Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Carrie Ann Ryan’s birthday blog hop day!

As a kid, birthdays were wonderful (except for the time when my crush hit me in the head with a balloon). I was a chocoholic then and I still am now so birthdays usually consisted of chocolate cupcakes with homemade chocolate icing and colored sprinkles. My mouth waters just thinking about them. These grand occasions usually consisted of a party either at my house or at a local pizza joint with several lucky kids from my class.

With age, birthdays have definitely evolved. I’ve reached a point in my life where I just accept them. They still remain an exciting day because they’re your day, but I don’t necessarily jump for joy at the thought of becoming a year older. I’m comfortable with it because it just is. Admittedly, I look forward to the many trips I’ll make to Barnes and Nobles afterwards as the majority of family and friends, who know me, get me B&N gift cards.

No, these days it is not the big parties or dinners for me that woo me. In actuality, I love planning birthdays for my family and friends. There is something so rewarding seeing their face light up because you’ve nailed the perfect gift or a beautiful party. Even better when you catch them by surprise. I’m a baking fanatic as well so having the opportunity to bake cakes for family, friends or co-workers is fun too. In fact, that is what I’m going to do after writing this blog. Don’t worry, if the cake comes out well, I promise to share the recipe.

What about you all? Why not share what you do or don’t like about birthdays. One lucky winner will win a free $20.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N from my blog. In addition to this, all will be entered in to win one of two grand prizes:

1)      A Kindle Touch

2)      A $60.00 Amazon or B&N gift card

You have until 11:59 EST of the sixth to to comment so give it a try (and don’t forget your email!!!). The winner for my blog will be announced on the 7th and Carrie Ann Ryan will announce the two grand prize winners. Oh and of course, Happy Birthday Carrie Ann Ryan!

Carrie Ann Ryan
Lia Davis
Beth-Ann Mason
Natasha Blackthorne
Romance Book Club
Daryl Devore
Eliza Gayle
Realmantic Moments
Amber Kallyn
Harlies Books
Wickedly Erotic by JL   Oiler
Kacey Hammel
I Love Shape-Shifters
Marie Dees
Victoria Adams
The World of Heaven   Oshey
Lucy Francis
Vickie Taylor
Tara Lain
Birthday Traditions
Wendi Zwaduk
Megan Slayer
Cari Quinn
Stephanie Haefner
Angelique Armae
Cassandra Carr
Kharisma Rhayne
A Page in the Life
Wendy Elys Books
Jessica E. Subject
K.E. Saxon
Stacy Jubas Mysteries,   Murder & More
Jessie Kimmel-Freeman
Tracy Sumners Romance   Site
Shells Book Corner
Allison Merritt
Suzzana C Ryan
Lizzie Starr
Diana Layne Blog
Love is a Many   Flavored Thing – DC Juris
Dianne Venetta
Sharon Gerlach
Book Lovers Haven
Romance you Can Sink   Your Fangs into
Casey Crow (18+ Over)
Writing with Kristine   Cayne
Just a Readers   Ramblings
Angela Stone
Rawiya Erotica
Conversations with   Lisa Mondello
Passions Recalled and   Celebrated
Bull Protettore
Louisa Bacio – Love   Knows No Bounds
Cat Johnson
Cynthia Woolf
Diane Alberts
Patrica Green Books
Discovering Nya Rayne
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43 thoughts on “Birthday Blog Hop

  1. Birthdays aren’t a big deal to me or any of my family members. We usually just have a nice meal and a cake. Love the b-day cake!

  2. I love spending time with my family. I try to make my kids birthdays all special!
    Thanks for participating in the hop.
    Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

  3. savannah miller

    Thanks for the chance to win! My kids are 4 and 1 so birthdays are still a big deal for us! I try to make them memorable for my kids… and on a budget I get creative with decorating. I

  4. Maggie O'Malley

    I love birthday cake. nuff said.

  5. Happy birthday, Carrie!! Yum chocolate.
    What I love about birthdays? Everything. The whole celebration. It’s one day that is YOUR day and only your day unless of course you were born on Christmas lol, We’ve always celebrated bdays so I’ve always found them to be fun. I guess I’m a big kid at heart.

    Great post,

  6. ebondreams

    I love cake period…happy birthday Carrie Ann


  7. Juliana

    I love cheesecake with strawberry sauce on my birthday!
    Thanks for being part of the Birthday hop!

  8. Hmmm, I’m not a big holiday sorta gal, unfortunately, and that includes birthdays. I used to love ’em as a kid, because of course I liked getting stuff. Now, they’re pretty much just a hassle, though I love seeing my boy’s face when he opens his presents. The girls are too young yet (just over a y/o) to appreciate presents.

  9. I love celebrating birthdays 🙂 Well other peoples, mine I would assume sleep through lol
    Guess as long as there’s cake, it’s all good 😉

  10. Melissa Limoges

    Ha, I’m with Nichelle! Cake! It’s pure greatness. Happy birthday, Carrie!! Eat a lot of cake!

  11. Vanessa N.

    Love the hop. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Sherry S.

    We never really celebrated birthdays when I was growing up so we love to have parties for my nieces and nephews. I love seeing how excited they get about everything. I love cake and ice cream at the parties too.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. Dianna Breeden

    friends instead of gifts

  14. Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner)

    Love birthdays, hate balloons! Terrified of them even today and rob my poor kids of them at their birthdays. We improvise 🙂 Fun blog hop! Thanks!

  15. Honestly? I love the cakes and hate the clean-up 😉

    eripike at gmail dot com

  16. I love balloons for birthdays. I hate picking them up afterward.

    liana (dot) brooks1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. I must be the weirdo in the group, lol.
    I always hated when mine was, 5 days after x-mas so I got a lot of Christmas-slash-birthday presents and no, a poinsettia or Santa or snowman cake does not count! Huff 🙂
    So my mom started getting me a giant cookie for mine, so it was totally different. I loved it. They’re now totally common but when I was little, at least where we lived, it was actually something you had to pre-order which made it extra special. I loved my cookie 😀

    Aine @ House Millar

  18. Megan G.

    Birthdays are great, it is another day to celebrate having that person in your life.

    Megan G.

  19. Happy Birthday!! I love all things birthday. I especially love to plan the parties for others.. Of course, chocolate always goes with it.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  20. Deb Pelletier

    I love Cake and more Cake, did I mention that I love Cake. Deb P

  21. Nikki

    I really love my daughters birthdays. It means so much to me to see her face light up and to see her get so excited!! It just makes me happy!! Great giveaway!!

  22. caitymack

    Love family parties, lots of good food and laughter.

    caity_mack@yahoo for com

  23. Shadow

    I like quiet birthdays. Simple, just spending the day with my family. The one thing i do hate about birthdays, the crowns! Boy! Do i hate those things. lol Thanks!

  24. Kay

    I love spending time with friends. That’s what birthdays are all about! 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

    sumopalk (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Lisa Walker

    I love watching the birthday girl/boy open their presents!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    I follow your blog by email
    Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

  26. Happy Birthday Carrie Ann
    I love the cake, my favorite birthday is the first one for my kids when thry dig in to their very first birthday cake. My #9 Ephraim got a chocolate cake with green icing and he made a mess his face was covered with chocolate cake and green icing everywhere even in his hair, I love it. My 4th grandchild turns 1 in Texas at the end of the month and I think he may be the first I miss, now I have tears, I love the wee thing so much.
    Seawitch Reviews @

  27. Kassandra

    Birthdays aren’t that huge of a day around our house but we do at least try to get what the person wants for dinner.

  28. Susan W.

    Birthday’s, meh. Cake, YUM!!! Birthday cake is good any day!

  29. Catherine Lee

    I love Carrie Ann and I’m glad to wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. And how sweet that she and her friends are giving away things on her special day.

    I love that my hubby takes me out on my birthday, to a favorite restaurant of choice. More special is my hubby’s b’day, which is also our anniversary. I give him a birthday gift and he gives me any anniversary present. It’s a Win-Win day!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  30. June M.

    My favorite thing about birthday are just spending time with my family.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  31. VanillaOrchids

    I don’t like celebrating my birthday because, for one reason, it never seemed to matter what I wanted. I remember once my mom asked what kind of cake my twin and I wanted. We said we wanted an ice cream cake. She went and bought a regular cake because she likes regular cake and not ice cream cakes.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


  32. Lexie@BookBug

    I love birthdays! My mother-in-law throws the best theme parties for everyone’s birthday (and it’s a big family so we do a lot of celebrating!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  33. Sue Sattler

    I make a list before my birthday for the books that I want because I know I’m getting gift cards! It makes my birthday something great to look forward to.


  34. JOYE

    The best thing for me on my birthday is the cake and ice cream. I don’t eat much dessert the rest of the year but i do on my birthday.

  35. I am uncomfortable celebrating my own birthdays – probably because my parents didn’t celebrate them.

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the amazing giveaway chance!

    Happy Birthday to Carrie and to everyone that has an April birthday!

    email sub
    Twitter follower @mystchevia

    Gena Robertson

  36. booksaver

    Happy Birthday Carrie Ann and everyone else who celebrates a birthday this month. My daughters usually take me out to lunch for my birthday and I always enjoy that. My sister usually gets me something lighthouse related because she knows I love lighthouses.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  37. bookattict

    Birthdays are awesome! You get parties AND cake AND presents! Almost mitigates the trauma of getting a year older (but that’s what alcohol is for!)

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  38. Cheryl Lynne

    I love birthdays.The presents and chocolate cake! Thanks for the giveaway!cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  39. Blog Hopping! Woohoo! Hoppy Easter Everyone! Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

    What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!

    My favorite cake is Red Velvet Cake. YUM! Cake, presents, family, friends; it don’t get much better than that. LOL

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize!


  40. bn100

    I like the cake.


  41. Shannon

    Cake? Yep, I’m in!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  42. Tina B

    Happy Birthday to Carrie Ann!
    Thank you for the giveaway and participating in the hop.
    My favorite thing about my own birthday is the cake!
    My favorite about others’ is giving gifts to friends and family. I love to see that the gift/card that I put thought into made them smile.

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  43. flchen1

    What I love about birthdays is spending time with people who are special to me and enjoying a meal and/or a fun experience with them. I guess it’s about making more memories 🙂

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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