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{Winner Announced!} Rachel Jasper Design

OK, I wasn't going to post the winner until I could get home tonight and post, but our server went down this a.m. and I found myself strangled to a blinding stop by the IT department. I had neither my email or the Internet (*gasp*) so did a manual random draw of all the winners.

Last night, I wrote down everyone's name who entered and then ticked off how many entries they had. I had that list in my purse this morning (when did I do that?). So what I did was I assigned a person a number and entered that number the number of times a person had an entry. For example, Miss Sarah Elizabeth was #1 and had five entries because she commented, blogged, tweeted, follows moi and now follows Rachel. Five entries, five little number 1's. I did this for 22 different people. I put the numbers on an Excel spreadsheet and printed them out and cut them into tiny strips.

Then I put all the numbers in a bag and gave the bag a good shake. Kind like I wanted to give to Bitchface and Dickhead this morning. *See previous post.*

Then I closed my eyes and picked a strip of paper. I don't have a photo of this because my eyes were closed. Duh. Here's the number I picked:

And here's the name that the number two corresponds with (please disregard the psychotic chicken scratch, also known as my handwriting):

So the winner of the 100 FREE Custom Save the Dates is BRITTNEY!!!!! She's got a blog too! It's Sand Dollars and Sunflowers! Miss Brittney, please email me at thethirtysomethingbride@gmail.com so I can give you the super secret password identifier code to share with Rachel.

But wait, there's more! I got an email last night from Rachel and she's decided to offer another incredible opportunity for all of you who entered, but didn't win.

If you entered the contest, place an order with Rachel by August 31st and she will give you 10 % off any pre-designed invitation set (customized with your colors)! Rachel's pre-designed sets run about $415 for 100 invitations, RSVPs and coordinating envelopes! Contact her now before she books up! racheljasperdesign@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who commented, follows, tweeted and posted! It was a great contest! Thanks to Rachel too for the incredible contest!


For My Own Personal Amusement

This post is not wedding related at all. However, it is very Thirty-Something Bride-ish. A little peek into what kind of woman The Thirty-Something Bride is, if you will.

For the last two years, we have been getting phone calls at home for a guy who does not live with me and The Candyman. We have a cat, but there is no similarity in names there. In order to protect all identities of all people, I’m making up names. We will call the guy people are calling for The Big Spender. Now Big must have gotten himself into some financial strains. How do I know this? Because collection agencies have been calling the house for (like I said) TWO YEARS. Now, let’s just pretend that my name is The Thirty Something Bride Notabig Spender. Let’s also pretend that The Candyman’s name is Big Candyman (perhaps a name I call him privately, but not his name at all). You might be able to see why people might think that The Big Spender lives at our house. Well, he does not.

This is a fact that I have been sharing with these multiple collection agencies for the last TWO YEARS. Have I mentioned that yet? Two. Years. I have threatened these people who call me on Sunday morning at 7:30am (oh yes, they do). Or Saturday at 8:30am. Or 6 or 7 times during the day (so says the caller ID). I have threatened them many times with the wrath of my anger. I have called the numbers back and threatened. I have been sweet. I have begged. I have yelled. These people totally suck.

So there was a message this week from some law office and they left a phone number and extension.

I called this number on my way to work this morning. I spoke to a woman. Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: Hi, my name is The Thirty Something Bride Notabig Spender. I have been getting calls at my home for the last two years for The Big Spender. There is no one here by that name.

Bitchface: What is your name?

Me: The Thirty Something Bride Notabig Spender. Listen, you guys are not calling the right person. You keep calling me at horrid times and I have called and called and…

Bitchface: What’s your phone number?

Me: Listen, it’s 555-555-5555 but I’ve been down this road before! Can I please talk to a supervise….

Bitchface: ‘Click’

Whoa. Really? Noooooo, she didn’t just hang up on me. Did she? Well, let’s call back and find out.

Me: Hi. This is The Thirty Something Bride Notabig Spender. I was just speaking to someone about an issue I have.

Bitchface: Yes, mam. We probably just got disconnected.

Me: Oh, OK. Listen, you guys are not getting this right. There is no one in this house or in my family or anyone’s family of anyone I know named The Big Spender. Can you….

Bitchface: ‘Click’

Oh. Really? Really? This time I call back and I don’t enter the extension, but dial zero.

Dickhead: Hello, this is Dickhead, how may I help you?

Me: Yes, hi. I would like to speak to the Customer Service Manager, please.

Dickhead: Yes, mam. I can help you with that. I’m a manager.

Me: Great! Listen, I was just talking to a woman and I think she hung up on me because I’m frustrated about you guys calling me all the time.

Dickhead: ‘Click’

*Slow, menacing smile* Now. Now, we will have some phone-fun.

Me: (after Dickhead answers) Really? Really? Is this where you want to take it?

Dickhead: I am so sorry, mam. I think we just got disconnected.

Me: Really? I need someone who is going to listen to….

Dickhead: ‘Click’



Me: Actually, right now, no. I really don’t.

Bitchface: ‘Click’



Me: Sure, I’ve dialed a wrong number before, but not for TWO YEARS. What are you, a fucking idiot?

Bitchface: ‘Click’





Dial. This time it went directly to voice mail.

Me: Yeah, you know I had to call you back. You know it. Have I made my point clear? ‘Click’

Now, I am probably going to have to unplug my phones for the next week or so as they might retaliate. I mean, they do have my home phone number.

P.S. Winner of the big contest to be announced later today!


The List

I made the list last night. The list of crap left to do. I tried to be as specific as possible. Whoa. Let's not go there today, shall we?

I've got a few things I've forgotten to mention along the way, so I'll just all caught up on that instead of re-living the dreaded "to do" list.

A couple of weeks ago I went grocery shopping solo (this is actually an activity The Candyman and I enjoy doing together) and hit the Super Wal-Mart near our house. We hate the SWM. Hate it. We prefer the Publix because they play fun music we can dance to in the aisles. However, SWM is cheaper and since we are still on Wedding Financial Lock Down, SWM it is. Boo.

As I was meandering up and down the aisles wearing my iPod (it drowns out the screaming children), I found two more goodies I'm planning on doing something with. I can't even remember how much I bought of these! They might go in the OOT bags, or on the Kid's Table.

The old school Cracker Jacks were $.99 for 3 boxes. I can't remember how much the mini Moon Pies were, but I didn't care. Moon Pies are part of the Southern Culture. They are made in Tennessee! In the lovely town of Bell Buckle (about an hour south of Nashville), they even have a RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival that includes a 10 mile run! For my fellow runners out there, you know how good that would taste after a long run!

On to other updates. Panties. Yes, that's right, panties. Or, more specifically "thong-tha-thong-thong!" Yes, indeed. I am going to blog about panties and you can't stop me. I am generally a commando kinda girl (I know, TMI, but hey - you're still reading, right?), but for some reason that just doesn't seem "appropriate" for my wedding day. Besides, there are going to be people helping me get dressed and I really don't think flashing them my parts is something they signed up for. So, off the Victoria's Secret I went, armed with a recent $10 off coupon I got in the mail (you know I loves me my coupons). This shopping excursion was during our tax-free weekend, so I saved an extra 9.25%! I got three pairs of potential wedding panties and a few pair of post wedding/honeymoon fun-things. See!

Did I ever mention to you guys that I'm a Featured Bride on The Wedding Chicks blog? Well, I am. They offered us bloggers 50% off their store and I bought this cute T-shirt that is just like my OOT bag that I knocked off from them. I love it! The quality is really good and they are on sale now. You should get one!

Last, but certainly not least - make sure you enter the 100 FREE Save the Date contest here!

P.S. Did you guys know that Micheal's will accept JoAnn's coupons? Why am I just finding this out now?


{Give-Away!} Rachel Jasper Designs

I am so jazzed about this give-away! Seriously, this little baby has been in the works since I was overseas! I found Rachel's work featured on our local go-to Ashely's Bride Guide. I have been dying to do an invitation related contest, so I was over the moon when Rachel said she was game! At the time, she was in the middle of some new designs, so I not so patiently awaited their completion!

You might recognize the invite from my finalist inspiration board on Style Me Pretty!

I just love Rachel's style and so wish that I met her prior to my own invitation production. No matter though, because I get to share her loveliness with my fabulous readers! Rachel is offering 100 FREE Save the Dates to one lucky winner! Now, this isn't any ol' Save the Date give away. Rachel will customize the Save the Date to your favorite design! How exciting is that?!?! Go check out her stuff at her Etsy shop, on her blog and on Flickr. You can also become her friend on Facebook. Here are a few of my favorites.....

So, how do you win? Here's how to get multiple entries into this awesome contest!

1. Post a comment here. Tell me your favorite design!
2. Become a follower of my blog or tell me you already are a follower.
3. Become a follower of Rachel's blog and tell me about here.
4. Re-post this contest on your blog and get another entry. Tell me about it here.
5. Tweet this contest on Twitter and get another entry. Tell me about it here.

That's FIVE chances to win per person! Hop to it and win this awesome contest! I'm running the contest from now until midnight on Thursday, 8.13.09. 100 Save the Dates is nothing to sneeze at folks. Enter now!


Style Me Pretty Fame! {"I Wish" Wednesday Postponed for Obvious Self-Promotion!}

OK, so I submitted two inspiration boards to Style Me Pretty for their latest contest. The prize is $250 towards a Crate & Barrel purchase (yes, please!).

Today they featured one of my boards! I don't know if that means I'm a finalist or what, but how freakin' cool is that!?! Go check it out!

I will give you a little nugget of information: one of the items on that board has to do with the upcoming give-away! Get psyched! :)

Here's the board that's up. I've called it Minted Retro. I'll save the other one until after the contest is over!

"Summer" gown by Modern Trousseau / Strawberry-Basil Bubble Tea with Tapioca Pearls, Chef Patrick O’Connell, The Inn at Little Washington, Photographed by Howard Lee Puckett / Signature Bella Umbrellas / Maples Wedding Cakes / Moschino, (Couture Zappos) / Invitations by Rachel Jasper / Cherry Dress by Pin-Up Girl Clothing / Nancy Liu Chin Flowers / Mint Green tie from Tie-Neckties.com

You know, I thought I was famous before. Now I'm feeling global!