{In honour of this special occasion, Grammarly is giving one lucky winner – Canada or US – a $100 Amazon gift card! Read to the end for details!}

Uh, hello, where’s the confetti? After three and a half years of blood, sweat and tears (at least two of those literally, I’ll keep you guessing which), this is my 500th post here at This Mom Loves!

Despite my occasional phases of being completely overwhelmed (usually at the end of June I want to quit the blog, my freelance writing career, my teaching job, and possibly even run away from my family) once I’ve had a couple of weeks to decompress, I find my energy and motivation again. (My classroom was set up days ago for September, I’ve published, written, pitched and been assigned several magazine articles, and I’ve managed to post here at least a couple of times a week, which is always my goal.)

While this blog really began as an outlet for me, it wouldn’t still be going if it weren’t for you, whether you’ve been a regular reader from the start, drop by occasionally, or even if you’re a random page view who landed here for some reason from a completely irrelevant web search…since you’re still helping me with my stats!

It seems like my loyal readers are a shy bunch, as I get many more emails expressing thoughts/questions about my posts than I do actual comments on the site, and that’s fine by me.

Thank you all for keeping me going, and if you feel so moved as to celebrate this milestone in some way, please feel free to follow me by one of the methods below, or just send this link to a friend, family member or coworker who might enjoy This Mom Loves as well!

Click to find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or to subscribe through email (and get every new, complete post sent directly to your inbox. If you do this, keep an eye out for a Feedburner verification email, which you have to click on, and which may go to your spam folder.)

Now it’s time to go partay! (Translation: soak in the hot tub with a good magazine, and hit the couch with some chocolate for a PVR’d episode of Big Brother. Should I rename the blog This Wild Mom Loves? No, no, then the search engine traffic would be really disappointed….)

Thanks to Grammarly, (an automated grammar check/online proofreader that finds and explains those pesky grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes that are bound to find their way into your first draft), one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card, and as an early bird bonus, the first five people to comment will win a free 3 month premium Grammarly account!

I’m going old-school with this giveaway and just asking you to leave a comment below letting me know what your favourite topic is to read about on blogs (mine, or any other). Maybe it’s decorating, entertainment, recipes (sorry!), fashion, current events, crafts, education…you tell me! Make sure there is enough info in your comment so that I can contact you somehow if and when you are a winner!

This giveaway will run until Monday, September 9th at midnight, after which time a winner will be chosen through random number generation. Good luck!

76 comments on “My 500th Post – $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway”

  1. Congrats! 500 posts, wow! I just hit the 300 mark and couldn't believe it, 500 is very impressive!
    I love reading your reviews or places you visit with your kids, so very helpful when I am think about taking my kids to the same places.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Wow 500 posts! Great job! I love reading all of your posts! As a Mom and as a Teacher I find them very informative, helpful and honest! I love reading your posts about home decor and education lots of helpful hints and tips!

  3. Congrats on 500 posts! That's quite an accomplishment!
    I love seeing your fashion posts and how you style different pieces of clothing.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. congratulations on the 500 mark. I mainly like reading about books but as long as the article is interesting – ie. home decor – I will read the article to the end

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  5. I love reading about recipes and crafts. But, I have to say, I also love to read about kids growing up and parenting! Ok – really, I'm nosey and just love to read about anything personal πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on your 500 posts!

  6. Congratulations Kate on 500 posts. I'm sure it feels like yesterday you started this. I love reading about your adventures with your hubby and kids. Keep traveling and write to keep giving me ideas!

  7. Congrats, Kate! Keep up the good work as it's fun and entertaining to read your thoughts on such a variety of topics. I especially love reading about simple and affordable DIY projects, crafts for kids and organizing ideas…of which I'm sure you have no shortage πŸ˜‰
    hfrohloff(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Congrats on 500! That is fantastic πŸ˜€
    I would have to say that my favorite thing to read about are reviews for kids toys! It helps me decide what im gonna buy for ALL the little ones in my life πŸ˜€

    megnate at telus dot net

  9. 500th. Wow,congratulations Kate.
    I am almost ashamed to admit my favourite posts are the ones that help me organize my life!

  10. Congrats on 500 posts!
    I like to read things like, home hack ideas, kid friendly craft ideas, I love product reviews especially for products I've never heard of and I also love to find and try new recipes though I'm starting to lean towards more clean eating so that's what I'm after now. I also like to read posts about the bloggers family life, especially if someone I wouldn't otherwise get a chance to hear from on a regular basis.

  11. 500 posts – that's awesome!
    My favourite posts are your momterviews. I have to admint I'm a little jealous that you get to chat with some really cool people!

  12. Amazing! Congrats on 500!!!

    I like to see a variety of post topics. I know that's not specific, but sometimes I'm drawn into a post simply because it's well written and interesting. Many of my favorite posts have absolutely nothing to do with a topic that I'd normally be interested in.
    spayde.michelle AT gmail.com

  13. Congratulations on the milestone post! My favorite things to read on blogs are easy recipes (pictures help!) and product reviews so I can get new ideas.

  14. Congrats on 500! Wow! I guess my favourite thing to read about would be parenting ideas, school issues, things like that. Anything that might make a mom's life easier, less stressful. Thanks for this g/a – I could really use THIS win. Take care and God Bless!!
    abrennan09@hotmail.com

  15. I'm kinda crafty, so my favourite topic is craftiness -especially craftiness for kids. But as a mom I totally love the relatableness of your blog. πŸ™‚

  16. Congrats on having your 500th post. My favorites are your reviews. Products reviews help me so much as to whether I want to try a product or not. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

  17. Your 'wild night' of hot-tubbing and chocolate in front of the PVR sounds like bliss to me! I like reading your posts about organization tips and tricks. I may be hiring you as a consultant when we move into our new place πŸ™‚

  18. Congratulations on 500 posts! Blogging is a lot of work… and it's hard to keep going sometimes. Way to go on you consistency and well-thought out posts!
    I most like to read recipes! I have fallen into the Pinterest pit, spending a great deal of time drooling over deserts and casseroles. lol I also love to find great recipes on blogs. Often Pinterest leads me to blogs!
    Thanks for the giveaway! Very generous!
    welindsey@gmail.com

  19. Congratulations! I love to read about green living, social issues, parenting, and travel. Although, I do enjoy a little bit of everything.
    skyalive1976(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. I totally laughed out loud when I read "This Wild Mom Loves". Totally fits you to a tee, P&E. :)I must admit, I'm an occasional reader (more because of time contraints than commitment to our friendship) but every time I check in I get sucked in to reading article after article (like tonight for example since it's 1am!). I love reading your work. Your writing is funny, honest and smart. Cheers to your 500th post and here's to reading your 1000th! I would like it if you included more recipes…maybe a dessert section only…Mars bars could be your first post. πŸ™‚

  21. 500 posts!! That's great and I think I have read them all. I love reading about a book book review, great easy recipes. I love your travel blogs as they always have me laughing. Congratulations and I hope there are many more to come.

  22. As a new mom, I enjoy reading tips from more experienced moms–what works/doesn't, good toys/books. Stuff like that πŸ™‚

    jmg 4 Christ at gmail dot com

  23. I like your interviews too! I love to read running blogs, those marathon runners are inspirational.

    Congratulations on your prolific writing! Did you enjoy TIFF? So envious!

  24. Congrats!! On blogs I love to read recipes. I am a recipe addict on them lol. I like tips and tricks for cooking too. I like book reviews and travel pics. I kind of like an assortment I guess.

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