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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: USMC Birthday Giveaway!

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Friday, November 9, 2012

USMC Birthday Giveaway!

You know what I love? Ball.  You know what I hate? Getting a cold a few days before ball.  But none the less Ball is coming and we will be attending as we do every year.  You know why we go every year? Because it's mandatory attendance. LOL!  But we would go anyway because it's a celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday and, as such, a great excuse to get gussied up and drink the night away while celebrating the history of the USMC.

In honor of the USMC Birthday this November 10th, to celebrate 237 years of service to our country, I'd like to give away a $25 gift certificate to Patriots Surplus (kind of fitting, right?)!  This company has a lot of fun stuff to browse and I suggest you check out their website to check out all of the stuff they have to offer.  And with Veteran's Day coming as well, who doesn't want to have $25 to spend at a place that specializes in stuff for the military man, police officer, or general enthusiast in your life?

They contacted me and offered to let me review a few things for them and do a giveaway for you and I couldn't have been more thrilled to say yes!  What did I order?  Stuff for myself of course! 

I ordered the little flowers in Desert Marpat.  The clasp is your standard pin clasp so that you can pin it to a hat or shirt or what have you.  I love that I could pick my accent color and I went with pink.  Of course, my husband laughed at it, but I think the flowers are super cute and were great for matching to my keychain ring.  I messed up and ordered it in Woodland Marpat, when I thought I had ordered desert, but whatever, I love that I got to have it custom embroidered and was equally surprised at how both items were pretty high quality! I often wonder when I buy things like this and they aren't super expensive, if I'm going to end up with something cheap, but I didn't.

The last thing I ordered was a USMC tank top.  I mostly got it to sleep in when it's warm in the summer, but am still in love with it.  There was no option to order the matching little boyshort undies, which bummed me out, but either way, I was pleased.

The only snag I hit was when my keychain didn't arrive with the rest of the order.  They had emailed me because I had forgotten to put what I wanted embroidered on it, but it never came.  However, when I called to inquire about it, not only was customer service friendly and helpful, but the keychain arrived just a few days later in a handwritten envelope.  They must have really rushed to get it to me that quickly!  To me, good customer service goes a long away and I couldn't believe how much they wanted to make sure I was a satisfied customer.  I would totally order from them again.

Is the $25 gift card not enough to entice you?  Then how about a print from Holly Robertson Photography?  Autumn Light (featured at the top of this post) is such an amazing photograph and, should you win it, you will get a print in metallic, signed and numbered.  You just so happen to get photo number one because Holly loves me like that.  :)  It is 11X14 and will come unmated and unframed.

 So, what do you have to do to enter the giveaway? Comment on this post with who you what you would do with the gift certificate.  Is there someone you would give it to? Is there a special something you've had your eye on?  AND comment with what you will do with the print.  Do you have someone in mind to give it to, or a great place it will look amazing in your house? Let me know!

***The winner will receive both items assuming the entry includes BOTH what they will do with the gift certificate AND the photograph.  The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.  If the first winner selected has not met the requirements, another winner will be selected at random.  The entries must be received by November 23rd, 2012.  Good Luck!!!!



Blogger Allie said...

My husband desperately needs new socks but I love that tank too!

November 9, 2012 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

And as for the print it would hang in our bedroom. We are sorely lacking artwork and that is gorgeous!

November 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Renee Ayres said...

I would buy something for my daughter Laurens bus driver. She has Down Syndrome and he was in Vietnam and is a Marine. He is so great to her. My husband was wounded in Iraq and is a retired Marine. Some very brave Marines saved him.

Thank you!

November 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I would put the gift certificate toward the waterproof, blood-borne pathogen proof EMS boots my Army National Guard son needs for his civilian job! As for that gorgeous photo, that would go in my bedroom where I could look at it every morning when I wake up- it is just beautiful!

November 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Renee Ayres said...

I also LOVE the print. I have 3 beautiful princess daughters who would love to have it in their room. I may also hang in the entry way to greet everyone who comes to our home. Of course it would make an amazing gift too! So many choices!!

November 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Cassidy said...

I'd give the gift certificate to my husband. He'd most definitely find it useful for something he could use on a daily basis in the Army.

November 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger AMY MICHELE said...

OOH. I'd order the key chain ring too! I love those! I've been wondering where to order one at! I also really like that "tank". I'd have to order a "Navy" one.. but it's so cute!! If I won I'd love to use the picture to put in our living room - so everyone could enjoy it.

Also I feel in LOVE with your "stay calm" sign on your site! I had to go find one for the "sailor".. & I followed you.

Amy @ Trials & Triumphs

November 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger AMY MICHELE said...

- I would order one of those keychains.. love them & wondered where to order one at. I also like that tank, I'd have to change it to NAVY.. but I like it! The picture would have to be shown off either in the kitchen or living room.

I love your "Stay calm" sign so much I found one for me!! I also feel in love with the iphone cases.. awesome!

Hope I win! I love supporting our soliders anyway I can.. And Happy Birthday Marine Corps.. Hoo-Rah!

November 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Sigma's Wife said...

That print would look good in so many places lol But I think It would be nice and bright to look at in the hall way or the bathroom. As for the gift card I am not sure Who would get it lol.. The Daughter who needs a new carry all for Cadets.. Or hubby who could use it to put toward new boots lol..

November 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Sigma's Wife said...

So many choices lol... I think that print would look good in the bathroom or the front hall way... As for the gift card I am not sure who would get it The daughter who needs a new duffle bag for her gear for Cadets or Hubby to put towards his new boots...

November 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Trippin with Tasha said...

Hi - first off I love your blog! I had a chance to look at Patriot Surplus' website. If I were to win the gift card, I would definitely get something for my friend who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. The picture, I'd probably keep that for myself, or if I'm feeling generous gift it to someone for Christmas.

November 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

LOVE the print. I saw Holly post it awhile ago, and its beautiful! It'd be perfect in a study or office someday when I get away from renting in campus town.

November 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

It'd be great to get something for the future Mr. and maybe a cute key chain for me with the new last name on it. Sounds like great customer service!

November 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

What a beautiful print!! It would look so nice in my little girl's bathroom!! Or even her bedroom! As for the giftcard?! My husband is medically retired and lately has REALLY been missing the Corps and his buddies. The giftcard would be nice to get him a little pick-me-up gift, just because!!

November 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM  

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