I’m so excited to actually have hit this milestone! One year!! Yay for Shelley and I’m Still Standing! I jumped into the bloggy community a year ago on April 9, 2009 with just a passion to share our family’s story and have found so much more.
I had no idea what I was doing other then loving to write and knowing my topic for sure. I did a little research, bought a few books, hopped online and looked at a few other blogs and was quickly introduced to Mom Bloggers Club and The Sits Girls who both have sites I joined and started meeting other bloggers.
I have loved the bloggy community and meeting new friends from all over the country. It has been a hoot learning about so many wonderful and supportive ladies. There are many stories that I have shared with friends who don’t blog.
I quickly joined Darren’s 31 days to a better blog and tried to keep up but it was a bit faced paced for me, I’m thinking of going back now and redoing the lessons that he gave because there are some wonderful things to be picked up there. The first my “elevator speech” who are you in 1 line… That is when I came up with the tag line “a few special stories,” “a few special inspirations” “from a special needs mom”
I went on to get a “twitter” and began to follow other mom bloggers and build up a little following there and then joined Twitter Moms where I have made some wonderful friends who retweet my blog posts for me weekly in a supportive group. Not only have these fine ladies retweeted for me I now would call them friends and “shout out” to them weekly to see how their lives are going.
A little over a month ago through a site I co founded with my daughter I met a nutritionist who wanted to give someone a “wellness makeover” on television as part of National Nutrition month. I thought hmm I was so going to call a good friends nutritionist and jump on that bandwagon and so I asked her if the person would have to “weigh in” on TV because if that was the case, um not for me but that wasn’t the case and 17lbs later here I am on another journey… My life continues to unfold day by day and post by post. lol
So where is this going? Well, we all know I’m not so much a giveaway or coupon mom, although I have loved meeting many cool ladies who are excellent at doing this. And it has made me savvier about weekly purchases and signing up for giveaways, come on its fun….
Through one of my bloggy buddies I was introduced to the world of “Etsy” and found it to be a wonderful place to buy unique items you can’t find in stores, and being an interior designer (see something you probably didn’t know about me) I love that. I have gathered up some of the fine ladies whose shops I love and I will feature one a week for the next month with a giveaway from each as part of my celebration followed up with my Grand Giveaway of “My Favorite Things” which includes of course Ellie Krieger’s “So Easy” cookbook (which I have loved on my wellness makeover) My fav movies “The Holiday” and “love actually” Michael Buble’s “it’s time” cd, an organization pad to help you since I’m the queen of organization lol, a Starbucks $5 gift card to try a Vivano or a latte and to top it off since we all know that dark chocolate is “good for you” a bag of Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate squares total value about $75.00. I think that’s pretty good right?
I’d like to thank all of you for a year of friendship and wonderful comments, I love hearing from you and hope to continue for a long time.
My first blog-a-versay giveaway comes from Megan. I met Megan when I purchased 2 sweet tassels from her. For my “fall decorations.” Megan has a great blog which has some great crafty ideas. She is a very talented lady and I’m glad to introduce you to her!
I fell in love with this colorful Halloween tassel which hung in my front hall and got many compliments. Don’t you just love it? Now you can win one of Megan’s beautiful creations all you have to do is follow below:
How to enter my first blog-a-versay giveaway from Megan:
1 entry– Follow this blog, if you are already a follower leave a message as to what you enjoy about “I’m Still Standing.”
1 entry-Follow Megan’s blog and leave her a comment that you popped over from “I’m Still Standing.”
1 entry-Become a follower at my secondary blog
1 entry– Join my Wellness Makeover Fan Page
1 entry– Grab I’m still standing button.
1 entry– Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment that you are following on twitter.
1 entry-Tweet about this giveaway. Up to once a day! http://tinyurl.com/y4prulj and leave a separate comment here with the twitter link.
1 entry-Subscribe to my feeds
1 entry– Favor my blog on Technorati
1 entry– Blog about this giveaway and include a link back to this contest
1 entry– Post on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/y4prulj, leave a separate comment here that you posted this on Facebook
• Contest ends Monday April 26, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Standard Time.
• Winner MUST either have their e-mail address on their profile, or leave their e-mail address with their comment.
• I will announce the winner of the giveaway on April 27, 2010 on this blog as well as through e-mail to the winner. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a new winner.
I would like to thank all of you for “giving” so much to me…
*please note all giveaways have been donated by the third parties and I am not responsible or cannot be held liable for any actions associated from them.