderful celebration!

love these!

i absolutely love these ceramic pieces! Happy b-day!

Words of Wisdom

I forgot to read the whole thing as I got so excited! lol

My words of wisdom are that you are beginning the best years of your life and by your post you sound like you have things figured correctly. Enjoy life - enjoy creating. I think you do!

Happy 40th

Fill your life with the things you love most.

Shared your giveaway on Facebook.

Birthday Wisdom

Be the best you. Do that which makes you happy. Help others every chance you can get. Take deep breaths and be good to yourself. Live the life you have imagined. Create with abandon.

Have a wonderful party! Wish I could be there with you.
Enjoy the day.



And CONGRATULATiONS on a belated GoOD WiSHeS for your 20th Anniversary!

iT ONLY gets better... Thank you so much for sharing your journey!


Most Sincerely,


Many happy returns

Heather, enjoy every minute of your big day! As for advice, well, I'd say keep on doing what you enjoy and you'll get a lot out of life!
I have shared this blog post on Pinterest

Happy birthday!!! This is

Happy birthday!!! This is just the beginning of many more happy years!

happy Birthday

Live each day with joy. Have a great birthday and many, many more!

Oh I'm sneaking in under the

Oh I'm sneaking in under the wire to wish your very happy birthday!! Not sure you need any advise since it sure sounds like you are living say a little but easy one is don't forget to be silly. Five minutes of being silly with a friend that ends up with you both in giggle fits is practically worth a million dollars! Off to share on Pinterest

Words Of Wisdom

LAUGH !!!! Laugh loud and laugh long !!!!!! I pinned this to the Board Beading & Jewelry. swopemelmel @ aol dot com

Happy Birthday to a awesome lady!

Happy Birthday Heather! I hope you have a blessed 40th! I remember when I turned 40 and then 50 and now 55 we grow older in age, but we are still who we are as people. You have been a blessing to me so far! Not knowing who I am and helping me with the retreat. I so appreciate you and want you to know that. You are a giving lady, an excellent author! I just got your book a few days ago and love it! These are the things you leave with me only after a small exchange, what will happen when we really get to know each other? I look forward to it! Blessings dear Heather and many, many, many special birthdays in your future!


Happy Birthday!
I think the advice I have appreciated the most right now is this: Live in the moment as much as possible. Don't fret about the past- you can't change it. Don't worry about the future- you can't know what it will bring.
Blessings upon you.

Shared on FB

I shared on FB! Forgot to say that. Sorry. =(

Happy Birthday!

Try something new each day!

Shared on Facebook

Share on Facebook!

Share on twitter

Shared on Twitter, too!

Happy birthday!

So... Words of wisdom from someone ten years younger than you? And who haven't done much good with her life? Do you really think I can offer anything beyond cliché quotes?

Ok... let's see, then...

Days go by and disappear, but the memories stay forever. Be present in the moment while you sow the seeds for tomorrow and nourish them with the warmth and spirit from your memories. That way we grow -- with nourishment from ourselves and others. Whenever you can, share it with others as it is a well, an energy source, that never runs dry -- the more you share, the more it will fill up.

By memories I mean it all, from a happy memory of a special event to the experiences and skills you accumulate through life. It's about balance, not just planning for the future or procrastinate, not just dwell on missed opportunities and bad memories, not just focus on this day without any thought or reflection on the days gone by and the days to come. Believe in tomorrow and learn from yesterday through your actions today -- and remember to include both body and soul as if one feel bad the other will too.

And above all, explore. Little things as well as big things: Read a poem by a writer you've never read before, learn a new technique, paint with a new colour, look at a leaf and learn the name of the plant, visit a new place, meet a new person, listen to a new story from a person you've known a long time, take up genealogy a read about a 19th century relative. Everything adds a sparkling tessera (sometimes just a small, but still important tessella) to the ever growing mosaic that is you.

And when you find yourself at a crossroad or perhaps even are helplessly lost and the dreams vanish remember: Close your eyes and trust your inner self to lead when you dare to start walking the new path.

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Birthday Giveaway Day 10

Happy 40th Birthday Heather! Hope it is your best year yet!

My words of wisdom, a phrase I started using as I graduated college and have stated quite often through the years: "On to the next adventure". I like this phrase because of it's optimism.

Birthday Giveaway Day 10

I forgot to mention; I shared a link to your celebration posts on Facebook.

Thank you so much for including us in your celebration Heather! Have a wonderful year!

Happy Birthday!

Happy 40th!!!! The advice I would give you is keep creating and keep an open heart. :)

Have a awesome day!!!

I pinned it here:

You Won!

Hi Jennifer - you won the big prize! Send me your email address:

Happy Birthday Heather

Happy Birthday Heather! Forty was my easy one Fifty not so much!!! Hope you have a great day celebrating with your family. Keep up the good work and the use of your God given talent.

my best words of wisdom for

my best words of wisdom for you, are the ones I go by too... considering I'm only a year younger than you :)

Don't let the number bother you. Your age is just the number of years you've been on the planet learning stuff... so just keep on learning new things, or relearning old ones that you've forgotten. Mark each year with a new lesson learned, a new experience under your belt, or a new adventure taken :)

The best words of wisdom I

The best words of wisdom I have ever heard...."Never regret anything that has happened in your life, it can not be changed, undone or forgotten. So take it as a lesson learned and move on." Have a great 40th!

Happy birthday! I hope you

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration with your family.

My advice would be to always find your happiness. There is happiness in everything, even in the struggles. In triumph, in simplicity, in your family, and bringing happiness to others. No matter how old you get, it's something you can always have and share!

Words of wisdom

Langston Hughes - Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.

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