Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: It's Our 1st Birthday!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

It's Our 1st Birthday!

 
Yes that's right....my little blog turns 1 year old today!
 
I remember SO clearly sitting in my old living room with Jon and talking about being bored in the third trimester of pregnancy while he was at work all day...we were talking about my hobbies and the subject of blogging came up, as I had previously dabbled with beauty blogging but it had trailed off when I became pregnant and suffered badly with morning sickness.
 
Jon knew how much I love writing and he suggested I start blogging again but this time about something more relevant (my interest in make up and beauty products waned massively in pregnancy!)
 
And so the idea of a pregnancy blog was born....I changed my old blog into Sparkles & Stretchmarks and I wrote my very first blog post which you can see HERE.
 
I have never looked back and have loved every minute every minute of blogging ever since!
 
New Friends....
 
I never imagined that a hobby could bring me so many lovely new friends....
 
Over the past year I have become even closer friends with a lovely girl I already knew from my beauty blogging days....Louise from Confessions Of A Secret Shopper.
It also gave me a shared interest with an old friend and has brought me closer to her too....Rachel from Beauty Queen UK.
 
And it has introduced me to so many new friends who I now talk to pretty much every day and feel as though I truly count as real friends....namely Emma from Handbags to Changebags, Alex from Bump To Baby, Emily from London Mummy of Two, Jess from Our Baby Blog, Kerry from Lived With Love and Liza from Glambambini.
 
As well making new friends, I have also persuaded some of my friends to take their first steps into the blogging world and seeing their blogs grow and become fantastic has been wonderful to... if you haven't already, please take a look at their wonderful blogs ... they are Lauren from Mrs Hippo & Me, Sarah from The Natural Momma In Me and, a new starter, Nicola from Mummyhood & Mayhem.
 
Of course as well as making new friends, I have also been introduced to so many blogs that are an absolute joy to read and inspire me every day....
 
New Reads...
 
Particularly Oh So Amelia, This Little House & My Pretty Mummy....their blogs encourage me to want to work harder with my own!
 
New Opportunities....
 
As well as meeting new people and finding new reads, I have been absolutely STUNNED by the opportunities that blogging has brought my way in the past year...
 
Unfortunately due to anxiety issues and living in the arse-end of nowhere, I have had to turn down SO many invites to events that sound absolutely wonderful....most of them take place in London and would require me travelling alone for the day which my anxiety doesn't really allow me to do....but I want to try harder to work past this in 2014 and accept some of the wonderful invitations I'm given.
 
I have had the chance in the past year to review some amazing products and work with some wonderful companies, I've been given some fantastic prizes to give away to readers and have even been able to make a bit of extra cash from a hobby that I absolutely adore...infact I have now been able to turn this hobby into a work-from-home job that provides me with a comfortable earning to not have to go back to work now that my maternity has ended.
 
This is amazing and not something I ever even thought remotely possible when I started this blog 1 year ago today!
 
 
So in short, I am so glad I started this blog and I already enjoy looking back over posts about Tyne as he's grown up and can only imagine how much better it will be to look back on it all in years to come.
 
So I will be continuing to blog - perhaps a little less frequently than before as I want to improve on the quality of what I post rather than sacrifice it for quantity - and I will be taking on fewer reviews to make space for more of my own writing and articles.
 
And of course, there'll still be plenty of pictures of this little guy....
 
 
 
If you have any suggestions for my blog in its second year of life, please do let me know...I would love to hear from you!
 
In the meantime, I thought it only right to celebrate this little milestone with a good old fashioned giveaway!
 
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning £250 of New Look Vouchers, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below!
 
The competition will close in 2 weeks time.
 
Good luck everybody and thank you for following me and supporting me! :)
 
 
GIVEAWAY!
 
 

Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com

621 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday and all the best for the year ahead. I think in years to come it will be a great piece for you to look back and reflect on :)

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  2. Happy first birthday and I hope you have a great 2nd and continue with your fantastic blog :-)

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  3. Happy birthday to sparkles and stretch marks!! You know that I love your blog, and you encouraging me to start mine is something I am very thankful for! Here's to many more happy years of blogging! Xx

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  4. Happy 1st Birthday! I love reading your blog and find it inspiring! X

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  5. Wow a year already, I remember talking to you about blogs when I debated whether or not to set one up and look at us now! So happy Blog-birthday and I love the term 'Arse-end of nowhere' I say it alot!
    My New Look wishlist if massive and I need some new clothes now ive lost over 1.5 stone as everything is too big...

    Beautyqueenuk xx

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  6. Wishing you a Very Happy 1st Birthday, with lots more to come x

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  7. Good luck for the New Year.

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  8. Happy birthday, what a beautiful little boy

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  9. Happy birthday to your blog. Very exciting! I'm definitely looking forward to your second year of blogging :)

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  10. Happy birthday and thanks for a lovely blog
    (kim neville)

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  11. Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Sparkles and Stretchmarks.....
    Happy birthday to youuuuuuu!

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  12. Happy Birthday.....Blogging is such a nice way to keep memories - help other people, and expel all the bits and pieces flying round your head. I had a hysterectomy at 40 ..... and I blogged all the way thru it... I stopped when I "got better"... I think it was therapy!

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  13. Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :)

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  14. Great giveaway!
    Congrats on 1 year!

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  15. We must have started our blog at pretty much the exact same time! Mine was 1 yesterday!

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  16. Happy blog birthday

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  17. Happy Birthday! I love your blog.

    Cat
    http://www.rockandrollpussycat.co.uk/

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  18. Morning, congrats on your 1st birthday, Tyne looks a lovable rouge,birthday in March, hope you and your family had a great festive celebration, wishing you and family, a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014, thank you for running a great competition

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  19. Congratulations on making it to a year!

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  20. Pam Francis Gregory5 January 2014 at 12:00

    Happy 1st birthday!

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  21. happy birthday and many of them

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  22. Happy 1st Birthday, Happy New year and thank you!

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  23. Happy Birthday! And wishing you many more wonderful blogging years to come x

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  24. Happy birthday, look forward to another exciting year of cocktails and co-sleeping and everything in between xxx

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  25. Happy Birthday! One year and doing really well. Love reading your blog. Wonderful prize, I could do with some new clothes. I have lost enough weight that my fat clothes don't fit but not enough to be able to comfortably wear my old ones!

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  26. Happy 1st birthday, thanks for the great prize :-)

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  27. Happy Birthday, Happy New Year and thanks for a great give-away! x

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  28. Happy 1st birthday blog! It's scary how fast this year has gone. We'll soon be wishing Tyne happy birthday.

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  29. happy birthday x

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  30. Happy birthday and wishing you many more to come! :)

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  31. Happy Birthday. Blogging is fun but it can be quite challenging can't it? Sometimes it's like having a full time job, as well as kids!

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  32. Happy first birthday, and here's to a fabulous new year!

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  33. Happy Birthday xx

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  34. Happy Birthday & Happy New Year too :)

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  35. happy birthday, doing a fantastic job!! heres to another fab year :)

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  36. Congratulations on blogging birthday.

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  37. Happy 1st Birthday and all the best

    @avelte2000

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  38. Congratulations on your 1st Birthday, I wish you many more x

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  39. Happy 1st blog birthday and all the best for the future. Good idea to have New Look vouchers as the prize for your comp as most of us could find something we like at New Look, so, along with everybody else, I shall be keeping my fingers crossed hoping for a little bit of luck to come my way. As I don't have Blogloving I have copy & pasted the link to share the comp on Facebook as sure friends would also want to enter. Have a good day celebrating :)

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  40. Happy sunshine birthday wishes! x

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  41. Happy birthday, love this blog and love New Look too - fantastic prize! Thank you :) xx

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  42. Happy birthday hope there are many more to come, P.S you have a handsome little boy there :)

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  43. Happy New Year and blog birthday!! :)

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  44. Happy birthday and what a little sweetie in his xmas jumper. Fabulous prize thank you

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  45. Happy 1st Birthday to a Wonderful Blog x

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  46. Happy Birthday

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  47. Happy Birthday X Thanks for the chance to win this x Happy new year xxx

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  48. Happy Birthday Sparkles and Stretchmarks! :-)

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  49. Happy 1 st Birthday Tyne(you'll make a gr8 parent one day wee Capricorn:-)!

    X

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  50. amazing giveaway thanks and happy birthday x

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  51. Happy birthday! One whole year - that is great! Hope you get lots of new fans.

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  52. Congratulations on your first year. Thanks for the giveaway. Vouchers always come in handy

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  53. Happy Birthday Sparkles & Stretchmarks wishing you many more

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  54. charlotte clavier5 January 2014 at 13:25

    Congrats on 1st year. Happy Birthday to you xxx

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  55. I am a new liker to your blog and it looks really good!Happy Birthday!

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  56. Happy 1st Birthday :) x

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  57. Hope your new business does even better this year.

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  58. Hope you new business does even better this year

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  59. Congratulations & Happy Blog Birthday, looking forward to reading many more posts :-)

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  60. Congratulations & Happy Blog Birthday, looking forward to reading many more posts :-)

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  61. Happy Birthday and good luck for next year x

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  62. Happy birthday and good luck for next year x

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  63. Congratulations on your first birthday!

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  64. Well done. Here's to many more birthdays

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  65. Happy Birthday & Congratulations. Here's to many more lovely blog posts xx

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  66. Happy Birthday and thanks for a great competition! I've met some great people through entering competitions who I consider to be really good friends, love it!

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  67. Happy 1yr anniversary, lovely blog @247Batgirl

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  68. happy 1st birthday! :D

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  69. Many happy returns, wishing you all the best as you move into your 2nd year on the blog :)

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  70. Happy Birthday!!! :) Here's to many more wonderful years of blogging xxx

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  71. Happy Birthday, thanks for comp, hope you have a wonderful 2014 xxxx

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  72. congratulations - fab give away :)

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  73. Amazing give away! Happy Birthday!

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  74. Amazing give away, Happy Birthday!!

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  75. Congratulations and a Happy 1st birthday :)

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  76. Congratulations and a Happy 1st birthday :)

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  77. Thank you for your competition, it would be so cool to win these vouchers, and happy birthday!

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  78. Happy Birthday

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  79. Well done for your 1st year blogging, something I keep saying I want to do is start my own blog

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  80. Happy 1st Birthday. Its a fab blog you have and I love reading all the interesting articles :-)

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  81. Happy 1st Birthday. Love reading your blog :-)

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  82. Happy Birthday all the best for new year!!

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  83. Happy 1st Birthday!, great prize, great blog :)

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  84. happy first birthday heres to the next year

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  85. happy 1st birthday! mine is on the 14th of this month! x

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  86. Lovely blog1 Happy birthday to you! <3

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  87. I love your blog! Happy birthday to you! <3

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  88. Happy Birthday!! Hope you are celebrating with some cake :) x

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  89. Happy Birthday

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  90. I think that I might start my own blog, not sure how it is done, but a Big happy 1st yr for you :)

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  91. Happy 1st Blog Birthday hunny!!
    Lotte xo

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  92. fab giveaway! congrats on your 1st Birthday!

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  93. Happy birthday many happy returns.

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  94. Happy 1st Blog Birthday!! Here's to many more! xx

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  95. fab giveaway! congrats on your 1st Birthday!

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  96. happy birthday. Fab blog :-)

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  97. To one of the happiest years of your life, because it's mummy and daddy's first year, too!

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  98. Happy first birthday. Hope you have many many more

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  99. Happy birthday may the force be with you

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  100. Happy Birthday!!!

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  101. Happy New Year!

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  102. happy 1st birthday

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  103. Great prize by Robby Price

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  104. Happy 1st Birthday, hope you have many more to come xx

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  105. Congrats on your first birthday. And looking forward to reading more from you!

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  106. Congratulations on your first anniversary and here's to the the next! xxx

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  107. Happy birthday

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  108. Christine Goodall5 January 2014 at 17:00

    Happy Birthday, you must be very pleased to have made more good friends. I wish you all the best of luck in working your way through your anxiety issues, it is not easy but I beieve you have the right attitude and spirit to win through xx

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  109. Congratulations on your 1st Birthday! :)

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  110. Happy 1st birthday and here's to many more xx

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  111. well done on reaching the milestone of 1 year old

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  112. Happy Birthday - and here's to many more happy blogging years!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  113. Hi, I've just stumbled upon your blog, great work and a massive congrats on your 1st Birthday.
    I've signed up on Bloglovin so will receive regular updates.
    Thanks for hosting this competition, muchly appreciated.
    Margie ❤️

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  114. Congratulations and your first birthday! Wishing you many more happy ones to come!

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  115. Congratulations on your blogs first birthday!

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  116. fantastic prize this would be amazing to buy my holiday wardrobe ready for Australia

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  117. Congratulations on reaching your 1st blog birthday - i hope you have had loads of fun and look forward to reading more in the coming year :-)

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  118. happy birthday, wishing you all the best

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  119. happy birthday! congratulations on a job well done!

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  120. Congratulations - thank you for running a wonderful blog which is always a joy to catch up on :) x

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  121. Happy Birthday, it's my birthday this month too and I could do with some new clothes to revamp my wardrobe

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  122. Happy 1st birthday - here's to many more!!

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  123. Fab post and giveaway, happy blog birthday!

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  124. happy birthday! :) and good luck for the new year
    @sarahrees151286

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  125. Great prize for my girls & a Happy Birthday

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  126. Just found your blog! What a fabulous prize.
    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!

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  127. Happy 1st Birthday & here's to many more years of your blog:)

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  128. Congatulations on the great milestone!

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  129. Happy birthday :) thank you for an amazing giveaway

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  130. Happy 1st Birthday sparkles and stretchmarks!!...one of my fave blogs to read and cant wait to see what this year brings for you! xxx

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  131. Ooo Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday :D And thanks for the mention. It made me feel all loved, hehe.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  132. Happy 1st birthday, hope there are many more
    to come

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  133. @ChrisA2468 wants to wish you a happy birthday

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  134. Great prize - have 2 girls! Happy 1st Birthday!!

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