2 Year Blogiversary Celebration: What's New and a Giveaway!

2 Year Blogiversary Celebration: What’s New and a Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s been 2 years already?!

I can hardly believe that two years have gone by since I first started Keeper of the Home, but this week marks the second anniversary of my first post. To celebrate, my hubby and I have been working on a number of surprises, changes to the site, giveaways throughout the week, etc. as our way of saying a huge “THANK YOU!” to all of you!

Allow me a moment of sappiness… ­čÖé Running this blog has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. To have the opportunity to share the things that I am passionate about, to connect with incredible like-minded women, to continually be challenged and encouraged to keep learning and growing alongside of you, and to be able to share the glorious good news of what Jesus has done for us. These are the reasons I keep going, even on days or weeks that I feel weary. I am so blessed to be a part of this online community of women, sharing with one another, each of us desiring to be excellent in the roles that God has given us and to see Him glorified through our lives. So thank you, whether you’re a fellow blogger, a faithful reader or you just pop in every now and then. I’m both humbled and appreciative that you come and I look forward to (hopefully) many more years of blogging with and for you!

So what’s new around Keeper of the Home?

  • We’ve switched over to WordPress.org. The purpose of this change was more flexibility to add new options and features to the site. We wanted the site to have more potential to grow and develop, and wanted to add more ways to make this a great experience for you, the reader.
  • We’ve added CommentLuv, a fantastic feature that helps to bring more traffic to your site each time you comment on my posts. By leaving the url for your site and choosing to enable CommentLuv, your most recent blog post will automatically be found and linked to under your comment, allowing others to head on over and visit you!
  • Below each post, you’ll find links to related posts. I’m not yet convinced that I’ve found the plugin that I want to stick with using, but whether it’s this plugin or another one, you will find other posts on similar topics or with related keywords that might be of interest to you.
  • I’ve joined Twitter. ­čÖé My goal is to use it to share short but sweet bits of relevant and helpful info with you, as well as a way of getting to connect with many of you on a somewhat more personal level.
  • We’ve added a store page, powered by Amazon. The store is full of books that I personally own and/or love and think are excellent, as well as other products (kids stuff, kitchen appliances, supplements, etc.) that I recommend that may help you along in your own journey of natural living. When you buy through this store it helps to support Keeper of the Home and makes it possible for me to continue blogging (as well as helps our family as we start our own family business and also to save up for our dream of an international adoption).
  • One other BIG addition to the site that I am going to introduce in just a couple of days. It’s an investment into this site that I really hope will further the sense of community that already exists and will serve as a resource for us all. I can’t wait! Stay tuned…

And lastly, we have two new products!

Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time- The paperback edition!

The first is probably familiar to most of you but it’s coming to you in a slightly different way. My darling husband has spent much time this past month converting the files for my ebook, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time and turning it into a genuine, paperback book!!! Karla from Fruition Designs extended the cover that she so beautifully designed, and now it is an honest-to-goodness, hold-in-your-hands book. It’s hard to believe, but I’ve held the first copy and can I just tell you how exciting that was???

This edition of Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time is printed and shipped by Lulu.com, not by us personally, but we’ve tried it out and the finished product is definitely of high quality. I know that ebooks just aren’t for everyone and some people really prefer a tangible book they can hold in their hands, and now it’s available to you! The book will regularly sell for $19.95 but during this Blogiversary week it’s on sale for only $14.95 (plus shipping), a 25% discount.

Cream of the Crop: The Best of 2 Years of Blogging

The second product is another ebook, celebrating the best of the past 2 years of blogging! To compile this book, I dug down deep into my post archives and pulled out what my husband referred to as the “cream of the crop”, my favorite and/or most popular posts. There are 48 posts included, covering a very wide variety of subjects within 6 main categories: Natural and Sustainable Living, Nutrition and Health, Frugality and Money Management, Faith, Mothering and Homemaking, and In the Kitchen.

Cream of the Crop: The Best of 2 Years of Blogging will usually sell for $4.95 but this week it’s also on a 25% discount and will sell for just $3.75!

And now for the giveaways…

We can’t introduce new products to you without giving away a few!

Up for grabs:

5 copies of my new ebook Cream of the Crop: The Best of 2 Years of Blogging

1 paperback copy of Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time

How to get entered:

**Please note that in order for each entry to count, you must leave a separate comment telling me what you did**

1) Leave a comment

2) Tweet this giveaway

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Subscribe to my blog (for first-time subscribers or those who are re-subscribing after my feed was broken last week)

5) Post about this giveaway on your blog, and leave a url with the blog post

Giveaway ends in 2 days, on Wednesday morning at 8:00am!

Thanks for all your entries and sweet comments! This giveaway is now closed!

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212 Comments

  1. Congratulations on 2 years of writing a terrific blog! You share so much good information and experiences with us all and inspire every day. Your blog is one that inspired me to start my own blog and I have found a real sense of community within the “nourishing mommy” blogs.

    Thanks for all that you do!
    ~Shannon~

  2. Congratulations on your two year anniversary! I’m new here but look forward to browsing through the archives and staying up-to-date. By the way the linkwithin plug in is excellent for related posts. ­čÖé
    .-= Michael┬┤s last blog ..Playing God At The FDA =-.

  3. I like the book idea (nice and tangible)… thanks for all you’ve done (written), over the last two years. You’ve been inspiring and encouraging. Keep it up…

    I am excited about this giveaway, thank you so, so much.
    ~B
    .-= Bevy┬┤s last blog ..:: 36 :: =-.

  4. Congratulations, Stephanie! I have enjoyed your blog for the past year and look forward to enjoying for a long time to come!

  5. Hi! Just found your blog this morning! Love it. I guess it’s my lucky day to just in time for a giveaway. I followed you on twitter (momjuice); subscribed to your keeper of the home blog; linked to you from my blog (http://www.momjuice.wordpress.com) ; and tweeted directions to get to your blog.

    Phew! Thanks!
    Jen

  6. I started reading your blog about 2 weeks ago and LOVE it!! I am so excited about this give away and would love to get a hard copy of your book Healthy Homemaking. My husband and I have been going more and more all natural over the past couple of years and were blessed with our first child in February, so it is more important than ever for us to live cleanly and simply. Keep up the great blog!

  7. I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your blogs! Being new to pratically everything that you blog about, it has been difficult to weed through all of the information. I so enjoy reading your blog each day and feeling more centered about what I need to do for my family! Congratulations on your first 2 years!

  8. Congrats on 2 years! That is a big accomplishment. I recently found your blog and enjoy it very much. I hope you have another 2 great years and beyond!

  9. I have also been following you for awhile & am very interested in your healthy homemaking book! Would love to win!

  10. Congratulations on your anniversary! I read your blog on a regular basis. thanks for all you do! It’s been an encouragement to me.

  11. I love your blog – it is a huge help, blessing, and encouragement to me. Thank you for all the work you put into it. I’d love to win either of the resources you’re giving away to celebrate!

  12. Way to go on your 2 year anniversary ­čÖé
    I love your blog and i’m sure the books would be a great read!

  13. Congrats Stephanie! Your blog has helped me so much this year as I’ve intentional changed our diet and aspired to be more healthy and natural. I pray the Lord blesses you greatly today!

  14. Has it really been 2 whole years! Wow. I remember vividly stumbling on to your post looking on how to start using more nourishing foods into our diet. What an influence you have been to so many people!

  15. What a great giveaway~
    I hope to win the paperback book…..that way I can snuggle in my room and read it~

    Blessings,
    Georgiann

  16. Hi there,
    Congrats on the 2 yr blogaversary!
    I hope I win the paperback book Healthy Homemakng.. that wat I can read it in my room~

    Blessings,
    Georgiann

  17. Great blog, Stephanie! May you have many more successful years! CONGRATS!

    I’ve got your post tweeted at @Creativebusymom and there’s a link from my latest blog entry!

    Blessings!

  18. I’d love to win a copy of your book! Either one! Thanks for all you do, and I’m so glad that you’re feeling better!!!

  19. Congrats on 2 years! I’ve been following you since the beginning, and your blog has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to me. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it!

  20. Congrats on Two years! You are one of my top five favorite websites, and I’m so excited to read your books–the “cream of the crop” is SUCH a good idea for a site like yours that has so much good info I don’t know where to start looking in the archives!
    Sarah M

  21. Oh, your blog here is so cute! I can tell that I’m gonna love it and will definitely be back!

    So here’s my first entry – leaving a comment! =-)

  22. Congrats on two years of blogging goodness. I have just recently started reading your blog and I love love love it!

    carlamo (at) ymail (dot) com

  23. Thanks for sharing so much through your great blog. I hope you supply issues are getting better. I read that you are eating oatmeal – in my experience I had better results when I ate a second serving in the evening. I would usually stir in a little maple syrup or something else sweet to make it feel dessert-like.

  24. I’ve been reading your blog for a year now and I just started making Healthy Living transitions this week!! I only read four blogs, Girl Talk, Passionate Homemaking, Nourishing Gourmet and YOURS! All have been soo helpful in my fight to be a Godly, healthy homemaker. Thank You for your wisdom and encouragement! The paperback version of your book would be SOO helpful! Fingers crossed!
    Blessings,
    Drew

  25. I’ve been reading awhile but this is my first comment! Congrats on 2 wonderful years. I have honestly learned so much from you – from nutrition, to homemaking to raising up godly children. Thanks so much for all your tireless work!

  26. Congrats on two years! It must be super exciting to see the homemaking book as a paperback !!

  27. Congrats on the 2 years! I only stumbled across your blog a few months ago (I can’t remember what I was searching for), and I love it! Thanks for writing an amazing blog!

  28. Stephanie,
    Congratulations on the anniversary and on getting a book in print. That is very exciting! You do a great job on you blog and I enjoy following it via google connect.
    Thanks for the giveaway – I am hoping for your “hold in your hands” book!

    Abbi
    .-= Abbi┬┤s last blog ..Desperate times call for desperate measures =-.

  29. Congrats on two years – very exciting! Your blog is one of my regular stops, and always a source of encouragement. Keep it up!

  30. Congratulations on your second anniversary!! I hope you have many more. I have learned so much and appreciate your humble honesty. You don’t pretend to have it all together or know it all, just a daughter of the King who He is in the process of changing. Blessings.

  31. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging ­čÖé It is amazing how time goes fast when your having fun. I look forward to reading your blog for many more years to come ­čÖé

  32. Congrats on your two year anniversary! I am so glad I found your blog. Although I don’t comment very much, I have enjoyed reading all of your posts. I wish you success as you grow this blog in the future.

  33. Your e-book has been on my wishlist for some time. I’d love to have the paperback or the cream of the crop one!

  34. Thanks for the encouragement I’ve received from your blog. I actually found your blog months ago while looking for grain recipes for toddlers, and have visited many times a week since.

  35. Hi, I have really enjoyed your blog and would LOVE to get a copy of your book. It looks so interesting!

    Miracle
    .-= Miracle Quelle┬┤s last blog ..God is Love =-.

  36. Congratulations! I just found your blog a few months ago and I absolutely love it! I’ve learned so much! thank you for all your hard work! ­čśÇ

  37. Congrats! I’m excited to see all of the changes. I’ve subscribed for a short while but look forward to each email. You are a real inspiration for me as I try to get on the “healthy band wagon”. I’d love a copy of the healthy homemaking: one step at a time. I am one of those who love to hold the book I’m reading.

  38. Stephanie! I am so super excited for you. Congrats on two years AND the wonderful changes AND the paperback version of the first book AND the roll-out of the second e-book. This is AMAZING. I am so inspired and so happy for you. Yay yay yay!
    .-= Megan@SortaCrunchy┬┤s last blog ..fall break-ish =-.

  39. My first comment seems to have gotten eaten by the spam filter. ??? Hope this goes through – I follow you on Twitter.
    .-= Megan@SortaCrunchy┬┤s last blog ..fall break-ish =-.

  40. Though it’s great news that you are celebrating your second anniversary of blogging, I am MOST excited by the news that your e-book is now available in paperback!!!!

    As soon as I read the words, I clicked over to order myself a copy. Though I contemplated waiting to see if I could pull a win in this giveaway, I ultimately decided to buy it because:

    1) I never win these kinds of things.

    2) Even if I do win, IÔÇÖll be thrilled to pass the book along to someone else.

    3) I donÔÇÖt want to wait for the giveaway to finish. I want this book ASAP.

    4) Purchasing the book supports you and your family, a worthy cause in my estimation.

    Congratulations and THANK YOU for your example! I have been most encouraged and edified. You are a Titus 2 “older woman” to me. Though I doubt you’re much older, you are definitely wiser, which (I believe) is the biggest requirement of being an older woman. ­čśë
    .-= Erika┬┤s last blog ..Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time =-.

  41. Congrats on two years! Your blog is so well-run it seems as if it has been here for much longer than that! ­čÖé

  42. Happy Blogiversary to you, Happy Blogiversary to you. Happy Blogiversary dear Stephanie, Happy Blogiversary to you!

  43. aloha from Hawaii,
    So excited about your anniversary, I thought for sure you had been around much MUCH longer than that. I love following your blog, I discovered it this year.

    CELEBRATE!!

    rachel b

  44. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed your blog over the past two years. You have encouraged and inspired me in my roles as wife, mom and homemaker. Thanks for writing and sharing!

  45. ooh, I like a good paperback… I can only look at the screen so long before I get all googly-eyed! I would love to have these books!
    Thanks for the great work you are doing.

  46. I love it that you put your book into a “paper” form. I’m old-school and still prefer “regular books”. Thanks!

  47. I love your blog! I learn so much valuable information that I know your e-books would be just as great. Thanks for all the time and work you put into your research.

  48. Would love to have your e-books! I’ve been following via blogger on my dashboard since I’ve been blogging. I always visit your site because it has such practical content from a Christian perspective. Keep up the good work!
    .-= The Cottage Comtesse @ River Rock Cottage┬┤s last blog ..Charlotte Mason Organizer =-.

  49. congratulations on 2 years! I have been with you for about 3 months. Love reading about your research into living a healthier life from a Christian perspective.

  50. Congrats on 2 years of blogging. That’s spectacular! I am a fairly new reader and it inspires me to be more thoughtful about the food we make in our house and how we do things. I’d love to have the book! Count me in on the giveaway!

  51. You have inspired me in so many ways! I don’t comment that often, but I read a lot. Congratulations and keep up the good work. You are a blessing to many.

    I don’t do any of those things you suggested… tweet, subscribe, etc. I just read blogs, so I don’t know if I’ll qualify for the giveaway, but that’s okay.

  52. I am new to your blog and absolutely love it! I am thrilled to find someone so genuine and open who is willing to share insight into raising a family naturally and responsibly.
    .-= Katrina┬┤s last blog ..Heavy Heart =-.

  53. just subscribed to you on twitter (halifax_gurl)
    .-= Nicolle (FoundProdigalDaughter)┬┤s last blog ..AWOL =-.

  54. I have enjoyed reading all of your helpful tips. God is using you and this blog to bless many women. Thank you for all your hard work. Jacqualine
    .-= Jacqualine ┬┤s last blog ..This moment in time =-.

  55. how exciting! I have really enjoyed your blog! Thank you for the work you put into it! God Bless your sweet family!

  56. I’ve really enjoyed your blog, helps me to think outside so much of what I assume to be the standard. I appreciate your love for our Savior at the heart of it all!

  57. Wow! Congrats on the Anny! That’s quite the accomplishment while juggling a young family.

    I’m following you on twitter.
    .-= Karen┬┤s last blog ..Coming Home =-.

  58. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging. My sister recommended your blog to me about 6 months ago when I found out I have PCOS. So, initially I came in search of ideas for living with PCOS and have since become a regular reader. I love seeing what you have to say and learning about how to live more naturally.

    I have bought your e-book, but and have started on baby step number 1. That was over a month ago. I think making a tangible book is a great idea. It is a great way to keep it in the kitchen and be reminded of it.

    I would love to win your 1 copy available!!

  59. Congratulations! I have to say I am amazed at how much you do with young children at home – you are an inspiration to me and I am much older.

    I love your blog. Very practical and centered.

    Blessings

    p.s. I would love to win your healthy homemaking book ­čśÇ

  60. You have a new follower here! I have read so many great posts in my couple of hours being here. Very nicely put together site and posts!

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