Thank You for Two Great Years! (and an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

two great years and amazon giveaway

This month, we are celebrating the blog’s second anniversary.  Funny how time moves along.  When I started blogging, it was on a whim with no certain direction as to where I’d end up.  I simply loved writing, learning, sharing and celebrating.  And honestly, I’m not too far off from where I started.  I still love writing (though more on some days than others).  There is no question I still love celebrating, from everyday stuff to special occasions.  And, I have learned so much!  I’ve learned from you.  I’ve learned about myself.  And I know there is still much more to learn and discover.


Wherever we are coming from in life, we are all on a journey.  I am grateful to the Lord that He has allowed our paths to cross.  And I am so honored that you spend a little of your ever-so-valuable time with me.  Thank you!


I also want to say how thankful I am that the Lord has given me this small space to write and blessed it in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  He amazes me with His love and kindness!  Special thanks also to my husband who is ever supportive and a loyal follower . . . he was an original subscriber :).  Love you, Dan!  And to my children, who give me so many reasons to celebrate.


So . . . as a small thank you (and because I think you’re wonderful), I thought we’d celebrate with a little giveaway.  Of course, one of my favorite things to giveaway  is an Amazon gift card.    Enter below to win a $50 Amazon gift card and get extra entries if you follow the blog in various ways.


Highlights & My Favorite Posts from the past year:

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Releasing my ebook, Teach Me To Serve was quite an adventure last fall!  Thank you for your support.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, here is a code for 30% off the pdf version.  Enter anniversary through 4/24/13.  Also available on Kindle or Nook for $3.99.


Welcoming Daddy Home with a Splash

Daddy Land

Daddy Land, A Father’s Day Game


Sharing Ice Cream Social Day

10 Tips for Best Disney World Vacation

Make it Magical!  10 Tips for Getting the Most of your Disney Vacation

The 20 minute teddy bear picnic

The 20 Minute Teddy Bear Picnic

No-Sew Fort Kit

No-Sew Fort Kits

Build Your Own Hot Dog Bar Station

Deluxe Hot Dog Bar

My Laundry Shortcut:  Hanging Clothes Made Easy

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The Best Ice Cream Day Ever

Bring Your Baby Doll Birthday Tea Party

 My Daughter’s “Bring Your Baby Doll” Birthday Tea Party


30 Ideas for Date Nights “At Home”

Train Birthday Party

My Son’s Chugga Chugga Choo Choo Train Party

The Hospitality Series with Melissa of Hive Resources


Thank you for two great years!!

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  1. Woohoo! Congratulations on this wonderful milestone!

  2. Lynnette says:

    Congrats on 2 great years!! I love your posts!

  3. My sister is getting married next month!

  4. Happy annivrsery!

  5. Great blog! I’m so glad it’s going well for you!

  6. Oh and another favorite of mine was the box cave with the Christmas lights!

  7. Birthdays!

  8. Wow! awesome giveaway Kristen! Congratulations on two years and thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us!

  9. Mary Happymommy says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    My son’s birthday was earlier this month.

  10. I started following your blog a few months after finding it through another blog I follow. I love the community that has developed between you and other writers! It is a wonderful testament to the idea of true fellowship amongst believers, regardless of location.

  11. Celebrating another beautiful spring day!

  12. Our baby girl will be joining the family in August. Can’t wait!! 🙂

  13. Congratulations on two years! I am celebrating that long overdue spring has finally arrived and it is warm outside.

  14. Teresa Thompson says:


  15. Jessie C. says:

    Congratulations on the milestone! We’re celebrating for Spring!

  16. Congratulations and Thank You! 🙂

  17. Congratulations! My hubby and I are comign up on two years of marriage. It’s a good number to celebrate. 🙂

  18. I’ll be celebrating 4th of July soon!

  19. Congrats! I am celebrating a day off

  20. Congrats on your anniversary! I am celebrating my husband’s birthday this month

  21. Celebrating the new addition to our family.

  22. Denise S says:

    Birthdays coming soon.

  23. I’m celebrating good health and great friends.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  24. Amanda Kinder says:

    Congrats on your milestone! As for me, I’m just celebrating another day alive.

  25. alyce poalillo says:

    I am celebrating spring, good health and good friends!

  26. Margaret Smith says:

    Congratulations on two years! I’ll be celebrating my 50th birthday this year.

  27. Happy Anniversary! I am celebrating God’s blessings of a safe home with healthy children, among many other things!

  28. barbara n says:

    I just found out that I am going to be a grandmother!!!!!!!!!

  29. Cathleen King says:

    I will be celebrating my younger sister birthday next month.

  30. We are celebrating our Savior! Congrats!

  31. A birthday coming up in a couple of weeks

  32. Ann Fantom says:

    We are celebrating my mom’s retirement.

  33. Congratulations!! We are about to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

  34. Kathy A. says:

    Congrats on two years of sharing Gods love and joy in such a wonderful way!

  35. I just found you and I have already shared with friends. Congratulations!

  36. Congrats! I’m celebrating Spring! 🙂

  37. Kyl Neusch says:

    a birthday

  38. cheryl lister says:

    celebrating some financial victories!

  39. Congrats! Our next celebration will be our 11th wedding anniversary.

  40. Harmony B says:

    My son is turning 2 next month

  41. lalaine hagler says:

    congrats on the anniversary

  42. Scarlett Graham says:

    I am celebrating birthdays soon!!!

  43. Jason Crooks says:

    Congratulations on your two year anniversary! I will be celebrating my college graduation in a month.

  44. Congratulations! May you be blessed with many more years of blogging!

  45. Angela Wilson says:


  46. Cynthia C says:

    I’m celebrating the return of beautiful weather.

  47. Tari Lawson says:

    Celebrating a birthday soon.

  48. Kathleen says:

    my moms birthday is coming up

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  49. Congratulations on two years! You are the first blog I started to follow (via pinterest). Plus you have introduced me to many others.
    Thank you,

  50. Barbara Montag says:

    Congrats on your success!
    We’re celebrating a special family birthday.
    Thank you.

  51. Allison Downes says:

    an upcoming birthday

    thanks for the cool giveaway!

  52. Monique Rizzo says:

    My upcoming birthday.
    Thanks for the chance.

  53. I’m celebrating my daughter’s 7th birthday next Sunday!

  54. Happy annivrsery!

  55. Suzanne M says:

    My sister is due with twins in the next two months!

  56. beth shepherd says:

    This is our anniversary month so we are celebrating!

  57. Nikki Strong says:

    My husband being home from the military.

  58. celebrating my husbands birthday

  59. We are buying a new house!

  60. Priscilla says:

    Congratulations on the milestone! I’m celebrating multiple birthdays… lots of family birthdays this time of year!

  61. Katie Roch says:

    I’m celebrating my college graduation in one month

  62. Suzanne K says:

    I’m celebrating that it’s almost Friday and I’m going to get to take my best friend out for lunch on Sunday for her birthday!

  63. Katie Contests says:

    Happy Anniversary and congrats! Here’s to many more 🙂

  64. Rebecca Graham says:

    Celebrating the arrival of spring.

  65. Elizabeth J says:

    I just celebrated a big birthday.

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  67. Mary Calabrese says:

    My birthday was 2 weeks ago. Let’s celebrate that.

  68. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    We are celebrating my little brother’s birthday on Monday!

  69. my son just turned 6!

  70. meredith says:

    Celebrating another healthy year!

  71. jennifer coffill peters says:

    congrats to you! we just celebrated our 2nd year anniversary this week 🙂

  72. Tracy Pryor says:

    My sons 5th birthday.

  73. my 30th wedding anniversary next month 🙂

  74. Natalie L. says:

    Celebrating my kids getting good report cards

  75. I just found your blog, but Congrats!!! I will have to follow you. Thanks for the giveaway posts!!

  76. rachel travis says:

    VAcation this week 😀

  77. My birthday

  78. We’re celebrating high school graduations.

  79. Stephenie says:

    Birthdays, birthdays, and more birthdays! Hey! There are 9 of us. LOL We also love to celebrate the changing of the seasons, and pretty much anything we think is worth celebrating!

  80. Fernando G. says:

    Congratulations on 2 years!

  81. Mary Casper says:

    im celebrating a new job

  82. Nadine L says:

    Congrats on your 2 years!
    The next celebration for me is hubby’s birthday.

  83. Katherine says:

    Congrats to you We will be celebrating our daughters wedding

  84. Daniel M says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary, I just had a birthday in march.

  85. April Brenay says:

    Congrats to you, we’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Oct!

  86. Sue Barney says:

    My oldest son is graduating high school! 🙂

  87. Wow! Congratulations on two years of blogging! Tomorrow I’m celebrating my mom and sister’s birthday! 🙂

    By the way, every time I see your e-book, I think I out to get it to read. I wish it came in a “real book” form. I think my brother might be interested in selling it. 🙂 Oh well! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Denise Donaldson says:

    I am getting ready to celebrate my daughters 11th birthday

  89. Happy Anniversary! I am celebrating a sunny day, finally.

  90. Lindsey M says:

    We’re celebrating out 10 yr anniversary this year

  91. A WonderfuL Young Life Banquet – reaching kids in our community for Christ!!!

  92. I can’t believe it’s been two years since you started blogging! I’m getting ready to celebrate the birth of our second daughter.

  93. Michelle B. says:

    Congratulations on your 2 years!!! 🙂

  94. Michelle B. says:

    Congrats on 2 years!!! 🙂

  95. Congrats, Kristen! I’m celebrating my son’s birthday this week. 🙂

  96. My son is getting married in August.

  97. About to celebrate my birthday!

  98. Rebecca Peters says:

    Celebrating earth day!

  99. Susan Smith says:

    We are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

  100. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    My next celebration will be my baby boy’s 6th birthday.Congrats on 2 years!

  101. I’m celebrating 11 yrs at work.

  102. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary. My parents anniversary next month, 46 years.

  103. Celebrating 10 years with RA and still going strong!
    Thanks for the contest.

  104. sheryl cullum says:

    Celebrating our 15th anniversary 🙂

  105. Karen Gonyea says:

    A birthday 🙂

  106. Lorena Keech says:

    Well, my birthday is this month…

  107. Stephanie Larison says:

    Celebrating our 5th year anniversary

  108. My little guy will be 5 next month! 🙂

  109. Kim Smith says:

    I am celebrating the end of the school year

  110. Suzanne Lewis says:

    Congrats to you! I’m celebrating life. 🙂

  111. Mary Cloud says:

    School almost being out for summer
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  112. Jennifer Reed says:

    Congratulations and we are celebrating birthdays

  113. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    my life!!!
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  114. Alfred Reyes says:

    I don’t like to celebrate my birthday, because I don’t like taking credit for others’ work—in this case, my mom and dad. Or possibly my mom and the mailman 😉 Happy 2nd!

  115. We celebrated my oldest son’s birthday on the 18th.

  116. Mya Murphy says:

    My husband’s birthday is in 7 days! Celebrating that! Congrats!!!

  117. Thelma G says:

    My son’s bday!

  118. Getting ready to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary in May.

  119. Vicki Howes says:

    Sister is cancer free after 16 weeks of grueling chemo

  120. JoAnn F. says:

    I will be celebrating Mother’s day with my mom. We are so lucky to have her still while she’s battling cancer. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  121. I’m celebrating the sight of the returning goldfinches and hummingbirds.

  122. Crystal F says:

    I’m celebrating a small raise for my hubby. Thank you!

  123. Heather S says:

    We celebrated Earth day..I love planting

  124. We are celebrating 4 years together.

  125. Megan Coleman says:

    This year one of my dearest friends from grad school is getting married in August. A few months later my husband and I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary–we just celebrated our 11th dating anniversary. 🙂

  126. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Celebrating my nephew’s Birthday!

  127. Amanda L. says:

    I just celebrated my one year wedding anniversiary.

  128. Mary Hipp says:

    Congrats, Kristen! Keep going! I’m celebrating the sunshine!

  129. Tara Woods says:

    I’m celebrating two of my nieces birthdays this week.

  130. James Beck says:


  131. Lynne T. says:

    We recently celebrated my dad’s 90th birthday!

  132. Starr Greenwell says:

    Life is wonderful:)

  133. jules m. says:

    congratulations on 2 yrs.. i dont have any milestones to celebrate at the moment

  134. Brianna Freauff says:

    I’m celebrating a new job I just started! Really excited about it!

  135. a birthday soon

  136. Tomorrow I am celebrating my 20 year wedding anniversary with my loving wonderful husband. (In a dentist chair getting my tooth pulled! 🙁 )

  137. Vikki Billings says:

    My son is graduating from high school in May!

  138. Laura Unger says:

    The first year in our new home!

  139. Sylvia Zajis says:

    My birthday, turning the big 36!

  140. Michelle H. says:

    I am celebrating my family.

  141. My brother’s high school graduation!

  142. Thanks for the giveaway…our daughter’s volleyball club team is undefeated !!!

  143. Congratulations!!! 🙂
    I’m celebrating that Monday will be the last day of this college semester for me!
    Thank You!

  144. Happy two years:)