3 Year Blogoversary

by - Friday, January 19, 2018

Cacti Nail Art

Hello and welcome back! Today's post is a bit different and special. Usually every Friday consists of new art, or new swatches but this weekend is a little special for 25 Sweetpeas so I am doing things differently! :) This weekend, well January 21st to be exact, marks my 3 year blogoversary! Woo hoo! In honor of it today's post is going to be a montage of thing. From a bit of how 25 Sweetpeas started, to an interview, a look back on my favorite posts, videos, designs and I may even have a never before seen tutorial for you as well! :) So lets go!



First things first, (I know you sang that didn't you?), but really this is important! I want to start by thanking each and everyone of you! Every view, like, comment, on any sort of platform whether is be here on the blog, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and so on I really appreciate it! It sounds cliche I'm sure but its so helpful! It allows me to know what you all like, plus chat with you all and I love it! Plus you guys are so supportive, and really if it weren't for you I wouldn't be able to do all of the things I get to do so in other words what I am trying to say is THANK YOU! Now I think its time to take a look back on some of my favorite posts from my blogging years now!



Here is a look at the mani that is new today and on Youtube! I'll talk more about it in just a bit! :)

Cacti Nail Art
So as you know, or could deduct... 25 Sweetpeas, the blog, opened on in 2015! Here was my first post! Well kinda, not really. If you want to be super specific my first post was actually just like "Hello, I'm 25 Sweetpeas from Instagram" and there there is a picture of like a collage of old posts from Instagram. So I actually count my first post as the first actual blog post with new content which was that sweater nail art look. I halfway expected to look back on that post and cringe but I actually like it still. LOL! In case you didn't know, before I had my blog I was actually still 25 Sweetpeas on Instagram actually it was @25_sweetpeas as I am sure you have seen on old water marks. I feel like since I started IG in 2012 and my blog in 2015 I got to get all of my cringe-y manis out on Instagram rather than the blog! However I'm sure there is a fair share of bad blog manis! That all being said we are focusing on the good today! LOL!


2015 blog wise was interesting. It consisted of some swatches and a lot of art, and I mean a LOT! It was the first year and only year I did the #31DC2015 which if you don't know what that it is, it is 31 days of themed nail art, and it was hard! Hard but fun! It made me push my limits which was good because at the time I wasn't that adventurous nail wise. You can flip through those manis here if you would like. The neatest thing blogging wise for 2015 that will always be huge for me will be the fact I got to collaborate with Takko Lacquer and create 2 polishes that were then put in the Takko Lacquer shop! Still surreal every time I look at them and think about them! Check it out here!

2016 I switched things into gear. I started blogging daily which I started to do in the end of 2015, but I did it EVERYDAY in 2016! Which now that I think about it, is kind of crazy. However I enjoyed every little bit of it! :) I joined the Digital Dozen which was super neat, because its a carefully selected group to be in so such a major honor!  Plus it was kind of a break through year when it came to working with others on collabs, and brands and so on. Such a great blogging year.


Ok 2017, this one I want to spend some time on. This was for sure the biggest year for blogging. At the end just a few weeks ago I really wanted to kind of have a wrap up post but time got away from me and I wasn't even sure where to begin. So its time for a shortened version! Ha!!! Last year was big, I tried new things went ventured out of just nails and did more lifestyle posts. From beauty to food! Yeah I even ventured into food. One of my fave things from last year was the Christmas Cookie Mani Swap! Cookies and nails, two of my favorite things! I may or may not have more plans for things like that in the near future! ;) This mix of topics is something I would like to continue into this next year of blogging! :) Also in 2017 I finally got the nerve up to start filming more videos! I started swatch videos which have become one of my favorite things to film! If you want to see them I keep them all in a playlist HERE. Plus I started doing more nail art videos too and this is something I have found I LOVE! I plan on keeping this up and actually in this new year I have been doing videos every other day, and it has been really fun!

Cacti Nail Art


Looking into this fourth year of blogging I hope to just keep going full speed ahead. I have so many neat things planned to share with you all that are coming together right now and they should be seen soon. :) So that I am very excited about. ;) Now to todays new content! One of my fave manis from last year was this fun cacti look! It was posted last summer right HERE. So in honor of this being one of my personal faves today I have recreated it using a different color combo and I have also turned it into a Youtube video so ya'll can see how to easily create the look on yourself! :)

Cacti Nail Art

Here is the new combo! Instead of pink we have purple since Purple is the color of 2018 I thought it would be fitting. :) Polish wise I used....

Purple | Heroine NYC Lilac It

White | Pretty Beautiful Unlimited White Out

Black | Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Black Out

For the art I used acrylic paint and the Candy 00 Mitty Brush! It looks bit daunting I know but its actually pretty simple once you break it down and see it done so if you want to create this mani on yourself check out the video below!

Cacti Nail Art Tutorial



Well guys! I hope you have enjoyed this post! Something I also wanted to mention is that today I am interviewed over on the Heroine NYC blog! If you want to check it out you can here, and maybe learn some things you didn't already know. 

Again, thank you all for all of your support and every little interaction from reading my blog to watching my videos! I appreciate it so much!

Now here is to another year of fun blogging things!

~25 Sweetpeas

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14 comments

  1. Congratulations on 3 years! That's a lot of nail art xo I love the unexpected background shades you used for this cute cactus mani: sweet and prickly at the same time

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    1. It really is! Sometimes I wonder how I do it! LOL! Seriously tho!

      Yes! Thats the perfect way to put it! Thank you!

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  2. Happy Anniversary! I'm moving on to my 6th year as a blogger and I have no intention on stopping just yet :)

    I really love your manicure it's so cute!

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    1. Woo hoo! Way to go for 6! Thats so awesome! Plus these last few years I feel like a lot have given up so YAY for sticking with it!

      Thank you SOO much!

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  3. Congratulations on your blogoversary! Many more to come!

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  4. Congratulations on commencement of 3 year ..wishing many more to come ..designs are fab ..

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  5. Happy blogoversary! Loving the cacti 🌵 Mani!

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  6. The cacti are so adorable! I love this mani!

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  7. Happy anniversary! I love your art to commemorate it!

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  8. Congrats! I know this is super exciting. My RA (yes, I am in college) LOVES cacti..I am definitely sharing this with her!

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    1. I am too! lol!! Hope she liked them! I have loved them recently!

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