Sunday, July 24, 2011

My One Year Blogoversary!!! (And a Giveaway, Too!) :)

Today is officially one year since I typed up my first post on "Never Grow Up".  Now, here I am, 183 posts later, at 90 followers and over 36,000 page views!  I didn't quite get to my goal of 100 followers by today, but I'll take 90 with a thankful heart. :)

I can't thank all of you enough for making my blogging experience so wonderful.  You've showered me with kind, thoughtful comments, read my ramblings over and over again, and given me a fun little escape from the pressures of everyday life as a stay-at-home mom.  I love my children so much, but it's nice to have a way to connect to people without leaving home...since getting away without kids can be pretty tricky. ;)

Anyway, I know I say the same things over and over again, but I just wanted to let you all know how very much I appreciate you.  That being said, I wanted to show you that appreciation in a more tangible way.  I'm going to be doing a giveaway to celebrate! :)

The prizes are:

A beautiful Thomas Kinkade Cinderella postcard, the perfect size for a doll poster!

A cute Princess Jasmine child's bracelet from the Disney Store that works perfectly as a doll necklace (as modeled by Rachel).

A hand-drawn, doll-sized pencil sketch of Belle, signed by Emma and myself (Emma wanted to help me this time). ;)

A somewhat doll-sized notepad, featuring Rapunzel on the front cover.

Do you sense a theme here? ;)  I figured going with doll and Disney would be appropriate. :D  

The winner will receive all 4 items.  If you're interested in entering for the drawing, simply leave a comment with your name (it can be your username if you'd rather not give your real name) and email address.  I'll be turning comment moderation on just as soon as I finish this post, so all of your information will remain private. 

UPDATE:  I forgot to mention:  If you are under 13, please make sure it's okay with your parents to enter the drawing.  I'll have to get your home address to send the prizes to you, so I need to know that your parents are okay with that!! :)

You will have until Monday, August 1st to comment.  On Tuesday, August 2nd, I'll do the drawing and announce the winner.  The winner will have 3 days to respond.  If I haven't heard from them by Friday, August 5th, a new winner will be chosen.

Here's a shot of everything together (sorry, Emma is not part of the giveaway!!). ;)  Can't wait to see who wins! :D

I have a big post that should be published soon (just have to add the finishing touches) and more posts planned for this week, so keep checking back!

P.S.  I had waayyy too much fun trying to figure out my new header.  I had another one that I really liked, but I thought the one I chose gave a more complete picture of what my blog is about.  I liked my other header so well, though, that I thought I'd share it with you here. :)  I wish I could do it even larger, but the next size up really interferes with the pics on my sidebar. :(  Hope you enjoy it anyway!


AlexAndrea said...

Congratulations, one whole year! And you've been averaging one post every other day! Unfortunately, I am not so ambitious. I really enjoy your blog.

Our VBS begins August 1st. The heat index has been awful (topping out at about 108 degrees last week)! We're told next week will be better. God can 'beat the heat' for our kids.

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks so much, AlexAndrea. You've been following my blog from the very beginning. I've really appreciated your encouragement through this past year. :)

I'll be praying that your VBS goes well, and for a little relief from the heat. :)

Claire said...

Happy blogoversary! Makes me start thinking I should get working on my one-year anniversary, too...;)

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Claire! :) Hope you have a great 1 year blogoversary, too. :)

And thanks for the entries, everyone! Four entries so far! :D

Elliebob said...

I entered, but I sent it in a private message, if that is ok. i will do it on a comment if you want. :)

beast'sbelle said...

Hey Elliebob! That wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that I can't seem to find the PM you sent me! :{ So if you could go ahead and leave a comment, that would be great. I won't publish it, so your info will remain private. :)

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Elliebob. Got your entry. :)

~*Emma*~ said...

Congrats! I'll have to ask my mom before I enter, but I just wanted to congratulate you on one whole year. And how did you make your header? It's amazing! :D

Congrats again,

Elliebob said...

Ok! Thanks! :)

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Emma. :) I made my header on The template I used is only available with Premium membership (I signed up for just one month so I could do special stuff for my Blogoversary), but there are still plenty of options if you use their free service. :)

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

Congratulations on your one year blogoversary!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Shari! :)