On December 19th, 2013, I was standing at my kitchen counter thinking of a short, catchy name for my blog. I never thought that not even two years later, I’d see “Amanda Yantos – Dog Mom Days” on a news story!
I was really excited for today. My mom and I had a shopping date planned to find me the perfect dress that I could dazzle the red carpet in during the BlogPaws conference in Nashville, TN in May. I did not expect to find so many gorgeous gowns, and have such a hard time choosing! My mom surprised me by telling me she would purchase my dress…so which one did I choose?
I grew up in Ahwatukee, a gorgeous suburb in the southern part of Phoenix, AZ. It’s a safe, close knit community where people tend to raise their families and end up staying because it’s such a wonderful place to live. I went to elementary school, middle school and high school in Ahwatukee, so it was such an honor to be interviewed by the local Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper about my recent BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award nomination!
So. Holy crap. This is not really happening.
I’ve been planning my trip to the big BlogPaws conference in Nashville, TN in May. I was thinking about getting Wynston a custom made tuxedo jacket for the event and yesterday I was joking with Matt when I said “Okay, if for some extremely crazy reason that I am a finalist for a Nose-to-Nose award, I’m going to order him a custom jacket.” Of course, neither of us thought I’d be a finalist. Custom tuxedos are EXPENSIVE!
No joke, when finalists were revealed during BlogPaws Twitter chat tonight, I scrolled down the list and jumped out of my chair when I saw Dog Mom Days listed under the “Best New Pet Blog” category…
Tears. Oh, the tears.
I’ve been working so hard on my blog. I started blogging in December 2013, and here I am, all of those 3am nights paying off.
All finalists were nominated in January of this year. The judges went through over 1,000 nominations to reveal the 48 finalists in 12 categories. I am one of 4 finalists in my category. This is not happening…there are several thousand bloggers in the BlogPaws community alone!
Am I in a dream?
What’s crazy is that enough people read/like my blog for me to become a finalist for Best New Pet Blog. Wow.
In the meantime, I need a new dress!!!!!!!! The winners will be announced at the red carpet ceremony in Nashville on May 30th. I am so honored to be nominated for Best New Pet Blog with these other fantastic blogs:
Thank you too all of my readers, friends and family for always supporting me and believing in me! I love you all! And a huge thanks to the BlogPaws community for teaching me so much!
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