The 11th Anniversary of The 21st Century Housewife and a Giveaway

Family CollageThis month marks the 11th Anniversary of The 21st Century Housewife website and I couldn’t be more excited! I had no idea when I started the website with a few carefully written essays back in 2002 that it would evolve into the lifestyle website it has become. I’m so excited, I’m having a giveaway to celebrate! More about that in a minute…

You can read more about the history of The 21st Century Housewife here but in a nutshell, back in the late nineties, I was experiencing a lot of negativity about my decision to be a housewife and stay at home mom so I began writing down my feelings and beliefs about this issue in short essays designed to encourage myself and others who had made similar choices. A couple of years later, at my husband’s suggestion, I decided to use the essays to start a website. The 21st Century Housewife had its online launch in late October 2002.

Original The 21st Century Housewife logo

It was definitely a family affair, with my then eight year old son drawing the first logo and my husband converting his vision into an online logo. That’s me sitting on the ‘y’ in Century! Back then, I published with an FTP package called Terrapin and I remember waiting endlessly for the smallest of posts to publish. Publishing anything with a photograph took what seemed like eons. Later, I upgraded to iWeb and finally early this year I made the move to WordPress and a professionally designed website (A huge thank you to Neil and Jessica at Kohler Created!).

Logo The 21st Century Housewife

Over the years The 21st Century Housewife has changed almost beyond recognition, evolving from a social commentary into a lifestyle website featuring inspiration, tips and trends for anyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel and the finer things in life. The 21st Century Housewife and I have grown up together and as my life has changed, so has the website. As we began to travel more as a family, I started to write more about travel. As our style, homes and gardens changed, I wrote about that too. And when I began to enjoy not only cooking from other people’s recipes, but also developing my own, I began to write about food and cooking. Now that our family is evolving yet again as our son begins to start a life of his own, I’ve begun to write about the challenges and joys of an empty nest.

Guy & April Lake Simcoe

I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me, from my very first email commenters way back when to all of you lovely folks who visit and support The 21st Century Housewife now. My blogging career has given me some amazing experiences – from a champagne reception at St James’ Palace to cooking with celebrity chefs to being addressed by President Obama at BlogHer ’12. I’ve met some wonderful people and I have learned so much. I am looking forward to seeing what the next few years hold!

In celebration of the 11th Anniversary of The 21st Century Housewife and to say a huge Thank You to you all, I’m having a giveaway. All you have to do is comment on this post and you will be entered to win a £50 or $50 Amazon Gift Certificate*. You can submit a second entry by subscribing to my weekly email newsletter. Please mention in your comment that you have subscribed by email.

Thank you all so much again for your support!

*Comments will be numbered in order of receipt. (My replies will not be included in the numbering.) Entries by subscription to my weekly email newsletter mentioned in a comment will be numbered sequentially after the comment. On November 15th 2013 a winner will be selected using a random number generator. Prize denomination will be determined by winner’s location. Winner will be announced at 1pm GMT on November 15th. This is not a sponsored giveaway & the gift certificate is being supplied by The 21st Century Housewife. 



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Thank you so much to everyone who entered!

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1286 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. Time goes so fast! I have had a great time seeing your world, England seems like a beautiful country and you a great champion of her. Thanks for all you do.

  2. Love your website, so entertaining. Well done! Cx

  3. April, you have a lovely blog and a beautiful family! Happy 11th Anniversary, and congratulations on an amazing milestone. 🙂

    Love, Joy

  4. Hi April!

    Congratulations on you 11 Year Anniversary!!!! Wow, that’s a long time and so much has happened around you during this period. It must be lovely to look back at your older posts and discover old memories!

    I’m so pleased I found you when I started my blog!

    I subscribed to your email updates but I’m sure I subscribed before though I haven’t been getting any! Never mind I hope it all works now.

    Once more many congratulations!

    Vicky xo

  5. FTP–my goodness what a pain!
    This is such a good lemons to lemonade story, April. And I love that your family was involved from the start. I’ve only “known” you for a few years, but I am fortunate to have gotten to know you through your writings, watching your son grow through pictures, and seeing how your family has evolved. Eleven years is a huge accomplishment and you are an inspiration to many bloggers. Here’s to many more. Cheers!

    I just subscribed to your newsletter yesterday!

  6. What an inspiration April! Happy anniversary! You’ve given me hope and encouragement to keep going. I’m so glad I’ve got to know you. I love your blog and love getting a first hand glimpse of what’s happening over their in the UK (or Canada from time to time).

    Anne xx

  7. Thank you for your wonderful site, encouraging us housewives! 🙂

  8. Hi…I just recently found your blog via Pinerest.
    I just signed up for your newsletter also!
    Congratulations on 11 years of Blogging!

  9. Katie Skeoch says:

    congratulations!! time sure flies when you’re having fun x

  10. Congratulations! I’m not sure I’ve stuck with many projects for 11 years 🙂
    I’m sure you enjoyed this walk down memory lane too.

  11. April, 11 years is really wonderful, love your blog my friend, wishing many more years of happy blogging.

  12. Wow, April, 11 years – that is an incredible milestone, and a real inspiration to those of us who are much newer to blogging by comparison. Can’t wait to see how your journey unfolds over the years ahead.
    Sue xo

  13. Congratulations April! What a wonderful testimony and an inspiration to us all! I look forward to continuing to read your blog for many years to come!
    -Nancy HomeAcre Hop

  14. Wow! Congrats on year 11, April! It has been fun to read and watch as your website has grown and morphed through the past few years that I’ve been following you. Your boy has grown into such a handsome young man…hope he’s enjoying his schooling and doing well (cannot imagine otherwise!). Many blessings to you as you blog your way through year 12 and beyond. 🙂 ~Lisa

  15. PS: I just subscribed to your email list. 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity (although I won in the past…hope it’s ok that I’m entering again!).

  16. Karen Scammell says:

    Wow 🙂 I would love a chance to enter your giveaway please

  17. Jessica W says:

    Congrats on 11 years! How many words do you think you’ve typed in that amount of time? 🙂

  18. Kim Campbell says:

    Wonderful give away! Thank you for your generosity to your readers! I have also subscribed. 🙂

  19. Congrats on 11 years and going strong. I just subscribed.

  20. Congratulations on all your achievements, and thanks for being a supporter of my blog, Mom Home Guide! 🙂

  21. Congratulations April on 11 years of blogging! That is amazing what a journey you must have had and I sure look forward to enjoying your blog as you move forward. My very best wishes for your continued success!
    Miz Helen

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