Kate’s Birthday Giveaway

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Um, hi. It’s me. Kate. Your long-lost food blogger friend. And guess what. It’s my birthday. The big 4-0. I am forty. It’s fine. I’m fine.

Actually, honestly, I really am. My thirties were a doozie of highs and lows. I’m not naïve enough to believe that will magically get better when I turn 40, kind of like I don’t think 2021 is just going to magically not be a dumpster fire of a year just because the clock changes. But. There’s something peaceful about a milestone that feels like it’s closure.

Because it’s my birthday and I get to do what I want, I’m giving away a box of my favorite things! Many of them are things I’ve talked about in recent posts, but instead of just telling you about them, I’m giving you them, too! In addition to everything here, I’ll throw in some of my favorite odds and ends. Excited? Mildly interested? I’ll take it.

kate's birthday giveaway

2020 has been a year of redefining how I take care of my body. Getting my sensitive skin under control, embracing my natural wave/curls instead of fighting them, using more natural products, so this list includes a lot of those things.

  1. Like Stratia moisturizer. This is THE BEST moisturizer, especially daytime moisturizer, I’ve ever used. It’s lightweight, nourishing, soothing, and great for sensitive skin. It’s great during our humid summers and when my skin starts to dry out in the winter. I think very few face products are good for every skin type, but I think this is one that would probably be perfect for anyone regardless of age, race, skin type, skin sensitivities, etc. I. Love. It. I legitimately had a dream (no, nightmare) that I ran out of it and didn’t have a backup. 😳

2. Yes, part of taking care of myself involves chocolate- and caramel-drizzled pretzel thins. I picked these up on a whim at the grocery store one day and now I have to get them every time I see them. They’re probably my favorite snack right now. These should go in every Christmas stocking this year, just saying.

3. This hand soap smells like Aveda products at a fraction of the cost and the green glass hand soap bottle is stunning. It’s a little luxurious comfort during this crazy  year of hand-washing. If you use this link, you can get a free Mrs. Meyers cleaning kit–just look for the Jeremiah Brent collection.

4. If you had told me a year ago, I’d be giving away my favorite cloth face mask in a giveaway, I would have laughed at you. Alas, here we are. These masks come from my friend Candy’s Etsy shop and I’ve ordered a LOT of masks from her. They are double-sided, so you can have a little variety in your collection. They are soft, comfortable, breathable, and I always get compliments on them.

5. Sara was the one who converted me to Supergoop. It is THE BEST facial sunscreen ever. I have not always been great about wearing sunscreen, but once I learned that not wearing it was triggering my rosacea, I began wearing it religiously. I’m throwing a bottle of this into my birthday box!

6. This 10 in 1 spray for your hair is amazing–it reminds me a lot of It’s a 10 spray, but at a fraction of the cost (I have a bunch of Mane Club products and I love them all!)

7. I have been so in love with Sara’s wax melts! They’re low-commitment (I can melt one cube and then change my mind if I feel like it), easy to store, no smoke, I can melt them at school. I’m throwing in a Mulled Cider and Peppermint Icing!

8. I love this comb, which is also from Candy’s Etsy shop. I have this tortoiseshell one as well as her confetti comb and my whole family fights over them. It’s great for all hair types and would make an amazing stocking stuffer.

To enter, leave me a comment here and tell me a real moment you’ve had in 2020–happy, sad, something genuine that caught you off guard in the feels.


  1. It might not be the popular opinion, but I have loved being home. My kids are entering the teen preteen years and things are just crazier than ever getting everyone to their different activities. I’ve loved the cancellations, and just having time to watch a family movie, eat a meal together, do a project. It’s not all a bed of roses, but having time to encourage my kids to develop hobbies and talents they can do at home has been 😍. Happy birthday and welcome to your 40s!

  2. So many moments, but one good one that happened recently was a couple nights ago. The family was all at home, a broadcast from Temple Square was playing on our TV, and I was just serving a big pot of corn chowder and rolls for the family. This moment made me pause and appreciate the blessings of family, home, food and hope.

    1. I’m proud of my kids for navigating all the crazy, quarantining for a month this fall as Covid passed through the family, cancellations of plays and other events after a lot of time investments, etc. They are awesome and we’re learning flexibility and resilience!

    2. I’m a teacher and I took a new job, at a new school, in a new district, at a new grade level, and…online this year. Even though it’s my 8th year teaching, it kind of felt like starting from scratch. There have been tears, but there has also been so, so much laughter, and a connection with my students that I didn’t expect to feel through a screen. Thanks for prompting me to think about this!

  3. Taking our dog to the groomers is a bit of a feat. Making sure the children are ready to exit the vehicle and put the leash on the dog. The leash turns into some sort of magical string and the dog pulls me around like a kite.
    When I enter the groomers, I take a few steps in and realize I am being watched and quickly encountered by managers. I become aware that in my “quick flight” I forgot to put my mask on. Thankfully they had free ones at the entry way. Phew, who knew that a dogs grooming appointment could be so stressful? 😉

  4. I’ve been home so much I’m about 95% done with Christmas shopping (all online, of course). This leaves me with more time this month to enjoy doing things I want to do during December that I never have time to do. Does that sound selfish? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  5. Crying coming home from the hospital with my newborn twins because the previous 6 months had just been SO MUCH and we were finally on the other side of their birth filled with so many uncertainties…

  6. Happy birthday! 🥳
    I’ve always said I’m not SAHM nor teacher material.. yet here I am in 2020 balancing both with working full time. And I did not die 🤪

  7. Homeschooling. Went from excited about it to now dreading each day we have to do it. I am sending them back in January. 🤞

    1. My neighbor and I have walked miles & miles during this mess of a year, so I guess one good thing has come out of this year!!
      Happy birthday!

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