Au Naturel Essence

All natural treats for body and soul


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Moving from 2012 to 2013 – Happy New Year!

A quick review of 2012…

2012 was an exciting year for me, both for my blog and on a personal front.

My Blog – Au Naturel Essence

All Natural Treats for Body and SoulOn my blog, I set out to boost the number of views I got each day.  I got two major increases in readership throughout the year.  In the first quarter, I saw a big improvement and about half way through the year, my numbers went up again.  It was so exciting to know that others were keeping track of my blog.  To all of you – thank you!

I also set out to post at least once a week.  I’m quite proud to say that I exceeded that goal.  In total, I had over 90 posts in 2012!

Unexpectedly, I was nominated for several blog awards throughout the year.  You can learn all kinds of odd tidbits about me and my blog in the following posts:

Super Sweet Blogger Award

Sunshine Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Inspiring Blog Award

Blog of the Year Award

I love the concept of blog awards.  They are a great way to learn about other blogs and to recognize other blogs that you follow.

On a Personal Front

The highlight of this year was the birth of my little boy.  I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant around Easter time.  The next few months went so quickly and yet so slowly!  Our little bundle of joy was born just a few weeks ago and he’s been keeping me very busy ever since.

Looking forward to 2013…

Looking forward, I would love to keep up with my blog at the same pace as I had in 2012.  However, I want to be realistic. Having a new baby on hand has slowed me down a little bit!  As I soon as I learn how to blog with a baby in one arm, I’ll be right on track!

Gentle Goat's Milk Soap for Baby

Gentle Goat’s Milk Soap for Baby

When I have the time, I’m looking forward to making more baby products.  In particular, I’d love to experiment with my own homemade shampoo.

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.  I look forward to sharing more ideas and projects with you in 2013.  Happy New Year!


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Chosen for an Inspiring Blog Award

A big Thank You to Tianna at Story Book Apothecary for nominated my blog for the Inspiring Blog award!

Answer the Following Questions:

  • What clothing item makes you feel at your best?  I love dresses, especially when I have a special event to attend.
  • When are you most energetic? Without a doubt, in the morning!
  • Time to kick back and relax! What’s your pick-me-up food/drink?  A handful of nuts or roasted seeds gives me a good boost in the afternoons.  A cup of hot tea is perfect when I need a drink!
  • Your favorite kind of chocolate?  The edible kind!
  • To follow-up on that, what’s your favorite pastime?  I love making things…right now, I’m pretty focused on soaps and lotions!
  • What sound do you love? Rain falling outside, as long as I’m inside.
  • If you could pack your bags and leave right now, what country or city would you go to? Somewhere warm…winter is just starting here!
  • There’s an album called “soundtrack to your life”, what songs have to be on it?  Too many to count!
  • Do you have any bad habits?  I procrastinate.
  • What’s one habit others do that you absolutely can’t stand?  My number one pet peeve is when people are moving in a different direction than where they are looking.  People do this while walking, driving, running etc…and it drives me up the wall!

Nominations:

I am pleased to nominate these five blogs for this award.  I look forward to these folks’ blog posts every day!  Congratulations!

LunaFace

Robyn Peoples

Green People Blog

The Beauty Department

Holistic Green Beauty