18 on the 18th and a Fun Giveaway!


(Anybody remember Holly Hobby?  Circa 1977!)

Today, April 18, is my birthday, and I thought we’d change it up a bit today at the blog!  I want to give you a little glimpse into my life behind the blog…AND…a fabulous giveaway to one of my favorite stores, B.Layne Home!  The giveaway is a gift card in the amount of years I’m turning today…38!  So one lucky reader will have $38 to spend at B.Layne Home. And don’t worry, Michelle will ship items if you are not local!

Below is just a taste of what B.Layne has to offer…

Dough bowls, Aspen Bay Reserve Candles (amazing!), hand-carved/painted crosses, rustic lanterns, hand-cut frames, pillows, old doors, furniture, and more!

B.Layne Collage

Be sure to enter below and share it with your friends!

I don’t know about you, but now and again, I love getting to know the blogger behind a blog I follow.  And I want to assure you that my life is far more than door decorations or recipes.  In fact, for weeks, my front doors have been bare, I haven’t cooked in a week, and my house is dirty;).  So here are “18 on the 18th” real-life things about me…

  1. Wife to one, mama to three!
  2. Arkansas is my home, but Mississippi will always have my heart.
  3. 9 times out of 10, I would choose Mexican food when eating dinner out.
  4. I only cook a real, live decent dinner about once a week.  Sometimes twice.  The truth behind a recipe blog;)
  5. A relationship with Christ is the only reason I am sane most days.
  6. Nearly every single thing on the walls of my home has a special meaning or is an original creation by someone I know.
  7. I am a really good, but not very patient driver.  Recently reminded of this as one of my children uttered “idiot” and revealed they heard me say it in the car.  Just grand.
  8. Guilty pleasures-Hot Tamales, Junior Mints, raw cookie dough, Dateline NBC, wine.
  9. I have a Bachelors of Court Reporting.  I didn’t use it a day.  Finishing my degree constituted many dark days.
  10. My dream vacation is Italy with David.  We love talking about going there one day.
  11. I pretty much hate to exercise.  Perhaps that will change once all of my children are in school all day and I have more time.  As it stands, using my 2 free hours getting sweaty and staying gross all day does nothing for me.
  12. I LOVE Little League baseball.
  13. I love Dark Roast Community Coffee.
  14. I love blogging, the blogging community, relationships built with readers, and the creativity that blogging inspires.
  15. I treasure family heirlooms, big and small, and love using an item I know was well-loved by someone in the past!
  16. My recent favorite shows are The Office and Downton Abbey.  Always DVR’d.
  17. I have naturally (very) curly hair.
  18. I can play the piano.  But I rarely do.  I should change that.

So there you go…a little about me behind the blog!  And the best part of today…the B.Layne Home giveaway below!

Mandatory Entry:

-“Like” B.Layne Home on Facebook and let me know you did.

Optional additional entries:

Subscribe to Amanda Jane Brown by email and leave a comment that you did.

-Share this giveaway and let me know you did!

Giveaway ends Monday at noon, so be sure to check back next week!

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  1. just liked B. Layne Home on Facebook and have a great birthday!

  2. shared and shared! loved this post!!!! loved the info too! also, b layne is my fave too, thanks to you!!!

  3. Bethany Allison says:

    I liked B. Layne Home on FB. I also shared! 🙂

  4. I liked B. Layne Home. 🙂 Excited to see what they have….

    Thanks for telling us about them!

  5. and i follow you by email. Have for a while now. 🙂 Not much of a commenter, unfortunately… but I do read. 🙂

    • So glad you left a comment today:) I love hearing from readers, and unfortunately, I do not know so many of you, so I’m happy to “chat.” 🙂

  6. B Layne Home looks dangerous – might be a road trip in my future. Happy Birthday!

  7. Love your blog. Found it in a round about way!! You are my daughter’s age, so yes, I remember Holly Hobby!! She has twin sheet set still to this day!!! I have never lived in the south, but my grandparents were from the south, so growing up we ate alot of cornbread, fried greens, okra and pork! Hugs!!

  8. Liked B Payne home and I am a subscriber.

    Happy Happy B-day!! Hope it’s your best year ever.
    Enjoying your posts
    Thank you

  9. Heather Luth says:

    Love B. Layne! Have liked them on facebook already.

  10. Heather Luth says:

    Have been following you via email for a while now … love your blog. I’m local to central AR as well, so your stuff is always timely! Thanks!

  11. I just “liked” B.Layne on FB.
    Love them!

  12. I have subscribed to your posts for quite some time….thanks 🙂

  13. Happy Birthday!!! (wait, what is today…am I late?) Did you have Mexican to celebrate your birthday?
    You do NOT look 38 (not that 38 is old). Have a great day!

  14. Hey Amanda! I know I’m late but I hope you had a great birthday! I loved your list and I’m with you on the Mexican food. My favorite!!

  15. Chrissylynn says:

    Happy Birthday (a day late) im just now reading this. Somehow I missed it yesterday. I found your site in a round about way a while back. I told a friend that I was thinking of starting a blog about making good meals for my three year old with food allergies and our journey of being a single mom raising one amazing little boy. I am pretty much on my own. I do have good friends and family who help just Mostly its me and the little man. Its been hard but wouldn’t change a day. God gives you life for a reason “to live it out loud” Anyway told a friend and she said to check out your blog and have been following you ever since. Thank you for such a great blog!

  16. olivia tokarz says:

    Shared. Nice post!

  17. Ooooh! Such cute stuff! So glad to know about this place. Liked on fb. Thanks!!!

  18. Liked B.Lyane on Facebook. Subscribed to Amanda J Brown via email and I am sharing this giveaway on my Shabby Brocante Facebook page! Thanks and happy birthday!

  19. Eileen Shultis says:

    Hi Amanda- I liked and Shared B. Layne Home on FB- Liked and Shared you on FB – and started following you on Pinterest. 🙂

  20. Eileen Shultis says:

    Also Subscribed to Blog and Sheared the Giveaway.

  21. I liked b layne on Facebook and I subscribe via email.

  22. Happy belated birthday! I turned 38 too this month! Hope it was wonderful! Win or not I am headed to like that FB page because I love her stuff – beautiful!

  23. Melissa Bratton says:

    Happy Birthday, Amanda! (late!!)

  24. Ooh. Love the B.Layne look. Just liked them on FB. Happy Birthday.

  25. Happy Belated birthday. I just shared the giveaway on FB.

  26. Liked, Followed & Shared! Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  27. Melissa S says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  28. Melissa S says:

    Also subscribed and shard!!!

  29. Happy Belated Birthday Girl!! I hope your day was awesome!! 🙂

  30. Michelle Wright says:

    Would love to win this give~away.

  31. Jenny revollo says:

    Liked b layne on fb! Love your blog!!

  32. Happy Birthday Amanda! Sorry I’m late!