My 12th Blogging Anniversary Giveaway

12th Blogiversary Giveaway

This month marks the 12th Blogging Anniversary (or Blogiversary!) of April J Harris and The 21st Century Housewife! It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities. I’m so grateful to the folks I’ve met along the way especially to my lovely blogging friends.

My very first blog posts on a Word based website (uplifted with FTP software on dial up internet) seem a long way away now. Back in 2002, blogging was in its infancy and so was The 21st Century Housewife. This was my logo.

12th Blogiversary Giveaway

Designed by my son – he drew a picture as a surprise for me when I launched my website – and realised with the limited technology available at the time by my husband, it was truly a family affair. That’s me sitting on the ‘y’ in Century! This was us then –

12th Blogiversary Celebrations
At the beginning, the site consisted mainly of a collection of essays I had written in the previous three or four years. These were my first blog posts, designed to support other housewives and stay at home moms like myself.

The site has evolved over the years and three redesigns and a rebrand later it’s a very different place than it was all those years ago. I now cover family, travel, food and style – although I will never lose my passion for encouraging other women to follow their dreams – whether it’s as a housewife, mother, stay at home mom, in the working world outside the home – or all of these!

Over the last 12 years, I’ve been privileged to watch a community develop at The 21st Century Housewife and I was excited to take things to the next level earlier this year when I re-launched under my own name at There’s a new feel to the site as I cover things I hadn’t really ventured into before. There is and will be more home and family, more style and travel and of course, more delicious recipes.

My life, like, is constantly evolving. My husband, son and I have all grown up a bit!

12th Blogiversary Giveaway
Here we are late last year in Niagara Falls. My readers have been with our family through so many things, including when my son went to  Canada to attend college and while I learned how to feather an empty nest. I hope that the years to come will also see develop and grow even further, strengthening the community we’ve created and encouraging everyone to follow their dreams – whatever they may be!

We’ve already been celebrating here on the blog with some lovely guest posts from some of my blogging friends and now I’d like to offer a personal thank you with a celebration giveaway!

The prize is an Amazon gift certificate for $50 (or £40). Entering is easy! All you have to do is: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Nancy Wolff!

Subscribe to my email updates (in the box above the comments) and/or become a fan of April J Harris on Facebook.

Each subscription / like counts as one entry. Please let me know in the comments when you have done either or both of these.

If you already subscribe and/or like April J Harris on Facebook, please remind me in the comments and I will ensure you have an entry for each of these.

A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator on Monday November 3rd and announced on my Facebook page and in next week’s Hearth and Soul hop post.

Whether you have been reading The 21st Century Housewife for years or are a new reader of, I’m grateful to you all for the part you have played in my blogging evolution and to so many of you for your friendship. I’m excited for the future and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1291 great articles for us.
April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.
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  1. I am a confirmed email subscriber to your blog.

  2. Tampa Cake Girl says:

    I am happy to be a subscriber but I have loved your page for quite some time!

  3. I am both a subscriber and a Facebook fan! Loved your blog from the first moment I found it!

  4. Happy anniversary! I’m a fan on Facebook and love your site 🙂

  5. Hi April! Happy Bloggiversary! I am subscribed and a FB fan, twice. 🙂
    Thank you for having such a great give away to celebrate!

  6. Marcy McGuffie says:

    Just confirmed my email subscription. I already liked your Facebook page! 🙂

  7. Subscribe and like on fb. Many thanks April have enjoyed following you for many years now through many life changes but lovely to count you as an on line friend x

  8. Happy 12th Anniversary. Amazing. I like on Facebook and just subscribed too. Congratulations

  9. Hi April

    Happy 12th your log. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful experiences with us.

    I’ve liked you on FB for a time now and have subscribed to emails.

    Have a lovely weekend and thank for such a great competition.

  10. April, I subscribed to your email updates (using a different email address than the one filled in here). Would definitely like you on Facebook if I were on Facebook! I can’t believe someone has been at this blogging thing for 12 years! Happy Blogiversary! I’m just going on 5, and it seems a long time. All the best to you and yours.

  11. 12 years is a terrific milestone, very many congratulations.
    And gosh, yes, wasn’t FTP and dial up a pain?! In fact I still use FTP at work and it’s a bit like watching a black-and-white movie, but not as charming…

  12. I am a fan on Facebook. You have a great blog.

  13. Congrats to you on your 12 years of blogging! Wow what an accomplishment. I love your blog and so glad that we are blogging buddies. Wishing you many more wonderful years of success blogging!

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