Friday, January 29, 2010

All My Single Ladies, Now Put Your Hands Up

I hate Valentine's Day with a passion. I always tell people that it is a childhood trauma for me. Obviously, there is a bit of a back story here.

When I was little, I went to a really tiny New York City private elementary school. Since no grade had more than 20 kids in it, there was a school policy that if you were having a party, you needed to invite at least half of your grade (either all of the boys or all of the girls), but you were "strongly urged" to invite the whole grade. When I was in 3rd grade, this really horrible awful girl who was always tormenting me in elementary school had a birthday party. Since her birthday is in late February, she decided to put the invitations inside of Valentine's and hand them out in class. She invited the entire grade except for me!!!! So come February 14th, everyone has a Valentine and an invitation, and I have bubkes. That started my hatred of Valentine's Day. In college, it sucked majorly because all of my roommates were getting flowers, candy, the whole Nine Yards from their boyfriends, and I got a call from my mom telling me how much she loved me.

In the spirit of wanting to make this holiday a little nicer, I am hosting a Valentine's Day giveaway. This giveaway is open to my single readers only. The lucky reader will receive a lovely Valentine's Day gift- A bouquet of flowers to be delivered in time for Valentine's Day and a $50 gift certificate to her shop courtesy of Caroline Grace. Caroline makes beautiful pieces that I am always drooling over. I am beyond obsessed with the Jeannie Necklace which in my opinion would be perfect to wear with a fancy dress

and the silver and Keshi Pearl Edelweiss lariat which, at just $48, can be yours if you win this giveaway. (I swear that one of these days, it will be mine.)

And now for the fine print:
1) Comment on this post for one entry.
2) Follow my blog for an additional entry.
3) Write a post about this or put it on your sidebar for a third entry.
4) Follow me (@whaleflipflops) and Caroline (@xoCarolineGrace) and tweet this giveaway at us for a fourth entry. (You must follow both of us to get the entry.)
5) Because I am doing this giveaway as a way of brightening a reader's day, if I get any fake entries (spambots, entries from women who I know are not single, etc.), those comments will be deleted and their entries will not be counted.
6) This giveaway will run until Friday, February 5th, at midnight EST, with the winner announced on the 7th or 8th.

38 comments:

  1. Hell yes. Single and happy, right here...!
    Follower/tweeter.
    (In case you were wondering, there will be no more trips to VT....well at least not for the same reason)
    Thanks for doing this, it's so lovely!

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  2. Im not entering, clearly :) But I wanted to comment on the girl who did not invite you.... wtf? Have you looked up this girl in facebook? Is she married? does she have kids? I hope shes single... ew!!!!!!! how rude, xxxoooo

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  3. You are not alone in your hate for V-day. I am married and will not celebrate it. Growing up it was my dad's birthday. My mom always kept me out of school on that day and we spent it with my dad. I never lied it. My husband isnt even allowed to bring flowers home on it.

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  4. I wish I could participate! :( Great giveaway, though!

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  5. I can't participate but wow that is really nice of you!

    I've been single my whole life until last April so I can feel your pain about V-Day.

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  6. What a nice giveaway. I am single lol and a follower!

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  7. Finally! A good reason to be single :) Which I am and I am a follower!

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  8. Follower and so, so single. But with what's there right now for me to consider.. I'm thinking that it's a positive thing.

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  9. I am single, a follower, and on my way to post this on my blog. Thanks for helping us single girls celebrate the couples holiday!

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  10. What an awesome giveaway!! As a single gal, I'd love to win. I'm a follower and I will tweet about this and blog about it :)

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  11. Yippie! I'm a follower of your blog and both you and CG on twitter! AND I'm doing a year of INTENTIONAL singleness and LOVING IT! I'm sorry to hear about your story. Little girls are MEAN, oh the horrors! This year for Valentines I'm going out with my daddy and I couldn't be MORE excited! Here's to all the single ladies! xo

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  12. Ooh ... I'm a follower now! And Feb 5 is my birthday so maybe I'll get a little birthday luck and win!

    This is so sweet of you! I'm actually glad I'm single right now! :)

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  13. Oh this is really sweet of you. I do dislike valentine's day for a lot of those reasons. :(

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  14. i follow you!!!

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  15. I love it! I think I've never NOT been single on valentine's day..

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  16. Great giveaway idea! Thanks! This will help make Valentines slightly less miserable for all of us single gals!

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  17. i am so excited for your gennnerous giveaway!

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  18. and i'm following your blog - it's adorable!

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  19. oh that's too cute. i want in!

    p.s. my most recent attempt at not having a single v-day has been foiled. so... yeah. bring on the bouquet!

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  20. newly single, so this is fabulous! :) thank you!
    maria.dalessandro@gmail.com

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  21. LOVE this giveaway! I'm a follower :) This is such a great idea! So nice to see all these single ladies, makes me feel not so alone on Vday!

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  22. oooh dang it, wish i didn't have a boyfriend just so i could win that necklace ;-) but truly, its fabulous:)

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  23. Wonderful giveaway! A great way to brighten single identification day to all single ladies! I would LOVE to win this giveaway!
    Love, EB

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  24. Love this giveaway and I'm a follower! The Edelweiss necklace of hers is fantastic. And yes, still single, but a little too busy traveling around the world to be upset about it :).


    I, too, have experienced repeated childhood traumas when it comes to Valentines Day. Elementary school was fine as we all decorated our pink or red bags and then everyone brought in enough little cards and candies for the class and walked around dropping one into each bag. Then you went home with your bag of goodies (sort of like Halloween).

    Middle School? Ugh. They always let us buy carnations for I think 50 cents each, write down someone's name, and then student council would deliver them to that person at homeroom. It was horrible. Let's just say that this school was not a good fit for me and I did not have many friends there. I felt so sad with my 2 or 3 carnations next to the rest of the students hefting a bushel each. Sigh. Can you tell I still haven't gotten over it?

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  25. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    This is such a sweet idea! I'm happily single but V-day does make me grit my teeth a bit.

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  26. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    Following your blog

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  27. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    Follow you both and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/KissesForUsAll/status/8624695348

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  28. Count me in. Celebrating Singles Awareness Day again this year. WAHOO!

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  29. I NEED that necklace - will be headed over to visit CarolineGrace post-haste!

    Valentine's Day is a cruel popularity contest (but if I get flowers, then YEAH!)

    oh, right, absolutely single :)

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  30. This made me laugh! I HATEEEE valentines day too!

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  31. Totally understand your feelings about Valentine's Day. It was that way for me for a long time and also on New Year's Eve...the pressure to the get the perfect date, flowers, candy, etc. Waaaay too much pressure!

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