Thursday, 11 October 2012

Happy Birthday Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

Hi Ladies! I can't believe I'm saying this or even typing out this post, but as you guessed by the name of the title and the picture, today is my blogs birthday. Yep,Miss Sunshine & Sparkle is officially one year old today! It would be a dream to have a true celebration and invite all you lovely lot round for cupcakes, cocktails and a party (can you imagine if we had a party for every blogs birthday's, that would be a lot of parties to attend!) but instead I shall have to settle for a blog post instead of the blog party. 

I'm sure you all know the drill by now with these birthday type of posts and are thinking right now here come all the 'thank you's' etc. But it would be just too rude of me to not say thank you to each and everyone of you who has taken the time to come and have a read, comment and even follow. I know blogging is not all about the followers, but it really is overwhelming and just amazing when someone takes the time to read though your blog content, and appreciates and likes your efforts so much so that they want to come back for more. Sometimes I still can't get my head around how far my little space on the Internet has come along and what I've managed to achieve in one year. 

In all honesty I thought it would have taken me a lot longer to get where I am today, but with a lot of hard work and the help of Google, my trusty camera and of course fellow beauty bloggers, I've seen my blog go from strength to strength. The other week I was looking back at my very first posts (some of them really make me cringe!) and I really can see where I've improved and how I've developed my own sense of style throughout the year. I love the fact that I'm still learning and really look forward to seeing what the next year of blogging will bring. 

Blogging really has changed my life, this may sound a little daft to a non blogger, but I know that a lot of you will totally relate and understand where I am coming from here. When I first started I never knew how addictive it would be or how rewarding it was. I would urge anyone who is thinking about starting a blog to bite the bullet and just go for it, there really are no wrongs; If you stick at it, not only will your blog grow, but you will also grow as a person. I've grown in confidence since starting Miss Sunshine & Sparkle, put myself in new situations, challenged myself and met some wonderful people along the way. Meeting and taking to some lovely girls has really made my blogging experience just amazing. The beauty community is just wonderful and I would like to take the time in this post to name some of the girls which I've gotten to know and who have been there for me though my day to day life, as well as blogging. All there blogs have been listed and I would love for you to go and say hello to them.

Beth -  Birds Words 
Kayleigh - Couture Girl
Charlee - My Stringaling 
Sarah - Oh So Glam
Sophia - Sophia Meola 
Lindsay - Lindsay Frances

So what does the next year have in store for Miss Sunshine & Sparkle?

Well I'm still going to be blogging of course. It would be a dream to have career blogging like some girls, but I think that maybe a goal for my next blog birthday. What I would love though, is to grow even more as a beauty blogger; What I mean by this, is that I would like to get a more variety of beauty and fashion posts up and try and find the time to blog more. I would also love to have more interaction with all you lovely people and get to know even more of you that take the time to comment and have blogs of your very own. There is still so much I'm learning is I have already stated and I just want to learn more technical things that will add to the general layout of my blog and make it a better experience for everyone visiting. 

My main goal though for the next year is to try and start getting some videos up. I know that blogging and You Tube really go hand in hand and I think its a perfect way for everyone really get to know the girl behind Miss Sunshine & Sparkle. This is something which terrifies me slightly, but I know I have a lot of support and people giving me the confidence to film... So watch this space.

Thanks once again beauties for coming on this journey with me, and if there is anything you would like to add to this post, please do so in the comments below. Also if you follow MSS and I've not had the chance to check out your blog, please let me know as I would love to go and take a look.

Lot's of Love



  1. Happy blog birthday hun :) I know what you mean, my old posts make me cringe too! haha

    1. Thanks lovely. lol I'm pleased I'm not the only one, sometimes I think I should just delete them haha but know that they are good to look back on :) xx

  2. Happy blog birthday Danielle :-) Thank you so much for mentioning me!! :)


    1. Thanks sweets, you are very welcome, thanks for being there throughout the year sweets xxxx

  3. Awww absolutely loved this post darling :) so sweet and I totally agree wit you when you say 'blogging has changed my life' as it really has changed mine too! It's been lovely getting to know you lovely and I can't wait to get to know you even more! Congrats on all your success to far :) you deserve it! Xx.

    1. Thanks hunni, means a lot. It's crazy to think how a year of blogging can change you, but it really does. You are such a sweetie and lovely getting to know you too, we so need a beauty blogger meet up lol. xxx

  4. such a great post my love!! thank you so much for mentioning my little blog :) really has been amazing getting to know you and becoming 'virtual besties' hehe you have an amazingggg blog and cannot wait to see what you have in store for the future :D LOVE YOUUU! xoxo

    1. Thanks lovely, how could I not mention you haha!!! you are a beautiful person inside out, so pleased your one of my beauty blogger besties. Love you too!! xxx

  5. Congrats lovey. It really does fly by when you start blogging doesn't it? You have a lovely blog and I love reading it, and it was lovely to meet you the other week.

    Thank you so much for the mention, that was so nice of you. I'm going to check out the other ladies' links now.

    Oh and you should definitely make some vids, I'd be subscribing! xx

    1. Thanks hunni, It was lovely to meet you too, you such a sweetie and I'm still in shock that our trio of posts won the Aussie competition, mainly down to your amazing poem, so excited for our prize. It's really crazy at how quick it flies by xxx

  6. Ah beauty queen!!! Thanku!!! You have done soooo well i am inspired by you!!! Well done hun xxxxxx big hugs!!! Xxxxxx

    1. Aww thanks lovely, that's ever so sweet of you, that's an amazing compliment to know that I've inspired you, thank you so much xxx

  7. I love that we started our blogs at the same time :) i think thats why we get on so well as bloggery friends - theres a little group of us that are all roughly at the same stage in our blogging lives :)

    I agree totally that its changed my life - its such an amazing thing to do and something that I could never have imagined would make such a difference to me. And i also cringe at my old posts!

    Here's to another year of your blog :) Its a firm favourite of mine! Fellow Halo Hair bestiee yaay :)

    congrats on all youve achieved lovely xx (& thanks for the mention) :)

    1. I know its ever so sweet how we have all clicked and are all at similar stages with our blogs and all get along so well, I love our beauty blogger friends :)

      I know the difference it has made is crazy and its mad to think blogging has influenced so many aspects of my life too, like not using a product till the pictures are taken haha.

      I love your blog too, its just wonderful and full of lovelyness :) so pleased to be Halo Hair bestiee's now hope they get us all together for a meet, how exciting would that be

      Thanks gorgeous xxx

  8. Happy happy birthday! :) thank you very much for the mention, can't wait for our next beauty swap (I have lots of good ideas :)) It's also so nice to be able to say that through blogging we've both made a good friend :) here's to the next year of blogging!

    Lots of love,


    1. Thanks lovely, I know its been lovely getting to know you and I'm super excited for our next swap, there are so many things that I want to get for you lol and make it really pretty haha.

      Love your blog sweets xxx

    2. Thank you :) :)

      The next one will be eeeven better than the last one! I have an idea of something we could do, I'll email you tomorrow :) XXX

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  10. Happy Blog Birthday lovely, here's to plenty more where that came from :)
    I completely agree with you in what you say about what blogging has done for you. It has helped me through some tough times and I only wish I'd discovered it sooner!
    Looking forward to seeing soe of your videos!
    Mel xx

  11. Happy Birthday Miss Sunshine & Sparkle :)
    A HUGE Thank you for the mention xx

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