Take Time Tuesday, Happy Blog-iversary to Me & Giveaway for You!

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It is a special “Take Time Tuesday” for me. What is Take Time Tuesday? It is a link up started by Katie @ Live Half Full. A link up is a set of connected posts to share thoughts, ideas and blogs we like. Take Time Tuesday is a a place to write about a few things you are grateful for… and to take time to reflect on them. Great idea, Katie!

1st bdayWhy is this Tuesday special for me? Because it is my blog-iversary! Erica Finds turns one today.

Today I am grateful for:

Time flies when you are having fun and working on this blog for the past year has certainly been fun for me. It was cool to look back and to see how far I have come in terms of look, feel, voice and content. Here is my first post from April 9, 2012:
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It had no pictures, no links, no nothing – just some thoughts and a question. Just a week later, I wrote (unsuspectingly) my most popular post ever on Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) discounts. Since then, I have developed more of a format, gotten re-branded with awesome work from Sarah Stec and Jamie Sanchez and have gotten lots of help from my friends.

In honor of my blog-iversary, I am going to giveaway some of my favorite things that I have found or written about over the last year. I am also planning to share the spoils of some of the deals that I have promoted and purchased!

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In the past year, I have sampled all kinds of great things from curated boxes from Klutch Club, Love with Food and Blissmo boxes (& many more). I have also purchased many deals and specials and received products to review from some great vendors, too. To celebrate my “blog-iversary”, I am hosting a giveaway. Well, a bunch of giveaways. I am going to do a week of daily product giveaways on my Facebook page from Swiftwick, Wild Friends Nut Butter, Peanut Butter & Co, Cocoavia, Kishr, YesTo and Baggu Bags.

And for the giveaway here, I have a bunch of prizes**!

1st Prize: A FitBit Ultra Tracker
2nd Prize: A pair of CEP Compression Socks and a pair of Swiftwick Compression Socks (low) – mens or women’s
3rd Prize: A $50 Artizone Chicago Gift Card (Note: This is a local delivery in the Greater Chicagoland area only, so if someone outside of Chicago wins, he/she can choose $50 of non-perishable products and I will send them out – I highly recommend Good Hope Rusks and Mama’s Nuts!)
4th Prize: A $40 Amazon gift card
5th Prize: A $20 Lululemon gift card
** Prize winners may choose any prize of the remaining prizes, if he or she prefers something that I have deemed a lower value/rank.
How to enter:
There are a few ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the better chance you have of winning. I am using Rafflecopter (see widget below) for this giveaway. Click on the entry method and follow the instructions. Please don’t forget to click the button on each line that you enter so that your entry will be counted. If you already like my FB page or follow on Twitter, click the button and get your entries! The give away will be open for one week (until 12:00 AM 4/16/2013). You can share the giveaway one time per day for additional chances to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note: that the CEP Compression socks and the Artizone Chicago gift card were provided to me by these vendors. All other items were purchased by me (usually at a big discount ;)).

Thank you for making this year a great one for me! Please keep your suggestions and ideas coming. I can’t wait to see what I find this year!

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  1. Marcia says:

    Happy Bloggiversary!! Hooray for one year and all the best for many more. I am eyeing the nut butter. I wish you could try this coffee I had in NC. So good. Need to bring some back next time!

  2. Happy blogiversary! I am trying to think of something fun to try but my brain is stumped. I will say that the Baggu bags intrigue me. I’d like to be more green but love convenience of plastic.

  3. Marsha says:

    Congrats on your blog! All you goodies look fabulous but if I had to choose the nut butter or the compression socks would be my choice!

  4. The amazon gift card would come in handy for more gels – my favorite running fuel. Happy blogiversary!

  5. I have been DYING to get a fitbit! They’re just so expensive I wasn’t sure if I should spend the money!

  6. Lauren Wong says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  7. Renata says:

    The Amazon gift card to buy some of my Mom’s favorite books for her upcoming birthday! :)

  8. Happy blogiversary! I would choose the compression socks!

  9. Jen says:

    Always looking for new socks, would love to try Swiftwick :)

  10. Kasey says:

    Happy blogiversary- what a good day to discovery another fun blog to read! As far as something to try- I see you have a link for ShoeBuy, but Running Warehouse often has better deals (and free 2 day shipping! and discount codes on their FB page. and wonderful customer service) I’m not affiliated in anyway, just a bargain-loving fan of theirs.

  11. Amy S says:

    Happy blogiversary! I would have a hard time choosing between the Lululemon giftcard and the Amazon giftcard!

  12. Lizzie says:

    Congrats! Nut butter looks excellent and I do tend to go through a lot of it!

  13. shelly c says:

    Congratulations on you anniversary!! Here’s to the next

  14. shelly c says:

    you’ve gathered some great prizes. I’ve been dying to try fitbit and with running everyday and getting ready for my 100 I live in cep compression.

  15. Lisa says:

    KlutchClub just started a Mom box so I signed up to try that — using your referral link! I hope you get credit!

  16. Happy Blogiversary! It is kind of funny how quickly a year goes by when you have documentation of everything that happened. :)

  17. Claire Darmanin says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

  18. Kelli P says:

    I’m addicted to Amazon and who can’t resist a bit of Lulu!

  19. Tina G says:

    I am curious about the FITBIT! One of my FAV thinkgs is Icebreaker gear…have you tried it? Great for cold and hot weather. It’s rather dear ($$$), but of all the stuff I have bought this year, it’s my FAV! Huge CEP fan too.Thier compression gear is all super!

  20. Casey says:

    Happy 1 Year! Great job staying dedicated

  21. Lauren says:

    I really want to try the FitBit!

  22. Barb says:

    Congrats on 1 year blogging! So fun to see your reflections on the year. Inspiring to a new blogger like me! Would never say no to Lululemon.

  23. I love compression socks! I favorite I pair with my lulu skirt :) I’d love to try that PB&Co products! I can’t get enough peanut butter, love it. Happy blogiverasry!

  24. kilax says:

    Happy blogiversary! What a nice giveaway!!!!

  25. Terri says:

    Congrats on your blog anniversary. Awesome giveaway!

  26. Dave Zaro says:

    The CEP Socks for sure…

  27. You should try the flip belt. Best invention ever!! I also like punkeelove headbands. :o)

  28. Deb says:

    What a great 1st year ~~ always a great way to start the day. I’m definitely interested in the nut butters — i almost exclusively eat Justin’s PB Packets, but maybe its time to branch out. Xx

  29. Happy blogoversary! Isn’t it amazing how far you can come in a year? Keep up the awesome blogging:)

    My vote is totally for the Artizone giftcard – I can get my gluten-free fill!

  30. Delane says:

    Happy Blogoversary.

    I want the fit bit :-)

  31. susannah says:

    Since I was lucky enough to win the jacket, I’m going to let some one else win one of your awesome prizes. :) Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!

  32. Shannon says:

    The Perfect Fuel Chocolate sounds really awesome

  33. Olivia says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Erica! Here’s to anoher year of great finds! xoxo

  34. Barbra Josephson says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I love following your blog, here’s to many more years!

  35. Stacey says:

    I have had that FitBit in my cart a few times, would love that!

  36. June Lisle says:

    Congrats on your blogaversary! I always love Amazon.com lol. One thing you should try (though expensive) Is Phix Energy Drinks. I won a sampler once and loved the products. Had a nice fresh taste and worked.

  37. Maggie says:

    I want to try the FitBit! It looks neat.

  38. Stacie M. says:

    Would love to try the FitBit. I’m always suspicious of the online calorie burn calculators.

  39. Jason says:

    Can’t believe that it’s been a year! I still remember you talking about the idea over sushi! Socks… always need more socks… :)

  40. Dawn Rushing says:

    I’d love to try the Swiftwick socks, I’ve heard great things!

  41. Wow, I’m so honored I got to share in your blogiversary! I hope it’s been a good one! :)

  42. Chris M says:

    Happy blogiversay!
    I like the look of the nut butters – a new love I have recently acquired.

  43. I mostly want the Amazon Gift card!

  44. rachel says:

    I want to try the compression socks. :)

  45. Molly says:

    Happy happy blogiversary! Looking forward to more years of finds 😉

  46. Linda says:

    Any of the prizes would be fabulous! Really, really like CEP!

  47. Cassie says:

    I would have to say the compression socks would be what I would like to try!

  48. Stephanie says:

    I’d go with the compression socks, since I already have (and love!) my fitbit!

  49. runinboise says:

    1st prize sounds nice but they all do. Happy blogiversary.

  50. Jackie says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! I am a new follower. :) All of the prizes sound awesome! The Fitbit Ultra Tracker. I heard great things about that device!!

  51. I want to try the A FitBit Ultra Tracker!! 😀

  52. Lisa says:

    Awesome giveaway, and happy anniversary with the blog!

  53. Georgiana says:

    Nut Butters look scrumptious and you could always use an Amazon gift card!
    Congratulations on your Blogiversary!

  54. annie says:

    amazon gift card please!

  55. Jennifer says:

    I would absolutely love to try the fitbit tracker!

  56. Rachel says:

    Congrats on 1 year!!!! The blog is awesome.

  57. Desiree says:

    Happy Bloggiversary!! I’d love some new compression socks! :)

  58. *throwing confetti* Happy Bloggiversary!! Just explored your blog and I see that you put alot of TLC into it. I appreciate the time and energy you have put into EricaFinds, it shows. As a newbie starting off it motivates me and pushes me on days I don’t feel like putting my thoughts on a screen.

    Thanks a million

  59. Sapna says:

    You know I love your blog, but more so, that you put yourself out there and went after your passion! Congrats:)

  60. Angela says:

    I’d like to try those socks!

  61. Mahala says:

    Congrats on 1 year! I love your blog!!! I have been wanting a Fitbit for a while now, but all of your prizes are great!

  62. I would love to try the Fitbit. I’ve been contemplating getting one.

    If you haven’t, I would try Injinji compression socks. I love mine.

    • Erica A says:

      are they compression toe socks? Thanks – will try them!! I love the Swiftwicks – 5 races in them – no blisters or issues!

      • They are compression toe socks. I have and use both some Swiftwicks and Injinji. I wear both of them actually. I can’t say I wear one in a situation more than the other except when I’m wearing my Bedrock Sandals. Those when I wear something with them (getting used to them so I need something to help avoid blistering) I use my Injinji. You obviously can’t wear non-toe socks with sandals so easily.

  63. Throuthehaze says:

    Congrats! I would most want the Amazon gc (I’m saving up for a Kindle)

  64. Dawn Rushing says:

    You rock for doing this, especially since you had to pay for so much of it!

  65. Laura says:

    I would love to try the tracker and socks!

  66. Johnna Skutt says:

    Omg a lululemon gift card! I just started a blog a few days ago and have no idea what I am doing :) happy bloggiversary!

  67. […] And check out the giveaway that Erica Finds is hosting!  Lots of great goodies to celebrate her blogiversary!  CEP, CocoaVia, FitBit, Amazon, Lululemon (I hope I win that!)  […]

  68. Lauren Wong says:

    Happy blogiversary +1 week! Check out my post including your blog giveaway link:

  69. Emily says:

    Happy blogiversary!!! Thanks so much for hosting yet another fantastic giveaway! I would love to win some of those compression socks – I can’t get enough of them. =)

  70. Ashley says:

    I would like to try the CEP compression socks and I think you should too!

  71. Megan S says:

    Congrats on your blogiverssary! I would like to try the fitbit or the compression socks!

  72. I would really like to try a fitbit so I can track more than just exercise.

  73. Jonathan says:

    Congratulations Erica!! Although I am not a runner, I am in love with one, so thanks for helping me keep up. Looking forward to see you soon.

  74. Happy blogiversary! Loving all the giveaways :)

  75. Lauren says:

    Congrats on one year!! Very excited you had the courage to try!! I’m really excited to see what you have to say about everything! I got the cep socks this year and want to try all your new things that you love :-) Have you rated Athletica clothing? I’m a little obsessed right now :-)

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