Happy day

When I say April 15th, what comes to your mind?

Tax day probably.

But today marks two special occasions for me.

First, today is my mother’s birthday! (Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you so much!)

Second, one year ago today, I began writing here on in these small moments.

It’s my blogaversary. One year. 258 posts.

Remember this?

I spent some time looking through my blog yesterday and it was so amazing to see how many words I’ve strung together this year. I haven’t written this much since grad school.

As if they knew what a special day this is for me, Shutterfly and Clever Girls contacted me about their Spring Celebration series, with an offer of free photo books or announcements.

What does all that mean to you?

Since I don’t have a need for their gorgeous birth announcements (yet!), it means that I have a photo book to share with one of you lovely readers!

To enter to win, just leave me a comment telling me what photos you’d put in your book!  (You could also wish my mom a happy birthday while you’re at it!)

For additional entries:

Offer ends April 20, 2011, 11:59 p.m. PST.

I’ll choose the  winner using random.org and announce the winner on April 21.


Are you a blogger, too? Click here to register for a chance at 50 free announcements!

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.


  1. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    Lucky #1!

    I put pictures of YOU in there of course, silly! xo

    Happy birthday Nichole's mom! You must be incredibly proud to have raised so a beautiful, kind and brilliant daughter!

  2. tulpen tulpensbadwords.blogspot.com

    Happy Blogaversary!

  3. Marian runawaysentence.com

    congratulations, Nichole!

  4. Galit Breen theselittlewaves.com

    Happy blogoversary sweet friend! I, for one, am so very thrilled that you do what you do- you're inspiring and lovely in so many ways. Just at look at all of the amazing things you've accomplished and created in one short, teeny tiny year! Amazing really! XO

  5. Jessica fourplusanangel.com

    Wow, so much to have accomplished in just one year, amazing! Happy Birthday to your mom as well.

  6. Natasha

    Congratulations on your blog success! You write so beautifully I am glad you ahve this forum to share your talent with the world.

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! I hope you are having a fabulous day! Use this day as an excuse to pamper yourself!

  7. SquashedMom

    Happy Blogaversary! What a year!

    I would probably make a memorial book for my mother, full of photos of my late father. (Sorry to be a downer)

    and Happy Birthday Nichole's mom – you have a FABULOUS daughter!

    (and I already follow you on Twitter, but now I like you on Facebook, too!)

  8. Happy Birthday to your mom .
    Congratulations on a year to you.

    I'd put pictures of my kiddo and I. Because I have lots of albums for him, and my family. But we are seriously lacking on photos of us together. So I'll get to working on that so I'll be ready once I win my photo book. :)

  9. Peggy

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I have enjoyed your blogs and stories, and can honestly say that I've laughed, I've cried, I've loved it. Keep up the good work. I'm proud of you.

    And happy birthday Jean!

  10. Jessica mytimeasmom.com

    Happy birthday to both you and your mom.

  11. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    Happy Blogoversary! Wow, you've accomplished so much in one short year! You are amazing.

  12. mad woman adiaryofamadwoman.com

    So very grateful to your mom! She brought a beautiful woman and incredibly kind friend into this world. Cheers to you, Nichole's mom.
    And YOU! YOU! Your blog has touched my I'm-so-not-made-for-this-mom-thing-heart is so many ways. I am so grateful to have found you and cherish your friendship, your words more than you can know.

    Keep doing what you're doing, Hobbit.

    (And may your dreams come true!)

  13. Bod for tea bod-for-tea.blogspot.com

    Wow congratulations on your blogoversary Nichole! And a very happy birthday to your Mom :D

  14. Jessica

    Happy Anniversary, Nichole! I enjoy reading your blogs so much! I love how they give me insight on your life all the way around! You are an amazing writer and everythime I see that you have posted a new blog I can't wait to read it! Keep them coming!!!! Ohh and it doesn't hurt to say it again, Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

  15. Ok, silly blog wouldn't let me comment the other day.

    So…I would put pictures of the cats in there so I will remember what they looked like after I ship them to Siberia.

  16. Happy Blogoversary to you! I am so incredibly grateful you started ITSMoments, or I never would have encountered your gorgeous spirit!

    And on that note, happy birthday to your mom! You know, for making you :)

  17. I follow you on FB!

  18. I follow you on twitter :)

  19. And you come to my e-mail (yay!)

  20. C.Mom ciaomom.com

    Happy blogoversary!!! What a year it has been for you!!!

  21. Sherri

    Well you know I follow you on FB and Twitter….and if I lived closer, I'd follow you to the grocery store, too!

    I can't believe it's been only a year. Your words to me seem like they've been flowing from your fingers forever.

    Happy, happy day my friend. And Happy Birthday to your mom!

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