This weekend was a special one in our home because it was Matt’s birthday!

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We had planned to take a road trip to upstate New York to do some hiking and exploring, but the bad weather forced us to reconsider.  I love the beginning of fall and cooler temperatures as much as anyone else, but we were not excited about the idea of taking a long drive in the rain only to be stuck inside!  Instead, we opted for a little Brooklyn staycation, doing whatever Matt wanted to do– which included take-out, a few movies, and a whole lotta football on TV.  I’ll admit that I’m usually not a great sport when it comes to watching sports, but as part of the birthday celebration, I promised not to complain at all, and I think I did a (mostly) good job.  We ventured out for dinner at one of our favorite local spots, Frankie’s 457, which is a total must-visit if you are in the area.  I also discovered the best gluten-free pizza I’ve tried yet at Sottacasa (if you couldn’t tell, Matt really likes Italian food).

Most importantly, the weekend gave me a chance to celebrate Matt!  He’s a pretty laidback guy who doesn’t love attention, so I’m always grateful for an excuse to make him feel special.  He really is the best, and I’m so lucky to have him.  🙂  Happy birthday, husband!

This weekend also marked one month since I launched the blog!  I know I mentioned this already, but I really am so grateful to all of you who read and share it.  Finding Plan A has been a special place for me to share my successes and struggles, and I’m excited to keep growing it!

To celebrate this one-month mark, I am excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite causes, and a giveaway to go along with it!  I got involved as an ambassador for The Shine Project almost a year ago.  You can read the whole story here, but essentially, Shine supports inner-city American students on track to be the first in their family to go to college by teaching them to make jewelry and offering them employment and mentorship.  Student employees at the Shine centers have the opportunity to work hard to earn money for their higher education, so the purchase of Shine products supports their academic goals.  A portion of the profits also goes toward a scholarship fund that benefits the Shine kids.  I absolutely love this organization– and I’m obsessed with the jewelry, too!  It’s easy-to-wear, affordable, trendy, and supports a really awesome cause.

Sooooo, to spread a little Shine love, I’ll be giving away a white triangle druzzy necklace to one of my subscribers!  I own this necklace myself and wear it literally every day.  It looks great on its own or stacked with other bling.

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You’ll be eligible for this giveaway if you are a Finding Plan A e-mail subscriber, so if you already receive those updates by e-mail, consider yourself entered!  If you’re not signed-up yet but want to be, here’s how you enter:

On the right-side of the blog home page, you’ll see this widget:

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Click YES! SIGN ME UP!, enter your information, and you’ll be subscribed and in the running for the necklace giveaway.  Don’t forget to give your friends a fair shot at the giveaway by sharing this with them!  There will be other giveaways in the future, so you’ll have more chances 🙂

I’ll draw the winner randomly one week from today, Monday 10/31.  The winner will be notified by e-mail early next week.  Good luck, and Happy Monday!