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 fiancรฉ (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, fiancรฉ, 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 1994 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 Frankโ€™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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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