It’s Our 10 Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Giveaways
July 18, 2018

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I love my job! In fact, I’ve been doing it for 10 years (not always full-time, but currently full-time). I love taking pictures and writing and sharing about our experiences with different brands and products, as well as different places we visit and things we do as a blended family. Not to mention our farm animals now too!

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I started my blog in 2008. I was looking for a way to connect with my family and friends who lived far away, as well as find validation in my life. I was in a rough place and it helped me realize my potential as both a mom and a woman. I started writing about being a stay-at-home mom and this eventually grew into adding my thoughts about products and brands I loved and then into different partnerships and opportunities with brands I loved! Not to mention some of the awesome places I’ve traveled to and actors and actresses I’ve had the chance to meet! I still love writing on my blog and sharing on social media as much today as the day I started.

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While my blogs has given me lots of opportunities to connect with brands and share about the things I love (or don’t love), it has also given me a way to connect with other bloggers, moms and women out there (possibly even men too)! We matter and we all have a story to tell. We have all gone through experiences and challenges in life that have helped shaped us into the people we are today. We can help one another, inspire one another and uplift one another. Sometimes it’s through a personal blog post or social media share. Sometimes it’s through kind words. Other times, it may be as simple as a smile or a kind act, such as opening the door for someone.

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I want to say a huge thank you to those readers who have followed my story over the years and been there through the big changes in my life. I look forward to another 10 years (and more) with you all!

As a way to celebrate my 10 year blog anniversary and say thank you, I wanted to give back to you – my readers! Check it out!


1 lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!!!


About Has 2245 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.

146 Responses to “It’s Our 10 Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway”

  1. Happy Anniversary!! Keep the good stuff coming! Have enjoyed your blog for a little while as I am a newer follower… but am enjoying the times I can binge read and get caught up.

  2. Cindy Merrill says:

    I must say, your taste when it comes to food is truly refreshing- very honest about flavors. I’d like to see some Low carb/diabetic recipes ( my husband has been placed on a strict diet- from what I’ve seen on this blog, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering your standards.

  3. Kelly D says:

    I would like to see more of your travel posts. They are fun to read!

  4. Barbara Montag says:

    I enjoy your personal stories.
    Especially the one with your new ear piercing.
    thank you

  5. Linda Grieser says:

    I love your food section, I always love to try something new.

  6. Happy anniversary. Keep doing what you do!

  7. Kiara says:

    I like your beauty section.

  8. Alexandra Y says:

    I like the food posts on your blog and would love to see more.

  9. Cheryl says:

    I’d like to see more Do-It-Yourself.

  10. Lisa Brown says:

    I like the good variety of different kinds of posts

  11. Amber says:

    I really like the layout of your blog and the topics you cover. I’d love to see more travel and giveaway posts though!

  12. Cynthia C says:

    I like the variety of topics you cover in your blog and I enjoy entering the giveaways.

  13. kathy Persons says:

    Family oriented posts Congrats on Anniversary~

  14. Natalie says:

    I love your recipes and reviews of food products and I would love to see more!

  15. Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I like that this blog is informative and fun

  16. Ann Fantom says:

    I like your DIY posts

  17. April says:

    I want to see more cheap/quick meals!

  18. HS says:

    I would love to see more recipes and giveaways.

  19. mami2jcn says:

    I love the giveaways, of course, and the family posts.

  20. Lauren says:

    I like your travel posts and giveaways.

  21. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I visit everyday because I love the reviews. I am also always looking for new recipes and the giveaways are always great!

  22. Charlotte Winters says:

    I love your tips about travel. We don’t get to go much, but I do enjoy learning about all the fun things we can do on vacation.

  23. Derek Miller says:

    Happy Anniversary! 10 years is a big milestone. I like reading about food related things personally.

  24. sandra says:

    i most like the giveaways and reviews

  25. ellen beck says:

    Happy Blogversary! Ten years is a good long time so you are doing something right. Its hard to pinpoint, I like the variety of things you write about. I get your newsletter and always open them you have interesting posts, and your recipes and of course travel are fun.

  26. Kim Avery says:

    Happy Blogversary! I just recently started following and love everything about your blog! It’s hard to choose just one thing to like.

  27. Rust says:

    I never know what piece of info I will find here that will save me money or enrich my daily life.

  28. shelly peterson says:

    I like recipe and review posts.

  29. Stacie says:

    Happy blogiversary! 10 years is a long time. Here’s to 10 more and even more after that!

  30. Candice says:

    I would like to see more posts about weddings. I am currently planning one now, and love all the help/ideas I can get.

  31. David Hollingsworth says:

    I like the savings and deals.

  32. Jeanna says:

    I enjoy your DIY posts!

  33. bill norris says:

    I like the writing and your opinions. And the contests are cool too.

  34. paige chandler says:

    I love the wedding section on your blog most!

  35. Ann Snook says:

    Wow, congratulations on 10 years of blogging! It’s awesome to see someone have such success in this field. Also I still can’t believe that 2008 was a decade ago LOL!

  36. Jen R says:

    I love seeing all your family pictures. Your recent postings on your trip to Hurricane Harbor and your daughter’s artistic prom dress were great to read. Thanks for sharing your journey. I always enjoy giveaways as well.

  37. Jackie says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been a follower for several years and have enjoyed reading about your family (loved seeing the wedding photos).

  38. Lissa Crane says:

    I love your food posts! They are not about food, but reviews of new items out that make life easier!

  39. Susan Smith says:

    I like your giveaways, travel posts, reviews of products and recipes.

  40. Rachel says:

    Congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years, although I should believe it because when I first started following I only had one kid and he was just a baby and now he’s 10! Wow! I love your giveaways and I love reading personal posts!

  41. Ann Snook says:

    I love your motto of helping other bloggers. We should focus less on being competitive and more on how we can help each other achieve great things! Happy blog-iversary!

  42. Becky Willis says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! It is such a great thing to be able to accomplish. Many think this is “easy” to do and what they don’t realize is all the behind the scenes work that goes into it. I would never tell you that you are ‘lucky’ but what I would tell you is congratulations on all of your hard work and time you have put into this site! I hope we someday meet.

  43. Ally says:

    Congratulations, 10 years running your blog is quite an accomplishment. I hope that with some hard work, patience, and consistency I will be able to take our blog to the level yours is currently on.

  44. Brittany says:

    Awesome! Happy 10 year! Blogging is os much fun and I agree that it’s amazing to connect with other bloggers and moms. So rad!!!

  45. vickie couturier says:

    i like that you always have something for everyone congrats

  46. Amber Myers says:

    Happy 10 years to you! Here’s to many more. I’ll be entering the giveaway!

  47. Anne Higgins says:

    I enjoy your DIY posts/blogs – they are inspiring (my results don’t always work out….so I have to try again – lol).

  48. Marysa says:

    Congrats! I love your blog and that you share all your adventures. You have an interesting life and family, and it’s fun to read about whatever you are up to lately.

  49. Lynne says:

    I like the helpful hints. I would like to see more of these (i.e., mosquito bites, teen safety at workplaces)

  50. Stephanie Liske says:

    My daughter loves to see makeovers.

  51. 10 years is huge. Congrats, Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Emma Riley says:

    Wow! You’ve given us a good example and inspiration that anything is possible. We must work hard and persevere of whatever we’re doing in this life.

  53. Ada says:

    Congrats on 10 years! That’s beyond amazing and I can only imagine the experience and things you’ve seen blogging.

  54. Awesome! Congrats and Happy Blog Anniversary!! Lots of amazing experiences!

  55. Karen DeVaney says:

    Happy blogiversary! I love all your giveaways.

  56. Pujarini says:

    Congratulations! I love the travel section on your blog the best.

  57. susan smoaks says:

    i love your giveaways and product reviews. i have been reading your blog for years.

  58. Laura Dove says:

    Wow 10 years! go you! I’ve done 3 years now and it feels like forever, it’s great to know there is longevity in this career path!

  59. andrea says:

    what an amazing milestone babe! how exciting, and all the wonderful experiences after all the years. I’ve been blogging for almost three years and I honestly feel like it was the best decision ever.

  60. sammi says:

    Congratulations! It is inspiring to read your story. Like your beautiful and big family, your blog is ever growing. As a new blogger, I have a lot to learn from you. Keep inspiring!

  61. I can’t believe it’s been ten years, congratulations. I started following your blog early on, as I was in a Voiceboks group and looking for other bloggers to connect with. I’m not sure if you were in there or not, but I had all my favorite bloggers feeds go to one email account and yours is one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Ruth I. says:

    Wow. That is a great achievement! Congrats on your tenth year and many more!

  63. Tonya Tardiff says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Wow, that is simply incredible! I just became full time one year ago and have loved every second of it!

  64. Nicole says:

    Congratulations on your blog annversary,that is such a wonderful achievement. I look forward to seeing the more great things that you will be discussing!

  65. Leela says:

    I love recipes and giveaways. Congrats on 10 years ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Happy anniversary! 10 years is such a long time and a big milestone! well done and congrats!

  67. Sarah says:

    Congratulations! beyond sharing stories it’s important to share why the sharing is important! haha, cheers!

  68. WOW! Congrats on that milestone! It is insane how the blog world is constantly changing. It’s not just about writing but about photography, social media, interaction, etc It really can be a full time job and you obviously are kicking butt and taking names!

  69. Michelle C says:

    Congratulations! That’s a wonderful milestone. I love reading about technology and DIY projects.

  70. Heather says:

    Wow! That is so impressive. I’ve only been blogging for about a year, but I can definitely see myself doing it for years to come!

  71. What a cool post! Congrats on making it this far. Thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Sammi says:

    As someone that just started, its so nice to see that someone has been doing this and loving it for so long!

  73. Heather says:

    Congratulations, what an awesome milestone!

  74. Princess Quinn says:

    Congratulations on your 1oth year. It really is a huge success to reach such milestones in your career.

  75. That is quite an eventful and inspiring journey Shannon.Wish you lots of love and growth in the future too !

  76. That is quite an inspiring and eventful journey Shannon !
    I wish you lots of Love and success for the future too!

  77. Ashley C says:

    Congrats!! I sometimes think I want to blog, but then I know that I could never do what people such as yourself do! It’s a lot of work and you do a great job at it!

  78. Melani says:

    Congrats on 10 years anniversary! I just started my blog a year ago and I really enjoy all activities related with it. Happy for you and wish the best for your blog.

  79. JASON JENNINGS, Sr. says:

    i like the whole page

  80. Susan Christy says:

    I like posts about food and travel.

  81. Jeffrey says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and after checking it out I find it well organized. Its nice that you tackle a variety of different topics and have some great reviews.

  82. Jessy Yarrell says:

    I love your food section.

  83. Stephanie Larison says:

    I like the wide range of topics, not just one thing.

  84. Sheila Foley says:

    I appreciate that you see your job as an adventure. Keep up the travel posts and family pictures.

  85. Flyingkids says:

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! You have a good variety of topics, it’s very interesting.

  86. I like the mix of posts you currently have.

  87. Peggy Damon says:

    I love posts about food/recipes….how to blend in easy healthy meals with a busy family. Congrats on your blog!

  88. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’d like to see some high fiber and/or high protein recipes. Thanks for the great blog

  89. Gail Fernandez says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! I would love to see more giveaways!

  90. My daughter and I have both started a low carb way of eating so I’d love to see more low carb recipe/menu choices.

  91. Daniel M says:

    always like the giveaways

  92. Austin Baroudi says:

    Love the post and giveaways! Would love to see more gaming and film posts! Thanks so much for the chance!

  93. Cheryl B says:

    I really enjoy reading your entertainment posts. Congrats on your ten years of blogging.

  94. Heather B. says:

    Food recipes/Ideas…Meals on a budget

  95. […] Landmark Theaters, $500 g.c., USย  ||ย  Paulette’s Papers, $25 Amazon or paypal, WWย  ||ย  Redhead Mom, $25 Amazon, USย  ||ย  Shop With Kendallyn, $100 Macy’s g.c., USย  […]

  96. Anne C says:

    Happy 10 Year Blog Anniversary! Thank you for your tips and tricks posts and to your giveaways!

  97. Zoey says:

    My favorite section of your blog is the Health and Beauty section.

  98. Kim Miller says:

    I like to see recipes, more holidays recipes.

  99. Angelica Dimeo says:

    I love reading unique recipes

  100. swathi says:

    Happy blog anniversary, I too going to celebrate 10 year blog anniversary next year. Yes it is amazing experience . Wishing many more happy blogging years to you.

  101. Sarah L says:

    I’m a giveaway junkie so I always want more giveaways.
    Thanks for the contest.

  102. Sarah L says:

    subscribe emails: slehan at yahoo dot com

  103. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I love the giveaways and your personal posts.

  104. I love the food section the best. So many times I just think yum! LOL

  105. melissa Resnick says:

    i love the travel and food

  106. Larry says:

    I like your reviews.

  107. elizabeth miller says:

    I would love to see more things geared towards preteen and early teens things.

  108. kathy pease says:

    I love the recipes, beauty posts and of course the great giveaways..

  109. Jessica To says:

    I like the product reviews and I’d like to see more easy recipes!

  110. Rachel says:

    I like all the great reviews that you do

  111. Edye says:

    I love the giveaways!

  112. Racheal says:

    I like the food section and of course who doesn’t love a giveaway?!

  113. Julieh says:

    I would like to see more giveaways.

  114. Lucy says:

    Great blog! Keep doing your thing

  115. Michelle H. says:

    I like the giveaways. I would love to see more recipes.

  116. Danalee Davis says:

    I enjoy your giveaways. Thank you.

  117. Kerry P says:

    I like the health section… and the travel section. I would like more money saving tips and giveaways!

  118. SHAYNA says:


  119. clynsg says:

    I enjoy the photography.

  120. Emily B. says:

    I like seeing personal stories and pictures.

  121. Tracy Shafer says:

    I love reading about food and travel.

  122. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like the food section and the giveaways.

  123. stella methvin says:

    I love that you touch bases on many subjects and things to do or use and you can tell from your pictures that you love doing it.

  124. Leah Shumack says:

    I love your food & recipe posts!!

  125. Jennifer H. says:

    I like the giveaways!

  126. Kimberly A Ripley says:

    Love your recipes!

  127. Roxann says:

    Congratulations. I love the giveaways and recipes.

  128. DanV says:

    I’d like to see more great giveaways like this one

  129. Jan Lee says:

    I was just introduced to this blog today. I don’t think I’ve been here before however, I’m always looking at different blogs so I might have been here and not remember it, lol I usually like to look at recipes and giveaways and toys for young kids reviews ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Hesper Fry says:

    I really like the food posts and giveaways!

  131. Sarah Griffith says:

    This was my first time visiting this blog but I am very happy I stumbled upon it not only for the giveaway but it’s just overall an amazing blog!

  132. Michelle J. says:

    I’d love to see more party ideas!

  133. Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    I enjoy the giveaways and the recipe posts.

  134. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I love the photos and the giveaways. I would like to see more of both.

  135. Tandi Cortez says:

    CONGRATS!! 10 years… thats awesome! I really LOVE your travel section! ๐Ÿ™‚

  136. Philip Lawrence says:

    I would like to see a few more prizes directed towards men.

  137. Celeste Herrin says:

    Wow! Congratulations on 10 years! I just found your blog and I love the variety of information! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜‰

  138. Lisa Romine says:

    What I like best about this blog is the diverse topics that you post.

  139. Trisha McKee says:

    I definitely love the recipes/food section. I love trying new things. Everything here is informative and entertaining. Thank you for all you do. It is appreciated.

  140. Tierney McClary says:

    I love the information on many topics from children to adult.

  141. Lily Kwan says:

    I love your recipes and giveaways!

  142. Amy Greenwood says:

    I like all the different types of content your blog has; from fashion to recipes. Interesting reviews as well. Thank you for the chance to win!

  143. Fiona N says:

    I love everything in your blog, especially the Healthy/ Beauty and Giveaways ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank You for the chance!

  144. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I like your personal stories and I enjoy DIY posts as well.

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