Celebrating My Blog Anniversary with a Week of Giveaways!

October 29, 2012 in Categories: by

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Giveaway #1:  The Paleo Mom Swag!

This week marks one full year since the beginning of my blogging adventure.  When I started my blog, it was simply because I needed an outlet for my excitement about the paleo diet, a way to share everything that I was learning other than turning every person I came into contact with (from my husband to my hair dresser) into the innocent victim of a paleo nutrition rant.  I sought to share my own personal experiences, my explanations of the science behind the paleo diet, and the recipes that I was inventing to help transition my family.

Now, a year later, my blog is getting pretty darned big.  Next month, I will hit A MILLION page views (probably in the next two weeks, actually).   I have somehow managed to amass a wonderful, interactive, loyal, following of THE BEST FANS EVER! (yep, that’s you!). And I have the joy of cohosting a successful top-rated podcast.

When I reflect back over a year of blogging, time is marked by key decisions, such as: deciding to post photos of myself instead of the old sketch, sharing my before and after photos, deciding to follow the autoimmune protocol and start writing about autoimmune topics, deciding to up the science content of my posts and start including references, agreeing to write guest posts for others, seeking out people to write guest posts for me, deciding to move the blog from Blogger to WordPress (and deciding to do it all by myself no less), agreeing to be a guest on other podcasts, and agreeing to cohost The Paleo View.  I tackled some very fun and controversial topics for some posts (pros and cons of coffee, how long it takes the gut to heal, gluten cross-reactivity).  I have amassed a large amount of information about paleo modifications and have become one of the best resources for those with autoimmune disease.  I’ve posted some pretty darned perfect recipes.  I have continued to keep it real, be myself, and share not just my successes, but also my struggles and my failures.  I still respond to every email and private message.  I still make time to connect with my readers.  And I am still coming up with tons of great ideas for future posts and recipes.

I’ve also come a long way in terms of my own implementation of the paleo diet.  I have realized that I must follow the autoimmune protocol very strictly.  I only buy pastured and grass-fed meat now.  I buy mostly organic, locally-grown produce.  I eat a whole lot of organ meat and have cooked and eaten parts of animals that I never would have imagined I’d be willing to do just one year ago (lamb testicles being the most adventuresome so far).  I am still working on my own health, but the pieces to the puzzle are finally starting to fall into place.

So, to celebrate one year of blogging, I am doing a whole week of giveaways!  That’s right.  This whole week, from today until Saturday, will be a new giveaway every single day!  This is a way for me to say thank you to you for all of your support!  I also get to share some of my favorite products, books and more!

To kick off my week of giveaways, I am giving away some The Paleo Mom swag!

In particular, the winner of this giveaway will receive:

ONE “It’s Only Effort Until It’s Routine” Mug (your choice of size).


Any TWO “It’s Only Effort Until It’s Routine” Short- or Long-Sleeved T-Shirts
(there’s varying colors, styles and either men’s or woman’s sizes to choose from – oh, and the shirts do not need to be two of the same)


ONE “It’s Only Effort Until It’s Routine” Hoodie
(there’s varying colors, styles, and either men’s or woman’s sizes to choose from)

I will ship to any country, so there are no restrictions on who can enter this giveaway.


The origin for the slogan “It’s Only Effort Until It’s Routine” comes from a comment that I replied to back in April.  Debbi wrote:  “I love yoga, but I have not been doing that either I have good intentions, but somehow everything else wins out over yoga. I really need to try harder, because I know that yoga would be very helpful.”.  I replied “I remember when I first started going to yoga how easy it was to find an excuse to miss a class. Now that I go three times a week, I find I feel so crummy if I have to miss a class for any reason that it’s just so easy to plan everything else around it. I’m currently strategizing to fit in a fourth class every week. It’s only effort until it’s routine. ”  As I typed that phrase, I was immediately struck by how insightful and broadly-applicable it was.  It applies to every change I struggle to make to improve my diet and lifestyle.  So, I put it on a T-shirt.  Since moving the blog to WordPress and redesigning the banner, I have also redesigned the T-shirts to match that sleeker look.  It’s really become my mantra, and I hope the phrase means as much to you as it does to me.

To enter this giveaway, please do at least one of the following:

  1. Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or Pinterest, or subscribe to my RSS Feed (to get my posts e-mailed to you).
  2. Share my blog with your friends, however you want to accomplish that (Facebook share, tweet, pin, call them on the phone, send an e-mail, mention it in person… you decide!)
  3. Support me by linking through the links on the sidebar of my page any time you make a purchase from Amazon, Tropical Traditions or US Wellness Meats (you don’t need to buy the item you link from with any of these sellers).
  4. Support me by buying and wearing The Paleo Mom swank.
  5. Support me by making a donation of any amount through Paypal.

Now, simply comment on this post and let me know that you connected with/shared/supported me somehow.  A winner will be chosen at random from the commenters below.  Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact the winner!

This contest is now closed.

Wait, are The Paleo Mom T-shirts swank, swag or kitsch? 

Definition of swank:  Dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style. A swagger. Smartness in style or bearing; elegance, show-off. 

Definition of swag:  Promotional items, especially when given for free, considered as a group.

Definition of kitsch:  Art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way:

I guess it depends on your point of view.  Maybe it’s all three? I like to think of it as swank, but maybe swag is more apt. 


Hi! I was already a fan on FB and Pinterest, so I added Twitter to the mix. I have also shared your website with several of my friends IRL! I would love to win some The Paleo Mom Swag. 😉

Thanks for taking a little pain out of my gain! The recipes have been really helpful and the blog is helping to keep me on track. Happy Anniversary!

I have been wanting one of your shirts for a while! I follow your blog regularly and have enjoyed trying out some of your recipes. Just liked you on FB so hopefully you can meet my friends too! Thanks for all that you do!

So odd… I was just reading old posts (as part of my nightly routine) and read the one from April where you apparently coined the mantra right before reading this post. It resonated with me for the first time as I was reading it in that post (though I’ve obviously seen it before on the shirts). Love it. Congrats and keep up the good work, you’receasily one of my paleo favorites.

Happy Bloggiversary! I love your blog and everything you do for your readers. I try to use your links to make as many of my online purchases as I can, and I usually mention your blog to someone at least once a week. You are an invaluable resource!

I liked you on FB. I love your swag! I would love to win!

I will also leave feedback on your iTunes podcasts this weekend as I really enjoy them!

I’ve liked you on Facebook for a long time and recently “shared” you with my sister!
Can you links also link to Amazon.ca? I would love to support you that way too!

I already follow you on FB & twitter so I followed you on Pinterest and signed up for your RSS feed since I was missing your new posts! Thank you for the giveaways!

As a facebook follower, I am super excited to now be following you on twitter and pintrest! Thanks for all you do….I have been following program for about 4 months now, and love the mental clarity I have found.

I already subscribed to your RSS Feed and now also follow you on Pinterest. Happy blog anniversary and thank you for the great information you provide!

I am already following your feed, you on Twitter, You on Facebook, and I’ve already shared your link with everyone on my Facebook and Twitter account. :)

I love following your blog! I also share on FacebookThe paleo lifestyle is new to me, and I love that I can get such great information all in one place!

I love your blog and want your swag! I am always sharing your recipes and posting my results of making them myself! I love this website for its science and practicality.

I follow you on FB and Pinterest and I will tell my friends about your site and podcast. I love your podcast. I would love to win. ( I hope you write a book about AIP with many recipes and menus. I think there is a great need for this.)

I follow you on facebook, subscribe to your RSS feed and share your giveaway. Love your blog! You have some great info and are a good go to source!

A friend of mine shared you with me on facebook and I like you on facebook now. I LOVE your site and I would LOVE a shirt to wear around town and let everyone know it :)

Not sure how I missed this one…I need some new Boot Camp T-Shirts!! All over your blog and FB…thanks for all the good info and recipes

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