Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy 1st B-day Blog + Giveaway

Wow, where has the year gone? Happy first birthday to this little blog of mine! When I started this blog last June, I had absolutely no idea that it would quickly become such a big part of my life. I realized early on how kind, supportive, and loving the blogging community is and can’t imagine my life without this as such an integral part.

When I started this blog one year ago:
+I was looking for something new and fresh; a place where I could write and share little tid-bits of my life.

Now, for a trip down memory lane over the past year:








Here I am, one year later – a twenty-something back to being single on the East Coast! I had no idea one year ago that my life would be changing so drastically so soon. But you know what? So many GREAT and POSITIVE changes have also occurred. Losing my Mom in February has pushed me to work as hard as I can to make my dreams a reality. Life is far too short to settle. I’ve started my own Etsy jewelry business and recently signed myself up for classes to start training again in the Arts (my passion.) Two things that I probably would have otherwise put off.

I have gained some of the best friends I ever could have asked for through blogging. These friends were there through the loss of my Mom. So many of YOU were there for me. Helping me stay strong, helping me see the light to get through to the next day.

So, as a huge “thank you” to every one of you, my readers – I’m giving away one of my bracelets from After Sunset. The winner gets to pick any bracelet their little heart desires :) If you see one you like and want to swap out the gold chain for silver or vice versa [if there isn’t already one in the shop] just let me know!


Here are just a few of the jewels you could snatch up! For more, check out the store.



Now, let’s get started, shall we?

To enter:

[Mandatory. Leave ONE comment]
+Follow Life is a Sunset via Google Friend Connect
+Visit After Sunset on Etsy and decide which bracelet you’d most want to rock if you win! Then, let me know in your comment which one you'd choose!
[Please be sure to include your email address if it’s not already on your Blogger profile]

Extra Entries:
[Each represented by a separate comment]
+Pin up to 3 separate items from my shop onto one of your Pinterest boards [leave a separate comment for each pin]
+Follow me on Pinterest
+Tweet about this giveaway
+Follow me on Twitter [@LifeisaSunset]

That’s 7 possible entries!

You have until next Wednesday, June 13th to enter! A winner will be chosen via random.org and announced next Thursday!
Best of luck to you all and thanks again for being so wonderful! I appreciate you all more than you know :)

Also, today is an extra special day because I am guest posting over at my good friend Shayna's blog. I just love her! She has truly been such a gem for me throughout the past few difficult months and I'm so grateful to have her as a friend!
Be sure to go say "hi" to Shayna! You won't be disappointed... she is SUPER sweet!

Thanks again, everyone for making this whole blogging experience so wonderful and good luck to those who enter! :)

95 comments:

Katie said...

happy blogging anniversary!! i follow your blog! I'd pick the golden twist bracelet in magenta - love it!!

katiejvale@Yahoo.com

Katrin said...

Happy blog Birthday!

I am your follower on GFC and my favorite item from your shop is the Double Stranded Bracelet in Hot Purple! SO cute!

Kaitlin Hogan said...

I LOVE your blog, so I do already follow you. I really like that gorgeous aqua blue bracelet!

Kaitlin Hogan said...

I pinned the aqua/sky blue one!

Kaitlin Hogan said...

I pinned the purple one!

Kaitlin Hogan said...

I pinned the orange one! Which I totally changed mine my mind already, I love the orange one. I would like that one!

Kaitlin Hogan said...

I follow you on pinterest and on twitter. (two more entries!)

Steph said...

I follow you, and the gold/purple bracelet is my fav (I think..) It's hard to choose!

Joann said...

I follow and love your blog! My favorite is the Double Stranded Bracelet in Royal Blue.

Steph said...

I follow you on Twitter :)

Joann said...

I follow you on pinterest.

Steph said...

I follow you on pinterest.

Steph said...

I pinned a bracelet on my pinterest board :)

Joann said...

I follow you on Twitter! Thanks for the giveaway and happy birthday to Life is a Sunset!

Shayna said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday!!! :) I just love your jewels & will be doing all of my entries next week upon my return! Have a great week friend!!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Happy anniversary! I'm SO glad you started your blog! You know I'm a follower and big fan of your gorgeous jewelry! If I won I think I'd pick the Golden Twist bracelet in lime!

the girl in the red shoes said...

I follow you on pinterest!

the girl in the red shoes said...

I pinned the purple bracelet!

the girl in the red shoes said...

And I pinned the golden twist royal blue bracelet...so pretty!

the girl in the red shoes said...

I pinned the golden twist bracelet in lime green!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Awww.. Congrats on your 1 year!

Brianna said...

Happy Blogiversary lady!! (: OF COURSE I follow you!! I LOVE the green double stranded bracelet... and even if I don't win I think I'm going to have to buy it!! My arm NEEDS it.

Brianna said...

I follow you on pinterest!

Brianna said...

And I stalk you on twitter ;)

Sophie @ threetimesf said...

Happy blog birthday! Great achievement :)

Aimee L said...

Happy Blogiversary!! :) I follow you on GFC, and if I won, I'd want the magenta/orange gold twist bracelet! Sidebar: you should totally do these in college teams' colors; if there was a Hokies maroon & orange, I'd totally rock that one!

Colette said...

Happy Blogiversary! I follow you on GFC, and if I won, I'd pick the silver twist bracelet in either lime or sky blue -- it would be PERFECT for summer!

Colette said...

I follow you on Pinterest!

Colette said...

And I follow you on Twitter!

(Sorry, you'll get lots of comments in a row from me -- I want to be sure I have all 7 entries!)

Colette said...

I tweeted about the giveaway:
https://twitter.com/ColetteMarie17/status/210400999666491393

Colette said...

I tweeted about your giveaway!

Colette said...

I pinned the sky blue/silver twist bracelet to my fashion & beauty board.

Colette said...

I pinned the lime/silver twist bracelet to my fashion & beauty board.

Raquel said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Colette said...

I pinned the yellow+magent/gold twist bracelet to my fashion & beauty board.

Raquel said...

Yay happy blogiversary!

I follow your blog, duh! And I would choose the gold twist bracelet in orange/hot purple. Love it!

J and A said...

What a great recap. You are an inspiration. I love your smile in all the photos. I follow you and LOVE the golden-twist-bracelet-in-magenta-acrylic!! :) You are so talented and creative.

Raquel said...

I follow you on Pinterest!

Raquel said...

I follow you on twitter!

J and A said...

I follow you on pinterest. no twitter for me. Darn.

Bethany Scruggs said...

OF COURSE I follow - and I want the HOTT PINK with the gold chain through it!!

Hold up - I have been following you for a few months.. you know I LOVE YOU - but I am JUST now learning of a divorce!! WHAT?? Deets! Do you have blog posts?

Bethany Scruggs said...

OF COURSE I follow on twitter

Bethany Scruggs said...

Tweet-aleeting away!
@itsbethloveyo

Holly said...

Happy blogiversary, doll face! You are an amazing woman and I'm so glad that I've "met" you through blogging! Keep it up, sweet thang!

And, duh, I follow you :)

Holly said...

I'm tore between the orange one with gold, the royal blue one with gold or the pink and yellow one with gold! Love them all!

Holly said...

Pinned it: http://pinterest.com/pin/281686151663640865/

Holly said...

Pinned this one: http://pinterest.com/pin/281686151663640039/

Holly said...

And pinned this one: http://pinterest.com/pin/281686151663640865/

Holly said...

I follow you on Pinterest.

Holly said...

I follow you on Twitter :)

Holly said...

I tweeted :) https://twitter.com/runinstilettos/status/210429924383797249

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

First of all---Happy Birthday!! It's awesome to be able to look back and see the milestones. Cheers to many more years!

Also, I'm a follower and I would LOVE to win the double stranded bracelet in hot purple (with acrylic/gold chain link!

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

Also, I follow you on Twitter :)

@Ashmpars

Robin said...

Such cute bracelets! & congrats on your one year! My favorite is the Golden Twist Bracelet in Sunset Orange!

rg86 at nau dot edu

Robin said...

Following on twitter! @HelloRG

rg86 at nau dot edu

Katie said...

I follow you on here, pinterst, twitter, real life,etc. ;) I NEED another one!

happy annviersary!

Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } said...

yayay! happy 1 year!!! enter me I love these bracelets! i would want any of them but of course pink is my favorite!! i already follow you GFC & I follow you on twitter now & i tweeted about the giveaway!!

xo Kelly

messydirtyhair@gmail.com

Celeste said...

I'm your newest GFC follower...and WOW I love your shop! Do I have to choose just one? I don't think I can narrow it down between the Golden Twist bracelet in Sky Blue and the Double Stranded bracelet in Royal Blue. Or all of them.

Celeste said...

AND I'm already following you on Pinterest and Twitter ;)

tara said...

happy blogiversary!!!!! i'm a follower and i love the Golden Twist Bracelet in Royal Blue!

tara said...

and i follow you on twitter! @fabulousbutevil

Kristen said...

duh, i'm a follower! and i love the double strand bracelet, but idk what color. blue? hot pink? purple? black? i like them all.

Kristen said...

i follow you on pinterest

Kristen said...

i follow you on twitter!

Tiffany said...

Congrats! I follow you and I'd pick the golden twist in orange! :)

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Leanna Vera said...

I'm a follower and I would choose the Golden Twist bracelet in magenta.

Leanna Vera said...

I pinned one of your bracelets: http://pinterest.com/pin/28569778856560963/

Leanna Vera said...

I follow you on Pinterest.

Leanna Vera said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Hilary said...

Found you through Shayna! I'm following you through GFC and Bloglovin and am loving the yellow golden twist. I'm a VA gal living in the DC suburbs... where in VA are you from?

Lyzz said...

Hi Chels!!
I follow your blog via GFC, obviously .. I am loving your orange bracelet. I'm so into coral these past few months!!

Lyzz said...

I tweeted about your giveaway

https://twitter.com/ourcountrylove2/status/210726275675992064

Lyzz said...

I follow you on pinterest

Lyzz said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Lyzz said...

I follow you on twitter

Ashley said...

even though I already have a bracelet .. I would love another!!!

follow you ... duh!!

xoxo
Ashley

Ashley said...

even though I already have a bracelet .. I would love another!!!

follow you ... duh!!

xoxo
Ashley

Ashley said...

even though I already have a bracelet .. I would love another!!!

follow you ... duh!!

xoxo
Ashley

Ashley said...

I follow you on twitter and pinterest! :)

K_stets said...

Of course I'm a follower!

Love love love the purple bracelet.

K_stets said...

Follow on twitter...

K_stets said...

Follow on twitter...

K_stets said...

And pinterest!!! ;)

Nicole said...

You are such an inspiration...keep moving forward & Shining! I follow your blog and really enjoy it!

n_geller@hotmail.com

Nicole said...

I love the golden twist with yellow...& orange :-)

n_geller@hotmail.com

Nicole said...

I follow you on pinterest now! YAY!

n_geller@hotmail.com

kaity said...

I'm a follower! and I love the double stranded bracelet in that bright purple color. :)

kaity said...

following you on Pinterest!

kaity said...

following you on Twitter!
@kaitybeee

jessica said...

i follow your wittle blog.
i would totally choose the golden twist bracelet, love that!

jessica said...

following you on pinterest, now.

Gretchen said...

I like the golden twist in yellow or hot purple! :)

Gretchen said...

I am a pinterest follower! :) (and on GFC...didn't add that to my previous comment)

Mrs. Brandy De La Cruz said...

I am a GFC follower and I loooove the orange twist braclet.

brandy424@Hotmail.com

Mrs. Brandy De La Cruz said...

I follow you on pintetest!!!