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A Look Back + My Favorite Things Giveaway

February 1, 2013


Erin Schrader

Two years ago tonight, this blog was simply a thought in my head. 
My evenings were spent sans computer. 
Laundry was most likely not thrown all over my bedroom floor.
I had no clue what Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest were. 
Self portrait sessions were something to be laughed at. 
Stress levels were minimal. 
Buttons were something that you sew on a shirt, not something that goes on a sidebar. 
Less wine was most likely consumed. 
Heck, I remember even feeling bored on occasion. 
Two years ago tonight, I didn’t fathom how hitting publish on my very first post the next day would forever change my life. I didn’t have a grasp on how much of a creative outlet this would turn out to be. 
I wasn’t aware that I would soon start developing very real friendships in other states and countries. 
I had no clue I would find myself laughing, crying, and praying for people I may never meet face to face.
It never occurred me to that this blog right here would spark a passion in me to live a fuller life, to laugh more often, to look for the beauty in the everyday things that I so often passed by before, and to embrace the awkward moments that I so often find myself in. I certainly didn’t think two years later I would have over 600 posts under my belt, over 24,000 comments left, and one million + page views. I never anticipated coming together with hundreds of others to raise over $2700 for a family in need. I never knew that blogging would make me push my limits, think outside the box, and teach me something I had not yet learned..
self discipline.
Two years ago tonight was the eve of one of the best decisions I would ever make. 
I am in love with blogging.
I am in love with connecting to you all. 
I am in love with evolving, growing, and documenting it all along the way. 
I hope you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you who open up your computer screen to this space on a regular basis. I appreciate the smiles you bring my way, the questions you make me ponder, the laughs you give me, the tears you allow me to feel, I appreciate it all. 
Without you, these past two years would not be what they have been. 
And for that I say thank you. 
I love you. 
Two years down, a lifetime to go. 
To celebrate this milestone, I only find it fitting to shower you with gifts. Sounds fun right? 
I present to you….
Banana Republic Trina Turk Leather Handbag
Red Vines//Mac & Cheese//Air Heads//Whales Crackers//Two Stemless Wine Glasses 
$15 iTunes Gift Card//Daily Planner//$50 Target Gift Card 
Two Niki Bikis//Arrow Ring//Earrings//Love Wrap Bracelet//Scarf
 Peppermint Foot Lotion//Happiness Candle//Lip Gloss//Two Elle Nail Polishes//Hand Soap
Bubble Bath//Burberry Brit Perfume

Above are some of the things that bring a little bit of happiness into each of my days. 
And because you make me happy, I want to share that happy with you. 
Entries are easy..one winner takes all. 
Thank you once again for being apart of this whole experience. 
I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

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