It’s Your Lighter Side’s Five Year Anniversary!
Sure, when I first began my own site in 2007 as a way to buck the authority of some of the more oppressive web sites, I never planned to do much with it. Back then on my sparse blue and green blogger template, I posted whenever I felt like it, often just throwing encouragement out there for others going through the same things I was as the pre-diabetic anti-cook, slinging comments to the wind, and sounding off whenever it felt appropriate.
Then something happened. I accidentally screwed up an Atkins Revolution Roll in the kitchen in 2008. And, furthermore, people liked it. Then I threw together a rag-tag combination of cauliflower, egg and cheese one Sunday afternoon. And the cauliflower pizza crust was born. I had no idea, 350 recipes later, that after only learning to cook at the age of 38, I’d get seriously kick-hiney letters like this one that I received just a couple of days ago:
I just wanted to thank you for your site. I have a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic 5 yr old. I don’t agree with the current philosophy of managing the disease….”Eat whatever you want, just cover it” (meaning ‘give enough insulin’). I am finding recipes on your site that don’t require me to give him any insulin. He even had a little PB&J on an oopsie roll today…no insulin! This is HUGE for us. Really life changing. One smiley kid and one grateful mama thank you!! –Denise
I never could have expected this kind of support when I began this site. Before I realized it (I was having fun and goofing in the kitchen), 5.6 million readers and five years later, Your Lighter Side has made a mark in the diabetic, ketogenic world. I am pretty humbled by this. Because of this site, I have had too many opportunities to count, from working with frazzled parents, to working with national companies, to working with major publishers.
What now? Sometimes that’s what I ask myself, but I really know the answer isn’t dressing up like Sailor Jupiter and going to comic book conventions. You can expect to see more joy of eating healthfully. More fun, innovative recipes that challenge the norm and please even the pickiest kids, spouses and cooks. More humor. More heckling. More ham. More lamp. Especially more lamp.
But at this moment, it’s all about you, because where would I be without you? I’d be making pirate faces in the mirror and licking bread. Still. It’s time to party a little bit.
Ready for some amazing fan shares? Terrific companies and Your Lighter Side have come together to offer readers some fun giveaways, and we hope you enjoy.
Start your engines! Vroom vroom! (Sorry; it’s the caffeine.) Simply click below to read the rules, ooh and ahh with me over these companies, and enter! I have also added a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to the mix in the form of amazon.com and Target.com gift cards for all of you, because I want you to know that I appreciate you very much, as well.
You can enter into more than one contest–just be sure they’re in your region (I’d hate for you to accidentally win an Australian gift card if you’re in Georgia). Click. Enter. And I hope you win!
Australian Readers: Enter to win one of two Target.com $50 gift cards
British Readers: Enter to win one of two Amazon.com $50 gift cards
Canadian Readers: Enter to win one of two amazon.com $50 gift cards
European Readers: Enter to win one of two amazon.com $50 gift cards
Enter to win: $200 in fine art portraiture from Lakeside Studio Art Portraiture
Enter to win: $100 gift certificate for LC Foods Corp
Enter to win: $100 gift certificate from US Wellness Meats
Enter to win: $50 in pasta and a gift card from Dreamfields Pasta
Enter to win: Two cases of Zevia Cola ($48 value)
Enter to win: Homestyles Chili Dinner for Four (5 @ $14 value)
Enter to win: J&D’s Foods Bacon Sampler Pack (2 @ $8 value)
and finally, enter to win One of two amazon.com $50 gift cards
In all, over $1000 in prizes!
I am so thankful to the companies and artisans who very generously provided items for you to sample and enjoy for your very own. It’s just a small way of them and me thanking you for your continued support, friendship, patronage and comments.
Here’s to the next five years and to all of the discoveries, life lessons, and adventures that await!