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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

OMG! I'm turning 50!!


I love birthdays, especially mine! My vanity has not made me a big fan of getting older, but I DO like me some presents and cake! I'm having a hard time believing it's the big 5-0 for me, but that's what it says on my driver's license so it must be true!
I think my biggest problem with aging is that inside I feel like I'm about 35 and rocking it, but then I'll pass by a mirror and I'm like "Whoa! When did THAT happen?!?!" Can anyone relate? LOL!
I've had a bit of an attitude adjustment these last couple years, and I've come to realize that getting older is not a curse.
It's a privilege!
And since I'm graduating from the lower-case f-word birthdays to the fully capitalized f-word birthdays (forty and FIFTY people! I do try to maintain my PG rating here *wink*) I'm gonna eat a LOT of cake AND throw a big blog party! 

I am so lucky to be surrounded by ridiculously talented women who are also the kindest and most awesome people! I wanted all the peeps that I love to be part of my big weekend, and that includes YOU too! I've invited all 3 of my Girl Friday teams...and a few very special former Girl Fridays to join me in a big ol' huge blog hop!!  There will be jaw dropping inspiration AND prizes!
Lots of prizes!!

One $50 gift code to my shop will be given away here on the blog AND there will be 4 more $50 gift codes scattered through the hop!

For a little extra fun, I've got a special SALE on my WTF2 stamp set! I'll bet lots of you know peeps who are entering or wallowing in their f-word birthdays too! LOL!
Since my birthday is on the 23rd, I've marked it down 23%! No code needed, it's been added to our SALE category in the shop for you while supplies last for the duration of the hop :)


So just how do you get your chance to win one of the five $50 gift codes??
For your chance at the $50 code being given away here, do as many of the following as possible...
* Join our Newsletter - simply fill out the form in our sidebar here
* then leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite birthday cake.
Me personally,  I loooove Nothing Bundt Cake's chocolate, chocolate chip with extra icing. Nom, nom, nom!

For your chance at the other four $50 codes, simply visit each stop on the hop and leave a little love.
You have until 11:59 pm on April 23rd to visit all the stops, and the winners will be announced right here on the blog on April 24th...probably in the late afternoon. I plan on partying but good this weekend :)

Let's get this party started! Grab a cuppa something yummy and start hopping :)
Your first stop is the fabulous Kimberly!

Here is the hop lineup just in case you get lost along the way or encounter a bad link. We're human so it happens sometimes :)
Kimberly Rendino <<Next Stop!
Heather North
Alanna Moses
Amy Kolling
Ceal Pritchett
Lisa Mensing
Vicki Dutcher
Lori Kobular
Michelle Lupton
Laurel Beard
Larissa Heskett
Angel Rivera
Nora Noll
Mary Moisan
Penny Ward
Lisa Lahiff
Virginia Lu
Kim Hamilton
Michelle Wallace
Shona Chambers
Laurie Willison
Jeanne Jachna
Irit Shalom
Kelly Griglione
Susan White
Marcia Harrington




91 comments:

  1. Happy BDay! Fifty is actually a great age to be. I kinda remember it (heh heh!) I just followed you on Pinterest, I already am signed up on the newsletter (that is how I learned about your big birthday bash) and I don't have an Instagram account. So am not sure my name can go in for the prize. But... I can tell you my favorite birthday cake is chocolate funnel cake with lots of melty vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce. I'm swooning right now just thinking about it!

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  2. My favorite birthday (or any day) cake is Hershey Bar or Swiss Chocolate Cake. Happy birthday! I turned 60 last year and it freaked me out! Now I'm resigned to it...I'm old!

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  3. Happy Birthday Michele!! I am signed up for the newsletter (found the hop that way) and I also already got you guys on Pinterest & Instagram :) My favorite cake? CHOCOLATE with more CHOCOLATE and more. . . and I really love Tiramisu, too :) Enjoy your party but if I hear you all the way in Aurora, I'm gonna crash it! <3

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  4. Happy Birthday! I've got to say that I love a great lemon cake with lemon frosting and I mean lots of lemon flavor. Not a "hint of lemon." I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  5. Happy Birthday Michele! I don't know if I've met a cake I didn't like, but chocolate crazy cake is my favorite.

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  6. Happy birthday from a fellow Taurus. I’ll be 40 on April 27th so if we don’t chat/visit before then, please have the best 50th birthday you can. You deserve much more but with Love, Family, Friends and Faith...you’re birthday will be AMAZING!

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  7. Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Michele!!! Thanks for letting me be a part of your girl Fridays team and share in this special hop to celebrate YOU!

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  8. Happiest birthday wishes!! How very generous of you to give US gifts!!

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  9. Happy, happy BD, Michelle! I can still remember my 50th BD--loved it! BDs are indeed a blessing! I love angel food cake with carmel sauce, but haven't had it in a million years!

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  10. Happy B-day Michele!! Hope you have a great one, it definitely looks promising with the amount of talent and love here and all over the blog hop ❤
    And I'm with you on the all chocolate cake - the more cacao (and cake!) the better.
    Need to get one now yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum xx

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  11. Happy birthday Michele! Eat lots of cake and have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for having me as one of your girl Fridays, it is an honor. Xx

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  12. Happy, Happy Birthday Michele!! I hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend!! You deserve it! I am honored to be on your Encouragement Squad and even more to be on your Birthday Bash Blog Hop! My favorite birthday cake is an ice cream cake with all banana fudge ice cream and fudge in the middle and some sprinkles on the sides!

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  13. Happy birthday Michele, enjoy your birthday weekend, and eat plenty of cake. Amazing line up of talent for the hop x

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  14. Congrats on 50 and loving on stamps! It's the best I can tell you even at 62.... This year's BD cake was GF red velvet. :)

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  15. Whoo-hoo! Happy 50th! My birthday was yesterday. As I get older I really enjoy birthdays more than ever. I hope you have a spectacular year! Just like you, my favorite is Nothing Budnt Cakes chocolate chocolate chip! That’s what we had yesterday for my birthday 😋

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  16. A very Happy Birthday, Michele--50 looks good on you! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! Favorite cake is chocolate dobash...yum!

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  17. Happy Birthday! 50 isn’t such a bad number-in fact I also think it’s a privilege to have made it. I had a sister-in-law who passed away at 33 yrs old from a brain tumor, so I try to be happy about birthdays in her memory. Anyway, I love most any cake, but I do love the Lemon Nothing Bundt Cake a lot! I’m subscribed to your newsletter, Instagram and trying to find you on Pinterest.

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  18. Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Michele - Thanks for letting me celebrate along with you!

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  19. Many, many happy returns of the day! I enjoy my birthdays more now since I have two kids joining in the planning with my hubby. This year we went on a short holiday and had an amazing time! My favorite cake is the Red Velvet that my daughter makes. It is simply divine!

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  20. Many, many happy returns of the day! I enjoy my birthdays more now since I have two kids joining in the planning with my hubby. This year we went on a short holiday and had an amazing time! My favorite cake is the Red Velvet that my daughter makes. It is simply divine!

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  21. Happy Birthday Michelle!! Enjoy your staycation with hubby!!

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  22. Yay YOU! Welcome to the club💚
    Cake...I love cake...how about Red Velvet.

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  23. Happy Birthday Michele!!! April is an awesome month month for birthdays ;) Mine is the 21st and my son’s was last week. I hope your 50th birthday is absolutely amazing and that you are beyond blessed! Oh to answer your question about cakes, I’m not a huge cake person but if I do eat cake I usually like a marble cake with whipped icing. Again Happy Birthday and thank you so much for sharing your special day with us as well as thank you for being so generous with such a sweet giveaway!

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  24. My daughter made a cake that sounds a lot like your fav. Our whole family raved about it for uears and always wants her to make it everytime we get together. That was my fav. Cake.

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  25. Happy Birthday! I've moved on the S birthdays which seem even more incredible than forty and fifty. How exactly does it happen so quickly? Enjoy every minute of your celebration.

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  26. Happy Birthday Michele! I have come to realize 50 is JUST a number! I turned 59 last month (I too wonder how THAT happened so quick...) however, I have learned a LOT over time and some people aren't as lucky as we are and don't get to celebrate these birthdays! My husband and I are celebrating our 39th Ann. tomorrow and I just shake my head in wonder as to where THAT time went. LOL
    Around here, carrot cake with cream cheese icing is for any and every occasion, so I am making one today for my husband & I to enjoy tomorrow.
    Have a WONDERFUL birthday!

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  27. Happy birthday .... remember its just a number.....still don't feel like I'm over 50 .... lol have a good one

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  28. Happy Birthday! I have 50 coming in a couple of years - amazing how time flies! Hope you have a wonderful celebration - your Bundt cake sounds delish. I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate - 3 yrs ago, I ordered myself a delicious layered birthday cake from a local independent bakery and I absolutely cherished every bite. :)

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  29. Happy birthday! :) I always wanted banana cream pie for my birthday cake as a kid!

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  30. Happy Birthday to you! I've been wondering about that big 5-0 for four
    years now! LOL My Mom would always make me a home made cherry cheesecake
    for my birthday! Yum!

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  31. Happy 50th Birthday!!! I hope your Birthday week is a Blast for you! I just recently tried the Nothing but Bundt cakes and you are so right. Yum Yum Yummy...Just thinking about it makes me want to go get a little one today. My favorite cake is just a normal old chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing.

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  32. Oh happy happy birthday!!!! Fifties are 10 wonderful years to enjoy!!! My fav cake is Nothing but Bundt red velvet!!!! Yum....

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  33. Happy birthday Michele ! I wish you a very happy celebration. Thank you for organizing this blog hop.

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  34. Happy Birthday Michele. You have a lot to celebrate. Have lots of fun! My favorite cake is the lemon poke cake with glaze icing.

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  35. Happy you joined the 50 Club. Celebrate today and all year long...you deserve it! So proud to call you my Survivor Sistah. Spice cake with buttercream (and a pinch of Lemon extract) frosting rocks my taste buds! YUM!!!

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  36. Happy 50th Birthday! My favorite birthday cake is a Carvel cake. I could eat the whole cake myself! Enjoy your day (and your cake!).

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  37. Happy 50th! For my 50th, 4 of my BFF's surprised me with a 4 day cruise...I think its time for a repeat! I'm not much of a cake person but I love German Chocolate. Not so much the cake, just give me the frosting, lol!

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  38. SQUEAL!! Such an AWESOME Blog Hop with TONS of Inspiration!! I'm THANKFUL to be a party of it!! Hope you have the most AMAZING Weekend and that you Birthday Week ROCKS!! HUGE HUGS!! <3 <3 <3
    I LOVE CAKE (Cupcakes) my FAVORITE is Almond Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and a Almond Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting!! YUMMY!!

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  39. I follow on Pinterest and I get your newsletter.
    I don't do Instagram - spend too much time on Facebook.
    My favorite cake is a white or yellow cake with
    dark chocolate frosting. I'm happy with a box mix.
    Happy Birthday and best wishes for many more.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Happy Birthday Michelle, and thanks for the great HOP & letting us celebrate with you!

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  42. Happy Birthday Michele! I hope you have a fabulous day!

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  43. My favorite cake is chocolate bundt cake with my Mom Mom's special icing. Wish I could make it as good as hers. Happy Birthday!

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  44. HB to you! Wish I was 50 again! My favorite cake is chocolate on chocolate cake. A dollop of whipped cream for some added color, ha ha! On to the blog...

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  45. Life begins after 50. By that time you don't give a darn about what others think or believe, you just try to live your exceptional life and help people. Sounds like you already do that, so you've got this 50 thing covered. Happy Birthday. Oh yeah, my favorite cake it angel food with lemon drizzle.

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  46. Happy Birthday! This is a big year for me too! I will be 80 in a couple of months. I too do not feel 80 more like 40 something! I am thankful for good health and a wonderful family and my faith.
    Have an awesome day!



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  47. Happy birthday! Hope you enjoy your day....and cake! My favorite is Italian rum cake, how my Auntie makes it.

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  48. Happy Birthday!For me cake is all about the frosting! I need buttercream! None of that cool whip type frosting here. . . . My favorite is vanilla but I also love cherry chip! I also make a cake where I swirl chocolate with spice cake and use cream cheese frosting. . . . . It is sooooooo good! I follow on Instagram and Pintrest.

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  49. Happy Birthday!!! I'm just 3 years behind you so I feel the big F birthday looming. LOL! My BFF is 6 months older so I'm glad she has to go first!!! Ha! My favorite cake is Death By Chocolate but any chocolate fudge cake will suffice :-) Oh, who am I kidding... ANY cake will suffice!!!

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  50. Happy Birthday! You picked my favorite cake Chocolate Chocolate chip from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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  51. Happy 50th birthday. My 50th was 10 years ago and it fell on Thanksgiving day. I like spice cake with caramel frosting.

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  52. Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a great day. 50 is the new 30! As long as you are healthy, life is great. I'm 52, so I know what I am talking about. I do like Birthdays, but mainly celebrating others. My favorite cake is a chocolate/raspberry filling, usually from Costco. Their icing is wonderful. Again, have a great day!! I think I am already subscribed to where you recommended, but I will check.

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  53. Happy Birthday Michele!! I hope you have a FANTASTIC birthday weekend!! Turning 50 will put me over the edge, I think. However, I have a trip planned to Ireland with some of my friends and leaving my husband home!!! My favorite cake? Whoopee Pie cake-chocolate cake from scratch with whoopee pie filling and rich, home made chocolate frosting. I literally binge every time we make this for an occasion!!

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  54. Wishing you a most magical Birthday! I love lemon cake with a lemon cream cheese icing!

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  55. Happy happy Birthday!!! My fave cake was butter pecan with butter pecan icing. BUt they don't make the icing anymore. :-( I'm close behind you for the big 5-0. PARTY ON!

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  56. I fellow bull :) Mine is coming up as well. Ahh.. So glad you are ready to party. Happy Birthday and thanks for letting us tag a long in the fun. Birthday cake, hmm.. I dont like chocolate, so maybe carrot cake or if it counts cheese cake!

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  57. 50 is all good!! Enjoy your week and party hearty! You only live once. Happy Birthday!! Angel Food cake with lemon cake is the way to go, my absolute favourite.

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  58. Happy birthday! My favorite is chocolate cake with chocolate icing!

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  59. Wishing you an absolutely amazing birthday, Michelle!

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  60. I agree - Fifty is a privilege for which I am grateful! Happy birthday and may you have many more blessings in the coming year.

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  61. Wishing you an amazing birthday and many more ‘decade’ birthdays! And my favorite cake is chocolate cake with vanilla icing (and never the other way around)

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  62. Wish you a very happy birthday. Stay blessed and happy always. I follow your blog and now following on Pinterest too.
    Coming to the cake I love the black forest. It's my all time favorite

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  63. Happy Big 5 to you!!!! Wishing you another fun and crafty years and many more to come!
    My favorite cake is coconut chiffon cake! yum!

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  64. Happy birthday! For me- stick the candles in a New York style cheesecake with sour cream topping, and I won't care how many years those candles represent!

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  65. Happy Birthday Michele!! Age is just a number, so don't fret a single thing about the big 5-0! I hope your day is filled with lots of cake, presents and love! My fave b-day cake is not so much a cake...But I love it nonetheless! Can't do a b-day without key lime pie :) deeelish!

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  66. Happy Birthday. Fifty does sneak up on you. FYI so does 60! Enjoy it.

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  67. Happy Birthday!! Following on Instagram and Pinterest, and I just realized I NEED all of your coffee stamps!
    My favorite birthday cake used to be Blueberry Cheesecake for years, but this year I found myself craving a Chocolate Truffle.. Lucky me, I got both!! :D

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  68. I've gotta love a girl who knows how to spell her name properly!!! Happiest birthday, Michele... now go kick your 50's in the butt [keeping it pg!] xoxo
    =] Michele one L

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    1. OH the cake... any flavor will do! but I am really loving The Cheesecake Factory's Lemon meringue cheesecake these days!
      =]

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  69. Happy 50th! Cake, yum! I like a nice, moist white cake. Sorry, kind of boring but a great cheesecake is a close second. ;)

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  70. Happy Birthday! I hear ya' about not believing it until we look in the mirror! But you are totally rocking your little f's and I know you will continue to rock your big F's! (Personally, I stopped counting at 50; you're welcome to do the same!) I love a good homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting!

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  71. Happy Birthday! My favorite cake is Chocolate with dark chocolate icing.

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  72. Happy Birthday Michele - I love me some cheesecake

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  73. Wishing you a fabulous 50th birthday! My favorite cake is choclate with vanilla frosting.

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  74. Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday cake is chocolate with raspberry filling. Delish! Thanks for all you do and for all the inspiration!

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  75. Oh I hate having to choose favorites!! I'm gonna say... yes...Nothing bundt Cake, but I'll go with the red velvet... HAPPY HAPPY Birthday... I'm pushing 52 this year so welcome to the club!

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  76. Happy 50th! You're a spring chicken~
    My favorite cake I have to make myself as I don't eat sugar! I recently made an raspberry angel food cake and used raspberries from my garden last year as the topper!

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  77. Happy 50th! I hope you're enjoying a fun weekend!
    My favorite cake was one my aunt used to make for birthday celebrations. It was a chocolate cake with chocolate pudding between the layers, frosted with whipped cream! Yum!

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  78. Happy 50th! May you have a simply wonderful celebration.
    My favourite cake this year is coffee & walnut ... and carrot cake a close second.

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  79. Happy birthday....you are still a "spring chicken." :) As for favorite cake...that is a hard question! I have hardly met a cake I do not like....but some of my favorites are: German Chocolate, Coconut, and Key Lime. In fact a few weeks ago, I made up my mind to bake a cake every week! I am trying out all those recipes I have been saving on Pinterest. Of course this didn't make a single member of my family mad either....they like cake as much as me. ha-ha I follow Casual Fridays on Instagram and Pinterest as well as the newsletter. Again...happy birthday!!!!!

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  80. Happy Birthday Michele. I am 50 today!! I had a big party yesterday and there was cake!! Lots of cake. I love carrot cake with the cream cheese topping. Delicious. Have an awesome year. Hugz

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  81. Happy birthday, Michele!! :)
    My favorite kind of cake is a yellow cake with buttercream frosting, sometimes even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. ;)

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  82. Happy Birthday Michele! Hope you enjoy your it. My favorite is Chocolate cake. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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  83. Hey Michele, happy happy birthday. You are going to ROCK the big 5-0!! My favorite birthday cake is always chocolate fudge, yeah! I follow you on IG, Pinterest and the newsletter.

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  84. Happy Birthday Michele!!! Buon Compleanno!!!
    My favorite birthday cake is ice cream cake! So yummy!!!

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    1. I forgot to say that I'm already your follower on IG (raggiodiluc3) and on Pinterest (Arianna Barbara) and I'm subscribed to your newsletter.

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  85. A little late to the party, but happy 50th birthday! 🎉🎁🎈🎊🍸 Saw your IG pics and you look fabulous!
    My favorite cake is ice-cream cake!

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  86. Happy birthday 50th to you. Hope you have a fantastic day. My favorite cake is pineapple coconut. I'm an Instagram and Pinterest follower and a blog subscriber.

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  87. WOW! so many great cards. great job by everyone. Welcome to your 50's Michele... it's actually a very fun decade :)

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  88. Happy Birthday! I prefer the cookie "cake" but any cake will do as long as it has REAL frosting :)

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