Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by The Turquoise Home and Mom's World.  A big thank you to my sister in law, Laura and to Darla!  I feel so honored!!   

In case you don't know what the Liebster Blog Award is, it's an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition among the blog world. Liebster translates to "dearest" (or favorite/best) in German. It is also known as the Love Blog Award.

The Rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
5. No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!

So here are 11 random things about me :
1.  My husband, Michael, and I bought our first home in May of this year. 
2.  I cannot wait to have a fully functioning garden someday (hopefully next Summer, but probably not until the next year) to have organic produce at home for much cheaper than the store.
3.  I LOVE chocolate.  Michael doesn't, so that means more for me.  My son, Levi loves it, too, so now I have some competition.
4.  I really enjoy creative writing.  I just have a problem with plot planning! 
5.  If my house were on fire, the first thing (besides my family) that I would grab would be my external hard drive and Levi's baby journal.
6.  I used to make cakes, cookies, etc. for my small business called The Sugar Blossom, but quit when I became pregnant with Levi.  I honestly found that it took a great deal of time to make cakes while the price I felt comfortable charging people wasn't enough.  Now I just bake for fun!  I am wanting to try to make macaroons for the first time soon.
7.  I don't think I've updated the music on my ipod since Michael and I got married in 2008.  I guess that means I'll be wearing mom jeans soon, too!
8.  My Myers Brigg's test results are INFJ.  I like to learn or try figure out what other people are, too.
9.  We don't have any pets, but when the boys get older, I would absolutely love to get a poodle!  I grew up with them and love them, but also have allergies to most other dogs.
10.  I think I should exercise a little more (who doesn't!?), and am excited to get active after our baby is born in February.
11.  I think I want to have four kids.  Michael is thinking three.  We will see how we feel after two :)
Here are the questions from The Turquoise Home for me to answer :

1. How did you meet your spouse, if you have one? If not, tell your best love story.
I had briefly met him through friends in 2007.  Later that year, he was looking for a job, and applied where I was working.  I thought he was cute, and begged for him to get hired.  We worked together well, started dating, then got married in 2008!
2. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to blog?
I started blogging about three years ago, but never shared any of the blogs with the public until I started this one in March.  I was inspired to blog, because blogging inspires me to try new crafts and recipes to share.  It's an outlet for creativity, and I love it. 
3. What is your #1 item on your bucket list?
I don't really have much of a bucket list.  Maybe I should make one :)  One thing I'd love to do is to travel with my husband when our kids are older. 
4. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I have been to Ft. Lauderdale a couple times, and think it's so wonderful there.  I love the weather and beaches.  Michael and I want to go to California as soon as we can!
5. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Just recently we had our annual Christmas baking day with my family.  My mom hosts it at my parents' house, and my grandma, aunt, sister, cousins, and I bake TONS of cookies for an entire day.  It's so fun!
6. What is your favorite meal?
I love chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes with gravy.  I am from Tennessee after all.
7. What is your go-to outfit?
Lately, I stare into the closet hoping that some of my black leggings are clean.  Then, I find any cute long shirt or dress I can to go with them.  Perfect pregnancy outfit!
8. What are your favorite blogs to read? List at least 3.
I love comedy blogs.  Crappy Pictures is a hilarious parenting blog accompanied by handmade drawings.  I also like the organic/natural living blog, Keeper of the Home.   I enjoy following Faithful Provisions to keep up with couponing/money saving ideas.
9. What projects are you currently working on?
I have been working on making homemade Christmas gifts.  I'm currently working on a good powdered hot chocolate recipe.  I've also wanted to try making rice heating/cooling pads.  They require sewing.  Wish me luck!
10. What is your favorite project you've ever done?
Tough question!  I would probably have to say painting on old windows was my favorite recent project: Painting on Old Windows
11. Are you a person who can't live without coffee? Or do you like tea?
I like coffee about once or twice a year, and I mostly drink it for the cream.  I do adore the aroma, and love when my husband makes it in the morning.  It reminds me of travelling, because the airport always smells like coffee.  I like herbal teas.

Here are the questions from Mom's World for me to answer :
1. Are you brand-loyal to any product?
Hmm...Yes.  I only use Clear Care contact solution.  It's the only kind I've found that doesn't irritatate my eyes.  That was a boring answer, huh!

2. Do you have a story behind your kid(s) name(s)?
My husband and I were up really late one night trying to think of names.  I said a letter "L", then he said, "E", and one of us blurted out "Levi!".  That was it :)

3. What is your favorite board game?
I love to play BIG Boggle!  It's hard to find in the stores now, though. 

4. Have you ever been to Disneyland/Disneyworld?
I have been to Disney World, but we really want to go back with our kids as soon as we can!

5. What is your favorite movie?
I'd have to say that Amelie and Forrest Gump are my favorites.

6. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I used to say veterinarean, doctor, or natural doctor.  Now I just want to be a mom, and maybe someday a nutritionist or a children's art teacher.

7. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
I won a contest and got to go into a money machine when I was little.  It was so exciting!  I only won $8. 

8. What city do you live in and do you like it?
I live in Chattanooga, TN.  It is an absolutely beautiful city!  The mountains are great.

9. How long have you been blogging and why?
I started blogging about three years ago, but never shared any of the blogs with the public until I started this one in March. I was inspired to blog, because blogging inspires me to try new crafts and recipes to share. It's an outlet for creativity, and I love it. 

10. Do you have someone you idolize or look up to?
I look up to my Grandpa who just passed away.  He always thought of others first, and was an incredible man.  <3 p="p">

11. What is your favorite TV show?
I love HGTV and The Food Network.  Narrowing it down to one is tough.  I like Next Iron Chef!
Here are questions for those whom I nominate to answer :
1.  When it comes to blogging, what types of things do you enjoy: photography, writing, crafting, sharing, networking, etc.?
2.  What types of blogs do you like to follow and why?  You can list them if you want.
3.  Do you think it's difficult to find the time to blog?  Do you schedule certain times to work on your blog?
4.  What is your favorite hobby?
5.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
6.  What place would you like to visit the most?
7.  What's the first thing you would grab if your house was on fire (besides pets and family members)?
8.  Do you have a job in addition to blogging?  ...or are you a stay at home mom?
9.  What is your favorite dessert?
10.  What are some things your dream home would have?
11.  Can you recommend any good books?  Why do you like it/them?

And here are the 11 blogs that I nominate :
The Linden Life
This Little Life of Mine
Parenting with Purpose
Once Upon a Canvas
Life as Mrs. B
Henry's Mom Blogs
281 Fourth Street
Eyes on the Source
Claire's Healthy Home
Moms Surviving Kids
Back to Family

Note to nominees: Please leave me a comment with your Liebster post, so I can read up on you. Also, please link back to this post on your blog. (Please do not be offended if you don't have more than 200 followers...or if you do. :) )


  1. Thanks for the nomination! I liked learning random facts about you:)

    1. Thanks Erika,
      I can't wait to read yours, too.

  2. Fun! Thanks for playing!! I should give you Grammy Steed's hot chocolate recipe. It's delicious. I made a bunch to give away as gifts this year and have been meaning to blog about it. Hopefully soon!

    1. You're welcome. It was fun! I would love to try her recipe. I know she is a good cook.

  3. I am excited! I will let you know when the post is up :) Thanks so much! Claire

    1. You're welcome. I can't wait to see your post!

  4. Thank you very much for this!! I love the idea :-) I also love that you do things like... make your own spice rub & vanilla extract!! That's awesome!

    Here's the link to my Liebster post:

    Thank you, again!

    1. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing!

  5. So excited! I love all of your answers and I am a Food Network junkie too! I love me some Rachel vs. Guy celebrity cook-off and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. My husband and I talked about moving to Chatanooga a while back when he was laid off so he could work for the Volkswagon factory, but it never panned out (we're still in California). Thanks for sharing!! <3

    1. Well, we would love to be in California, too! The weather may be a little nicer there.