Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blog Besties - Plus a Lippies #Giveaway! {Open ww Ends 6/30}

So yesterday was #NationalBestFriendsDay, and it really got me thinking...

I haven't been very active with blogging or much social media lately, but some of my blog besties...They've seriously got my back! It's a pretty great thing to know that your blog friends are checking in on you, checking in with you, and thinking of you on a day like National Best Friends Day. I've got some awesome blog buddies. I really and truly do.



When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. I jumped head first into what I thought was just going to be me writing and posting things that only I would ever read. I thought of it as an online journal of my family's little home-based business...But it grew into so much more than just that.

My blog has evolved so much from what it was back then in the beginning. It became a space for me to spend my ME time. A place where I could go and just write whatever and post it, knowing that somewhere out there, someone would get it. Someone would get whatever it was that I was going through. Sure, it's still a place where I promote the handmade community and my family's own small business, but it's also a place where I can share my thoughts and tell you the story of my life, because I've got friends here. Isn't that a strange thought when you think of it? I've got friends here on my blog? Friends who read my blog? Friends where I can go and visit their blogs and see what they've been up to  lately? Friends that I've met through blogging? As crazy as it sounds, it's the truth. With blogging comes community, and even though sometimes I feel like I don't fit in, there's always a place for everybody.

The blogosphere...It's a place that I visit almost daily. There are people and blogs I know by name. And there are connections - real connections - made because of blogging. And for that - I am so grateful. My online friends are just as important to me as my real life friends. 

Anyway, while I've been on a bit of a blogging break (and after attending my first ever blog conference - Bloggy Bootcamp), I've had some time to really think about a few things. Over the summer months, I'll be changing things up a bit. I have a few more product reviews already lined up to share with you, and I've got a couple of awesome giveaways already in the works. But I've made the decision that I'm going to get back to blogging. I mean, really get back to blogging. Things are gonna get personal here. Things are about to get even more real than they already have been here at 2justByou, and I hope you're gonna enjoy the ride with me! I never really shared pictures of myself before, and I'll tell you right now - that's gonna change too (no matter how much I cringe at the though)! 
But for now...


To celebrate and welcome the summer season, and to give mad props to some of my blog besties, I'm hosting a spontaneous Lippies Giveaway! I'll be giving away some of my most favorite lip balms, and a few shades of lipstick that I really love.

Here's what you'll get:


* Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Set
* EOS lip balm in blueberry acai

* Favorite Lipstick Shades: 
L'oreal - Raisin Rapture & Ginger Spice; Revlon - Blackberry

* Summer Must-Haves:
Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Blam w/Pink Grapefruit

ChapStick Active w/SPF 30 sunscreen

Nivea: A Kiss of Moisture



That's a total of six lip balms and three lipsticks,  over $25 retail value!
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends at 11:59 pm, EST on June 30th. 2015.
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

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Much luck to you!!! 
And be ready, because there will be more spontaneous giveaways all throughout these summer months.  ;)




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32 comments :

Elephant's Child said...

I am amazed at the people I have found in the blogosphere. People who have claimed a corner of my heart. I may never meet them, but love them.

Denysia Yu said...

Kim, you already know I'm a huge fan of any type of lip products! One of the things that I love about blogging, is when I get in comments from new people, who are reading my blog for the first time! :)

xo Denysia Yu
That L.A. it Girl

Vanilla Nutmeg Chic said...

Hello, Kim!

I am just starting my blog, so I have yet to settle into a community. It is what I look forward to most in the adventure of blogging!

I look forward to seeing your new content!

La Vie En May said...

The people I connect with. I've met some great people along the way (like our awesome Etsy team) and I hope I continue to meet more people in the future!

Diane said...

I love all of the new inspiration I find every single day!

Jess Maryy said...

It's great that I get to learn so many interesting things from the blogs I'm following and it's exciting to be able to always meet new people with the same interests!

L-A said...

Oh what a beautiful collection!! Great giveaway. I will tweet :)

Susan F. said...

I can really identify with your thoughts Kim. In a perfect world, every single day I would leave comments on the blogs of every blogger friend I have made! Life does get in the way of that sometimes, but I always enjoy catching up! I hope you get lots of "Me" time this summer and I'm looking forward to your blogging changes! Happy Summer - I enjoy knowing you are "out there"!

Susan F. said...

I can really identify with your thoughts Kim. In a perfect world, every single day I would leave comments on the blogs of every blogger friend I have made! Life does get in the way of that sometimes, but I always enjoy catching up! I hope you get lots of "Me" time this summer and I'm looking forward to your blogging changes! Happy Summer - I enjoy knowing you are "out there"!

Susan F. said...

I can really identify with your thoughts Kim. In a perfect world, every single day I would leave comments on the blogs of every blogger friend I have made! Life does get in the way of that sometimes, but I always enjoy catching up! I hope you get lots of "Me" time this summer and I'm looking forward to your blogging changes! Happy Summer - I enjoy knowing you are "out there"!

Susan F. said...

I can really identify with your thoughts Kim. In a perfect world, every single day I would leave comments on the blogs of every blogger friend I have made! Life does get in the way of that sometimes, but I always enjoy catching up! I hope you get lots of "Me" time this summer and I'm looking forward to your blogging changes! Happy Summer - I enjoy knowing you are "out there"!

Katie Crafts said...

Awwh Kim! That totally made me all teary eyed. <3 !! My fave part of blogging is knowing that somewhere out there someone found what I had to say helpful or funny or worth sharing. Making a connection with someone and helping them make a connection to others is why I love it!

Kristin Aquariann said...

How sweet of you! My love of blogging probably stems from my love of penpalling as a teenager - it's fascinating to get to know people from all around the world, even if we never get to meet in person.

Carlee Scharnhorst said...

It is fun to see what everyone is up to and get feedback on what I've been doing. I have made some fun "friends" in the blog world!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I learn a lot and discover new products.

Rhonda said...

I get to share alot and get inspired!

Natalie B. said...

I'm not a blogger but follow many blogs. My favorites are beauty and nail polish blogs. I love learning about new (and old) products and seeing swatches before I purchase. :)

Chelsea Woodring said...

I love being able to share my experiences with others.

Victoria K said...

I love learning about different products. I'm always seeking out items I have seen on a blog.

Natasha K said...

I love learning about different products!!!

Bonnie Caselman said...

I love getting opinions on products that might save me from wasting money on something that's not quite up to par.

Monica B said...

I learn so much from all the bloggersI follow, and love finding new products!

Monica B said...

I learn so much from all the bloggersI follow, and love finding new products!

fuelforfreedom said...

I'm always amazed at how people can connect through blogging. There's no feeling like when you get a heartfelt comment left on one of your posts.

Karen said...

I find great recipes when reading blogs.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

I love bloggers because they fill my little world with colour! I've always been a fairly out-going pro-active person but because of an accident I had to leave my job working with people with intellectual diaabilities. I really miss the human contact but I know that all I have to switch on my pc/tablet & I can connect to wonderful like-minded people all over the world.

craftsonthego said...

i like getting ideas for diy projects, recipes, and craft patterns. - craftyone

Evangelia Kollia said...

What i love most about blogging is that i get to communicate with people and get to know new friends

Luminous Angel said...

I have just dived into the blogging world this year, and am so amazed at how deep the pool is! It's wonderful to see so many different communities of bloggers who give each other such strong support ;)

poetryinleaves said...
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poetryinleaves said...

I blog at a different account than this, but so far the only thing I like is the satisfaction if the post is good

Zed K said...

I love receiving comments and general feedback, obviously when it's positive :P