Tuesday, June 8, 2010


It's been exactly one year and 200 posts since I started my blog.

Over past the year, I have met some amazing bloggers, made some dear friends and (the biggest surprise of all) discovered a few things about myself.

I use to think I was shy. But I guess blogging about my every day life and family (for the whole world to read) doesn't make me so shy any more.

I use to think that I was boring and nerdy. But when I have readers commenting daily on my posts and the fact that they are interested in the same things I am. I start to think, "Hey, maybe I'm not as nerdy as I think!"

I use to think that I had to be "super mom" all the time. But reading other moms' blogs (and even those who are not moms) out there, I started to realize, hey it's ok if the laundry sits unfolded for one day and it's ok for the girls to eat fast food once in a while.

So, as a thank you to everyone who reads my little blog I have a few of my favourite things up for grabs.

I love vintage inspired and whimsical necklaces. This necklace from Bee 23 made by Bing Bang is just that. Whimsy and charm are wrapped up in one lovely necklace.

I am a lip balm junkie. This lip balm from Oiseau is one of the best lip balms I have ever tried (and trust me I have tried a lot!)

I love cute little pouches. I use them to house spare change, sewing notions, lip balm, plastic dinosaurs, anything really. This lovely little coin purse is pink and from my favourite store.

All 3 of my favourite things can be yours simply by doing 3 things:

1. Being a follower, since this a thank you for those who read my blog (but don't fret if you are not a follower, it's not too late! just click follow on the left side of my blog)

2. Leaving a comment with your email address so that I can contact you if you happen to be the lucky person to win!

3. In the same comment tell me about the best birthday/anniversary gift you have ever received.

Oh, and since I love comments so much, the first 15 people to leave a comment on this post gets a lovely little gift from me!

Giveaway will run for one week and a winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Tuesday June 15th.

Thanks everyone and good luck!!


Stevie said...

That's my favorite lip balm, too! I got some in my stocking at Christmas 2 years ago and have been in love ever since :-)

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Happy first blogging birthday!

I haven't taken part in giveaway in aaaages! Seems a good time to try out my luck ;-) Such lovely things, I love the pouch!!!

My email address is ces241@hotmail.com :-)

The best birthday gift I ever recieved was on my 21st birthday, when my Dad gave me my Gran's old record player - it's heavy and vintage and not very sleek, but it feels so real! My boyfriend then bought me two rare REM vinyls (my fave band in the world!) to go with it - I was a happy girl!!!

Megan said...

Happy 1st Birthday, I think you have a lovely little blog and enjoy reading it. Congrats on all you have achieved in one year.

What a lovely giveaway I am in love with that little coin purse.

The best birthday present was a Tiffany's bracelet that Brendan gave me for my 21st!


m.e (Cathie) said...

happy 1st bday!!!
yay for sweet pics & sweet gifts

Stephanie said...

& the best gift i've ever received our giant picture collages!

sharonlei said...

Hi Sweetheart! Happy 1st Blogiversary! Yippee. :) So glad that you started blogging, because we became friends! My blog turned ONE on 4/27/10 and I've been a bad blogger and didn't even wish it a Happy Blogiversary... but it's never too late.. I have something fun in store for that... anyway... one of the best gifts I've recieved for my birthday was probably a LV bag from the hubbys with Gwen Stefani tickets inside (it was for my 25th bday).. that year a couple of my girlfriends chipped in and got me a pimped out cruiser bike with a wicker basket, horn, bells, and handle bar tassles! It was an amazing bday.. totally felt like a kid again. :)

Well, you know I'm a follower.. and here's my email addy just in case: mademoisellekitty@gmail.com

Hope you're well hun.. love love big hug.

xx Love & Aloha

Gracie said...

Eee! Happy first blog anniversary! That is completely awesome! I'm so glad I found your blog because it's great.

I'm a follower of course :)

My best birthday gift I would say was my Tiffany necklace Jason got me for my 21st birthday. It was such a surprise because I thought I was getting a GHD hair straightener (which he did give me for an anniversary that same year..he is truly wonderful).

I hope you have many more wonderful blogging years! x

Alely L. said...

happy 1 year BLOGNNIVERSARY!!! yay you! would love to win all 3 very cute items and my most favorite gift ever would be all of the love/appreciation letters i receive from my kids/mr. and my nikon dslr which is with me 24/7!

Karina said...

Happy 1st Anniversary. A wonderful blog full of beautiful memories and adventures. The best birthday present was the first time I got to celebrate it with my son ; D. I am a follower and my email address is kary10024@hotmail.com

Hannah said...

Happy One year BLOGIVERSARY!!! You are most definitely interesting, hun! (1) I'm a follower and have been for awhile...:-) (2) my email is listed on my profile, but I'll say it again, aspireblog[at]hotmail[dot]com, and (3) the best birthday gift I've ever received would probably be my ipod nano, or a theme song for my blog. (squee!)

Lots of love and congrats!

and flowers pick themselves said...

happy blogaversary! that lip balm looks like heaven.

xo Alison

flora said...

Happy birthday blog! I love reading your blog, hence I'm a follower.

One of my fave birthday gift was a trip to Vancouver (my first visit) for my 30th birthday from hubby! It was so much fun!

email: chowflora@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

happy blogaversary! it was our 2nd wedding anniversary last march and i have to say the best present so far is a lovely breakfast in bed, so sweet:)

eunice said...

congrats on your 1 year anniversary!! such cute gifts :)

my best gift was a handmade card from my boyfriend for my birthday :)


LexiTokyo said...

Happy 1st Birthday! :)
The necklace and pouch are too cute!

wallflower said...

Happy Blogaversary to you!

I don't think I've ever received a "best" birthday gift. All my favourites are ones that people made for me though.


Anastasia said...

Happy Blogaversary! My best birthday gift was this year. My husband and I were seperated due to my idiocy for almost a year. When we first got married it was because they were going to take him and my step daughter off my insurance if we weren't married. So it was like eh why not. We got back together (yay better then ever) and for my bday he took me to where we first met and proposed to me in front of all the customers. It made me cry like a baby and I said yes! ;)

Anastasia said...

oh sorry and my email is sweetbutterbliss@gmail.com

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Yay happy blog birthday! That's so exciting!

Sandy a la Mode said...

happy blog birthday jozen!! ahhh i missed the top 15 again, boo!! you know i am a follower and just LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! the best birthday gift i ever received was my canon 50d to take top notch photos hehe!!


Amy{thosefunnylittlegirls} said...

Happy Blogiversary!The best birthday gift I have received was this past March. My husband and friends threw me a suprise 30th birthday party. While 2 of my girlfriends treated me to a day of mani/pedis, lunch, ice cream and a new hairdo, my husband and his helpers turned our house into party central. When I pulled up at my house, they were all standing outside holding a happy birthday sign for me! It is great to be loved.

KristiMcMurry said...

Glad your blogging has been going well! Hope you have many more years are good blog experience :)

My favorite anniversary present is very simple. My boyfriend and I went to have sushi on our 4th anniversary and before we went in, he had a little gift for me. It was a movie that I absolutely love (The Jerk) but had never asked for. It just meant a lot to me that he had actually been listening to me and picked something out for himself. We're not big gifters, as you can see :)


melifaif said...

I am following you....don't be scared! I am a nice lil lady.

melifaif said...

Oh yes, wish me luck and...


Ashley @ The Creative Place said...

Yay! Happy Blog Birthday!! That is so exciting :) I'm a follower- Love your blog :) One of the best birthday gifts I have ever received was from my sweet and wonderful hubby. He made a "Date Book" for us to document or dates in :) It was so cute, complete with glitter pen writing on the front. He knows how I love crafty things and made this himself because of that :)


woodlandsblonde said...

Happy blog birthday :)

atxdoll at gmail dot com

The best gift I ever received was on my 21 birthday - I had like 30 people show up to my birthday dinner. I felt so loved to have all of my friends come to celebrate :)

HazeWea said...

Happy blogaversary! Hope it's nothing but lovely =)


its simple love said...

This is an amazing giveaway! And I agree with how you say the blogging world normalizes your seemingly abnormalities. The weird things about you aren't so weird! And those normal things about you, they aren't so normal to others, in-fact, they are quite amazing. So interesting.

Anyways, long time follower. Congrats on the bloiversary!

Becky said...

I didn't even realize until now that I wasn't an official "follower." Just thought I was all this time! I love that little coin purse. I too, and a total sucker for little clutches/zippered pouches. I keep buying them on etsy...

Anonymous said...

congrats jozen!! you made it to one year! love your blog & the lovely space that you've made it -- keep it up!

Jo Jo said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I've loved getting to know you through your lovely blog.

The best anniversary/birthday gift I ever received was a video from my hubby (then boyfriend) 4 years ago full of photos of the two of us and a clip with the cutest love songs ever. It makes me cry a little when I take it out now and then.

hana said...

Happy blogaversary! And many more!

The best anniversary present I received was a proposal. My husband proposed to me on our 2 year dating anniversary with a ring, candles set up into "Will you marry me?" at the park. It was amazing.

Talia said...

happy first blog-a-versary!!! hooray!! you already know how much I love your darling blog and everything you post about. and I will keep on loving it through year #2! :)

isn't it amazing how blogging can change you and your life?? It's meant so much to me since I started.

My best birthday gift was the birth of my first daughter. She was born two days before I turned 20, and it was simply the greatest blessing I could have asked for.

one sydney road said...

Happy Blogversary!!! And thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It's funny I came across your post because I've been thinking the same thing...how awesome it has been to meet people through blogging. That's been by far my fave part and something I didn't expect!!

jen@odbt said...

Happy Blogoversary! I can't wait to check out more of your blog. I am following and my favorite anniversary gift was my 10 year diamond band.

Little Miss Tiara said...

yay for the first bloggyversary and thank you for letting me know about this giveaway :D

I've browsed around and decided that you certainly deserve more followers so here I am, now your follower :D

best birthday present? Let me think about it... Oh! A sketch book from my friends! attached with 'The lovely bones', a silly doll, and crafty card ;)

and here's my email: tiara_purnomo(at)yahoo.fr

I really hope I can win this! Those are so pretty I can't even choose what my favorite is, hahaha... I love 'em all...

Tintwo said...

happy first birthday!!

Krista said...

Happy blogiversary! yours is one of my faves and no you're not boring! You are so cute and your family is adorable and you are interested in some of the most beeyoooteeful things ever! :o)

The best birthday present I have ever received is a pair of cowboy boots I got on my 16th birthday. These boots have lots of miles on them, from dance floors to barn floors, to saddle stirrups to the underside of cows' feet. They have never let me down! :o)

My email is pictureimperfect79 at gmail dot com :o)

green tea and red nails said...

Happy birthday!! your blog is rad :)

the best gift i have ever recieved was my grandmas pearl necklace for my 21st birthday. my mum had saved them and had them cleaned so they were sparkling. they are such a beautiful family heirloom and i will now be able to pass them on to
my daughter (when i have one!)


Meg said...

happy one-year blogiversary - yay!! your blog has grown quite a bit in just one year! so happy you found me here in the blogosphere :)

this giveaway is L-O-V-E-L-Y! i would love to own each of those pretties! it is hard to choose a favorite b-day gift, but i will go with my guitar, even though it has been neglected as of late!

thanks for hosting this jozen!!

becks said...


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my favorite present was probably the bike my boyfriend got me for my birthday last year. we're able to go on rides together and it's a lot of fun!

Samantha said...

Congrats on the success of your blog. I love reading your thoughts and getting inspired by your ideas :)

I have to say my best birthday present was one that I recently got! It is a sparkly diamond ring! I love it and feel very spoiled to have a husband who loves me so much!


Brandi said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Jozen! I'm so glad you started your blog -- it's a little haven. And I am a follower. I'm also sorry I didn't get here sooner -- nasty schoolwork kept me away.
As for my favorite present, I actually don't often get to celebrate my birthday because it's RIGHT by Christmas, so the best gift is often when someone takes time to remember it and take me out for a yummy meal (my boyfriend is fantastic about this).

Craftiness NOW said...

happy 1st blogiversary and many more :-)

Tiff + Albert said...

I follow you on google reader (as of right now). I have a feeling that I'm going to get what will be my favorite gift for my birthday in August. It's the big 3-0 so I'm expecting something big :) This year for our anniversary we decided to buy a joint gift - a fondue set and I really like that.


Claire Kiefer said...

This is so sweet, and I love your blog! Please enter me in your darling giveaway: kieferclaire@gmail.com. As for the best birthday gift . . . last year my computer was on its last breath, and I was very anxious about not being able to afford a new one, so my dear friend secretly had a computer fund drive with all my friends and family, and they collected enough to buy my new macbook pro--can you believe it? We had a party at the beach and they gave me a gift certificate to apple. Not only was the gift itself incredible, but I was SO TOUCHED!

Peggy said...

congrats on the blog-o-versary! I am a follower! peghinds@gmail.com.
I love that necklace and actually had that boy/girl kissing charm necklace as a kid and would love to give it to my little girl!
My best bday gift was a plane ticket to fly home to see my family and surprise them!