This month, The DIY Mommy is FIVE YEARS OLD! I'm so extremely excited and proud of this blog and how it's changed and grown since 2009. I want to take a couple of weeks this month to reflect and share some of my favourite posts over the last five years of blogging and also to celebrate this special anniversary with a HUGE giveaway! Read on to see how you can enter to win over $500 worth of some of my very favourite things.
On June 4th, 2009 I bought the domain name TheDIYMommy.com. My first baby, Little C, was 6 months old and I was having so much fun making things for her. I sewed her some clothes, made her some skincare products, and created some accessories for her and received so many great comments about them. I thought it would be fun to start a website with tutorials for making things for baby, and that's when The DIY Mommy was created! My first posts were simple and to the point. In 2009 I had a lot of guest posts and bought a lot of stock images to get going, but I soon learned that what would make The DIY Mommy the most special was to create all of the original photography and tutorials from scratch myself. I'm so proud of the hundreds and hundreds of hours I've put into this blog since then - five years worth of ideas and hard work has certainly been worth it!
When Pinterest arrived on the scene and started becoming really popular in 2011, my little website exploded with new visitors. It was an exciting time for me and I was incredibly inspired to put even more effort into my blog and pursue it as a part-time career. I could do things I love, write about them, and make a little bit of income to help support my little family? So exciting! I began to reach out to brands I respected, and some even reached out to me. For a couple of years now, I have been able to help promote brands and products I use through The DIY Mommy and in return I have been blessed with a bit of income and products that help support this blog and my family. It's honestly been a ton of fun and the perfect setup for me, a DIY-loving mom of three!
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll share with you some of the favourite posts and tutorials I've written since 2009 on The DIY Mommy. But here's the most exciting thing - some of my most favourite sponsors from over the years have partnered with me to celebrate my 5 year blogiversary! Aren't they awesome?! All together, this huge prize is worth over $500. Here's what you'll get if you win:
Keurig Canada has donated a K60 Special Edition Brewing System and a box of each (12 per box) of these K-cup packs: Amazonia Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Timothy's Breakfast Blend and Van Houtte Original House Blend Coffee! Remember my Valentine's coffee nook that features one of the Keurig Mini Plus? I still use the system and I adore it - in fact, I'm drinking a green tea made by it as I type this now. If you're a fellow coffee addict like me, you'll love your Keurig so much. The K60 Special Edition brewing system brews a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in under one minute at the touch of a button. Featuring chrome accents and a blue, backlit LCD display, the Special Edition brewer allows you to program water temperature, set the digital clock and Auto On/Off. With the choice of three cup sizes, the Special Edition brewer offers a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs.
Lowe's Canada has donated TWO $50 CDN gift cards (redeemable at Lowe's Canada or Lowe's USA). If you've been following our house build, you'll remember that Lowe's was an integral part of that process. We purchased many of our building materials from Lowe's Canada including our Valspar paint, our Allen + Roth laminate flooring, and the slate split-face tile for our fireplace. We couldn't be happier with our experience shopping at Lowe's, and we love all of the products we received from them (my favourite being our flooring)! If you have a build or renovation in your near future, these gift cards will be a great addition to your DIY arsenal.
The House of Many has donated TWO $50 CDN gift certificates to redeem at Got Something to Say Custom Vinyl Design. The House of Many is a blog written by witty and wise April - a mom of many. This blog talks about the nitty gritty and the down and dirty of raising a family with a lot of kids. Here, you’ll find different parenting tips, hints and ideas spoken with humility and honesty. It's a blog of imperfect parenting and purposeful living. Do you remember the adorable gold vinyl hearts I adorned Baby B's closet and room with? They're from Got Something to Say Vinyl Design. You'll be able to use these gift certificates to find some amazing vinyl decals for your next home decor project.
Value Village / Savers has donated TWO $50 CDN gift certificates. I'm a huge promoter of recycling, upcycling and creating unique things on a budget and Value Village is one of my favourite thrift stores to shop in. Do you remember the shabby chic frames I made from some $1 picture frames I found there? Or the master bedroom refresh I just completed where I made an accent pillow from some thrifted lace from Value Village? Value Village / Savers is not only a pioneer in the retail thrift store industry, but they also partner with over 140 nonprofit alliances that help support community programs. How cool is that? If you like thrift shopping like I do, you'll appreciate these gift certificates when you go on your next treasure hunt.
Finally, I've thrown in a $50 USD gift card to my favourite online fabric store - Fabric.com. If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I buy most of my fabric here. If you're anything like me, you can never have too much fabric.
Are you ready to enter my 5 year anniversary giveaway?! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck! Thank you to my fantastic sponsors for making this out-of-this-world prize package possible!
(Sweepstakes is open to residents in Canada & USA only. See contest terms & conditions in Rafflecopter widget for details. Contest ends on June 30th, 2014 at 11:59PM MST.)