It is hard to believe that it has been a year since I first shared my blog with the world. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mark ‘This Sweet Happy Life’ turning one!
Ironically, my blog was created as a distraction last Spring when life wasn’t feeling all that happy or sweet. In the first few months of 2016, I had lost my grandmother and dealt with an unexpected pregnancy and miscarriage. While I eventually had to face my grief head on, in the beginning, I let the blog act as my therapy and my escape. Both my grandmother and grandfather were passionate artists and writers, so part of me wanted to honor them by starting my own creative project.
I do feel like my blogging journey has been a bit like motherhood. A steep learning curve, with late nights and early mornings and a roller coaster of emotions, with many highs and lows. But similar to my journey as a mom, I can also say I have learned so much and have grown as an individual, as I try to live my passions and find time to be creative amongst real life as a full-time mom and part-time career woman.
So to those of you supporting me and those of you following along, thank you so much! There are many days I’m lifted up by the amazing online community and all the people I have met along the way near and far. For I do know this for sure after the last year; knowledge is better shared, whether it be our triumphs or our despair. Here is to more sharing and hopefully inspiring in This Sweet Happy Life!
Finally, with a birthday comes gifts! I am doing four days of giveaways in honor of some of my most popular and viewed posts. Check back daily for ways to enter and win.
GIVEAWAY DAY 1: TSHL DECORATIVE PRINTSTwo of my favorite posts from the last year were the Tutti Fruitti Girls Bedroom and Monochrome Playroom and Gallery Wall. I absolutely love decorating kids spaces and enjoyed creating the custom artwork with the help of my fabulous graphic designer friend. My first birthday giveaway includes the six 8 X 10 TSHL prints showcased in these posts and here. All prints are professionally printed on quality paper, ready for you to display. To enter*, like This Sweet Happy Life on Facebook and leave a comment on the Celebrate photo.
GIVEAWAY DAY 2: SHOP CREDIT FOR THE SWEET LIFE APPAREL
One of the most viewed pieces on TSHL this year was my Top Leisurewear for Moms, where I featured some great local brands. My next birthday giveaway is a $20 shop credit to one of my favorite online shops, The Sweet Life Apparel. Momprenuer Jen has great, high quality gear for parents and kids alike. Follow This Sweet Happy Life on Instagram and like the giveaway post to enter*.
GIVEAWAY DAY 3: SEEK AND FIND BOOK AND TOTE
Kid’s books and promoting literacy is one of my passions. This past year I did several posts with learning ideas and books suggestions for children. One my posts The Best Look and Find Storybooks featured an adorable book called ‘Who, What, Where’, by popular author Olivier Tallec. Today’s giveaway includes his book and a cute mint and white tote, perfect for summer trips to the library. To enter*, follow This Sweet Happy Life on Instagram and tell me what your kids are liking to read these days.
GIVEAWAY DAY 4: SHOP CREDIT FOR MAKE MERRY PARTY SHOP
Party planning is my jam! In the last year, I have shared a number of parties, such as the Oh-So-Sweet Cherry Baby Shower and Party with My Peeps Easter Brunch. My final birthday giveaway is a $25 shop credit for Make Merry Party Shop, a wonderful online store run by two awesome mamas. From stylish balloons to fun tableware, they have what every party planner needs. Follow This Sweet Happy Life and Make Merry Party Shop on Instagram and like the giveaway post to enter*.
*Giveaways open to residents of Canada and the US. Contests close midnight Sunday, July 16th at 11:59p PST.