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Let's celebrate… One year blogaversary thank you giveaway!!!

October 6, 2012

One year ago today I hit publish on my first ever blog post. Go ahead, its a short one, take some time to read it! Done? Great.  I still love all things Pumpkin Spice and I want to share some of my favorite pumpkin spice flavored products with you. One lucky reader will be able to win this gift basket I made up.

It includes:

  • 18 pack of Pumpkin Spice Green Mountain Keurig K-cups
  • Fresh Market ground coffee Pumpkin Spice flavored
  • The Republic of Tea Pumpkin Spice red tea
  • Jelly Bean Fall Festival candy mix
  • 2 Pumpkin Spice scented votive candles
  • 1 seasonal kitchen towel
  • Tazo Organic chai tea (It’s not Pumpkin Spice but definitely one of my favorite teas right now.)
  • Pumpkin Spice cupcake recipe (not pictured)

I’m so excited to be doing a one year anniversary giveaway. It seems like yesterday that I was pouring over the WordPress for Dummies and Mom Blogging for Dummies books. Learning the ins and outs before I took the plunge. Those first few nights when I set up my blog were long ones. I remember having so much fun playing around with customizing the theme and I still enjoy doing that. Only now it’s a premium theme! πŸ™‚

I learned so much this past year and it seems like a whole new world opened up to me. I’ve learned more about the ins and outs of web design and HTML than I ever thought I would. I found a new passion besides blogging — photography. You will always find me snapping pictures on my phone or my nifty new(ish) camera.

Social media is one of my good friends. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ … I love it all and check in for a bit each day. My fave by far is Instagram. I love seeing what everyone is up to.

I wouldn’t be here without a few special people… My hubby for suggesting I start blogging, for supporting me, and letting me work away late at night on the couch next to him. Hilary for showing me the ropes and helping me get my blog out there and meeting my first few special bloggy friends. Leslie for opening up her corner of the blogosphere and letting me write my first guest post and for being a friend. BethAnn for being the sweetest, nicest person I have “met” in the blogosphere and for that awesome tea you sent me! The list goes on, I’ve met many wonderful people on and offline, but these 3 especially have been there since the beginning and they are still here… so Thanks to all of you!!! Luv ya.

I do have to say “Thanks.” to my kids for stopping them in their tracks so I can get just one more shot and for providing me with plenty of blog fodder. To my mom and dad for moving us half way across the world and letting me learn English as my second language… it is the most widely used language in blogging after all. πŸ™‚

I could go on and on but I’ll stop here for now and continue my gushing another time.

I really just want to say “Thank You!!!” to each and every one of you who read my blog, who follow me on any of the social networks and who embraced me here in the interwebs.

Here’s to the next year!!!

I tried keeping the rafflecopter easy and simple. Good luck to all of you. I can’t wait to find out who the winner will be!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Two in One

February 21, 2012

Recently the lovely Tere of Tere’s World surprised me by awarding little me for two blog awards. The Kreativ Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award. I was very pleasantly surprised and accept these with a huge smile and a big Thank You to Tere for including me with all the other great bloggers. I don’t know about you, but I love getting awards. Not so much for the award itself but to know other bloggers out there seem to enjoy what you put out there into the blogosphere and want to let you know it. Thanks again, Tere. I really appreciate that you included me!!!

Kreativ Blogger Award Rules:

1. Link back to the one who gave you this award
2. Share 10 random facts about yourself
3. Pass the award on to 6 other people
4. Follow the persons blog who sent you it
Here are 10 random facts about myself:
1. I love eating grapes but hate raisins. They make me gag.
2. I’m a chocoholic. Any chocolate will do but I prefer German chocolate to anything else. πŸ™‚
3. My first job was as a waitress at my parents restaurant.
4. I love learning languages and wish I would have kept up with French.
5. I love coloring with my girls. It relaxes me.
6. I know how to crochet and knit.
7. I love to read and wish I had more time for it.
8. Flip-flops are an absolute must have for me.
9. I suffer from eczema and moving to Florida and close to the ocean was the best thing for my dry skin!!!
10. I’m not a natural red-head!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you L’Oreal!!!
The One Lovely Blog Award rules are:
1. Link back to the one who gave you this award.
2. pass the award on to 15 other lovely bloggers.
3. Follow the person who sent it to you.
Now it is my turn to award these to other amazing bloggers. Here is my list of 15!!!!
1. RoryBore @ Time Out for Mom
2. Beth Ann @ It’s Just Life
4. Veronica @ Germlish
6. Sarah @ The Mama Pirate
7. Jennifer @ Just Another Day
9. Bianca @ Bits of Bee
10. Bruna @ Bees with Honey
13. Nicolette @ Working On a Project
14. Melissa @ A Wide Line…
15. Movita @ Movita Beaucoup
Wow. It’s so hard to figure out who to give these awards to. I have “met” so many amazing bloggers out there and want to share with each and every one of them. If you read this and have time for another cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with marshmallows… go check some of these 15 amazing bloggy buddies out.
Thank you again, Tere, for honoring me with these awards!!! *Hugs!*
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Another Award!!!

January 26, 2012

I’m so happy to tell you guys that Tere @ Yep,this is my life… wanna trade? was nice enough to include me in her list and award me The Versatile Blogger Award!!! Thank you so much! If you have some time, go say Hello to her!!!

Recipients of this award are asked to:
*Thank the person that nominated their blog for the award with a backlink to them.
*List 7 things about themselves.
*Award 15 newly discovered blogs with the award and tell them of the award.
Here is my list of 7 things about myself:
  1. I recently became an American citizen.
  2. I love to make jewelry with middle daughter.
  3. I’m pretty good at ping-pong.
  4. The first foreign language I learned in school was Russian, followed by English and French.
  5. I am not a morning person and love to sleep in.
  6. I took guitar lessons when I was ten but have forgotten everything I learned.
  7. I love to paint–walls–and have pretty much painted our whole house.

And now, the 15 amazing blogs (in no particular order) I’m handing the award off to:

  1. Totally Terri
  2. Freaky Frugalite
  3. Not Just a Hockey Mom
  4. The Douglass Diaries
  5. The Mama Pirate
  6. The Ossington Kitchen
  7. By Word of Mouth Musings
  8. Movita Beaucoup
  9. Tried, Tested and True Mommy
  10. The Worstest Mommy
  11. Little Bit of Wonderful
  12. Marvi Marti
  13. My Organized Chaos
  14. Moments Of Introspection
  15. Dominique’s Desk
It would be great if you could take the time and stop by all these amazing fellow bloggers!!!
(Note: I tried to make sure non of these blogs received this award before. If I made a mistake, please, forgive me.)