My 40ish Birthday & A Favorite Things Giveaway

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While we celebrated my 40ish birthday last week, along with plenty of laughter, in reality, this is 41 for me and I’m pretty happy about that. I still love my laugh lines and I’m claiming every single laughter filled year because I’ve earned them.

And really, the alternative to growing older wouldn’t be a lot of fun, right?

(Scroll to the bottom of this post for the giveaway details!)

The Royal Princess off the coast of Scotland - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

In case you missed the backstory, you can read about it and go ahead and laugh at the fact that I missed my 40th birthday.

However, my sweet friends decided I still needed a 40th birthday celebration and they pulled it off beautifully (on my 41st birthday) to surprise me on our last day at sea.

I owe a huge thank you to Princess Cruises for helping make all of this happen and I am so grateful to have partnered with them to share this dream vacation with you!

We sailed around the British Isles, visiting ten cities in four countries over the course of two weeks.

Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Cruising gives you the best of both worlds. You have the convenience of staying in the same place (not changing hotels or figuring out transportation to and fro) while you also have the fun of exploring so many new places.

To start my birthday in style, we enjoyed the most amazing breakfast in our stateroom. Two waiters came to our room, set up a table with linens, and then served a truly amazing meal.

The Royal Princess cruise ship - The ultimate birthday breakfast - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Smoked salmon, quiche, fresh fruit, and a selection of freshly made pastries were all served in style along with champagne, juices, coffee, and hot tea. I’ve never had a better birthday breakfast.

After that, I headed for the Lotus Spa on the ship for the ultimate massage, seaweed wrap, and a float bed (a.k.a. fancy-as-can-be) combination. I basically had a “pinch me, am I dreaming?” kind of morning.

The Royal Princess cruise ship - The ultimate birthday breakfast - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

As if that wasn’t special enough, when I returned to our room, I discovered that Sean had conspired with my friends to decorate our stateroom in full on birthday style.

They hung enormous birthday balloons, banners, and more all around the room. I don’t know when I’ve laughed so hard.

Princess Cruises 2018 - 40th birthday - barefeetinthekitchen.com

As it turned out, my birthday evening was also the balloon drop night on The Royal Princess. So after an amazing dinner, complete with a pretty spectacular birthday cake, we headed to the atrium for the drop.

For what it’s worth, the ship’s amazing pastry chef managed to top my former favorite Princess dessert, the Chocolate Lava Cake.

Balloon drop night on The Royal Princess - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

If you’ve never sailed with Princess, you may not be familiar with the party that happens on the last night at sea. It’s a whole lot of fun. There are hundreds of people dancing to the live music and watching the balloons drop.

There’s nothing better than the balloon drop for a level of people watching that is sure to make you grin.

The Royal Princess - British Isles Cruise balloon drop - read more at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Are you ready for the giveaway? To share the birthday fun with you all, I’m giving away a few of my favorite things!

This awesome Yeti coffee cup. (It’s also awesome for ice water or sodas.)

These cute and cozy socks, because I am so ready for cooler weather.

This candle. I’m not much of a candle person, but this one is pure heaven. A friend gifted it to me years ago and it’s still my favorite.

And last but not least, a $50 Amazon gift card, so that you can pick up a few more of your favorite things!

ENTER TO WIN by leaving a comment telling me one of your favorite things! Giveaway is sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen and will end on Tuesday, September 18th at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. GIVEAWAY CLOSED 

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to share my travels with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information about Princess Cruises and/or to book a cruise visit their website.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Marina says

    My favorite things:
    El Guero Tortas; GBBO; Aveda Universal Styling Cream; my fancy new glasses from Warby Parker; Chick-fil-A Spicy Chick-n-Strips; Franklin, TN; House of Hope in Burundi, Africa; forever friends (you know who you are); Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee; Queen of Katwe; all books by Shauna Niequist; um, I just read the instructions again, you said 1 fav thing, I’m going to go with Fresh Tomatoes on the vine. The best smell and taste and sensory memory from childhood.

  2. Pam says

    the sunrise every morning! and a “flat turner” my grandpa made by flattening a silver serving spoon. I guard it when others are around.

  3. NinaSue Fletcher McGee says

    Ha! you are a youngster, younger than our youngest daughter. I was born in 1942, nine months after my husband was born in the same hospital; now 77 this 27th of September. Married March 26, 1966 on route 66 and had 3 children, two girls and a boy.

    Love your recipes, and sorry I missed your contest ‘giveaway thing’. We retired to a small 2.9 acres, built a steel house with a large kitchen. We grow a good garden every year, and have chickens and ducks to tend to. Have you ever cooked with duck eggs? Love to cook with them. So happy you got your wish and shared your travels with us. May you continue to enjoy traveling for many more years.

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