I’M 29 TODAY!!!!!!!!


I think I’ve 29 for about 9 years or so, and I’m okay with that ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s really hard to believe that I’m having the birthday that I am. ย I don’t feel that old. ย I wonder a lot to myself about how someone of my age is supposed to act? ย I often think I don’t act my age. ย I don’t look my age. ย I don’t feel my age. ย Age is only a number.

Actually, sometimes, my body DOES feel my age … just to remind me that I am NOT actually 29 anymore.

{I really don’t like it when it ‘reminds’ me of that cause it hurts}


You wanna see some cute pictures that take me WAY back?

In the hospital

3 months old

Okay, so this is my 3rd Birthday.

You might be wondering why I put this picture in. ย Well, I found this picture below of this monkey I got on this birthday…

Well, I still have this freaky monkey. ย And I have no idea why.

And, I had no idea that I have been carting it around 2 countries with me for 35 years now!

er, I mean, 26 years!


I was just about to put it up in the crawl space so I didn’t have to look at it anymore.

I guess he’s still cute?


Moving on! ย Happy Birthday!!!!!

It’s a great day for me …. and for you!!!!!


Because I’m giving away some loot!

I’m giving away

Bracelet cuff!

A Card Holder!

And $25 to my store!!!!!!

{all of your choice}


To enter, PLEASE:

{don’t forget to comment when you do each one of these}


Follow my Blog right over there on the Google friend connect

Leave a comment about the most favourite gift you’ve EVER received in your life


Tweet “Enter to win taradara’s birthday giveaway atย ย @taradaramadeit #giveaway”

Follow me on Twitter @taradaramadeit

Follow me on Facebook taradara

Comment about gifts you love to give and why

ย {giveaway ends 11:59 8/12}



Have a great week!!!!

xo Tara


  1. I would love to win! thanks for the awesome giveaway! Best gift I have ever received- an engagement ring from my sweetie for our dating anniversary!

  2. Tara Leininger says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for the giveaway!

    My all-time favorite gift I have ever received was probably my Cabbage Patch kid when I was 5. They were SOLD OUT in the early 80’s (I mean, the 90’s, because I am only 29, too!) My grandparents bought a new vehicle, but told the salesman that they only way he could seal the deal was to find a Cabbage Patch doll for their granddaughter.

    To feel that excitement again over a simple gift!

    PS – Aren’t you supposed to GET things for your birthday, not give them?

  3. I loved my Cabbage patch kids too!!!

  4. Happy birthday !!!!!!! Favorite gift….a jean jacket, a must have in 5th grade! I wore it everyday until I left it at soccer practice:( it was only 2 weeks after I got it! I still lose everything! I love giving food to people, whether its baked cookies, a meal, fresh produce from the farmers market, I like the love put into food! Oh, I always like to receive booze, any kind of it! Muah!! Have a great birthday My Lady!

  5. amanda g says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Im a new follower and my favorite gift is Teddy Ruzpin…I still have him:)

  6. amanda g says:

    Fackbook fan

  7. amanda g says:
  8. amanda g says:

    twitter follower


  9. Katy Lunsford says:

    I follow you via twitter!

  10. Katy Lunsford says:

    I follow you via email!

  11. Katy Lunsford says:

    Gifts I love to give – I { L O V E } photography and have since I can remember. What I love to do is take pictures at friends weddings and then put them in a scrapbook for them. It’s a hit every time, and one they aren’t expecting!

  12. Katy Lunsford says:

    I LIKE you on Facebook!

    Cute Cute Cute baby you were!

  13. Katy Lunsford says:

    I also tweeted about your giveaway!

  14. I’m a follower. The best gift I ever received was my Cricut. ๐Ÿ™‚ But mostly because I wasn’t expecting it at all and didn’t think my husband even knew what one was, but he just completely shocked me. Super thoughtful.

  15. Follow you on twitter. @dezroute

  16. Like you on FB.

  17. My newest favorite gifts to give are homemade holiday decorations. My husband (or sometimes me ๐Ÿ™‚ cuts the wood and then I create. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Danielle Roe says:

    Happy birthday girl! I can’t believe I wasn’t already connected to your site, but I am now. So favorite gift… I’m not sure it’s the favorite ever, but I distinctly remember a Christmas as a child when I was over the moon excited about receiving a box of 64 crayons. I’m not sure why I was so thrilled to get this, but I still love thinking about the joy I found in something so simple… it was nothing terribly exciting, but it was good enough for me. Good memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I still get a little excited about a fresh box of crayons!)

  19. Danielle Roe says:

    I already follow you on twitter and FB. I really love the gift of my two kids, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    I’m a new blog follower!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    liked your fb ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    following you on twiiter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    Most favorite thing I’ve received:

    On my 18th birthday, my boyfriend (now husband) took me to my best friend’s house in Dallas, and took me out to their lit-up archway, and opened a box with a purity ring in it. it was the sweetest gift he ever got me….and we were engaged within 4 months!

  24. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    re-tweeted about your give-a-way!

  25. Shanna-Kaye Fancher says:

    i love giving homemade gifts. there’s something special about seeing your family or friend light up with joy over something simple you created, and them being so impressed that you made it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love putting together little bags and baskets full of goodies for the ladies in my family .

  26. Connie Haack says:

    I am a follower through Google friend connect. My favorite birthday gifts have been the Home Depot gift cards I have gotten. And the repurpose trash to treasure books. I can’t remember what I got as a child…..too long ago

  27. Connie Haack says:

    I like you on Facebook

  28. Connie Haack says:

    I follow on Twitter and the best gift to give is MONEY…everyone is happy

  29. Kim Lish says:

    Hi! I love your stuff! So cute! I signed up to follow your blog. I don’t tweet or twitter but I did like you on facebook. Is it too cheesy that my best gift is my son? He is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s been five years and counting of absolute fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s mine on Thurs!! i’ll be a whole ten years older than you…yiukes!!
    the best gift i ever recieved? My vintage push bike, which my hubbie rescued from the tip, and srussed up for me. I love it to death xx

  31. Lisa Danielle Grice says:

    Following your Blog right over there on the Google friend connect

    My most fav gift is my daughter Madelyn

  32. Lisa Danielle Grice says:
  33. Lisa Danielle Grice says:

    Following you on Twitter @taradaramadeit

  34. Marsa McCool-Solis of OurAZFamily says:

    Happy Birthday! The most favorite gift I’ve ever received is the gift I was given on the day I was born a Raggedy Ann from my Uncle ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Lisa Danielle Grice says:

    Following you on Facebook taradara

  36. Marsa McCool-Solis of OurAZFamily says:

    I tweeted the giveaway from my ourazfamily twitter!

  37. Marsa McCool-Solis of OurAZFamily says:

    I now follow you on twitter under our azfamily

  38. Marsa McCool-Solis of OurAZFamily says:

    The gifts I love to give are those that are handmade, I crochet a lot and love to give those gifts. Especially those for new babies! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m making a baby blanket right now for a friend who just had a baby girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Been following your blog for a while already… now even with Google friend connect.

    The most favorite gift I ever received were my twins – since 3 doctors told me before that I would never be able to have a baby at all… guzess they were wrong ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyway: there are wonderful gifts on earth, for sure.
    If I had to pick something else, I would say that the most favorite gift I ever got was a teenzy weenzy tiny handsewn hedgehog, sitting in a nutshell. It’s soooooo cute – I will never put it away in a dark box. It’s right there in my living romm and will stay there ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Been following you on Facebook for a while as well.

    Gifts I like to give are always special.
    I either buy something that I have to search for since it’s not easily available, or, if I have the time and the person inspires me to do so, I will make them something… most of my friends get sweet little pouches for their mobile phones or laptop bags (yeah…. we are all true geeks… but anyway…)
    The best gifts are personal gifts. Even a book can be very personal when you have listened carefully to the person you want to give it to…..

  41. I’m a follower of your blog.

  42. I follow on f.b.

  43. My fav gift iv ever gift was a wedding.

  44. OHHHH! Happy birthday to you!!! Hope you enjoyed your very special day:) Psalm 118:24

    I follow through GFC!
    sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  45. My fav gift was for my bday a couple of years ago–my husband paid off my college loan! It was AMAZING:) Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  46. I tweeted:)!/jb_designs/status/101472748559282176
    Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  47. I follow on Twitter (jb_designs)

    Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  48. I follow on FB! Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  49. I enjoy giving gifts that surprise the recipient–I love listening to what they need throughout the year and then giving them something based on those needs or wants. LOVE homemade gifts too:)

    Happy birthday!!! Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  50. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said says:

    I am a follower and the best gift I ever received would probably be…my kitchen aid stand mixer…is that bad that it is a kitchen appliance??? Oh well, I love it!

  51. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said says:

    I am a follower on Facebook

  52. Tami Vollenweider says:

    i follow You with GFC

  53. Tami Vollenweider says:

    My best Gift was when My Husband surprised Me with a Ring,because i had lost Mine!

  54. Tami Vollenweider says:

    Facebook Fan

  55. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I follow You on Twitter (@tamivol)

  56. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I gift i like to give to someone getting married is a Cookbook!

  57. I’m a new follower. Saw you at BCD.

  58. My most favorite gift I ever received? ? ? I LOOOOOVE the gifts my kids make for me. My son recently made me a little bowl that I can stow change and such in. It’s awesome. Everything from my kids is awesome.

  59. I’m following you on twitter now.

  60. I tweeted about this giveaway. You made it so easy for me.

  61. I love giving gifts that are person specific. The kind of gift that you especially pick/make for that person. It can be in the packaging or the actual gift itself, but when there’s that added personal touch, I love it all that much more.

  62. I’m following on facebook.

  63. Wendy Borcherding says:

    My favorite gift was my engagement ring! Thanks for the givaway!!

  64. Wendy Borcherding says:

    I follow on facebook.

  65. Brandi Webb says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! I’m a blog, fb and twitter follower! And my favorite gift as a child was my Strawberry Shortcake doll. Such great memories, I wish I still had it! : )

  66. Happy Birthday! My most favoritest wonderfulest gift ever came 10 days after my birthday in 2010 and his name is Teddy and he’s the busiest little boy I’ve ever seen! <3

  67. I already follow you on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  68. And on Facebook!

  69. I love to give homemade things like my famous brown sugar scrub, vanilla sugar, homemade cards, and gift I get to put a little extra love into.

  70. My dad made me a jewelry box with my name carved into the top. Still my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. I already follow you on twitter, so I re-tweeted!

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