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Whoorl Turns 10!

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Could it be? Why, yes. This here blog is turning 10 years old. (Feel free to read my first post. Simply riveting.)

Now, in my opinion, blog years are something like dog years, except 1 year of blog life equals 4 years of human life. So, according to my deft calculations, I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING MY ENTIRE LIFE. And quite frankly, it seems like that. I mean, apparently my main goal in life in 2005 was to drink wine and discuss music…that was until I found out I was pregnant with this little guy.

(Wito! We love you, absent-minded professor! Do you remember this little ditty? Well, that precious little thing now wears the same shoe size AS HIS MOTHER. Hold me closer, Tony Danza.)

((And don’t get me started on Wita. The performance art genes are strong with this one.))

10 years. Many of you have seen me through it all – the pregnancies, new motherhood, travels, many moves, house renovations, a little phenomenon by the name of Hair Thursday, in sickness and in health…wait, are we getting married?

I just want to say thank you for being a friend. Traveled down the road and back again. Your heart is true…you’re a pal and a confidante. AND IF YOU THREW A PARTAY…AND INVITED EVERYONE YOU KNEWWWWWWW, YOU WOULD SEE THE BIGGEST GIFT WOULD BE FROM ME AND THE CARD ATTACHED WOULD SAY THANK YOU BEING FOR A FRIEEENNNNND.

Peace be with you.

Oh! In honor of this milestone, Whoorl got a little facelift from my friends at Cooperhouse. I’m swooning a little bit, isn’t it pretty? Oh, and 10 years of content isn’t the easiest to manage, but if you rollover the categories at the top, you can witness my OCD in full effect. (You know I secretly enjoyed organizing all 1,564 posts, right?)

Being the information addict I am, and according to the official statistics, here are the top 6 Whoorl posts over the past 10 years.

1. Sideswept Bangs: Control Your Cowlicks (You guys have some serious cowlick problems, yo.)

2. Hanging Laundry Baskets

3. Loose Waves Tutorial (1 Curling Iron, 2 Ways)

4. My Summer Cut

5. My First Attempt at Bangs

6. 8 Things I’ve Learned About Anxiety.

I’m fairly certain my reader demographic is a slightly anxious, Type A woman with an ardent interest in hair. Taking note for future posts.

However, here are my favorite posts.

1. A riveting exposé looking into my father’s obsession with candy. (I’m also partial to the chex mix post and the Miracle Ham Story. Adventures with my dad always make me smile.)

2. My brush with mysophobia as a new parent. (It’s amazing what 9 years of parenting will do to eradicate that.)

3. The Pantene commercial was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

4. Goodbye, California. #sniff

5. Count Your Blessings.

6. I’m partial to the Mindful Monday posts. They are the most challenging for me to write, but the also the most rewarding.

Thanks for being along for the ride, folks. Cheers to many more years to come. (And if you don’t use feed readers any longer like yours truly, sign up to be notified by email when I post. It’s over there in the sidebar. Ready, break!)

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Odds and Ends

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1. This 10-year-old is my hip hop hero. (Remember when Wita did her own little pop-and-lock routine in her bloomers?)

2. Strangers sit in the dark, check out what happens when the lights come on. Very cool.

3. You guys, this is a definite problem in my car. My 5-year-old shouldn’t know who Eazy-E is. (It was an accident! Damn shuffle!)

4. Why does anyone do yoga, anyway? Great article.

5. Women apply an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies every day. Yep. Yet another reason I love Beautycounter.

6. Oooh, I love book lists. 15 books that you won’t be able to put down.

7. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still hopping. $39 for this necklace? SOLD.

Happy Friday to you all!

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An Amazon Summer Giveaway!

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Friends, I have a slightly amazing giveaway for you today. I’m partnering with nine amazing bloggers to offer two lucky winners one $500 Amazon gift card each. Just ponder some of the fab items you could purchase with your gift card… (Apple watch! iPad! Samsung camera! Kate Spade bag! ALL OF THE FUN THINGS.)

Enter to win between July 21-31, 2015 via the Rafflecopter widget below; you need to login via Facebook or with an e-mail so we know you aren’t a robot, but you will not be added to any mailing list! Basically, if you follow all 10 bloggers on Instagram (and you will want to, because each of these ladies is flat out awesome), you will have tossed your hat in the ring 10 times (x 2 since there are two gift cards to win…sometimes math is awesome). Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via Instagram, with 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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