Exactly one year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post "Hello world", just a couple months after sending my youngest (Little Sis) off to school with her Big Sis. I had all these grand plans to workout, cook, organize my home, craft, you name it, in my first year of daytime freedom (haha). I actually had a great start. The first few days were spent cooking to stock up fridge, freezer and pantry with all sorts of goodies. Then I tackled the daunting project of organizing my kitchen drawers and was rather successful, if I do say so myself! And that was just in the first week! Man, I was on a roll!
But then... I started to spend more time messing around with the Facebook page I had started the year before as way to not lose all my Facebook friends because, yes, I was one of those food picture posters! Haha! Though I got plenty of likes and sweet comments, I couldn't help but feel a little guilty with each food pic posted and thus, My Epicurean Adventures was born.
It wasn't too long after that I was befriended by the amazing Kelly Lester of Easylunchboxes (and theater) fame after she saw some of my lunches packed in her ELBs. In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE my ELBs! She then introduced me to the world of Bento Bloggers and Friends and then I was hooked, done for. I saw all my newly found extra time go flying out the proverbial window. Haha! They inspired me to start a blog of my very own, something I had wanted to do for sometime but had no real plans to ever start. And guess what? I immediately fell in love with it. Needless to say, its been an incredibly fun year of making new friends, learning about the world of blogging, cooking, writing, taking pictures and having a blast. And for that I am forever grateful to Kelly and this amazing group of people, my BBFs, who have supported me every step of the way. Thank you and love you guys!
But just as important to is YOU, you awesome fabulous wonderful sweet readers who stop by to check out my posts, pin, comment, share and like. You leave me in awe every with every single click of your keyboard/mouse because I still find it hard to believe that anyone even reads this blog! Without you and your support, I never could have reached 150+ posts, 800 Facebook page likes (just today, in fact!), 19K+ views last month (wowzers, I know that's gotta be a fluke!) and 87K+ pageviews since I started this fun adventure. Without you, I couldn't have won Cooking Light's Great American Healthy Lunch Box Challenge which coincidentally appears in this month's issue! So thank you guys for all the support!
And I can't forget to thank my hubby, aka Sweetie, for providing me the ability to stay at home with our girls, eat bon bons and blog all day while he and the girls are off at work/school slaving away. :) Thank you for supporting me in everything I do and dream to do. Thank you for not getting mad and instead helping w/ the dishes and laundry when I didn't quite get to it or genuinely saying "That's really awesome, Sweetie" when I excitedly share with you my little accomplishments along the way and understanding how much I enjoy doing this and allowing me the time to do this (even though I make no money -haha). So thank you, Sweetie! I love you! And of course, my girls, for letting me experiment on them with my recipes and always (well, mostly) being willing to pose and let me take that picture (or two, or three, or four) of them eating and such. Love my little sweeties.
I wouldn't have guessed I'd be doing this at this point in my life, but here I am now, gone from hardware engineer to stay-at-home mom blogger and you know what? I couldn't be happier. :) I am truly a lucky happyvballgirl and I have a lot to be grateful for. :)
Now what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway, as I share a quarter of my winnings from Cooking Light Contest with you via $25 Amazon e-gift card. Now YOU can buy some ELBs for yourself (free shipping on Amazon!), or other fabulous bento loot, or whatever else you may want - for $25. :) This one's open to anyone with an email address! :)
Happy Blogiversary to me! Now please excuse me while I go mow the lawn so I can say that I at least got SOMETHING done today! ;)
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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)