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The L.O. Turns TWO!


Good morning friends of the internet!

Do you notice something different about the blog today? Something a little more blush and more gold, perhaps? It’s true… The Learner Observer has a new look. Going into year 3 of blogging called for a look that’s a lot more subdued, less busy and more me! What do you think? I still have a few kinks to work out, but this is pretty much it!

So I missed my own Blogging Anniversary… sort of intentionally. It was yesterday! I wanted to post something short, but I figured I’d save it and make one wordy post today, because we wouldn’t have it any other way, right? Wordy is best. In my world, anyway. 

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Ok, so The L.O. is two, and I kinda sorta can’t believe it because I totally didn’t think that this little blog of mine would make it this far, be such a huge part of my life, and bring new and exciting opportunities to my life. It’s sort of a dream come true… a dream I didn’t even know I had!


The past year has included my first Blogging Conference (Blog Podium!), becoming a contributor on three other blogs: Remodelaholic, Decoist and LC Living, getting to know even more amazing bloggers (there are too many to name, but you know who you are), actually calling myself a blogger for the first time (it’s true, when someone asked what I do, I actually answered :”I’m a substitute teacher and blogger.” It was crazy), and of course, I learned all sorts of new things. 

Last year I broke down the year month-by-month. This year I decided to keep things simpler (see a theme here?) and just share with you one thing that’s currently on my mind: blogging is hard. It takes time, dedication, patience, sometimes a thick skin, and tons of hard work. It’s not for everyone, and for a while I didn’t think it would be for me, but I’m glad I stuck with it for all of the reasons I listed in that last paragraph. The name of my blog was more significant in this last year of its existence than it was in the first. I have OBSERVED people in new ways to see how and why they succeed at doing what they love and I have LEARNED that being true to who you are, what you believe in and what you love is always the best choice. My hope for year 3 is that I’ll continue to have the opportunities to observe others and learn from them because that’s one of the best things about blogging!

Thanks for being readers that encourage me and keep me moving along this bumpy road. As a way to thank you by showering you with gifts, I’m doing another bloggiversary giveaway, and to keep the simple theme going, you won’t have to like or follow or tweet anything. Just one comment and a teeny tiny click below will enter you to win a surprise package from me, which will include a piece of art, something thrifted, a yummy treat and something to inspire you. I’ll personally make and pick them out for you.

To enter

Leave a comment with your 3 favourite colours for the artwork and your favourite snack. If you win, I guarantee you those things will be included in your package! (Unless your favourite snack is ice cream or something else I can’t ship! haha


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Ok, that’s all for today, my friends. Have a beautiful Monday!

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  • Reply Casey @Waffling

    1. I love the new blog look! I like how the gold looks like gold and not ugly puke colour. Thats tricky online
    2. I like all colours? But right now turquoise is kind of taking over the condo (what compliments turquoise? yellow? coral? orange? red?)
    3. I like candy. and cookies. and chocolate. You really cant go wrong unless you send me something coconut and then I will side-eye you

    are you back at blogpodium next month?! hope to see you there!

    August 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Danica

      DAMN I’m going to miss seeing you guys at Blogpodium!!!

      August 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm
      • Reply Thalita

        OMG what??!?! You won’t be there? I’m crying.

        August 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Casey, you are too awesome for words! I love that you said it doesn’t look like puke hahahaha That was a legit fear of mine when I started considering these colours!!

      Also, YES! I will see you there!!! So stinking excited!

      August 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Hooray, happy blogiversary! I hope year 3 brings everything you wish for. Its off to a great start – love the new blog layout!

    Colours – I’m crushing on black, white, and navy these days. As for yummy treats, if its sweet, I’ll eat it. Chocolate, macarons, cookies, cupcakes… we’re not picky over here ;) Can’t wait to see you at BlogPodium! Woot!!

    August 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Jen!! Thanks so much! I have to say you have been and continue to be a major inspiration, so thank you for your awesomeness! So looking forward to seeing you again!!!

      August 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Danica

    I concur with Casey’s comment that the gold and pink look awesome together!!! Really love the new look of the blog!!!

    NAVY Blue – that’s my favourite colour. then white and maybe some grey.
    I really love Starbucks Marshmallow bars and I like candy too…don’t send candy to Casey just me OK. I like chocolate too and I like coconut you can ignore Casey’s comment and send me coconut stuff because she’s being picky.

    August 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, friend!!! Your comments are so awesome to read because it’s like I’m hearing your voice as I read them! I also love that you’re trying to get Casey’s candy. HAHA You guys are too funny!!!

      August 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Johanna

    Having said that, the new layout & colors are STUNNING. So gorgeous! Did you DIY it? I will be even more in awe of you if you say yes.
    I so feel what you said about blogging being hard – I'm in a really big slump right now, plus my laptop decided to die and delete 2 months worth of data. *crying* I'm hoping I find the happy place again, and soon.
    Okay, happier things! My favorite colors are mint, petrol, and currently, lavender. And I love Rice Krispie Treats. Way too much! haha
    CONGRATULATIONS on 2 years! I could not be happier to have made your acquaintance (however you spell that) through this maddening, crazy, whirlwind of a passion that we share. Love you!

    August 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh my gosh you are totally amazing!!!!
      I totally wish I could say I DIY’d this, but I did so not! haha
      Sending you all the happy warm awesome vibes possible. I can’t imagine what I’d do if my laptop died! Time to go back up, like now! You’ll be back to your bloggy awesome place real soon!
      I love that you love Rice Krispies because I ALSO LOVE THEM! Like, soooo much!!!
      I’m as happy as you, my dearest. I love you to pieces, and I’m so so so so so happy we get to be buds!

      August 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Christina

    Yay! Congratulations! How sweet of you to do a giveaway too. Isn’t it awesome how many totally unexpected opportunities blogging opens up?

    You and I have such similar tastes…I like white, neutrals, and blush with gold. ;) Cookies are my favorite snack (is it easy to ship food to the US?)

    August 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      It is completely amazing what blogging can open up and some days I still can’t believe it!

      I love that we like such similar things! I’d be decorating an old Victorian if I had life my way haha! Oh and if you win, I will make sure I get you some cookies – I’ll find a way to ship them!

      August 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Gabby Whitaker

    Colors…I love purple (aubergine ish purple) gold and pink! (Also love the blog design BTW), favorite snack is cookies! Milano mint chocolate–yummmm!! Congrats on the blog birthday!! -gabby :)

    August 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Ok your colours sound amazing, because you already know I have big love for pink and gold and purple is awesome!
      Thanks so much, Gabby!!!

      August 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Al

    Happy Blogiversary! How fun that for your giveaway I don’t have to ask if you ship to Canada. My favourite colours are purple, silver, and brown, or anything cool, or warm. Maybe I should just say I love all colour except yellow. As for my favourite snack, it’s totally sour patch kids. Yum.

    August 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you!!! HAHA I love how exciting giveaways are for Canadians when you know you can actually have things sent to you!

      Also, I think it’s kind of awesome that you like all colours except yellow. Once upon a time it was my favourite… no idea why. Yuck!

      August 19, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Cheryl

    Love the new look….you know I love your work and your style and your inner person and I also love black, white and blush pink AND chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary as an amazing blogger and I hope they have wifi in the nursing home!!!

    August 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Cheryl! So are we secretly like the same person? Because I could live with black, white and blush pink basically everywhere and chocolate is basically the greatest thing on earth! Also, you are a LONG way from the nursing home! :)

      August 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Annet M

    Happy blogiversary! Probably teal and B & w together or deep green or … anything really…!
    Snacks… hm… ice cream might just win. Or chips, but they’d be hard to send too :) No need to send me any…

    August 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Annet! Black and white and pretty much anything is awesome, right? Oh and I hear you on the ice cream. Believe me, I would ship it if I could!!!

      August 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply The Sweet Escape

    Happy Blog Birthday! Congrats on making it to year two.

    August 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, lovely!!! xoxo

      August 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    Happy blogiversary. Love the redesign. Love the post. Love the blog. BTW, I saw a new Home Depot commercial that I swear stars your lookalike. You’re not adding actor to your list of occupations are you? :)

    I can’t pass up entering your beautiful contest: Colours: Earth tones: greens, reds, blues. Snack: salty all the way. Hickory sticks are a guilty pleasure.


    August 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Julia! Thanks for your lovely and kind words! Though I have been a TERRIBLE blog reader lately, you know I have huge, big, gigantic love for your blog too!
      Ok, so my doppelganger is making commercials? hahaha I had no idea!!! That’s too funny. I want to see the commercial now!

      August 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    I finally found your blog! Or rather, took the time to unglue myself from Instagram to actually search for your site. I wish I had known that you were a blogger when I met you in the Yukon while you were visiting Lish! In any case, I’m excited to enter your contest!

    My colours: deep purple, black, dark blue (basically, a bruise?)
    My snack: i am fanatical about salted caramel when combined with chocolate and/or pretzels.

    Congratulations on your 2nd year – I’m excited to start reading your archives!

    August 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      HAHA Andrea, that’s too funny. The link to my blog is on my Instagram profile you know ;) I think I had literally just started when I was in the Yukon, and my blog was a big pile of suck back then (seriously, the pictures are horrible!), so maybe that’s a good thing! I;m excited you got to enter, and your bruise colours sound kind of amazing!!! Oh and so does your snack of choice. I mean… whoa!

      August 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Happy, Happy Blogiversary, my friend!! I am loving The L.O.’s new look! Very chic, and very you :) It’s so fun to watch you grow as a blogger, because you just get all the more amazing!

    Colors: gold, silver and pink and purple
    Snacks: I’m a fan of the salty/sweet combo.

    Congrats on heading into Year 3 of blogging!! Oh, and I can totally relate to that weird feeling of finally, publicly, calling yourself a blogger! It’s weird, but it’s so awesome!

    August 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Emily!!!!! Thanks so much! You know what a struggle it is to settle on a blog theme… I mean, seriously!!!

      If your colours didn’t include purple, I was gonna be soooo worried hahaha just kidding. I knew it’d be in there ;)
      Also, salty and sweet are where it’s AT!!!

      Thanks so much for the love and support and general awesomeness over the last 2 years! You are AHHHH-MAZING!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Midsommarflicka

    Congratulatiosn on your blogiversary!! <3

    And I love your new blog design and its colors. Although I would be more into red, pink and some light blue – at least for a painting ;) And snack? Umm… cereal bars maybe? You can't go wrong with them, or?

    Big Hugs!!

    August 21, 2014 at 5:10 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks my darling friend!!! I love that you love cereal bars because it sounds so healthy and I would go straight for something either covered in butter or covered in chocolate! haha

      August 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm
      • Reply Midsommarflicka

        No, no, you didn’t understand! I speak of these cereal bars which are covered in chocolate. Healthy? Come on!

        August 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm
        • Reply Thalita

          Hahahahahahaha oh my gosh that’s amazing. Ok we’re on the same page now :)

          August 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Ashlee Darby

    Congrats! I love the blush & gold :)

    My favorite colors are navy, blush and gold. And, i LOVE snacks. But, who doesn’t, right? Anyways, my favorite would probably be chocolate covered pretzels. I’m a big fan of the salty/sweet treats.

    Love your idea for the giveaway and how personal it is.

    August 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Ashlee!! Navy, blush and gold? A girl after my own heart! And chocolate covered pretzels? Are we colour/snack soul mates? I think yes!!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Gail Ebeling

    Just found your blog. Love the folding chair redo. Very clever. Can’t wait to look at old posts and look forward to new ones. I love earth tones and chocolate anything for my husband. He is the patient one who loves to watch me read a blog and then I suggest a project.

    August 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Gail! Welcome to my crazy world! haha

      Thanks so much for your kind words, and for looking around! I hear ya on earth tones – Mother Nature makes the best colour palettes! Also, your husband sounds about as lovely as you do! xoxo

      August 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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