This blog is 7 years old! Little did I know when I started it off, in July 2013, that I was embarking on a journey that would test my determination, patience, and creativity. Little did I know that we would go through life-changing events that would bring out the best in us, making us stronger as a family, and more committed than ever. The years have gone by, my hair has gone grey, and yet, I’m still here – 2,500 days, 350 posts, and 2 babies later 🙂
This is a special moment of reflection for me – an opportunity to assess my strengths, work on my weaknesses, and holistically think of my goal(s) for the years ahead. I started off this blog because I was feeling lonely and purposeless in our newly adopted city, and because I had a longing for writing. I’ve always had a great appreciation for the written word, and I’ve always wanted to become a writer (I still do!). I love to tell stories of past and to imagine recipes of the future, and I’ve been blessed to be able to have time for such a fulfilling facet of my personality. Writing fulfills me like nothing ever does…
To mark seven years of blogging I have decided to do a complete blog revamp, which was accomplished with help from two professionals: Laura, the graphic designer behind Pixel Me Designs, and Rachel, of Rachel Andrade Photography. These two wonderful ladies have done an amazing job turning my simple blog of years past into a work of wonder and magic, saturated by the red I love so much 😉
A special foodie milestone calls for some special celebratory ingredients – such as ingredients to give away as prizes! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you are familiar with my ongoing collaboration with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Over the years I got the chance to review many Nielsen-Massey products, and to host a multitude of giveaways. I am proud to be able to support a local business, I applaud Nielsen-Massey’s commitment to sustainability – and last but not least, of course, I am a fan of their amazing quality extracts.
To mark my blog revamp and 7 years of blogging, Nielsen-Massey is sponsoring this latest giveaway with a fabulous trio of Madagascar Bourbon, Mexican, and Tahitian pure vanilla extracts. Head over to my Instagram page on Wednesday June 17, 2020 to enter the giveaway. Stay safe, stay healthy – and stay tuned for more contests and surprises this summer and beyond 🙂