Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happy Blogiversary

Guess who's turning 1 today?

It's hard to believe it's been one year since I started this little blog to keep our families updated on our house building adventures. I had no idea what I was doing and certainly didn't anticipate how much fun I would have doing it.

What I really didn't expect was how many new friends I would meet along the way. I don't know how you found me or why you keep coming back, but I appreciate each and every one of you. Nate calls you guys my 'imaginary friends' because I talk about you like I know you personally. Which I kind of do - just in a different way. That's what makes blogging so amazing. You come here from (at last count) 32 states. All different ages. Mommies, newlyweds, college students, bosses, long lost friends and fellow Starbucks addicts. Chances are we would never have made it to 'friends' in real life because we are so different. But here in blog world, where you share your heart, or your fashion, or your coupon-clipping prowess, we have become friends. And I learn something different from each and every one of you. So thank you for sharing with me and letting me return the favor.

And to the 60 or so of you who visit every day and never ever leave a comment, I know you are out there. I can see you. I have Analytics and I'm not afraid to use them. Give a girl some comment-love and let me get to know you, too.

Okay. Enough with the schmaltzy, sappy crap. On to the presents!

Even though it's our birthday here, and technically we should be getting the presents (which btw, feel free to send), I thought I'd take this opportunity to do a little giving - as in the very first Unwrap Life Giveaway!

Here are the rules:

1. The contest is open until Sunday, May 24 at midnight (Eastern).

2. One entry for leaving me a comment below this post. If you want to make this super fun, ask me a question and I'll answer all your questions in a future post. Here's your chance to get answers to those burning questions like how I acquired the world's largest collection of yoga pants, how I successfully avoid vacuuming for weeks at a time and how exactly I got so dang cool?

3. One entry for becoming a follower (lurkers, I am talking to you) or letting me know you already are one.

4. One entry for tweeting about the Giveaway with a link back here. Make sure to come back and let me know you tweeted!

5. One entry for blogging about how fabulous I am the Giveaway on your own blog. Make sure you come back and leave me the link.

6. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here early next week.

So there you go, four easy ways to enter. Want to know what you're playing for? (Said in my very best Jeff Probst a la Survivor voice).

A gift basket of my very favorite things, hand picked by me! All the things I love to talk about here, in one delightful box delivered directly to your door. A good summer read by one of my favorite authors, a pair of earrings from my favorite downtown store, a super cute summer scarf, my favorite lip gloss that lasts all day, and a little treat from the crack den itself happiest place on earth, Starbucks.

Worth playing for? I think so! Get to commenting!


Crazy Shenanigans said...

Congrats on one year of blogging!!!! Excting!!!

Yay for giveaways!!!! I'm in! I'm also a follower!

Mel said...

Happy Blog Birthday! That prize sounds super great and I want, I want, I want! ;-)

My question: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

And I already follow you! I have subscribed to you on my google reader (I don't use the "follow this blog" feature because I prefer google reader)

Mel said...

I also tweeted about your give away! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversay!!

Question: Have you tried thrifting again since we attempted it last summer?

I have had your blog in my Google Reader for forever, but became an official Follower now.

Also, I just tweeted about this awesome giveaway!

PiggywantsManolos said...

No lurking for me! I am now a follower!

I am
1--leaving a comment
2--following you
3--tweeting about your giveaway (@piggyinmanolos)
4--blogging about your giveaway

Ally said...

How exciting!!!

I have a question too: When do we get a "day in the life" of the pups?? :)

So there's my comment, but I'm not a lurker. I tweeted you (@allyrae) and blogged you toooooo:

Jennifer said...

Yay!! Happy Blogiversary! And what a beautiful cake!

I am a follower of your wonderful blog and here's a question for you...

What is your favorite vacation destination?

C said...

pick me, pick me!

C said...

I've stopped lurking and now I am following!

C said...

ok... I'm new. Does adding a blog to my RSS feed the same thing as "following"?

Cherilyn Rice said...

I wish I had known you better in college.....I LOVE your blog!

Jules said...

Yay for a giveaway and I love that you're doing your favorite things. I think that's fab!

1. I am leaving a comment
2. I am already a follower
3. I sent a tweet about this giveaway (@ChicnPink)
4. I have added this giveaway to the sidebar on my blog (

Thanks :)

Mrs. D said...

Congratulations on blogging for a year!

God Rocks said...

Ummmm...I was like the FIRST follower, so that should count for two entries.

And I DO want to know exactly how you got so darn cool!

Mom says I can't tweet (over my text limit), so I guess I'll just have to take my chances!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think I am your first follower! And yes, dad went over his text limit last month thanks to tweeting! Happy Blogiversary! My question is: ummm.... do you think you will ever move south??!!

Emily Freeman said...

Love reading your blog! It always makes me are so creative with your words and it truly makes my day brighter.

My question to you is, what is one story that when you think of it, ALWAYS makes you laugh out loud? (This can be a story that has actually happened to you, a joke you've heard, or something that has happened to somebody).

Jules said...

I just realized that I forgot to ask a question! I wanted to know how did your hubby propose? I love hearing proposal stories.

Allison said...

Yay for your Blogiversary :)

Please sign me up for your fabulous giveaway!!

And I'm a loyal follower, too :)

Boutique Girl said...

Hey happy blog birthday!

I am leaving a comment, I am no longer lurking and I now follow you, plus I tweeted about this post!

Leah said...

Oh, pick me, pick me!

You know I'm already a follower and I also gave you some love on twitter and on my blog.

Happy Blogiversary!

p said...

I remember your blog about interview, but don't remember hearing that you got the job or what it is, so that is my question.

My comment is...I couldn't find my usual preference of Reisling while shopping today, so I'm going to try the one you suggested! Thanks!

p said...

As you know, I've been following for some time now, but now I'm an official FOLLOWER.

Don't blog or twitter though!

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