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Thursday, September 1, 2011

I made it a year and lived to tell about it, so here's a giveaway!

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Let's get mushy first, and then we'll get to the fun stuff.

Today marks 365 days since I opened my first blogger post and hit publish.  That is insane to me.  INSANE.

I had zero clue what I was doing when I started this blog a year ago.  OK, that's not entirely true. I did have a name picked out for my blog.  However, I barely knew how Blogger worked and I definitely didn't know what it meant to have bloggy friends turned real life friends. 

Beth, I'm looking at you and your gorgeous ginge hair.   You're the only girl I know with the same inaprope humor as me (two words: bugle and boy) and the only person I know who hates to be touched by people as much as I do.  I'll see you in less than 35 days when we discover "our true selves" in NOLA.   Bring the chocolate whipped cream vodka.

Raven, I'm looking at you, my 50th follower, the girl who loves wine almost as much as I do and one of the few people who watches as much trash TV as I do.  You are the hottest momma I know and you are one of my biggest supporters, which I def don't take for granted.  If Rob wants to crawl into your guest bed when I visit, I'm not going to kick him out. Don't get mad.

And last but not least, Carrie Underwood's twin, PinkLouLou, I'm looking at you, the Kentucky quintessential Southern belle with magical poof skills and a huge heart who introduced me to my fellow crazy cat lady, Caroline. What would I do without all of our boy crazy Cowboy Casanova-esque conversations?  I can't wait until we take over the world!  2 blondes do make a right. Copyright that.

Sorry for the "inside jokes" above (I know that's annoying), but I talk to these 3 girls every. single. day.   My IRL friends know exactly who they are and more about them than they probably care to know.  I'm pretty certain they think I'm insane because they don't get the "blog world", and I don't expect them to. 

You can't understand this community until you are a part of it.  It's a one of kind place you can be true to yourself and develop amazing connections that will change your life.  I am just pissed it took me 26 years to discover it.  It's like a secret society no one but we know about.

I mention Beth, Raven and PLL because we talk every day, but  make no mistake ... ALL of you that read this little blog of mine are important to me.  The fact that ANY of you care anything about what I have to say still humbles me immensly and blows my mind. I definitely don't say it enough, but thank you  for all of your funny, sweet and thoughtful comments and e-mails.  Without my readers, this blog is nothing.   And even if you never comment, I thank you for secretly creeping. 

OK, so enough mush.  Here is the moment you've all been waiting for ... a giveaway made possible thanks to my talented friend Erin.  Erin and I worked together for 3 years until she decided to get hitched, pop out a gorgeous little baby girl named Eva and start an empire called Gussied

I personally am the the proud owner of 2 Gussied cuffs that score me tons of compliments.  This little lady named Mia:

and most recently, this gorgy Texas Tech team cuff that I can't wait to wear on Saturday for our first football game of the season!
Mine is blinged out and she can bling any cuff out for you!
When she started making collegiate and professional team cuffs, I didn't want to tell anyone because I wanted to keep them all to myself.  Then I realized that's just rude, so now is your chance to win ANY Gussied cuff you want to thank you for sticking with me through my first year of blogging.

PLUS, she's giving all of you Bargainistas 30 percent off a single item throughout the entire month of September.  Just use code BB30 at check-out. If you don't see your favorite team on her site, do NOT fret.   Erin can literally make *almost* anything you want, you just have to message her and tell her you saw her on the Bargain Blonde.

This open to U.S., Canadian and International readers! To enter to win a free GUSSIED cuff of your choice, here's all you have to do:
Follow "The Bargain Blonde" via Google Friend Connect and comment telling me you would like to be entered. [one entry]

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
Like The Bargain Blonde on Facebook HERE
[one entry]

Like Gussied on Facebook HERE
[one entry]

Tweet/blog/facebook the giveaway with a link to this post
[one entry]

4 possible entries! You must leave a separate comment telling me about each one you do! Giveaway ends Next Tuesday, September 6 at midnight CST. Good luck Bs and thank you so much for following! XOXO

Happy 1st Birthday Blog!
I can't wait to see what the next year brings.
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95 comments:

  1. Number ONE: you ARE a big deal. HUGE.

    SO wish I was going to NOLA with you two. Why can't I be single and child-less? No. fair.

    oh oh oh OH!!!!!!!!!!! I like wine ALMOST as much as you? I think you do NOT drink more than 2 bottles a night, which I have been known to do. wait, does that make me look bad? But I do watch as much trash tv, FOR SURE.

    awww! you said I was the hottest momma! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG the comment about Rob. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! seriously he will think he died and went to Heaven when I tell him that. He def thinks you are SUPA HOT.

    awww PLL. Me loves too. LOVES. Still have NO idea how to poof, but still.

    I LOVE that your IRL friends know about us three! That is SO awesome. My sisters know EXACTLY who you are and they honestly ask me, like when I am texting, they go, "are you texting Lindsey?" As in you are just a household name around here and my sisters just assume I am talking to you because we are so close. I LOOOOOOOOVE MY BESTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I WANT that cuff also!!!! I follow you OBVIOUSLY.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!!!

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  3. Hello LINDSEY!! <3

    You're just the more adorable thing ever and I tell you that probably every time I comment! lol

    This was a unrealistically sweet post about your Blog World Friends! I love that you've made such friends, it truly shows how sweet and loving and dedicated you are! AND everyone sees it and feels it! <3

    So get me on this bandwagon to win that cuff! It's ADORABLE!

    <3

    XO!
    LC

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  4. I think you know this already, but I follow you because I feel inlove with your humor and your personality! You bring to Blog World a whole different side then just MAKEUP, BEAUTY, or "A PERSONAL LIFE" -- you bring REAL LIFE! In the REAL WORLD people want joy, and happiness, they want BARGAINS ANDD people with beauty inside and out.. and THATS what you bring to me!! If you lived closer, we'd be best friends, I know it! I left Blog World for a few months due to my hectic move, career, and family - but as soon as I got back on, who's the first person I messaged - YOU! I missed reading your jokes and bargains.. <3

    All mushy gushy wushy, but true!

    XO!
    LC

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  5. BLONDIE!
    HAPPY 1 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!
    (Yes, that had to be in all caps!)
    Your the cutest thing ever, & the funniest. Wish I knew you in "real" life. Your the only blonde I "talk" to, which is funny. I so wish I was going to Nola with you & Beth. It could have Blondie, Ginge (wait, I don't know if I can call her that...) & the Brunette, well black hair. Yeah...

    xo SARMIN

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  6. First of all ... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    I follow you because you're a woman after my own heart - looking hot and stylish on a budget. I think you're my hubby's favorite blogger too because he is the best bargain hunter I know (32GB iPad for $300 BRAND NEW ... yeah, he's that good)

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  7. And now I like Gussied also (that stuff is sweet! ... I think I'm in love)

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  8. I LOVE your blog and your the reason why I went out and bought E.L.F products....:)

    I follow your blog.

    I Love Gussied. So cute.
    Erin
    (from VA)

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  9. Happy blog birthday!! Loved this post Lindsey Lou! Of course I want a cuff, so consider this entry #1!

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  10. I "like" Gussied on FB. She has some awesome stuff!

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  11. Aaaand I tweeted about your giveaway/birthday!

    @TheBargainBlond is having a fabulous giveaway for her first blog birthday! Check it out :)

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  12. i love that you have gained such good friendships through the blog world! i, myself, have met people via blogger that i would consider "real" friends.. because they most certainly ARE real and they ARE friends.

    you're exactly right about not understanding the community until you are a part of it.

    ps, i follow you and would LOVEEE a cuff!

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  13. LOVE your blog and the giveaway (TOO CUTE!!) I am a follower and would like to be entered please :)

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  14. Happy Blogaversary! I follow your blog via gfc. Sign me up for that cuff!

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  15. I like Gussied on facebook!

    Thanks for blogging! Your post are so interesting, and you've opened me up to the gloriousness that is elf. :)

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  16. Happy Bloggy Birthday :)
    I follow you're blog so sign me up please!
    Those cuffs are gorgeous!

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  17. Aww happy bloggy birthday sweet girl! Congrats!!

    I obvi follow your blog - love it and you!

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  18. 1. i feel so special that i made your blog birthday edition. you're a big schweetie.

    2. do you realize that the bugle boy story was the first "sexcapade" you heard from me? what a way to start a friendship.

    3. i can remember when you were a little baby blog and begging for 100 followers...and guess who helped you reach that goal? this girl. now i'm trailing far behind you in followers. ;)

    4. love you.

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  19. Congrats on a whole year of blogging!! I think I'm past the year mark, but left my blog abandoned for many many many months (poor bloggy) and have been no where as dedicated as you are :)

    I follow you & I would l-o-v-e to win this giveaway. I'm kind of seriously in love with the dragonfly cuff on the front page. Navy and white speaks to me.

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  20. LOVE the bracelet, particularly the brightness and they're unique. Although you see cuffs everyday, there something new and fresh here.

    Congrats on making it 1 year! Keep up the good work.

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  21. Love everything and love your blog!!!! Congrats on 1 year! I hope I'm as awesome as you one day!!
    Do Dallas Cheap

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  22. Happy 1 year anniversary!! I'm a follower and love your blog!!

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  23. BB-

    I am very proud of you and love you a lot. Congratulations!

    XOXOXO

    Mom

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  24. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your blog! Ever since I came across this fun little site, it's been one of my favorites. Not only because of all the fun tips and steals I can read about but because of you :) Your personality definitely does shine through and is always 100% FUN! I can't wait to see what the future holds for this blog of yours because so far, you have done amazing things... just in the little time I've been a follower!

    So, naturally I would like to enter the giveaway :)

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  25. I also now like Gussied on Facebook {adorable cuffs!}

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  26. And I also tweeted, but you already know that ;)
    https://twitter.com/#!/LifeisaSunset/status/109648947240386561

    Whether I win or not, I'll still be coming back here daily :) Awesome job with everything, Linds!

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  27. well my comment is not as long as ravens but i just want you to know im soooo glad youre here and ive enjoyed getting to know you over the course of our blog lives (ok...my blog hasnt had it's one year bday yet...but you know). you definitely made my work days go by so much quicker and now that i dont work, your blog keeps me occupied :) i love you girl and am thankful for the friendship we have built (who gives a rats ass if we are many time zones away?!).

    anyways, i already follow on gfc and i like the "kara" cuff.

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  28. Congrats on your one year blogiversary! (sp?)

    I follow you via GFC. Those cuffs are too cute! I'm sad she doesn't have a USC (Gamecocks) one but I do like the Cora and the Stevie :)

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  29. LOVE this post! I have met so many wonderful people myself in blogland, and now I don't know what I did when I never knew they existed!! Crazy to me!! I've only been blogging 3 months now, but it's crazy how you can become so close to people through the interwebs. I really can't wait to meet some of them!!

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  30. i just had my blog's 1 year birthday come up as well.

    it is very rewarding that people like reading what i have to say.

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  31. How cute are you?! =] I follow you and liked the fb page!

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  32. Obviously I follow your blog, I adore it and you! I wish I had enough umph to start a blog :/

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  33. I just love LOVE love your posts! Totally blog-crushing. Congrats on a year!

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  34. Happy Birthday to your bloggy!

    I love your blog and liked your facebook page too!

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  35. Oh gosh! Love those cuffs!
    I'm a GFC follower!

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  36. Happy 1 year blog anniversary! I've been a follower for just over a month ... and I LOVE YOUR SITE!

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  37. I am a new blog follower! maclayburn@juno.com
    Congrats on 1 Year!!

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  38. I Like The Bargain Blonde on Facebook!
    maclayburn@juno.com

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  39. I follow and I would like to enter!! :) xoxo

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  40. CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Following you of course :)

    ashleybrookeblog@gmail.com

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  41. Happy 1st birthday to your blog! I follow you on GFC!

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  42. Just found your cute blog, love it! I'm your newest follower! Congrats on one year, so exciting :)

    xo
    Erin

    pinkandpolos.blogspot.com

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  43. Congratulations! Love the Texas Tech cuff...Is that where you went to school? I did! small world.

    -Catherine

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  44. Happy 1 year! :) of course I follow your fabulous blog!

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  45. awwwww, happy blog bday girl! and i love your 3 bloggy besties too! you ALL rock! as does your giveaway! enter me please!

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  46. SO meant to comment on friday but then work got in the way....dang it!

    happppppy birrrrthday! i, for one, (or i guess 78 since i' mthe 78th comment)amd SO glad you started your blog!

    hope you're having a fantastic longw wknd boo!

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  47. Love your blog!!! So happy I found it. I now liked you on Facebook, liked Gussied on Facebook and follow your blog.

    Roll Tide Ya'll
    K

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  48. Congratulations on hitting your 1 year!!!! that's so exciting!!! I am think a blog 1 year birthday vlog! with all the fun stuff, cupcakes, candles, dancing chippendales men...oh huh maybe thats what I want for my 1 year blog! :)

    Take care and always hope to see more!

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  49. Happy Blog Birthday! That is so exciting! I love reading your blog because of all the fun tips you post about && bc your posts are just so fun to read! You can def. get a feel of your personality through your writing & i love that!

    so that is why i am entering to help celebrate your blog birthday!! :]

    www.myunrehearsedlifetheblog.blogspot.com

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  50. i tweeted about the giveaway! @loveeashlyn

    happy blogging birthday linds! :]

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  51. I follow via GFC (Gia_Pet) and would love to be entered! :)

    G_Patton@hotmail.com

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  52. I liked the Bargain Blonde on FB (Gia Patton-Judge)

    G_Patton@hotmail.com

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  53. I liked Gussied on Facebook (Gia Patton-Judge)

    G_Patton@hotmail.com

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  54. I liked Gussied on Facebook. =) Hope I win!

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  55. Love this post. Cheers to many more years of blogging!

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