My Birthday, Your Presents

March 22, 2013 Personal 84

Hey There Bookworms,

Today I turn 30 years old. I say “today” even though technically I’m writing this in the evening on March 21st. By the time this posts, I will already be 30. Though I made my entrance into this world at 4:02 am, I don’t make it a habit to either a. get up that early or b. stay up that late. So. I’m 30. More or less.

How do I feel about this? Not great. I really didn’t think turning 30 would be a big deal to me, but I’m kind of freaking out. I STILL don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. As you can see, my initial career ambition didn’t exactly work out…

But you know. Life happens. Thighs happen. You improvise. So. I am 30. And I have a choice. I can continue to wallow and mourn my lost youth, OR I can CELEBRATE! Guess who’s celebrating and looked freaking adorable in a tutu at 5? THIS GIRL!

There will be cake. Oh yes, there will be cake.

There will be cake. Oh yes, there will be cake.

I may not be able to send cake to each and every one of you GORGEOUS bookworms, but I can sponsor a giveaway. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE (except people from North Dakota. Just kidding. I love you, North Dakota.) I am giving away an Amazon gift card in the amount of… THIRTY DOLLARS! (Because I’m 30, see?) Anyway, since it’s an Amazon gift card, anybody with an email address is eligible to win. International entries are totally welcome (just like I promised, Rhian. Tell your Aussie pals.)

You can enter by:

1. Leaving a comment on this blog telling me what your favorite kind of cake is (anyone who says they don’t like cake is disqualified. Lie to me y’all. It’s my birthday!)

2. “Like” my Facebook page:

3. Follow me on Twitter: @KatieBelle1121

4. Share this blog post with your Facebook Friends

5. Tweet this post

That’s five potential entries! I’ll choose a winner one week from today. Wahoo 30!

84 Responses to “My Birthday, Your Presents”

  1. Teri

    Wait, there’s another kind of cake other than chocolate? That’s just crazy talk. Chocolate is my fave. I already follow you, and I think I already like your page but I’ll go check. Got you covered on the rest.

    Do we get cake AND the gift card? Cuz I do love me some cake.

  2. therelentlessreader

    Happy happy 30th Katie! Ahhh, 30. Such a good time πŸ™‚ (It’s been a while for me) My fave kind of cake..hmmm. I like cake in all forms but I can say I enjoy a nice lemon cake the most of all. I hope you have a fabulous day! Oh and hey, it’s my mom’s birthday too!

  3. Mimsy

    Happy Birthday Katie!! And don’t worry, the 30’s are a blast!!! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful day and as far as cake … I have to agree w/Teri that I didn’t realize that there’s something other than chocolate. πŸ˜‰ Chocolate Fudge cake is definitely a fave!

  4. Daddio

    Chocolate cake is nice, Lemon cake is nice, Red Velvet tastes great but looks a bit gross, but my very favorite cake is Blueberry Pie. Happy Birthday.

  5. Charleen

    I already follow you, and I tweeted your post. And FB makes me stabby, so I guess I only get 3 chances to win.

    Or maybe I only get 2 because I honestly don’t know that I can pick a favorite cake! There are so many! But I guess I will take the easy way out and say chocolate. With chocolate frosting. (Ooh, or maybe chocolate/peanut butter frosting. Is that a thing? It should be a thing…) But really, as long as the cake is moist and the frosting is creamy, I don’t know there are many cake varieties I’d turn down.

  6. Susan Murphy

    Any flavor of cake is good, but I will go with red velvet as the winner…..happy birthday!

  7. A.M.B.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thirty isn’t so bad, but I can understand your ambivalent feelings. I turned 32 two days ago. As for cake, my favorite is lemon curd!

  8. JoulesDellinger

    Happy 30th Katie Lady! As for the tutu’s, Chrissy has been hinting that we should get some to wear at BlogHer — she called hot pink and I called orange…but powdery pink is totally still available… As for cake, I love ALL cake. Especially the kind with lots of icing. Today my favorite would be a strawberry shortcake because I’m dying for winter to be over and spring/summer to get here fast!

  9. anothercleanslate

    Happy 30th Birthday! I turn 30 in a couple weeks so can understand your mixed feelings! Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting was my cake request πŸ™‚ Hope you have an amazing day!

  10. CorrieP

    Glad I am not alone in my 30 blues (mine is in July). As for cake either strawberry shortcake or apple cake our any cake from Steve’s (yup, they make cake too)! Happy birthday, hope its all you wish for and more!

  11. RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book

    Happy birthday!!! I’ll be 30 in only 2 years (less actually since I’m a November baby). . . oy!

    Best cake ever? Yellow cake with chocolate frosting!!! My favorite!!!!
    Second best: Anything with buttercream! Yummmmmmm!

    So. . . I already “like”d you as Love at First Book but I just also “like”d you as my personal name. I already follow you on Twitter and I’ll tweet this! πŸ™‚


  12. mommaduck007

    Happy Birthday!!! 30 Rocks btw!! You are still old enough to know better, yet young enough to do it again πŸ™‚ Favorite cake? Would have to be homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter butter cream frosting πŸ™‚

  13. mommaduck007

    Happy Birthday!! 30 rocks btw, you’re old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyways!! Hope it was a fantastical day. Tutu’s?? I am looking for some for the twins.. this could be interesting. Favorite cake? Homemade chocolate cake, with peanut butter butter cream frosting πŸ™‚ More like a reese cup but in cake form ..YUM!!

  14. kristinshafel

    Happy birthday! I turned 30 in December 2012, I actually really like being 30.

    My favorite cake.. lately I’ve had a crush-thing for cake pops of all flavors! They’re just so mini and cute and the perfect-size bite. Overall, though, I love the 2-layer Oreo cake I make for my husband’s birthday every year.

    I follow you on twitter (I’m @kristinshafel), Facebook, WordPress, and will share out your post! Thanks for the great, generous giveaway. πŸ™‚

  15. Jayne

    Happy birthday Katie! I hope you have a wonderful day! As someone who is turning 32 this year (yikes!) and has a husband that so kindly reminded her she’ll be 40 in about 8 years (double yikes!), I can say I have felt your pain and you will survive πŸ™‚ ! And 30 isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
    My favorite cake? Just about anything without coconut! I adore chocolate, especially chocolate cakes with that rich, fudgy chocolate icing! Yum! But I also love a good carrot cake or spice cake with cream cheese icing. Or a nice tart lemon cake. Dang it, now I REALLY want cake!!

  16. Sarah Says Read

    HAPPY Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Dude, you should NOT be freaking out about 30. People live to be like 110 these days. That means you’re still practically a kid! And should celebrate as such. I would be TOTALLY awesome if you rocked a tutu today. Just sayin.

    I would send you some ice cream cake (which is OBVIOUSLY the best kind of cake) if I could, but you know, it’d probably melt. Enjoy your day!!!! πŸ™‚

  17. ashley

    White. Not yellow. White. Buttercream frosting. I loooovvvveee walmart cake. Lol. Happy birthday friend. Don’t be afraid of 30. Its not that bad. Even though I still tell people I’m 29!

  18. Cindy

    Chocolate cake is the best!
    But I do not discriminate against other cakes – they are all delicious

  19. Kendal

    My favorites are chocolate mousse cake and lemon cream cake. Also love chocolate chip cheesecake. It’s hard to just pick one!

    Happy birthday!!


  20. Amanda

    Happy Birthday! I LOVE Italian Wedding Cake. My favorite is actuallyred velvet cake, but the only way I like it is my mom’s made-from-scratch-a-complete-pain-in-the-a** red velvet cake. Everything other red velvet cake I’ve had just fell short.

  21. Micki

    I already like your fb page and I’m about to go follow you on twitter and tweet the post. πŸ™‚ My favorite cake is chocolate coconut!

  22. Kelly

    Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling! Happy birthday! I turn 30 in October. I just said to my husband last night “wait, am I 28 or 29? He assured me I was 28 then I did some thinking and realized “noo, I’m 29!! It just hit me, the whole turning 30 thing πŸ™‚

  23. Lily from It's A Dome Life

    My mom makes this cake with a lime filling layered with fruit and covered with coconut that is to die for. I also like yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I just love cake. It’s impossible to choose one favorite. I’d probably need a taste testing. Happy Birthday! 30 was hard for me too. I am hoping 40 is an easier transition.

  24. Sami

    Happy Birthday!!! Your 30’s will be better than your 20’s….promise!!! Tirimisu because I love chocolate, coffee and liquor combined!! Divine!!

  25. Akilah

    Happy birthday! I have enjoyed my 30s way more than my 20s. I feel like I’m really settling into myself now. So I sincerely hope you have a wonderful first year in your 30s.

    I love pretty much every kind of cake, so choosing a favorite is just mean. But I have rum cake on my mind today, so I’m gonna have to go with that one. Tomorrow could be different!

  26. June

    Choosing a favorite cake is so hard! I guess I would have to say homemade chocolate cake, but ONLY my grandma’s recipe because I’m a cake snob like that. I kind of don’t like cake unless it is homemade – it just tastes different, you know?

    I already liked you on Facebook and I will share your post, but I don’t do Twitter. Maybe someday you can explain it to me because I don’t get it LOL.

    Happy 30th!

  27. Alley

    I am TOTALLY dreading turning 30. I feel like people are going to start expecting me to actually behave like an adult. Good choice focusing on the cake!

    also for fav cake, I’m going to have to go with yellow cake with chocolate icing, preferably in the shape of something amazing (Ninja Turtle? Popple? other cakes of my youth)

  28. Megan M.

    German chocolate cake. I turned 29 this year. I’m telling myself I won’t care much when I turn 30, but it’s entirely possible I will have a last-minute freak-out.

    I just had a big cry in the middle of Every Last One. I blame you! πŸ˜‰

  29. Kelly

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I agree about 30. I was all, “30 is no big deal, y’all, I am cool as a cuke about this.” And now that the year is actually here, I’m a hot mess. I heart your tutu though.

    My favorite cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting, YUM. I liked your Facebook page (so now you know my last name and will probably stalk me, creeper!). I follow you on Twitter, and I tweeted to my tweeps. DONE!

  30. Joy

    Happy Birthday! For some reason 30 wasn’t a big birthday for me. That was many years ago and now I’m turning 40 later this year and am totally freaking out. I seriously don’t know where the last decade went. At least I’ve read a bunch of great books in the past 10 years. πŸ™‚

    My favorite kind of cake is chocolate mouse. When it’s done right, it’s sublime.

  31. Liesel Hill

    Happy Birthday! I’m only a year behind you, so maybe I’ll celebrate mine on my blog next year. I’m all about the chocolate. Not a huge fan of devil’s food (though it’s not all bad) but just about any other kind: milk chocolate cake, dark chocolate, fudge, red velvet. You name the chocolate, I bring a fork. Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

  32. Tully

    Angel Food Cake! My grandma always made it for me for my birthday! At 33, I’m still wanting it each birthday!

  33. REK981

    You mean I can only choose one kind of cake? So I dig carrot cake, red velvet cake, German chocolate cake, my Grandma’s chocolate sheet cake, Cinnabon cinnamon roll cake, OK anything in a cupcake package I will eat. But last year I had this AH-maze cake – raspberry lime, as in lime zest in a white cake and there was this thin layer of raspberry preserves with a little creamy white icing between the layers. OH!! And a blueberry, lemon cake…Oh cake…Now I need cake!!

    Happy Birthday!! I turned 32 on the 9th and so far I must say I really am enjoying the 30’s so much more than I did my 20’s.

  34. Carole Funchion

    Happy birthday!
    1. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate, but only if it is rich and moist. Otherwise, my favorite is Yellow–from a boxed mix. πŸ™‚
    2. I already like your fb page. πŸ™‚
    3. I’m now following you on twitter
    4. I shared your post
    5. And tweeted this post

  35. Kate

    Though I love chocolate and lemon, I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting, so I’d probably go with carrot cake. And happy, happy birthday! I am 35 and was just having a conversation the other day with a college friend about how our 30s have been *so much better* than our 20s. So don’t feel bad about 30 — it’s the doorway to a whole new amazing decade. Welcome in!

  36. hmulz15

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had an excellent day, filled with all kinds of love and cake and laughter.

    I love me some pineapple upside down cake. Yum!

  37. justJen

    Even though chocolate is my favorite food, carrot cake!!! WITH walnut chunks, WITHOUT raisins, none of that silly little ‘loaf’o’cake’, a big double or triple decker round, with cream cheese icing. YUM.

  38. Leah

    Happy birthday! I have met very few cakes I did not like. Does tiramisu count as cake? Because if it does, it’s my favorite. If not, chocolate!

  39. Nichole Thornton

    I know it is out of a box, but I looooove a good Funfetti cake with the Funfetti frosting, of course:)

  40. April

    Happy Birthday! I think you are brilliant already in your 30 short years. No worries, 30 is the new 20 and you prob can still hold it down in a TuTu. All the very best to you… may this year (and decade) be your best yet!

    My favorite cake is NYC Cheesecake! HAAAAAAY!!

  41. Jesica

    My favorite kind of cake is a tie between the carrot cake at Costco, which I’m not sure they sell any more and raspberry-filled chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

  42. lostinliterature108

    Happy Birthday!!
    I hope you got lots of good books!
    I shared your post and liked you long ago!:)
    My favorite cake would be carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, And cheese cake. And yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting. Mmmm…..

  43. Shoshana Keller

    Happy Birthday! I hope cheesecake counts! Otherwise, I’m a fan of plain old vanilla!

  44. Rhian

    Happy birthday!

    People don’t like cake? Really? That’s more cake for the rest of us then. My favourite cake is chocolate. Well my favourite *anything* is chocolate, let’s be honest!

    I’m sorry you’re freaking about being 30. Maybe writing a list of all that you love and are grateful for in your life would help a bit.

  45. Nadia

    Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ Hope it was a terrific bday! And that you got to eat your favorite cake πŸ™‚ As for me, my favorite birthday cake is actually a white cake frosted with chocolate buttercream frosting ( I like the Duncan Hines cake box mix – it is delicious! ). By the way, thanks for this giveaway on your bday!

  46. Rory

    Hmmm….Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. And Happy Birthday (belatedly), I will reach that milestone later this year – I try not to think about it too much (other than, of course, that I look damn good for not quite 30).

  47. loraliej

    Happy Birthday!!! Have some marble cake, that’s my favorite! With chocolate frosting of course. Duh. πŸ™‚

  48. Jenny

    Happy happy birthday! I hope you find lots of fun and awesome things to do. My favorite kind of cake is this amazing chocolate chip cheesecake my dad makes, or else also the chocolate cake my mom makes with chocolate frosting. Both of those cakes are amazing.

  49. Julia

    homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, walnuts but no raisins! Yum πŸ™‚

  50. Rachel Hamilton

    You know I’m a big cake lover too. πŸ™‚ Yellow cake with Chocolate frosting is my absolute favorite, with marble coming in a close second. Mmmm…may have to go home and make one today! Hope your birthday was amazing. 30 is actually a great year!!

  51. Kristin

    And I like your Facebook Page and follow you on Twitter. Hope you had a fabulous birthday!! 30’s not so bad – it’s 31 that gets scary, because, well, now I’ll be in my thirties…

  52. merrymac12

    I like cake. I even like leftover supermarket bakery cakes. You, the ones that don’t get picked up. They say things like, “Happy Six Months Anniversary, Clark! I Love You!” . So I eat the cake and wonder why Clark never got his cake.

  53. Lisa G

    My favorite cake is cake. All cake. LOL. But especially multiple kinds of chocolate cake, like tuxedo cake, with both dark and white chocolate frosting on regular chocolate cake.

  54. Lori

    Happy Belated Birthday! I’m sorry I’m late to your party. As a . . ahem . . .fortysomething approaching fifty, you are a mere babe. Embrace it!! Honestly, I’m enjoying my 40’s more than my 30’s – probably because I just don’t care about the “number” anymore ;-). I already follow you on Twitter but I’ll go and “like” you on Facebook. If it’s not a nice, rich, fudgy chocolate cake, and I mean chocolate, not that weird German chocolate variety, I’m not interested. All the best!

  55. alice-in-wonder

    Heyy.. I stumbled upon your blog via the FP entry, and stopped to read more entries by dint of being a bookworm. But the entry that’s got me truly hooked is the one about you turning 30. Happy Birthday.
    Did I say why I am hooked? Yeah, I turn 30 in a few months, and I completely hear you on “..but I’m kind of freaking out. I STILL don’t know what I want to be when I grow up”.

    Hugs, hugs πŸ˜€

    P.S. I don’t, usually. leave long winded comments on anyone’s posts for the very first time. But that post spoke to my soul, you know?

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