Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Blog-iversary!

I can't believe it's been a year already, but sure enough - 1 year ago today I started my little blog project. When I decided to write a blog, it was going to be sort of a 'keeping it real, this is what life is really like with four kids' type of thing. I had started reading The Hyper Homemaker, and fell in love with Kate's decorating, recipes and cleaning tips. And also got frustrated by the fact that her house was always neat as a pin and she was seemingly able to whip up some delicious appetizer out of what was just hanging out in her kitchen when friends popped by. Or, at least that's the way it appeared on her blog (now defunct - I think she got a book deal; her food blog is still up, Good Things Catered.)

Matt was actually the one who suggested I start one, and after a little stewing (what on earth would I write about?) I did. Little did I know just HOW MANY other blogs there are out there, all doing a similar thing. I was so absolutely excited when I got my first comment- I think from my sister. And then my first follower (how they found me, I'll never know!) And it just sort of spiraled up from there.

My blog is my scrapbook and journal, and an outlet for me to share the joys and frustrations of being an at-home mom with others. I am so grateful for every comment left here, and I'm tickled every time a friend or family member mentions that they read it. Really, it means a lot.

So! To show my appreciation I have a little giveaway here, just a few things I've picked up:

We have January's issue of Real Simple, The Green Book (handy 'green' living tips), a box of my favorite chocolate chip cookies, a vanilla scented Valentine's Day candle, and some kitchen towels to match - these I couldn't resist, look at the embroidery :) Oh, and the obligatory Starbucks gift card. $5, get yourself a latte on me.


So what do you need to do to win? Because nothing good comes without just a little effort, right? This will be easy, just leave me a comment below for one entry. Followers also get one entry. Blog about it and let me know for another one (no tweeting, please). So that's it! 3 chances to win. I'm going to take comments until Sunday evening, let's say 9pm EST, and I'll announce the winner Monday morning. Thank you for stopping by, and good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary!! I love your blog!! And am so happy to have gotten to know you!!

    Yay for the giveaway!!

    ~Becca

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  2. Happy First Blogaversary! My second year of blogging is coming up this month :) How exciting! What a cute and delicious giveaway you put together...thanks!

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  3. I certainly enjoy reading your blog, it's usually one of the few ways to keep in touch, even if it's only one-sided. Keep up the good work, I know I couldn't do it...how do you pick the winner? Not sure how these give-aways work.

    Michelle

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  4. Happy Blogoversary! I love reading your blog and all your crafty ideas!

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  5. This is me commenting. Glad I'm not the only one who is attempting to keep it real. :) Happy anniversary!

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  6. Happy Blogaversary!!!! I know what you mean about that first comment or follower! It was so exciting and rewarding :)

    Your blog is great and one I always like to read! You do keep it real amd I LOVE that!!! Day to day life is never always pretty and perfecta s so many make it out to be!

    So, thanks for making me feel NORMAL!!!

    PS the giveaway is GREAT!

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  7. Happy 1st! So glad your hubby encouraged you to write it's nice to know we SAHM's are all in this together. Hope you are allowed to ship chocolate across the border!

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  8. Sweet giveaway! Thanks for keeping us entertained for the past year and I know I look forward to many more!

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  9. This giveaway is MADE for me! I love you Jen!

    Happy Blogaversary!

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  10. You're too sweet! I've enjoyed watching your kidlets grow.

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  11. I am glad to find more Twilight moms out there! I have enjoyed finding your blog! Happy Anniversary!

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  12. Happy day!! Congrats Jen! I love your blog! And I love you!

    This giveaway is so fun & adorable!! Of course if I win, I'll just *look* at that vanilla candle & not burn it. :)

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  13. Happy Blogoversary, Friend!
    I am so glad you blog, you really are an inspiration. 4 kids, beautiful family, home and self! :)

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  14. Happy Happy Blogoversary!!! You blog is one of the few that helped inspire me to start a blog... well more of a scrapbook of my little ones. It has helped me remember to jot things down (since Lord knows I am not getting to their baby scrapbooks for some time). I love the honesty that only a fellow stay at home mom can tell!!

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  15. Happy Blogoversary, Jen! I am so happy to have gotten to know you through this small bloggy world!
    Hugs ♥

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  16. Happy Blogoversary! And I am SO excited to see the movie Remember Me, it looks so good! I wish it were March already! Love all of your giveaway stuff too, so cute!

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  17. I could hardly believe my blog had been up for a year also...time sure flies!

    I love your blog and hearing all about you and your kiddos...they are soooo cute!

    Love your giveaway especially those cute kitchen towels...so adorable.

    I'm a follower too!

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  18. Congrats on one whole year!! Good work, great blog!
    What an absolutely gorgeous give away. Probably too far to send to me but Happy Blogaverasy all the same :) xo

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  19. I don't have a blog but I love reading them and yours is a favorite! Congrats on a year, Jennifer

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  20. Congrats on the blogiversary! I am so glad that we met in blogland. (And, I love the obligatory Starbucks card. That's speaking my love language right there.)

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  21. Happy Blogiversary!! I recently found your blog and I love your style!

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  22. Hi! I'm glad you started your blog...I just recently started blogging...and you are one of my daily reads! :) crazymayes.blogspot.com

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  23. I blogged about your blog! I should have posted that in my previous comment! oops! :)

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  24. Happy Blogoversary! I'm so glad I've followed you; I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  25. Loving keeping up with that cousin o' mine through your blog! Happy Blogiversary; time flies doesn't it? (my second will be in April..though I'm not sure this last year even counts)

    If I don't win, I need to know where you got the towel!!

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  26. happy blogiversary!!! i found you through piece of cake.....love finding a new fun blog!!!

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  27. You've got such a fun blog - I love reading it! Happy Blogiversary!

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  28. I do want this! I have enjoyed getting to know you so much over the last year. That should be gift enough but I'd still happily welcome this little treasure trove!

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  29. Happy blogoversary Jen! I am so happy to have gotten to know you through blogging. I think you are just great!

    Congratulations!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  30. My love your blog - spoken like. 4 y.o.! Makes me feel better that someone else has all the same issues. Yet you make me feel inferior because you seemingly handle it all so much better than me and you have 4 kids to my 2!! Keep it up!

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  31. Happy blogiversary!

    Very cute giveaway. :)

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  32. I am a follower and I sooooo want to win.

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  34. I just bought those cute little kitchen towels for a friend for her birthday. I LOVE them! Did you get them at Khol's? Did you see the adorable aprons they had that matched? I bought those too.

    Great giveaway!

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