Blogiversary!!

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Wowzer, it’s been one year since I started Sweet Phenomena!!!!

I had to post a little something thanking each and every one of you for making this past year possible.  I really couldn’t be where I am without you!

I hope I can continue to bring you tons of fun stuff for many more years!

Let’s take a look at Sweet Phenomena over the past year…

Sweet Phenomena started on a whim one day when I read a post by Lynda Schultz at My Heart’s Desire.  It was a post I had found through the Yahoo! workboxes group.  I had just discovered workboxes and decided I wanted to use them in our homeschool.

Since we were using K12, I wasn’t quite sure how to do it.  So anyway, I read the post on Lynda’s blog and thought, “Hey, I should start a blog to document our homeschool stuff.”

That was it.  Sweet Phenomena was hatched.

My first post was Wicked Workboxes.  It’s now the second most popular post of all time on the blog.

At that point, I was hooked.  I was looking for themes and ideas and tweaking the heck out of the blog.

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The original Sweet Phenomena design

At that point it was still just about documenting my family’s homeschooling, and trying to get a few readers.  Anna-Marie and Lynda were two of my earliest supporters, and they’ve been with me ever since!

There was a period of time where I posted virtually nothing last winter.  We had been sick, I was overwhelmed and just wasn’t focused.

Afterward, I jumped back in with renewed passion and won a blog makeover from Little Bitty Blog Design.  I was so excited to have a personalized design!

Blogged some more, thought more about my goals for Sweet Phenomena.

Figured those goals out.

Decided to move to WordPress.

Before WP

The blog right before the move to WordPress

Attempted the move myself, was 75% successful, but had to have some help.  Once that was finished, I immediately fell in love with WP and the Thesis theme.  It really gave me the motivation I needed and got me really excited about my blog.

Since then I’ve really focused on building the blog, engaging my readers, and getting into product reviews.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s fun getting stuff {and I know I’m not the only one that thinks that!}, but I really want to bring my readers products that they might not have known about otherwise.  I love sharing information.

I’m networking with a great group of bloggers now.  I’m meeting other bloggers, both in my niche and out, I’m attending my first conference soon, I’m making connections, I’m writing an ebook!!!

I’m so excited to move forward.  I love my little home on the internet and can’t wait to visit with you guys in the future!!

Thanks for sticking with me!

More Homeschool Blogs You Should Be Following

A couple of weeks ago I did a post featuring some homeschool blogs I’ve come across.  Everyone liked it so much, I decided to do it again!

A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 – US Only {CLOSED}

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Welcome to A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0!

If you’re new here, welcome!  If you’re not new, so glad you came back by!!  I know you guys are interested in the goods, so here’s what you can win and how you can win it!

This giveaway package is filled with two items that are both fun and useful for back to school time!  Click the ENTER HERE link below to enter.

A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 Giveaway {$83 ARV}

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Math’d Potatoes by SimplyFun

Back to School Label Pack by Lovable Labels {you choose the set}

 

Sweet Sponsor: Lovable Labels

My other sponsor for A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 is Lovable Labels.  They’re a Canadian company that makes all sorts of labels for kids products.  These things are colorful, fun, and really great quality.

The company was started by a mom on a quest to have durable and fun labels for her son’s items at school.  I know that many of the labels for this purpose out on the market are sorry.  They just are…

These labels are awesome.  The regular and slimline labels are microwave and dishwasher safe.  The iron-on labels can hack it through washing and drying.  The shoe labels have uber-adhesive so they stay in place.  These are great qualities in labels meant for kids’ products!

We were sent the Back to School pack and chose the Polka Dot Me design.  They’re so cute, there are tons of labels {over 165 labels!}, and you even get little metal tags.

And, this might not be relevant to each order, but I love that Lovable Labels sent our items in a cute folder with lots of great info for me, as a blogger, to use in reviewing their product {even fun “I *heart* blogging” stickers!}.  Little details like that, going that extra mile, those are the things that I look for in companies I choose to continue to support.

I want to point out that even if you homeschool {like I do, and like many of you do}, you still have tons of uses for these things.  Think sports practice, co-op, scout meetings, etc.

Lovable Labels is giving away one of their Back to School packs as part of my ABE 2.0 giveaway package.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a chance to win!

While you wait, you might want to check out their Twitter page!

True confessions:  I was given a pack of labels in exchange for this review.  I always give my honest opinion about the products I review.  I really do *heart* these labels…

Sweet Sponsor: SimplyFun – Math’d Potatoes

A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 starts tomorrow!!  One of my great sponsors for the event is Simply Fun.  They produce board games that offer “learning and connecting through play.”

They sent us Math’d Potatoes to play and review {psst, this is what they’re going to offer one of you!!!}.

First, I was in love with the name!!  I mean, how cool is it?  It gave me a good teehee when I read it.

This is a quality product.  The box is nice and sturdy {and you guys know how sturdy a board game box needs to be…}, the pieces are great quality, and it’s packed nicely.

The game board and pieces are fun and colorful.  Who doesn’t want to roll stuff around in half a potato?

The object of the game {like many games} is to move your potato piece to the finish space.  To do so, you draw cards and, depending upon the card, one or all of you roll you dice trying to make a math equation to equal the number(s) given.

For instance, if you draw the potato card in the picture that reads “5 to 10,” you have to roll three numbers and two operations {addition or subtraction} that equal a number from five to ten.

Overall, we enjoyed the game.  The rules were a bit hard to follow {we had several questions as we played the game and had to hunt and search through the rules to find the answers} and there was some disagreement over whether the game should include negative numbers or not…  After playing the game a couple of times, I think it would become fairly easy to roll through and do it though.

I am so glad we got the game.  Babydoll and I have been trying to find time to play again.  It is stupendous at helping kids practice their math equations.  Just keep in mind that the game can take a bit longer than you might have thought based on how long it takes your child to figure out their equations.  There is nothing wrong with this, of course, just keep it in mind.

Math’d Potatoes retails for $38.  Want a chance to win one instead?

The super folks at SimplyFun are going to give one of you a Math’d Potatoes game!!!

Come back tomorrow and enter the A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 giveaway for your chance to win!

While you’re waiting, go check them out on Twitter.

True confessions:  I was provided with the Math’d Potatoes game for review purposes, and SimplyFun is one of my ABE 2.0 sponsors.  As usual, this doesn’t mean I’ll give a dishonest review and it does mean I’ll let you know exactly how we felt about it.  For real, we liked it.