Next week this little ol' blog turns 5. Next Wednesday to be exact. FIVE! I can't believe it's been 5 whole years since I hit publish on my first post. In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago, and in other ways it feels like only yesterday.
In those 5 years I have published 1,177 posts. This one will be 1,178. That's an average of 4.5 posts a week. It hasn't really been that many posts a week though, as there have been times when I haven't posted very often.
I'll share more of my blogging journey on Thursday when I am honoured to be the first guest host for that fabulous Thursday linky The Lounge. This week's theme is Birthdays and Anniversaries so if you have a post (new or old) that fits the bill please stop by and link it up with me.
Despite the quiet periods, I've always come back to blogging. Especially since becoming a mother. Being a mostly stay-at-home-Mum can be isolating at times, and having my bloggy crew online has saved my sanity on more than one occasion.
So as a way to say thank you to you all for being so damn awesome, I have a little giveaway goin on.
Some wonderful bloggers & readers have generously opened the doors of their small businesses and offered up some lovely gifts just for you. There are 6 lovely things in all, and your method of scoring one couldn't be more simple. But we'll get to that.
First, let me introduce you to the lovely people and the gifts and they have offered for you...
Little Bento World
First up we have the powerhouse that is Yvette and Little Bento World. It has been so amazing and inspiring to watch Yvette turn her dream of bringing Bento lunches to the masses into a reality. She now runs an amazing online shop where you can get all kinds of awesome Bento, lunchbox goodies. In addition, she blogs about the Bento lunches she makes for her two gorgeous kidlets, and I can tell you, I have stolen her ideas for Punk on more than once occasion!
Yvette has very kindly offered up a $20 voucher to be used towards a purchase of goods at Little Bento World. There are all sorts of amazing things to choose from and I am pretty sure that whoever scores this voucher is gonna have a very hard time making up her mind on what they want to spend it on!
You can check out Little Bento World here, and if you love her stuff as much as I do then make sure you're a fan of her page over on Facebook so you can keep up to date with all the latest arrivals and her inspiring Bento lunches.
Little Deer Bowtique
Melissa very kindly sent me two sets of the most gorgeous clips to try out with the girls, and is also offering up a set of each for you lucky people. The first set is the most adorable, matching Big Sister, Little Sister bow clips. This set can also include a 3rd Middle Sister bow if the winner of this prize is lucky enough to have three gorgeous girls of her own.
The second set is the gorgeous Mummy and Me set. Three adorable bows, for Mummy & daughter/s. This set can include up to four bows so that Mummy and all her little girls can be matching. We are going out to dinner tonight for my sister's birthday and I plan on taking these gorgeous babies for a test-drive on me, Punky & Zee. Keep an eye on my Instagram or FB page to see them being modeled by yours truly and her cherubs.
You can find Little Deer Bowtique on FB here, and I highly suggest checking out her Made It store here.
The pink Matelasse iPhone case is my pick of the bunch, and the one I thought you guys would love to! Make sure you check out Sue's shop here, and you can find out about awesome new product news via her facebook page here.
Carly has very kindly offered up this most gorgeous of gorgeous hoop art pieces, The Elephant.This little guy would be perfect for a little girl or boys room, and I am going to be seriously jealous of the winner of this one. So would Punky if I was game enough to let her see it!
Carly sells all her beautiful items through her Facebook page and I know she would really appreciate the love you guys can give her by visiting and becoming a fan here.
Personally I have requested this scarf for my birthday in June, but I've had to go around Dave as he thinks I already have enough scarves (I only have one tallboy-drawer full and I feel I could accommodate at least one more drawer's worth!).
To be the first to see all the new stock arriving at Scarf Girl make sure you are following on Instagram, and to buy any of these gorgeous babies, simply head over to the Scarf Girl FB page here.
Lisa has kindly offered this stunning Silver Heart Wish Bracelet for one lucky reader. Spookily, this is the exact bracelet I had my eye on when I was looking through Lisa's designs on the website. It's just gorgeous and I know you'll love it too.
You can check out all of Lisa's lovely designs via her website here, follow on Facebook here, and you can also follow her beautiful blog here.
So there you have it, 6 lovely little prizes from 6 awesome ladies! And now the best part...
All you have to do to be in the running for one of these beauties is to leave me a comment on this post* telling me which prize you would most like to win and why. You have from now until 11:59pm next Tuesday 27th May to enter, and winners will be contacted via email and announced here on the blog on Wednesday 28th May, my bloggy birthday!
It's not a condition of entry, but it would be totally awesome if you could also like the Facebook page of the business whose prize you would most like to win. I am all about sharing the Facebook love and I know these lovely lovely ladies would appreciate it too.
*If you have trouble leaving a comment on this post then you can leave your comment on this post on my FB page. Sadly this giveaway is open to Australia residents only.
And the winners are:
Little Bento World voucher: Lara @ This Charming Mum
Little Deer Bowtique hair clips: Your Cheeky Monkey
Oyster Fruit phone case: Elise @ Mummy Loves Money
Monkey Moo hoop art: Belinda F
Scarf Girl scarf: Alison @ Talking Frankley
Zen Designs bracelet: Karla Oleinikoff