Happy Belated 3rd Birthday Happy Mothering!

by Chrystal Johnson on July 8, 2012

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I can’t believe it – Happy Mothering turned 3 yesterday! I can’t believe that I have made it 3 years writing here!

I know I have a lot of new readers, and I have been getting asked a lot lately about how I got started, so I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by sharing that story.

It was March 2009. We were getting ready for our year-long trip to South America in May 2009, and I was sitting in an airport waiting to board a plane for my first weekend away from Zoë to visit one of my college roommates and see her baby before we left.

I had been thinking about starting a website dedicated to natural baby products for a while, but started toying with the idea of blogging about it instead. I felt inspired to write. So I did. I wrote the first few articles you’ll find in the Happy Mothering archives that day. That weekend I also bought my domain name.

Nothing got published then, but I kept the articles saved for the right time. We arrived in Uruguay on May 12, 2009 and started our blog about our journey of living there. But Happy Mothering was always in the back of my mind. So I started it in secret. I didn’t tell anyone, not even Brian.

I remember the day he discovered Happy Mothering. I was sitting in our tiny bedroom in our Uruguay apartment and he came in and told me he’d found the blog, and that he was impressed with the content, but didn’t like the design (we were on TypePad at the time). I think that was around November, because I started to get more serious about blogging in December when Brian helped me get my social media channels set up. I also worked on the theme to make it look better.

Honestly, I never knew where blogging would take me. When Zoë was a baby, I struggled to find information on natural products, so I wanted to be a resource for other moms since I tend to research things to death once I get interested in something. I had no clue there was even a huge mommy blogging community out there – I’m still just getting my feet wet there!

Today, this blog is an outlet for me to share not only the wonderful natural products that make my life as a mom easier, but it’s a way for me to connect with other moms as well. Being a work at home or stay at home mom can be a lonely gig, and it’s nice to have somewhere you can turn to connect with women who are in a similar place as you are.

So, whether you’re a long-time reader or you’re just stumbling upon Happy Mothering for the first time, welcome – I’m happy to have you here. I hope we can connect and share in this journey of motherhood.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 The Frugal Greenish Mama
Twitter: frugalgreenmama
July 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Congrats on making it three years and thank-you for all the amazing support you offer your fellow bloggers!
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2 Jenn W
Twitter: onehouseschool
July 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Happy Birthday and Congrats on your 3 years of blogging!! I love your website and find valuable information here all the time. So glad to have such a great resource in the blogging world!! Be sure to take time to celebrate all that you have accomplished!!

Enjoy your day (a day late) :)

Jenn Walden
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3 maya
Twitter: mayamade
July 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I just found you from the greenmomsnetwork and want to wish you a happy birthday! 3 years, that is a lifetime in the blogging world. Thanks for sharing and please keep going!

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4 tiffany elkins
Twitter: 7kidsandcountin
July 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Well Happy Belated Birthday! I love your blog. So glad to have met you. Blessings on many more years to come.

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5 Rhonda YVSG July 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Here is to wishing you many, many more years of Happy Blogging! – One of your new readers :)
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6 Misty July 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Congrats girly! Thanks for all the help with getting my blog started! I can’t imagine 3 years from now for me! Blessings friend!

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7 Courtney B.
Twitter: RegistryNetwork
July 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Happy Birthday and wishing you the best! Love your blog and enjoyed learning how you got started :)

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8 laura broach July 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Happy Birthday!!!!
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9 Teresha July 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!
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10 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
July 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

That’s great Chrystal! I’ve only been at this for 7 months, so I think it is awesome that you are still blogging about what you love and that you seem to be as passionate about is as when you started. Glad that you are our fearless, experienced leader :)

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11 Lizie July 9, 2012 at 3:02 am

Happy happy birthday and we are all wishing all the best for you and for the whole family.. I hope you can have more birthdays to come..
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12 Kylie
Twitter: kjworthington
July 9, 2012 at 6:23 am
13 Mandi
Twitter: stblessings
July 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Yay! Your bloggy birthday is my real birthday. :) Congrats on 3 years!

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14 Josh Prieto July 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Happy B-day! It’s great to see how well you’ve done in that amount of time!
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15 polly July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

happy birthday and many many more blog birthdays in the future!

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16 Laura Black
Twitter: BudgetMindedOrg
July 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Three years of writing! I am impressed. Budget Minded Organics is almost one year old and I love it more and more every day. Congratulations on your anniversary and wishing many more Happy Mothering years!

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17 Cindy July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Happy Birthday Happy Mothering – Chrystal you have done an awesome job with this blog – keep up the good work!

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18 Becky July 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Happy Birthday! Happy to be reading your blog and now a part of the Green Moms Network. Thanks for supporting strong communities with both endeavors.
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