Three Years, Three Things & Three Giveaways

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Last week marked three years of blogging. I knew it was coming up, but I didn’t remember the exact date until WordPress reminded me of when I wrote my first post. Holy that went by fast. I wanted to do a little something to celebrate three years. I’ve decided to share Three Things that I have learned since starting this blog as well as give a chance to win 3 items that I use and wear almost everyday.

Photography: Julie Christine Photography
Mother and Daughter wearing Mint &Birch, DearLovesCo, Beluga Baby Wrap and Clearly.caThree Years of Blogging, Three Tips and Three Giveaways

Three Things I have learned since starting to blog

  1. Blogging takes a lot of work. Sometimes I think that the more I do it the quicker I will get at producing content, planning a party or writing a pitch. In some ways I do get faster, but then in other ways I always think there is room for improvement. I am always trying something new to keep it fresh and that in itself takes up the most time. There is a lot that goes behind a blog post, from the writing and editing to the photography and perfect light.
  2. Believe it or not, when I started blogging I didn’t realize that blogging can make money. I had no idea that I could turn my blog into a business, I always thought that I needed this big fancy website covered in ads and flashy buttons to make any money. One of the biggest things that I learned is that just being yourself, creating authentic content and having desired photography is so valuable to brands. It has been an amazing learning experience since I started to monetize last September, I know how I have so much more to learn too!
  3. People on the internet aren’t all creepy. ha! But seriously, I was so timid when I made my first few friends through my blog and Instagram. I remember feeling so guarded and unsure about putting myself out there and creating relationships with “these people”. Thank goodness I didn’t believe myself and just stepped out of my little bubble, I have been able to meet so many friends, not just for myself but for my kids as well.

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There is so much that I have learned and these three things barely even scrape the surface. Though they are important, I feel like the sum up where I am at right now and the things that I appreciate. It is one heck of a lot of work, but when you work hard it does pay off and you can gain some really amazing friends out of it.

Now let’s get into these giveaways…

With the thought of celebrating three years I wanted to team up with some brands that I use on the repeat. You can often find me out and about with one or all of these items on me and I am so excited to be able to offer each of you a chance to win one of the three giveaways.

*Enter to win: Winner’s must live within Canada and the USA to claim. An email will be sent to the winner once Rafflecopter randomly selects the name. All emails entered will be automatically entered to my blog newsletter.

Mother and Daughter wearing Mint &Birch, DearLovesCo, Beluga Baby Wrap and Clearly.caThree Years of Blogging, Three Tips and Three Giveaways

Giveaway 1: Beluga Baby

If you have followed me on Instagram or read this blog post, you know that I love my Beluga Baby wrap. Haley, the founder of Beluga Baby, cracks me up, when we email she is constantly making me chuckle. With Haley’s rockin’ personality she has also created one of my favorite baby products. This bamboo wrap is beyond comfortable and has become one of my go-to baby shower gifts because I honestly believe that every mama’s life will be easier with on.

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Giveaway 2: Mint & Birch + DearLovesCo bracelet

Both of these shops are a huge part of my blog. Jessica from Mint & Birch was my very first brand collaboration where we traded product for images. While Julie from DearLovesCo I met just over a year ago around the time that she started DearLovesCo. These two talented ladies have come together to create something beautiful and unique that celebrates both of their brands. I am so excited to have the opportunity to giveaway one of their collaboration bracelets in honour of this blog’s third birthday.

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Giveaway 3: Clearly.ca Exclusive Glasses

I have just recently partnered with Clearly.ca on my Instagram feed to try our a pair of their glasses. I now have two different pairs, the most recent from their exclusive line, Main + Central. I wear my glasses everyday, and always choose either my Kam Dhillons or my Main + Central pair from Clearly.ca over my other pairs. Their glasses are affordable, trendy and their shipping is always faster then I can believe. We are giving away any pair of glasses (lenses and frames) from Clearly.ca’s exclusive brands. Talk about a great prize!

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Thanks again so much for all of your love and support over the past three years. Each comment, share, like, email, private message is all so appreciated. I can’t even believe how much I have learned and the opportunities that have come my way just because I pursued an idea. An idea to share what I love with others.

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  • Warm Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses + a whole lot of other cute phrases created for you. Just print, cut and attach.
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I used my @canoncanada PIXMA printer to easily print these out from home. With the wifi connection you can download this Holiday Gift tag free printable from my blog to your phone and print in just a few quick steps check out the link in my bio for more info. Happy wrapping!
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  • I’m thinking about making some DIY Christmas presents using essential oils, would love to hear some of your favorite things to make using oils. Share below 👇🏻👇🏻 along with your scent of choice.
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Photo from @juliechristinephotography and our Holiday Lookbook. Check it out by using the link in my bio + there’s a coupon for @kpurenaturals, @vitruvi and @dearlovescompany and many more too 🙌🏻
  • The littlest moments, the ones that make you feel like you are doing something right. The ones that remind you, yes I’ve got this whole motherhood thing. Those moments, sometimes so brief, are the ones to hold onto. Let go of the others and be thankful for everything that you’ve done, everything you have accomplished. Because you mama, are doing the best job you can do. #WHPthankful
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Girl’s dresses from @minimioche // Coming to the blog soon. #liveinminimioche
  • Took the whole crew out to @highstreetfv tonight for the Christmas tree lighting. It’s the first of many, if you didn’t catch it tonight you can each Saturday leading up to Christmas.
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You can watch a little glimpse of the show over on @fvlifestylemag as I took over their feed and stories for the evening.
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