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.

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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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  • We had such a great time hosting both the media preview night and @shopandtalkmarket the past two days. We were filled with so much love and encouragement from so many of you. Thank you all for coming to shop, saying hi, donating your time, being a vendor... whichever it may be, you made an impact to create such a successful event. A special thank you to @grimmsfoods who not only donated food for the media preview but also made a special donation to the @abbotsfordfoodbank directly. Thanks to them and all of you we are able to support more families in need this season.
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  • Every party I style I have this vision in my head and each time I have no idea if it's going to turn out, what looks like one day of styling is really a whole bunch of days (and lots of late nights) of planning. I've learnt a few things from when I first started styling parties and wanted to share my top tips for party planning.
NUMBER 1 - Don't do it alone. This specific party I had lots of help from @goldngrasses and @juliechristinephotography. Ask for help, styling tips, and have fun doing it with someone.
NUMBER 2 - Less is more. Focus on a few key food items and make them the focus. We used a whole lot of meat and cheese here and yummmmmy, it was good!
NUMBER 3 - The dollar store has everything a craft store has and more! Parties and pretty decor doesn't have to be expensive, mine as well save some $ where you can! •
If you are on the save money train and interested in checking out more ways to save (or perhaps even win something for free!!) head over to my friends at @irisvisualgroup and check out their 21 days of Christmas. They've got lots of tips, tricks and giveaways just for you. #sponsored #IRISvisualgroup
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  • We got our new sled in the mail and Evelyn has been so into it! I decided we needed to go for a drive and find some snow and give it a try. It's safe to say she loved riding in our @rudolphesled and I can see many more joyful snow rides in the future.
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Rudolphe just launched their sled line and it's perfect for little ones that could use a lift in the snow. There's a buckle to keep them securely seated and you can get a name personalized on the back, we had our last name engraved. Perfect for all your snowy adventures. #CWJWpartner #rudolphesled #ruldolphe3000
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  • Press play ▶️ “It’s all about getting outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself” said me in this video 😉😉 turn the sound on and take a listen as I chat about growing my blog and what’s helped me the most for creating my business.
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Thanks to @vistaprint & @jellymarketing for giving me the opportunity to share. 💫 Head over to the link in my profile to win $250 Vistaprint credit! 💫 #CWJWpartner
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  • Sophie taking a second to decide if she is going to open her toy or eat the rest... before I knew it she gobbled up her delicious Kinder Surprise. When she did make it to the toy it was a MERMAID!! Seriously, what are the chances, she literally JUST asked Santa for a mermaid for Christmas... talk about one excited child! #sponsored @kindercanada #littlesurprisescount #inthiscaseitwasabigsurprise
  • I was reflecting back on the things I’ve done this year and the opportunities that have come my way and felt so blessed by it all that I wanted to end the year by giving back. That’s when the idea of @shopandtalkmarket started. I’ve put together a day filled with local music & local shops for all to come and enjoy. Proceeds will be donated to the @abbotsfordfoodbank where it can be used to provide more for families in need this season.
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I’d love to invite you all to come out and shop on Dec 8th from 10AM-4PM at @highstreetfv (Room M210), listen to @gregneufeld and @coalmontband while they preform throughout the day and shop more than 25 local vendors. We’ll also have a reading nook for kids and facepainting by @rainbowfacesxx — see you there!! •
Head to @shopandtalkmarket for more event details.
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