My birthday came early for me this year and I am SO excited! We (I) have been making due with a KitchenAid hand mixer for all our baking as it was a wedding gift. About a month ago we were making cookies and one of the beaters imploded. If you've ever tried to use just one beater, it proves to be extremely challenging. So I told Trev I wanted a real stand mixer and we start shopping around. Ideally I wanted an Artisan model with it's bigger bowl but it was slightly out of our price range. Then while over at my parent's house, I was flipping through their DirectBuy catalogue and I found the model I wanted for the same price as the model below the Artisan. Yay! So we ordered it and last Saturday it arrived, and because of a credit on my parents account, after shipping and taxes, it was still less than the Classic model. Such a God thing. And here is my new beauty........And yes, it is pink! We decided that it wouldn't live on the counter so I could get any color I wanted! It had it's first run last night making banana bread for dessert. SO good and WAY easier! Happy Early Birthday to ME!