Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blog Anniversary, A Big Thank You, and A Giveaway

One year ago today I began blogging. In some ways I can't believe it's only been a year. In other ways, I am shocked it has already been a year.

I started with the intention of sharing with friends and family my life and pictures of the girls. I never knew the bonds and friendships I would form blogging. It has been an amazing year! I've enjoyed sharing those stories and pictures. I've also appreciated your thoughts, comments, love, and help when I needed it. Thank you!

So today I celebrate my blogaversary by celebrating you! I want to give one of you a $50 Visa Gift Card. I wish I could give each and everyone of you who has read or commented a gift, but I obviously can't. However, one of the biggest joys in blogging for me has been to give something away. I love when I get that e-mail back exclaiming how you are so happy to win as you wanted such and such for a long time.

So this week I hope I can give with my words on here to each and everyone of you and one of you will be receiving a $50 Visa Gift Card.

To win it all you have to do is comment and tell me when you started reading my blog (even if it was today) and one thing you'd like me to change, or implement on my blog (this can be about posts or giveaways). Is there a topic you are dying me to write about? A review you'd like to read about? A giveaway you'd love me to host? A different way to enter giveaways? It can be anything and I promise to read each and everyone of your thoughts and try to change or implement them on here if I feel it is the direction I should go.

Please do me the favor of making sure you leave your e-mail address in the comment if it is not visible on your profile.

Thank you and here is to another year making more friends and memories!

Contest ends Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST

Disclaimer: I am providing the winner of this post with a $50 gift card with money from my pocket. No compensation was given for this post. I just love you and want to thank you for being there for me this past year!


  1. I just found your blog today. I'd like to see reviews of Wii games.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  2. I just found your blog a few days ago!I would love to see personal pictures,more giveaways for toys!I like personal stories too

  3. I've been reading your blogs since I don't know how long. I love reading your blogs about your girls and see how much they have grown since the last time I saw them!
    I love reading about your ups and downs as a mother, my favorite was the story you shared about judging others. I have been watching myself ever since I read that.
    I guess, I like just what you've been doing so I don't have any suggestions! Keep up the fabulous work!!

  4. I don't know how long I've been reading... half of the year at least... I started reading when you told us about your blog in the PR. I would love to see some cloth diapering reviews and giveaways. I would love an Apple Cheeks giveaway. Oh... and I'm not a huge fan of Twitter counting as an entry (unless there is a facebook alternative or something) as I don't have a cell phone I use regularly and therefore don't have Twitter. :) Love your heart!

    andreaandtyler (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. Hey Vanessa! I don't when I started reading, maybe 6 months to a year ago. I love reading about your girls! How about some reivews on Christian books, speakers, songs?

    Love ya!

  6. Just found you today but really like the blog. I would like to see more personal stories and more gc giveaways.

  7. I've never been here before, but I like that you do giveaways :) Congrats on your blogaversary!

  8. Boy...I've been reading for I-don't-know-how-long either! Probably since the beginning? Remember when I gave you my blog address when we met at the Fair in August of 2009??? It would have been not when you first started commenting on my blog, I suppose.

    Anyway, I like Kayla's idea about more reviews of Christian authors...also on child training authors.

  9. I came here from Prizey. So today is the first day of reading your blog. As a comment; your page looks neat, clean, and organized. However, as a person on dial-up, I must say that it loads very slowly.

  10. I started reading today. I like it.

  11. I found your blog today, and I have to tell you, I like the uncluttered design.

  12. I have been reading your blog for a few months now just keep the giveaways coming and thats all you need LoL

    nicolemb2010 @ yahoo dot com

  13. This is the first time I ran across your blog and began reading it. So far so good!! I like different reviews that bring my attention to things like different toys. I like to discover new websites that are not so mainstream! :)

  14. I just found your blog today from so I don't have any suggestions for improvement. I do want to say I like your design and that it isn't all cluttered with animations and stats.
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

  15. I just began reading your blog today. I just ran across it. I would like to see more gift card giveaways.

  16. Just found your blog today--I like the clean design.

    ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

  17. I just found your blog today thru Great blog. I wouldn't change anything! Come visit me at

  18. I found your blog through prizey. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging, that's an impressive milestone! Love your color layout too. It would be fun to see a hand stamped jewelry review/giveaway. :)

    snedfam at gmail dot com

  19. I've been reading your blog since the beginning. :) I love reading your posts, and I think I've read most of them.... I too, love how your site isn't cluttered with link and doesn't take forever to load. Your giveaways are great. More gift card giveaways are always useful. I too, like hearing about the details of your life!

  20. I initially came buy a few months ago b/c I was following a bloggy recomend..i come back for reviews and giveawys and deal info.
    I would love a review on any cellulite program that works..even if it only works a little,haha!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  21. i just found your blog today and honestly I'm while i like the background stripes, I think it would be cooler to have a blog layout that went along with the treasure theme.

    hockiemack at

  22. I just found your blog-looks good though.
    flyergal82 at yahoo dot com

  23. oh gosh, I don't know when I started reading...I haven't been following for long though. one thing that I would like to see more of in the future? I'm always big on new and fun products. anything book related.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  24. This is my first time to you blog and I think it looks wondeful! I love how it's uncluttered and a like that you host giveaways! I had to look around a bit, but it looks like you have a great selection of extra entries! I even like that you have a giveaway tab at the top-awesome!! The only thing I could think of adding is maybe listing your giveaways in the sidebar? Though the tab is great on it's own :-)

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  25. I have been following you for about a year-I wouldn't change anything-I like your upbeat attitude :)
    thanks for the giveaway

  26. I just found your blog today! Congrats on your anniversary and wishes for many more. Since I'm not familiar with your blog, I'll just comment in general that giveaway entries should be simple & quick. Love the form entries.

    ewhatley at embarqmail dot com

  27. I found your blog through, and I like it a lot. I like that you celebrate milestones by giving stuff away! You appear to be very generous!

  28. I found your blog a week or two ago! I love the layout and organization! Most blogs give me eyestrain! I'd like to see book reviews, and I like blogs with lots of pictures! Thanks for the giveaway!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  29. I have been reading since you entered the 5k, good job on completing it! I would like to see more reviews on organizing. Thanks. Amber

    penguinlover_23 at yahoo dot com

  30. I just stumbled across your blog today! I adore your layout, and I like the style that you write in. I would love to continue seeing more photographs, as that is one of my favorites!
    vschilke at gmail dot com

  31. I just found your blog from prizey, now I am going to go explore it a bit. I love the colors thanks for the chance to win