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January 12, 2013 marked the 3 year blogiversary of little ole Sandy a la Mode blog!  It’s crazy to think that this little part time job / part time hobby of mine has been around for 3 years already.  Lately, it’s definitely been evolving into a fashion + mom + Austin picture blog, but I’m totally OK with that because I feel like that defines a lot of who I am right now.  A fashionista, new mom, who loves taking pictures of her baby.  But as promised at the end of this year, for this 4th year of blogging, I am going to go back to my bloggy roots a little bit and ensure to sprinkle in some more recipes, crafts and inspirations.  Anyhow, I am soo grateful for you, my loyal readers.  Thank you to all those who have read from the beginning and welcome to all of you new(ish) readers.  I hope you decide to stay around!  For this blogiversary celebration, I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and highlight some of your + my favorite posts!  I guess this can double up as my “year in review” post that I never did for the New Year!  ;)

January 2012

  • My Baby #1 Pregnancy by Week Recap – I loved this post because it was a week by week bump recap of my pregnancy.  You can see how my belly grew and how my fashion transformed throughout my pregnancy.

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

  • I Made It 28 Days Without Shopping – The title explains it all, I made it 28 days through with my shopping challenge, which means I technically failed but I am still going to call it a personal success!

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

Whew.  What a year it has been.  But of course, I can’t let such a big milestone go by without a fun celebration GIVEAWAY to go along with it.  This year I will be giving away a variety of things… to THREE LUCKY WINNERS!  One lucky winner will get a February – April Standard Sponsor spot on my blog, which will include a giveaway OR guest post option.  Another lucky winner will get an accessory item from me, either a necklace, bracelet or scarf.  And the third lucky winner will get $25 to J.Crew… as if they haven’t taken enough of my money already.  ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway runs until January 22, 2013 at 12:00AM and is open INTERNATIONALLY!  Good luck!


Thank you to all that have voted for me so far! Please VOTE for me (again) today, you can vote once a day!!

108 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emelina
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    My favourite part is your fashion!

  2. Ting
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    ahh, love love your pregnancy wrap up! amazing to see baby A grow in your belly :)

  3. Connie | Daydream In Color
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    I love your outfits & Austin updates! :)

  4. modern.girl
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    what a great year! happy blogiversary!!

    modern.girl

  5. Jackie Lau
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    I love your fashion style the most!

  6. whatever DeeDee Wants
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    Happy blog anniversary!

  7. Cindi
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    I love your blog, but my favorite things would have to be your posts on Austin!!! How can anyone not love updates on the little guy?! I especially love reading your letters to Austin! It makes me wish I had written letters to my son when he was younger- what a fun thing for Austin to look back on!

  8. Ms. Megan
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I seriously love all your posts Sandy!! I love reading about Austin + your beautiful sense of style and everything in between!! xo

  9. Jenny
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    I love the fashion and pictures! Oh and Austin is so cute, just too adorable!

  10. Kemi
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    Love the fashion

  11. Kimbercrafts
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I love your fashion posts most of all – you have a wonderful sense of style!

  12. Raleigh T.
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    I’m this is a hard choice…I love everything!

  13. Melissa
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    I love your outfits. Always so cute.

  14. ilene
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    Loved this fun lineup of blog highlights! Happy belatdd blogiversary, friend!

  15. Meanz
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    I love how friendly and sweet you are. You also have a great style and Austin is just so adorable! I love it all!

  16. Patti
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    I like to see your fashionable outfits. lebl9077@bellsouth.net

  17. Emily
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    I love your fashion posts!

  18. Megan Lane
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    I always enjoy your recipes (and you’ve got mad food photography skills)! But really I enjoy it all :)

  19. Breanna
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Love your sense of style and fashion posts :)

  20. Alissa
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    I always, always love your recipes and your photography skills are awesome!

  21. Carly
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Can I say that I love the fashion and adorable Austin pics???

    Carly
    http://www.lipglossandcrayons.com

  22. Lyndsey Aaron
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    I love seeing your precious baby! The patterned dresses were fab! Congrats on 3 years, lady!

    xoxo,
    Lyndsey

    http://www.theeyelinermanifesto.blogspot.com

  23. Holly
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    Whoa, another year of blogging under your belt! So awesome! I think I’ve been following for 2 of the 3 years! Or maybe 2 1/2?? hehe, not sure! I love all of your posts about your every day life! Like your trip you just took with your girlfriends, and peeks of Austin being all adorable & sweet. :)

  24. jen
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    happy blogversary!! :) time sure does fly!

  25. Stacey
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    I came for the fashion but I love Austin!!

  26. Marisa
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    Happy 3 years of blogging, Sandy! It was fun to see your re-cap and I’m excited to see you bring back some of your blogging roots.

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

  27. emily @ anna delores
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:48 am

    I think my favorite are your outfit posts! But now that I’ve met the little nugget, I’m partial to the Austin pics, too. :) xoxo Sandy! Happy three years!!

  28. Geraldyne
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:55 am

    My favorites are the fashion post but I have to admit I just love some of your recipes like the Mango, Tomato and Avocado Salsa…. yummy! And Austin is so cute so I love his pictures!

  29. Ngan
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    Love those bump pictures.. so much fun to see the transformation!

  30. Leigh-Ellen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:11 am

    Love the outfit photos!

  31. Lauren
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    What a special 2012 it has been for you! Hope you have a great 2013

    Lauren
    x

  32. Sarah
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Great photos! I love the nursery and your baby is absolutely the sweetest!

    The Purse Snatcher 

  33. Heather
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    I absolutely love the collage of the baby bump by week – what a fabulous way to capture your amazing journey :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

  34. Chantel
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    I love your baby bump collage. I’m kind of kicking myself that I’ve taken no real baby bump pictures so far. Guess 11 weeks isn’t too late to start? :)

  35. Elizabeth Abu Castillo
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Wow! I’d love to do all these things on my first. hihi. ♥ I love your fashion.. I love the giveaways! I love it! ♥♥

  36. danielle m.
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Love your fashion :)

  37. Always Maylee
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Yay happy 3 years! I really enjoyed your pregnancy by week pictures. It’s so fun to look back and see how that cute bump of yours grew and realize that was little baby Austin and how he’s a year old now, crazy! What I love most about your blog is YOU. I love your outfits and I love seeing pictures of Austin. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  38. Sania Akbar
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I like pictures in your posts ..

  39. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Congratulations, Sandy! I just love seeing what you’re up to. :)

  40. Meegs
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I love the Austin pictures, and your fashion pictures (they give me inspiration).

  41. Mags (@magstheblogger)
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Happy blogiversary! :)

    My latest post ** 10 Facts About Fashion Bloggers **

    Lots of love, Mags

  42. Naomi
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Happy Bloggiversary!

  43. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Congrats on three years. What success! Please share how you became so successful with sponsors and such considering this is only a part time gig! And I love your style and playing with trends and of course love seeing Austin too.

  44. Tashia
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Outfit posts are definitely my favorite part, because I love your style. I hope your blog still exists for me to refer back to someday (5ish years from now) when I’m preggers. That being said, I only follow style bloggers who have a lot of personality, so I love the other stuff too:)

  45. Vintage Danielle
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I love your outfit posts and your overall style. The giveaway is really cool!

  46. Shannon
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    I loved following along with your pregnancy, then I teetered off a bit, but now I am back!

  47. Meli (Blush + Jelly)
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    Love all the photos of Baby A! :)

  48. Kristin
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    It’s been a fabulous three years lady! We’re celebrating our fourth. Crazy!

  49. Lacretia
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I love your outfit posts! You make me think I can actually pull off pattern! :)

  50. Krysten
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I love your style, it’s fun to open your blog up to see what you’re wearing.

    Okay and what can I say, Austin is so cute, I love pretty much any Austin post.

  51. Still Blonde after all these YEARS
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    This is pretty hard to answer, but I guess its really your sense of style. I always feel like I want to shop with you.

  52. Brittany @ The Domestic Geek
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    I love the Austin posts, so cute! The giveaways are always awesome too!

  53. Amanda Cobb
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Happy belated blogiversary! :)

    I love your fashion posts, and I’ll never argue against seeing cute baby pictures. I look forward to seeing more recipes, too. And overall I think you just have beautiful photos.

  54. mel
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Fashion for sure. Happy Blog anniversary!!!

  55. Trina
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    My favorite thing is your outfit posts!

    http://operationwearmycloset.blogspot.com/

  56. Jenna Wood
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    I love all of the gorgeous photos of your family!

  57. Jenn @comebackmomma
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    Love, love, LOVE your week-by-week photos. Wish I had done that. That photo of your child is amazing too!

  58. skippee
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    Happy anniversary!!! So many old posts that I love. Love that I got to see it from the very beginning! <3

  59. Tabitha
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Fashion! Happy blog anniversary!

  60. Grace Hodgin
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I love several things about your blog but love your photos especially.

  61. Dawn
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    That pregnancy by the week pic if so cute!! What a great way to save those memories!

    Happy blog anniversary!

    Dawn

  62. Lena
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    The hipster picture made me laugh so much – coolest pic EVER

  63. Danielle
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    I just ADORE your fashion posts Sandy. You’ve inspired me to get out of my comfort zone a little and try to do more ootd posts this year!

  64. Endless Summer
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    I love love love your photos!

    Elena Rudaya
    queen-of-pain at yandex dot com

  65. tk
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    the fashion posts and all the amazing giveaways!

  66. Et tu, tutu?
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    You were an adorable pregnant lady! I love seeing your style. I discovered your blog right near the end of your pregnancy and decided to keep reading because it’s really inspiring to see a mama-to-be/new mom who hasn’t let having a baby get in the way of her fashion sense! :) Plus the baby happens to super cute and very photogenic. ;)

    -Lindsey

  67. Jenna O
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 3:02 am

    I love fashion posts :)

  68. audrinajulia
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Oh love to see all your photos in your before and after pregnancy look. Yes you look great wearing patterns after seeing your two photos. Congrats on your 3rd blog anniversary and beat wishes!

    <3,
    Angie
    audrinajulia.blogspot.com

  69. HollyDolly
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I love your outfits and photos of adorable Austin :)

  70. Natasha Sobhn
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    pregnanacy by week is superb and picture quality is outclass :)
    cute baby:)

  71. Kelly
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    My favorite part is the fashion, I love your blog!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  72. Ari
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!! 3 years….amazing

  73. Joyce
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I am a long time reader and remember when you featured some yummy Taiwanese recipes. Can’t wait to see more of those!

  74. Cheryl V
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I love the photos and the fashion!

  75. Sarah
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Ohh the ad space sounds so temping, keeping my fingers crossed!!

    -Sarah
    The Weekend Diary

  76. Nicole
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I loved the baby bump pictures, so fun to look back on I’m sure.

  77. Amy
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I like the variety and color of your fashion photos!

    Thanks for hosting!

  78. Aime
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Congrats on another great year! You had so many wonderful things happen this year! Looking forward to seeing more from you!

  79. Melissa Tippie
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    I love your fashion posts! N the pics are always amazing :)

  80. Gina
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    Happy Bolgiversary! My favorite part of your blog is how you shared with all of us your joy on your first pregnancy & then the reveal, The Amazing Austin…God Bless that angel baby… You look fabulous… <3

  81. Penniless Socialite
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I love your fashion photos, but I’ll never turn down a photo of a cute kid!
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    Enter to a Target Gift Card!

  82. Nola G.
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I love your fashion posts! You have the most adorable style ;)

  83. lauriebreaker
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I’m torn between fashion posts and recipes as to what I love most –though, even picking those two is tough. Love everything!

  84. Claire
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I like the fashion pics for sure (:

  85. Michelle
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I like the fashion!

  86. Mimi
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    i love seeing your outfits and austin pictures, of course! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

  87. Tiffany B.
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    I really enjoy your fashion pics!

  88. Teresa
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I love the pics of your baby boy! I have a 9 month old little boy, so it’s fun to see what is coming up soon! And your outfit pictures are great too!

  89. heidi
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    i love your fashion posts!

  90. Tabetha
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I love the family pics & fashion posts!

  91. melody
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    goodness gracious you are one lovely lady! i am convinced that motherhood has made you even more gorgeous :) congratulations on such a fun, refreshing and successful blog! no wonder your readers love you!

  92. Katie | FashionFrugality.com
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Love your fashion posts, of course! But I love updates about your little guy too – he is just too cute for words!

  93. steph
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    awesome recap of the year!!! it’s cool to see how the blog has evolved as you evolve as a person!

  94. Erin
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 12:19 am

    I love your blog layout, your style, and the fact that I think we would be friends in real life ;)

  95. Jadey Sam
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I love your outfit shots and the stories about Austin!

  96. Amanda G.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Recipes!! YUM!!!

  97. Debbie Miller
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Congrats on your 3 year anniversary!

  98. Kym
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    I’m so happy to stumble BACK onto your blog and see how much you’ve grown..changed..since I first “met you” two years ago. xoxo

  99. Josie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I love your recipes. And your photos. And your cute baby. :D

  100. Meg
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Your fashion posts are amazing!

  101. rikrak
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    yay! happy blog-a-versary, nicey!
    you’re such a wonderful light in the world. thanks for that!
    hugs and cheers!
    k. @ rikrak

  102. The Chatty Mommy
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Love looking at all your pictures!

  103. Amy
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    HI Sandy,

    Your blog is looking so great! THanks for the giveaway! I hope we win the ad space! Always, AMY

  104. Sandy
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Love the fashion and recipe sections!

  105. Morgan - Modern Mommyhood
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I have to say I love the Austin pics and updates. :) I’m a relatively new mommy too…so it’s great to see his updates.

  106. rachel
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    Recipes! The pictures are fun too :)

  107. Stephanie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    I like the fashion and Austin photos!

  108. honeymyheart
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    i really liked watching your bump grow, and then watching austin grow!!

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