CLOSED – 1 Year Blogiversary & Giveaway

Hello Everybody!

UPDATE  *And the winner is* …..  Yhang O. – CONGRATULATIONS!

You win for being a Facebook Fan! I hope you enjoy your prize =^.^=

Please submit your mailing address to support@caateryna.com

What an exciting topic to share today, 1 entire year has passed since I published my 1st blog post! I truly cannot believe an entire year has already passed. This blog has given me such joy and I hope to continue blogging for as long as I possibly can.

I have learned so much, met so many amazing people and have changed as a person as a result of this blog, and all while having fun. Don’t get me wrong writing a blog is not easy, it requires quite a bit of time and energy to keep it going. I have the utmost respect to those who are able to publish daily. If I didn’t have to work full-time, I would be doing the same. There are just some days when work (the one that pays in $) mentally drains me out so much that I have no brain power left to write. So to those of you who manage to get through that I salute you!

For anyone who is just a blog reader, I want to give you a rundown on what it takes to get these posts up. There is research of course, you never want to misinform the reader, so research is always a must. There is taking pictures, (sounds easier said then done). You need a good camera, good lighting, and my biggest gripe is saving all the packaging from things that I buy in the event I choose to do a future review. That packaging takes up LOTS of space! Of course then there is the writing, the link obtaining, the price hunting etc. The uploading, the editing, you get the idea….it’s a lot of work! Anyway the point is, even with all the effort that goes into it, for me it is well worth it! When I receive feedback that my review helped someone make a decision it makes it all worth while. After all, I am a consumer too, I look up reviews as well, and appreciate that someone took the time to share their experience.

I love when I get comments, and I wish more people would leave them, it helps to affirm that people do care about what you are sharing ;)

One of the most amazing things about blogging for me personally is looking at my geographical statistics. It really is quite amazing that people from all around the world are reading my blog. It gives me such a sense of connection with people who I wouldn’t otherwise feel.

The best thing that I have done as a person this past year was going cruelty free! I have to thank Gaby for inspiring me to make this personal change. I have been a vegetarian for over 8 years and don’t purchase fur/leather, however it honestly never crossed my mind that beauty products till this day are being tested on my favourite creatures in the world. If it wasn’t for this blog, and me connecting with Gaby, I don’t think that ever would have made this change, so for that alone this entire experience has been a blessing.

Ok enough of my blabbering, everyone wants prizes! Right? Well you are in luck! To celebrate my 1 year, I wanted to give a little something back to my readers. All I ask is that you don’t just enter for the sake of winning and never return to the site, but you stick around with me in the future and ride along on my blogging journey :)

For those of you who have stuck with me, I am sincerely thankful, when I ported my blog to a new host only 5 of my readers resubscribed, so you 5 are my darlings! *big hugs*

The prize pack gallery is below for detailed pictures, and it features quite a few of my favourite products ;)

The giveaway will run until September 26, 2012.

Good Luck to all!

=^.^= Caateryna

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