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Oh Happy Day Goes to Paris

I started this blog one day because I was bored at work. I never would’ve imagined the good people and things it has brought into my life five years later. Thank you so much for reading and for being so supportive. I feel super lucky that this is my job and I couldn’t do it without all the lovely people that read Oh Happy Day. So I wanted to do something fun to give back. As a thank you I am doing a giveaway for a 7 DAY TRIP FOR TWO TO PARIS, FRANCE! It’s true. I’ve put together a major giveaway that includes 7 night stay at Mama Shelter, the hippest boutique hotel in Paris. Roundtrip Airfare from the continental United States to Paris, France. And on top of that I will personally host* the winner for two days and take them around to my favorite spots in Paris.

Do you have your berets and striped shirts all packed and ready to go? Great! All you have to do is enter. There are four ways to enter and no purchase is necessary. You can enter each of the four ways one time during the contest (if you enter all four ways it just increases your chance of winning.) Here is how:

HOW TO ENTER (You may enter each way one time.)
1. Leave a comment in the comment section below this post.
2. “Like” the Oh Happy Day on Facebook (if you already “like” it then you’re already entered.)
3. Post a link on Twitter to this contest page and include the hashtag #ohhappydaygoestoparis
4. Repost a link to the contest page on your own blog, then leave the link to that page in the comment section of the contest page (below).

The contest begins 5:00 AM PST 6/6/11 and ends 11:59 PM PST 6/20/11, when I will close comments. I’ll announce the winner that week.

A few important details. This trip has to be completed by the end of 2011, so make sure you are going to be able to get away in the next seven months. Also, the winner is responsible for any and all expenses beyond hotel, and airfare. Possible additional expenses could include: airline baggage fees, ground transportation in France, meals, tickets for museums etc. You have to be 18 to enter and sorry to my dear friends and family you are automatically disqualified! For Official Contest Rules go here.

*Totally optional (if you just want to see the sites sans tour guide that’s cool too!)

Now I want to tell you about the sponsor Mama Shelter! When I thought about hotels I wanted to collaborate with they were my first choice. I was so pleased when they agreed to sponsor this. Mama Shelter is a design-y boutique hotel in the 20th arrondissement of Paris (read their NYT review here). The hotel was designed by well known designer, Philippe Starck.  Each room is done differently with art and cool installations. I absolutely love hotels like this! But the best part, besides being super cool they are really affordable and are even considered a “budget” hotel!  I always recommend this place to my friends that are coming through Paris. It’s cool, it’s affordable, and an easy 17 minute bus ride to city center. Plus doesn’t their logo below make you love them? Yea for Mama Shelter!

I hope you are as excited about this as I am! I’ve only been living in Paris for four months but I’ve already fallen in love. Let me show you my favorite places like: the Paris Flea Market, the fresh food markets, Laduree for some macarons, Adorable ribbon stores, and help me on my quest to find the best hot chocolate in Paris. I’ve been saving up for this for a while, besides the hotel I’m personally footing the bill.  It’s my way of saying thank you to all my readers. Now what are you waiting for?… Go Enter!

[Post Edit 6/8/2011: The comments should be working now. Thanks for being patient! I wish I could fly everyone to Paris.]

  1. Tara

    June 9, 2011

    This south Texas heat is killing me! I’d love a chance to visit Paris, I’ve never been! It would be the perfect birthday present :)

  2. Erika Gunn

    June 9, 2011

    Wow, what an amazing give-away! Fingers crossed that I am the lucky winner…

  3. Ayumi

    June 9, 2011

    I miss Paris!!!! But I’m excited for you to be my tour guide because I would have loved to gotten know the city more without all of the touristy areas.

    I dream of one day living in Paris or Florence one day.

  4. Ali

    June 9, 2011

    Paris! Oh I have been aching to go back to paris and take my sister! It has always been her dream to go there. The odds of us winning are slim…but why not try out our luck. This is such a sweet giveaway!

  5. Ashley

    June 9, 2011

  6. Carolyn

    June 9, 2011

    Wow, what a generous giveaway…I would LOVE to go to Paris…oh man.

  7. Amanda Miska

    June 9, 2011

    It’s a dream of mine to go to Paris w/ my husband someday…winning this would make that dream come true MUCH faster!

  8. Shayna

    June 9, 2011

  9. Alisha

    June 9, 2011

    Oh PLEASE pick me! I have 2 year old twins & a 1 year old baby! And I haven’t traveled for so long… Crossing all my fingers & toes!

  10. KaraJean

    June 9, 2011

    How can I not enter?! What an amazing first year anniversary trip this could be for my hubby and me!

  11. Jessica Quillen

    June 9, 2011

    wow!! I love you! I would be sooooo ecstatic to win a trip to Paris I would just about die! but in a good way :)

  12. Kerstin

    June 9, 2011

    What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing your love of Paris with your readers – I hope to win, but failing that I hope the winner posts pictures of his/her trip so we can all “go” to Paris!

  13. Alisha

    June 9, 2011

    I blogged about this for another entry:

    Still crossing those fingers & toes!

  14. Nissa

    June 9, 2011

    This is such an amazing giveaway! I’ll be crossing my fingers that the Mr. & I will get to fly across the pond!

  15. Aimee

    June 9, 2011

    The last time my husband and I were in Paris, I was newly pregnant with our first babe and “morning” sickness rained on my time there. Dying to go back and not be affected by smells :)

  16. Nissa

    June 9, 2011

    I am a facebook fan too :)

  17. Nora

    June 9, 2011

    What an amazing contest!

    I really love your blog – I did one of your birthday ideas for my Dad on his 60th – it was such a great project! All three kids sent him sixty postcards with sixty things we love about our dad.

    Fingers crossed!

  18. Mary

    June 9, 2011

    why not?

  19. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! New to your blog and I think I’m here to stay :)

  20. Ayumi

    June 9, 2011

  21. Eileen

    June 9, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE Paris – the food, the culture, everything about it – one of my favorite places to be!

  22. Just became a fan on Facebook as well!

  23. Courtney Greig

    June 9, 2011

    I have always wanted to go to Paris!!! Thank you! Thank you!

  24. Irene

    June 9, 2011

    Amazing! Jordan, what a wonderful year you have had! Thanks for giving one lucky reader the opportunity to share in the adventure : )

  25. Lisa

    June 9, 2011

    Wow…a trip to Paris would be a dream!!!!

  26. Emily

    June 9, 2011

    I was fortunate to study abroad there 4 years ago but my husband is dying to go! I would love to take him! Oh, and when I was there I never got a chance to go to the flea market so another chance to go would be incredible. But whoever wins . . . Bon Voyage!!!

  27. Tweeted about the contest as well. Fingers crossed!

  28. Carolina

    June 9, 2011

    This giveaway is so amazing! Paris is my favorite place in the entire world, I would LOVE to go! Pick me, pick me :)

  29. tatum

    June 9, 2011

    Oh wow! What a give a waY! I would LOVE to win. I have never been to Paris, after fallowing your blog these past few months I day dream of going nearly everyday!

  30. Samantha S.

    June 9, 2011

    I didn’t love Paris the first time I went, so I’m dying to go back and see it from a different perspective! I would try to schedule my visit during Fashion Week so I can blog and write some freelance stories, too! PICK ME!! :)

  31. Mishell

    June 9, 2011

    Who wouldn’t want a trip to Paris!! Thanks Lady, love the blog!

  32. Navy Bean

    June 9, 2011

    Paris is one of my favorite cities… I hope to live there one day! But for now, I’m living vicariously through you!

  33. Marie

    June 9, 2011

    How lovely! Really thoughtful of you to do this kind of giveaway!

  34. Jordan Metcalf

    June 9, 2011

    I tweeted about it! Woo!

  35. Brooke

    June 9, 2011

    I would LOVE to go to Paris!!!

  36. Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen

    June 9, 2011

    What an amazing giveaway!! It would be a dream come true for me 😀

  37. Kim Bowers

    June 9, 2011

    Unbelievable! What a lucky lady this person will be! :-)

  38. Monica

    June 9, 2011

    COULD really use a lovely trip to Paris :) adore this website!

  39. Erin Cessac

    June 9, 2011

    What an amazing giveaway! My husband and I would love to go to Paris. Thank you for this generous opportunity.

  40. Erin Cessac

    June 9, 2011

  41. jenny

    June 9, 2011

    i NEED to travel. it’s on my bucket list…
    five kids later, it’s still in there somewhere.

  42. Nuha

    June 9, 2011

    oh my goodness, I would be thrilled to win this! I need a vacation after I graduate!

  43. Mel

    June 9, 2011

    WOW- what an amazingly generous woman you are to share the Paris love! This would make an amazing honeymoon trip for my fiance and I! You rock! =)

  44. Bridget

    June 9, 2011

    I am stunned. You said it would be big. How amazing. Happy Anniversary to you! Love your blog.

  45. Dana

    June 9, 2011

    WOWZER! I would so love to win this for my 5th anniversary with the hubs coming right up this summer! ROMANCE anyone? Pick me! :)

  46. Dana M.

    June 9, 2011

    a trip to paris … what a lovely giveaway!

  47. Elham

    June 9, 2011

    I do not have a facebook or twitter but this is such an amazing giveaway!!!

  48. Carrie Wolf

    June 9, 2011

    It is SO incredible that you want people to have the opportunity to experience Paris and all that it entails. Thank you for the chance to be considered! How I’d love to picnic with my wonderful husband on the Seine’s banks as the lights bedazzle the night sky!!!

  49. Melissa

    June 9, 2011

    I’m amazed at how far blogs have come that such a dreamy vacation is possible as a giveaway. You’ve set the bar very high!

  50. Stephanie

    June 9, 2011

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