A Birthday Celebration

Welcome to the celebration of the 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday!

I cannot, cannot, believe I am 40!

It seems like yesterday I was 22. Where did the last 18 years go?

Do not worry, this isn’t going to be a pity party. I am happy to be turning 40 because, well, the alternative isn’t exactly what I want either.

I am healthy, I have four healthy children, a loving husband and two amazing sisters and lots of wonderful friends. I am thankful to be having another birthday.

I thought for this little party I’d first provide some trivia(l) facts about myself, which you might not find interesting.

  • My family was like the book North and South: my mom from Michigan and my dad from South Carolina (the families did NOT mix well)
  • My birth place was Kalamazoo, Michigan (many do not realize that it is a real place)
  • My mom went into labor on the night of her due date, but had me the next morning and I did the EXACT same thing with my first baby, isn’t that neat?
  • Before I turned five I had lived in four different places (Michigan, Georgia, Germany and South Carolina)
  • I grew up as Mandy, and actually didn’t switch to Amanda until after I graduated from college

Throughout my childhood, my mother took wonderful pictures of our family with her Pentax SLR and I always thought “one day I’ll learn to take pictures like her.” She died when I was 21, then my dad died when I was 37, and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to fulfill that dream. I am glad I didn’t wait any longer.

Okay, enough reminiscing and on to the celebration!!! (Have to add this – I spelled reminiscing correctly the first time – I impressed myself!)

Today is 11/11/11, so we are celebrating that unique 40th birthday date by having six prizes, to reflect the six ones.

There will be SIX winners – one prize for each winner!
To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me who was president when you were born. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
  • One entry per person
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, November 13th at 11 PM EST CLOSED
  • Winners have 7 days to respond, after which the prize will be given to another entry
  • Winners will be chosen via Random.org

Giveaway was closed at 11:00 PM EST. Entries made after that were not included (sorry I have to follow my own rules). The comment numbers chosen via Random.org were:

102 203 115 417 51 158

  • Pretty Presets gift goes to comment #102 made by Jayne
  • Fototale Designs gift goes to comment #203 made by Dena
  • The Modern Knot gift goes to comment #115 made by Shirley LaMay
  • Isabelle LaFrance gift goes to comment #417 made by Courtney
  • My Funky Camera gift goes to comment #51 made by Dawn
  • Everyday Elements gift goes to comment #158 made by Ellie (who’s bday is TODAY!!)

I want to thank Pretty Presets, Fotatale Designs, The Modern Knot, Isabelle LaFrance and My Funky Camera for being so generous with their prizes and helping me celebrate my birthday like this! Please take time to go to each of their sites and look around, they are all talented and provide wonderful products!

I am down with a bad cold right now, so I may choose to celebrate again when I’m feeling better, so watch out for an email from me and keep on eye on the Facebook page. I have some fun things in mind.



Pretty Presets

A $50 gift card to Pretty Presets


Fototale Designs

$50 gift card to Fototale Designs


The Modern Knot

$25 gift card toΒ  The Modern Knot


Isabelle LaFrance Photography

A $50 product bundle from Isabelle LaFrance


My Funky Camera

$25 gift certificate for a wrist strap from My Funky Camera

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Everyday Elements

$50 gift card for anything at Everyday Elements


About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. John F. Kennedy for four months.

  2. Diane (diney) says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick…hope you are on the mend. Happy Birthday! 40 isn’t old, still a spring chick, lol! Dwight D Eisenhower was president when I was born in 1955. Yes, I’m vintage now. =0)

  3. Kristen Springer says:

    Gerald Ford was president when I was born in 1975… Happy Birthday!!

  4. Do I really need to admit it? : ) Eisenhower

  5. Ronald Reagan was president when I was born in 1981~ =D

  6. Heather Monarrez says:

    Ronald Reagan was the president when I was born in 1984. πŸ™‚

  7. Gillian Matos says:

    Jimmy Carter… happy happy birthday πŸ™‚ hope your feel better real soon

  8. Eisenhower. Perhaps it was turning 40 that made you ill πŸ™‚ I’m here to tell you that in 10 years you’ll think of 40 as a fresh bloom. Feel better.

  9. Gerald Ford (1975). HAPPY BIRTHDAY (get well soon) — are two cards required for all that sentiment, or will one do? Are you getting kickbacks from Hallmark?

  10. President Ford had been president for 2 months when I was born. Hope your feeling better, that stinks you’re feeling crummy.

  11. You’re a baby still! Nixon RESIGNED on my birthday… John F. Kennedy was president when I was born in 1962. Hope you’re feeling better… AND… I live in Ladson, SC, outside of Charleston and STILL want to make a live workshop at your home! Thanks for the great coupons… I made the 50%’ers… yeah!!!!! 11/11/11…. what a special day… but not spending it it… thanks for giving US such great gifts for YOUR birthday!

  12. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  13. Michelle A. says:

    I turned 40 this past August…I couldn’t believe it either!!!

    The president was Richard Nixon.

  14. Lacy Parker says:

    Good ‘ole boy, Jimmy Carter was president when I was born!

  15. Oh my gosh… what a FABULOUS prize for us!! What about you?!?!

  16. Another Nixon baby and newly 40 yr old gal! According to Oprah, this is when we come into our own. Yippee!!

  17. First off happy birthday! Second thank you for this giveaway and third I seem to be a minority here but george bush was president (1990).

  18. John F Kennedy. Wow, do I feel old!

  19. Richard Nixon!

  20. Jimmy Carter!

  21. President Richard Nixon was president when I was born in December 1969!
    Happy Birthday to you!

  22. Happy Birthday! What a fun day to turn 40. Jimmy Carter was pres when I was born.

  23. John F. Kennedy was president the year I was born; happy birthday and thank you all for this awesome giveaway!!! <3

    Lorie Hall

  24. Richard Nixon was president. Happy Birthday!

  25. Well, I’m not sure who was as I was born in Australia! Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister – I think Regan was president of the US?

  26. Happy Birthday! What a fabulous load of giveaways you have here! I believe it was Gerald Ford who was president in 1975, when I was born. Thank you for this awesome giveaway opportunity!

  27. Wow! 40! I’ll trade places with you. I was born in the early fall of ’63 so Kennedy had just been killed so not sure after that. I think Johnson. Need to brush up on my presidents. Happy Day to you.

  28. Painting Queen says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Dwight D. Eisenhower was the prezzzz.

  29. Tiffany Moore says:

    Ronald Reagan was president when I was born in 1980. Thank you!!!

  30. Wishing you a happy 11th anniversary and many happy returns!!!

    Lyndon B Johnson was president on my special day.

  31. Jimmy Carter was president when I was born.

    Happy Birthday!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Lyndon Johnson – 1967

    Happy Happy Birthday and welcome to the 40’s ;o)

  33. Geez – who was President when I was born…. Oh, I know – it was Lyndon B Johnson πŸ™‚ I was a little young to remember that!

  34. Happy Birthday! Dwight D. Eisenhower was president when I was born

  35. Happy 40th Amanda! Another for Lyndon B Johnson.

  36. HaPpY BiRtHdAy! Born in 1958, Dwight Eisenhower was president. Interesting fact for me is that I, my husband and all 3 of my children were born on Wednesdays! πŸ™‚

  37. Anne Hargreaves says:

    Franklin D Roosevelt

  38. Happy Birthday to you !!!

    In USA was L. B. Johnson but I was born in Brazil, the president there was: Costa e Silva πŸ˜‰

  39. Sharon Surman says:

    David Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower. Happy Birthday, it gets better!!

  40. I turned 40 this year , as well! I am thankful for EVERY day! I am a Richard Nixon baby. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Amanda!!!!!!!

  41. Gina Johnson says:

    Happy Birthday to You……and Many More!!!
    John F. Kennedy

  42. Happy Birthday from Canberra, Australia. Isabelle Lafrance showed me the way here and Lyndon B. Johnson was president in 1967.

  43. Happy (late!) Birthday!!! Lyndon B. Johson was president when I was born…thank you for sharing your celebration!!!! <3

  44. Hello! Lyndon B. Johnson was the president when I was born in 1964. I hope I am not too late for prizes. I love your website. Have not yet taken the time to really get into photo editing but want to really bad.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  45. Happy Birthday! Lyndon B. Johnson for me.

  46. Gah….ya’ll are making me feel old. Kennedy was president.

  47. Happy Birthday Amanda! So sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. I hope you’re much better soon and up to celebrating 40 in a big way!
    Richard Nixon was president when I was born…where have all the years gone?!

  48. Hope you are feeling better and can still celebrate your birthday all week. I am old so the president was Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  49. Gerald Ford! Happy Birthday!

  50. Happy Birthday to you!!! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating it.

    Lyndon B. Johnson was president when I was born.

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