Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Blogaversary!!!

One year ago.....I started a blog.
And I am still blogging. So today we are celebrating my One Year Blogaversary with a fun post all about blogging & a giveaway to a lucky reader!
 This was my fist ever blog post.
I remember hitting publish and seeing that 12 people read it. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! Since then, I have written 254 blog posts. Today is number 255. Wow. It does not seem like I have written that much, but that's probably because I really enjoy it. And it has been pretty cool to watch my monthly readers reach numbers over 10,000! 
During my fist month of blogging, I did a post entitled  "Why Start a Blog?". The reasons are all pretty much the same a year later as they were when I first started.  And then about 6 months into my blogging journey, I did a little update "Why Do I Blog?"
I love this little corner of the internet we have created. I enjoy sharing our life and have loved connecting with readers and other bloggers I probably would have never met. 
So for today's post I will share a few fun facts about the blog.

The most read blog post was  Show & Tell Tuesday Steal vs Splurge
Not sure why this is the most read...but it is! Maybe because it was after the holidays and everyone was looking for a new way to save?? It was a fun post and I talked about two of my favorite things....meal prep & meal planning.

After that these two were the most popular
Now I have been linking up to do Friday Favorites since November. For some reason, this one in March was my second most read post. I looked back through it and nothing stands out too much to me... just a random assortment of that week's favorite things. 

Well this one doesn't really surprise me too much, for two reasons. One, it is a link up with Mix & Match Mama and her BFF Erika at A Little Bit of Everything.....two very successful blogging mamas. And second... the topic.. little tips for marriage can make for an interesting read!

The top three most viewed recipes on the blog this year....
This is a simple, easy soup filled with lots of goodness! A good friend of mine has shared it a bunch, so I'm sure that helped it secure the most popular recipe spot😉
This one totally makes is one of the most favorite meals in our house!
I mean.....obviously!
My favorite post is this one....
A favorite post, about my favorite sister. We received so many great comments and shares on that post. I also loved that through that post I came to know a sweet mama with a little girl named Shea. Shea is rocking that extra chromosome and is involved with the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign. I cannot wait until the Down Syndrome walk next Saturday to meet these sweet girls in person!

Blogger Life
So I kind of take pictures of everything. My kids know it and thinks it's hilarious. "Mama, why are you taking a picture of dinner?" And sometimes there's a big blooper reel when trying to get a picture. Let's take this blog anniversary as an example.  I had this grand plan of balloons and a little cupcake for my anniversary picture. So I picked up a cupcake and some balloons and took this pic on Wednesday night, because I had forgotten to do it over the weekend. The kids were at religion, so I was on my own and took this with a selfie stick. Yep... blogger life. I took about 68 pictures. 
This blooper reel tells quite the story! Not sure how to turn....trying to make it not look like I was using a selfie stick.... should I get a shot of blowing out the candle? Anyway...the candle kept blowing out in the wind. And those balloons were tucked into my belt. The balloons were only in 2/3 of the pics because a gust of wind came and off they went. I'm sure if my neighbors were watching they were wondering what I was doing! But in the end I got a shot I was happy with!
And that my friends, is a little bit about the last year and this blog life. Thank you to everyone that has followed along, shared with a friend, commented, or gave a word of encouragement. 
So to say thank you, I am giving one lucky reader this cute mug filled with a $25 Target card and a $25 Starbucks card.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter and share with your friends. The contest will run through next Thursday 9/28 and we will announce the winner a week from today!
Year one has been so much fun and more rewarding than I ever thought  possible. I cannot wait to see what year 2 will bring.
Thanks for reading along.
Have the best weekend friends. See you on Monday.....there's always room for one more at our family table. 
ps...As always, I am linking up with some of my favorite blogging friends, AndreaNarci, and Erika to share my favorites!


  1. More posts with your sister and recipes. Congrats on you blogiversary.

  2. CONGRATS on 1 year of blogging!!! I love to follow along through the link ups and have enjoyed trying out your recipes :)

  3. happy anniversary! I enjoy keeping up with your blog and looking at your recipes!

  4. That is seriously the best selfie stick photo ever. I never would have guessed it.. Congrats on your one year anniversary.

  5. And I like reading your daily life pots, holiday ideas, and party posts.

  6. Happy Anniversary! I am new to the blogging world and had to chuckle at the selfie stick, pic, blooper reel! So true! Here's to another great year!

  7. happy anniversary! i love real life type posts!

  8. Happy Anniversary! I love your healthy recipes and would love more about how you handle work/life balance. As a busy working mom I love getting ideas from others.