Happy 6th Birthday to The Mommy-Files + Giveaway!!!

By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Randomness
July 30, 2014

The Mommy-Files

It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago, I started The Mommy-Files.  I was married at the time and had a family blog, but wanted a blog that was all my own.  A blog where I could talk about motherhood (both the struggles and joys), connect with friends and family, and share my experiences through both pictures and words.  Who knew that what started out as a hobby would someday turn into a career.  


The Mommy-Files has grown a LOT over the past 6 years.  Moving from blogger.com to a self-hosted website with WordPress was the first big thing.  Then it was the 3 major facelifts I had to the site.  I couldn’t find the first, but the second one is the first picture in this post.  The next big thing was the site redesign I have now (and love)!  The next big thing was taking on the opportunity to travel and participating in more sponsored posts – which enabled me to stay home with my kids and pay the bills at the same time after I went through my divorce.  I have been listed as 1 of the Top 10 Bloggers on Twitter, as well as 1 of the Top 50 US Mom Bloggers by Cision.  Heck, I was even quoted in “Parents” magazine recently!  Pretty dang awesome, right?  Even though I went to school to become a Paralegal, my blog career blossomed and I chose the path of social media.  I love the decision I made and am continually happy with the opportunities I’ve had come along the way.

#VacayGoneCrayCray #travel #ad

People often ask what I blog about.  I loved the answer one girl gave at BlogHer ’14 and have adopted it as my own.  I blog about the things I love.  I blog about being a mother and stepmother, a fiancΓ© (and soon a wife), a daughter, a sister, an auntie and a friend.  I blog about the products and companies I love and places I visit.  What once was the blog of a stay-at-home with 3 young boys is now a blog about a woman who has discovered her worth and importance in the roles she has (mother, stepmother, fiancΓ©, auntie, sister, daughter) and whose family has doubled from 3 to 6 amazing children.  I love how it has grown into what it is today!

The Mommy-Files Cake

In celebration of The Mommy-Files’ 6th birthday, I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway for (2) $10 Starbucks Gift Cards!  My way of saying thank you for the love and support you’ve given over the years to make The Mommy-Files what it is today!  Thank you everyone!


2 lucky winners will receive a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!!!

About Has 2130 Posts

Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

61 Responses to “Happy 6th Birthday to The Mommy-Files + Giveaway!!!”

  1. Jaime says:

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve been blogging a while – and I can’t even tell you how many looks my blog has gone through. It’s a wild ride. Exciting that you’ve been able to figure out how to make this your full-time job!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Happy blogiversary! My 5 year mark is coming up in October and I can hardly believe it.

  3. I’m a relatively new follower since I joined GSMM in the fall and came across you with Liz!

  4. Julie Wood says:

    I have been following you for two years! My favorite blog post is-I like so many that you share about your wedding and life with Frank. But the most recent one that is my favorite is Cruising the Carnival Inspiration for Frank’s 40th Birthday!! I love your blog!!

  5. Pam says:

    Your blog has grown so much! I love your answer about what you blog about. Blogging about things you love is the only way to make it rewarding, in my opinion!

  6. Dawn says:

    Happy birthday to you,
    Your life is a zoo
    I can tell you love bloggiiiinnnnnngggggg
    Aaaaannnnddddd you like your kids too! =D

    Seriously, happy sixth birthday. Here’s to well over six more.

  7. Kay Adeola says:

    Happy Blog Birthday and many more to come.I have not been blogging as long just 2 years,6 years ago I knew nothing of blogs lol.

  8. Debbie Denny says:

    Congrats and happy anniversary, Hope for many many more.

  9. YAY! Happy Anniversary! You’re doing a great job.

  10. shelly peterson says:

    Happy Birthday Mommy Files!! I love the family content. I have been around for a little while now.

  11. Mitch says:

    Congrats on the accolades. I love blogging as well, I am thrilled that I can help my family, give them adventures, and still take care of the kid.
    Best of all worlds!
    Happy Anniversary!

  12. Debbie L. says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary! Amazing how fast the years go when you are having fun blogging!

  13. Chrysa says:

    Happy happy blogiversary!!!! So excited for you! Thanks for the fun giveaway, too!!

  14. Jennifer DaMomme says:

    Happy Birthday Mommy Files!!
    Looking forward to many more with you and your adventures!

  15. Dee says:

    Happy 6 years! I’ve been reading for 2 of these and I don’t have a favorite blog post — just a favorite series: the hiking challenge! Loved your experiences and seeing your pictures of natural environments! πŸ™‚

  16. Maria Oller says:

    Congratulations and happy 6 years hopefully there will be many 6 more to come!

  17. mrsshukra says:

    Congrats!!! I’ve been reading your blog for 5 years! I liked your post on allergy face and zyrtec! That is my problem now and I have not tried zyrtec so thank you, very helpful post!

  18. Very cool giveaway! I love that you are giving back to the readers! Everyone loves a little coffee:)

  19. Donna W. says:

    I’ve been following your blog for about 2 years. You giveaway great stuff. I’ve had the luck to win 2 of your giveaways but unfortunately the first one took months to receive the prize and the second one I am still waiting on since March 2014. I won’t give up! Hopefully I will win some more great prizes. Happy 6th Birthday.

  20. Tracey says:

    Happy anniversary! Your blog is great and six years is a huge milestone. Love the cake!

  21. Jennifer Tilson says:

    My recent favorite post was the Peter Som designs at Kohl’s review. I like fashion posts a lot. I like content about what’s important to you, in your life, and love reading about what connects us all. I’ve been a follower for at least three years; possibly longer.

  22. Trisha Burgess says:

    My favorite was when you first met Frank and all the happiness that you had!! And I remember celebrating your 1 year blogaversiary so I have been a follower for a while!!

  23. Jennifer says:

    oh my gosh that cake!!! How super adorable to actually celebrate your blog’s birthday. I’m sorry we missed each other at BlogHer πŸ™ But I do love that answer. So many people asked me “whats your blog about” and it’s so hard to explain because I too blog about sooo many things.

  24. Happy blogiversary to you! You sure have accomplished a lot in your 6 years as a blogger!

  25. vickie couturier says:

    ive been with you for several years,,and love all the giveaways you have and the way you run them is awesome,congrats and many more to come I hope!

  26. Happy blogirthday! Wow 6 years! Thats amazing. Sometimes I wish I would have kept the websites I have started all those years ago. Cheers to 6 more! I’m a new follower, about the last month or so.

  27. Shell says:

    Congrats on 6 years! I love the cake!

  28. Dina says:

    I’m a new follower but being in the top 10 best blogs on twitter must have been amazing. Happy blogiversary.

  29. sandra says:

    i don’t have a favorite post that i can think of off hand. i think i’ve been following you for about 3 years

  30. Happy anniversary! Congrats on 6 years. That cake looks amazing and delicious!

  31. Cynthia R says:

    Congrats, I can’t believe it’s been 6 years, taking care of a blog is hard work and we appreciate it, I’ve been following you since I first started entering blog giveaways and I have won a few times from you. I think it has been nearly 6 years in fact.

  32. Rosey says:

    Happy 6 years to you (love that cake!!). You’ve had a lot of favorites, and I’ve been subscribing for years (way before I began blogging myself). One of my faves was the guitar tutorials. You started learning at the same time one of my older kids was learning and I thought it was cool you were putting your progress on video!

  33. Christie says:

    Wow, 6 years?!!! Congrats on so many achievements!

  34. Melinda says:

    that is a great answer. loving that cake!

  35. Stephanie Grant says:

    It seems so strange that your blog is already 6! I have been a reader and follower of your blog for at least 4 years and I’m wanting to say that I was reading and entering giveaways on your blog when my son was born 6 years ago lol.

  36. I can’t believe it has been six years! What an accomplishment.

  37. Lesley M says:

    I just started following you within the last couple of months! Happy birthday! Thanks for all you do!

  38. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Happy Anniversary! The cake is amazing. I would love a cake like that. It looks so good.

  39. Awesome way to celebrate! Happy blogivversary! What an awesome way to celebrate!

  40. Happy Blog Birthday! I love that you have a cake!!!!

  41. Nancy says:

    I’ve been following for a couple of years, I think. My favorite posts are the giveaway posts.

  42. Happy 6th Blog Birthday!!!!! Love that cake!!!

  43. Karen R says:

    Happy 6th birthday Mommy Files. I have been following your blog since Sammy was 2. My favorite post was about picking out your wedding dress.

  44. Happy 6 years to The Mommy-Files! I’ve actually been following since probably about the 1 year mark since I started blogging 5 years ago πŸ™‚ You were one of the first blogs I followed and one of my first bloggy friends! I don’t have a favorite post but I do love all your personal posts throughout the years.

  45. Brett says:

    Happy anniversary! The cake is really cute.

  46. Lori says:

    That cake is so awesome! Happy blogoversary to you πŸ™‚ What a great accomplishment and milestone.

  47. Veronica says:

    happy anniversary to you and your great blog! I love that cake

  48. Jackie says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been following for a couple of years and enjoying reading. Looking forward to many more!

  49. Congrats! Six years is a long time. I LOVE the cake!!!

  50. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I liked you Benihana post. I have been following for about 3 years. Congrats!

  51. Rust says:

    I like your recipe posts and I found you over a year ago.

  52. Jessie C. says:

    I like your recipe posts, can’t remember exactly how long I’ve been following you, at least three years I guess.

  53. This is the first post I have read. I enjoyed learning about your journey in blogging and personal transitions. I look forward to reading more.

  54. Kenda says:

    A blog birthday cake. I am so in love with this idea! Happy birthday!

  55. Marci says:

    Happy 5 years! I think my favorite was when you told us about you getting married! I was so excited for you! I think I have been with you from pretty close to the beginning?

  56. liz says:

    congrats on your 6th year anniversary! awesome job! keep it up!

  57. Angela says:

    I have been folloiwng for maybe a year. I can’t pick a fave!

  58. Nannypanpan says:

    I can’t pick a favorite post and I think 4 yrs

  59. Lily Kwan says:

    I don’t have a favorite post but I think they’re all great! I’ve been following your blog for several years.

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