Christmas is over. But that doesn’t mean the giving is.

I did a little shopping yesterday… not to return anything, but to look around. It’s what I do after Christmas.

Shop. It’s much more fun to shop after Christmas than before. The stress is gone and the sales are still on.

And if something catches my eye like a towering stack of satin pink leopard print jewelry boxes…

Betsey Johnson Jewelry Box

… well, I’ll take a few extra minutes and look through all the designs.

And if there happens to be something like a super-cute cupcake necklace staring right back at me, then I guess you know what happens next.

Betsey Johnson Cupcake Necklace

Awwe…… How could I resist. It’s just the cutest little thing.

Betsey Johnson Jewelry Box

And it comes in the cutest little box.

Betsey Johnson Necklace

And then there’s all this cute dangly stuff to boot. Did I mention how cute this thing is?

But I didn’t get it for me. I thought I would give it to one of you. So who wants it?

Enter for a chance to win this cutie patootie
Betsey Johnson Cupcake Necklace

Just leave a comment on this post and finish the following sentence…

This New Year’s Eve, I …

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 29th at 5:00 p.m. ET. Time’s Up. Winner announced below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

Good luck!

I didn’t expect to be so moved by the entries for this giveaway. These might just be some of my favorite ones to read to date. I usually don’t do anything on New Year’s Eve, so thank you for sharing a glimpse into your plans. The simple ones. The silly ones. The serious ones. You guys fill my heart with happiness.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And now for the winner…


Congrats anna p! It’s you!

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  1. This New Year’s Eve, I …will enjoy a night out with friends and enjoy what 2010 has in store for me.

  2. …am going to bed early

  3. will let my girls stay up as late as they want – and secretly hope that we are all sleeping by 10!

  4. This New Year’s Eve, I want to spend a romantic night with my boyfriend and hope our relationship gets even better in the new year!!

  5. This New Year’s Eve I am hanging out with my family and sleeping!!!!

  6. will cuddle with my husband, son & daughter on the couch – looking forward to all the great times 2010 holds for us. What? I’m lame like that – not much of a party girl!

  7. This New Year’s Eve, I will be going out to dinner and celebrating with all my friends who are in town from college! And I’m looking forward to a great 2010 since I will be graduating in May and starting graduate school in a new city in the fall!

  8. This New Year’s Eve, I am going to be watching the ball drop with my sister, brother-in-law, two supercute nephews, my mom and my dad.

  9. …will celebrate within my budget.

  10. This New Year’s Eve I will be in bed by 10 because I have to be at work by 7am! Oh the joys of working at a hospital, but the holiday pay sure is great!

  11. am hoping for a healthy and happy year for my family and I!

  12. This New Year’s Eve, I …am going to get all dolled up, big hair, heels and all, just to spend an evening at home with my hubby :)

  13. This New Year’s Eve, I am wearing a fantastic, obnoxiously shiny dress!

  14. ….I will be taking care of my hubby who is having surgery the day before, and getting ready to watch football all day long New Years Day!

  15. will be saying GOOD RIDDANCE to 2009 and then be welcoming 2010 with open arms!

  16. This New Year’s Eve I would like to have a nice dinner and movie date with my husband while the kids are SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!

  17. I will be with extended family!!

  18. This New Year’s Eve I have to work, as I have every New Year’s Eve since 2002. I don’t mind. I enjoy it.

  19. will be hanging out at my sister/brother in law’s house with my hubby & kids ringing in the new year together!

  20. This New Year’s Eve, I …will be home with my kids, hoping we are all in bed by 10 while my husband is working.

  21. This New Year’s Eve I’ll be snug at home with my husband and daughter watching a movie and eating lots of popcorn.

  22. this new year’s eve i will be hanging out with my husband and 3 kids…eating finger foods and watching the ball drop on tv

  23. This New Year’s Eve, I…am going to kiss my husband when the clock strikes 12:00 and say Happy 22nd Anniversary Honey! (we were married on Jan. 1/1988)
    I would love to win this adorable little necklace…..so cute!

  24. This New Year’s Eve I will be spending time with husband and son at a family party of coworkers! I am bringing cranberry sauce and Heinz Chili Sauce meatballs.

  25. Will be ringing in the new year with my family and great friends.

  26. This New Year’s Eve I will have a small shindig at my house with lots of yummy eats, wine and good friends. At 11:59, my kids will come down and do the countdown into 2010 with us.

  27. I am going to an early dinner with the hubby and coming home to watch the ball fall on times square…gotta share that new years kiss.

  28. This New Year’s Eve, I…will celebrate my second child’s 7th birthday. She was my first baby girl and the sweetest gift I could’ve received. New Year’s Eve will always be special because of her decision to be born that day at 18 min past noon.

  29. will be missing my sweetie (who is in Iraq) and reminiscing about new years past that we have enjoyed together.

  30. This New Year’s Eve, I will welcome my nephew !!!

  31. Will bring in 2010 with open arms and say goodbye to 2009 without the blink of an eye

  32. this new years eve i will spend time with my family <3

  33. This New Year’s Eve, I will be dancing and eating things I shouldn’t with the people who have touched me most this year… and who I hope to keep in my life in 2010!!!

  34. This New Year’s Eve, I’ll be celebrating on East Coast Time (even through we’re a West Coast family) with a pack of preschoolers!

  35. This New Years Eve, I will be getting ready to enter 2010 uncluttered, with purpose, ready to be the me I’ve been waiting to be!!

  36. This New Year’s Eve, I will…be celebrating in Times Square (1st time ever) with the most amazing man in the world ~ my husband and our youngest daughter. We never go anywhere on New Year’s Eve…ever! But last year we set some goals and agreed, if reached, we would treat ourselves. We did it! Woo Hoo!!

  37. This New Year’s Eve, I will be going to church with my friends and pray for wisdom throughout this new yeatr. We will then, like a lot of family and friends, be going to Denny’s to enjoy some deicious breakfast at 1:30 in the morning.. = )

  38. …will make resolutions and try my hardest to make ’em stick this year!

  39. This New Year’s Eve, I …
    will be w/my hubby and kids at a friend’s playing cards, board games & eating yummy food-til 10 at the latest! lol Then home to bed, maybe my hubs & I will stay up late enough to ring in the new year but probably not!

  40. This New Year’s Eve, I will be home with my kids while hubby works. Chances are I will be asleep before the New Year arrives.

  41. This New Year’s Eve I…. will be having a potluck downtown with all the locals!! And I can’t wait to kiss my new husband at midnight!!

  42. This New Year’s Eve…

    …I will be with my family and cuddling my one month old nephew, and probably baking some Red Velvet cupcakes to celebrate, too! :)

  43. This new years eve I will be spending time with my friends and ringing in the new year with lots of cheering and merrymaking. hopefully some cupcakes will be in attendance too :)

  44. I will be staying home with my family looking forward to starting 2010!

  45. This New Year’s Eve I will cuddle on the couch with my four favorite people and watch Elf. It’s tradition.

  46. …i will be gearing up to watch wvu win the gator bowl!!!!!

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  47. … am being set up with a boy by my friend and her boyfriend while out at a big party downtown.

  48. hope to go out!

  49. This New Year’s Eve, I …
    will be having a nice peaceful dinner with my family.

  50. I will be glad to see 2009 end and have high hopes for 2010. I’ll be home with my husband and dog wearing snowflake flannel PJs.

  51. I thought the box alone was adorable, but that necklace really takes the cake! ;)

    This New Year’s Eve I hope to spend a wonderful night with my boyfriend. It doesn’t matter where we are, so long as I’m with him it will be wonderful <3

  52. This New year’s eve I will go to bed early! :)

  53. This New Year’s Eve, I an going to dinner with friends and will be ringing in the new year right. 2010 is going to be a great year for me!! :)

  54. … I won’t be enjoying any snow. :(
    Bad economy = no ski vacation

  55. This New Year’s Eve I will more than likely not do anything fun.

  56. This New Year’s Eve, I will be happy.

  57. This New Year’s Eve, I…will be flying into New Orleans for my brother’s wedding.

  58. This New Year’s Eve, I will be enjoying an online date with my fiancé while he is in mexico, and knitting clothes for our baby girl due in march.

  59. I will be at my job bringing new babies into the world!

  60. This New Year’s Eve, I will spending it with my lovely boyfriend of 5 years. It is our first year spending it together, just me and him.

  61. This New Year’s Eve I…
    will do the same as every year! Stay home with my hubby and cook something special! We always have champagne but never wait until midnight. We are sound asleep by then :)

  62. will win a weight-loss competition with my friends by losing 10% of my body mass in five months, then proceed to gain it all back by drinking and over-eating!

  63. This New Years Eve, I…will have my 4 year old son help me make one last sinfully delicious treat before my New Year resolutions start. :) Any suggestions on what that last treat should be?

  64. This New Year’s Eve, I …will be hanging out with my entire family having a 80’s themed party!!

  65. …hope to send 2009 off to where it belongs, in the past; and will be welcoming 2010 with open arms.

  66. This new years eve I, will stay up late with my husband. We plan on playing video games till the wee hours of the morning. I am also planing on making cupcakes! Haven’t decided on what kind yet!

  67. This New Year’s Eve, I will probably be hanging out w/ my family and eating some good food!

  68. This New Year’s Eve, I will be hosting a party for all our friends. I hope to wow them with my baking.

  69. This New Year’s Eve I will be making Potato Skins from scratch for the first time using my “Pioneer Woman Cookbook” I got for Christmas!

  70. This New Year’s Eve, I …
    am hoping to spend time with my Hubby and friends. I don’t want any thing CRAZY! Just a small quiet gathering :-)

  71. this new year’s eve i will be celebrating with my very best friends and i absolutely cannot wait!
    also, my heart skipped a beat when i saw that you were giving this away-betsey johnson completes me.

  72. … hope to be recovered from surgery and ready to face the new year, healthy and whole.

  73. This New Year’s Eve I plan to go to bed early with the baby! Sigh. I miss sleep.

  74. be snuggling up with Huz and watching the Twilight Zone Marathon.

  75. This NYE I’m having the best time ever with great friends. Getting super dressed up, fancy dinner, playing pool at a hip pool bar uptown then headed out to a really ghetto karaoke bar followed by a low budget early AM breakfast. Plan is to stay out until 3am. We’ll see! We’re the “oldest” bunch of 20-somethings you’d ever meet! Happy New Year!!

  76. Will probably be not so patiently waiting for baby girl (due January 5th).

  77. This New Year’s Eve I will be enjoying a $55-a-person open bar with my fiance, celebrating the YEAR FROM HELL being over (seriously- unemployment, car problems, roof problems, legal problems… CRAZY FAMILY PROBLEMS!…) and welcoming what we hope will be our best year yet… the year we get married!

  78. This New Year’s Eve, I … will probably be snoozing. Yes… sadly I cannot seem to make it past 11 p.m. any more!

  79. This New Years Eve I will be having fish and chips on the beach followed by Ginelli’s gelato and walk with my new husband.

  80. I will be babysitting my little 8 mo old granddaughter!

  81. This New Year’s Eve, I… will go to an accelerated New Year’s Eve Party (ends a 9 pm) so that all the youngsters can enjoy, then spend the rest of the evening with my hubbie & kiddos, probably playing ping pong or Wii.

  82. I will be snuggled with my wonderful husband on the couch, while our sweet baby is sleeping away in her crib :) life couldn’t be any sweeter…. so blessed.

  83. This New Year’s Eve I will be spending my first new year with my new husband!!

  84. …will be relaxing at home with a fire and a good movie. Oh, and the hubby too!

  85. This New Year’s Eve, I will be spending with my hunny at home.

  86. … get to spend it with my Auntie!

  87. Well..I’m not really sure. Either we’ll stay at home and have a movie night with tons of finger foods..or we’ll go a day early to my brother and Sister in laws house. Probably the latter.

  88. plan on having a quiet evening with my husband after the kids are asleep.

  89. This New Year’s Eve, I am going to visit a friend from elementary school with my parents for dinner :)

  90. This New Year’s Eve I have no idea what I’m doing! We’ve been invited to parties but I think I would really rather just stay home, put the kids to bed early and do nothing!

  91. This New Year’s Eve, I want to make hundreds of cake pops in the shape of the New Years Ball. Sadly, I will probably be stuck on the couch, blowing my nose trying to get over this cold. -_-

  92. will be the first I spend as a wife!

  93. This New Years Eve, I…will enjoy a lovely small get together with my closest friends, as we reflect on this past year, enjoy each others company, and look forward to the great year that’s to come- filled with more amazing people and memories! :)

  94. This New Year’s Eve, I will be home with the kids while hubby is playing in a the band at New Year’s Eve party.

  95. This New Year’s Eve, I am going to be celebrating a late Christmas with my family, who lives in California while I go to school in Michigan. I’m so excited!

  96. This New Year’s Eve I am planning to let my children stay up until 10pm – then off to bed so my hubby and I can enjoy the rest of the night to ourselves

  97. hope to be at home with my husband, avoiding “Amateur Hour”, as we call it around here. Maybe baking some cookies or cupcakes…

  98. This New Years Eve I …. will begin new traditions!

  99. will be spending it happily in the wonderful city of Seattle.

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