Brittany’s Favorite Things Birthday Giveaway

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

Bright copper kettles and warms wooly mittens.

Brown paper packages probably full of pajama jeans, zombie apocalypse army guys, Moroccan oil, and fake animal heads…

These are a few of my favorite things.

Two days until I’m “feeling 32,” which I assume will not involve “falling in love with strangers” or “ditching the scene,” unless by “strangers” you mean the Schwan’s guy bringing me orange push-ups and by “ditching the scene” you mean going to bed by 10pm after too many Straw-Ber-Ritas.

But, before all that happens, I’d like to jump head first into what has become a birthday tradition… My Favorite Things Giveaway. If you were to ask me a few years ago if it was better to give that receive, I would have been like, totally, but what I would have meant was, well this fucking blows. But, the truth is, sharing my favorite things with you is my new favorite thing. How ironically evolved am I right now!?

So this year I am giving you a chance to win the three items that are currently making me infinitely happy.

Plus Size Bikini

A Lands’ End Swim Suit. As we all know, finding a swim suit is brutal and better done drunk on an empty stomach, but embracing the bikini this year has been liberating, and I want to share that with you, so Lands’ End and I are giving you a $100 gift certificate to buy the swim suit of your dreams this summer! You can start mentally shopping for yours here.


A POPSUGAR Subscription. Confession: There is almost nothing as fun as getting something in the mail. Like, I hope actual mail never becomes extinct, because while I don’t know how much stamps cost or enjoy the taste of envelops, getting a package or something that’s not a late utility bill in my mailbox totally makes me feel pretty. Getting a box of goodies each month from POPSUGAR is like Christmas morning only better, because I don’t actually have to buy my own gifts! So in the spirit of giving, I’m going to give you a three month subscription to my latest mail addiction. You can oogle POPSUGAR for yourself here.

Faux Moosehead

A Faux Moose Head. Yes, the moose head. You didn’t think I’d giveaway all my absolutely favorite things and not include the twin to my beloved moose, Kyle, did you? This remains one of the most asked about pieces in my home, and once again I am offering up a faux modern mose head in the color of your choice from my go-to moose head-ary, Etsy. This gift comes with a catch though, if you win it, you must tell me what you name it, what color you pick and send me a picture. I love seeing them thrive in their home environments.

From now until my birthday on Sunday, you can enter to win one of these quirky awesome items, and all you have to do is leave me a comment about your favorite things, which item you love the most, or simply leave a birthday wish.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

This giveaway runs through Sunday only, ending Sunday April 28th at 11pm EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected to win each item, making three (3) winners total, and the prizes delivered upon confirmation of winning.  You must reply to me within 24 hours, or a new winner will be drawn. You may leave as many comments as you want, make sure you use a valid email address.

—This contest has ended, congrats Tammi, AmberLee and Sarah P.!—

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  1. kathy says

    First HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY…..I just read about on GMA website and you are truly an inspiration to plus size women. Bravo on the bikini, you look really nice, I admire and love bikinis but unfortunately I cant wear one for a few reasons, my stomach is too huge and I know it, stretch marks from the kids and the biggest reason even before the stomach and stretch marks, the burns on my stomach from a child, I dont have a problem wearing swimsuits, but I always wear one pieces, this year Im going to be a little bold and try a tankini and see how that works. I would be visiting your website also after this. Thank you.

  2. Toni says

    Brittany… What an inspiration you are to mothers like me everywhere! You hit it on the baby belly flab when you said swimsuit shopping is horrible… I order online and just pray it fits… Being 5’2″, 145lbs, no waisted, 34DD and pretty fit (love to swim), I cannot find any swimsuit that fits properly and holds the ‘girls’.. Not even thinking about Lands End, I am now Wish Listing multiple bathing suits on there site… And hey, maybe I won’t have to wear a tank in the pool this year :)

  3. Patti says

    Happy birthday and thanks for sharing your “gifts” Tied for favorite would be the swim suit or sugar packet…definately the sugar packet

  4. Patti says

    Happy birthday and thanks for sharing your “gifts” Tied for favorite would be the swim suit or sugar packet…definately the sugar packet. Not sure the moose head would be a good thing to put in a house that is one the market… but then again people will definately remember it!

  5. Shelley says

    I think you look AWESOME….
    being a 50 y/o curvy gal, I have also shunned away from the bikini, but now I am wondering why? My body is actually pretty great and I deserve to feel wonderful while I am swimming and basking in the sun as well! If you can look so great and Marilyn Monroe can look so great, I can too! :-)
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  6. Brittany McManus says

    Happy Birthday you crazy, beautiful and confident woman! I feel like you are my friend even though we haven’t met. I’m sure there are thousands of others that you make feel that way too. You are incredible and witty, and I would say I want to be like you when I grow up, but I’m already grown up….so I guess I want to be like you when I grow up more!

  7. Sarah says

    Not sure what I’d do with the moose …maybe allow my 11-year-old to choose color and location (which is a scary thought), but I’d love to rock something other than the skirt and tankini swimsuit I’ve adopted for my bulging body and the PopSugar thing looks amazeballs!

  8. Angela C says

    Happy birthday! Seriously, how hot do you look in that bikini?!

    I want a moose for over our bed. Luckily I have the kind of husband that would be totally on board.

  9. Sarah says

    Happy Birthday! I have dreams of that beautiful moose… Amazing hanging over the fire place!
    Swim suit season :( Hate bathing suits… I’d love to try lands end… they look awesome!
    A present every month… that’s the best!

  10. Debra Anastasia says

    Happy Birthday! My favorite things right now are urban decay make up and Revelon lip suede. Both stay on forever but feel light on your skin. But not the urban decay lip plumper. That crap makes your mouth feel like you just gave a bee a blow job.

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