So first off I need to say – I mean write aloud – that I’m 39 today! Okay, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Besides, they say it’s just a number! Hogwash (yes, 39-year-olds say “hogwashҀ). There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of myself as 28. I think my internal clock stopped there. But the realist in me says, “Hey, I’ve earned those 39 years. Own ’em!” And, its true! I couldn’t be happier with the woman, wife, and mom I’ve become. I feel truly blessed with the life and love I’ve created. So, for my birthday I’d like to give myself a pat on the back, a big hug, and a high five all in one!

And then I’d like to give one lucky ediTORIal reader a gift of a personalized autographed copy of my new book, celebraTORI, plus a $50 gift certificate to InvenTORI. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me what’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received.

And since I want today to be a celebration for everyone, I’m also giving all my readers 10% off at InvenTORI when you use the code TORIBIRTHDAY. Of course you can use the discount for whatever you like, but while they last (because they are one-of-a-kind and amazeballs) I have a special treat for you…


Today we are debuting these amazing Evolution Rewind Rings exclusively at InvenTORI. They are all vintage re-styled cocktail rings that I hand-selected from this outstanding collection created by my friend Lisa of Evolution Vintage. Each ring is unique and one-of-a-kind.



They’re all made from vintage brooches mounted onto a brass ring with 24k gold or silver plate. Each mount is adjustable so you can customize the fit just for you – and with today’s code, you can scoop one up for a total steal. There are lots more on the site so be sure to check them out!

And, of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below telling me about your favorite birthday present.

Update – We have our winner! My birthday gift goes to ediTORIal reader Melissa Nowak – check out her favorite birthday gift:

My best birthday gift has always been quality time with my family. We are all getting older and don’t get to spend a lot of quality time together so being with my family is the best gift I can get each year. I don’t expect anything except that and of course a cake, cause its bad luck to not eat a piece of birthday cake, but family time is the best gift, and another year at life πŸ™‚

There were so many thoughtful, touching stories – it was hard to choose just one winner, but I think Melissa’s story hits the nail on the head. Congratulations, Melissa!

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Photo Credit: Hayley Marie Photography

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