[Five on Friday] Blogiversary Edition + a Giveaway!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Today is my three year blog anniversary! And to celebrate, I'm giving you the opportunity to win TWO gift cards! Why two? Because I couldn't decide which one so I chose both :) I mean, everyone loves Starbucks AND Target, right? Really the only thing better than Starbucks AND Target is a Starbucks IN a Target. #amiright


I can't believe three years ago, I hit publish on my very first post. Oh how far I have come. If you're interested in reading my very first blog post, you can find it here. In fact, I find it so silly that that is my first blog post because in reality, apparently, it was my second. I was so tech savvy that I hit publish (or who knows what button!) and nothing happened and somehow I DELETED the whole thing. Haha. Silly me.

I still can't believe what this little space has grown into. And I am so, so proud of it! Blogging is definitely a hobby for me but I've been given some amazing opportunities because of it. And I've made some amazing friends as well - "virtual reality friends" as Seth calls them as well as virtual reality turned real reality friends. And I love it! Who would have thought that in three years I... would have people who genuinely like reading what I've been up to? And who would have thought that I could make real life friends? I sure didn't when I hit that 'publish' button three whole years ago but I'm sure glad I did!

In true Five on Friday fashion, here are my top five favorite posts from this past year and some reader favorites as well. But, if you're not interested in recapping the past, or things you've already read, don't forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom and enter the giveaway!

Reader Favorites

1 // (Mason updates : updates on my sweet boy are by far reader favorites. I'm guessing probably because they appeal to everyone (including friends and family) so I'll just group them together and call it "one")
The Words You Never Want to Hear a Doctor Say
[Mason] An Update
[Mason] A Preschool Update + Doctor Appt Update
A Letter to my Son with Autism
[Autism Diagnosis] Thoughts and Feelings from a Mother with a Son with Autism

2 // [Whole 30] The Results!

3 // [Thoughts] Baby #2

4 // [2nd Birthday] The Party

5 // [Mother's Day Mom Exchange] The Goodies


My Favorites

When I got to Brag on Seth for Kary's #BragonDad Series
An Ode to the Single Mom
You Know You're a Mom When...
Motherhood from Every Angle
[It's the Little Things] Temporarily Being a Stay at Home Mom

(It was so hard to narrow it down to 5 of my favorites! For reader posts I could go based on numbers, but for these I just had to choose - which is never easy! Plus I loved all the ones that the readers love too! As I've mentioned before, one of my favorites is the Letter to my Son with Autism, but I didn't want to duplicate.)

Thank you all so, so much for reading and supporting my blog! Now, please, I'd love to send you a couple gift cards to get some goodies for YOU (no kiddo presents allowed!). The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only and starts on August 14, 2015 at midnight PST and ends on August 21, 2015 at midnight PST. Winner will be notified by me. Good luck!




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37 comments:

  1. I love your blog! As someone who works in a private school, I especially enjoy reading about your son's autism. You seem like such a great advocate for your son!

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  2. Happy blogiversary! So glad I met you in time to celebrate with you! :)

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  3. So glad I "met" you. I don't even remember how! Happy blogiversary!

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  4. Without your blog, there would never have been us meeting and me falling in love with your kind heart and friendly soul! #serious
    Happy Friday, sweet friend! Happy Blogivesary, Chasin' Mason!

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  5. Happy 3rd Blogiversary!! What a fun milestone!! :)

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  6. Starbucks?! Target?! YES PLEASE. : ) Happy blogiversary!

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  7. Happy anniversary!! I'm so glad you started blogging so that we could become friends! You are such a sweet heart and I can't wait to meet up with you in a few months ;)
    Now, let's be real, here. I would probably spend the Target gift card on baby stuff because, I need to get crackin' and get prepared for this little guy (oops!) ha! And the starbucks? I'd probably get cake pops for Mia and I to eat while shopping for baby brother, HA!

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  8. Target is my favorite store, who knows what I might buy!

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  9. Yayy!! Happy bloggiversary :) I blogged for so long before actually realizing there was an entire community, etc. that I don't even know when my first blog post was published. I'll have to go back and look :) I like to say I've been blogging for only a couple of years though because I didn't take it serious until then.

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  10. Happy bloggiversary! So I totally just missed my one year anniversary #bloggingfail, maybe I'll have to come up with something fun to do next month for it!!!! Love reading your blog, keep it up mama!!!

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  11. Well, happy blogiversary, girlie! :)

    PS - I'd really like those gift cards. Ha, ha!

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  12. I love Starbucks and Target!!! :) I love getting their teas at starbucks! :)

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  13. Happy Blogiversary!!! I actually blog stalked awhile ago and read your very first post :) I think it tells a lot about the heart of the blog, that very first one. I have to say Im so thankful I 'met' you and get to follow along with your family's adventures. To many more years of blogging!!!

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  14. Happy Blogiversary! My first post is pathetic and not worth celebrating lol!

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  15. Happy 3 years, and what a great thing to do as a giveaway! I love both target and starbucks.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  16. Happy Blog-iversary!! My second shout on in a week? What did I do to deserve so much love? :)

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  17. When I really stop and think about what blogging has brought to my life it kind of blows my mind. Like you, I had no idea that I'd "meet" so many people, build an network of friends, and genuinely make friends from it all. It's crazy and amazing all at the same time.
    I'm beyond thankful that blogging "introduced" me to you!!

    Happy Blogiversary!

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  18. Starbucks and Target?! I've never won a blog giveaway, but I am determined to win one of these!! Happy blogiversary!

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  19. I didn't even know you had twitter! Are you a big tweeter? I never understand when people say twitter is the best social media for blogging. I don't even get it.
    And nothing better than starbucks and target!! I've been a zombie all day. I wish coffee actually perked me up at all. I've never really been one to get energized from drinks. zzzzzzzzzzzz
    Happy Blog-aversary!!!

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  20. Happy blogger-versary!!!!! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I can't even remember how I found you anymore. I think through Sweet Turtle Soup and your guest post there! :)

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  21. Happy blogiversary! 3 year :)
    I love reading you blog- I think we met somehow through Courtney - Sweet Turtle Soups blog! Hope u have a fun weekend planned
    Ally

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  22. Congrats!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  23. Congrats!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  24. Those are two of my favorite places..happy blogiversary!

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  25. I looove Target. Not sure what I'd spend it on yet, but I'd find something worthwhile!

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  26. Happy Blogiversary!! I love that you shared both your reader favorite posts and your favorite posts. It's been fun to go back & read them!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  27. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! My favorite Starbucks drink is hot chocolate - and with fall coming, it's the perfect time to win a gift card towards one. :)

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  28. Happy Blogiversary!!!! I love looking back at old posts; one of the best parts about blogging!

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  29. Happy Blogiversary!! So exciting, and love the giveaway you're doing :) Can't beat either of those 2 stores!

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  30. My favorite Starbucks drink is the caramel frappuccino. Thank you and happy blogiversary! :)

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  31. Happy happy blogiversary!! :) You should most definitely be proud of what you've done here!! I think it must've been through the #boymom series that we met, I felt like we had so much in common - the boys/age, working moms, our husbands even seem similar in ways; but especially you were so responsive and kind to me, a new blogger, and I so appreciate you for that. So glad I've gotten to know you!! xoxo :)

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  32. I'd get an iced chai as a morning pick-me-up. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Yummy Starbucks..can't wait for the PSL to come back!

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  34. Happy Blogiversary! Three years is awesome Liz. I hope I make it to three years someday... I haven't even made it half that long!

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