To celebrate the first anniversary of my blog and to say thanks to everyone who visits my little space here on the regular, I put together a giveaway of some of my favorite things. But first, a great big THANK YOU for all the love and support I’ve gotten from you, my readers. I appreciate each and every one of you—all of your comments, emails, feedback, social media interaction, encouragement and kind words have helped keep me going. I’m blown away by how much Savvy Sweet Life has grown in just a year, and I’m grateful for everything you’ve done and continue to do to help with that. It all means so much to me. Really. Sincerely. You guys are the best. ♥
Walk down memory lane with me and take a look back at some of the highlights from my first year of blogging:
Most Viewed Post
My Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party post I put up just a few months ago already has the highest number of page views for the year. Pinterest continues to be the biggest traffic-driver for this one. And it seems that new moms are really into first birthday stuff in general (well of course!) because my Top 5 posts for the year were all part of my first birthday series. You can browse those posts here.
Most Featured Post
My Fall Pumpkin Patch Felt Board got so much love from the blogging community, and I was overjoyed by all the great feedback on this craft project. It was chosen as the featured post in multiple linkups and was featured twice on Instagram as well (you can see a list of where it was featured at the bottom of the original post). My little boy is still having fun with this, and I’m planning on updating the scene to something Christmas-inspired soon!
Most Personal Post
My Birth Story for Cesarean Awareness, definitely. It was hard to put myself out there so vulnerably, but it was worth it to know that I helped comfort even just one person. So many lovely moms thanked me for sharing my story, and I loved hearing all the responses from other mamas who took the time to share their stories with me too. This was my first very personal post, and the positive response gave me the confidence to write more in the future. It’s reassuring to know that other women have experienced similar circumstances and to know you’re not alone in your motherhood journey.
Most Commented-On Post
The post I’ve received the most comments on is Sunday Snapshot: Baby’s First Haircut. It’s been endearing to hear from so many parents who had a hard time with their babies getting a first haircut too.
I started the Sunday Snapshot series because I was feeling down about not giving my blog enough attention on the front-end. I spend a lot of my allotted blogging time on the back-end—optimizing SEO, researching and reading about blogging best practices, networking and connecting with other bloggers in my niche, working on my site dynamics, responding to blog comments/social media comments/emails, etc. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, and this often takes up the majority of my time, leaving minimal to write and edit photos. Which seems backward, I know! But I do think it’s beneficial to put the time into the back-end early on to set myself up for success.
So this series is one I’m definitely planning on continuing into year two. It keeps me in the habit of blogging regularly and helps me stay accountable for publishing new content. You’ll see them pop up in between more in-depth posts, and you can see all the Sunday Snapshots so far here.
My Favorite Post
Snippets of Life Lately was a fun one to put together because I got to go through all the pictures from the summer. This is another “series” if you will that I plan on doing again. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ve caught on to the fact that I’m terrible about blogging our day-to-day, so this gives me an opportunity to catch you up on what’s been going on with us. OK fine, so it’s not just the day-to-day … I’m really behind on blogging about some big events too! :o
My First Post
I titled it Mom Meets Blog. It was the start of my blogging journey, and I was so proud of this new passion project of mine. Give it some love and learn a little more about me too. :) I hope you’ll stick around for more to come!
On to the GIVEAWAY! I had a lot of fun shopping for the items to include, and I hope you love them just as much as I do!
- Ceramic candle lantern + set of three tea-light candles—I’m always swooning over lovely, neutral, understated decor. This is all of those and perfect for winter!
- Sugar Paper LA 2016 monthly planner—I try to be ultra-organized, so a planner is a must in my world. I love the classic black + white stripes and slim profile of this one.
- Happy Everything journal—Pretty paper goods are my weakness. If it’s pretty and it’s made of paper, chances are I’m buying it. You can use this for anything! I love the gorgeous watercolors, the gold wording on the front cover and the gilded page edges.
- essie nail polish in Master Plan—If you know me well, you know how much I love gray. This is a soft gray shade and one of my favorite fall/winter polish colors to wear!
- $15 Starbucks gift card—because coffee.
This giveaway begins at 12 a.m. CST on 11/23/15 and ends at 12 a.m. CST on 12/1/15. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. (This is due to shipping costs. Please know that I love my international readers so very much! If you know someone with a U.S. or Canada address who would enjoy this, please still feel free to enter!) Void where prohibited. All entries will be verified. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and announced here. The winner will also be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If there is no response in the timeframe provided, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
UPDATE: Giveaway closed. Thanks to everyone who participated and entered! The winner was selected from the 204 total entries through Rafflecopter using random.org. Congratulations to … Nicky O. for her winning entry! (Nicky, I will be in contact today to get your mailing address so I can ship these fun goodies your way. Enjoy!) Thank you all again for the blogiversary love. More giveaways coming your way soon!