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Just call me Oprah

January 10, 2011

I should clarify that I don’t like Oprah. Nor do I watch her show. She bothers me. So does Dr. Phil. So does her book club BUT I have heard tell of her favorite things episode and in honor of the day of my birth, I decided to have the FIRST (only?) ever giveaway here and give away some of my favorite things. (And write the longest sentence ever as well.)

I’m writing this from the frozen tundra of the North. North Alabama at any rate. See? This is our backyard:

Seriously folks. We have 6 to 7 inches where I live. Personally? I love it. Getting snowed in on my brrrday as one Facebook friend called it, is awesome beyond belief. I’m sitting here in a long sleeve fraternity party t-shirt from days at Auburn, blue and white polka dot fleece pants, pink striped socks and a crown. And? No one can judge me BECAUSE IT’S MY BIRTHDAY and I can’t leave the house ANYWAYS. (Though I did wear this outside with black and white polka dot boots because Clifford HATES snow and won’t pee unless we ALL go outside with him.)

I was born in a blizzard and have been wreaking havoc ever since.

Here’s a pic from my childhood. I was about two:

Even as a wee, sweet girl I had definite ideas about how I wanted to be photographed and this clearly wasn’t it. You’d cry too if your mom did that to your hair.

ANYSNOW-so back to the good stuff. The first ever annual (maybe) Amy Blam’s Birthday-Just Call Me Oprah Giveaway.
Here’s the loot:

What’s in there you might wonder? Well, as I said, it’s some of my favorite things:
Fave book: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Fave lip gloss: Cherry Bomb by Victoria’s Secret
Fave face primer: Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
Fave candy: Godiva Gems milk chocolate caramels
Fave lip balm: Rosebud salve IN the elusive tube (This stuff is amazing: chapped lips, cuticles, diaper rash, dry skin, etc)
Fave makeup: Stila Live from the Red Carpet Breathtaking Beauty
And, OF COURSE, I had to give you pair of Assets (sorry guys, I was footing the bill and Spanx are pricey but I do really like, and wear, Assets as well) and a Lilly Pulitzer Brushworthy Cosmetic Bag in What the Shell Patch.

All in all, it’s about $150 worth of stuff. Disclaimer: No one gave me anything. Except for the cosmetics bag, which Lilly Pulitzer gifted to me, I purchased all the other stuff and, sadly, was not bribed in any way.

I can’t imagine why no companies ever ask me to review things…

Here’s a close up of what is inside the Stila set. Stila and Smashbox are my fave and I bought myself one of these Stila kits as well.

I ADORE this set, it’s one of three variations and I snapped up the last two my Ulta had in this combo. I liked it best. It has 6 shadows, Kitten all over shimmer, Convertible color lip and cheek cream in Breathtaking and Lip Glaze in Guava.

Now for the big question: HOW DO I WIN? (I mean you, not me…because obviously I can’t win my own giveaway. Can I?)

First deal is you have to like Amy Blam on Facebook. And why wouldn’t you want to? When I reach 500 likers over there I’m giving away $100 amazon gift card. So woohoo!

Other than that, leaving a comment on this post about one of YOUR favorite things will enter you and you can tweet about it ONE time for an entry-if you want to. Feel free to use your own words while talking about how funny and fabulous I am, how your life will never be complete if you don’t read this blog and how awesome the giveaway is. In other words, LIE but while lying please include a link to the giveaway post:

So you can get two entries: 1 for comment, 1 for tweet and to even enter you HAVE to like me on Facebook. I know, I know-I’m such a biatch. But’s it’s my party and I’ll be a biatch if I want to.

Drawing will be random and since I’m hateful I’ll probably make bratchild write all the names on little slips of paper and pull one out of a hat. (Seems fair and she’s less likely to succumb to bribery and flattery than I am.) The giveaway closes Sunday night at midnight-it’s the 16th I think.

Sorry I am not making you guys tweet 12 times and follow with google and subscribe and send me your blood type and first-born (okay I don’t WANT anyone’s first born) for 500 chances to win and all that but let’s face it, I’m lazy and that would be hard to keep up with. I really just wanted to do something fun for my blamerous readers and maybe gain a few more. (Family members can’t win.)

This is NOT turning into a giveaway blog. See above: lazy. See above also: nobody gives me free shit.

So thanks for reading. Since the world has yet to end, Wednesday I’ll post my resolutions.

© Amy Lloyd Mayfield and Amy’s Blam, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Amy Lloyd Mayfield and Amy’s Blam with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2011 1:02 PM

    You are so Klassy. I love it! So we should not call you Oprah?
    Seriously, what a cool idea for a give away. A neat prize pack.
    When are you flying us all to Australia?

  2. January 10, 2011 1:04 PM

    I have liked you since the moment I happened upon this pinkalicous place.

    Happy, Happy Birthday Amyblam! And that picture of you, Oh My Freakin Lawdy Lawd, it is just utter fabulousness!

    Oh and the way you’re dressed today is the way I dress every ding dang day and I don’t have the excuse of snow here in Florida.

    When someone is having a giveaway, I usually leave a comment and say, don’t worry about adding me to your giveaway, because there isn’t much I really crave or need. But of course, leave it to you, to give away pure awesomeness. I. Am. In.

    I will tweet this if I can figure out how to do that, being such a newbie.

    And once again, Happy, Happy Birthday my friend.

    Oh and I, too, don’t watch Oprah. I’m kinda meh on the whole Oprah thing. I was, though, kind of hoping she’d hook me up with a meet and greet with Bono. I may or may not have written her a letter one time telling her just that very thing when she asked people to tell them their struggles and she’d grant one lucky struggler their wish. I guess having to keep my husband in black socks was not enough of a struggle for her. Whatever. Bitch.

  3. January 10, 2011 1:06 PM

    I am totally coveting the Stilla! Do we get EVERYTHING if we win?

    • AmyBlam permalink*
      January 10, 2011 9:38 PM

      Yes! One winner gets the whole shebang.

  4. Marvi Marti permalink
    January 10, 2011 1:13 PM

    I am SO coveting it ALL! I already ‘like’ ya on Facebook so I will comment and tweet ya too. XOXO and Happy Birthday!!!

  5. January 10, 2011 1:34 PM

    Couldn’t help but laugh at you being snowed in in Alabama…I’m in Wisconsin and it’s snowing right now. I definitely relish a snow day! Oh, and I share your dislike of Oprah and Dr. Phil, as well. Happy blogging, and Happy Birthday!

  6. AmyB permalink
    January 10, 2011 1:46 PM

    Oooohhhh…wonderful stuff…I’m in. I already “like” you on FB so I’ll just say: Happy Birthday Amy…I hope your day is filled with joy and pink sparkles!

  7. Little Miss S permalink
    January 10, 2011 2:51 PM

    I already “like” you on FB too, and I almost feel bad about commenting since it has been SO long since I have left one. Very cool giveaway! I miss a good snowday now that I live in CA – I grew up in the midwest….so curl up with a good book and some good chocolates…and have a Great Birthday!!!

  8. January 10, 2011 2:52 PM

    First of all, Happy Freakin’ Birthday!!!

    I’ve been addicted since I first happened upon your blog! And now I can keep track of your posts on FB too, so sweet. 🙂

    One of MY favorite things is Azul Margarita – I discovered it when visiting Texas last year – it’s a pre-mixed margarita made with agave wine instead of tequila, comes in a plastic bottle so you can “freeze & squeeze” if your prefer your drinks frozen. Unfortunately now I can only order it online. 😦

  9. Pamela *Amy and Melissa's Mother Extraordinaire* permalink
    January 10, 2011 4:34 PM

    I do not understand why I cannot win something – I gave birth to you 34-years ago today in the worst storm in Pennsylvania history since the year I was born. And, your father went passed the hospital on his way to buy cigarettes. And, a disclaimer here, your hair was like that because you were a tricky fast little thing and your hair got cut on the run – literally. You would run and I would run after you with scissors. Do you suppose that is where the term “do not run with scissors” came from.

    Happy Birthday my love.

  10. January 10, 2011 5:47 PM

    I would cry too if my mom did that to my hair…and in fact, she did. Must’ve been the style at the time. Sigh.

  11. January 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    What a fantastic idea for a giveaway, Amy! And happiest of birthdays to you!

    Very cool. My favorite things are the Too Faced Naked Eye eyeshadow set (can’t live without it), Kerastase shampoo (can’t afford it) and Ghiardelli chocolate (shouldn’t eat it).

  12. January 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    I love your blog and your way with words. But, I am a stalwart non facebooker and even all your free bling won’t make me do it. I swear, I’m going to be the last girl standing. I refuse to face. So sad that means I can’t play along.

    • AmyBlam permalink*
      January 10, 2011 6:34 PM

      I will make an exception for non facebookers like you. Probably smarter than all of us!

  13. January 10, 2011 6:22 PM

    I don’t like Oprah either although I guess that shouldn’t really surprise anyone since we seem to be cut from the same sparkly cloth. Also? I am below the Mason Dixon line and buried under 6+ inches of snow which is irritating me slightly since I did not sign up for snow when I signed up to become a Southern Belle. My favorite things include Coke Zero Cherry first thing in the morning, deliciously cheesy movies (like Troop Beverly Hills) on random TV channels (like WE) on a Saturday, the Burlesque soundtrack, getting a pedicure and my tiara. Happy Birthday sugar!

  14. January 10, 2011 8:34 PM

    Happy Birthday Ofrah!! Love your generosity 🙂 I don’t have facebook for Mommakiss all set up yet but I like you. Lots & lots!!

  15. January 10, 2011 9:51 PM

    I already like your shit on FB. I have for a long time now, hunny bunz.

    One of my favorite things is Lululemon clothing. Why isn’t that a part of this giveaway?

  16. January 10, 2011 9:59 PM

    I just live free stuff. Especially winning free stuff. It satisfies the hoarder in me…

  17. Paige permalink
    January 10, 2011 10:15 PM

    I clicked on over here from Shauna Glenn because your “millionizes the death intensity…” comment made me laugh out loud. I’m number 345 liker on facebook, and I’ve discovered you’re a fellow book-lover (Neil Gaiman yay and Oprah nay), so I’ll be back to explore more when I’m not falling over tired.

    So.. Like of mine? I looooove [insert 10 minutes of mind blankness and discarding of many like-but-not-loves] when my husband gets up when Katie wakes up inexplicably at 5 am and says, “Shhh, go back to sleep.” If I wasn’t busy rolling over before the z’s escape, it would get him lucky every time. (This has happened maybe twice. Maybe if I tell him it’s good for a “Lucky Coupon” or something it would occur more. Hmm. See your blog is already doing great things for my sleep AND my sex life.)

  18. January 11, 2011 12:01 AM

    Happy birthday. Happy New Year.

    You don’t have to send me anything, just keep giving us your smile.

    Have a great 2011.

  19. mairzeebp permalink
    January 11, 2011 6:19 AM

    You had me at Stila. Ok, you had me at Godiva but, I am a huge fan of Stila’s. I will eventually need to live in a cardboard box on the street due to my fascination with all things cosmetic. I’ll be sparkly though. I liked you on Facebook. I am #345, the little dancing girl picture. It’s the last time I was svelte enough to wear white satin and fringe. I think I was four :). Very cool thing to do with the giveaway! I’m looking forward to winning or, to compensating my sadness with not winning by purchasing myself some Stila. Happy Happy Birthday to you!!

  20. January 11, 2011 12:24 PM

    I’ve been a friend of yours on FB for a while now (I’m stacey kolozs on FB). One of my favorite things is Wool Shake from Redkin. It’s a texturizing spray and just about the only product that controls my wild naturally curly hair.

    Here’s my tweet too:

    • January 11, 2011 12:25 PM

      Oh, and Happy Birthday!!

  21. January 11, 2011 2:43 PM

    Long been a facebook fan!!

    Happy Birthday! and as someone in west central georgia– i loved the snow for your birthday.. and the snow day i got as a result…

    Can’t decide what’s the bigger draw– the godiva or the stila!

  22. January 11, 2011 7:12 PM

    just liked you on facebook!!!
    haaaaaappppyyyyy birthday!!!!! 🙂
    my current favorite thing is my kindle!!

  23. January 13, 2011 3:18 PM

    Oooooh, what a great giveaway! Am crossing fingers 🙂

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMY! Hope it was a fabulous one (sounds it to me!).

    And seriously, that is the CUTEST baby picture ever (though you do NOT look happy at all). Awwww, poor little Amy!

  24. January 14, 2011 7:51 AM

    Just tweeted and like you on facebook-
    My favorite things are mostly food items. like cadbury eggs and be my valentine nasty little pink frosted cakes…yummmm!!!! (do you like my use of exclamaition points there?)
    Happy birthday a few days late- sorry I am behind, I hve been knee deep on puppy accidents and three year old vomit, fun stuff, I know you are jealous. All of that means that Lysol is also at the top of my favorite things list this week.

  25. Nikki Bartock permalink
    January 15, 2011 9:18 PM

    You are freaking hilarious!
    I adore your idea for when the glitter comes off of your super kick ass amazing glittery shoes (like wtf … what a great plan!)
    Also… i like free shit so hook a girl up ♥

  26. christine permalink
    January 15, 2011 11:19 PM

    Lip Venom, NV stain and plump, lip injection, and lip fusion xl…… all plumpling lip glosses so addicted to burning gloss that nothing else seems right. I’m also a huge fan of dr brommers peppermint soap. Not to mention dior show in blackest black. And you can never go wrong with dermablend. But there are so many great products how do you choose just one!

  27. January 16, 2011 1:29 PM

    Apparently, I’m already a FB fan!! And!….I will be tweeting about it momentarily,

    Likes? Hm… Burt’s Beeswax products, mostly the traditional chap stick
    Brunch at the beach ( just had)
    There’s a whole ton of craft products I could list, but I know you could care less (unless they’re sparkly)
    Fave book is Pride and Prejudice, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is pretty good too.

    I guess that’s it for now.

  28. January 16, 2011 2:22 PM

    Okay so I retweeted you twice, because I tweeted from here and one from Twitter, via CraftyHope…. I also added you on FB… Great Giveaway,…. Good Luck to Everyone 🙂 Ty for the giveaway… Mrs. SoNOTOprah

    … and I don’t miss the snow, the only time I think I might was it. is Christmas Day. I was really glad we didn’t get any south of I10, because I cannot stand being cold anymore. Things hurt on me now, that I have gotten older….. that I never knew could hurt!. I grew up in IL and I don’t see how I did it back then. These low temps we had all last week here, were miserable for me.

  29. Martha Lewallen permalink
    January 16, 2011 4:10 PM

    Oh, are you gonna end with “Everbody gets one!” ?

  30. Martha Lewallen permalink
    January 16, 2011 4:12 PM

    My favorite thing right now is my new IPAD!

  31. January 16, 2011 6:12 PM

    I already like you on facebook! And on the blog.

    I am very intrigued by all of your favorite things, so even if I don’t win I’m going to check them all out.

    My favorite things seem to change, but my current must haves are (1) my shark steam mop. I love this thing. It makes my life a lot easier. Bonus: My kids like using it too! :-)) (2) current favorite book is Breakfast with Buddha. (3) “Beauty” item is Noxzema. I’ve used it since I was a teenager. Also Lush Dream Cream.

    And finally – Happy Birthday!

  32. lilsaej permalink
    January 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    One of my favorite things is MAC lipstick in “Cream in Your Coffee.”

  33. January 16, 2011 10:13 PM

    I’m entering! Because I have been getting nothing but bills & I want to look forward to checking the mail. Can I bribe bratchild into stacking the deck in my favor?

    Oh, I retweeted your tweet about the giveaway. Sorry, I’m lazy & won’t work too hard for free stuff.

    One of my favorite things? Hmm.. I like all the loot you’ve got, but I’m craving the Godiva hardcore. 🙂


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