08 August 2011

While He Was Skiiing (plus Bloggy Giveaway)

In two hours time I will be out at the airport picking up my long-lost husband from the airport. He has been away Skiing in Fabulous Queenstown with his football team. Its a hard life.

"Nice for some," you might say.
But ya know, he works hard to put keep food on the table and keep the wolf from the door, so he deserves a little "him-time".

I just hope that when he gets back he appreciates what I have suffered while he has been gone *sniff*

While he was skiing...
~ I had a whole bed to stretch out in {until the kids crept in round midnight}
~ I did endless cleaning and housework {assisted by Kerry my Friday cleaner who he pays}
~ I comforted a toddler in the middle of the night by reading Thomas {crying for his daddy}
~ I fed the kids three times at that Scottish Restaurant {McSomething?}
~ I avoided taking the kids to church on my own {it just felt too hard}
~ I took them to Kung Fu Panda 2 instead {do I need to reevaluate my priorities?}

While he was skiing...
~ I cheered on my son at a victorious Futsal final and a Saturday match (and left my camera in the car)
~ I welcomed home my brother and his family from Spain (and left the camera in the car)
~ I hosted a family dinner
~ I reorganised the laundry cupboard and our wardrobe (with help from Kerry)
~ I repainted an old dresser

I guess you could say its been a productive weekend.

This random doggy wandered through a hole in the fence this morning. {I think fixing the fence will be on Daddy's To Do List once he's back.}


Three Year Blogiversary (and a giveaway)

Today is also my three year year blogiversary and my 600th post!
Is that neat'n'tidy or what?

Three years blogging. Who would have thought I'd never run out of things to say in all this time.
What started simply as a way to share my party ideas has become so much more than I could have ever imagined.

You know...
a community of inspiring women...
a wonderful support network...
a place to make true friends...
    and all that.

So many treasured friends I would never have met without this blog.

Lovely Bloggers I have met and now count as friends

Plus I have rediscovered my childhood dream of writing.
One day I will pour coffee for my friend Rebecca and we will drag out our ideas for The Book we want to write. I think I might have found the title, Becs. So when you coming to NZ next?
I have also been given the opportunity to write regularly for my favourite Parenting magazine, a dream come true.

That would never have happened without this blog.

The awesome Magazine I write for

In the meantime I am practising my writing skills on all of you, here on this little blog of mine.
I'll keep sharing my party ideas, running my bookclub, posting my blog tips and pouring out my heart right here til some nice Publisher stumbles across my blog and says, "I have a Book Deal for You!"
I can keep dreaming, can't I? {me and every second blogger out there}

To celebrate my Three Years Blogging I want to give you a present. A bloggy makeover.

If you win you can use the prize for yourself or gift it to a friend.

The Bloggy Makeover includes:
~ A New header designed by me, tailored specifically for you
~ A "Grabable button" to match
~ Tweaked layout and fonts to match (optional)

What do you do to enter?
~ Leave me a comment on this post
~ Make sure you are "following" this blog (where it says "Join this Site")

That's it!

My first bloggy meet-up {L-R: Weza, Gail, me, PaisleyJade & Banban, December 2009}

I could say, "Tell me what you love about my blog" or "Let me know your favourite post of mine" but that would be just fishing for compliments, wouldn't it? (unless you say otherwise, all comments will be considered entries)

I'll make the draw on Friday morning and announce the winner in my "Loving" post.

So happy Blogiversary to me. And Happy Monday. 
{Linking with Stacey for The Day after Sunday}


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Jules said...

Happy Blogoversary! Good job on the upcycled dresser, looks great. And loved the bit about that Scottish Restaurant!

Sima J said...

Wow 600 posts - that is truly impressive!! Happy Blogoversary to you! How awesome did the idea of blogging turn out for you!! :-)

Pamela said...

Congratulations on your 3 year and 600th post! I found your blog looking for fairies and have stayed for many reasons!

Broot said...

I'm impressed by 600 posts. I'm not even a quarter of the way there!! :) Congratulations and here's to many more! :)

Jess said...

Go you! 600 posts, surviving a single parent weekend and super cleaning and makeovers. Love reading your blog too xx

PaisleyJade said...

Oh congratulations!!!! Just love you and your amazing blog. Has been wonderful meeting you in real life (and hopefully again soon in around 11 days!).

Love your party ideas, your honesty, your humour and your faith (even if you bunk church occasionally to go to the movies... JUST KIDDING!!).


Stacia said...

Happy Blogiversery
I have spent my spare time this weekend re-jigging my own blog using all the tips on your blog, thanks so much for taking the time to write those tutorials and being prepared to share it with everyone.
Love all the birthday party stuff too :)

Alison said...

Happy Blogiversary Simone!! 3 years and 600 posts is truly amazing. And I love how far this blog has taken you, you deserve all the success. And the great friends you've made.

Katie said...

Happy Blogiversary!
Funny how it's easier to be more productive when the hubby's away...they must demand too much of our attention when they're home :-)

Anonymous said...

♥: )

love and light you lovely lady!

Rebecca said...

Happy anniversary!! Yay email me the title!! I was thinking the other day we should just send in what we've got so far....we're prob next in NZ sometime in Tne summer holidays

Anonymous said...

I loved queenstown.
I love your blog because of the sheer joy of it.
Oh you didn't ask that - well i can't win anyway, so bleh.
I love your blog because it is happy and joyful and celebratory. (and often has gorgeous pictures of cakes)


Lyn said...

Hey Simone... just sat down to catch up on your last few posts as its been awhile since I've had a chance to check out your blog. Happy 3 year blogaversary!! Love the cake, loving the more and more family moving closer to you guys, and loving your great photography capturing it all along the way!! Inspiring me to post more often myself... haha

Elizabeth said...

Pick me... pick me... pick me!

I tried doing a revamp earlier this year, followed your wonderful instructions and you can see I still need help!

Congrats on 600 posts and three years of blogging - that is some impressive numbers there!!!!

PS - Sometimes we need to go to movies on a Sunday!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS! I think that sounds like a very productive weekend. And I would prefer Kung Fu Panda 2 to church. :)

CutiiPromoRO said...

Happy Blogiversary for you.

Jollym said...

Congrats, wow 3 years that is a great effort :) I really enjoy your blog, keep it up :)

Unknown said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! :0)

Looks like you were very productive while hubby was away on his holiday. Now, when is it YOUR turn? :)

The Woven Moments said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! What an achievement!

Nikki said...

Happy blog-aversary! So glad I've got to get to you know you more through blogging. When I come back to NZ we will DEFINITELY be meeting up and I can be a blogger IRL too :) x

Courtney K. said...

Happy Blogoversary!! And yay for your husband coming home! Sounds like he has had it so rough. LOL

Leonie said...

It doesnt feel right to leave a comment to get my blog prettied up when you have helped me so much already, so Im just stopping by to say, happy bloggiversary and 600 post yeeha.
youre a special friend met through the wonderful world of blogging, you inspire me!!

Jen said...

Queenstown wow!!
and you did good girl :)
very very productive :)


Anonymous said...

Wow happyhappy joyjoy Simoney! This is SUCH a cool celebration. I very much look up to you in this blogworld and love love love your posts! All the best for the next 600 posts and more!

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