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  • Welcome! My name is Kelly, and I am a picky eater. On this blog I share recipes, new (to me) foods, restaurants, and products that I try in an effort to expand my tastes. You might also find me talking about my pug Olive, Miss Kitty, Project Life, my journey with running, and more! Feel free to contact me: [email protected]

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Two Whole Years

Today marks TWO years of writing, photographing, and reviewing on this blog.  I cannot believe that it has been two years already, time has flown and I’ve had a great time.

Just a few of the many highlights of the past year include:

Lots of traveling – for work and for pleasure – Chicago, New York City, Louisville, Los Angeles, and other smaller stops along the way.

Beach Scope

I attended my second Healthy Living Summit!  I met many new friends, and had lots of fun with old ones as well.  While it was fun the first year I went, my second experience was even MORE fun! (I have a feeling that this August, my experience will be even better!) Oh, and I’m hoping not to have any flight delay issues this year either. Fingers crossed.

Jump Around

This year I started participating in the Foodie Penpals exchange!  I’ve been doing it since January, and I’ve been having a blast.  I love picking out different treats for people, and it is fun to get things in the mail too!

This year has been a big year for me for running. Mainly because, well at one point, I was running regularly.  I actually ran 2 different races!!  That is HUGE for me.  I’m not a runner (I know, I know), but somehow I managed to run an 8K AND a 5K this year! Crazy.  I’m still trying to run regularly even though I don’t have any upcoming races, but its tough.  I should really find a 5K to sign up for in the near future for motivation.


Lots, and lots, and lots, of delicious food has been eaten.  Froyo, cupcakes,  steak, sandwiches, salads, and more.

It was a good year, and I think this year is going to be even better. I couldn’t have done it without all of you reading, so THANK YOU!

In celebration, I have a giveaway for you. 🙂

I’ve grown to like so many new foods this year so I thought I’d share the love and let you try them as well.  (Full Disclosure: All of these items were bought with my own money.)  It’s giveaway time!

 2 year giveaway

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • VitaCoco with Pineapple – coconut water has become a staple for me this summer.  VitaCoco with pineapple is by far my favorite.
  • VitaCoco with Peach and Mango – more coconut water, because I love it so much.
  • 2 pieces of my favorite local chocolate  – one s’mores and one exotic caramel.
  • 6 Stretch Island Fruit Strips – One of my favorite healthy snacks – especially for travel!
  • $15 gift card to Penzey’s Spices – Love this place.  They have pretty much any spice or seasoning that you’d want.  They started as a local Wisconsin company and have grown and are now nationwide!  They have locations across the country, and you can also order online!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post with one new thing that you did this past year.  A new activity, event, a new food you ate, just something new to you!
  • For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post: “Win some of @kellynigl ‘s favorite things and celebrate her 2 year blogging anniversary! http://wp.me/p1Lv7n-2mN ” and then post another comment telling me that you tweeted.
  • You have until midnight of next Monday July 2, 2012 to enter, I will pick a winner using random.org on Tuesday July 3, 2012.
  • Once chosen, I will contact the winner and they will have 72 hours to email me their mailing information.  If they do not contact me, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway is now closed, check here to see if you won!

Here’s to many more years of fun!

Good luck!

25 Responses

  1. Congrats, Kelly! I’m so proud of you for sticking with running, even though “you’re not a runner.” You are now, girl!

    My new thing this year? I ran a marathon! I still sometimes can’t believe it actually happened. 🙂

  2. wow – congrats on 2 years of blogging!

    i’ve done lots of new things in the past year… getting married, running my first race (!!), attending my first blog conference, and many more!

  3. Congratulations Kelly! Let’s see firsts in this year: I did my longest open water swim and wore a wetsuit swimming for the first time. 🙂

  4. Congrats on 2 years of blogging! My new thing this year was running a quarter marathon! It was a GREAT experience!

  5. Congrats! I went to Italy this past March . Then saw my idol chef Giada De Laurentiis at a show when I got back.

  6. Tweeted! Hope more discover your blog like I did this year.

  7. I think the biggest one… I moved! Never thought I’d see the day where I finally escaped Indiana. Congrats on your two years of blogging!!!!!! So glad we have become friends!

  8. https://twitter.com/kjpugs/status/217792782864101377 tweeted! PS… you have combined my LOVES! The only thing I haven’t tried is coconut water, but I’ve been meaning to, just haven’t found it in a store yet 🙂

  9. Congrats! I started my blog this year…
    Hooray for Penzey’s!

  10. I signed up for nursing school! I can’t wait to finally be doing something that I love. I only wish I would have taken this step sooner…but it is never too later!

  11. I joined facebook. I held out as long as I could! Congrats on two years of blogging!

  12. I started a fitness/health blog! (www.wishandwhimsy.com)

  13. I did my first 5k! And I appreciate all of your encouragement on Twitter!

  14. Congrats and great giveaway!

    This year I’m really pushing myself physically to do things I never thought I’d be able to do. I recently finished a Warrior Dash!

  15. Congratulations on your 100th post! Can’t wait until I reach that milestone!

    This year, one new thing I did was start my blog. So far it has been great!

  16. Had a knee replacement and rehabbing from it. Back to 1.5 hour walks!

  17. Congrats! One new thing I started doing this year: I started blogging myself! Also, I got married, so that’s pretty new 🙂

  18. I started a wonderful program called Tone It Up in the last year.

  19. I did a TRX class for the first time!

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