One year blogiversary and giveaway

1 Year Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!

Celebrate our one year blogiversary here at Hammers N Hugs, and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

One year blogiversary and giveaway

1 Year Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!

Exactly one year ago today, I published my first post here at Hammers N Hugs.

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Designing Our Forever Home

The blog has been such a fun outlet for me to share some of our family’s adventures, and I am so grateful for all of you who have come along!

We are going to take a peak at some fun stats from last year, and if you missed any of these posts then check them out!   And do not miss the giveaway at the end!

1 Year Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!

According to the yearly insight feature, in its first year Hammers N Hugs received over 30,000 visitors  from 145 different countries!

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That’s right, Lily.  People from 145 countries searching for DIY inspiration.  Love it!!  I hope you all found some!

Let’s take a page out of our high school year books and look at some Hammers N Hugs superlatives.

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#1.  The most popular blog post

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How to Restore Leather in 4 Easy Steps

1 Year Blogiversary and Giveaway

This post had over 10,000 visitors from all over the world!   Makes sense as leather is certainly a globally sourced material.

This post was followed very closely by

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Choosing the Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain!!

1 Year Blogiversary and Giveaway

1 Year Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY

#2.  The most popular recipe

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Honey Oat Bread!

1 Year Blogiversary and Giveaway

This really is such a yummy recipe, and it doesn’t surprise me that it came out the winner.  It is easy, nutritious, and delicious which means always a winner in my book!  For more winning recipes to enjoy right now check out 10 Fabulous Fall Recipes for the Family!

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#3.  The most popular decor post

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8 Ways to Decorate with Antique Dough Bowls

1 Year Blogiversary and Giveaway

I was actually surprised how this one took off.  I guess a lot of people are also wondering what to do with their antique dough bowls?   I have big plans for that dough bowl, and get ready for this, it’s not any of the 8 ways suggested in the post.  Ha.  What would you do with it?!  I can’t wait to show you my idea!!

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#4.  The most frequently used search term on Google

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“revlon one step hair dryer”

Basically a dozen different variations of that search which lead visitors to this post . . .

Revlon’s One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Brush Review

1 Year Blogiversary and Giveaway

Ok this cracked me up!  I am CLEARLY not a fashion blogger seeing as I spend more time with a hammer and a paint brush then I do fashion accessories, but apparently I nailed (pun intended) Google’s SEO for this post.  I still stand by everything I said about that hair dryer, by the way!  A must have tool in the fashion tool belt.

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Ok here’s another fun one!

#5.  Most clicked on link

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Farmhouse 4010

This picture right here from Allie at Farmhouse 4010.   This floor is absolutely stunning and apparently many others thought so too!  This pic and link was part of my post on How to Design a Mortar Washed Brick Floor.

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One last fun one!

#6.  The most visited affiliate partner of my blog

These are the organizations I have partnered with that show up on the side bars of my blog – this does not include Amazon.

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Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Shop

Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic shop is so cute, and it is no surprise that my readers want to check it out too!

1 Year Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY

Ok . . . now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!!

1 year blogiversary and giveaway

First of all, I am so grateful for those of you that have joined in our adventures and tolerated all the start up glitches.   I have absolutely loved getting DIY feedback through post comments, Instagram, Facebook and messages.

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Also for sharing in our excitement as we embarked on the beautiful adventure of adoption this year.  To those of you who have donated to our adoption fund through Lifesong for Orphans – THANK YOU.

To those of you who have ordered coffee through our ongoing partnership with GoBena Coffee to help bring our son home – THANK YOU.

To those of you who I have never met in person but have supported our adoption because of meeting through this blog – WOW – I wish I could give each of you a hug in person.  I never would have thought “internet friends” could become like family, but you are helping to bring our son home, therefore, welcome to the family 🙂  And THANK YOU.

Enter the giveaway below, and the winner of a $100 Amazon gift card will be announced on the blog next Saturday October 26th!  The gift card will be sent electronically and will go directly to your email, so there is no need for mailing addresses.

Good luck and thank you for a great first year!   So excited to share more!

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