Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BLOGIVERSARY: you bet it's a party so you better get on over here!!


so before we start this party...

before i dive into anything super emotional, i have a pretty good feeling that someone messed with the dates of my blog...'cause i was pretty sure that my blog-anniversary is on Feb. 22nd! however, when i looked over the date of my first blog post...um, it says Feb. 19th?! since when...?! i feel like a bad girlfriend best friend wife blogger that forget her boyfriend best friend husbands blog's anniversary! 

okay, okay. this is a little embarrassing (laugh it off) but whatever. the day is gone - so we're making this a continued celebration! the date is not gonna change the goodness of this part-aaaaay! it was a very ilene-moment...and we're gonna move forward with it. you game?


are you ready? really, really ready for this? 
let's bring it!
  
on feb. 19th...er, feb. 22nd,
much love illy (the blog) was born.

so you ask, why did you start blogging?
well, i'm glad you asked! 

[my first blog banner]

when i did, i remember starting the entry with little idea of where it would head. i had a blog on tumblr but it was pretty random and i got tired of how long it took to load my posts - and my friends always complained that they could never comment on it. also my sister and some close friends moved away and so this was one way i knew i could keep in touch with them. another best friend of mine even told me she was surprised that i didn't have a blog - that i seemed like a person that would. 

 [my first etsy shop banner]

my etsy shop also started to take off and so i wanted to have a place to record inspiration as well as include shop updates. and like many bloggers, there was so much inspiration out there in blog world, that i needed my own place - my own sort of bulletin board to tack on all my ideas. 

[home sweet chicago]

i was always taking so many pictures - and sometimes facebook just wasn't doing it for me. i'm a writer at heart and i wanted to write, journaling my love for life, my family, my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, and...just to write. i also wanted to showcase photos so of course, blogging started to hit the spot for me as i recorded adventures with Ryan and friends in the my favorite city in the world, Chicago.

[one of the first pic to appear on da blog. me and the ryans]

and of all years to start blogging, i'm glad i started it that particular day. 
why? because seriously so much has happened. 

spring break in the philippines. first much love illy giveaway ever. JSB 2010. cupcake dates. first craft show. family adventures in the city. making a BIG decision. ryan's graduation.  my first date with my canon rebel. chicago adventures. the alphabet hop. a sulu brainstorm. first current obsession wednesday. bruiser the cat. meeting sandy and shia. hit 100 followers. i got ENGAGED to my best friend in the whole wide world. saying goodbye is hard. it was really hard to say goodbye. the big move. hello, georgia. hello, south carolina.  first outfit post. birthday partay. engagement pictures. first blog crawl. first giveaway. first sponsor love friday. more outfit posts. CHWH swap 2010. thanksgiving with the fam. christmas with the fam. 

and the adventures have continued into this new year. what started to be a way to connect with family and friends and a creative has grown into a community that i would never have expected to be a part of and i have YOU, my friend, to thank.


 and because of YOU, i wanted to celebrate YOU today. 
i want to thank you for making this year so amazing for me. 
for allowing me to grow alongside you. 
for encouraging me with your sweet comments. 
for letting me awkward and whiny.
and awesome on some days.
and to celebrate YOU, we are talking up some major giveaway stash. 
vanna white, will you please...?

behind curtain #1...

i have been a long time fan of these lovelies, so when i got my hands on my own pair you bet this made it to my list of favorite things! so for one special winner today, the winner will receive one modern pearl necklace in their choice of color - and there are oh, so many!

next we have curtain #2 
and is that also a curtain #3?

before i let you in on giveaway package #2 and #3 (unless you decide to scroll all the way - totally your choice but also your loss)...i want to introduce to you three very special women who have had specific impact on my journey as a handmade seller and as a blogger. they have been with me from the very beginning. 

meet sandy, kim, and ashley.


every single one of them reached out to me when i first started. i am talking about THE very beginning. they were encouraging, supportive and were the cheerleaders that told me keep going with "this etsy/blog thing" - without needing anything back from me. i've asked them questions. i've vented - and they've been there. i've looked up to them and admired the examples they have set as women, friends and as bloggers. they are real and were there for me when i needed them. so they are definitely  a huge part of my bloganniversary because they helped me to even get this whole thing started. sooooo...the following giveaway packages include goodies from their incredible shops! 

handmade goodies package #1.

  ohsweetjoy ruffled stripes coffee cuff / LMM mustache necklace
sandyalamode lacy mustard yellow bow
(package valued: $32)

handmade goodies package #2.

ohsweetjoy happy bunting coffee cuff / LMM cateye glasses necklace
sandyalamode diana red felt bow
(package value: $32)

talk about an amazing stash of handmade goodies from some of the best out there!

and speaking of handmade, behind curtain #4...


like i said, the Much Love, illy shop is a huge part of me and my blog. 
it's a collaboration of my love for fashion and for handmade.

and last but not least, behind curtain #5...


i think i've been raving about my love for the lemode traveling bag for forever. you've seen me blog about it probably every week. it's so perfect for throwing in your every day junk. it's great for the casual and for the not-so-casual outfits. so many of you seemed to love this bag as much as me, so i thought i'd throw one of these in the giveaway too! oh and adrianna of lemode also offered these sweet set of floral transformation earrings, one of my favorite from the lemode collection. 

via lemode

okey-dokey. 
breathe in. breathe out.
are you still out there?
if you are loving these goodies as much as i do,
then here's how you can get your hands on them.
or at least the chance to.
'cause if i could give every single one of you everything on this list, i would.
like donkey said in shrek, really-really. 

we're talking 5 amazing giveaways 
to 5 incredible Much Love, illy readers!

{how to enter:}
- be a public follower of Much Love, illy
- comment by telling me ...
what is your absolute favorite thing about blogging or blog-world?


{do you really, really 
want to win?}
(keep in seperate comment boxes to count!)
- comment with your favorite Much Love, illy blog post and why
-follow @muchloveilly (that's me!) via twitter
 - tweet about this giveaway
(include @muchloveilly so i can track it) 
-blog about the giveaway and include your link
-heart the muchloveilly etsy shop 

Giveaway will be open to US and International Much Love, illy readers until Monday, February 28th. 
Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 1st. 

and just a couple more things..
(let me be a cheeseball 'cause that's who i am. )



just a little bit of thanks.

God:
for life. for giving me a reason to live and to write.  
Ryan:
encouraged me from the beginning with blogging and my etsy shop 
(but he doesn't have an etsy shop so i couldn't do a giveaway for him - hehe)
Daddy, Mom, Bethie, Pey-Pey, Kristine and Ryan:
for always, always being there for me and reading all my posts 
(and letting me blog about our crazy life)
Whit, Ashley T., Dannon, Julie, Nora, Stephanie, Timmy T, Jen, Sarah, 
Fenton, Josh and Joe:
you know who you are. thanks for letting me get excited with you about art and blogging - even though some of you had no clue what i was talking about. you were still excited with me.
Sponsors:
You continue to blow me away with your support. thank you, thank you!

[happy blogiversary, 
my dear sweet blog!]

573 comments:

  1. eeeeeeeeeek!!!! happy blogiversary girl! of course you know i am a follower of your blog!! :) my favorite part about blogging has to be meeting all of the wonderful, encouraging sweet new blog friends... especially you!!! i am sooo sooo happy we met (in real life) and literally talk every day, i love it!! these giveaways are AMAZING, girl!! you've done soo well for just one year!! i can't wait to see what the next year will bring!! :)

    xo,
    sandy

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  2. Oh my gosh, what an amazing fun post! I've been following you/ talking to you on Twitter for some time, but I can honestly say this has been my favorite post! I can see all the effort you put into it -- congrats!

    My favorite thing about the blogging world is all the connections! I meet so many cool people with so many fantastic, interesting stories, but we all have one thing in common - we love to blog!
    Congrats again and happy blogging!

    http://www.jhaish.blogspot.com

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  3. I follow your blog! I think my favorite thing about blogging is the way I can look back 1 or 2 or 3 years ago and see the person I was and the ways I have grown.

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  4. I follow you on Twitter too! Love your funny tweets.

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  5. Oh gosh. Is it lame that I just teared up??? I'm a follower (j need that allora handmade necklace haha don't enter me for the others) and my favorite post was when you met Shia :)

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  6. My favorite Much Love Illy blog post was how you and Ryan got engaged. I really loved seeing your love story and it made me so excited to get engaged one day!

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  7. I tweeted about your giveaway! Under the name @yarnplusyarn.

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  8. I mixed up the entries oh well. My favorite thing about blogging is interacting with people like YOU!

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  9. I hearted your Etsy shop! It's under the username YarnPlusYarn.

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  10. I'm a follower! And my favorite thing about blogging is connecting with super-cool people all over the world.

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  11. I love being a blogger because of people like you! So fun and filled with sunshine.

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  12. Happy Happy blogiversary!!! I'm already a follower of yours :). My favortie thing about blogging is meeting such wonderful people and sharing my projects/thoughts with them & getting to see/read theirs. It's awesome! These items that you are giveaway are awesome!!!

    dominiquesboutique@yahoo.com

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  13. My favorite blog post would have to be all the Cold Hands Warm Hearts series. People are so sweet!

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  14. I follow you on twitter as well as google.

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  15. I follow....
    and I love blogging because I stay at home with little ones all day long, so its a nice way to get things out of my head.

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  16. Heart your shop. I have from the get-go!!! :)

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  17. my favorite post would have to be the cold hands, warm hearts post with all the mclinky's! that was OUR baby being BORN, haha!! :)

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  18. I'm a follower! :)

    I've been blogging for about five years, but just in the past few months have I gotten active in the blogging community. My favorite thing about blogging is all of the "friends" I've made all over the world.

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  19. My favorite blog post and one of the first ones I read is your engagement story. So, so sweet!

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  20. I follow you on twitter :)

    dominiquesboutique@yahoo.com

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  21. This is one of my favorite posts--http://muchlove-illy.blogspot.com/2011/02/much-love-illy-joining-in-fun-of.html

    Your outfit is adorable, and the awkward&awesome is hilarious. ;)

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  22. I follow you on twitter! (@mamalovespapa)

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  23. I tweeted about this giveaway!

    dominiquesboutique@yahoo.com

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  24. I Heart muchloveilly etsy's shop

    dominiquesboutique@yahoo.com

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  25. Happy Blogiversary!!! I am most definitely a follower of your blog. The thing I love most about blogging is the wonderful community of people & all the great friends I have made.

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  26. My favorite blog post is your engagement story, because it is so sweet & so exciting for you & Ryan & it happened in CHICAGO! :)

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  27. my favorite part of being a blogger is meeting so many amazing people that includes you! thanks for your support and words of encouragement too...

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  28. My favorite post is your engagement story. I read it the first time I visited your blog, and it seriously had me all teary eyed :)

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  29. my favorite post is ryan's proposal... i'm a sucker for romance and that post was the ultimate romantic post!

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  30. @carlasdeleon - tweeted your blogiversary post!

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  31. wow! congrats on 1 year, what a great milestone as I know it takes some crazy persistence and love to keep on keepin on! Anyways I follow you publicly!! oh boy this is so exciting!

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  32. i've always hearted your etsy shop and follow you on twitter... crossing my fingers - wish me luck!!!

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  33. I hearted muchloveilly on Etsy! - well a long time ago but, it's hearted!

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  34. Happy Blogiversary! My favorite thing about the blog-world is the people! They're so kind,supportive,hilarious,and you learn new things from/about them everyday! Oh, and i'm a follower via GFC! :D

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  35. I follow you on twitter! (@xCookieMuncher)

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  36. Holy moly! Great stuff!!!! Happy blogiversary!!!

    My favorite thing about the blogging world is that reading blogs are like reading great magazines as far as getting inspiration & looking at pretty pictures, but also so much more! Looking at real people, with real budgets, dressing for the real world and telling little tidbits of their life to make everyone seem like a friend. So much more personal than a typical magazine. And I love it.

    Meggy from Chasing Davies

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  37. I "heart" & heart your etsy shop! My user name is MClifford.

    Meggy from Chasing Davies

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  38. I follow you on twitter

    http://twitter.com/#!/ChasingDavies

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  39. Happy Blogiversary! That's so much awesome stuff and I loved being able to catch up on some big moments I previously missed.
    The best part of blogging is the community, hands down.

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  40. WOOOH!!! Happy Blogiversary girl!!! AHH!!! I hope you know love love love your blog and you inspire me always. :D

    My absolute favorite thing about blogging/blogging world is the great and amazing people I get to meet through it. People who inspire me everyday and make me want to get off my butt and go do something!

    Ahh congrats again!! :D

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  41. My favorite post is your engagement story. It made me cry!

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  42. Haha I really, really want to win ;) hehe There are so many posts that I love from you. All the outits, the adventures you have with your ryan. But my ultimate favorite blog posts are about your family. Especially the one where you showed us what your Christmas traditions were.

    I can tell how much your family means to you and how close you all are. It makes me all warm & happy inside! Love it! :D

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  43. I follow you on twitter, of course!

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  44. And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/colekbl/status/39930316319768576

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  45. I've hearted your etsy shop for forever girl! LOVE everything you make!

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  46. Happy blogversary friend!! I thought about it and went back to my very first post to see if I've passed my blogversary. Turns out...mine is almost 2 years old! What?! Hahahaha!

    My absolute favorite thing about blogging is meeting new friends. *Ahem* Like you! :) I hope you have a fantastic week, girlie!!<3

    michelleesque[at]gmail[dot]com

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  47. I follow you on Twitter of course! (Mahalmichelle)

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  48. I'm a follower of your blog & what I love about Blogging is the public sharing of ideas & inspiration. : )

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  49. This is tough. I don't want to link spam this comment with all the blog posts that I love, so I'll just list them by heart~

    When I followed you for the first time, I remember having read a lot of posts with your sister in them. It reminded me a lot of how much I miss my older sister and how much we've grown apart because she has her own family to care for. Every post that you put here on your blog about family also touched me. It took me four years to open up to my parents and getting them to talk to me without being uncomfortable.

    I also find all of your posts about your fiance, inspiring as well. I have a long distance relationship, but whenever you post photos with you and your love, it reminds me that love has no distance.

    Thanks for always inspiring, friend! Those are my favorite posts! :)

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  50. Tweeted here, friend! :)

    http://twitter.com/#!/mahalmichelle/status/39933930480209920

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  51. I think I'm going to have to agree with everyone else and say my favorite blog post of yours would have to be the one of Ryan's proposal
    ! I sounded like something i would see in a movie or read in a book. It's so sweet and romantic! Happy Blogiversary!

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  52. i follow your blog because i think your pictures are delightful and you're always a treat to read. that's also what i enjoy about the blogging world... finding blogs like this!
    happy anniversary!

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  53. Definitely a follower of Much Love, illy!

    I think my favorite thing about blogging would be the awesome new people that you meet, simply just from coming across a their blog! Everyone is always so nice and willing to talk :)

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  54. following you on twitter!

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  55. you had me laughing hard at the first paragraph about the actual celebration date here! :)

    you're waaay too cute for your own good, and I'm super impressed with everything you've accomplished on here in a year!

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  56. My favorite post would have to be your engagement one :) it is so sweet and romantic, and the way you write about it makes it seem like we're all there with you!

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  57. oooo, and my favorite post.... your engagement! I loved how you retold the story of the day. I even blogged about it. :)

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  58. I definitely have your etsy shop favorited!

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  59. Tweet tweet! I tweeted! hehe.(@ashhleygarcia)

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com

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  60. and last but certainly not least, I blogged about this awesome blogiversary!

    :) Ashley
    ashleygarcia3@yahoo.com
    http://lovvebirdd.blogspot.com/2011/02/much-love-illy.html

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  61. I am a follower and loving it! :)

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  62. Favorite post?? This one! Happy Birthday Illy's Blog! :)

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  63. Happy blogiversary, Ilene!
    My favorite post is your sweet happy birthday post to your dad :) - brought warm fuzzies to my heart!

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  64. I follow you on Twitter!! as @cuteshopper :)

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  65. This is absolutely wonderful and full on! I adore this whole post and everything that you are giving away. I truly think you are awesome!

    My favourite thing about blogging is definitely the friendships. I love the connection I've made with bloggers.

    x

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  66. I follow you on twitter of course :) And it's so much fun reading your tweets! x

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  67. I totally have you hearted on Etsy! I adore your store and must show the pic with me wearing my poppy headband :)

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  68. My bestest, most brilliant thing about blogging? The web of friends and connections and support that build up from sharing a bit of my life. I feel like I have truly made friends for life through my blog! x

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  69. happy blogiversary! mine will be 3 in august. they're growing up fast aren't they??
    the best thing for me about blogging is that i walk around with a zillion ideas and thoughts in my head every day and almost everything is anticipated by, "ooh i better put that on the blog!" it's the best creative outlet! i love your blog, i couldn't pick just one post! (maybe your engagement!)

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  70. i just finished mockingjay today (epilogue was so cute!) and instantly thought of your blog :) happy blogiversary!

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  71. cheer! cheer! happy blogiversary! you know i'm one of your biggest fans/followers. it's been a pleasure from the very beginnings of your blog to have been watching you grow and see your life unfold through the journey's that God is bringing you through. so proud of where you've gotten and very inspired by who you are.

    my favorite thing about blogging is the friendships that transpire, form and become. it has been a joy to walk along side some really inspirational young, older, single and married women who encourage and support.

    take care my friend and blessings to you through another new year of blogging!

    xo,
    alely

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  72. why of course I follow your blog, and have enjoyed every post :) Favorite thing about the bloggy-world is how much inspiration you can find, and also how "small" of a world it really is!

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  73. favorite blog post... was probably the recipe of those scrumptious peanut butter cup cookies!! I MAKE THEM ALL THE TIME :) I also enjoyed your posts on your engagment.

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  74. I follow you on twitter! @kdaviscreates

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  75. Happy one year, blog-o-versary!

    Yes, I follow you here!

    Favorite blog post: well, I love any of your posts about Chicago. That is the big city I visit when I go to the "big city" and it's so awesome to see other bloggers enjoy it, too!

    Hugs, Ilene...
    Rebecca

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  76. Yes, I follow you via Twitter. (@_yellow_hope_)

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  77. I hearted your Etsy shop months ago, friend!! :)

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  78. fav thing about the blog world...allows me to record my thoughts, experiences, travel experiences, etc and share them with my family at home as well as new friends (like you, duh). i also would be lying if i said i didn't love giveaways like this one.

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  79. yes, i said experiences twice. oh well. and my fav post of yours...your engagement post! loved that story.

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  80. Happy Bloggiversary hon!!!! Very exciting and thanks for celebrating with us with giveaways, they are FANTASTIC!!! All of the shops are so great and that lemode bag...drool. for real.
    I love blogging because I've gotten to "meet" and make friends with so many amazing people, I feel totally lucky!!

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  81. I think the thing I love the most about blogging is the real-ness I can have with people and the honesty I can convey. Plus, I love being able to connect with people in a way other than "facebook" etc.

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  82. I love your engagement post.
    I mean, I just do. I love engagements and diamond rings, and your man did a great job asking you to be his wife.
    Congrats, girl!

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  83. The thing I love most about blogging is meeting new friends!!! :) I have met so many encouraging lovely ladies since I started blogging!! :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

    happy blogiversary! :)

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  84. Happy Blogiverary girlie!! Of course I follow your lovely blog... and these giveaways are AMAZING!
    My favorite thing about the blogging community is the relationships that I have gained... I adore my sweet blog friends!
    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  85. happy blog-anniversary!! I hope this blog will continue for many years to come and that it will keep making you happy!

    you're such a beautiful, nice, warm, cheerful person, so I wanna thank you too for sharing parts of your life with the rest of the world! Each time I visit your blog a smile comes to my face when I see your huge, shiny one and that is the most important thing for me!
    I hope that smile never comes of your face and that it will only get bigger day after day!

    Great giveaway too! :D

    ps: I've been following for quite some time but never actually had the chance to make such a personal comment ;))

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  86. I follow your twitter @Mandipidy :]
    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  87. My favorite post was your engagement post!!! :) So exciting! :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  88. I follow you on twitter. :)

    @amschotter

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  89. Tweeted! :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  90. Tweeted :]
    http://twitter.com/#!/Mandipidy/status/40027735065755648
    Mandy@Mandipidy.com

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  91. I heart your shop on etsy! :)

    amschotter at gmail dot com

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  92. oops I forgot to write about my favorite thing about blogging so I'll do it now together with my favorite post of yours!

    Well, my favorite thing would have to be meeting all these new people and broadening my mind seeing how different point of views there are on things, on life etc.

    As for your posts, I just read the proposal one today and I almost burst into tears so that would have to be the one I choose!

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  93. Oh. i have a secret.........
    I follow your blog! woohoo!
    My favorite thing about the blogging world is getting to read my friends blogs. i have lots of international friends and friends in different states, and reading there blogs lets me know what's going on for them! it's great. :) plus fashion blogs...those are the BEST. :)

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  94. My favorite blog posts are your awkward and awesome's :) sooo funny. i love reading them!

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  95. i'm following!

    & i love blogging because it helps me organize my thoughts =)

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  96. YAHHHH! how exciting! congrats on your one year :) my favorite thing about blogging is being able to visit other blogs and get to know other inspired people (like you!) xoxo jcd

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  97. i love your awkward and awesome posts :) xoxo jcd

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  98. i follow you via twitter! xoxo jcd
    @cornflakedreams

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  99. i already hearted your etsy shop :)!
    xoxo jcd

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  100. My favorite thing about blogging is that you get a fun little window into someone's life and get to gain inspiration for your own. It's like having a whole bunch of friends all over the place even when you don't have the time to keep in touch. Thanks for all you do!

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  101. Awww, so fun!! Happy blogiversary! It was fun going back into all the oldies but goodies (since I came on the scene & found your blog just a few months ago!). :)

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  102. happy blogiversary! i do not have a blog but love reading them because it shows me something different! my friends and i are all alike so seeing blogs helps me think of new ideas!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  103. and i follow!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  104. I love the sense of community in the blog world. :-) Happy Bloggiversary

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  105. I hearted your etsy shop a while back. :-)

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  106. wow what a great give away!
    my favorite thing about blogging is how everyone can come together, despite being total strangers, and make your worst day the best day, just by leaving sweet comments. :)

    Ps i'm a follower :D

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  107. i also tweeted about it at Cait86
    have you check out @muchloveilly giveaway?! it's amazing!

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  108. So exciting, Ilene!! Happy blogiversary, dear. :) I love the community I've found in blogging...hoping to be able to meet some of my bloggy friends in real life someday!

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  109. And your shop has been {hearted} for a while now. ;)(petuniablooms)

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  110. Happy blogiversary, darling!!! Im so happy for you and wish you an amazing day. Its always so fun to visit your blog daily and read your adorable posts. Kisses

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  111. Well goodness pretty lady! As only a three week follower or so for now I think I may have to say that this is my favorite post! It's nice to see all the adventures you've recorded with your blog. Happy anniversary!

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  112. Happy Bloggiversary! I am only just discovering your blog but I'm in love already!

    My favorite thing about blogging is meeting all the wonderful people!

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  113. my absolute favorite thing about blogging is the on going support. everyone is so willing to help and offer advice. wonderful community.

    WHOOOOHOOOO HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!

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  114. My favourite post? The engagement story. It makes my heart swell and it's simply adorable.

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  115. I now follow you on twitter! (@shelbyisrad)

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  116. I follow you on Twitter {and love your tweets!}

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  117. favorite post? your engagement post!! so sweet!

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  118. Shared the twitter love about this giveaway.

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  119. Wow! What a turn out for your Blogiverary party! That's fantastic! Of course I follow your fab blog. My favorite thing about blogging and the blog-world is meeting new people, networking, and sharing ideas. I love the people behind the blogs!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  120. I follow you on twitter!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  121. This is such a lovely post Ilene!!!
    I follow your beautiful blog darling!!!
    I love blogging so much because of all the wonderful and supportive people I have met and how sweet and thoughtful each and every one of you are!!! It makes my day!!!
    xoxoxo

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  122. I heart your etsy shop. Literally I love it and I really hearted it on etsy.

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  123. How can I pick my favorite post???
    I love love love your engagement post!! It was so sweet and so beautiful!!! I also love your outfit posts and your blonde moments!! :)
    xoxo

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  124. I follow you on twitter beautiful!!!
    xoxo

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  125. I am a follower...and I LOVE the blogging world for the community feel and being able to find people with common interests!

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  126. I also hearted your etsy shop! I love all the flowers! Your flowers are so elegantly creative!

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  127. Well of course I follow! My favorite thing about the blog world is how supportive everyone is. You can be yourself and that's okay. I love that.

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  128. My favorite blog post of yours is your engagement story. Like I said, it teared me up!

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  129. I am already following your lovely blog, which has been of much inspiration for me. Personally, I like your Current Obsessions posts, though I also really enjoyed the post where you met Shia and had your picture with him. I've really liked him since Even Stevens too, and you were so cute and happy about it!
    My favorite thing about the blogging world? Hard to say. I love how everyone is more supportive than aggressive, and it seems like an (almost elite) group of friends/bloggers. It almost seems like a dream.

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  130. Can this giveaway be my favorite blog post?! I really loved reading about your proposal!

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  131. happy Blogaversery!

    I can't believe you've only had your blog for one year! you've accomplished so much! I'm going on 3 years and it seams like I have a lot of catching up to do! HA!

    and of course I follow you publicly! (who doesn't?)

    xo

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  132. here it it goes for my second entry, because all the packages are AMAZING!!! I don't even think there would be one that I wouldn't want or hope to wine.

    My favorite post of yours is of the Proposal! i think it is such an exciting moment and time in a girls life and I love it when we share with each other.

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  133. I don't have twitter so i can't twitter about all of this excitment, but I did add your shop as a favorite.

    have an awesome day!

    xo Kirby

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  134. Congrats on the anniversary!
    I love when bloggers celebrate their anniversaries!

    I'd have to say my favorite thing about blogging is being able to go back and read old posts and relive the moments. such a cool feeling.

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  135. Congratulations on your bloganniversary! What an exciting day for you! :) I'm a follower, and my favorite thing about the blogging community is exactly what you talked about in your post - meeting so many inspiring and creative women that are so willing to help, encourage, and get to know one another! I've been blogging for almost a year now and have met so many amazing women through this community! :)

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  136. I have been here for ALL of those posts that you mentioned! I feel like such an old-timer :). I'd love to win any of these!! Happy blogiversary woman!!!

    -Malori

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  137. Congrats on the anniversary! Great giveaway!

    My favorite thing about the blog world is being introduced to different parts of the web I'd never think to look at. They are my favorite way to start the day.

    Jacqueline
    jsbrill at gmail dot com

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  138. I can't pick a certain post that I find to be my fave. My favorite post(s) are every single one of your fashion posts showing off what you're wearing. Every outfit you've modeled has been so adorable and inspires me to put clothes on in the morning. haha

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  139. My favorite blog post is definitely your proposal. So sweet!

    Jacqueline
    jsbrill at gmail dot com

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  140. My favorite thing about the blog world is definitely getting a little peak into peoples lives! It is so fun to see how other people live and also how other mommy's deal with certain things! It is helpful to know that I am not the only mom out there who sometimes counts down the minutes until bedtime!

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  141. i love the blogging world cus its given me inspiration to dress cuter in an easy way... and all of these fabulous giveaways of course :)

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  142. following you on twitter :) @keandres13

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  143. i tweeted! @keandres13

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  144. i hearted the etsy shop! (kristinedoll)

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  145. My favorite thing about blogging would definitely be the friendships I've made. Bloggers are awesomesauce!

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  146. and i loved your sister date post! it reminded me a lot of my sister and i :)

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  147. I've been reading since December. My favorite post would be the one where you describe the Christmas activities with your family. I love that you stay up all night and drag out your matresses.

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  148. I follow your blog!

    What I love about blogging world is sharing ideas, inspirations, thoughts. Getting to know new people. Giveaways ;) ...aaand... almost everything... I spend so much time reading blogs... it´s worse than facebook :D

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  150. Happy Blogiversary!:D
    My favourite thing about the blog world is being inspired. Whether it's an outfit, food or even knitting (which I've recently taken up)I love being inspired by the many creative people who make up the blog world!
    x

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  151. I follow you on twitter! Happy Blogiversary xx

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  152. I seriously love your store. I hearted your etsy store!:D
    xx

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  153. What I love most about blogging and the blog world is meeting new people! It's just so fun! :)

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  154. my favorite thing about the blogging world is the inspiration i get from other bloggers.

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  155. my favorite post here would be the one i just read about your *big decision*. it made me cry. and i really think you're fabulous.

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  156. i love reading about your date nights and the older posts about chicago:) so cute!

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  157. i also hearted your etsy shop! :)

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  158. and i tweeted about your blogiversary and giveaway!

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  159. i also hearted your shop! (is that a word?!)

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