My TWO-YEAR Blogoversary!! // Giveaway + NEW Blog Design

by - 12:00 AM


*jumps into the room in an explosion of glitter* GUYYSSSSSS. You know what Monday was??

You are correct if you said January 15th. But you're even more correct if you said it was my TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SUNSHINE AND SCRIBBLINGS!!!

I honestly can't believe it. Two years have passed. Starting a blog was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Through it, I've experienced a tremendous amount of growth - as a writer, reader, creative soul, and a child of God.

But by far my BIGGEST blessing is you guys. I have the best community of people in the world. Like, I sometimes just stop and say "WOW I AM SO BLESSED." I have been given such a supportive, loving, and encouraging group of friends who honestly make me a better human. You got me through some of the toughest times of my life last year. You actually take the time to read my monstrous posts. You leave the sweetest, most uplifting comments. You've made me grin at my screen like an idiot and have moved me to tears by your words.

I can't imagine my life without you all. So thank you, my friends. Whether you've been following me since day one or you just found my blog yesterday...thank you for coming along with me on this journey. Seriously, I love you people so much.

OKAY SO LET'S ADDRESS THE STYLISH ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. Sunshine and Scribblings has received a significant makeover and I'm all the happiness.

My dear blog has been in need of a more professional/functional/adorable design for a LONG time, and I finally bit the bullet and redesigned it. I had to make my blog private while I gave it some TLC so apologies to anyone who received a heart attack when they weren't able to access it. xD

I thought this would be a good surprise to unveil for my blogoversary. It felt fitting, to usher in a new design today. (But gosh, NO PRESSURE THOUGH. Not at alllll. :P)

It took nearly TWO DAYS, much screaming, terrifying HTML and CSS things, and motivational ice cream BUT IT'S DONE. I'm so proud of it and am actually pretty obsessed, not gonna lie. (I even figured out all the coding stuff for the navigation bar by myself and gosshhh, look at me being professional. *awkwardly highfives myself*)

So...what do you think?? Do you like it? I'm a little sad to see the old look gone (because #nostalgia), but I love this way more. It's very clean and minimalistic, and it feels like a good expression of my personality. It's not 100% done - I have a few minor things to tweak, like adding a "Contact" page link - but I've got most of it finished. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT AHHHHH *hugs blog*

HONEST OPINIONS: what do you think? 


I spontaneously decided (like, today) that I would host a giveaway. Because, uh, I can't resist. I LOVE GIVEAWAYS.

I made three different quote bookmarks which ONE lucky winner will receive. It's for US residents only (SORRY DEAR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS *hugs*) because I'm a poor student. Please forgive any mistakes I made. I've been so busy lately and probably rushed them a bit too much. Oops. xD







If you would like to win these, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! The giveaway runs from today until January 31st.

"I wish you all the luck in the world."

a Rafflecopter giveaway

MY BLOG IS TWO YEARS OLD!!! Can you believe it? It wouldn't be here without you lovely people. <3 What do you think of the new blog design? Are you going to enter the giveaway? (YOU SHOUUULD.)  Let's celebrate together! *romps in glitter*

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  1. *flails* IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. And happy blogiversary, Mary!!!! *gives you all the celebratory chocolate* <333

    If I could spend the day with only one character? Gaah, how do I choose?! Uummm, probably Sarah from Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend. Because she seems like such a sweet soul. ^_^

    Have a wonderful weekend, Mary! <3

    Liv // livkfisher.blogspot.com

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    1. THANK YOU, LIV!!! <3 *devours chocolate*

      IKR. It's a cruel question. xD I've never read Rising Shadows, but I've heard only good things about it. I'm sure she would be a great character to hang out with!

      Same to you, my dear. <3

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  2. FIRST: I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN. So gorgeous! I just got my blog redesigned too, so I guess we're twinning! ;) Woot!
    SECOND: CONGRATULATIONS ON TWO YEARS OF BLOGGING!! That's so amazing, and I'm so proud of you, and...ALL THE GLITTER AND CONFETTI, GIRL! :D
    THIRD: wow ok I'm using a lot of caps. Sorry. I can't choose a character because THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE WHY DID YOU ASK THAT, WHY????
    FOURTH: Yes, I entered the giveaway. DUH. XD
    Congrats again and thank you for being awesome! ;)

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    1. THANK YOUUUUU!! Yes, we're totally twinning! I looooooove your new design, by the way! It looks so polished. ^_^

      D'awwww...thanks, Rebekah! I can't believe it's been two years already. I'm so glad that I've gotten to know you in that time. :D

      (Um, I use caps all the time...so...*cough*) I know, it was a rather mean question. *cackles*

      OBVIOUSLY. ;)

      Thanks so much, my friend!!

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  3. UM, THIS IS A GORGEOUS DESIGN!!!!!
    Congrats on two years of blogging! That's so exciting!!
    THOSE BOOK MARKS ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

    ~Ivie || Ivie Writes

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I'm so glad that you like the new design! Best of luck in the giveaway. <3

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  4. The design is beautiful. At least, what I see of it. I'm on my phone, so I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of gorgeousness. But the header!!! *Squeaks*

    Those bookmarks are also lovely!! You did an amazing job with them!

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    1. Also, congrats on your blogoversary!! I was so excited about everything else, I forgot what the entire post was about!! Whoops!

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    2. Thank you!! Ahh, yes...the mobile version *does* kind of rip you off a bit. ;) But trust me, it looks SO much better on the web.

      HAHA yes, I get really excited and forget things all. the. time. xD Thanks so much!

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  5. Congratulations, Mary!! And the new blog design is beautiful! I love the new header (is that what it’s called? :)—it’s so pretty and aestically pleasing :))).
    The bookmarks are awesome! I love the first one :).
    Again, CONGRATS!!!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Allison! Yep, you're right - it's called a header. :)

      Thank you!! I'm so glad you like them! I love that quote so much...so I'm a bit partial to it myself. ;)

      Thanks again, my friend!

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  6. Ahhh, so exciting! ^_^ The blog looks beautiful.

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOG!!! My goodness, has it really been two years? I remember when I first found your blog, only two posts up. Wow, and look at how it's grown. Congrats!!

    AND THE SNAZZY NEW DESIGN! It's gorgeous, and I must say, the blog looks very professional indeed. :)

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    1. MY BLOG THANKS YOU! xD I knowwwwww. I'm getting so much nostalgia right now because it feels like I just started it. *sniffles* But thanks so much, Evangeline!! It's been so fantastic getting to know you over the years.

      AHHHHHH I am so happy!! Thanks, girl. <3

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  8. Oy, congrats on TWO WHOLE YEARS OF AWESOME BLOGGING!!!

    I love the blog design, btw. Despite my tough, farm girl exterior, I love the color pink! #julianapproves

    And those bookmarks...so cute!!

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    1. AHHHHH THANK YOU. :D

      Thanks so much! Eheh, it did get a little on the pink side...I try to avoid being TOO girly with my design, but apparently that doesn't work. :P

      Thanks, girl! <3

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  9. Wahoo! Yay for two years of fantastic blogging!

    And wow, the new design looks fabulous, well done!

    I’m so excited to see what this new year will bring!

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  10. asdfjklasdfjkl WOW o.o SO PRETTY <333 I love your new design!! Also congrats on two years *throws all the glitter* *hugs* it's all too bad I live in Canada and cannot join the giveaway but anyways :D I'M SO HAPPY TO KNOW YOU, YOU AMAZING BLOGGER PAL ^.^

    Lisa
    thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    1. YOU are the amazing one. <3 Thank you soooo much! Awwwww, I really wish I could do an international giveaway...but #poorstudent and all that. :P One of these days, I'm DEFINITELY going to run one for all my lovely international pals.

      Thanks again, Lisa!

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  11. AAAHHH HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY TO YOU AND YOUR DEAR BLOGGY!!! :D And ooh, I love the new look! MUCH GORGEOUS! Congrats all around! ^_^ *feeds you cupcakes*

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    1. Thank youuuuuuu!!! *devours all the cupcakes* It's so hard to believe my blog has been around for this long. *feels old* :P

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  12. EEEEPPPP Happy Blogiversary! The new design is so so pretty, I love the white! I'm glad I found your blog!

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    1. ACK thank you very much, dear Hanne! I'm so glad that you did, too - otherwise I wouldn't know how incredibly awesome you are. ;)

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  13. Congratulations on two years!!!!! That’s awesome. Your blog is amazing and I’m so glad I know you through this virtual world :)

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    1. And also your new design is so PRETTY!!!!!

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    2. AWWWWWW. Thank you, Faith! It means so much to me that we're friends. <3

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  14. EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH AMAZINGNESS IN ONE POST.

    First of all, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!! I can't believe it's only been 2 years. I feel like I've known you FOREVER. I can't imagine life without my Mary. You're such a blessing in my life. I remember being so thrilled when you created a blog and I could interact with you more. It's been the BEST befriending you! LOVE YOU, GIRL! <3

    Okay but YOUR BLOG DESIGN!!! *SHRIEKS FOREVER* IT. IS. SO. BEAUTIFUL. It's making me want to redesign my own blog! Lol. This is just...perfect. It's so crisp and clean and professional and DKJSFLJSLKJDL:KFJDF. I AM IN LOOOOOVE! I can't stop scrolling and staring at all the pretty. Just...just... I LOVE IT! *flails*

    You are so sweet to do a giveaway! Those bookmarks are the prettiest, preciousest thiiings!

    For your question about which character to spend a day with... HOW COULD YOU???? Ummmm! How about Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles? That would be entertaining. XD

    Congrats again on your blogoversary and blog design and ALLLL the happy, pretty things! :D

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    1. ASGDLDHSLF CHRISTINE. <3

      SAME THOUGH. I simultaneously feel like it's been forever...and yet not? Like what was my life like before Lauri showed up?? HOW DID I SURVIVE? Just...thank you so muuuuuch. You are such a sweetheart. LOVE YOU, TOO. <3

      AHHHHHHHHHHH. Thank you! I'm so thrilled that it turned out (and relieved to be pretty much DONE with it *cough*). Blog design is rather a pain but worth it when the end result is satisfying. ;)

      I only wish I were giving away more!! It always makes me sad that I can't give EVERYONE a prize. But I'm so glad you like them. :D

      *innocent grin* Is there a problem? xD It was rather cruel of me, I'll admit. But from what I hear of Thorne, he certainly would be an interesting companion. ;)

      THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES OVER YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN :D

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  15. Aw congrats on two years my friend! And the blog looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Nice job :P
    Also, those bookmarks are so beautiful!!
    As to who I'd want to spend a day with... Maybe Jude Hawke from the Out of Time Series. (Before he... well you know.) He's just a super interesting character.
    Thanks for doing the giveaway and again, happy 2 years!!

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    1. Eeep, thank you so much, Ashley! I'm glad the hard part of the design is done. *sighs in relief* :P

      Thank you!! Ahhh, cool! He's definitely an interesting choice. *nods*

      THANKS, GIRL. :D

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  16. Wait whaaaat? YOUR BLOG IS OLDER THAN MINE? Hmph. xD

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  17. Okay actual comment time: YOUR NEW DESIGN IS GOLD. :O :O :O Literally everything blog design should be! Now I want to go redesign my blog. (What have you DONE?? XD) Where did you get your template from? Etsy? I've tried Etsy but everything is either a) pink or b) flowers. Which... clearly doesn't work for me. Although Julia DID find one for me that was [surprisingly] unfeminine, but when I tried it I couldn't figure it out/hated the font soooo. #etsyfail

    Also how is your photography so good? FOR REALS? Every time I try to take a picture it's like... LAME. xD

    But congrats on two years! Here's to another awesome year of blogging. :D

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    1. OKAY THAT MAKES ME SUPER RELIEVED THOUGH. I was wondering what the guys (aka you) would think of it. I tried to keep it out of the super-girly zone...but then pink crept in anyway. #oops SO YEAH GLAD YOU LIKE IT :D

      I got my template from Gooyaabi Templates (sounds like a sketchy name, but trust me, they have good free templates xD), but I think ThemeXpose actually designed it. (You can find links to the sites at the very bottom of my blog.) I went in and had to customize things myself and do coding things (LITERAL #PAIN RIGHT THERE) but overall, it ended up working great. *thumbs up*

      LOL IT'S CALLED BEING TALENTED. (I kid, I kid. It takes a LOT of practice and a knowledge of what makes a photo aesthetically appealing. I'm taking a photography class now actually and it's BLOWING MY MIND.)

      Thanks, Jon!! :D

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  18. MARRRRYYY.

    First item: CONGRATS ON TWO YEARS!!! You have such an amazing, beautiful blog and you are seriously so sweet. Also, apparently my blogiversary is exactly one week away from yours XD

    Second item:
    YOUR DESIGN IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. I clicked on your post and was like, "What happened??" because it's so different, but I LOVE it! It's so minimal and I absolutely love your little wreath-y header. GORGEOUS. It fits you so well.

    Annnyyyway, I'll stop rambling now. ;) Congratulations!

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    1. awwwwwwwwwwwww. YOU ARE TOO NICE. <3 Thank you so much, Zane! And happy blogoversaryyyyyy. I guess yours has already come and gone now...but hey, better late than never. ;)

      YAYYYYYY I'M SO HAPPY. I tried to find a theme that wasn't cluttered and fit my personality well...trust me, it took a while. xD But I'm so relieved to know people actually like it!

      Psshhh, I'm practically the master of rambling so that's nothing. xD Thanks again, girl!

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  19. EEEEEEEEE, congrats on two years!!!!! :D

    I'm a terrible human and I haven't been over here in so long but I STILL CHERISH OUR FRIENDSHIP AND I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT. <3333

    I hope 2018 is a fantastic year for you! Thanks for being terrific!!! <3333

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    1. AHHHHH OLIVIA THANK YOU. :D

      If you're a terrible human then I'M THE WORST HUMAN because I haven't visited your blog in half a millennium. (BUT OF COURSE I KNOW IT. Girl. Seriously. You are a sweet blessing. <33333)

      Thank YOU for being Olivia - sweet, wonderful, dear Olivia. <3

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  20. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!! *throws confetti and cupcakes because every blogoversary needs a cupcake or two* Congrats on two years! I love your new design, and I can't wait to see what this next year of blogging brings you! =)

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    1. CUPCAKESSSS *catches them in my mouth mid-air* xD Thank you so much, Micaiah! I'm so excited for what 2018 has in store for my blog. :)

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  21. Happy blogoversary! I love the new design also! Everthing looks amazing.

    Who I'd want to spend the day with? Hum...possibly Charity Barnum from The Greatest Showman? She and I are similar, and The Greatest Showman IS SO AWESOME!

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    1. Thank you so much, Grace! :)

      OOOOOOH. I want to see that movie SO BADLY. If Charity is at all like you, I'm sure she's wonderful. <3

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  22. Yay! Happy two years to Sunshine and Scribblings!!! Your blog is awesome, Mary! And so are you! :D

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    1. My blog and I thank you. *bows* ;) Seriously, thanks so much, Miss March. :D

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  23. EXCUSE ME WHILE I FLAIL OVER YOUR GORGEOUS DESIGN. <333

    ONE CHARACTER?? That's IT?? *groans* Mary, why do you pick such HARD QUESTIONS? Hmm...I would probably choose Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. She would be so fun to hang with! :D

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    1. AND EXCUSE ME WHILE I PROCEED TO HUG YOUR COMMENT. <3

      *evil cackle* Awfully terrible of me, I know. But Cress sounds awesome from all I've heard. *nods*

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  24. Happy happy blogoversary! I know I'm late but better late than ever right? Admittedly I was one of those people who had a heart attack when I saw your blog was private. I was like "No Mary no! Don't boot me out of the club! I'll miss you!" Haha but the blog looks great!

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Pssssh, there's no such thing as a late comment, my friend. ;) LOL I knew there would be at least one person! But no worries - Sunshine and Scribblings still exists.

      Thanks so much, Victoria! It's been so awesome knowing you over the years. <3

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  25. *is commenting for the giveaway cause she's behind and is just now entering* MARY YOU ARE CRUEL. I'm going to go with one of my own characters, because it would be A M A Z I N G if I could spend the day with a person I created!!! I would either have to go with Ryker... or Frank. My dear precious babies <33 Probably Frank from my Snow White retelling?? Haaard choice.

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    1. *evil writer laugh* MWAHAHA. Yes, I am very cruel. ;)

      EEEP I WANT TO READ YOUR STORY SO BAD!! It looks fabulous! I feel like I would probably die if I spent the day with my characters. *shifty eyes* xD

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS, MARY!!!! *throws confetti* I love the new design. It's absolutely lovely <333
    And thanks for the giveaway!

    - Maddy | littlebitofsunshineweb.blogspot.com

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    1. *romps in confetti* Thank YOU, Maddy! I'm so glad that you like it. <333

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  28. Happy two year anniversary! LOVE the bookmarks :D I would totally spend a whole day with Mabel from Grandma's Attic!!

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    1. Thanks, Olivia!! :) Ooh, I haven't heard of that book but I'm sure that's a great choice. ^_^

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