Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Birthday and Amazing Grass Giveaway Winner

Happy Birthday, blog! :-) When I started this blog (AWN) a year ago, I had no idea that my little “online journal” would enrich my life as it has. I started AWN to focus on living a healthier life and to truly take care of myself. It’s so easy to put others first and to forget about your own needs. But I think you can only truly enrich others’ lives if you take care of yourself first.

AWN helped me to focus on taking me time and on making daily exercise a habit again. It also helped me to tackle some emotional eating and portion control issues. AWN also helped me to focus on some of the positive things that are happening in my life (it’s so easy to focus on the negative too much…).

Finally, I love having a collection of my recipes (have to update my recipe page again…), and the teenager actually commented recently that it’s cool that he’ll be able to recreate my meals when he leaves for college in the fall…

For the first couple of months of this blog, I pretty much did my “own thing” and didn’t read other blogs or comment on them. Once I “discovered” other blogs and the blogging community, I really got into it. I’ve been learning so much and really enjoy reading your blogs! Thank you for reading mine, for commenting, emailing, and for writing posts yourselves (those of you who have blogs).

Over the course of the last year I have also struggled with keeping a blogging/life balance. I guess like any hobby, blogging can take over your life, and if you have your own blog, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about… When things get overwhelming, I remind myself that blogging has to be fun and shouldn’t feel like a chore… 

In honor of AWN’s birthday, I dragged hubby shopping with me yesterday. Isn’t he lucky? It was quite cold, and he didn’t wear enough clothes, so he was very anxious to go into any store to get warm. Big mistake as he agreed to go into Anthropologie… I usually go straight to the sales rack, but it’s never cheap… I found a dress that was 50% off (but still far from cheap…), and it just had to come home with me. It certainly is a special, rare splurge… I hope AWN likes her gift… :-)

Okay, and now on to why you are really here: the winner of the Amazing Grass Giveaway. As always, I hired the toddler. Unfortunately, he was much more interested in eating his ice cream bar than in drawing a name, and my photos didn’t turn out very well… Oh well, we still got a winner…

Winner 01
Winner 02
And the winner is
Winner 03

Congratulations Marisa at Loser for Life!

Marisa, email me your address at andreaswellnessnotes[at]gmail[dot]com, and I’ll forward it to Amazing Grass, who will send the bars directly to you. A huge thank you to Amazing Grass for doing this giveaway with me to celebrate AWN’s birthday!!!

Question: How long have you been reading blogs? Do you have your own blog(s)? If yes, when did you start your blog? Any thoughts on blogging/life balance?
Be well,


  1. Congratulations! Love reading your blog and seeing your approach to including nutritious foods into your routine meal plan. And having pictures of that cute child of yours doesn't hurt either! lol
    I began my blog about 5 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have met so many great people this way.

  2. Congratulations to the winner Marisa.

    Is that a hat that the toddler is pulling out names from?

    I've discovered that my blogging is really a creative outlet for when I'm stressed at work. It's a social diversion that helps me think of something else besides projects and deadlines. When I am not busy at work and have more free time, I usually don't blog because I'm out enjoying an unwired, unconnected life.

  3. That dress is beautiful - happy blogiversary! :) I feel the same way about my blog, it has definitely enriched my life and I can't imagine not having it. I loved that your teenager said that - SO sweet. :) I've had my blog for about a year and a half! It was about the time that I started reading blogs and then decided to make my own. It's hard to balance - I just do what I can and read when I can and hope that i'm as good a bloggie friend to my bloggie friends as they are to me!

  4. Happy Blog Birthday, Andrea!!!

    Yes, I can completely understand the pull of life vs. blogging. I have finally adopted the same mantra as you : blogging should be fun and not a chore! That way, if I feel like life is getting too hectic and I don't get to blogging, then I'm not so bummed about it!

    LOVE Anthropologie! That dress is awesome!

    Thank you to the toddler for picking my name - YAY!!!!

  5. oh what a fun dress! happy blog bday :)

  6. Happy Birthday to your blog!! My "blog birthday" is coming in in April. I forgot how we both started around the same time. I LOVE the new dress! The colors are fantastic. I actually bought a dress today from Old Navy ($15 splurge!). It was just plain cotton, but so comfortable.

    I need to talk to your son. That's two in a row that he hasn't drawn my name!! I guess he doesn't like me best like I thought :(

    Oh well, congrats to Marisa!

  7. I forgot to mention that like you, blogging has helped me create goals and stick to them much better. I even floss now, because of YOU!

  8. Happy birthday to your blog!
    I've been reading blogs for about 3 years now and just started my own about 4 weeks ago. I think after dedicating so much of my personal time to reading others' blogs, I just felt like I should become a part of the blogworld officially.
    I have loved sharing my recipes and ideas, but you're right it is all-consuming at times

  9. Happy blogiversary!!!

    I had a blog for 2 years before my current one and that is almost 1 year old (in May). I didn't really start reading too many blogs until I started this one and I really love it. I am now struggling with keeping up and i have to remind myself it's a hobby and not an obligation or a job. I love all the friends I've made! LIKE YOU!!

    LOVE your dress btw! very lovely!

  10. Kind of a funny. I was reading and suddenly read poison control...but it was portion control, but in a sense it can be the poison to my health plan if i don't use portion control. Happy healthaversary!

  11. Happy Bday to you and your bloggie! Love what you said about it being fun and not a chore, the me time, and all the other awesome revelations that blogging has facilitated. I totally agree with it all!

    Love anthro, great dress!!!

    and what you said re being a parent, yes. The me time is so precious that it's non existant unless one truly carves it out. Only parents can really know i think. Parenthood is wonderful but it's alot diff than singlehood :)

  12. Happy Birthday blog!

    I agree with what you said about about the blog taking over at times. Loved what you said about it!

    How cute that you have your son pick the winner. What a beautiful child!

    I started reading other blogs when I started mine (1 month ago). I did not even know what was out there!! :)

  13. Happy one year!!!! Woohoo!!! Here's to many more.

    btw...I love that dress from Anthropologie. I love that store.

  14. Anonymous3/14/2010

    Happy blogiversary! And thank YOU for writing- your posts always make me smile :) I have been blogging for over two's been an amazing experience for various reasons.

    Love Anthropologie!

  15. Happy Bloggie Day! Congrats Marisa!


  16. Happy blog Bday! I've had my blog since November... it's still a babby and finding the right blog/life balance is something I still try to work out too.

  17. I started reading blogs last summer when I met a blogger and loved it! I finally started my own about 2 months ago! I feel like such a baby blogger! 1 year - Happy Birthday! Glad it has worked out so well for you!

  18. Happy Blog Birthday! I was in Anthro this weekend too but I only bought some measuring cups and napkins.

    I have been blogging for almost three years and I love it. For me, I find balance by only posting when I want to and I don't succumb to any pressures to post a certain number of times per day/week. When I want to share, I post, when I don't I don't. Writing my blog has always been about me expressing myself in a way that works for me and this is what works.

  19. I love that dress!

    I've been reading blogs for almost 3yrs and started my own about a year and a half ago. I used to spend way too much time on the computer, but since downloading WLW last June, I've been able to post much faster.

  20. Anonymous3/15/2010

    Congrats to the winner and Happy Blogoversary!!!

  21. Happy Bday to your blog! Congrats to the winner. Oh, and great looking dress.

  22. YAY! happy blog birthday!! i always love the way you pick giveaway winners. best way EVER. cute dress!!

  23. Congrats to Melissa! Amazing grass totally rocks and happy birthday to your blog. I started my blog last August, and I can't believe how time has flown. I think I started reading blogs about a year ago.

  24. Anonymous3/15/2010

    Happy Blog Bday Andrea! I actually started my blog in September 2008 because my sister would ask "what did you have for dinner?" I'd tell her and then read her blog the next day and she would just repeat what I told her - she never actually made the meal!

    I love the blogging community - I've discovered "friends" that I never would have known in real life - including you!

    Congrats to Marisa!

  25. Happy blogiversary - love the dress.

    I have been blogging for 2 1/2 years and love it.

  26. Congrats, Andrea! Happy Blogiversary! You have done wonderful things on Andrea's Wellness Notes and I love reading along :)

    The toddler is so cute pulling out a winner! Congrats to Marisa!

    I think you know I blog ;) And I, too, struggle all the time with blog/life balance. It is so difficult to push it to the side because there's always more to read and learn about in the Blogosphere!

  27. happy bday!!!
    i've been reading blogs for a few years now, have had ours for about 9 months!

  28. Happy Birthday to yoooooouuuuuu!

    I've got three blogs: Living Healthy has been around for 2 years, Living Rhetorically for almost 1 year, and Health Writer Eats for about 1.5 months. And I've been reading blogs for 3 or 4 years now. Blogging is totally addictive.

  29. Congratulations on your blog 1st anniversary! Happy Birthday to Andrea's Wellness Note! yay.... Wow, your dress is so beautiful. Just my kind! I love the colour and the design as well. Not too glamorous or sexy, you know! hehe... Ah, should thank your huby for that! hahaha....
    Btw, congrats to the winner too.
    Have fun, Andrea!
    Regards, Kristy

  30. I'm glad the blog has enriched your life in so many ways! I'm so glad I found the blogging community as well. Sometimes it can be so inspiring. I try to make sure I keep blogging fun, and for me as a journalism student, it's actually helping my career/writing skills. Happy Bday Blog!

  31. Happy Birthday, AWN! It's wonderful that you have gotten so much out of it, and what a sweet comment by the teenager :)

    I've been reading blogs for about a year and a half...maybe a bit longer. When I first started my own blog, like you, I didn't read any other ones. I was solely inspired by the Self Magazine Eat Like Me blog. Then I found Kath Eats and it all expanded from there!

    The dress is lovely! I bet it suits you perfectly. I am the same way at Anthropologie...I always go straight to the sales rack!