Let’s celebrate… One year blogaversary thank you giveaway!!!

October 6, 2012

One year ago today I hit publish on my first ever blog post. Go ahead, its a short one, take some time to read it! Done? Great.  I still love all things Pumpkin Spice and I want to share some of my favorite pumpkin spice flavored products with you. One lucky reader will be able to win this gift basket I made up.

It includes:

  • 18 pack of Pumpkin Spice Green Mountain Keurig K-cups
  • Fresh Market ground coffee Pumpkin Spice flavored
  • The Republic of Tea Pumpkin Spice red tea
  • Jelly Bean Fall Festival candy mix
  • 2 Pumpkin Spice scented votive candles
  • 1 seasonal kitchen towel
  • Tazo Organic chai tea (It’s not Pumpkin Spice but definitely one of my favorite teas right now.)
  • Pumpkin Spice cupcake recipe (not pictured)

I’m so excited to be doing a one year anniversary giveaway. It seems like yesterday that I was pouring over the WordPress for Dummies and Mom Blogging for Dummies books. Learning the ins and outs before I took the plunge. Those first few nights when I set up my blog were long ones. I remember having so much fun playing around with customizing the theme and I still enjoy doing that. Only now it’s a premium theme! πŸ™‚

I learned so much this past year and it seems like a whole new world opened up to me. I’ve learned more about the ins and outs of web design and HTML than I ever thought I would. I found a new passion besides blogging — photography. You will always find me snapping pictures on my phone or my nifty new(ish) camera.

Social media is one of my good friends. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ … I love it all and check in for a bit each day. My fave by far is Instagram. I love seeing what everyone is up to.

I wouldn’t be here without a few special people… My hubby for suggesting I start blogging, for supporting me, and letting me work away late at night on the couch next to him. Hilary for showing me the ropes and helping me get my blog out there and meeting my first few special bloggy friends. Leslie for opening up her corner of the blogosphere and letting me write my first guest post and for being a friend. BethAnn for being the sweetest, nicest person I have “met” in the blogosphere and for that awesome tea you sent me! The list goes on, I’ve met many wonderful people on and offline, but these 3 especially have been there since the beginning and they are still here… so Thanks to all of you!!! Luv ya.

I do have to say “Thanks.” to my kids for stopping them in their tracks so I can get just one more shot and for providing me with plenty of blog fodder. To my mom and dad for moving us half way across the world and letting me learn English as my second language… it is the most widely used language in blogging after all. πŸ™‚

I could go on and on but I’ll stop here for now and continue my gushing another time.

I really just want to say “Thank You!!!” to each and every one of you who read my blog, who follow me on any of the social networks and who embraced me here in the interwebs.

Here’s to the next year!!!

I tried keeping the rafflecopter easy and simple. Good luck to all of you. I can’t wait to find out who the winner will be!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Beth Ann Chiles October 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Aren’t you the sweetest thing? Congrats! It is a great milestone!!! And my favorite is pumpkin spice tea! Yommers!!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      BethAnn, I think, you have proven to be the sweetest thing beyond a shadow of a doubt!!!! Thanks so much. Yes, the tea is wonderful!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly October 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Starbucks…they should offer it all year round dang it!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Kimberly, don’t you wish? But then it wouldn’t be so special anymore!!!

  • Sue October 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes! So yummy and such a fall drink!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Yes, I’ve heard so much about them… need to go and try one.

  • Vicki Floyd October 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Pumpkin Spice Donuts!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Ooooh, haven’t tried those yet but they sound delicious. I need to go out and get some!

  • Jillian Davis October 6, 2012 at 9:56 am


    I love pumpkin candles!! πŸ™‚

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

      These smell divine. I have never paid much attention to the candles before but they are fantastic.

  • By Word of Mouth Musings October 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    HUGE congrats on your first year … all designed and professional and all.
    So glad I have been able to spend real life time with you!
    Much love

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Same here. You were the first bloggy friend met IRL… that’s special!!! xoxo

  • Cindy October 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I would love ot win, thank you for a great givaway

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I would love for you to win. I thought, this would be a nice way to say Thank You!!! Hope you have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca October 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    You’ve made enormous progress in just one year! Congrats on your anniversary!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much Rebecca.

  • Mimi October 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Does a Pumpkin Spice Latte count from Starbucks? lol If so, that’s my choice. Happy blogoversary. It’s so wonderful to have a great support team! Here’s to another year of blogging!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Mimi, yes, yes it does!!! Another one I have to check out!!! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah October 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    As of yesterday, Menchie’s pumpkin frozen yoghurt! Yummmm

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Sarah, for real? I have to go right now and get some of that goodness… two of my favorite things. Pumpkin spice and frozen yogurt. πŸ™‚

  • Megan Broutian October 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, a year!!! Congrats darling. I don’t want the basket (will be too expensive for you to ship it all the way to Cali) but I wanted to comment and help you celebrate. Also, to wish you many many more years of happy blogging.. I’ll be reading!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks, Megan. Don’t worry about the shipping. It’s what it’s all about after all. I’m just trying to give back a little!!! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer October 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Pumpkin Streusel Swirl Loaf from!

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Jennifer that sounds awesome. I’ll have to take a look. I love Streusel cakes.

  • Debbie Esposito October 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    What a great accomplishment. You certainly found your “thing” and you are GREAT at it. The Esposito’s are very proud of you….

    • Susi October 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much! Good luck!!! πŸ™‚

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  • Whitney L October 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I love Pumpkin Spice Dunkin Donuts coffee!

    • Susi October 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I was wondering if Dunkin Donuts had one too ( besides Starbucks)!!! πŸ™‚

  • Holly October 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Congrats on a year of blogging! (I love your Instagrams too.) What a sweet way to celebrate!

    • Susi October 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Thanks, Holly. I thought this was kind of appropriate… my first post was a Pumpkin Spice themed one and we are back in pumpkin season!!! πŸ™‚

  • Rorybore October 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    And how glad am I that you contacted me about that Guest Post!! To think that if I had said no, I would have missed out on the awesome privilege of getting to know you this past year! And how sweet are you sharing all the lovely pumpkin spice things! (although won’t enter so you don’t have to ship to Canada.) I’ll just have some of my own Chai Tea and think of you today — tis Thanksgiving here in Canada and you are definitely on my list of “Thank you God for bringing this person into my life.”
    Best wishes for many more years of blogging, liking, tweeting, Pinning, and Instagraming! πŸ™‚

    • Susi October 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      You sweet thing, made me tear up reading this. Hope you guys had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some turkey! And please, enter. It’s open to everyone, especially you!!! πŸ™‚

  • shelby brigham October 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    love pumpkin spice fraps and tea

    • Susi October 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Never had a pumpkin Spice frappucino. Need to add that to the list. πŸ™‚

  • Brandee October 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hands down it is the Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks, but really anything pumpkiny, like scones, muffins and cheesecake also top my list. Congratulations on your one-year blogoversary!

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you, Brandee. I really have to try that Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks. Seems everyone likes it.

  • Kerry October 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Happy one year anniversary and congrats to you on making beautiful new friendships and opening up a whole new world!! I too love blogging and the community I have found (we share a few of the same friends) I adore so very much πŸ™‚ Thank you for your friendship, I hope to continue to follow your journey for many years to come!! xo

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Kerry, thank you so much. I hope the same thing!!! πŸ™‚

  • Hilary October 8, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Susi – you are such a sweetie! Love ya too! I can’t believe it is a year already… where did time go? I remember the early days talking to you about starting a blog and that dinner in Florida when we totally ignored the boys and focused on all our bloggy friends…

    I am raising my coffee cup to lots more blog anniversaries!

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hilary, I remember that dinner well. Can’t wait for January when you guys come back down!!! And thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Julia October 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I love pumpkin spice candles

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Julia, they are definitely awesome. πŸ™‚

  • melissa October 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Happy Blog-versary!! What a milestone! Not only are you a talented blogger, it looks like you could have a career in gift baskets, too…wow! Good taste!

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks, Melissa. I love putting together baskets like this. It’s so fun to find things that go together. πŸ™‚

  • melissa October 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Oh, my favorite pumpkin product…it’s a tie…pumpkin muffins or pumpkin lattes!!

    • Susi October 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Melissa, I’ll have to try a muffin recipe to see if i like that better than the cupcakes.

  • Nanci October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I love, love, love pumpkin. Scones, cookies, cheesecake, and of course Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s definitely the yummiest time of the year!!

    • Susi October 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Me too. It’s a new yearly thing for me!!! πŸ™‚

  • jennifer n October 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    pumpkin spice coffee of course.

    • Susi October 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Jennifer, of course. It’s the best. πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah K. October 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Any pumpkin flavored coffee is delicious!

    • Susi October 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Sarah, that’s very true! πŸ™‚

  • Teresa Thompson October 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Pumpkin spice cake.

    • Susi October 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Teresa, sounds delish. πŸ™‚

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