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Inspiring Blog Nomination

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am grateful to have been nominated for the Inspiring Blog Award by Forcing the Bloom. I may have been quiet with the posting lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading and Forcing the Bloom has some of the best ideas and examples for implementing Montessori at home.

So, first of all, thank you so much to Forcing the Bloom for nominating me!! Please check out her award post to learn about her and see her other nominations. Here are seven facts about myself…

  1. I’m having another baby! Yes, we will be having our second child in January.
  2. I’ve dug through all my recipes that I’ve got on my computer but not on my site and have scheduled them out so be prepared for tons of recipes.
  3. I finally started baking bread again in the house. I hope that I keep it up because it tastes soooo much better.
  4. I often struggle these days to keep up with the house (laundry, dishes, toys…).
  5. No one ever warned me that the second time you are pregnant it is harder! Seriously, I get super tired and can’t take a break while little man is asking to read the 20th book for the day or just dumped out the whole bucket of Lincoln logs.
  6. I’m so thankful for my husband who has been super supportive and even though he works a busy job, he still finds time to help out with my household tasks.
  7. I’m going to be a bit selfish and not pass on the award. I know so many awesome people who have already been given it and it’s more important to post this than procrastinate another week or two while I see who hasn’t received it that I’d want to pass it on to. Don’t hate me. It’s time for this pregnant mama to get some much needed rest.

Thanks again to Forcing the Bloom for the nomination because I do really appreciate it.

I’ve Been Awarded the Liebster Award!

Liebster Blog Award

Hello friends! I’ve graciously been awarded the Liebster Award by Marsha. Check out her original post here. It took me awhile to finish this post as life decided to keep on happening. Anyway, to my nominees seen below, you are not obligated to pass on the award but I do want to pass your name (and blog link) along to my followers because I think you’re great! So congrats to Marsha, congrats to me 🙂 and congrats to my nominees!

The Rules:

  1. List 11 random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate 11 bloggers for the award
  3. Notify your nominees
  4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination
  5. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated
  6. Link back to the person who nominated you

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love to shop on Amazon.com.
  2. I like to work out to Keith Urban.
  3. Our “baby gate” is the portable crib zip tied to one side of the bottom of the stairs with a carabiner on the other side that we use to “open” it.
  4. We have some crazy thunder going on right now and I really hope it doesn’t wake up little man.
  5. I’m drinking Throat Coat Tea by Traditional Medicinals right now.
  6. I just jumped when the thunder hit this last time. I must have been right overhead!
  7. Chances are this post will be published a few days week after I started writing it.
  8. Most of my current wardrobe was purchased at a thrift shop. I have a stunning made in USA dress that I got for 50 cents!
  9. I love eating Cheerios with sliced banana on top.
  10. I’ve been working on planning our meals in advance to try and use up all the food we have before the move.
  11. I’ve read over 800 books to little man for the 1KB4K program that started in January of this year.

My 11 Nominees:

  1. Atlantamomofthree
  2. Motherhood Is An Art
  3. Momtimes4
  4. Mummyshymz
  5. Mommy Training Wheels
  6. Kitchen Cici
  7. Radical Parenting
  8. Mathair Fiona
  9. Every Day in a Dress
  10. Applecore
  11. Not Without Butter

My 11 Questions to my Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite part of blogging?
  2. Do you have a small family or a big family?
  3. What is your favorite season?
  4. What is your favorite food?
  5. How often do you cook in your house? Or does someone else cook for you (including take-out)?
  6. Where do you shop online? eBay, Amazon, JCPenny, Kohls, Walmart, Target, Office Depot…?
  7. Have you ever travelled to another country? If so, where?
  8. Do you take a vacation every year?
  9. Have you ever gone to a family reunion?
  10. What is something that you keep loosing? Keys, Money, Jewelry, Important Papers, The Wireless Mouse (thanks Little Man!)…?
  11. What would you like to see me blog about? A certain topic, a specific recipe, more pictures…?

My Answers to the 11 Questions I Was Asked:

  1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
    I’ve seen plenty of funny movies over the years. But for the life of me I can’t pick one that seems to rise above the rest.
  2. What’s your earliest memory?
    My cousin told me that if I jumped hard enough off the back of the couch, I could fly. I guess I didn’t jump hard enough because I fell. My forehead met the corner of an ottoman or coffee table or something with a corner. I bloodied my aunt’s nice white towels and I still have a scar on my forehead from the stitches.
  3. What was your favorite subject in school?
    I loved science classes (except Biology and Chemistry). So, I really loved Physics when I was younger. The college level wasn’t as fun though. Other than that, I always had fun in Band.
  4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?
    My math requirements end at the kitchen and the calendar. However, my husband uses it all the time. He needed it when he was working on his car or building his own electric motorscooter. Did I mention that I have an incredibly smart husband? Well, I do!
  5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)?
    I often wonder how someone gets paid a lot of money for what I would consider a sophisticated version of my son’s scribbles or a construction project gone wrong.
  6. Most enjoyable book?
    The Ancient One. I keep wishing it were true. I read it years and years ago but I kept reading it over and over. It’s a young adult book and I swear they are referring to Crater Lake in Oregon, which I’ve always wanted to see.
  7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?
    I’ve been fortunate enough to answer no to this question. We’ve always had enough for the things we’ve bought. Though I believe that’s because we make smart budget and financial decisions.
  8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?
    Yes! After growing up in the NW where it rains 9 months out of the year and then moving to a desert, I certainly danced in the rain when it rained! I twirled in the rain really.
  9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?
    France maybe, or Germany. I’d really just like to keep visiting Canada which I’ve done 3 times in my life.
  10. What makes you grumpy?
    Lack of sleep!!!
  11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?
    I put lots of focus into something to keep my mind off the downer. I’ll read to little man, read a book, tidy up the house, or make an effort to look extra pretty. The extra pretty part is great because when I see my self in the mirror throughout the day, I smile, and that makes things better.

Broken Links Fixed!

Broken Link

Hello everyone! My friend Valerie recently posted a great post with some WordPress tips. See here to check out her awesome post! One of those was to find your broken links. I had no idea if I had any broken links on my site so I decided to give it a shot. What a surprise to find that it said: Processed 1538 web pages, found 48 broken links! After trying to find and fix a few links I ran the check again and found I reduced the broken links to 24. Woo Hoo! Progress! Still not done though. I ran it a third time and got my broken links down to 6!! Big progress. I did one last round of clean up and ran the search to see if I got it all. I didn’t. I got it down to 4. Ok, Ok, Ok… So I’m a perfectionist at times and I worked at fixing or removing those last four. I promise this is the last attempt at it today! I ran it and here’s what it said: “Processed 1538 web pages, found 0 broken links

I finally got them all!! Woo Hoo! The most stubborn links I had to remove I finally found in the comments! Who would have thought? Well, I feel much better that my entire site is broken link free as of now. I’ll try to keep up on the broken links on a regular basis. Also, if you ever find a broken link, let me know please. 😉

If you want to check and see if you have any broken links on your site, head on over to Free Broken Link Checker.

I’ve Been Awarded the Shine On Award!

Shine On Award

Hello friends, I have been graciously nominated for the Shine On Award by E. Head on over to check out his blog. In the meantime, here are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog page.
  2. Link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  3. Tell seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers who are deserving of this award.

Seven things about myself:

  1. I cleaned off my sewing table yesterday! It had been a huge mess.
  2. I’m wearing a nail polish from Del Sol on my toes that changes color in the sun.
  3. I actually gave up 3 of my cookbooks recently.
  4. I’m listening to a Dale Carnegie audio book.
  5. I loved writing my Father’s Day post.
  6. Nap time is awesome! I love it!!
  7. I don’t plan meals far in advance.

My nominees:

  1. Marsha Lee
  2. Russell Deasley
  3. Every Day in a Dress
  4. Jenny
  5. Coers Family
  6. Radical Parenting
  7. Blue Dot Jewelry
  8. Mommy Training Wheels
  9. Defining Motherhood
  10. Dinner of Herbs

Thanks for reading and thanks again to E for nominating me for this award. Have a awesome day!!

The Liebster Award!

Liebster Blog Award

Hello folks, I’ve been graciously nominated for the Liebster Award by mummyshymz! I love that this award is only for the little guys with less than 200 followers. It took me a while to figure out who I follow that’s eligible for the award. Turns out I had 25 blogs to choose from to nominate.

The rules for the award:


  1. The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  2. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
  3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
  5. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
  6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
  7. No tag backs.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I took ballet as a little girl.
  2. I haven’t cut my hair in over 2 years!!
  3. One winter I heated our home solely from firewood my husband cut in the spring and summer.
  4. I plan on homeschooling little man.
  5. My favorite book as a kid was Scuffy the Tugboat
  6. I always hand write thank you notes for presents. Always!
  7. When I was little and slept on a bunk bed with my sister, we had an earthquake and she told me to stop shaking the bed.
  8. I’ve been on a cruise to Alaska.
  9. In high school I was in every school band except Jazz band. I played the flute, drums (not drum set), and other percussion equipment.
  10. I grew up taking after my dad’s side of the family but now that I have little man, I notice more similarities to my mom every day.
  11. I’m 3.5 pounds away from having lost 100 pounds since little man was born.

My Answers to the 11 Questions Presented to Me:

  1. Why do you blog?
    I blog to connect with other people and share fantastic recipes to the world. I love creating my own online searchable cookbook.
  2. Pet peeve?
    People trying to carry on a conversation with someone while on the phone trying to carry on a conversation with someone else. Pick ONE conversation and have it.
  3. Name your best childhood memory
    Spending time on my grandparents boat “The Wonder”
  4. What is your comfort food?
    Carbs, and whatever it’s attached to. (Pasta, bread, cookies, …)
  5. Dogs or Cats?
    I like dogs way better than cats.
  6. Name one item you cannot do without.
    My phone! It keeps me in touch with family and takes pictures and videos of little man so they can see him too.
  7. Biggest fear?
    My biggest fear is falling. Followed closely by cockroaches and spiders and bugs in general.
  8. Mountains or the sea?
    I can’t decide! Can’t I have both? I love the ocean and the green forested mountains.
  9. Half-empty or half-full?
    The glass is half-full certainly. It’s great to see the potential in things and people.
  10. Live to eat or eat to live?
    I eat to live rather than live to eat. I love good food but everything in moderation!
  11. Favourite fictional character?
    The Doctor (from Dr. Who)

My 11 Nominees:

  1. The Schoolhouse
  2. Forcing the Bloom
  3. Misty Morning Prints
  4. Tuesday Night Boyfriend
  5. Skinny Jeans Baked Beans
  6. Rubber Ducky Copywriter
  7. The Coers Family
  8. Homemaking with Heart
  9. Muffins&Mocha
  10. At the Well
  11. Lucky Wreck

My 11 Questions to the Nominees:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favorite recipe/food?
  3. What is your favorite animal?
  4. When are you online reading blogs?
  5. What is the best advice you ever received?
  6. When was the last time you sent a hand written letter?
  7. What was the last book you read?
  8. What is your greatest talent?
  9. Who is your favorite family member?
  10. When was the last time you went to a public library?
  11. Where to you get cards you send to people? (regular store, dollar store, make them, or e-mail them)

Thank you again to mummyshymz for nominating me for this award. I had lots of fun answering the questions, thinking up random thoughts, finding out who I follow that is little like me, and figuring out questions to ask the next bunch of award winners.

Beautiful Mama Blog Award x2

Beautiful Mama Blog Award

I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award again, twice! This time by Amanda at The Coers Family. and Victoria at Home Making With Heart I feel so blessed to have been nominated again, and by two different people. So, in order to accept this wonderful award(s) I need to do a few things. I get to tell you three things I love about motherhood and nominate some very deserving Mom’s to pass on the award. If you would like to view my acceptance post for the first time I got the award, you can find it here.

Three things I love about motherhood: (6 since this was a double nomination)

  1. I love cuddling in bed on lazy mornings with little man.
  2. I love being able to breastfeed little man. It’s created such a bond between us.
  3. I love watching my husband play with our son. I like playing too but seeing them together is awesome!
  4. I love being able to comfort my son when he is scared.
  5. I love it when my son is able to communicate with me using sign language.
  6. I love it when little man makes his “dad face”. It’s a facial expression that his dad did when he was a baby and I’ve never seen anyone else ever do it.


To accept the award, please do the following things:

  • Click the above award image, save it and use it in your acceptance post.
  • List 3 things you love about motherhood.
  • Nominate other deserving mamas; you may choose as many as you like. (And let them know of the nomination)

I’m going to some more Blog Parties! Come Along!


Hello friends, I’ll be participating in a few blog parties coming up. One of them is with Muffins&Mocha. She is hosting the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Party. If you’d like to join in on the fun, head on over to her site and see all the details. The more the merrier.

Also, I’ll be joining in with Atlantamomofthree where we’re bringing Simple and Sweet Desserts. The deadline for this one is March 15th! So don’t delay in submitting your dessert. More details can be found on her site.