1.31.2013

A Look Back + My Favorite Things Giveaway



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. 
xoxo
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631 comments:

  1. Yay first to enter! Love that I get your updates to my facebook :)

    xo Shane

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  2. i love your blog!!! i cannot believe you came this far in two years :) I love it!!

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  3. EEEEEEEEEK What a great early V-day gift! :D

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  4. Congrats on 2 years!! I'm having a bottle of wine for you!

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  5. Whooo hooo!!! Great giveaway! Congrats on your blogging anniversary!

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  6. Congratulations on your blogiversary! You blog is def on my "must read" list. And thank you for having such good taste in the favorite things department. :)

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  7. This looks like such a great giveaway!!

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  8. Pickles are pink and green, and I only wish I could do back flips.

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  9. How fun! I feel like I'm Oprah's audience ;)

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  10. Uhm. I love you. Like a lot. Like, I want to feed you mac and cheese for the rest of your life while we drink wine and take selfies. PS, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

    -- dysfunctionaleverafter.com

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  11. Happy 2nd Birthday LIY!!!

    You're hilarious and I am glad you like blogging. :)

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  12. Thanks for always being entertaining! P.S. Great giveaway. That planner is darling.
    x Hilary
    hilary . l . adams @ gmail . com

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  13. You are absolutely amazing! So sweet, encouraging and such an inspiration! I am amazed at how far you have come in 2 years of blogging... Ive been blogging for over 3 years and am not even close. Congrats on 2 wonderful years! And thank you for the awesome giveaway. How cool is that! ♥ You rock.

    Much Love!
    ~Maria-Isabel

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  14. Oh goodness! Happy blog birthday!

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  15. you're fantastic. happiest 2 years!!

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  16. Sending a whole lotta love right back to you! Happy "blogiversary," Erin!

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  17. Love that lamp!! I am also soo glad you blog!!!

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  18. so this is awesome. thanks for everything you do. :) you're just a lovely inspiration to look up to!

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  19. These things are awesome, congrats on your 2 year anniversary!!

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  20. I have followed for at least a year now - and your blog is one of THEE bests that I continue to come back to every single day. I absolutely love you and your blog. I can't wait for more to come! :-)

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  21. I think I speak for us all when I say that I am SO thankful you made the choice to start a blog 2 years ago. Your posts make me laugh, think, smile, cry every day, and I look forward to reading them for 328472384 more years to come! (that's an exact number, btw)

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  22. Im eating spaghetti right now and its getting cold because Id rather read your blog :)

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  23. wowza, that's a lot of stuff! happy 2 years!

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  24. Love it all! You are totes the best!

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  25. I love everything you do. Youre like magic lol :) for real though! I am so excited to get to hang out with you at Elevate conference this year!

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  26. Love the giveaway and love youuu!!

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  27. Yah.... so happy I get to ready this lovely blog every day :)

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  28. What fun gifts!! Congrats on 2 years of great blogging!

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  29. Congrats on 2 years! I love reading your blog - you are so relateable :-)

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  30. holy moly erin. this is amazing. the bag is big enough that it could be a bar exam bag! ;)

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  31. Congrats on two years!! Enjoy a glass of wine or five! Xoxo

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  32. I love being able to look back on life-changing decisions and be 100% happy with them :) Congrats on two years.

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  33. Congrats on 2 years of blogging! I kinda like you. A LOT!!!

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  34. This is one amazing giveaway! My fingers are crossed!

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  35. Like I said, this is going to be the first giveaway I win :) Loving that jewelry by Miss Chic.

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  36. Congrats! I just had my 2 year anniversary too, but didn't even think to celebrate! :)

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  37. i've loved your blog since the first time I read it!

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  38. oh my goodness. You are my inspiration! Your blog is amazing. congrats on 2 years!
    xx

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  39. What an awesome giveaway! I have been following for a couple of months now and am so happy I found you!

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  40. I love your favorite things! What a sweet & generous giveaway. I'm crossing my fingers and toes!

    Tell you something: I sliced my finger last night in an immersion blender and ended up getting stitched up in the ER. :( But my new kitten is asleep on my chest right now, so that helps!

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  41. this is so sweet of you to do!! thanks!!

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  42. I fell in love with your blog the first time that I read it, congratulations on another milestone!
    This is such an awesome giveaway, I'll have my fingers and toes crossed!

    xo - Cupcakes and Curves

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  43. I haven't been around the whole two years but I'm glad I finally found you! Love reading what you have to say.

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  44. fun giveaway! Congrats on 2 incredible years!

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  45. I love it! Congrats on your milestone! Many more to come, I'm sure!

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  46. Congrats on 2 years! This is kind of like birthdays in elementary school...when you had to bring your own birthday treat to everyone on YOUR birthday. Now you give gifts on YOUR blog-anniversary. Shouldn't we give you gifts? :)

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  47. Love all these little things, especially the wine glasses :)

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  48. 2 years and just about 2000 followers. You my friend are on fire.. I hope I grow up to be just like you ;)

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  49. Yay congrats on 2 years and here's to many many more! I LOVE all of your favorite things... great giveaway! :)

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  50. Happy 2 years! Glad I get to read along!

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  51. I want to win!!! mostly for the target gift card, scarf and the airheads!

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  52. Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary! I want to win every single thing that you are giving away - especially that orange tote!!!

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  53. You are fabulous. I love following along on your blog!

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  54. Congrats on 2 years of blogging! Your favorite things couldn't be any better :)

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  55. Oh such a great giveaway! I would love to be a winner for sure!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  56. Congrats! Thanks for all the laughs and the good times. I think you and my twin and myself shared the same bowl for our haircut back in the day!

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  57. how fun! you have some good taste :)

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  58. I love that you are giving away Mac and cheese!!! Yay!!

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  59. I love this post! You are such a sweetheart :).

    Congratulations on two years!!

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  60. I love the idea of this giveaway! And love you and your blog more! Thanks for having this! :)

    Http://www.mylifeunmasked.blogspot.com

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  61. This giveaway is AWESOME! Hope I win! ; )

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  62. YAY for 2 years!! Your blog is one of my daily must reads...so I'm pretty glad that two years ago you got bored enough to decide to start writing stuff down on the internet for all to see :)

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  63. Congrats on the 2 year anniversary!!! That is so exciting!!! Love the giveaway!!

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  64. Love your blog....I'm in for the long haul!

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  65. Congrats!!! You're doing an amazing job =)

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  66. Here's to two years and many more to come! I love your blog and am always giggling while reading! Cheers!! :D

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  67. Ooh! I would love all these goodies! Love your blog! Yay for 2 years!

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  68. Great idea! I love reading your blog - always makes me laugh!!! Congrats on two years!

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  69. Congrats to 2 years. Loving all your favorite things!

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  70. So very excited for this opportunity!

    Kim
    The Simplicity of Being Curious

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  71. Happy 2 year blogging anniversary!!

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  72. Love your blog. It's so cool to see how you've grown. I think blog friendships are the best part about it all :) Oh and I want ALL of these goodies, please and thanks!

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  73. Congratulations!! Your blog touches so many people - you should be so proud :) xoxo, eliza

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  74. Here's something - I think you're funny!

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  75. Thanks for the giveaway and LIY :)

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  76. I adore your blog. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  77. Thank you for being so entertaining - your blog is fun to read. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  79. Wow! What a giveaway. Happy blogiversary!

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  80. We have so much in common! We have a lot of the same favorite!

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  81. YAY! So excited about this! Happy Friday Eve!

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  82. Happy 2nd blog birthday! You've achieved so many things through this blog and I'm sure your readers would say the same thing! :)

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  83. Congratulations girl!:) your blog is and always will be one of my absolute favorites. You have the ability to warm the hearts of thousands and make them laugh daily! Keep it up!:)

    Shelby xoxo

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  84. This is exciting -- for you. I mean, this giveaway is also something to get excited about :) Congrats! You inspire us all.

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  85. Congratulations on 2 years! Love your blog and am so exciting for the next two :)
    Jonna

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  86. You is smart, you is kind, you is important! Thank you for all the amazing things you do!

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  87. Congrats! Your blog is the reason I finally got the courage to start my own. I love your content and you make me laugh on the daily. Keep on keepin' on :)

    Kerri
    www.journeyofacountrygirl.blogspot.ca

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  88. Erin!! Happy 2nd bloggy birthday!! Sooo exciting Congrats!!! I know you probably hear this a lot, which I couldn't agree with more, but your blog is completely one of my favorite blogs to read. You never cease to make me laugh, think, inspire, cry, jealous (Guiliana HELLLOOO!! hehhe) And i know for a fact you touch everyone that reads this in many different ways!

    I always laugh at the phrase "touch people" because it always sounds so so wrong, but you know what I mean hahaha!

    I remember the first post I read of yours..it was something about you getting a bruise from the bathtub or something hahah I was like okay this girl is so relatable and hilarious and funny. Then I think I went and read through like 3 months worth of your posts #STALKER

    But one of the best things about you as a blogger, you have never changed how you are!! You've always been REAL, and thats just absolutely fabulous.

    Cheers to 20000 more years of blogging! OMG..imagine us as 80 year olds blogging. I can't even. hahahah!

    xoxoxo

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  89. Yay for you!!! In my short time blogging I have grown to love yours so much!! Thanks for the laughs, girl :) Congrats!

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  90. Seriously your blog is my favorite. I can never scroll past it without reading your post!

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  91. That kind of macaroni and cheese is my favorite! All the other items are okay I guess. ;) Just kidding! Great giveaway!!

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  92. I love this idea for a giveaway!! So creative!! Your blog is awesome, one of the blogs that inspired me to start one :)

    Chelsea

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  93. Living in Yellow is one of the first blogs I got addicted too!! This is such a great giveaway, I love it all!

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  94. Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!

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  95. I just started following your blog a few days ago, and I LOVE IT!

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  96. Congratulations! I don't enter giveaways very often, but this stuff looks great!

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  97. Congratlations. It's been an awesome two years that's for sure. Your blog is a must read for many of us so here's to many more years of posts! xx

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  98. Congrats!!! I've been reading your blog for a while and love it!!

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  99. Congrats on 2 years! So happy that I found your blog!

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  100. Happy two year blogaversary!

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  101. YAY! Congratulations on two years Erin. You're doing such amazing things and are definitely a blogging rockstar! And this giveaway...I die.

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  102. So, so amazing how much you've been able to accomplish with this blog in just 2 years!! Love it. Happy Blogiversary, lovely lady! :)

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  103. Your blog is the only one I truly follow:) I first discovered it thanks to your sister:)

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  104. Happy 2 years blogging! Love, love, love your blog :)

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  105. You're the best ;) happy two years!!!

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  106. Happy 2 years - cheers to you being an inspiration and motivation and double cheers to your wine-drinking, lake-cottage and hubby loving, selfie-taking, fabulous self :)

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  107. oooh, would love to win. congrats on your 2 years!

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  108. what a generous giveaway! always love seeing peoples favorites!

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  109. Congratulations on two years- that's incredible!! And thank you for sharing your life and stories with all of us! I know that you got at least one person to start blogging- and probably many many more than one!

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  110. Congrats on 2 years darling :) I love your blog (and I am definitely loving this giveaway of yours)! I feel we could definitely be friends in real life... aside from the fact that you are WAY better at using your fancy camera than I am and WAY more fashionable than I am... but we share a love of mac and cheese and wine; lots and lots of wine. And our witty sarcasm.
    loving you girl!

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  111. How am I just finding your blog after 2 years?! I've clearly been missing out. Love it!

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  112. I love you to the moon & back! Congratulations on an amazing milestone!!

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  113. Congrats on two years! If my blog can be like 1/8th as successful as yours I would be doing something right haha.
    p.s. this giveaway is ridic!

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  114. What an awesome giveaway! My husband would love it if I won that Target card.. Then I could spend that & not his check! ;) ha!!

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  115. Happy two year anniversary! So glad I found your blog! You make me laugh every day!!

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  116. Love your blog! Happy anniversary!

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  117. Having just started my blog this week, it's awesome to see how far yours has come in such a short amount of time. Happy Blog Anniversary!

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  118. I've been reading your blog for so long and I couldn't believe I just now became a follower!! Sorry...I thought I already was one!! I am now!! Love your blog and how sweet of you to do a fabulous giveaway!!! Happy Blogiversary!!

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  119. The fact that you included red vines along with the other amaze balls prizes is freaking awesome!!! I love it!

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  120. I really enjoy reading your blog...thanks for always being true to who you are!

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  121. Congratulations Erin!!!! My favorite parts? Getting to know your wickedly snarky humor, beautiful heart, and being blessed and inspired! xx

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  122. Congrats on 2 years!! I love reading your blog and can't wait for many more years of blogging for you! By the way, best giveaway ever, I think so!

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  123. 1. Happy Blogaversary! 2. I think your blog is entirely amazing! You are one of the bloggers that I have followed ever since I started blogging. I appreciate not only your hilarity, but also your give awesome advice!

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  124. Look how far you've come in 2 years, you should be proud! :)

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  125. I find your blog/twitter/instagram really entertaining! Hope you'll check out my pages!

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  126. Seriously Awesome Giveaway! So glad you started blogging because I LOVE your blog!

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  127. Congrats on your anniversary! I can't even remember how I came across your blog but it's my go to read every.single.day. Love, love your humor & what an awesome giveaway. :)

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  128. I'm so glad you hit publish 2 years ago! You are a bright spot in my day!

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  129. Congrats on 2 years- you should be proud of what you've create....cheers!

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  130. Great job on your 2 year anniversary! Your blog is one of my favorites. I think I might be a little partial since you are in Indiana and that is where I grew up! :) Thanks for sharing this giveaway with all of us!

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  131. Love your blog Erin! So exciting to reach two years. You are so real and funny in all your posts.

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  132. Your favorite things are my new favorite things!! Fingers crossed for a win!

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  133. Congratulations on your two years! It's so fun to read your blog every day!

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  134. I've followed your blog for a while and I love it!

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  135. Congrats on your blog anniversary!! I always look forward to reading your posts, you make me giggle!! :)

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  136. What a sweet giveaway! Love it.

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  137. shhhh you weren't supposed to tell the world the secret greatness of whales!!! those things are the best! I love your blog, your honesty, your smile! You're doing amazing things with your bloggy and I am happy to be a part of it as a reader!

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  138. happy anniversary! I hope you get flowers, light candles & put on pretty lingerie like I do for my anniversary! HA! ;) Keep the words coming, girlie!

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  139. We have a lot of the same favorite things! :)

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  140. Love that bubble bath - I give my little guy a bath in it every night!
    Happy anniversary :)

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  141. This is an awesome giveaway!!! :) :) I love reading your blog! COngrats on the two year milestone!!

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  142. Happy Birthday Living in Yellow! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with us everyday!

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  143. A simple congrats!


    This is one of only a handful of blogs I read every single day. And I love following you on Instragram (in a non creepy way of course lol)

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  144. Thanks so much for the giveaway, and congrats on 2 years! I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Elevate Blog Conference!!! Rachel @ Polka Dots and Lemonade

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  145. I may have solely entered this contest because you are giving away Airheads. ha. Just kidding! Can't wait to have that 2 year milestone feeling and look back on the experience!

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  146. Your blog is like a breath of fresh air. You keep it real, light, and funny most of the time but know when and how to bridge the fun with the more serious.

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  147. Happy blogiversary! So glad you started blogging!

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  148. congratulations on two years! :) I love reading. keep speaking from your heart.

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  149. Uhm best giveaway Ever? And that bag!! GORGEOUS!

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  150. I would love to win these prizes....like would LOVE it! So many gifts that I would hoard for Christmas and birthday gifts to the wonderful people in my life. My sister would love the purse.

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  151. Your blog was the first one I ever sponsored for. Hence you were one of the first blogs I ever started reading! Congrats on reaching 2 years! :) Glad this has been such an amazing experience for you! xoxo

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  152. I'm happy 2 years ago you pushed publish, your blog is one of my favorite, I am so thankful for you!

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  153. I'm so glad I found your blog that day months ago! You've been making me smile ever since. ♥

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  154. I am so glad you made the decision to blog! I come here erryday to see what amazingness you have in store and you are honestly one of the few that made me want to start a blog a couple months ago. Thanks for starting your blog and I can't wait to keep reading! Xo <3

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  155. Something, anything! No just joking. This is such an awesome and very sweet giveaway. You are very good at what you do! You have a wonderful blog thing going on over here. : )

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  156. Congratulations on making your idea a reality! It is great to do what you love! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  157. what an awesome giveaway! I'm glad you started this blog too! :)

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  158. You have such a sense of humor! I think that's why I'm addicted to your blog... Cool giveaway, btw! Redvines. :D

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  159. You have some awesome favorite things! Way to go on two years.

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  160. You make laugh every single night. I can't go to bed without reading your blog.

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  161. Seriously an awesome giveaway! The $50 Target card is awesome on its own! lol

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  162. Happy Blogiversary! What an amazing giveaway you're doing!

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  163. Congrats! And what an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)