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Two Years Ago, Today…

Disclosure: This is my #entry into the #LoveFamilyMobile Contest hosted by Collective Bias, Inc. Thank you for supporting me as I support the brands that help me grow.

Whether you look at it as 730 days, or 7,520 hours or 1,051,200 seconds; 2 years is a long time! Or, at least it seems that way when I think about the future. But, when I reminisce over the past, 2 years seem to have zoomed by. Today, I don’t have a recipe to post, but, I hope you stick with me on my stroll down memory lane as, today, two years ago, I hit publish on my very first post.

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Back then, when I started this blog, all I thought I would do with it is keep it as an online journal of healthy-ish recipes for my daughter. I am horrible at writing things down, and when I do, even I have trouble deciphering my handwriting! So, I started this blog, with the intention of leaving her a little legacy.

But then, as one month became two, I started to discover this amazing blogging community. And, as one year turned into two, I stumbled on opportunities that helped my checkbook feel like I had a part-time job, even though I was home or out shopping – with my daughter. One of those opportunities was being invited to join the Collective Bias Community in October of 2014.

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These new opportunities had me looking to social media as more than a way to keep in touch with friends. And, as I am always on a budget, I improvised and used an old iPod for handling all my social media – provided I had access to wifi. Back then I had a “feature” phone (also fondly called a dumb phone) and breaking my contract was not an option.

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But, in February, through Collective Bias, I was introduced to Walmart’s Family Mobile Service Plan. And, I couldn’t believe that I was paying more for my dumb phone with limited talk and no data than the phone I got through Walmart – with unlimited talk, text and data! Walmart’s Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text & Date plans start at $29.88/month (for the first line) which includes up to 1G of super-fast 4G LTE. At this price, I am going to be saving more than $40 a month between my daughter and myself! Walmart also carries a wide array of phones for every budget.

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I could post and tag pictures of my recipes on Instagram, share on Facebook, send out Tweets and Pin to my hearts content even as I was stretching after a trail run – with no wifi connections around #LoveFamilyMobile! Again, in May, I was honored to have the opportunity through (Collective Bias again) to get my daughter a phone with Walmart’s Family Mobile Service too! Before she got her new phone with WFM, she wasn’t able to use her running App as it needed a wifi connection, nor was she able to play her games when we made the long drive down to see my mom or use a proper GPS when she was driving – did I mention that she #LoveFamilyMobile too!  😆 

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Then, (yes there’s more), last week, I was elated to be selected as a Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador for the next 3 months – which was one heck of a way to celebrate the last week of 2 years of blogging!

As a Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador, I get to share with y’all that WFM will be helping to host the SoFabU On The Road blogger education conference here, in Atlanta, Georgia, on the 19th of September. Collective Bias will be holding a contest for all Walmart Family Mobile Ambassadors in which the Ambassador with the chosen winning #entry, will be sponsored to attend SoFabU as a VIP Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador! Seriously, how cool is that?!

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I am so honored to be starting my 3rd year of blogging with y’all – I have no idea where this journey will lead me 2 years down the road – but, I do know that I have been incredibly fortunate for the opportunities I have been given; and, most importantly, for the blogger friends (old and new) I have gotten to make along the way. Thank y’all so much for your support and kind words these past two years!

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Ash-foodfashionparty

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Two Years!! Congrats my dear. All the wonderful recipes and thoughts are appreciated. I've enjoyed knowing you and going through the journey with you. You are awesome. xoxo

Manali @ CookWithManali

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Happy 2 years Shashi!! Wishing you lots of success in the coming years! :)

Curry and Comfort

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Congratulations on 2 amazing years in blogging!! You have done so much in two short years. I wish you loads more success!! :) Keep on blogging. :)

Chris

Monday 15th of June 2015

Wow, two years! That's awesome! Really glad I found your space on the internet. You produce wonderful recipes, have great insight, and are always super nice and positive! Cheers Shashi!

Coffee and Crumpets

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many, many more years blogging!

Shashi

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Thanks so much Nazneen!