Wednesday, July 29, 2020

9th Bloggy Birthday // Giveaway!!!

9 years.

That's how long I've been showing up to write blog posts each week.

All of our highs and lows from the last 9 years are here.  Polka-Dotty Place been the best digital scrapbook, milestone marker and creative outlet for me.  I've loved every year of blogging.  After all these years, I still look forward to showing up here to share my stories.  I always promised myself that I'd quit blogging if it wasn't fun.  Good news!  I still love it and have some fun things in store for you!

The very best part of blogging for me is all of the friends I've made.

Some readers have become the sweetest friends.  We exchange texts, Christmas cards, read each other's blogs and stay connected.  Some of you started reading when I was a teacher living in Utah with only cats for kids.  Some of you joined along as our family started growing.  Maybe we were living in Arkansas or Mississippi when you started reading?

Regardless of when you started, THANK YOU for showing up here to read my blog.  I am so appreciative of the friends and family who read my blog each week.  It makes my day when someone says...

I loved this recipe you shared and made it for my family this week.

Your tips really helped me.

Thank you for that fun idea to do with my kids.

I could really relate to your post today.

You guys are the best!!

As a thank you for reading my blog, I'm partnering up with my favorite earring lady Amber from ADV Designs this week!  She's offering all of you a discount code WHITNEY20 for 20% off your order.  She added some of her new designs to my latest order for me to help promote them. 

She has some really fabulous new earring styles in her shop right now.  You know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE her leather earrings.  They're the lightest, cutest statement earring out there.  They are so affordable. Stock up now and get some for teacher gifts when school starts.  She's got a pattern and style for every woman.  Trust me.

Look at some of her fabulous earrings and bracelets.  There's everything from animal print, to dainty bead earrings to bold color bracelets.  I love it all!

In addition to the discount code, I'm doing a bloggy birthday GIVEAWAY!

I'm giving away at $20 gift card to ADV Design's etsy shop!!  The winner will be emailed the gift card.

Comment below telling me
1. the blog posts you enjoy reading most and
2. earn a bonus entry for telling me some posts you'd like to see in the future.

A winner will be chosen Sunday, August 2nd and notified by email.  Make sure to leave your email in your comment so I can notify you :)

Good luck!!

*************Giveaway Closed!  Congrats, Jamie!


  1. Happy 9th Bloggy Birthday!! You are a needed voice in the blogosphere with your sweet, thoughtful, fun and helpful presence. I am SO glad that we connected all those years ago!! I am pretty sure I started reading not long after Olive was born, so that was Arkansas?

    I love your weekend/holiday roundup posts, party planning posts and meal ideas. I always appreciate your marriage wisdom, so more of those posts in the future would be my request! <3 :)

  2. I recently discovered your blog and love your posts on fun kid activities! I have an 18-month-old and have been reading your archives from when Olive was a baby for some inspiration for things to do together. More posts like that please! Happy Blog-a-versary! :)

  3. Oops! My email is !

  4. I enjoy your charcuterie board dinners! I would like to see more of those and party ideas.
    Happy 9th Birthday!

  5. I love all of your posts but I especially love your charcuterie board and outfit posts. You always dress so cute without spending a fortune. My email is

  6. Love all your posts but especially outfit posts and dinner ideas! But I also love your kid posts since mine are all grown up now and I love to reminisce about their little kid days! I just love all your little tips so keep those posts coming! Happy 9th blogiversary! My email is Thank you so much to you and Amber for the opportunity to win such great jewelry!

  7. Congrats on nine years! I enjoy your posts with meal ideas. I"d love to see more fashion posts where you link the items you are wearing.

  8. WOW! 9 years - congrats! I love your meal idea/recipe posts. Your charcuterie boards are just amazing and my kids love these types of meals. I'd love to see some "Day in the Life" posts because I can't figure out how you fit everything you do into one day and still manage to look so put together all the time :-)

  9. I love your blog! Favorite posts are food and recipe ones. Would love to see how you manage your days with three kids of different ages and genders-- we have the same as you do and it's challenging some days to fill all the individual love tanks! ;)

  10. Not sure if my email was

  11. Congrats on 9 years of blogging. I really enjoy all your posts, especially those that have "helpful hints" and just the family scrapbook style posts. You will be so happy someday when your kids actually read your blog (like mine do) and use it to remember special family events. My suggestion for future blogging is just to stay true to yourself. You're doing a great job. PS. I have ordered earrings previously from that company and loved them!

  12. Wow 9 years.....Congrats!!! Girl I love all your posts, but especially your charcuterie boards for the kids.......:)

  13. I love your recipes! Your chili is a huge hit at my house!

    I also love the posts where you all make your wish lists for the month or season. I would love to see a post on a family “bucket list”. Places you would like to travel, big goals, etc

    Congratulations on 9 years!

    My email address is

  14. Congratulations!! I have been reading for a couple of years now and just love how relatable your life is to mine. My kids are the same ages as Olive and Fletcher and my favorite posts are the lunch ideas! I’d like to see more posts about time management, organization and parenting techniques!

  15. Congratulations my friend! You know I love alllll your blog posts!!! And you were really so good at covering a huge assortment of topics. Let’s see…poats for the future.... I love your time management posts. I love organizing posts. For example, because of you I know keep a garden journal. I love to see decorating posts, and of course posts about your family, cats included 😍 Maybe some posts about goals? Or books you’re reading? Have a great day, sweet friend!

  16. Happy Blog Birthday!! So exciting for you! I love all your salad post! YUMMY! I love all your post and can't wait to see what you will be blogging about soon!

  17. I found your blog a few months ago and have really enjoyed reading and following! I have a 2.5 year old little girl and baby girl #2 on the way in December so I love your posts with activities for kids and your quick/easy meal posts!

  18. Happy Blogiversary! I like your day in the life posts most, it’s fun to see how others with small kids spend their day. :) I would like to see more haul videos, Amazon, Walmart, Target, grocery...I love them all!

  19. Happy 9 Years! I’ve been following since you were pregnant with Olive, and I’ve enjoyed watching your family grow. I love your outfit and recipe posts. I’d love to see more posts about your favorite findings at stores like Aldi, Walmart, and Target!

  20. Congratulations on 9 years! I have only been reading for the past year or so, but really enjoy your style and meal ideas. You show that you can dress cute, eat well, and not break the bank.
    As back to school time nears, I would enjoy reading about how you balance the older kids days while caring for Leo! My email is

  21. Congratulations on nine years of blogging! That is a feat! I enjoy your blog so much. I love reading the simple things-- the day to day stuff, but also food ideas!
    As for new things, more fashion! I am a mom of five kids, I don't work outside of the home, and enjoy your casual, yet pulled together style!

  22. Congratulations on your 9 year blogiversary! I enjoy the updates on your little family. You do a good job blogging about various topics. You might consider more day in the life posts because those are always fun to read!

  23. I love your birthday celebrations and your decorating blogs! Also, your fashion blogs! I, too, am from Indiana and have enjoyed watching all of your moves! Also, I am a teacher and remember reading your blog from when you also were a teacher! I enjoy seeing your family, including the kitties, too! :) I keep thinking I need to start a blog! I have ordered repeatedly from ADV Design's Etsy shop.....received the bracelets this week! She even is so kind to convert the earrings to clip-on for me! I enjoy your blog!

  24. Happy 9th Birthday! I like your everyday life posts. Also I really enjoy seeing how you add vibrant colors to otherwise basic items. You have me looking at fun things to add to my boys lunches. I would enjoy a post on parenting young kids at a later stage in life. I feel awkward often around the younger moms. Also a post on being the parent of a student after you were a teacher. Kara.


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