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Happy Two Year Blogiversary to The Shopping Mama!

Two years ago today I wrote my first little blog post about how much I like shopping for handmade things for my kids on Etsy. (Maybe not all that much has changed in two years?) When I started the blog I had no idea what it would become, and I certainly didn’t know how fulfilling it would be for me. It has really turned into a job, but a job that I LOVE and don’t know what I would do without – particularly at difficult times like now when my husband is deployed.

The last year has been a big one for me and the blog. Traffic has literally tripled in the year (Thank YOU!), I was awarded an amazing sponsorship to BlogHer (Thank you, Energizer!), and The Shopping Mama team has grown to five strong (Thank you Amy, Monica, Malia & Shannon!). It’s been really amazing having some good friends contribute to the blog – and they do so much more than write posts: they’re smart, creative and a great sounding board for all my crazy ideas.

But, I have to say the coolest thing that’s happened in the last year was totally behind the scenes – and much bigger than the blog. I wrote a Tutu Pour Mon Deux review and giveaway last spring and mentioned that the owner Erika’s daughter had heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Turns out a reader, and friend from college, read the post shortly after learning her son had to have heart surgery at Children’s Hospital of Boston. The reader contacted Erika and turns out her daughter had the same surgery performed by the same doctor my friend’s son was scheduled to have. They emailed back and forth and Erika was a great resource and support for my friend. I know I didn’t really have much to do with it, but I do get chills knowing I had a hand in getting them in touch and making my friend’s experience at a very scary time a little better.

There are big things in store for the third year of The Shopping Mama, including behind the scenes business moves (like forming an LLC and applying for Trademark protection!) and hopefully entertaining and enjoyable posts for all of you. I know the this year is going to be even bigger and better, and I hope you’ll join us for the fun!

Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 7, 5 and 2 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Congrats Kate! 2 is like 50 in bloggy years :) Big milestone!

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      KateKate

      Thanks, Heather!

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    I’m so happy for all your success, Kate! I feel blessed to call you a good friend and I am fortunate enough to be one of your lucky readers!

    Ironically my two year blogiversary is in two weeks! :)

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      KateKate

      Thank you for being such a great friend, Emilie! I so appreciate your advice and ear when I need to vent.

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    ShannonShannon Kelly

    Congratulations! You do a great job and I loved reading The Shopping Mama long before becoming a (very small) contributor. Be proud!

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    Barbara M

    Wow congrats – Way to go!
    I so enjoy your blog site.

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      KateKate

      Thank you, Barbara!

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    Christina

    Congrats!!! This is one of my favorite blogs, I’ve found so many new places to shop thanks to you over the past year (only “down” side is that I missed your whole first year lol). Looking foward to all you have to share over the next year (and more!). Thank you for all you do.

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      KateKate

      Wow – what a compliment, Christina! Thank you so much for reading. :)

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    April

    Congratulations on 2 years! I will never forget how you got me in touch with Erika. You should also know that I was on Shopping Mama while my son was in surgery. I needed a distraction and the Shopping Mama is a fun and informative one!

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      KateKate

      It’s a pretty awesome story, April! Thanks for being such a loyal reader for so long.

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    KateMalia

    Congrats Kate! 2 years is awesome. Oh, and thanks to you my little guy is going to have some adorable Etsy decorations at his birthday next month. Let the addiction begin.

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    Congrats, Kate! I think one of the best things that has come out of my blogging experiences is making great friends like YOU! You do an incredible job here at The Shopping Mama and I am so impressed with everything you have accomplished in two short years!

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    Congrats on your two year anniversary! I’ve had mine for 4 and haven’t had near the amount of success — you should be so proud of what you’ve accomplished!

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    Amyamy

    I’m so proud of you Kate. Your dedication and desire to make TSM all it has become is so inspiring! Can’t wait to see what year 3 holds!

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    Congrats on the two years! I enjoy following your blog! I’m approaching my first anniversary – crazy how time flies.

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    Congrats on a big milestone! I always look forward to seeing your latest finds.

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    happy bday and good luck on year 3

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    Congratulations to you sweet lady! So glad to know you :)

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