Big Mario Life Turns 3!

 Three years ago today, after a lot of hemming and hawing and all that jazz, I wrote this little post.  I was seeking an outlet for creativity.  A place to share my photography and not talk about the elements of larceny or the rule against perpetuities.  I guess I could only stifle that creativity for so long before it took root again and became my business.

Over the last three years, this blog has evolved from a quest to find balance between my right and left brain to a quest for balance between running my own business and enjoying my personal life.  The last three years of life have been pretty awesome and I love that I have a record of it saved on them internets.

You should know that a large part of that awesomeness is you, my readers.  My friends.  As much as I started this blog for myself, it's you who have made it interesting, engaging, and exciting to write.  To show my appreciation, I have a little gift.  Since the best part about getting a gift is the anticipation of opening it up, I'm sending one of you lovelies a San Francisco Surprise package and . . . I'm not revealing what's inside until a winner has been chosen!  That's right - it's a surprise for everyone! (except me, obvi.)

Don't worry, though - I promise it's a good one y'all.  I'll give you a few hints:

It has some yummy things to make your tummy happy . . .

It has some pretty things to make you smile . . .

And it has some San Francisco flair . . .

A little token of my appreciation.  I promise you'll love it.  And I'm giving you seven (lucky) ways to win it.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!!

PS - What do you think of the ol' blog's new look? ;)




  1. New blog design looks fabulous and clean cut! Also...a surprise giveaway? Awesome idea :) I don't usually enter these but this is too intriguing to skip! Congrats on 3 years...

  2. Thought your blog looked all different! Love it, it looks gorgeous and sophisticated. I'm still working on changing my blog design, but would really need somebody with more knowledge in that field...

    Anyway, happy blog anniversary! Love your blog and your photography and hope you'll carry on for a long time to come :-)

    Now off to check out the T&Cs for the SF surprise - hopefully a UK address won't be a problem...


  3. Happy blog anniversary!

    The new design looks fantastic! I love the little details combined with the simple aesthetic! I'm working on a little re-do myself courtesy of BlogMilk - can't wait to get it underway!

  4. Happy 3 year anniversary!!!! I just love your blog and I'm so happy I came across it!! Best wishes on your future projects and your upcoming wedding!!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

  5. Happy Anniversary!! Love your new blog design.

  6. I really enjoy all the aspects of your blog. Hope there's many more years to come!

  7. Happy blogiversary! I love the new design. So happy to have connected with you in blog land :)

  8. I absolutely love the new look!!! It was the first thing I noticed (well, after the macarons, of course!) YAY!!! Happy bloggy birthday to you :) What an amazing adventure you have had along the way! You know how much I love this wonderful space of yours :) I can't wait to continue following along in the many more adventures that there are to come! XO Brynn

  9. love the new design and for a moment you got my all excited that the giveaway was for macarons. i just tried one recently, i know very late in the game, and holy cow they are amazing

  10. Happy belated blog birthday. It's been my pleasure to get to know you during the last few years and I'm looking forward to many more. Cheers!

  11. I really like the clean, fresh look of your blog. And what a cool surprise of a giveaway! :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

  12. entered...mainly because I want a package from one of my fav blog people. The site looks SOOOOO freaking good. like im obsessed with it.


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