Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Blogiversary

Hard to believe it's been 3 years since I started this little blog.  I never imagined that I'd still be doing this (and people would actually be reading this!) three years later!  This blog has morphed over the years and has really become something I'm proud of and love to do.  It all began with the purpose of keeping my friends and family informed on my progress as I trained for the St. Louis Marathon.  As it would turn out, my friends and family never read it!  No one knew what a blog was three years ago!  I had 2 loyal readers (Kirsten and Rick), who were also training for their first marathons.  I basically wrote just to keep myself motivated and accountable.  And, of course, I became hopelessly addicted.

After the race, the blog became more personal.  I posted about birthday parties and vacations and things going on in my life.  A few months later, I started planning our wedding.  That was taking up most of my free time, so I started using the blog to document our wedding details.  Although, I admit that I really held back on doing this because I didn't want to ruin all the fun details and surprises we had in store for our wedding guests (just in case they were reading the blog...which they weren't).  At this time, I think I had maybe 10 followers.

In the last year, after the wedding, this blog has really blossomed into what it is now.  It's a blog about my day-to-day life and whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. It’s a work in progress, constantly changing directions, with a mind of its own. It’s exciting because I never know where my posts will lead me!

It's a place where I can write about whatever I want!  I typically write about my hobbies and interests, including cooking, sewing, photography, shopping and running.  I blog about trips and vacations I take, weddings and events I attend, races I run, home improvement projects I tackle, cooking and sewing classes I take and meals I cook, things/trends/items I like and shows I watch.  Basically, it's me, me, me!  Every blogger's dream!  And I'm almost up to 150 followers and I get comments on nearly every single post!  I couldn't be happier!

Since most of you have probably only discovered this little blog of mine in the last few months, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite posts over the years that I hope you'll take a minute to read.  These are just a few of my favorites:













The Lamb Cake Saga - Part 1 and Part 2


 
 
 
 
AND NOW...to celebrate the big 3 year blogiversary, I'm doing a giveaway! 

Halloween cupcake decoration, Sprinkles cupcake mix and a Halloween rubber spatula from Williams-Sonoma!  Such a cute little gift pack that I want to keep it for myself!
 
 
 
How to enter:
 
Just leave a comment on what your favorite blog post has been over the last three years!
 
That's it!
 
Make sure I have your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. 

Winner will be chosen at random.

Giveaway ends Friday at midnight.
 
Good luck!
 


42 comments:

  1. Happy blogiversary!! I just read back over your engagement post---so SWEET!

    I loved the lamb cake posts, they had me in hysterics!

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  2. I'm a relatively new follower so I'd have to say your wedding recaps. You looked amazing.

    (goo_2563 at hotmail dot com)

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  3. Happy 3 year blogiversary chica! I've got to say my favorite post is your marathon race report...but you already knew that (I think anyway).

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  4. Happy anniversary!! What a god idea to use it to highlight your best posts! I might to that when mine comes up next month :)

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  5. Happy Blog-i-versary!! I just read your engagement post, so sweet, my eyes welled up!

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  6. Happy Blogiversary!

    I must say -- I started reading your blog when I saw your post on Beef Wellington back in March -- the batch you made looked AMAZING and I still need to get my butt in the kitchen to test out your recipe !

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  7. Wow--congrats Sara!
    (and thanks for the awesome giveaway!)

    It was hard to pick a favorite, so a couple of them are:
    1. Your gift guides (ESP the DIY one!)
    2. Who would play you in a movie
    3. Your wedding invites! {loved them}

    my email is: ericandkatiewedding at gmail dot com

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  8. Happy 3 year Blogiversary!!! I learned something new about you in this post - I had no idea you started blogging to track your marathon training. Well, I am so glad you did because you know how much I love your blog and how fun it has been to get to know you! I love all your posts but I'd have to chose the Coq Au Vin as my favorite. Hello - you flambed! It was awesome!

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  9. I'm a new reader, but I really loved reading about your anniversary trip to the mountains. I'll have to go back and read some of the posts you linked to though. And what a fun giveaway! I hope I win! (I can't figure out how to leave my email address but it's on my blog on my about page)

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  10. Happy blogiversary! My fave post was definitely your lamb cake post - hysterical!

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  11. Happy Blogiversery! I love your "I do not want a hippotamaus for christmas post" its hilarious and my fiancee and I always joke about that song at Christmas.

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  12. I love cupcakes! Of course I love all of the wedding posts! I love seeing the pictures :)

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  13. My favorite posts were the lamb cake ones too! Hilarious and so weird, especially because I had never seen anything like a lamb cake before coming to Missouri. I like the wedding planning ones too though, since I barely knew you then - so neat to go through and see the backstory. :)

    ~Jessica G

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  14. I love the wedding day recap post - the photos (and you) are gorgeous!

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  15. Happy Blogiversary! I love, love, love the plate wall post- so creative and cute!

    Congrats on the three-year milestone... oh, and on giving away cupcakes, because that is an accomplishment in its self :)

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  16. Happy blogiversary! I cannot believe it has already been 3 years, Sara! There are so many great posts... My favorites are: Your wedding recap, cooking classes, your cooking attempts in the kitchen, and I just caught up on your hostess gift ideas - love that one! Cheers to 3 more years! xoxo- Becky

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  17. I just read your proposal story & it's so sweet. I knew you guys were big on fihing & it's so YOU - it's awesome.

    My favorite HAS to be the lamb cakes though. That was hysterical.

    I like the hostess gift one too. A lot of them would make for great shower gifts as well. You're more than welcome to crash at our place anytime!! LOL

    I think you have my email, but just in case: beerbudgetbride01@gmail.com

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  18. Happy blog-iversary!! You have the best blog, Sara. I love to hear your spin on things and to see your awesome pictures!!

    My favorite posts so far are the Wedding Day Recap and the post from a few days about your and Ryan's first date. The "red eyes" thing was hilarious!

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  19. Sara, it has been such a pleasure to follow your blog! I adore your enthusiastic and fun-loving personality, and view on life.

    Let me see... there are a couple of favorites, but I have to say the most memorable, and one that my husband and I cried about is Lauren and JP's wedding. We were very moved by how you defended what was happening, and we agree the wedding and video was incredible.

    Here's to another great three years!!!

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  20. I loved the re-cap of your wedding. Since I wasn't a follower during the wedding, it was like really great! Happy blogiversary!

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  21. I only recently started reading your blog, but I loved the Nesting post you did - I've looked at those pictures a dozen times since then.

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  22. Happy Anniversary!!! Oh my goodness, I want to win this prize so bad!! My favorite post? Well, any of your picture posts...but if I have to choose one, then I choose your wedding recap post. Your wedding pictures (and wedding) were to die for, and I'm so jealous of them!

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  23. woohoo, Happy Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!

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  24. Hooray! My favorite blog entry of yours... you're going to laugh... I have never forgotten about those pineapple martinis you made from that weight loss / eat healthy cookbook! I *still* have that book on my Amazon wishlist. One day I will own it and also make pineapple drinks. :)

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  25. Happy blogiversary! I'm a pretty new reader, but I remember your first post that I read - about the cheese souffle - and I loved your beautiful wedding pictures/recap post!

    Keep writing! :)

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  26. Sara, I'm so glad I got to catch up on some of your favorite past posts! I really loved how your plate project turned out :)

    Congrats on all the blogging success!

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  27. Happy 3 yrs, that is awesome!!!
    I love your post on your Veggie Garden, J and I really want to grown our own veggies and are really looking forward to owning a place with a little backyard so we can.

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  28. Happy blogiversary!! just found yours, so cute!!

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  29. Happy Blogiversary! I'm a new follower but like this post,
    http://runninglawyer.blogspot.com/2010/09/quoted-in-new-york-times.html

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Glad I found ya!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  30. Wow! 3 Years is awesome! :)

    I love your Marathon recap. I find them so encouraging! I could only dream of completing one!

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  31. Happy Blogiversary! I have only been doing it for a few months! Way to go on 3 years! Thanks for my comment! I am a new follower!!

    My favorite post of yours is today since it is my first tiem to your blog!! :) Now, I looked around...I love the proposal story! It made me smile! I also loved your hostess gifts suggestions! I love gifts and wish I had more money so I could gift even more!!

    lisa.werginz@gmail.com

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  32. I've just started reading some of your posts, and I adore your blog! Congrats on the 3 year anniversary! I immediately clicked on your Coq Au Vin blog because I have wanted to make this for years!

    Thank you for the comment on my blog :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Love the wedding recap! It turned me into a loyal follower of your blog and introduced me to Snippet & Ink!

    jomccut@yahoo.com

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  34. Happy Blogiversary! I just spent some time reading through some of your past posts that you highlighted. I think the proposal post was amazing. I love hearing the stories of how guys pop the question. :)

    PS - those cupcakes would be amazing since I'm all into baking cupcakes these days. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

    youngfabulousandnewlywed@gmail.com

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  35. My favorite posts are the pizza post, and you sharing your wonderful dough recipe with me, and your wedding recap post. Anything wedding related is addicting to me, but I loved all your details!!

    Happy Blogiversary!!

    newteacherwife (@) gmail (dot) come

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  36. girl, the lamb cake takes the cake! Congratulations on three years. I'm proud.

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  37. Wow I just spent so much time reading all of those posts. I couldn't stop.
    A hard pick. I enjoyed all of them. I only wish I could have found your blog a few months earlier. Just got married in March and would have loved to use some of your ideas. The serving trays at the wedding were awesome! Ok but my favorite post. The wedding invites. SO COOL and unique.

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  38. Happy Blogiversary!! Well this is the first time I've stopped by your blog (thanks for leaving a comment on mine!), so I guess this post is my favorite! Haha. I LOVE cupcakes, so I'm seriously excited about this. :)

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  39. Way to go on 3 years! I thought the Lamb cakes was so funny and I also liked your little video when you set the Coq au vin on fire. ;) Sweet giveaway. :)

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  40. Congrats! I started reading your blog mostly for the running posts, but I like it all! I think my favorite right now is the hostess gift guide because we just moved and it makes me want to go get these goodies for our apartment!

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  41. I love your blog, and I love all of your wedding posts! I loved that you did a recap for your anniversary. So sweet!

    ellenbjohnson@live.com
    scooterjr.blogpost.com

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