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Birthday Giveaway {Health Inspirations turns 1}

October 3, 2012

As already announced in my morning post I have a little something I’d like to giveaway today!!!

Exactly a year ago while everyone was off at work or school I sat down at my computer, googled “how to create a blog” and about 45 minutes later my first post was published. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to do more with my blog and only 3 months later I found myself in front of the computer again, watched an endless amount of youtube tutorials and managed to create a self-hosted blog. Today, Health Inspirations turns 1! YAY!!!!

When I sit down at my computer to write a post I mostly envision my family reading it. It is a fact that they were my only readers for quite some time and I assume their afternoons and evenings would be dull without this little corner of the web. When people ask me what this blog is about or whether it is a healthy recipes blog I just answer that it is a documentation of my life through food. There is nothing I love more than than getting my hands dirty in the kitchen or reading recipes so creating a food blog seemed to be the right fit. Creating this blog was a very spur-of-the-moment decision and to be honest I hadn’t given thought to the exact content of my website prior to its creation. Did I want to just post recipes, did I want to show what food I ate, would I want to write about my life, health or my eating disorder?

It took me some time to find “my style” of writing but one year later I’m happy with what I’m doing. I have also found a good blogging rhythm that works for me and while I would love to post every single day, sometimes I just don’t find the time. I hope you don’t get as frustrated as my sister when I don’t post for a few days but the good thing is you can always count on me being back at some point…hopefully sooner than later.

Through this blog I keep my family updated on my life and eats when I’m away at Uni in England or working in Munich and can connect to lovely readers from all over the world through one of the best subjects there is: food. In fact, I think blogging would not be the same if I didn’t have loyal reader like you reading and commenting on my posts.

Since this hobby of mine has brought such joy to my life I would like to thank each and every single one of my readers. I wish I could shower all of you in gifts but there is only so much money I can spend on a blog giveaway.

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As my birthday giveaway I chose this beautiful Le Creuset marmelade jar which comes with a silicone spreader. I’m sure you all know how much I love my mom’s home-made jams so this just seemed like the perfect gift. It’s from the Le Creuset Kitchen Accessories line and it matches all the wonderful stone cookware the company sells. There’s about ten of those items on my “I can’t live without this” list.

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There were so many other accessories that I would  have liked to give away but that will have to wait another year!DSC_0005

To enter the giveaway just leave a happy comment telling me whatever you want, perhaps you could share what your favorite jam flavor is. It doesn’t get easier than that, does it?

For more chances to win you can

Please leave a separate comment for each of the above. If you already follow or like any of the options just state that you already do so.

This giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where in the world you live. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.

Of course I can’t babble on about birthdays without wishing my baby brother Moritz a very Happy 18th Birthday. I harassed him with an early morning birthday photo shoot at 6.45am today but being one of kindest and good-tempered guys there is he was totally up for it.

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To celebrate in style I spent most of yesterday morning in the kitchen creating this giant Oreo cake. Mo is a serious Oreo lover so it only felt appropriate to go all out this year. His favorite kind is actually the white chocolate covered cookie but I wanted to spare him the heart attack on his birthday. Maybe next year!

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Happy Birthday to anyone else celebrating today. And to the rest, have a lovely day and thanks for continuously reading my blog!

Here’s to the next 365 days!!!

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132 Comments

  • Reply Ulli October 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hey, gratuliere zum Blog-Geburtstag!! (Und deinem Bruder zum echten ;-)) Ich hab derzeit ein Marmeladerezept (ein gesundes) daheim liegen und will das bald machen, da würd mir so ein Behältnis wirklich gerade recht kommen!! Liebe Grüße

  • Reply INGE October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Congragulations on your one year anniversary, super exciting!
    What a super cute jam pot :) I love all things from La creuset!
    My favorite jam is fastly becoming Lingberry jam (its something local to Sweden and its not super sweet, but also a bit acid, its great :)

  • Reply INGE October 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I liked your facebook :)

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    and pinterest

  • Reply Grace | A Life Unhurried October 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Woohoo! Happy blog birthday, and happy 18th to your twin! (You look so much alike!) That’s awesome. And that orange hue is fitting for the season … and could very well be filled with fig jam if it made its way into my kitchen. 😉 Well done on your blog; keep at it!

  • Reply Clair October 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    You are awesome! I was waiting to read that it was limited to Europe or something. I want that little jar so badly…might have to go get one myself if I don’t win. =) Congrats on one year!!

    Ohh, and my favorite jam…either strawberry or blackberry if it’s for pb+j. But for toast, I do love a nice marmalade.

  • Reply Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    And I already follow you on twitter!

  • Reply Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    And I liked you on facebook…not sure why I hadn’t done that already…

  • Reply Clair October 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    And I followed you on pinterest…but only because I like your pins. 😉

  • Reply Sara @ Magia e Pasta October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Alles gute, happy birthday, joyeux anniversaire, auguri! Congratulations on reaching one full year of blogging! I love reading your blog because I have so many American blogs and it’s nice to get a little European perspective 😉

  • Reply Sara @ Magia e Pasta October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Also, I follow you on Twitter! (@sara_speaking)

  • Reply Angela Batton October 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    favorite jam? Hmmm there all so good maybe blackberry!

  • Reply Kathryn October 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Happy blog birthday! I think you have such a great balance of posts here and I love the insight into your life : )

  • Reply Johanna October 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Congrats! I’m always looking forward to your blog posts :)
    Favorite jam? Is there anything better than freshly made strawberry-rhubarb jam??

  • Reply Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I love your blog! Congrats on one year! I love strawberry or peach jam! :)

  • Reply Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I am following you on twitter!

  • Reply Tayla @ She'll Be Free October 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I like you on facebook!

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    I started following your boards on pinterest!

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets October 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Happy Anniversary!! That’s awesome, and I’m so HAPPY for you!!

  • Reply Shannon Baas October 4, 2012 at 2:34 am

    My favorite flavor is raspberry.

  • Reply debbie October 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    My favorite flavor of jam is loganberry jam.
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  • Reply EMMA L HORTON October 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I LOVE BLACKBERRY JAM

  • Reply tamar October 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    i moved last week! happy!

  • Reply juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    i love plum jam!

  • Reply juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    followin you on twitter @evermorewinter

  • Reply juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    liked you on facebook

  • Reply juliette moire October 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    following you on pinterest (evermorewinter)

  • Reply Christine October 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary

  • Reply Chrissy Nestor October 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for the giveaway :) My fave jam flovor has to be Strawberry!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  • Reply Lindsey M October 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I love raspberry jam and also love Le creuset stuff! Congratulations!

  • Reply Lindsey M October 5, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I follow on Twitter – @sweepymummy

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  • Reply Rebecca Graham October 5, 2012 at 5:25 am

    My favorite jam is strawberry jam.

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  • Reply Kavey October 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I really got into making jam (and jelly and chutney and pickles) only a few years ago, in 2009. Since then I’ve become a bit addicted to it. The husband tries to point out that there’s no more space to store more, so I do my best to give them away to friends (and eat a few) so I can have another day of preserving!

  • Reply tracy davis October 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    It is snowing. Happy!

  • Reply Mary Calabrese October 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    We love raspberry jam.

  • Reply Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Best birthday wishes to Mo!

    I love the orange color you picked. Strawberry jam is my favorite.

  • Reply Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I am following you on twitter @rusthawk

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    I am following you on facebook as Rust Hawk

  • Reply Schmidty October 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I also follow you on pinterest as rusthawk. Thank you!

  • Reply Diane Baum October 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Love the strawberry jam like on facebook and g+ Cakes look great, will bake one today for hubby’s birthday
    Diane Baum
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  • Reply ferriz October 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

    i really love boysenberry jam.

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  • Reply Theresa D October 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I love ordinary strawberry jam.

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  • Reply Grace Irelan October 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I love Peach Jam.

  • Reply Jodi October 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I love grape jam

  • Reply Jennifer Mays October 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I like apricot jam.

  • Reply Desiree Dunbar October 9, 2012 at 2:53 am

    My favorite jam flavor is blueberry.

  • Reply Debra Hall October 9, 2012 at 3:07 am

    i love the great fall color

  • Reply Christine Treece October 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I love strawberry jam, especially homemade . . . yum! :)

    Thanks!

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    Follow you on twitter as @treece2122

    Thanks!

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  • Reply Donna Timmerman October 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

    My favorite Jam flavor is Strawberry

  • Reply Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    This marmalade jar is adorable! I love it! I actually make my own marmalade when I can – it is just as easy as your mom’s homemade strawberry jam and very yummy!

  • Reply Melissa JN October 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a follower of yours on Twitter! @melissanorton3

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  • Reply Judith R. October 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    My favorite flavor is marmelade.

  • Reply Bonnie Joseph October 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I love these jam jars…they are so stylish and cute! My favorite jam is blackberry jam!

  • Reply DeeAnn S October 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats on your first Birthday! I love this marmalade jar and would fill it with orange marmalade. :) Thanks.

  • Reply kathy pease October 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love strawberry jam oh heck I love all jam :)

  • Reply Sandy Ferguson October 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    strawberry. no bits hehe sandsferguson@hotmail.co.uk

  • Reply paige chandler October 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I love grape jam. Mmmmm

  • Reply ben October 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    i love grape anything!

  • Reply Cindy Merrill October 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Lemon Curd is my number one pick- it is scrumptious on hot toasted breads.

  • Reply Valerie Taylor Mabrey October 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I love blackberry jam
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  • Reply Whitney Lindeman October 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    What a cool giveaway! Thank you! I love all jam, but apricot may be my favorite. =)

  • Reply meme October 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I like strawberry and Happy blog and 18th birthday

  • Reply Fatima Knapp October 10, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I love Raspberry Jam

  • Reply Tonya Froemel October 10, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Congrats on your blog birthday! Beautiful giveaway prize too.

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    Liked you on Facebook!

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    Following you on Pinterest

  • Reply Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I love a homemade Strawberry Jam, but of course, any flavor jam is delicious!

  • Reply Noreen October 10, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Lingonberry, so yummy

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  • Reply Breanne October 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I love strawberry jam

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    cool beans and I love anything made with pumpkin!

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  • Reply Sand October 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I love blueberry jam!

  • Reply Corey Olomon October 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

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  • Reply Michelle B October 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Happy Birthday!We love apricot jam.

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  • Reply Deb K October 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I would love to win this jar! We planted grapevines a couple years ago, and this was the first year we had our concord grapevine flower and produce grapes. The grapes were a bit small, so we let the birds have them. But hopefully, next year they will be bigger, and I can make homemade jam!

    chipper101 at hotmail dot com

  • Reply joseph gersch jr October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    hi!! I love blackberry jam

  • Reply Brian E. October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for the giveaway… Blackberry & Raspberry are our favorites !

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  • Reply Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    My favorite flavors are Apricot Jam & Apple Jelly. Cherry Preserves are good too! I’m Jam crazy!

  • Reply Barbara Stenby October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday by the way! I follow on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/wikichoco/

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  • Reply Buddy Garrett October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Blackberry Jam is my favorite flavor.

  • Reply Buddy Garrett October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I like your Facebook page.

  • Reply carol lewis October 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Mo!

    This is just adorable! I would use it for some yummy apricot jam. How cute would that be?

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  • Reply susan smoaks October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I love strawberry jam. I want to make a giant oreo cake, that looks amazing!

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  • Reply amy October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    i love toast and jam!

  • Reply Danielle October 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I love jam! My favorite is blackberry

  • Reply Jamie October 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I like strawberry.

  • Reply Charlene Kuser October 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog and your pictures are wonderful.I could eat that cake right now.Yummy
    My favorite jam is Blackberry.Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply christal c October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I like raspberry jam and toast

  • Reply christal c October 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    follow you on pinterest

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  • Reply Marie Darrer October 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    How nice that your blog is having a birthday! So generous of you to offer a beautiful prize!

  • Reply Ann Council October 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Pumpkin jam is one of my favorites and especially with the fall upon us.

  • Reply Marie Darrer October 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

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  • Reply Katie October 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I love strawberry jam!

  • Reply Laurie Emerson October 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I love Peach jam! Have a great week!:)
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  • Reply Teresa October 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Congrats on the anniversary!! I love strawberry jam and fig preserves!
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  • Reply Angela W October 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I love Strawberry Jam

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