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How Are You Celebrating New Year’s Eve?

happy new year 2016

Can you guys believe it’s New Year’s Eve already?! If you are like me, I’m sure you’d be like – Where did 2015 fly by? So what are you guys doing today? Are you out on vacation or going to party till the sun comes up?

As for me and my hubby, this year we have decided to spend some quality time together… just the two of us. Part of the reason why we decided to keep it low key is also because of the flu that decided to attack the hubby (and which almost got to me too… Sigh!) Maybe I will be something like this πŸ˜€

party meme

2015 had its own ups and downs but the best part of it was that I decided to start blogging! *Screaming in joy till my lungs burst open*

I still remember when I published my first post –Β Lobster RollΒ  just a few months back – I could not believe when I got a few likes and comments… and that was when I slowly started discovering all you lovely people on Blogosphere!

lobster roll

Although, I’m nowhere close to a photographer, I try my best and I love sharing photos that I take. The comments from you guys always keep me motivated.

A few of my all time favorites are – ‘New York through my Lens’Β and my posts on Malaysia, Vegas and Niagara Falls.Β 

travel photos

In this short span of time, I have been lucky enough to have my Overnight Oats recipe featured on two wonderful sites – Morsels of Life and Diana Rambles. I have also begun to enjoy taking part in fun photography challenges sometimes like Cee’s Foto Challenge or the Daily Post Challenge.

More importantly, I have formed a bond with so many lovely bloggers… many of them who I stalk on various social media platforms too lmao πŸ˜› It is funny how the world is so huge yet so small. Thank you to WordPress… Had it not been for WP, I don’t think I would have come across such a lovely bunch of bloggers across the globe!

Some of my absolute favorites who I genuinely adore are-Β 

  1. Noorian and Shweta – Β Beauties with brains. They are my blogger besties!
  2. Freda and Linda – who have awesome culinary skills that make me drool πŸ˜€
  3. Erika – a multi talented woman… always manages to bring a smile on my face
  4. Lynn@Lynz Real Cooking – one of the bravest and sweetest persons I have ever come across. Her tales from her life in Saudi as well as some of the most beautiful recipes that she shares will keep you hooked to her blog forever.
  5. Lil Rants – another beauty who has a mind-blowingly funny rant blog
  6. Ann@Anrosworld – I love all the photos on her blog!
  7. Last but not the least, the ever helpful Janice. Her blogging tips are a-freaking-amazing!

Many of you lovelies had nominated me for various awards/tags but because of the time crunch, I wasn’t able to do them. I do want to say that I truly appreciate it.

There are so many others that I love apart from these few that if I start writing all their names, one post won’t be enough πŸ˜€ So here’s thanking all of you for putting out lovely content day in and day out and for always being so supportive!

Also, I Loved seeing the annual report that WordPress compiled.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Here’s wishing all you lovely people a Very Happy New Year!! Cheers to Blogging!

XOXO

Smiling Notes

 

 

 

Few images courtesy of Pixabay

50 Comments

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    December 31, 2015

    Thanks so much dear friend! I hope you stay well and don’t get sick! have a lovely evening and yes you are quite a talented photographer! much love, Lynn

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    susieshy45

    December 31, 2015

    Love Janice too.
    Susie

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    Lifestylebites3

    December 31, 2015

    Having a smashing time right now and have a wonderful new year.

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Enjoy dearie.. Have a very Happy New Year to you as well!

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    tunisiajolyn84

    December 31, 2015

    This was a really sweet post. Makes me happy to be apart of the blogging community. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Thanks a lot dear.. Happy New Year to you as well! πŸ™‚

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    Ritu

    December 31, 2015

    Happy new year may it bring good health and happiness! 😊 we are staying in too, with the kids and in-laws! 😊

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Happy New Year to you as well! Have a wonderful year ahead!

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    Natascha's Palace

    December 31, 2015

    Happy new year! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    mukul chand

    December 31, 2015

    Great Post. Happy New Year 2016

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    Anna

    December 31, 2015

    I’m so glad you started a blog as well … it’s a delight getting to know you and reading your lovely posts! Happy New Year 2016! (hope your husband has a speedy recovery and hope you stay well!) πŸ˜‰

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Thank you so much for your wishes Anna!! It’s been a pleasure being connected with you as well!! Thanks for your support 😊

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    Linda Fernandes

    December 31, 2015

    I am touch with you lovely post with Classy Click too and hugs to mentioned me Sis, i am blessed to have you, wish you a Very Happy New Year with load of happiness, Love, Health and Wealth too πŸŽ‰ ❀😚

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      You are the sweetest my dear sis! Happy New Year with loads of happiness and love to you!

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    Janice Wald

    December 31, 2015

    Well look at you! What a New Year’s surprise you had for me today! Happy new year Shamira! I think you are pretty amazing too! Thank you so much for this shoutout!
    Happy new year!
    Janice

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Janice I cannot thank you enough for all your lovely posts! Your blog is my go-to advice blog πŸ™‚ I am truly happy to have connected with you. Happy New Year to you as well!

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    milliethom

    December 31, 2015

    A lovely, heartfelt post, which makes me so glad that we have recently connected … And all thaks to the wonderful Lynn at Lynz Real Cooking! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Yes thanks to dear sweet Lynn I came across a lovely blogger like you!! Happy New year to you!!

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    Antonia

    December 31, 2015

    Happy New Year! We are doing the same this year and I am looking forward to it. What a nice post and way to recognize fellow bloggers πŸ™‚ I will definitely have to check out the blogs that are new to me. Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Thank you so much dear! Have a lovely new year ahead!

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    anotherfoodieblogger

    December 31, 2015

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging! I look forward to your 2016 posts! Happy New Year!

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    Tony Burgess

    December 31, 2015

    Happy New Year my friend!

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    panhirsch

    December 31, 2015

    Happy New Year ☺

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    December 31, 2015

    Aww I’m so humbled Hun ☺️ Thank you so much for all the love 😘 I absolutely adore your blog , and it definitely makes me smile with every post πŸ™‚ wishing you all the very best for the new year ☺️ Hope you guys recover soon 😊

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      Smiling Notes

      December 31, 2015

      Thanks a lot my dear.. I’m really blessed to know such a wonderful person like you!! Thanks for your wishes.. A very happy new year to you as well!! 😘😘

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    Sadie's Nest

    January 1, 2016

    Lovely post Smiling Notes! I share the same blogging sentiments:) Happy New Year my friend!

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      Smiling Notes

      January 1, 2016

      Thanks a lot Sadie! It’s been a pleasure knowing you 😊 Happy New year to you as well my dear!

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    themissshweta

    January 1, 2016

    OMG I’m so touched! Tysm sweetheart 😘 you know how much I value our bond & so proud to have met you here on WP πŸ™‚ Hope your hubby is feeling better now & have a great successful year ahead! xoxo

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      Smiling Notes

      January 1, 2016

      Thank you so much Shweta.. I feel blessed to know you my dearie. I wish we could have stayed closer 😘 and yes hubby is much better now. Wish you a wonderful ahead filled with lots of love and laughter!!

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    Monika

    January 1, 2016

    Lovely post.. HAPPY new year πŸ™‚ get well soon u two 😊

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      Smiling Notes

      January 2, 2016

      Thank you for your wishes.. Happy new year to you as well Monika!!

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    Erika Kind

    January 3, 2016

    Better late than never, right? Sorry, the pingback disappeared in my spam folder! WP is so mean at times. But here we go: HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you so very much for considering me as one of your favorite bloggers. I feel very honored, dear!!!
    I love your photos… most of all the one of Niagara Falls of course….. so many wonderful memories and feels like home 😍
    I wish you a fabulous year and I thank you so very much for being such a loyal friend. I appreciate you very much!

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    anroworld

    January 4, 2016

    Happy New 2016 Year, dear Shamira, I do not know how to express in words my delight to see my name in the list of your friends-blogers, it’s a great honor for me! I am most happy to meet you this year and enjoy your life through your lenses! You are a fantastic story-teller, I alwaoys look forward to reading your posts!

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      Smiling Notes

      January 4, 2016

      Happy new year to you too my dear Ann!! I really enjoy your blog and I’m glad we have found each other 😊 Your words of appreciation mean a lot to me and always make me happy 😘

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    Globalinfo4all

    January 4, 2016

    Amazing post with mouth watering food picture πŸ™‚ Happy New Year too πŸ™‚

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    Sue Slaght

    January 8, 2016

    Congratulations on your first year! It looks to me that you have a really engaged audience already. That is so awesome! Your photos are fabulous. I see big things ahead for you! Happy New Year!

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      Smiling Notes

      January 8, 2016

      Thank you so much Sue.. You are really sweet. It’s been a pleasure being connected to so many talented bloggers like you.. Happy new year to you too!!

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