Birthday Celebration + Photo Book Giveaway

Let me begin by saying Thank You! I had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family far and wide. The day before my birthday I was surprised with a Party at a local restaurant. Several friends were able to come and celebrate with me. The day of my birthday I went Antiquing then lunch at Norma’s at Duh where I was in for another surprise, Norma signed her cookbook for me as well as sat and chatted for a bit. I had a wonderful time celebrating that I am no longer in my teens! Thank you to everyone who made it so special for me, this was a birthday to remember for years to come! Below are two galleries of my celebration. Check out the bottom of the page for the giveaway.

Birthday Celebration via LashesandDashes

My surprised look as I saw all of my friends.

Today I bring you a Photo Book Giveaway, I have partnered with Lashes and Lenses Photography to bring you this awesome gift. The giveaway starts today and will end on Monday September 8, 2014. Whoever wins this giveaway will receive a 8 inch by 8 inch, 20 page photo book with their choice of Beach, Nature, or Sunrise and Sunset Pictures or a mix of all. This book will be beautiful to display on your coffee table. Below are a few picture options.

 

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Star of David Sunset

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Sunset

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Nature

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Nature.

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

The Beach

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Grey Heron on the Beach

 

Photo Book Giveaway

St Louis Zoo

We were only able to spend about 2 hours at The Zoo, but we packed in a lot in that short time! It had been several years since I had been to a Zoo. I was shocked to find out Admission was free, and even more shocked The St. Louis Zoo is spread out over 89 Acres, so make sure to wear comfy shoes! There is also a train that runs throughout the Zoo, if you choose to do this there is a small charge of $5 per person. We chose not to do the train (we needed the exercise) but if we get the chance to visit again and have more time we will do the railroad.
We saw the Storks and Ducks as soon as we stepped into the Zoo, they were beautiful! We visited the primates section, it was so fun to view them in their habitats! While we were viewing the primates we passed a Volunteer telling a group of school age children how the primates were created. I expected to hear the usual evolution story children in schools hear, but I was shocked when he told them the Biblical Creation story! It was a welcome change to hear, I think my jaw may have dropped in shock!
By far our most favorite section of the Zoo was The Sea Lion Sound! It is the most fun you can have above and below sea level, children of all ages love this Exhibit! You get to walk through an underwater tunnel right into the sea lions’ habitat where you’ll see the animals swimming all around you. One of the Sea Lions was very active and playful, a little girl used her jacket as a ribbon, and the Sea Lion put on quite a show for us! He spinned, twirled, and flipped right in front and on top of us.
After Sea Lion Sound we visited the Bears, it was a small exhibit since they are renovating the exhibit to make room for a large Polar Bear Exhibit.  The St. Louis Zoo really is amazing and the fact that there is no admission fee is truly unheard of these days.  It was one of the highlights of our week in St. Louis.  We will definitely be going back and spending more time!

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes