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HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

So… I should start off by saying that this post really should’ve been up back in June – on June 26, 2011 to be exact – but the fact that it’s up at all is kind of a mini miracle at this point (full story below). And, as it turns out, the more-than-2-months-late post date is actually kind of perfect…

…because now that it’s finally up & done, I’ve come to realize that this post – which so innocently started out as what was supposed to be a mini “virtual celebration” of the 5-year anniversary of this blog, has instead unwittingly become the perfect metaphor for my last 5 years of blogging: filled with shiny moments, not-so-shiny moments, full blown fall-on-your-face crashes, and multiple restarts… to use computer terminology. And despite the obstacles this project presented, I couldn’t help but laugh when I realized that…and might even venture to say there’s something I kind of love about it (hello there, silver lining).

Here’s the full story, plus a super inspiring video just because I think you’ll really love it too…

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary


As I mentioned before, this little photo shoot/project was originally supposed to be in celebration of the 5 year anniversary of this blog, which officially occurred on June 26th (hooray!). I’ve never really done anything to celebrate “blog birthdays” or “blog-iversaries” before, but 5 is such a nice round number that I thought it deserved some sort of little virtual “hurrah” this time, and what better place to host a virtual celebration than on the blog itself – where the people that keep me blogging every day also happen to be – right? Yes… my thoughts exactly. =)

So…using the “celebration” aspect & colors of the blog as my inspiration, I set out to design a “computer geek meets girlie glam” type of theme, which should only sound like a ridiculous theme to those that don’t read, follow, or author girlie lifestyle blogs themselves… or “woman-oriented” lifestyle blogs for a more sophisticated sounding description.

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

I made 2 signs to serve as the focal point of the table, but it was too hard to stagger them diagonally with 1) no wall to lean against outside and 2) the wind factor described below, so I settled for shooting them one at a time.

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

I also wanted this post/project to serve as an inspirational how-to for or for my fellow bloggers looking to celebrate their own blog-iversaries – OR for anyone that’s looking for computer related party inspiration in general (think robot parties, gaming parties, etc). So the plan was to do a mini shoot at home mocking up some of the party ideas, as well as offer free downloads of party printables for others to use in their own celebrations. (Happy Blog-iversary to YOU!) So…

I started by designing the printable patterns and party elements – decorative signs, napkin rings, cupcake toppers, labels, etc. At first I wasn’t sure if this theme was going to translate well to printables, but I was actually pretty happy with how they turned out! (Cue a SHINY moment!) I’d wanted them to look computer-ish (I really need some better adjectives to work with here) but also girlie and FUN, so a combo of bright colors, computer generated looking fonts, mod patterns, and sketched word and thought bubbles seemed to do the trick. Here are a few of them:

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

(In case you’re wondering I just used a really small circle cutter to punch centers from regular cookies to make them look like CD-Roms. Easy!)

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

So now that the paper elements were done, printed, & cut, it should be easy to whip out a mini photo shoot and get this thing posted right? Wrong. This is where things started their downward spiral…(cue some not-so-shiny moments). I’ll fast forward through all the little “difficulties” that come with just trying to craft, paint, glitter, and glue with a toddler either attached to your leg or to your hip. Instead, let’s just breeze right through to “project: set this thing up”…

And speaking of breeze, that would’ve been nice because the proper term here would be “angry wind“. I’m a stickler for good photography and things photograph SO MUCH BETTER in the natural outdoor light, so i was bound and determined to shoot this in our backyard.

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

Things were nice and calm when I started, but unfortunately the wind was unusually present in our backyard all throughout that particular week and was also just as adamant about knocking every single thing over as I was about setting it up…. again, and again, and again…and yet again. Everything would be calm for a bit and I’d think we were home free – grab the camera! – then right at that moment a huge gust would come out of nowhere and send paper elements flying, blow the mac-n-cheese “bytes” into the pool, topple the signs …it was not a pretty picture (pun intended) and it looked absolutely nothing like this:

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

The first day ended up being impossible and I finally gave up by sundown, especially after tiring not just of the wind, but also of listening to my husband/photographer ask why on earth I thought this was going to work at all. (Because I needed it to, that’s why?!).

The next day seemed a little better wind-wise so I got everything set up again, and just when it was all “perfect”, Mother Nature strikes again! Broken glasses, mac-n-cheese on the cement this time, ripped signs, cupcake frosting all over the place… at least the dogs were happy to help clean up this time. Since our fence isn’t exactly sound proof, I’m sure the neighbors were quite aware of how frustrated I was too…oops! :0

Anyways, just as I was about to give up again on day #2 and throw the rest of the props in the pool myself, DH thankfully decided to be more of a cheerleader this time, and we somehow figured it out – more at the turtle’s pace than the hare’s – but we crossed the finish line nonetheless. Sometimes this meant me holding things in place and literally diving out of the shot the minute the wind died down so he could snap a picture – and sometimes it meant fixing the same thing a zillion times until we actually got a picture of it right side up instead of sideways – but one way or another we actually got it done. Here are some more right-side-up pictures:

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

(Like these cute little food stands? They’re called Pastry Pedestals and you can find them right here!)

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

And now onto the full-blown crash/spinning-rainbow-wheel-of-death moment of this project (to use a term my fellow mac users can appreciate)…you know those party printables I designed & ended up being so happy with, which I also planned to offer as free downloads to blog readers? Well… I lost them. Or maybe more accurately – my computer ate them. And of course this is BEFORE I was able to share them. *tear* Cue ironic picture below…

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

I’m talking every inch of the printables too – not just the downloadable PDF versions, but the original layered photoshop files – which accounts for HOURS of design work – ugh!!! I’m honestly still not quite sure how it happened, but I must’ve somehow either overwritten or permanently deleted that folder along with a couple other recent design projects – bringing the casualties up to at least 20 hours of design work. I’ve seriously never, ever done that before in 12 years of graphic design. Seriously… what was the deal with this project?

After digesting this latest blow and mourning those lost hours/projects for a little while though, I saw this video and decided to get up, dust myself off, and finish this thing once and for all. I’d still like to recreate these printables at some point (ideally in multiple colorways), but for now I’ll have to settle for at least posting the party inspiration and lessons learned. You could still recreate most of these ideas with your favorite papers too – and of course the food ideas, covered CD Roms, stacked paper mache box “cake”, yarn pom signs, etc could be used for all sorts of themes…

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

So although this project was a pain in the you-know-what, the important lesson here is that it eventually got done. And while it’s actually a very light hearted metaphor in the scheme of things – when compared to some of the really big issues and lessons we’ve faced/survived these last 5 years at least (maybe there’s another post on that later) – I still can’t help but enjoy a sense of satisfaction in looking at this finished post now, even if it isn’t exactly what I’d originally planned for it to be.

If you’re a blogger, entrepreneur, or really any warm-blooded human being, I’m sure you’ve experienced this sort of lesson one way or another yourself, which is why I leave you again with the video mentioned above. I might not be able to offer you free printables today, so this is my substitute gift… if you’re ever feeling especially down or like you’ve fallen flat on your face with work or any sort of issue in life, take a couple minutes to watch this video. Chances are good it will help reignite your fire, whatever it may be…

Oh – and P.S….

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

Jenn =)

By |2016-12-25T10:28:42+00:00September 1st, 2011|Styled by Jenn, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Monay September 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Jen where did you get the pedstals that the Mac and cheese and Cupcakes are on!!!! and i am so happy that you were able to get the post up. Congrats on 5 fun fulled years

    • jenn s. September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Monay! Those are called “Pastry Pedestals” and you can find them right here: :)

  2. Mrs Rosie Posie September 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    CONGRATS on 5 glorious and super creative years! You have brought so much joy to so many lives and parties – even in South Africa!

    Thanks for the awesome posts, please keep them coming!

  3. Liz September 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    You are amazing! I’m so proud of all that you have accomplished! Congrats on 5 years and many many more!

  4. j September 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Love your display!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!! I just recently found your blog and love what you do for parties:) Keep up the amazing and talented work!! Look forward to seeing more!!

  5. Mommyof2Girlz/StephD September 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats on your 5 yr blogiversary! I love your party decor and am thinking that I might need to step up mine now…lol

  6. Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff September 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Jenn- you are SO creative! I love all of the graphics (OF COURSE) and the colors as well as the play on words… So fun!

    CONGRATS! Look at all that you have accomplished in just 5 years! WOW! You are our idol!
    XOXOXO Lots of LOVE and congrats!

  7. the emily September 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! It all looks gorgeous and was worth your effort. I love coming to read HWTM every day and seeing your (and others) amazing ideas and parties. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

  8. Talia @ Luxe. Event Design, LLC September 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This is so wonderful! Congratulations you ladies are so wonderful. Thanks for inspiring us each and every day!

  9. Sarah September 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats!! congrats!!! You are amazing! You have accomplished, as one woman, what would normally take a team of 100. Looking forward to what you bring us in the next 5 years!!

  10. Mindy September 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    oh Jenn! :( Thanks for sharing. I (and I’m sure a ton of people) can totally relate…when you are you just SO determined to make something work (even if the hubby insists it won’t!) despite all the hiccups and you curse yourself for it, but then realize in the end, it was totally worth it :)

  11. Jennifer ~ BellaGrey Designs September 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Jenn ~

    Everything came out SUPER cute & you did a great job despite Mother Nature trying to play havic on your anniversary!! Congratulations on 5 SUPER FABULOUS years!! I LOVE your blog & all the inspiration that comes from it!!

    Have a Super Great Day!!

  12. Aprille September 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! And may I say – Many Many More! A daily visit to HWTM makes me smile and makes any bad day turn into a party!
    Thank you for all of your effort!

  13. Alicia September 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Jen, I know exactly how you felt when the “elements” are not cooperating with an outdoor table shoot; that can be super frustrating! I’m glad you toughed it out; the shoot looks super fab! Happy 5th Blogiversary!!!

  14. Jennifer @ Licious Food September 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats on your 5 year anniversary & I wish you many more! I love your site it inspires me daily!

  15. Sarah / Dreamers Joy Events & Design September 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats AND Happy 5th Blogiversary! What a creative dessert table! Love your blog, fun ideas and they way you inspire others! Thank you for HTWM! :)

  16. Jasmine Clouser Couture Cakery September 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats Jenn!! You are a true inspiration!

  17. HiLLjO September 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Jen I have been reading for over a year now and I just love your content and everything.

    I can’t tell you about why this project was so difficult and I’m sorry for the wind and the computer NOM-NOMMING your printables, but look at what you did! It’s still amazing, it still is here and so are YOU. That is what the celebration you feel is. And we all feel it, too! ;o)

    Love you and your blog. Keep on keeping on.

  18. Nadia Franco September 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hi! I truly admire you. Your work totally inspired me, and although I’m still starting my business, and there’s been a lot of spinning-rainbow-wheel-of-death moments, seeing at your work and success makes me get up {or sit down at my work table} and imagine and create things I’ve never tried before. Your work gave me inspiration and hope to start what I do {stil trying!}. Congratulations on your 5 years of awesome creations!
    Hugs from Tijuana, México!

  19. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle September 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Your perseverance paid off!!! One day you’ll look back from a tough day or challenge and you’ll remember that though the wind pushed and blew…it did not take you down. What a delightfully creative and colorful visual celebration!!! Congratulations on 5 fabulous years and best wishes for an amazing 5, 10 or 15 more!!!

  20. Danielle @ Belleza e Luce September 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Despite Mother Nature being uncooperative, the display turned out beautifully. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging success and here’s to many more! Cheers!

  21. renee September 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    You did a great job considering the circumstances. I’m right there with you on the toddler on the hip and the Mac spinning-rainbow-wheel-of-death. Crazy! The printables are all adorable (even though you lost them) and the idea for the computer-feel of the decor is great. Thanks for the pom ideas! Hang in there!

  22. sreelu September 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats Jen, have been a follower since long time, always love your space and this is my serious creative fix. Love your celebration party, such a super cool idea !!

  23. caryl lyons September 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Blogiversary. Awesome…and that video was amazing and something we all need to remember.

  24. Ebony September 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Wow Jenn! I loved everything about this. It is so incredibly personal and so amazing! I remember when I found HWTM, I felt like I had my home. It was everything I loved and so inspiring. It was instantly on my daily cruise list and a large part of what ultimately brought me to start my business. I love what you have done with this site, party community and bringing a love for celebration ALL life’s special events to everyone. HWTM is the STANDARD from which all other inspirations sites are measured and you’re still #1 in my book! :)


  25. Nici Edmonds September 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Jenn, what a lovely post. Congratulations on 5 years and persevering! The video brought tears to my eyes, your post made me smile – because I can so relate. Love your blog. Nici – NicNacNoodle in NZ.

  26. Nancy Pfeifer September 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Oh my goodness Jenn!! You are so fabulous! Congrats on 5 years of success! I can’t believe all the trouble you went through for this photo shoot. You are so persistent like me…lol I’ve had issues with the wind here in AZ if you can believe it. Spring is so hard to predict. I absolutely love your heart and openness that doing this isn’t all happy smiles. It can be so exhausting, frustrating, but the end result for your hard work is FABULOUS! I admire your talent! XOXO

  27. Mel {The Oceanside Bride} September 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    WOW- 1st of all congrats on 5 great years! And second this is such an amazing idea!! Love, love, love the decor, details, the fun wording- omg, this is fabulous!

  28. [email protected] September 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations Jenn and thank you for an honest behind-the-scenes post.

  29. Michelle Paige September 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    You are an inspiration! It’s so nice to hear that things don’t always go well for the pros, too! I thought it was just me! I’m so glad you did post this. I love the bytes and the mac and cheese. Super clever! I always love your ideas! Happy 5th!

  30. Tanya~ Save the Date for Cupcakes September 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    So inspirational (and cute) ~ Congrats!!!

  31. Amy @ Living Locurto September 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    This is so cool!! I love every detail:-)

    I totally feel your pain with the spinning rainbow wheel of death! AAACK! That really really stinks! Been there, done that.

    Congrats on 5 years! I’m so happy to have gotten to know you. Thanks for blogging!!

  32. Liz {at} Sunny Bug September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Such a fun celebration! Your decorations are great! I’ve been a follower for some time…I’m also a blogger {on a much smaller scale} and I love to surround myself with creative and motivating bloggers – and this site is one of my favorites. Congrats on making it to your 5th blogiverary! :)

  33. Kathryn Virello September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Very Creative! Congrats on 5 years!

  34. SoireeMom September 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    You are awesome! Congrats on ALL that you have gained these past 5 years {both the big, the small and the precious :D}. You have inspired moms, hostesses and event planners around the world to keep pushing the ‘party’ envelope. Thanks from the East coast and the Caribbean.

  35. Jessica @ Pen N' Paperflowers September 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Jenn…this post is one of my faves. I love that you “kept it real” for us. It’s crazy what goes on behind the scenes sometimes but I think this story completely take the cake. I laughed and felt your pain at the same time. And things really DO happen for a reason. You’d never know from the photos that there was ANYTHiNG remotely wrong. Everything looks perfect. And again – the video was awesome!! (By the way…I loved your use of The Pastry Pedestal™ – what an adorable little creation)! *wink*

  36. Candace September 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Mac and Cheese?!
    Cupcake Bytes?!
    Computer Chips?!
    How witty!!!!!! I love it!!!! :)
    I love this blog! My fiance just calls it my website. e.g. “Oh, where did you get that idea? On your website?”
    Keep it up!!!!

  37. Kendra @ My Insanity September 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Oh! I so know that feeling of having to see your vision to fruition when no one else gets it. I’m glad you did! Great ideas! I can see this being really fun for a blogger get-together. I actually had one of those experiences earlier this week. I was going to submit a video for something and kept running into stumbling blocks. I’m too late to submit it, but I think I’ll follow your example and finish it anyway…on of these days. :-) (I’ve got a toddler, too!)

    Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on 5 years! And thanks for all of the inspiration!

  38. Pattie September 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration. Happy 5 year anniversary!

  39. Nadia September 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Congrats on the 5 year anniversary! The party, the printables, everything is gorgeous! :)))

  40. Annette September 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Congrats on your 5 year anniversary. You are an inspiration. Your blog is my daily reads. Keep it up!

  41. Adeliene @ Party Dreamers September 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm


  42. Sandy September 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Congrats on your 5 year anniversary. I can relate, when planning a party it is perfect in your mind… the magic happens when you can make it a reality. You are an inspiration for many more parties to come. Keep thinking outside the box, and making the old new again!!! Love what you do!! Here’s to the next 5 years.

  43. Fara September 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This why you are the MOSTESS! I enjoy reading your story, because I totally relate to it! Even the husband thing (they think they know everything, but they don’t…well they do, but what they don’t know is that we always get our way, one way or another, because we makes things work).
    I have been reading your blog for a while and love everything about it. Thanks so much for sharing and for blogging! Congrats in your five year anniversary. Looking forward to reading many more post for many more years!
    BTW: Everything was gorgeous! You totally accomplish the theme! Love it!

  44. candy @Thepartybakery September 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

    What a great blog post! I was cracking up at all of your mishaps(only because i’ve been there!) and then by the end I was in tears watching that video! I was cheering for her in my dining room as she picked herself up and kept running..lol. Congratulations on your success and here’s hoping many many more years of success!

  45. dulce September 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations!! we wish you more to come!! Love all the events you share ;) always so cheerful! XOXO

  46. Tiff September 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Jenn, I am a huge fan of yours. Thank you for inspiring me ~ crafting, creating, decorating… has been so much fun and nice to share with my family and friends to make them feel special. Keep up the great work!!

  47. Becca @ Cake. September 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for such a honest post Jenn- It’s refreshing to read, and I’ve been there myself many times in one way or another. Glad you got to it though- those cheeky computer designs are fantastic. Totally unique and clever. Thanks so much for sharing.

  48. Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting September 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Congratulations! I admire how dedicated you are. Love it!

  49. Helen Guzman :: bonito design September 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Love HTWM and all the creativity! Congrats & Happy 5th Anni!!!!

  50. Suzanne { SHE PAPERIE } September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Jenn – congratulations on such a momentous occasion!! Thank you for not only setting up a darling display for us lucky readers to enjoy, but for KEEPING IT REAL behind the scenes. You poor girl!! But in the end, you triumphed and I can’t help but think how that same determination, persistence, and hard work has gotten you to where you are today. Happy Blogiversary to you and your team and wishing you continued success in the future (sans the broken glass and macaroni in the pool next time you celebrate!!)

  51. sharon garofalow September 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    This has to be the best post ever! It was so real and I totally felt like I was right there with you in that wind and willing it to go away! I’m glad you got the shots in the end and thank you for starting your site in the first place. You have always been an inspiration to me and I love seeing the path your career has taken. As always, the details with this party theme were right on and your mix of patterns, sensational! Wising you another amazing 5 years (but with less mac and cheese in the pool). Cheers!

  52. Miriam Corona September 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Congrats on your 5th year anniversary! I love stopping by and seeing all of the wonderful inspiration here. I appreciate this “Geek meets Glam” party more than you know! :)

  53. Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe September 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Jenn, I can so relate to this post. I’ve had projects like this and been beyond frustrated when something didn’t go right, but I agree. You just have to finish it. Congrats on a beautiful spread and a wonderful five years. By the way, I LOVE the we {heart} nice comments image. Perfect.

  54. Fernanda September 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! CONGRATULATIONS! It was worth the wait! I’m glad you waited to show us the final results, so full of creativity and so inspiring!!! My best wishes on your {late} blogiversary and many more!

  55. Party Girl September 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations on you’re 5th Blogiversary!!! I look forward to each and every posting and have taken away so many ideas for parties of my own. Thanks for being a kindred spirit and so inspirational…wishing you many more Happy Blogs :)

  56. Renee September 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats on your 5 years! Great post, I’m so moved. I am 3 days new to blogging to mark my 1 yr. Anniversary on my FB page. You and others are what inspire me! Hope my blog will measure up – I am amazed at all the talent out there. I love the blogging community, because you’re all such special people.

  57. Get Cake Stands September 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Amazing. Five years in the blogosphere is no small feat! Happy 5th blogiversary, and as usual I love the preparations you made. Mac & Cheese for the win! :D

  58. Elisha Akram September 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Congrats and Happy 5th Anniversary! Thanks for the inspiration that you give to us ! Love Love the 5th Anniversary virtual party…. You’ve just inspired me for a project!!! Love the video at the end… ! Great Post !

  59. Morgan September 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Happy {belated} anniversary! I read this post and had to comment… I’ve been reading your blog for five years now and still loving every minute of it.

    A big THANK YOU for meeting with me years ago to share your love of blogging and on pursuing your passions. I still find you as inspiring as ever!

    Hope you and the little one are doing wonderfully (I have one of my own, now!) and CONGRATS to five fabulous years!


    • jenn s. September 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Morgan! And congrats on your little one too! That’s great to hear :)

  60. Claudia September 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Greetings from Peru (South America), this is my favorite blog ever, thanks for sharing all these pretty things that besides they are beautiful to look at they widen my heart, begining this year I got some health issues and entering this site made me forget about the difficult time I was going through, it gave me something else to think about, now thanks to God everything bad went away and I am ready to start a new life, of course I got inspired by HWTM and I might start my own busioness in a couple of months, best wishes. and happy anniverrsary…by the way I´ve been following this blog for 3 and 1/2 year now! I love it!

    • jenn s. September 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Claudia –
      Thanks so much for your support all these years… I’m so happy to hear that the blog was able to help take your mind off the hard stuff in some small way. It sounds like things are looking up for you now – and I hope that continues to be the case! Good luck with everything & take care!

      Jenn :)

  61. Kelly | Glamour This! September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Jenn, it has been so nice watching you and your blog & business grow these past 5 years. You are absolutely amazing and deserve all the comments, page views, sharing and anything else good that comes your way! :)

  62. Salma Mohamed El Banna September 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    really i do love your creative ideas – happy happy 5 years of blogging , wish you all the best

  63. Ruth September 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Congrats Jen!! We love you and appreciate you sharing the less than perfect moments that make you well….PERFECT!! Happy 5 years and keep doing what you’re doing!!

  64. Linda McClain February 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Oh my goodness gracious! When I googled BLOG-iversary I found this, and I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor. What amazing, amazing ideas you have. I’m celebrating my 5 years this week and am sending my readers here for you fabulous ideas. Thank you for the inspiration. Hugs!

  65. Vicki Jarrett February 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Love your ideas and designs! So Creative!

  66. jazzy April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    i love your blog..i look to it for inspiration for my kids parties every year.

    • jenn s. April 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you! :)

  67. Elisa Duarte June 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    OMG OMG OMG! I’m so in love with this decoration, i just found this! I’m using this as inspiration for my Firts Blogiversary!

    You are SOO talented!!
    Hugs From Dominican Republic

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