5 Years Later… {Bloggiversary Giveaway}

5 Year Bloggiversary

 

 Congrats to the winner, #74 Charlene! Thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate my 5 year bloggiversary!

Cupcake

Five years ago today I started my blogging adventure. My initial goal was to inspire other people to save money by sharing my tips and shopping trips. A lot of my original posts were exactly that, pictures from my shopping trips with specific prices and coupons used. In fact here is my first ever blog post.  I notice some bloggers make it hard to find their old posts and I know why. It’s like sharing awkward pictures from your childhood. ;-)

Desert Deals Diva

For some of my newest readers, you might not realize that my blog started out as Desert Deals Diva. It was a good name for a Tucson girl sharing money-saving tips. The problem was I  didn’t think “diva” described me. Plus my money-saving tips immediately evolved from just shopping trips to how we saved money for trips to Disneyland and tips to save money while on vacation. And that was ok but those topics were gateway topics for me.  :-) I started sharing other things I loved which didn’t necessarily fit a frugal blog. And yet I felt like my name Desert Deals Diva pigeon-holed me into frugal blogging.

Chica Ramblings

My solution? Start a 2nd blog. I purposely kept the title, Chica Ramblings vague so I could share anything I wanted.  Unfortunately having two blogs proved too time consuming for this mama. Plus some topics could fit on either blog and I found it frustrating to decide where to post it. I needed another solution.

Desert Chica Ramblings

Last year I decided to combine both blogs and rebrand it as Desert Chica Ramblings. It lets me blog about anything from saving money and projects around the house to organizations I want to support and our travel adventures.  I think it’s a good fit for me!

Giveaway Time!

Let’s celebrate my 5 year Bloggiversary! Personally I think celebrations should include cupcakes for everyone but since I can’t make that happen, let’s do a giveaway instead! To celebrate I am giving away a $50 gift card, winner’s choice as long as I can buy and send it online. :-)

Let’s keep the entries simple (2 total per person).

Mandatory 1st entry

You must be a verified subscriber of Desert Chica Ramblings. This giveaway is celebrating my 5 years blogging and without readers I might not still be doing this!! Not a subscriber yet? No problem, go subscribe here!

Then leave me a comment tell me how you found my blog, when you started following me or something you like about my blog. I know it’s all about me! ;-)

Optional 2nd entry (after completing the entry above)

Share this giveaway online then leave me a second comment and telling me how you shared!

That’s it! The giveaway ends on Feb 28th at midnight. I will select the winner using random.org.

 

 

Comments

  1. I just subscribed to your blog but I’ve been following for a while. I found you through the Centsable Shoppin site :)

  2. Hi. I am subscribed and connected with you through the “those attending Blissdom ’13” FB page. I’ve only been following you for a month or so now; however, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I also shared your post on FB, Twitter and Google+. Happy, Happy 5 Year Bloggiversary!

  3. Hmmm…I first found “you” at the library and Tohono Chul @ storytimes with Quinn (me with Leeah) …had I known then you had a blog I would have followed it, and I wish now I knew then you were also into saving money, couponing, etc,….and then later I found your blog online, I think through AZ Families! :) I haven’t run into you in awhile, but maybe over the summer when the kids aren’t so busy ! :) Congrats on 5 years

  4. Sorry, I don’t recall how I found your blog. I’ve been a subscriber for a while. I like how uncluttered your blog is. It is refreshing to read.

  5. I think I found you on Facebook. Love reading your blog! I used to live in Phoenix and I love to coupon even though I’m not very good at it. Appreciate all you do!

  6. I am subscribed already! I think I found out about your blog from centsableshoppin a couple years ago! I have been following you for awhile!

  7. I love all of your Disney posts! We got an awesome deal on AP because of you!!! and we are going to get another one this year! I can’t remember how I found your blog…it’s like 4 years ago. and I subscribed :) Congrats on 5 years!!

  8. I love your deals and our kids are the same age. Love the Weds. matchups too! If I’m just running into a store, this reminds me of what else I should get while I’m there!

  9. I found you via Becca and then you sent me nightmarish photos of bugs. And yet I still love hanging out with you! Five years – congratulations!!!! :)

    Subscribed today. Why hadn’t I before?

  10. I found your blog on Tight Wad in Utah sight. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!
    Subscribed to your blog under dj_onassis at yahoo dot com

  11. I found your blog from Tightwad in Utah and am a new subscriber. I can relate to having a blog name that can cover only one area of your life..mine started as an art blog (which is in the title) then was all about gardening, my daughters wedding, back to art and lately has been mostly recipes I like and becoming a new Grandma. I’ll have to come up with a new name too because it certainly does ramble. =]

  12. I subscribe & this is my first visit to ur blog. Thank you for the chance at this contest! codisweepstakes2 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I found your blog by a double hit of luck: Tight Wad In Utah, and also the fact that my hubby and I go to Tucson about once a year (usually Spring for the desert flowers), so your blog intrigues me!

  14. i just started following you not long ago, found you via tight wad in utah’s low entry blog!

    i am now a subscriber!

  15. OK WELL I FOUND YOU ON ACCIDENT ON ANOTHER BLOG (TIGHTWAD IN UTAH) AND I IMMEDIATELY SUBSCRIBED…YOUR BLOG IS COLORFUL AND CATCH AND AUTOMATICALLY MADE ME WANT TO READ MORE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT! WHAT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT…YOU ALSO BLOG ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE RELEVANT TO ME IN MY WORLD..SO IT IS A GREAT MATCH! LOVE YOUR FIRST BLOG POST…THAT IS WHAT GETS US INTO THIS! SAVING MONEY!

    I AM JESSICA BY THE WAY FROM JUST A DEAL JESS! HAVE A GREAT DAY AND GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR NEXT 5 YEARS.
    THANKS FOR THE CONTEST!

  16. I found your blog when I was looking at the low entry giveaways on Tight Wad in Utah’s blog. I just subscribed and am now following you!

  17. I subscribed. First found you via Airplanes and Dragonflies. I just found you and just subscribed, but your money saving tips look like something I’m going to want to check out. :)

    trulywaiting at gmail.com

  18. I am a new blogger and I found your site by accident. I read your first blog post and I thought it looked very good. Boy, do I have a lot to learn:)

  19. Happy Bloggiversary! I found your blog on Tightwad in Utah.I’m just starting to follow your blog today and I sure did pick a good day. I like to enter giveaways and I love how your blog is simple without a bunch of large ads covering up other things. Hopefully I’ll learn to save some money. Thank you :)

  20. I found this blog through Tight Wad in Utah. Congratulations on your five year anniversary of blogging.