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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. sarah

    June 6, 2011

  2. Miranda B

    June 6, 2011

    I tweeted about your giveaway and liked you on facebook as well. I don’t have a blog (only a livejournal) which I guess could count? I’m not sure :( But I thought I would let you know that I did the other two!

  3. Kristin

    June 6, 2011

    This would be an awesome way to celebrate our 15th! I can’t decide which I would be more pumped about- the hotel or the tour guide with the great insider info!!!

  4. Nina

    June 6, 2011

    Jordan, this is amazing! You’re so wonderful to your readers! Paris sounds like a dream :)

  5. Alecia

    June 6, 2011

    Merci Jordan! This is amazing! I especially love the part where we get to meet you and find out all your favorite spots you have found since you moved there.

  6. caroline

    June 6, 2011

    oh my, what a rad & generous giveaway! thanks Jordan & Mama Shelter!

  7. Sarah

    June 6, 2011

    Amazing! I would love to go visit some friends that are currently living in Paris! What a generous giveaway!

  8. Meghan

    June 6, 2011

    Jordan, you are so fantastic and generous. I took 8 years of French, and even taught one semester while I was in college, but I’ve never been anywhere they actually speak it. (Not even Montreal!) Since reading your blog (and your sis’s), I’ve had nothing but Parisian photos on my desktop, and am constantly talking about Paris to my husband. Thanks for all the inspiration (much, MUCH love) and my fingers are crossed!

  9. Lindsey

    June 6, 2011

    how incredibly generous of you! absolutely the best giveaway, i’d love to be lucky enough to win!

  10. melissa

    June 6, 2011


  11. Anna Low

    June 6, 2011

    Wow! I haven’t been to Paris in years. This would be amazing.

  12. Abbeyviolet

    June 6, 2011

    Wow! That rocks!

  13. Heather

    June 6, 2011

    This would be a dream come true! I’ve never been out of the U.S. except Canada–which isn’t exactly exotic.

  14. Tracey W.

    June 6, 2011

    oh my WORD, this is fabulous! Happy day, indeed!

  15. Michelle M

    June 6, 2011

    Wow! This is incredible! Thanks for the oppurtunity!

  16. Erin F

    June 6, 2011

    Oh my gosh I have been dying to get back to Paris for ages! Thanks for such a great opportunity!

  17. Christopher

    June 6, 2011

    Sante. Cook from life!

  18. Dana

    June 6, 2011

    J’adore Paris! What a fantastic contest! Pick me, SVP!!

  19. Britt

    June 6, 2011

    How cool!! We would LOVE to win a trip to Paris!! What an amazing giveaway!! xoxo :)

  20. Robin

    June 6, 2011

    Wahoo what a great giveaway!

  21. Linda J

    June 6, 2011

    Well it would certainly be a happy day if I won this trip! How fantastic!!

  22. Mrs. Sunny

    June 6, 2011

    Uh, wow!!! Would LOVE to go — what a truly awesome and generous giveaway!!

  23. greta arnold

    June 6, 2011

    je veux aller à paris!

  24. katie w

    June 6, 2011

    well goodness i’d LOVE to go to paris!!!

  25. laura@makemerry!

    June 6, 2011

    WOW! Thank you for doing this – what an amazing giveaway and trip.

  26. Boston Mamas

    June 6, 2011

    Goodness, last time I was in Paris was back in high school. I would love to head back this year!

    Also Jordan, your blog is beautiful — sorry that this is the first time I’m commenting! I’m trying to get better about that. :-) -Christine

  27. Beth Hale

    June 6, 2011

    Oh my – how incredible to win this! I am dreaming, dreaming!

    Beth Hale

  28. krista

    June 6, 2011

    Wow! This is so much fun! You’re awesome Jordan.

  29. kelsie

    June 6, 2011 this blog is too fun and this giveaway is simply wonderful!

  30. emily

    June 6, 2011

    yes please! paris cea beau!

  31. Susan Doherty

    June 6, 2011

    Oh my goodness what a way to commemorate 5 years with a generous give away such as this. To visit Paris and enjoy some French Macaron over coffee would be a dream come true.

  32. Mandy

    June 6, 2011

    I am inspired by your creative spirit and wonderful blog; thank you for organizing such a generous giveaway! A trip to Paris would be a dream come true…the art, cuisine, culture, history and SHOPPING would be to die for! Thanks again!

  33. Sarah W

    June 6, 2011

    Ah, Paris…

  34. Cath

    June 6, 2011

    Wow! This is such an amazing giveaway! Never seen something like this before :)

  35. Bobbie

    June 6, 2011

    You are such an inspiration – your posts constantly remind me to incorporate beautiful things into my day to day and to live life to the fullest… I’ve planned many little parties and surprises for friends because of you and I’m so grateful! This would be the most fantastic thing… fingers crossed!

  36. katrina b

    June 6, 2011

    We are going to Paris in 2 weeks, but I think we can free up another week this year if we win 😉 what an awesome giveaway Jordan!

  37. April | Everything Little Miss

    June 6, 2011

    What a fantastically generous giveaway! Thank you :)

  38. Kate

    June 6, 2011

    I love Paris. It’s got so much history and the food is delicious!

  39. Giulia

    June 6, 2011

    wow, this is a big surprise. My hubby and I would love a wedding anniversary trip to Paris this year :) – 5 years, like your blog!

  40. Valocrat

    June 6, 2011

    My mom and I are dreaming of a trip to Paris! We’ve never been before!

  41. Lynsey

    June 6, 2011

    Paris s’il vous plaît!

  42. sara girlscantell

    June 6, 2011

    oh wow! congratulations on even putting together such an impressive prize like this! xo!

  43. Katie

    June 6, 2011

    What an amazing giveaway!

  44. Mariel

    June 6, 2011

    PARIS!? No way.

  45. Melissa Wigren

    June 6, 2011

    The only time I have been to Paris my (then) boyfriend proposed on top of the Eiffel Tower. Cliché, yes, but I was completely surprised! We had fellow tourists take our picture on top of the tower. Two days later, my camera was in a bag that was stolen in Barcelona, leaving us no pictures of the engagement or the Paris explorations. I posted all over the internet hoping to find the person who might have bought my stolen camera (Amélie?) with no luck. I would LOVE the chance to re-capture those special moments!!! Until then I will appreciate your beautiful photos and the opportunity you are experiencing!

  46. Joan

    June 6, 2011

    Tres fabulous!! I especially love the calligraphed wall treatment above the desk and would love to compose a blog post from that very spot…

    Will Tweet and post on our blog:

    Congrats on 5 years and Vive la France!

  47. Jen

    June 6, 2011

    J’adore Paris! I’d love to go with my husband (and baby daughter)! We love to travel!

  48. junita

    June 6, 2011

    Just this weekend my husband and I were reminiscing about our week in Paris, when he proposed. It would be so incredible to return– and to be guided around by you! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  49. Jan @ Family Bites

    June 6, 2011

    Jordan! This is the raddest giveaway ever. I so hope I win.

  50. Laura

    June 6, 2011

    Oh my gosh. (x 1,000,000). What a wonderful opportunity! Oh, Paris, I love you. I’ve been before, but only done touristy stuff. I’d love to see “your” Paris that is a little more off the beaten path. Thank you so much, Jordan for the incredibly generous giveaway!

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