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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  • "Big Grandpa died Mom and we need to go get him back." Sophie said as she pulled at my arm from my bed. I lay down not feeling well trying to explain to Sophie about heaven and she said, "Mom, I don't want my parents to die, get better mommy." Oh my heart.
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This weekend, we lost my grandfather. He had been sick for a little while, though I really did think his stubborn character would pull him through for more days here on earth. He's resting now, in heaven with our Heavenly Father. There is so much peace in that, though it is never easy to say goodbye, I am especially thankful for God's love and his sacrifice.
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For anyone else mourning a loss right now I'm praying and sending love to you tonight. Especially those with little ones who we want to be honest with, that we have the words to let them understand in the most suitable way.
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Photo @juliechristinephotography
  • For a minute I thought Ezra was only a head shorter then me. We still have time people, notice the feet on tip toes in his shoes... not quite there yet. (Soooo... it's been noted that I'm wearing heels and he really IS THAT TALL NEXT TO ME!)
  • Weekend started early with a little trip to the island with my sister @roxannredekop. The weirdest part about being away from the kids is always bedtime. We are tucking into bed early tonight and I can't help but feel weird knowing that the wee ones won't be around in the morning.
  • The whole family gathered for a taste around my latest @DQcanada creation. Sophie kept asking if it was for Evelyn's birthday, which I think it would have been perfect for since I custom designed the top border with florals.⠀
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So here's how I made it. I went into dqcakes.com and found this heart shaped cake. It originally had balloons and "Happy Birthday" on the top with a plain white border around the edge. In the personalization option I simply asked for no words or decor on the top and a floral border in purple around the outside top border. Voila! You can do it to! Head to the link in my profile and play around with the different styles and options available on DQcakes.com⠀
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#LoveMyDQ #Partnered #heartcake #cakesheartme
  • Don't forget to take time to stop and smell the flowers & to stop in and check out @musefashion at Highstreet. Their pop up shop ends on Sunday, have you had a chance to go?
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My dress and shoes from @musefashion | Evelyn's dress and shoes from @lilhavenco & @minimoc
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Photo by my girl @juliechristinephotography
  • Evelyn popped a front tooth today. Excited to see her cute little grin with a few more teeth soon. They are coming in, slowly.. hehe! Currently 3 total.
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