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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#timeflys #thirdbirthday Photo @roamtravelpr in @clubmedcancunyucatan #clubmed #clubmedyucatan
  • We got crafty and turned our Nesquik container into a monster piggy bank! Ezra sure had fun getting crafty, I got to sit back and watch 😊. Of course I tried to be a funny mom by shaking his monster’s hand 😊. Our time crafting was also enjoyed with a healthy snack of fruit!⁠⠀
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We are hoping that we inspired you to get creative too! See a little behind the scenes of our creation in my stories and then head to the Nesquik Imagination contest to submit your craft creation for your chance to win 1 of 4 $500 prize packs. We've got a full summer ahead of us and I'm sure some of you mama's are looking for something to do, so here it is! PS go ahead and take our piggy bank idea as the starting point for your contest entry. Good luck!⁠⠀
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Direct link to enter: (Imagination.NESQUIK.ca) #NesquikPartner
  • @Breyers Delights just launched three new flavours including Vanilla Cupcake, Caramel Brownie and Raspberry Fudge, and they are the perfect reward after a long day’s work. I've been working hard on living a healthier lifestyle and exercising more but I think it's also important to find balance and indulge in delicious treats every now and then.⁠⠀
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Made with high quality ingredients and only 80-90 calories per serving (125 ml), @Breyers delights gives me the delicious taste I've been craving. Visit the link in my bio to learn more about the new flavours and try them out for yourself! #Breyers #BreyersPartner #Ad
  • Each issue I contribute to @ilikeherstylevancouver’s magazine and every single time it’s SO HARD to keep it a secret about what I’m about to share.

I teamed up with @lisa.pineda.fit to put together some morning stretches to start your day on a positive note. I am IN LOVE with the feature, would love it if you grabbed an issue or checked it out online, also swipe right to see two of the cutest photos of Evelyn and my mom stretching it out that @juliechristinephotography snapped just as we were getting started (I may have given them matching hairstyles too )
  • This is the first summer where I haven't worried about having all the kids home, the no naps and everyone potty trained has definitely helped with that!⁠⠀
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I also know that having ALL THE SNACKS on hand when we head out for adventures is KEY! Summer Days is back at @shell which means you get 10 Bonus AIR MILES when you buy any 2 snacks or 2 drinks. Next weekend is the FIRST weekend this summer we actually don't have plans!!⁠⠀
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Give us some ideas, what's your favourite Summer activity or destination?⁠⠀
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  • The other week @lovinglittlesblog and I were invited to participate in a black box cooking competition put on by @whitespot_restaurants and @eatdrinkbuybc in support of a charity of our choice. We competed against 8 other teams and created a pecan crusted chicken stuffed with goat cheese and fresh local blueberries. You guys.... it was GOOOOOD! But, there were lots of amazing dishes created that afternoon and even though we didn't win we were still able to donate $200 to the charity of our choice, @bcwomens.

Fun fact: White Spot and Triple O's serve more than 49,000 pounds of fresh blueberries in their menu items, all from local farmers across BC. That's a lot of blueberries and a lot of local love! Starting today blueberries have returned to all White Spot and Triple O's locations but are only available for a limited time while Mother Nature allows. We got to try their fresh BC blueberry milkshake and fresh BC blueberry pie this afternoon, still drooling.

#ad #whitespotrestaurants #tripleos #bcbuylocal #bcblueberries #eatdrinkbuybc
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