Oh, How I Love Gifts (CLOSED)


Oh yes, it’s true. Tomorrow is my birthday. And I now give you permission to sing me a small (or large) birthday song. I’ve been prepping Anna Grace for my upcoming birthday since last week. I have her practice singing “Happy Birthday” to me. She’s getting to be pretty good at it.

And, about those gifts. I do love ’em. I know – it’s sad but true. I remember one time my sweet Mom let me have a birthday party. And we had to tell all my friends not to bring gifts so they wouldn’t feel like they had to spend money. Being the selfish, gift-loving person I am, I was not too excited about that.

In order to have a true birthday celebration, there must be several things:

  • loud, boisterous singing
  • candles (somewhat optional)
  • concealed gifts

The gifts do not necessarily have to be wrapped in paper, but they must be concealed somehow – whether behind your back or underneath the couch – either place counts. Expense does not matter. A 25 cent necklace or homemade card totally works.

However, there’s a slight problem. I can’t hear your singing, see your candles, or unwrap/find your gift.

So, since gifts really must be given in order to have a true celebration, I shall hold the giveaway. In honor of myself.

Oh, how sweet.
I know. 

On to the goods:

There are several items in the line-up today. Yep, you read that right. I said several.

first up:

Don’t Make Me Count to Three was the first book I ever reviewed. I need to go back and re-read it now that my little girl can actually understand what I’m saying. It’s a keeper of a book. More info about it here.

second up:

via Amazon.com

I wrote briefly about this booklet, Wise Words for Moms, in my book review of Don’t Make Me Count to Three. I have never read this complete booklet, but here’s a write-up about it from the author’s website:

“In a handy quick-reference calendar style format Wise Words for Moms identifies 22 behavior problems in children (such as disobeying, lying and tattling) and offers examples of Scripture passages that help parents address heart issues.”

Shepherd Press is giving away 1 copy of Don’t Make Me Count to Three and 5 (!!!) copies of Wise Words for Moms to 6 of you!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below. Here are the friendly deets:

  • to enter: leave a comment on this post.
  • bonus points: answer the question: What is your ideal gift?
  • extra points: “like” Brown Sugar Toast on facebook and leave me another comment (or if you already do, just tell me that in the comments). you can also get extra entries by following on Twitter or Google +
  • open to: anyone in the USA.
  • giveaway ends: Sunday night, 6/24/12, at 9:00pm EST.
  • what you win: 1 person will win 1 copy of Don’t Make Me Count to Three. 5 people will win 1 copy of Wise Words for Moms.
  • details: winners chosen via random.org & announced next Monday (6/26/12) after the bday celebrations have ceased.



  1. Jen Jaquay says:

    Happy Birthday! Love reading your blog…my ideal gift would be books. I read practically everything!

  2. Bethany says:

    My ideal gift is a pre-planned adventure somewhere! Involving water (swimming, etc.) and food!

  3. Abby says:

    Happy Birthday Christa. I have to say I love getting gifts too:). This year I want a real piano for my birthday. I have liked you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter and Google+.

  4. Megan says:

    These look very applicable to the current stage we are at in our parenting and since my birthday is Friday this sounds like an awesome birthday present too! 🙂

  5. Beka says:

    Happy Birthday one day early! Hope that it’s a great one. Birthdays were always a big deal in our family so I love them too 🙂

  6. Beka says:

    Ideal gift: date night with my hubby to take me to dinner and out shopping for clothes 🙂 Yes, he’s done it several times before and I love it!

  7. Beka says:

    And I like you on FB already (and Don’t Make Me Count to Three is one of my favorite parenting books ever!! I read it after reading your review and got it for my birthday. If I win, I’ll just have a great gift to give to someone else 🙂

  8. Sarah says:

    And I already like you on fb. Not sure if I’m not supposed to make another comment since I already had done that … not looking for a cheap extra entry. 😉 I have both of these, and they are one of my most highly recommended resources for moms. Happy if I don’t win, and if I do I will pass it on to another mom. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. Chelo says:

    Happy “birfday” Christa-wista!
    Ideal gift: books, chocolate, books, giftcard for audible books 😉
    Like you a lot: in real life, on Facebook, and everywhere else thank you vey much!

  10. Laura says:

    I hope you had a great birthday yesterday, Christa! My ideal gift right now would be a full night’s sleep. 😉 I also like you on FaceBook. Not on twitter or google+, or else I’d like/follow you there too!

  11. Sarah says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Don’t Make Me Count to Three!
    My ideal gift would be cookbooks or some fun kitchen gadget 🙂
    Also, I like you on Facebook!

  12. Bobbie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best the LORD has to offer this year!

    My phone doesn’t like your comments page for some reason and I was unable to post this on Monday! I love your birthday rules! I agree with them wholeheartedly!
    my ideal gift is one I am not expecting! Like the one I got last night at the grocery store that I work at- a little girl made me a picture- totally out of the blue!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win these books! My ideal gift would be a spa day or one day vacation by myself. I already like you on facebook 🙂

  14. Laine says:

    Hhhmmm…that’s a tough question. But I think my ideal gift would be something handmade. I love gifts that have been thought about. Or a giftcard, to make something! =D

  15. Shannon says:

    My ideal gift…..when I was a teacher the first couple of years I got so many boxes of chocolate and teddy bears, I finally started telling my students within the first week of school that GIFT CARDS were my favorite!!!!!!

  16. Rachel says:

    Would love to win this giveaway! =) (“Don’t Make Me Count to Three” is on my reading list but I haven’t purchased a copy yet so it’d be perfect if I won 😉 )..

  17. Rachel says:

    A gift card to buy something/treat myself to (spa, mani/pedi, etc) something I wouldn’t normally buy or do for myself unless somone else gave as a gift! =)

  18. Rachel says:

    I already liked you on Facebook, as well as following you on twitter and Google+… Happy {Belated} Birthday, by the way! =)

  19. Michelle D says:

    Happy Birthday, Dear. So long as there’s cake, I’m game for any birthdays! Hee hee

  20. julia says:

    Happy Birthday. My favorite gifts to give and receive — books. I love to read. Would love these books in the give-away to read and share with my daughter who is a new mom!

  21. Cora says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Christa! I hope it was a wonderful and the foods were yummylicious! 🙂

  22. Cora says:

    I love “getaways” on birthdays as a gift. Going somewhere I have never been before. Thus, I dream-build a lot (a lil higher to a typical girl who imagine all these different beautiful places).

  23. Cora says:

    I liked you on facebook loonng time ago :). I have been wanting to read this book. If I don’t get to win, can I borrow your book?

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