Things Blogging Has Given Me

I consider 11 months ago, today, to be the official start of my public blogging career.

As I look back, it seems like it was such a long time ago, yet these past 11 months have truly flown by.

I’m extremely grateful to have discovered the fabulousness that is the blogosphere and Twitterverse, and for so many of the amazing, wonderful women (and a few men!) I’ve met along the way.

And because any good blogger loves a good list, here are some other gifts I’ve received during my 11 month long blogging career…

- the chance to ‘use my brain’ while busy with this mommy gig

- lots and lots of practice writing, which is something I do enjoy but haven’t done extensively since graduating from college

- knowledge that the proper pronunciation of “meme” is MEEM

- more familiarity with HTML than I ever imagined I’d want or need

- connections with women who now live states away from me, but who grew up in the same part of Chicago as I did

- connections with women who live in TN, a state I never imagined I’d call, “home”

- connections with women who live in NH, another state I never imagined I’d call, “home” (and really kinda wish I still couldn’t)

- tremendous support during crises, like when our vet found suspicious lumps in our dog or when I debated if I should finish off the entire box of mac & cheese by myself

- tweet responses from ProBlogger, both when I told him my husband gave me one of his books as a Valentine’s gift and after I called him and his bald, bespectacled-ness, “cute in a very endearing sort of way

- the camaraderie of other women who understand the angst of having a husband named Craig who is a cake-decorating, Paleo-Diet-eating, adventure-racing metrosexual

- a tribe of fantastic, intelligent, caring women whom I’m honored to call my real friends

These past 11 months have been an amazing journey, and I’m grateful for every last second of it.

{Welcome to all the SITS girls!  Thanks for stopping by today!}

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159 Responses to Things Blogging Has Given Me
  1. Tisha
    February 3, 2011 | 12:39 am

    Congrats on your SITS day! Your 11 months sounds like an awesome journey and I wish you many more blessing for the next 11 months.

  2. Kate
    February 3, 2011 | 12:04 am

    Happy SITS Day!

    So I didn’t miss it after all! I just got to SITS too early!

    Hope your day is great! And Happy Almost 1 Year Blogging Anniversary!

  3. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    February 3, 2011 | 12:08 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay!! Congrats on your SITS Day! I am so totally psyched for you! And boy do I like using my brain everyday too. Wiping kid ass doesn’t take much talent.

  4. Amy @ babybabylemon
    February 3, 2011 | 12:12 am

    Happy SITS Day!

  5. Melissa (Confessions of a Dr.Mom)
    February 3, 2011 | 12:12 am

    Congratulations on your SITS day and I’d say you’ve had a pretty fantastic 11 months!

    Thanks goodness you started blogging, tweeting, and writing…you are amazing!

  6. misssrobin
    February 3, 2011 | 2:22 am

    Congratulations on your special SITS day. I hope it turns out great for you. Off to read some more.

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  8. Barbara
    February 3, 2011 | 3:00 am

    I’m a new fairly new reader of your blog and so far I love it. What a great post. Blogging has taught me so many things too, and I feel like I’ve grown as a person in the short time I’ve been doing simply by connecting with so many other people. Congrats

  9. Kelly
    February 3, 2011 | 3:25 am

    Congrats on your SITS day!! Woo-hoo!! :) you have been blogging less than a year? Wow- it feels like you have been around forever! (in a good way!) so happy you are part of the bloggy world! :)

  10. Katherine
    February 3, 2011 | 3:58 am

    Visiting from SITS. Congrats on your day. I love your succinct, upbeat writing. Isn’t it strange what blogging brings? Blogging has brought me new ways to have awkward conversations with my mother.

  11. Lorna
    February 3, 2011 | 4:36 am

    Happy SITS Day, and happy nearly-anniversary!

    Love your blog!

    L

  12. ~Debra
    February 3, 2011 | 6:19 am

    Congrats on your special SITS day!

  13. Making It Work Mom
    February 3, 2011 | 5:35 am

    Congratulations on your SITS day!! Enjoy it.

  14. SaucyB
    February 3, 2011 | 6:44 am

    I so agree with your list. I particularly identify with your comments about “using your brain” and getting “lots of writing practice.”

    Last September I decided to take a year off from working for a variety of reasons. Blogging has definitely provided the sense of accomplishment and self-fulfillment that I used to get from my job.

    I’ve seen you guest post elsewhere – you’re all over these Internetz girl! – and I’ve seen others link up for Word Up. I have to say that you always seem to be a blogger who ‘does it right’ and really has this medium figured out.

    Congrats on all you’ve accomplished in 11 months and on your SITS day! :-)

  15. Laura
    February 3, 2011 | 6:00 am

    This is such an awesome post and congrats on your SITS day! I’m so glad we met and got to know each other (even if it was originally over a less than stellar locale!). And the learning continues – I’ve been wondering about the pronunciation of “meme” forever!

  16. Dalia
    February 3, 2011 | 6:21 am

    You are a natural – never would have thought you had only been blogging 11 months. So agree with all you said! Hey – and congrats on your day! Love it when the people I know and like get their day in the spotlight!

  17. JDaniel4's Mom
    February 3, 2011 | 6:22 am

    You have done so much in the past 11 months. I am so glad you are getting to share what you have learned with all of us today.

  18. Sheri Carpenter
    February 3, 2011 | 7:24 am

    Happy SITS Day!! I am off to check out more of your blog. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  19. Stephanie@Geezees
    February 3, 2011 | 6:34 am

    Happy SITS Day to you!
    Can’t wait to read more!!

  20. Melody
    February 3, 2011 | 6:41 am

    So glad to see you highlighted SITStahhhhh! You are one rocken blogger Momma. It is such a joy to see those I know and love reading, get their SITS day!
    Congratulations!
    Mel~
    http://www.lifestwistedstitches.com

  21. Rebekah C
    February 3, 2011 | 7:42 am

    Stopping by from SITS! Congrats! Your blog is lovely and I just LOVE that picture!

  22. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds
    February 3, 2011 | 7:50 am

    Happy SITS/ 11/12ths anniversary!

  23. Elli
    February 3, 2011 | 6:54 am

    Happy SITS Day! And Happy 11 months!

    I particularly loved this post, because I’m a new reader and it gave me a chance to get caught up. :)

    OH – and thanks for clearing up that meme thing. :)

    -Ellie

    • Elli
      February 3, 2011 | 6:55 am

      And it’s early here… no coffee yet… so I can’t even spell my own name!?!?!

      -Ellie

  24. Bonnie
    February 3, 2011 | 7:09 am

    Congratulations on your SITS day!

  25. Nicole@MTDLBlog
    February 3, 2011 | 7:16 am

    I love this list. I too blog and write to work out the “Mommy Brain” because otherwise it would turn to mush fo’ sho’.

    Also, I learned something new! I thought meme was pronounced as it looks….now I know otherwise!

    Happy SITS day!!

  26. Lula Lola
    February 3, 2011 | 7:22 am

    Happy SITS Day to the bloggy-est blogging son of a gun that I know!

  27. Natalie
    February 3, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Happy SITS Day!

  28. white collar | green soul
    February 3, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Visiting from SITS.
    Congrats on your day!
    The blog looks great, I can’t wait to read more of it! I love how you introduce your ‘gang’ … I may have to borrow the idea!

    - agata.

  29. Jacqui
    February 3, 2011 | 7:27 am

    Lovely blog you have here… really love your pandora’s box full of princess dresses (is there anything better than that?). Happy SITS day!

    http://www.somethingtolearn.wordpress.com

  30. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest
    February 3, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Happy SITS Day!

  31. Joy
    February 3, 2011 | 7:28 am

    Happy SITS Day!!!

  32. Jacqui
    February 3, 2011 | 7:30 am

    Lovely blog — really like the pandora’s box full of princess dresses (is there anything better?). Happy SITS day!

  33. Rach
    February 3, 2011 | 7:31 am

    Happy SITS Day! Super cute blog! :)

  34. LisaDay
    February 3, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Ha, ha, ha. I just caught your next post and it looks funny.

    I like your lists and the fact you like lists.

    Happy SITS day.

    LisaDay

  35. Alexandra
    February 3, 2011 | 7:34 am

    You know what this means, right?

    With you at SITS today?

    It means SITS has hit it big time.

    (kidding, people.)

    And if anyone can handle the crazy traffic you’re going to get, it’s you.

    CONGRATS< GIRL.

    How you did this in 11 months is beyond me.

    I'm still in preschool, and you've gone on to get your Master's in blogging.

    Hold me.

  36. gigi
    February 3, 2011 | 7:37 am

    Like I said at SITS…congrats on hitting the Jumbotron of blogging today. :)

  37. Angie
    February 3, 2011 | 7:39 am

    Happy SITS day!
    Great post. You have made quite a name for yourself in 11 months. Congrats on all your success!!

  38. Kristi @ Creative Kristi
    February 3, 2011 | 7:43 am

    YAY!! Happy happy SITS day!! I’m so happy to have met you last week at Blissdom and now see that you are having your SITS day! I consider the last 12 months the start of my ‘official’ blogging career but I’ve been blogging for 2 years so I know how time does fly! :) Congrats again!

  39. Karen
    February 3, 2011 | 7:46 am

    Happy SITS day! I didn’t know that was how you pronounced meme! I went to school and spent many summers in NH. Miss the lakes.

  40. karen@strictlysimplestyle
    February 3, 2011 | 7:49 am

    I too love blogging for many of the reasons you named. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t learn something new through a comment left on my blog or from visiting another blog.

    All the best to you on your SITS day, enjoy!

  41. Samantha
    February 3, 2011 | 8:49 am

    Congratulations!

  42. Jen
    February 3, 2011 | 7:51 am

    I can’t believe that you have been blogging for only 11 months. That is a amazing. You have really built something awesome here.

    Congrats on your SITS day. I hope that you are showered in love.

  43. Kimberly
    February 3, 2011 | 7:53 am

    Whoa..wait…you’ve only been blogging for 11 months? What the? What the? And look at you…you have a cult following including a mad mob of Craig lovas. You are amazing woman. When I grow up, I want to be as awesome as you :)
    Love you girl!

  44. joann mannix
    February 3, 2011 | 8:03 am

    Big Time Congratulations, Liz on your SITS day. And like everyone else, I’m all, “11 months? That’s it?” I feel like I’ve always known you and that says a whoppin’ bunch about this blog of yours.

    Did you know I missed my SITS day? *Sigh* They gave me my date and it was the day I was going to be in flight to Mexico. Stupid me, figuring I wanted to enjoy my SITS day as it was happening, I asked if we could reschedule. It never happened. Oh well. At least, I can enjoy all of my friend’s SITS days!

  45. BalancingMama (Julie)
    February 3, 2011 | 8:04 am

    I can’t believe you’re that “new”! I thought you were an old pro. That’s amazing. Great job!

  46. Alicia (Tails of an Apronista)
    February 3, 2011 | 9:10 am

    cute blog! darling girls! funny quips! will be back again! ps Craig’s cakes are fantastic! love that he does that!

  47. klz
    February 3, 2011 | 8:13 am

    My brain is total mush. I’m glad you put up with that.

  48. Julie
    February 3, 2011 | 8:18 am

    You are amazing Liz. I wish that you knew how much you have inspired me over this last almost year… or that there would have been some sort of way that I really could have told you at Blissdom last week.

    You are an inspiration and have done amazing things… and inspire people far beyond what you imagine possible.

  49. Alana @ Domestically Challenged
    February 3, 2011 | 8:21 am

    Happy SITS Day! I have decided that I will read your blog, if for no other reason, than the way you answered the Red Wine vs Twizzlers question. I’m from Chi town as well!

    Look forward to reading more of your blog!

  50. Staci
    February 3, 2011 | 8:23 am

    My husband loves to bake….sucked the kids right into with him. Makes the best Struffoli (honey balls) in the world. Now I’m going to show him the blog post of all those beautiful cakes…..maybe he’ll get the hint?
    Congrats on your big day, SITSta!

  51. April
    February 3, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Happy SITS Day…I really love your blog!

  52. Julie M.
    February 3, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Woohoo! Congrats on your well deserved SITS day! Blogging is such an amazing journey isn’t it? I had no idea either how much I would gain from it. I think you and I must have started around the same time; I’m about 11 months in as well.

    Enjoy your big day and the rest of your week!

  53. Mellisa
    February 3, 2011 | 8:30 am

    Love the list! Happy SITS Day!

  54. Amber
    February 3, 2011 | 8:30 am

    Happy SITS Day to you!

    I’m impressed that you know HTML. I tried, but failed. So I just paid someone to do my blog because I clearly had no clue what I was doing.

  55. Marge
    February 3, 2011 | 8:31 am

    I am with Kimberly… you have really caught on to the blogging thingy quickly! 11 months and you have accomplished more than I have in the years that I have been blogging!

    Make it a great day!

  56. Shileen @The Wonder Woman Challenge
    February 3, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Happy SITS Day! Your blog is beautiful … you are doing such a great job!

  57. Mrs.Mayhem
    February 3, 2011 | 9:57 am

    Congrats on your SITS day! I was so excited to see that you were being profiled!

  58. Alison
    February 3, 2011 | 9:03 am

    Happy SITS Day! And congrats on your one year blogiversary too.

    Blessings,

    Alison
    Stuff and Nonsense

  59. Sherri
    February 3, 2011 | 9:03 am

    What an awesome list, Liz! You and I started this little “experiment” about the same time, and it’s just crazy where you wind up after a year.

    Html and memes? Sounds like Star Trek talk. But not anymore.

  60. MommaKiss
    February 3, 2011 | 9:04 am

    happy SITStah!!

  61. Jill
    February 3, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Congrats again on your big, BIG day! Even though judging my the comments on SITS, most of us already read & love you. =)

  62. Stacey
    February 3, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Happy SITS day! You know I love ya!! Have a great one!

  63. Nichole
    February 3, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Happy SITS Day, Liz!
    Look at all that you’ve accomplished in 11 months!
    Amazing! :)

  64. Chelsea
    February 3, 2011 | 9:09 am

    What a great reflection…happy SITS day!

  65. Grams
    February 3, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Enjoy your SITS Day. Your blog entry about the scariest moment of your life made me cry. I can’t even imagine how scary that must have been.

  66. Elena
    February 3, 2011 | 9:16 am

    Happy 11 months! Keep up the great work ;)

  67. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points
    February 3, 2011 | 9:23 am

    Yay!! Happy SITS day to you, wonderful lady!!!

    And I’ve received some of those same gifts!

    Except from the ProBlogger dude. Radio silence there.

    But bloggers ARE a generous bunch, aren’t they?

  68. Tina @ Life Without Pink
    February 3, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Happy SITS Day!!! You deserve it girl!

  69. Jackie
    February 3, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Congrats on your SITS day!!

    I agree.. blogging has brought me together with some great people! People that I consider true friends even though we’ve never met in real life!

  70. Natalie
    February 3, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Happy SITS day! Can you believe we’ve only been doing this for less than a year? Seems like forever :)

  71. Niki
    February 3, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Congratulations on your SITS day!

  72. Sara
    February 3, 2011 | 9:49 am

    Happy SITS day! I’ve followed you for awhile and enjoy your blog! Have a great day.

  73. Practical Parenting
    February 3, 2011 | 9:54 am

    I can’t believe it’s only been 11 months for you…you’re such a pro I would have thought for sure that you’ve been doing this for years! I, too, enjoy using my brain…which would otherwise be fried by my kids by now. And I’m really enjoying making connections with great women all over the place. Congrats on 11 great months. Keep writing please…I NEED you!

    Katie

  74. Ginny Marie
    February 3, 2011 | 9:58 am

    Wow! The blogging world is amazing, isn’t it? Congratulations on your SITS day!

  75. Hutch
    February 3, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Congrats on your SITS day you definitely deserve it!

    I’ve been blogging for over a year now though it was really this time last year that I first started to understand it. You are the first person to tell me I was pronouncing meme entirely wrong, even though it wasn’t actually directed at me. I’ve been thinking this whole time it was pronounce mem-ey (in my head I’m saying heeee-eeeeey). All natural blond over here!

  76. Mrs. Jen B
    February 3, 2011 | 10:27 am

    “Meem”? There you go again, teaching me things. :-)

  77. Bossy Betty
    February 3, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Happy 11 Month anniversary! Love your list and understand completely!

  78. Caren with a "C"
    February 3, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Happy SITS Day to you! Now I’m thinking about Chicago Dogs and am hungry! :)

  79. Melissa {adventuroo}
    February 3, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Happy SITS day, friend! So happy to see you featured and I had no idea you’d only been blogging for 11 months. WORD!

  80. Leah Rubin
    February 3, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Hey, I’m loving this– you’re terrific, and your writing is tops! I’m off to read some more of your posts! Congrats on your SITS Day!

  81. Linda
    February 3, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Congratulations on being featured today. You have gone all out with your blogging passion. You have made something pretty cool in a relatively short period of time! I think my blog is a bit more of a slow and steady plodding in one direction, but I’m okay with that. :)

  82. Tonya
    February 3, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Happy SITS Day and congratulations on all your bloggy accomplishments, connections and wonderful writing. I love your blog and hope you do this for many years to come. xoxo

  83. Kelly
    February 3, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Happy SITS Day!!! I can’t wait to read more :-)

  84. Sharon
    February 3, 2011 | 11:04 am

    WoooHoooo! Enjoy your day in the sun!

  85. Michelle Saunderson
    February 3, 2011 | 11:09 am

    Happy SITS day!!!!!

  86. zeemaid
    February 3, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Happy FB day. Phew, it sounds like you’ve been very busy in the last 11 months.

  87. Alexandra
    February 3, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Enjoy your Sits day and thank you for the warm welcome and to let us know a little.about you

  88. OMG! Yummy
    February 3, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Congrats on your FB day! Wow – I’m impressed with how much you’ve done in a year. I’ll be at my one year anniversary — OMG – next week! I just realized how soon it will be. I am so distracted right now with planning my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah which is only 2 weeks away that I just haven’t been able to think about it.

    Anyhow – I love today’s post and look forward to reading more of your wit and sarcasm. Two of my favorite things in a blogger!

  89. InspiredDreamer
    February 3, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Congrats on your SITS day, fellow Chicagoan! I hope you’re doing ok after the blizzard!

    Have an Extraordinary Day!

  90. Amy
    February 3, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Awesome!! Great blog!

  91. Amanda
    February 3, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Liz, just seems like yesterday you started blogging! I’m amazed at how fast your blog has grown….I definitely look up to you and have learned so much. Happy SITS day :)

  92. NotJustAnotherJennifer
    February 3, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Yay, Liz! What a ride, eh? So glad I found you!

  93. mangiabella
    February 3, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Happy SITS day to you sweet bella, can’t wait to dig into your blog!!!!

  94. Everyday Mama
    February 3, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Congrats on your SITS Day! What an accomplishment and what a great blog!

  95. Lara Taylor
    February 3, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    What a great list!! I feel the same way—a whole variety of things have drawn me towards other people (mostly women!) whether it’s locations I’ve known, jobs, other people I know, blogging and READING that’s been a great common denominator! :) Will be back! Happy SITS day! :)

  96. sarah
    February 3, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Congrats on your fb day, SITSA!

    Enjoy.

  97. Katherine
    February 3, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    Happy Sits Day! Love your honestly!

  98. Dana
    February 3, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    I still have the quote I found on your awesome blog up on my wall. Love your blog!!

  99. Ashley
    February 3, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Congrats SITS girl! Are you telling me you’ve only been blogging for 11 months??? But your so pro at it! Good for you girl!

  100. Katie@SassySillySpunkyMomma
    February 3, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Happy SITS Day to one of my favorites! So well deserved!

  101. Sarah at the Stroller Ballet
    February 3, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    What an awesome post. I’ve been thinking of writing something similar, actually. Helping a friend get her blog set up has allowed me to reflect on my “career” in blogging. And you’re right – we get soo much from this!!

  102. Amy W.
    February 3, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    I am impressed. Your list is fantastic and inspirational. I have only been blogging for about two months, so this completely inspires me.

    Happy SITS day!

  103. Ashley
    February 3, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    You’ve only been blogging 11 months? You seem like such a seasoned pro! I agree with your list, I feel the same way!

  104. Alexandria Campbell
    February 3, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    - knowledge that the proper pronunciation of “meme” is MEEM

    and I learn something every day! and people say the internet is a useless time sucker!

  105. Ashley
    February 3, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    I completely agree with your list, sometimes I feel like the blogosphere has brought me to some great friends, even though we have never met.

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  106. Brittany at Mommy Words
    February 3, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    Perfect SITS girl! Congrats on your SITs day lady. You deserve it!!!

  107. Emma
    February 3, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    Congrats on your SITS day. Sounds like the past 11 months have been a blast! x

  108. Anne
    February 3, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    You’re such a Twitter and blogging maven I figured you had been blogging for a much longer time! You’ve accomplished so much in less than a year. Congrats on your SITS day!

  109. Grace
    February 3, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Hey, doll! Congratulations on your SITS day! You deserve it!

  110. andygirl
    February 3, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    congrats, lady! I had no idea you were so young; you’re such a pro!

    also, I’ve always felt that meme should really be pronounced “mimi.” much more fun.

  111. Mommylebron
    February 3, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    I agree I have met so many amazing people! Also I have been receiving new comments to the Signs You Might Be A Blogger post and I was wondering why, until I finally read my email from SITS!

  112. Alethea @I'm Domestic...not DEAD!
    February 3, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Liz, I completely agree with everything on your list, and love that through my short time in the blogosphere I’ve found kindred spirits. My list is a duplicate of yours minus the metro-sexual hubby. Mine would rather fall over dead than decorate a cake. Also I call TN “home” and never gave the state an ounce of thought, either, until round about 8 years ago. :) Great blog. I love reading!

  113. Chaplain Donna
    February 3, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Happy SITS Day! Congrats Liz, you are on of the hardest working bloggers I know!

  114. Amy
    February 3, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    Happy SITS day.

    I loved getting to read this recap of you and the things you have gained over the past 11 months. I always enjoy your posts and have enjoyed getting to know you over the past many months. :)

  115. Sue Campbell
    February 3, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    SO glad you’re blogging. You are an inspiration!

  116. Amy
    February 3, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Happy, happy SITS day!!! I cannot think of a more deserving blogger!

  117. Astrid
    February 3, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    Happy SITS day! I love lists, and blogging clearly helped you in many ways.

  118. bianca
    February 3, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Congrats on your 11 months! You’ve taken away more in 11 months than I think I have in 7 years! Or maybe I’m just not as good at organizing my lessons ;) Happy SITS day!

  119. Deidre
    February 3, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Wow I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 11 months! Very impressive.

  120. Leanne (From Chaos Comes Happiness!)
    February 3, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    So “heart” you, dearie!!! Happy 11 months birthday! you don’t look a day over 10 months!!!!

    My life is so enriched by you, missy. LOVE you!

  121. EmilyinNYC
    February 3, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    Happy SITS Day! You seem like you’ve been blogging for way longer than 11 months!

  122. Jen
    February 3, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    Congrats on your special day! Your blog looks great!

  123. Living the Balanced Life
    February 3, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    Congrats on your SITS day Liz! Love this list! Can so relate to many of the items!
    Bernice
    A break from our regularly scheduled programming…

  124. Dakotapam
    February 3, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Congrats! You have come a long way in short time! Blogging has given me a ton too!

  125. Bella
    February 3, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Happy Sits Day!

  126. Denice- KDCEvents
    February 3, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    YAY for SITS!!! =)

  127. Julie
    February 3, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    Wow…and you have done the bloggy world good too!! ;)

  128. Nicole
    February 3, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    Only 11 months?! NO! From your last statement I’m assuming you’re featured on SITS. Congrats. Thanks for schooling me on Meme. I never knew!

  129. Jodi
    February 3, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    Hi! I came from SITS (just discovered it and wow!) to leave you some blog love! Great site and am following you now!

  130. Sunday
    February 3, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    WOOT WOOT!! I was so psyched to see your blog listed today at the featured blogger over at SITS!

  131. Margaret Almon
    February 3, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Happy SITS Day! I love your husband’s birthday cakes! And the Chicago Dog photo makes me almost willing to eat hot dogs again!

  132. The Flying Chalupa
    February 3, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Hey! I haven’t gone over to SITS yet so I didn’t realize – but congrats! And look how far you’ve come with blogging. It’s funny, but when I “met” you last May, I think it was, you seemed extremely professional and knowledgeable even then. Like you had been doing it forever! You’re a pro, Liz, plain and simple.

  133. Tracie
    February 3, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This is the best SITS day post I have ever read.

    congrats.

  134. Crystal
    February 3, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    You’re quite the catch…so glad I found you!! Great list!! And yes, finding comraderie in other mamas is one of my favorite perks!!

  135. Kate {The Parchment Girl}
    February 3, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    Happy SITS day! You’ve accomplished so much in just 11 months! This is a great list. A lot of the items on it resonated with me… particularly learning HTML.

  136. Holly W
    February 3, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    Happy SITS Day!
    And I personally think you should pretend that you had every intention of matching your dog to your furniture…shedding need not be a problem anymore!

  137. parenting ad absurdum
    February 3, 2011 | 7:10 pm

    The angst of having a husband named Craig… Liz, I adore you.

  138. Lindsay {DW}
    February 3, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    Happy SITS Day!! I enjoy your blog SO much! :)

  139. Devan @ Accustomed Chaos
    February 3, 2011 | 7:35 pm

    Happy SITS Day!!! Congrats on 11 mo of blogging! (i just passed my 1st yr)

    great list!!

  140. Single Mom in the South
    February 3, 2011 | 7:54 pm

    Happy SITS Day! What a great take on your SITS Day post! I chucked over the ProBlogger and husband named Craig comments!

  141. Just Like June
    February 3, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Happy SITS day!!! Congrats on your feature. I cant get over how cute your kiddos are. So glad I found you. :-)

  142. Kristy
    February 3, 2011 | 7:58 pm

    What’s wrong with eating a whole box of mac n cheese? Nothin! I do it all the time and freakin love it. :) Happy SITS day! I like you. Will follow.

  143. Chantelle
    February 3, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    Hi Liz,
    I know that you have a million other comments to read, but I just wanted you to know this:
    I didn’t know you had only been blogging for 11 months! You have such an incredible following. It really makes me feel like I can do this whole blogging thing. I thought I would be plugging away for YEARS before I would see any big results.
    This totally inspired me to keep it up on a day where I thought “Why am I doing this?”
    Thank you
    Chantelle

  144. Lynne
    February 3, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    Congrats on your SITS Day!

    I’ve been following you on Twitter for some time under lynnegood and love your blog!

  145. Angelia Sims Hardy
    February 3, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    Congrats to you – wonderfully hilarious Liz and your family of fun – on your most tremendous SITS day! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you of this spotlight and bloggy love.

    Thank-you for always making me smile and being just who you are. Hope your day was excellent!

  146. Losing Brownies
    February 3, 2011 | 9:12 pm

    Happy SITS day! I hope it was wonderful! I had no idea Meme was pronounced meem either. I should know that though.

  147. Amy
    February 3, 2011 | 9:52 pm

    Congrats on your SITS day! Your blog is one of my daily reads because I truly enjoy it. Looking forward to more!

  148. Anna
    February 3, 2011 | 10:20 pm

    Happy, happy SITS day! this will make a fantastic Hey You Guys, no?

  149. morgan
    February 3, 2011 | 10:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing … as a relatively new blogger, I would have to agree with many things on your list. Especially that HTML mumbo-jumbo! :)

    I’ll be back!

  150. Life In A Pink Fibro
    February 3, 2011 | 10:27 pm

    Love your list. And the layout of your blog is fabulous – so clean and easy on the eye. Happy SITS Day!

  151. Glamamom
    February 3, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    I was so happy to see it’s your SITS Day! I think you’re the first person I “know” to be bestowed with the honor. So I’M honored ;)

    Oh, and I love me a good blogoversary. Can’t wait! It’s obviously not a surprise but will there be cake?

  152. Anastasia
    February 4, 2011 | 2:32 am

    Happy SITS day and blogaversary!

  153. alely
    February 4, 2011 | 9:55 am

    congratulations and ditto!..happy SITS day and blogniversary!

    love your blog and i’m so glad to have come by! now your newest follower and looking forward to reading more of your beautiful blog. happy to meet you! are you on twitter? i couldn’t find a twitter link.

    anyhoo, please visit me when you can i would love to hear from you.
    http://www.ohsweetleeme.blogspot.com

    have a loveLee day!
    Alely Lee

  154. Charlotte
    February 4, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    Thank you for this list. Up until about five seconds ago I was pronouncing “meme” as, well, “me me.” :p

    Happy SITS day to you, lovely lady :) *HUGS*

  155. classycareergirl
    February 4, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Happy 11 months! What a great post! Congrats! Happy SITS day!!

  156. Sonora
    February 4, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Happy SITS Day! I remember when I very first came across your blog. You had only posted a few times and I already knew you were a force to be reckoned with. I have watched your energy, motivation, and success with awe and respect. I hope you enjoyed your day and here’s to many many more!

  157. Jersey Diva Mom
    February 4, 2011 | 7:32 pm

    You should be incredibly proud of your blog! It’s awesome! : )

  158. Jessica
    February 4, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    I don’t remember exactly how or when I found you, but I remember being so excited when I did. You started “public” blogging a month later than me and look how far you’ve come! You rock!! Congrats on your SITS day, you deserve it girl!